The month of July was loaded with smartphone launches. To be precise, we counted about 36 smartphones that were launched in the last 31 days. From Xiaomi, Gionee, Meizu to Motorola, Samsung and Reliance Jio, they all had a product to offer. Starting an effective price of Rs 0 these smartphones range up to about Rs 49,999. And so, out of the big bunch of launches, here’s bringing you a list of the top 10 smartphones launched this month.
Meizu Pro 7, Pro 7 Plus
Starting with the most recent, Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus were launched in China last week. And the highlight of the two smartphones is their dual display. Both Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus feature a 2-inch Super AMOLED secondary display at the back of the device, which is meant to show notifications, weather updates, times, etc. Up front, the Meizu Pro 7 features a 5.2-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, while the Pro 7 Plus has a bigger 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display.
The Meizu Pro 7 is powered by MediaTek’s Helio P25 SoC, and the Pro 7 Plus comes with the latest Helio X30 SoC, which is believed to compete with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835. Besides the screen size and processor, the smartphones differ in terms of memory too, wherein the Pro 7 comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, and the Pro 7 Plus packs 6GB of RAM with 64GB and 128GB storage options.
For photography, both the Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus sport dual 12-megapixel Sony IMX386 cameras, and a 16-megapixel camera up front. The Pro 7 comes with a 3,000mAh battery, while the Pro 7 Plus has a bigger 3,500mAh battery. The Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus are currently only available in China and are priced at RMB 2,880 (Rs 27,500 approximately), and RMB 3,380 (Rs 32,300 approximately) respectively. There is no word on whether or not these smartphones will be launched in India.
Xiaomi Mi 5X
Another China launch which took place last week, along with the launch of its new MIUI 9, Xiaomi also launches the Mi 5X in its home market. Touted as an affordable version the Mi 6, one of the highlights of the Mi 5X is that it is the first smartphone to run the latest Android 7.0 Nougat-based MIUI 9.
Another key highlight is its dual rear camera setup, which is a pair of 12-megapixel cameras. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 chipset, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB expandable storage. Fueling the smartphone is a 3,080mAh battery. The Mi 5X is available only in China as of now, and is priced at RMB 1,499 (Rs 15,000 approximately). ALSO READ: From dual-rear cameras to MIUI 9, here are the top 5 features of Xiaomi Mi 5X
Moto Z2 Force
Another smartphone launched this month, which did not make it to the Indian market yet is the Moto Z2 Force. Launched in the US, the smartphone continues the modular trend and comes with a brand new Moto Mods family. Though, the highlight of the smartphones remains to be its strength, with the shatter proof display. The Moto Z2 Force features a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440p) Super AMOLED ShatterShield display, which lends it more durability.
Under the hood, the Moto Z2 Force runs a Snapdragon 835 octa-core chipset clocked at 2.35GHz coupled with an Adreno 540 GPU. The US edition of the smartphone comes with 64GB internal storage with 4GB RAM, whereas many of the Asian regions are expected to get the 128GB internal storage variant with 6GB RAM. The smartphone is not water-resistant but comes with a water repellent nano-coating to keep it safe from accidental splashes. ALSO READ: Motorola launches 360 Camera Moto Mod along with Moto Z2 Force
For photography, there is the dual-rear camera setup on the smartphone, both of which are of 12-megapixel resolution – one is a monochrome (black and white) sensor, and the other is RGB (color) sensor. Up front, there is a 5-megapixel snapper and comes with an LED flash. The device comes with a 2,730mAh battery with Turbo Charge which Motorola claims can help the device stay charged for a full day. The smartphone comes with Android Nougat out-of-the-box with a promised Android O upgrade once announced. The smartphone is priced at $799.99 (approximately Rs 51,536). The smartphone also features a fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication, and it is embedded inside the home button, just below the display.
Gionee A1 Plus
Priced at Rs 26,999, the Gionee A1 Plus made it to the Indian market, and the USP of the smartphone is its dual-rear cameras, which is a combination of a 13-megapixel and a 5-megapixel sensor. The smartphone also features a 20-megapixel front-facing camera. Another highlight of the A1 Plus is its massive 4,550mAh battery, which comes with extended support for Ultrafast charging.
Remaining specifications include a 6-inch full HD display, Helio P25 SoC, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. On the software front, it runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with Amigo 4 layered on top. ALSO READ: Gionee A1 Plus Review: Plus on size and battery
YU Yunique 2
After the comeback with Yureka 2, Micromax-backed YU also launched the successor of the Yunique smartphone this month. Called the YU Yunique 2, the smartphone was launched at Rs 5,999. The YU Yunique 2 flaunts a 5-inch HD display covered with Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.
The smartphone comes with built-in support for 22 regional languages. At the heart of the smartphone, runs a 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. For photography, it features a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. For power, it uses a 2,500mAh battery, and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. ALSO READ: YU Yureka Black Review: Is Black really back?
Honor 8 Pro
Soon after the China launch, Huawei’s online-only brand also debuted its flagship smartphone, Honor 8 Pro in India. Priced at Rs 29,999, the highlight of the Honor 8 Pro is its dual camera setup. The smartphone has a pair of 12-megapixel sensors at the back, and an 8-megapixel selfie snapper in the front. Besides that, the Honor 8 Pro features a 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) LTPS LCD display, protected by Gorilla Glass 3.
Under the hood is Huawei’s Kirin 960 octa-core processor, which is accompanied by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which users can expand to an additional 128GB using a microSD card. Fuelling the smartphone is a 4,000mAh battery. The Honor 8 Pro has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. ALSO READ: Honor 8 Pro Review: A premium smartphone at less than a premium price
Asus Zenfone AR
This month also saw the launch of the Project Tango smartphone, the Asus Zenfone AR. Priced at Rs 49,999, the smartphones features a 5.7-inch wide quad HD Super AMOLED (2560×1440p pixels) display. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, which is optimized for Tango AR and Daydream VR. For AR-capabilities, the smartphone comes with a TriCam system featuring a 23-megapixel camera along with motion-tracking and depth sensing technology. There is a dual tone LED flash at the back. The camera is capable of recording 4K ultra HD videos @30fps, and also supports RAW files. Up front, there is an 8-megapixel camera supported with screen flash.
On the software front, it runs on Android 7.0 Nougat wrapped under ASUS ZenUI 3.0. It is fuelled by a 3,300mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and BoostMaster Fast Charging. ALSO READ: Asus Zenfone AR review: A sneak peek into an exciting future!
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Besides the Mi 5x launch in China, this month Xiaomi also launched Mi Max 2 phablet in India. Priced at Rs 16,999, the Mi Max 2 features a 6.44-inch full HD (1080p) display. Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 chipset, which is accompanied by 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable storage.
In terms of optics, the Mi Max 2 sports a 12-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling. On the software front, it runs Android Nougat 7.1.1 wrapped under MIUI 8. The company, however, promises a MIUI 9 update soon. Fueling the phablet is a 5,300mAh battery. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Review: Large is an understatement
Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt
This month, Samsung also launched a new smartphone called the Galaxy J7 Nxt. It is listed on the company’s official website for Rs 11,490. Specifications wise, it comes with a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.6GHz octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM.
The smartphone also comes with 16GB of onboard storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. For photography, it sports a 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash. The Galaxy J7 Nxt runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, and is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery.
Though not a smartphone, but one of the highlight launch of the month was undoubtedly the Reliance JioPhone. The JioPhone, is essentially a feature phone, which is Made in India, and features a 2.4-inch QVGA display with familiar-looking keypad, FM radio compatibility, SD card slot, and torch light, among others. However, what differentiates it from existing line of feature phones is that it comes with 4G compatibility.
The feature phone also supports voice control. Quite similar to how Siri works on an iPhone, and Google Assistant on Android smartphones. You can activate it by long pressing the dedicated button for the feature and give a voice command such as, “Call, XYZ” and the phone will follow. You can also send messages using voice commands. Interestingly, the phone also supports voice control in Hindi language. It is unclear if there is support for languages other than Hindi and English. It comes built-in with the Jio suite of apps.
Prices at an effective price of Rs 0, the JioPhone can be purchased against a deposit of Rs 1,500, which will be refunded by the company after 36 months of purchase. The features phone is yet to be made available. The phone will be available for user testing starting August 15. The pre-bookings for the phone will start by August 24, and it will go on sale in the month of September. ALSO READ: Reliance JioPhone launched: Price, data tariff plans, prebooking, availability and more