June was a busy month, as far as the release of smartphones is concerned. Right from the return of the yesteryear giant Nokia, to OnePlus’ latest outing – the OnePlus 5, June gave us options galore.
By the looks of it, July would be even better, with a formidable collection of smartphones to be launched in the lineup. Here’s our list of the top draws for the month of July.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Yes, the successor to Xiaomi’s phablet is definitely on the cards, and may show up this month. Speaking of the specifications, the Mi Max 2 is set to arrive with the Snapdragon 821 chipset, 4GB RAM, Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS (with MIUI), and 12MP and 5MP (rear and front) cameras.
For its display, it will have the original’s 6.44-inch HD IPS display, while the power unit has been boosted to a 5,300mAh one (compared to the Mi Max’s 4,850Mah power unit).
The other contender for Xiaomi’s July outing is the Mi 6, which was launched a couple of months back. The phone’s specification arsenal boasts of a 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 835 chipset, and a 12MP dual camera setup (telephoto lens + wide-angle lens).
Also in tow is a 3,350mAh battery (with fast charging), Android Nougat-based MIUI 8 and a 5.15-inch Full HD display with four-sided 3D glass protection.
There’s still a conflict as to whether Xiaomi will unveil the Mi Max 2 or the Mi 6, but, rest assured, the company will indeed bring a phone out in the coming month (confirmation courtesy Manu Jain, Indian head of Xiaomi).
Moto E4 Plus
The rumors have garnered considerable credibility ever since Moto hinted towards the release of a battery-centric smartphone on Twitter. Out of the duo of the E4 series smartphones, this one is expected to arrive later this month, followed by its younger sibling a while later.
This one here has a 5,000mAh battery (also being billed as its highlight), Snapdragon 427 processor, 2GB RAM, Android Nougat and a metal unibody design.
Furthermore, the E4 Plus would be a budget outing by the company and have a home button embedded fingerprint scanner as well.
Honor 8 Pro
Another smartphone that will be out in July (In the first week only), the Honor Pro 8 is the same device that was introduced by the company as the Honor V9 in its native China. It was released in Europe a couple of months back.
It has a metal-clad body, a 5.7-inch QHD display, 2.4GHz octa-core Kirin 960 (company’s own) processor, 6gigs of RAM, 12MP+12MP dual rear cameras, Android Nougat (topped by EMUI 5.1), and a 4,000mAh battery.
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Gionee A1 Plus
The A1 Plus (and also its younger sibling – the A1) is a selfie-centric smartphone that comes with the promise of delivering ‘super selfie, super battery’. The phablet was first introduced at this year’s Mobile World Congress.
True to its selfie-oriented billing, the A1 Plus comes sporting a 20MP front facing camera with f/2.0 aperture to lure in the selfie enthusiasts. On the back of the phone, you will find a 13MP + 5MP dual camera combo (also having a two in one flash as well as an IR Remote).
The other notable specs of the phone include a 4,550mAh battery with Ultra-Charging capabilities, Android Nougat OS (with the company’s own Amigo UI in top), 4gigs of RAM, and a deca-core Helio P25 chipset.
Asus ZenFone AR
One of the first few smartphones boasting of an 8GB RAM and Google’s Project Tango AR support, the ZenFone AR is expected to join the Indian smartphone market at the end of the month. It is also the company’s flagship smartphone for the year, and would be competing with other high-end handsets, like the Samsung Galaxy S8 family and Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus.
For the rest of the specifications of the phone, we have a 5.7-inch 2K AMOLED display, Snapdragon 821 chipset, and a 3,300mA battery. In the optics department, the phone comes fitted with a whopping 23MP rear camera, while the front one is rated as 8MP.
Furthermore, the ZenFone AR will be available in a various RAM (6GB and 8GB) and ROM (64GB, 128GB and 256GB).
Nokia 5 and 6
After releasing the revamped Nokia 3310 and the budget offering Nokia 3, Nokia is set for the launch of the remaining two smartphones this July.
The Nokia 5 has a 5.2-inch display and makes use of a Snapdragon 430 SoC, that has been mated to a 2GB RAM. Apart from that, there’s 16GB of inbuilt storage, a 13MP primary snapper, an 8MP front camera and a 3,000mAh battery.
For the Nokia 6, on the other hand, Nokia has provided for a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 430 processor, 3gigs of RAM, a 16MP and 8MP camera combo for the back and front respectively, as well as the same 3,000mAh battery as the Nokia 5.
Now, for the commonality, both of these smartphones come with stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS, replete with the Google Assistant. While the Nokia 5 will be an offline exclusive like Nokia 3, the Nokia 6 will be sold online only.
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom
Another of Asus’ ZenFone series member, this one could accompany the ZenFone AR as the company’s official outings for July in India.
Specs-wise, the ZenFone 3 Zoom has being a thin and light phone design, in spite of packing a powerful 5000mAh battery. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, runs on Android 6.0 and has 5.5-inch AMOLED display.
The dual camera setup of the phone is being marketed as its USP and is a notch above what its predecessor, the ZenFone Zoom, offered. While one of the cameras has a 56mm lens along with 2.3x optical zoom, the other one has a 25mm wide-angle lens and a Sony IMX362 Image sensor.
The N2 is a mid-end smartphone by the Chinese company, and is expected to arrive within the first week of the month itself. It is not a completely new device altogether, having already seen a release in its home country.
For the specs, we have a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display, a 4GB RAM, MediaTek MT6750 64-bit octa-core processor, and an inbuilt storage space of 64GB.
Also in the fray are 13MP (back) and 16MP (front) cameras, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and 5,000mAh battery with fast-charging provisions (also being billed as a major selling point of the phone).