1.Reliance Jio Phone
After taking on the whole communication industry, Reliance is now up to something even bigger. The Jio Phone was one of the highlights of the month of July. Though not a smartphone, 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 Siri and Google Assistant. You can also send messages using voice commands. 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.
2.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 makes it more durable.
Under the hood, the Moto Z2 Force runs a SD’s latest 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.
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.
3. 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.
This month, Samsung also launched a new smartphone – 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.
5.Xiaomi Mi 5x
Another China launch which took place in last week of July, 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).
Another smartphone which was launched last month is the Project Tango smartphone, 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.