As we step into 2017, the advancements and popularity towards smartphones is growing at a rapid pace. You cannot deny the fact that the smartphones now feature highly capable technologies and ever exceeding processing power. But before you buy, you should know what’s coming next. If you are due for an upgrade, these are the upcoming smartphones you might want to wait for.
1. The Swagphone Honor 6X
Honor announced the Honor 6X under mid-range segment in China a few months back. The main highlight of this smartphone is the dual camera setup that gives a 12MP camera with phase detection autofocus (PDAF), LED flash and a secondary 2-megapixel for achieving a depth of field and background blur.
The Swagphone Honor 6X comes in metal unibody design packing a 13.97cm Full HD 2.5D curved glass IPS display. Talking about the hardware, the Honor 6X is powered by an Octa-core Kirin 655 processor with Mali T830-MP2 as GPU under the hood. The phone runs on Android Marshmallow operating system and gets the Huawei EMUI 4.1 on top that will be updated with the EMUI 5 very soon.
In terms of storage, this mid-range offering comes in two variants — 3GB RAM with 32GB inbuilt and 4GB RAM with 64GB (eMMC 5.1) storage. Further, it gives you the option to expand the memory as well through MicroSD card slot. It is juiced with a 3340 mAh battery with support for fast charging.
Moving on, we are not sure about the pricing of the smartphone for the Indian market, which we should know when it is launched on January 24th exclusively on Amazon.in.
2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
Xiaomi announced Redmi Note 4 in China last year around August with a brushed metal body and chamfered edges. Following the success of Redmi Note 3, the company is planning to launch the device in the Indian market this month.
However, the Redmi Note 4 launched in India will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset instead of Helio X20 processor. The remaining specifications will be the same including a 5.5-inch Full HD glass display, runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).
It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) to focus in just 0.3 seconds, comes with dual-tone LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It supports 4G VoLTE and juiced with a 4100mAh battery.
The Redmi Note 4 starts at Rs. 9999, and will go on sale from 23rd January.
3. Coolpad Conjr
Yet another Chinese handset maker, Coolpad introduced Conjr smartphone with unibody metal design under mid-ranger segment at the CES earlier this month. It comes packed with 5-inch HD 2.5D curved glass display (70.6% screen-to-body ratio), is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor, has 3GB of RAM, runs on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with Cool UI 8.0.
It has a 13MP rear camera with OIS, LED flash and also has an 8MP camera on the front with LED flash. Additionally, the smartphone supports 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS. The Conjr smartphone comes with a fingerprint sensor as well on the backside of the device.
Coolpad said that the Conjr smartphone will be aggressively priced in the Indian market. We should know the price when it goes official later this month.
4. Moto G5 / G5 Plus
While the existence of the Moto G5/G5 Plus smartphones are almost confirmed, we are not sure if we can expect it at the Motorola’s MWC 2017 event next month. The Moto G5 Plus is expected to come with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, powered by an IOcta-core Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM.
It is said to sport a 13MP rear camera with dual-LED flash and a 5MP front snapper on board. Further, the smartphone is expected to pack a 3080mAh battery. It is also said feature a unibody metal design.
If it is announced of February 26th, it will likely launch in India as early as March.
5. Nokia E1
Nokia is all set to make a comeback globally following the launch of Nokia 6 smartphone in the Chinese market. The so-called Nokia E1 might get launched in MWC 2017 event next month, along with several other smartphones.
The purported Nokia E1 is expected to come with a 5.2-inch 720p display, powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor clubbed with 2GB RAM under the hood. Further, the E1 might run on Android 7.0 Nougat like the Nokia 6. We should know all the details on February 26th.