“The month of November witnessed some of the most anticipated phone launches of the year”
As the calendar year 2017 comes to a close, handset manufacturers lined up to launch their flagships as the month of November was jam-packed with the likes of Google, OnePlus and Apple launching their high-end offerings. On the other hand, Xiaomi debuted a new series, while Flipkart made a foray into the smartphone industry with its own offering. In case you could not keep tab on smartphones that were launched last month, we have done the hard work for you. Here is a list of the top smartphones that were launched in the month of November in India.
Google held a launch event for the Pixel 2 duo on October 27th in New Delhi. While the Pixel 2 (first impressions) went on sale across the country starting November 1st, the Pixel 2 XL (review) was up for grabs starting November 15th. The Google Pixel 2 comes with a 5-inch full HD AMOLED display. There is a Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB storage for performance. For imaging, the smartphone comes with a 12.2-megapixel primary with f/1.8 aperture, Dual Pixel autofocus and OIS, and an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. The handset sips power from a 2,700mAh battery. While the Pixel 2 XL retains most of the spec sheet, it comes with a bigger 6-inch QHD+ bezel-less POLED display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a larger 3,520mAh battery.
Just five months after launching the OnePlus 5 (review), the handset maker went ahead and released the OnePlus 5T (review). The new phone from the brand adds an all-screen front with minimal bezels, an improved dual-camera setup, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor as compared to the front-facing one on its predecessor, and facial recognition. There’s a 6.01-inch full HD+ Optic AMOLED display with 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 on top. Under the hood, it has a 2.45GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and comes in two variants – 6GB + 64GB and 8GB + 128GB. For imaging, the OnePlus 5T gets a 16MP Sony IMX 398 primary snapper at the rear, accompanied by a 20MP IMX 376K sensor. Both the cameras have an aperture of f/1.7 and a focal length of 27.22mm. At the front is a 16MP Sony IMX 371 sensor. The device runs Android Nougat based Oxygen OS and is powered by 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge support. The device can be picked up from Amazon India, OnePlus’ e-store and the OnePlus experience store in Bengaluru and Noida.
Apple unveiled the much-awaited iPhone X (review) at newly built Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino in September and the device finally started selling in India on November 3rd. Being offered in two variants – 64GB and 256GB, the iPhone X comes with a 5.8-inch OLED ‘Super Retina’ display bearing a resolution of 2,436 x 1,125 pixels. It is an all-screen front, except for the notch on the top that houses the array of sensors for Face ID, which replaces Touch ID for authentication and also facilitates animated emojis called Animojis. The device is powered by an Apple A11 Bionic processor that sports six powerful cores and is backed by 3GB of RAM. There is a dual 12MP snappers at the back with OIS on both the sensors, and a 7MP front shooter. Also, Apple has opted for glass sandwich design to enable wireless charging for the 2,716mAh battery. At Rs 89,000 and Rs 1,02,000 for the 64GB and 256GB respectively, the iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone ever.
While most smartphone brands didn’t lose time in boarding the selfie wagon, Xiaomi was yet to do the same. That changed last month with Xiaomi’s new Redmi Y series. The Redmi Y1 (review) and its toned-down variant Y1 Lite went on sale in India starting November 8th, after being unveiled in the beginning of November. The Redmi Y1 comes with a 5.5-inch HD display with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass on top to protect it from scratches. There is a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, mated to an Adreno 505 GPU for performance. The device comes in two RAM and storage variants – 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB, both with support for expanding the storage. In the imaging department, there is a 13-megapixel primary shooter at the rear and 16-megapixel front-facing camera with a dedicated selfie flash unit and Beautify 3.0. Other salient features include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, MIUI 8 and a 3,080mAh battery. The Redmi Y1 Lite retains the spec sheet except for the Snapdragon 425 SoC, mated to 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage, and a conventional 5MP front shooter. It also misses out on a fingerprint scanner.
Known for its selfie-centric offerings, OPPO launched the much-anticipated F5 (review) in India on November 2nd. The newest handset from the Chinese brand doesn’t feature a dual selfie camera, but brings something innovative to the table. The 20-megapixel selfie shooter up front is aided by AI-enabled Beauty Recognition technology, which has been designed to self-learn and enhance each shot. The primary camera on this handset is a 16-megapixel unit. Speaking of the display, there is 6-inch LTPS TFT display with full HD+ resolution flaunting an 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone comes powered by octa-core MediaTek Helio P23 processor, which is further backed by 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Running Android 7.1-based ColorOS 3.2, the smartphone is powered by a 3,200mAh battery. There is also a 6GB RAM variant of the handset, which went on sale earlier this month.
November also marked the debut of leading e-commerce website – Flipkart into the world of smartphones. The brand chose the Billion Capture+ (first impressions) as the debut vehicle, which a budget dual camera-toting smartphone. It boots stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat, and comes bundled with unlimited cloud storage for photos and videos courtesy of tronX. The dual camera module on the rear comprises two 13-megapixel cameras in the monochrome and RGB setup. It has modes like portrait mode, super night mode and depth-of-field mode. On the front, the device is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera. There is a 5.5-inch full HD display with a pixel density of 401ppi and 2.5D curved Dragontrail glass. Under the hood, there is is an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. The device comes in two RAM and storage configurations – 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB. Fuelling the handset is a 3,500mAh battery with support for fast charging.
The Chinese handset maker, Infinix launched its flagship Zero 5 (first impressions) – at an event held in Dubai on November 14th. The handset comes in two variants – 64GB and 128GB, with the latter labelled as the Zero 5 Pro. The device ships with a 6-inch LTPS Incell display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass. On to the imaging, there is a primary 12-megapixel + 13-megapixel camera module with a telephoto and wide-angle setup. The features include 2x optical zoom and Portrait mode with a bokeh effect. The selfie shooter on this device is a 16-megapixel snapper with flash. The smartphone runs XOS based on Android Nougat and is powered by a beefy 4,350mAh battery. The handset is already up for grabs in the country and is a Flipkart exclusive. It comes with a price tag of Rs 17,999 for the 64GB option, and Rs 19,999 for the Pro variant with 128GB storage.
While these conclude the list of top smartphones launched in the month of November, there are few others that are worthy of a mention. HMD Global launched its most affordable smartphone Nokia 2 (first impressions), which has been priced at Rs 6,999 and brings a 5-inch HD display, a 4,100mAh battery and Snapdragon 212 SoC. At the same price point, Intex launched the ELYT Dual (first impressions), which brings a pair of selfie snappers to the entry-level segment. Vivo also launched the V7 (first impressions) with 18:9 display and 24MP selfie camera with moonlight flash last month. The last notable offering is the Gionee M7 Power (first impressions), which happens to be the first from the company to come with an 18:9 display and rocks specs like a 5,000mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor and 4GB RAM.
These are the top smartphones launched last month. Did any of these catch your fancy or have you already bought one of these? Let us know in the comment box below and share your experience.