Best new and upcoming smartphones (July 2017)

By Hardik Singh | Published on 28 Jul 2017
Best new and upcoming smartphones (July 2017)
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What were the best phones this season? What did you miss? What is upcoming? We have all the answers right here.

Did you know in a good year, more than a 1000 smartphones are launched in India? This makes our job much more difficult as we have to look at this large set of devices and select a few to tell you which are worth your money and attention. In the last two months, there were more than two dozens major smartphone launches and almost as many leaks about upcoming devices. Hence, via this list we have tried to make things easier. Given below is a relatively small list of new and upcoming smartphones which we think might be good for you. These are the best new and upcoming smartphones for the month of July 2017.

Let us start with the current crop of smartphones in the market which we think are worth revisiting.
 
Moto E4, E4 Plus
For people who are frustrated waiting for the Xiaomi Redmi phones to come back into stock, the two new Moto phones seem like a good option. By the looks of it, both should have a decent performance, which is complimented by a big battery. Read more about the phone here.

Moto E4 Plus specs:
Display: 5.5-inch, 720p
SoC: MediaTek MT6737
RAM: 3GB
Storage: 32GB
Camera: 13MP, 5MP
Battery: 5000mAh
OS: Android 7.1.1

The Moto E4 shares the same looks and SoC as the E4 Plus in a smaller 5-inch footprint.Buy Moto E4 Plus from Flipkart at Rs 9999.

Honor 8 Pro
Honor has been putting out new phones every few months and the latest Honor 8 Pro is a fierce competitor to the OnePlus 5. Here’s our review of the Honor 8.     Buy Honor 8 Pro from Amazon at Rs.29999.

 

Honor 8 pro specs:
Display: 5.7-inch, 1440p
SoC: HiSilicon Kirin 960
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB
Camera: Dual 12MP, 8MP
Battery: 4000mAh
OS: Android 7.0

Asus Zenfone AR
The Asus Zenfone AR is the world’s first phone which combines Google’s Tango AR and Daydream VR technologies. It is a large phone and has quite the resume. Read our first impressions for Asus Zenfone AR. Read more about the phone here.Buy Asus Zenfone AR from Flipkart at Rs.49999. 

Asus Zenfone AR specs:
Display: 5.7-inch, 1440p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Camera: 23MP, 8MP
Battery: 3300mAh
OS: Android 7.0

Xiaomi Mi Max 2
The Mi Max 2 is one of the biggest phones we have encountered this year. Still, the phablet manages to stay relatively phone-like, even with that large 6.44-inch display. Read our Mi Max 2 review here. Buy Xiaomi Mi Max 2 from Amazon at Rs 16999.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 specs:
Display: 6.44-inch, 1080p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Camera: 12MP, 5MP
Battery: 5300mAh
OS: Android 7.0

Zopo Speed X
Dual cameras is one of the most prominent trends this year in the smartphone world and the Zopo Speed X is the latest smartphone to sport the technology. However, what you need to know is, it is the cheapest dual camera smartphone you can buy today. Read more about the phone here.Buy Zopo Speed X from Flipkart at Rs 9499.

Zopo Speed X specs:
Display: 5-inch, 1080p
SoC: MediaTek MT6753
RAM: 3GB
Storage: 32GB
Camera: Dual 13MP, 13MP
Battery: 2680mAh
OS: Android 7.0

OnePlus 5
Talking of dual cameras, OnePlus took a swing at the category with its latest OnePlus 5 smartphone. The OnePlus 5 offers top of the line specifications and 8GB of RAM on the device is just insane. Here’s our OnePlus 5 review.Buy Oneplus 5 from Amazon at Rs 32999.

OnePlus 5 specs:
Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Camera: Dual (16MP + 20MP), 16MP
Battery: 3300mAh
OS: Android 7.1.1

HTC U11
HTC’s flagship this year was an odd mix of hardware and looks, which performed well and looked rather distinct. The main feature however was the squeeze functionality, where you squeeze the sides of the device to trigger certain functions. Here’s how the HTC U11 fared in our review.Buy HTC U 11 from Amazon at Rs 59500.

HTC U11 specs:
Display: 5.5-inch, 1440p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 64GB
Camera: 12MP, 16MP
Battery: 3000mAh
OS: Android 7.1

Nokia 6
Finally, Nokia is back with all new smartphones. While the Nokia 3 and 5 seem decent, the Nokia 6 is the phone we think might put up some competition. Read more about the phone here.

Nokia 6 specs:
Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
RAM: 3GB
Storage: 32GB
Camera: 16MP, 8MP
Battery: 3000mAh
OS: Android 7.1.1

So those were some of the noteworthy smartphones available in the market right now. Let’s shift focus to some exciting upcoming devices.

JioPhone
By now, everyone might know something about the JioPhone and the features it offers. It is quite simply the next step in offering 4G data connections through a smart feature phone platform. Read more about the JioPhone here.

Moto Z2 Force
The Z2 Force is the new flagship from the company, offering top shelf specifications and a shatter proof display on a super slim smartphone. The Z2 Force may not make it to India, but we think Moto will announce a standalone Moto Z2 for the Indian market. Read more about the phone here.

Moto Z2 Force specs:
Display: 5.5-inch, 1440p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Camera: Dual 12MP, 5MP
Battery: 2730mAh
OS: Android 7.1.1

Xiaomi Mi 5X
The latest Xiaomi Mi 5X is the most likely contender from Xiaomi to be launched in India later in the year. The Mi 5X comes with MIUI 9 out-of-the-box and has been announced only in China. Read more about the phone here.

Xiaomi Mi 5X specs:
Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Camera: Dual 12MP, 5MP
Battery: 3080mAh
OS: Android 7.1.1

Hereon, we are moving into the unknown or rumored territory. The phones listed below flagship class devices that are very eagerly awaited right now.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is supposed to be the next flagship from the Korean tech giant, but it comes with its own baggage. Read more about the phone here.

Rumored specs:
Display: 6.3-inch, QHD+
SoC: Exynos 8895
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 64GB
Camera: Dual 12MP
Battery: 3300mAh
OS: Android 7.1

Apple iPhone 8
This list won’t be complete without the mention of the Apple iPhone 8, which is likely to launch within the next two months. Will it live up to the hype?. Read more about the phone here.

Rumored specs:
Display: NA
SoC: Apple A11
RAM: 3GB
Storage: 256GB
Camera: Dual 12MP
Battery: N/A
OS: iOS 11

Google Pixel 2
The Google Pixel 2 is another smartphone which has Android fans on the edge of their seats. It is rumored that Google will also offer a dual camera setup on the phone this year, however renders show the opposite.. Read more about the phone here.

Rumored specs:
Display: 5-inch, 2K
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 836
RAM: 4/6GB
Storage: 32GB minimum
Camera: NA
Battery: N/A
OS: latest Android

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
Finally, the long awaited second iteration of the stunning Mi Mix may make its debut this year and if rumors are true, it might make its way into India. Read more about the phone here.

Rumored specs:
Display: N/A
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM: N/A
Storage: N/A
Camera: N/A
Battery: N/A
OS: Android Nougat

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