March is generally a busy month for the smartphone industry, and it appears this one will be no different. While we've already seen a few phones launch this month, some of the biggest phone makers in the country are scheduled to launch some interesting devices before the end of the month.
From Vivo to OnePlus and Realme, the last few days of this month will see a number of new flagships beings launched in the country. These phones will feature high-end specifications including Snapdragon and MediaTek chipsets paired to powerful cameras, big batteries, and gorgeous displays. Sandwiched between the flagships will also be some mid-range and budget segment devices from the likes of Poco. However, much like the flagships, a lot is expected of these affordable devices that feature powerful hardware for the price they will be sold at.
The OnePlus 9 series is scheduled for March 23 launch. The series is expected to be populated by at least two phones -- the OnePlus 9 and the Oneplus 9 Pro(₹ 64999 at amazon). Of the two, the OnePlus 9 is expected to be a more affordable device. However, the phone will still feature powerful specifications as the device is tipped to be powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, paired with 8GB or 12GB RAM and up to 256GB storage variant. The OnePlus 9 is also tipped to get a 6.55-inch AMOLED display panel with support for a 120Hz refresh rate and the capability to process textures in up to FHD+ resolution.
As for cameras, the device is likely to sport a triple camera set-up, which is tipped to include a 48-megapixel Sony IMX789 primary camera and a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 ultrawide snapper. The third lens in the set-up is likely to be a macro sensor. For selfies, it is tipped to get a 16MP front camera. Apart from this, the OnePlus 9 is likely to feature a stereo speaker setup with the lights being kept on by a 4,500mAh battery capable of 65W fast charging.
The second OnePlus device expected to be launched later this month is the Oneplus 9 Pro 5G. This will be the most expensive device from the OnePlus 9 series and will bring with itself high-end specifications and a premium design language.
The Oneplus 9 Pro is widely tipped to feature a 6.7-inch QHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a punch-hole cut out for the selfie camera. Under the hood, there will be a 5G-enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset paired to as much as 12GB RAM and up to 256GB of RAM. The phone is also tipped to feature a quad-camera set-up with a Sony IMX789 48-megapixel main camera, a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 ultrawide lens, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 2-megapixel lens for depth sensing. There is also expected to be a 16MP front camera for selfies and video calls.
The battery on the device is expected to be a 4,500mAh pack with support for 65W fast charging. Further, the Oneplus 9 Pro could also feature 30W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.
Apart from the above-mentioned OnePlus devices, there are strong rumours about the company also launching a slightly more affordable OnePlus 9 Lite/ OnePlus 9R. This is tipped to be a new addition to the line-up of OnePlus devices, with the phone expected to feature slightly toned-down hardware in comparison to the OnePlus 9 and Oneplus 9 Pro.
As for its specifications, the OnePlus 9R is tipped to feature a 6.5-inch FHD+ display with support for 90Hz refresh rate. Underneath, the OnePlus 9R is also expected to bring support for 5G basebands, however, the chip here could be the mid-range Snapdragon 690 SoC -- instead of the high-end Snapdragon 888 on the OnePlus 9 series phones. The chipset is likely to be paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.
There's no information about the other specifications of the phone. However, it is expected that the device will bring with itself decent hardware when it comes to the camera and battery department.
The Vivo X60 series is set to be launched in India on March 25, with the series set to see the debut of three new phones on the date. Of the three, the base X60 is tipped to be equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset. This recently launched chip is an enhanced version of the Snapdragon 865 SoC. Based on 7nm process technology, this chip comes with a Kryo 385 CPU and has a tri-cluster architecture.
The Vivo X60 will flaunt a 6.56-inch Full HD+ (2376 x 1080 pixels) resolution AMOLED display with a 120Hz high refresh rate and support for HDR10+ playback. The phone will also bring with itself up to 12GB of RAM. For cameras, the Vivo X60 is expected to come with a quad-camera set-up on the back, consisting of a primary 48MP Sony IMX598 image sensor with an f/1.48 aperture and 4-axis optical image stabilization. The secondary lens could be a 13MP secondary ultra-wide-angle camera with a 120-degree field of view followed by a 13MP portrait camera. Battery details about the device remain unknown at the moment.
The X60 Pro is tipped to feature similar specs to the Vivo X60. However, there could be some changes in the camera department. While the phone is likely to flaunt an X60-like same 6.56-inch Full HD+ (2376 x 1080 pixels) resolution AMOLED display with a 120Hz high refresh rate, it is expected to get an extra lens to enhance the picture-taking capabilities of the device.
As such, the Vivo X60 Pro expected to come with a quad-camera set-up on the back with a primary 48MP Sony IMX598 image sensor with an f/1.48 aperture and 4-axis optical image stabilization. The secondary lens could be a 13MP secondary ultra-wide-angle camera with a 120-degree field of view followed by a 13MP portrait camera and an 8MP periscope telephoto lens offering 5X optical zoom and up to 60X digital zoom.
The phone is also tipped to be powered by the same Snapdragon 870 SoC that's expected to power the Vivo X60. Much like the Vivo X60, battery details for the device remain unknown at the moment.
The flagship from the X60 series this year, the X60 Pro+, has all been confirmed to come with a Snapdragon 888 SoC under the hood. This chipset has already been used on a number of flagships this year and promises flawless performance for all tasks, including gaming, photography, and multitasking. Apart from this, the phone is also set to feature upgrades over the X60 and X60 Pro in other departments.
For display, the device will get a 6.56-inch 120Hz FullHD+ AMOLED screen with a fingerprint reader underneath. The phone will also bring up to 12GB of RAM. For cameras, reports have suggested that the X60 Pro+ will flaunt a quad-camera setup that has been designed in collaboration with Zeiss optics. The primary lens here will likely be a 50MP primary camera with an f/1.6 aperture and OIS support followed by a 48MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 114-degree field-of-view and gimbal stabilization. There may also be an 8MP periscope telephoto camera offering up to 5x optical zoom and a 32MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom.
Realme 8 and Realme 8 Pro are confirmed to launch on March 24 in India. Of the two, the latter will be the company's new flagship, with the Realme 8 Pro also featuring a powerful camera 108MP camera system that is based on the Samsung ISOCELL HM2 sensor.
As for the specifications, the Realme 8 could feature a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, powered by the MediaTek Helio G95 under the hood. The phone is tipped to bring a thin and light design and is tipped to be equipped with a 5,000mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging out-of-the-box.
Realme 8 is expected to feature a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display that uses an AMOLED panel, likely with a punch-hole notch cutout. The phone is said to have 64MP quad cameras and is powered by the MediaTek Helio G95 processor. Meanwhile, the Realme 8 Pro is expected to feature an AMOLED display with an in-screen fingerprint reader. There are also rumours that Realme could launch a 4G and a 5G variant of the Realme 8 Pro. The Realme 8 Pro could also have support for high-refresh rates.
The Realme 8 Pro could be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G while the 5G model is expected to have MediaTek Dimensity 800U. This could be paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage options to choose from. The Realme 8 Pro is slated to feature 108MP quad cameras that have been detailed by the company earlier. The Realme 8 Pro could be equipped with a 4,500mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging out-of-the-box.
Although Poco has not officially announced the Poco X3 Pro yet, the phone is widely believed to be launched on March 30. Ahead of the launch, key specifications of the Poco X3 Pro have been revealed, with the phone set to house some fascinating hardware.
Reports in the past have said that the phone could feature a full-HD+ display with 120Hz refresh rate. The chipset inside may be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 SoC with the phone using a 5,200mAh battery pack to keep the lights on. Apart from this, the device is tipped to come with 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, and NFC.
|Release Date:||23 Mar 2021|
|Variant:||128 GB/8 GB RAM , 256 GB/12 GB RAM|
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