If you’re a technology enthusiast, upcoming smartphone launches are likely to get you very excited. This is especially true in 2023 since not only do we get to see new smartphones with breakthrough specifications and new technologies, but we are also increasingly seeing newer form factors such as foldables being adopted by many companies. As we saw at recent events such as CES (Consumer Electronic Show) and MWC (Mobile World Congress), the biggest trends in the smartphone industry in 2023 for new launches include 5G, satellite connectivity, 1-inch camera sensors, foldables and rollables, and sustainability. Although the global smartphone market is experiencing a dip currently, we expect the demand to pick up again in a couple of years. Additionally, the premium smartphone market in India is growing stronger with its share almost doubling in Q1 2023 compared to Q1 2022. According to Counterpoint Research, this is likely due to more financial schemes being introduced for premium smartphones such as No-Cost EMI on e-commerce platforms and an increase in exchange offers. Overall, smartphones remain extremely popular in India and new launches only escalate the excitement. We will see phones across price segments make their way to India including the Infinix GT 10 Pro, Motorola Moto G14, Realme GT 3, iPhone 15, OnePlus 12, Redmi 12 5G, OnePlus Nord CE3, and many more.
Redmi is set to launch its Redmi 12 series of smartphones very soon and the brand promises a “5G Revolution” with the launch of the Redmi 12 5G. The phone is expected to be powered by the latest Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 SoC and it will likely sport a 6.79-inch LCD FHD+ display with 90 Hz refresh rate support. You’ll get MIUI 14 based on Android 13, so unless Xiaomi has made any big changes to the UI – expect a ton of bloatware and ads. The Redmi 12 is also expected to feature a pretty decent camera stack for the price including a 50 MP main shooter, an ultrawide camera, and a macro camera. The phone is expected to be priced at ₹13,999, making it one of the most competitively priced 5G smartphones in the Indian market.
Infinix is all set to disrupt the sub-₹20K smartphone market with its latest entrant – the Infinix GT 10 Pro. The company is marketing this as a gaming phone which sports an AMOLED display and 120 Hz refresh rate. The device is also making waves due to its design which takes inspiration from the Nothing Phone’s transparent design. The smartphone is expected to be powered by the MediaTek 8050 SoC that we’ve tested. It got a fantastic AnTuTu score of 6 lakh+, so you can expect the performance to be very smooth.
The vanilla iPhone 15 is expected to launch later this year and according to multiple reports, the iPhone 15 could actually do away with the notch this year. We may see the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models adopt the Dynamic Island notch that was seen on the iPhone 14 Pro models. The iPhone 15 is also expected to feature some pretty game-changing camera upgrades. Of course, as we saw last year, reports indicate that the iPhone 15 will be powered by last year’s Apple Bionic A16 chipset. We know what to expect there – speedy performance, excellent image processing, and great fluidity. Reports also indicate that while the 15 Pro series will come with a price bump, the prices of the 15 and 15 Plus models could remain the same.
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the upcoming iPhone launches with the iPhone 15 Pro Max being at the crux of most of this excitement. The phone is expected to adopt a new titanium frame that is expected to be lighter and stronger than the current models’ stainless steel. We may also see smaller Dynamic Island cutouts – bringing these phones closer to Android’s pinhole cutout and the enhanced immersion that offers. The iPhone 15 Pro Max is also said to feature an updated camera stack with a periscope lens that could offer 6x optical zoom. The A17 Bionic chip will likely be fabricated on a 3 nm node and will possibly offer the fastest performance in the smartphone market.
Over the next few months, there are multiple smartphones slated to launch across different price points, many of which could make their way to Indian shores. Some top examples include the Google Pixel 7a, POCO F5, Realme 11 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, and Realme GT 3.Will smartphone prices drop in India in 2023?
The custom duty charges on import of certain smartphone parts were reduced during the Budget 2023. This could mean that smartphones could get cheaper in 2023 if OEMs decide to pass on the benefits of this price reduction to the customers.