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Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, currently the fastest and most powerful chipset in the world.

I know you and I are waiting for the lockdown to be lifted in India, the same way smartphone companies are also waiting for the lockdown to be lifted so that they could launch their latest and greatest smartphones with Snapdragon 865 in India. It is not only good for consumers but also good for smartphone companies as India is one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world.

So let’s see what’s in store for us once smartphone sales kickstarts and list of most powerful phones will be launched in India in upcoming months.

First I’m not including OnePlus 8 and 8Pro in this list as they have already been announced with staggering prices.

1. Iqoo Neo 3 5G

 

Iqoo Neo 3 5G is the one I’m most excited about because it is not only the cheapest Snapdragon 865 smartphone, but it also has some of the finest specs you could see on any smartphone. If your budget is limited and you can live with a couple of compromises, then Iqoo Neo 3 5G should be your next pick without a doubt.

Let’s see what Iqoo Neo 3 5G offers when it launches in India at a price expected to be less than Rs.30,000.

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with Adreno 650 GPU
  • 6.57 Inch 144Hz LCD FHD+ Display with HDR10 Support
  • Up to 12GB of LPGDDR4X RAM
  • Up to 256GB of UFS3.1 Storage
  • 4500mah with 44W fast charging
  • 48MP (Main Camera, Sony IMX 582) + 8MP (Wide-angle lens) + 2MP (Macro Camera)
  • 16MP front camera
  • Side-mounted Fingerprint scanner (0.16S speed unlocking)
  • Dual Stereo Speakers
  • 3.5 Audio Jack with Hi-Fi and Hi-Res

Why you should wait for this?

  • Insane pricing tag of Rs.30,000 or less
  • 144Hz Display
  • 3.5 Audio Jack with Hi-Fi and Hi-Res

Things to watch out

  • Not so interesting LCD Display
  • No In-Display Fingerprint scanner
  • No Telephoto lens from Iqoo 3 5g, means no Zoom capabilities
  • Older generation LPGDDR4X RAM instead of latest LPGDDR5

2. Xiaomi Mi 10 5G

Xiaomi is launching Mi 10 5G flagship after a long time and it is interesting to see how are they going to price it with respect to the OnePlus 8. I believe Mi 10 5G is one of the most interesting phone if you are looking for a great camera at a budget level.

Mi 10 5G got some of the most insane hardware that you can dream of

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with Adreno 650 GPU
  • 6.67 Inch 90Hz Super AMOLED FHD+ Curved Display with HDR10 Support
  • Up to 12GB of LPGDDR5 RAM
  • Up to 256GB of UFS3.0 Storage
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • 4780mah with 30W Wired Fast Charging, 30W Wireless Fast Charging
  • 108MP (Main Camera) + 13MP (Wide-angle lens) + 2MP (Macro Camera) + 2MP (Depth Sensor)
  • 20MP front camera
  • In-Display Fingerprint scanner
  • Dual Stereo Speakers

Why you should wait for this?

  • Insane 108MP Camera

Things to watch out

  • No 3.5mm headphone jack
  • No Telephoto Lens, means no dedicated Zoom lens

3. Motorola EDGE Plus 5G

Motorola is launching its first flagship in years. It has been couple of years since they have been launching only mid-range smartphones and this is their best shot and I believe they have got one hell of a device

Its specs are easily the best Motorola has offered in years

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with Adreno 650 GPU
  • 6.7 Inch 90Hz Super AMOLED FHD+ Extra Curved Display with HDR10 Support
  • Up to 12GB of LPGDDR5 RAM
  • Up to 256GB of UFS3.0 Storage
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • 5000mah with 18W Fast Charging + 15W Wireless Charging
  • 108MP (Main Camera) + 16MP (Wide-angle lens) + 8MP (Telephoto lens)
  • 25MP front camera
  • In-Display Fingerprint scanner
  • Dual Stereo Speakers
  • 3.5 Audio Jack

Why you should wait for this?

  • 90 Degree Waterfall Display

Things to watch out

  • Only 18W Fast charging, that is so 2018 charging solution
  • Insane pricing upwards of Rs.60,000 (USD1000 in USA)

4. Oppo Find X2 Pro

Opps’s find series has always been the pinnacle of technology and this time it is no different. Oppo Find X2 Pro is a device which competes with Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and still holds it’s chance. It is bleeding edge in every which way.

Have you ever used a device with Vegan leather? then Oppo Find X2 Pro is for you.

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with Adreno 650 GPU
  • 6.7 Inch 120Hz OLED QHD+ Extra Curved Display with HDR10 Support
  • Up to 12GB of LPGDDR5 RAM
  • Up to 512GB of UFS3.0 Storage
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • 4260mah with 65W SuperVOOC Flash Charging
  • 48MP (Main Camera, SONY IMX689) + 48MP (Wide-angle lens, SONY IMX586) + 13MP (Periscope lens)
  • 32MP front camera
  • IP68 Dust & Water Resistance
  • In-Display Fingerprint scanner
  • Dual Stereo Speakers

Why you should wait for this?

  • If you have a lot of money and you want a device with a leather back cover

Things to watch out

  • Nothing specific except for that Rs.80,000 (USD1200 in global markets) price tag

5. Redmagic 5g

Are you into mobile gaming? this is your best shot at finding the fastest gaming smartphone. Redmagic is a sub-brand owned by Nubia, Nubia is a sub-brand owned by ZTE, has launched a couple of gaming phones earlier. But, I feel this is their finest work to date and you also say the same thing after you see the specs.

Please let me remind you that this is one hella looking device with red and blue gradients.

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with Adreno 650 GPU
  • 6.65 Inch 144Hz AMOLED FHD+ Display with 240Hz Touch Sampling Rate
  • Up to 12GB of LPGDDR5 RAM
  • Up to 512GB of UFS3.0 Storage
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • 4500mah with 55W Fast Charging
  • 64MP (Main Camera, SONY IMX686) + 8MP (Wide-angle lens) + 2MP (Macro lens)
  • 8MP front camera
  • Active Liquid Cooling with a Turbo Fan, I’m not joking, there is a fan inside the phone
  • In-Display Fingerprint scanner
  • Dual Stereo Speakers with DTS X:Ultra
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Shoulder Triggers

Why you should wait for this?

  • 144Hz AMOLED Screen, you can’t get it elsewhere

Things to watch out

  • It looks insane
  • This is a gaming phone, not for everybody
  • Very average camera setup, main and selfie

6. Backshark 3

Balckshark 3 is an alien phone and it looks out of this world as well, like any other gaming phone. Backshark is a sub-brand of Xiaomi and specialized in crafting finest gaming smartphones. Blackshark 2, it’s predecessor, is well received in India and I hope this too excite many gaming enthusiasts.

Blackshark 3 has another variant called Blackshark 3 Pro with physical shoulder triggers and 7.1-inch screen.

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with Adreno 650 GPU
  • 6.67 Inch 90Hz AMOLED FHD+ Display with 270Hz Touch Sampling Rate
  • Up to 12GB of LPGDDR5 RAM
  • Up to 512GB of UFS3.0 Storage
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • 4720mah with 65W Fast Charging
  • 64MP (Main Camera, SONY IMX686) + 13MP (Wide-angle lens) + 5MP (Depth lens)
  • 20MP front camera
  • In-Display Fingerprint scanner
  • Dual Stereo Speakers
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

Why you should wait for this?

  • If you want a better camera in a gaming phone

Things to watch out

  • It looks alien
  • This is a gaming phone, not for everybody
  • No shoulder triggers
  • No Macro Lens or Telephoto Lens

7. Redmi K30 Pro/Poco X2 Pro

In 2019, when Redmi launched K20 pro, it is an instant hit because of its flagship specs and flagship killer price tag. It was one of the most value for money device that you could buy last year. Prior to that, in 2018, Poco launched POCO F1 and it took the market by storm and stood as a device with an insane value proposition. This year Xiaomi, the mother of Redmi and POCO, is contemplating under which brand to launch Redmi K30 Pro, as it called internationally, in India.

Whichever the brand, Redmi K30 Pro got some killer specs and with a killer price tag that is hard to beat.

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with Adreno 650 GPU
  • 6.67 Inch 60Hz AMOLED FHD+ Display
  • Up to 8GB of LPGDDR5 RAM
  • Up to 512GB of UFS3.1 Storage
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • 4720mah with 33W Fast Charging
  • 64MP (Main Camera, SONY IMX686) + 13MP (Wide-angle lens) + 5MP (Telephoto lens) + 2MP (Depth lens)
  • 20MP pop-up front camera
  • In-Display Fingerprint scanner
  • 3.5mm headphone jack with Hi-Res Audio

Why you should wait for this?

  • Value for money with continuos software updates

Things to watch out

  • Only 60Hz refresh rate display
  • No Stereo Speakers

8. LG V60 Thinq Dual Screen

LG always makes some of the stunning phones but with some caveats. I have been a big fan of their Quad DAC and amazing military-grade build quality. This year, they have launched another flagship, with quirkiness which is only an LG can do, along with Dual screen accessory.

LG V60 Thinq is every bit of flagship as Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and if you like to be different, then this is for you.

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with Adreno 650 GPU
  • 6.8 Inch 60Hz OLED FHD+ Display with Dual Screen Accessory bundled
  • Up to 8GB RAM
  • Up to 128GB storage
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • 5000mah with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0+
  • 64MP (Main Camera) + 13MP (Wide-angle lens) + Z Camera (ToF Camera)
  • 10MP front camera
  • In-Display Fingerprint scanner
  • IP68 Dust & Water Resistance
  • Dual Stereo Speakers
  • 3.5mm headphone jack with 32-BIT Hi-Fi Quad DAC

Why you should wait for this?

  • That Dual Screen Accessory
  • Insane audio quality with 32-BIT Hi-Fi Quad DAC
  • If you record a lot of videos, this is the best video phone out there

Things to watch out

  • Only 60Hz refresh rate display
  • Becomes bulky with Dual Screen Accessory

Still not announced yet, but worth looking out

9. Asus Zenphone 7

Why you should wait for this?

  • Best battery life possible
  • Value for money

10. Asus ROG Phone 3

Why you should wait for this?

  • The best phone you can buy in budget with a maximum specs possible

Do let me know in the comments if you are looking for any other smartphone in India.

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