Samsung has launched its flagship phone – Galaxy Note 9. This phone is available for pre-order on Amazon and Flipkart with several offers. It has a 6.4-inch Quad-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display with Corning Gorilla Glass Protection, and features a resolution of 2960 pixels x 1440 pixels. Powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with Adreno 630 GPU, the device has two variants – one with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, and the other with 8GB RAM with 512GM storage; the scope of expansion is up to 512GB using a microSD card.
Some regions will ship this phone with Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 9 Series 9810 processor with Mali G72MP18 GPU. It is speculated to run on Android v8.1 Oreo edition and is single/hybrid dual-SIM capable.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is water and dust resistant (IP68) certified. On the optics side it has a 12-megapixel primary camera and 12 megapixel secondary rear camera. There also is an 8-megapixel front facing the camera with wide angle lens. Its network features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5 LE, GPS with GLONASS, USB 3.1, NFC and MST. Samsung has included several sensors including fingerprint sensor, gyro sensor, accelerometer, barometer, geomagnetic sensor, heart rate sensor, hall sensor, proximity sensor, RGB light sensor, pressure sensor and iris sensor. The device has a 4000mAh battery with fast charging both on wired and wireless. It is available in midnight black, ocean blue, and metallic copper colour options.
OPPO F9 Pro will be launched in India on August 21. The phone has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a resolution of 2280 pixels x 1080 pixels. It is powered by an Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P60 12nm processor coupled with ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. The phone has 4GB RAM and comes with 64GB internal memory, its variant features 6GB RAM with 128GB storage. The scope of expansion for both variants is up to 256GB using a microSD card. This dual-SIM capable phone comes with ColorOS 5.2 based on Android v8.1 Oreo edition. It has a 16-megapixel rear camera sporting LED flash, a secondary 2-megapixel camera and a 25-megapixel front-facing camera. The device supports fingerprint sensor and its network features include Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth v4.2, and GPS. OPPO F9 Pro has a 3500mAh battery with VOOC fast charging. The phone is available in sunrise red, twilight blue and starry purple with the radiant design.
Google released Android v9.0 Pie for Pixel devices and had also quoted that it is closely working with OEM’s to bring this update to other phones. HTC has confirmed that some of its recent phones would be getting the Pie treatment soon. The phones expected to receive Android v9.0 Pie treatment include HTC U12+, U11+, U11, and U11 life (Android One). The timelines for this updates will be shared in few weeks down the line. On the other hand, Vivo has also confirmed that it will roll out Android v9.0 Pie to its users in the fourth quarter of 2018. It is speculated that Vivo X21 could be the first phone to receive this update.
Xiaomi has launched its latest Android One smartphone in India – Mi A2. The phone has a 5.99-inch Full HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The resolution of the device is 2160 pixels x 1080 pixels. Powered by Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 512 GPU, the phone comes with Android v8.1 Oreo which can be upgraded to Android v9.0 Pie edition. This dual-SIM capable phone has two variants – 4GB RAM with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage. On the optics side the phone comes with a 12-megapixel camera sporting LED flash, a 20-megapixel secondary camera and a 20-megapixel front-facing camera with soft LED support. The phone supports fingerprint sensor and IR sensor, and its network capabilities include Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth v5 LE, GPS + GLONASS and USB Type-C. There is a 3010 mAh (typical) battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge capability. Xiaomi Mi A2 is available in lake blue, gold, rose gold and black colour options. The 4GB RAM with 64GB storage edition comes with the price tag of `16,999.