30 Biggest smartphone launches of the year 2019
As we come to almost the end of the year 2019, it’s time to look back. Wonder what were the top smartphone launches of the year? The smartphones that made an impact for one reason or the other. Please note that all phones named below are not the ones that made an impact in terms of sales figure, but are the ones that stood out during the year. Some due to their specifications, some due to value-for-money edge and some for other reasons. So, over to the 30 biggest smartphone launches of the year 2019
Note: Prices given are as listed online
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Apple iPhone 11: Most affordable iPhone of the year
Launched along with Apple iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 is successor of last year’s iPhone XR. Priced at Rs 64,999 onwards, it is the most-affordable new iPhone. The handset comes at a starting price of Rs 64,900 and in six colour options — Purple, Yellow, White, Green, Black, Product (RED). The iPhone 11 offers a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display and is powered by A13 Bionic chipset. It sports dual 12MP ultra wide and wide rear cameras and a 12MP front facing camera.
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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: Most powerful iPhone of the year
iPhone 11 Pro Max is Apple’s most powerful iPhone of 2019. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max is selling at a starting price of Rs 1,09,900 (64GB model). The iPhone comes in four colour options — Midnight Green, Silver, Space Grey and Gold. Specs include triple 12MP ultra wide, wide and telephoto rear cameras and a single 12MP front camera. Similar to other two launches of 2019, iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max too runs on A13 Bionic chipset.
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Samsung Galaxy Fold: First foldable and most expensive phone of 2019
Samsung Galaxy Fold costs Rs 1,64,999 in India and is the company’s first foldable smartphone. The smartphone offers a 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 4.2:3. When it is folded, it offers a 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 21:9. Powered by a 7nm octa-core Exynos processor with 12GB of RAM and 512GB internal storage, the smartphone a triple-lens camera offering a 16MP+12MP+12MP setup.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: Samsung’s ‘biggest smartphone’ of 2019
With a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen, Galaxy Note 10 Plus is Samsung’s biggest-screen phablet to launch so far. It comes with S-Pen support and is powered by 2.7GHz Exynos 9825 octa-core processor paired with 12GB RAM and up to 512GB internal storage. It is currently available at a starting price of Rs 79,999 online.
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Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: Samsung’s first flagship smartphone of 2019
Samsung’s first flagship smartphone of the year 2019, Galaxy S10 Plus has all the specs of an ideal premium smartphone. Available at a starting price of Rs 69,900, the device has 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display and 4100mAh battery. It comes powered by Exynos 9820 octa core processor, paired with 8GB RAM and up to 128GB internal storage.
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Samsung Galaxy M30s: ‘Biggest battery’ smartphone available under Rs 15,000
Priced at Rs 13,999, Samsung Galaxy M30s with 6,000 mAh battery is the biggest battery smartphone available under Rs 15,000. As for other specs, the smartphone has triple rear camera setup of 48MP + 8MP + 5MP and a 16MP front-facing camera. Powered by Exynos 9611 octa-core processor, it comes in two storage options — 4GB and 64GB and 6GB and 128GB.
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OnePlus 7: Most affordable OnePlus phone of the year
Available at a starting price of Rs 32,999, the OnePlus 7 is the cheapest 2019 OnePlus smartphone to launch in India this year. It comes in three colour options — Red, Mirror Grey and Mirror Blue. In terms of specs, it has 6.41-inch display, 3700mAh battery and dual rear camera setup of 48MP+5MP. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor.
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OnePlus 7 Pro: OnePlus’ first pop-up selfie camera
OnePlus 7 Pro offers two firsts from the company: First full-screen smartphone as well as first with pop-up selfie camera. The phone runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and offers up to 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. Backed by a 4000mAh battery, the smartphone has a triple rear camera of 48MP+8MP+16MP. It can be purchased at a starting price of Rs 39,999 online.
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OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren: ‘Most powerful’ OnePlus phone of the year
Launched as a special edition, OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren is the company’s most powerful and expensive smartphone of 2019. Priced at Rs 58,999, it has 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. It sports slight design changes as compared to the regular OnePlus 7T Pro.
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Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro: Xiaomi’s most-expensive and powerful phone of the year
Xiaomi K20 Pro is the company’s ‘most-powerful’ smartphone of 2019. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Redmi K20 Pro is priced at Rs 25,999 onwards. It packs a triple camera setup of 48MP + 13MP + 8MP on the back and a 20MP pop-up selfie camera. The phone offers up to 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro: Xiaomi’s first 48MP camera phone
Launched back in March 2019, the Redmi Note 7 Pro was Xiaomi’s first handset in India to sport a 48MP primary rear camera. Currently available at a starting price of Rs11,367, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro offers 6.3-inch FHD+ display, 4000mAh battery and Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: Xiaomi’s first ‘gaming smartphone’ in India
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is the company’s first ‘pure-play gaming smartphone’, thanks to Mediatek Helio G90T processor. G90T is claimed to deliver powerful GPU performance capable of running high-intensity games. It is priced at Rs 14,999 onwards, which also makes it one of the cheapest gaming phones in India.
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Xiaomi Redmi 8A: Xiaomi’s most-affordable smartphone of the year
Xiaomi Redmi 8A is the most affordable offering of the year from Xiaomi. Selling at a starting price of Rs 6,499, it offers a 5000mAh battery, 6.22-inch HD display and 12MP primary AI camera.
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Realme X2 Pro: Realme’s first-premium smartphone
Realme X2 Pro is first smartphone from Realme to offer specs such as Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor and 90Hz refresh rate. Available at a starting price of 29,999, X2 Pro marks Realme’s entry in the premium segment. It offers 6.5-inch Super AMOLED full screen display, 64MP quad cameras with up to 20x hybrid zoom and 4000mAh battery with 50W SuperVOOC Flash Charge.
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Realme X: Realme first pop-up camera phone
Realme’s first phone with pop-up selfie camera, Realme X is selling at a starting price of Rs 16,999. It comes powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It offers a dual-rear camera setup of 48MO+5MP and a pop-up selfie camera of 16MP.
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Realme C2: Realme’s cheapest smartphone of 2019
The most-affordable offering form Realme of 2019, Realme C2 is priced at Rs 5,999 for the base variant offering 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. It offers a 6.1-inch HD+ screen 4000mAh battery, 13MP+2MP dual rear cameras. The phone is available in four colour options: Diamond Ruby, Diamond Blue, Diamond Sapphire and Diamond Black.
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Google Pixel 3a XL: Google’s first mid-range flagship phone
In 2019, Google entered mid-range flagship smartphone segment with Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. The bigger of the two, Pixel 3a XL is priced at Rs 39,999 and offers 6-inch FHD+ OLED screen with 18:9 aspect ratio, Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC and 3700 mAh battery.
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Asus ROG II: World’s first phone to launch with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor
Asus’ 2019 gaming smartphone ROG II is the world’s first phone to launch with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor. Moreover, it is also the only smartphone to offer 120Hz refresh rate display. Available at a starting price of Rs 37,999, the Asus ROG II has 6000mAh battery, 12GB RAM, 512GB internal storage and dedicated-gaming centric features.
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Asus 6Z: Asus’ flagship smartphone for 2019
Asus’ flagship smartphone of the year, Asus 6Z has a flip camera phone design that is claimed to be made of using Liquid Metal which is lighter than stainless steel and four times stronger. Selling at a starting price of Rs 27,999, the Asus 6Z sports a flip camera with 48MP main sensor and a 13MP secondary camera. It comes powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and offers up to 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage.
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Huawei P30 Pro: Huawei’s flagship phone of the year and first to launch with 50X Zoom
Available at Rs 69,800, Huawei P30 Pro offers 50X digital zoom. It also has the Night Sight feature that can capture an object in an absolute pitch dark room. In other specs, the device offers 6.47-inch FHD+ OLED display, octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 980 7nm SoC and a 4100mAh battery with 40W wired fast-charging system and 15W wireless charging support.
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Nokia 9: The only smartphone with 5 rear cameras
Nokia 9 is also the only handset to offer a 5-lens camera system on the back. All these five cameras work simultaneously to capture an image. It is priced at Rs 49,999 and offers 5.99-inch QHD+ pOLED Nokia PureDisplay and runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor paired with with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
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Nokia 7.2: Nokia’s first smartphone with 48MP camera
Nokia 7.2 is the company’s first smartphone to come with 48MP primary rear camera. Priced at Rs 17,139 onwards, it offers triple camera design at the back comprising 48MP primary sensor with Quad Pixel technology and ZEISS Optics, an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 5MP depth sensor. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor, paired with up to 6GB RAM.
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LG G8s ThinQ: LG’s biggest launch of the year
LG’s flagship smartphone of 2019 — LG G8s ThinQ — is selling online at Rs 35,990. In terms of specs, it offers 6.2-inch full HD+ display, Snapdragon 855 processor and 3550mAh battery.
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Honor 20 Pro: Company’s first phone with punch-hole design and powered by flagship Kirin 980 processor
Honor 20 Pro is the company’s first pop-up selfie camera smartphone. It is also the phone from Honor to run on Huawei’s flagship processor Kirin 980. Priced at Rs 39,999, the device offers quad-camera setup on the back, a 6.26-inch FHD+ screen and a punch hole camera of 32MP.
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Vivo V17 Pro: World’s first dual-pop-up selfie camera
Touted as the world’s first smartphone to offer dual popup selfie setup of 32MP primary sensor + 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, Vivo V17 Pro is selling at Rs 26,790 online. It comes in a single storage variant of 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. On the back, it has a quad-camera setup and comes powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor.
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Vivo U20: Vivo’s most-powerful ‘affordable’ smartphone
Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC, Vivo U20 is priced at Rs 10,990 onwards. This makes it the most affordable smartphone to run on the processor in this price segment. In terms of specs, it offers 5000mAh battery with 18 watt fast charger, 6.53-inch FHD+ display, triple rear camera setup and 16MP selfie camera.
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Vivo Z1 Pro: First phone to launch in India with Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
Launched as the first smartphone of the year to feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor, the Vivo Z1 Pro is selling online at a starting price of Rs 13,990, the Vivo Z1 Pro has 6.53-inch FullHD+ display, up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.
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Oppo Reno 10X Zoom: Smartphone with highest digital zoom in India
With up to 60x digital zoom, the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom offers highest zoom capabilities. Selling at a starting price of Rs 32,990, Oppo Reno 10X Zoom is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and has 8GB LPDDR4X RAM/256GB internal storage. It also sports a shark-fin design popup selfie camera of 16MP.
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Oppo Reno 2Z: World’s first phone with pop-up camera support video recording with Bokeh effect
Priced at Rs 23,190, Oppo’s Reno 2Z’s claim to fame is that it is the first handset to offer Bokeh video recording support with a pop-up selfie camera. In terms of specs, it has a 6.5-inch AMOLED display FHD+ display, quad-lens rear camera setup and a 16MP pop-up sensor. Backed by a 4000mAh battery, it has 6.5-inch AMOLED display.
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Lenovo Z6 Pro: Lenovo made a comeback in the premium segment with this device
Lenovo’s comeback smartphone in the premium segment, Z6 Pro is priced at Rs 33,999. In terms of specs, it offers Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 4000mAh battery and sports 48MP +16MP +8MP +2MP rear camera at the back.