“With MWC 2020 cancelled, brands are hosting smaller, individual events to showcase their latest smartphones to the world”
Even though MWC 2020 has been cancelled over coronavirus fears, there are still a bunch of smartphones lined up to launch next week in India as well as globally. Samsung will be refreshing its Galaxy M series, whereas the Honor 9X Pro will finally be making its global debut alongside the rumoured Honor 9X Lite smartphone. That said, all eyes will be on Realme and iQOO, which are slated to launch India’s first 5G smartphones. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the six smartphones launching next week.
Six smartphones launching next week
Realme X50 Pro 5G
Starting the list with Realme’s first-ever 5G phone, Realme X50 Pro 5G. The handset is scheduled to launch in India on February 24th, the same day as its global launch in Madrid. It will be available for sale via Flipkart, though we’ll have to wait till Monday to find out the release date. The handset will edge out iQOO 3 to be the first smartphone in the country to ship with Snapdragon 865 SoC and 5G connectivity. The Realme X50 Pro 5G will flaunt an edge-to-edge Super AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate and elongated punch-hole for dual selfie cameras.
Apart from that, the Realme X50 Pro 5G is reported to rock a quad-camera setup with 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor. This will be paired with a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens to support 20x hybrid zoom. The front camera of the phone will ship with a 32MP shooter for selfies and video calling. The Realme X50 Pro is said to support the new 65W SuperDart fast charging tech, which the brand claims will keep the phone’s thermal in check and offer enhanced battery life. That’s all the information we can provide at the moment.
Vivo’s spin-off brand iQOO is all set to launch its gaming-centric smartphone iQOO 3 in India on February 25th. It’ll be powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 865 chipset with 5G connectivity – even though there is no infrastructure for the network in the country yet. The device will flaunt a 6.44-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and a tall 20:9 aspect ratio.
In the camera department, the iQOO 3 will sport quad-camera setup at the back, which is likely to be headlined by a 48MP sensor. The front camera of the phone is expected to feature a 16MP selfie snapper. A 4,440mAh battery with 55W fast charging tech is said to fuel the handset, while Android 10 may take care of its software side of things. The iQOO 3 will reportedly be priced in India at around Rs 35,000 for 4G variant, while its 5G counterpart may cost around Rs 45,000. Lastly, the handset is tipped to come with up to 12GB of RAM.
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Galaxy M31 is also slated to launch in India on February 25th. The successor to last year’s Samsung Galaxy M30s will come with an improved camera system, latest software, and a handful of new colour options. The core specs, meanwhile, are likely to remain the same. If leaks and rumours are anything to go by, the Samsung Galaxy M31 will be powered by the in-house Exynos 9611 SoC coupled with up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB internal storage that can be further expandable via a microSD card. It’s likely to run on Android 10 with One UI 2.0 skin out of the box and house an astounding 6,000mAh battery.
For photography, the Samsung Galaxy M31 will rock quad rear cameras consisting of a 64MP primary sensor, an ultra-wide-angle lens, a depth sensor, and a macro lens. It could have a 32MP snapper instead of 16MP shooter on the front for selfies and video chats. The phone is rumoured to arrive with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for security and a 3.5mm audio jack. Connectivity features may include 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and USB Type-C port. The Samsung Galaxy M31 price in India is likely to start at Rs 15,999. The handset could come in Black, Red and Blue colour options.
Honor 9X Pro
Huawei sub-brand Honor will be introducing its Honor 9X Pro smartphone globally at an event on February 24th. The handset was initially launched in China back in July 2019. The company has confirmed that the global variant of the Honor 9X Pro will also be powered by HiSilicon Kirin 810 SoC. It’ll be the first phone to ship with Huawei Mobile Services instead of the Google Mobile Services owing to the US trade ban on Huawei; this means the phone will come without preloaded Google apps, including the Play Store. Additionally, the phone is expected to come with a pop-up selfie camera design and vertically-aligned triple cameras at the back.
As far as the other specifications go, the Honor 9X Pro could pack a 6.59-inch full HD+ display, up to 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, 48MP + 2MP + 8MP triple rear cameras, 16MP front camera, a 4,000mAh battery, and Android 10-based EMUI 10 OS. The phone may sport a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and connectivity options such as 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS + GLONASS, and USB Type-C. The Honor 9X Pro houses a 4,000mAh battery with fast-charging support.
Honor 9X Lite
In addition to the Honor 9X Pro, the vendor may also introduce all-new Honor 9X Lite in the lineup. An alleged poster of the handset was recently leaked to confirm a physical fingerprint scanner along with 48MP dual-camera setup at the top left of the rear panel. The rest of the specifications of the phone are scarce at the moment, but rumours suggest that it could be powered by a slightly dated Kirin 710 SoC. Going by the overall range of the Honor 9X smartphones, the upcoming ‘Lite’ variant is expected to be priced below the vanilla Honor 9X, which was launched in India last month at starting price of Rs 13,999 and sports a pop-up selfie camera design.
The Honor 9X is powered by Kirin 710F processor with 4GB/ 6GB RAM under the hood. The handset packs triple rear cameras with 48MP primary, 2MP depth, and an 8MP ultra-wide sensors. Other features include 16MP front camera, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, 4,000mAh battery, and connectivity options such as dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS + GLONASS, and USB Type-C.
Huawei Mate Xs
Huawei Mate Xs could launch at Huawei’s event scheduled for February 24th in Madrid, Spain. The handset is expected to be the next-gen foldable smartphone from the brand, succeeding a year-old Mate X offering but at a lower price tag. While the specifications of the Huawei Mate Xs remain vague at the moment, rumours are rife that it could come with Kirin 990 SoC under the hood, dual-mode 5G connectivity, and an impressive 65W fast-charging support. As for the design, the handset is tipped to feature a reinforced display and a redesigned hinge to make it more durable than before.