A couple of high end smartphones launched in international markets this week along with some budget phones.
Body: Not every week we see so many high-end phones but this was one of the few such weeks. The high-end phones came from Huawei and Lenovo. As usual, LYF and Lava increased their portfolios with some affordable handsets. Here is a recap of phones launched this week international markets as well as in India.
Huawei has launched its much-anticipated smartphone this week, the Huawei Mate 9. It is priced at 699 Euros a(Rs. 51605 approx.) and will roll out in China, Malaysia, France, Poland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Spain, Japan, Thailand, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Huawei also introduced Mate 9 Porsche Design along with Mate 9 which comes with a price tag of €1345 (approx. Rs 99,500).
Huawei Mate 9 comes with a huge 5.9 inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 display. The Mate 9 sports a 2.4 GHz Octa-Core Kirin 960 processor with Mali-G71 MP8 GPU for graphics and gaming. The device comes with 64 GB internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB irrespective of whether it is a Dual SIM device or not. In other words, if it's a Single SIM device then it will come with a dedicated microSD card otherwise a hybrid Dual SIM slot.
Mate 9 comes with dual-camera set up one being a 12-megapixel sensor and the other one being a 20-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, OIS, 2x zoom, Leica optics, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) Flash. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel shooter with f/1.9 aperture and 1080p video recording capabilities.
Huawei has given a 4000 mAh battery which is non-removable but given it sports a 1080p screen, battery life shouldn't be an issue on this device. The device comes running on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with EMUI 5.0 on top. Connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, NFC etc are there with USB Type-C connector which supports quick charging.
The Porsche Design variant shares a lot of internals with the regular Mate 9 except that it comes with a 5.5 inch Quad HD AMOLED display which is curved around the edges. Due to the smaller display, Huawei managed to put a Home button on the front which doubles up as the fingerprint reader. Lastly, the Porsche Design comes with a whopping 6GB RAM.
Samsung also unveiled its new Android-powered clamshell smartphone in China this week. It is expected to come with hefty price tag of around CNY 20,000, which is approximately Rs 1,97,298. Samsung W2017 has a metal unibody design and feature a 4.2-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Super AMOLED internal and external display. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, which is paired with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone comes with 64GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system. It is backed up by a smaller 2,300mAh battery which supports fast and wireless charging.
On its camera front, Samsung W2017 flip phone has a 12-megapixel primary shooter with f/1.9 apertures and 4K video recording. On its front, it has 5-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. The smartphone also house a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and has an Always On Display feature. Besides, this dual-SIM filp phone offers Samsung Pay, 4G LTE connectivity and comes with all basic connectivity functions. The handset measures 127.8 x 61.4 x 15.8mm and weighs 208 grams.
Meizu Pro 6s smartphone was also made official in China this week. The Meizu Pro 6s is priced at 2699 Yuan (approximately Rs 26,618) and will be made available from November 7th onwards. The smartphone comes in Moonlight Silver, Rose Gold, Black Star, and Champagne Gold colour options.
The Meizu Pro 6s comes with 5.2-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) AMOLED display. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6797T Helio X25 deca-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz, which is paired with MAli-T880 GPU. It comes with 4GB RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. The Meizu Pro 6s runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system and is backed up by a 3060mAh non-removable battery with mCharge 3.0 fast charging via a 24W charger.
On the camera front, the Meizu Pro 6s offers a 12-megapixel shooter with Sony IMX386 Senosr, 10-LED dual-tone ring flash, OIS and PDAF on its back. For selfies and video chats, it has 5-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone also houses a mTouch Fingerprint scanner, which is integrated on its home button and has USB Type-C port as well. Besides, the Meizu Pro 6s offers 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and Cirrus Logic CS43L36 chip for Hi-Fi audio output. The handset measures 147.7 x 70.8 x 7.3mm and weighs 163 grams.
Oppo launched its latest smartphone this week in Taiwan, which is named the Oppo A39. The smartphone is priced at 7490 New Taiwan Dollars, which is approximately Rs 15,857. The smartphone comes in Gold and Rose gold colour options.
Oppo A39 features a 5.2-inch HD IPS 2.5D curved glass display with a resolution of 720x 1280 pixels. It is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek (MT6750) processor, which is paired with Mali T860 GPU, 3GB of RAM. The smartphone comes with 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The smartphone runs on the older Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system with Color OS 3.0 on top of it.
The Oppo A39 sports a 13-megapixel primary camera with LED flash, F2.2, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with F2.4 for selfies and video chats. The smartphone has a decent 2900mAh battery as its powerplant. Besides, the smartphone offers Dual SIM, 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, a microUSB port, Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Gravity sensor, and Electronic compass. The handset measures 149.1×72.9×7.65 mm and weighs 147 grams.
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