The upcoming month (August) is going to be a blockbuster one. While we know for sure about few devices which will be launched next month, many other devices are only rumoured to be launched. Notwithstanding confirmation, we have here listed all the devices, confirmed or otherwise, which are expected to be announced in August.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
This is the most anticipated device of this year let alone of next month. Samsung’s Note series in the past were trendsetters and we are expecting something unique with this phablet. Forget us, even Apple will be waiting Note 7 quite eagerly.
As per rumours, the Galaxy Note 7 will come with a 5.7 inch QHD (2560Ã—1440 pixels) display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 SoC, 6 GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system. Besides, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is said to have 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel snapper on the front panel, 3600 mAh with fast charging technology. It is also expected to be water and dust resistant.
Just recently, Samsung had released its first TV ad confirming its fingerprint scanner but a clear picture will only emerge on August 2 when it will be revealed at the Galaxy Unpacked event in New York.
Huawei has confirmed to launch its next flagship, the P9, in India on August 17. n April this year, the P9 and P9 Plus smartphones were launched in the UK. The USP of the devices is its dual rear camera setup made in collaboration Leica. The Huawei P9 has a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) IPS LCD display and it is not known if both 3GB RAM/ 32GB and 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variants will be launched in India. It a sports a 3000 mAh battery and will run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1 on top. On the processor side, it will be powered by HiSilicon Kirin 955 SoC . It will support 4G connectivity.
At the time of launch in London, Huawei P9 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant had a price tag of EUR 599 (roughly Rs 45,400), while the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant was priced at EUR 649 (roughly Rs. 49,200). We are sure that Indian pricing will be below the international price tag but we have wait till the Indian launch before confirming it.
Coming back to camera functionality, P9 features two 12-megapixel sensors, with one capturing light in colour, and the other in monochrome. It is expected that the combination will provide sharp and detailed images even in low light conditions.
LeEco to launch its TV series in India on August 8. LeEco will launch 2-3 smart TVs in India in August which will be above 40 inches, Atul Jain, India chief operating officer of LeEco, had earlier told The Mobile Indian. He didn’t revealed prices of the TVs but said that like the smartphones LeEco’s TVs will also be aggressively priced. He further added, “In India, Samsung sells just 5 lakhs TV above 40 inches and we aim to disrupt this segment.”
Two out of three smart TVs that are expected to be launched in India are X55 and the X65. These models have 3840 x 2160 pixels (4K resolution) and 4000:1 contrast ratio. In China, X55 is priced around Rs 50,000 and the X65 is priced at Rs 81,000.
However, going by LeEco’s past strategy of absorbing most of the increased tax burden on smartphones in India and keeping the local price more or less at a similar level to that in the home market one can expect their TVs to be priced lesser than what they are priced in China.
Both the TVs have quad-core processor with 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. They can play 4K videos at a speed of 60 Hz and come with Android 5.0 operating system. As per the company, X55 and X65 are made with aircraft-grade aluminium and their panel have colour reproduction accuracy of 85% NTSC. They also come with Mali-T820 GPU.
Xiaomi Mi Note 2
The much rumoured Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is expected to be launched in August. Earlier rumors say that Xiaomi Mi Note 2 will come in two versions of which one will have a Quad HD display. Other speculated specs include a 5.7 inch screen while its higher end model will offer Quad HD resolution; the lower end model will offer full HD resolution. The cheaper variant is said to come with 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage while the higher end model is said to come with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage.
The high end version is expected to have 12 megapixel rear camera while the lower end model is said to be coming with 16 megapixel camera. Besides, the phone rumoured to have 4000 mAh battery, Snapdragon 820 or 821 version, fingerprint scanner, NFC, infrared and Hi-Fi audio.
Xiaomi VR headset
Xiaomi is also expected to announce its VR headset next month. The company’s upcoming VR headset will be compatible with Google’s Daydream platform which was announced during the Google I/O last month,” said the report.
As per the report, Xiaomi decided to develop its own VR headset as existing devices are not compatible with its MIUI interface. It is expected to land in August.
Set to be launched on August 3, the Oppo F1s is expected to come with a 5.5-inch HD (720p) IPS display and a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek (MT6750) processor. Besides, the F1s is rumoured to have 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 128GB micro SD card slot, Android 5.1 Lollipop based ColorOS 3.0, a 13-megapixel primary camera, a 16-megapixel front-facing camera, 3075 mAh battery and 4G LTE connectivity with VoLTE.
As per a recent report, the Oppo F1s is to cost Rs 17,999 in India where it will be made available for pre-order in India between August 4 to August 10.
Coolpad Selfie smartphone
Sometime back, Coolpad announced to launch a selfie smartphone in India on August 10. We are expecting it to announce the Coolpad Sky 3, which was announced for international markets sometime back.
The Coolpad Sky 3 comes with an 8 megapixel front camera that has f/2.2 aperture and 83 degree wide angle lens. It has an 8 megapixel rear camera that has LED flash light support and an F/2.0 aperture. Both the cameras have HDR, collage, GIF as well as HD video recording features.
Besides, the Coolpad Sky 3 has 5.5 inch HD IPS LCD display, a 1 GHz quad core processor (64-bit MediaTek MT67355P), 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, 128 GB micro SD card slot, 2500 mAh battery and Android Marshmallow operating system. There is 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0 and 3.5 mm audio jack in the phone as well. The phone carries a price tag of 3,999,000 VND (approximately Rs 12,000) and comes in White and Gold color options.
However, this is just our assumption. Coolpad might launch a totally different phone in India. We are expecting the company to reveal more features of the upcoming phone in the time to come, so keep checking The Mobile Indian.
Lenovo K5 Note
A much anticipated device to be launched next month is the Lenovo K5 Note. The Lenovo K5 Note comes in Gold and Silver color variants.
Encased in a metal body, the Lenovo K5 Note offers a fingerprint sensor and a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixel) IPS display. Inside the body lies a chipset containing a 1.8 GHz octa-core Helio P10 processor, 2GB RAM and Mali-T860 GPU. The Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system based K5 Note has Vibe user interface and a 3,500 mAh non-removable battery with fast charging support.
The Lenovo K5 Note has 16GB of internal storage, to which you can add up to 128GB using a micro SD card. The smartphone flaunts a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and an 8-megapixel shooter at the back. Connectivity option include Dual SIM, 4G, Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS. The handset measures 152*75.7*8.49 mm.
Panasonic is all set to announce a new smartphone for the Indian market on August 1. The company has shared an invite with us for the event. The invite has no information at all about the upcoming smartphone. However, Phoneradar has claimed that the upcoming phone could be the 4G version of the older Eluga Arc as Eluga Arc 2. However, this is just assumption and should be taken as a pinch of salt.
The Eluga Arc, which was launched at Rs 12,490 in April this year, has a 4.7 inch HD IPS 2.5D curved display. It has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of inbuilt storage. There is an expandable storage as well that can hold a 32 GB micro SD card.
The Android 5.1 Lollipop based Panasonic Eluga Arc is powered by a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. It comes with an 8 megapixel rear camera that has f2.0 aperture and 6P lens. An LED flash light is also in its rear panel. A 5 megapixel camera is in the front of Eluga Arc.
Besides, Panasonic Eluga Arc has fingerprint scanner, dual SIM, 4G, LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. It has an 1,800 mAh battery that comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0 support.
So if Eluga Arc 2 gets launched eventually, we expect similar price tag (about Rs 12,500) but with much better features. As of now, Panasonic offers smartphones in three series – Eluga, P series and T series.
Honor V8 Max
It is expected to be launched on August 1. As per reports, the Honor V8 Max will come in two variants – 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage. The 3GB variant will be priced at 1999 Yuan (Rs 19,981 approximately) while 4GB variant will be priced at 2299 Yuan (Rs 22,997 approximately).
The Honor V8 Max was spotted earlier this month on the website of Chinese certification agency, TENAA. As per the TENAA listing, the Honor V8 Max has a 6.6-inch quad HD display with 1440 x 2560 resolution, a 2.3 GHz Kirin 950 octa-core processor and 3GB RAM. It offers 32GB of internal storage, 128GB expandable storage via a micro SD card, a 13 megapixel rear camera, an 8 megapixel front facing camera and a huge 4400 mAh battery. Honor V8 Max comes with fingerprint sensor on the rear and a metal unibody.
The phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with EMIU 4.1 running on top and the images reveal that it has a Gold and Silver colour versions. Connectivity options of the device include dual SIM, 4G-LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS/A-GPS and a micro USB 2.0 port. The phone is 178.8 mm tall, 90.9 mm wide and 7.2 mm thin and it weighs 219 grams, according to the TENAA listing.