Razer 2, Honor Magic 2 & Other Amazing Phones That Never Made It To India In 2018
Big tech players like Honor, Xiaomi, LG & Sony, among others, have launched a series of smartphone this year, but some game-changing devices never made it to the Indian market.
Here are all the splendid smartphones that may or may not release in India next year.
Honor Magic 2
The Magic 2 is Honor’s new smartphone with a mechanical slider and six cameras. It has a triple camera setup on the back (16MP + 16MP + 24MP) and a triple camera setup in front (16MP + 2MP + 2MP). You get a 6.39-inch amoled display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio sans any notch and slim bezels on all sides. Inside is Huawei’s top-ofthe-line Kirin 980 processor, 6 or 8GB RAM, 128 or 256GB SSD and a 3,500mAh battery. Other features include infrared face unlock, indisplay fingerprint scanner and 40W fast charge with the USB-C port.
Mi Mix 3
Xiaomi launched the Mi MIX2 in India but never launched the Mi MIX2s. We were hoping for the launch of Mi MIX3 in India but the company seems content with the more mass market segments. MIX3 is Xiaomi’s first phone with a mechanical slider mechanism that hides the front dual camera setup. Up front it has a beautiful, 6.39-inch super amoled display with minimal bezels and no irritating notch anywhere. Hardware includes a Snapdragon 845, up to 10GB RAM, up to 256GB storage and a 3,200mAh battery. You get a dual 12MP rear camera, dual 24 + 2MP front camera, rear fingerprint scanner and wireless charging.
Sony Xperia XZ3
Sony’s XZ2 was launched in India this July at a ridiculous price. The phone was not bad but it seemed like Sony has almost given up on promoting the Xperia range. No other Sony phone has been launched in India since then even though the XZ3 was showcased globally in August. The XZ3 has a 6-inch P-oled display with a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels and HDR BT2020 compatibility. This is the same standard used in UHD TVs for HDR. Specifications include a Snapdragon 845, 4 or 6GB RAM, 64GB storage and a 3,300mAh battery. There is a 19MP rear camera with laser autofocus and it is amongst the few phones capable of recording 960fps slow motion video in full HD resolution. Other features include a 13MP front camera with HDR and EIS, USB Type-C port, wireless charging, expandable storage and rear fingerprint scanner.
We have seen three phones from LG’s V series and have come away impressed with all three. The latest in the series is the V40 ThinQ and it offers a unique proposition: notch type full screen plus IP68 rating plus MIL-STD-810G compliant for ruggedness (can work in extreme environment conditions, survive drops etc.). It has a 6.4-inch P-oled display with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels and a notch that hides an 8MP + 5MP dual camera setup. Around the back is a triple camera (12MP f1.5 + 12MP telephoto + 16MP ultra-wide lens). It is powered by Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM, has 64 or 128GB internal storage (expandable) and a 3,300mAh battery. The phone has a 32-bit Hi-Fi quad DAC and is the first phone in the world to have sound tuned by Meridian Audio.
Razer is an established name when it comes to gaming PCs and accessories. The company entered the gaming smartphone segment with the Razer phone in 2017 (even that never came to India). In 2018, Razer launched the Razer Phone 2 with a 5.73-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio IPS display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixelsand 120Hz screen refresh rate. Specifications include a Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB RAM, 64GB storage and a 4,000mAh battery. The phone offers an illuminated Razer logo, vapour chamber cooling, wireless charging, IP67 water resistance, dual front facing speakers and a 24-bit DAC. For camera, it has a dual rear camera setup (12MP f.175 wide-angle + 12MP telephoto) along with an 8MP front camera.
Xiaomi Black Shark Helo
Black Shark Technology is one of the many Xiaomi ecosystem companies. It’s a gaming company that launched a gaming phone in April and followed it up with the Black Shark Helo smartphone in November. The Black Shark Helo is powered by a Snapdragon 845, has up to 10GB RAM and 128 or 256GB storage. The phone has a 6.01-inch 18:9 display along with front stereo speakers. It also has a new liquid cooling system to prevent overheating. Other features include a 4,000mAh battery, 12MP + 20MP dual rear camera, 20MP front camera and USB Type-C port. The box includes a left side gamepad while the right side gamepad is an optional extra.