Best Upcoming Smartphones of April 2017 – Expected Specs & Features

by Teja Chedalla 4

In the month of March, we have seen quite a few smartphone launches in the Indian market. The Moto G5 Plus is one of those newly launched devices bringing better camera capabilities to the budget smartphones. In the coming month, we might be seeing newly launching smartphones priced all the way from ultra low-cost to the premium segment. Almost all these upcoming devices support 4G VoLTE and interestingly, the list also includes one feature phone from an Indian mobile phone manufacturer.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 & Redmi 4 Prime

At the Redmi 4A India launch event, the company teased to soon launch the successors to the Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime. Since the Redmi 4 was already launched in China, we expect Xiaomi to come with Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Prime for the Indian market. The recently launched Redmi 4A is priced at just Rs. 5,999 and the upcoming devices might cost almost same as their predecessors. Unlike the Redmi 4A, the Redmi 4 devices will be featuring metal built body and a 2.5D curved glass on the front. It comes with a 5-inch HD display and packs Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 505 GPU. Just like the Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime, the Redmi 4 might also come with 2GB and 3GB RAM options. In the camera department, it includes a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera. The non-removable battery with 4,100mAh capacity will remain same as on its predecessor. Recently, the company also launched the new Redmi 4X with upgraded Snapdragon 435 SoC and new color options like Pink and Matte Black. On the rear, we can also find a fingerprint sensor.

Micromax Bharath One & Bharath Two

Earlier this month, we exclusively reported about the upcoming Bharat series mobile phones from Micromax. The Bharath One is a feature phone, whereas the Bharat Two is a low-cost smartphone. Both these devices support 4G VoLTE and can be used with Jio 4G SIM. The Bharath One is expected to cost Rs. 1,999, which is much lower than the Lava 4G VoLTE feature phone, 4G Connect M1. While the Chinese brands are now focused on high-end smartphones, the Indian brands are coming with even cheaper smartphones. It comes with a polycarbonate body featuring 4-inch WCGA display on the front. It is powered by an unknown quad-core processor coupled with just 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. There is a 2MP camera on the rear with LED flash and a VGA front camera for selfies. The Bharath Two VoLTE smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is backed by a 1,300mAh battery. Talking about the Bharath One, the specifications of the device are still unknown, but we exclusively posted the first look of the device. The design looks almost similar to the Nokia 3310 and might support 4G VoLTE only for making calls.

Xiaomi Mi 6

Xiaomi’s latest flagship smartphone launch is getting delayed with the production issues of the Snapdragon 835 SoC. While the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be officially launched next week in London, the latest leaks suggest Xioami Mi 6 to launch on April 11th in China. The leaked teaser images suggest the device to come with glass back body as seen on the Mi 5. It might come in three different variants, where one variant of the upcoming flagship will be featuring dual camera setup on the rear. There will be a flat screen and edge screen variants and might sport Snapdragon 821 SoC and Snapdragon 835 SoC. With the Quad HD resolution display, the Mi 6 will also support Google Daydream VR. Along with the glass back body, there will also be a special edition device with the ceramic body. The basic variant is rumored to come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. It might be priced at 2,499 Yuan in China which is 500 Yuan costlier than the last year’s Xiaomi Mi 5. With the Mi 6 launch, the company will be updating the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based MIUI 8 to Android 7.0 Nougat.

OPPO F3

OPPO F3 Plus with dual selfie cameras is now officially launched in India for Rs. 30,990. While the Oppo F3 is also expected to launch alongside the F3 Plus, the company hasn’t mentioned anything about the smaller sibling. Apart from the dual selfie cameras, OPPO F3 Plus is the same OPPO R9s Plus that was launched in China earlier this year. On the same lines, we expect OPPO to launch the R9s as F3 in India and few Southeast Asian countries. The OPPO F3 is expected to feature 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS display with a Gorilla Glass protection on top. Under the hood, the OPPO F3 will be powered by Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor. This is the same processor that is also used in Moto G5 Plus and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. On the camera front, there will be 16MP cameras on front and back of the device. While F3 Plus is backed by a larger 4,000mAh battery, the F3 comes with a 3,010mAh battery. There will be VOOC flash charge support for fast charging. As seen with the F3 Plus, the F3 also runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based ColorOS. The unibody metal design will remain same as on the F3 Plus with six-string antenna bands.

BlackBerry KEYone

After showcasing the KEYone smartphone at CES 2017, Blackberry under TCL launched the latest QWERTY smartphone at the MWC 2017. Though TCL already launched DTEK50 and DTEK60 smartphone under the brand name of Blackberry, there are only the rebranded variants of their own TCL and Alcatel smartphones. The new Blackberry KEYone come with Aluminum frame with textured finish polycarbonate body. It is expected to soon launch here in India and is already listed on OnlyMobiles for Rs. 39,999. The KEYone come with a 4.5-inch IPS display with Full HD (1620 x 1080 pixels) resolution. Beneath the display, we can find the four-row QWERTY keyboard with Gesture support and the Space key comes integrated with the fingerprint sensor. It runs on the latest Android 7.1 Nougat OS with pre-installed DTEK and Blackberry Hub apps. The company also promises to release the Google security patch updates faster than other major manufacturers. It packs Snapdragon 625 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage. There is a 12MP rear camera with PDAF and an 8MP selfie camera on the front. The 3,505mAh battery on the KEYone makes it the largest battery ever featured on any Blackberry smartphone.

Stay tuned on Phone Radar for the official launch dates of these upcoming smartphones.

Teja Chedalla

A Mechanical Engineer who loves cricket and is mad for traveling. Here at PhoneRadar, he covers exclusive news around gadgets & technology by digging deep into the Internet. You can connect with him on all the social platforms @T4Teja.

  • So Nokia is not coming in April? Perhaps in May..

    • A Qay

      Yup, too late to the party.

  • Vishal Giri

    waiting for Mi6 Plus!!

  • Atul

    Waiting for redmi 4 prime