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Best Upcoming Smartphones of July 2018 – Expected Specs & Features



In the last few weeks, we have seen several smartphone launches outside of India. A few of those new smartphones will be debuting the Indian market in the month of July. We already know the launch date of few devices like Zenfone 5z and Vivo NEX. Apart from these, there are a couple of China-exclusive smartphones which will make their global debut.

Honor 9X

Honor recently launched the new Honor 9i smartphone in China and this is not the same Honor 9i that was made available last month in India. Now, the latest news suggests the company to launch the new Honor 9i smartphone in India as Honor 9X. It sports a 5.84-inch Full HD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels) display with 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood is the in-house Kirin 659 octa-core processor clocked at 2.36GHz and comes coupled with Mali T830 MP2 GPU. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0 custom skin on top.

The smartphone comes with 13MP + 2MP dual cameras on the rear and a 16MP single camera on the front. The device comes with the rear-facing fingerprint sensor and also features face unlock support. It is backed by a 3,000mAh non-removable battery and support 5V/2A (10W) charging input. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, FM Radio, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, and MicroUSB 2.0 port. It measures 149.2 × 71.8 × 7.7 mm and weighs 152 grams.

Asus Zenfone 5Z

At the MWC 2018, Asus unveiled the Zenfone 5z and Zenfone 5 smartphones with iPhone X-like design. While the Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5z comes with the same design, only the Zenfone 5z sports flagship specifications. Now, the company has confirmed to launch the Zenfone 5z smartphone on July 4th in India. The device will be sold via Flipkart and might come with an aggressive price tag. It sports a 6.2-inch Super IPS display with Full HD+ (2246 × 1080 pixels) and 19:9 aspect ratio.

The Zenfone 5z sports Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform and comes coupled with Adreno 630 GPU. While the device comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, it is confirmed to get the upcoming Android P update. In terms of optics, the Zenfone 5z sports 12MP + 8MP dual rear cameras with OIS, EIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, and 120-degree FoV. For selfies, there is an 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and 83-degree FoV. It comes with a 3,300mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging.

BlackBerry KEY2

BlackBerry has recently launched the KEY2 as the successor to last year’s KEYone. While the device is already on sale in Western markets, it is expected to be launched in India in July. Just like its predecessor, the KEY2 also comes with a 4.5-inch Full HD (1620 x 1080 pixels) display with 3:2 aspect ratio. Beneath the display is the four-row QWERTY keypad which also supports capacitive touch. The KEY2 newly comes with the 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform coupled with 6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage.

The device runs on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and includes Blackberry Hub. Talking about the cameras, the KEY2 sports dual rear cameras with a 12MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 12MP secondary sensor with f/2.6 aperture. On the front is an 8MP camera for capturing selfies and video calls. It is backed by a 3,360mAh non-removable battery and supports Quick Charge fast charging technology. The fingerprint sensor is integrated into the space bar on the fourth row.

Xiaomi Mi A2

Xiaomi is long rumored to launch the Mi A2 as the successor to the Mi A1 Android One smartphone. Xiaomi has scheduled a new global launch event in Spain for revealing a new Mi smartphone. While there is no information about the device, we expect the company to launch the Mi A2. However, there are also chances for the launch of Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE smartphones. While the Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE comes with 19:9 notch display, the Mi A2 sports 18:9 notch-less display. The Mi A2 will be the same Mi 6X which was already on sale in China.

The device comes with a 5.99-inch display with Full HD+ (2160 × 1080 pixels) resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The device comes packed with 14nm Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform, 4GB/6GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. Just like the Mi A1, the Mi A2 should also come with stock Android UI. In terms of optics, the Mi A2 will be offering 20MP + 8MP dual rear cameras and a 20MP single front camera for selfies. The device lacks the 3.5mm audio jack and comes with USB Type-C port.

Vivo NEX

Earlier this month, Vivo launched the Vivo NEX as the retail version of the Vivo APEX smartphone. The device was launched in two variants – Snapdragon 710-powered NEX A and Snapdragon 845-powered NEX S. While the NEX A comes with a rear-facing fingerprint sensor, the NEX S sports in-display fingerprint sensor. Both the devices come with the same design and also sports similar internals. On the front is the 6.59-inch Super AMOLED display with 19.3:9 aspect ratio that offers more than 90% screen-to-body ratio.

While the NEX A comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, the NEX S with 8GB RAM will be available in 128GB and 256GB storage variants. On the rear, the device sports 12MP primary camera with OIS and f/1.8 aperture, and a 5MP secondary camera with f/2.4 aperture. The pop-up front camera on this device features 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The device will be running on Android 8.1 Oreo-based Funtouch OS 4.0 out of the box. It is backed by a 4,000mAh battery that also supports up to 22.5W fast charging.


OPPO launched a new flagship smartphone called Find X in Paris, France. The front of the device is completely occupied by the display. The sliding part on the top reveals the single front camera and dual rear cameras. It comes with the glossy finish body with 3D curved glass on the front and rear. Talking about the specifications, the OPPO Find X sports a 6.42-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) resolution, 19:5:9 aspect ratio, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

The device comes with Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor and packs 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of internal storage. On the rear, the Find X sports 16MP primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and OIS, and a 20MP secondary sensor with f/2.2 aperture. It sports a 25MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture. The company is including AI-based features like auto scene detection and portrait mode. The Lamborghini Edition of the Find X comes with 3,400mAh battery that also supports 40W SuperVOOC charging.

Motorola One Power

From the last few weeks, there are several leaks about the Motorola One Power smartphone. We expect the company to launch both the Moto One and One Power smartphones on the same day. Just like many other smartphones mentioned above, there is also no confirmation about the launch date of these upcoming Moto smartphones. The leaked images revealed the first look of both the devices. While the Moto One Power comes with the metal unibody design, the Moto One sports glass back body.

Both these devices will be launched under the Android One program. The devices will be coming with a notch and offer 19:9 aspect ratio. There will be dual cameras vertically stacked on the rear. The Moto One Power is unofficially confirmed to sport Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor. Compared to the Moto One Power, the Moto One might come with a smaller display and smaller battery. From the front, both the devices look very identical with the notch at the top and Motorola branding at the bottom.

Moto E5 Plus

Motorola has officially confirmed to soon launch the Moto E5 Plus in India. The device was actually unveiled two months ago along with Moto E5 and E56 Play. It comes with a plastic body with glossy finish and curved edges. On the front is the 6-inch display with HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There is also a MicroSD card slot for further expansion of storage.

In the camera department, the Moto E5 Plus offers 12MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and an 8MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture. The Moto E5 Plus is backed by 5000mAh non-removable that also supports up to 15W TurboPower fast charging. The Moto E5 Plus also comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and includes exclusive features like Moto display & Moto Gestures. The Moto dimple on the rear also comes integrated with the fingerprint sensor.

Stay tuned on Phoneradar for the official details, availability, and pricing of the above mentioned smartphones.


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