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Best Upcoming Smartphones of May 2018 – Expected Specs & Features



We are yet to see the latest flagship smartphones from a couple of brands. Both OnePlus and LG have already confirmed to launch their 2018 flagship smartphone in the month of May. Apart from flagship smartphones, we will also see quite a few budget-centric launches in India. Most of these newly launching smartphones will also be sold in the Indian market.

OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6 will be officially unveiled on May 16th in London and the India launch is scheduled for May 17th. The first look and key specifications are already revealed in the numerous leaks. With the OnePlus 6, the company is opting for the glass back body. Based on the leaks, we might also see a special variant with the ceramic body. The device will be coming notch display and Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor.

It offers up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The company might also unveil the Dash Charge V2 which should improve the already faster charging speeds offered with current gen Dash Charge. It runs on the latest Oxygen OS based on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. The Alert Slider will be now placed on the right edge instead of the left edge. The company is also retaining the 3.5mm audio jack.

Honor 10

Honor launched the Honor 10 smartphone last week in China and the global launch for the same device is scheduled for May 15th. Just like its predecessors, the new Honor 10 also continues to come with the glass sandwich design. The new Honor 10 sports the notch display with Full HD+ resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood is the HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core processor with a dedicated NPU for processing the AI tasks.

It comes with 6GB of RAM and will be available in different storage options. Talking about the cameras, there are 24MP and 16MP dual rear cameras on the rear with f/1.8 aperture and a single 24MP camera on the front with f/2.0 aperture. It comes with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with the customized EMUI 8.1 laid on top. The Honor 10 is backed by a 3,400mAh battery and supports up to 5V/4.5A (22.5W) super fast charging.

Xiaomi Mi A2

Xiaomi is rumored the launch the Mi 6X as Mi A2 in the international markets. While the Mi 6X is already on sale in China, there is no official confirmation about the Mi A2 launch by the company. The design of the Mi 6X looks similar to that of Redmi Note 5 Pro. Even the upcoming Redmi S2 also comes with the similar design. However, the Mi A2 will be missing the 3.5mm audio jack for connecting regular earphones.

It sports a 5.99-inch Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) display and is backed by a Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor. The dual rear cameras on the rear use the 20MP Sony IMX376 and 12MP Sony IMX486 sensors with f/1.8 aperture. On the front is a 20MP Sony IMX376 sensor for capturing selfies. It is backed by a 3,010mAh non-removable battery that also supports Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging.

LG G7 ThinQ

LG has already confirmed launching the LG G7 ThinQ smartphone on May 2nd in New York. It will be first LG smartphone to come with notch display. Just like the LG V30 ThinQ smartphones, the new LG G7 ThinQ will also offer AI-based camera features. There will be no rear facing power button and also features a new button dedicated to trigger Google Assistant. It is mentioned to come with a 6.1-inch display that will be offering Quad HD+ resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio.

The LG G7 ThinQ is also the first smartphone to offer Super Bright Display with up to 1000 nits brightness. Even with 1000 nits brightness, the Super Bright Display is also said to be power efficient than other displays with same screen size and resolution. Under the hood, it will come powered by 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform. It will also bring new AI features like Voice AI and Vision AI.

Xiaomi Redmi S2

Xiaomi will be soon launching a new budget Redmi smartphone with dual rear cameras and 18:9 displays. As per leaks, the device will be named as Redmi S2 and comes with a 6-inch HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) display and Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor. The device will be available with different RAM and storage options. On the rear, the Redmi S2 will be offering dual cameras featuring 12MP & 5MP sensors with EIS and LED flash.

For selfies, there will be a 16MP front-facing camera with portrait mode. It will be running on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9.5 out of the box. Along with the fingerprint sensor, the Redmi S2 will also offer Face Unlock. It will be backed by a 3,080mAh battery and might offers 10W fast charging. It measures 160.7 x 77.3 x 8.1 mm and weighs 170 grams. The device will be made available in Indian and China in the coming weeks.

Nokia X

At an event held in China, HMD Global showcased the all-new Nokia X smartphone. The device will be officially launched on May 16th, the same day as the OnePlus 6 global launch. Initially, the Nokia X availability might be limited to the Chinese market. The Nokia X is first Nokia branded smartphone to embrace the notch. As seen on many other Android smartphones with notch display, there is also bottom chin which holds the Nokia logo.

On the rear, the device sports dual rear cameras and a fingerprint sensor. Unlike other newly launched Nokia smartphones, there is no ZEISS branding on the Nokia X. The device is expected to be launched in two different variants. While the Snapdragon 636 powered variant packs 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, the Helio P60 powered variant will be offering 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It will be running on the latest Android Oreo out of the box.

Honor 7A & Honor 7C

After launching the Honor 7A and Honor 7C in China, the company recently introduced them in Europe. Now in May, both these devices are expected to be made available in India. Both these devices come with an affordable price tag and offer 18:9 displays. While the Honor 7C sports metal unibody design, the Honor 7A comes with a polycarbonate shell. In terms of design, both these devices look almost similar. There are 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras and an 8MP single front camera.

While the Honor 7C packs Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor, the Honor 7A comes with Snapdragon 430 processor. Honor is also offering fingerprint sensor and face unlock to securely unlock these devices. The devices will be running on Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 out of the box. Till date, the company launched the budget 18:9 smartphones only with Kirin 659 processor.

Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, & Moto G6 Play

Motorola has officially launched the Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, and Moto G6 Play smartphones. As of now, the company is selling the new Moto G6 smartphones only in Brazil. All these smartphones feature 18:9 displays and Snapdragon processors. They run on the Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. While the Moto G6 and G6 Plus comes with 12MP + 5MP dual rear cameras, the Moto G6
Play sports only a single 13MP rear camera.

Both the front and rear cameras on these devices come accompanied by a LED flash. While the Moto G6 and G6 Plus come with a front facing fingerprint sensor, the fingerprint sensor on the Moto G6 Play is embedded into the Moto dimple on the rear. The devices also support Turbo Power fast charging technology. Unlike the US and European pricing, we expect the company to launch these devices with a bit more aggressive price tag in India.

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


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