Top 10 Smartphones Of 2019 Which Forced Us To Take Notice (H1, 2019)
We are already half-way into 2019, and the country has witnessed some of the top smartphones launching here, be it some big-name flagship or some budget-friendly mid-ranger. While hundreds of devices launched in India, only a few was able to make a mark in the market.
Xiaomi and Realme remained in the limelight for the most part, followed by OnePlus, Asus and Samsung.
The year started with Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro. Soon it was challenged by Realme with Realme 3 and 3 Pro. The game in the flagship zone got heated up with devices by Xiaomi, Asus and OnePlus. The mid-range space too saw some good devices, while the upper mid-budget is waiting for some new releases.
Let’s check out the top smartphones which launched in the first half of 2019.
Redmi Note 7 Pro
Starting with the list with the most-popular smartphone of 2019 so far, it’s the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The much-touted Note 7 Pro continues to top the list of current best smartphones under 15,000 rupees selling like hot cakes. The top mid-range smartphone from Redmi comes with a premium glass design body on the out sandwiched between Corning Gorilla Glass 5 body. Redmi Note 7 Pro on top has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ dot notched display.
Note 7 Pro runs on the 11nm Snapdragon 675 processor with on MIUI 10 top based on Android 9 Pie backed by a 4,000mAh battery supporting 18W fast charge.
At the back, Redmi Note 7 Pro packs in a dual camera system comprising of the 48MP Sony IMX 586 sensor as its primary lens coupled with a 5MP secondary depth sensor. The smartphone is currently available starting at just Rs 13,999 via Flipkart and Mi.com.
Up next we have the much-awaited Asus flagship, the Zenfone 6 aka Asus 6Z with the unique flipping camera. The smartphone caught much attention among all, thanks to that flipping 48MP camera. The flippable dual camera module using the 48MP lens doubles as a front and rear camera. Starting at Rs 31,999, the Asus flagship packs in all the necessary features you would need in a flagship. Asus 6Z offers a full-screen display and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor with a glass sandwich body on the out.
It comes with a 48MP camera dual camera system inside the flipping camera module. It’s the original 48MP Sony IMX 586 lens, which doubles as a rear and front camera. The unique technology has been used to offer a full-screen display.
Asus Zenfone 6Z runs on the latest Snapdragon 855 with almost stock ZenUI 6 skin based on Android 9 Pie. The whole system is backed by a massive 5,000mAh battery supporting 27W fast charging support. In India, Asus 6Z is currently available in three storage models starting at Rs 31,999 via Flipkart.
Realme 3 Pro
The other mid-range smartphone other than Note 7 Pro which has been in the news since launch is the third generation Realme Pro smartphone. The mid-range winner from Realme at under 15,000 rupees continue to dominate in the budget space. The super budget smartphone from Realme scores high in almost all the departments. Realme 3 Pro comes with a high polycarbonate body on the featuring a 6.3-inch full HD+ water drop notched display on top.
On top you will get an added Gorilla Glass 5 with a gradient design at the back. At the back, the smartphone has a dual camera setup featuring a 16MP Sony IMX 519 sensor.
The main sensor has an f/1.7 aperture coupled with a 5MP depth sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. Up front, Realme 3 Pro uses a 25MP selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture.
Running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, Realme 3 Pro available in two variants with the new ColorOS 6.0 on top based on Android 9 Pie. The whole Realme 3 Pro package is backed by a 4,045 mAh battery supporting VOOC 3.0 fast charging (20W) with a Micro USB powered brick inside the box.
OnePlus 7 Pro
The premium flagship killer in the country takes the next spot. This smartphone has been at the centre of all the trending news and talks of the first half of 2019. The superfast OnePlus 7 Pro. The new-age premium OnePlus flagship has been launched in India starting at Rs 48,999. A rather premium priced product, OnePlus 7 Pro continues to make news.
It has already been helmed as one of the best smartphones available in the market right now with the best smartphone display and the second-best smartphone camera. It will continue to trend for the next half as well until we have OnePlus 7T.
The smartphone uses a three camera system at the back featuring a 48MP Sony IMX 586 sensor as a primary lens. OnePlus 7 Pro runs on Snapdragon 855 featuring a rear triple camera set-up, notch-less display, an in-display fingerprint sensor, pop-up selfie camera and a 4,000mAh battery supporting 30W Warp fast charging.
Samsung Galaxy M30
The only Samsung who made to the list is the hit Samsung Galaxy M30 smartphone. Samsung tried to up his game in the market with the new-age youth-oriented M series, and it worked really well. The Galaxy M30 remains one of the most sold smartphones under 15,000 featuring a triple camera setup. Galaxy M30 dons a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ display featuring a water drop notch on top called the Infinity-V display. On the outside, it’s a high-quality plastic polycarbonate body with gradient finishes.
The smartphone runs on Samsung’s own in-house Exynos 7904 SoC octa-core chip coupled with 4GB or 6GB of RAM.
The triple camera system on Galaxy M30 features a 13-megapixel f/1.9 primary shooter coupled with a 5-megapixel ultra-wide lens and a third 5-megapixel depth lens. Galaxy M30 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with One UI on top backed by a massive 5,000mAh battery with support for 15W fast charging (ships with the fast charging supported adapter in the box).
The newly launched Realme X also has been making big news in the first half of 2019. Since the China launch, the Realme device was one of the biggest topics of discussion in India. It’s the first Realme phone to come with a notch-free full-screen panoramic display. Realme X sports a 6.5-inch Full HD+ Samsung AMOLED display in 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone offers a screen resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels with a 91.2 percent screen-to-body ratio.
Realme X is powered by a 2.2Ghz Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with Adreno 616 GPU and up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Realme X runs on Android 9 Pie with Color OS 6 on top.
At the back, it features a rear dual camera setup featuring the 48MP Sony IMX 586 sensor with f/1.7 aperture, 1.6 micron pixels and 6P lens. The high resolution primary sensor couples with a 5MP secondary depth camera. Realme X supports Type C powered VOOC 3.0 20W fast charging technology with a 3,765 mAh battery.
The best selling budget hero from Realme is the next device to make it big in the first half of 2019. After being launched in March, Realme 3 is one of the most-sold smartphones at under 10,000 bucks. The Realme superstar packs in a solid punch with some above average specs, available starting at just Rs 8,990. Realme 3 runs on Mediatek’s flagship Helio P70 chip, built on a 12 nm process.
At the back, it has a dual camera system featuring a 13MP primary sensor and a secondary 2MP shooter with a 13MP shooter upfront.
Realme 3 has a 6.22-inch only-HD+ display with a water drop notch and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The whole package will be backed by a massive 4,230 mAh unit running on the latest Android Pie OS with Color OS 6 skin on top. For Rs 8,990, you can grab the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage model, with support for extended storage.
Redmi K20 Pro
The newly-launched Redmi flagship is probably the most talked-about smartphone in the first half of 2019 in India. While many are not exactly happy with the India pricing, it’s still the most affordable premium flagship you can buy starting at Rs 27,999. The device comes with a 6.39-inch AMOLED Full HD+ screen with 19.5:9 aspect ratio offering 91.9 percent screen to body ratio with DC dimming support and an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Redmi K20 Pro is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC with Adreno 640 GPU and up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. Redmi K20 Pro runs on Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top. Coming to optics, the smartphone has an AI-powered triple rear camera system.
It features a 48-megapixel primary shooter with an f/1.75 lens, a 13-megapixel secondary shooter with a wide-angle lens, and a third 8-megapixel shooter with an f/2.4 lens. There is 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera onboard as well. Redmi K20 Pro comes with a 4,000mAh battery with 27W fast charging support with all connectivity options and sensors (the device comes with the 18W charger inside the box).
Alongside Redmi K20 Pro, the company launched the regular Redmi K20 as well. It’s been in the news as well for most part of the first half of 2019, and will continue being so. K20 sports a 3D curved body on the out with a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display on top. It has an integrated in-display fingerprint sensor offering 91.9 percent screen-to-body. Redmi K20 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor coupled with Adreno 618 GPU.
The Redmi smartphone comes with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB internal storage supporting additional storage. Coming to optics, Redmi K20 will come with a triple camera system.
It comprises of a 48MP primary Sony IMX 582 sensor paired with a 13MP secondary and an 8MP tertiary sensor. Up, it sports a 20MP motorised selfie sensor inside the pop-up camera. The device runs on Android 9 Pie with the company’s own MIUI 10 skin on top. The whole system is backed by a 4,000mAh battery supporting 18W fast charging technology.
Coming to our last smartphone, it’s the first device to be launched in India with a punch-hole display and 48MP rear camera, the Honor View20. It got overshadowed over the period, but it’s one of the best premium smartphones you can buy at under 40,000, even in July 2019. Honor View20 is currently available starting at Rs 34,999, making the Honor device a good option to buy at under Rs 35,000 rupees.
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The smartphone comes with a dual-camera setup at the back including the popular 48-megapixel primary Sony IMX 586 sensor and a secondary ToF depth sensor. Honor View20 runs on an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset, based on a 7nm process with Dual NPU and GPU Turbo 2.0 technology, coupled with 6GB and 8GB of RAM.
The 6GB RAM base variant comes with 128GB of internal storage, while the 8GB RAM top model comes with 256GB of internal storage. Honor View20 has a 4,000mAh battery supporting 18W fast charging and a 25-megapixel upfront. The smartphone can easily run for a day on a single charge.