Upcoming Budget Phones May: Poco M3 Pro, Realme X7 Max, Redmi 10, Realme 8 Pro 5G, Redmi Note 10S, Pixel 5a, OnePlus Nord 2

Upcoming budget phones in May? Upcoming mobiles India? After a busy month of April, India will see a bunch of budget smartphones launching in the month of May and June. As we reach the mid-year time, and as corona cases again see a surge, we may see lesser smartphones launching this month. Coming to budget and mid-range phones, we still will see some top devices launching in May and following weeks in the country.

Upcoming Budget Phones May: Poco M3 Pro, Realme X7 Max, Redmi 10, Realme 8 Pro 5G, Redmi Note 10S, Pixel 5a, OnePlus Nord 2

Top smartphone companies will be going against each other with their best devices in the budget category.

Checkout the top budget smartphones launching in April.


Redmi Note 10S 

Redmi Note 10S India launch has been in a tweet, will happen on May 13. Redmi Note 10S will come with a 6.43-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a punch-hole in the top-center portion. Redmi Note 10S comes with DCI-P3 color gamut offering upto 700 nits of maximum brightness. Redmi Note 10 will be powered by MediaTek Helio G95 SoC built on a 12nm fabrication process. The Redmi Note 10S is IP53 water and dust resistant and sports a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The device design is similar to the vanilla Redmi Note 10 model.

As per the leaks, Redmi Note 10S will be available in India in three storage models: 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage and a top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Redmi Note 10S will run Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 skin. In terms of optics, Redmi Note 10S will feature a quad-camera setup at the back with a 64MP primary camera, 8MP ultrawide camera, 2MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor.

Realme X7 Max 5G

Realme X7 Max 5G launch has been delayed in India, but will happen soon in May only. The Realme Dimensity 1200 powered phone will be a rebranded Chinese Realme GT Neo, said to come as the Realme X7 Max 5G in the country. Recent reports say the Indian variant will be available in two models: 8 GB RAM with 128 GB storage and 12 GB RAM with 256 GB storage. The device is said come in three color options: Mercury Silver, Asteroid Black, and Milky Way. Realme X7 Max 5G will pack in a 6.43-inch S-AMOLED Full HD+ display.

It will be offering 120Hz refresh rate, Dimensity 1200 chip, LPDDR4x RAM, UFS 3.1 storage and backed by a 4,500mAh battery. Coming to optics, Realme X7 Max 5G is said to feature a 16-megapixel front camera. At the back, the upcoming Realme phone will don a 64-megapixel primary sensor inside a triple camera system with a 8-megapixel ultrawide sensor and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. The Realme phone is expected to come with an in-display fingerprint scanner, a 3.5mm audio jack, Realme UI 2.0 based Android 11 OS and 50W fast charging support.

OnePlus Nord 2

OnePlus Nord 2 launch may happen in May, or probably by June-end. Rumours again suggest OnePlus Nord 2 launch may happen soon, probably by May. Previously OnePlus Ebba photos leaked, said to come as the next OnePlus Nord, tipped to be OnePlus Nord 2. It will feature a hole-punch cutout camera on the top-left corner with a 6.49-inch display. It will have the fingerprint scanner on the right side of the metal frame while the volume keys will stay on left. OnePlus Nord 2 launch will happen in Q2 2021 and it will be powered by MediaTek’s top flagship, the Dimensity 1200 5G chipset.

It’s the first time a OnePlus phone will come without a Qualcomm chipset. OnePlus Nord continues to be a best-seller in it’s category. OnePlus Nord 2 launch is on cards, may happen by May. Some major OnePlus Nord 2 details are out, and for the first time, a OnePlus smartphone will be powered by a MediaTek chipset.  Also, OnePlus Nord was the first OnePlus phone to feature a chipset outside of the flagship Snapdragon 800 series.

Google Pixel 5a

The recent Google Pixel 5a image leak in a blogpost hints at a May / June launch, though yet to be confirmed. Google accidentally shared a photo taken with the device way back in October last year. It’s probably from an early software build and older Google Camera release, and the Pixel 5a photo has a screen resolution of 4032 × 3024 pixels. It’s supposed to pack in the same 12.2MP sensor with upgraded software with an aperture of f/2.2, 16mm focal length, hinting at an ultra wide-angle camera. Pixel 5a may have a dual-camera setup with support for HDR+, Night Sight, Portrait Mode and other features from Pixel handsets.

Google will follow the same strategy with Pixel 5a as the previous generation Pixel 4a in 2021, no fancy features, just a budget pricing with some really good specs on-board. Google entered the midrange segment first with Pixel 3a in 2019, and then took the market by storm with Pixel 4a last year. In spite of being affordable, the mid-range Pixel phones became natural choices for people looking for mid-range phones with good cameras. The single-camera sensors on Pixel 3a and Pixel 4a produced stunning pictures with some amazing low light photography.

Realme 8 Pro 5G

Unnamed Realme phone with Snapdragon 750G has been spotted, expected to be Realme 8 Pro 5G. The company recently unveiled Realme 8 5G smartphone in the country later this week, but as per the incoming reports, the company may also unveil the 5G model of the Pro version as well. The TENAA certification with model number RMX3161 confirms the existence. The RMX3161 model has also been spotted on Geekbench platform. The key specifications have been leaked out along with the processor and RAM information. Realme RMX3161 model will be run on Qualcomm’s mid-range 5G chip, the Snapdragon 750G processor. It is listed to run at a base frequency of 1.80GHz and will pack in eight cores.

The source code revealed the chip will pair with Adreno 619 GPU. The expected Realme 8 Pro 5G scored 657 in single-core test and 1940 in multi-core test. Speculated Realme 8 Pro 5G Geekbench listing confirms 8GB of RAM and Android 11 operating system on Realme UI 2.0 skin. The upcoming Realme phone will be 8.8mm thick and will come with a 6.5-inch display. The Realme 5G phone will be backed by a 4880mAh battery along with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and a quad rear camera system.

Poco M3 Pro 5G / Redmi Note 10 Pro 5G

Poco M3 Pro India launch could happen in May as the upcoming Poco smartphone have received BIS certification, and now has bagged Indonesia Telecom certification with the model number M2103K19PG, hinting at an imminent launch. Redmi Note 10 5G launch globally could happen soon including India. In the country it could come as Poco M3 Pro 5G, the first 5G phone from the brand. Xiaomi didn’t unveil the 5G model of Redmi Note 10 in the country unlike China, but could be bringing the device soon, probably by May. Poco M3 Pro 5G launch in India could happen soon as the handset with the model number M2103K19PG has been spotted on both BIS and FCC certification, and BIS listing does suggest an imminent India launch.

Rebranded Poco M3 Pro 5G will come with the same design, 6.5-inch 90Hz IPS display, 5,000 mAh battery and 48MP main camera. The only difference remains with the charging speed on the listing, it’s 22.5W instead of 18W. So, the global Redmi Note 10 5G could vary in terms of a few features compared to the Chinese variant. The phone will ship with MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC paired with Mali-G57 MC2 GPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB UFS 2.2 internal storage and is further expandable via an external memory card.

Redmi 10 Series

Redmi 10 series will soon be launching in the country, all set to succeed the Redmi 9 series from last year. Xiaomi unveiled 5 phones under the Redmi 9 series in 2020, which included Redmi 9, Redmi 9A, Redmi 9i and Redmi 9 Prime. So, Redmi 10 series is expected to include four to five phones as well. Redmi 10 series will be heavily inspired by the Redmi Note 10 line with a set of budget specs. Redmi 10-series phones will ship with Android 11-based MIUI and Full HD+ display.

As per the reports, the EVOL design language launched with Redmi Note 10 series could also be used on the upcoming Redmi 10 series lineup. Redmi 10 price in India is expected to start at around Rs 10,000 for the whole series.

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