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Promising Smartphones of 2021 That Did Not Launch in India

We see a whole lot of premium flagship smartphones arrive in India quickly after they go on sale in worldwide markets, which solely goes to point out that India is a vital marketplace for most smartphone manufacturers. However, there are some producers which have held again on some fashions in 2021 regardless of everybody anticipating them to launch. These are units that appeared promising, and in some circumstances, appeared like it could be an ideal match, however for causes finest identified to producers, by no means confirmed up.

Google

High on the most-wanted record is Google. The new Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are in all probability essentially the most fascinating Android smartphones to be introduced this 12 months, primarily as a result of they’ve a brand new Tensor processor that is designed by Google. The firm is making an attempt to combine its {hardware} and software program carefully; a method that Apple has been following 12 months on 12 months. In addition, The Pixel 6 fashions are the primary smartphones to run Google’s freshest serving of Android 12.

Given the diminished competitors within the ultra-premium Android smartphone section in India, which now solely actually has smartphones from Samsung and Vivo, the Google Pixel 6 would have made issues fascinating. Its computational images smarts and clear near-stock Android software program, which is uncommon on this section, will surely have followers right here. Unfortunately, Google confirmed to Gadgets 360, quickly after launch that its Pixel 6 vary is not going to be making it to India, citing world demand and provide points.

No, we’re not executed but! Another smartphone that Pixel followers have been eagerly ready for was the Pixel 5a 5G. This improve to the Pixel 4a 5G options an IP67-rated physique made from aluminium and a much bigger battery. With these omissions, many of the Pixel trustworthy (together with many followers of Google’s Nexus lineup) within the nation should transfer on to different manufacturers or hold ready for issues to vary. Google did launch the Pixel 4a (Review) in India in 2020 (however not the Pixel 4a 5G), which raised hopes for the launch of the 5a 5G in 2021. Sadly, Google had different plans. A Pixel 6a 5G has already began displaying up in leaks and is reportedly within the works, so followers can attempt preserving their fingers crossed.

Microsoft

Microsoft has not too long ago constructed up some momentum with its Windows-powered Surface laptops and 2-in-1s in India, so it’s a bit shocking that the Surface Duo lineup has by no means made it right here. While the unique Duo was not essentially the most sensible on a regular basis telephone, Microsoft not too long ago introduced a brand new and upgraded Surface Duo 2, which has three cameras on the again for a extra flagship digital camera expertise.

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Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor with sufficient horsepower to gentle up these two 90Hz PixelSense Fusion shows. Given that Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Review) and Flip 3 (Review) are the one foldable units accessible in India, Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 would absolutely have spiced issues up within the ultra-premium section.

Xiaomi

Xiaomi has not been shy about flexing its premium gear within the Indian market. A model principally identified for its funds smartphones, Xiaomi started launching premium units again in 2020 (2017 if you happen to think about the Mi Mix 2) with the Mi 10 (Review), after which adopted that up this 12 months with a way more premium launch, the Mi 11 Ultra (Review). While its smartphones are nonetheless fairly aggressive by way of total worth, Xiaomi’s first foldable, the Mi Mix Fold, hasn’t made it to India.

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Even Xiaomi Global VP, Manu Kumar Jain tweeted about bringing it to the nation quickly after its debut in China, however no plans have been introduced but. Folding bits apart, this telephone additionally includes a distinctive liquid digital camera lens, which the corporate claims can focus faster and extra precisely together with offering each telephoto and macro capabilities.

Asus

After the Asus 6Z, Asus didn’t carry the 7 sequence to India, and now the launch of the 8Z sequence additionally stays a thriller on the time of publishing this text. Back in May, Asus revealed a touchdown web page for this telephone on its official web site for India (and it is nonetheless reside at this time), showcasing the specs of what seems to be the ZenFone 8 (which was presumably meant to be referred to as the 8Z in India). However, since then, there’s been no information about this telephone launching in India. The Asus ZenFone 8, because it’s identified in the remainder of the world, is a compact flagship smartphone with a 5.9-inch 120Hz sAMOLED show and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. It can also be one of many first Asus smartphones with an IP68 ranking.

Oppo

After cancelling the Find X2 Pro launch in India again in 2020, Oppo has been mum in regards to the launch of one other premium flagship and has targeted on its premium mid-range Reno sequence. The Find X3 sequence was unveiled globally in March with the Find X3 Lite, Find X3 Neo, Find X3, and Find X3 Pro. The Find X3 Pro includes a distinctive 3-megapixel microlens sensor to seize extra element letting us see an object as much as 60X nearer, which is sort of like a microscope. The unique-looking digital camera module would have made this telephone an fascinating addition to the present ultra-premium flagship lineup in India.

Fairphone

Fairphone has been making smartphones for some time, and the Fairphone Four provides 5G to the combo. Every Fairphone Four comes with a 5-year guarantee and a excessive repairability rating, which means you possibly can restore and exchange components your self with little greater than a screwdriver. Spares can be found in international locations the place this telephone is bought, so it’s kind of disappointing that this DIY-friendly model has not but made it right here.

Sony

Even although Sony’s cell division introduced its exit from many markets across the globe, it has been developing with fascinating smartphones currently. The new Xperia Pro-I is a high quality instance of how Sony adapts its client digital camera tech to its smartphone vary. The Xperia Pro-I made waves for being the primary smartphone to characteristic a 1.0-inch digital camera sensor with part detection autofocus. It’s mainly the identical 1.0-inch sensor because the one within the RX100 IV compact digital camera. What makes this much more fascinating is the digital camera’s variable aperture system, which may swap between f/2.Zero and f/4.0. Completing the digital camera expertise is a two-stage shutter key.

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While the telephone is but to go on sale, Sony has introduced that it solely plans to launch it in choose European markets such because the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, and the Nordics, together with the USA. A barely watered-down model of the Pro-I is the Xperia 1 III. Save for the first digital camera sensor, it packs in many of the {hardware} options accessible on the Pro-I. This mannequin can also be anticipated to solely make it to pick markets by early summer season.

OnePlus

Had the OnePlus Nord N200 5G reached India, it could have made for a really fascinating funds smartphone. It would have additionally been one of the vital inexpensive OnePlus units in a very long time, slotting in even decrease than the Nord CE 5G. Unfortunately, it’s unique to North America for causes finest identified to OnePlus. Instead, we obtained the Nord CE 5G (Review), which remains to be a mid-range smartphone.

Motorola

Motorola has launched a number of funds smartphones within the nation and likewise the ultra-premium Moto Razr sequence with folding shows. Still, there have been a couple of fashions that have been introduced globally, however didn’t make it to India. One instance is the Moto G100, a premium smartphone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 SoC, which might have made issues uncomfortable for the Realme GT Neo 2 (Review) and the OnePlus 9R (Review).

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The Moto G100 initially went on sale in Europe and Latin America, and now Motorola has already launched a follow-up referred to as the Moto G200, which is predicted to go to the identical markets as its predecessor.

Nokia

India is a vital marketplace for Nokia (HMD Global) and that is clear from the variety of smartphones launched right here. Despite bringing in most of its funds and entry-level smartphones and the premium Nokia XR20 as nicely, India has missed out on the not too long ago introduced X sequence completely, which incorporates the X20 and X10. Both the Nokia X10 and the X20 are mid-range units with a concentrate on digital camera high quality. Also lacking up to now is the Nokia G50, which is a funds smartphone and essentially the most high-end providing from Nokia on this worth vary after the G20 (Review).

Huawei

Huawei’s final premium smartphone in India was the P30 Pro (Review). It was a great competitor total, till Google pulled the plug on Android assist attributable to worldwide sanctions. Now, the model solely sells equipment in India. With Google’s Pixel vary additionally nowhere in sight, Samsung alone holds the fort for ultra-premium Android smartphones in India. This 12 months, Huawei’s P50 Pro would have put up a struggle.

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The telephone is offered in Kirin 9000 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC choices and has a unique-looking digital camera setup which consists of a 50-megapixel major digital camera, a 40-megapixel monochrome digital camera, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digital camera, and a 64-megapixel telephoto digital camera that provides as much as 100X digital zoom. What’s lacking is Google’s apps and companies, however given its imaging capabilities, we expect it could have made for an fascinating possibility within the premium section.

Lenovo

While there’s been a decline in high-end gaming smartphones in 2021, Lenovo’s Legion Phone Duel 2 positively seems to be the half with an odd-looking digital camera format within the centre when held horizontally. There’s even a motorised pop-up front-facing digital camera (once more, aligned in panorama orientation) in order that avid gamers can stream themselves whereas enjoying with out their palms getting in the best way.

Legion Phone Duel 2 launch

There’s additionally a visual fan on the again with RGB lighting (plus a second hidden one) and a number of other touch-sensitive triggers on the again and the edges. This telephone may even be charged with two chargers without delay. Lenovo did state that the Legion Phone Duel 2 would make it to pick markets in Asia Pacific and Europe, nevertheless it by no means made it to India.


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