New Launches in Mobiles online on Amazon India [ March 2021 ]

OnePlus, Xiaomi and Oppo are all gearing up to launch new Android smartphones in India during March 2021 via Amazon.in.

OnePlus has been teasing the launch of their next flagship Android smartphone – OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro with the tagline “Something new is on the Horizon”. This can be an indication the upcoming smartphone will feature a 50x like digital zoom functionality that could capture distant objects, for eg the Moon. A few leaks have revealed an OnePlus smartphone with a Hasselblad branded camera system on the back. According to the Promo images on Amazon.in, the OnePlus 9 Pro will be launching in India on March 8th. The first sale date will be announced during the launch event. ( check here for more info ).

Xiaomi on the other hand has launched Redmi Note 10 Series in India. There are 3 phones in this series. The high-end in this lineup, Redmi Note 10 Pro Max will be available to purchase in India from 18th March onwards via Amazon.in ( Price: Rs 18,999 – Rs 21,999 ). This model features a 120hz SAMOLED display and has a 108MP main camera. The regular Note 10 Pro model also has a 120Hz refresh rate display but comes with a 64MP main camera ( Price: Rs 15,999 – Rs 18,999 ). The cheapest in the lineup, Redmi Note 10 features a regular SAMOLED screen with 60hz refresh rate support ( Price: Rs 11,999 – Rs 13,999 ).

Another new Android smartphone launching during the month of March is the Oppo F19 Pro+ 5G and F19 Pro models. The launch event is scheduled for March 8th and will be available to purchase / pre-order soon afterward. Oppo is also launching a fitness band on the same date – Oppo Band Style.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G up for Pre-order on Amazon India

Samsung has officially launched Galaxy S21 Ultra Android Smartphone in India. It is now available to pre-order online from Amazon.in. It has an MRP price of Rs 1,28,999. The current lowest price for S21 Ultra is Rs 1,05,999 ( Launch Price – Jan 2021 ).

Galaxy S21 Ultra can be bought in two color options right now from Amazon – Phantom Black and Phantom Silver. It is available in other colors as well but is not currently available in India. You can buy this model with 12GB ram + 256GB storage or 16GB ram + 512GB storage. The 512GB S21 Ultra has a price tag of Rs 1,16,999 in India.

S21 Ultra Launch Offer on Amazon.in: Flat INR 10000 Instant Discount on HDFC Bank Credit Card, Credit EMI, and Debit EMI Transactions. More Info here.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G India Variants are powered by the 5nm Exynos 2100 octa-core processor. The US variant has a 5nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset instead. It features a 6.8-inch WQHD+ ( 3200 X 1440 pixels resolution ) AMOLED screen with a variable refresh rate ( 10hz – 120hz ). Samsung has equipped this model with a 5000mAh battery.

In the Camera department, S21 Ultra features a 108MP F1.8 aperture main camera. This is the 2nd gen sensor of the one we saw on the S20 Ultra with improved Auto focus and image quality. It supports Laser AF, PDAF and has OIS build in. Thanks to having a big sensor with a lot of MP, this can shoot 8K @ 24fps videos.

There are 3 more cameras at the back. You get two 10MP telephoto cameras – one offering 3x zoom while the other offering 10x zoom ( periscope lens ). The fourth camera is your usual ultra-wide-angle 12MP sensor offering a 13mm full frame equivalent focal length. On the front, S21 Ultra features a 40MP sensor with 4K @ 60fps recording supported.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G India Specs

  • 2.9GHz Exynos 2100 octa core processor
  • 5000mAH battery
  • 6.8 inch WQHD+ screen ( Dynamic AMOLED / 3200 X 1440 pixels / 515 PPI / 16M colours / 10hz – 120hz refresh rate )
  • Quad Rear Cameras + 40MP Front Camera
  • 108MP F1.8 main camera
  • 10MP 3x telephoto camera
  • 10MP 10x telephoto periscope camera
  • 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera ( 13mm )
  • S-Pen support ( not included in the box )
  • Model no: SM-G998BZKHINU
  • Android 10

Xiaomi Mi 10i 5G First Sale on Jan 7th on Amazon India

Xiaomi has officially launched Mi 10i 5G Android smartphone in India online. The price for this phone starts at Rs 20,999. You can buy Mi 10i in 3 different memory configurations. The cheapest model comes with 6GB of ram and has 64GB of storage. The 6GB ram 128GB Mi 10i has a launch price of Rs 21,999 and the 8GB ram 128GB storage variant will cost you Rs 23,999.

Mi 10i First Sale is scheduled for Jan 7th 2021 on Amazon.in. Only Prime Members will have access to the sale on the 7th. The cheaper Mi 10i 64GB variant won’t be available during this sale. It will go on sale on a future date – to be announced. Mi 10i is available in India in 3 different colors – Pacific Sunrise, Midnight Black, and Atlantic Blue.

Mi 10i Launch offer on Amazon.in: You can get benefits worth Rs 10,000 with Jio as well as get Rs 2000 Discount with ICICI Bank Cards and EMI. ( more info here )

Mi 10i is a mid-range Android smartphone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G chipset. The display on this model is a 6.67-inch Full HD+ screen with 30hz – 120hz adaptive sync support. The max brightness supported is 450nits. This panel supports NTSC 84% color gamut for good color accuracy. It comes with features like Reading mode 3.0, Sunlight display 3.0, and Low Blue Light Certification. The display is protected with Gorilla Glass 5.

The main highlight of this smartphone is its camera system. It has a 108MP main camera ( Samsung HM2 sensor ) with an F1.75 aperture lens. You also get an 8MP F2.2 aperture ultra-wide-angle lens offering a 120-degree field of view. Like many other smartphones, there are two 2MP cameras – one for macro, the other to record depth. On the front, Xiaomi has equipped this with a 16MP F2.45 aperture front camera.

The rear camera can record 4K @ 30fps. Full HD @ 60fps and 120fps slow-mo are supported. You can also use 720P Slow-mo modes with up to 960fps supported, however, the quality would be very bad at that high setting.

Xiaomi has equipped Mi 10i with a 4820mAh battery. It supports Dual Split charging and comes with a 33W fast charger in the box.

Xiaomi Mi 10i 5G Full Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G ( Octacore / 8nm chipset / Kryo 570 cores / X52 5G modem )
  • Adreno 619 GPU
  • Supports 5G/4G+/4G/3G/2G
  • 5G bands supported: Sub6G: n77/n78
  • 4820 mAh battery ( Dual Split charging / 33W Fast charger in the box )
  • 6.67 inch 2.5D DotDisplay ( 2400 x 1080 FHD+ / 450nits / 30hz-120hz adaptive sync / Gorilla Glass 5 )
  • 108MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Cameras
  • 16MP Front Camera
  • 4K @ 30fps support
  • 6GB or 8GB ram
  • 64GB / 128GB storage
  • Navigation: GPS: L1+L5| Galileo: E1+E5a | GLONASS: G1 | Beidou
  • Sensors: Ultra-sound proximity sensor | 360° Ambient light sensors | Accelerometer | Gyroscope | Electronic compass | Z-axis linear vibration motor| IR blaster
  • Dual speakers
  • Weight: 214.5 g

Mi 10i FAQ
1) Does Mi 10i comes with a charger in the box? Yes, you can get a 33W Fast Charger in the box according to the official specs sheet
2) Which 108MP Sensor Mi 10i uses? Xiaomi uses a Samsung HM2 sensor with ISOCELL Plus technology

Xiaomi Mi 10i Launching in India on 5th Jan 2021 on Amazon

Xiaomi has officially announced Mi 10i India launch date. The launch event is scheduled for Jan 5th, 2021, and will be available to pre-order / purchase soon after the launch. Amazon.in has a promo page up already showcasing some key specs and features.

Xiaomi Mi 10i is a mid-range Android smartphone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G Octa-core processor. This is an 8nm chipset, supporting Qualcomm Kryo 570 CPU cores up to 2.2Ghz. It supports 5G network and has on-device AI support as well. For graphics, it uses Qualcomm Adreno 619 GPU. On Antutu, this chipset scores above Snapdragon 765G processor.

Xiaomi Mi 10i features a 108MP main camera, which we saw on other variants in the Mi 10 series launched earlier in 2020. According to the promo pages, Mi 10i has 4 cameras on the back.

THE official MRP price for the Mi 10i will be announced on Jan 5th during the launch event. Earlier launched Mi 10T 5G has a current lowest price of Rs 35,999 and the Mi 10T Pro 5G variant sells for Rs 39,999. ( check them out here ).

Xiaomi has also announced Mi 11, their next gen Flagship series with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset on board. Mi 11 Pro will be coming soon as well. Official India launch date is yet to be announced for these new Mi 11 series of smartphones. Stay Tuned.

5 Smartphones to look for in 2021

Despite the Pandemic, we saw some great Smartphone launches in the year 2020. Apple came out with iPhone 12 Series with super fast chipsets and great cameras. Google on the other hand focused on launching mid-range smartphones like Pixel 4A and Pixel 5 5G instead of flagship mobiles. We also saw better foldable smartphones from Samsung. LG did their thing by designing phones nobody thought of bringing out to the markets. 2020 also saw Honor becoming an independent brand, probably as a part of plans to launch with Google Apps.

2021 is going to be a continuation of what we got in 2020. We are going to see a lot of Android Flagships with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. Like last year, Megapixel wars will be full-on with 64MP and 108MP cameras showing up on more and more smartphones. 120Hz and 144hz refresh rate screens are going to show up on even budget Android smartphones priced under Rs 15,000.

5 Smartphones to look for in 2021

OnePlus 9 / OnePlus 9 Pro
Even though we saw OnePlus settling with mid-range and cheaper Nord Series of smartphones in 2020, their main focus for 2021 would definitely be on launching their flagship OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro Android smartphones. These models will come with Snapdragon 888 chipset and pack multi rear cameras. This would be the first OnePlus flagship to feature a 64MP main camera instead of the 48MP ones they used in older flagships like OnePlus 8 and 7 Series.

Google Pixel 6
Instead of competing with flagship smartphones from Apple, Samsung, and OnePlus, Google focused on bringing affordable Pixel phones in 2020. We can expect them to adopt a similar strategy in 2021 as well, and bring Pixel 5A and Pixel 6 5G smartphones for affordable prices. Google hasn’t cared to change the Camera hardware on the Pixel phones for some generations now. Despite having an old sensor, these phones take great photos thanks to the amazing computational photography algorithms Google Camera software has. With the upcoming Pixel 6, we can expect them to bring a new-gen 12MP Sony sensor instead with improved HDR Plus and Nighsight features.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Series
There are many leaks already in the wild of these upcoming flagships from Samsung. There is also a rumor Samsung would stop making the hugely popular Galaxy Note Series and bring the stylus capabilities to the S21 models. Let’s wait and see. Samsung in 2020 surprised everyone by launching an affordable flagship with Galaxy S20 FE ( Fan Edition ). We are definitely going to see an S21 FE Edition in 2021 with improved overall specs and features.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Apple usually uses the same Main camera on all the phones in their series. However, they changed that with the iPhone 12 Series. The most expensive iPhone 12 Pro Max features a better, bigger sensor offering some unique photography and videography capabilities other iPhone 12 models can’t do. In 2021, we are going to see an improved version with the iPhone 13 Pro Max, with Apple’s own A15 Bionic chipset on board while the cheaper iPhone 13 models will gain some features from the 12 Pro Max.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro
Xiaomi has already announced Mi 11 Android Smartphone with Snapdragon 888. However, the top-end flagship from them will be launching at a later time in 2021 – the Mi 11 Pro model. It will have a lot in common with the regular model but will feature more and better cameras as well as a more premium display with a higher refresh rate.

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power First Sale on Dec 22 on Amazon India

Xiaomi has launched the Redmi 9 Power Android smartphone in India online on Amazon. It has a launch price of Rs 10,999 and will go on sale for the first time on Dec 22 at 12 noon. You can buy Redmi 9 Power in 4 different colors – Mighty Black, Blazing Blue, Fiery Red, and Electric Green

The base model of Redmi 9 Power comes with 4GB of ram and 64GB storage. You can also get a 4GB ram + 128GB storage variant for Rs 11,999.

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power is a budget smartphone powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 octa-core processor. It features a 6.53 inch Full HD+ IPS screen and has Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Xiaomi has equipped this smartphone with a big 6000mAh battery and supports 18W Fast charging.

In the camera department, Redmi 9 Power has a quad-camera setup at the back like many other Android smartphone launched in 2020. The main camera is a 48MP sensor. You also get an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens and two 2MP sensors – one for macro and the other for recording depth. On the front, this phone has an 8MP sensor with AI Face Unlock support.

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power Full Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 Octacore processor
  • 6.53 inch FHD+ screen ( IPS / 19.5:9 aspect ratio / waterdrop notch / gorilla glass 3)
  • 4GB ram ( LPDDR4X )
  • 64GB UFS 2.1 / 128GB UFS 2.2 storage
  • Android 10, MIUI 12
  • Auro power design with Anti-fingerprint texture
  • Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Available in 4 colors – Mighty Black, Blazing Blue, Fiery Red, and Electric Green
  • USB Type-C Port
  • Stereo Speakers
  • IR Blaster
  • Headphone jack
  • 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear Cameras
  • 8MP Front Camera
  • 6000mAh battery ( 18W Fast Charging Support )

OnePlus Anniversary Sale 2020 Offers on Amazon India

OnePlus Anniversary Sale 2020 Offers are now live online on Amazon India. You can get up to Rs 5000 OFF with Amazon Coupons, as well as you can avail up to Rs 3000 Instant Discount with HDFC Bank Cards during this Anniversary sale from Amazon.in.

Oneplus 7T PRO Offers ( 8GB / 256GB Haze Blue color ) – Rs 5000 Amazon Coupon Discount + Up to Rs 13,500.00 off on Exchange + Rs 2000 Instant Discount on HDFC Bank Credit Card, Credit EMI and Debit EMI Transactions + Rs 500 Instant Discount on HDFC Bank Debit Card ( Offer Link here )

For other OnePlus Mobiles – OnePlus 8T 5G, Nord 5G, OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro – only HDFC Bank Discounts are available. Check out all offers and more info on this OnePlus Anniversary Sale here.

OnePlus 7T Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus octa-core processor and comes with 8GB of ram and has 256GB storage. It ships with Oxygen OS and can be updated to Android 11 version.

This model comes with a triple rear camera setup. There is a 48MP main camera along with an 8MP telephoto lens and a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens. 4K video capture @ 30/60 FPS is supported.

The display on the 7T pro is a 6.67 inch 3120 x 1440 pixels resolution screen with 90hz refresh rate support. OnePlus has equipped this model with a 4085mAh battery and supports Warp Charge 30 fast charging for quick topping up.

Micromax IN Note 1 First Sale on Nov 24th on Flipkart

Micromax, one of the first Indian brands to launch an Android Smartphone long back is back selling mobiles again in India. The First Sale of Micromax IN Note 1 is scheduled for Nov 24th online on Flipkart at 12 PM.

Micromax IN Note 1 is an entry-level budget Android smartphone powered by MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core processor. It is available to purchase in 64GB or 128GB storage options with 4GB ram available on both variants. You can get in White or Green color. It ships with Android 10 operating system.

Micromax IN Note 1 Price in India: Rs 10,999 – Rs 12,499.

Micromax is also launching another budget smartphone along with this – Micromax IN 1b. It has a launch price of Rs 6,999 – Rs 7,999 and will be available from Flipkart starting Nov 26th.

Micromax IN Note 1 features a 6.67 inch Full HD+ IPS display with a punch-hole front camera in the top middle of the screen. It has a quad-camera setup at the rear with a 48MP main camera. On the front, you get a 16MP camera for your selfies. It is powered by a 5000mAh battery. The cheaper Micromax IN 1b also ships with the same capacity battery.

Micromax IN Note 1 Specs

  • MediaTek Helio G85 (MT6769V/CZ) Octa-core processor
  • 4GB ram
  • 64GB / 128GB storage
  • 6.67 inch Full HD+ display ( 2400 x 1080 Pixels )
  • Dedicated microSD slot
  • 48MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP AI quad-camera
  • 16MP Front Camera
  • 4G VOLTE, 4G, 3G, 2G Networks support
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Sensors: Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 18W Fast Charger
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

Micromax IN Note 1 SAR Value: Head: 0.570 W/kg, Body: 0.957 W/kg ( Source: Flipkart )

OnePlus 8T 5G Launched in India at a price of Rs 42,999 on Amazon

After a few weeks of teasing, the OnePlus 8T 5G variant is now officially launched in India. It has an MRP Price of Rs 42,999 and will go on sale for the first time on Oct 16th on Amazon.in, part of the Great Indian Festival 2020 sale. You need to be an Amazon Prime Member to get access to this sale on Oct 16. Regular customers will be able to buy OnePlus 8T 5G from Oct 17th onwards.

Reasons to buy OnePlus 8T 5G – Pros

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • 5G support
  • 8GB / 12GB ram
  • 4,500 mAh with Warp Charge 65W Fast Charger
  • 4K @ 30/60 fps
  • 120fps refresh rate screen
  • AMOLED screen
  • Oxygen OS 11 based on Android 11
  • Alert slider

There are 4 cameras at the back of the phone with Dual flashes. The main camera is still the same old Sony IMX586 we saw on OnePlus 7. It’s a good sensor, but many cheaper phones in India now have this sensor available. Cheaper OnePlus Nord has the same sensor as well. You also get a 16MP F2.2 aperture ultra-wide-angle lens next to it. A 5MP macro lens and a 2MP monochrome sensor complete the camera system. On the front, you get an F2.4 aperture Sony IMX471 16MP sensor for your selfies.

Is it worth buying for Rs 42,999 ?

If you have never bought an OnePlus device, the 8T 5G is an excellent device to buy. It has great battery life, super-bright, 120hz refresh rate, AMOLED screen, and plenty of ram and storage. You also get a flagship Snapdragon 865 chipset on board with great gaming performance as well. However, if you already own an OnePlus 7T or OnePlus Nord, i don’t think this is a great upgrade, especially if you are looking forward to a much better camera experience.

Google Pixel 4a 5G Pre-order starts on Oct 29 on Amazon US

Google Pixel 4a 5G unlocked is now listed on Amazon US. It will be available to pre-order from Oct 29th onwards in the US. More expensive Google Pixel 5 is already up for pre-order now in the US at a price of $699. Pixel 4A 5G has a launch price of $499.

Pre-order links: Pixel 5 ( $699 ) / Pixel 4A 5G ( $499 ) / Pixel 4A ( $349 ) ( Paid links )

Pixel 4A 5G vs Pixel 5 Specs Comparison

Google Pixel 4a 5G is more like a Pixel 5 Lite. It has the same processor and cameras as the more expensive Pixel 5. Both these phones are powered by the Snapdragon 765G and feature Dual cameras at the back. Both feature Full HD OLED screen, however, Pixel 5 has a higher refresh rate at 90hz offering smoother animations.

Unlike the Google Pixel 4, these phones have an ultra-wide-angle lens instead of a telephoto lens which is a good decision in my opinion. Phone like iPhone 11 also has an ultra-wide-angle lens instead of telephoto.

At 6.2 inches Pixel 4A 5G has a bigger screen than the Pixel 5 ( 6.0 inches ) and Pixel 4A ( 5.81 inches ). In my personal opinion, the 5.81 screen on the 4A is the perfect compact size for single-handed use.

Both Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5 can record 4K @ 60fps while the regular 4A tops out at 4K @ 30fps due to less powerful  Snapdragon 730G on board. 

In the battery department, Pixel 5 has a bigger 4080mAh battery while 4A 5G has a slightly smaller 3885mAh. Thanks to the optimization Google made, these phones are really gonna last a day of moderate to heavy usage with around 5-6 hours of screen on time. 

So which one you should buy?
If you are buying a Pixel phone for its camera alone, you should get the Pixel 4A 5G model as you get the same camera as the Pixel 5 and can save $200. If you want a better display, a bigger battery, and an IP68 rating, you should get the Pixel 5 instead. Regular Pixel 4A for $349 is a great buy as well if you don’t care much about an ultra-wide-angle lens or 4K 60p.

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