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

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.

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.

OnePlus 8T 5G First Sale on Oct 16th on Amazon India

OnePlus 8T 5G will go on sale in India online on Oct 16th as part of the Great Indian Festival 2020 Sale. Official Specs, MRP price, etc will be revealed during the Oct 14th launch event. An early access sale will be held for Amazon Prime Members. Regular customers will have to wait another day – probably Oct 17 – to get access. Amazon.in is also teasing a new OnePlus Nord model which will be available on the same date as well.

OnePlus 8T 5G is the latest flagship Android smartphone from the OnePlus Mobiles. It is powered by the latest and fastest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ Octa-core processor and comes with a 120Hz Quad HD AMOLED screen. It ships with Oxygen OS 11 based on the latest Android 11. Like previous OnePlus flagships, this too features super-fast Warp Charging. This time around OnePlus is bringing a 65W charger which can juice up 8T 5G from 1% to 58% in just 15mins.

There are 4 cameras at the back of the OnePlus 8T 5G. Many of us were expecting a 64MP Sony sensor, but instead, OnePlus is sticking with a 48MP shooter for the main camera. You also get a 14mm ultra-wide-angle lens next to it as well as a telephoto lens. There is also a 4th sensor which would probably be a depth sensor used to help with portrait/bokeh shots.

If you are buying this during the Great Indian Festival Sale, you can get a 10% Instant Discount with HDFC Bank Credit / Debit cards. ( T&Cs apply )

OnePlus 8T 5G Specs

  • Snapdragon 865+ Octa-core processor
  • 5G support
  • 120hz Quad HD AMOLED display
  • Oxygen OS 11 / Android 11
  • Quad Rear Cameras
  • 48MP main camera
  • OIS support
  • New Nightscape Mode
  • 14mm ultra-wide-angle lens
  • 65W fast charging ( Warp Charge 65 )

OPPO F17 Pro up for Pre-order on Amazon India

Oppo has launched F17 Pro Android smartphone in India. It has an MRP price of Rs 25,990 and a launch selling price of Rs 22,990. It is now available to pre-order online from Amazon.in ( check here for the lowest price ).

Oppo F17 Pro is a mid-range Android smartphone powered by the 2.2GHz MediaTek Helio P95 octa core processor and IMG 9XM-HP8 GPU. It is available to pre-order in 3 different colors – Matte Black, Metallic White and Magic Blue. It comes with 8GB of ram and has 128GB of internals storage.

The display on this Oppo phone is a 6.43 inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED with 2400 x 1080 pixels resolution. It features an in-display fingerprint scanner. Oppo has equipped this with a 4015mAh battery and has 30W VOOC Flash Carge 4.0 support for faster charging. It ships with Color OS 7.2 which is based on Android 10 operating system. Unlike Huawei phones, this ships with Google Apps and Play Store.

In the camera department, Opop F17 Pro features a quad-camera setup at the back. The main sensor is a 48MP sensor. There is an ultra-wide 8MP sensor next to it. You also get a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there are dual cameras. The main sensor is a 16MP one and there is a 2MP depth sensor next to it to help with bokeh aka portrait selfie shots.

Oppo F17 Pro Specs

  • 2.2GHz MediaTek Helio P95 octa core processor
  • 6.43 inch Full HD+ screen ( Super AMOLED / 2400 x 1080 pixels / in-display fingerprint )
  • Color OS 7.2 ( based on Android 10 )
  • 8GB ram
  • 128GB storage ( 3-card slot )
  • 4G LTE support
  • 4015mAH
  • 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0
  • 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Quad camera
  • 16MP + 2MP depth Front Camera

Motorola G9 Price, Specs and Features [ India ]

Motorola has officially launched G9 Android smartphone in India. It has an MRP price of Rs 11,499. It will go on sale online on Flipkart from Aug 31st onwards. ( check here ). It is available in Forest Green and Sapphire Blue colors.

Motorola G9 is a lower mid-range smartphone powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 octa-core Processor. This is a 11nm chipset and has Qualcomm Kryo 260 CPU on board. For graphics, it uses Qualcomm Adreno 610 GPU. It comes with 64GB of storage and has 4GB of ram.

There are 3 cameras on the back of Moto G9. However, two of them are just 2MP sensor. The main sensor is a 48MP F1.7 aperture sensor that shoots 12MP pixel binned photos for better quality and dynamic range. 12MP shots also save storage space. It comes with features like Portrait mode, Manual mode, Night vision, HDR, High-res zoom etc. DNG RAW shooting is supported as well. On the front, you get a 8MP F2.2 sensor for your selfies and video calls.

The display on the Moto G9 is a 20:9 6.5 inch HD+ IPS screen. The max resolution supported is 1600 x 720 Pixels. It ships with the latest Android 10 operating system. Motorola has equipped this with a big 5000mAh battery.

Motorola G9 Full Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 ( octa-core / 11nm chipset / Qualcomm Kryo 260 CPU / Quad Cortex A73 up to 2 GHz )
  • Qualcomm Adreno 610 GPU
  • 6.5 inch HD+ display ( 269PPI / IPS / 20:9 aspect ratio / 1600×720 pixels )
  • Fingerprint and Face unlock
  • Android 10 operating system
  • 48MP F1.7 main camera
  • 8MP F2.2 front camera
  • 2MP depth sensor
  • 2MP macro lens
  • 5000mAh battery ( 20W Turbo Power Charging )
  • Sensors: Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope
  • A-GPS, GLONSS, Galileo

Xiaomi Redmi 9 and Oppo F17 Pro coming soon on Amazon India

Amazon India has started teasing the launch of two new Android smartphones – Xiaomi Redmi 9 and Oppo F17 Pro. According to the promo pages, Redmi 9 will launch in India on Aug 27th and will be available to purchase soon after. Oppo F17 Pro promo page doesn’t reveal a launch date, however it is expected to be available to pre-order soon as well.

Redmi 9 is an entry level budget smartphone powered by Media Tek Helio G80 octa-core processor. It will be available to purchase in 3GB + 32GB or 4GB + 64GB variants. The display on this is a 6.53” FHD+ Dot Drop display with 400 nits max brightness. Xiaomi has equipped this with a big 5020mAh battery. It features a quad camera setup at the back – 13MP+8MP+5MP+2MP.

We don’t know much about Oppo F17 Pro except that it is going to be the sleekest phone under Rs 25,000. According to the promo page, it is 7.48mm thin and weighs 164g.

Official Price in India for Oppo F17 Pro and Redmi 9 will be revealed in coming days.