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Upcoming Smartphones in Nepal (Updated)

The smartphone market keeps getting updates. Almost on a daily basis. There is a swarm of new smartphones being released regularly whether it be from the big players like Samsung and Huawei or the “inferior considered”  Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo etc. Keeping track of every phone that is possibly going to hit the market is virtually impossible.

Every phone takes at least a while to be released in the Nepali market after its international launch. But there will be rumors regarding which phones will be released next. So, we have compiled a list of upcoming smartphones in Nepal. These are the smartphones that will soon hit the Nepali market.

Upcoming Smartphones in Nepal (Updated)

Xiaomi Mi A2

This phone is great. If this phone is going to come at a price less than 30 grand, trust me you won’t get a phone better than this. Snapdragon 660 is the best one out there as far as it goes for the budget smartphones. And this being backed up with 6GB of RAM is going to give you insane performance. Multitasking to going to be hella smooth. The gaming performance too is going to be great, even though this might experience a few stutters.

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The camera is something I liked very much. If the optimization and the camera quality is as good in real life as on paper, you are going to get an insanely good-looking image. We are yet to see the image quality regarding the colors and exposure. Also, with a 20MP front camera, you are going to get great selfies as well.

Xiaomi Mi A2 Key Specifications

  • Display: 5.99-inch LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1080×2160 pixels (18:9 Aspect Ratio)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
  • GPU: Adreno 512
  • OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo) [Android One Certified]
  • Memory: 128GB ROM, 6GB RAM or 64GB ROM, 4GB RAM
  • Primary Camera: Dual:12 MP (f/1.8, 1/2.9″, 1.25µm) + 20 MP (f/1.8, 1/2.8″, 1.0µm)
  • Secondary Camera: 20 MP (f/1.8, 1/2.8″, 1.0µm)
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3010 mAh battery

Xiaomi Mi A2 Price in Nepal (Expected): Rs. 30,000 (4GB)/Rs. 34,000 (6GB)

Pros Cons
The processor is great Customers expect an AMOLED screen at this price point
Great camera setup A bigger battery would have been nice

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has very decent specifications for its price. But the irony is every other budget smartphone does. Xiaomi has introduced a new SoC with this iteration of the Redmi Note lineup. This new chip has Kyro processors which are known for its battery efficiency and great performance.

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This phone will have a significantly better performance than its predecessors due to its new SoC and bump in RAM (4/6GB). This phone will be a great threat to other fairly newer smartphones such as Huawei Nova 2i and Oppo F5. Also, Coolpad Cool Play 6, which was released for gaming might struggle to compete with this device. Time will tell us how this phone is going to do in the Nepali Market.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Key Specifications

  • Display: 5.99 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1080×2160 pixels
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636
  • CPU: Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260
  • GPU: Adreno 509
  • OS: Android 7.1.2 (Nougat)
  • Memory: 64 GB, 4/6 GB
  • Primary Camera: Dual: 12 MP (f/2.2, 1.25 μm) + 5 MP (f/2.0, 1.12 μm), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • Secondary Camera: 20 MP (f/2.0, 1/2.8″), LED flash
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Price in Nepal (Expected): Rs. 36,999 (4GB)/Rs. 38,999 (6GB)

Pros Cons
Decent 5.99 inch IPS Panel for its price AMOLED screen would have been better
Storage can be increased later using microSD card Android version is older compared to others

OnePlus 6

OnePlus was unheard of until four years back. But when the “flagship-killer”, OnePlus 1. Now when it has come up to the OnePlus 6, the release of this phone is one of the most hyped things in the smartphone industry. If that isn’t a success, I don’t know what is. The OnePlus 6 has kind of a predictable spec sheet. Snapdragon 845, 6 Gigs of RAM, and well a pretty insane camera.

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OnePlus 6 is going to be amazing. With a price considerably lower than that of other flagship smartphones, there is no doubt that this phone is going to be a bestseller. The price of this device is not fixed so this might be somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 thousand.

OnePlus 6 Key Specifications

  • Display: 6.28-inch optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1080×2240 pixels
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 630
  • OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Memory: 128GB ROM, 8GB RAM
  • Primary Camera: Dual: 16 MP (f/1.7, 27mm, 1/2.8″, 1.12µm, gyro EIS) + 20 MP (f/1.7)
  • Secondary Camera: 16 MP (f/2.0, 20mm, 1.0µm), gyro EIS, Auto HDR, 1080p
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3450 mAh battery

OnePlus 6 Price in Nepal (Expected): Rs. 70,000

Huawei P20 Pro

This is one hell of a smartphone. If it weren’t for the Kirin 970, I would choose this phone over Galaxy S9 and the Pixel 2 XL. But, the processor lets me down. This might have a similar performance to that of the Snapdragon 845, but the image processing is not as good. One thing that is different about this smartphone is the camera, and if that is not well optimized, well there is no point in buying this smartphone.

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However, things might change with a software update. If Huawei is somehow able to use the processing power, things will go well for this smartphone. If you are not the kind of person who takes a lot of photos and videos, then well, this might actually be a viable option for you. Everything else from the design to the screen is on point. So, if the camera is not a deal breaker for you, go for it.

Huawei P20 Pro Key Specifications

  • Display: 6.1-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1080×2240 pixels
  • Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 970
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU: Mali-G72 MP12
  • OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Memory: 128GB ROM, 6GB RAM
  • Primary Camera: Triple: 40 MP (f/1.8, 27mm, 1/1.7″, OIS) + 20 MP B/W (f/1.6, 27mm) + 8 MP (f/2.4, 80mm)
  • Secondary Camera: 24 MP, f/2.0 aperture
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery

Huawei P20 Pro Price in Nepal (Expected): Rs. 1,20,000

Pros Cons
An amazing camera Snapdragon 845 chip would have been better
Beautiful design

InFocus Vision 3

The phone comes with a 5.70-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1440 pixels which should be pretty enough. The display has 18:9 aspect ratio and a 2.5D curved glass. The InFocus Vision 3 is powered by MediaTek MTK6737H processor and it comes with 2GB of RAM which is going to get you through a basic day to day workload. The phone packs 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.

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As far as the cameras are concerned, the InFocus Vision 3 packs (13+5) megapixel dual primary camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The phone has a fingerprint sensor on the rear side. It runs Android 7.0 and is powered by a 4000mAh non-removable battery.

InFocus Vision 3 Key Specifications

  • Display: 5.7 inches HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 2.5D curved glass
  • Chipset: 1.3GHz quad-core
  • CPU: MediaTek MTK6737H
  • GPU: Mali-T720
  • Memory: 16GB internal storage with microSD expandable storage (up to 128GB), 2GB RAM
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Primary Camera: (13+5) MP dual rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture
  • Secondary Camera: 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (Rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass

InFocus Vision 3 Price in Nepal (Expected): Rs. 14,000 – Rs. 16,000

Pros Cons
Decent 5.7-inch IPS Panel for its price Snapdragon processors would have been better
A dual camera setup Internal storage is a little bit low

These aren’t the only smartphones that are going to be released of course. There are a lot more out there. However, the above-listed smartphones are the ones we thought were important to cover.

Among the aforementioned smartphones, I am most excited about the Huawei P20 Pro because it is the “flagship” smartphones and well, of course, the camera is insane. These smartphones will probably make their way to Nepal in the next month or two so let us all brace ourselves to see how these smartphones will make an impact in the Nepali Market.

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