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Upcoming Smartphones in Nepal

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.upcoming smartphones price in nepalEvery 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

Oppo R17 Pro

The design of the phone is identical to the OnePlus 6T. The tear-drop notch makes a come back and the back is made up of glass but wireless charging is missing. However, you can get the R17 Pro in bolder colors or combination of colors than the OnePlus 6T.

Oppo R17 pro has a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen that gives you deep blacks and punchy colors. The teardrop notch adds to the pleasing and unique aesthetic of the phone. Within the notch is confined a 25MP f/2.0 selfie shooter. Gauging from the Oppo smartphones of the past, this will be a favorite among selfie lovers. The 8GB RAM and 128GB storage will set any spec-lover’s heart racing.

Oppo R17 Pro Key Specifications

  • Display: 6.4-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 616
  • OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo) skinned with ColorOS 5.2
  • Memory: 6/8 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage(expandable up to 256GB using micro SD card)
  • Primary Camera: 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS; 20 MP, f/2.6, AF; TOF 3D stereo camera
  • Secondary Camera: 25 MP, f/2.0, 20mm (ultrawide), 1/2.8″, 0.9µm
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3700 mAh battery

OPPO R17 Pro Price in Nepal: TBD

Pros Cons
Premium design Pricing is not known
Good specs for a mid-range device Under screen fingerprint not as fast as the traditional one
AMOLED screen
Amazing battery life

Vivo Y81i

The international variant of Y81i has a 6.22 inch HD+ LCD screen and is powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 12nm chip. This chip performs similarly to the Snapdragon 450 chipset. For a budget phone that’s not that bad. The chip is aided by a 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. These are a bit on the low side. But still, we don’t know if the international version is the one that is coming to Nepal. Also, the international version has a 13MP rear camera along with 5MP selfie camera on the front.

Looking at the international variant, the Vivo Y81i looks to be a budget phone that might come well under 20K. From the photos, it also looks like Vivo has ditched the fingerprint sensor and focused solely on face unlock feature.

Vivo Y81i Key Specifications

  • Display: 6.22-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~270 ppi density)
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6761 Helio A22 (12 nm)
  • CPU: Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: PowerVR GE8320
  • OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo) skinned with FunTouchOS 4.0
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM, 16GB internal storage (expandable up to 256GB using micro SD card)
  • Primary Camera: 13 MP, f/2.2, PDAF
  • Secondary Camera: 5 MP, f/2.2
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3260 mAh battery

Vivo Y81i Price in Nepal: TBD

Pros Cons
Good design low-res screen
large battery No fingerprint sensor

UMIDIGI One

UMIDIGi One houses Helio P23 chip from MediaTek, the chip promises improved performance and reduced power consumption with its 16nm process technology. It has 8-cores of processor reaching 2.0GHz max, while the ARM Mali G71 MP2 clocks 700MHz. What this all means is that your normal apps like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube will run just fine. And with the 4GB RAM, multitasking should be smooth.

umidigi one

A Full HD display for this screen size would have been better but UMIDIGI has gone with an HD panel. This does help them conserve battery power though, and that may be more important to some people. With the 3550 mAh (3250 on the ONE PRO) the battery life on these devices shouldn’t be a problem to anyone. It should last you all day on a single charge whatever your use case.

UMIDIGI ONE Key Specifications

  • Release Date: July 2018
  • Display : 5.9 inch 1520 x 720 pixels HD+ 287ppi
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P23 MT6763T
  • GPU: ARM Mali-G71 MP2
  • OS: Android v8.1 Oreo
  • Memory: 4GB, 32GB(expandable using micro-SD card up to 256GB)
  • Primary Camera: 12 MP + 5 MP
  • Secondary Camera: 16 MP
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3550 mAh battery
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass

UMIDIGI One Price in Nepal: TBD

Pros Cons
Premium design Pricing is not known
Good specs for a mid-range device Screen should have been higher resolution

UMIDIGI ONE Pro

The differences between the ONE and the ONE Pro are subtle and less in number.  The One pro has more storage but slightly smaller battery than the ONE. Everything we said about the UMIDIGI ONE holds true for the ONE Pro. Just, for the One, you might have to invest in an SD card down the road, but for the ONE Pro, that may not be necessary.

umidigi one

Both the phones have the same camera setup too. It would be interesting to see how UMIDIGI will price these two phones. Judging them through the paper, they would perform just fine on good lighting conditions producing some satisfactory shots. But we don’t have much hope for low light performance at this price point. The 16MP secondary camera though sounds interesting.

UMIDIGI ONE PRO Key Specifications

  • Release Date: July 2018
  • Display: 5.9 inch 1520 x 720 pixels HD+ 287ppi
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P23 MT6763T
  • GPU: ARM Mali-G71 MP2
  • OS: Android v8.1 Oreo
  • Memory: 4GB, 64GB(expandable using micro-SD card up to 256GB)
  • Primary Camera: 12 MP + 5 MP
  • Secondary Camera: 16 MP
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3250 mAh battery
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass

UMIDIGI One PRO Price in Nepal: TBD

Pros Cons
Premium design Pricing is not known
Good specs for a mid-range device Screen should have been higher resolution

UMIDIGI Z2 Pro

The UMIDIG Z2 Pro has the internals to match its looks. The gorgeous glass back is interrupted by dual 16 +8 MP cameras on the back with the fingerprint sensor located right beneath them. Even the camera modules look luxuriously round and separated. The front though… If you like the iPhone X, you will like this phone because it looks a lot like the iPhone X. The size and shape of the notch on both the phones are identical. But, before you go and bash UMIDIGI for copying Apple, you’d like to know that they have used this space wisely. The notch at the front houses dual 16 + 8 MP front-facing cameras too.

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On the inside, UMIDIGI Z2 Pro contains the Helio P60 processor which is comparable to the Snapdragon 660 from Qualcomm. So, it’s a midrange processor. The performance would be fluid for normal tasks and apps but you won’t be able to play the latest games in the highest settings without any lag or stutter. However, the 6GB of RAM included must help with the multitasking performance. Even flagships from top manufacturers like Samsung still use 4GB RAM. The internal storage is large too. 128GB is enough for most of your photos an average human would click. I said average. The date for the launch of UMIDIGI Z2 Pro hasn’t been disclosed yet. We will notify you on the day it happens.

UMIDIGI Z2 Pro Key Specifications

  • Display: 6.2-inch Full HD+ 19:9 LCD IPS screen
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2246 @ 403 ppi
  • Chipset: Helio P60 octa-core
  • CPU: Octa-core (4 x 2.0GHz Cortex A73  + 4 x 2.0GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU: ARM Mali G72 MP3 800MHz
  • OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Memory: 128GB ROM, 6GB RAM
  • Primary Camera: 16MP (F2.0)+8MP, Samsung sensor, autofocus (PDAF), Dual LED flash, 4K video recording
  • Secondary Camera: 16MP+8MP with F2.0 aperture, Sony sensor, video recording 1080p
  • Battery: 3,650mAh Fast charging 18W,  Fast wireless charging 15W

UMIDIGI Z2 Pro Price in Nepal: TBD

Pros Cons
Premium design Pricing is not known
Great specs if the price could be lower than 50K

 


Sony Xperia XZ2

The Xperia XZ2 is a good flagship smartphone. It comes with the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset, integrated with the best Sony currently has to offer in terms of display and camera. An interesting thing about its display is the Triluminos, Bravia-tech LCD, and BT.2020 HDR color space support. But, it is not the best flagship of 2018.

If I get to choose between a Google Pixel 2XL, S9+, Huawei P20 Pro, and Xperia XZ2 then XZ2 won’t be my choice. The display is better than the previous generation and can compete against the aforementioned flagships. However, it’s design language and the camera capability might falter against the top guns.

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XZ2 has a louder and clearer stereo speaker system and comes with some unique camera features;1080p 960fps videos and the HDR BT.2020 videos in 4K and 1080p, at 24fps. However, the camera lacks OIS and its Intelligent Active Steady Shot stabilization is limited to [email protected] videos.

Its an improved flagship phone but it is certainly not the best of 2018!

Sony Xperia XZ2 Key Specifications

  • Display: 5.7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1080×2160 pixels
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 630
  • OS: Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Memory: 64GB ROM, 6GB RAM
  • Primary Camera: 19 MP (f/2.0, 25mm, 1/2.3″, 1.22µm), gyro EIS, predictive phase detection and laser autofocus
  • Secondary Camera: 5 MP (f/2.2, 1/5″), gyro EIS, 1080p
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3180 mAh battery

Sony Xperia XZ2 Price in Nepal (Expected): Rs. 88,000

Pros Cons
Modern design Slippery
Good battery life No headphone jack
1080p 960fps & HDR BR.2020 video in 4k Downgraded selfie camera
Loud stereo speaker Camera lacks OIS
Great performance Slow-Mo is not that good

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. 16,000 – Rs. 22,000

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

Upcoming Smartphones in Nepal
Upcoming Mobile Models Expected Price
Oppo R17 Pro TBD
Vivo Y81i TBD
UMIDIGI One PRO TBD
UMIDIGI One TBD
Sony Xperia XZ2 Rs. 88000
InFocus Vision 3 Rs. 16000 – Rs. 22000

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.

We will be listing all the smartphones as soon as we know their status of future availability in Nepal. If you are waiting to buy a phone or going to buy a phone, it would be wise to check this list frequently to see if any interesting new products are coming into Nepal. One of them may catch your eye, or a newer model of a phone may take the price of an older model down. So, make this list your goto to make a wise purchasing decision, and we will be updating this list constantly to help you do just that.




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