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If you are about to buy a new smartphone or a tablet, it might just be a good idea to wait a bit. Apart from the devices that are already available in the Indian market we expect a few big-bang launches over the next couple of months. We think this list of devices might just be worth waiting just a bit longer for. While we don’t have specific dates for these devices or pricing we expect all these devices to hit the Indian shores by the end of May.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (510)
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be sold in India as the Galaxy Note 510. Like the other Notes this tablet will come with the S-Pen stylus. It features a 720p HD display and will also have support for voice calls.
The Galaxy Note 510 will have an 8-inch TFT LCD display supporting native 1280×800 pixel resolution. It is powered by a quad-core 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 based mobile processor with 2 GB RAM. It will be available in two versions – 16 GB and 32 GB models – both with a memory card slot supporting up to 64 GB micro SD card.
The Note 510 has a 1.3-megapixel front camera and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The WiFi Direct feature will help connect the device with other smartphone/tablet. The tablet is powered by a 4600 mAh battery.
All of Samsung’s software will also come with this including TouchWizand other stuff like AllShareCast, Samsung ChatOn, Smart Stay and Samsung Hub. The Galaxy Note 510 will come with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, but one can expect a 4.2 update within the year.
Why wait? The 8.0-inch display size will be a refreshing size between a full-sized tablet and a smartphone. The S-Pen and the optimized apps on this tablet will offer a greater experience then most tablets already present in this space especially for people in the artistic and creative field.
Nokia Lumia 520 & 720
Nokia expanded its Windows 8 portfolio with the Lumia 520 & 720 at the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona last month. With the Lumia 920 & 820 already on sale in India and the 620 available for pre-order, Nokia looks to attract more customers with these two new phones.
The Lumia 520 will be the most affordable Windows Phone 8 phone, even cheaper than the Lumia 620. The phone has a 4-inch display which will have super sensitive features so you can use gloves. It comes with a 5-megapixel autofocus camera and no front facing camera. The phone will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It will have a 1430 mAh internal battery. Its will be available in various color options like yellow, red, cyan, white and black.
Meanwhile, the Lumia 720 will feature innovations like enhanced sunlight readability and super sensitive touch. It will have a 4.3-inch display with curved glass. One of the biggest features of 720 is that it has an incredible f/1.9 aperture camera, which is bigger than most high-end smartphones. The Lumia 720 will be also be in red, white, cyan, black and yellow colors. It will come with a 2000 mAh battery.
What wait? While the first batch of Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 phones has seen a mixed bag response from customers and Nokia even dropping prices, we expect Nokia to price these two devices very competitively.
Even though HTC is facing issues and has delayed the launch of the HTC One slightly we think this it should arrive in India by the end of May.
When we looked at the HTC One we were highly impressed. The phone features a full metal body carved out of single block. The phone has a 4.7-inch Super LCD screen which packs in a 468 PPI. The phone has, BoomSound, a pair of dual-stereo speakers located on the front of the phone which enhances the audio experience. The phone runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with a whole new version of Sense. The home screen features HTC BlinkFeed which is a mash-up of content providers, social networks and built in services like your calendar, messages and calls. The camera on the HTC One is a 4-ultrapixel camera which captures 300% more light which enables better night shots. It also comes with HTC Zoes which allows a user to allows a user to capture full resolution pictures and video with sound together. These Zoes can then be edited and made into highlights.
Why wait? Well, this is one of the best looking phones we have ever used and with innovative features like HTC Zoe, we can see this phone being a big hit. But we expect pricing to be important to its success.
Samsung Galaxy Y Plus
While the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is slated in the next few hours, it looks like Samsung has not totally forgotten about low-priced phones. The Samsung India website has listed a new phone, the Samsung Galaxy Y Plus. The specs point to an entry-level phone. It measures in at 104.9 x 57.9 x 12.98mm and weighs 96 grams.The the Galaxy Y Plus will sport a 2.8-inch TFT QVGA (240×320 pixels) display and run on Android 4.0. It comes with a 2-megapixel rear camera. The device is powered by a 850MHz processor and has 4GB of internal storage and microSD card slot for up to 32GB expansion. It comes with a 1,200mAh battery. The phone also has support for 3G.
Why wait? In spite of slew of launch of low-cost devices by other manufactures, this one by Samsung will be one to watch out for as Samsung has become almost synonymous with Android.
Samsung Galaxy S4
After the runway success of the Samsung Galaxy S3, the India launch of its successor the Samsung Galaxy S4 is probably the most awaited one this year. The S4 was launched last week in a big event in New York. The S4 will have a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with 441 PPI. There Indian version of the phone will most probably be powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 5 processor. The phone will come with 2 GB of RAM. The case is made out of polycarbonate. It has a 2600 mAh battery and will have a 13 megapixel rear camera. You can read all about the S4 here.
Why Wait? With the software improvements this is definitely a big upgrade to the S3 and will be one of the top Android phones this year. A bit of a concern is the pricing and we are hoping the 16GB one costs less than Rs 40k.
So are you waiting to purchase one of the above devices or do you have your eyes set on something else. Do let us know.