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Few new smartphones were launched in August, making it a relatively calm month for the smartphone industry. However, this is about to change. The biggest number of launches occur in September each year, shortly before the festive season. With launches scheduled from Apple, Xiaomi, Samsung, and more this year, consumers will have a wide range of options, from entry-level models to high-end models. Here is a list of upcoming smartphones that are expected to be on sale in global markets, including India, in the coming month.
Upcoming smartphone launches in September 2022
iPhone 14 Pro Max
On September 7th, much like clockwork, Apple will release its newest iPhone 14 series in global markets. This series is anticipated to contain four variants, including the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max in addition to the two standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max versions. Apart from a few details, such as the new 48MP camera system on the Pro model, the A16 Bionic chip, and the new pill-shaped cutout on the Pro models for the selfie camera/sensor suite, not much is known about the iPhone 14 range this time.
Apple is only likely to deploy this new CPU in their Pro series in order to control costs; the regular model will still be run by the A15 Bionic. Up next are iOS 16 and a new vapour chamber cooling mechanism, as well as Always-On displays. This is unprecedented for Apple, but the company intends to maintain the same cost as the iPhone 13 series.
Expected price: Around Rs 1.4 lakh
Motorola Edge 30 Ultra
Motorola is gearing up to announce its latest flagship smartphone, the Moto Edge 30 Ultra in the Global markets on September 8th. This month, the phone made its debut as the Moto X30 Pro in China. The phone sports a 6.67-inch Full-HD+ 144Hz OLED panel and is powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip paired with a 4,500mAh battery that supports 125W fast charging.
With up to 256GB of internal storage and up to 12GB of RAM, the Edge 30 Ultra is anticipated to come in a variety of memory combinations. On the optics front, the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra will come with a 60MP front-facing camera and a triple camera setup on the rear with a 200MP main sensor, along with two auxiliary sensors.
Expected price: Rs 69,999
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
Along with the Edge 30 Ultra, Motorola is expected to also announce the Edge 30 Fusion on September 8th. The phone is also known as the Moto S30 Pro in China. The Edge 30 Fusion will include a 6.55-inch Full-HD+ 144Hz OLED display, a Snapdragon 888+ processor, a 4,400mAh battery, and 68W fast charging ability.
The phone will likely launch in a variety of memory options with up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB internal storage. On the imaging front, it will have a triple rear camera setup with a 50MP primary lens, a 13MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. Selfies on the handset will be handled by a 32MP snapper on the front.
Expected price: Rs 24,990
iQOO Z6 Lite
The Z6 Lite, the next smartphone in iQOO‘s portfolio right below the Z6, will also launch in September. The phone will sport a 6.58-inch full HD+ LCD panel with a 90Hz refresh rate and will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC. It will be available in a variety of memory configurations with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The Z6 Lite’s optics will include a 50MP dual rear camera array and an 8MP front camera.
Other features of the phone include a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, face unlock, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, GLONASS, Android 12 with FunTouch OS on top, and a large 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging.
Expected price: Rs 12,990
OnePlus 10 Ultra (rumoured)
It has also been speculated that OnePlus would introduce its Ultra flagship phone next month. It will probably go by the name of the OnePlus 10 Ultra and be an enhanced model of the OnePlus 10 Pro. Little is known about the phone other than the fact that it will be built on the same design as the current OnePlus 10 Pro, be powered by the most recent Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, and include an enhanced camera system on the back with a periscope lens and the Hasselblad branding and colour science.
Expected price: Rs 79,990
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Xiaomi 12T Pro
Next month, Xiaomi is anticipated to launch the Xiaomi 12T Pro in global regions, continuing its 12-series. The Redmi K50 Ultra, which recently made its China debut, is in fact the Redmi 12T Pro under a different label. The 12T Pro will flaunt a 6.67-inch AMOLED panel with a 1.5k resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. It will be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC and available with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage.
The phone is expected to house a triple rear camera setup, including a 200MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultrawide lens, and a 2MP macro shooter. A 20MP snapper on the front will take care of selfies and video calling needs.
Other features of the phone include an in-display fingerprint sensor, face unlock, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.3, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Android 12 with MIUI 13 on top, and a large 5,000mAh battery with 120W fast charging.
Expected price: Rs 39,999