Flagship smartphones are expensive purchases, but for people who need the power in their hands whether they’re gaming, consuming media, or working, they can be great investments. They’re also the most feature-packed, often have better support for accessories, and are the first in line for new software updates.
If you’re planning to buy a flagship smartphone between now and the upcoming festive season, there’s good news, as a number of awaited flagships are launching this month. From the Apple iPhone 13 series to the rumoured ONEPLUS 9RT, here’s everything we expected to launch this month.
Apple iPhone 13 Series
The iPhone series needs no introduction, and Apple is likely all set to launch the next-gen iPhones this month, although we don’t have an official date yesterday. Most leaks have pointed to the presence of four variants, all with smaller notches, bigger batteries and a new Apple chip, which will be the A15 chipset.
The iPhone 13 series is also expected to bring support for higher refresh rate displays on the two Pro variants, and elements like MagSafe are expected to be present too. With the iPhone 13 series this time, reports have also said that Apple will intoduce support for satellite communication for low earth orbit (LEO) satellites. This will allow the new iPhones to make calls and send messages in emergency situations but the feature’s availability might be limited.
Google Pixel 6 Series
Google’s Pixel 6 Series was unveiled last month by company itself. The new series, which will feature two phones namely the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, come with a major design revamp and are expected to come out of the box with Android 12. However, availability in India is still a mystery.
OnePlus is reportedly launching a T-series phone towards the end of the year, but unlike the years before, the ‘T’ treatment is not given to the Oneplus 9, but the affordable, toned down OnePlus 9R instead. The OnePlus 9RT has no official confirmation or launch date yet, but we do have a BIS listing that suggests the phone is on its way.
Expected specifications include an FHD+ 6.55-inch AMOLED display with support for a 120Hz refresh rate, a 4,500mAh battery with support for 65W fast charging, and as per rumours, a binned version of the Snapdragon 870 (which is already an upgraded version of the Snapdragon 865+).
Apart from the new chip, OnePlus is expected to put in a new 50MP Sony IMX766 camera which was seen on the Nord 2. The phone is also expected to be the first phone to come with Oxygen OS 12, the brand’s next big skin update that’s based on Android 12.