Despite the restrictions placed by the ongoing pandemic, the Nepalese smartphone market grew by a significant margin last year. A lot of new phones were announced in 2021, ranging from entry-level to top-tier flagships. We even saw the launch of a couple of foldable phones and we are hopeful to see this streak continue in 2022 as well. So, here are the top upcoming smartphones that we expect to go official in Nepal in early 2022.
Top Upcoming Smartphones in Nepal in 2022:
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
Let’s start with the first major launch of 2022. Samsung will be starting the year with the Galaxy S21 FE. This upcoming premium midrange phone was initially set to go official in 2021, but its launch kept being pushed due to numerous reasons—but mostly because of the ongoing chip shortage.
All the major leaks point to theGalaxy S21 FE having a 6.41″ AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. It has been spotted in numerous benchmark listings with Snapdragon 888 chipset. But like its predecessor, it’ll have an Exynos variant as well—which is the variant coming to Nepal.
Similarly, the phone will flaunt a 12MP triple camera setup at the back. It will pack a 4,500mAh battery with support for 25W fast charging.
- Expected Price in Nepal: Rs. 95,000 (8/256GB)
Samsung Galaxy A03 Core
Next up is the Galaxy A03 Core, which is the latest budget offering from the company. It features a 6.5″ HD+ LCD screen with an Infinity-V notch. It is powered by an unspecified octa-core chip, which we believe is the Unisoc SC9863A.
Given its underpowered specs, it runs the Android 11 Go edition with Samsung’s One UI Core on top. It features an 8MP camera at the back and a 5MP selfie shooter on the front. The phone gets its juice from a 5,000mAh battery, which supports 7.75W charging.
- Expected Price in Nepal: Rs. 13,500 (2/32GB)
Xiaomi 11T was alongside other “T” suffixed smartphones in September 2021. And it will be the first major launch for Xiaomi Nepal in 2022. Here, the Xiaomi 11T sports a 6.67″ AMOLED display with a 120Hz Adaptive Sync refresh rate.
The phone is powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200 Ultra chip, which brings some Xiaomi-specific customizations. It is configurable with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage.
Moving on, the rear camera setup consists of a 108MP primary camera accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide and a 5MP telemacro lens. Xiaomi 11T gets its juice from a 5,000mAh battery with support for 67W charging.
- Expected Price in Nepal: Rs. 75,000 (8/128GB) | Rs. 80,000 (8/256GB)
Moto G51 5G
Motorola made a comeback to the Nepali market in 2020, but the company has been limiting itself to the budget segment of the sub-20K price range. But that could all change in 2022. Motorola is all set to launch Moto G51 5G in Nepal. It’s a midrange 5G-ready phone powered by Snapdragon 480+.
It sports a 6.8-inch FHD+ panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. The triple camera setup at the back consists of a 50MP primary sensor, joined by an 8MP ultrawide and a 2MP macro lens. Fueling the phone is a 5,000mAh battery which only supports 10W of charging.
- Expected Price in Nepal: Rs. 30,000 (4/64GB)
Besides, Motorola is also looking to launch the Moto G31 in Nepal. It’s quite similar to the G51 mentioned above in terms of design and camera.
However, the G31 has a 6.4″ AMOLED screen and brings MediaTek’s Helio G85 chipset. Similarly, it is powered by a 5,000mAh battery with 20W fast charging support.
- Expected Price in Nepal: Rs. 27,000 (4/64GB) | Rs. 30,000 (6/128GB)
Next up is Vivo, whose first launch in Nepal this year will be the V23 series. This lineup is home to four smartphones: V23e, V23, V23 5G, and V23 Pro. However, only the V23e has been officially announced so far. It is available in both 4G and 5G variants, and we are most probably going to get the former.
Vivo V23e 4G comes powered by MediaTek G96 chipset. The main highlight of the phone is its sleek design and 50MP selfie camera with Eye AF (AutoFocus). Other key features include a 6.44″ AMOLED display, 64MP triple rear camera array, 4050mAh battery, and 44W fast charging.
- Expected Price in Nepal: Rs. 45,000 (8/128GB)
Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
Redmi’s Note series is among the most beloved smartphone lineups in the Nepali market. In fact, Redmi Note 10 Pro was the best value-for-money midrange phone last year. The company will look to repeat a similar feat with its successor.
Redmi Note 11 Pro is currently exclusive to the Chinese market. However, we expect it to go global this year. The phone has a flat edge design with an IP53 rating. It sports a 6.67-inch AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate.
Under the hood, it packs Dimensity 920 chipset, which is built on TSMC’s 6nm node. Xiaomi has even included vapor chamber cooling to cool off the phone. On the other hand, it flaunts a triple camera setup at the back led by a 108MP primary camera. Other features include 67W fast charging, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, stereo speakers, and NFC support.
- Expected Price in Nepal: Rs. 37,000 (6/128GB) | Rs. 40,000 (8/128GB)
Poco M4 Pro 5G
Poco M3 Pro 5G was the company’s first 5G phone in Nepal. But it could not win the heart of the Nepali audience as it compromised too much on specs for 5G connectivity. Thus, the company was quick to follow it up with M4 Pro 5G, which is a better device overall.
Poco will bring the M4 Pro 5G to the Nepali market in 2022. It features a 6.6″ IPS panel with a 90Hz refresh rate and up to 240Hz touch sampling rate. Powering the phone is MediaTek’s Dimensity 810 chipset.
Interestingly, the M4 Pro 5G only has two cameras at the back. But it’s important to note that Poco has included an ultrawide camera to go with the 50MP primary camera—instead of the gimmicky 2MP depth/macro sensors. Anyway, the phone features a 5000mAh battery complemented by 33W fast charging.
- Expected Price in Nepal: Rs. 32,000 (4/64GB) | Rs. 35,500 (6/128GB)
Top upcoming smartphones in Nepal in 2022 (Summary)
|Smartphone Model||Price in Nepal (Expected)|
|Samsung Galaxy S21 FE||Rs. 95,000 (8/256GB)|
|Samsung Galaxy A03 Core||Rs. 13,500|
|Moto G51 5G||Rs. 30,000 (4/64GB)|
|Vivo V23e 4G||Rs. 45,000 (8/128GB)|
|Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G||
|Poco M4 Pro 5G||
So those were the top upcoming smartphones in Nepal in early 2022. Which one are you excited for the most? Have your say in the comments below: