The current lockdown has brought a halt to multiple businesses. People have not been able to go to their offices and go about their life normally. However, one thing that this pandemic has not been able to stop is the launch of new smartphones. Smartphone manufacturers have been launching new devices left, right, and center. Some great and some not so. But one thing that you can be certain of is that there are a host of great devices waiting for you once the lockdown is lifted. So, here’s the list of the top upcoming smartphones in Nepal that will be available for you after the lockdown ends.
Budget Offerings from Nokia
Nokia C2, Nokia 1.3, and Nokia 5.3 launched in May this year and are a budget offering from HMD Global. All three of them sport decent specs that will give any budget device a serious competition. Let’s quickly go through their specs!
Nokia C2 Overview
Firstly, talking about the Nokia C2, it has a 5.7-inch display with an HD+ IPS panel. It’s pretty much similar to its predecessor, i.e. the Nokia C1 in terms of the design. It too has thick bezels around the screen, which I believe might not be so popular among the users. However, it does have a dedicated Google Assistant button that is a handy feature to have.
Under the hood, it has a 1.4GHz Unisoc chipset and runs on Android 9 Pie (Go edition). The available RAM/Storage option is 1GB/16GB. As for the, it has a 5MP module on the back and a 5MP sensor up front too. The phone supports 4G and battery-wise uses a 2800mAh unit. Overall, it is a decent enough device for the budget segment, and it will cost around Rs. 8,000 in the Market.
Nokia 1.3 Overview
Nest up is the Nokia 1.3. This device is somewhat similar to the Nokia C2 with a few changes here and there. It sports the same 5.7-inch display with an HD+ IPS panel. And has a notifiable bezel surrounding the screen. However, unlike the C2, it has a water-drop notch to house the 5MP selfie camera. The back camera though is the same 5MP module.
The chipset used on this one is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 SoC. And the RAM/Storage option is 1GB/16GB. However, there is a micoSD slot through which you can expand the memory of the device up to 400GB. And power-wise it uses a 3000mAh battery that supports 5W charging. Nokia 1.3 should cost around Rs. 12,000 in Nepal.
Nokia 5.3 Overview
The Nokia 5.3 is probably the best of this lot. And it would be better to label this device as a lower-mid ranger rather than a budget phone. It has a 6.55-inch IPS LCD screen with an HD+ display. There’s a water-drop notch on the screen and it sports an 8MP selfie shooter.
The rear camera module of the Nokia 5.3 certainly stands out in the crowd. It is circular in design and features a triple camera array. The primary sensor is a 13MP lens and it is accompanied by a 5MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor.
Under the hood, it has a decent chipset in the form of Snapdragon 665 SoC and the available RAM options are of 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB. However, the storage option is 64GB only. Battery-wise it has a 4000mAh battery that charges at 10W. This mid-range device will cost around Rs. 21,000 for the 3/64GB variant, Rs. 23,000 for the 4/64GB variant and Rs. 25,000 for the 6/64GB variant.
Budget Offering From Realme
Realme C3 Overview
The Realme C3 is a budget-smartphone that debuted in Feb. It has a 6.5 IPS LCD screen with an HD+ display. And has a mini-drop notch that houses a 5MP selfie shooter. The rear camera module depends upon where you purchase the device. Our market will most probably get the one similar to that of the Indian market. Thus it will be a dual-cam setup with a 12MP primary lens and a 2MP depth sensor. And if we are to get the Indian variant rather than the global one, then it will lack a fingerprint sensor on the back. Now, that’s a real bummer. Other than that, it has a huge 5000mAh battery that offers 30-day standby and it runs on MediaTek Helio 670 SoC.
Realme 6i Overview
Moving on, the Realme 6i is the third and the latest addition to the Realme 6 series. It comes as a direct successor to the Realme 5i and is the most affordable option in the Realme 6 series. Similar to the Realme C3, it has a 6.5 IPS LCD screen with an HD+ display and a mini-drop notch. There’s a 16MP selfie camera housed in the notch and on the back, there’s a 48MP AI quad-camera array. The camera setup is completed by an 8MP ultra-wide lens a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro lens. Battery-wise it has a 5000mAh battery with 39-days standby time and the chipset used in this one is the MediTek Helio G80 SoC.
As far as the price is concerned, the Realme C3 with a 3/32GB RAM/Storage configuration should cost Rs. 15, 990. Similarly, the price of the base variant of Realme 6i, i.e. 3GB/64GB should cost Rs. 21,500 and its top-end variant (4/128GB) will probably cost Rs. 26,000.
Samsung 6000mAh Mega monster Midrangers
The M series from Samsung was a big hit in 2019, and most of us had hoped that Samsung will continue doing great work with this lineup. There were some delays in the launch of the devices under this series. However, those that launched do not disappoint. Thus, two of the M-series devices feature this list of the top upcoming devices after lockdown.
Samsung Galaxy M21 Overview
Firstly, talking about the M21, it has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution. There’s a noticeable chin under the display and it has a water-drop notch that houses 20MP selfie camera. The device also uses this selfie camera for the auto-brightness. On the back, it has a triple camera array. Its primary sensor is 48MP lens and it is further complemented by an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 5MP depth sensor.
Under the hood, it uses the Exynos 9611 chipset and it is coupled with 4GB of RAM. One thing that seems out of place in this device is that despite having an AMOLED screen, it still has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Battery-wise, it boasts a huge 6000mAh battery with 15W fast charging technology.
Samsung Galaxy M31 Overview
Next up is the Samsung Galaxy M31. It launched before the M21 and is scheduled to launch as soon as the lockdown ends. The M31 design-wise seems like a carbon copy of the M30s. It has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution. There’s an infinity ‘U’ notch on the screen to house a 32MP selfie camera. As for the rear camera, a quad-camera array is elegantly arranged in a reverse L shaped pattern. The primary lens is a 64MP sensor. And it is complemented by an 8MP ultra-wide lens a 5MP depth sensor, and finally a 5MP macro lens. Inside it has the same Exynos 9611 chipset and it is coupled with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The battery is the same as that of the M21. That means it too has a 6000mAh battery that supports 15W fast charging.
Now for the prices. The base variant of the Samsung Galaxy M21 (4/64GB) costs Rs. 22,999 and its higher-end variant of 6/128GB configuration should cost around Rs. 27,499. Similarly, the price of a 6GB/128GB variant of Samsung Galaxy M31 should be around Rs. 29,999 and its 8GB/128GB variant should be priced around Rs. 32,999.
The Vivo V19 that launched last month was a different device than what we had seen in its Indonesian counterpart. It is a decent mid-ranger that is scheduled to launch in Nepal as soon as the lockdown ends. The device has a 6.44-inch Super AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution. And it is the first one in this list to sport an in-display fingerprint sensor. Furthermore, it has a punch-hole cutout on the screen to fit in dual selfie cameras. One is a 32MP sensor whereas the other one is an 8MP ultra-wide lens.
As for the rear camera, it has a quad-camera array with a 48MP primary lens. The other sensors in the setup are a 2MP macro lens, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The chipset used in this one is the Snapdragon 712 SoC and it is coupled with 8GB of RAM. A 4500mAh battery powers this device. Moreover, it also supports 33W fast charging. As per the company, the device can go from 0% to 54% in just 30 minutes.
The price of the 8GB/128GB variant of the Vivo V19 in Nepal will be around Rs. 40,000. Now, the device does have an 8GB/256GB variant, however, it is unlikely that it will make its way into Nepal.
Redmi Note 9 Series
The Redmi Note 9 series consists of three devices, namely- Redmi Note 9, Note 9 Pro, and Note 9 Pro Max. Out of them, the Redmi Note 9, launched recently in an online-only event. These devices will make their way into the Nepali market after the lockdown.
Redmi Note 9 Overview
The Redmi Note 9 has a 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS display with a hole-punch cutout on the top left. The punch-hole cutout features a 13MP selfie camera. On the back, there’s a quad-camera setup in a rather different looking arrangement at the back which consists of a 48MP primary sensor followed by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor.
It is the world’s first device to be powered by the Helio G85 chipset. The RAM options that the users can choose from is of either 3GB or 4GB. And the storage options are of 64GB or 128GB. Battery-wise, it has a 5,020 mAh battery that supports 18- Watt quick charging.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Overview
The Pro version of the Redmi Note 9 has a slightly big 6.67-inch IPS LCD display with FHD+ resolution. And the punch-hole cutout on this one is right in the center along the top edge of the screen. It houses a 16MP selfie shooter. There’s a triple Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection that covers the front, back, and the camera module.
Sticking to the cameras, on the back, it has a quad-camera setup with a 48MP primary lens. It is complemented by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. And as for the chipset, it runs on the MediaTek Helio G90T SoC. The battery on this one is the same 5,020 mAh unit as seen on the vanilla Redmi Note 9.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Overview
This one, for the most part, is similar to the Redmi Note 9 Pro. However, there are a few changes here and there. Firstly, its quad-camera module has a 64MP primary lens instead of the 48MP sensor of the Redmi Note 9. Other than that, it has the same 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. Oh, and the front camera too is a 32MP sensor in this Pro Max version. Other changes include the use of Snapdragon 720G SoC.
Talking about the prices, the Redmi Note 9’s two variants 3/64GB and 4/128GB should cost around Rs 22,000 and Rs. 28,000 respectively. Similarly, the price of 4/64GB variant of the Redmi Note 9 Pro should be around Rs. 22,500, and its 6/128GB variant might be available for Rs 28,500. As for the Pro Max, it will be available in three variants, 6/64GB, 6/128GB, and 8/128GB. And they should cost around Rs. 26,000, Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 33,000 respectively.
Xiaomi Mi 10
Out of the three devices in the Mi 10 series, the vanilla Mi 10 is most likely to make its way into the Nepali market. It is a premium offering from Xiaomi and it sports a 6.67-inch AMOLED panel refresh rate up to 90Hz. The phone has a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and it also supports HDR10+. Moreover, the screen has a tiny punch-hole to house a 20MP selfie shooter.
The rear camera is a quad-camera array with a huge 108MP primary lens. It is further complemented by a 13MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. Furthermore, this device is the first of the many 5G smartphones from Xiaomi and it features the flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC. The only RAM option you get is of 8GB. However, for storage, you can opt between either 128GB or 256GB. As for the battery, it has a 4780 mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging. Moreover, it also supports 30W wireless charging, 10W reverse wireless charging, and NFC.
The expected price of the Xiaomi Mi 10 8/128GB variant in Nepal is Rs. 74,999. Similarly, the top-end 8/256GB should cost around Rs. 84,999.
Huawei P40 Series
Huawei has its ongoing disputes with Google, and it has certainly affected the sales of its devices. However, that dispute has not been able to stop the Chinese giants from manufacturing great devices. Especially, in terms of the camera setup and performance. All three of the devices in the P40 series are absolute camera beasts.
Huawei P40 Overview
Firstly, let’s look into the vanilla P40. It has a modest 6.1-inch OLED screen with a 60z refresh rate and 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution. Ther’s a punch-hole cutout on the top left corner for the 32MP selfie shooter.
The biggest selling factor of the P40 series will likely be the camera setup. The standard P40 has a triple camera array with a 50MP RYYB primary lens, a 16MP ultra-wide shooter, and an 8MP telephoto lens. Moreover, the telephoto lens is capable of 3X optical zoom. And under the hood, it has the Kirin 990 5G chipset coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. The battery on this one is a 3800mAh unit with 22.5W wired charging support.
Huawei P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ Overview
Both these devices are similar to each other with a few changes here and there. They both have a 6.58-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2640 x 1200 pixels. The refresh rate has been upped to 90Hz in the Pro and the Pro+ variant. Unlike the vanilla P40, these two devices have an extra ToF sensor along with the 32MP selfie camera.
The rear camera is where the real magic happens. The P40 Pro has a quad-camera setup with 50MP primary lens, 40MP ultra-wide lens, 12MP telephoto lens, and a ToF sensor. Moreover, the telephoto module supports super zoom, i.e. 5X optical zoom, 10X hybrid zoom, and 50X max zoom.
As for the P40 Pro +, it has the same 50MP primary lens and 40MP ultra-wide lens. However, its periscope lens is of 8MP and it supports 10X optical zoom. And the other lens is an 8MP telephoto lens with 3X optical zoom support. These dual lenses allow for a20X hybrid and 100X max zoom. Oh, and there’s a ToF sensor too.
Like the P40, the P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ use the Kirin 990 5G chipset with 8GB of RAM. The storage option is of 256GB in the Pro variant and 512GB in the Pro+. As for the battery, they both have a 4200mAh unit. However, the Pro variant supports a 27W Wireless Huawei SuperCharge, whereas the Pro+ supports 40W wireless charging!
Price-wise, the vanilla Huawei P40 is expected to cost around Rs. 110,000 in Nepal. Similarly, the price of P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ will likely be around Rs 113,500 and Rs. 185,000 respectively.
OnePlus 8 Series
The OnePlus 8 series launched last month in an online-only event. And it just went on to prove that the flagship killer has finally turned into the flagship itself. The price is the devices in the OnePlus 8 series are of flagship-level and they have the specs to go along with. Let’s quickly go through what the two devices in this series (OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro) offer.
OnePlus 8 Overview
This “compact flagship” sports a 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. It is the first one in the OnePlus lineup to feature a punch-hole cutout for the front camera. The selfie shooter in this device is a 16MP Sony IMX471 sensor. Moreover, the screen offers a 90Hz refresh rate.
The back camera is a triple camera array. It is comprised of a 48MP Sony IMX586 primary lens, a 16MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP macro lens. As for the processor, it uses the flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC coupled with either 8GB or 12GB LPDDR4X RAM. The battery used in this one is a 4300mAh unit that supports Wrap Charge 30T. However, it does not support wireless charging.
OnePlus 8 Pro Overview
There are a few differences in the Pro and the vanilla OnePlus 8. First off, it has a 6.78-inches Fluid AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support. Furthermore, it offers a QHD+ resolution. Much better than its vanilla counterpart.
Moving on it has the same Snapdragon 865 inside with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM. And the storage options are 128GB and 256GB. It would have been great had they opted for the UFS 3.1 storage in the Pro variant. Sadly, however, it is still USF 3.0 in OnePlus 8 Pro too. In the camera department, it has a quad-camera setup on the back. It includes a 48MP Sony IMX689 primary lens, a 48MP Sony IMX586 ultra-wide lens, an 8MP 3x Telephoto lens, and a 5MP color filter camera. And upfront it has the same 16MP Sony IMX471 sensor as seen on the standard OnePlus 8. Battery-wise it has a 4510mAh battery with Warp Charge 30T Fast Charging, Warp Charge 30 Wireless, and Reverse wireless charging.
Coming to the prices, the base variant of OnePlus 8 with 8/128GB is expected to cost Rs. 85,000 and the 12/256GB variant will most likely cost Rs. 100,000. Similarly, the Pro variant with 8/128GB configuration will cost around Rs. 1,14,999 and the high-end 12/256GB variant will cost Rs. 1,27,999.
Top Upcoming Smartphones in Nepal [Summary]
|Model Name||Price in Nepal (Expected)|
|Nokia C2||NPR 8,000|
|Nokia 1.3||NPR 12,000|
|Nokia 5.3||NPR 21,000 (3/64GB)
NPR 23,000 (4/64GB)
NPR 25,000 (6/64GB)
|Realme C3||NPR 15,990 (3/32GB)|
|Realme 6i||NPR 21,500 (3/64GB)
NPR 26,000 (4/128GB)
|Samsung Galaxy M21||NPR 22,999 (4/64GB)
NPR 27,499 (6GB/128GB)
|Samsung Galaxy M31||NPR 29,999 (6/128GB)
NPR 32,999 (8GB/128GB)
|Vivo V19||NPR 40,000 (8GB/128GB)|
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 9||NPR 19,000 (3/64GB)
NPR 22,000 (4/128GB)
|Redmi Note 9 Pro||NPR 22,500 (4/64GB)
NPR 28,500 (6/128GB)
|Redmi Note 9 Pro Max||NPR 26,000 (6/64GB)
NPR 28,500 (6/128GB)
NPR 33,000 (8/128GB)
|Xiaomi Mi 10||NPR 74,999 (8/128GB)
NPR 84,999 (8/256GB)
|Huawei P40||NPR 1,10,000|
|Huawei P40 Pro||NPR 1,35,000|
|Huawei P40 Pro+||NPR 1,85,000|
|OnePlus 8||NPR 85,000 (8/128GB)
NPR 100,000 (8/256GB)
|OnePlus 8 Pro||NPR 114,999 (8/128GB)
NPR 127,999 (8/256GB)