More than half of 2017 has passed, it is the mid third quarter of the year now. While we saw a lot of intriguing smartphones in first half of 2017, there is still a lot in store for us with smartphones having distinctive features never sighted before hitting the shelves in coming days. The third quarter is always the most exciting one as major tech giants like Samsung and Apple bring in their flagships during this time of the year. That is what we expect to happen in the Q3 2017, especially in its mid month i.e August. So let’s have a look at the best upcoming smartphones in August 2017 one-by-one.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8:
Starting with the most awaited Galaxy Note 8, it is creating a lot of buzz with continuous flow of leaks and rumours just like any other flagship smartphone from Samsung. The company recently confirmed that the smartphone will be unveiled on 23rd August in New York, so there is not much time left for us to see what Samsung comes up with this time.
As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy Note 8 has been up with a lot of leaks and rumours previously, giving us a slight idea about the design and specifications of the smartphone. The smartphone is said to sport a bezel-less design similar to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ which Samsung calls as the Infinity display. Previous leaks also suggested that the smartphone will come with a horizontally aligned dual rear camera unit with a not so comfortably placed fingerprint scanner, which is beside the camera on the rear panel. The smartphone is expected to come with a heart rate sensor, an Iris scanner and a face recognition sensor as well.
Taking about other leaked specifications, the Galaxy Note 8 is speculated to sport a 6.3-inch display, most probably with QHD resolution and could be powered by a Snapdragon 835 or an Exynos SoC along with 6 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage. The dual rear camera setup will consist of a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens supporting dual photodiode and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens. The report also states that it will support 3X optical zoom, dual 6P lenses and dual OIS as well.
Lenovo K8 Note:
Next in the list is the upcoming K8 Note from Lenovo which, the company is teasing as the ‘Killer Note’. Lenovo has been putting up video teasers of the smartphone from quite a while and has recently confirmed that it will be launching on 9th August. The smartphone will come as a successor of the Lenovo K6 Note which was launched last year in December, so technically it should have been named K7 Note but the company seems to have skipped the 7 figure.
The Lenovo K8 Note was recently spotted on the benchmarking portal Geekbench, giving us a glimpse of its specifications. As per the listing, the smartphone will be powered by a 1.39 GHz deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 chipset coupled with 4 GB of RAM. This could very well be true as the company has been emphasizing the high performance of the smartphone in the teasers. The smartphone looks to be running on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. The K Note serious from Lenovo has been fairly popular in past and the hype that the company has created with K8 Note surely makes it one of the best upcoming smartphones in August.
Xiaomi Mi 6:
The Xiaomi Mi 6, which was again one of the most anticipated smartphones of this year was expected to arrive in India somewhere around July but sadly it didn’t happen and so the smartphone is expected to make its way in India this month. The smartphone has already been launched in China and is now making the Mi fans in India wait. The Mi 6 comes in three different variants, staring at a price of 2499 Yuan which roughly translates to Rs. 23,500 and we can expect it to be priced nearby this in India as well.
The smartphone bears a 5.15 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display and is powered by an octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at 2.45 GHz. The device comes with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB/ 128 GB internal storage which can be further expanded via microSD card. The Mi 6 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with MIUI 8 on top.
In the camera department, the Mi 6 is equipped with a Dual camera set up at the back. Both the sensors of the dual camera setup are of 12 MP where, one is a wide-angle lens while another is a telephoto lens for 2x loss-less zoom. The smartphone also holds an 8 MP front shooter for selfies and video calls. The smartphone contains a 3,350 mAh battery to power itself with 18w quick charging support and has also got an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor on front beneath the glass.
The Nokia 8 is another smartphone for which Nokia fans are eagerly waiting. Although company’s other smartphones are selling at a wide pace but there is still a sense of excitement for its flagships to arrive. The wait now seems to be over as the flagship Nokia 8 is expected to be unveiled on 16th August for which the company has apparently started sending out press invites. The details about the Nokia 8 were leaked on various occasions previously and the smartphone was also found temporarily listed on the official Chinese website of Nokia recently, indicating its imminent launch.
According to the previous leaks, Nokia 8 will sport a 5.7-inch quad HD AMOLED display and is expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 SoC. The dual rear camera module is said to support 4K video recording and run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. The leaked images of Nokia 8 suggest that the smartphone will be holding a premium design with an almost bezel-less display similar to that of Samsung and LG. Previous reports also mention availability of an Iris scanner and metal diamond carving solutions.
Moto X4 is again a Motorola smartphone that was expected to launch long ago but hasn’t arrived yet. It was speculated to be launched in the last month in place of the Moto Z2 Force but clearly nothing like that happened so we can now expect it to launch soon in coming days. Also the price of the smartphone was recently leaked by the tipster Roland Quandt where it is expected to be price around EUR 350 which roughly translates to Rs. 26,500.
To recall, the Moto X4 looks to be sporting a 5.2 inches Full HD display along with a 3D screen on top. The smartphone could be powered by a Snapdragon 625 Octa-core processor and might come in variants of 3 GB RAM with 32 GB internal storage and 4 GB RAM with 64 GB internal storage. The smartphone is also said to be coming with IP68 certification, Dual rear cameras, Glass build, 3,800 mAh battery and a Type-C USB port.
Moto G5s, G5s Plus:
Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus are another set of smartphones which were expected to hit the shelves in the month of July but we can look for them to launch in August. Both the smartphone are an extension to the popular Moto ‘G’ series and hold a design similar to that of the Moto G5 as well. Going by the previous leaks, the Moto G5S Plus is expected to be priced around Rs. 17,999 in India where the smaller variant i.e the G5S will bear a slightly lower price tag.
Moto G5S is speculated to sport a 5.2-inches Full-HD display with metal body where as the Moto G5S Plus will hold a 5.5 inches Full HD display. Both the smartphones will come with dual rear camera setup and are expected to be powered by a 64-bit Octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor. The smartphones might run on Android 7.0 Nougat. Both the smartphones are speculated to feature two 13-megapixel sensors at the rear, one for monochrome and the other for RGB information. It is also tipped that the phones will feature a 13 MP front camera accompanied with an LED Flash.
Redmi Note 5 and Note 5A:
After the immensely popular Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi now is all set to bring in the next iteration that is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. The specification details of the smartphone were surfaced online revealing some key aspects and also giving a glimpse at what Xiaomi has in store for us. The smartphone is tipped to sport the same 5.5-inch Full-HD (1080 x 1920 pixel) display but with a few advancements as compared to Redmi Note 4. It could either be powered by a Snapdragon 630 or Snapdragon 660, which could very well be variant dependent. In the imaging department, the smartphone is speculated to hold a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and an LED flash. On the front side, the smartphone will pack a 13 MP camera for selfies
While the Redmi Note 5 was creating buzz lately, recent reports also suggest that Xiaomi is apparently working on a new smartphone under its upcoming ‘5’ series dubbed as Redmi Note 5A which could arrive before the alleged Redmi Note 5. It is said to be the trimmed down version of Redmi Note 5 and could be the first one to arrive in the ‘5’ series of Redmi. The recent leaks also indicated that the launch of smartphone is just round the corner.
As per the leaks, the Redmi Note 5A will sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) display. The smartphone is said to be powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB internal storage. In the optics department, the smartphone is speculated to hold a dual camera setup at the rear with a 12 MP OV12A10 sensor and a 13 MP OV12880 sensor. At the front, the smartphone will hold a 5 MP Samsung S5K5E8 sensor for selfies.
LG V30 is the next flagship from LG and is also expected to be the most feature packed smartphone of 2017 carrying forward the reputation of its predecessor V20. A recent report popped online indicates that the smartphone will be launching on August 31st at IFA Berlin and it will be available to purchase starting September 15th in South Korea.
The smartphone was recently spotted on Geekbench according to which, it will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset along with 4 GB of RAM. The LG V30 is said to sport a 6-inch edge-to-edge OLED display with super thin bezels. The smartphone will be holding a dual camera setup on the rear with 12 MP sensors each. Sadly not much about design and the specifications has been confirmed yet for which, we’ll have to wait till the launch.
So these were few of the upcoming smartphones that will be arriving in August 2017, let’s see how many of them succeed to interest the buyers and are able make their hold in the market.
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