The Samsung Note 10 Plus (left) and Mi A3
The Samsung Note 10 Plus (left) and Mi A3

Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Realme 5, Mi A3 launch next week: Here's what to expect

  • On 20 August, Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 10 family and Chinese smartphone brand Realme will launch the Realme 5
  • The Mi A3 will be launched by Xiaomi on 21 August

Three major smartphone launches are set to take place in India next week. Korean electronics giant Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 10 family and Chinese smartphone brand Realme will launch the Realme 5 on 20 August. The Mi A3 will be launched by Xiaomi on 21 August.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ were globally unveiled last week, on 7 August. The Note 10 is a flagship-grade smartphone series that comes with cutting edge hardware and features, including Samsung's in-house chipset, the Exynos 9825, a revised S Pen and a new Infinity display that has a centrally placed circular notch cutout. Some subtle differences between the two would make you want to buy the Note 10+, like a higher resolution display (qHD), higher battery capacity (4,300mAh) and an additional time of flight camera to capture depth information for AR purposes.

The Realme 5 is an all-new smartphone that will hit India before any other market. The smartphone is being marketed as a camera champ as the ex-Oppo sub-brand has fitted quad cameras in the smartphone. The configuration will have a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor that will be accompanied by an ultra-wide camera with 119-degrees FoV. The third shooter will be a dedicated macro lens, while the fourth is a depth sensor for portrait photos. Other specs are yet to be revealed.

The Xiaomi Mi A3 has its roots in the Mi CC9e—a stylish, chic and affordable smartphone aimed at youngsters in China. Xiaomi rebranded CC9e as Mi A3 for other markets and it was first launched in Spain last month at €279 (about 22,200). The smartphone comes with a 6-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 1560x720. It has a U-shaped notch to accommodate the front-facing camera. It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 665 chipset paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage.

Google is also expected to make some major announcements next week. It is highly likely that the American tech titan will launch smart home devices in India—the Google Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max. Google renamed the Home Hub to Nest Hub and last year and priced it at $129 (about 9,177) in the US. The Nest Hub Max is priced at $229 (about 16,300). The Google Nest Hub and the Google Nest Hub Max are quite similar in terms of specs, featuring Google's AI-based virtual assistant, Google Assistant. The Nest Hub Max comes with bigger speakers and display that spans 10-inches.

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