The month of May in India was a silent one when it comes to product launches in general. We had only a handful of phone launches in India due to lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemic.
In May 2021, India witnessed just six smartphone launches as compared to 22 launches from April 2021. Mi India launched a new addition to the Redmi Note 10 series while Infinix launched one of the cheapest phones with a 90Hz screen refresh rate display.
Further, Tecno and Lava added their own budget smartphones in India. Itel on the other hand launched what we can call one of the cheapest smartphone available in India right now. Lastly, the show stopper for the month of May was Realme’s affordable flagship phone, the Realme X7 Max.
In the coming month, we are expecting around 15 to 20 smartphone launches including the OnePlus Nord CE, Realme GT, iQ00 Z3, Mi 11 Lite, and much more. You can take a look at all the upcoming launched here.
Realme X7 Max
Launched on the last day of the month, the Realme X7 Max is the company’s newest affordable flagship smartphone of the season. The Realme X7 Max is rebranded Realme GT Neo from China. The device is also India’s first phone with Dimensity 1200 chipset.
The Realme X7 Max features a 6.43-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. In terms of optics, there is a 64MP f/1.8 main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP macro shooter, along with a 16MP selfie camera on the front. A 4,500mAh battery is backed up by a 50W fast charging.
Redmi Note 10S
Xiaomi added its fourth device in the Redmi Note 10 series earlier in May with the launch of the Redmi Note 10S. The device sits right in between the Redmi Note 10 Pro and the vanilla Redmi Note 10. It comes with a MediaTek Helio G95 processor, MIUI 12.5, and a 64MP quad-camera while the rest of the specs remain more or less the same as the Redmi Note 10.
It has a quad-camera stack with a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor. For selfies, there is a 13MP punch-hole camera. Powering the internals is a 5,000mAh battery with 33W Type-C fast charging support.
Infinix Hot 10S
The Infinix Hot 10S is one of India’s cheapest phone with a 90Hz screen refresh rate display priced at Rs 9,999. It sports a 6.82-inch HD+ screen with a 90Hz screen refresh rate. Under the hood, the device is powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 chipset.
In terms of camera, the device comes with a 48MP main camera, a 2MP lens, and an AI lens. Some of the camera modes include 240fps slow-mo, timelapse, and video bokeh. Selfies are handled by an 8MP shooter on the front. This is also the company’s first phone to launch with Android 11. The Infinix Hot 10S is backed by a big 6,000mAh battery with 10W support.
Lava Z2 Max
Lava launched a phone that comes with a massive 7-inch display and a big 6,000mAh battery unit. The Lava Z2 Max is a budget phone with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The Lava Z2 is powered by an unknown quad-core MediaTek Helio Processor and runs on Android 10 Go with stock Android.
Further, the device sports a dual-camera setup on the back which uses a 13MP sensor and a 2MP secondary. On the front, you get an 8MP selfie shooter.
Tecno Spark 7 Pro
Tecno Spark 7 Pro is the company’s budget phone that is set to take on the likes of Micromax In 1 and Samsung Galaxy M12. The Tecno Spark 7 Pro comes with a 6.6-inch HD+ with a 90Hz refresh rate. It is packed with up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
Under the hood, the device is powered by MediaTek Helio G80 SoC. The Tecno Spark 7 Pro has a 5,000mAh battery unit. In terms of cameras, the phone comes with a 48MP main shooter, a 2MP depth sensor, and an AI lens. An 8MP selfie camera handles the selfies.
Itel A23 Pro
Itel A23 Pro is an entry-level affordable phone that costs less than Rs 4,000. It has a 5-inch display with a large bezel on the top as well as on the chin. Under the hood, the Itel A23 Pro is powered by an SC9832E quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. The device comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage along with support for a MicroSD card up to 32GB.
On the inside, the device is packed with a 2400mAh with a micro-USB port and it lacks any sort of fast charging. As for the software, the Itel A23 Pro runs on Android 10.0 (Go Edition). On the rear, the Itel A23 Pro comes with a 2MP sole camera on the rear and a VGA camera on the front.
Phones launched in May 2021
- Realme X7 Max
- Infinix Hot 10S
- Redmi Note 10S
- Lava Z2 Max
- Tecno Spark 7 Pro
- Itel A23 Pro