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Sanjeev Kumar Patro

News Highlights

  • The share of 5G-enabled smartphones from the total chunk of smartphones sales in the country will touch 20-25% this year.
  • The world's fastest wireless broadband 5G technology is slated to make a debut in India on August 15, 2022.

A year's time to go by when the world's fastest wireless broadband 5G technology will make a debut in India, but the smartphone manufacturers have been quite aggressive in ensuring a faster roll-out of 5G enabled smartphones in the country.

The consumers are seemingly lapping up it with all glee. As per Counterpoint latest report, the demand at home is already gathering steam and is expected to reach double digits over the next few months. 

"Even in the absence of a 5G network, the share of 5G smartphones sales in India reached 7 per cent and it might hit 21 per cent for the full year," said a joint survey report of Counterpoint and Realme.

As per another report by renowned tech research firm IDC, the share of 5G-enabled smartphones from the total chunk of smartphones sales in the country will touch 20-25% this year.

In the given backdrop, OnePlus, the top 5G smartphone brand in the country in Q1 2021, as per Counterpoint Research, has the 'never settle' motto. After tasting a blockbuster success with OnePlus Nord that became the best-selling 5G smartphone model during the quarter in the country, it is readying up with another stunner - OnePlus Nord 2 - on July 22.

While the company CEO Pete Lau has only said, "Join us on July 22 as we officially introduce the OnePlus Nord 2 5G for our users in Europe and India," the speculation is rife that the company may fix the price of the new handset at below 30k (Rs 23-27k)

However, with the tagline of 'Fast and Smooth', OnePlus has dropped some hints on the 'epic' features on board. The details are below. 

•    The processor in the upcoming model will carry a premium MediaTek chipset.
•    Terming the processor as 'unique',  a company release says, "Collaborating with Mediatek team, we have developed a processor called - MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI. AI means artificial intelligence.
•    OnePlus release claims with this 'unique' AI-assisted imaging, users will experience improved photography experience, display enhancements, better response times for faster and smoother gaming, and much more.
•    Leaks show the chipset may be a deca core. 
•    Battery will be around 4500mAH with 60W fast charger.
NOTE: Why OnePlus Claiming an Improved version: The usual shortcomings with the Mediatek chipset is high battery and power usage. In comparison to Snapdragon and Samsung's Exynos, the performance is rated at only moderate to good, not high.
•    The RAM may be at 12GB with 256 GB storage
•    The Screen will be around 6.43 full HD AMOLED display
•    The refresh rate will be 90Hz.
•    Camera Hardware: 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor
•    Sony IMX 766 sensor: The Japanese giant claims it has a 1/1.56 inch outsole. 
•    The amount of light has increased by 63.8% compared to the previous generation IMX586. 
•    Supports full-pixel Omni-directional focusing. 
•    Unique 2×2 pixel structure makes focusing faster and more accurate. 
•    This sensor also supports focus tracking for video. 
•    Therefore, it can automatically lock the moving and static subject and predict the movement trend in real time.
•    It claims of improving the image quality of video shooting by 200%
•    One Plus to carry a 32 MP front Camera

As per an Amazon release, the 5G new Nord will be available online on Amazon from July 22. At this stage no details about any discount mentioned. 

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