Price list: These 5 best phones await Nepal as lockdown gets relaxed in Kathmandu

Recent statistics indicate that Nepal has imported mobile phones worth Rs 34.14 billion in the first 11 months of the fiscal year 2020/2021. The smartphone users tend to increase daily and the smartphone companies are competing to get more customers in almost every category. The recent lockdown seemed to have halted many smartphones to arrive in the country. But, as things get normal again now, there are many companies soon launching their product in Nepal.

So, today, we are providing you with the list of the best upcoming phones in Nepal.

1. OnePlus 9 series

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OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro have a curved back that blends perfectly with the slim frame, but the OnePlus 9 has a flat panel while the OnePlus 9 Pro has a curved one instead. Similarly, the OnePlus 9 has a 6.55-inch flat AMOLED screen, while the Pro variant has a bigger 6.7-inch AMOLED screen.

The company’s flagship phones for 2021; are powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC. Both models have a 48MP main camera, a 50MP wide-angle camera with a freeform lens, and a 2-megapixel B&W sensor. OnePlus 9 Pro however has an extra 8MP telephoto lens with 3.3x optical zoom. While both phones have the identical 4,500mAh battery and 65W quick charging, the Pro model also supports 50W wireless charging which can charge the phone from 1-100 in just 43 minutes whereas the OnePlus 9 is restricted to only 15W wireless charging.

The expected price of the OnePlus 9’s 8/128 variant is 90,000 and the 12/256 variant is 100,000 whereas the prices of the OnePlus 9 Pro are Rs 117,000 and Rs 125,000 for 8/128 and 12/256 variants respectively.

2. Poco X3 pro

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Poco has always been the people’s favorite flagship killer phone in Nepal. With that popularity, Poco X3 Pro is set to be launched here. It is probably among the most awaited upcoming smartphones in the country. Protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 the phone has a 6.67-inch FHD+ DotDisplay with a 120Hz refresh rate and a touch sampling rate of 240Hz.

Poco X3 Pro is the first device to debut with Snapdragon 860 chipset and is equipped with LiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus for efficient cooling while gaming and performing heavy tasks. Poco X3 Pro has a quad-camera set-up with a 48MP primary, an 8MP ultra-wide, and two 2MP lenses for depth and macro shots. On the front, it houses a 20MP selfie camera in a punch hole. This phone is powered by a 5160mAh battery which supports 33W fast charging via the USB Type-C port. The company claims the power is enough for 11 hours of gaming and 18 hours of video playback time.

The estimated price of a 6/128 variant is Rs 32,000 and of the 8/128 variant is Rs 35,000.

3. Realme 8

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Realme 8 series was launched in India about 2 months ago and now it seems to have made its way to Nepal now. This device has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen, which is the most significant upgrade from its predecessor. Although the panel does not have a higher refresh rate, it does have a touch sampling rate of 180Hz.

It is powered by a MediaTek Helio G95 SoC, and the top-tier version has 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. Furthermore, the rear panel houses a quad-camera setup with a 64MP main, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle, a 2MP B&W, and a 2MP macro lens. Besides that, the phone is backed up by a 5000mAh battery that supports a 30W Dart Charge.

Its estimated prices are Rs 28,000, Rs 32,000 and Rs 35,000 for 4/128, 6/128, and 8/128 versions respectively.

4. Xiaomi Mi 11X series

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Xiamoi’s MI 11X series is the latest addition to the MI smartphone which is heading to Nepal very soon. There are two entries in this series so far: the Mi 11X and Mi 11X Pro. Both models have a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Likewise, this screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. 11X uses Snapdragon 870 while 11X Pro is powered by Snapdragon 888 chipset. However, the differentiation is on the camera. Mi 11X has a 48MP primary, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle, and a 5MP tele-macro lens. On the contrary, Mi 11X Pro boasts a massive 108MP main, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle, and a 5MP tele-macro lens. 11X pro can also record videos in 8K resolution.

Other than this, both phone houses a 20MP selfie camera and is backed up by a 4520mAh cell that supports 33W wired charging.

The estimated prices of Xiaomi 11X are Rs 50,000 and Rs 55,000 for 6/128 and 8/128 variants whereas Xiaomi 11X Pro are Rs 70,000 and Rs 75,000 for 8/128 and 8/256 versions.

5. Vivo v21 series

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Vivo 21 series includes the Vivo V21e and Vivo V21/5G. Both smartphones have a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with HDR 10 support and a 90Hz refresh rate. Vivo V21e is a 4G smartphone powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G chipset, while the Vivo V21/5G makes them 5G devices which are powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC. Both these phones run on Vivo’s FuntouchOS 11.1 based on Android 11.

Both phones have a triple camera setup that includes a 64MP main sensor with OIS, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. Front facing is a 44MP selfie camera that supports OIS as well. Similarly, both phone is powered by a 4000 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery that supports a 33W fast charging.

The estimated price of Vivo v21 e (8/128) is 40,000 and that of Vivo 21 8/256 is Rs 50,000.

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Subba was a tech and auto writer at Onlinekhabar until December 2022.

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