The month of March 2021 is going to be pretty hot, and I am not just talking about the rising temperatures. A lot of smartphones (almost 20) will be launched this month, including affordable devices like the Galaxy M12, mid-range phones such as the Redmi Note 10 series, and high-end ones like the ROG Phone 5. If you are looking to buy a new smartphone, you should wait until the end of this month so that you have as many options as possible. Let us have a look at the list of all the smartphones getting launched in March 2021. Some of the phones listed below have already been launched, while others will be launched in the next couple of weeks.

Smartphones Launched in India in March 2021

Almost all the popular brands, except Apple, are launching their new smartphones this month. While Samsung has already launched the Galaxy A32 and the Galaxy M12, its first mid-range phones with high-refresh-rate displays, it plans to launch a couple of more mid-range devices by the end of this month. Xiaomi has already launched the Redmi Note 10 series and ASUS has launched the ROG Phone 5 series. OnePlus and Vivo will launch their high-end phones by the end of March 2021, while Realme is prepping for the launch of the Realme 8 series.

 

SmartphoneLaunch Date in IndiaPrice in India
Samsung Galaxy A32March 03₹21,999
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10March 04₹11,999
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 ProMarch 04₹15,999
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro MaxMarch 04₹18,999
Samsung Galaxy M12March 05₹10,999
ASUS ROG Phone 5March 10₹49,999
ASUS ROG Phone 5 ProMarch 10₹69,999
ASUS ROG Phone 5 Ultimate EditionMarch 10₹79,999
Samsung Galaxy A52March 17₹26,499 (Expected)
Samsung Galaxy A52 5GMarch 17₹32,000 (Expected)
Samsung Galaxy A72March 17₹34,999 (Expected)
OnePlus 9March 24₹42,999 (Expected)
OnePlus 9 ProMarch 24₹54,999 (Expected)
OnePlus 9EMarch 24₹34,999 (Expected)
Realme 8March 24₹15,000 (Expected)
Realme 8 ProMarch 24₹17,999 (Expected)
Vivo X60March 25₹39,999 (Expected)
Vivo X60 ProMarch 25₹49,999 (Expected)
Vivo X60 Pro+March 25₹59,999 (Expected)

 

1. Samsung Galaxy A32 – ₹21,999 (6GB+128GB)

Samsung Galaxy A32

The Galaxy A32 (4G) became the first Samsung mid-range smartphone with a high-refresh rate screen. It has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, Full HD+ resolution, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The phone runs Android 11 with One UI 3.1 out of the box. It is equipped with the MediaTek Helio G80 processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot.

It has a 20MP selfie camera and a 64MP(wide)+8MP(ultrawide)+5MP(depth)+5MP(macro) quad rear-facing camera. The phone can record up to 4K videos at 30fps through the rear-facing camera and 1080p 30fps videos using the front-facing camera. It has 4G LTE, dual-SIM card slot, GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C port, headphone jack, in-display fingerprint reader, and a 5,000mAh battery with 15W fast charging. You can get a cashback of up to ₹1,500 using an HDFC Bank credit card and up to ₹1,000 discount when buying via the Samsung Shop app. So, the effective price would be around ₹19,499.

2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 – ₹11,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 is the cheapest smartphone in the Redmi Note 10 series for the Indian market. It uses a Snapdragon 678 processor, 4GB/6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot. It sports a 6.43-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O display with Full HD+ resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The phone has stereo speakers and IP53 certification (for dust and water splash resistance). It runs Android 11 out of the box and has a side-mounted fingerprint reader.

At the front, the Redmi Note 10 has a 13MP selfie camera with 1080p 30fps video recording. At the rear, the phone has a 48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP quad-camera setup with 4K 30fps video recording. It also features 4G LTE, dual-SIM card slot, GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, IR blaster, USB Type-C port, and a headphone jack. It is powered by a 5,000mAh battery and is compatible with up to 33W fast charging.

3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro & Redmi Note 10 Pro Max – ₹15,999 (6GB+64GB), ₹18,999 (6GB+64GB)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro and the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max are essentially the same phone, except their rear-facing primary camera’s sensor. The Redmi Note 10 Pro makes do with a 64MP camera, while the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max has a 108MP primary camera. Both phones have 6.67-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O displays with Full HD+ resolution, Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and 90Hz refresh rate. At the front, the phones have a 16MP selfie camera and a quad-camera setup at the rear. The Redmi Note 10 Pro and the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max have an 8MP ultrawide camera, a 5MP depth camera, and a 5MP macro camera. The front camera can record 1080p 30fps videos, while the rear camera can record 4K videos.

Both phones have stereo speakers, Snapdragon 732G processor, 6GB/8GB RAM, 64GB/128GB storage, and a microSD card slot. The Redmi Note 10 Pro and the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max also feature side-mounted fingerprint readers, GPS, dual-SIM card slots, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, headphone jack, and IP53 certification for dust and water splash resistance. Both phones are powered by a 5,000mAh battery that supports up to 33W fast charging.

 

  1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro (6GB+64GB): ₹15,999
  2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro (6GB+64GB): ₹16,999
  3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro (6GB+64GB): ₹18,999
  4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro (6GB+64GB): ₹18,999
  5. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro (6GB+64GB): ₹19,999
  6. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro (6GB+64GB): ₹21,999

4. Samsung Galaxy M12 – ₹10,999 (4GB+64GB) / ₹13,499 (6GB+128GB)

Samsung Galaxy M12

This is the cheapest Samsung smartphone with a high-refresh-rate display. It has a 6.5-inch PLS IPS LCD display with HD+ resolution, a 90Hz refresh rate, and a glass front protection. It runs Android 11 with One UI Core 3.1. The phone is equipped with an 8MP selfie camera and a 48MP(wide)+8MP(ultrawide)+2MP(macro)+5MP(depth) quad-camera setup at the rear. It can record 1080p 30fps videos using both front and rear cameras.

The phone uses an Exynos 850 processor, 4GB/6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot. Other features include a side-mounted fingerprint reader, GPS, dual-SIM card slot, LTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, and a headphone jack. It is powered by a 6,000mAh battery and supports up to 15W fast charging. As an introductory offer, Samsung is giving a ₹1,000 discount via ICICI Bank cards.

5. ASUS ROG Phone 5, ROG Phone 5 Pro, ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Edition – ₹49,999, ₹69,999, ₹79,999

ASUS ROG Phone 5 Pro

The ROG Phone 5 is the ultimate gaming smartphone of 2021. It uses the Snapdragon 888 processor, similar to most other high-end smartphones, but unlike most other general high-end phones, it uses a much better thermal design for a throttle-less performance even during long gaming sessions. It also features a higher-than-usual battery capacity at 6,000mAh and 65W fast charging. It is available in three versions, and the difference between them is only related to the screen at the rear and the storage configuration.

All variants of the ROG Phone 5 sport a 6.78-inch AMOLED screen with 1 billion colours, a 144Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, Full HD+ resolution, Gorilla Glass Victus protection, and an in-display fingerprint reader. The phones have a 24MP selfie camera at the front with 1080p 30fps video recording. At the rear, they have a triple-camera setup, featuring a 64MP primary camera, a 13MP ultrawide camera, and a 5MP macro camera. The rear-facing camera setup can record 4K 60fps and 8K 30fps videos and 4K 120fps slow-motion videos.

The phones also feature 5G, dual-SIM card slot, GPS, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, two USB 3.2 Type-C ports, and a headphone jack. They all also have loud sounding stereo speakers and small-sized screens on the back. The ROG Phone 5 has an RGB-backlit ROG logo at the rear, while the ROG Phone 5 Pro has a colour PMOLED display. The white-and-blue-coloured ROG Phone 5 Ultimate Edition has a monochrome PMOLED display at the rear.

For gaming, all ROG Phone 5 variants feature excellent heat sink design, two ultrasonic-based shoulder buttons, and Game Genie software for mapping on-screen controls of any game to a controller. The ROG Phone 5 Pro has an extra set of buttons on the rear for even easier control. While they lack Qi wireless charging, they all feature 10W reverse wired charging to charge other devices.

 

  • ASUS ROG Phone (8GB+128GB): ₹49,999
  • ASUS ROG Phone (12GB+256GB): ₹57,999
  • ASUS ROG Phone (16GB+512GB): ₹69,999
  • ASUS ROG Phone (18GB+512GB): ₹79,999

6. Samsung Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G – ₹26,499 (Expected), ₹32,000 (Expected)

Samsung Galaxy A52

The Galaxy A52 is probably Samsung’s best mid-range phone in years. Its specifications and pricing has been leaked ahead of the launch. The phone features a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O display with a Full HD+ resolution, a 90Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and an in-display fingerprint reader. It runs Android 11 with One UI 3.1, and comes equipped with the Snapdragon 720G processor, 6GB/8GB RAM, 128GB/256GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot. The 5G version of this phone uses a 120Hz screen and a Snapdragon 750G processor.

At the front, it has a 32MP selfie camera. At the rear, it has a quad-camera setup, featuring a 64MP OIS wide-angle camera, a 12MP ultrawide camera, an 8MP 3x optical zoom camera, and a 5MP macro camera. The phone can record 4K 30fps videos using both front and rear cameras. It has IP67 certification for dust and water resistance and stereo speakers. The Galaxy A52 has GPS, dual-SIM card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone is powered by a 4,500mAh battery and supports 25W fast charging. Samsung probably won’t launch the 5G version of the Galaxy A52 in India.

7. Samsung Galaxy A72 – ₹34,999 (Expected)

Samsung Galaxy A72

The Galaxy A72 is a slightly bigger version of the Galaxy A52. It has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O display with Full HD+ resolution, a 90Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and an in-display fingerprint reader. The phone runs Android 11 with One UI 3.1 software. Under the hood, the Galaxy A72 has a Snapdragon 720G processor, 6GB/8GB RAM, 128GB/256GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot.

At the front, the Galaxy A72 has a 32MP selfie camera with 4K video recording. At the rear, the Galaxy A72 has a quad-camera setup, featuring a 64MP OIS wide-angle camera, a 12MP ultrawide camera, an 8MP camera with 3x optical zoom, and a 5MP macro camera. The rear-facing camera can record 4K 30fps videos. Other features include IP67 certification, stereo speakers, a 5,000mAh battery with 25W fast charging, GPS, LTE, dual-SIM card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

8. OnePlus 9 – ₹42,999 (Expected)

OnePlus 9

The OnePlus 9 has a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass Victus, HDR10+, and an in-display fingerprint reader. It runs Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 out of the box. It has IP67 certification and stereo speakers as well. The phone uses the Snapdragon 888 processor, 8GB/12GB RAM, and 128GB/256GB internal storage.

At the front, it could have a 16MP selfie camera. At the rear, it could have a triple-camera setup, consisting of a 48MP primary camera with OIS, a 50MP ultrawide camera with real-time distortion correction, and an 8MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom. It could also feature 5G, dual-SIM card slot, GPS, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. The OnePlus 9 could come powered by a 4,500mAh battery that supports up to 65W fast charging and up to 30W Qi wireless charging.

9. OnePlus 9 Pro – ₹54,999 (Expected)

OnePlus 9 Pro

The OnePlus 9 Pro is rumoured to sport a 6.67-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz variable refresh rate, Gorilla Glass Victus, HDR10+, and an in-display fingerprint reader. The phone has stereo speakers and IP67 certification. It runs Android 11, similar to the OnePlus 9. Internal hardware includes the Snapdragon 888 processor 8GB/12GB RAM, and 128GB/256GB internal storage space.

The selfie camera on the OnePlus 9 Pro could be a 16MP unit with 1080p video recording, similar to the OnePlus 9. At the rear, it features a quad-camera setup with a 48MP wide-angle camera with OIS, a 50MP ultrawide camera with real-time distortion correction, an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, and a 5MP macro camera. Other features include GPS, 5G, dual-SIM card slot, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. It is powered by a 4,500mAh battery with up to 65W fast charging and up to 50W fast Qi wireless charging.

10. OnePlus 9E/OnePlus 9R – ₹34,999 (Expected)

The OnePlus 9E (could also be launched as OnePlus 9R) is expected to be a trimmed down version of the OnePlus 9, featuring an older or less powerful processor. Not much else is known about this smartphone, but it could feature the Snapdragon 870 processor, which is basically a rebranded Snapdragon 865+. It could have a 48MP triple-camera setup, a 16MP selfie camera, a 90Hz Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, and a 4,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging.

11. Realme 8 – ₹15,000 (Expected)

Realme 8

The Realme 8 is expected to compete with Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 10 Pro. The phone, similar to the Redmi Note 10 Pro, is expected to feature a Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. It could debut with Android 11, Snapdragon 720G processor, 6GB/8GB RAM, 64GB/128GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot. It could also feature a 64MP quad-camera setup with 4K video recording at the rear and a 16MP selfie camera with Full HD video recording. The Realme 8 could come powered by a 5,000mAh battery with 30W Dart charging. Other features that we could expect are an in-display fingerprint reader, dual-SIM card slot, GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, and a headphone jack.

12. Realme 8 Pro – ₹17,999 (Expected)

Realme 8 Pro

The Realme 8 Pro could one up the Realme 8 with a Snapdragon 732G processor, a 108MP quad-camera setup, and a 5,000mAh battery with 50W Super Dart fast charging. Other features, including a 1080p Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, Android 11, 6GB/8GB RAM, 64GB/128GB internal storage, 16MP selfie camera, 4K video recording, in-display fingerprint reader, dual-SIM card slot, GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, and headphone jack could remain similar to the Realme 8. The phone could also bring additional features such as water splash resistance and stereo speakers.

13. Vivo X60 – ₹39,999 (Expected)

Vivo X60

The Vivo X60 is Vivo’s cheapest high-end smartphone for 2021. It features a 6.56-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR10+. It runs Android 11-based OriginOS software. Although it was originally launched in China with the Exynos 1080 processor, the phone is expected to debut in India with a Snapdragon 870 processor. It has 8GB/12GB RAM, 128GB/256GB internal storage, and an under-display fingerprint reader.

In terms of imaging, the phone has a 32MP selfie camera with 1080p video recording and a 48MP OIS+13MP+13MP triple-camera at the rear with 4K 60fps video recording. It is a 5G smartphone with GPS, dual-SIM card slot, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. It comes powered by a 4,300mAh battery with 33W fast charging.

14. Vivo X60 Pro – ₹49,999 (Expected)

Vivo X60 Pro

The Vivo X60 Pro is a slightly beefed-up version of the Vivo X60. It has the same 6.56-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. It uses the same Exynos 1080 processor (rumoured to be the Snapdragon 870 in India), 12GB RAM, and 256GB internal storage. It runs Android 11 out of the box.

The phone has a 32MP selfie camera with 1080p video recording and a quad-camera setup (48MP OIS+13MP ultrawide+13MP 2x telephoto OIS+8MP 5x telephoto with OIS) at the rear with 4K 60fps video recording. Its connectivity features, including a 5G smartphone with GPS, dual-SIM card slot, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, and a USB Type-C port, are similar to the Vivo X60. The Vivo X60 Pro comes powered by a 4,200mAh battery and it supports up to 33W fast charging.

15. Vivo X60 Pro+ – ₹59,999 (Expected)

Vivo X60 Pro+

The Vivo X60 Pro+ is the real flagship smartphone for 2021 from Vivo. It uses the brand new Snapdragon 888 processor in combination with 8GB/12GB RAM and 128GB/256GB internal storage. It has a 32MP selfie camera with 4K 30fps video recording and a quad-camera setup featuring a 50MP wide-angle camera with OIS, 48MP ultrawide camera with gimbal OIS, a 32MP 2x telephoto camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom and OIS. The phone can capture up to 4K 60fps videos using its rear-facing camera setup.

It runs Android 11 with OriginOS out of the box. The Vivo X60 Pro+ has a 6.56-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, an in-display fingerprint reader, and HDR10+.Other features include 5G, Wi-Fi 6, GPS, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. The phone is powered by a 4,200mAh battery and supports up to 55W fast charging.


Apart from the nineteen smartphones listed above, we can expect other smartphone launches to happen as well. All in all, it looks like a crazy month for the smartphone market, and if you are looking to buy a new smartphone, we suggest that you wait until the end of this month so that you have more options to consider.

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