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20 Jan 2019

Best 48MP camera smartphones you can soon buy in India

These Android smartphones offer 48MP cameras

Last year, both Sony and Samsung announced their respective 48MP camera sensors. And now, we are starting to see a bunch of smartphones featuring these mighty sensors.

Currently, Honor View 20, Huawei Nova 4, and Redmi Note 7 offer such massive pixel counts but some other smartphones are set to join this coveted list soon.

Here's our list of best 48MP camera smartphones.

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These Android smartphones offer 48MP cameras
Firstly, are 48MP cameras beneficial or just a marketing gimmick?

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Firstly, are 48MP cameras beneficial or just a marketing gimmick?

Talking of cameras, more megapixels don't necessarily mean better photos, considering sensor size, aperture, OIS and image processing are also crucial.

However, the latest 48MP (0.8-micron pixels) sensors should offer impressive lossless digital zoom by preserving more details.

Further, Sony and Samsung are also claiming of a 4-in-1 pixel binning technology that offers higher quality low-light images equivalent to a 12MP 1.6-micron pixel camera.

Option #1

Honor View 20: Expected to be priced around Rs. 40,000

The recently launched Honor View 20 is one of the most-talked-about smartphones available today.

The flagship phone sports a 6.4-inch full-HD+ display with and in-screen camera design and a striking chevron design on the back.

It comes with a Kirin 980 processor, 6GB/8GB RAM and 128GB/256GB of non-expandable internal storage.

Moreover, it runs Android Pie-based Magic UI 2.0.1 and packs a 4,000mAh battery.

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Honor View 20: For the shutterbugs and selfie lovers

Honor View 20 sports a dual rear-camera setup comprising a 48MP (f/1.8) Sony IMX586 sensor, paired with a 3D Time-of-Flight sensor. The main camera comes with 4-in-1 pixel binning technology and supports 960fps slow-motion video recording. Up front, it packs a 25MP (f/2.0) selfie snapper.

Huawei Nova 4: Expected to launch at around Rs. 35,000

Option #2

Huawei Nova 4: Expected to launch at around Rs. 35,000

The mid-premium Huawei Nova 4 is quite similar to its cousin, the Honor View 20.

It features a 6.4-inch full-HD+ display, in-screen camera design, and a gradient finish on the rear.

The phone is powered by the Kirin 970 chipset, paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB of non-expandable storage.

Moreover, the Huawei Nova 4 runs Android Pie-based EMUI 9 and packs a 3,750mAh battery.

Huawei Nova 4 sports a triple rear camera

The premium variant of Huawei Nova 4 sports a triple rear-camera setup comprising a 48MP (f/1.8) Sony IMX586 sensor, paired with a 16MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide angle sensor and a 2MP (f/2.4) depth sensor. Up front, the 4.5mm display hole houses a 25MP (f/2.0) selfie snapper.

Option #3

Redmi Note 7: Speculated to be priced at Rs. 10,500

Part of its Redmi sub-brand, Xiaomi's Redmi Note 7 is an impressive entrant in the mid-range segment.

The phone sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ notched display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

It is powered by Snapdragon 660 processor, paired with 3GB/4GB/6GB RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage.

Redmi Note 7 runs Android Oreo-based MIUI 9 and packs a 4,000mAh battery.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7: For the shutterbugs and selfie lovers

The Redmi Note 7 comes with a dual rear camera setup comprising a 48MP (f/1.8) Samsung ISOCELL GM1 main sensor, paired with a 5MP depth sensor and LED flash. Up front, the phone offers a 13MP selfie camera.

Motorola P40: Tipped to be priced at around Rs. 20,000

Option #4

Motorola P40: Tipped to be priced at around Rs. 20,000

Motorola is expected to launch its P40 mid-range smartphone sometime in the first quarter of 2019.

According to leaks, the phone will sport a 6.2-inch IPS display with HD+ resolution, in-screen camera design, and curved glass back.

It will run on Snapdragon 675 processor, paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB of storage.

Lastly, Motorola P40 will pack a 4,132mAh battery and run Android Pie.

Motorola P40 will also come with a 48MP rear camera

According to leaks, the Motorola P40 will sport a dual-rear camera setup comprising a 48MP (f/1.75) main sensor, coupled with a 5MP secondary sensor and dual-LED flash module. Up front, the phone is said to come with an AI-powered 12MP (f/1.8) selfie camera.

Option #5

Xiaomi Note7 Pro: Expected to be priced around Rs. 16,000

Expected to launch in February 2019, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is likely to retain the design, display, and other internals of the Redmi Note 7.

However, the phone will come with a 48MP Sony IMX586 rear camera instead of the Samsung sensor.

The Pro model is also expected to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset, paired with upto 6GB RAM.

Realme is also readying a 48MP camera phone

•Recently, Realme CEO Madhav Sheth confirmed that the company is developing a smartphone with a 48MP camera sensor. However, he remained tight-lipped and didn't give away other details about the launch of this phone or its specifications.

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