Top smartphone launches of the week (November 12-18, 2017)

Let’s recap some of the top phone launches of the week!

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This week in technology witnessed numerous smartphone launches in India and abroad, and some of them were due since pretty long. In India, we saw a tremendous excitement due to Google Pixel 2 XL, Moto X4 and Gionee M7 Power, and all of them cater to different sets of audience. Meanwhile, one of the most-anticipated flagships for second half of 2017, OnePlus 5T, rose from ashes of its predecessor and is due to launch in India next week. So let’s recap some of the top phone launches of the week (November 12-18, 2017).

1. Google Pixel 2 XL

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Google Pixel 2 went on sale in India this week for a starting price of Rs 73,000. Google Pixel 2 XL is a noteworthy upgrade over last year’s Pixel XL, except for one thing: Removal of a 3.5mm headphone jack, which happens to be a deal breaker for many. It is available for purchase exclusively via Flipkart. But if you are looking to buy this one offline, you can walk into some of the major retailers such Reliance Digital, Croma, Sangeetha Mobiles and Vijay Sales around you. Read our full coverage.

2. OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5T features a 6-inch minimal bezel display with 18:9 aspect ratio
OnePlus 5T features a 6-inch minimal bezel display with 18:9 aspect ratio

The second iteration of 2017’s OnePlus flagship, OnePlus 5T launched this week amid so much fanfare in New York. But growing outrage from some of the existing OnePlus 5 (Review) users on social media goes to show how they felt cheated since both the phones come at the exact same price. Why would you do this, OnePlus? Anyway, our detailed OnePlus 5T review is underway and should be live in the next few days. For now, check our comparison between the two OnePlus phones released this year.

3. Moto X4

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Lenovo-owned Motorola announced its long due Moto X4 in India starting at Rs 20,999. The key highlight -it houses a dual rear camera much like Moto G5S Plus (Review). The handset runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and packs Qualcomm’s latest midrange mobile platform Snapdragon 630. The handset ships with IP68 water and dust resistance and houses a 3,000mAh battery under the hood. Read our complete coverage and initial observations about Moto X4.

4. Gionee M7 Power

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Gionee M7 Power is the company’s answer to the lack of battery focused bezel-less phones launching these days. During our initial observations and preview, we found the uniqueness of the smartphone in its build material. Gionee M7 Power faunts a laser-grilled plastic unibody that feels somewhat ticklish to hold, which may not be comfortable for everyone. It packs a huge 5,000mAh battery which we are expecting to last two days. Read our complete coverage.