5G phones of 2023: The Redmi Note 12 series, OnePlus 11 5G and more will be launched in India in the coming weeks. Keep reading to learn more about the launch date, specs and other details about the upcoming 5G phones.
Three phones in the Redmi Note 12 series are expected to launch in India on January 5, just like in China.
By Ankita Garg: 2022 is yet to end and some smartphone brands have already confirmed the launch date for their new 5G phones which will arrive in 2023. The details for the 5G phones arriving in January or February next year are already known. The Redmi Note 12 series, OnePlus 11 5G and more will be launched in India in the coming weeks. The list does not include the flagship Samsung Galaxy S23 series as the company has not yet officially confirmed its launch date. This one too is likely to make its debut in February, the same time OnePlus 11 arrives. So people waiting for next year’s flagship phones won’t have long to wait as companies like Apple and Google unveil premium phones towards the end of each year.
5G phones to be launched in India in January and February 2023
Redmi Note 12 series
Three phones in the Redmi Note 12 series are expected to launch in India on January 5, just like in China. The company has confirmed that the Note 12 Pro and Note 12 Pro+ are coming to market. The leaks have revealed that the standard version will also make it to the country.
The pro+, as the name suggests, will be the most advanced model in the series. It is expected to have specs similar to the Chinese model and if so, we know the mid-range 5G phone has the best display. It offers a 6.67-inch FHD+ OLED 120Hz display with Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and brightness up to 900nits. Under the hood is a MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC. It offers a 5,000mAh battery with support for 200W charging. On paper, this looks like a pretty good smartphone. The Redmi Note 12 Pro reportedly has a similar chip, but slightly different display and charging support.
OnePlus 11 5G
The flagship phones have become quite predictable these days as there is nothing unique or interesting and you can expect advanced features. The OnePlus 11 5G will be no different. It is confirmed to launch on February 7 next year.
It will likely use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, which will power several 2023 flagship phones. With each new version, the companies offer a higher storage solution to give users slightly faster performance. It is expected to ship with UFS storage 4.0 version.
The leaks suggest that the 5G phone will come with support for 100W fast charging, which will be an upgrade over this year’s 80W charger. OnePlus is currently the only brand in the premium segment to still include a charger in the box and is expected to do the same with the new version. Under the hood, we might get to see a typical 5,000mAh battery just like the older version.
There are no details on whether we’ll see additional features like water resistance and wireless charging support. We do expect it to come with stereo speakers and an in-display fingerprint sensor. It could have a better engine under the hood for better haptic feedback. Since this is a flagship phone, it is likely to receive a long term software update of up to 5 years.
OnePlus has improved a lot in terms of cameras, but it’s still no better than Samsung flagship phones. The rear camera setup of the new version is also supported by Hasselblad for better color grading and overall experience. It’s tipped to come with a newer 50-megapixel Sony IMX890 main camera and a better 32-megapixel telephoto sensor. The third sensor in the rear camera setup will likely be an ultra-wide camera.
As for the display, OnePlus is expected to offer a high-end display for a great content consuming experience. It is said to have a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with QHD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate.
iQOO 11 5G
The iQOO 11 5G will be another flagship phone of 2023, arriving on January 10. It’s already on sale in China, so we know most of the details about it. It comes with a 6.78-inch AMOLED 144Hz display that runs at (QHD+) resolution. iQOO has adopted Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset to provide users with smooth and fast performance. The charging speed is limited to 120 W for a 5000 mAh battery. The rear camera system on the iQOO 11 includes an OIS-compatible 50-megapixel Samsung GN5 primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide unit and a 13-megapixel snapper with a 2x optical zoom. The device is expected to ship with Android 13 OS.