There it is, another month gone, and we saw some exciting tech launches in India this February 2021. Whether it comes to (more) 5G devices or affordable smartphones, we witnessed some notable launches from Realme. Xiaomi also came out with two new audio products, while other OEMs like Acer launched a refreshed version of Acer Aspire 7 with AMD chip. So without any more delay, here are some notable gadgets that launched in India in February 2021. *Editor's note: The following list is not comprehensive, but includes a list of gadgets and products that were notably launched through the week, and would be of the most relevance for buyers to know.
1. Realme X7 Pro, Realme X7
The Realme X7 Pro 5G became the first device to carry the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC in a phone in India, and in our review, we noted its excellent overall performance. The Realme X7 5G, on the other hand, uses the Dimensity 800U SoC from MediaTek as well. While its performance is quite good, its overall package has flaws in terms of build quality, software and overall camera performance. The cheaper Realme X7 5G still has a strong point in terms of the value that it brings to the table.
2. Poco M3
Starting at Rs 10,999, the Poco M3 is the company's mid-budget segment offering. It runs on the Snapdragon 662 SoC from Qualcomm, has up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, and a 48MP triple rear camera. Other features include a side-mounted physical fingerprint sensor, a massive 6,000mAh battery pack, and 18W fast charging, as well. The smartphone arrives in a hotly contested segment that already has strong presences from Xiaomi, Samsung, Realme, Nokia, Motorola and even Poco itself.
3. Sony PlayStation 5
While not being a new launch per se, the much-awaited Sony PlayStation 5 finally went on sale in India last month. Even now, its stocks remain limited, and the next round of sale details are unclear. The new generation gaming console costs Rs 49,990 for the Blu-Ray edition and Rs 39,990 for the Digital Edition. We noted in our review that the Sony PS5 is an excellent console that offers super sharp 4K graphics at up to 120fps, and delivers this performance consistently, without any hiccups.
4. Lenovo Smart Clock Essential
The Lenovo Smart Clock Essential costs Rs 4,499 in India, therefore being one of the most reliable smart displays to have launched in India to date. It has a 4-inch LED display, an inbuilt 'night light' feature, USB charging for other devices, a 1.5W speaker and integration with the Google Assistant.
5. Samsung Galaxy F62
The Samsung Galaxy F62, on paper, is mighty close to its own rival – the Samsung Galaxy M51. However, the smartphone brings a 7,000mAh battery, and in our review, we noted how the Galaxy F62 is a pretty good phone in standalone terms – just maybe not the best in the market in terms of longevity.
6. Acer Aspire 7
Taiwanese PC maker Acer has refreshed its Acer Aspire 7 laptop with the AMD Ryzen 5000 series for the Indian market. The new updated Acer Aspire 7 has been launched with a 15.6-inch display with slim bezels on the sides, allowing for a screen-to-body ratio of 81.61 percent. The Acer Aspire 7 has been priced at Rs 54,990 and has been made available in a single Charcoal Black colour option. The laptop has been made available for purchase on Flipkart and comes in a single RAM and storage configuration.
7. Realme Narzo 30 Pro, Mi Portable Bluetooth Speaker (16W) and more
Realme also refreshed its Narzo series with Narzo 30A and Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G. The cost of Narzo 30A starts in India at Rs 8,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, while the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G carries a starting price tag of Rs 16,999 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage. The company has also launched Realme Buds Air 2 with active noise cancellation support at Rs 3,299. Speaking about audio products, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones Pro and Mi Portable Bluetooth Speaker (16W) (picture above) at Rs 1,799 and Rs 2,499, respectively.