Best Mobile Phones in India (June 2020)

by | Jun 23, 2020

Agree with it or not – Smartphones have definitely become an integral part of our day to day life.

From streaming our favourite shows on Netflix to paying our utility bills online, everything is going mobile-first.

In order to keep with this advancements, you need a premium flagship phone that offers the best of the best features.

So, which is the best smartphone available in India that can claim this title?

Who offers the best experience you can expect from a mobile phone without any budget constraints?

What model aligns perfectly with your interest?

We will find out in this article!

If you want to read reviews on any particular price range, please check out our articles on Best Smartphones under different budgets here.

Best Mobile Phone in India

1. Samsung Galaxy S20+ Overall Best Pick
2. IQOO 3Runner-Up Pick
3. iPhone 11 ProBest iPhone
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 PlusBest Smartphone for Professionals
5. OnePlus 8Budget Flagship Smartphone
6. Motorola Edge PlusBest Build Quality
7. Samsung S10 LiteSmartphone With Best Ergonomics
8. Redmi K20 ProBest Budget Flagship Device
9. Realme X2 ProFeature Rich Smartphone
10. Oppo Reno 3 ProBest Camera-Centric Smartphone
11.Vivo S1 ProBest Selfie Camera Smartphone
12. Poco X2Best Dev Friendly Smartphone
13. Motorola One Fusion+Best Mid-Range Performer
14. Samsung Galaxy M31Best Battery Life
15. Redmi Note 9 ProBest Mid Range Gaming Phone
16.Realme 6Feature Packed Budget Smartphone
17. Infinix Hot 9 ProCheap Smartphone
18. Oppo F15Honourable Mention

 

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1. Samsung Galaxy S20+

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Overall Best Pick
  • Blazing fast performance
  • 5G support
  • Capable camera

The Galaxy S20 Plus is one of the latest 2020 flagship smartphones from Samsung which was introduced recently in the Indian market.

This device was one of the most anticipated releases of the year, and we all can admit that the device has lived up to its expectations.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus has been manufactured with the utmost precision and care to deliver the best product in terms of hardware as well as software to the end-users.

The glass back is flat except for the horizontally placed camera hardware. It is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass to prevent accidental scratches.

The aluminium railing around the smartphone houses the regular power and volume rocker buttons.

The Bixby button on this device can be reprogrammed to initialize action of your choice.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus scores a 9/10 in terms of build quality and design.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus features one of the best displays available on a mobile device currently on sale in the market.

This 6.7-inch 120Hz dynamic AMOLED display has curved edges which seamlessly integrate with the rest of the shell.

This is a punch-hole display where the camera hole is precisely cut out on the screen instead of housing them on a notch.

This is an HDR10 certified display with excellent colour and contrast levels matching some of the high-end televisions in the market.

The wider 20:9 aspect ratio makes this display apt for immersive media consumption and gaming.

Processor and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus features the latest 8nm Exynos 990 octa-core SoC clocked at 2.7GHz.

This Exynos 990 is a 5G enabled SoC and provides excellent performance across the spectrum – be it gaming or intense multitasking.

But the thing to note here is that except in the Asia Pacific, the S20 variants come with Qualcomm chips inside, which performs way better than its Exynos counterparts.

The base variant of S20 Plus has 8GB of RAM and comes with 128GB of high-speed UFS 3.1 storage.

With the power of the latest Android 10 Q and One UI 2.0, this phone feels so smooth and quick for all kinds of tasks you throw at it.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus features a quadruple rear camera setup involving a 64MP primary sensor with OIS, a 12MP wide sensor with OIS and a 12MP ultrawide sensor along with a 0.3MP time of flight sensor for depth data.

This setup delivers excellent quality stills and videos with amazing details and excellent colour accuracy.

At the front, a 10 MP sensor runs the show when it comes to selfies and video calling.

The camera on the S20 plus is one of the best in business, both in terms of photo and video quality.

Low light photography has been improved significantly. Samsung also advertises a 30x hybrid optic zoom for long-distance photography.

Miscellaneous

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus packs in an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor beneath the display.

This sensor is much more accurate and foul proof than the conventional optical in-display fingerprint scanners found on devices such as the One Plus 7T.

Battery Life

This premium Android smartphone is powered by a 4500 mAh Li-ion battery with fast wired and wireless charging capability.

This battery is rated to last over two days of light usage and a single day of heavy use.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is one of the most complete packages in terms of features and builds quality you can get in the market right now.

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Excellent display

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Solid build quality

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Easy to use one UI

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One hand usability might be tough

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8GB
ProcessorExynos 990
Camera64 MP + 12 MP +12 MP + VGA Depth Camera, 10MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display6.7-inch quad HD AMOLED

2. IQOO 3

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Excellent OLED display
  • UFS 3.1 storage
  • Long-lasting 4400mAh battery

IQOO is a sub-brand of Vivo dealing with flagship-grade smartphones.

IQOO has been marketing their smartphones in China for a while now and recently decided to foray into the competitive Indian smartphone market with the all-new 5G enables IQOO 3.

Design and Build Quality

With a glass front and back form factor sandwiched between an aluminium frame, this phone feels sturdy and durable with high-quality materials used for its construction.

The IQOO 3 has Gorilla Glass 6 protection in the front and the rear. There are two pressure-sensitive buttons on this phone for acting as trigger buttons during gaming.

Additionally, IQOO has given an AI button to launch the Google voice assistant.

The quality of construction of this phone is very much on par with other flagships and offers a durable and robust feel in hand.

Display

The IQOO 3 packs in a tall 6.44-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

This HDR10 enabled display covers a screen to body ratio of about 84.3% and has a pixel density of 409ppi.

This HDR10+ display offers excellent colour reproduction and dynamic range to ensure the best immersive media consumption experience.

Being an OLED display, the rich blacks add vibrancy to the already perfect visual treat by the screen.

The IQOO 3 also comes with a 180Hz touch sampling rate which improves the touch accuracy.

Processor and Performance

The IQOO 3 packs in the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G processor made from the 7nm manufacturing process for powerful performance coupled with power efficiency.

With the 12GB onboard RAM and 256GB internal storage, this smartphone comes second to none in terms of raw performance.

Bet it multitasking or intense gaming sessions, the IQOO 3 will continue to perform without breaking a sweat.

Camera

The IQOO 3 features a quadruple rear camera setup. The main 48MP sensor has an aperture size of 1/1.8 and comes with phase detection autofocus.

Then there is the 13MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom capability. Following these units are the 12MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP depth sensor for bokeh shots.

The quality of visuals and images from these cameras comes out decent in the daylight.

But honestly, these camera’s can’t be compared with that of flagships from Samsung or Huawei for that matter.

The front camera is a 16MP sensor which comes with AI integration features for better-looking selfies and portraits.

Miscellaneous

The IQOO 3 has an in-display fingerprint scanner for unlocking the device.
Compared to previous generation in-display scanners, the one on this device feels adequately fast and accurate.

Battery Life

IQOO has not skimped when it comes to battery capacity on this device. With 4400mAh Li-ion battery on board, the IQOO 3 will comfortably last over a day of moderate to heavy usage.

This device supports 55W fast charge and the charger comes in the box.

Verdict

If you’re in search of a flagship-grade smartphone with the 5G on board, there’s nothing that can beat the IQOO 3 in its price segment currently in the market.

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Elegant design

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Pressure-sensitive buttons

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Gorilla Glass 6 protection

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Bloated UI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage256GB
RAM12GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 865
Camera48MP + 13MP + 13MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4400mAh
Display6.4-inch Super AMOLED

3. Apple iPhone 11 Pro

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Best iPhone
  • Smooth UI and OS
  • Excellent camera system
  • Superfast and secure Face ID

The iPhone 11 Pro is the latest flagship smartphone from Apple announced last week.

This latest iteration of the iPhone brings some significant improvements over the last flagship, making it the best possible smartphone available in the entire world.

Design and build quality

The iPhone 11 Pro carries over the popular design of the original iPhone X and looks minimal and premium at the same time.

The display is a lot bigger and will satisfy those who crave for more screen real estate for an immersive experience.

As with the iPhone 11 Pro, this phone also got away with the touch ID and relies solely on face ID to unlock the device. It now works faster and more reliably, thanks to the improvements in the hardware optimizations.

The glass front and back build are now a lot tougher and scratch resistant with the Corning gorilla glass 6 and has been receiving praises from online reviewers regarding this.

There are dual speakers on this phone and the stereo effect is evident with the sound output. The sound is very louder than the previous versions and with no distortions per se.

Display

The display has now received a spec bump, in the sense that it is now a 5.8-inch Quad HD super retina XDR OLED display with a resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixels.

This gives the screen a pixel density of about 458ppi, which makes it one of the best in the business.

As expected, this panel is HDR10 and Dolby vision supported panel and comes with an exciting 120Hz refresh rate.

Apple has optimized this display to output wonderful images and videos with exceptional clarity and details.

You’ll find no trouble using this phone in the direct sunlight with the AMOLED panel reaching peak brightness levels of 800nits.

The screen to body ratio of this iPhone is 82.1%, which means the only substantial thing that breaks the continuity is the notch up top.

No, you can’t hide the notch and would have to bear with it while watching videos on this smartphone.

Processor and performance

Apple is a front-runner in the mobile chipset industry and its chips perform better than the likes of Snapdragon and MediaTek.

The iPhone 11 Pro features the latest Apple A13 Bionic SoC manufactured on a 7nm process that outperforms Snapdragon 855 by a relatively huge margin.

The performance is fluid and lightning-fast with 4GB RAM and the superfast 256GB UFS storage adds to it.

The four core Apple GPU performs exceptionally well in graphics-intensive tasks and delivers excellent performance while gaming.

The only downside of this powerful internals is with the glass back that is not as efficient as the metal back in dissipating the heat.

Camera

Apple rivals Samsung when it comes to camera technology.

The iPhone11 Pro features a triple 12MP camera unit at the back of which apart from the primary sensor one is an f/1.8 ultrawide angle sensor and the other is a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens.

Both these primary and ultrawide lenses have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). The quality of images and videos that comes out of these lenses are very pleasing and has natural colours and a wide dynamic range.

The videos are stabilized and can shoot up to 4K at 60fps.

The front camera consists of dual 12MP sensors that take high-quality selfies and portrait mode snaps.

The dedicated image processor does eliminate the noise in the images and videos and smoothens the textures to give a more natural-looking shot.

Battery life

The battery on this iPhone 11 Pro is a non-removable 3190 mAh Li-ion cell that isn’t a significant upgrade from the yesteryear flagship model.

The OLED display and the highly optimized iOS 13 doesn’t drain battery like Android phones and can last easily over a day with moderate usage. Apple claims that the iPhone 11 Pro will last up to 5 hours more than the iPhone XS Max.

Also with features like wireless charging and fast charging support, the device can be easily juiced up.

Verdict

The iPhone 11 Pro is the best smartphone that you can buy in the market if you want a beast in terms of raw performance.

Excellent software support and durable build quality make this device worth the premium you pay for it.

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State of the art A13 processor

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Excellent fit and finish

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Qi wireless charging

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The glass back is slippery

Specifications

Operating SystemiOS 13
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorApple A13 Bionic
Camera12MP+12MP+12 Rear, dual 12MP Front
Battery2658mAh
Display5.8-inch 1125 x 2436, Super XDR OLED

 

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

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Best Smartphone for Professionals
  • Powerful processor
  • Capable camera unit
  • Excellent battery life

Samsung’s Note series was the first to usher the large-screen smartphone niche in the world.

Before the original Note came along, people were a bit sceptical about a large display on a phone that they’d carry around daily in their pockets.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plys is the latest and greatest addition to the Note family and is probably the best till date.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is more of a professional workhorse rather than a typical smartphone.

The features and the design is targeted at people who want more productivity on the go.

The industrial design is very much similar to the previous Samsung Note series phones which in itself is a great thing because those phones looked dope.

The glass back and the seamlessly integrated infinity display makes this phone look like a stunning marvel worth drooling about.

The build quality is top-notch with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 covering the glass, both in the front and the back for protection.

Unfortunately, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack on this smartphone.

Display

Samsung makes the best displays in the entire world. Period.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus comes with a 6.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels.

The colours look vivid and punchy.

The wide colour gamut of this panel makes the colours to be as close to the natural colour palette.

The brightness levels are excellent and the sunlight legibility isn’t a thing to worry about.

As Samsung named it, this 6.8-inch infinity display curves on to the back shell seamlessly and makes the device look and feel premium in hand.

The only issue we had with this device was its one-hand usability.

Since it’s a large display, people with relatively small fingers will find it difficult to access the far-reaching corners of the display with a single hand.

Camera

The Samsung Note 10 Plus comes with a dual rear camera setup that comprises two 12MP sensors and a 16MP sensor.

One of the sensors is a telephoto one with 2x optical zoom capability.

And the 16MP sensor is an ultrawide angle one.

The is OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) for both the primary and the telephoto cameras.

The images that come out of these sensors look great and detailed.

The colour saturation is excellent with minimal noise.

The front 10MP camera has dual PDAF autofocus and takes selfies with good details as well.

Processor and Performance

This device in India features a homebrewed Exynos 9825 Octa-core processor inside.

This chipset is fast and reliable for gaming as well as other resource-intensive tasks to run smoothly.

There will be no sort of lags or stutters while multitasking with apps, thanks to the ample 12GB RAM onboard.

The powerful chipset with Android Pie optimizations makes this device one of the fastest performing devices in the market at present.

The 12GB variant comes with 512GB of onboard memory.

Battery Life

The Note 10 Plus packs a large 4300mAh Li-ion battery inside. This is almost a 30% increase in capacity when compared with the Note 9 which had a 4000mAh cell inside.

Even with heavy usage, this big-screen beast can last over a day and a half comfortably and then some.

With fast charging support, this device can get charged up pretty quickly as well.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is the best productivity smartphone that money can buy at present.

The phone comes with a wireless stylus that lets you do a plethora of stuff so easily which you will find quite strenuous with fingers.

The long-lasting battery and the excellent display makes it gaming as well as media consumption device as well.

So in short, productivity and entertainment can go hand in hand with this latest offering from Samsung.

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Elegant design

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Robust build quality

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Integrated stylus pen

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Back is a fingerprint magnet

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM12 GB
ProcessorExynos 9825
Camera12MP+12MP + 16MP Rear, 10MP Front
Battery4000 mAh
Display6.8-inch Quad HD+ SAMOLED

 

5. OnePlus 8

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Budget Flagship Smartphone
  • Best in class Snapdragon 865 processor
  • 90Hz fluid AMOLED display
  • 30W dash charging support

OnePlus is a Chinese smartphone brand popular for its affordable flagships that often beat the big players in the market.

The OnePlus 8 is the latest incremental hardware update to the popular OnePlus 7 with almost all the good features retained and then added some that make this phone more likeable.

Design and Build Quality

In the never-ending battle of increased screen real estate, companies started relying on motorized front cameras to avoid notch.

But with this iteration of the 8 series phones, Oneplus has punch hole camera design which we honestly prefer over motorized cameras any day.

The chin size has been reduced slightly to make the display seem to stretch across the front side.

The quality of construction is top-notch and the attention to detail is very much evident from the fit and finish of this display.

Processor and Performance

Inside this device, what powers the show is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor.

This flagship processor from Qualcomm along with the Adreno 650 GPU performs everything you throw at it with relative ease.

Be it gaming or any other resource-intensive tasks such as video/photo editing, the device performs exceptionally well without any lags.

The Oxygen OS that runs on top of the base Android 10.0 Q is very minimal and adds only the necessary features without bloating the interface too much.

This makes the operations smooth and fast and also aids in achieving better battery life.

Display

The OnePlus 8 has a 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a punch-hole camera cutout. This full HD panel looks fantastic with true to life colour reproduction and excellent contrast levels.

This being a 90Hz refresh rate display, the animations and the interface altogether feels silky smooth.

This is by far the best looking 1080p AMOLED panel in any smartphone in the market. Nifty additions like a super-fast facial recognition, which works extremely well and the dedicated gaming mode improve the usability of the device to the next level.

The fingerprint scanner now resides in the lower half of the display and works well to unlock the device from sleep.

There is a slight delay to unlock when compared with physical fingerprint scanners but the technology is still evolving, so it’s just the way it will be.

Camera

This device comes with a triple 48MP + 16MP + 2MP camera at the rear and a 16MP front camera.

The 48MP sensor in the rear features Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for steady smooth shots. Electronic Image stabilisation is present as well.

The 16MP camera is an ultra-wide sensor with a wide field of view for capturing landscapes and buildings.

The 2MP is the macro mode shooter for close up shots. The OnePlus 8 can record 4K video at 60fps with gyro EIS enabled.

The front 16M shooter is HDR enabled and can record electronically stabilized 1080p videos at 30fps.

The pictures taken by the camera are rich in detail and exhibit great dynamic range.

Both the front and rear cameras perform great in good lighting conditions but the same can’t be said about the front camera.

Battery Life

This device has 4300mAh Li-ion battery that will last for a day and a half on moderate to heavy usage.

The renowned 30W dash charge support makes it easy to juice up the battery within no time.

Verdict

OnePlus 8 is a value for money smartphone that offers flagship internals at an affordable price.

This device is well built and the overall construction feels premium and durable.

The AMOLED display with great colours and a capable camera along with continuous software support from the company makes this device one of the best phones available in the market.

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Robust build quality

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5G radio support

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OIS on the rear main camera

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No telephoto camera

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 865
Camera48MP+16MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4300mAh
Display6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED 90Hz

6. Motorola Edge Plus

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Best Build Quality
  • Flagship Snapdragon 865 processor
  • UFS3.0 ultra-fast internal storage
  • 90Hz OLED waterfall display

Motorola has been quite silent when it comes to the flagship Android smartphone scene but with the Razr foldable and now with the Edge Plus smartphone it seems they are back with a bang.

The Edge Plus from Motorola is a true flagship grade Android smartphone comparable to the likes of Samsung S20 series.

Design and Build Quality

The Motorola Edge Plus features the familiar glass sandwich design that we are familiar with.

The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protected front and back panels have an oleophobic coating to repel water droplets easily.

This smartphone is considerably narrower than all other flagships and this makes holding the phone with one hand a delightful experience.

Another important point to note here is that the Edge plus does feature a 3.5mm jack, which almost unheard of when it comes to flagship smartphones.

As the name suggests, the Edge plus has a rounded screen which curves into the glass back, which looks and feels unique as well as premium.

Overall, the construction and build quality are top-notch on this device, as expected from a flagship Android smartphone.

Display

The Motorola Edge plus features a massive 6.7-inch FHD+ OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate.

This display covers around 96% of the front of the phone and also curves into the back glass.

This HDR10 certified OLED panel can display up to 10 billion colours. The colours pop out to your face and the contrast levels are excellent.

The 90Hz refresh rate ensures the visuals and the interface in total feels silky smooth and refined.

Edge plus utilizes the waterfall curved portion of the display for edge lighting notifications, which is cool and very practical when the phone is kept on top of a table or somewhere.

Processor and Performance

This device is powered by the latest flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor built on a 7nm process for better power efficiency.

With 12GB of RAM and 256GB of ultra-fast UFS3.0 storage, this smartphone performs as well as the Samsungs and One Plus devices out there.

The Adreno 650 is now beefier to handle graphics and gaming,

With specs and raw performance matching a mid-range laptop, you won’t have any trouble using this phone anytime soon.

Camera

This flagship smartphone from Motorola has a 108MP primary sensor in the rear with OIS for stabilized photos and videos.

Additionally, there is the 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom for long-distance photography followed by a 16MP ultra-wide sensor which can also double up as a macro camera.
The portrait and bokeh mode shots take leverage of the 3D TOF ( time of flight ) sensor for accurate depth data.

The front camera is a 25MP sensor with HDR for high dynamic range selfie shots.

The images and videos turn out to have excellent details and colour accuracy. The OIS helps in reducing the jitters and shakes significantly.

Even with the ultra-wide sensor, there is not much colour noise. One of the important things to note is that the rear camera can record 6K videos at 30fps, although it is an overkill, to be honest.

Battery Life

The Motorola Edge Plus packs in a 5000mAh battery to power up the beefy internals inside.

This battery will easily last for a day worth of heavy usage before you need to plug in the device.

This device supports wireless charging and also has the reverse wireless charging feature which might come in handy at times.

Motorola bundles an 18W fast charger in the box, which is quite an irony considering the price.

Verdict

The Motorola Edge Plus is a well-built smartphone with best in class internals.

It also has a significant advantage of having the near-stock Android 10 OS, untouched with bloatwares and fancy UI skins.

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HDR10 certified OLED display

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Loud and clear speakers

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3.5mm headphone jack

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Only 18W charger in the box

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM12 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 865
Camera108MP + 16MP + 8MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.7-inch Full HD+ OLED

7. Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite

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Smartphone With Ergonomics
  • Affordable flagship
  • Gorgeous AMOLED display
  • Powerful CPU

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is the recently released younger sibling of the two elder brothers – the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus.

This premium Android smartphone despite having some trimmer down internals when compared to the other S10 variants, does pack enough punch to be included in our best smartphones list.

Design and Build Quality

The S10 Lite is a cute little smartphone with a great in-hand feel and excellent build quality.

The main difference of this model with the higher-priced siblings is that it now packs a flat display with slightly curved edges but not as perfect as the ones in the S10 and the S10 Plus.

The bezels around the display are very minimal and feature a screen to body ratio of over 87%.

The overall fit and finish of this smartphone is as great as any other phone in this price segment and will suit those who are fond of budget phones with powerful internals.

Display

The S10 Lite packs a slightly bigger 6.7-inch super AMOLED punch-hole display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

The presence of a notch is avoided by cutting out a small hole in the display to house the single front camera, which by the way looks cleaner.

The quality of the display is excellent and almost matches the displays found on S10 and S10 Plus.

This 394 ppi HDR+ display has deep inky blacks and vivid and vibrant colour reproduction which will let you enjoy the on-screen content wholeheartedly.

In case you are wondering about the durability, this display is protected by the Corning gorilla glass 5.

Processor and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite features the latest 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core SoC clocked at 2.84GHz.

This Snapdragon 855 SoC provides excellent performance across the spectrum – be it gaming or intense multitasking.

The Samsung S10 Lite has 8GB of RAM and comes with 128GB of high-speed UFS 2.1 storage.

With the power of the latest Android 10.0 Q, this phone feels so smooth and quick for all kinds of tasks you throw at it.

Camera

The Galaxy S10Lite comes with a triple rear camera setup which includes a 48MP main sensor with OIS accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 5MP macro mode shooter.

The optical image stabilization is integrated to reduce jitters and shakes during shooting stills and capturing videos.

The front camera is a 32MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture size for better low light performance.

This wide-angle shooter will capture the whole subject without leaving undesirable crops in the picture.

Miscellaneous

The fingerprint sensor on this device is housed beneath the display. This sensor is very accurate and quickly unlocks the phone without any delay.

The dual speakers on this smartphone sound loud and clean without any distortions.

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Supports fast charging as well as wireless charging and features the gimmicky reverse wireless charging as well.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite packs in a 4500mAh battery which tests reveal last for over a day worth of heavy usage.

The fast charging helps in the scenario if you want to quickly juice up the phone in a matter of minutes.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite compared to its competitors in the segment, is a premium smartphone with excellent hardware and equally pleasant software experience.

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Robust build quality
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Super steady video with OIS

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Fast charging

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No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm snapdragon 855
Camera48MP + 12MP + 5MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.7-inch super AMOLED

8. Redmi K20 Pro

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Best Budget Flagship Device
  • Punchy and vibrant display
  • Flagship Snapdragon 855 processor
  • The fast in-display fingerprint scanner

Redmi K20 Pro is the flagship Android smartphone from Xiaomi, which incidentally is its highest priced Redmi series smartphone in the country.

The Redmi K20 Pro comes as a spiritual successor the budget Redmi K20 and competes directly with the likes of One Plus 7 Pro.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi K20 Pro has the same glass sandwich design which follows the current trend in the budget smartphone segment.

The interesting gradient two-tone colour scheme lends this smartphone a unique personality on its own.

The front and rear glass are protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for avoiding accidental scratches and marks.

The Redmi K20 Pro is a very well built phone with a sturdy chassis and good overall fit and finish.

Display

The Redmi K20 Pro features a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with an approximate pixel density of about 410ppi.

With a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, this display is sharp and vibrant. With a contrast ratio of 60000:1, the blacks are deep and the saturation levels are on par with the competing device.

The fingerprint scanner is tucked beneath the display and unlocks the device in an instant without any noticeable delay.

Processor and Performance

The all-new Redmi K20 Pro comes with the latest and greatest Qualcomm flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 855.

With the ample 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, this smartphone is one of the fastest in terms of performance out there.

Games and apps run buttery smooth and the larger RAM considerably helps in executing multitasking operations.

Camera

The Redmi K20 Pro from Xiaomi features a triple rear camera setup and a pop-up motorized front camera.

The rear camera system consists of a 48MP primary sensor accompanied with a 13MP wide-angle and an 8MP telephoto lens capable of 2x zoom.

The quality of the photos and videos are quite good and on par with other devices in the same price range.

The front camera is a 20MP sensor with AI beauty modes to make your selfie shots look more professional.

Battery Life

Battery life is one of the most crucial aspects people look for while buying a smartphone. Redmi phones are famed for packing high capacity batteries in the past and the same is the case with K20 Pro.

The 4000mAh battery can hold the phone to live up to one and a half days on a single charge comfortably.

Verdict

Packed with features to the brim, Redmi K20Pro is one of the best mid-range Android devices in the Indian market priced under Rs. 30,000.

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Smooth and faster performance

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Elegant design

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18W fast charger

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No SD card slot

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Camera48MP + 13MP + 8MP Front, 20MP Rear
Battery4000mAh
Display6.39-inch AMOLED FHD+

 

9. Realme X2 Pro

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Feature-Rich Android Smartphone
  • Flagship Snapdragon 855+ processor
  • An excellent quality AMOLED display
  • 50W Super VOOC fast charging

Realme is fighting tooth and nails with the Redmi lineup it seems. Whenever Redmi comes up with a smartphone that awws the market, Realme quickly follows the same.

This time the Realme comes with the Realme X2 Pro which is the flagship model launched as the successor to the original Realme X2.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme X2 Pro features a refreshing design which differs from the recent glass-backed design trend plagued in certain aspects.

Yes, the Realme X2 also features the gradient coloured glass back, but subtle changes like the camera placement make the device much more pleasing to look at.

The Realme X2 has a vertical left centred camera placement whereas the Realme X2 Pro features a centrally tucked camera system, similar to the one found on the Redmi Note 8 Pro from Xiaomi.

The fit and finish of this mid-range Android smartphone are excellent for its price. The overall construction seems to be of good quality, which Realme phones are famed for, starting from the original Realme 1.

Display

The Realme X2 Pro features a large 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels.

This display, thanks to the pop-up camera extends almost all across the front. The 3D curved bezels make the display blend with the chassis seamlessly.

The quality of this AMOLED display is excellent. With deep blacks and high contrast ratio, the visuals look stunning with this smartphone.

Processor and Performance

This mid-range Android smartphone packs the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor clocked at 2.9GHz.

With 6GB of RAM and 64GB of UFS 3.0 storage, the performance is blazing fast and smooth.

Be it games or resource-hungry apps, the Realme X2 Pro cuts through them effortlessly.

Camera

The Realme X2 Pro has a quadruple rear camera setup mounted in the centre vertically.

The primary sensor is a 64MP sensor with an 8MP ultra-wide sensor for photos with an enhanced field of view.

There is a 2MP macro sensor for close up shots and the regular 2MP depth-sensing unit for accurate bokeh shots.

The main sensor captures four images of 16MP each and stitches them together to deliver a crisp and clean final image output.

The macro shots from this unit deliver greatly detailed photos with excellent colour accuracy.

The front camera is a 16MP sensor with a 70-degree field of view to capture more subject in the frame.

Battery Life

What powers the Realme X2 Pro is 4000mAh Li-ion battery which is advertised to last for a day and a half with moderate to heavy usage.

Realme has also included a VOOC enabled fast charger in the box to juice up the device as quick as it can.

Verdict

The Realme X2 Pro delivers one of the best premium flagship smartphone ownership experiences under a budget of Rs.30,000.

With an excellent screen and processor, this is one of the best devices you can grab at this price point.

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Elegant and premium design

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Dual stereo sound with Dolby Atmos

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Faster UFS 3.0 Storage

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No stock Android UI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Storage64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855+
Camera64MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP rear, 16MP front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

10. Oppo Reno 3 Pro

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Best Camera-Centric Smartphone
  • Quadruple rear cameras
  • Powerful Helio P95 processor
  • Excellent AMOLED display

Oppo Reno 3 Pro is the improved version of the original Oppo Reno smartphone that sported one of the best cameras in its segment.

Priced conveniently under Rs.30,000, the Oppo Reno 3 Pro is a complete package with useful features making it one of the best devices for media consumption.

Design and Build Quality

The Reno 3 Pro is one of the best-looking smartphones currently on sale in the Indian market.

With a curved front and back glass body, the Oppo Reno 3 Pro comes in interesting gradient colours that are subtle and striking at the same time.

The Gorilla glass covering in the front and the rear offers protection from accidental scratches.

The buttons are clicky and responsive so is the haptic feedback from the vibration motors.

Display

The Oppo Reno 3 Pro comes with a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen having a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels.

This panoramic screen offers excellent contrast levels and vivid colour reproduction, making it suitable for immersive media consumption experience.

The fingerprint scanner is placed beneath the front display and is pretty fast and accurate.

Processor and Performance

The Oppo Reno 3 Pro is the first smartphone in the Indian market to launch with a flagship MediaTek Helio P95 processor.

This phone comes in a single variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

The ample amount of RAM and the powerful processor makes this device perform faster and more efficiently than most of its competitors in a similar price category.

Be it gaming or multitasking, the Oppo Reno 3 Pro doesn’t break a sweat.

Camera

The Oppo Reno 3 Pro comes with the quadruple rear camera setup. The primary 64MP sensor is a Samsung S5KGW1 which outputs photos and videos with rich details and natural colour tones.

There is a 13MP telephoto lens, accompanied by a 2MP monochrome sensor and an 8MP ultra-wide sensor.

The front camera is a dual 44MP +2MP punch hole camera which takes good quality selfies.

Miscellaneous

The Oppo Reno 3 Pro comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and an earphone in the box.

It does also support the legendary VOOC fast charging.

Battery Life

The Oppo Reno3 Pro features a 4025mAh battery that will last for well over a day and a half, even with heavy usage.

The VOOC fast charging technology ensures that you can juice up the device quickly.

Verdict

The Oppo Reno 3 Pro is a perfect media consumption device priced under Rs.30,000 which ticks all the boxes.

The large capacity battery, a powerful processor and capable cameras make it to our list of best phones under Rs.30,000 with relative ease.

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Elegant design

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Gorilla Glass 5 protection

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In-display fingerprint scanner

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No OIS

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P95
Camera64MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 44MP + 2MP Front
Battery4025mAh
Display6.4-inch AMOLED

11. Vivo S1 Pro

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Best Selfie Camera Smartphone
  • Full HD+ AMOLED display
  • AI Quad camera
  • Decent processor

The Vivo S1 Pro is a flagship-grade smartphone from Vivo that comes as an upgrade to the V15 Pro, aimed at the premium mid-tier market priced under a budget of Rs.20,000.

Loaded with cutting edge features onboard, the Vivo S1 Pro is a complete package which you can get your hands on, right now in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

The Vivo S1 Pro features a front glass and back plastic construction with an exciting and colourful gradient colour scheme.

This phone features an improved in-display fingerprint scanner to lock and unlock the device securely.

The materials used for the construction of this mid-range premium smartphone is of good quality and feels durable.

Display

The Vivo S1 Pro features a large 6.38-inch full HD+ AMOLED LCD with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

This accounts for a pixel density of about 404 pixels which is quite sharp and clear.

The 19:9 aspect ratio means you will have minimal troubles when using this device single-handedly.

The extremely thin bezels on this display make it a suitable candidate for immersive media consumption experience.

The colour and brightness levels on this display are excellent, both indoors as well as outdoors.

Processor and Performance

The Vivo S1 Pro packs a slightly outdated Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor to power the OS.

The apps run faster and open up quick even with multiple apps running parallel. With the 8GB LPDDR4 RAM, there is enough memory for apps to run simultaneously.

Even gaming with this smartphone is smooth. Resource intensive games like PUBG runs smooth and in full HD resolution.

There is 128GB on onboard memory for storing your files offline. If you need more, fret not. There is a dedicated micro SD card slot which can accommodate up to 256GB.

Camera

The Vivo S1 Pro comes equipped with a triple rear camera setup which comprises of a 48MP main shooter, 8MP wide-angle sensor and a 2MP depth-sensing unit and a 2MP macro camera.

The photos and videos look crisp and clear with enough details and less noise in them.

Vivo has coupled their AI algorithm with the camera by which it detects the scene and adjusts the settings according to it.

The front camera is a whopping 32MP motorized selfie unit which pops up when needed and delivers excellent quality selfies and has portrait mode support as well.

Battery Life

The Vivo S1 Pro is powered by a comparatively larger 4500 Li-ion battery.

With moderate to heavy usage, the Vivo S1Pro lasts for a day and a half quite comfortably.

Vivo bundles a fast charger along with this phone that charges the battery quite quickly at 18W.

Verdict

The Vivo S1 Pro is one of the best looking mid-range smartphones. With the gorgeous AMOLED display and a capable processor, this smartphone is undoubtedly one of the best in its class.

If you want a smartphone with a large display, and performs very smooth, the Vivo S1 Pro is a great choice, to begin with.

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18W fast charging

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Elegant, stylish design

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32MP front camera

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Bloated UI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP, 32MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display6.3-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

12. POCO X2

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Best Developer-Friendly Smartphone
  • 120Hz full HD+ display
  • Long-lasting battery
  • 64MP AI quad camera

POCO is an independent sub-brand of Xiaomi which released the widely successful POCO F1 smartphone that is considered a legend to this day among the consumers.

The POCO F1 offered amazing hardware at an unbelievable price and the users have been asking for the next iteration for God knows how long.

Finally, the company decided to launch the POCO X2 smartphone, again at an incredible price tag costing well under Rs.20,000.

Design and Build Quality

The POCO X2 shares an uncanny resemblance with the 5G capable Redmi K30 smartphone.

The glass sandwich design looks very elegant and feels premium in hand. POCO went the notch-less way with the double punch-hole front camera setup to increase the available screen real estate.

There is a 3.5mm headphone jack for those with a wired headphone, so don’t worry about investing extra on a Bluetooth headphone.

Overall the build quality of the POCO X2 is commendable for the price and it won’t be too much to say, this device is an absolute steal for your money.

Display

As we have earlier mentioned, the all-new POCO X2 comes with a double punch-hole display, which is the new trend among smartphone manufacturers.

This is a large 6.67-inch full HD+ reality flow display with a refresh rate of 120Hz.

The scrolling and transitions feel buttery smooth on this device and it is almost sure that after using a 120Hz display, going back to a traditional 60Hz device will be hard.

The colours look very natural and vivid and the brightness levels are on par with the competitors in the same price range.

This display is protected by the latest iteration of Corning Gorilla glass. Not only the protection covers the display but also the rear as well.

Processor and Performance

The POCO X2 comes loaded with the gaming-oriented Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC clocked at 2.2GHz.

This chipset delivers exceptional graphics as well as multitasking performance coupled with the 8GB RAM and the 128GB UFS2.1 storage.

Be it day to day usage or heavy gaming, this smartphone chews through everything you throw at it in style.

Camera

This budget Android smartphone from POCO features a quad-camera rear setup with the main 64MP sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide angle sensor, a dedicated 2MP macro shooter along with 2MP depth-sensing unit.

In the front, there is the 20MP main camera assisted with a 2MP depth sensor for better portrait selfie shots.

The photo and video quality that comes out of these cameras are very well balanced with natural skin tones and colours.

Battery Life

The POCO X2 is powered by a 4500mAh Li-ion battery to accommodate its powerful processor and the 120Hz display.

The phone lasts comfortably over a day and half of heavy usage. The supplied 27W fast charger juices up the device pretty fast as well.

Verdict

If you don’t mind the lack of an OLED panel, the POCO X2 is one of the best devices you can get your hands on for a budget under Rs.20,000.

The long-lasting battery, 120Hz display and the 64MP quad-camera deliver an amazing value for money prospect with this device.

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Elegant and premium design

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Latest Android 10 Q OS

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Liquid cooling system

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No OLED display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Q 10.0
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Front, 20MP + 2MP Rear
Battery4500mAh
Display6.67 inch Full HD+ IPS 120Hz

13. Motorola One Fusion+

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Best Mid-Range Performer
  • Powerful Snapdragon 730G CPU
  • Quad rear camera 
  • HDR10 certified Full HD+ display

Motorola was lagging behind the competitors in the smartphone market once Lenovo acquired it from Google.

The all-new Motorola One Fusion+ is a sign of Motorola trying to up its ante against brands like Xiaomi and Realme to capture the lost foothold in the market.

Design and Build Quality

The Motorola One Fusion+ has a glass front and plastic back shell with a polycarbonate plastic frame in between.

The backplate has a lined pattern with glass-like subtle glossy texture which looks and feels good.

This smartphone has a dedicated button to summon Google voice assistant. The fingerprint scanner rests on the rear at a comfortable position within normal hand reach.

The USB type C port is placed in the button portion along with a 3.5mm headphone jack and the speaker grill.

Since this device features a pop-up selfie camera, the display has no notches or cutouts to obstruct a seamless UI experience.

Display

The Motorola One Fusion+ features a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with HDR10. This is one of the best displays in this segment, with vivid and bright colour reproduction and inky deep blacks.

This is the only sub. Rs.20,000 smartphone with Youtube signature device certification, capable of playing HDR10 youtube content in all its glory.

Since there is no notch or cutouts in the display, the Motorola One Fusion+ delivers an immersive media consumption experience.

This device also comes with Widevine L1 certification for full HD Netflix and Amazon prime video playback.

Processor and Performance

This budget smartphone from Motorola runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset.

Along with the 6GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB storage, this CPU performs flawlessly.

The gaming performance is smooth with all the popular titles such as PUBG and COD which are currently in trend.

The multitasking and day to day casual usage is buttery smooth, thanks to the Android 10 OS with almost zero customization.

Camera

The Motorola One Fusion+ has a familiar quad camera setup in the rear, now common with most devices in this price point.

The primary sensor is the 64MP one with f/1.8, followed by an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 5MP macro camera with autofocus and a 2MP depth-sensing unit.

This device is capable of recording 4k videos at 30fps and full HD videos at 120fps. You can even use the macro camera for video recording.

When it comes to the front, a motorized 16MP pop-up selfie camera does the job without any issues.

The images and videos appear adequately detailed and colour accurate. The post-processing is minimal, which helps the camera to retain most of the natural colours we see with our eyes.

Miscellaneous

This device comes with a dedicated audio DAC for 32-bit audio playback via wired earphones and headphones.

Battery Life

The Motorola One Fusion+ is powered by a 5000mAh battery which Motorola claims to have a standby time of 23 days.

You can get over a day and a half with heavy usage like gaming and video consumption with this device.

Motorola provides a 15W fast charger in the box which, by today’s standards is not that fast but can expedite the charging process quite a bit.

Verdict

We feel that the Motorola One Fusion+ is a winner in this price segment with all the right elements to be the best in the business.

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Dedicated audio DAC

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One-touch Google Assistant button

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Long-lasting 5000mAh battery

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Only 15W charger in the box

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Camera64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.5-inch Full HD+

14. Samsung Galaxy M31

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Best Battery Life
  • Super AMOLED display
  • Quad – camera setup
  • Long-lasting battery

The galaxy M31 is the latest mid-range online-only M series android smartphone from Samsung to take on the competition from the likes of Xiaomi and Realme.

The Samsung Galaxy M31 is a device like nothing else from the past, especially the previously ridiculously overpriced A series phones.

It is loaded with features which stack well against its competition for the price tag at which the phone retails.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M31 has a polycarbonate outer shell with a textured finish that looks elegant.

The phone feels very light in hand considering the battery size and thanks to its rounded corners, it feels very lightweight and easy to hold in one hand.

This phone comes with minimal bezels on all four sides and offers an immersive visual experience with its notch display.

Overall the quality of construction is very good and is on par with its competitors.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy M31 features a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display with an infinity U notch at the top.

This full HD+ display has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and has a pixel density of about 403 ppi which renders the screen very sharp and clear output.

Samsung is the best OLED manufacturer in the world and the quality of this AMOLED display justifies that claims effortlessly.

This smartphone has an 84.4% screen to body ratio and supports L1 wide wine certification which lets you watch online streaming services in full HD resolution.

Processor and Performance

The Galaxy M31 is powered by the Samsung Exynos 9611 octa-core processor supplemented by the Mali-G72 GPU.

With the integrated 6GB LPDDRX RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage, this device performs excellent when it comes to multitasking and gaming.

Whether it be PUBG or Fortnite, this budget Android smartphone from Samsung will let you play it in full HD resolution without any dropped frames or lags.

The latest Android 10.0 Q OS with Samsung’s One UI 2.0 on top is very well optimized for performance improvements when compared to the previous iterations.

Camera

This smartphone comes with a quad-camera setup in the rear. Yes, a quad camera under sub. Rs.20,000, that too from Samsung.

The primary camera on the rear is a 64MP shooter with an aperture size of f/1.8 for better low light performance.

The secondary sensor is an 8MP ultrawide shooter, which is one of a kind in this price bracket.

The third one is a 5MP depth sensor for high-quality portrait and bokeh mode photos followed by a 5MP macro mode sensor for closeup photography.

The front camera is a 32MP sensor with HDR support for wide-angle selfie shots.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy M31 is powered by a whopping 6000mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last for up to two days of heavy usage.

Samsung does include a 15W fast charger in the box which will let you charge this device in under 2.30 hours.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy M31 is the most feature-packed Android smartphone with the best battery life, priced under Rs.20,000.

With its AMOLED display, triple camera setup and the 4000mAh battery, this smartphone is difficult to pass up in this price bracket.

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Excellent battery life

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Type C port

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Fast charging support

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15W fast charger is slow

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorExynos 9611 octa-core
Camera64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery6000mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

15. Redmi Note 9 Pro

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Mid-Range Gaming Smartphone
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Stunning quality images and videos from the camera
  • Continuous MIUI feature updates

Redmi Note 9 Pro is the successor to the popular Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphone that was launched in the last year.

The notable difference between the two is that Redmi this time has gone back to the Qualcomm Snapdragon series processor instead of the MediaTek G series it experimented with the Note 8 Pro.

Build Quality and Design

For a premium budget smartphone priced under Rs.20,000, the Redmi Note 9 Pro has an exceptional build quality. The all-glass body feels firm and easy to hold in hand.

The curved edges help this comparatively large device easy to hold and operate with a single hand.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro looks similar to many of the expensive flagships in the market with a central quad camera set up at the back and a punch-hole display upfront.

What makes this device stand out from the pack is the inclusion of a liquid cooling technology that will avoid the device from getting hot while gaming or any other intense resource-hungry operations.

Processor and Performance

Most of the mid-range smartphones today feature perfectly capable, but not necessarily high-end processors.

This is slowly changing with smartphone manufactures including powerful chips even inside the mid-range devices for better performance.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with the top of the line mid-range Snapdragon 720G processor for under Rs.20,000.

This beast is supported by a fast LPDDRX 6GB RAM to chew through whatever apps or games you throw at it.

This device also comes with a 128GB storage and gives the option to increase the storage capacity by a dedicated SIM slot.

Display

The Redmi Note 9 Pro features a large 6.67-inch full HD+ display which reproduces stunning lifelike images with true to life colours.

This IPS display has excellent viewing angles and gives a sharp and crisp output, thanks to the 403 ppi pixel density even with this large size.

The display has a punch-hole cutout for the front camera. It looks much better than the notches in our opinion.

Camera

The Redmi Note 9 Pro comes loaded with a rear quad camera setup. This AI quad-camera setup consists of a primary 48MP camera followed by 8MP ultra-wide sensor, 5MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro mode shooter.

Thanks to the AI image processing, the Redmi Note 9 Pro delivers one of the best looking images and videos in its price segment.

The front camera is a 16MP shooter capable of delivering clear selfies even in low-light environments.

The only gripe we had with the camera department is that there is no Optical Image Stabilization available.

Battery Life

The Redmi Note 9 Pro has 5020mAh Li-ion battery inside which will easily last over a day even with heavy use.

Xiaomi is already known for including higher capacity batteries on all their smartphones

This time the company has even bundled a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 certified 18W fast charger that will let you charge the device even faster.

Verdict

If you can get a hold of a unit while the lottery-like flash sales in Flipkart, this might be the best mobile money can buy in recent times.

The absolute beast of a performer, the Snapdragon 720G is the centrepiece of all attractions and definitely won’t fail your expectations – be it multitasking or gaming.

With the slightly modified, less cartoony MIUI interface, you are going to get a plethora of customization options as well.

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Regular MIUI updates

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Robust build quality

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Dedicated SD card slot

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No OLED display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm® Snapdragon720G
Camera48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery5020mAh
Display6.67-inch Full HD+

16. Realme 6

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Feature Packed Budget Smartphone
  • 90Hz full HD+ display
  • 4300mAh long-lasting battery
  • Powerful MediaTek G90T CPU

Realme 6 comes as a successor to the ever-popular Realme 5 which made waves in the budget smartphone market in India.

The Realme 6 packs in a lot of features which you won’t find on any other smartphones in India priced in the sub. Rs.15,000 category.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme 6 has a plastic back with a textured finish, which almost looks like glass from a distance.

The front display is protected with Corning gorilla glass 3 for scratch resistance. The plastic frame around the chassis blends well with the display, making it easy to hold the phone in hand.

The fingerprint sensor on this device is placed on the side which doubles up as a power button.

Realme 6 has a USB type C port for charging and data transfers located on the bottom portion along with the speaker grill and the 3.5 headphone jack.
The overall fit and finish of this device are one of the best in its price segment.

Display

This is one of the areas where Realme blows away the competition. It features a 6.5-inch full HD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

Get ready to be surprised, this is a 90Hz refresh rate panel with ultra-fluid animations and a staggering 120Hz touch sampling rate for better touch response.

We bet you won’t find anything this significant in the sub Rs.15,000 price range.

The display has a pixel density of 409ppi, which looks crisp. The colours pop out, the blacks look deep and the brightness levels are on par with the competitors.

Be it for media consumption or gaming, this is the best in the business at the moment.

Processor

The Realme 6 is powered by the tried and tested MediaTek Helio G90T, that we are familiar with on the Redmi Note 8 Pro.

This octa-core 12nm chipset delivers the exceptional performance complimented by the 64GB UFS2.1 storage and the 4GB LPDDRX RAM.

As this is a gaming-oriented CPU, games like COD, PUBG and Fortnite run smoothly even at maximum settings.

Camera

The Realme 6 has a quad-rear camera setup including the 64MP main sensor with an aperture size of f/1.8, aiding better low light photography.
There is an 8MP ultra-wide sensor for capturing images with a wide field of view, a 2MP macro sensor for close-ups and a 2MP depth-sensing unit for portrait mode photos.

The camera app on the Realme OS is fully-fledged with pro mode, thanks to the Camera2 API support.

The images and videos come out very detailed, with natural colours and skin tones.

The front camera is a 16MP sensor which is housed in a punch hole on the display. This camera too performs well with selfies and has a wide-angle perspective for capturing more subjects.

Battery Life

To power such a performance-based CPU and the 90Hz display, Realme has included a 4300mAh battery inside.

This battery will easily last for a day with heavy usage. The company has also included a 30W VOOC fast charger in the box which is advertised to juice up the battery completely from zero to hundred in 2 hours.

Verdict

The Realme 6 is one hell of a deal for a budget under Rs.15,000. A powerful processor, quad-camera setup and a gorgeous 90Hz full HD+ display is quite a lot to ask for this price.

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Elegant design

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Quad rear camera

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Side-mounted fingerprint sensor

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Plastic back

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10 Q
Internal Storage64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G90T
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4300mAh
Display6.5 inch Full HD+

17. Infinix Hot 9 Pro

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Cheap Smartphone
  • Quad rear camera
  • 5000mAh long-lasting battery
  • Decent HD+ IPS display
 

Infinix is a Hongkong based company popular for its budget smartphones in developing countries.

The Infinix Hot 9 Pro packs in the most value for money internals when it comes to a smartphone priced under Rs.10,000.

Design and Build Quality

The Infinix Hot 9 Pro has a modern design pleasing to the eyes for a phone costing under Rs.10,000.

The construction is of plastic, but that doesn’t make the device cheap in hand.

The glossy plastic back has a textures design which looks attractive under direct light.

The 20:9 display adorns the front has a 2.5G curved finish at the edges making the phone easy to hold in hand.

Display

The Infinix Hot 9 Pro features a large 6.6-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels.

This display has a punch hole cutout to house the front camera, giving it a 90% screen to body ratio, quite unheard in its segment.

The display of this smartphone has a peak brightness of 480 nits which is good enough for indoor as well as outdoor usage.

The colours look vivid and the blacks are defined. This is an IPS panel meaning the viewing angles are excellent.

Processor and Performance

The Infinix Hot 9 Pro is powered by a slightly outdated Helio P22 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.

The processor performs well when it comes to casual usage and multi-tasking but stutters with resource-intensive operations and gaming.

If you’re a hardcore gamer, we don’t recommend this phone. Instead, if you are more into media consumption and normal usage, this is the best buy for the price.

Camera

The Infinix Hot 9 Pro features a quad rear camera setup. The main sensor is a 48MP shooter followed by 2MP depth sensor, 2MP macro sensor and a 2MP light sensing unit.

The photos from this setup appear detailed and colour accurate under favourable lighting conditions. This smartphone is capable of recording full HD videos at 30fps as well.

The front camera is an 8MP sensor with a slew of AI features such as emojis, 3D face beautification, AI portrait etc.

Battery Life

This smartphone is powered by a 5000mAh battery inside which will last you for a full day and a half worth of heavy usage.

The bundled charger is of 10W and charges the battery quite slowly.

Verdict

The Infinix Hot 9 Pro is for those who want good battery life and decent camera performance for a budget under Rs.10,000.

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90% screen to body ratio

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Latest Android 10 Q OS

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Not for gaming

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10 Q
Internal Storage64GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P22
Camera48 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP + Low Light Sensor Rear, 8MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.6-inch HD+

18. Oppo F15

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Honourable Mention
  • Full HD+ OLED display
  • Quad-camera setup
  • Long-lasting battery

Oppo has a strong presence in both the online and offline market in the country and often releases new models much faster in India than it does in other regions outside China.

The Oppo F15 is a budget mid-range priced just Rs.25,000 following the new design strategy and has respectable internals that makes it one of the best in the business in its class.

Design and Build Quality

The Oppo F15 has a very eye catchy design that looks amazing at the first look.

The back is made of polycarbonate glass but has a gradient glossy colour design with a gradient back which looks similar to those in the budget Realme devices.

The back is susceptible to scratches so do remember to use a transparent case if you want to conserve the style and that pristine look on your smartphone.

Display

The Oppo F15 features a tall 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. This amounts to about 408ppi and the visuals and text appear sharp and detailed.

Since the display is of 19.5:9 aspect ratio, the phone doesn’t feel too oversized to use with a single hand.

This display offers great contrast levels and deep blacks. The colours are much more natural and vivid as well.

This panel also gets sufficiently bright up to 430 nits which are enough for good sunlight legibility.

Performance

The Oppo F15 is powered by the powerful midrange SoC, MediaTek Helio P70 SoC.

With 8GB of RAM, multitasking is great and the device breaks no sweat processing two resource-intensive apps side by side.

The device comes with 128GB of inbuilt UFS 2.1 storage and comes with a dedicated slot for memory cards.

In-display Fingerprint Scanner

The Oppo F15 is perhaps one of the cheapest smartphones which come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Even though this technology is in the nascent stage, it works relatively well and is almost as fast as conventional fingerprint sensors.

Camera

In the rear, the Oppo F15 features a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48MP main sensor, 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP black and white sensor and a 2MP depth-sensing unit.

In the front is an f/2.0 16MP shooter with HDR support and auto-focus.

The pictures and videos taken using the rear camera comes out nice in daylight and has very good details and less noise.

The AI mode enhances the front camera selfies with good edge detection and colour tone mapping.

Battery life

The Oppo F15 has 4025mAh Li-ion battery inside which delivers excellent battery life.

Under heavy usage, this phone will last over a day comfortably with enough juice to spare for a couple of hours.

Additionally, Oppo supplies a 20W fast charger with the box, certified to be VOOC enabled, which is the companies answer to Oneplus’s Dash charge feature.

This charger charges the battery up to 56% in just under 30 minutes.

Verdict

The Oppo F15 is a premium mid-range smartphone with capable internals that justifies its price point.

What makes this device stand out from the rest is the design. The phone is a stunner when it comes to the looks and is sure to turn some heads in the crowd.

Value-added features such as bundling the fast charger with the device make this a much more compelling option worth purchasing.

R

Aesthetically pleasing design

R

Excellent build quality

R

Dedicated SD card slot

Q

Average SoC

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P70
Camera48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.4-inch FulHD+ AMOLED

 

This concludes our list of the best flagship phones in India right now. As always, the choice is completely yours.

Think wisely and select the best phone that suits your mode of use.

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