Best Mobile Phones in India (November 2019)

by | Nov 19, 2019

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!

Best Mobile Phone in India

1. Samsung Galaxy S10 PlusOverall Best Pick
2. Huawei P30 ProRunner-Up Pick
3. iPhone 11 ProBest iPhone
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 PlusBest Smartphone for Professionals
5. OnePlus 7 ProBest Value for Money Flagship Smartphone
6. Redmi K20 ProBest Budget Flagship Device
7. Oppo Reno 2ZBest Mid-Range Camera Phone
8. Poco F1Best phone with Developer Support
9. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 ProBest Budget Gaming Smartphone
10. Redmi Note 8Best Budget Entry Level Smartphone
11. Realme U1Honorable Mention

1. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

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Overall Best Pick
  • Blazing fast performance
  • Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
  • Android Pie OS

The Galaxy S10 Plus is the latest 2019 flagship smartphone from Samsung which is introduced 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 S10 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 S10 Plus scores a 9/10 in terms of build quality and design.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus features one of the best displays available on a mobile device currently on sale in the market.

This 6.4-inch 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.

The screen to body ratio of this display is an impressive 88.9% and comes with a pixel density of 522 ppi.

The colours look breathtakingly stunning and the contrast levels are equally complementing.

The wider 19:9 aspect ratio makes this display apt for immersive media consumption and gaming.

Processor and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus features the latest 8nm Exynos 9820 octa-core SoC clocked at 2.73GHz.

This Exynos 9820 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 S10 variants come with Qualcomm chips inside, which performs way better than its Exynos counterparts.

The base variant of S10 Plus has 8GB of RAM and comes with 512GB of high-speed UFS storage.

With the power of the latest Android 9.0 Pie, this phone feels so smooth and quick for all kinds of tasks you throw at it.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus features a triple rear camera setup involving a 16MP ultra wide sensor, 12MP wide sensor and a 12MP telephoto sensor.

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

At the front, a dual camera setup with a 10 MP sensor and an 8MP sensor runs the show when it comes to selfies and video calling.

Miscellaneous

The Samsung Galaxy S10 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 6T.

Battery Life

This premium Android smartphone is powered by a 4100 mAh Li-ion battery with fast wire 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 S10 Plus is one of the most complete package in terms of features and build 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 Pie
Internal Storage512GB
RAM8GB
ProcessorExynos 9820845
Camera16MP + 12MP + 12MP rear, 10MP + 8MP Front
Battery3500mAh
Display6.4 inches Quad HD AMOLED

2. Huawei P30 Pro

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Excellent OLED display
  • 5X optical zoom camera
  • Long lasting 4000mAh battery

The all new P30 Pro from Huawei comes as the successor to the much acclaimed P20 Pro, this time aiming to compete with the Samsung flagship lineup, the S10 series.

With a cutting edge camera hardware inside, the P30 Pro has not only it’s prowess in the optics department but also with the performance as well.

Design and Build Quality

Huawei started the trend of gradient finish chassis in the case of smartphones. The Huawei P30 Pro continues this trend and offers one of the pristin looking beautiful smartphone design of 2019.

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.

Available in different eye catchy colours, the P30 Pro is bound to be eye catchy wherever you take it to.

Display

The Huawei P30 Pro packs in a tall 6.47-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

This HDR10 enabled display covers a screen to body ratio of about 88% and has a pixel density of 400ppi.

The curved edge display offers excellent colour reproduction and dynamic range to ensure best immersive media consumption experience.

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

Processor and Performance

The Huawei P30 packs in the latest and greatest HiSilicon 980 octa-core processor made from the 7nm manufacturing process for powerful performance coupled with power efficiency.

With the 8GB onboard RAM and 128GB internal storage, this smartphone comes second to none in terms of raw performance.

Bet it multitasking or intense gaming sessions, the Huawei P30 will continue to perform without breaking a sweat.

Camera

The Huawei P30 Pro packs in one of the best available camera systems available on a smartphone till date.

In the rear, a primary 40MP camera is assisted with an ultrawide 20MP sensor.

Additionally a periscope lens with 5X optical zoom is also present for lossless long distance photography.

A Time of Flight 3D camera is given to measure the distance between the camera and the subject for much more accurate bokeh and portrait mode shots.

With features such as OIS and PDAF as standard, this Leica lens powered camera system delivers finest quality photos and videos.

In the front, there is the usual 32 MP wide angle camera for selfie fanatics.

Miscellaneous

The Huawei P30 Pro 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

Huawei has not skimped when it comes to battery capacity on this device. With a 4000mAh Li-ion battery on board, the Huawei P30 Pro will comfortably last over a day of moderate to heavy usage.

This device supports fast charge and has reverse wireless charging technology to charge other peripherals wirelessly.

Verdict

If you’re in search of a flagship grade smartphone with the ultimate camera hardware on board, there’s nothing that can beat the Huawei P30 Pro currently in the market.

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Elegant design

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Time of Flight 3D camera

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Reverse wireless charging

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EMUI might not appeal to everyone

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal Storage128GB
RAM8GB
ProcessorHisilicon Kirin 980
Camera40MP+20MP+8MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.47-inch OLED

 

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 Oreo
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM12 GB
ProcessorExynos 9825
Camera12MP+12MP + 16MP Rear, 10MP Front
Battery4000 mAh
Display6.8-inch quad HD+ SAMOLED

 

5. OnePlus 7 Pro

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Best Value for Money Flagship Smartphone
  • Excellent triple camera setup
  • Gorgeous AMOLED display
  • Smooth and faster performance

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

The OnePlus 7 Pro is the latest incremental hardware update to the popular OnePlus 6T 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.

One Plus has too followed the same path, designing the One Plus 7 Pro to be a matchless full display Android smartphone.

The chin size has been reduced slightly to make the display seem to stretch all the way 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 855 processor.

This flagship processor from Qualcomm along with with the Adreno 640 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 9 Pie is very minimal and adds only the necessary features without bloating the interface too much.

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

Display

The OnePlus 7 Pro has a 6.67-inch Optic-AMOLED display with a teardrop-shaped notch. This full HD panel looks fantastic with true to life colour reproduction and excellent contrast levels.

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 + 8MP + 16MP camera at the rear and a 16MP front camera.

The 48MP and the 16MP sensor in the rear features Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for steady smooth shots. Electronic Image stabilisation is also present as well.

The pictures taken by the camera is 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 cameras.

Battery Life

The battery capacity shows a significant bump with the OnePlus 6T when compared with the earlier model.

This device has 4000mAh Li-ion battery that will last for a day and a half on moderate to heavy usage.

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

Verdict

OnePlus 7 Pro is a value for money smartphone that offers flagship internals at a really affordable price.

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

The AMOLED display with great colours and 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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Excellent build quality

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Near stock Android UI

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30W fast charging

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No SD card slot

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal Storage256GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 855
Camera48MP+8MP + 16MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.67-inch Optic AMOLED

 

6. 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+

 

7. Oppo Reno 2Z

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Best Mid-rRange Camera Smartphone
  • Quadruple rear cameras
  • Powerful Helio P90 processor
  • Excellent AMOLED display

Oppo Reno 2Z 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 2Z is a complete package with useful features making it one of the best devices for media consumption.

Design and Build Quality

The Reno 2Z 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 2Z 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 2Z comes with a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen having a resolution of 2340 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 2Z is the first smartphone in the Indian market to launch with a flagship MediaTek Helio P90 processor.

This phone comes in a single variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB 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 2Z doesn’t break a sweat.

Camera

The Oppo Reno 2Z comes with the quadruple rear camera setup. The primary 48MP sensor is a Sony IMX586 which outputs photos and videos with rich details and natural colour tones.

There is an 8MP wide-angle lens, accompanied by a 2MP monochrome sensor and a 2MP depth sensor for portrait mode photos.

The front camera is a 16MP pop-up camera which takes good quality selfies inadequate daylight.

There is a dedicated night mode option in the camera app that works well. There is no OIS but Oppo has included electronic image stabilization for smooth video footage.

Miscellaneous

The Oppo Reno 2Z comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and an earphone in the box.

It does also support the legendary VOOC fast charging as well.

Battery Life

The Oppo Reno 2Z features a 4000mAh 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 2Z 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 9 Pie 9.0
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P90
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

8. POCO F1

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Best Phone with Developer Support
  • Powerful Snapdragon 845 processor
  • Gorgeous full HD+ display
  • Excellent battery life

As you might have already known, Pocofone is a new subsidiary of Xiaomi that was recently unveiled in the country.

The company’s first launch in the market, the Poco F1 is already the new talk of the town even before the device is being released to the hands of the public.

Build Quality and Design

For a premium budget smartphone priced under Rs.20,000, the Poco F1 has a decent build quality, to say the least. The plastic 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 Poco F1 looks similar to many of the expensive flagships in the market with a vertical dual camera set up at the back and a notched display up front.

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.

The last greatest SoC to be used in a premium budget smartphone was the Snapdragon 660 which is powerful and efficient.

The absolute beasts like Snapdragon 845 were only reserved for the elite flagship smartphones that cost a fortune. But not anymore.

The Poco F1 comes with the top of the line Snapdragon 845 processor for under Rs.20,000.

This beast is supported by a fast LPDDRX 8GB RAM to chew through whatever apps or games you throw at it.

This device also comes with a 256GB storage and gives the option to increase the storage capacity by a hybrid SIM slot.

Display

The Poco F1 features a large 6.18-inch full HD+ display that 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 notch up top, which is fairly big.

If you don’t like the intrusion of a notch, you can technically turn it off in the settings but with a slight reduction in screen real estate.

Camera

The Poco F1 comes loaded with a rear dual camera setup that has a 12MP+5MP setup of which a second lens is a depth-sensing unit.

Along with the physical depth calculations, the AI integration that the company has built-in will give you possibly one of the best image output in the segment.

The front camera is a 20MP shooter assisted with infrared sensors to give 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 Poco F1 has 4000mAh 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 their certain models such as the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

This time the company has even bundled a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 certified 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 845 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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IR assisted front camera

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OTG support

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Regular MIUI updates

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No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Camera12MP + 5MP Rear, 20MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.18 inch Full HD+ IPS

9. Redmi Note 8 Pro

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Budget Gaming Smartphone
  • Powerful MediaTek G90T processor
  • Capable quad-camera setup
  • Long-lasting battery life

Redmi Note 8 Pro is the latest Redmi Note 8 flagship out there in the market.

The Redmi Note series is one of the best selling device lineups in the country with superior performance and value for money proposition, so this phone had a lot going for it and boy, it delivers.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has significantly improved the build quality and aesthetics this time to rival not only the other phones in the same price segment but also other higher-priced devices currently on sale in the market.

The glass sandwich design with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and back with the gradient colour finish makes this device look premium.

The curved edges make holding this phone in the palm a bit less of a hassle considering it’s larger sized display.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro this time comes with a dedicated SD card slot along with two nano-SIM slots.

The downward-firing speaker is quite loud and clear and has no distortions even at higher volume levels.

Display

This device features a large 6.53-inch full HD+ IPS LCD panel with a pixel density of 397ppi.

The screen is very bright and can reach up to 500 nits of peak brightness for easy sunlight readability.

The colours look vivid and rich and the contrast levels are on par with other LCDs in the segment.

Processor and Performance

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is the world’s first smartphone launched with the gaming-centric MediaTek G90T chipset.

This processor is custom made for performance in gaming and multitasking. Along with the 8GB LPDDRX RAM, this phone performs lightening fast – be it in gaming or handling resource-intensive apps.

There is a high speed UFS2.1 128GB internal storage with this phone for industry-leading read/write speeds in this price segment.

Camera

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a quad-camera set up in the rear consisting of a primary 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor, 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP macro shooter and a 2MP depth sensor for bokeh shots.

The front camera is a 20MP shooter which delivers selfies with rich details and natural colours.

The pictures and videos from the rear camera look very sharp and clean with a lot of details preserved, even in low light.

There are reports of working Gcam ports available for this device that might result in even better clicks in the future.

Battery Life

This budget Android smartphone features a 4500mAh Li-ion battery to power its internals. Redmi phones are known for their incredible battery life and the Note 8 Pro is no different.

You can get a screen on times of at least 7 hours, even with heavy usage.

It also comes with an 18W fast charger in the box to speed up the juicing process.

Verdict

The Redmi Note 8 Pro combines the best in many worlds and brings you a true flagship-grade experience under an affordable budget of Rs.15,000.

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Premium build quality

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Bright and vivid display

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18W fast charger in the box

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No OLED display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorMediaTek G90T
Camera64MP+8MP+2NP+2MP Rear, 20MP
Battery4500mAh
Display6.53 inch Full HD+ IPS

10. Redmi Note 8

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Best Budget Android Smartphone
  • The good quality IPS display
  • Quad camera setup
  • Long-lasting battery life

Redmi Note 8 is the Xiaomi’s true successor to the much-touted Redmi 7 which brought some premium features right into the hands of people scouring the market for an affordable feature-packed smartphone.

The Redmi Note 8 comes with internals which totally blows the competition out of the scene and is priced very competently under Rs.10.000.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi Note 8 has an all-new premium design which gives a run for the money to its higher-priced competitors in the market.

The Redmi Note 8 features a glass sandwich design at the front and rear protected with the latest gorilla glass 5.

The shiny back panel reminds us of the Honor phones off late, which is always a good thing because those phones looked so stunning.

The fit and finish of this budget Android smartphone are on par with its competitors and Xiaomi has not done any visible cost-cutting in terms of build quality.

Display

The Redmi Note 8 features a large 6.3-inch FHD+ panel with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

This dot notch display has a screen to body ratio of 81.7% and has minimal bezels on all four sides.

As we’ve already mentioned, the display is covered with corning gorilla glass 5 for protection from accidental scratches and dents and an additional p2i splashproof protection.

This IPS LCD delivers visuals with excellent colour quality and brightness levels.

This is probably one of the best displays you can get your eyes on in the sub. Rs.10,000 budget category.

Processor and Performance

The Redmi Note 8 is powered by the powerful mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 6650 processor. This processor comes preloaded with deeper AI integration which results in overall better performance.

Be it gaming or multitasking, this processor breaks no sweat to deliver you with a pleasant usability experience.

Games like PUBG and Fortnite run smoothly on medium settings without any lags or stutters in between.

Being a glass bodied smartphone, the phone doesn’t get noticeably hot while playing games or watching videos in a stretch.

The 4GB RAM variant comes with 64GB of internal storage and an option to increase the memory up to 128GB by the hybrid SIM slot.

Camera

Optics is another area where this smartphone from Xiaomi excels when compared with its competitors in the same price range.

The Redmi Note 8 smartphone has a whopping 48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP rear camera setup with support for AI mode and phase detection autofocus.

The front shooter is a 13MP camera with an aperture size of f/2.0 for better low light selfies.

The 48MP sensor outputs 4 images of 12MP each and stitches it together to deliver photos with great details and colour accuracy. The 8MP sensor is an ultra-wide camera, and the rest is for depth sensing and macro photography.

Miscellaneous

This phone supports connectivity features such as dual VoLTE. You can use two 4G sims simultaneously without any glitches.

All standard set of sensors are available on this device including an infrared emitter for using the phone as a remote to your home appliances.

And yes, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack to plug in your favourite earphones.

Battery Life

Redmi phones seldom skimp on battery capacity and same is the case with the Redmi Note 8.

This device from Xiaomi comes with a generous 4000mAh Li-Po battery that will last for about two days on moderate to heavy usage.

Verdict

The Redmi Note 8 is the best smartphone you can get your hands for a budget under Rs.10,000 in the Indian market as of now.

With its 48MP camera sensor and a very colour accurate display, spending Rs.10,000 on this gadget is well worth every penny you’ve earned.

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Premium design and build quality

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Gorilla glass protection

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Type C charging port

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Specifications

Operating SystemAndorid 9.0 Pie
Internal Storage64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665
Camera48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP Rear, 13MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.3-inch Full HD+

11. Realme U1

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Honorable Mention
  • Best in class powerful Helio P70 SoC
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • AI-powered camera

The Realme U1 is the company’s first U series smartphone launched recently in the Indian market.

This budget Android smartphone comes with cutting-edge features that give the established brands like Xiaomi and Asus, a run for their money in the sub. Rs.8,000 price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme U1 comes with the famed waterdrop notch borrowed from its elder siblings at Oppo.

Made of glass at the front and glass type acrylic material at the back, this is one of the best-looking devices in its price range.

This device has a 90% screen to body ratio with minimal bezels on all four sides, resulting in immersive smartphone experience.

At the rear, the Realme U1 has the same design as that of the budget Realme C1 Pro with an additional fingerprint scanner, that the former lacked.

The glossy acrylic back is a fingerprint magnet and knowing this, Realme has included a clear case in the box with this smartphone.

There’s still the micro USB port for charging and not the USB C and has a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom for wired music listening.

The quality of the construction is premium and the phone feels really solid and built to last.

Display

The Realme U1 comes with a large 6.4-inch IPS display with a resolution of 720 x 1560 pixels.

This display has a 19:9 aspect ratio and comes with a teardrop notch at the top. The screen is very bright and colour accurate and offers excellent contrast levels.

Even though the display is large, the 19.5:9 aspect ratio makes it possible to use the phone single-handedly. For protection, this display is covered with a 2.5D Corning gorilla glass to prevent accidental scratches and damage.

Processor and Performance

The Realme U1 is the first smartphone to launch with the Helio P70 processor. This octa-core processor from MediaTek performs on par with the Snapdragon 660 at times and easily beats the Snapdragon 636.

With 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, multitasking and gaming work very well without any annoyances, even with resource-intensive apps.

There is a dedicated SD card slot for memory expansion if the 32GB doesn’t cut.

MediaTek has incorporated many AI techniques on to this chip which Realme has taken advantage of to improve the performance of the processor as well as the camera and sound output.

Camera

Realme pitches the camera prowess of the U1 to an extent calling it as the best selfie camera in its segment.

At the rear, there is the 13MP + 2MP camera combo of which the 2MP is just a depth-sensing unit.

The photos and videos which comes out this setup is decent and has enough details to make it look more natural. Realme has included a 90 fps slow motion with this camera as well.

At the front is a 25MP ‘selfie pro’ camera that comes with the support of A1 features like studio lighting effects and enhanced bokeh mode.

This camera is said to be specifically tuned for Indian conditions to give a natural skin tone and other regional features.

Battery Life

The Realme U1 comes with a slightly smaller capacity battery than its recent predecessors. The 3500mAh battery is rated to last for a day of heavy usage without any issues.

The chipset inside supports fast charging, but you have to invest a few bucks to purchase a fast charger for that.

Verdict

The Realme U1 has a great display and a powerful processor which at a price tag of Rs.8,000 is an absolute steal.

If you are into gaming or heavy multitasking, we recommend you to purchase this phone and rest assured, you won’t regret the choice.

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Elegant design

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90% screen to body ratio

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Excellent large display

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No USB C

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Storage32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P70
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery3500mAh
Display6.3 inch Full HD+
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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