Best Mobile Phones in India (January 2020)

by | Jan 11, 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!

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 7TBest Value for Money Smartphone
6. Redmi K20 ProBest Budget Flagship Device
7. Realme X2 ProFeature Rich Smartphone
8. Oppo Reno 2ZBest Mid-Range Camera Phone
9. Honor 20Best Budget Allround Smartphone
10.Vivo Z1 xBest Selfie Camera Smartphone
11. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 ProBest Budget Gaming Smartphone
12. Redmi Note 8Best Budget Entry Level Smartphone
13. Samsung S10ESmartphone with Best Ergonomics
14. Mobiistar C2Cheapest Smartphone
15. Lenovo K9Honorable 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 7T

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Best Value for Money Flagship Smartphone
  • Excellent 90Hz OLED display
  • High-speed DASH charge
  • Flagship processor

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

The OnePlus 7T 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.

But with this iteration of the 7 series phones, Oneplus has once again pulled of a water drop 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 855+ processor.

This flagship processor from Qualcomm along with 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 7T has a 6.55-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 + 12MP + 16MP 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 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

This device has 3800mAh 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 7T 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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Premium build quality

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Optical Image stabilization

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Near to stock Oxygen UI

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No SD card slot

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal Storage256GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 855+
Camera48MP+8MP + 16MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery3800mAh
Display6.55-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. 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 just Rs.27,999.

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

8. 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

9. Honor 20

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Budget all Round Smartphone
  • Powerful 7nm Kirin 980 processor
  • Triple rear camera 
  • Elegant and premium design

Honor 20 is the flagship smartphone from Huawei’s budget subsidiary Honor.

The company is emphasizing AI capabilities of this device, especially the camera.

The Honor 20 comes in attractive colour options that make it one of the most eye-catchy smartphones under Rs.25,000.

Processor and Performance

The Honor 20 features a powerful HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM.

Although the device lacks an expandable storage option, the phone comes with 128GB of internal memory out of the box.

For most users, this will be more than sufficient for storing their files and installing apps on the device.

The Kirin 980 performs so well without any lags even while having multiple apps open in the background.

All the popular games run smoothly without any frame drops as well.

Display

Talking about the display, Honor this time decided to join the circular camera cutout bandwagon.

The Honor 20 features a 6.26-inch full HD display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9.

This IPS LCD panel cover about 84.2% of the front panel and delivers unmatched smartphone media consumption experience.

This display is very bright and sharp and displays true to life colours. With a pixel density around 412ppi, this panel is one of the best LCDs you can have in a smartphone priced under Rs.25,000.

Miscellaneous

The fingerprint situation on this device is a bit interesting, to say the least. It is located on the right, placed comfortably for your finger to reach effortlessly.

Camera

Optics front, this smartphone has a 48MP+2MP+16MP triple rear camera unit.

The main 48MP camera is a Sony IMX586 sensor with an aperture size of f/1.8.

The 16MP shooter the regular ultra-wide sensor followed by a dedicated 2MP macro camera.

The pictures come out clean and crisp thanks to the capable high-res Sony sensor. For video, this smartphone can capture up to Full HD at 60 fps with support for electronic image stabilization.

The front camera is a 32MP shooter with HDR support for better dynamic range.

The camera app has a manual mode that will let you tweak finer aspects such as aperture size, white balance, ISO etc to get a more desired output.

Battery Life

Honor 20 features a slightly smaller 3750mAh battery that will last for about a day on moderate to heavy usage.

This phone supports fast charge and can juice up 50% in just under 25 minutes.

Verdict

The Honor 20 from Huawei is a smartphone that’s a stunner in terms of design and looks. The phone has capable internals and performs excellently as well.

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NFC support

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Punch hole camera

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Side-mounted fingerprint scanner

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AI camera modes are less impressive

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 980
Camera48MP+2MP+16MP Rear,32MP Front
Battery3750 mAh
Display6.26 Full HD+ IPS LCD

10. Vivo Z1 X

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Best Selfie Camera Smartphone
  • Full HD+ AMOLED display
  • A faster in-display fingerprint scanner
  • Powerful Snapdragon 712 processor

Vivo phones at the launch in the Indian market were dubious for pricing much higher than its competition for the given set of features.

However, later Vivo recognised its mistake and started offering devices with competitive specs under a budget. The Vivo Z1 X is one such right step towards the future.

Design and Build Quality

The Vivo Z1 X comes with the regular glass sandwich design found on many mid-range smartphones currently retailing in the country.

The gradient paint job on the back makes this device look premium.

However, the glass back is a fingerprint magnet and the accompanied PU case in the box will help you in this regard.

That said, the construction quality is very good and the fit and finish of the device are without any major downsides.

Surprisingly, Vivo Z1 X comes with an extra hardware button to activate google assistant.

Display

This budget mid-range Android smartphone from Vivo comes with a small notch upfront on the display for housing the front camera.

This 6.38-inch FHD+ AMOLED display gets very bright and has excellent colour accuracy.

Also, 83.3% screen to body ratio delivers an immersive media viewing experience unmatched in its category.

Processor and Performance

The Vivo Z1 X is probably the first smartphone in the country to launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor.

Clocked at 2.3GHz, this processor is capable of all your daily tasks without breaking a sweat.

With the accompanied 4GB RAM and 128GB storage, yes you can play games like PUBG and Fornite without any lags or stutters.

Camera

The triple camera setup on the rear of this smartphone comprises of a main 48MP sensor assisted by a wide-angle 8MP sensor and 2MP unit.

The photos and videos coming out of this smartphone seem impressive, rich in detail and colour accuracy.

The front 32MP front camera lets you take beautiful selfies, thanks to its AI-powered features such as studio lighting effects.

Battery Life

Vivo has done almost everything right with this smartphone.

The included 4500mAh battery will easily last for a day and a half even for hardcore users.

The supplied 22.5W fast charger lets you charge the device considerably fast as well.

Verdict

The Vivo Z1 X is one of the best Android smartphones that you can purchase for a budget under Rs.15,000.

With its stunning display, a massive battery and the triple camera, you are getting most of the deal in its category.

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Elegant design

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AI Turbo modes for faster performance

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1-year warranty

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Bloated UI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 712
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display6.38-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

11. 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

12. 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+

13. Samsung Galaxy S10 E

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Smartphone with Ergonomic Design
  • Excellent single hand usability
  • 5G supported powerful processor
  • The IP68 water and dust resistance

The Samsung Galaxy S10 E is the 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 S10E is a cute little smartphone with the 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 much more pronounced in this model, but yet features a screen to body ratio of over 84%.

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 small phones with powerful internals.

Display

The S10 E packs a slightly smaller 5.8-inch super AMOLED punch-hole display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 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 even if it doesn’t match the displays found on S10 and S10 Plus.

This 439 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 E 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 E has 6GB of RAM and comes with 128GB 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 Galaxy S10 E comes with a dual rear camera setup which includes 12MP + 16MP sensors with OIS and PDAF.

This camera unit has an optical image stabilization built to reduces jitters and shakes during shooting stills and capturing videos.

The front camera is a 10 MP shooter with f/1.9 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 on the power button and not at the rear back panel as it used to be in the previous models.

This phone comes with an IP68 water/dustproof certification which lets you use this device outdoors no matter the climatic conditions.

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

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

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy S10 E packs in a 3100mAh battery which tests reveal last for a day worth of 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 E compared to its competitors in the segment, is a small premium smartphone with excellent hardware and equally pleasant software experience.

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Ergonomic design

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Super AMOLED display

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Wireless charging support

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No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 9820
Camera16MP+12MP Rear, 10MP Front
Battery3100mAh
Display5.8-inch super AMOLED

14. Mobiistar C2

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Cheapest Android Smartphone
  • OTG compatible
  • Full HD video recording
  • Fingerprint sensor

If you’re in search of a budget smartphone with a capable selfie camera and acceptable performance, Mobiistar C2 may be the right phone for you in this price segment.

Mobiistar is a Vietnamese smartphone brand that recently entered the Indian smartphone market.

Unlike other brands, Mobiistar assembles their phones in India under the Make in India initiative.

Talking about this particular model, the C2, Mobiistar brands this phone as a selfie star.

Much to our surprise, we did feel that this phone is one of the best in the business.

Design and Build Quality

The Mobiistar C2 is a budget Android smartphone made entirely of polycarbonate plastic shell with a matte finish paint job on top.

The quality of the plastics used are decent and can’t complain about the build quality given the feature set this device offers under the sub. Rs.5,000 price range.

Processor and Performance

Running the show under the hood is the Qualcomm snapdragon 425 SoC. We genuinely feel this chipset is a great value for money addition at this price.

With 2GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt storage, the Mobiistar C2 performs very well without any problems.

Display

The 5.34-inch IPS display is decently bright enough to be legible outdoors. Although the images emerge less detailed, the colours look vivid and punchy.

The 5.34-inch display size makes the device comfortable enough to be operated single-handedly, which is one of the best things to have for a price at this price point.

Camera and Battery Life

Coming to the camera, we have one of the best smartphone selfie cameras on this entry-level smartphone.

The 8MP selfie camera takes great pictures indoors as well as outdoors with a lot of details.

The Face beauty option optimally produces pleasant output without making your face look too much overprocessed.

The 8MP rear camera, as expected in this price range exhibits average performance.

3000mAh battery inside, thanks to the power-efficient chipset and low-res screen lasts easily for a day of moderate to heavy usage.

Verdict

The Mobiistar C2 is a capable Android smartphone price under Rs.5,000. The device has almost all the features that do work decently.

The processor inside this smartphone is quite sufficient for handling day to day casual tasks smoothly and without much issues.

If you are in search of a feature-rich smartphone under a budget, the Mobiistar C2 stands second to none on our priority list.

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Decent build quality

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Ergonomic design

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Face beauty selfie cam

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No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Internal Storage16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 425 Quad Core 1.4GHz
Camera8MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.34 inch 720p IPS

15. Lenovo K9

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

Lenovo has been keeping a low profile for a while in the smartphone market in India. But that ended with the unveiling of the entry-level Lenovo K9.

Lenovo K9 is perhaps the most value for money Android smartphone the company has released in the recent past.

Design and Build Quality

Lenovo has done nothing to make this device stand out from the rest of the competition. Yet, somehow, the Lenovo K9 turns out to be a visually attractive budget smartphone.

Made of dual-layered glass finish, this device doesn’t look cheap. There is a considerable chin on the top and bottom, but minimal bezels on the sides.

In the rear, there is a single camera and flash combo encased inside a horizontal cutout, that resembles the dual camera setup in phones like Mi A1.

Apart from the camera and the fingerprint sensor, yes you heard it right, the Lenovo K9 features a physical fingerprint scanner, the rest of the back is blank.

The headphone jack is situated on the top and the charging port at the bottom.

Display

The Lenovo K9 comes equipped with a 5.7-inch HD+ display having a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. Lenovo calls this as the max vision display as it has the now-standard 18:9 aspect ratio.

The colours and brightness of this display look surprisingly good for a 720p panel.

The colourful UI masks the lack of full HD resolution and gives a delightful visual experience with this smartphone.

Processor and Performance

The Lenovo K9 runs on a MediaTek Helio P22 quad-core processor clocked at 2GHz. This processor has comparable performance with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC.

What makes this device much more powerful is the 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage combo. Many budget smartphones in this price segment usually feature 2GB/16GB configuration.

More RAM, more will be the memory allocated for each application, which in turn helps them run smoothly. It also aids in better multitasking.

This smartphone performs well in performing casual tasks such as web browsing and media consumption. Multitasking is smooth and apps seldom run out of memory.

Camera

The Lenovo K9 delivers surprisingly good picture and video quality for an entry-level Android smartphone.

The rear 13MP+5MP rear camera has an f/2.2 aperture with phase detection autofocus. The images that come out of this shooter is of fairly good quality with a lot of details and close to natural colours.

This camera can capture full HD videos at 60fps which is not seen in many low-range smartphones.

The front camera is also a 13MP+5MP dual shooter with selfie flash for capturing pictures at night.

Connectivity

This device has all the standard connectivity features that are to be expected from a budget Android smartphone.

This device has 4G LTE support and comes with Bluetooth v4.2 protocol for wireless communication with devices such as Bluetooth speakers and headphones.

Battery Life

The Lenovo K9 comes with a large 3,000 mAh Li-ion battery that will easily last for a day with moderate to heavy usage.

Verdict

The Lenovo K9 is an excellent device priced under Rs.7,000 that comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.

Decent battery life, adequate display and a powerful camera purchase this device a no-brainer.

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Elegant and premium design

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Dual layered glass design

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Type C connector

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No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Storage32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P22
Camera13MP+5MP Rear, 13MP+ 8MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.7 inch 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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