Best Mobile Phones in India (April 2019)

by | Apr 13, 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 Plus1Overall Best Pick
2. Huawei P30 ProRunner-Up Pick
3. Huawei Mate 20 Pro Feature Rich Smartphone
4. Apple iPhone XS MaxBest iPhone
5. Samsung Galaxy Note 9Best Smartphone for Professionals
6. Pixel 3Best Android Software Experience
7. OnePlus 6TBest Budget Smartphone
8. Samsung Galaxy S10 E Honourable 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. Huawei Mate 20 Pro

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Feature Rich Smartphone
  • Ultra-fast charging
  • Powerful processor
  • Excellent battery life
  • Wireless reverse charging

Finally, the Mate series smartphone lineup has been officially unveiled in India for the first time with the Mate 20 Pro smartphone from Huawei.

This flagship smartphone comes loaded with features that include many industry firsts and gives a tough run for money to the likes of Samsung and LG.

Design and Build Quality

We will say it now and will repeat the same forever it seems – Huawei makes some of the best-looking smartphones in the entire world.

Maybe, this is due to their intricate gradient colouring scheme. These smartphones look like gorgeous pieces of jewellery in hand.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is covered with glass in both the front and the back with the support of an aluminium frame in between.

The 2.5D curved display and the equally curved frame makes this device resemble the Samsung flagships at times. These subtle curves make the device easy to hold and use single-handedly.

The quality of construction is exquisite and Huawei has done a brilliant job in polishing the details with this smartphone.

The red coloured power button stands out from the rest and takes the visual appeal to the next level.

The bezels are almost non-existent with this device and all you can feel is holding a slab of screen in hand.

Display

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro features a notched 6.3-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels. This curved display is protected by an unspecified version of Corning Gorilla glass.

The colours are vibrant and brightness levels are excellent on this smartphone. Being an AMOLED display, the contrast levels are practically infinite and results in deep blacks and whitest whites.

This display with a pixel density of 538 ppi supports various colour profiles such as DCI-P3 and also comes with the HDR10 support. The images and texts appear crisp and clear no matter how hard you zoom in to.

This makes the Huawei Mate 20 Pro an excellent media consumption device.

Processor and Performance

Inside the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the latest Hisilicon Kirin 980 processor which is manufactured on 7nm architecture. This ensures excellent performance and significant energy savings.

This octa-core processor has four low powered cores that will run while idle and keep the other four high-performance cores active when running resource-intensive applications.

This intelligent switching allows the device to save battery without having to compromise on the overall performance.

With 6GB of RAM, multitasking is buttery smooth, even with heavy apps running simultaneously in the background.

This device comes with 128GB of internal storage and has a proprietary NM expansion slot for which the cards are not yet available in the market.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro runs on the latest Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0 skin on top.

Camera

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has not two but three cameras in the rear. The company has collaborated with the famed camera manufacturer Leica for developing these units.

The square-shaped camera enclosure consists of a 40MP primary wide angle lens with f/1.2 aperture.

The second one is a 20MP super wide angle sensor with f/2.4 and the last one being an 8MP telephoto sensor with f/2.4. A dual tone LED flash supports these cameras to take photos in low light.

The photos from these cameras come out pretty great. Huawei has a feature-rich camera app that comes with a lot of AI features and gimmicks to make the most of these triple camera setup.

The 8MP sensor on this camera has OIS and helps in capturing stable video footage while recording videos.

Talking of resolution, the Mate 20 pro supports capturing videos up to 4K 60fps.

In the front, there is a single 20MP camera with f/2.0 that supports HDR photos.

Miscellaneous

We had earlier said that there are some industry firsts with this smartphone. Reverse wireless charging is one among them.

Yes, this device supports wireless charging. Not only that, you can double up this smartphone as a charging plate and place other wireless charging capable smartphone over it and juice them up.

Then comes the 40V fast charger. This ultra-fast charger will juice up the device up to 70% in just under 30 minutes.

Battery Life

The battery on this feature-rich smartphone is generous. Yes, this device comes with a massive 4200mAh Li-ion battery that will easily last for a day and a half on heavy usage.

The energy-efficient processor and the AMOLED display further helps in saving precious power.

Verdict

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro packs in a lot of novel features that make it an excellent choice for those who would like to stand out from the regular iPhone/Samsung flock.

Ultra-fast charging, in display fingerprint scanner, infrared facial recognition being some of them, if you don’t mind spending big money, this is an interesting choice.

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Curved AMOLED display

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Infrared sensor

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Latest Android 9.0 Pie

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Wireless charging

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No 3.5mm headphone jack

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal Storage128GB
RAM6GB
ProcessorHisilicon Kirin 980
Camera40+20+8MP Rear, 24MP Front
Battery4200mAh
Display6.3-inch 3120 x 1440, AMOLED

 

4. Apple iPhone XS Max

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Best iPhone
  • Futuristic technology in the pocket
  • Excellent performance
  • Guaranteed updates

The iPhone XS Max is the latest flagship smartphone from Apple announced this fall.

This latest iteration of 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 XS Max 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 X, 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 larger 6.45-inch Super AMOLED display.

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

This display has a pixel density close to 500 ppi and about 650 nits of brightness which is quite unheard of, in an AMOLED panel.

You’ll find no trouble using this phone in the direct sunlight. The screen to body ratio of this iPhone is 84.4%, 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 their chips perform better than the likes of Snapdragon and Mediatek.

The iPhone XS Max features the latest Apple A12 Bionic SoC manufactured on a 7nm process that outperforms Snapdragon 845 in almost all the tests.

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

The four core Apple GPU performs exceptionally well in graphic 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 iPhone XS Max has a dual 12MP camera unit at the back of which one is a f/1.8 wide-angle sensor and the other is a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens.

Both these 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 is a 7MP sensor that takes 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 more natural looking shots.

Battery Life

The battery on this iPhone XS Max is a non-removable 3174 mAh Li-ion cell that is a significant upgrade from the yester year flagship model.

The SAMOLED display and the highly optimized iOS 12 doesn’t drain battery like Android phones and can last easily over a day with moderate usage.

Tests have proven that this iPhone has a screen on time of about 11 hours.

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

Verdict

The iPhone XS Max 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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Most powerful chip in a smartphone

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Great display which is almost bezel-less

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Augmented Reality features like Animoji

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Foolproof security via face ID

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The glass back is slippery

Specifications

Operating SystemiOS 11.1.1
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorApple GPU
Camera12 MP+12 MP Rear, 7 MP Front
Battery2658mAh
Display5.8-inch 1125 x 2436, SAMOLED

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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Best Smartphone for Professionals
  • Best productivity device
  • Excellent all round performance
  • Stunning design and great build quality

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 9 is the latest and greatest addition to the Note family and is probably the best till date.

Design and Build Quality – Glorious!

The Samsung galaxy Note 9 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 5 covering the glass, both in the front and the back for protection.

There is a headphone jack – yes, and the phone comes with an IP68 protection rating as well.

IP, or Ingress Protection, is a universally accepted measurement of varying degrees for dust and liquid resistance.

Devices backed by an international standard rating of IP68 are deemed fit enough to withstand dust, dirt and sand, and are resistant to submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5m underwater for up to thirty minutes.

Best Display on a Smartphone, Ever!

Samsung makes the best displays in the entire world.

Period.

The Galaxy Note 9 comes with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 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 6.4-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.

Dual Camera – with the Variable Aperture!

The Samsung Note 9 comes with a dual rear camera setup that comprises of two 12MP sensors.

One of the sensors is a telephoto one with 2x optical zoom capability. The variable aperture camera from Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has also found its way to this device.

There is OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) for both the dual rear cameras. The images that come out of these sensors look great and detailed.

The colour saturation is excellent with minimal noise.

The front 8MP camera has live auto focus and takes selfies with good details as well.

Performance – Top Notch!

This device in India features a homebrewed Exynos 9810 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 6GB RAM on board.

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

The 6GB variant comes with 128GB of onboard memory which can be expanded if needed up to 512GB.

Battery – Excellent!

The Note 9 packs in a 4000mAh Li-ion battery inside. This is almost a 20% increase in capacity when compared with the Note 8 which had a 3300mAh cell inside.

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

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

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the best productivity smartphone that money can buy at present.

The phone comes with a Bluetooth 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 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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Excellent display

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4000mAh battery

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Powerful processor

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Back is a fingerprint magnet

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Samsung UI is too overpowering

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorExynos 9810
Camera12 MP+12 MP Rear, 8 MP Front
Battery4000 mAh
Display6.4-inch quad HD+ SAMOLED

6. Pixel 3

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Best Android Software Experience
  • Clean stock Android
  • Assured software updates
  • Superior build quality

It’s that time of the year when Google announces new hardware and this time as expected, the Pixel 3 saw the limelight.

The Pixel 3 was launched with its elder brother, the Pixel 3 XL.

Being a showpiece of the Android operating system, the new Pixel 3 has a lot to offer when it comes to the premium smartphone segment.

Design and Build Quality

Google Pixel 3 follows the same design footsteps of the Pixel 2 devices.

The two-tone colour as well as material back case and a polished rounded candy bar design are what you get with this smartphone.

The upper part of the back case is made of plastic to ensure better signal reception and the lower back is of glass to enable wireless charging.

This time around the glass has a smoked texture which adds to the grip while holding the phone with one hand.

The contrast colour power button has been retained and it gives the phone a refreshing look.

Display

The Pixel 2 had an awesome OLED display. With Pixel 3, Google brings a 5.5-inch P-OLED panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels.

It is an 18:9 aspect ratio panel with a pixel density of about 443 PPI.

The 5.5-inch screen is very bright with excellent colour reproduction and being an OLED panel, the contrast levels hit the ace.

The 5.5-inch size is very comfortable for immersive media experience as well as for single-handed usage.

This display supports HDR and it makes it one of the best smartphone displays in the market right now.

There is Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection for the display to save it some accidental scratches.

Performance

The Pixel 3 comes loaded with the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC.

This octa-core chipset along with 4GB RAM works flawlessly with the Android 9.0 Pie OS.

Thanks to the underlying optimizations, multitasking and gaming offer a delightful experience.

Adreno 630 GPU handles graphics-intensive tasks with relative ease and keeps the processor free for other purposes.

There are two versions of Pixel 3 available for purchase – one with 64GB of onboard storage and the other with 128GB, both have 4GB of RAM.

Camera

Surprisingly, the Pixel 3 this time also didn’t join the bandwagon of dual camera madness.

The single rear camera sensor is of 12MP that has dual pixel PDAF feature along with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization).

With Google’s crazy good camera algorithm, the Pixel 3 takes stunning quality photos and smooth and detailed videos just like from an expensive camera.

In the front, there is a dual selfie camera with two 8MP sensors. This allows ultra-wide selfies without losing any subject while clicking photos.

Battery Life

The Pixel 3 is powered by a 2915 mAh non-removable battery that will last for a day even with heavy usage.

With features like fast charging, this device can be quickly juiced up without having to wait forever.

If you have a wireless charger in hand, rejoice.

The Pixel 3 supports this and you can now comfortably charge your phone overnight by just placing it on the wireless charging pad.

Verdict

There are a lot of phones that’s half as expensive as the Pixel 3 with similar specifications in the Indian market.

But if you love the brand Google and love to stay fresh with the latest software updates as soon as the company announces them, the Pixel 3 is worth it.

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Wireless charging

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Excellent camera

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Stunning display

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Expensive than competitor models

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal Storage64GB / 128 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 845
Camera12.2MP Rear, 8 MP Front
Battery2915mAh
Display5.5-inch 1080 x 2160 , P-OLED

7. OnePlus 6T

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Best Budget Smartphone
  • Best value for money flagship
  • Great build quality
  • Faster DASH charging

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

The OnePlus 6T is the latest incremental hardware update to the popular OnePlus 6 with almost all the good features retained and then added some that make this phone more likeable.

Design and Build Quality

The design of this flagship OnePlus smartphone has a teardrop notch instead of the ugly wide one that the OnePlus 6 had.

Also, the physical fingerprint scanner at the back has been removed to give way for the in-display fingerprint scanner beneath the display.

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 details 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 845 processor.

This flagship processor from Qualcomm along with the Adreno 630 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 6T has a 6.41-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 dual 16+20MP dual camera at the rear and a 16MP front camera.

The 16MP sensor on 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 a 3700mAh Li-ion battery that will last for a day and a half on moderate usage.

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

Verdict

OnePlus 6T is a value for money smartphone that offers flagship internals at a really affordable price.

This device is well built and the overall construction feel 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 phone available in the market.

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Flagship features at affordable price

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Excellent 1080p AMOLED display

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OIS + EIS Camera

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Great battery life and fast charging

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No Wireless charging

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Sound output from speaker is average

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal Storage128 GB / 256GB
RAM6 GB / 8GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 845
CameraDual 16 MP + 20 MP Rear, 16 MP Front
Battery3700 mAh
Display6.41-inch, 1080*2340, Optic AMOLED

8. Samsung Galaxy S10 E

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Honourable Mention
  • Excellent single hand usability
  • 5G supported powerful processor
  • 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 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/dust proof certification which lets you use this device outdoors no matter the climatic conditions.

The dual speakers on this smartphone sound really 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 really 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

R

Wireless charging support

Q

No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorExynos 9820
Camera16MP+12MP Rear, 10MP Front
Battery3100mAh
Display5.8-inch super AMOLED
This concludes our list of the best flagship phones in India right now. As always, the choice is completely yours.

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