Best Mobile Phones in India (August 2019)

by | Jul 30, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

What model aligns perfectly with your interest?

We will find out in this article!

Best Mobile Phone in India

1. Samsung Galaxy S10 PlusOverall Best Pick
2. Huawei P30 ProRunner-Up Pick
3. Apple iPhone XS MaxBest iPhone
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 9Best Smartphone for Professionals
6. Google Pixel 3XLBest Android Software Experience
7. OnePlus 7 ProBest Value for Money Flagship Smartphone
8. Redmi K20 ProBest Budget Flagship Device

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

Q

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 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

Q

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

4. 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

Q

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

5. Google Pixel 3XL

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Best Android Software Experience
  • Best in class camera technology
  • Assured software updates
  • Robust build quality

The Pixel 3XL from Google is its current flagship Android smartphone running the purest and vanilla version of the OS currently in the market.

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

Design and Build Quality

Google Pixel 3XL 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

With the Pixel 3XL, Google brings a 6.3-inch P-OLED panel with a QHD+ resolution of 2690 x 1440 pixels.

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

This 6.3-inch screen is very bright with excellent colour reproduction and is an OLED panel, the contrast levels hit the ace.

Protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, this display panel a withstand accidental scratches and falls up to an extent.

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

Performance

The Pixel 3XL comes loaded with the flagship processor of the yesteryear from Qualcomm, the 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 3XL this time also didn’t join the bandwagon of dual-camera madness.

The single rear camera sensor is of 12.2MP that has dual pixel PDAF feature along with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization).

With Google’s crazy good camera algorithm, the Pixel 3XL 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 ultrawide selfies without losing any subject while clicking photos.

Battery Life

Since the device comes with a larger display than its younger sibling, the Pixel 3, the Pixel 3XL is powered by a 3430 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 3XL supports this and you can now comfortably charge your phone overnight by just placing it on the wireless charging pad.

Verdict

There is a lot of phones that are half as expensive as the Pixel 3XL 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 3XL is worth it.

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Stock Android

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Buttery smooth performance

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Excellent display

Q

Expensive

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 845
Camera12.2MP Rear, 8MP + 8MP Front
Battery3430mAh
Display6.3-inch P-OLED

6. OnePlus 7 Pro

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

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

The OnePlus 7 Pro is the latest incremental hardware update to the popular OnePlus 6T with almost all the good features retained and then added some that make this phone more likeable.

Design and Build Quality

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

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

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

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

Processor and Performance

Inside this device, what powers the show is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor.

This flagship processor from Qualcomm along with with the Adreno 640 GPU performs everything you throw at it with relative ease.

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

The Oxygen OS that runs on top of the base Android 9 Pie is very minimal and adds only the necessary features without bloating the interface too much.

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

Display

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

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

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

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

Camera

This device comes with a triple 48MP + 8MP + 16MP camera at the rear and a 16MP front camera.

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

The pictures taken by the camera is rich in detail and exhibit great dynamic range. Both the front and rear cameras perform great in good lighting conditions but the same can’t be said about the front cameras.

Battery Life

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

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

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

Verdict

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

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

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

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Excellent build quality

R

Near stock Android UI

R

30W fast charging

Q

No SD card slot

Specifications

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

 

7. 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

Q

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+

 

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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