Best Smartphones in India (January 2021)

by | Jan 22, 2021

Still, searching for that perfect phone for you? Check out our review of the best phones in India that are tailored to address all your needs from a flagship smartphone.</Meta>

Agree with it or not – Smartphones have 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.

To keep up with these 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 most amount of value you can expect from a mobile phone without any budget constraints? What model aligns perfectly with your interest?

To answer all these questions, we have listed the twelve best smartphones in the Indian market for you to make a learned purchase decision without any confusion.

Let’s get started!

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

Best Mobile Phone in India

1. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Overall Best Pick
2. Apple iPhone 12 ProRunner-Up Pick
3. Samsung Fold 2 5GFoldable Smartphone
4. Asus ROG Phone 3Best Gaming Smartphone
5. Samsung Galaxy Note 20Best Smartphone for Professionals
6. Oneplus 8T 5GBudget Flagship Smartphone
7. Motorola Moto G 5GCheapest 5G Smartphone
8. Oppo Reno 3 ProSelfie Centric Smartphone
9. Mi 10TFeature Rich Smartphone
10. Apple iPhone SE 2020Best Affordable IPhone
11. Vivo V20 Pro 5GBest Camera-Centric Smartphone
12. Samsung Galaxy M51Honorable Mention

 

Note: The price shown are the once when we reviewed the products. However, as the promotional offers changes on the given E-commerce sites, the price may vary. Bettershark is supported by it's readers and when you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

1. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

samsung-galaxy-s20-ultra
Best Android Smartphone
  • Best in class performance
  • Excellent camera output quality
  • Long-lasting battery life
R

Robust build quality

R

Samsung Knox security platform

R

8K @ 24fps video recording

Q

One hand usability might be hard for many

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

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

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 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 square hub camera hardware. It is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass to prevent accidental scratches.

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

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

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

Display

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

This 6.9-inch 120Hz dynamic AMOLED display has curved edges which seamlessly integrate with the rest of the shell.

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

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

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

Processor and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra features the latest 8nm Exynos 990 octa-core SoC clocked at 2.73GHz.

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

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

The base variant of S20 Ultra has 12GB of RAM and comes with 128GB of high-speed UFS 3.1 storage.

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

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra features a quadruple rear camera setup involving a 108MP primary sensor with OIS, a 48MP periscope telephoto lens with 4x optical zoom with OIS and a 12MP ultrawide sensor along with a 0.3MP time of flight sensor for depth data.

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

At the front, a 40 MP sensor runs the show when it comes to selfies and video calling.

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

Low light photography has been improved significantly. Samsung also advertises a 10x hybrid optic zoom for long-distance photography.

The Samsung S20 Ultra is one of the very few smartphones which support video recording with 8K@24fps.

Miscellaneous

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 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 other smartphones with in-display fingerprints.

Battery Life

This premium Android smartphone is powered by a 5000 mAh Li-ion battery with fast wired and wireless charging capability.

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

Verdict

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

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM12 GB
ChipsetSamsung Exynos 990
Camera108 MP + 48 MP + 12 MP + VGA Depth, 40MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.9 inch quad HD+ amoled

2. Apple iPhone 12 Pro

apple-iPhone-12-pro
Best iOS Smartphone
  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • State of the art camera system
  • One day battery life
R

Robust build quality

R

Guaranteed OS updated

R

Stereo speakers

Q

No charger in the box

The iPhone 12 Pro is the latest iteration of the much-awaited iPhone refreshes this year.

This all-new iPhone has a refreshed design, improved internal hardware and much more when compared with the iPhone 11 Pro of the yesteryear.

Design and Build Quality

The iPhone 12 Pro has a glass sandwich design with a stainless steel frame in the middle for rigid structural integrity.

This smartphone from Apple looks more like the iPhone 5 series with its slab design featuring sharp corners in comparison to the rounded iPhones of the past.

However, this unique design is very striking and delivers one of a kind premium in-hand feel.

The front display has a special glass + sapphire coating which the company makes it more scratch and shatter-resistant but this is yet to be tested.

The special oleophobic coating on top of the glass also helps in keeping water and sweat away as well.

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro features a MagSafe magnetic charging arrangement in the rear which makes it easy to wirelessly charge and to attach accessories such as a wallet behind the back.

Note that Apple had taken a controversial decision this year not to include a charger in the box, so there is none to talk about.

This phone feels very sturdy in hand and the sharper edges feel a bit weird at first, to be honest.

The button placements and the tactile feedback remains the same as usual and is very comfortable to use with.

Display

The iPhone 12 Pro features almost the same display as that of the iPhone 11 pro. This 6.1-inch super XDR OLED display has a resolution of 1170 x 2532 pixels with an impressive 460ppi.

This panel is very sharp and colour accurate and supports Apple True tone colour technology.

It has ample brightness to be used both indoors and outdoors without any legibility issues.

However, one major feature lacking with this otherwise perfect display is the lack of high refresh rate.

This OLED display has a standard 60Hz refresh rate when compared with the 120Hz and 144Hz displays of the Android smartphones out there.

Processor and Performance

The Apple iPhone 12 Pro features the homegrown Apple A14 Bionic Hexa core SoC which is arguably the most powerful mobile processor currently in the market.

Thanks to the 6GB RAM and 128GB high-speed internal storage onboard, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro runs buttery smooth with apps and games as well as with multitasking.

The new iOS 14.1 OS works well in tandem with the hardware inside to deliver excellent everyday performance without consuming too much power.

Camera

This smartphone from Apple packs a triple rear camera module with three 12MP sensors – a primary wide-angle lens, a telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and an ultra-wide 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 have natural colours and a wide dynamic range.

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

The front camera consists of a 12MP sensor which delivers high-quality selfies and portrait mode snaps.

The overall image and video output from these cameras are top-notch and possibly one of the best among smartphone cameras these days.

In addition to these, there is a LiDAR sensor on the back to improve low light portrait photography and for AR( Artificial Reality) usage.

Battery Life

The iPhone 12 Pro is powered by a relatively smaller 2815mAh Li-Po battery that will give you a screen on time of 9+ hours with moderate to heavy usage.

This device supports 20W regular charging and 15W Qi wireless fast charging.

Apple claims that the battery inside will get charged up to 50% within 30 minutes.

Verdict

If you are an Apple fan or if the budget isn’t an issue, the Apple 12 Pro is indeed one of the best smartphones you can get your hands on right now in the Indian market.

Specifications

Operating SystemiOS 14.1
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorApple Bionic A14
Camera12MP + 12MP + 12MP Rear, 12MP Front
Battery2812mAh
Display6.1-inch super XDR Display

3. Samsung Fold 2 5G

samsung-fold-2-5g
Foldable Smartphone
  • Gorgeous 120Hz AMOLED display
  • Flagship Snapdragon processor
  • Robust build quality
R

Intuitive One UI

R

Optical Image stabilization

R

Side-mounted fingerprint scanner

Q

Thick and hefty

Foldable phones are a niche category that very few of the smartphone manufacturers have experimented with till date.

The original Galaxy Fold from Samsung was marred with controversies about the quality control and such, but with the all-new Galaxy Fold 2 5G, Samsung electronics have improved on it significantly to bring foldable smartphone tech into the mainstream.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 is a significant improvement over the first one – in terms of performance as well as build quality.

In its folding state, this smartphone is as thick as two Vivo V20 Pro 5G smartphones, but that doesn’t come as a surprise considering the large foldable display underneath.

This device has a glass front and back design with an aluminium frame in between. The Fold 2 smartphone looks way different from all other regular smartphones that you might have come across till date.

You can use this device in the folded state as a regular smartphone, thanks to the full-fledged display upfront.

The camera bump design at the back of the Fold 2 5G looks similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20.

The quality of the hinge has been improved significantly, which was one of the low points with the original Galaxy Fold device.

The fit and finish of the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 5G is miles ahead of its predecessor. The hinge quality is amazing, opening and closing the phone done smoothly.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 5G has dual speakers and the audio quality is superb. The fingerprint sensor is located on the side frame which is easily accessible with your fingers.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 5G features two displays with different resolutions.

This smartphone features a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED cover display with a resolution of 816 x 2260 pixels and this display is more vertical and has less width.

When unfolded, the display you see is a large 7.6-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED 120Hz display with a resolution of 1768 x 2208 pixels.

The cover display works flawlessly for receiving calls, browsing through social media and casual tasks.

The main big display is blessed with a higher refresh rate and it’s good for surfing, texting, and using media consumption.

Saying for the quality of this display, both panels are fantastic and offer sharp and detailed visuals as well as text.

The large display offers an excellent multitasking experience, you can work on two to three apps simultaneously.

Another thing to mention is, whatever task you open on a cover display will be transferred to the bigger display when you unfold the device in between.

Processor and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 5G is powered by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ octa-core SoC.

This is a flagship processor used in many premium Android devices and is proved to be a hardcore workhorse with good power efficiency.

With the 12GB RAM inside you can do intense multitasking on this device, play popular android games etc. without breaking a sweat.

The Galaxy Fold 2 5G has 256GB UFS 3.1 storage with exceptionally fast read/write speeds, further enhancing the performance.

Camera

The triple camera set up in the rear consists of a 12MP primary Sony IMX555 sensor with an f/1.8 aperture size with dual pixel PDAF(Phase Detection Auto Focus) and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization).

This 12MP sensor captures photos and videos with a good amount of details, colour accuracy and dynamic range.

Following this is the 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and OIS and a 12MP ultra-wide sensor that covers up to 123 degrees frame.

These three cameras offer a good camera performance altogether, which can be termed on par with the optics performance with the Samsung Galaxy S series phones.

Talking about the front cameras, the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 5G comes with two 10MP shooters with an aperture size of f/2.2 and has HDR support.

The rear cameras support video recording up to 4K 60fps while the front cameras can do 4K 30fps video capture.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 5G is powered by a 4500mAh battery. Even though this might sound low for a smartphone with a tablet-sized display, surprisingly the battery lasts up to 8-10 hours.

With the 25W fast charger bundled in the box, this device gets juiced up within 2 hours.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 5G is the best device for intense multitasking enthusiasts, media enthusiasts, and content creators.

Even though this smartphone is expensive, the right users for this niche genre foldable smartphone won’t be disappointed with what they pay for.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 11
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM12 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Camera12MP+ 12MP + 12MP Rear, 10MP + 10MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display7.6-inch QHD AMOLED 120Hz

4. Asus ROG Phone 3

asus-rog-phone-3
Best Gaming Smartphone
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ flagship processor 
  • Two Type C USB ports for charging and accessories
  • Dual Air triggers for quick controls
R

Front-firing speakers

R

Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for protection

R

Unique gaming aesthetics

Q

No headphone jack

We are all familiar with the ROG series gaming laptops from Asus. With the ROG phone Asus has brought some of the industry-leading mobile gaming technology over to the smartphone market, consolidating its position as a premium smartphone gaming brand.

The ROG Phone 3 is Asus’s flagship gaming phone which is one of the most advanced smartphones in the market that is built specifically with gaming in mind.

Build and Design

The ROG Phone 3 has still maintained the gamer accents found in its predecessors albeit they are a bit toned down.

This gaming-centric smartphone has an aluminium frame with a gorilla glass back. In the rear section, there are the camera bump, exposed heatsink, and ROG logo with Aura RGB lighting.

The lighting on the logo can be customized and it also doubles as a notification LED.

On the side of the phone, you will find two air triggers which is something you don’t usually find on normal phones. This feature lets you assign key gaming functions to the air triggers.

The phone is a bit bulky and on the heavier side which is not a surprise considering the features it comes loaded with.

But there is one important feature that the ROG Phone 3 lacks and that is a headphone jack. We wished that Asus has included one for obvious reasons but it is what it is.

Asus has done away with the headphone jack on the ROG Phone 3 and it has been criticized by many since this is a gaming phone. Instead, now you get a USB C to 3.5mm dongle to connect your headphones.

Asus has added two Type C USB ports on the phone so you can charge your phone and game at the same time. The second Type C port is located on the side of the device.

Processor and Performance

Powering the Asus ROG Phone 3 is the latest Qualcomm flagship processor, the Snapdragon 865+. Assisting this SoC in the graphics department is the Qualcomm Adreno 650.

The ROG Phone 3 supports 5G network connectivity which makes it future proof even though the 5G network is still not available in India.

All modern mobile games should run on the ROG Phone 3 without a hitch and you can expect amazing gameplay without any lags. Games like Call of Duty Mobile and Fortnite should be a breeze to run at higher frame rates.

This smartphone comes with 8GB RAM which ensures that you can multitask without a hassle and your games won’t run out of memory when you switch between the applications.

The ROG Phone 3 features high speed 128GB UFS 3.1 inbuilt storage for your games and other applications which performs just like any modern SSD’s inside laptops.

The heating on the phone is handled well thanks to the heatsink and copper vapour chamber inside the phone. Even though the phone gets a bit warm during gaming, it doesn’t become too hot to cause any major issues.

The ROG Phone 3 has various accessories that can be added to it like the Aeroactive Cooler 3 to further enhance your gaming experience.

Display

The display on the ROG Phone 3 is a huge 6.59-inch Full HD+ AMOLED panel with a fluid 144Hz refresh rate for a smooth gaming experience.

Games that support high frame rates are going to be a delight to play on the ROG Phone 3.

The display is a beautiful AMOLED HDR panel, delivers you more accurate colours and deeper blacks than an ordinary LCD panel. The glass used on the display is Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for better protection from accidental scratches.

Similar to most other flagship smartphones in the market, the Asus ROG Phone 3 has an in-display fingerprint scanner that feels fast and responsive.

Cameras

The ROG Phone 3 is a gaming phone and as expected the cameras on the phone are not that great, but you won’t be buying a gaming phone to take pictures.

In the rear of the phone, we get a 64MP primary camera, 13MP ultra-wide camera, and a 5MP macro camera. In the front of the device, we have the 24MP selfie shooter.

The photos taken by the camera come out decent when taken in good lighting conditions but don’t go expecting a great deal from the camera.

Thanks to the powerful ISP inside the Snapdragon 865+ SoC inside, this device is capable of recording videos up to 8K resolution.

Like we mentioned before, this is a gaming phone and the cameras are not it’s strong forte.

Miscellaneous

The ROG Phone 3 has two front-firing stereo speakers and they are one of the best sounding speakers you can find on a smartphone.

Since the speakers on the phone are front-firing, you do get to see some bezels on the top and bottom but they are not that huge to hinder your gaming experience.

Battery Life

The ROG Phone 3 comes packed with a whopping 6000mAh battery for all your daily gaming and browsing needs.

The battery on the phone should last you a day if you are a heavy gamer without a problem and on normal usage, you can easily get more than a day’s charge.

This means you won’t have to charge your phone that often resulting in a healthier and a lasting battery in the long run.

Talking about charging, the phone comes bundled with a 30W fast charger to juice up the battery once it dies. You can use either of the two Type C USB ports on the phone to charge it up.

Verdict

The Asus ROG Phone 3 is a phone that is built exclusively for mobile gamers. This device features unique technologies such as the air triggers and dual Type C USB ports intended specifically for gaming needs.

If you are a hardcore mobile gamer and want the best mobile phone to game on then look no further.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 865+
Camera64MP + 13MP + 5MP | 24MP Front Camera
Battery6000mAh
Display6.59 inch Full HD+ Display 144Hz

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 20

samsung-galaxy-note-20
Best Smartphone for Professionals
  • Digital stylus support
  • Long battery life
  • Gorgeous AMOLED display
R

Excellent fit and finish

R

Integrated features tailed for digital stylus use

R

A super-fast in-display fingerprint scanner

Q

Glossy back is a fingerprint magnet

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 20 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 20 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 glossy finish plastic back and the seamlessly integrated infinity O 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 display and the IP68 dust and water resistance.

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

The main striking feature of the Note series smartphones is the digital stylus. Samsung has completely revamped the stylus functionality with this iteration and made it more useful and handy than ever.

The convenience of stylus usage is what makes the Galaxy Note series a fan favourite among the professionals and business executives.

Display

Samsung makes the best displays in the entire world. Period. The Galaxy Note 20 comes with a 6.8-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 1080 x 2040 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 6.7-inch Infinity O display integrates seamlessly with the plastic back 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 20 comes with a triple rear camera setup that comprises two 12MP sensors and a 64MP sensor.

The 64MP sensor is a telephoto lens and is tagged along by the 12MP wide-angle lens and a 12MP ultra-wide sensor.

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 990 Octa-core processor inside, which is the same chip we have seen with the Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone.

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 8 GB RAM onboard.

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

The 8GB variant comes with 256GB of super fast UFS3.0 onboard memory.

Battery Life

The Note 20 packs a large 4300mAh Li-ion battery 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.

This smartphone also supports reverse wireless charging by which you can charge devices such as wireless earbuds easily on the go.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 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.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM8 GB
ChipsetSamsung Exynos 990
Camera64MP + 12MP + 12MP Rear, 10MP Front
Battery4300mAh
Display6.7-inch Full HD+ SAMOLED Plus

6. Oneplus 8T 5G

oneplus-8t-5g
Budget Flagship Smartphone
  • Best in class Snapdragon 865 processor
  • 120Hz fluid AMOLED display
  • 65W dash charging support
R

Robust build quality

R

5G radio support

R

OIS on the rear main camera

Q

No telephoto camera

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

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

Design and Build Quality

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

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

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

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

Processor and Performance

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

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

Be it gaming or any other resource-intensive tasks such as video/photo editing, the device performs exceptionally well without any lags, thanks to the 8GB onboard RAM and the faster 128GB UFS3.1 storage.

The Oxygen OS that runs on top of the base Android 11 is minimal and adds only the necessary features without bloating the interface too much.

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

Display

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

This being a 120Hz refresh rate display, the animations and the interface altogether feels silky smooth.

This is by far the best looking FHD+ 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.

This is fairly quick and extremely accurate and offers the same level of security as that of physical fingerprint scanners.

Camera

This device comes with a triple 48MP + 16MP + 5MP+2MP camera at the rear and a 16MP front camera.

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

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

The 5MP is the macro mode shooter for close up shots and the 2MP shooter is there for depth information. The OnePlus 8T can record 4K video at 60fps with gyro EIS enabled.

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

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

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

Battery Life

This device has a 4500mAh Li-ion battery that will last for a day and a half on moderate to heavy usage.

The industry-leading 65W dash charge support makes it easy to juice up the battery within no time.

Verdict

OnePlus 8T 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 120Hz 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.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 11
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 865
Camera48MP + 16MP + 5MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED

7. Motorola Moto G 5G

Motorola Moto G 5G
Cheapest 5G Smartphone
  • Powerful processor
  • IP52 dust and water-resistant design
  • Gorgeous HDR10 FHD+ display
R

Excellent battery backup

R

Pure stock Android experience

R

Good build quality

Q

60Hz display refresh rate

Motorola was once a highly revered brand when it came to smartphones, thanks to the Moto G lineup of affordable Android smartphones.

The company somewhere lost its pace to the competitors, partly because of the high-priced lacklustre G series phones it came with.

But as of late, the company has shown some promise by releasing value for money devices such as the Motorola One Fusion+ which we had discussed earlier in the Best Smartphones in India under Rs.20,000 article.
Following the trend, Motorola has now launched the Moto 5 5G which the company touts as the cheapest 5G smartphone available as of now in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

The Moto G 5G has an overall plastic construction with a glossy finish. The curved edges in the corners make this smartphone feel premium as well as comfortable to hold in hand.

With the IP52 certified design, this device has a water repellent exterior finish which will keep the phone safe from accidental water spills or splashes.

The volume rockers and the power button can be found on the right side, of which the power button is textured. These buttons are tactile and offer good click response. There is an additional one-touch button on the left side for Google assistant summon.

The fingerprint sensor is located on the rear beside the camera and performs well with quick locking and unlocking.

The single loudspeaker, USB type C charging port and the 3.5mm headphone jack is positioned on the lower side of the smartphone, leaving the upper section blank, except for the microphone.

Display

The Moto G 5G features a 6.67-inch Full HD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

The panel supports HDR10 and for excellent colour accuracy and dynamic range, making media consumption experience on this device a delightful experience.

The Moto G 5G comes with Widevine L1 certification for full HD playback in OTT platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

This 209 aspect ratio panel has a pixel density around 393ppi and has a screen to body ratio of 85.7%.

The visuals and text appear sharp enough without any sort of pixelation effects whatsoever.

Processor and Performance

The Motorola Moto G 5G runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC.

This is a 5G enabled octa-core processor with two high powered cores and six normal cores to hit the sweet spot between performance and battery life.

The 6GB RAM on board with the 128GB storage manages to run games, apps and whatnot with relative ease on this device.

At no point does this smartphone lags or stutters, even while multitasking with two or more applications.

This device comes with a hybrid SIM slot with which you can either use two SIM cards at once or a SIM card and an SD card.

Motorola is known for its stock Android OS and the same is the case with the Moto G 5G. This device runs on Android 10 OS with a promised update to the latest Android 11.

Camera

The Moto G 5G features a triple rear camera setup with the 48MP sensor being the primary shooter.

This 48MP sensor has an aperture size of f/1.7, capable of good daylight as well as low light performance.

The colours from the photos turn out to be natural with a good amount of details and dynamic range.

The fully-fledged camera app has a multitude of modes including a pro mode with manual settings.

This device makes use of the pixel binning technology to capture four 12MP shots and merge them to deliver a detailed output.

The 8MP ultrawide lens captures subjects as wide as 118 degrees. The colour accuracy takes a hit with the ultrawide sensor, but it is quite expected from a budget smartphone.

The 2MP macro mode shooter captures close up shots with a decent amount of details, given the lighting conditions are favourable.

The 16MP front camera supports HDR and takes selfies with good dynamic range and details.

The rear camera supports video recording up to 4K at 30fps while the front camera video is limited to 1080p at 30fps.

Battery Life

The Motorola Moto G 5G is powered by a 5000mAh battery inside which is rated to last for a day and a half easily, even with heavy usage.

Motorola has bundled a 20W fast charger inside the box, which takes around 2-2.15 hours to juice up the battery completely.

Verdict

The Moto G 5G is one of the best 5G enabled smartphones that you can buy for a budget around Rs.20,000.

The stock Android experience and the support for all major 5G bands make this smartphone a wise choice as a future-ready smartphone.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.67-inch Full HD+

8. Oppo Reno 3 Pro

Oppo Reno 3 Pro
Selfie Centric Smartphone
  • Capable quadruple rear cameras
  • Powerful Helio P95 processor
  • Excellent quality AMOLED display
R

Elegant design

R

Gorilla Glass 5 protection

R

In-display fingerprint scanner

Q

No OIS

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

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

Design and Build Quality

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

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

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

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

Display

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

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

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

Processor and Performance

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

This phone comes in a single variant with 8GB RAM and 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 3 Pro doesn’t break a sweat.

Camera

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

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

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

Miscellaneous

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

It does support the legendary VOOC fast charging as well.

Battery Life

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

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

Verdict

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

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

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM8 GB
ChipsetMediaTek Helio P95
Camera64MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear| 44MP + 2MP Front
Battery4025mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED

9. Mi 10T

mi-10t
Feature Rich Smartphone
  • 144Hz FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • 5G enabled flagship processor
R

Elegant and modern design

R

33W wireless charging

R

Stereo speakers

Q

Bloated MIUI skin

Mi 10T is the latest mid-range Android flagship smartphone from Xiaomi launched recently in the Indian market.

Priced under Rs.40,000, this premium smartphone competes with the likes of Realme X50 pro and the IQOO smartphones.

Design and Build Quality

Similar to many other smartphones in its price range, the Mi 10T features a glass sandwich design with an aluminium frame in between.

Protected by the Corning’s gorilla glass 5 in the front, the Mi 10 looks eerily similar to yesteryear Samsung flagship phones, mainly due to the curved glass display upfront.

This smartphone comes with stereo speakers and has a decent sound output quality, to say the least.

There is no memory expansion slot and 3.5mm headphone jack, but as a consolation, Xiaomi was kind enough to bundle a USB type C to 3.5mm adapter in the box.

The power button and the volume rockers are placed on the right side as we have seen with Xiaomi devices in the past. The left side remains wary of any buttons or slots whatsoever.

Weighing at 216g, this rounded display smartphone feels quite okay to hold in the hand but accidental screen touches might pose an issue for the first few days of usage.

Display

The Mi 10T flagship smartphone features a 6.67-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

This 19.5:9 aspect ratio panel is HDR10+ certified to deliver visuals with the best possible dynamic range in the segment.

Even though this is an IPS LCD panel, the blacks remain inky blacks and the colours appear vivid and punchy, just like an OLED panel.

This 144Hz refresh rate panel has a maximum peak brightness of 500 nits which is excellent for indoor usage and provides good enough outdoor screen legibility.

Thanks to the punch hole front camera, this display has a screen to body ratio of 85.2% which makes the entire front section feel like a seamless piece of display.

Processor and Performance

This premium flagship smartphone from Xiaomi features the latest 5G enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor coupled with Adreno 650 graphics.

This is a tried and tested processor which handles every task thrown at it with relative ease in a power-efficient manner, thanks to the 7nm+ process.

Coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB of super-fast UFS3.1 storage, every action feels lightning fast and smooth.

There is no lag to be seen or felt anywhere throughout the UI.

Be it gaming, media consumption or multitasking, this processor never breaks a sweat.

Do note the fact that since this device doesn’t come with a memory expansion slot, you can’t chip in an SD card as you wish.

Camera

The Mi 10T has an impressive rear camera setup. The triple rear camera system comprises the primary 64MP f/1.9 sensor with PDAF followed by a 13MP ultra-wide sensor and a 5MP macro mode shooter.

We wish Xiaomi had added a telephoto lens instead of the macro mode camera but it is what it is.

An LED flash assists these cameras in low light environments to take detailed, colour accurate shots.

The images and videos from these sensors come out very detailed and colour accurate, with decent exposure and dynamic range.

The rear camera of this smartphone can record 8K videos at 30fps.

In the front, the single 20MP punch hole camera rules the show to provide a detailed and colour accurate selfie shooting experience.

Battery

What powers the Mi 10T’s hardware beneath is a 5000mAh Li-Po battery that will easily last you over a day and a half even with extensive usage.

Xiaomi has included a 33W charger in the box to top this battery fairly quickly.

Verdict

The Xiaomi Mi 10T is a mid-range flagship Android smartphone with top of the line internals including the 5G enabled Snapdragon 865 processor and a stunning AMOLED display.

If you are looking for a device with flagship specs at almost half the price of established brands such as Samsung, the Mi 10 is a great choice.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 865
Camera64MP + 13MP + 5MP + 2MPRear, 20MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

10. Apple iPhone SE 2020

apple-iPhone-se-2020
Best Affordable iPhone
  • Well optimized software and hardware
  • Powerful A13 bionic chip
  • Gorgeous IPS LCD retina display
R

Touch ID

R

Dedicated alert slider button

R

Robust build quality

Q

No night mode in the camera app

Apple iPhone SE was one of the highly anticipated smartphone releases last year. A handy little iPhone in this era of large-screen display smartphones is still a viable choice for many all around the world.

The iPhone SE 2020 is one of the most affordable iPhone models to hit the market to date.

Design and Build Quality

The iPhone SE 2020 has a premium glass sandwich design consisting of a front and back glass panel with an aluminium frame in between.

These toughened glass slabs come with specially treated oleophobic coating to repel water away from the surface of the phone.

Certified IP67 dust and water-resistant, the iPhone SE 2020 is a well-built device which feels durable and sturdy in hand.

Weighing at just 148g, this is one of the lightest smartphones available in the market as of now.

Even though this device looks small and feels very light in hand, the performance isn’t compromised a bit.

On the left frame, there are volume up/ down buttons accompanied by the alert slider, which is kind of useful to instantly silent the phone without unlocking the device.

The good old power button still resides in the front lower chin and comes integrated with the TouchID fingerprint security.

Display

The Apple iPhone SE 2020 features a 4.7-inch Retina HD+ display with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels.

Even though this isn’t a full HD panel, thanks to the smaller size and higher ppi count, the visuals and text look sharp and detailed.

This retina IPS LCD has Apple true tone colour technology support for true to natural colour reproduction.

This display has a very good brightness level, usable enough both indoors and outdoors without any issues.

Processor and Performance

The Apple iPhone SE 2020 is powered by the same CPU that’s beneath the Apple iPhone 11 Pro – the 7nm+ A13 Bionic.

This hexa-core CPU from Apple beats even the Snapdragon 865 flagship processor from Qualcomm in terms of performance and power efficiency.

You won’t notice any lags or stutters with apps, games or even with intense multitasking with multiple applications side by side.

The performance is buttery smooth, thanks to the excellent hardware-software optimization done by Apple.

The iPhone SE 2020 comes with 3GB RAM, which is more than enough to run iOS 13 smoothly and the 64GB storage is super fast as well.

There is no storage expansion with the iPhone SE 2020, so you might have to keep that in mind while purchasing the same.

Camera

The iPhone SE 2020 features a single 12MP rear camera with an aperture size of f/1.8.

This camera has OIS (optical image stabilization) for steady photos and jitter-free video capturing.

The images and videos from this single 12MP camera put to shame some of the similarly priced Android smartphones out there.

Even without a secondary depth sensor, the portrait mode shots turn out to be stunning.

In the front, the iPhone SE 2020 has a 7MP shooter with HDR support for good dynamic range.

The rear camera of this device supports 4K video recording at 60fps while the front camera is limited to 1080p at 30fps.

Battery Life

This is one area where Apple has seen skimping a lot. The iPhone SE 2020 with its 1821mAh battery inside will last you around a day of light to moderate use.

If you use this smartphone a lot, expect the battery to come down within 5-6 hours. Apple has included an 18W charger inside the box which supports fast charging.

Verdict

The iPhone SE 2020 is the cheapest iPhone available in India till date, priced around Rs.35,999.

If you are looking to purchase a smaller form factor smartphone with excellent performance and software experience, this is it.

Specifications

Operating SystemiOS 13
Internal Storage64 GB
RAM3 GB
ChipsetApple Bionic A13
Camera12MP Rear, 7MP Front
Battery1821 mAH
Display4.7-inch HD+ Retina

11. Vivo V20 Pro 5G

vivo-v20-pro-5g
Best Camera-Centric Smartphone
  • Super design and build
  • Excellent front and rear camera
  • Powerful Snapdragon processor
R

33W flash charger

R

Latest Android 11 OS

R

Optical fingerprint scanner

Q

No 3.5mm audio jack

Vivo is one of the strong players in the premium smartphone segment in the Indian market.

The V20 Pro is one of the newest smartphones launched by the Chinese company with support for 5G network capability, priced at just Rs.29,999.

Design and Build Quality

Designwise, the Vivo V20 Pro is quite a stunner compared to the other smartphones in this segment.

The luxurious glass back with gradient colour finish makes this device much more appealing to the eyes than the rest.

Weighing at just 170g, the Vivo V20 Pro is lightweight and compact enough for single-hand usage for most people.

All the physical buttons including the volume rockers are placed on the right side, at an easy to reach position.

One major gripe with this device is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. You’ll have to use the bundled Type C to 3.5mm jack bundled in the box if you plan to use wired earphones with this smartphone.

Since this device sports an OLED display, the fingerprint scanner is tucked behind the panel. This optical fingerprint scanner unlocks the device in a jiffy and is significantly more accurate than the previous generation in-display fingerprint scanners.

Display

The Vivo V20 Pro 5G features a 6.44-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

Being an AMOLED panel, the inky blacks and the theoretically infinite contrast ratio makes the visuals look sharp, clean and delightful.

The colours pop out from the display and the dynamic range is impressive as well. This thin bezel 20:9 aspect ratio panel has a pixel density of 409ppi, making it one of the sharpest OLED panels out there in this price bracket.

Processor and Performance

What runs the Vivo V20 Pro beneath is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC with support for 5G network connectivity.

Assisting this processor in the graphics department is the Adreno 620 which is very much powerful enough to run the latest smartphone games available on the market smoothly.

The 8GB RAM onboard ensures that this smartphone won’t lag or stutter even while multitasking with resource-intensive apps side by side.

This device has 128GB of internal storage and note the fact that there is no provision for further storage expansion.

The Vivo V20 Pro 5G is one of the first smartphones in India to run Android 11 out of the box.

The Funtouch OS 11 skin on top of the OS is a bit heavy and bloated, which is one thing we hate about Vivo smartphones.

Camera

The Vivo V20 Pro 5G comes with a triple rear camera consisting of a 64MP primary shooter with f/1.9 aperture. followed by the 8MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP depth sensor.

Photos taken with the 64MP camera in daylight have amazing outcomes, the details are precise and it maintains the natural skin tone.

The Vivo V20 Pro 5G features AI filters in the camera settings which you can try to have some fun with your friends and family.

The portrait shots look good with the depth-sensing camera doing its job as expected and the edge detection and the background blur comes out natural looking.

The front 44MP main selfie camera alongside the 8MP ultrawide lens delivers one of the best front camera performances you can experience on a sub. Rs.30,000 smartphone.

The selfie camera is loaded with features such as eye-tracking AF, slow motion video recording, 4K video recording.

Battery Life

The Vivo V20 Pro 5G is powered by a relatively low capacity 4000mAh battery inside. This device is rated to last for a day with heavy usage and a day and a half with moderate usage.

This smartphone supports Vivo flash charge technology with which the bundled 33W charger juices up the battery inside from 0-100% in just one hour.

Verdict

The Vivo V20 Pro 5G is a camera-centric smartphone with a gorgeous AMOLED display and 5G capable powerful Snapdragon processor inside facilitating a smooth, lag-free performance with games as well as apps.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 11
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 44MP + 8MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED

12. Samsung Galaxy M51

samsung-galaxy-m51
Smartphone with Best Battery Life
  • Powerful and efficient Snapdragon 730G processor
  • Long-lasting 7000mAh battery
  • Vivid and punchy sAMOLED Plus display
R

Reverse charging feature

R

Intuitive One UI

R

Non-Chinese smartphone

Q

Plastic back

Samsung M series devices are online exclusive smartphones that are priced aggressively to compete with the Redmi and Realme devices in the market.

The all-new Galaxy M51 has many firsts in the segment and for the first time features a Qualcomm processor instead of the homebrew Exynos chipset.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M51 comes with a glass front and plastic back, which is not uncommon for smartphones in this price range.

The plastic back on this device looks and feels similar to the glass, but makes it lightweight and less brittle in case of an accidental fall.

This smartphone from Samsung weighs just 213g, and considering the massive 7000mAh battery inside this device is surprisingly lightweight.

The single speaker, USB type C charging port and the 3.5mm headphone jack is present in the bottom portion of the phone while the right side has the fingerprint sensor embedded into the power button and the volume rockers on top.

The Samsung Galaxy M51 features a 2+1 SIM configuration meaning you can insert two SIM cards and a dedicated SD card for storage expansion.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy M51 boasts of a 6.7-inch FHD+ sAMOLED Plus display with an effective resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

Samsung claims that the sAMOLED Plus panel is thinner and lighter than the conventional AMOLED panels found on other M series devices from the past.

This display is protected by the Corning gorilla glass 3 to prevent accidental scratches.

With a punch-hole camera upfront, this display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio display has a pixel density of 385ppi.

The colours look very vivid and punchy and the contrast levels, being an OLED display is outstanding.

Speaking of the brightness levels, this display gets adequately bright indoors as well outdoors.

Processor and Performance

As we mentioned earlier, Samsung has decided to go the Qualcomm route with this device.

The Samsung Galaxy M51 is powered by the Snapdragon 730G octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz and is assisted by the Adreno 618 GPU.

The 730G is one of the power-efficient processors with exceptional performance metrics in this price segment.

Together with the 6GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage, this smartphone will deliver buttery smooth performance no matter what you throw at it.

The One UI2.0 on top of Android 10 is optimized very well not to create any sort of performance bottlenecks whatsoever.

Camera

This premium mid-range smartphone comes with a quad rear camera setup with a primary 64MP Sony sensor accompanied by 12MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro and 5MP depth-sensing unit.

The images and videos that come out of these cameras look very rich in details and colour accurate.

You can record 4K videos at 30fps with the rear camera while the front camera maxes out at 1080p @ 30fps.

The front camera is a 32MP shooter with HDR support and an aperture size of f/2.0 for good daylight selfies and decent low light photos.

Battery Life

Samsung Galaxy M51 is one of them, perhaps the only 7000mAh battery-powered smartphone available in India at present.

This monstrous battery helps this smartphone to last easily for two days even with heavy usage.

Samsung has also added support for reverse charging. With this feature, you can use the M51 to charge other devices in the vicinity via the supplied USB type C cable.

The company has also included a 25W fast charger in the box which will completely juice up this battery from zero to hundred within two hours.

Verdict

The Samsung M51 is one of a kind smartphone for those who want a battery monster device without any compromise on performance.

The AMOLED display and the non-Chinese brand factor is also a big factor worth considering while purchasing this device.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Camera64MP+12MP+5MP+5MP Rear, 32MP Rear
Battery7000mAh
Display6.7-inch Full HD+ sAMOLED

This concludes our list of the twelve best smartphones available for purchase in India right now. As always, the choice is completely yours.

Think wisely and select the best phone that suits your mode of use. If your budget is less check out our best lists in other price ranges here.

If you have any suggestions or queries regarding this article, let us know in the comments section below.

As always, thanks for your time and have a great day!