It is that time of the month again when we out our list of best smartphones that you can buy. The list includes some recently-launched smartphones and even some old phones that somehow make the cut, owing to their relevance in the market.
Since the coronavirus lockdown is underway, the online deliveries of anything but the essentials is suspended. This means that you may not be able to buy a smartphone right now. But, in case, the lockdown is lifted and the smartphone sales resume, here are the best smartphone from each category – sub-Rs 10,000, sub-Rs 20,000, sub-Rs 40,000, and the overall best performer.
Best Smartphone Under Rs 10,000
In our buying guide for the best smartphones that you can buy under Rs 10,000, we listed the Realme C3, Realme 5i, Redmi 8A Dual, Samsung Galaxy M30, and Infinix S5 Pro. While all these smartphones have nearly the same features, one of them stands out. For us, it will be the Infinix S5 Pro, which undercuts the rest of the smartphones in the club with its unique shimmery design, a pop-up selfie camera, and a big display.
Starting at Rs 9,999, the Infinix S5 Pro comes with an octa-core MediaTek Helio P35 processor paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It has a 6.53-inch FHD+ display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It has a three-camera setup at the back – a 48-megapixel main sensor, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a QVGA sensor for low-light photography. For selfies, there is a 16-megapixel camera mounted on the pop-up slider. The Infinix S5 Pro is backed by a 4000mAh battery.
Best Smartphone Under Rs 20,000
For under Rs 20,000, we have a horde of smartphones that become one of the favorites of the users and, sometimes, ours. Our list includes the Poco X2, Redmi Note 9 Pro, Realme 6 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A50S, and the Realme X2. With some differences in its specifications, we have the top performer in the list. According to us, the Poco X2 wins the competition with its good specifications and the popularity amongst the users.
The Poco X2 has a 6.67-inch FHD+ 120Hz LCD display, a Snapdragon 730G SoC, a combination of four rear cameras – 64-megapixel, 8-megapixel, 2-megapixel, and 2-megapixel. It also has two cameras on the front – a 20-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel camera. It runs Android 10-based MIUI 11 and is upgradeable to Android 11. The Poco X2 is backed by a 4500mAh battery. The base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage starts at Rs 16,999 while the 128GB variant costs Rs 17,999.
Best Smartphone Under Rs 40,000
The sub-Rs 40,000 price category is only slightly less than the premium one. It has the smartphones that want to be a flagship but rather focus on the affordability. Our April’s list of top smartphones under this price segment includes Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, IQOO 3 4G, Realme X50 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite, and the Asus ROG Phone 2. The Realme X50 Pro and the IQOO 3 4G are the only two phones in the list that rock the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, which is one of the most powerful processors to date. But, for us, the winner is the Realme X5 Pro as it beats the IQOO 3 4G in one aspect — 5G.
While IQOO 3 also has a 5G variant, it is priced a little higher than its 4G variant. Moreover, the 5G network infrastructure is absent in India and it does not really make sense to go for a 5G model when a 4G model is available at a lower price from the same brand. Realme does not have a 4G model for its X50 Pro, which is why it suits better.
The Realme X50 Pro comes with 5G support, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, a 6.44-inch full-HD+ Samsung’s Super AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz and a screen-to-body ratio of 90 per cent. It has a combination of four rear cameras – a 64-megapixel main sensor, a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, there is a 32-megapixel sensor and a 2-megapixel sensor as well. The Realme X50 Pro is backed by a 4200mAh battery under the hood. It starts at Rs 39,999 in India.
The Best Smartphone
We have not included the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in the list since it belongs to the high-end category with a starting price of Rs 92,999. It is by far the best smartphone amongst all that we have mentioned in our various lists. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra was launched in March in India and brings the 100X Space Zoom onboard. It is powered by an Exynos 990 SoC with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage with expandability. Galaxy S20 Ultra comes with the biggest display on a Galaxy S series device to date, that is 6.9-inch in size and has a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 108-megapixel primary lens, next to a 48-megapixel telephoto, a 12-megapixel ultrawide, and a ToF lens. The telephoto lens is capable of up to 100x digital zoom.