Best phones across price ranges offer incredible specs and as it can be a daunting task to find the best option in each price segment, we have decided to compile a list for you. Just over halfway through the year, we have already witnessed crazy releases from every possible brand. The number of smartphones released in the past 7 months alone would easily surpass the 50 device threshold if we sat down and did the math. Most of you would be considering new smartphones as the festive season draws near, and we’re here to help you make a perfect choice. We made an effort to include products that are future-proof and should work for the next two years because 5G will be a significant deal this year.
Things to consider while buying smartphones
- Display type, resolution, and refresh rate: Either IPS or AMOLED screens make up the majority of the current smartphone market. AMOLED panels outperform the other technologies in terms of picture quality and viewing angles. It is always a good choice to pick smartphones with AMOLED displays if you want vibrant colours, deeper blacks, and broader viewing angles than those provided by IPS screens.
- Processor, RAM, and storage: Get a phone with a strong CPU and at least 6GB of RAM if you intend to game or use other resource apps to ensure seamless multitasking and speedy responses. Similar to that, having a lot of storage would enable you to keep more of your favourite apps, games, photos, videos, and other items.
- Camera: Given the fierce competition, brands are making every effort to cram smartphones with as many cameras as they can. Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) so you can capture images, 4K video, wide-angle lens, telephoto, and macros are some things you should unquestionably look at. Of course, not every pricing range will include all of these capabilities, but the majority of them will be found.
- Battery Capacity and Fast charging: Always make sure the phone can operate for at least a day on a single charge. Pay attention to the manufacturer’s statements about the battery life. Although a greater battery capacity can theoretically offer you longer runtime, the findings are not always accurate in practice. Therefore, be sure to read reviews before making that purchase to make sure the smartphone genuinely gives the battery life possible. Another thing to check is whether the smartphone has a fast charging option so you can charge the battery more quickly. So let’s start with the list.
Best phone under Rs 10,000
Redmi 9i Sport
The Redmi 9i Sport is the best option available at around Rs 10,000. It has a 6.53-inch HD+ IPS LCD panel with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The display gets the TÜV Rheinland certification and is sufficiently bright at 400 nits. The phone has a 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio G25 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of internal storage depending on the model.
On the optics front, the phone gets a 13MP sensor on the rear and a 5MP selfie snapper on the front. Other features on the phone include 3G, 4G support, Bluetooth 5.0, WIFI, GPS, FM radio, Android 11 with MIUI 12 on top, and a sufficiently large 5,000Mah battery with support for 10W charging.
- Large Bright Display
- Massive Battery
- Modern Design
- Slow Charging
- HD+ resolution
- Average Selfie Camera
Price – Rs 8,699
Best phone under Rs 20,000
POCO X4 Pro 5G
POCO X4 Pro 5G flaunt a 6.67 FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 1200nits peak brightness, DCI-P3 colour gamut, and 360Hz touch sampling rate. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC with up to 8GB RAM and up to 128GB internal storage. The phone runs on Android 11-based MIUI 13 custom skin out of the box.
Moving to the cameras, the POCO X4 Pro 5G offers triple camera sensors on the back, including a 64MP ISOCELL GW3 primary sensor with an LED flash, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2MP macro sensor. There is a 16MP snapper on the front for selfies and video calls.
Other features on the POCO X4 Pro include a 5,000mAh battery with 67W rapid charging capability, 5G, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, an IR blaster, and a 3.5mm audio connector, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for security.
- Bright AMOLED Display
- Excellent Design
- Decent Cameras
- Great Battery Life
- Still on Android 11
- Performance could be better
Price – Rs 15,999
Best phone under Rs 30,000
iQOO Neo 6 5G
iQOO Neo 6 packs a 6.62-inch FHD+ E4 AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, & 1,300 nits brightness peak brightness. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 internal storage which can’t be expanded further. It gets Android 12 with the company’s custom FunTouchOS skin on top.
On the optics front, the iQOO Neo 6 has triple cameras on the back, with a 64MP Samsung GW1P main sensor with OIS, an 8MP ultrawide lens, and a 2MP macro lens. It gets a 16MP shooter on the front for selfies and video calls. Other features on the phone include 5G, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, an IR blaster, x-axis motor, dual speakers, an in-display fingerprint scanner for security, and a 4,700mAh battery with 80W fast charging support.
- Excellent Display
- In-display fingerprint scanner
- Reliable Cameras
- 80W fast charging
- Generic Design
- Selfie camera could be better
Price – Rs 29,999
Best phone under Rs 50,000
iQOO 9T 5G
The iQOO 9T packs a 6.78-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass layer, HDR10+, and 1,300 nits of peak brightness. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 SoC and gets up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. It runs on Android 12-based Origin Ocean custom skin out of the box.
Coming to the optics, the iQOO 9T has a triple camera setup on the back, with a 50MP Samsung GN5 primary sensor with gimbal-like stabilisation, a 13MP UW sensor, and a 12MP portrait sensor. There is a 16MP snapper on the front for selfies and video calls.
Other features on the phone include 5G, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, an IR blaster, x-axis motor, dual speakers, an in-display fingerprint scanner for security, and a sizeable 4,700mAh battery with 120W fast charging support.
- Class-leading performance
- Capable Main camera
- Excellent design
- 120W fast charging
- No IP-rating
- Low-light photography could be better
- Has Bloatware
Price – Rs 49,999
Best phone over Rs 50,000
iPhone 13 Pro Max
The iPhone 13 Pro Max features a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display, which is Apple’s version of an OLED panel with a 120Hz variable refresh rate. The phone is powered by Apple’s own A15 Bionic chip with 6GB RAM and up to 1TB of internal storage. The phone runs the latest iOS 15 out of the box with the promise of up to 4 more version upgrades.
On the optics front, the iPhone 13 Pro Max gets a triple camera setup on the rear with a main 12MP shooter, with a 12MP ultra-wide angle lens, and a 12MP 3x optics telephoto snapper. The phone also gets a LiDAR Scanner for AR applications. On the front, we get to see a 12MP snapper for crisp selfies and video calls.
Other features on the phone include 5G, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, stereo speakers, and a decent-sized 4,350mAh battery with support for 20W wired fast charging, 15W MagSafe wireless fast charging, 7.5W Qi wireless charging, and 5W reverse wireless charging.
- Gorgeous 120Hz display
- Versatile camera setup
- Solid performance and battery life
- Premium design and build
- Wide notch
- Limited 20W charging
Price – Rs 1,18,900