Welcome to the Gadgets 360 Best Mobile Phones page, your singular best resource for the top-rated smartphones in India. Here, we list smartphones that have received an overall rating of 8 or higher in Gadgets 360’s exhaustive, extremely in-depth reviews. Phones on this comprehensive list were launched in the past one year. Considering all this, it is safe to say that if you choose any phone on this list as your next purchase, you will not be disappointed.
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The iPhone 12 mini fills a void in the market, and many people looking for a compact flagship-level phone will be pleased with it. This model could be a suitable upgrade for those holding on to older iPhones because they like the size. You get nearly all the same flagship specifications as with the iPhone 12, with the exception of a smaller battery and slower wireless charging. The display is smaller but just as dense, and quality is excellent. Performance is also great, though this phone does get a bit warm when stressed. The iPhone 12 mini can take brilliant photos in the daytime and at night with both its rear cameras and the front one as well. Night mode is supported across all cameras. Games and movies aren't especially engrossing on the smaller screen but the iPhone 12 mini will do for casual everyday use. iOS 14 is slick and smooth, and you get guaranteed updates for several years.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, or Fan Edition, promises the most popular features of the flagship Galaxy S20 family at a much lower price. You get the same Exynos 990 processor, plus a 6.5-inch full-HD+ 120Hz Super AMOLED screen and a 4500mAh battery. The body is polycarbonate but this phone still feels premium, and is IP68 rated for water and dust resistance. You get plenty of high-end features including stereo speakers and wireless charging. The three rear cameras are all practical and deliver great results in the daytime, though the ultra-wide one does suffer a bit at night. Video and stills both came out looking good, and the camera app offers plenty of modes and settings to experiment with. Battery life is somewhat disappointing but Samsung's One UI software is quite good and the display is great for videos and games. The phone does get a bit warm in use but is otherwise a satisfactory premium option.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is extremely expensive but offers the best of Samsung's technology including a 108-megapixel camera, 5x optical zoom, and an enhanced S-Pen stylus. You get a huge 6.9-inch QHD+ Amoled screen that can run at 120Hz (but not at the same time as the QHD+ resolution). Build quality is very good but the huge camera bump is a bit inconvenient. The Exynos 990 processor is very good, but not as powerful as the Snapdragon 865+ that powers international versions of this phone. You get plenty of RAM and storage. There's a 108-megapixel primary camera as well as dedicated wide-angle and optical zoom cameras. Photo quality is excellent at all times of day, and Night Mode delivers some spectacular results. Battery life is also quite good. This is a luxury phone for those who want the best of everything.
|Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G Specifications|
|Display||6.90-inch, 1440x3200 pixels|
|Processor||Samsung Exynos 990|
|Rear Camera||108MP + 12MP + 12MP|
The Asus ROG Phone 3 is designed primarily for gaming but tries to be a well-rounded flagship-class phone. It's large and heavy thanks to its 6000mAh battery and cooling apparatus, but is also extremely powerful with its Snapdragon 865+ SoC. You get fast RAM and storage, plus a full-HD+ AMOLED panel with a 144Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support. Asus has also customised the ROG Phone 3 with its ultrasonic AirTriggers that act as physical gamepad-like buttons for games. The company's software lets you configure them and also manage several other shortcuts and optimisations for gaming. There are three rear cameras, which take surprisingly good photos in the daytime and at night. The front-firing stereo speakers are a nice touch but there's no wireless charging or IP rating. Games run super smoothly, and we had no trouble at all even at the highest quality settings.
The OnePlus Nord is a new budget offering from OnePlus, which manages to deliver a similar Android experience as the OnePlus 8, but at a more affordable price. OnePlus has kept all the staples such as the AMOLED display, Warp Charge fast charging, and a big battery in the Nord. However, it has made some cuts when it comes to the SoC and the build quality. The OnePlus Nord still has glass on the back, but instead of a metal frame, it's plastic.
The SoC used is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, and not an 800-series chip as we're used to seeing. However, the Nord does support 5G, which is a cool bonus. As an overall package, it's really hard to find fault with the OnePlus Nord. App and gaming performance is good, it captures good photos and videos in daylight, and the display supports HDR10+.
Low-light image quality suffers a bit, but that's pretty much this phone's only major weakness. Battery life is very good and the single speaker gets decently loud. One impressive feature of the OnePlus Nord is its ability to shoot selfie videos at 4K 60fps, which is something even the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro can't do.
The Vivo X50 Pro is a part of the Vivo X series which serves the higher end of the market. The Vivo X50 Pro is the first smartphone in India to sport a Gimbal camera system. This system helps stabilise video and helps click better photos by stabilising the primary camera. The Vivo X50 Pro sports a quad-camera system with the primary camera being a 48-megapixel sensor with a gimbal to stabilise it.
While the camera is the highlight of the Vivo X50 Pro, it is well equipped. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC that is 5G enabled. The Vivo X50 Pro has a 6.56-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with a hole-punch at the top left corner. The panel also have a higher 90Hz refresh rate. It has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It houses a 4,315mAh battery that is capable of delivering all-day battery life.
The quad-camera setup on the Vivo X50 Pro consists of a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 12-megapixel portrait camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 13-megapixel telephoto camera. The Vivo X50 Pro managed good photos in daylight and the telephoto camera does offer 60x zoom. Lowlight photos were even better as the phone could stabilise for shakes while shooting with night mode. Videos from the Vivo X50 Pro were also well stabilised at all resolutions.
The Realme X3 SuperZoom features a periscope-style telephoto camera, which is the first we've seen in this price segment. The 8-megapixel telephoto camera features 5x optical zoom and a maximum of 60x hybrid zoom. Camera performance is very good during the day, but not so much at night. To help with the latter, there's Night mode, which is quite effective. The main 64-megapixel camera captures good photos in daylight, but struggles a bit in low light. The X3 SuperZoom can record video at 4K and the quality is good in the day, but could be better when shooting at night.
The X3 SuperZoom uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC, which offers plenty of processing power for apps and games. The phone also featrues a 120Hz refresh rate LCD panel, so scrolling through menus feels fluid. Battery life is also solid. The X3 SuperZoom is also very well built and looks stylish. It's mising stereo speakers but the single bottom-firing speaker gets pretty loud. The phone runs Realme UI, based on Android 10.
The OnePlus 8 is the spiritual successor of the OnePlus 7 and will go on to eventually replace the OnePlus 7T. Build quality is excellent thanks to the curved-edge front and back glass sandwiching the metal frame. The buttons are easy to reach, and the alert slider is handy as always.
The OnePlus 8 has a 6.55-inch AMOLED panel with sloping sides, a wide colour gamut, and a hole-punch cutout in the upper left corner. The 90Hz refresh rate makes usage in general feel fluid and snappy. It also has an in-display fingerprint sensor, which is super quick at authentication. All it takes is a quick, firm tap to unlock it.
We reviewed the top-end variant of the OnePlus 8, which has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, priced at Rs. 49,999. Gaming performance is top-notch. Fortnite can run at 90fps and the experience is good. Games and movies are especially enjoyable thanks to the very good stereo speakers on the OnePlus 8. OxygenOS is also well equipped with lots of shortcuts and gestures waiting to be discovered. The new launcher now offers a more seamless multitasking experience, there's 5GB of free cloud storage for backups once you sign in with a OnePlus account, a built-in screen recorder, and dynamic wallpapers.
The OnePlus 8 has the same 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with optical stabilisation as the 7T. In daylight, it captures detailed images with vivid colours and balanced HDR. The wide-angle camera is also useful. The third macro camera doesn't have good clarity but it can be useful in some instances. The selfie camera was decent under good light but didn't do well in low light.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has a similar design as the OnePlus 8 but with some subtle changes. Its display is actually rounded on the sides, rather than just having curved glass like on the 8. It has a pretty big 6.78-inch QHD+ (1440x3168-pixel) AMOLED panel, with a claimed high colour accuracy and HDR10+ support. New this year is the 120Hz refresh rate. The display is vibrant, colourful, and bright.
The software experience is very similar to that of the OnPlus 8, with the exception of controls for some additions such as reverse wireless charging and video playback enhancement. The interface feels snappy, and OxygenOS in general runs very well.
App and gaming performance is pretty solid. The stereo speakers sound great and the Dolby Atmos setting helps improve quality and spatial separation.
The rear cameras get a big upgrade. The main 48-megapixel camera captures very good details nd colours under most lighting conditions. The wide-angle camera also shoots grat pictures and can even do extreme close-up photography. The telephoto camera is good too, and nearly on par with the Samsung Galaxy S20+ in terms of quality.
Battery life is excellent but the big addtion here, is wireless charging. The 8 Pro also supports reverse wireless charging.
The Realme X50 Pro is 5G ready and features the top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. In terms of performance, this device is excellent for gaming as well as general productivity. Realme has also used high-speed RAM and storage, plus a 90Hz display, for a snappy overall experience. This is a mid-range flagship phone that truly can take on many of the much more expensive models in the market.
The X50 Pro 5G is available in two muted colour options and looks quite premium with its glass and metal body. However, the back is slippery and this phone is somewhat bulky and heavy. What you'll notice first is the dual-camera cutout in the upper left corner of the screen.
The display is sharp and the speakers are surprisingly powerful. You get four rear cameras including a 2X optical zoom camera. We found photos to generally be very good, even ones shot with the lower-resolution wide-angle and zoom cameras. However, photos taken at night weren't always great, and 4K video looked artificial.
Xiaomi has made a bold move by launching the Mi 10 5G in India at a starting price of Rs. 49,999. The curved glass on the front and back of this phone looks classy. This, coupled with the high-gloss finish makes it striking to look at. The Mi 10 5G has a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen and is sharp enough, but the resolution is full-HD+ (2340x1080). The display also runs at 90Hz, which is a big trend right now.
Xiaomi says that the Mi 10 has a P2i coating to repel water, but there isn't any IP rating. Other than this, it has almost everything you can think of, starting with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, LPDDR5 RAM, UFS 3.0 storage, an in-display fingerprint sensor, Wi-Fi 6, fast wireless charging, and 5G.
It runs on MIUI 11 and Xiaomi has replaced some of its own apps like the dialler and messages with Google's apps. However, spam notifications are still an issue, although it's not as severe as its budget offerings.
The Snapdragon 865 is a powerful chip but it also makes the phone quite hot when using the camera or even gaming. The stereo spakers sound balanced but don't get very loud. The in-display fingerprint sensor on the other hand is not very quick, and it took a good second before it recognised our finger and unlocked the phone.
Xiaomi is making a big deal about its 108-megapixel primary camera, which performs well in daylight and at night. The other cameras are a wide-angle and macro, which work decently well in the day but aren't very good in low light. The 20-megapixel selfie camera is also decent but not great at night.
Battery life is very good on the Mi 10 5G, as it typically lasts for an entire day. Fast charging helps and there's even reverse wireless charging.
The Samsung Galaxy S20+ is the middle child in the trio and is the successor to the Galaxy S10+. It features a 6.7-inch QHD+ display, with excellent brightness and colours reproduction. The curved sides and glass back gives it a very premiium look and feel. It also supports wireless charging and is IP68 certified for dust and water resistance.
The Indian version of the Galaxy S20+ is powered by the Exynos 990 chipset and comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There's no 5G support for the models sold in India. It also has a 12-megapixel primary camera, a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 64-megapixel telephoto camera and a depth sensor. There's a 4,500mAh battery, with support for fast charging.
Performance is great as apps and games run smoothly. The display also has a 90Hz refresh rate, which makes scrolling through lists feel fluid. Audio quality is also very good from the stereo speakers in the phone. It's a little big to manage comfortably with one hand, but it does feel very premium. The S20+ runs on OneUI 2, which is based on Android 10.
Camera performance is also very good. It boasts of a 'Space Zoom' which is an AI-enhanced digital zoom. Image quality is great and is one of the best zoom systems in a phone, that we've come across.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra is the flagship smartphone of Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series. As the name suggests, the device is huge with the display measuring 6.9-inches. This makes the phone uncomfortable for single-handed use. The QHD+ panel on the Galaxy S20 Ultra has excellent viewing angles and the output is vivid. The panel also gets bright enough when outdoors. The device feels extremely well built.
The phone is powered by an Exynos 990 SoC and has 12GB of RAM and 128GB of storage onboard. The Galaxy S20 Ultra launched in India supports 4G networks only. It packs in a 5,000mAh battery and has support for 45W fast charging. Samsung ships a 25W charger in the box which is quick to charge the device. The Galaxy S20 Ultra offers good battery life and lasted us for about a day and a half easily. Performance is good as well but the device does get warm under load.
The phone has a quad-camera setup with a 108-megapixel primary camera, a 48-megapixel telephoto camera, 12-megapixel ultrawide-angle-camera and a depth vision camera. Samsung also offers 100x zoom on the device which is the highlight of the Galaxy S20 Ultra. The camera performance is excellent as the device manages to take good shots irrespective of the lighting conditions. The phone delivers good battery life.
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Specifications|
|Display||6.90-inch, 1440x3200 pixels|
|Processor||Samsung Exynos 990|
|Rear Camera||108MP + 48MP + 12MP + Depth|
The V20 is a part of Vivo's V series of smartphones. The company has focused on the design of the device and made is slim. The Vivo V20 measures 7.38mm in thickness and has a gradient pattern finish at the back. The back panel is made out of glass and feels premium to the touch.
Powering the Vivo V20 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC which isn't the most powerful processor for this price. There is 8GB of RAM onboard and the V20 is available in two storage options, 128GB and 256GB. You do also have the option to expand storage further up to 1TB.
The Vivo V20 runs Android 11 with Vivo's custom FunTouchOS 11 on top. It packs in a 4,000mAh battery which is smaller than average. Vivo has bundled a 33W charger in the box which helps the phone charge quickly. It ran the video loop test for 14hours and 39 minutes which was lower than the competition.
It has a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera that is also capable of macro shots and a 2-megapixel monochrome camera. At the front, it has a 44-megapixel selfie shooter that clicked high-resolution selfies. Camera performance was good in daylight. The lowlight camera performance was average and the Night mode did not deliver a brighter output but it did offer better details.
An affordable smartphone from the Motorola E series, the Moto E7 Plus offers some good hardware while delivering clean software. The Moto E7 Plus sports a 6.5-inch display with a dewdrop notch that houses the selfie camera. It has a tall display with the new 20:9 aspect ratio.
The Motorola Moto E7 Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 SoC. It is an octa-core processor that is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The Moto E7 Plus has a dual-camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It delivers good camera performance in daylight but the performance is average in lowlight. The dedicated light mode does a much better job in low light.
The Moto E7 Plus packs in a 5,000mAh battery and has a Micro-USB port. It does not have support for fast-charging and gets a 10W charger in the box, which is slow to charge the phone completely. Motorola ships the phone with Andorid 10 with its custom My UX UI on top. The UI is very minimalistic and has only useful features loaded on top. There are no preloaded apps which makes the user experience better.
The Realme 7 brings in three main upgrades over the Realme 6 — a new SoC, a bigger battery, and a new primary camera sensor. It features a mirror-split design, which creates some interesting patterns when light hits it. The Realme 7 is actually thicker (9.4mm) and heavier (196.5g) than the 6, due to its larger battery, and this is very noticeable in daily usage.
The Realme 7 is the first phone to debut with the MediaTek Helio G95 SoC. This is an updated version of the Helio G90T, which was seen in the Realme 6, but it's not a major upgrade. Performance is pretty satisfactory. The Realme 7 uses Realme UI, based on Android 10, which worked smoothly. Face recognition and the side-mounted fingerprint sensor are also quick. The Realme 7 is good with games too. Battle Prime looked great at the highest graphics settings and gameplay was smooth.
The Realme 7 gets a chunky, 5,000mAh battery and you can charge the battery fairly quickly too, thanks to the 30W Dart Charge fast charging.
The new primary rear camera in the Realme 7 offers a noticeable improvement in pixel-binned images, comapred to the Realme 6. It exhibits improved dynamic range and exposure, with better details too. Low light photos look cleaner too, with less grain. Shots captured using Night mode look more pleasing, compared to what the Realme 6 can produce. The Realme 7 can shoot videos at up to 4K, but without stabilisation. Colours are a bit on the warmer side.
The Realme 7 Pro is the spiritual successor to the Realme 6 Pro, boasting of big upgrades such as an AMOLED display, stereo speakers, and 65W fast charging. The Realme 7 Pro features the same mirror-split design on its back as the Realme 7, but it's a lot slimmer (8.7mm) and lighter (182g), even compared to the Realme 6 Pro. Sadly, this phone ditches one big feature from the Realme 6 Pro, and that's a high screen refresh rate.
The Realme 7 Pro performed well as it features the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC as the 6 Pro. Realme UI ran pretty smoothly without missig a beat. The Super AMOLED display was great for watching videos on, and this experience was enhanced by the stereo speakers. There's a 4,500mAh battery in the Realme 7 Pro, which on average easily lasted for more than one day starting on a full charge.
The rear cameras on the Realme 7 Pro include a 64-megapixel Sony IMX682 main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, a 2-megapixel depth camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Regular photos taken in daylight generally looked good. HDR was handled well, details were good, and colours looked natural. Low-light photos were decent, without much visible grain, and details were fairly good even in darker regions.
The Samsung Galaxy M51 is the first smartphone from the company to pack in a massive 7,000mAh battery. The Galaxy M51 also gets a bigger 6.7-inch SuperAMOLED display with a full-HD+ resolution. Samsung has opted for the 20:9 aspect ratio which makes the device tall and narrow. The Galaxy M51 has a hole-punch camera at the center towards the top of the display. A few users could find this distracting while watching content.
Powering the Galaxy M51 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC which is a first for a Galaxy M series smartphone. It is capable of loading apps quickly as well as multitasking without any issues. Samsung has launched two variants, one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and the other with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage. The Galaxy M51 has two Nano-SIM slots and a dedicated slot for microSD. The Galaxy M51 offered good performance without any lag or stutter when we used it.
Samsung has gone with a quad-camera setup on the Galaxy M51 consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a macro camera and a depth sensor. The camera clicked good photos in daylight with abundant details. Photos clicked using the wide-angle camera has distortion at the edges. Video recording tops out at 4K for the primary as well as the selfie camera but video stabilisation isn't great.
Battery performance was excellent and we could go beyond two days without needing the smartphone to be charged. The supplied charger is also quick to charge the device.
The Moto G9 is a budget offering from Motorola with some powerful hardware. It sports a 6.5-inch LCD display with HD+ resolution and a tall 20:9 aspect ratio. The phone has flat sides which make it comfortable to hold and its rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is easy to reach. Motorola has packed in a 5,000mAh battery which has caused it to tip the scales at 200g.
It runs clean stock Android 10 with Motorola's My UX on top. There are very few useful customisations on top. You also get a dedicated Google Assistant button on the G9. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC and is available in one variant only with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
The Moto G9 gets a triple camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.7 aperture, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It clicks decent photos in favourable light with good details. It is missing a wide-angle camera that most of its competition sport. The macro camera is good but it is of a lower resolution. Lowlight camera performance was average but the Night Mode is very effective.
The premium design of the Reno 4 Pro helps it stand out from the competition and is easily one of its best attributes. It's also incredibly slim (7.7mm) and light (161g), which is a refreshing change of pace. The Oppo Reno 4 Pro has a large 6.5-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display with Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 for scratch protection. It runs on Oppo's ColorOS 7.2, which is based on Android 10. It also has some new smarts added,such as ‘Icon pull-down gesture' and ‘Quick return bubble' for games.
In India, Oppo has launched a single variant of the Reno 4 Pro, which has 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G might be a speedy and efficient chip for a low-cost phone, but in the Reno 4 Pro, it's definitely outclassed by its peers. Still, with day-to-day use, I didn't notice any issues with performance.
The Oppo Reno 4 Pro sold here has four rear cameras: a 48-megapixel primary, 8-megapixel ultra-wide, 2-megapixel macro, and 2-megapixel depth cameras. In terms of image quality, the primary Sony IMX586 sensor delivers predictable results during the day. Details are generally good, HDR works well, and colours are nicely saturated. The Oppo Reno 4 Pro can shoot videos at up to 4K 30fps, with stabilisation, but only using the primary rear camera.
The Samsung Galaxy M31s is the successor of the Galaxy M31 and brings new features to the segment. The Galaxy M31s sports a 6.5-inch Infinity-O AMOLED display with a hole-punch at the centre. Just like the Galaxy M31 this too packs a big 6,000mAh battery but this time around Samsung has paired a 25w charger in the box.
Samsung has also gone with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy M31s. The phone has a "Glasstic" back which looks like glass but is actually made out of plastic. It is a fingerprint magnet and picks up fingerprints very easily. The phone runs OneUI 2.1 on top of Android 10. The Galaxy M31s comes with a fair amount of bloatware preinstalled on the device.
Samsung has opted for the Exynos 9611 SoC to power the Galaxy M31s. This is a dated processor at this point and you do see some sluggishness while loading heavy apps and games. Battery life on the Galaxy M31s is impressive as the phone lasted us over 2 days with our usage. The Galaxy M31s has a quad-camera setup at the back consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera. We found the camera performance to be good in daylight. It also has a Single Take feature which offers different outputs after recording a video. Lowlight camera performance was average but the found video stabilisation to be poor.
The Realme 6i is a budget smartphone from Realme and is a toned-down version of the Realme 6. This smartphone sports some interesting hardware such as the 90Hz display which isn't available from the competition. The Realme 6 sports a 6.5-inch display and has a hole-punch design to accommodate the selfie camera.
Powering the Realme 6i is a MediaTek Helio G90T SoC which is paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. The storage between both variants remains the same at 64GB. The Realme 6i has a quad-camera setup at the back with a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
The phone runs Realme UI on top of Android 10. There is some amount of bloatware that comes preinstalled on the device and we did encounter some spammy notifications. The camera performance from the Realme 6i was good in daylight using the primary camera. Its wide-angle camera offered decent details. Lowlight camera performance wasn't as good as we saw a noticeable dip in performance.
The Realme 6i packs in a 4,300mAh battery which offers all-day battery life. It is also bundled with a 20W charger for quick charging.
The Poco M2 Pro has an attractive design and is built well, but it also looks very similar to the Redmi Note 9 Pro. It features a P2i water-repellent coating, which is said to make it splash-proof. Poco has used a 6.67-inch full-HD+ LCD display, with a cutout for the selfie camera. You also get Gorilla Glass 5 on the front, back, and the rear camera module. One feature that's missing is a high refresh rate.
The Poco M2 Pro runs on MIUI 11, which is based on Android 10, and my unit had the June security patch. Apart from having the Poco Launcher as a default, the features and functionality are very similar to what you get on Redmi devices.
MIUI and app performance were superb thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. Navigating through MIUI's interface felt snappy, multitasking worked well, and apps in general were quick to load. Gaming performance was very good too. The 5,000mAh capacity easily lasted for an entire day, even with lots of gaming and camera usage.
The Poco M2 Pro has four rear cameras, which include a primary 48-megapixel sensor, an 8-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. You get a 16-megapixel hole-punch selfie camera. Overall, the cameras of the Poco M2 Pro performed decently under good light, but struggled to deliver satisfactory results in low light.
The Motorola One Fusion+ is a budget offering from the company. This smartphone is among the very few devices to sport a pop-up selfie camera. As a result, it has an all-screen front without any notch or hole-punch in its way. The 6.5-inch display on the Motorola One Fusion+ is an IPS panel and is HDR 10 certified. Motorola has also added a loud bottom-firing speaker which makes this smartphone a good package for viewing content.
Powering the Motorola One Fusion+ is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor which is capable of handling day to day tasks as well as gaming with ease. It could manage heavy games at high settings without any issues. The One Fusion+ also packs in a big 5,000mAh battery which delivered excellent battery life. Charging isn't the fastest using the supplied 18W charger but the phone took around 2 hours to charge completely.
Motorola ships the One Fusion+ with stock Android which isn't very common. It is very easy to get used to this device. There are no pre-installed apps or bloatware on this device. Motorola One Fusion+ has a quad-camera setup with a 64-megapixel primary camera. It manages good photos in daylight and enables HDR automatically in bright scenes. The macro camera also delivers a good output. In lowlight, the camera performance is average but it is improved drastically with night mode enabled.
Just like the Vivo X50 Pro, the Vivo X50 looks striking from any angle and is easily one the best looking phones I've seen from the company of late. It has a 6.56-inch AMOLED display with a full-HD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, and HDR10+ certification. Overall, the Vivo X50 is a very well-built smartphone with a premium in-hand feel.
The Vivo X50 runs the same software as the X50 Pro, Funtouch OS 10.5, based on Android 10. There's a lot that's packed into this custom Android skin, starting with plenty of redundant apps such as Vivo's own app store, browser, and email client — none of which can be uninstalled.
The Vivo X50 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC and performance has been nothing but great. Unlocking the phone is quick and seamless, the interface is always snappy thanks to the high-refresh-rate screen, and multitasking isn't a problem. I found the battery life of the Vivo X50 to be more than satisfactory. Even with light gaming and camera use, I was easily getting at least a day and a half, and sometimes even up to two full days on one charge.
The main rear camera was pretty impressive overall. In daylight, landscape shots packed in plenty of detail, colours were vibrant, and exposure was balanced.In low light, the main camera automatically decreases shutter speed for better exposure. There's a bit of grain, and brightly lit areas can look overexposed, but switching to Night mode fixes both these issues.
The Realme Narzo 10a is largely a cosmetic update to the Realme C3, which isn't a bad thing at all, as that model has performed very well in our tests. The Narzo 10a adds a fingerprint sensor, which takes care of one of our biggest complaints with the C3, as well as a macro camera on the rear, which is fun to use but not very practical. Performance is excellent thanks to the MediaTek Helio G70 processor, and you can get a decent enough gaming experience even with today's heavy games. The cameras are just about average, but quality dips a lot in low light. Battery life is excellent and we could get two full days of casual usage out of a single charge. This phone is available in So White and So Blue, with a gigantic Realme logo emblazoned across the back. Only one configuration is available, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
The Realme Narzo 10 is a low-cost phone that claims to offer a great experience for young gamers thanks to the MediaTek Helio G80 SoC. It has an interesting look with subtle stripes down the back that appear to shift as you turn the phone under the light. It feels well built but is a little heavy thanks to the 5000mAh battery. The 6.5-inch display is quite good and the HD resolution won't stress the processor too much, but some might prefer a crisper full-HD panel at this price. There are no variants, so you can only get this phone with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage in India. Gaming performance is quite good, though we did feel the upper rear get a bit warm while playing heavy games. Battery life is excellent and you can get well over a day of usage out of each charge. The cameras are largely average, with the primary one doing well in the daytime but the wide-angle and macro cameras feeling a little sub-par. Low light photography isn't great, and video is also limited in quality.
The Redmi Note 9 is an entry-level offering from Xiaomi in the Note 9 series. It shares the same design as the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. It sports a 6.53-inch display with a hole-punch on the top left corner. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to protect the display. The display has good viewing angles but the notch could be distracting to a few people.
The Redmi Note 9 Is powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 SoC. The Redmi Note 9 is available in three variants; 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, 4GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, and 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. Storage can be expanded further using a microSD card slot. The Redmi Note 9 houses a 5,020mAh battery and gets a 22.5W charger in the box.
The Redmi Note 9 has a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The Redmi Note 9 manages good photos in daylight and the AI is quick to detect scenes. Lowlight camera performance was average and the Night mode did not make a huge difference in the output.
The Vivo V19 is the successor to the Vivo V17 and is yet another selfie-focused smartphone from the company. Vivo has focused on the design and the build quality of the device and the V19 feels like a premium device. The body is made out of Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and feels premium to the touch. Vivo also offers it in some interesting colours.
The 6.44-inch AMOLED display has full-HD+ resolution and sharp output. It has excellent viewing angles, and the panel gets bright enough when outdoors. Vivo also offers an in-display fingerprint scanner on the Vivo V19 which is quick to unlock the device. Powering the smartphone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC which is weak. There is 8GB of RAM which helps the smartphone handle day-to-day tasks well.
It has a quad-camera setup at the back and a dual-camera setup for selfies. We found the camera performance to be good and the software easy to use. Daylight camera performance is good and the phone manages good edge detection in portrait shots. Low-light camera performance is acceptable but shooting in night mode is a tad slow.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is a part of the Redmi Note 9 series along with the Redmi Note 9 Pro. This new smartphone is identical to the Redmi Note 9 Pro and shares a lot of core hardware as well. It sports a big 6.67-inch display with a hole-punch at the centre of the display towards the top of the panel. It isn’t comfortable to use single-handedly as it is tall and bulky. The main reason for the bulk of this smartphone is the big 5,020mAh battery of this smartphone.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, it is a capable processor and can handle daily tasks very well. The phone is offered in three variants, 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM with 128GB storage. The smartphone can handle games well but it can get warm if you game for longer durations.
It offers very good battery life and we could go beyond a day and a half before needing to charge the device again. It has support for 33W fast charging which is very helpful and is capable of topping the device up in about an hour. However, fast charging does cause the phone to get hot.
The quad-camera setup on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is better than the Redmi Note 9 Pro in terms of resolution. The phone manages good shots during the day but it does sharpen the output. In low-light, it manages to keep noise in check but the night mode does a far better job. Video is stabilised electronically and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max does a very good job in daylight, low-light stabilisation causes a shimmer effect.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro has a lower starting price than its predecessors, but also doesn't offer all the modern features that you might expect. It has a 6.67-inch LCD screen with a 60Hz refresh rate and hole-punch front camera at the top. The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G which is surprisingly powerful for this segment. You also get a 5020mAh battery and suppport for 18W fast charging.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro is powerful and everyday work will go smoothly. The display is large and crisp, making games and movies look good. You have a choice between variants, one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and the other with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
The 48-megapixel primary camera was slightly disappointing overall, particularly in low light. There's also an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front you get a 16-megapixel selfie camera.
The Realme 6 Pro is a mid-range flagship featuring the powerful Snapdragon 720G chipset and a quad rear camera setup. It features a 6.6-inch LCD display, which produces good colours and brightness. There's no in-dsiplay fingerprint sensor so Realme has used a capacitive one in the power button. There's face unlock too, which works very well.
Realme has used a modern-looking, hole-punch cutout in the display for the two front cameras. The phone is avilable with up 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The latter is expandable. App and gaming performance is very good and we didn't face any issue with heating either. The 4,300mAh battery easily lasts for a day and half and there's 30W fast charging too.
The main 64-megapixel camera captures good quality photos in daylight and at night. Night mode comes in handy here. There's a wide-angle camera which is useful and macro camera for ultra close-up shots. The 6 Pro can also shoot video up to 4K resolution.
The Realme 6 is a budget smartphone and among the very few ones to sport a 90Hz display on a budget. That's not all, the Realme 6 also packs in some powerful hardware in the form of the MediaTek Helio G90T SoC. The Realme 6 sports a 6.5-inch full-hd+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It also has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
The Realme 6 has a plastic body and gets gradient colours. Realme offers this smartphone in three variants, 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. Realme has also packed in a 4,300mAh battery which offers very good battery life and bundled a 30W charger with the smartphone.
Realme has quipped the Realme 6 with a quad-camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 119-degree field of view, a 2-megapixel monochrome camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Photos clicked from the Realme 6 were good and the camera had good dynamic range. Photos from the wide-angle camera had slight barrel distortion at the edges. Lowlight camera performance takes a dip but it still manages good shots. The Night mode improves low light performance further.
Oppo Reno 3 Pro was launched on 2nd March 2020 in India. This smartphone has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display along with an in-display fingerprint scanner. The Oppo Reno 3 Pro is sold in three colours, Auroral Blue, Midnight Black and Sky White. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P95 SoC. It comes with 8GB of RAM and has two storage options, 128GB and 256GB.
The Oppo Reno 3 Pro has a 4025mAh battery and also has support for 30W VOOC charging. It runs ColourOS 7 on top of Android 10. The AMOLED display has good viewing angles and the in-display fingerprint scanner is fast to unlock the device. It also has the face unlock feature which can be used to unlock the smartphone.
It sports a quad-camera setup at the back consisting of a 64-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, a 13-megapixel telephoto camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 119-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel mono camera. At the front, this phone has a 44-megapixel selfie shooter along with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. We found the photo quality to be good in daylight conditions and average in low-light conditions. The Reno 3 Pro has a night mode as well that helps take a better shot. Low-light video recording was a little disappointing.
Battery performance on the Oppo Reno 3 Pro was good and the phone lasted us for about a day and a half easily before needing charge.
The Samsung Galaxy M31 sports a big 6.4-inch display and has a waterdrop notch at the top. It has thin bezels around the AMOLED display which helps it stand out among the competition. The Galaxy M31 is comfortable to hold in the hand but is a little heavy at 191g. The weight of the smartphone is mainly because of the big 6,000mAh battery that it packs.
Samsung has equipped the Galaxy M31 with an Exynos 9611 SoC and gets 6GB of RAM. It has two storage variants to choose from, 64GB and 128GB. The Galaxy M31 is a dual SIM device with support for 4G as well as VoLTE. It runs Samsung OneUI 2.0 on top of Android 10. We found the Galaxy M31 to have a fair amount of bloatware onboard.
The Galaxy M31 has a quad-camera setup at the back with the primary being a 64-megapixel shooter. It also houses an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. Daylight camera performance is good but low-light camera performance was disappointing.
The iQoo 3 is the first smartphone from the brand in the Indian market. It is also one of the few smartphones to sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. iQoo has launched three variants of the iQoo 3 out of which only the top version supports 5G networks. The base variant has 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage, the mid-variant has 8GB RAM and 256GB storage while the top variant has 12GB RAM and 256GB storage.
The iQoo 3 has a big 6.44-inch display and is a bit heavy at 214g. It also packs in a 4,440mAh battery and has support for 55W FlashCharge. It has touch-sensitive shoulder buttons which can be useful when gaming on the smartphone.
iQoo 3 runs iQoo UI on top of Android 10 and have a few apps preinstalled. The smartphone has a quad-camera setup at the back comprising of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, 13-megapixel telephoto camera, 13-megapixel wide-angle-camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
Realme C3 is a budget smartphone from Realme and it sports a sunrise design. The company offers the phone in two colours Frozen Blue and Blazing Red. It has a big display that measures 6.5-inches and has a 20:9 aspect ratio. The Realme C3 sports a 5,000mAh battery which is a highlight for this smartphone. This is also the reason why it is a tad heavy at 195g.
The Realme C3 is powered by a Mediatek Helio G70 SoC and comes in two variants. The base variant has 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage while the other variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. It is a dual SIM device with support for 4G as well as VoLTE on both SIM slots. It runs Realme UI 1.0 on top of Android 10.
It sports a dual-camera setup at the back with a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It clicks decent photos but low-light could do with some improvements.
The Poco X2 offers good value for money, with specifications and capabilities that few other companies can match in the sub-Rs. 20,000 market. The design, with its attention-grabbing circular patch on the rear and bright gradient finishes, might be a bit polarising but Poco has used Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back for durability. You get a large 6.67-inch screen with dual front cameras embedded in a cutout in the top-right corner. The display is bright, and supports a 120Hz refresh rate as well as HDR-10, but we didn't find it to be too vibrant. Performance is very good thanks to the Snapdragon 730G processor, and you can get up to 8GB of RAM with up to 256GB of storage for less than Rs. 20,000. This phone also boasts of a 64-megapixel primary rear camera and it took very good stills in the daytime. The night mode also helped low-light photos look good. The wide-angle and macro cameras are less useful but still nice to have. Daytime videos looked good, but quality suffered a lot at night, especially when recording at 4K. Battery life was also quite good, but not spectacular.
Realme 5i shares the same design as the Realme 5 and the Realme 5s. It has a 6.52-inch display and a tiny waterdrop notch that houses the selfie camera. The Realme 5i packs a 5,000mAh battery which makes it a tad bulky at 195g. This smartphone is available in Aqua Blue and Forest Green colour variants.
The Realme 5i has a quad-camera setup at the back with a 12-megapixel primary sensor, a wide-angle camera, a macro camera and a depth sensor. This smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It also has an option for storage expansion upto 256GB.
It runs ColorOS 6.0.1on top of Android 9 Pie. The cameras on the Realme 5i are quick to focus and managed good details. It managed good shots in daylight but low-light camera performance was below-average.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite features a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED+ panel, with a full-HD+ resolution and supoorts HDR10+ colour profile. Colours and punchy and brightness level is good. The back of the phone has a polycarbonate layer which resembles glass. Button placement feels ergonomic, and on the left, we have a hybrid dual-SIM tray that can either take two Nano-SIM cards or a single SIM and a microSD card.
The Gaalxy S10 Lite is powered by a Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is last year's flagship chip. Performance is very good and the phone doesn't get overly hot when gaming. It features One UI 2.0, which is based on Android 10, however it lacks the India-specific features which we saw in the Galaxy A51.
The phone has a 4,500mAh battery capacity, which offers enough power to get you through an entire day on one charge. The bundled charger supports 25W fast charging.
In the back, the main 48-megapixel camera captures good stills, thanks to OIS for better stabilisation. The wide-angle camera also does a good job under good light. The 5-megapixel macro camera also captures very good extreme close-ups. 4K video recording is supported but only up to 30fps. Low light image quality is very good too.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite is an affordable version of the Galaxy Note 10 series. While it is more affordable, it still houses the S-Pen stylus that is bundled with the Galaxy Note series. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite sports a big 6.7-inch display and has an in-display fingerprint scanner. Samsung has packed in a big 4,500mAh battery which makes it a little heavy at 199g.
Powering the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is the Exynos 9810 SoC which is the same chip powering the Galaxy S9 phone. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is available in two variants and 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage and 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite runs One UI 2.0 running on top of Android 10.
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite delivered god performance and it was quite efficient as the battery could last over a day easily. The stylus is also very useful to jot down notes on the device. It has a triple camera setup at the back and does a good job in different lighting conditions. Video recording is good during the day but needs some improvements for low light.
The Realme X2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC, making it the first smartphone under Rs. 20,000 to have it. It's designed around the Realme XT, with nearly idential ports and button placement. It also features a dewdrop notch with a large, Super AMOLED display and a in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone fetaures two Nano-SIM card slots and a dedicated slot for a microSD card.
It's available in three variants, with the first starting at Rs. 16,999. We tested the top-end varaint, which had 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage at Rs. 20,000. ColorOS offers lots of customisation and runs smoothly. Gaming performance is especially good and we didn't notice any overheating issues either. The bottom speaker gets loud thanks to Dolby Atmos enhancements.
The front camera is a 32-megapixel sensor and captures good quality selfies under good light. The rear quad cameras are exactly the same as the Realme XT. The main 64-megapixel sensor shoots sharp images in daylight and Nightscape works well for low-light shots. The widde-angle camera is competent too, given enough light. There's also two, 2-megapixel cameras for depth and macro shots.
Battery life is decent as the 4,000mAh battery easily lasts for more than a day. However, it does have very fast charging thanks to the VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 standard, which can fully charge the battery in little over an hour.
Vivo V17 is a good looking smartphone finished in a fancy paint job, At the front, it has a hole-punch selfie camera which makes it look modern. It has a 6.44-inch display with thin bezels on the sides. It also packs in a 4,500mAh battery but it isn’t very bulky at 176g. It sports a quad-camera setup at the back with a 48-megapixel primary shooter.
Powering the Vivo V17 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC which is relatively dated. It is paired with 8GB of RAM which makes multitasking easy. There is 128GB of storage which is plenty for an average user. The Vivo V17 runs Funtouch OS 9.2 on top of Android 9. There is a fair amount of bloatware on the device and we found that a few preinstalled apps pushed spammy notifications.
Battery life is good and the smartphone could last over a day easily. Camera performance of the Vivo V17 was very good in daylight but low-light photos had some noise. Night mode helps deliver a better shot. Low-light video recording is below average and could do with a few tweaks.
The Vivo U20 is from the online exclusive U series from Vivo. The Vivo U20 sports a 6.53-inch IPS LCD display with a dewdrop notch at the top. It has a full-HD+ resolution and a screen-to-body ratio of 90.3 percent. The phone is a tad bulky at 193g which is mainly down to the 5,000mAh battery that it packs.
Powering the Vivo U20 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC and it is offered with 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants. Storage for both these variants remains the same at 64GB which is further expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card slot. The smartphone is available in Racing Black and Blaze Blue colour variants. In the box, the smartphone comes with an 18W fast charger which helps top the device quickly.
Vivo ships the U20 with Funtouch OS 9.2 running on top of Android 9. It does get a fair amount of bloatware preinstalled on the smartphone. The Vivo U20 has a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 16-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel super-wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. For selfies, it has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. It clicks decent photos in daylight but low-light camera isn’t great.
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