BEST MOBILE PHONES

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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.

Smartphones on this Gadgets 360 Best Mobile Phones page are sorted by the date launched, so the further down you go, the older the phone. The ratings visible on each phone on the page are the overall ratings of each phone. On this page, you can see the price and key specifications of each phone right here, and you can click on each phone’s review links to see their detailed reviews, and clicking on the phone’s name takes you to its detailed specifications page. Phones listed here were launched in the past one year.

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Cameras are the main star of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G. There's a new-generation 108-megapixel primary camera,12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and two telephoto cameras. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G has a mighty impressive set of rear cameras, and all of them have important roles to play, unlike phones with dedicated depth or macro cameras. The selfie camera is also equally competent here.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is also a true-blue flagship with cutting-edge components like the Exynos 2100 5G SoC. It managed to run graphically intensive games such as Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends at the QHD+ resolution. The Galaxy S21 Ultra also fully supports Samsung's S Pen, which is sold as an accessory.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G doubles up as an excellent device for media consumption. The 6.8-inch AMOLED display gets incredibly bright, and colours look rich and punchy. The 5,000mAh battery capacity is the same as what the Galaxy S20 Ultra had, and easily lasts for more than a full day of heavy to medium usage. The new design makes the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G look way better than previous models. Samsung's new contour-cut design for the camera module is unique, and manages to mask the camera bulge pretty well.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Specifications
Display 6.80-inch, 1440x3220 pixels
Processor Samsung Exynos 2100
RAM 12GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 108MP + 12MP + 10MP + 10MP
Front Camera 40MP

The Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G is also very slim and light, measuring 7.6mm in thickness and weighing just 173g. The flattened top has a ‘Designed for Reno' inscription, while the dual-SIM tray, USB Type-C port, and a single speaker are on the bottom. Build quality is also very good, despite this phone having a plastic frame, and the rear cameras barely protrude at all.

The Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G is the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ SoC, which is built on a 7nm process featuring four ARM Cortex-A77 and four ARM Cortex-A55 cores. It has an integrated 5G modem and supports wireless connectivity such as Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. The Reno 5 Pro runs ColorOS 11.1, which is based on Android 11.

I found the display to be excellent. Brightness was more than adequate, and even under sunlight, content was very legible. In the real world, the Reno 5 Pro 5G is able to handle demanding apps and games with relative ease.

The Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G is a good package overall for the price. It has a premium design, a vivid display, long battery life, very fast charging, and fairly competent cameras. Video quality could be improved though, especially in low light, and I would like to see stabilisation at 4K. It wouldn't have hurt to have stereo speakers either.

Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G Specifications
Display 6.55-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 1000+
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4350mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP

OnePlus 8T Specifications
Display 6.55-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM 12GB
Storage 256GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 16MP + 5MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

iPhone 12 Pro Specifications
Display 6.10-inch, 1170x2532 pixels
Processor Apple A14 Bionic
Storage 64GB
Rear Camera 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Front Camera 12MP

iPhone 12 Pro Max Specifications
Display 6.70-inch, 1284x2778 pixels
Processor Apple A14 Bionic
Storage 128GB
Rear Camera 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Front Camera 12MP

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.

iPhone 12 mini Specifications
Display 5.40-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor Apple A14 Bionic
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Rear Camera 12MP + 12MP
Front Camera 12MP

The iPhone 12 costs more than its predecessors but has a crisp new HDR OLED screen. It offers nearly all the feaures of the iPhone 12 Pro, minus some camera capabilities, but should be a good enough package for most users. Apple has returned to a flat aluminium frame but the iPhone 12 promises to be more durable thanks to its Ceramic Shield material on the front and IP68 rating. 

You get the A14 Bionic SoC which makes everyday use extremely smooth and responsive, but the device does get a bit warm when stressed. Battery life is good, but not great, and you'll be able to get through a full day. The iPhone 12 is relatively light and easy to handle. iOS 14 has some new customisation options and privacy features.

You get two rear cameras - a wide-angle and an ultra-wide-angle one, which both have 12-megapixel sensors. Night mode now works across all cameras including the front one, and still shots as well as videos are remarkably sharp and detailed in the daytime as well as at night.

iPhone 12 Specifications
Display 6.10-inch, 1170x2532 pixels
Processor Apple A14 Bionic
Storage 64GB
Rear Camera 12MP + 12MP
Front Camera 12MP

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.   

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Samsung Exynos 990
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 12MP + 12MP + 8MP
Front Camera 32MP

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
RAM 12GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 108MP + 12MP + 12MP
Front Camera 10MP

Google Pixel 4a Specifications
Display 5.81-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 3140mAh
Rear Camera 12.2MP
Front Camera 8MP

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. 

Asus ROG Phone 3 Specifications
Display 6.59-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 6000mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 13MP + 5MP
Front Camera 24MP

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.

OnePlus Nord Specifications
Display 6.44-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
RAM 12GB
Storage 256GB
Battery Capacity 4115mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP + 8MP

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. 

 

Vivo X50 Pro Specifications
Display 6.56-inch, 1080x2376 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4315mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 13MP
Front Camera 32MP

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. 

Realme X3 SuperZoom Specifications
Display 6.60-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
RAM 12GB
Storage 256GB
Battery Capacity 4200mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP + 8MP

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.

OnePlus 8 Specifications
Display 6.55-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM 12GB
Storage 256GB
Battery Capacity 4300mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 16MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

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. 

OnePlus 8 Pro Specifications
Display 6.78-inch, 1440x3168 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4510mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 48MP + 5MP
Front Camera 16MP

The Realme Narzo 30A has a dual pattern of sorts with the bottom two-thirds having  diagonal lines, while the upper section is plain. You also get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner that is well-positioned and easy to reach. The side-mounted power and volume buttons are conveniently placed too.

The Realme Narzo 30A gets a decently big 6.5-inch display with a tall 20:9 aspect ratio. It has the SIM tray on the left side of the frame and has two Nano-SIM slots and a dedicated slot for storage expansion. The Narzo 30A tips the scales at 207g and is noticeably heavy since packs in a big 6,000mAh battery.

You get a 18W charger which is a neat addition.The Realme Narzo 30A is available in two colour options: Lazer Black and Lazer Blue. You get a more powerful MediaTek Helio G85 SoC that’s paired with either 3GB or 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM, depending on which variant you choose. These variants are paired with 32GB and 64GB of storage respectively. Storage is expandable further upto 256GB using a microSD card. 

If this is what your typical usage pattern looks like, then the Narzo 30A should not disappoint. The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner was quick at authentication, and face recognition too did not need more than a single attempt to unlock the smartphone. The Realme Narzo 30A sports a 13-megapixel primary camera and a monochrome portrait camera with an unspecified resolution. At the front, it has an 8-megapixel camera for selfies. The rear camera performance was average in most shooting conditions but the phone did deliver good selfies.

Realme Narzo 30A Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 720x1600 pixels
Processor MediaTek Helio G85
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB
Battery Capacity 6000mAh
Rear Camera 13MP
Front Camera 8MP

The Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G is currently the least expensive 5G phone in India with a starting price of Rs. 16,999. The all-plastic body has held up well so far, ergonomics are good, and it doesn't feel very heavy even though it weighs about 194g. The side-mounted fingerprint sensor works very well. All that's needed is a quick tap to unlock the phone. The display is a 6.5-inch full-HD+ LCD panel with good levels of brightness and colour saturation.

The Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G runs on the MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC, which has a built-in 5G modem, and is quite powerful and power efficient. Software on the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G is a bit of a letdown since it's still Android 10 and not 11, which is what many others are offering. Performance of the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G has been pretty solid as the SoC handles multitasking or demanding tasks such as gaming, pretty easily. Battery life is equaly good. 

The cameras on the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G are your run-of-the-mill setup. There's a primary 48-megapixel camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The cameras perform decently but low-light performance is weak. 

The bottom line is, if you're considering the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G, I'd recommend sticking to the base variant.

Realme Narzo 30 Pro Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 800U
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

The Samsung Galaxy F62 is a new mid-range smartphone, and only the second model in the recently introduced F series. The back and frame are built from plastic but this phone still manages to feel sturdy. It's a thick phone at 9.5mm, and it's heavier than the Galaxy M51 at 218g.  The highlight of the Samsung Galaxy F62 is the Exynos 9825 SoC. One UI looks slick, switching between apps is snappy, and the phone doesn't heat up with regular use. Games run just fine too. Titles such as CSR Racing 2 and Call of Duty: Mobile look great and run well.

Battery life is another big win for the Samsung Galaxy F62. The 7,000mAh battery easily lasted me close to two full days even with heavy usage, which was impressive.The cameras on the Galaxy F62 have been borrowed from the Galaxy M51 too. All the cameras on the Samsung Galaxy F62 do above-average jobs when shooting in daylight. Low-light performance is a little weak, especially when it comes to videos. 

If you want a phone that can easily last for more than a day even with very rigorous usage, you should consider it.

Samsung Galaxy F62 Specifications
Display 6.70-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Samsung Exynos 9825
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 7000mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP
Front Camera 32MP

The Realme X7 Pro 5G looks quite similar to the Realme 7 Pro, especially the design of the rear camera module. One-handed use is quite comfortable thanks to the slim body and relatively low weight of 184g. The display is one of the highlights of the Realme X7 Pro which is a 6.55-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED panel with an in-display fingerprint sensor, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5, and support for HDR video playback.

Another feature worth noting is the use of MediaTek's Dimensity 1000+ 5G SoC which is a power-efficient SoC with strong CPU and GPU performance. The Realme X7 Pro 5G ran smoothly in the short time I had to test it. I didn't notice any unwarranted heating, system lag, or slowdowns of any kind.

The Realme X7 Pro 5G is still running Realme UI 1.0, based on Android 10. There's not much that we haven't already seen. It's still flooded with bloatware, although most of that can be removed. The Realme X7 Pro 5G posted strong benchmark numbers, and games such as Oceanhorn and Call of Duty Mobile ran effortlessly.

The Realme X7 Pro 5G has a familiar camera configuration which we've seen on some of its previous smartphones. You get a 32-megapixel selfie camera on the front, and at the back, there are four sensors which include a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, a 2-megapixel monochrome camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Daylight performance is good but it struggles to give satisfactory results in low light.

Realme X7 Pro 5G Specifications
Display 6.55-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 1000+
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP

The Mi 10i is relatively affordable but still offers a 108-megapixel primary camera, 5G, an IP53 rating, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor. It also has some neat touches including a notification LED, 3.5mm audio socket, and stereo speakers. It's available in three variants, with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Performance in everyday tasks is good, and even gaming posed no problem. The back of the phone doesn't get too warm when stressed. Camera performance was somewhat disappointing in the daytime and at night, especially the fact that the three secondary rear cameras are quite ordinary. 4K video came out looking discoloured and there's no stabilisation. Battery life on the other hand was impressive. 

Xiaomi Mi 10i Specifications
Display 6.67-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4820mAh
Rear Camera 108MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP
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Poco M3

The Poco M3 is a budget smartphone and is priced under Rs.15,000. It has a 6.53 inch full-HD+ display with a dewdrop notch at the top. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers, and an IR emitter to control appliances. This smartphone has a triple camera setup at the back. It is quite well designed and looks far more premium than it is actually priced. The rear panel has a textured finish which helps keep fingerprints away.

 

The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor and gets 6GB of RAM. There are two storage variants available, 64GB and 128GB. Storage is expandable via dedicated microSD card slot and it accepts cards up to 512 GB. It packs in a 6000 mA battery which is good for the price. It has support for 18W charging and gets a 22.5W charger in the box. 

 

The Poco M3 is capable of handling day to day tasks and the battery managed to last for a day and a half. The big battery does help with battery life, but it takes over two hours to charge it completely. With 6GB of RAM onboard it is capable of multitasking very easily. You can play most games but with heavier games, it tends to get warm to the touch. You get a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor on the Poco M3. The camera performance was average overall with the phone managing decent photos in daylight but lowlight performance wasn’t impressive. The Poco M3 does click better photos with Night mode enabled, but it takes about four seconds to take a shot.

Poco M3 Specifications
Display 6.53-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 6000mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 8MP

The Infinix Zero 8i is a tall smartphone with a  big 6.85-inch display with 90Hz refresh rate. It has got a dual selfie camera setup embedded in the top left corner. The Zero 8i isn't thick, and the curved sides make it comfortable to hold. Infinix has put the fingerprint scanner on the power button which is slowly becoming the norm these days even for budget smartphones. The positioning of the fingerprint scanner is convenient but I can't say the same about the volume buttons which are on the same side.

There is a selfie flash towards the top of the display, which is neatly hidden from sight. The Zero 8i is available in two colours, Silver Diamond, and Black Diamond. II found the Infinix Zero 8i to be a little too heavy, tipping the scales at 210g. It packs in a 4,500mAh battery and s capable of 33W fast charging but ships with an 18W charger in the box.

Infinix has picked the MediaTek Helio G90T processor. There is 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. You get a triple-slot tray on the Infinix Zero 8i to accommodate dual Nano-SIMs and a microSD card. The Infinix Zero 8i unlocks quickly while using the fingerprint scanner as well as the face unlock feature. The big display on the Zero 8i makes content engaging and I enjoyed streaming video on it. Stereo speakers would have enhanced the overall experience.

The Infinix Zero 8i has a quad-camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a low-light sensor For selfies, there's a 16-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera.

Daylight shots were average and managed decent detail. Shots from the ultra-wide-angle camera lacked detail and had a slightly different colour tone. Lowlight camera performance was average and it lacked detail. Night mode had a better output but fine grain was visible on zooming in.

If you are looking for a smartphone to game on, the Zero8i definitely has the performance. The camera performance isn't the best and it could have done with a slightly bigger battery.

Infinix Zero 8i Specifications
Display 6.85-inch, 1080x2460 pixels
Processor MediaTek Helio G90T
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + AI lens
Front Camera 16MP + 8MP

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G Specifications
Display 6.67-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 108MP + 13MP + 5MP
Front Camera 20MP

Vivo V20 SE Specifications
Display 6.44-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4100mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP
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Poco X3

Poco X3 Specifications
Display 6.67-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 6000mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 20MP

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.

Vivo V20 Specifications
Display 6.44-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 44MP

Just like the Vivo V20, the Vivo V20 Pro focuses on design and cameras. The patterns created on the Sunset Melody colorway when light hits the back panel look very funky. The display on the Vivo V20 Pro is once again very similar to that of the V20. It is a 6.44-inch full-HD+ AMOLED panel with Schott's Xensation Up cover glass. Colours are rich, it gets very bright, and there's HDR support too.

Videos look great on the Vivo V20 Pro thanks to the vivid AMOLED panel. HDR videos on YouTube play smoothly. The Vivo V20 Pro is a good phone for gaming since the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G can handle even demanding titles fairly well without overheating. Funtouch OS 11 on the V20 Pro is packed to the gills with shortcuts and customisation options.

The Vivo V20 Pro boasts of impressive camera specifications. For selfies, you get a 44-megapixel primary camera with a f/2.0 aperture and autofocus, and an additional ultra-wide-angle 8-megapixel camera. Compared to the OnePlus Nord, the V20 Pro offers slightly sharper selfies and more interesting shooting modes, however the Nord does have a slight edge when it comes to video performance.

If you're looking for a mid-range 5G smartphone that's not a OnePlus Nord, the V20 Pro gets our recommendation.

Vivo V20 Pro Specifications
Display 6.44-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 44MP + 8MP

The Realme Narzo 20 Pro shares the same design as the Realme 7. It sports a 6.5-inch 90Hz full-HD+ display with a camera hole in the top left corner which some might find to be distracting. The Narzo 20 Pro has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner placed on the power button. The volume buttons are moved over to the other side of the device, which makes them easy to hit.

The Narzo 20 Pro has a quad-camera setup and the back panel has a V-shaped pattern that shines when light bounces off it at the right angle Realme has used a 4,500mAh battery for the Narzo 20 Pro, consisting of two 2,250mAh cells, in order to enable faster charging. It supports Realme's proprietary 65W SuperDart charging, with a suitable charger bundled in the box. The Narzo 20 Pro weighs 191g which is acceptable given its size and the battery it packs in.

Realme has opted for the same MediaTek Helio G95 for the Narzo 20 Pro. It has two variants with 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, The Narzo 20 Pro gave me no reason to complain in everyday use. It was quick to load apps, and switching between them was a breeze. The fingerprint scanner and face recognition were quick to unlock the device.

The quad-camera setup on the Narzo 20 Pro consists of a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel black-and-white portrait camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. the phone clicks 12-megapixel shots by default and had good dynamic range. Photos from the ultra-wide-angle camera had a lower resolution output. Close-ups were good, and the Narzo 20 Pro managed sharp results with a soft blur for the background. Portrait shots were decent.

Low-light camera performance was strictly average but  switching to Night mode returned slightly brighter results.Selfies taken with the Realme Narzo 20 Pro were decent, and the output was smoothened. Video recording tops out at 4K for the primary camera, while the selfie camera can shoot up to 1080p footage. Daylight videos shot at 1080p had a mild shimmer while 4K footage wasn't stabilised.

Realme Narzo 20 Pro Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Helio G95
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP
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LG Wing Specifications
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 13MP + 12MP
Front Camera 32MP

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. 

Motorola Moto E7 Plus Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 720x1600 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 2MP
Front Camera 8MP

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. 

Realme 7 Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Helio G95
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

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.

 

Realme 7 Pro Specifications
Display 6.40-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP

The Realme X7 5G comes in at an attractive price and boasts of the brand new MediaTek Dimensity 800U processor, plus 5G (dual-SIM, dual-standby) and an eye-catching design. The pattern on the back and giant brand slogan might not be to everyone's taste, but that's only on the 'Nebula" version, and there's also a sober 'Space Silver' option. The Realme X7 has a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with an in-display fingerprint sensor. It's relatively light and compact but still has a 4,310mAh battery and delivered excellent runtime during our review. You can use the bundled proprietary 65W fast charger, but this phone actually charges at up to 50W. The screen is pleasant enough and the speaker is quite good. Games and videos were both enjoyable. The cameras however are somewhat disappointing, with capturing just average detail in many situations. The Realme X7 5G is a strong contender in its price segment.

Realme X7 5G Specifications
Display 6.40-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 800U
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4310mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

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. 

Samsung Galaxy M51 Specifications
Display 6.70-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 7000mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP
Front Camera 32MP

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. 

Motorola Moto G9 Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 720x1600 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 8MP

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.

Oppo Reno 4 Pro Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP

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. 

Samsung Galaxy M31s Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Samsung Exynos 9611
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 6000mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP
Front Camera 32MP

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.

Realme 6i Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Helio G90T
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 4300mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

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.

Poco M2 Pro Specifications
Display 6.67-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5020mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

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. 

Motorola One Fusion+ Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

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.

Vivo X50 Specifications
Display 6.56-inch, 1080x2376 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4200mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 5MP
Front Camera 32MP

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.  

Realme Narzo 10A Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 720x1600 pixels
Processor MediaTek Helio G70
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 12MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 5MP

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. 

Realme Narzo 10 Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 720x1600 pixels
Processor MediaTek Helio G80
RAM 4GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

The LG Velvet is the spiritual successor of the LG G8X ThinQ. It sports a big 6.8-inch display with a 20.5:9 aspect ratio. Just like the LG G8X ThinQ, the LG Velvet also has a dual screen accessory that enables dual screen functionality. The LG Velvet is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor which is slightly dated at this point. LG has paired the processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You do have the option to expand storage but it comes at the cost of the second SIM slot since the smartphone has a hybrid SIM slot. 

The LG Velvet has a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, it has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter positioned in the dewdrop notch at the front. The camera performance is very good and the smartphone is capable of clicking some very good photos in different lighting conditions. The air on the phone is quick to recognise what it is pointed to words and in lowlight, the Night mode is very useful in order to extract more detail out of the image. Very good and the smartphone is capable of clicking some very good photos in different lighting conditions. The AI on the phone is quick to recognise what it is pointed towards. In lowlight, the Night mode helps the smartphone capture better details.

Smartphone performance is good but considering it has a dated processor it isn’t as powerful as some of the recent smartphones in the market. The dual screen accessory is useful especially if you are into multitasking. The 4300mAh battery is good enough to provide about a day and a half worth of battery life. However, it does not have a fast charger bundled in the box. There is support for Quick Charge 3 support and you can buy a compatible charger to enable fast charging.

LG Velvet Specifications
Display 6.80-inch, 1080x2460 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4300mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Front Camera 16MP

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. 

Redmi Note 9 Specifications
Display 6.53-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor MediaTek Helio G85
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5020mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 13MP

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. 

Vivo V19 Specifications
Display 6.44-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP + 8MP

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.

 

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Specifications
Display 6.67-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5020mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP

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. 

Redmi Note 9 Pro Specifications
Display 6.67-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5020mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

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. 

Realme 6 Pro Specifications
Display 6.60-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 4300mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 12MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP + 8MP

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.

Realme 6 Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Helio G90T
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 4300mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

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. 

Oppo Reno 3 Pro Specifications
Display 6.40-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Helio P95 (MT6779V/CV)
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4025mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 44MP + 2MP

Summary list of Best Mobile Phones (07 March 2021)

Best Mobile Phones Price in India
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Rs. 1,05,999
Oppo Reno 5 Pro 5G Rs. 35,990
OnePlus 8T Rs. 42,999
iPhone 12 Pro Rs. 1,19,900
iPhone 12 Pro Max Rs. 1,24,704
iPhone 12 mini Rs. 63,900
iPhone 12 Rs. 76,400
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Rs. 40,998
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G Rs. 1,04,999
Google Pixel 4a Rs. 31,999
Asus ROG Phone 3 Rs. 46,999
OnePlus Nord Rs. 24,999
Vivo X50 Pro Rs. 49,990
Realme X3 SuperZoom Rs. 27,999
OnePlus 8 Rs. 39,999
OnePlus 8 Pro Rs. 54,999
Realme Narzo 30A Rs. 8,999
Realme Narzo 30 Pro Rs. 16,999
Samsung Galaxy F62 Rs. 23,999
Realme X7 Pro 5G Rs. 29,999
Xiaomi Mi 10i Rs. 21,999
Poco M3 Rs. 10,999
Infinix Zero 8i Rs. 15,999
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G Rs. 39,999
Vivo V20 SE Rs. 19,990
Poco X3 Rs. 16,999
Vivo V20 Rs. 24,990
Vivo V20 Pro Rs. 29,990
Realme Narzo 20 Pro Rs. 14,999
LG Wing Rs. 69,990
Motorola Moto E7 Plus Rs. 9,999
Realme 7 Rs. 14,999
Realme 7 Pro Rs. 19,999
Realme X7 5G Rs. 19,999
Samsung Galaxy M51 Rs. 22,999
Motorola Moto G9 Rs. 10,999
Oppo Reno 4 Pro Rs. 34,990
Samsung Galaxy M31s Rs. 18,499
Realme 6i Rs. 12,999
Poco M2 Pro Rs. 12,999
Motorola One Fusion+ Rs. 17,499
Vivo X50 Rs. 33,241
Realme Narzo 10A Rs. 8,999
Realme Narzo 10 Rs. 11,999
Redmi Note 9 Rs. 10,999
Vivo V19 Rs. 20,356
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Rs. 14,999
Redmi Note 9 Pro Rs. 12,999
Realme 6 Pro Rs. 17,999
Realme 6 Rs. 12,999
Oppo Reno 3 Pro Rs. 22,898
List of Best Mobile Phones, last updated on 07 March 2021
 
 

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