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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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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

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 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.

Realme X50 Pro 5G Specifications
Display 6.44-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4200mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 12MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP + 8MP

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. 

Xiaomi Mi 10 Specifications
Display 6.67-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4780mAh
Rear Camera 108MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 20MP

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.

Samsung Galaxy S20+ Specifications
Display 6.70-inch, 1440x3200 pixels
Processor Samsung Exynos 990
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 12MP + 64MP + 12MP
Front Camera 10MP

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
RAM 12GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 108MP + 48MP + 12MP + Depth
Front Camera 40MP

Realme has finally moved beyond the polycarbonate bodies we've seen so far on its phones, for an aluminium body with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back of the X2. The device can be a little slippery and the glass back attracts smudges easily. The earpiece also doubles as a second speaker for stereo sound, which is a welcome feature.

The Realme X2 has a 6.5-inch full-HD+ AMOLED panel and a 90Hz refresh rate. It also has slim borders around the display (including the bottom chin) and a relatively shallow notch. The Realme X2 Pro is a bit on the thicker side at 8.7mm but the curved back tries to compensate for this. It's also quite heavy at nearly 200g but the weight is distributed well.

The X2 is avilable in multiple RAM and storage variants in India, all of which have the Snapdragon 855+ SoC onboard. The phone can accommodate two Nano-SIMs, and dual 4G VoLTE is supported. It ships with ColorOS 6.1, based on Android 9. 

When it comes to performance, the phone ran cool in general but the sides and back got quite warm when gaming and even with heavy camera usage. In videos with Dolby Atmos-encoded audio, the surround effect is somewhat perceptible. The X2 Pro has a 4000mAh battery, which was dependable. On average, we easily got about a day and a half of runtime on a single charge.

The Realme X2 Pro has a good mix of sensors at the back, which include a 64-megapixel main camera, 2-megapixel macro camera, 13-megapixel telephoto and a depth sensor. In general, image quality is really good during the day and we were happy with low light pictures too. 

Realme X2 Pro Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition is a powerful device from the Chinese smartphone maker, and also incredibly stylish. The smart draws inspiration from performance car maker and Formula 1 team McLaren, and we quite liked the styling and design of the smartphone. The device comes in a single black colour variant, with orange accents. There are also McLaren themed aspects to the software, including special wallpapers, system themes, and icon packs that are exlcusive to the device.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC and 12GB RAM, the smartphone is among the most powerful Android devices you can buy. In most ways, the device is exaclty the same as the regular OnePlus 7T Pro, including the cameras, software, and battery. While the charger is also the same in terms of specifications, the McLaren Edition features a special orange-and-black charger and cable combination, keeping with the theme of the smartphone.

OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition Specifications
Display 6.67-inch, 1440x3120 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
RAM 12GB
Storage 256GB
Battery Capacity 4085mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 16MP + 8MP
Front Camera 16MP

The 7T Pro is the replacement for the OnePlus 7 Pro. The frosted, matte texture of the OnePlus 7T Pro's glass rear feels great in the hand and doesn't easily attract fingerprints, but is quite slippery. Other design elements have stayed the same. You get 3D Corning Gorilla Glass on the back and front; a pop-up selfie camera; an in-display fingerprint sensor; stereo speakers; and all the same ports and buttons in the same place.

The display is the same 6.67-inch QHD+ Fluid AMOLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate. We found the display to be excellent in most usage conditions. Colours are vibrant and well saturated, the brightness is very good even under sunlight, and viewing angles are great.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC replaces the Snapdragon 855 which powered the OnePlus 7 Pro. There's also 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. OxygenOS works very well and is a joy to use. 

Overall performance is great. The selfie camera module is quick to pop up to authenticate you and the fingerprint sensor, like last time, is also extremely quick. Media files look and sound great on the OnePlus 7T Pro, thanks to the HDR display and good stereo speakers. The battery capacity of the OnePlus 7T Pro has increased by a tiny bit to 4,085mAh, and with a full day of heavy usage at the 90Hz refresh rate, we still had about 20 percent left in the battery at night.

The OnePlus 7T Pro features the same camera setup as the OnePlus 7 Pro, so to sum up , the performance is good but not as great as say from the likes of the Galaxy S10+. It still struggles in low light and 4K video quality is average. 

OnePlus 7T Pro Specifications
Display 6.67-inch, 1440x3120 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
RAM 8GB
Storage 256GB
Battery Capacity 4085mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 16MP + 8MP
Front Camera 16MP

OnePlus has taken a bunch of features from the more expensive OnePlus 7 Pro and put them into the OnePlus 7T, which is the successor to the OnePlus 7. To add to this confusion, the older two models have only been on the market for around four months prior to this launch. While some buyers will love having more features and power, there are others who will be disappointed that this company has raised the price of its base model yet again. 

The OnePlus 7T offers three rear cameras - a standard 48-megapixel one, a wide-angle one, and a 2X optical zoom one - along with the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, a 90Hz screen, and frosted glass rear panel. These are all premium features, and this phone definitely looks and feels the part, rivalling flagship phones that cost up to twice as much.

You might not like the huge circular camera bump on the rear, and sadly there's no IP rating or wireless charging. There's also still a waterdrop notch cutting into the screen for thefront camera.

Performance is great, especally in games. The cameras are somewhat of a mixed bag, delivering very good results sometimes, but not consistently. This phone also runs Android 10 out of the box, with OnePlus' customised OxygenOS skin. Battery life is good and this phone charges insanely quickly.

New buyers with a budget of Rs. 40,000 will be delighted with the OnePlus 7T but OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro buyers, as well as fans of the brand, might be a little annoyed.

OnePlus 7T Specifications
Display 6.55-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 3800mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 16MP + 12MP
Front Camera 16MP

The biggest iPhone in Apple's lineup, the iPhone 11 Pro Max looks like an incremental upgrade over the iPhone XS Max but it brings some significant changes under the hood. There's a triple camera setup at the back now, letting you choose between the Wide, Ultra Wide, and Telephoto lenses.

The Camera app makes it seamless to pick one or the other, presenting the Ultra Wide camera as a 0.5x zoom, which is certainly an interesting perspective. All this is backed by improved HDR and a brand new Night Mode, which means you get excellent image and video quality in most conditions. For the first time in years, Apple's phones not only compete, but often surpass the competition in terms of low light photography.

An area where Apple's dominance has never really been in doubt has been chip design, and the new Apple A13 Bionic chip continues this tradition. From intensive gaming sessions to editing 4K videos on the go, iPhone 11 Pro Max will handle everything you throw at it with ease, and then some.

There are significant gains to be had in the battery life department as well, and even users with the heaviest of workloads shouldn't have a problem lasting a full day. Most typical users will find the iPhone 11 Pro Max is, in fact, capable of lasting up to two days on a single charge. iOS 13 brings a host of new features and the promise of regular software updates.

So what's not to like? Looking beyond that camera module, the price is an obvious deterrent. What's more, despite paying over a lakh, you get a measly 64GB of internal storage. We also wish Apple adds software features like picture-in-picture that make better use of the big screen.

iPhone 11 Pro Max Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 1242x2688 pixels
Processor Apple A13 Bionic
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 3969mAh
Rear Camera 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Front Camera 12MP

The iPhone 11 is a successor to the iPhone XR and the name represents a reset in Apple's naming strategy to emphasise that this is the "default" iPhone for everyone. Powered by Apple's own A13 Bionic chip, the iPhone 11 trio are the fastest smartphones you can buy today, with the closest competition at the time of filing this review being last year's iPhone lineup.

Perhaps the biggest improvements are in the camera department, achieved by both software and hardware changes. On the rear, you get Wide and Ultra Wide 12-megapixel cameras that produce excellent image quality in nearly all situations. Night Mode makes Apple competitive in low-light photography, and then some, which means the iPhone can finally compete favourably with offerings from Google, Samsung, and Huawei when it comes to night-time shots.

Just like the iPhone XR, this phone will offer you all-day battery life and iOS brings with it the promise of timely updates, something most Android OEMs falter with even today. However, it's not a perfect phone.

The screen is the same low-resolution panel that we saw last year, and Apple continues to bundle a 5W charger with the phone, which is just appalling. While the former is something most people won't notice thanks to the panel's excellent colour accuracy and brightness, the latter is a pain point you will need to live with every day, unless you decide to buy a faster charger separately.

All in all, the iPhone 11 is an unexpectedly compelling upgrade, thanks largely to the significantly improved low-light camera performance. If you have your eyes set on last year's iPhone XR, spend a little bit extra and get this one instead.

iPhone 11 Specifications
Display 6.10-inch, 828x1792 pixels
Processor Apple A13 Bionic
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 3110mAh
Rear Camera 12MP + 12MP
Front Camera 12MP

The LG G8X ThinQ sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a tiny water drop notch at the top. The bezels are thin on the sides of the display while the bottom chin is slightly thicker. It has a dedicated Google Assistant button and is among the few phones to still retain the 3.5mm headphone jack. LG also bundles a dual screen accessory with the device which helps connect a similar display to the phone.

The LG G8x ThinQ smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and it comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. It packs in a 4,000mAh battery and has support for fast charging. The LG G8X ThinQ runs LG UX 9.0 on top of Android 9 Pie. The device also has a Hi-Fi DAC feature and supports DTS:X 3D Surround sound. It offers good performance and the device is capable of handling anything you throw at it.

LG has stuck with a dual-camera setup on the LG G8X ThinQ with a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 13-megapixel wide-angle-camera. The phone clicks decent photos in daylight and low-light photos were also good. Video recording is another strong point for the LG G8X ThinQ.

LG G8X ThinQ Specifications
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
Rear Camera 12MP + 13MP
Front Camera 32MP

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ has a new design and features a new Infinity-O display with a hole for a front-facing camera. The Galaxy Note 10+ has the camera hole right in the centre, at the top of the display and we got used to the hole in a matter of hours. The display sports QHD+ resolution and has good viewing angles. The Galaxy Note 10+ boasts of Dolby Audio support and the stereo speakers do help to improve the content viewing experience. 

While we loved the design of the Galaxy Note 10+, we found it to be a little big for our liking. The S Pen stylus has been improved and Samsung has added more features for it. You will now be able to interact with supported apps using the S Pen.

Samsung has picked the Exynos 9825 SoC to power the Galaxy Note 10+ and has paired it with 12GB of RAM. Given the hardware that the Note 10+ packs we found that nothing could slow the device down. We could multitask easily and the processor could launch all apps very quickly.

The Galaxy Note 10+ runs OneUI on top of Android 9 Pie and was running the latest security patch. There are quite a few apps from Samsung, Google and Microsoft preinstalled. Samsung offers a quad-camera setup and offers good camera performance in different lighting conditions.

The Galaxy Note 10+ sports a 4300mAh battery and is capable of delivering over a day and a half of battery life. The bundled 25W charger is quick to charge the phone completely in a little over an hour.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Specifications
Display 6.80-inch, 1440x3040 pixels
Processor Samsung Exynos 9825
RAM 12GB
Storage 256GB
Battery Capacity 4300mAh
Rear Camera 12MP + 16MP + 12MP + 0.3MP
Front Camera 10MP

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

Samsung Galaxy M31 Specifications
Display 6.40-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor Samsung Exynos 9611
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 6000mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP
Front Camera 32MP
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iQoo 3

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. 

iQoo 3 Specifications
Display 6.44-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4440mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 13MP + 13MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

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.

Realme C3 Specifications
Display 6.52-inch, 720x1600 pixels
Processor MediaTek Helio G70
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 12MP + 2MP
Front Camera 5MP
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Poco X2

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. 

Poco X2 Specifications
Display 6.67-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 2MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 20MP + 2MP

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.

 

Realme 5i Specifications
Display 6.52-inch, 720x1600 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 8MP

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 S10 Lite Specifications
Display 6.70-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4,500mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 12MP + 5MP
Front Camera 32MP

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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite Specifications
Display 6.70-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor 2.7GHz octa-core
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Front Camera 32MP

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. 

Realme X2 Specifications
Display 6.40-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP

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.

 

Vivo V17 Specifications
Display 6.44-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP

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.

Vivo U20 Specifications
Display 6.53-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 16MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

The Vivo V17 Pro is a unique offering, with two pop-up selfie cameras and four more at the back. It's well built and looks premium, despite the all-polycarbonate build. It's a little chunky and heavy but still quite manageable. The 6.44-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display is bright, has good colour saturation and viewing angles. There's also Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for protection. 

The in-display fingerprint sensor works well but face unlock is only used as a last resort and can't be used as the primary method for unlocking the phone. The phone has two SIM card slots but nothing for a microSD card. You also get a 'smart key' button which can be customised to perform different functions. 

The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC and comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The SoC is a little weak for the price but is fairly capable of handling apps and games. Keep in mind that it does make the phone quite hot with prolonged camera use or gaming. 

The rear 48-megapixel camera shoots good quality oversampled shots in both daytime and in low light. The ultra wide-angle camera captures more in the frame and is also used for shooting super macros. There's a telephoto camera too which offers 2x optical zoom. The V17 Pro also has a depth camera, which helps when shooting bokeh portraits. The 32-megapixel selfie camera captures pleasing selfies and also supports Night mode. The secondary 8-megapixel wide-angle camera lets you get a lot more people in one frame. 

Battery life is very good. The 4100mAh battery easily lasts for a day and half. There's fast charging too, which charges the battery fully in about two hours. 

Vivo V17 Pro Specifications
Display 6.44-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4100mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 13MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP + 8MP

The Galaxy M30s is an update to the Samsung Galaxy M30 which was launched earlier this year. This new smartphone packs in a 6,000mAh battery which is its highlight feature. We were impressed with the AMOLED display on this smartphone as it was crisp and had good viewing angles. The 6.4-inch display also got bright enough when outdoors.

Samsung has picked the Exynos 9611 SoC to power the Galaxy M30s which is the same processor powering the Galaxy A50s, There are two variants of the Galaxy M30s, 4GB RAM with 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. The processor isn't as powerful as the Snapdragon 675 SoC but is on par with the Snapdragon 710 SoC.

The Galaxy M30s has a triple camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. We were happy with the camera performance of the Galaxy M30s however, it was slow to focus while shooting macros. Video recording tops out at 4K but lacks stabilisation. On the other hand, videos shot at 1080p were stabilised.

We could use the Galaxy M30s for close to 2 days with our usage. The big battery does help to keep the phone away from the charger for long. Charging the phone took about 2 and a half hours with the supplied 15W charger.

Samsung Galaxy M30s Specifications
Display 6.40-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor Samsung Exynos 9611
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 6000mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 5MP + 8MP
Front Camera 16MP

The Realme XT is the first phone in India with a 64-megapixel sensor. It shares a similar design to the Realme 5 Pro but instead of a plastic back, it uses Gorilla Glass 5. The body feels premium and the back doesn't attract many fingerprints. It has a USB Type-C port, a triple slot for two nano-SIM cards and a microSD card. The 6.4-inch display also gets Gorilla Glass 5 protection and the panel produces vibrant colours. Face unlock is also quick and so is the in-display fingerprint sensor. 

The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 710 SoC and comes in three RAM and storage variants. The 8GB version we reviewed ran smoothly without any issue. The phone also runs on ColorOS 6.0.1 which is based on Android 9 Pie. The new skin features a cleaner layout for the menus and you still have the same set of shortcuts and gestures which we've seen before. 

The main attraction is the 64-megapixel camera, which captures detailed landscapes and close-ups in most lighting conditions. You can shoot at full resolution, which lets you zoom much more than full 48-megapixel stills, while still maintaining good detail. You also get the same wide-angle and macro cameras from the 5 Pro here. The 16-megapixel selfie camera works well under most lighting conditions. Video recording is also good but the quality at 4K resolution in low light could be better. 

Finally, the 4000mAh battery does a good jon, lasting an entire day on one charge. It also has fast charging, which can top up the battery rather quickly in just an hour. 

Realme XT Specifications
Display 6.40-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

Vivo Z1x Specifications
Display 6.38-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
RAM 4GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 32MP

Nokia 7.2 Specifications
Display 6.30-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 3500mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 5MP + 8MP
Front Camera 20MP

The Nubia Red Magic 3S is a gaming smartphone and a successor to the Redmagic 3. It sports a big 6.65-inch display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It is available in two colours Mecha Silver and Cyber Shade. The smartphone has shoulder buttons on the right side to help with gaming. At the back it has a single camera setup and an RGB light strip which lights up for incoming notifications and while gaming.

Nubia Red Magic 3S is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC and comes in two variants 8GB RAM with 128GB of storage and the other with 12GB RAM and 256GB of storage. It also gets UFS 3.0 storage which helps improve speeds.

The Nubia Red Magic 3S packs a 5,000mAh battery and it also has an internal fan to keep the temperature under control while gaming. It has support for 27W fast charging but only gets an 18W charger. It only has a single camera at the back and its performance is underwhelming. It also misses out on some crucial camera features.

Nubia Red Magic 3S Specifications
Display 6.65-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 48MP
Front Camera 16MP

The Oppo Reno 2Z is one of the smartphones the company launched as the part of the Reno 2 series. This smartphone has a quad-camera setup at the back and is among the few in the market to sport the MediaTek Helio P90 SoC.

Oppo has opted for a 6.5-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display on the Reno 2 which houses an in-display fingerprint scanner. We found the display to be legible outdoors and the in-display fingerprint scanner is quick to unlock the smartphone. There is no notch on the display and the phone has a pop-up module for the selfie camera. 

The phone runs ColorOS on top of Android 9 Pie and has some useful features added to it. There is some amount of bloatware preinstalled on the device and it is best to uninstall them since they are a source for spammy notifications. 

We found the MediaTek Helio P90 SoC to be a decent performer but it does not offer the same value for money as some of the other processors available at this price point. Oppo offers the Reno 2Z in one variant only with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. 

The quad-camera setup at the back helps the Reno 2Z deliver good photos during the day but the performance takes a dip in low-light. It has a night mode as well which helps improve low-light images. The selfie shooter clicks good photos which can go on to social media directly.

Oppo has packed in a 4,000mAh battery that is capable of delivering about a day and a half of battery life. The company also supplies a 20W charger in the box to top the battery up. 

Oppo Reno 2Z Specifications
Display 6.53-inch, 1,080x2,340 pixels
Processor MediaTek Helio P90 (MT6779)
RAM 8GB
Storage 256GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

Redmi Note 8 Pro is a highly sought after smartphone. It has a big-display which measures 6.53-inches and a water drop notch that houses the selfie camera. The display also has support for HDR.  It has a glass back that is made out of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Redmi Note 8 pro also has an IR Blaster at the top whihc cna be used to control other IR-based appliances.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Helio G90T which is a gaming processor. It is very capable and can play most gaming title out there on the play store. There are three variants of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM with 128GB storage. It uses UFS 2.1 for storage and has a dedicated card slot for storage expansion.

Xiaomi ships the Redmi Note 8 Pro with MIUI 10 running on top of Android 9 Pie. It comes preinstalled with a few apps which are capable of generating spammy notifications. The Redmi Note 8 Pro packs in a 4,500mAh battery that helps the device deliver good battery life. Xiaomi has also bundled an 18W charger with the device. The Redmi Note 8 Pro packs a triple camera setup at the back and clicks some good shots in different lighting conditions. We found low-light video performance to be sub-par.

Redmi Note 8 Pro Specifications
Display 6.53-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor MediaTek Helio G90T
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
Rear Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 20MP

The Oppo Reno 2 is one the three smartphones recently launched as the part of the Reno 2 Series in India. This smartphone has a shark-fin module which houses the selfie camera, earpiece as well as the secondary microphone. The Oppo Reno 2 packs a quad-camera setup at the back and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC.

The Reno 2 sports a 6.5-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display without any notch. It also has an in-display fingerprint scanner that is quick to scan and unlock the smartphone. The display has good viewing angles and gets bright enough when viewed outdoors.

We were happy with the performance of the Snapdragon 730G as it could handle our day-to-day tasks easily. Oppo offers only one variant of the smartphone with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. You do have the option to expand storage further but at the cost of the second SIM slot.

It has a quad-camera setup at the back consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor with 20x digital zoom; a 13-megapixel telephoto camera and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera. The fourth sensor on the Reno 2 is a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Image quality from the rear sensors were quite good under most lighting conditions. The selfie camera was a bit average, overexposing the shots most of the time. 

The 4,000mAh battery on the Reno 2 delivers good battery life and gets a 20W charger in the box. The Oppo Reno 2 runs ColorOS on top of Android 9 Pie 

 

 

Oppo Reno 2 Specifications
Display 6.55-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
RAM 8GB
Storage 256GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

Samsung has updated its Galaxy A50 with a slightly modified design and higher resolution cameras at the front and rear. Most other features remain the same, but this should help the company fend off some aggressive competition. The Galaxy A50s has a bright, punchy 6.4-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED screen which is one of its best features.

This screen is a bit too large for easy one-handed use, but the phone is relatively light and slim, so handling isn't too uncomfortable. Samsung's One UI is also designed to take advantage of big screens and has a few tweaks that make life easier, such as being able to pull the tops of menus down so they can be reached. 

The Galaxy A50s uses Samsung's own Exynos 9611 processor which is identical to the Exynos 9610 in the Galaxy A50 other than improved camera support. That's needed for the 48-megapixel primary rear camera, 8-megapixel wide-angle camera and 5-megapixel depth sensor, as well as the 32-megapixel front camera. The primary camera works great in the daytime, but low-light performance is a bit weak.

You get 128GB of storage though there are 4GB and 6GB RAM options. Performance is generally adequate for day-to-day tasks but this phone is outclassed by competition at the same price. The 4000mAh battery delivers good battery life and fast charging is supported too.

Samsung Galaxy A50s Specifications
Display 6.40-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor Samsung Exynos 9611
RAM 4GB
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 5MP + 8MP
Front Camera 32MP

Realme 5 Pro Specifications
Display 6.30-inch, 1080x2340 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 4035mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP

The Realme 5 features an updated crystal pattern on the back and retains the polycarbonate build and lamintaed plastic back panel of its predecessor. The phone has is a little heavy at nearly 200g and features a big 6.5-inch HD+ display. The low resolution isn't a huge issue as colours and brightness are still quite good. The Realme 5 has a slot on the side for two Nano-SIM cards and a dedicated slot for a microSD card. 

It runs on ColorOS 6.0.1, which features a flatter and simpler looking interface, closer to stock Android 9 Pie. You get a bunch of cutomosation options too such as gestures and shortcuts. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 665 SoC and comes in three varaints. The top-end version which we reviewed has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. App and gaming performance is good and the phone doesn't heat up too much. 

The Realme 5 has four cameras at the back, which is the first phone to have such an arrangement under Rs. 10,000. Besides the primary camera and depth sensor, Realme has also added a wide-angle and a macro lens, which are useful. The 13-megapixel selfie camera also has electronic stabilisation for videos. Overall, the cameras perform well under good light but struggle to capture good detail in low light. 

The Realme 5 has a 5000mAh battery, which easily lasts for a day and half or even more on one charge. Unfortunately, fast charging isnt supported. Overall, the Realme 5's base variant (3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage) offers the best value at Rs. 9,999 but even the 128GB version at Rs. 11,999 is still good value, considering the overall package. 

Realme 5 Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 720x1600 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 13MP

Summary list of Best Mobile Phones (13 August 2020)

Best Mobile Phones Prices
Asus ROG Phone 3 Rs. 49,999
OnePlus Nord Rs. 27,999
Vivo X50 Pro Rs. 49,990
Realme X3 SuperZoom Rs. 27,999
OnePlus 8 Rs. 41,999
OnePlus 8 Pro Rs. 54,999
Realme X50 Pro 5G Rs. 39,999
Xiaomi Mi 10 Rs. 47,699
Samsung Galaxy S20+ Rs. 77,999
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Rs. 97,999
Realme X2 Pro Rs. 29,975
OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition Rs. 58,998
OnePlus 7T Pro Rs. 47,999
OnePlus 7T Rs. 34,999
iPhone 11 Pro Max Rs. 1,11,200
iPhone 11 Rs. 67,300
LG G8X ThinQ Rs. 54,990
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Rs. 83,400
Realme 6i Rs. 12,999
Poco M2 Pro Rs. 13,999
Motorola One Fusion+ Rs. 17,499
Realme Narzo 10A Rs. 8,999
Realme Narzo 10 Rs. 11,999
Redmi Note 9 Rs. 11,999
Vivo V19 Rs. 24,990
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Rs. 16,499
Redmi Note 9 Pro Rs. 13,999
Realme 6 Pro Rs. 17,999
Realme 6 Rs. 13,999
Oppo Reno 3 Pro Rs. 27,240
Samsung Galaxy M31 Rs. 16,499
iQoo 3 Rs. 34,990
Realme C3 Rs. 8,399
Poco X2 Rs. 17,499
Realme 5i Rs. 10,999
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Rs. 42,999
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite Rs. 37,400
Realme X2 Rs. 17,999
Vivo V17 Rs. 21,990
Vivo U20 Rs. 11,490
Vivo V17 Pro Rs. 22,999
Samsung Galaxy M30s Rs. 12,998
Realme XT Rs. 16,999
Vivo Z1x Rs. 16,990
Nokia 7.2 Rs. 16,399
Nubia Red Magic 3S Rs. 35,999
Oppo Reno 2Z Rs. 25,490
Redmi Note 8 Pro Rs. 15,999
Oppo Reno 2 Rs. 27,999
Samsung Galaxy A50s Rs. 18,569
Realme 5 Pro Rs. 13,999
Realme 5 Rs. 9,599
List of Best Mobile Phones, last updated on 13 August 2020
 
 

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