We’ve shortlisted five smartphones that money can get you here in India in terms of performance, camera, user experience, battery and durability.
The smartphone market in India is rapidly evolving and we can say it doesn’t lag behind what users get in the US. Better, Indians are more accustomed to budget and mid-tier smartphones than anyone else across the globe. But what if your mind is set on getting your hands on a premium smartphone which does everything right?
We’ve thus shortlisted five smartphones that money can get you here in India and we haven’t categorised this under a specific price range as we cover them quite often.
Apple iPhone XS Max | starts at Rs 1,09,890
It comes as no surprise that an iPhone is on the list as Apple’s products have continued to offer the best features on any phone since the past decade. The iPhone XS Max is no different and it starts at Rs 1,09,890 for the base 64GB version, all the way up to Rs 124,899 for the 256GB storage variant.
The iPhone Xs Max features a 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED display with 2688 x 1242 pixels, 120 Hz 3D Touch, True Tone display, HDR, Dolby Vision and HDR 10 support. The phone is powered by a hexa-core 7nm Apple A12 Bionic chipset with an 8-core dedicated machine learning system and runs on iOS 12. The phone comes loaded with a 12MP wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization, 1.4-micron pixel size and 6-element lens coupled with a 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.0 aperture 2x optical zoom and 6-element lens. For the front, there is a 7MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture with a faster sensor coupled with an IR camera, an advanced image sensor and more. The phone comes with a new photo editing app that helps adjust the aperture after you click a photo to as low as f/1.4 aperture.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus | starts at Rs 73,900
Following Apple’s launch in December, Samsung announced its flagship Galaxy S10 Plus in February for a starting price of Rs 73,900 for which you can get the base 128GB storage variant. Samsung is also offering an over-the-top 512GB version of the S10 Plus for Rs 91,900.
The Galaxy S10 Plus features a 6.4-inch QHD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display. The device runs on Android 9.0 Pie, with the company's One UI customisation on top. The device is powered by an 8nm octa-core Samsung Exynos 9820 SoC with up to 12GB LPDDR4x RAM and 512GB storage. There’s a triple camera setup at the back, comprising of a 12 MP wide-angle sensor, a 12MP lens telephoto with up to 10x digital zoom and a 16MP ultra-wide lens camera. A 10MP sensor + 8MP dual camera setup is available on the front. The phone comes with an in-display Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor and is fuelled by a 4,100mAh battery with Wireless PowerShare.
Google Pixel 3a | starts at Rs 39,999
You might be surprised at how the Pixel 3a finds itself among the best phones instead of the Pixel 3 but this is purely subjective. Both the Pixel devices come with just 4GB of RAM and are in no par with the other flagship phones of 2019. But the Pixel 3a brings everything there could be on a smartphone camera at a less than flagship price, which clearly tells that a phone doesn’t need to have the best of everything to be one of the best smartphones. The Pixel 3a retails for a starting price of Rs 39,999 and goes all the way up to Rs 44,999 for the XL model.
The Pixel 3a features a 5.6-inch Full HD+ display. Both the models feature Always-On mode along with 100,000:1 contrast ratio. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 670 processor with Adreno 615 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It equips 12.2MP rear camera with 1.4-micron pixel size, autofocus with dual pixel phase detection, optical and electronic image stabilisation, f/1.8 aperture and LED flash. For the front, there is an 8MP selfie shooter with 1.12-micron pixel size, f/2.0 aperture and 84-degree viewing angle. The device runs on Android 9.0 Pie and is backed by a 3,000mAh battery.
OnePlus 7 Pro | starts at Rs 48,999
One of the latest to be added to this list is the OnePlus 7 Pro which was introduced alongside the standard OnePlus 7 this month. The OnePlus 7 starts for a price of Rs 48,999 and goes all the way up to 57,999 for the top-of-the-line variant.
The OnePlus 7 Pro features a 6.67-inch QHD+ Fluid AMOLED display with 1440x3120 pixels resolution, 93 percent screen-to-body ratio and 90Hz maximum refresh rate. It’s powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor along with Adreno 640 GPU, up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The device will be equipped with a triple rear camera set up at the back, with one 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.6 aperture, and OIS, 16MP wide-angle secondary sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 117 degree field of view, and a third 8MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture, 78mm focal length, and a 3x optical zoom (which is actually just 2.2x zoom in real). The phone comes with a has a 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 pop-up camera on the front. The OnePlus device runs on Android 9.0 Pie with Oxygen OS and is backed up by a 4000mAh battery with Warp Charge 30.
Asus Zenfone 6 | price unknown
Asus announced the Zenfone 6 earlier this month with a launch in India expected to happen during either May end or June start. We’ve already received the device for reviewing and we can expect flagship-grade performance at a reasonable price.
The Zenfone 6 features a 6.4-inch Full HD+ NanoEdge display with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, HDR support and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor along with Adreno 640 GPU, 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. The device comes equipped with a 48MP primary lens with Sony IMX586 sensor, f/1.79 aperture, laser autofocus and LED flash, while the secondary camera is a 13MP wide-angle lens with 125-degree field of view. The rear camera can also be flipped for selfies on the front with a touch of a button. The phone runs on Android 9.0 Pie, which based on ZenUI 6 and is fuelled by a 5000mAh battery with an 18W fast charger.