Best Android Mobile Phones in India (August 2016)

By DigitUpdated 25 - Aug - 2016

Google’s Android operating system accounts for a vast majority in today’s smartphone market. In recent times, many Android flagship smartphones come with 4GB of DDR4 RAM, equivalent to the RAM available on a normal laptop. Alongside, while you may still be using a Full HD television at home, the screen resolution on top tier smartphones has been moved to 2K, and in some cases, even 4K. The camera quality has also improved massively, and is steadily progressing with each new smartphone. With all of these in mind, there are a lot of options to go through. Here, we give you a list of the best Android smartphones to buy in India, in August 2016. These smartphones offer the right mix of performance and features. Click on each of the recommended top 10 smartphones to read their detailed reviews, and get more information on the best smartphones in India.




Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung is the first company to bring its 2016 flagship smartphone to India. The phone maker has updated the specification sheet, and refined the whole glass and metal design that was introduced with the Galaxy S6 range in 2016. The phone is now waterproof, and allows microSD cards of up to 200GB. Samsung has used an all new Exynos 8890 SoC on the new Galaxy S7 Edge, and there is 4GB of RAM along with 32GB of internal storage. It features an AMOLED display with 2560x1440-pixel resolution, but the screen size has been increased from 5.1 inches to 5.5 inches. This has allowed Samsung to increase the battery size from 2600mAh to 3600mAh, which allows it to offer better battery life. The biggest change in the phone, though, is the new 12MP Dual Pixel camera, which shoots amazing photographs even in low light.

LG G5
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LG G5

LG launched its flagship smartphone, LG G5, which is also the world’s first modular smartphone. This is also the first flagship smartphone from LG to offer metal build and a fingerprint sensor. The phone houses the best specifications currently available on a flagship-class smartphone. The LG G5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. There is 4GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage, along with microSD card support of up to 200GB. The smaller, 5.3-inch display is a delight to look at, and it offers 2560x1440-pixel resolution screen resolution. The colours of the display are well balanced. The removable battery is small, but lasts for a day. LG will also be selling various accessories under its Friends ecosystem for the LG G5, including a camera grip with extra battery, an external AMP and more.

OnePlus 3
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OnePlus 3

The OnePlus 3 is here and has grabbed the third position on our ‘best phones to buy’ quite easily. It is an all rounder and offers the best performance to price ratio, as long as flagship smartphones are concerned. This is the first time OnePlus has made an all metal smartphone and while the phone is reminiscent of the HTC one M9, it is still a very good design. The device is powered by one of the most powerful SoCs in the market, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. The 16MP camera on the back does not disappoint either and offers PDAF as well as OIS support. Like most flagship devices, the battery isn't that great but it still manages to go on for a whole day on a single charge.

HTC 10
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HTC 10

HTC’s latest HTC 10 is another great phone to look for if you are buying a flagship smartphone. The HTC 10 features the tasteful HTC design with some of the latest gen hardware to boot. Powered by the well regarded, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, the HTC 10, is able to keep up with the best of the best. The OIS-assisted 12MP Ultrapixel rear camera does a fantastic job most of the times and you also get OIS support on the front facing camera. HTC has also mastered the 2K display and the 5.2-inch LCD5 2K panel looks beautiful from all angles. However, the best part is the audio quality, which with its 24-bit built in DAC is able to offer the best music quality there is on a modern day smartphone.

Xiaomi Mi5
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Xiaomi Mi5

Xiaomi’s two-year-long wait for the Mi 5 poses a massive upgrade over its previous flagship smartphone in India, the Mi 4. Xiaomi has given it a complete makeover, fusing an incredibly ergonomic body with glass and metal chassis. It has a 5.15-inch display that offers a very well-balanced colour gamut with Full HD resolution. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s present generation chipset, the Snapdragon 820. Only the 3GB RAM-32GB storage variant has been launched in India, which offers fluent performance. The 16MP primary camera has 4-axis OIS, and is a very fast camera module. Also, the 3000mAh battery should last you through the entire day out, comfortably.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5
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Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The Note 5 from Samsung is another great choice but the phone really shines when productivity is required on the go. This last year’s Samsung flagship still one of the fastest and productive smartphone around. It features a 5.7-inch, bright, 2K AMOLED display which offers good viewing angles and is big enough to be used with the S-Pen (stylus). Powered by Samsung’s last gen flagship the Exynos 7420 SoC, it is still one of the most fastest phone in the market. The larger footprint allows for a larger battery and the phone can easily last you day, even if you are a power user. The 16MP rear camera is nothing short of great, which offers sharp images and good looking 4K video recording.

Samsung Galaxy S6
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Samsung Galaxy S6

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is a year old now, but it still beats a lot of contenders to be fifth in this list. It houses a very good, 16MP camera with OIS, is powered by the Exynos 7420 SoC, and the combination of these two factors makes it an excellent overall device. It features an excellent 5.1-inch AMOLED display panel with 2560x1440-pixel resolution. The glass and metal construction laid foundation for Samsung’s resurgence on the design front. The Galaxy S6 is available in 32GB and 64GB variants, and 3GB of RAM on board handles all kinds of heavy multitasking.

LG Nexus 5X 32GB
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LG Nexus 5X 32GB

A successor to the LG Nexus 5, the Nexus 5X is a reincarnation of the previous, popular smartphone with new interiors. The phone sports a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display that is great to look at. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC that provides stable performance, and the smartphone is available in two storage variants – 16GB and 32GB (we suggest you go for the 32GB variant). In the camera department, the Nexus 5X features a similar setup as the Nexus 6P - 12.3MP primary camera module with laser-assisted autofocus.

Moto X Force
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Moto X Force

The Moto X Force has been billed as the world’s first phone with a “shatterproof display”. The smartphone features a 5.4-inch AMOLED display with 2560x1440-pixel resolution. Powered by the Snapdragon 810 SoC, it is the most powerful smartphone in Motorola’s lineup, as of now. This translates into a good performance, and Motorola has further optimised both the hardware and software to offer a better battery life. The rear camera is quite competent, and with the latest price drop, this is an excellent proposition. The shatterproof display adds to the prospect. So, if you have clumsy hands are are just paranoid that, you might drop your phone, the Moto X Force would be a good choice.

HTC One A9
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HTC One A9

The HTC One A9 has been an exception to HTC’s products of late, that have disappointed in the massively competitive market. With an uncanny similarity to the Apple iPhone 6 in terms of its design, the HTC One A9 is a very good-looking and ergonomic smartphone. It is slim and light, and houses a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 SoC, which, combined with the 3GB of RAM, keeps everything rolling smoothly. The 13MP rear camera on the phone is nothing groundbreaking but at its price, it can’t be ignored and really ups the competition. However, the selling point of the phone remains its design.