Best Mobile Phones in India (December 2016)

Updated 08 - Dec - 2016

As technology moves forward and smartphones are become more powerful, their ability to do more has increased. In recent times, flagship smartphones are featuring almost 6GB of DDR4 RAM which more than the RAM available on a normal laptop. While you may be using a 1080p Television at home, the screen resolution on the top tier smartphones have moved onto 2K. Not just that, the camera quality is coming nearer to DSLRs with each new smartphone. However, all these phone do come at premium price. So, here are the top 10 phones you can buy in India. Our list of the Best Phones to buy in India in for December 2016, offers the right mix of performance and features. Click on each of the recommended top 10 smartphone to read detailed reviews and get more information on the best smartphones in India.




Apple iPhone 7 Plus
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Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The Apple iPhone 7 Plus may look like the iPhone 6s Plus, but apart from the design it is an all new phone. There are two major update to the new iPhone. First the iPhone 7 Plus has a dual camera setup, which takes really good images and second, it is powered by the all new Apple A10 chip. The Apple A10 is supremely fast and leaves all Android competitors behind. Previous iPhone users will also notice the slightly different antenna lines and the addition of a taptic, non-tactile home button. The other big upgrade is the IP67 certification, which makes the device dustproof and water resistant. The day to day battery life is also very good. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p SoC: Apple A10 Fusion RAM: 3GB Storage: 32/128/256GB Camera: 12MP + 12MP, 7MP Battery: 2900mAh OS: iOS 10.1

Apple iPhone 7
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Apple iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 may not have the dual camera setup as the 7 Plus, but it does carry all the other features directly from the bigger phone. Apple has kept the design similar to last year’s model but changed the tech inside. Like the 7 Plus, the 7 also features the faster Apple A10 chip and the new 12MP rear camera. The display is also brighter and the home button is now non-tactile. The battery life has improved and Apple has also added stereo speakers to the phone. Specs: Display: 4.7-inch, 750p SoC: Apple A10 Fusion RAM: 2GB Storage: 32/128/256GB Camera: 12MP, 7MP Battery: 1960mAh OS: iOS 10.1

Google Pixel XL
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Google Pixel XL

After partnering with multiple phone makers over the years, Google has finally produced a smartphone which is made by Google through and through. Right from the software of the phone to the design, everything is done by Google. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 powered device is easily the best Android smartphone you can buy today. It offers a very familiar design and a superb 2K display. Google has also incorporated a brilliant camera on the phone which can easily stand against the likes of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and even the iPhone 7. If 5.5-inch is too large for you to handle, you can settle for the 5-inch Google Pixel. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1440p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 RAM: 4GB Storage: 32/128GB Camera: 12.3MP, 8MP Battery: 3450mAh OS: Android 7.1

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung is the first company to bring its flagship smartphone to India. The phone maker has updated the specification sheet and refined the whole glass and metal design it introduced last year with the Galaxy S6 range. Also, the phone is now waterproof and allows microSD cards for upto 200GB. Samsung has employed an all new Exynos 8890 SoC on the new Galaxy S7 Edge which is among the fastest in the business. There is 4GB of RAM and the phone is available in 32GB of internal storage. The new flagship still features an AMOLED display with a 2560 x 1440p resolution but the screen size has been increased from 5.1-inches to 5.5-inches. This has enabled Samsung to increase the battery size from 2600mAh to 3600mAh which is increased the battery life dramatically. The biggest changes in the phone perhaps is the new 12MP dual-pixel camera which is able to good pictures even in low lighting conditions. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1440p SoC: Exynos 8890 RAM: 4GB Storage: 32GB Camera: 12MP, 5MP Battery: 3600mAh OS: Android 6.0

Apple iPhone 6S
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Apple iPhone 6S

The iPhone 6s is ‘the best smartphone Apple currently makes. It has everything, you would require from a flagship phone. A good display, nice design, great performance and a very good camera. While the phone looks and feels similar to the iPhone 6, the biggest difference comes in the form of the camera. The 12MP camera offers one of the best image quality we have seen from a smartphone. Moreover, the new camera on the iPhone lets the phone shoot video in 4K. Another big update is the display, which now gets a 3D touch display. It is a pressure sensitive display and offers functionalities like peek and preview into an app without switching to it. The iPhone 6s is the fastest smartphone out there in terms of pure performance across intensive tasks like gaming and multitasking with heavy apps. Having said that, battery life is still average at best. Specs: Display: 4.7-inch, 750p SoC: Apple A9 RAM: 2GB Storage: 32/128GB Camera: 12MP, 5MP Battery: 1715mAh OS: iOS 10.1

Samsung Galaxy S7
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Samsung Galaxy S7

Just like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, the Galaxy S7 is also powered by an Exynos 8890 SoC and 3GB of RAM. What makes it different is the screen size and the overall design of the phone. Unlike the S7 Edge, the Galaxy S7 has a simpler candybar design, with materials used still being glass and metal. The 5.1-inch display is a Super AMOLED panel with 2560x1440-pixel resolution. This compact flagship smartphone offers the same camera setup as the S7 Edge, and hence, the image quality you get from the 12MP Dual Pixel camera is great. The 3000mAh battery will last you for a day on average, but if you happen to be a heavy user, the Galaxy S7 supports fast charging and wireless Qi charging standards. Specs: Display: 5.1-inch, 1440p SoC: Exynos 8890 RAM: 4GB Storage: 32GB Camera: 12MP, 5MP Battery: 3000mAh OS: Android 6.0

OnePlus 3
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OnePlus 3

The OnePlus 3 is here and has grabbed the fourth 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. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 RAM: 6GB Storage: 64GB Camera: 16MP, 8MP Battery: 3000mAh OS: Android 6.0.1

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 Specs: Display: 5.3-inch, 1440p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 RAM: 4GB Storage: 32GB Camera: 116MP + 8MP, 8MP Battery: 2800mAh OS: Android 6.0.1

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. Specs: Display: 5.2-inch, 1440p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 RAM: 4GB Storage: 32GB Camera: 12MP, 5MP Battery: 3000mAh OS: Android 6.0.1

Xiaomi Mi5
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Xiaomi Mi5

Xiaomi’s two-year-long wait for the Mi 5 translated into a massive upgrade over its previous flagship smartphone in India, the Mi 4. Xiaomi has given this Android phone a complete makeover, fusing an incredibly ergonomic body with a glass-and-metal chassis. It has a 5.15-inch display that offers a well-balanced colour gamut and Full HD screen resolution. The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, like most other flagship Android phones in India. Only the 3GB RAM-32GB storage variant has been launched in India, but this itself offers fluent performance. The 16MP primary camera has 4-axis OIS, and is very fast. Also, the 3000mAh battery should last you through the entire work day, comfortably. Specs: Display: 5.15-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 RAM: 3GB Storage: 32GB Camera: 16MP, 4MP Battery: 3000mAh OS: Android 6.0

In summary, here is list of best smartphones in India

Product NamePrice starting fromAvailable atRating
Apple iPhone 7 Plus71248Amazon80/100
Apple iPhone 756222Infibeam80/100
Google Pixel XL67000FlipkartN/A
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge50457Amazon87/100
Apple iPhone 6S42699Flipkart84/100
Samsung Galaxy S743400Amazon86/100
LG G535990Amazon86/100
OnePlus 327999AmazonN/A
HTC 1043990TataCliQ81/100
Xiaomi Mi522999Flipkart84/100
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