Best Mobile Phones in India (August 2016)

By DigitUpdated 29 - Aug - 2016

Our list of the Best Phones to buy in India for August 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. 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 4GB of DDR4 RAM which is equivalent to the RAM size 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.




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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Huawei Nexus 6P
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Huawei Nexus 6P

Made by Huawei, the Nexus 6P features a premium aluminium build, and offers storage variants of up to 128GB. Huawei has equipped the smartphone with a 5.7-inch AMOLED display with 2560x1440-pixel resolution. It is powered by a well-optimised Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, offering smooth performance. There is a 12.3MP camera at the back, which offers laser-assisted autofocus and shoots really good photographs. Adding to that are the fast fingerprint sensor, an 8MP front camera, a 3450mAh non-removable battery and the goodness of Android Marshmallow the way it is meant to be, and the Huawei Nexus 6P is one of the most complete Android phones out there.

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. We just hope, that Xiaomi will bring the more powerful Mi 5 smartphone in the coming months to India. That phone features 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

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/ S6 Edge
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Samsung Galaxy S6/ S6 Edge

Samsung completely changed its design language with the Galaxy S6 and it worked. It is not just a good smartphone but offers a very good camera as well. Offering the same Exynos 7420 SoC which we saw on the Galaxy Note 5, the phone is an outright performer. It features an almost blinding 5.1-inch AMOLED panel with a 2560 x 1440p resolution. It is available in 32GB and 64GB variants, and the 3GB RAM is able to handle all kinds of heavy multitasking, you might want to throw at it. There is a 16MP camera at the back which features OIS and takes beautiful images.