Best smartphones in India for all budgets (January 2019)

By Subhrojit Mallick | Updated 13 Apr 2019
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There does not exist as much choice in any device category as it does in the smartphone space. Smartphones also now offer an incredible gamut of features, giving users options of countless permutations and combinations. You can choose a smartphone that prioritises performance, content consumption, photography or even battery life. You even get devices that offer combinations of these features, making the choice even harder. And then there is the price. Going from anywhere between Rs 5000 to Rs 150000, you can buy a phone that excels at everything or just one thing, regardless of how much you want to spend. Choice, as good as it can be, becomes quickly a curse in the smartphone world due to the overwhelming number of options. This is why we have curated a list of the best phones under each budget segment along with their specifications and strengths so that you have fewer devices to sift through.

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Under 7K
Realme C1
Price: Rs. 6,699

If your budget is limited to 7, the best phone to buy right now is the Realme C1. It has a classy design and a waterdrop notch on top along with dual cameras.

Specs:
Display: 6.2-inch, 720p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
RAM: 2GB
Storage: 16GB
Camera: 13MP+2MP, 5MP
Battery: 4230mAh
OS: Android 8.1

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Xiaomi Redmi 3S
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6,999Out Of Stock

Redmi 6A
Price: Rs. 6,999

The Redmi 6A replaces the Redmi 5A as Xiaomi's most affordable option and this time it brings a taller 18:9 display.

Specs:
Display: 5.45-inch, 720p
SoC: MediaTek Helio A22
RAM: 2GB
Storage: 32GB
Camera: 13MP, 5MP
Battery: 3000mAh
OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)

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Under 10K
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Price: Rs. 9,999
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 was one of the best mid-rangers last year and after a recent price cut, it's available for under Rs 10,000. It offers decently powerful performance, but the experience is improved thanks to a stock Android interface. It receives regular updates and stays secure.

Specs:
Display: 5.99-inch, 720p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
RAM: 3GB
Storage: 32GB
Camera: 13MP+5MP, 8MP
Battery: 5000mAh
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
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Xiaomi Redmi 3S
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6,999Out Of Stock

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Price: Rs. 8,999

The Redmi 5 32GB variant can be considered as the smaller cousin to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It boasts of similar battery life and a less powerful processor.

Specs:
Display: 5.99-inch, 1080p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 32GB
Camera: 12MP, 5MP
Battery: 4000mAh
OS: Android 7.1.2

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7,400

Realme 2
Price: Rs. 9,499 (approx)

The Realme 2 is one powerful phone with a Snapdragon chipset and an equally premium diamond glass design.

Specs:
Display: 6.2-inch, 1080p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
RAM: 3/4GB
Storage: 32/64GB
Camera: 13MP+2, 8MP
Battery: 4240mAh
OS: Android 8.1

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Coolpad Cool 1
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8,999Out Of Stock

Under 15K
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (4GB)
Price: Rs. 13,999

The new Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro retains the specs of its predecessor but improves on the camera and the display. The phone offers superb performance, a really good rear camera, and a dependable battery life.

Specs:
Display: 6.26-inch, 1080p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
RAM: 4/6GB
Storage: 64GB
Camera: 12MP + 5MP, 20+2MP
Battery: 4000mAh

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Honor 10 Lite
Price: Rs. 
12,999
The Honor 10 Lite is a good looking phone that's especially adept at handling heavy games like PubG Mobile. It also takes good photos, particularly good selfies and portraits and overall is a smooth performer. The EMUI interface is the only thing that holds it back.

Specs:
Display: 6.21-inch, 1080 x 2340 pixels
SoC: HiSilicon Kirin 710
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 32GB
Camera: 13MP+2MP, 24MP
Battery: 3400mAh
OS: Android 9.0

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Honor 8X
Price: Rs. 13,999

The Honor 8X packs a giant display with an impressive new processor along with a dual-tone glass finish.

Specs:
Display: 6.5-inch, 1080p
SoC: HiSilicon Kirin 710
RAM: 4/6GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Camera: 20MP+2MP, 16MP
Battery: 3750mAh
OS: Android 8.1

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11,999

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
Price: Rs. 14,999

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 undercuts the Redmi Note 6 Pro with a Snapdragon 660 processor, ensuring better performance. It also runs on pure stock Android and retains the large 5,000mAh battery. Only this time, there's a glossy exterior and the camera is much better.

Specs:
Display: 6.26-inch, 1080p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Camera: 12MP+5MP, 13MP
Battery: 5000mAh

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Under 20K
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
Price: 16,999

The 6GB variant of the Note 5 Pro is now the best phone to buy under the 20K budget. Just like the 4GB variant, it offers best in class performance, a good camera and reliable battery life.

Specs:
Display: 5.99-inch, 1080p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 64GB
Camera: 12MP + 5MP + 20MP
Battery: 4000mAh
OS: Android 7.1.1

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12/23
Lenovo Z2 Plus 64GB
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9,999Out Of Stock

Xiaomi Mi A2
Price: Rs. 16,999

The Xiaomi Mi A2 is the company's second attempt at making a stock Android phone and it's a reliable and functional smartphone. The Mi A2 has a best in class camera with superiror low-light performance, and a high-performance mid-range chipset that makes it one of the best phones to buy under Rs 20,000. 

Specs:
Display: 5.99-inch, 1080p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Camera: 12MP+20, 20MP
Battery: 3000mAh

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13/23

Honor Play
Price: Rs. 19,999

The Honor Play is a smartphone gamer's phone of choice. With a flagship processor and Huawei's proprietary GPU Turbo, games run super smooth on this phone.

Specs:
Display: 6.3inch, 1080p
SoC: HiSilicon Kirin 970
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Camera: 16MP + 2MP, 16MP
Battery: 3750mAh
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo

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Apple iPhone SE
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16,999Out Of Stock

Under 25K
Poco F1
Price: Rs. 20,999

The Poco F1 is a flagship phone at a mid-range price. It is powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset and offers up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage along with a dual camera unit at the back.

Specs:
Display: 6.18-inch, 1080p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 64GB
Camera: 12MP + 5MP, 20MP
Battery: 4000mAh
OS: Android 8.1

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Huawei Honor 8
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11,049Out Of Stock

Nokia 8.1
Price: Rs 26,990

With an HDR10 certified display and a new Snapdragon 710 processor, the Nokia 8.1 is a perfectly good phone. It stops short at being an out and out flagship like its predecessor, but the camera on the back will leave you impressed. 

Specs:
Display: 6.18-inch, 1080p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Camera: 12MP+13MP, 20MP
Battery: 3500mAh
OS: Android 9.0

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17,990

Under 30K
Nokia 7 Plus
Price: Rs. 25,999

The Nokia 7 Plus is the Nexus that never was. It has a robust design with unique copper accents and a taller display. Furthermore it is Android One certified and comes with an excellent camera.

Specs:
Display: 6-inch, 1080p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Camera: 12MP, 16MP
Battery: 3800mAh
OS: Android 8.1

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Asus Zenfone 5z
Price: Rs. 29,999
Asus Zenfone 5z is a iPhone-X lookalike that also performs well. With a flagship grade performance and a wide-angle camera, it's one of the best phones to buy under Rs 30,000.
Specs:
Display: 6.2-inch, 2220 x 1080p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 64GB
Camera: 12MP+8MP, 8MP
Battery: 3300mAh
OS: Android 8.1
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Under 40K
OnePlus 6T
Price: Rs. 37,999

The OnePlus 6T is the fastest Android phone you can buy. It is powered by the Snapdragon 845 coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. It comes in three stunning variants and has all the bells and whistles of a flagship including a great camera.

Specs:
Display: 6.41-inch, 2160 x 1080p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Camera: 16MP + 20MP, 16MP
Battery: 3700mAh
OS: Android 8.1

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LG G7+ ThinQ
Price: Rs. 40,000

The LG G7+ ThinQ is a feature-packed phone with a HDR10 display, boombox speakers, Mil-Spec durability and flagship specs.

Specs:
Display: 6.1-inch, 1440p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB
Camera: 16MP+16MP, 8MP
Battery: 3000mAh
OS: Android 8.0

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
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35,900Out Of Stock

Rs. 40,000 and above
Apple iPhone XS Max
Price: Rs. 99,90

The iPhone XS Max has everything you need from a top tier smartphone. It has the looks, the camera, battery life, design, build quality and the performance.

Specs:
Display: 6.5-inch, 1242 x 2688 pixels
SoC: Apple A12 Bionic
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 256GB
Camera: 12MP + 12MP, 7MP
Battery: 3174mAh
OS: iOS 12.1.1

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Price: Rs. 67,900
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the next best thing and if you are buying an Android phone, this is the one to get.

Specs:
Display: 6.4-inch, 2960 x 1440p
SoC: Exynos 9810
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 512GB
Camera: Dual 12MP, 8MP
Battery: 4000mAh
OS: Android 8.0

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Google Pixel 3 XL
Price: Rs. 83,000

The Pixel 2 XL is another good phone, but it does not have as good a display or design as the Samsung Galaxy S9+. That said, it is the best camera phone you can buy.

Specs:
Display: 6.3-inch, 2880 x 1440p
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Camera: 12.2MP, 8+8MP
Battery: 3430mAh
OS: Android 8.0

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Price: Rs. 69,990

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro, simply put, is an over-engineered smartphone. Featuring class-leading Leica branded triple camera setup, 40W fast charging and the Kirin 980, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is quiet a smartphone to own.

Specs:
Display: 6.39-inch, 3120 x 1440p
SoC: Kirin 980
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB
Camera: 12MP+8MP+20MP, 24MP
Battery: 4200mAh
OS: EMUI 9.0

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