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If you’re in the market for the best smartphone in India, you’re certainly not going to be suffering from a lack of choice. Ranging from absolute powerhouses to the affordable flagships that give real flagships a run for their money, there are tons of great Android options. In this roundup, we’re looking at the best phones in India across price segments.

Best phones in India:

Editor’s note: We will update this list regularly as new Android phones in India launch.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra back side from angle

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Samsung’s top of the line hardware, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra screams premium and is one of the best phones on the market right now. The 120Hz display is gorgeous to look at, and Samsung has gone all out on the camera set up including a 108MP primary camera paired up with a 12MP periscope lens. 

Meanwhile, the company is promising three years of software updates which is an excellent value addition for anyone looking to buy a new phone. 

Samsung charges a premium for the phone, but the feature set here is exemplary. From the S Pen stylus to the Wireless Dex and the luxurious all-aluminum build quality, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a substantial upgrade making it the best premium Android phone around. 


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108MP, 12MP Periscope, 12MP Ultrawide
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh, 25W charging
  • Software: Android 10, OneUI 2.5

Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus back on piano

The top of the line variant of Samsung’s latest Note series smartphones is unsurprisingly one of the best smartphones you can buy in India. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus comes with everything that has made the Note so popular and is one of the best Android phones you can get thanks to a great mix of features, performance, and beautiful design.

For those who love the S Pen, the Note 10 Plus continues to excel. This time around, the S Pen even gets a few new tricks like gesture controls that let you do things like control your smartphone camera remotely just by waving your hand in certain ways. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus may be one of the most expensive smartphones currently available in India, but is worth every penny, especially for a power user.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 9825
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, 16MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Xiaomi Mi 10 5G

Xiaomi Mi 10 about screen

Xiaomi’s latest is also its first flagship phone in India in a long time. The Xiaomi Mi 10 5G mixes up top-notch fit and finish with high-end specifications. Additional features like fast 30W wireless charging and the same 108MP camera as on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra round off the deal.

In our review, the Mi 10 5G stood out for performance and battery life, however, we found the software experience a bit lackluster. MIUI still has inconsistencies that hold back the phone from true excellence. That said, despite the minor niggles, the Mi 10 stands out as a quality alternative for anyone looking for a fresh new alternative to Samsung and OnePlus hardware. 


Xiaomi Mi 10 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108MP, 13MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, 2MP depth
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,780mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus 8 Pro

OnePlus 8 Pro in hand 2

The OnePlus 8 Pro is the hottest new phone on the block and for good reason. It may no longer be a flagship killer, but the device still undercuts most other top-end phones on the market and delivers class-leading internals. 

Like every generation before it, the OnePlus 8 Pro includes the latest available chipset. The Snapdragon 865 is paired with up to 12GB of RAM. Elsewhere, we tested the 120Hz display and found it to be one of the best on any phone. Add to that fast 30W wireless charging, IP68 rating, the promise of long term software support, and the phone looks stacked. The company is being aggressive with its pricing strategy in India which means that the phone is an even better deal. The phone vastly undercuts the competition and starts at just Rs. 54,999. 


OnePlus 8 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48MP primary, 48MP telephoto, 48MP ultrawide + 5MP color filter
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,510mAh with 30W wired, wireless charging
  • Software: Android 10 with Oxygen OS

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite lying on box

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite launched earlier this year and is a bit of an anomaly in India. The country has traditionally got Exynos variants of popular Samsung smartphones, making the S10 Lite the only Snapdragon 855 packing phone from the brand to launch in India. 

The phone was introduced as a direct competitor to OnePlus, and it succeeds at the task in many ways. Samsung’s broad reach through offline channels makes the phone accessible to a wider network of buyers. The performance is top-notch and One UI is an absolute joy to use. Other specs include a large 4,500mAh battery that easily lasts a full day of use and can be topped off with a fast 45W charger when needed. In our review we found the camera set-up to be competent though low-light performance suffered.

Sure, you can get a faster chipset with the all-new OnePlus 8, but the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite marries great performance with a quality user experience, feature-rich software package that is hard to match. 

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite specs

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Super AMOLED Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48MP, 12MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus Nord

OnePlus Nord rear shot hero off angle

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The OnePlus Nord is a return to roots for the company that started off making truly affordable flagship-killers. It delivers excellent performance, the same buttery-smooth, and clean Oxygen OS we love on the more premium OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, at a significantly cut down price. 

Some sacrifices have been made to reach the price point with the plastic frame and the cameras not really being up to scratch, but combined with the quality 90Hz display, fast 30W charging, the OnePlus Nord is one of the best new mid-range smartphones you can get in India. 


OnePlus Nord specs

  • Display: 6.44-inch, Full HD+, 90Hz
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48MP, 8MP ultra-wide, 5MP depth, and 2MP macro
  • Front camera: 32MP, 8MP ultra-wide
  • Battery: 4,115mAh with 30W
  • Software: Android 10 with Oxygen OS

Realme X2 Pro

Realme X2 Pro rear view in the hand 1

Realme has been gunning for Xiaomi’s crown since the company launched in India. It’s been neck-and-neck so far, with the continuous upmanship quite fun to watch. Taking the fight to Redmi and OnePlus, the Realme X2 Pro is by far the best phone the company has made so far.

You get the latest and greatest processing package, as much RAM as you want, a superb camera setup, fantastic fast charging capabilities, and a beautiful 90Hz display. The absolute best part is that you can get it for much cheaper than a lot of the competition, with even the highest-end iteration priced at under 40,000 rupees.


Realme X2 Pro specs

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855+
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Poco X3

Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC held in the hand outside to show off the rear side

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The Poco X3 is the company’s first completely original design since the launch of the F1. The phone packs all the specs you need and brings with it one feature that truly differentiates it — no ads.  

The Indian variant drops support for NFC but tacks on an enormous 6,000mAh battery as well as 33W charging. Elsewhere, there’s a fast Snapdragon 732G chipset in addition to a 120Hz display. 

Imaging is handled by a 64MP primary shooter as well as a 13MP ultra-wide camera, 2MP macro snapper and another 2MP depth sensor. Over on the front is a 20MP selfie shooter. The phone even adds an IP53 rating and delivers a whole lot of value. 

The phone faces stiff competition from the likes of the Realme 7 Pro and its fast 65W charging, but the lack of ads easily tilts the scale in favor of the Poco X3. 


Poco X3 specs

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 732G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 64MP primary, 13MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, 2MP depth sensor
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Poco M2 Pro

Poco M2 Pro split back panel

The Poco M2 Pro is the best new Android option to get if you are on a budget. The phone takes the best features from the Redmi Note 9 Pro and kicks it up a notch with faster 33W charging. The spec sheet is well equipped for the price which should ensure that the phone works reliably well for years to come. As an added benefit, the phone does not include any ads in the interface. 

The build quality is fantastic for the price, the Snapdragon 720G chipset delivers more than enough oomph. In fact, you will face no issues with playing your favorite games on the hardware. Elsewhere, the camera package is comprehensive but falls short of delivering the best possible image quality in the category. The 48MP camera delivers quality results in bright light but falls short in low light, as is the case with most budget phones. 

Finally, the 5,000mAh battery easily lasts a day of heavy use and most users should be able to push the phone over two days of use. 


Poco M2 Pro specs

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 720G
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48MP primary, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, 2MP depth sensor
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh with 33W
  • Software: Android 10

So there you have it for this roundup of some of the best phones in India! Working with a specific budget? Be sure to check out our guides on the best phones under 10,000 rupees, best phones under 15,000 rupees in India, best phones under 20,000 rupees, best phones under 30,000 rupees, and best phones under 40,000 rupees.