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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 S20 Plus

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The cream of the crop, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is one of the most well-rounded Android smartphones on the market right now. The gorgeous 120Hz display is best in class, and the versatile camera set-up sets the standard for 2020 flagships. Samsung has also delivered the goods with fast, frequent software updates which ensure that the phone is running on the latest security patches and keeps getting new software goodies. 

The Galaxy S20 Plus costs a lot, but it justifies the cost by giving you a massive feature set, both in terms of hardware and software. From fast wired and wireless charging to essentials like an IP68 rating and even microSD card support. Compared to the Galaxy S20 Ultra, you lose out on the 108MP primary camera but the set up here is versatile enough to cover all focal lengths. Overall, the Galaxy S20 Plus is the best premium Android phone around if budget isn’t a concern. 


Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 12MP, 64MP Telephoto, 12MP Ultrawide + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10, OneUI 2.0

Galaxy Note 10 Plus

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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

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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

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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

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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

Realme X2 Pro

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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 X2

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120Hz display on a budget smartphone? That caught us by surprise too. The Poco X2 came out of nowhere earlier this year and despite the somewhat uninspiring design, there was a lot to like about the sturdy construction. 

Other standout features include 27W fast charging support, a particularly fast side-mounted fingerprint reader as well as a splash-proof nano-coating. Compared to the Poco F1, the X2 takes a very different approach towards performance. The Snapdragon 730G isn’t quite a powerhouse but does reasonably well for the category. It was able to run all popular games with the settings maxed out. 

We noticed hints of jank in the software when we reviewed the phone, but the company has issued a number of software updates to address this. Priced at Rs. 15,999, the Poco X2 offers something unique in the category with its high refresh rate panel, focus on long term software support. Moreover, the quality build, software updates, reliable performance make it an excellent choice. 


Poco X2 specs

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855+
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64MP primary, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, 2MP depth sensor
  • Front camera: 20MP, 2MP depth sensor
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Redmi Note 9 Pro

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The Redmi Note 9 Pro is the best Android option if you are on a budget, and want a phone that will work reliably well even a few years down the line. The phone might appear a bit boring, but it is that same virtue that makes it a solid and stable performer. There are no gimmicks here. 

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. Topping it up, however, takes a while since the phone doesn’t support anything faster than 18W charging. 

 

 


Redmi Note 9 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 18W
  • 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.