Mi 10T Pro vs OnePlus 8T rear panel smudges

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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 of the best phones in India when new models hit the market.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra back side from angle

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: 108, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro rear view hero shot

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro makes some key changes to the formula. This time around, the phone is focused more on performance while ensuring affordability. What does this mean? You miss out on some nice to have features like wireless charging. Additionally, the camera software optimization isn’t quite as good, though the 108MP camera is still leagues ahead of competitors like the OnePlus 8T.

We found the Mi 10T Pro to offer solid value and all-around performance, but there are a few rough edges in the software. Regardless, the phone undercuts the OnePlus 8T in price, offers significantly better imaging, and, dare I say, better build quality that makes it a fantastic smartphone option.

Xiaomi Mi 10 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 13, and 5MP macro
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus 8T

OnePlus 8T rear hero shot

OnePlus continues its tradition of mid-cycle refreshes with the OnePlus 8T. The phone keeps the same processor but bumps up the screen to a 120Hz panel similar to the OnePlus 8 Pro. Meanwhile, charging speeds are now even faster at 65W.

Unfortunately, it misses out on a few nice to have features like fast wireless charging and an IP68 rating. Additionally, with the Oxygen OS drifting away from its stock-like appearance, users might be tempted to look at alternative options. Regardless, the OnePlus 8T presents itself as an excellent option if you want a blazing fast phone with quick charging speeds and passable cameras.

OnePlus 8T specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,510mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Asus ROG Phone 3

Asus ROG Phone 3 display best gaming phone

The Asus ROG Phone 3 is not only one of the best phones you can get in India, but is our number one pick for the best smartphones for gaming around. This shouldn’t really be a surprise, since it was designed with gamers in mind. It comes with top of the line hardware, like a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, a 144Hz refresh rate screen, 512GB of storage, and up to 16GB of RAM.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a good phone for gaming if the battery ran out of juice quickly. Asus has you covered in that regard as well, with the ROG Phone 3 packing a huge 6,000mAh battery.

The ROG Phone 3 also offers air triggers that act as shoulder buttons, as well as a triple camera setup that’s a solid improvement over last year’s model. It’s not even as pricey as one might expect, given all that the phone has to offer.

Asus ROG Phone 3 specs:

  • Display: 6.59-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE in the hand with fence

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE might just be the affordable flagship sleeper hit this year. The phone takes a kitchen-sink approach with a brilliant 120Hz display, bells and whistles like an IP68 rating, wireless charging, and a trio of very competent cameras.

The phone competes directly against the OnePlus 8T, and for the most part, bests it if you are looking for a more well-rounded package with significantly better cameras and feature set. If performance is a key-criteria, the OnePlus 8T with its Snapdragon processor might be a better option, but for the most part, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE offers more bang for your buck with software features, better offline availability, and a competent feature set. It’s definitely one of the best phones in India to get.

Sure, you can get a faster chipset with the all-new OnePlus 8T, but the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE offers a quality user experience that is hard to match.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE specs

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus Nord

OnePlus Nord -- best phone in India

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+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 5, and 2MP
  • Front cameras: 32 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,115mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Realme X3 SuperZoom

RealmeX3 Superzoom display showing home screen standing on table

Given Realme’s almost frantic release cycle, it’s no surprise that the company has two devices on this list of the best phones under 40,000 rupees. The Realme X3 SuperZoom is one of the company’s more recent high-end releases, and if the name isn’t enough of a giveaway, the big selling point here is its camera setup.

That said, for a phone that set out to dominate on the camera front, the X3 Superzoom ends up nailing most of the rest. The main camera is great and the 5x periscope is good, but the macro and wide-angle cameras don’t add much. There are a few compromises along the way to keep the price low as well. It uses last year’s flagship processor and an LCD display, which not be to everyone’s liking.

However, the processing package is plenty fast and the display surprisingly good. So paying a mid-range price for a near-flagship device is well worth the few compromises.

Realme X3 SuperZoom specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855+
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Poco X3

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

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: 64, 13, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • 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.