Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus -- best phone in India

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

Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus back on piano

The top-of-the-line variant of last year’s Note handsets 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 is expensive, but it 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, and 16MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

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

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite

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 X2 Pro

Best phones in India -- Realme X2 Pro

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. All these things combined make the Realme X2 Pro one of the best phones in India you can get.

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

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

Poco M2 Pro

Poco M2 Pro -- best phones in India

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: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • 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.