Best Android phones 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 right now.

Best phones in India:

  1. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
  2. Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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


1. Samsung Galaxy S10 family

Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10 Plus

Samsung upped its flagship game in 2019 with the introduction of three new devices that make up its Galaxy S10 lineup – the Samsung Galaxy S10e, the Galaxy S10, and the Galaxy S10 Plus. They are by far the best Samsung phones you can buy at the moment. Despite some key differences between them, all three variants are worth considering for your next smartphone purchase.

First, let’s take a look at what these three versions have in common. All three are powered by the same processor, come with the same, smooth software package, and are water-resistant. The increasingly rare headphone jack and expandable storage are available too. They support punch-hole front-facing cameras, allowing for high screen-to-body ratios and beautiful design.

The differences begin with the screen. The smaller Galaxy S10e comes with a lower resolution screen. The larger two also have an in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. The Galaxy S10 Plus expands the punch hole by including a second front-facing depth sensor. On the back, the Galaxy S10e has two rear cameras. Both the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus have those, but add a telephoto camera.

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is a fantastic option for those who are looking for all that Samsung has to offer at a comparatively cheaper price point. A better camera setup, more RAM, a larger display, and bigger battery are what you get with the Galaxy S10, and the Galaxy S10 Plus takes things one step further. If you’re looking to plant your flag at the absolute top of the Samsung Galaxy S mountain, the Galaxy S10 Plus with a whopping 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage is the model you want.


Galaxy S10e specs:

  • Display: 5.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Rear cameras: 12MP and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Galaxy S10 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Quad HD+
  • Chipset: Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 12MP, 12MP, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,400mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Galaxy S10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB and 1TB
  • Rear cameras: 12MP, 12MP, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 10MP and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


2. OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 Pro screen in front of fire

OnePlus jumps into true flagship territory with its most expensive smartphone yet – the OnePlus 7 Pro. It’s a gorgeous looking smartphone that gets rid of the notch and opts for a pop-up selfie camera. The display is a 90Hz panel that makes animations and movement look incredibly fluid. Everything feels faster and smoother on the OnePlus 7 Pro, and the display has a large part to play in that regard.

Of course, it’s top of the line hardware contributes to the blazing fast performance as well. OnePlus also ups its camera game by introducing a triple camera system with the 7 Pro. The OnePlus 7 Pro may be the most expensive OnePlus yet, but it still manages to stay true to its roots, with a price point that still undercut some of the competition by a decent margin.


OnePlus 7 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48MP, 16MP, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


3. Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro

Redmi K20 Pro showing gradient on back

Xiaomi drags its popular Redmi range of smartphones into high-end territory with the Redmi K20 Pro. The latest and greatest processing package, a beautiful all-screen front, a pop-up selfie camera, triple rear cameras, and an under-display fingerprint scanner ensures that the K20 Pro checks all the 2019 flagship boxes. It’s no surprise that the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro is one of the best phones you can get in India.

The one area Xiaomi continues to surprise is with pricing. Aggressive pricing is a Xiaomi staple, but the Redmi K20 Pro takes things to a whole new level. Even with a specs list that can be interchanged with any other phone on this list, this phone undercuts the competition by huge margins. If you’re looking for bang for your buck, it doesn’t get any better than the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro.


Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro specs

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Rear camera: 48MP, 8MP, and 13MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


4. Asus 6Z

Asus Zenfone 6 camera macro - a great smartphone under 40,000 rupees

Asus surprised everyone with the really good Zenfone 5Z last year. Recent legal troubles have forced the company to drop the Zenfone branding, but its successor — the Asus 6Z — retains what is important. Once again, it’s a high-end smartphone that is very aggressively priced. This time around, it also comes with a unique design feature that makes it stand out in this competitive field.

In terms of specifications and hardware, you get everything you’d expect from a 2019 flagship. What makes the 6Z unique though is its camera setup. The dual rear camera setup flips around the top of the phone to serve as a front-facing camera. The Asus 6Z also has one of the largest batteries in a smartphone and, as a result, excellent battery life. Just another of many reasons why the Asus 6Z is worth your money.


Asus 6Z specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Rear camera: 48MP and 13MP
  • Front camera: Rear camera flips around
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


5. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom sharkfin popup

What do you do when everyone starts to go the pop-up selfie camera route? You start to play around with cool new implementations. Oppo is no stranger to the pop-up camera, and the new shark fin design certainly stands out in an ever-growing crowd.

It’s not just about aesthetics either. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is a powerhouse in its own right, featuring all the specs we’ve come to expect from a 2019 flagship. Not to be outdone in the camera department, you also get a triple rear camera with the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, including a telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom and up to 10x hybrid zoom that gives the phone its name. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom finds its place among the best affordable flagships in India.


Oppo Reno 10x Zoom specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48MP, 13MP, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,065mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


6. Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL stood upright outdoors against brickwork.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL may not be the best smartphones you can pick at first glance. They remain some of the more expensive flagships around. At least on paper, these Google phones don’t offer as much in terms of hardware compared to the other devices on this list. However, there is one department where the latest Google flagships continue to shine — the camera. It may be a single rear camera, but a lot of software improvements and features further enhance an already great experience.

If you aren’t a fan of the notch or are looking for a less expensive option, the smaller Pixel 3 is the way to go. The only differences between the two are that the Pixel 3 has a smaller, lower-resolution screen and comes with a slightly smaller battery. You get all the same specs and features with both, including wireless charging, dust and water resistance, dual front-facing cameras, and excellent software experience.


Pixel 3 specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Rear camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP and 8MP
  • Battery: 2,915mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Pixel 3 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Rear camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP and 8MP
  • Battery:3,430mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


7. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was one of the most anticipated releases of 2018 and it delivered. The latest Galaxy Note is the epitome of powerhouse. It shares much of its predecessor’s design language but in a more refined state. The Galaxy Note 9 is another great example that shows that Samsung knows how to make a premium smartphone.

The Galaxy Note 9 features the best smartphone display around, and while the specs are 2018 flagship, you are certainly not going to feel like the phone isn’t fast enough. What lets the Galaxy Note 9 retain a place on this list is also its defining feature — the S-Pen. Samsung has brought more value and convenience with the stylus every year, and the Galaxy Note 9’s S-Pen comes with a lot of new features and capabilities. There are a lot of Galaxy Note fans in India, and the Note 9 is not going to leave anyone disappointed.


Galaxy Note 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 9810
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 12MP and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery:4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


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 30,000 rupees, and best phones under 40,000 rupees.

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