The top 10 mobile phones available in India across the price ranges offer powerful performance, but are also capable of taking brilliant pictures that can even rival professional cameras. With the best 10 smartphones in India, not only do you get cutting-edge designs like the Infinity Displays on the Samsung Galaxy flagships, but also reliable and user-friendly offerings like the Apple iPhone. With the best 10 handsets in India, you get top-of-the-line processors from the likes of Qualcomm, Huawei, Samsung, and Apple. This list also includes the best value-for-money handsets in India, offered by brands like Xiaomi, OnePlus, and more. Not to mention that every offering on our list of top 10 mobiles in India is a looker in its own right. Whether you are interested in best camera smartphones like the Google Pixel or best-in-class specs, you can surely find the best option for you from this list.
Expert comment: Every single year we wonder if the new iPhone would continue to top this list or be overtaken by the Android counterparts but yet again, iPhone 12 Pro Max proves that Apple has still not lost its touch with the consumers. The latest and greatest handset from the Cupertino-based company offers massively improved camera performance, the most powerful mobile chipset in the market, HDR video recording, and 5G connectivity. If you want to go for an affordable option, you can choose the Pro or regular variants and still get most of these great features.
Expert comment: Mi 11 Ultra is a spec-loaded beast that makes compromises at no front. Although Xiaomi is known for offering great mid-range phones, Mi 11 Ultra shows that the brand can even offer great value-for-money premium phones as well. Whether its performance, battery life, charging speeds, or even build quality, this phone will likely exceed your expectations. While Samsung hardly has hardly had any serious competition in past when it comes to premium Android smartphones, Mi 11 Ultra seems ready to give the brand a run for its money. You can even go for Mi 11X Pro as a budget option to this phone.
Expert comment: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the best Android phone that you can currently buy in the market. If you’ve used any Samsung flagship in the last 5-7 if not 9-10 years, you would already know that the brand offers the best displays in the market that do not compromise on any front. On top of that you get major improvements in the camera department over the last year, a long-lasting battery life, and a distinguished design that makes the handset look more premium than ever. With the added support for S Pen, Galaxy S21 Ultra might now be the go to device for even professionals from this year onwards.
Expert comment: Can a flagship foldable phone actually justify its price tag despite its clear durability issues? The answer is still no, but Samsung Galaxy Fold3 is closest to achieving this feat. The phone comes with top-of-the-line processor, S-Pen support, under-display selfie camera, and beautiful immersive displays (both inside and out). The crease in the middle of the display is still visible and the phone can easily give up on you in tough environments but that’s the price you will have to pay if you want this futuristic piece of tech that you can buy right now.
Expert comment: Samsung went the slightly less ambitious route with the Galaxy Flip3 compared with the Galaxy Fold3 but that might have been the brand’s best decision in years. With an affordable price point, great hardware, and a foldable form factor that actually makes your daily driver more compact than ever, Galaxy Flip3 is probably the first foldable phone you should consider buying. Keep in mind that no phone with a foldable form factor can be described as particularly durable, and you would be good to go.
Expert comment: ASUS ROG Phone 5 deserves a category of its own but as we don’t have that now, lets just say it is the best value for money premium phone in the market. Why we say that you ask? The ROG Phone 5 doesn’t compromise in any department at all. Whether it is display, where you get industry-leading 144Hz refresh rate, or battery life for days, this phone truly exceeds expectations. Also, did we mention that it looks like a gamer’s dream? Now you know.
Expert comment: Vivo X60 Pro Plus is an exception to the norm as earlier premium phones from the brand never really managed to hit all the marks. The X60 Pro Plus, however, delivers and impresses in some of the most crucial departments. The camera performance offered by the handset is worthy of the flagship tag and thankfully, the brand has included a top-tier chipset, that makes sure you don’t get any issues, even while multitasking through some demanding tasks. You can opt for the regular variant as well, which comes at a more affordable price point.
Expert comment: OnePlus has been criticised for increase in phone prices over the years but does OnePlus 9 Pro justify its price tag? The short answer would be – Yes. The handset comes with a crisp QHD+ LTPO AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, industry-leading chipset, and blazing-fast charging. These are all highly coveted features and improve the user experience by a great degree. On the software side, OnePlus has been offering one of the best custom UI in the market as well. All things said, OnePlus 9 Pro is one of the best Android phones you can buy in 2021.
Expert comment: It is no surprise that the most affordable phone with Snapdragon 888 SoC lands directly on this list. However, Realme GT 5G is more than that. The phone doesn’t just deliver big time on performance but comes with a design that can best be described as a head-turner. While we didn’t find the camera quality offered by the phone to be particularly impressive, the phone doesn’t aim to be the best camera phone in this category anyway. If you want a no-nonsense phone that offers powerful hardware and 5G support, Realme GT 5G does just that.
Expert comment: iQOO 7 Legend can be described as a dark horse. While no one saw this phone coming, once it arrived, everyone took notice of it. The handset comes with top-of-the-line chipset, but more importantly, you can feel that the phone is blazing fast in real-world performance. You also get 120Hz display refresh rate and fast-charging support. If you can somehow get past the weird branding of the phone, iQOO 7 Legend is one of the most attractive phones in this price range.
Expert comment: OnePlus Nord 2, the latest addition to the brand’s affordable Nord series, is a perfect fit between the premium mid-range phones and the affordable mid-range phones that offer good features. The phone basically tries to offer best of both worlds and in many departments, does it successfully. OnePlus Nord 2 is a perfect phone for you if you’re looking at a phone that offers a clean UI, supports 5G connectivity, takes decent images, and offers good battery life. While the phone doesn’t excel in one particular area, it tries to cover most aspects.
Expert comment: It is hard to not include Realme X7 Max on this list as the handset ticks all the right boxes when it comes to important specifications. Whether it is 5G connectivity or processor capability, camera performance or premium design, the phone leaves little room for any complaints. Now, let us be very clear that this phone doesn’t offer best possible hardware in any of these fields, but because it comes at such an affordable price point, we can’t hold this against Realme X7 Max. If you go for this phone, you won’t have any regrets.
Expert comment: Xiaomi Mi 10i is one of the better phones that you can buy around its price. The handset packs an extremely capable chipset, a whopping 108MP primary camera, display with butter-smooth 120Hz refresh rate, and comes with support for 5G connectivity. If you’re planning to buy a new phone around this price, Mi 10i is one the very few options that can be described as ‘future-proof’. Whether it is design or performance, this phone will likely impress you in most departments.
Expert comment: While we all thought that it would be hard for Samsung to improve on the Galaxy M31 as the handset offered a great value for money, the South Korean brand did just that with Galaxy M31s. You get a really long-lasting battery life, brilliant display, and a great cameras with the M31s. The phone offers fast charging functionality as well so that you won’t have to wait for long hours till it juices up for use again. It was hard to imagine once but Samsung is now closer than ever to take the crown from Xiaomi in mid-range.
Expert comment: It seems like Xiaomi finally decided that it had enough of the competition and wanted to stand out with its Redmi Note 10 series. The top-of-the-line Redmi Note 10 Pro Max comes with features that would make dream list for most people. It has a Super AMOLED display with 120Hz butter-smooth refresh rate. This phone has a whopping 108MP primary camera that is capable of clicking gorgeous shots in any lighting condition. However, the brand didn’t stop there and included an extremely powerful processor that can run through any task you throw at it. Except 5G, this phone pretty much has it all.
Expert comment: Redmi 9 Prime came like a breath of fresh air in the market that was disrupted by the price hikes due to change in GST rates in India. The handset is priced below Rs 10,000 but you get a quad camera setup, a really good processor, good battery life, and even fast charging support with the Redmi 9 Prime. While Xiaomi was losing its charm with the aggressive push from Realme and Samsung in last year, Redmi 9 Prime put the brand back in the driving position for this price segment.
Expert comment: Remember the times when you had to compromise on various fronts when buying a budget phone? Realme C3 is testament to the fact that times have changed. With Realme C3, you get a premium-looking handset that offers a clean UI and a fullscreen display view.The handset even manages to offer 2-day battery life, a feat that is matched by few phones in the market regardless of the price range. The camera department could have been better but you can only point this out if you forget the retail price of this phone in the first place.
Expert comment: After the hike in GST rates in April 2020, we were all worried for a while whether great value for money phones from Xiaomi and Realme will ever be available at as good prices as they were available earlier. Redmi 9A is a proof that those days are just around the corner again. The phone comes with modern aesthetics, decent processor, and a massive battery life to offer a decent deal for the price. While you will have to make some compromises in display and camera quality, at this price point, it should be understandable.
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