Best phones to buy across price ranges

Best phones across price ranges offer incredible specs and as it can be a daunting task to find the best option in each price segment, we have decided to compile a list for you. Just over halfway through the year, we have already witnessed crazy releases from every possible brand. The number of smartphones released in the past 7 months alone would easily surpass the 50 device threshold if we sat down and did the math. Most of you would be considering new smartphones as the festive season draws near, and we’re here to help you make a perfect choice. We made an effort to include products that are future-proof and should work for the next two years because 5G will be a significant deal this year.

Things to consider while buying smartphones

  • Display type, resolution, and refresh rate: Either IPS or AMOLED screens make up the majority of the current smartphone market. AMOLED panels outperform the other technologies in terms of picture quality and viewing angles. It is always a good choice to pick smartphones with AMOLED displays if you want vibrant colours, deeper blacks, and broader viewing angles than those provided by IPS screens.
  • Processor, RAM, and storage: Get a phone with a strong CPU and at least 6GB of RAM if you intend to game or use other resource apps to ensure seamless multitasking and speedy responses. Similar to that, having a lot of storage would enable you to keep more of your favourite apps, games, photos, videos, and other items.
  • Camera: Given the fierce competition, brands are making every effort to cram smartphones with as many cameras as they can. Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) so you can capture images, 4K video, wide-angle lens, telephoto, and macros are some things you should unquestionably look at. Of course, not every pricing range will include all of these capabilities, but the majority of them will be found.
  • Battery Capacity and Fast charging: Always make sure the phone can operate for at least a day on a single charge. Pay attention to the manufacturer’s statements about the battery life. Although a greater battery capacity can theoretically offer you longer runtime, the findings are not always accurate in practice. Therefore, be sure to read reviews before making that purchase to make sure the smartphone genuinely gives the battery life possible. Another thing to check is whether the smartphone has a fast charging option so you can charge the battery more quickly. So let’s start with the list.

Best phone under Rs 10,000

Redmi 9i Sport

The Redmi 9i Sport is the best option available at around Rs 10,000. It has a 6.53-inch HD+ IPS LCD panel with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The display gets the TÜV Rheinland certification and is sufficiently bright at 400 nits. The phone has a 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio G25 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of internal storage depending on the model.

On the optics front, the phone gets a 13MP sensor on the rear and a 5MP selfie snapper on the front. Other features on the phone include 3G, 4G support, Bluetooth 5.0, WIFI, GPS, FM radio, Android 11 with MIUI 12 on top, and a sufficiently large 5,000Mah battery with support for 10W charging.

Pros

  • Large Bright Display
  • Massive Battery
  • Modern Design

Cons

  • Slow Charging
  • HD+ resolution
  • Average Selfie Camera

Price – Rs 8,699

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Best phone under Rs 20,000

POCO X4 Pro 5G

POCO X4 Pro 5G flaunt a 6.67 FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 1200nits peak brightness, DCI-P3 colour gamut, and 360Hz touch sampling rate. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC with up to 8GB RAM and up to 128GB internal storage. The phone runs on Android 11-based MIUI 13 custom skin out of the box.

Moving to the cameras, the POCO X4 Pro 5G offers triple camera sensors on the back, including a 64MP ISOCELL GW3 primary sensor with an LED flash, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2MP macro sensor. There is a 16MP snapper on the front for selfies and video calls.

Other features on the POCO X4 Pro include a 5,000mAh battery with 67W rapid charging capability, 5G, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, an IR blaster, and a 3.5mm audio connector, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for security.

Pros

  • Bright AMOLED Display
  • Excellent Design
  • Decent Cameras
  • Great Battery Life

Cons

  • Still on Android 11
  • Performance could be better

Price – Rs 15,999

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Best phone under Rs 30,000

iQOO Neo 6 5G

iQOO Neo 6 packs a 6.62-inch FHD+ E4 AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, & 1,300 nits brightness peak brightness. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 internal storage which can’t be expanded further. It gets Android 12 with the company’s custom FunTouchOS skin on top.

iQOO-Neo-6

On the optics front, the iQOO Neo 6 has triple cameras on the back, with a 64MP Samsung GW1P main sensor with OIS, an 8MP ultrawide lens, and a 2MP macro lens. It gets a 16MP shooter on the front for selfies and video calls. Other features on the phone include 5G, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, an IR blaster, x-axis motor, dual speakers, an in-display fingerprint scanner for security, and a 4,700mAh battery with 80W fast charging support.

Pros

  • Excellent Display
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • Reliable Cameras
  • 80W fast charging

Cons

  • Generic Design
  • Selfie camera could be better

Price – Rs 29,999

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Best phone under Rs 50,000

OnePlus 10T

The OnePlus 10T packs a 6.7-inch FHD+ LTPO2 10-bit AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, HDR10+, and 950 nits peak brightness. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC and gets up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB USB 3.1 storage. The handset runs Android 12-based Oxygen OS 12.1 out of the box.

In optics, the OnePlus 10T sports a triple camera setup on the back, with a 50MP Sony IMX766 primary with OIS support, an 8MP ultra-wide, and a 2MP macro sensor. For selfies and video calls, it houses a 16MP front-facing snapper.

Other features on the phone include 5G, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, dual speakers, an in-display fingerprint scanner for security, and a sizeable 4,800mAh battery with 150W fast charging support.

Pros

  • Supreme performance
  • Sturdy design
  • Clean software
  • 150W super fast charging

Cos:

  • Camera hardware can be improved
  • No alert slider

      Price – starts at Rs 49,999

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      Best phone over Rs 50,000

      iPhone 14 Pro Max

      The iPhone 14 Pro Max features a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR Always-On display, with a 120Hz variable refresh rate, up to 2,000 nits of peak brightness, and a pill-shape notch, which Apple likes to call Dynamic Island. The phone is powered by the new A16 Bionic chip with up to 1TB of internal storage. The phone runs the latest iOS 16 out of the box with the promise of up to 4 more version upgrades.

      On the optics front, the iPhone 14 Pro Max gets a triple camera setup on the rear with a main 48MP shooter, a 12MP ultra-wide angle lens, and a 12MP 3x optics telephoto snapper. The phone also gets a LiDAR Scanner for AR applications. On the front, we get to see a new 12MP snapper with auto-focus for crisp selfies and video calls.

      Other features on the phone include 5G, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, GPS, stereo speakers, and Face ID. The handset has a claimed battery life of up to 29 hours on a single charge. Additionally, the 14 Pro Max supports wired fast charging that can add 50 percent juice in 30 minutes, 15W MagSafe wireless fast charging, 7.5W Qi wireless charging, and 5W reverse wireless charging.

      Pros

      • All-new and powerful A16 Bionic chipset
      • New pill-shaped cutout
      • Improved triple camera system
      • Always-on display

      Cons

      • Expensive
      • Limited 20W charging

        Price – Rs 1,39,900

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