Best phones under Rs 50,000 hit the sweet spot for an excellent value package. On the one hand, you are getting flagship-grade hardware and on the other, you’re not paying the exorbitant costs of today’s flagships that cost upwards of Rs 70,000. If you’re looking for an excellent smartphone priced under Rs 50,000, then you have come to the right place. We have curated a list of the best smartphones that you can currently buy for under Rs 50,000 on the market. The list includes some of the best smartphones from the top brands like Xiaomi, iQOO, Realme, OnePlus, Samsung, and many others. So without further ado, let’s get started.
Things to consider while buying smartphones
- Display type, resolution, and refresh rate: Most of the current smartphone market is either dominated by IPS or AMOLED panels. Out of these two technologies, AMOLED panels provide better picture quality and viewing angles. If you want punchy colours, deeper blacks, and wider viewing angles than the IPS panels, opt for AMOLED display smartphones.
- Processor, RAM, and storage: If you plan to game or run other heavy tasks, you should get a phone that has a powerful processor coupled with at least 6GB of RAM for smooth multitasking and quick response times. Similarly, a large amount of storage will help you store more of your favourite stuff like apps, games, photos, movies, and other things.
- Camera: When you’re paying a premium for a smartphone, you must also ensure that you’re getting an excellent camera with it. Make sure the cameras support OIS (optical image stabilisation) so you can shoot blur-free photos and videos. And if you frequently take group selfies or shoot wide-angle scenery — ensure that the cameras feature sufficient wide-angle coverage for your needs.
- Battery capacity and fast charging: Always ensure that the phone can at least last through the day on a single charge. Keep an eye on the battery life claims made by the manufacturer. While a larger battery capacity will statically give you more runtime on paper, the results don’t always translate to real-world numbers. Because the battery life depends on several factors, such as your use cases and hardware factors like the refresh rate- and the type of display used by the manufacturer, as well as on-board software optimisations. So before you make that purchase decision make sure to check out online reviews to ensure the smartphone actually offers the battery life you need in real-world scenarios. Another thing to make sure of here is the availability of fast charging solution on the smartphone, so you can juice up the battery faster.
Best phones under Rs 50,000 you can buy on Amazon India
1. OnePlus 9 Pro 5G
We start our list with one of the best flagship smartphones of the last year, the OnePlus 9 Pro 5G. The OnePlus 9 Pro 5G sports a premium design along with one of the powerful flagship processors and a fluid 6.7-inch 120Hz AMOLED display. OnePlus is also using Hasselblad cameras for a great photography experience. Its versatile quad-camera features a 48MP main camera along with a 50MP ultra-wide camera, 8MP telephoto lens, and 2MP monochrome lens. There is also a 16MP front camera for beautiful selfies. At the heart, the OnePlus 9 Pro 5G gets one of the most powerful processors, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, which can cut through most tasks, including gaming, without any hassles. The smartphone also gets a 4,500mAh battery along with 65W fast wired charging and 50W wireless charging for added flexibility. This variant of the OnePlus 9 Pro 5G packs 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and gets built-in Alexa support as well. If one of the best smartphones for under Rs 50,000 and is good at photography, gaming as well as media consumption, the OnePlus 9 Pro 5G is definitely one of the best options on the market.
2. iQOO 9 5G
The recently launched flagship from iQOO, the iQOO 9 5G, also sports a premium design and comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ 5G processor at the heart for a powerful performance. At the front, there is a 10-bit AMOLED (120Hz) display, which is also HDR10+ certified for punchy yet accurate colours. Apart from being one of the most powerful smartphones on the market currently, the iQOO 9 also features one of the best cameras around. The back of the phone gets a 48MP Gimbal Camera system with a Sony IMX598 sensor along with a 13MP super wide-angle camera (120 degrees wide) for blur-free photos and great wide-angle shots. The gimbal camera also supports 5-axis video stabilisation, which further combined with EIS (electronic video stabilisation) produces videos that are less shaky and have more details. Additionally, you also get a Super Night Video mode that helps you capture impressive low-light images and videos.
iQOO has added support for 120W fast charging, which charges the device from zero to 100 percent in just 18 minutes. It also gets an improved Vapour Cooling System to offer great heat dissipation capabilities, which in turn ensures great gaming performance. Other notable features of iQOO 9 include dual stereo speakers for immersive audio and a built-in dual X-axis Linear vibration motor for improved haptic feedback.
3. Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G
Next on our list is yet another powerful and feature-packed device, the Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G. If you're in the market for a camera smartphone that is also good at offering a great multimedia experience, you should definitely have a look at Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G. It features a 5G-enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC at the core, which is coupled with an 8GB RAM (LPDDR5) and 256GB (UFS 3.1) of fast storage for smooth multitasking and improved gaming performance. Additionally, you also get a 480Hz touch sampling rate for a responsive scrolling experience. At the front, you get a 120Hz 6.67-inch FHD+ (10-bit, AMOLED) display that has a Dolby Vision, HDR 10+, and DisplayMate A+ certification for popping and gorgeous visuals. Audio is handled by the dual symmetrical Hi-Res speakers, which are tuned by Harman Kardon for a cinematic sound immersion. Moreover, the speakers also get Dolby Atmos certification for even more booming sound.
In terms of optics, you have a 108MP HM2 sensor along with an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 5MP Telemacro lens. The cameras also support 8K video recording for a high-resolution videography experience. It also features a 5,000mAh battery that charges through a 120W HyperCharge, which takes the phone from 0 to 100 percent in just 17 minutes. Alongside all these features, Xiaomi 11T Pro also supports a wide range of 5G bands to offer you comprehensive next-generation 5G network access. Moreover, Xiaomi is also promising up to 3 generations of Android upgrades and 4 years of security patches for peace of mind.
4. OnePlus 10R 5G
OnePlus recently launched its latest R-series device, the OnePlus 10R 5G. And we think it is one of the well-rounded devices around. The handset packs the MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max processor; a variant of the Dimensity 8100, for faster performance. It gets a 6.7-inch AMOLED panel with a 120Hz high refresh rate and HDR10+ certification for responsive scrolling and vibrant visuals. The display also gets features such as Hyper Touch Mode, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Eye Comfort Mode, and Auto-brightness for added utility and convenience. You also get one of the most versatile cameras around with a Sony IMX766 rear camera and a 2MP macro camera along with a 16MP Sony IMX471 front selfie camera. Additionally, OnePlus has also added multiple camera filters and modes so you can click the perfect shot you always wanted -- such as Nightscape2.0, Super Macro, UltraShot HDR, Tilt-shift mode, Focus Peaking, Video Nightscape, Video Portrait Timelapse, Hyperlapse Mode, and many others.
The device draws its energy from the 5,000mAh battery, which also supports 80W SuperVOOC fast charging for quick recharge times. You also get gaming-specific enhancements with the HyperBoost Gaming Engine -- which features a wide set of features that include a GPA Frame Stabiliser, 720Hz of touch sampling rate, a Quick Startup feature, and a 4D haptics -- for an overall improved gaming experience. The phone runs on the OxygenOS 12 for a smooth, intuitive, and feature-rich software experience. If you want a gaming smartphone under the budget of Rs 40,000, the OnePlus 10R 5G is worth considering.
5. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G may be a bit old by today's standards but it still packs the punch with its powerful and capable hardware. At the core, the device packs the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core processor, which can cut through any task you throw at it. Further, the SoC also supports 5G connectivity. The device gets a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED HDR10+ panel with support for a 120Hz high refresh rate for fluid animations and responsive scrolling. And just like most AMOLED smartphones, you also get an Always-On display to show quick at-a-glance information.
Rear optics on the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G get a Pro-grade triple camera with a 12MP main sensor (OIS) that also features Dual Pixel technology for better low-light images. Additionally, you also get an 8MP telephoto lens (OIS) and a 12MP ultrawide camera. The cameras on the Galaxy S20 FE also support an impressive 30X zoom along with Night Mode for improved high dynamic images at nighttimes. There is also a long-lasting 4,500mAh battery, which also gets wired and wireless charging support to quickly juice up the phone when needed. The device also features sound tuned by AKG for an immersive cinematic sound immersion. Other notable features of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE include an under-display fingerprint sensor, IP68 rating for added durability, MicroSD slot, dual standby 5G, and more. If you're in the market for a flagship-level experience under a budget, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G will surely satisfy your needs.
6. Realme GT Neo 3
Realme has always tried to offer flagship-level experience under a budget on its GT-series smartphones. And on a similar philosophy, realme recently introduced its latest Realme GT Neo 3 smartphone -- which in our opinion is one of the excellent value smartphones you can get on the market currently. It sports a beautiful racing strip design at the back and comes packed with high-end specs -- such as MediaTek Dimensity 8100 processor at the heart for powerful gaming performance. Additionally, Realme is also including many gaming-focused features for improved gaming -- such as a dedicated display processor for improved frame rates, a Stainless Vapor Chamber Cooling system for good thermal management, and GT Mode 3.0. Additionally, the display also gets a 120Hz high refresh rate for an overall better scrolling and navigation experience.
You also get an 80W SuperDart charge to charge the built-in 5,000mAh battery, which charges from zero to 50 percent in just 12 minutes. Additionally, the fast charging tech is also TUV Rheinland certified to ensure safety. The optics get a 50MP triple rear camera along with wide-angle and macro lenses for a good photography experience. Lastly, you get a 10-bit AMOLED panel with an impressive 50,00,000:1 contrast ratio for bright and vibrant image reproduction. The Realme GT Neo 3 runs on realme UI 3.0 for a fluid and intuitive software experience, and includes features like cross-device integration with the Realme ecosystem and also features a rapid in-display heart rate monitor.
7. iQOO 9 SE 5G
Moving on with our list we have another excellent value smartphone for iQOO, the QOO 9 SE. It runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform, which offers up to 25 percent improvement in CPU performance and a 35 percent increase in GPU performance than its previous generation of chips. There is a 6.62-inch 120Hz AMOLED display with 1,200nits of peak brightness for enhanced visuals and brighter images. The display also gets HDR10+ certification for vibrant visuals. You also get a big 4,500mAh battery that charges through the included 66W Flash Charger, which gets you from zero to 50 percent in just about 15 minutes. To ensure a smooth gaming and multitasking performance, iQOO has also added an Extended RAM 2.0 feature that lets you add an additional 4GB of virtual RAM on top of the existing 8GB RAM. Additionally, iQOO has also added a Vapour Chamber Cooling System to deliver you an unthrottled performance.
Moreover, the company is also including dual stereo speakers for immersive audio, a 300Hz touch sampling rate, and a 4D Game Vibration feature with a Z-axis linear vibration motor for an overall improved gaming experience. The 48MP optical image stabilisation main camera is taking care of the optics along with a 13MP (120-degree) wide-angle lens and a 2MP monochromatic sensor for a high-resolution photography experience. iQOO has also certified the phone with the SGS Eye Care Display certification to protect your eyes.
8. OnePlus 9 5G
Next up, we have another OnePlus smartphone on our list of the best phones for under Rs 50,000. OnePlus 9 5G also packs the same powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC at the core that its sibling OnePlus 9 Pro uses. You get a fluid 120Hz 6.55-inch AMOLED screen along with a triple rear camera system co-developed by Hasselblad. Optics-wise, the OnePlus 9 5G gets a 48MP (Sony IMX689) main camera along with a 50MP ultra-wide (Sony IMX766) sensor and a 2MP mono lens. There is also a 16MP front camera for high-resolution selfies. This variant of the OnePlus packs 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The handset also gets a vapour chamber cooling system to offer a smooth gaming performance. There is also a 4,500mAh battery with 65W Warp Charge, which provides a day's worth of battery life in just 15 minutes. Moreover, the OnePlus 9 packs 5G and NFC support as well. Users highly recommend the OnePlus 9 5G for its impressive camera performance and overall excellent value.
9. Mi 11X Pro 5G
Moving on with our list we have another great mid-range flagship, the Mi 11X Pro 5G. The Mi 11X Pro packs a DisplayMate A+ certified gorgeous AMOLED panel, which makes media consumption on the phone a memorable experience. Add to that the display also sports a 120Hz high refresh rate for smooth scrolling and responsive gaming. It also packs one of the best camera hardware that includes a 108MP HM2 primary camera with 9-in-1 pixel binning for a great low-light performance, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 5MP Telemacro camera. The camera further supports 8K/30fps video recording for a high-resolution detailed videography experience.
For improved heat dissipation and gaming performance, Mi 11X Pro also features a three-dimensional heat diffusion system, so you don't experience lags or frame drops while gaming. It also gets a 4,520mAh battery with a 33W Fast Charging, which charges the phone from zero to 50 percent in just 19 minutes. Mi has also added Hi-Res and Hi-Res Wireless support along with Dolby Atmos certification for an immersive and booming sound. Mi 11X Pro packs an excellent display along with immersive speakers and excellent cameras, and if you're prioritising these things, you should definitely check out Mi 11X Pro.
10. iQOO 7 Legend
The last on our list of the best smartphones for under Rs 50,000 is the iQOO 7 Legend. It packs an HDR10+ certified 6.62-inch AMOLED (120Hz) display with an impressive 1300nits of peak brightness for improved sunlight legibility. The display also gets a 300Hz of touch sampling rate for smooth and responsive scrolling. You get a 48MP (Sony IMX598) OIS main camera for blur-free photos and videos. At the heart, the iQOO 7 Legend runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform for a fluid gaming performance. Additionally, iQOO has also included an improved Vapor Chamber Liquid Cooling system, which covers a large 4096mm² of area, for unthrottled gaming performance.
You also get dual speakers with Hi-Res certification for booming audio. This variant of the iQOO 7 Legend gets 8GB of RAM for smooth multitasking and 128GB of storage for apps, games, and files. Additionally, you also get the Extended RAM feature, which lets you add up to n3GB of virtual RAM for improved multitasking and gaming. iQOO 7 Legend also gets 66W FlashCharge fast charging support for quick recharge times. iQOO is also promising up to 2 major Android upgrades and up to three years of security patches to extend the device lifespan.