- Apple iPhone 12
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 proves that Apple has still not lost its touch with the consumers. The latest handset from the Cupertino-based company offers improved camera performance, the most powerful mobile chipset in the market, and a new design that is a perfect blend of old and new elements. If you want improvements in camera and battery, you can also choose to go for Pro and Pro Max models of the phone.
Performance Hexa Core (3.1 GHz, Dual Core + 1.8 GHz, Quad core) Apple A14 Bionic 4 GB RAM Display 6.1 inches (15.49 cm) 457 PPI, OLED Camera 12 MP + 12 MP Dual Primary Cameras Dual LED Flash 12 MP Front Camera Battery 2815 mAh Fast Charging Lightning Port
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
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.
Performance Octa core (2.9 GHz, Single Core + 2.8 GHz, Tri core + 2.2 GHz, Quad core) Samsung Exynos 2100 12 GB RAM Display 6.8 inches (17.27 cm) 516 PPI, Dynamic AMOLED 120 Hz Refresh Rate Camera 108 + 10 + 10 + 12 MP Quad Primary Cameras LED Flash 40 MP Front Camera Battery 5000 mAh Fast Charging USB Type-C Port
Apple iPhone 11
Expert comment: Probably the most popular iPhone model of recent times, the iPhone 11 doesn’t dig as deep a hole in your pocket as some of the recent flagships from the brand have. The iPhone 11 comes with dual rear cameras and is one of the most capable camera smartphones available in the market. If you are not interested in clicking pictures, no worries, the handset ships with A13 Bionic chipset, which is the most powerful mobile chipset available in the industry right now. The phone offers a great battery life and a great display quality too. On the software side, the phone delivers like a true champ too.
Performance Hexa Core (2.65 GHz, Dual Core + 1.8 GHz, Quad core) Apple A13 Bionic 4 GB RAM Display 6.1 inches (15.49 cm) 324 PPI, IPS LCD 60 Hz Refresh Rate Camera 12 MP + 12 MP Dual Primary Cameras Quad LED True Tone Flash 12 MP Front Camera Battery 3110 mAh Fast Charging Lightning Port
OnePlus 9 Pro
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.
Performance Octa core (2.84 GHz, Single Core + 2.42 GHz, Tri core + 1.8 GHz, Quad core) Snapdragon 888 8 GB RAM Display 6.7 inches (17.02 cm) 526 PPI, Fluid AMOLED 120 Hz Refresh Rate Camera 48 + 50 + 8 + 2 MP Quad Primary Cameras Dual LED Flash 16 MP Front Camera Battery 4500 mAh Warp Charging USB Type-C Port
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Expert comment: Samsung described Galaxy S20 FE as a phone made for fans at the handset’s launch. While this tagline might sound cheesy at first, this actually turned out to be the case. The handset comes with an excellent display with 120Hz refresh rate, delivers flagship performance, and offers best-in-class cameras as well. While the build quality might have room for improvement, considering most users like to use protective cases on their phones, Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is a unique value for money option in a relatively high price bracket.
Performance Octa core (2.73 GHz, Dual Core + 2.5 GHz, Dual core + 2 GHz, Quad core) Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 8 GB RAM Display 6.5 inches (16.51 cm) 405 PPI, Super AMOLED 120 Hz Refresh Rate Camera 12 MP + 8 MP + 12 MP Triple Primary Cameras LED Flash 32 MP Front Camera Battery 4500 mAh Fast Charging USB Type-C Port
- Xiaomi Mi 10i 8GB RAM
Expert comment: Xiaomi Mi 10i is one of the best 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.
Performance Octa core (2.2 GHz, Dual Core + 1.8 GHz, Hexa Core) Snapdragon 750G 8 GB RAM Display 6.67 inches (16.94 cm) 395 PPI, IPS LCD 120 Hz Refresh Rate Camera 108 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP Quad Primary Cameras Dual-color LED Flash 16 MP Front Camera Battery 4820 mAh Fast Charging USB Type-C Port
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
Expert comment: Redmi Note 9 Pro Max fills in the shoes as the brand’s mid-range flagship phone and it justifies the title extremely well. Although the handset has a lot in common with the regular Pro model, you get a 64MP primary camera and a 32MP selfie camera on this variant. The phone makes no compromises when it comes to processor, display, camera performance, and even battery backup. Although you don’t get a high refresh rate that you can get in slightly more expensive phones, the Note 9 Pro Max is an all-rounder that gets the job done.
Performance Octa core (2.3 GHz, Dual Core + 1.8 GHz, Hexa Core) Snapdragon 720G 6 GB RAM Display 6.67 inches (16.94 cm) 395 PPI, IPS LCD 60 Hz Refresh Rate Camera 64 + 8 + 5 + 2 MP Quad Primary Cameras LED Flash 32 MP Front Camera Battery 5020 mAh Fast Charging USB Type-C Port
- Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime
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.
Performance Octa core (2 GHz, Dual Core + 1.8 GHz, Hexa Core) MediaTek Helio G80 4 GB RAM Display 6.53 inches (16.59 cm) 395 PPI, IPS L Camera 13 + 8 + 5 + 2 MP Quad Primary Cameras LED Flash 8 MP Front Camera Battery 5020 mAh Fast Charging USB Type-C Port