The best premium phones you can purchase in India are categorised as ones that start over Rs. 50, 000. But which ones are the best? From apple iphone 12 Pro Max plus Samsung Galaxy S21 Super on one end to Redmi 9 and Realme C2 at the other, the smartphone market is full of options. You’ll get a smartphone just for as low as Rs. 4, 000 and even as high as Rs. 1, 60, 000. At the high end you get flagship phones through the major manufacturers that are positioned as their top-end models, along with high-end specifications and superior prices. These phones are claimed to offer the best of the best at the costs they are available. But how good are these phones in reality? And more importantly, which one should be your choice?
On this week’s episode of Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital , host Akhil Arora talks with reviewers Roydon Cerejo and Aditya Shenoy to discuss what should be the greatest premium flagship smartphone to buy in India today.
Phones starting above Rs. 50, 000 in the current market are available as the superior options, with top-notch construct made of rich materials for example glass and metal and specifications like high-quality AMOLED displays and superior digital cameras that are brilliant even in low-light conditions. A customer going for this kind of option expects to get a powerful experience.
Given those prerequisites, you can easily the particular flagship offerings on your disposal. For Google android fans, nothing is better than the Samsung Galaxy S21 Super that offers not merely the best of the Galaxy S-series experience through its fantastic display and cameras, but additionally offers an essence of the Galaxy Note series, because of its S Pen support. The Galaxy S21 Ultra starts at Rs. 1, 05, 999 for the bottom 12GB RAM + 128GB storage variant and rises to Rs. 1, 16, 999 for the 16GB RAM + 512GB storage option.
For those squarely in the Apple camp, the iPhone 12 is potentially Apple’s best pick contrary to the Android army. It offers a big OLED display and considerably better cameras over the iPhone 11 — alongside the top-of-the-line SoC that is also powering the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max . The iPhone 12 also has video camera capabilities including Dolby Vision recording that delivers unlike most of its Android counterparts.
The iPhone 12 starts at Rs. 79, 900 for the base 64GB variant and goes up to Rs. 94, 900 for the 256GB option. But If money isn’t a matter of concern, you can get an even better experience and a bigger display by getting the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This has a starting price of Rs. 1, 29, 900 for the 128GB storage variant and goes up to Rs. 1, 59, 900 for the top-end 512GB model.
That said, there are flagships out there that offer all these features but at nearly half the price. Xiaomi has the Mi 11 Ultra , which seems modelled on the Galaxy S21 Ultra — and goes beyond with a secondary display and up to 67W wired and wireless charging (using a separate charger). The Mi 11 Ultra starts at a high price of Rs. 69, 999.
OnePlus also has its OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro models in the premium segment to take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and iPhone 12. One of the biggest advantages of the newest OnePlus flagships over the competition is the new 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 camera sensor that has an ultra-wide angle Freeform lens on top. It helps enhance photos and videos.
While the OnePlus 9 starts at Rs. 49, 999, the OnePlus 9 Pro carries an initial price of Rs. 64, 999.
Apart from the key players, the premium smartphone market has the likes of Asus ROG Phone 5 to generally meet specific requirements, in this case, mobile gaming.
In the second half of 2021, we are treated to new Google Pixel flagships — the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro — though it’s unclear if they should come to India. As well as the iPhone 13 series, like clockwork in late 2021. We talk about all this and much more around premium flagship phones.
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