The competition for dominance in the Indian smartphone market is over and Chinese companies have successfully established themselves in the Indian market. The previous market leader, Samsung has been lagging behind Xiaomi for more than two years now.
Aside from the two giants going head-to-head, Oppo and Vivo are also among the top five brands in India. OnePlus, too, has a cult following in India, with its smartphones leading the race in the premium smartphone category, defeating the likes of iPhone and the Galaxy flagships.
In this list, we comb through all the options in the market so that you have choices across all price points with varied features. Some phones are meant for selfie lovers while others are for fans of Stock Android. Either which way, you’ll find a phone that will make sense for you.
Redmi K20 Pro
Weight: 191g | Dimensions: 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8mm | OS: Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top | Screen size: 6.39 inches | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 SoC | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 13MP | Front camera: 20MP
Xiaomi promised its new Redmi K series would be “Flagship Killer 2.0” and that seems to be fairly accurate, given the kind of specs that the Redmi K20 Pro offers at a starting price of Rs 27,999. Xiaomi is clearly taking the battle to OnePlus, which has developed a cult-like following amongst people looking for premium specs at affordable prices.
OnePlus constantly increasing the prices of its smartphones has also helped in popularizing the Redmi K20 Pro.
Weight: 191g | Dimensions: 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8mm | OS: Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top | Screen size: 6.39 inches | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Snapdragon 730 SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 13MP | Front camera: 20MP
Not forgetting its budget segment roots, Xiaomi has also launched a slightly more affordable version of the Redmi K20 Pro, retaining as many design elements and hardware specs as possible, while still offering a premium smartphone at an affordable price.
If you don’t need a highly powerful smartphone, you can instead opt for the Redmi K20.
OnePlus 7 Pro
Weight: 206g | Dimensions: 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie with OxygenOS | Screen size: 6.67-inch | Resolution: 3120 x 1440 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC | RAM: 6/8/10GB | Storage: 128/256GB UFS 3.0 | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 16MP | Front camera: 16MP
With the launch of the OnePlus 7 Pro, the Chinese smartphone maker has propelled itself to the next level. The 7 Pro is supposed to take the fight to the high-end premium offerings like the Galaxy S10 series and the iPhone XS.
Sporting a Quad HD+ panel for the first time, the OnePlus 7 Pro is the most premium smartphone till date. This reflects in its performance, design as well as the price.
Read our full review: OnePlus 7 Pro
Weight: 182g | Dimensions: 157.7 x 74.8 x 8.2mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie with OxygenOS | Screen size: 6.41-inch | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128/256GB UFS 3.0 | Battery: 3,700mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP
Good battery life
Average face recognition
The standard OnePlus 7, on the other hand, is aimed at people who still want a OnePlus smartphone that is affordable. Keeping this in mind, the company launched the OnePlus 7 at the same price as the OnePlus 6T, while still offering important upgrades in terms of the chipset, cameras and the storage performance.
Read our full review: OnePlus 7
Weight: 183g | Dimensions: 158.7 x 75.2 x 8.6 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie with ColorOS 6.0 | Display: 6.4-inch Super AMOLED | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 | RAM: 4/6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP
Vibrant Super AMOLED display
Versatile camera performance
20W fast charging
ColorOS needs work
Realme has been making a splash since its debut last year. Over the last few months, the company has aggressively expanded its portfolio of smartphones right from the entry-level to the budget segment. The Realme XT is the latest in this line, and offers a versatile camera experience coupled with a vibrant display and a big battery.
The design of the Realme XT is also noteworthy, although it could be slightly over the top for people who prefer sticking to neat lines and patterns. Nevertheless, the Realme XT is a very good option in its segment.
Read our full review: Realme XT
Oppo A9 2020
Display: 6.5-inch HD+ | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC | RAM: 4GB/8GB | Storage: 128GB | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Battery: 5000mAh
Quad camera setup
Abundant memory and storage
ColorOS needs work
The Oppo A9 2020 is a refreshed version of the Oppo A9 launched earlier this year. It offers a tweaked design with updated specifications and imaging capabilities.
The primary highlight of the Oppo A9 2020 is its quad camera setup on the back. But beyond that, the A9 2020 also offers ample storage and a massive battery. If you are someone who is on the move constantly and do not want to stream a lot of content, the A9 2020 could be what you need. The ample storage allows you to save plenty of content for offline consumption, and the big 5,000mAh battery means it should last you long enough.
Weight: 191g | Dimensions: 161.2 x 76 x 8.6mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie with ColorOS 6.0 | Screen size: 6.53-inch | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 | RAM: 4/8GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 3,765mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP
It’s not just the mid-range and the premium smartphone segment that is dominated by Chinese smartphone makers. Coming back to the mid-range, we have the likes of the Realme X that aims to take on the budget king Redmi Note 7 Pro while also luring prospective Redmi K20 buyers.
If you are looking a smartphone that is somewhere between the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Redmi K20 both in terms of price as well as specs, this is a noteworthy option even now.
Read our full review: Realme X
Weight: 179g | Dimensions: 159.5 x 75.2 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie with Funtouch OS 9.0 | Screen size: 6.38-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: MediaTek Helio P65 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 4500mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP
Not the one to be left behind, Vivo too has been launching several affordable and value for money smartphones of late. The Vivo S1 is the latest in this list. It features a premium Super AMOLED panel and sports a triple camera setup on the back.
Design-wise, the Vivo S1 has a gradient back that reflects light off to give a distinct look at different angles. However, the one area where Vivo could have done better is the camera bump that looks out of place with its golden borders.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 75.45 x 158.5 x 8.05mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5.99-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: Snapdragon 435 | RAM: 2/3/4GB | Storage: 16/32/64GB | Battery: 4100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
The Redmi Note 7 Pro is a smartphone the recipe of which Xiaomi has perfected over the last few years, asserting its dominance in the Indian market. Bringing together factors like value for money, a great blend of specs and a surprise factor in the form of the 48-megapixel camera that is found in far more premium smartphones, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a great smartphone at a starting price of Rs 13,999.
Read our full review: Redmi Note 7 Pro