Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, OnePlus 6, iPhone X: Best phones to buy in July

first_imgWith new smartphones coming out almost every other week, it can be difficult keeping track of the good from the bad. Smartphones today are getting better and better and that’s not just restricted to the high-end segment anymore. We come up with a list every month after shortlisting some of the best new phones to have launched in the Indian market and we sort them in various price brackets from the low-end to the absolute premium ones to help consumers make a better decision of what to buy depending on their budget.No surprises that the low-end segment continues to be dominated by Xiaomi and our July list features some Redmi phones that have done exceptionally well by offering well-rounded phones at an affordable price. Higher up the chain we have phones from Nokia, OnePlus and Samsung to name a few that have also launched some impressive new smartphones this year. Our list also takes some phones from late last year as we feel they have aged well and continue to deserve a place on the list.CHEAPEST PHONE WORTH BUYINGRedmi 5A: Rs 5,999Still holding the entry-level fort is Xiaomi’s Redmi 5A. The budget offering from Xiaomi continues to take on other low-cost phones including Android Go phones like the Nokia 1 by offering good hardware and decent performance. The pricing may not be as exciting as the Rs 4,999 introductory price, but even at its current price tag, the phone offers plenty for entry-level consumers.The Redmi 5A sports a 5-inch HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. The dual-SIM phones runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity. Optics for the Redmi 5A includes a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Auto-focus and LED flash. Up front you get a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The handset houses a 3,000mAh battery that the company claims will offer up to 8 days of standby time.BEST PHONE(S) UNDER RS 10,000advertisementRedmi 5: Rs 7,999It’s not just the Redmi 5A, Xiaomi has a few more phones in its artillery in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment that are worth noting and probably worth considering if you’re in the market. The Redmi 5 is priced just a notch higher than the Redmi 5A and offers so much more in terms of performance and design. The phone takes everything that made the Redmi 4 so successful in India and adds a more 2018 look and feel to it.The Redmi 5 sports a 5.7-inch ‘full-screen’ HD+ display with a 720×1440 pixel resolution with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor clubbed with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based MIUI 9, and supports 4G LTE (and VoLTE) connectivity. As far as optics are concerned, the phone comes with a 12-megapixel rear sensor with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection auto-focus and LED flash, and a 5-megapixel sensor with LED flash.Redmi Y2: Rs 9,999Xiaomi did not see a big success with the Redmi Y1 last year, which is a rare sight to see. A number of reasons helped its poor sales such as an underwhelming build and design and disappointing cameras. Xiaomi seems to have learned from its mistakes because the Redmi Y2, which was launched last week, improves upon its successor in every way and offers not only an updated, more premium-looking design, but also comes with some really good cameras and a good battery life. The Redmi Y2 sports a 5.99-inch HD+ display and comes with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 chip and is offered in two variants, although only the 3GB + 32GB option falls under the Rs 10,000 segment and is the one that makes the most sense. The phone supports expandable storage of up to 128GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot, and supports 4G LTE and VoLTE connectivity. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo (based MIUI 9) out-of-the-box.One of its biggest highlights is that it sports a dual camera setup with a primary 12-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture and phase detection autofocus and a secondary 5-megapixel camera, for depth sensing. For its price, the Redmi Y2 captures some good-looking photos in decent light with a good amount of detail and colour reproduction.BEST PHONE(S) UNDER RS 20,000Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1: Rs 10,999It’s safe to say Asus surprised everyone with the ZenFone Max Pro M1. The phone comes at a pretty great price considering all that Asus is offering which includes stock Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, a bezel-less design with an 18:9 display, dual rear cameras and a whopping 5,000mAh battery, among other things.advertisementThe ZenFone Max Pro M1 is powered by a very capable and powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is the same chip that powers the Redmi Note 5 Pro as well. The phone sports a 5.99-inch FHD+ display and comes with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD. The dual-SIM phone supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and also USB OTG. The dual rear camera system includes one 13-megapixel camera (f/2.2 aperture) and a secondary 5-megapixel camera for depth sensing. The cameras are assisted by PDAF and LED flash, and are capable of shooting 4K videos as well. On the front, you get an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash.Moto G6: Rs 13,999Motorola launched the Moto G6 in India last month, which succeeds last year’s Moto G5 and Moto G5S. The affordable mid-range smartphone brings a brand new design language to the Moto G lineup by introducing an all-glass design and a full-screen display, among other things. I reviewed the phone and found it to be the best looking phone under Rs 15,000 right now.The Moto G6 sports a 5.7-inch FHD+ 1080p IPS LCD Max Vision display and is powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 450 chipset. The base variant that’s priced below Rs 15,000 comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The phone runs near stock Android Oreo and houses a 3,000mAh battery with TurboCharge support. It comes with a 12MP + 5MP dual camera setup on the back and a 16MP front-facing camera.Redmi Note 5 Pro: Rs 14,999Coming into July, the Redmi Note 5 Pro still remains one of the best devices you can find under Rs 15,000 right now. The phone is a powerhouse performer and manages to nail pretty much all aspects of what you want in a smartphone which includes a premium metal build, 18:9 display, dual rear cameras and a powerful chipset, among other things.The Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a similar 5.99-inch FHD+ display as the Redmi Note 5. However, under-the-hood the Note 5 Pro is spiritually closer to the Redmi Note 3 in terms of performance. It is the first smartphone to be powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor which brings Qualcomm’s Kryo 260 CPU cores that will deliver around 40 per cent more power than the Snapdragon 630. The chipset is designed to produce power while being energy efficient at the same time. We reviewed the Redmi Note 5 Pro and found that the phone really is a beast in terms of performance.BEST PHONE(S) UNDER RS 30,000Nokia 7 Plus: Rs 25,999Arguably the best value-for-money phone in HMD’s newest lineup, the Nokia 7 Plus ticks most of the right boxes. The phone not only comes with a unique and captivating design that includes copper accents all around the frame, but it also features a tank-like solid metal body, an 18:9 display which is a first for the company, dual rear camera module. Not to mention it runs pure, stock Android thanks to it being part of the Android One program, and is powered by a fantastic chipset and impresses with its battery life as well.advertisement The Nokia 7 Plus sports a 6-inch FHD+ IPS display with Gorilla Glass on top. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 660 SoC, making it the first phone with the chipset in the country. This is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and can be updated to Android 8.1 Oreo as well.I reviewed the phone and found it to be a stellar offering at this price segment. The only thing that the phone gets wrong is the Zeiss-branded cameras, which perform poorly in low-light. But if cameras are important, then the Honor View 10 should be your choice in this price range. The only threat to the Nokia 7 Plus is sadly the Nokia 8 from last year, which is available for Rs 28,000 now and can also be recommended as it packs 2017 flagship trimming including a Snapdragon 835 chipsetOnePlus 6: Rs 34,999When it comes to affordable flagship phones, it doesn’t get better than the OnePlus 6 right now. OnePlus’ latest smartphone not only brings high-end specs but also a very premium all-glass design and an AMOLED display that is the biggest on a OnePlus phone yet. The phone starts at Rs 34,999 for the 6GB + 64GB option while the 8GB + 128GB variant comes in at Rs 39,999 and is available in Mirror Black, Midnight Black and Silk White colour options. If you’re willing to wait a while longer, OnePlus also launched a Red colour variant that will go on sale starting July 16.The OnePlus 6 brings mostly all the top-end hardware in 2018 including a Snapdragon 845 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The phone sports a 6.28-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 on top. It sports a 16MP + 20MP dual camera setup with OIS, EIS and f/1.7 aperture and a 16MP front camera with EIS. It houses a 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge support and runs Android 8.1 Oreo.BEST PHONE(S) MONEY CAN BUYPixel 2 XL: Rs 50,500Google’s second-generation Pixel flagship smartphone offers perhaps the best Android experience one can ask for. Not only does the Pixel 2 XL offer the purest Android software, but it also comes with top-of-the-line hardware, a full-screen display and some of the best cameras on a smartphone to date. For those looking at a premium Android smartphone right now, the Pixel 2 XL is perhaps the best option out there.As far as hardware is concerned, the Pixel 2 XL comes with mostly all of 2017’s flagship trimmings including a Snapdragon 835 processor, 12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel camera has an aperture of f/2.4, and a 3520mAh battery, among other things. DxOMark has given the Pixel 2 XL’s cameras a score of 98, which until a couple of month ago was the highest overall score for a smartphone. In our review, we found that handset indeed comes with exceptional cameras that are beyond comparable.Samsung Galaxy S9+: Rs 64,900Android consumers who want the best designed phone that money can buy need not look any further than the Galaxy S9+. This is a stunning flagship from Samsung that keeps the design language more or less similar to its predecessor. Samsung has loaded the Galaxy S9+ with a host of new features inside such as Intelligent Scan, AR Emoji and Super Slo-mo mode among other things. Notably, the Galaxy S9+ is the first Galaxy S phone to sport a dual rear camera system. Additionally, it comes with a Dual Aperture feature that switches between two apertures depending on the lighting conditions. This allows for some spectacular low-light photography that is capable to take on the Pixel 2 XL. Other than that and the display size, both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are pretty much identical. The S9+ comes with sports a 6.1-inch WQHD+ (1440×2960) Super AMOLED display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Exynos 9810 chip coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 256GB of internal storage.iPhone X: Rs 84,999The iPhone X is currently the best iPhone from the Apple to date and one that die-hard Apple would love to get their hands on, if they’re able to afford it. The X brings a whole new design language for the company that includes an edge-to-edge display with a notch cut out on top that is unfortunately catching on among the Android world as well. Recently, I installed iOS 12 beta on the iPhone X and found that the phone is even smoother than ever is worth the investment knowing a good iOS update is in the offing.iPhone X sports a 5.8-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2436X1125 pixels. It is powered by the company’s own A11 Bionic chipset and runs on iOS 11. The X comes with dual rear cameras comprising of one 12-megapixel wide angle and one 12-megapixel telephoto lens. While the front camera includes a 7-megapixel sensor which is coupled with f/2.2 lens. The iPhone X is one of our best reviewed smartphones as it won us over on it’s gorgeous display, terrific performance and stellar cameras.last_img

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