Redmi Note 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10, Vivo V15 Pro: Best smartphones to buy in March 2019
MWC 2019 is past which means the smartphone market is thriving with exciting new offerings. While this year's MWC focused highly on folding concept smartphones, the conventional phones in cheaper segments have seen quite a few innovations. In India, manufacturers have launched a host of new devices across various price points that certainly command everyone's attention. Popular companies such as Xiaomi, Samsung, Vivo and Oppo have launched a slew of new products at various price points.
On the other hand, existing smartphone models, that have been our pick-of-the-month in the past, have also seen price cuts. Some of them offer even better value than before. Therefore, if you are in the market for a brand new smartphone, there are a lot of interesting options to choose from. Whether you are looking for a bang-for-your-buck lighter-on-the-wallet smartphone under Rs 10,000 or willing to spend openly on the best of technology available in the market, here are some of the best bets you can get right now.
Under Rs 10,000
Realme C1: Rs 6,999
The Realme C1 is presently one of the most value-for-money options you can get for less than Rs 10,000. The Realme C1 is powered by a Snapdragon 450 SoC and is accompanied by 2GB RAM for the base variant. It is certainly not a powerhouse but does come with a massive 4230mAh battery. A 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual camera setup for the rear and a 5-megapixel selfie camera are good enough for optics.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1: Rs 8,499
At Rs 8,499, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 is one of the most capable smartphones you can buy. With a Snapdragon 636 chipset and a stock Android interface, the Max Pro M1 comes is a fairly capable performer. The 5000mAh battery does guarantee healthy battery stamina of an entire day under heavy usage. The 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera setup is decent enough for basic photography purposes while the 8-megapixel front camera does the job.
Under Rs 15,000
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro: Rs 13,999
At Rs 13,999, you can't get a better deal than Redmi Note 7 Pro. Xiaomi has done what it does best - bring in a brand new Snapdragon 675 chipset, an extremely capable 48-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera setup, a premium glass body with Gorilla Glass 5 protection, 4000mAh battery and an extremely affordable price tag. In many ways, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is easily all the smartphone you will ever need.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2: Rs 9,999
If you don't like the Redmi Note 7 Pro because of its custom MIUI OS, then Asus' ZenFone Max Pro M2 is an obvious choice. It comes with a Snapdragon 660 chipset and is managed by a stock Android Oreo interface, which is soon to be updated to Android Pie. With a bigger 5000mAh battery, the Max Pro M2 definitely lasts longer than its rivals. The 6.3-inch IPS LCD display is also good enough for consuming content while the cameras are simply average. It does look good though with its crazy gradient rear panel.
Samsung Galaxy M30: Rs 14,990
If all you want is a good experience for consuming content along with a solid smartphone experience, the Galaxy M30 is unbeatable. It's the only smartphone with a 6.4-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED display that has narrow bezels all around and a small waterdrop notch on the top. It is also the only smartphone with a 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel + 5-megapixel triple rear camera under Rs 15,000. The wide-angle camera does give it an advantage over other phones who love shooting landscapes. A 5000mAh battery along with USB-C 15W fast charging and a unique gradient finish gives the Galaxy M30 a distinct identity.
Xiaomi Mi A2: Rs 11,999
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is a bargain at Rs 11,999. It's the only phone with a stock Android One experience and is guaranteed to get the Android Q update. The Snapdragon 660 is still more than enough to run demanding games with absolute ease. The cameras are still one of the best in class - the 12-megapixel + 20-megapixel dual rear cameras and the 20-megapixel selfie camera along with Xiaomi's AI algorithms make the Mi A2 a good shooter. It also supports Quick Charge 4 but only gets a meagre 3000mAH battery and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Under Rs 20,000
Poco F1: Rs 19,999
The Poco F1 is still the undoubted champ in this segment. It's the cheapest smartphone with a liquid-cooled Snapdragon 845 chipset and a massive 4000mAh battery. It runs on MIUI 10 with optimisation built-in for improved gaming performance. Xiaomi's Poco team also keeps on rolling out frequent software updates to maintain the performance. The 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera setup along with Xiaomi's AI optimizations makes it earn a DxOMark score of 91 - almost as good as the iPhone 8. This is still an unbeatable deal in 2019.
Samsung Galaxy A50: Rs 19,990
The Galaxy A50 is the opposite of the Poco F1 - a refined smartphone experience that's still feature-rich. The A50 is the only Samsung smartphone with an optical in-display fingerprint sensor. The Super AMOLED display is also a treat to enjoy videos in eye-popping colours and contrasts. The rear carries a Galaxy S10-esque gradient colour theme, which makes it look premium. There's also a triple camera setup with a dedicated wide-angle camera. The A50 also comes with Samsung's OneUI base don Android Pie, which is currently one of the most polished Android skins on a smartphone. If you get the Galaxy A50, go for the beautiful Prism White variant.
Under Rs 30,000
Vivo V15 Pro: Rs 28,990
The Vivo V15 Pro is easily one of the most exciting looking smartphones in 2019 so far. It has a beautiful gradient finish, a pop-up selfie camera, a fullscreen AMOLED display and a pair of capable cameras. The V15 Pro runs on a Snapdragon 675 chipset and is backed up by 3700mAh battery. The 48-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual rear camera is pretty capable too.
Nokia 8.1: Rs 26,499
The Nokia 8.1 is the only phone for stock Android enthusiasts under Rs 30,000. It runs on an Android One ROM with Android Pie, which is very similar to the Google Pixel 3 experience. It carries over the traditional Nokia build quality with a premium glass-metal finish and a choice of irresistible colours. Powered by a Snapdragon 710 and backed by a 3500mAh battery, it offers almost a flagship smartphone user experience. The 13-megapixel + 12-megapixel dual cameras are great as well.
Asus ZenFone 5Z: Rs 21,999
A flagship user experience is where the ZenFone 5Z excels. It has a stylish glass-metal build with Asus' trademark concentric gradient design. There's an ugly notch at the front but the Snapdragon 845 and a highly optimised OS ensures you are never left wanting for more performance. The flagship Asus also has pretty good camera performance and the 3300mAh battery ensures an entire day's stamina.
Under Rs 50,000
OnePlus 6T: Rs 37,999
OnePlus defines this segment with the OnePlus 6T - a smartphone that delivers a premium user experience by getting the basics right. OnePlus 6T is currently one of the fastest Android smartphones, despite running on the last-gen Snapdragon 845 chipset. That's because OnePlus' Oxygen OS is considered as one of the best iterations of Android. The 6T gets an in-display fingerprint sensor, a bigger 3700mAh battery with clever power optimizations and a pair of improved cameras. The distinct styling of the OnePlus 6T also makes it one of the most desirable smartphones.
Honor View 20: Rs 37,999
The Honor View 20 is one of the first smartphones in India to get a punch hole camera. It comes with a crazy gradient finish at back and looks stellar, especially with the narrow-bezel 6.4-inch full HD+ IPS LCD display. The View 20 runs on Huawei's flagship Kirin 980 SoC along with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. There's a 48-megapixel primary rear camera that promises ultra-clear images. The 4000mAh battery may not seem big enough but Honor is offering 40W fast charging technology.
Apple iPhone 7: Rs 37,999
The iPhone 7 might be three years old but it still has got enough firepower to challenge brand new Android flagships. It comes with a 16:9 4.7-inch Retina HD display with thick bezels but support 3D Touch. The A10 Fusion chipset can still manage to handle anything thrown at it with absolute ease. The 12-megapixel rear camera is considered to be one of the best cameras for shooting videos while the 7-megapixel front camera is good enough for selfies. Being an iPhone, it runs on the latest version of iOS 12 and is expected to be supported for at least two years more.
Best smartphones money can buy
Samsung Galaxy S10: Rs 66,900
The Galaxy S10 is the latest and the greatest Android flagship smartphone you can buy right now. The S10 gets a modern bezel-less display with a punch hole camera. The 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED display is currently the best one screen we have seen on a smartphone so far. It also gets an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor. The S10 runs on the latest Exynos 9820 chipset and can handle anything thrown at it without even stretching its legs. The new 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel + 16-megapixel triple camera setup can make shutterbugs happy with its ultra-wide lens while the bigger battery should make it last an entire day with absolute ease. The S10+ gets a dual front camera while the cheaper S10e gets a smaller 5.8-inch full HD+ AMOLED display and loses the telephoto camera.
Google Pixel 3: Rs 69,999
The Google Pixel 3 is easily one of the best camera smartphones you can buy. Unlike modern flagship smartphones, the Pixel 3 with its single 12.2-megapixel rear camera can do wonders that other phones can only dream of - thanks to Google's exceptional machine learning systems as well as the custom VisualCore chip. Being a Pixel, it also gets the Android updates before anyone else and is the most secure Android phone you can buy. The AMOLED display in Pixel 3 XL is considered as the best, despite holding the big notch. The Snapdragon 845 chipset along with 4GB RAM is also more than enough for any heavy task you throw at it.
Apple iPhone XR: Rs 67,999
The only reason we pick the iPhone XR over the iPhone XS, again and again, is due to the value of the entire package. The iPhone XR offers the best battery life in any smartphone - this phone can last really long. It gets the modern iPhone design with narrow bezels and a notch on the top holding the FaceID system. The LCD display is easily one of the best panels of its kind on a smartphone as well. The 12-megapixel single rear camera with Apple's new computational photography makes for a truly capable camera. The A12 bionic chip with 3GB RAM and the latest iOS 12 makes the iPhone XR one of the most powerful smartphones you can buy. And, the iPhone XR is available in a range of exciting colours (there's a (PRODUCT) RED variant available).