Best Mobile Phones in India
From streaming our favourite shows on Netflix to paying our utility bills online, everything is going mobile first.
In order to keep with this advancements, you need a premium flagship phone that offers the best of the best features.
So, which is the best smartphone available in India that can claim this title?
Who offers the best experience you can expect from a mobile phone without any budget constraints?
What model aligns perfectly with your interest?
We will find out in this article!
1. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Overall Best Pick
- Best productivity device
- Excellent all round performance
- Stunning design and great build quality
Samsung’s Note series was the first to usher the large screen smartphone niche in the world.
Before the original Note came along, people were a bit skeptical about a large display on a phone that they’d would carry around daily in their pockets.
The Galaxy Note 9 is the latest and greatest addition to the Note family and is probably the best till date.
Design and build quality – Glorious!
The Samsung galaxy Note 9 is more of a professional workhorse rather than a typical smartphone.
The features and the design is targeted at people who want more productivity on the go.
The industrial design is very much similar to the previous Samsung Note series phones which in itself is a great thing because those phones looked dope.
The glass back and the seamlessly integrated infinity display makes this phone look like a stunning marvel worth drooling about.
The build quality is top notch with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 covering the glass, both in the front and the back for protection.
There is an headphone jack – yes, and the phone comes with an IP68 protection rating as well.
IP, or Ingress Protection, is a universally accepted measurement of varying degrees for dust and liquid resistance.
Devices backed by an international standard rating of IP68 are deemed fit enough to withstand dust, dirt and sand, and are resistant to submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5m underwater for up to thirty minutes.
Best display on a smartphone, ever!
Samsung makes the best displays in the entire world.
The Galaxy Note 9 comes with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels.
The colours look vivid and punchy.
The wide color gamut of this panel makes the colours to be as close to the natural colour palette.
The brightness levels are excellent and the sunlight legibility isn’t a thing to worry about.
As Samsung named it, this 6.4-inch infinity display curves on to the back shell seamlessly and makes the device look and feel premium in hand.
The only issue we had with this device was its one hand usability.
Since it’s a large display, people with relatively small fingers will find it difficult to access the far reaching corners of the display with a single hand.
Dual camera – with the variable aperture!
The Samsung Note 9 comes with a dual rear camera setup that comprises of two 12MP sensors.
One of the sensors is a telephoto one with 2x optical zoom capability. The variable aperture camera from Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has also found its way to this device.
There is OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) for both the dual rear cameras. The images that comes out of these sensors look great and detailed.
The colour saturation is excellent with minimal noise.
The front 8MP camera has live auto focus and takes selfies with good details as well.
Performance – Top notch!
This device in India features an homebrewed Exynos 9810 Octa core processor inside.
This chipset is fast and reliable for gaming as well as other resource intensive tasks to run smoothly.
There will be no sort of lags or stutters while multitasking with apps, thanks to the ample 6GB RAM on board.
The powerful chipset with Android Oreo optimizations makes this device one of the fastest performing devices in the market at present.
The 6GB variant comes with 128GB of onboard memory which can be expanded if needed up to 512GB.
Battery – Excellent!
The Note 9 packs in a 4000mAh Li-ion battery inside. This is almost a 20% increase in capacity when compared with the Note 8 which had a 3300mAh cell inside.
Even with heavy usage, this big screen beast can last over a day comfortably and then some.
With fast charging support, this device can get charged up pretty quickly as well.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the best productivity smartphone that money can buy at present.
The phone comes with a Bluetooth stylus that lets you do a plethora of stuff so easily which you will find quite strenuous with fingers.
The long lasting battery and the excellent display makes it a gaming as well media consumption device as well.
So in short, productivity and entertainment can go hand in hand with this latest offering from Samsung.
Back is a fingerprint magnet
Samsung UI is too overpowering
|Operating System||Android Oreo|
|Internal Storage||128 GB|
|Camera||12 MP+12 MP Rear, 8 MP Front|
|Display||6.4-inch quad HD+ SAMOLED|
2. Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+
Best Feature-Rich Phone
- Excellent AMOLED display
- Best in class processor
- Variable aperture rear camera
Samsung, the South Korean technology conglomerate has always pioneered the smartphone industry with their latest technological advancements in this space.
They have built the best AMOLED displays, unique sensors and many other hardware devices for mobile phones in the past.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ follow the same pattern.
A slight improvement from the S8 design…
Starting off with the design, the Galaxy S9 looks almost similar to its predecessor, the S8 with the same glass body design and curved infinity display.
The build quality of this 2018-flagship from Samsung as expected is awesome. The unibody chassis is carefully crafted to perfection. The curved glass on the front meets the glass back panel with ultimate precision.
The build quality of S9 is simply amazing thanks to the glass body build at the front and back.
The glass is Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which is protected with IP68 certification for water and dust proofing.
The glass back can catch some fingerprint smudges and it’s always advised to apply a back cover or skin for extra protection from accidental drops.
A noticeable difference between the S8 and S9 is the fingerprint positioning.
The S9 has fingerprint scanner located right below the rear cameras, which is a welcome move.
Headphone jack and Bixby button are retained on this phone as well.
Best smartphone display at present.. period.
The Super AMOLED display on this device is the best you can get on any smartphone.
The colours look accurate and the viewing angles are amazing.
It has a very thin bezel at the top and bottom.
The display is 5.8-inch on the S9 and 6.2-inch on the S9+.
Homegrown Exynos processor inside…
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are powered by the Exynos 9810 SoC which is an octa-core processor and Mali-G72 GPU.
This SoC is comparable in performance to the flagship SoC from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845.
The phone is running on Android Oreo with Samsung Customization.
The S9 has a 4GB RAM and the S9+ has a 6GB RAM with both having either 64GB or 256GB internal storage with memory expandability via micro SD card.
A smooth performance is guaranteed on this smartphone.
Single camera.. But with variable aperture!!!
The key highlight of Galaxy S9 is its new rear camera setup with variable aperture.
The 12MP rear camera on this phone can adjust its aperture based on the outside lighting.
Thanks to this feature, there’s a considerable improvement in low light camera performance and this is the best camera for low light photography.
The camera performance, on the whole, is pretty damn good but it’s still a bit overexposed and can’t beat the camera performance of Pixel 2 or even iPhone X.
The S9+ has a dual rear camera with an additional telephoto lens for optical zoom and live focus.
The front camera is an 8MP shooter.
The S9 and S9+ have 4K video recording capability at 60fps and a cool super slow-mo at 960fps.
Extra bits and pieces…
Usual suspects like USB Type C, Iris Scanner and all the required sensors are present on this device.
Samsung has even added a heartbeat sensor and blood pressure sensor for those health conscious users.
Face unlock feature is also added with an added Intelligent Scan support that uses a mix of Iris and face to unlock the device.
The biggest negative of Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ is its battery life.
Both these phones have a 3000mAh and 3500mAh batteries respectively but they drain too fast and last just about a day.
On the flip side, both these phones have wireless charging and quick charging features.
Another downside of this phone is the Software optimization.
Samsung is not known for quick software updates and you may have to wait a while to get Android P updates or other security updates.
There is no dual 4G LTE support as of now.
In conclusion, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the best feature-rich flagship phones in India for most users.
If you love the headphone jack or expandable memory storage or dual SIM capability, the Galaxy S9 won’t disappoint you.
It also has the best display for a smartphone, a re-imagined camera for great low light shots and the latest SoC under the hood for blazing fast performance.
|Operating System||Android Oreo|
|Internal Storage||64 GB / 256 GB|
|RAM||4GB / 6GB|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Camera||12 MP Rear, 8 MP Front on S9|
|Display||5.8-inch, 1440*2960, 570 ppi|
3. Apple iPhone X
Best Apple Phone
- Futuristic technology in the pocket
- Excellent performance
- Guaranteed updates
This signature product from Apple to mark the 10th anniversary of their first iPhone is a class apart from other mobile phones.
And we recommend the iPhone X to all Apple fanboys as it is the best iPhone till date.
A fresh design to the iPhone lineup…
Starting off with the design, the iPhone X is visibly different from all their previous models including the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
The most remarkable change being the absence of touch ID or home button.
As Apple has moved on to the revolutionary face unlock feature, they ditched the home button for bigger screen space.
The display is now pushed right up to the edge with just a notch as a bezel.
Excellent display, the first AMOLED to appear on an iPhone…
The iPhone X has a Super AMOLED display supplied by Samsung which Apple optimized to output wonderful images and videos.
The colour accuracy and legibility are too good on this display.
The back of this phone is made of glass which is well made but has the tendency to slip out of hand.
A skin or case is preferred.
Stunning performance… Highly optimized processor…
Coming to the general performance, the iPhone X is powered by the Apple A11 Bionic chip which is a Hexa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 64/256GB storage and 3-core Apple GPU.
This SoC is the most powerful chip Apple has made to date and it can also lay claim to being the best smartphone chip on any phone.
The A11 chip completes its task in a flash and the RAM management and multitasking are butter smooth.
Dual cameras deliver great photos and videos….
The Camera on iPhone X is again great like we have seen in other iPhone’s.
The rear camera is a dual lens setup with a 12MP regular one and a 12MP telephoto lens for optical zoom.
The pictures came out really well but they were not up to the wonderful camera we have seen in Pixel 2.
The front camera is a 7MP shooter that clicks great selfies.
Features like 4K video recording, Optical Image Stabilization and quad-LED dual tone flash are available on this camera.
As I said earlier, the biggest difference you feel in the iPhone X is the absence of touch ID.
The face ID works great but still, I would have preferred an option to have touch ID at least in the backside as it is a lot faster.
But we all know how stubborn Apple is about their innovation!
As a result of removing home button/touch ID, you now have to learn a few gestures to navigate the iOS UI.
The iPhone X has wireless charging, stereo speakers, a bezel-less display (excluding notch) and all the important sensors.
The battery is a 2,716 mAh one which lasts a day without any hassle.
There is a single SIM slot, no headphone jack and no micro SD card slot as you expect from an iPhone.
All in all, the iPhone X is the best smartphone Apple has launched till date.
Even though you’re paying a premium for this phone, you know what you’re signing up for.
In terms of raw specs and camera, a Pixel 2 or Galaxy S9 is a better pick but the performance, software updates, support and brand value Apple offers is simply second to none.
|Operating System||iOS 11.1.1|
|Internal Storage||64 GB / 256 GB|
|Processor||Apple A11 Bionic|
|Camera||Dual 12 MP + 12 MP Rear, 7 MP Front|
|Display||5.8-inch, 1125*2436, 458 ppi|
4. Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
Best Camera Phone
- Awesome camera
- Great video stabilization
- Timely updates and security patches
Coming from the developers of Android itself, the Pixel 2 has to be better optimized for Android and they have done exactly that with all the smart features.
Panda inspired design… Dual tone color freshness…
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL looks exactly similar from the back with a metallic body that is coated with plastic and a tiny little glass portion on top.
But the front design of them looks totally different.
Google has chosen a holistically minimal approach to the design of this smartphone.
The backside of this device is divided into two sections – the upper glossy part which houses the camera and the lower section which has just the Google logo and sports a textured finish.
The excellent level of detailing is very evident from the first look of this device itself.
The power button is given an interesting contrasting color according to the color of the device which seems very fresh and unique.
5-inch AMOLED goodness…
The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display with a bigger bezel and the XL variant has a 5.8-inch P-OLED display with fewer bezels.
The display of Pixel 2 XL has been in the news for all the wrong reason.
Some users and reviewers have complained about the blue colour shift and display output quality.
In conclusion, the display on Pixel 2 XL is not very good when compared to the high-quality display of Galaxy S9 and iPhone X but it’s adjustable otherwise.
Snapdragon 835 – a capable performer…
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset and Adreno 540 GPU.
Both have a 4GB RAM and 64/128GB internals which is not expandable.
Running on Android Oreo, updates to future versions will be guaranteed considering this is a Google product.
The overall performance is as good as it gets from an Android phone with no issues whatsoever.
Excellent camera – hardware and software wise…
The most standout feature of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is their camera performance thanks to the AI implementations by Google.
Even though both the phones have a single 12.2 MP rear camera, it clicks amazing photos in daylight and low light conditions.
The portrait mode pictures shot on this phone turned out to be the best from any smartphone.
The front camera performance and video recording quality are also simply brilliant.
The Pixel has some cool features like front-facing stereo speakers, squeeze sensor to turn on google assistant, always on display and google lens built in.
It doesn’t have wireless charging and headphone jack. It also rocks a USB C port.
Should you go for it?
In conclusion, the Google Pixel 2 is the best camera phone and the best Android phone till now.
With the promised and quick updates to the Android base OS, this phone is definitely built to last the test of the times for sure.
The smart features of the Pixel with Google’s software optimizations add a new dimension to this smartphone.
Well done, Google!
|Operating System||Android Oreo|
|Internal Storage||64GB / 128 GB|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Camera||12.2 MP Rear, 8 MP Front|
|Display||5-inch, 1080*1920, 441 ppi|
5. OnePlus 6
Best Budget Pick
- Best value for money flagship
- Great build quality
- Faster DASH charging
One Plus 6 is their latest flagship with a slew of exciting new features on board.
Familiar design, well built device…
Design wise, One Plus 6 isn’t something that looks disruptive in the smartphone market.
The phone features a wedge-shaped design that makes it easy to hold in the hand.
The frosted glass back feels premium as well.
The fingerprint sensor located on the back is now a bit rectangular shaped instead of the conventional rounded one on the One Plus 5T.
Latest and greatest Snapdragon 845 is here…
Inside this device, what powers the show is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with two RAM and storage variants.
The 6GB/64GB variant retails at Rs.34,999 and the 8GB/128GB variant is priced at Rs.39,999.
The device performs as fast as any flagship smartphones out there in the market at present.
The Oxygen OS on top of this device is based on Android 8.1 with very few modifications.
This makes the operations smooth and fast, also aids in achieving better battery life.
The 3300mAh battery on this device provides an impressive screen time of about 7 hours.
With the Dash charging feature, charging is quicker than ever before.
Gorgeous 1080p AMOLED panel…
The One Plus 6 has a 6.3-inch Optic-AMOLED display with a notch.
This full HD panel looks fantastic with true to life colour reproduction and excellent contrast levels.
This is by far the best looking 1080p AMOLED panel in any smartphones in the market.
Nifty additions like a super fast facial recognition, which works extremely well and the dedicated gaming mode improve the usability of the device to the next level.
This device comes with a dual 16+20MP dual camera at the rear and a 16MP front camera.
The 16MP sensor on the rear features Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for steady smooth shots.
Electronic Image stabilisation is also present as well.
The pictures taken by the camera is rich in details and exhibit great dynamic range.
Both the front and rear cameras perform great in good lighting conditions but the same can’t be said about front cameras.
Not everything is perfect with this device.
It lacks wireless charging despite its glass back.
Also, the output from the single downward firing speakers is average.
But for a budget flagship just around Rs.30,000 the OnePlus 6 is a value for money buy.
OnePlus Six is a value for money smartphone that offers flagship spec’d internals at a really affordable price.
This device is really well built and the overall construction feels premium and durable.
The AMOLED display with great colors and capable camera along with continuous software support from the company makes this device one of the best phone available in the market.
|Operating System||Android Oreo|
|Internal Storage||64GB / 128 GB|
|RAM||6 GB / 8GB|
|Camera||Dual 16 MP + 20 MP Rear, 16 MP Front|
|Display||6.28-inch, 1080*2280, 402 ppi|
6. LG G7 ThinQ
Best Multimedia Pick
- Excellent screen brightness
- Tough and durable build
- Great multimedia performance
The G7 Thinq is a flagship Android smartphone from LG that we feel is an updated and much-improved version of LG V30, an underrated yet capable smartphone of the yesteryear.
Build and design...
Being a flagship offering from LG that has to compete with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S9, LG has made no compromises with the build quality of this smartphone.
This device features a glass back which is a bit of fingerprint magnet but looks way too nicer than a phone with a metallic back.
The design is similar to the previous LG models like the G6, but this time the G7 comes with a notch.
Furthermore, LG has added an extra button on the side that lets you access Google assistant in an instant.
Unfortunately, this button isn’t remappable, so you can’t use it to trigger other functions like opening the camera.
The camera module on the back is vertically aligned with the fingerprint sensor located below it. The camera bump is significantly small this time around.
The LCD display, No OLED this time…
The front of the LG G7 has a 6.1-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels. The display looks sharp and vibrant with good saturation levels.
The screen brightness can be further increased with the tap of a button if you’re to use this device under bright sunlight.
The notch in the top part houses the front camera and other sensors. LG has provided the option to hide the notch if you think that it is a sore thumb sticking out.
LG V30 was hailed as a smartphone with great cameras. Same is the case with the LG G7 ThinQ.
The rear of this smartphone houses two 16MP shooters with Optical Image Stabilization enabled for buttery smooth videos.
One of the sensors on the rear side is a super wide angle lens, which is quite a rare occurrence when it comes to dual camera smartphones.
The front camera is an 8MP shooter that offers decent portrait shots even under low light conditions.
AI cam is the new buzzword that the LG camera app is centred around which uses artificial intelligence to enhance the quality of the clicks you take.
Great audio quality…
LG hasn’t left the 3.5mm audio jack with this device as well.
The quality of sound output from the LG V30 was hailed as a benchmark for phone manufacturers and LG decided to keep that intact.
“This phone features a quad-DAC for enhanced sound amplification which will let you listen to the music as it was recorded in the studio.”
The loudspeaker of this device is loud as well. The sound clarity is excellent but with no stereo effect. The phone features only a single speaker at the bottom.
Processor and battery life…
As any flagship smartphone in 2018 would come with, the LG G7 features the latest Snapdragon 845 processor inside with 4GB/64GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB storage options.
If you feel the storage space isn’t sufficient, there’s an SD card slot to expand the memory up to 256GB.
The Snapdragon 845 is a very powerful processor and can handle any tasks thrown to it like a breeze.
The 3000mAh Li-Po battery pack will let you use the phone for a full day without any problem.
Wireless charging and the quick charge support will make sure that the device will get juiced up pretty quickly.
The LG G7 Thinq is the perfect multimedia device that you can buy in the Indian market.
This smartphone features an excellent display that is detailed and colour accurate. With the 32-bit quad DAC, the quality of sound is great as well.
If you’re an audiophile and would love to buy a flagship smartphone, the LG G7 Thinq is a compelling choice.
|Operating System||Android Oreo|
|Internal Storage||128 GB|
|Camera||Dual 16 MP + 16 MP, 8 MP Front|
|Display||6.1-inch 3120 x 1440 IPS LCD|
That concludes our list of the best flagship phones in India right now. As always, the choice is completely yours.
Think wisely and select the best phone that suits your mode of use.
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