Best Mobile Phones in India – 2018

by | Jul 2, 2018

Agree with it or not – Smartphones have definitely become an integral part of our day to day life.

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 S9 / S9+

Samsung Galaxy S9 - Best Feature Rich Phone
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.

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 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+.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Amazing AMOLED display
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Great low light camera
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Super Slow-mo at 960fps
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Dual SIM, expandable memory and headphone jack are present
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Camera has variable aperture
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Poor battery life
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Slow software updates and few bloatware

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal Storage64 GB / 256 GB
RAM4GB / 6GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Camera12 MP Rear, 8 MP Front on S9
Battery3000 mAh
Display5.8-inch, 1440*2960, 570 ppi

2. Apple iPhone X

Apple iPhone X - Best Apple Phone
Best Apple Phone
  • Futuristic technology in the pocket
  • Excellent performance
  • Guaranteed updates
The iPhone X needs no introduction to smartphone enthusiasts.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Most powerful chip in a smartphone
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Great display which is almost bezel-less
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Augmented Reality features like Animoji
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Foolproof security via face ID
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The glass back is slippery
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Notifications are not grouped by Apps

Specifications

Operating SystemiOS 11.1.1
Internal Storage64 GB / 256 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorApple A11 Bionic
CameraDual 12 MP + 12 MP Rear, 7 MP Front
Battery2716 mAh
Display5.8-inch, 1125*2436, 458 ppi

3. Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 - Best Camera in a Smartphone
Best Camera Phone
  • Awesome camera
  • Great video stabilization
  • Timely updates and security patches
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL from Google are unarguably the best smartphones you can get if you love smartphone photography and everything that an Android phone has to offer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In conclusion, the Google Pixel 2 is the best camera phone and the best Android phone till now.

The smart features of the Pixel with Google’s software optimizations add a new dimension to this smartphone. Well done, Google!

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The best smartphone for photos
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Oreo UI is clean and intuitive
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Many smart features built-in by Google
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Front-firing stereo speakers
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Mediocre display
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No wireless charging

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal Storage64GB / 128 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 835
Camera12.2 MP Rear, 8 MP Front
Battery2700 mAh
Display5-inch, 1080*1920, 441 ppi

4. OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6 - Best Budget Flagship in India
Best Budget Pick
  • Best value for money flagship
  • Great build quality
  • Faster DASH charging
One Plus is a Chinese smartphone brand popular for its affordable flagships that often beat the big players in the market.

One Plus 6 is their latest flagship with a slew of exciting new features on board.

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.

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.

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.

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Flagship features at affordable price
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Excellent 1080p AMOLED display
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Rear camera has OIS and EIS
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Great battery life and fast charging
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Not so great low light photos
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No Wireless charging
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Sound output from speaker is average

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal Storage64GB / 128 GB
RAM6 GB / 8GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 845
CameraDual 16 MP + 20 MP Rear, 16 MP Front
Battery3300 mAh
Display6.28-inch, 1080*2280, 402 ppi

5. LG V30+

LG V30+ - Honourable Mention
Honorable Mention
  • Impressive video camera
  • Perfect for video blogging
  • Lightweight
LG V30+ is the improved version of its international V30 variant that has been released in the Indian market.

The company touts this phone as a multimedia powerhouse and comes with specifications that match any late 2017 flagship phones from the competitor brands out there.

The LG V30+ has a distinct design language that will differentiate it from the crowd.

The dual camera on the back is placed in a horizontal manner with a slight bump.

The fingerprint which doubles as a power button rests below the dual camera sensor in a comfortable position for your fingers to reach.

The entire back is made of glass and the device feels slippery in hand.

It is advised to use a case on this device to prevent accidental falls.

LG V30+ is probably the lightest flagship out there.

Overall, the build quality is great and the design is very much pleasing to the eyes.

This device is powered by the Snapdragon 835 which was the de facto flagship chipset from Qualcomm for the yesteryear flagships.

The chip is very powerful and the apps – both light and heavy ones will run without any sort of lags or stutters.

Gaming is also smooth and doesn’t face any issues like frame drops.

Assisting the 835 processor is 4GB of RAM which lets this device fly on multitasking.

There are no app reloading instances even with six to seven apps running simultaneously in the background.

On the storage front, LG V30+ comes with 128GB of storage which can be further expanded by adding an SD card on the hybrid SIM slot.

The display on this device is a 6-inch P-OLED Quad HD display with a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels, giving a pixel density of about 537ppi which renders images and text sharper.

The Quad HD OLED display is a treat to the eyes with its deep blacks and punchy colours.

The viewing angles are great too. LG has done the colour calibration very well and out of the box, the display looks fabulous.

This device comes with dual rear 16MP cameras with Optical Image Stabilization.

One of these 16MP cameras is a regular RGB sensor and the other a non-conventional wide angle lens.

It helps this device to capture a wide field of view shots that include more subject.

OIS lets you capture shake-free videos that look just like the one shot on a DSLR with gimbal attached.

Although a dedicated portrait mode is absent, the f/1.6 captures some great close-up shots.

In the front, the LG V30+ is equipped with a 13MP selfie shooter that takes good quality photos in well-lit environments.

The cellular reception on this device is stellar and it finds signals pretty easily in closed rooms where normal flagships struggle to latch on to signal.

The battery on this device is a 3300mAh unit which lasts for about 5-5.5 hours on a single charge which is great considering the Quad HD display which has always ON mode enabled.

The standby time on this device is also great with the phone being ON for continuous 1.5 days.

The LG UI which runs on top of Android Nougat is a letdown, to say the least.

The menus are cluttered and overall the UI looks unpolished.

The default keyboard is troublesome to live with and you would have to use a keyboard from the Play store to redeem from this mess.

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Amazing Quad HD P-OLED display
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Great battery backup
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Wide angle lens
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Stellar cellular reception
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No dedicated portrait mode
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LG UI is cluttered and cumbersome

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Nougat
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 835
CameraDual 16 MP + 13 MP Rear, 5 MP Front
Battery3300 mAh
Display6-inch, 1440*2880, 537 ppi

6. Sony Xperia XZ Premium

LG V30+ - Honourable Mention
Best Display Pick
  • Best display you can get on a phone
  • 960fps slo-mo camera
  • Average battery life

Sony was one of the most futuristic consumer electronic brands in the past. Later down the line, their smartphone segment lost that midas touch and resulted in loss making.

With the Xperia XZ Premium, Sony is trying to mend its image as a noteworthy contender in the smartphone market.

Design wise, you will feel right at home with the Xperia XZ Premium.

The boxy design with sharp edges is retained on this device too. The huge chin up front in the top and bottom indistinguishably screams Sony at the first look itself.

The display is what makes this device stands out from the rest of the pack.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium features a 5.5-inch 4K panel with a 3840 x 2160 resolution.

This means an effective pixel density of about 807ppi. Let that sink in for a second or two.

This panel is the most detailed, stunning and vibrant display ever to adorn a smartphone.

With the same features found on Sony’s high end LED TVs this panel is HDR10 compliant as well.

Earlier we talked about those huge chins up front right? Well they’re there not there without a reason. These chins houses stereo speakers that deliver great audio output.

The Snapdragon 835 SoC that powers this smartphone performs very well. Multitasking and gaming is handled with relative ease, thanks to the 4GB RAM.

The optics department is what got the next major overhaul from Sony.

This device features a single 19MP motion eye camera at the back that can shoot impressive slow motion videos at whopping 960fps.

The 13MP front camera also perform well in terms of colour accuracy and details in the captured images.

There is a dedicated shutter button for one-click access to open and click photos.

This is a feature that we think should be a norm on all smartphones. Earlier Nokia had this and it was a great addon.

With IP68 protection, you can fearlessly take out this phone without bothering about light rain or occasional water splashes.

The 3230 mAh battery is the only case where we have a slight disappointment.

With the need to power the 4K display, we expected a slightly massive battery at the expense of little thickness.

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Stereo speakers

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Excellent display

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IP68 protection

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Huge chins up front

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Battery capacity not adequate

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal Storage64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 835
Camera19 MP rear, 13 MP front
Battery3230mAh
Display5.46-inch 3840 x 2160, 807ppi

Final Thoughts

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.

If your budget is less check out our best lists in other price ranges here.

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