Best Android Smartphones in India

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 8, 2018
Choosing Android smartphone can be quite a difficult task, considering how many brands there are to select from. To make it easier for you to choose a smartphone, and save you the headache of going through all available options, we've narrowed down the selection to these 5 most popular models in different price categories and assessed them. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Display
Processor
Memory
Camera
Sensors
Features
OS
Battery
Warranty
 
PROS

The 6 Gb RAM and an 8-core processor handle multitasking and ensure perfect performance.

CONS

The phone might seem too heavy because of its large display.

OUR VERDICT

This Android phone is perfect for professional use. It can be used as a tablet and a smartphone, which is very convenient if you often use the Internet.

detailed parameters
Display

6.0", Super AMOLED, 1920x1080

Processor

MSM8976 Snapdragon 653 Octa-Core

Memory

Ram 6GB / Internal 64GB

Camera

Rear - 16 MP, 

Front - 16 MP

Sensors

Compass/ Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Fingerprint Sensor

Features

S-Voice, Gear Support, Metal case, ANT+

OS

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

Battery

Li-Ion 4000 mAh

Warranty

1 year for phone,

6 months for accessories

PROS

The camera offers an amazing resolution for shooting high-quality photos and videos.

CONS

The battery is not that capacious.

OUR VERDICT

This compact smartphone combines all the features necessary for entertainment, work, and communication.

detailed parameters
Display

5.0", IPS, 1920x1080

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Six-Core

Memory

Ram 3GB / Internal 64GB

Camera

Rear - 23 MP, 

Front - 13 MP

Sensors

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Fingerprint sensor

Features

Rounded display edges, Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, Qnovo adaptive charging

OS

Android 6.1 (Marshmallow)

Battery

Li-Ion 2620 mAh

Warranty

1 year 

PROS

Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin 655 features a highly powerful CPU capable of multitasking. The front panel is a quality glass with 2.5D effect covered with a durable screen protector.

CONS

The volume is not very loud.

OUR VERDICT

An additional 2MP camera enhances the quality of your photos by means of an ultra-fast focus and a wide aperture range. Several colours available.

detailed parameters
Display

5.5" LTPS IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080

Processor

Octa-core (Quad 2.1 GHz Cortex-A53 + Quad 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)

Memory

Ram 3GB / Internal 32GB

Camera

Rear - 12MP & 2MP,

Front - 8MP

Sensors

Fingerprint sensor

Features

Dual sim, card slots, Aluminium case

OS

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

Battery

3340 mAh

Warranty

1 year

PROS

This Android phone is all about top-notch sound, from AK4961 (recording) and AK4490 (playback) DAC to 2 stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Surround systems.

CONS

No backlit for navigation keys.

OUR VERDICT

Combination of optical and electronic stabilization systems helps you get clear and undistorted photos even under the lack of light. Two colours available.

detailed parameters
Display

5.5" AMOLED Glass 2.5, 2560 x 1440

Processor

Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor + Adren 530 GPU

Memory

Ram 4GB / Internal 64GB

Camera

Rear - 20MP, 

Front - 8MP

Sensors

Hall effect sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Gravity sensor, eCompass

Features

5V/2A fast charging technology, Inbuilt eye comfort mode, Prim ISP and DTI pixel isolation technology, Night mode, Metal case 

OS

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

Battery

3250 mAh

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The biggest merit of the Asus Zenfone Max is its capacious battery that can last for quite a long time. Due to this, the phone can also serve as a power bank for other digital gadgets.

CONS

The phone has no fingerprint sensor.

OUR VERDICT

A good budget smartphone with a nice-to-touch texture and beautiful design that will elevate the style of its owner. Comparatively small dimensions of the phone make it a good fit for any palm size. 

detailed parameters
Display

5.0", IPS, 1280x720

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 Quad-Core

Memory

Ram 2GB / Internal 16GB

Camera

Rear - 13 MP,

Front - 5 MP

Sensors

Accelerometer, eCompass, Proximity sensor, Hall sensor, Ambient light sensor

Features

Can be used as a Power Bank, Corning Gorilla Glass 4

OS

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

Battery

Li-Ion Polymer 5000 mAh

Warranty

1 year 

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

Bright and Modern

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro boasts innovative technologies and high performance. Thanks to the Super AMOLED technology, you have a chance to experience all the advantages of the 6" display with the resolution of 1920x1080. Extremely bright, juicy, and vibrant colours will surely please you!

We would like to point out that the device has a powerful processor. Being equipped with the Snapdragon 653 and 6GB of RAM, the Galaxy C9 Pro is the #1 choice in terms of performance and multitasking. The built-in memory is also impressive - it makes as many as 64 GB. Anyway, if this capacity is not enough for you, you can install a MicroSD memory card with a capacity of up to 256 GB. Both cameras offer the resolution of 16 megapixels, allowing you to take not only crisp photos but also wonderful selfies.

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro is not only a powerful and functional phone but also a reliable one. If you are willing to protect your personal data and maximally personalise the device, it allows you to apply a fingerprint. 

Review of Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Mobile

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Sony Xperia X Dual Sim

Great Functionality

Sony is a well-known brand in the world of electronics. The products from this Japanese company are high-quality and innovative. The Sony Xperia X Android phone is no exception. It is not just a smartphone! This device offers great functionality, allowing you not only to perform basic everyday tasks but also to create something new.

The screen with the IPS panel features the Triluminos Display and the Live Colour LED technology. These hi-tech solutions are often used for the production of Sony TVs, so you can be sure that the colours will be bright and vivid in different lighting conditions. In addition, the X-Reality smart technology automatically improves the sharpness, contrast, and colour saturation of every image. The Xperia phone uses high-end CyberShot camera, thus you can take sharp pictures even at night.

The Qnovo Adaptive Charging function analyses and controls power consumption, thereby extending the battery life drastically. Plus, you can even adjust the charging speed according to your needs.

Review of Sony Xperia X Dual Sim Mobile

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Huawei Honor 6X

Best Budget Option

Chinese smartphone manufacturers release a ton of devices annually, and the growing competition causes lowering of prices accompanied by the ever-growing features range. A feast for customers Huawei didn't remain uninvolved in.

Huawei Honor 6X has everything a general user may need and some more; there is a metal housing, a fingerprint scanner, an operation time that is quite long for the price, and a fairly nice camera. 5.5" IPS display is nothing to be surprised at today but it is still a display that looks good from whatever angle you look at it. The not-so-common feature here is an aggressive brightness adjustment, a mode where the screen works at 20–40% of its capacity to save energy. Might seem a drawback to some customers and a benefit to others. Operational time with general and energy saving modes combined appears to be around 2 whole days if you do not overuse your phone. Charging takes 2 to 3 hours with the native charger.

As for the performance, the Octa-Core HiSilicon Kirin 655 CPU is used in several high-quality Chinese smartphones and we can say it is a reasonable choice. With it and a 3GB RAM in this smartphone, the Android OS is swift and responsive. If you aren't into having a lot of massive apps, 32GB of internal space available here is just fine but if you make a lot of photos or prefer storing all your music library in your pocket, a microSD card can be put into the second SIM card slot.

Review of Huawei Honor 6X Dual Camera Unlocked Smartphone

Dual Camera

Dual cameras in a smartphone is not something you see every day; it is rare enough for users to ask what do they do. The answer is this: an additional 2MP camera allows blurring the background of a photo and focusing on the object at the front. It's a really nice feature if you are a fan of macro photography, for example. Though the main camera's 12MP are hardly enough for professional-grade photos but as an entertainment? We'd say it's okay. Moreover, you'll be able to shoot in fast sequence with a 0.3 sec focusing and intuitive user-friendly interface.

The front camera is 8MP, and it is more or less enough for a selfie, really.

Huawei Honor 6X Dual Camera Unlocked Smartphone in the use

Extras to Buy

An average smartphone camera like the one Huawei Honor 6X has is perfectly suitable today to gain popularity on Instagram or to share your days on Snapchat. If you've got passion and practice a bit, you can do it. And to help you make better photos, we suggest you look through tripods and selfie sticks. Be a star!

Detailed review of Huawei Honor 6X Dual Camera Unlocked Smartphone

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ZTE Axon 7

Chinese Beauty

ZTE is not the name you hear every time you choose a new smartphone in the US, probably, but the company earned some recognition in its home country and we dare say it's nothing trifle. Then, Axon 7 allowed ZTE to break into the world market for Android phones. Let's look closer at what good things we have here.

  • 5.5" display with AMOLED panel and 2560 x 1140 pixels resolution. That's 2K video playback, great color rendering and viewing comfort. Could pick a fight with Samsung Galaxy S7 and maybe even get a draw.
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4. Top-notch scratch protection and overall enhanced durability.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor and Adren 530 GPU. High operation speed and performance. Work-related tasks are a game, gaming is a breeze.
  • Metal housing. Durable.
  • 20MP rear camera. Insanely good photos for a smartphone of this price category.
  • Fingerprint customization. A peculiar feature, allows not only unlocking with a fingerprint but also launching certain apps with different fingers.
  • 64GB of internal storage capacity. Well, that's quite a number!

These are not all. We'll talk a bit about a feast that is Axon 7's sound below!

Review of ZTE Axon 7 Unlocked Smartphone

No Need for External Speakers

Axon 7, according to ZTE, offers center-stage sound experience. While these words are not to be taken literally, the sound quality here is still worth mentioning. Two professional-grade chipsets by AKM and Dolby Atmos technology make the music you listen to sound on par with some good full-size TV or computer speakers. No distortion and good volume; hence, you can fully relax and enjoy the sound either through built-in stereo speakers of a great quality of using some good over-ear or in-ear headphones.

This Android smartphone is the dreams come true for any audiophile.

ZTE Axon 7 Unlocked Smartphone in the use

Forget the World Exists

If you want to immerse in music deeply cutting yourself out of the external world, your best solution would be to use noise-cancelling headphones.

Detailed review of ZTE Axon 7 Unlocked Smartphone

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ASUS Zenfone Max

Stylish and Long-lasting

The biggest advantage of the Asus Zenfone Max smartphone over many other phones in this price range is its long-lasting battery with the impressive capacity of 5000 mAh. It's so good you could easily use your phone as a power bank for charging other of your digital gadgets. In fact, the Asus Zenfone Max is one of few phones which could easily work for up to 38 days in a standby mode without a single recharging, which is kind of really impressive.

Now, turning to the camera specs, the Asus Zenfone Max comes fitted with a 13-megapixel rear camera which boasts a fast laser autofocus for capturing crisp photos and high-definition videos. Thanks to the fact that the manufacturer implemented many innovative technologies in the production of this model of smartphone, the Zenfone Max has a lot of special functions aimed at improving the quality of shots, which means you might not even need to apply any other filters additionally. With 5-inch diagonal and 1280 x 720 screen resolution, the display of the phone is quite standard yet pretty awesome. It doesn't look a lot different from Samsung earlier versions. The screen isn't reflective and comfortable to view even in poor lighting. The best thing is, it is also very durable. Thanks to the Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4, the screen is highly resistant to scratches and drops.

So even though Asus by far isn't the most popular producer of smartphones, this smartphone is a very decent product which can please its owner with an ergonomic design, high-quality hardware, comfortable and large display, and incredibly capacious battery. Due to the Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 operating system, the interface of the phone is very straightforward and user-friendly so even children can quickly figure out what's what and navigate it easily. 

Review of ASUS Zenfone Max Smartphone

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What Is an Android Smartphone?

Creating Android OS was one of the most brilliant ideas Google has ever come up with. It’s fast, versatile, has the widest variety of apps available for the gadgets, work- and entertainment-related alike. And Google Play makes it easy as A-B-C to find whatever app you need. Today, Android is one of the two most popular mobile operating systems in the world. It is leading by some parameters and lacking in other, sure, but that's where you choose what's better for you personally, you can't have it all. Android smartphones sync via Google Drive and after that, you can share your settings, accounts, and files among all your gadgets with ease.

A single smartphone can replace several your other devices, MP3-player being one of them. Technology made it so that you won't miss a call when you listen to music on-the-go wearing wireless headphones, and you can share your music library with a company of friends by connecting your Android phone to Bluetooth speaker, for example. No more need to carry around huge music devices to impress a girl (or a boy, for that matter!). Boombox may be a romantic pass at your s/o but you don't really need it for quality music anymore.

What Features to Compare

Display

Screen size, resolution, panel type. These are the parameters we usually consider first when we buy a smartphone. There are phones almost the size of a tablet now, they are loved by some customers, and there are fairly small ones preferred by others; which one to choose is up to the purposes you buy a smartphone for. Reading and watching video is probably more comfortable if your gadget has a screen of over 5" in diagonal, but if it's just a phone you call with and use for some work or money-related purposes? Then again, some find it more convenient to hold bigger phones, whereas for others, it's the opposite. Anyway, we're not here to dispute over tastes. As for the resolution, today Android smartphones offer up to 1920x1080 FullHD and that's already pretty normal (as in, nothing shockingly new here). And when it comes to panels, the choice is between LCD, IPS, LED, OLED, AMOLED, and sometimes E-Ink. To point out some of the valuable distinguishing features, AMOLED, for example, are yet to be contested in colours displaying, but IPS has wider viewing angles and is anti-gloss.

Performance

This is about how fast the smartphone's response and ability for multitasking is. For an everyday use general-purpose smartphone, a processor should be 1GHz and higher, with at least 2 cores. The more complicated tasks you plan the phone to face, the higher both numbers should be. Some might assume that more powerful processor drains a battery faster but in reality, it's the opposite, a powerful processor will struggle less with launching an app and, therefore, will need less energy.

Battery

Finally, the power source. This is pretty important, especially for those living on the go. If you use a phone a lot and not only for calling but for taking photos and video or for browsing the Internet and you don't want to / can't recharge it throughout the day, check that the battery is no less than 2500mAh but do look for the larger one

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1. Android (operating system), Wikipedia.

2. Oli McKean How to choose the best mobile phone, Which?

3. How to Choose an Android Phone, wikiHow.

4. Hans-Georg Kluge How to Take Better Photos with Your Android Phone, AndroidPit.

5. David Nield 8 Tricks to Take Better Photos With Your Phone, Gizmodo. July 19, 2016.

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Publish Date: 2018-02-07 08:43:21