Best Android Smartphones in India

Review & Comparison, Last Update February 22, 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 6 GB / Internal 64 GB

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 3 GB / Internal 64 GB

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

The finest feature of the Vibe K5 is the VR compatibility allowing you to completely immerse into the virtual world. 

CONS

Not everybody likes the flashy design of the Vibe UI. 

OUR VERDICT

This Lenovo latest K-series phone offers quite good functionality, has a good camera and a big screen, and could definitely be considered as an alternative to expensive Samsung smartphones. 

detailed parameters
Display

5.5", IPS, 1920x1080

Processor

MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) Octa-Core

Memory

Ram 4 GB / Internal 32 GB

Camera

Rear- 13 MP, 

Front - 8 MP

Sensors

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Fingerprint sensor

Features

Secure zone, SmartScene, ANTVR headset and TheatreMax controller compatible

OS

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

Battery

Li-polymer 3500 mAh

Warranty

1 year 

PROS

You can handle the phone with one hand easily. The durable housing significantly extends the service life of the device.

CONS

The main camera is not very good.

OUR VERDICT

Though not the most high-end phone out there, the Micromax Evok Power Mobile will certainly be a good purchase for those who cannot afford to buy an expensive smartphone but want a reliable communication means. It will also be good as a secondary phone for business or your kid's first smartphone.

detailed parameters
Display

5.0", IPS, 1280x720

Processor

Mediatek MT6737 Quad-Core

Memory

Ram 2 GB / Internal 16 GB

Camera

Rear - 8 MP,

Front - 5 MP

Sensors

Fingerprint sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor, Accelerometer

Features

Metal cover, FPC Antenna, Corning Gorilla Glass 3

OS

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

Battery

Li-Ion Polymer 4000 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 2 GB / Internal 16 GB

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 

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.

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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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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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Lenovo Vibe K5 Note

The Best Vibe-series Phone

The Chinese giant and the IBM successor, Lenovo Corporation presents us the third model of their top Vibe-series Android phones. The Lenovo K5 has a more powerful processor. The new 64-bit 8-core processor from MTK, Helio P10, with a clock frequency of 1.8 GHz will really impress you with its incredibly high data processing speed.

The manufacturer has also equipped the phone with an increased capacity of 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of built-in memory. In comparison with the previous K-series models, this one is a real beast! The best part is that the 3rd version of the Lenovo Vibe-series offers a fingerprint sensor.

Thanks to the IPS panel, the large display provides bright colours and good viewing angles. Even in the bright sunshine, the image remains well-visible. The memory capacity can be easily increased with a memory card. By the way, the phone accepts memory cards of up to 128 GB. The K5 Android phone has two speakers and supports Dolby Atmos technology for the immersive sound experience.

Review of Lenovo Vibe K5 Note Smartphone

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Micromax Evok Power

Exeptional Quality and Reliability

Micromax is a serious Indian company that has been manufacturing household appliances and smartphones since 2010.

The Micromax Evok Power is a new cost-effective Android phone. This smartphone is a worthy representative of the budget segment of the market which can easily compete with its more famous and expensive Chinese competitors. Though lacking in fancy elements, the Micromax Evok Power has a very neat appearance - everything is done modestly and tastefully. The control parts are done in a similar way to the majority of smartphones and everything looks as laconic as it only gets: there are no mechanical buttons, only touch-ups. The body of the phone is almost entirely made of metal except for the small plastic inserts. The case looks simple yet very elegant and is very convenient to grip. As the screen of the phone is only 5 inches, the phone is actually pretty compact and fits the hand nicely.

To reinforce the phone protection making it suitable for business people as well, the manufacturer incorporated a fingerprint sensor which can be found under the rear camera and flash. Thanks to this, you can unlock the phone with a single touch of your finger and rest assured knowing that no one except you can access your private data.

The Micromax Evok Power uses quad-core MT 6737 processor which is recognized as very powerful and energy-efficient. The 2GB RAM will be more than enough for most basic tasks. But the biggest merit of this smartphone that we haven't mentioned yet is its 4000 mAh battery which along with the Android 6 Marshmallow operating system makes it very autonomous putting it on a par with more expensive brands. You could easily watch HD videos and surf Internet for hours and it would last for 14 hours with no probs.

Review of Micromax Evok Power Mobile

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