2018 has begun and it promises to be an exciting one for the smartphone market as we will see a major shift towards bezel-less smartphones, a trend that started last year. This year, more and more phones are expected to do away with bezel and this not only includes high-end flagships, but mid-range and low-end as well. However, before we start to see what major brands have to offer in the coming months, consumers who are looking for smartphones to buy right now still have a plethora of 2017 options to choose from.
Smartphones do tend to age and they do get replaced by newer models pretty fast these days. OnePlus will agree to this as it typically follows a half yearly cycle. Nevertheless, this doesn't take away the fact that we've seen some stellar phones to come out from last year that look good even today and have also gotten a little cheaper as well, at least some of them. Here are the best phones from last year that are still worth your money right now.
Cheapest phone worth buying
10.or D: Rs 4,999
Had Amazon not launched the 10.or D in December, the Redmi 5A would have been the first up on this list. However, the 10.or D is here and it is an impressive entry-level smartphone to say the least, which goes on sale today exclusively on Amazon India. It will also be cheaper than the Redmi 5A once the latter's price changes from its introductory Rs 4,999 pricing to Rs 5,999. The smartphone not only comes with stock Android Nougat, but also features a large 3500mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor.
The 10.or D sports a 5.2-inch HD (720x1280) display and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. The phone comes in either 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB and 32GB of internal storage, respectively which is expandable via a hybrid card slot. The handset also boasts of a fingerprint sensor on the back, which is great to see at this price point and something that is missing from the Redmi 5A.
I reviewed the device recently and found it quite impressive and a worthy challenger to the Redmi 5A. The stock Android user experience made it feel light and snappy. The 35000mAh battery gave me a good day and a half with above average usage and the fingerprint sensor was a delightful bonus.
Redmi 5A: Rs 5,999
The Redmi 5A is the successor to the popular Redmi 4A and completes the budget market along with the Redmi Note 4. The 5A arrived in November priced at Rs 5,999 for the 2GB and 16GB storage variant (Rs 4,999 for the initial 5 million customers) and Rs 6,999 for the 3GB and 32GB storage option. The Redmi 4A saw a fantastic response from the Indian market and the 5A is set to follow. However, following the launch of the 10.or D at Rs 4,999, the Redmi 5A may face some challenge, especially once its base price goes up to Rs 5,999.
Despite its entry-level pricing, the Redmi 5A doesn't make any compromises on hardware. It sports a 5-inch HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. The dual-SIM phones runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity. Optics for the Redmi 5A includes a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and LED flash. Up front you get a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The handset houses a 3,000mAh battery that the company claims will offer up to 8 days of standby time.
In our review , we found that the Redmi 5A with all its hardware, good battery life and its comfy design is one of best entry-level smartphones right now, and something worth consider especially if you missed out on the Redmi 4A.
Best phone(s) under Rs 10,000
Redmi Note 4: Rs 9,999
There is perhaps no doubt right now that Xiaomi leads the pack when it comes to the budget segment. The Chinese phone maker has repeatedly pushed out some stellar budget smartphones with all-round specifications at value pricing. The Redmi Note 4 has been one of the company's best selling smartphones, having sold 5 million units between late January to late July.
The Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display with a 2.5D glass on top. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and comes in three storage options with the base 2GB + 32GB option priced at Rs 9,999. In our review of the device, we found that the Redmi Note 4 is an all-rounder, impressing with a premium build, good display and performance and an outstanding battery life all at a very affordable price.
Best phone(s) under Rs 20,000
Mi A1: Rs 13,999
It's not just the budget segment that Xiaomi has managed to capture this year. With the launch of the Mi A1 Android One smartphone, the company has offered a pretty solid mid-range device as well. The Mi A1 was launched in September at Rs 14,999 and got a Rs 1,000 price cut last month. At the new Rs 13,999 pricing, the smartphone is an even better deal than before. The Android One handset offers a stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat experience minus the company's MIUI skin on top.
The Mi A1 not only highlights a stock Android experience, but also comes with a metal unibody design, fingerprint sensor on the back and a dual rear camera setup with Portrait mode. In our review, the Mi A1 impressed us in pretty much all aspects. The phone is snappy running stock Android and the dual camera setup provided some of the best portrait shots at this price point.
Moto G5S Plus: Rs 14,999
Motorola has seen a huge popularity in the mid-range segment. After launching the Moto G5 and G5 Plus, the company came out with special edition phones, the Moto G5S and G5S Plus. Both the phones come with metal unibody designs, fingerprint sensors on their home buttons and are splash proof, among other things. Initially launched at Rs 15,999, the Moto G5S Plus recently got a price cut and can now be found for Rs 14,999.
The Moto G5S Plus may feature the same internals as the Moto G5 Plus , but its metal casing gives it a slight edge over the latter as it provides a more premium and polished feel. It sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and runs on stock Android, making it a fantastic deal for Android fans. Overall, the Moto G5S Plus takes everything that was good about the Moto G5 Plus and makes it better. With a good performance, battery life and a premium design, the handset makes it one of the best right now in this price segment.
iPhone SE: 17,999
The iPhone SE is not a new phone, but it does carry a new pricing. After being launched in India at a hefty price of Rs 39,999, it saw a few price cuts that brought it down to around Rs 25,000. But last month, the iPhone SE got another major price drop that saw it fall under the Rs 20,000 price bracket. At Rs 17,999 now, it is the most affordable iPhone currently in the market and a pretty solid one at that.
Despite being over a year old now, the iPhone SE still packs a few features that makes it a compelling buy at this price range. The handset sports a much-admired and elegant design language, a compact form factor and an excellent rear camera. It also sports the same A9 processor seen inside the iPhone 6s, which makes it one of the more powerful handsets in the mid-range market.
Best phone(s) under Rs 30,000
Honor View 10: Rs 29,999
Huawei sub-brand Honor is yet to officially launch the Honor View 10 in India, but the company has announced the pricing ahead of its possible January 9 sale on Amazon India. At Rs 29,999, the View 10 replaces last year's Honor 8 Pro in the sub-Rs 30,000 price range.
The Honor View 10 sports a 5.99-inch Full-HD+ (2160x1080) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the company's in-house Kirin 970 processor, which features a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for AI features such as advanced scene detection, voice recognition and natural language processing.
We reviewed the View 10 and found it to be Honor's best smartphone yet thanks to its vibrant edge-to-edge display, stellar rear cameras, blazing fast performance, great build quality and classy looks.. Best phone(s) under Rs 40,000
OnePlus 5T: Rs 32,999
The OnePlus 5T was launched six months after the OnePlus 5 and is now the de-facto OnePlus phone to buy. OnePlus' latest smartphone brings a new design language for the company as it sports an near bezel-less display which is in keeping with the present trend. Apart from its edge-to-edge display and Face Unlock feature, the OnePlus 5T is pretty similar to the OnePlus 5.
The 5T sports a bright and vivid 6-inch full-HD+ (1080x2160 pixel) display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is also an 8GB + 128GB variant available for Rs 37,999. The dual-SIM smartphone runs OxygenOS 4.7 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and comes with a Face Unlock facial recognition feature as well. It is set to receive Android Oreo update soon.
The cameras on the 5T have not received a major bump, although OnePlus says that they newer and better. The dual camera system on the back comprises of one 16-megapixel Sony IMX398 sensor with 1.12-micron pixels and an f/1.7 aperture, and one 20-megapixel Sony IMX376K sensor with f/1.7 aperture. We reviewed the OnePlus 5T and found that the display is indeed one of its biggest highlights and its design and snappy performance make it the best OnePlus device as of now.
Nokia 8: Rs 36,999
HMD Global re-launched the Nokia brand last year with a series of smartphones (and a revamped 3310) that range from budget to high-end. The Nokia 8 falls on the higher end of the spectrum and was the company's flagship phone for 2017. Despite not sporting a bezel-less design as has been the trend, the Nokia 8 still holds a solid place in this price segment simply for its elegant and classy design, stock Android experience and impressive cameras to name a few.
The Nokia 8 comes with a 5.3-inch quad-HD IPS display with 700 nits of brightness, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The phone is backed by a 3,090mAh battery and supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging.
It sports a dual camera system on the rear, which comprises of a 13-megapixel RGB sensor and a 13-megapixel Monochrome sensor, and supports Optical Image Stabilisation, laser and phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. Up front you get a 13-megapixel sensor and the phone supports Dual-Sight, a feature that lets you use both the rear and front cameras simultaneously to take stills/record videos.
Best phone(s) money can buy
Pixel 2 XL: Rs 64,999
It's now time to get a little extravagant. The phones in this category are the most premium smartphones that money can buy. We start with the Pixel 2 XL, which was launched by Google as the successor to the Pixel XL. The Pixel 2 XL changes things in terms of design by sporting minimal bezels all around. Despite the numerous display related issues in the past, the Pixel 2 XL is still a fantastic premium smartphones thanks to its stock Android Oreo OS, AI smarts and top notch cameras.
As far as hardware is concerned, the Pixel 2 XL comes with mostly all of 2017's flagship trimmings including a Snapdragon 835 processor, 12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel camera has an aperture of f/2.4, and a 3520mAh battery, among other things. DxOMark has given the Pixel 2 XL's cameras a score of 98, which is the highest overall score for a smartphone. In our review, the handset indeed comes with exceptional cameras that are beyond comparable.
Also see: The smaller Pixel 2 is pretty much identical to the Pixel 2 XL on the inside and mostly looks different outside as it features chunky bezels and a smaller display. Ergonomics aside, the Pixel 2 is in every way as good as the larger Pixel 2 XL. Notably, you can get Google's flagship for as low as Rs 39,999 during the Flipkart 2018 Mobiles Bonanza sale, which makes it a steal.
iPhone X: Rs 89,000
The iPhone X signalled a dramatic shift in the company's design for its flagship smartphone. It is the first iPhone to sport an edge-to-edge display as well as a new facial recognition technology that it calls Face ID. It is also the most expensive iPhone to date, priced starting at Rs 89,000 in India for the 64GB variant.
iPhone X sports a 5.8-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2436X1125 pixels. It is powered by the company's own A11 Bionic chipset and runs on iOS 11. The X comes with dual rear cameras comprising of one 12-megapixel wide angle and one 12-megapixel telephoto lens. While the front camera includes a 7-megapixel sensor which is coupled with f/2.2 lens. The iPhone X is one of our best reviewed smartphones as it won us over on it's gorgeous display and terrific performance. Apple fans who have the means will not want to miss this one.
Galaxy Note 8: Rs 67,900
The Galaxy Note 8 has tried to succeed following a disastrous episode with the Galaxy Note 7. The phablet did manage to come out on top thanks to its fantastic bezel-less design sporting a 6.3-inch QHD+ (1440x2960 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity Display and powered by an Exynos 8895 SoC.
The smartphone features a dual rear camera setup, one 12-megapixel wide angle sensor and one 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and Dual OIS. Up front you get an 8-megapixel sensor with autofocus and f/1.7 aperture. The handset houses a 3300mAh battery with support for wireless charging. Apart from the battery life, the Note 8 pretty much nails everything else.
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