We cap our quarterly lists with the best smartphones to buy in India under Rs 75,000, or less than $1000 as some like to put it. You don’t generally see a big shift every quarter in this segment, and understandably some of the phones from our previous list kept their places. However, some of them have become more affordable, which is good news if you’re considering them. We also have a few new additions that offer some exceptional features and performance. It’s time to take a look at who made the cut this month.
Best phones to buy in India under Rs 75,000
Apple iPhone 12
The price of the Apple iPhone 12 is becoming more attractive every quarter. While the mid-range variant with 128GB of storage was available in this budget last quarter, you can now buy the 256GB storage variant well under 70,000. The phone is just the perfect size to use with one hand. You get a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display compatible with HDR10 and Dolby Vision. A ceramic glass with oleophobic coating protects it from scratches and stains. It also has IP68 ingress protection.
The phone is powered by Apple’s previous flagship A14 Bionic chip, which is still plenty powerful and has good scope for the future. The photo department consists of two 12-megapixel cameras on the rear, with the primary lens offering OIS (optical image stabilization), while the secondary can shoot ultra-wide-angle shots. The performance in photography and videography is top-notch, as you’ve come to expect from iPhones. The Apple iPhone 12 was launched with iOS 14 and can be updated to iOS 15.
Apple iPhone 12 price in India: Rs 67,999 for 256GB storage
Apple iPhone 13 Mini
If you want a newer Apple device, you can easily get the smallest of the latest Apple iPhones in this budget, again in its 256GB storage variant. The Apple iPhone 13 Mini is refreshingly compact and arguably the smallest flagship smartphone on the market. Having a suitable flagship device available in this form factor without sacrificing a key feature is a great choice for those who like compact phones without compromising on performance. It runs the latest iOS 15, and you can expect newer OS updates for another half decade.
The Apple iPhone 13 Mini is pretty much the same as the iPhone 13 in terms of design, processing power and most features, just smaller. It features a sharper 5.4-inch Full HD+ Super Retina XDR OLED screen compatible with HDR10 and Dolby Vision. At its heart is the latest A15 Bionic chip, which powers the entire iPhone 13 series. The two 12-megapixel cameras on the back are similar to those on the iPhone 12, just with a different orientation. The photo performance is at least as good, maybe a little better.
Apple iPhone 13 Mini price in India: Rs 69,990 for 256GB storage
Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
Continuing our theme of compact flagship phones, we have one more for sale from another popular brand. Just like the iPhones mentioned above, the new Samsung Galaxy S22 5G also has IP68 intrusion protection. Speaking of protection, the phone has an aluminum frame and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ on the front and back. It features a 6.1-inch Full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a peak brightness of 1300 nits, HDR10+ compliance and a 120Hz refresh rate. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s fastest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip and you get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone runs Android 12 with Samsung’s One UI 4.1.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 5G’s photo department features a three-camera combo on the rear, starting with a 50-megapixel primary camera with Dual Pixel PDAF and OIS, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera with Super Steady video support and a 10 megapixel telephoto camera with OIS for 3X optical zooming. The camera performance is, as expected, flagship class. Like all of the Android phones in this list, this phone can record videos at up to 8K resolution. A 3700mAh battery keeps the phone going for a day with moderate use and supports 25W fast charging as well as 15W fast charging.
Samsung Galaxy S22 5G price in India: Starting at Rs 72,999 for 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage
OnePlus 9 Pro
The OnePlus 10 Pro is just days away from release, and that explains the discounts on their current flagship with the right credit/debit cards, making the OnePlus 9 Pro a welcome addition to this list. It features a 6.7-inch LTPO Fluid AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a higher resolution of 3216 x 1440 pixels. The HDR10+ compatible screen can display a billion colors and reaches a brightness of up to 1300 nits. The phone has an elegant design with a metal frame and glass body protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back.
The rear camera department is equipped with a combination of a 48-megapixel primary camera with OIS, a 50-megapixel ultrawide camera with autofocus, 8-megapixel telephoto camera with OIS for 3.3x optical zoom, and a 2-megapixel mono camera quite versatile. Hasselblad Color Matching improves color accuracy and makes photos look more natural. The cameras manage to capture some stunning images in a variety of lighting conditions and modes. The 16MP front camera is great for selfies and video calls.
The OnePlus 9 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC, and you can get the top-of-the-line variant of this phone with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage conveniently in that budget even without a discount. Its 4500mAh battery lasts over a day with moderate use, and the included 65W Warp charger gets it from 0 to 100% quickly. The phone also supports fast wireless charging. It has IP68 intrusion protection and runs OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11. OxygenOS 12 update based on Android 12 is already available for this phone.
OnePlus 9 Pro price in India: Rs 64,999 for 12GB RAM/ 256GB storage
iQOO 9 Pro 5G
Here’s another fully loaded device from the Vivo sub-brand. The new iQOO 9 Pro 5G is powered by Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, and you get 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage as well. It features a high-quality 6.78-inch HDR10+ compatible AMOLED display with a resolution of 3200 x 1440, a refresh rate of 120 Hz and can display over a billion shades of color. The phone runs Android 12 with FunTouch OS 12 out of the box. Did I mention the backup cameras department is absolutely loaded here?
You get a 50MP primary camera with Gimbal OIS, accompanied by another 50MP ultra-wide camera with autofocus and 150-degree FOV. There’s also a 16-megapixel telephoto camera with OIS, allowing for 2.5x optical zoom. Not forgetting the 16MP front camera for selfies and video calls. The iQOO 9 Pro 5G packs a 4700mAh battery that lasts for over a day with moderate use. And here comes the best part: the included 120W fast charger claims to fully charge it in just 20 minutes! It also supports 50W fast wireless charging.
iQOO 9 Pro 5G price in India: Rs 64,990 for 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage
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