By Aman Rachid: You know you’re in flagship territory when you have a budget of around Rs 60,000. Of course, over the years, Galaxies and World Apples have dominated the flagship space with their offerings. However, by 2022 standards, Samsung and Apple’s high-end offerings cost far more than before, simply because the two tech giants are battling it out today with their flagships in the price category. ultra-premium which usually costs north of Rs 80,000.
This brings us back to the sub-Rs 60,000 price range, a place where you usually see OnePlus, Xiaomi, Google and many others running with their affordable flagship models. And you can even see Samsung and Apple sometimes with their high-end phones of yesteryear. But don’t let the word “affordable” fool you, as some excellent smartphone options under Rs 60,000 can give today’s ultra-premium flagships a run for their money.
That said, we have compiled a list of the top 5 phones (in no particular order) that you can consider buying in India right now if your budget threshold is Rs 60,000. The list includes Google Pixel 7, OnePlus 10T and more.
Google Pixel 7
After a long gap of 4 years, Google has finally returned to the Indian market with its flagship Pixel 7 series, and the Pixel 7 is arguably one of the best flagship phones money can buy if a clean software experience and Stellar camera performance is your priority. Of course, compared to its competitors, the Google Pixel 7 lacks a few advantages that you would otherwise see in other phones released in 2022, such as a 120Hz display, a telephoto camera, a larger 256GB storage variant, and a more fast charging solution than what is available.
However, for what it’s worth, the Tensor G2 chip along with the Pixel 7’s unrivaled camera prowess and the phone’s AI and ML capabilities more than make up for lost ground when it comes to overall performance. of the device, providing users with a delicious and fast user experience like no other Android phone in the market. As we mentioned, if you’re someone who wants a clean Android interface, best-in-class performance, and fast software support, the Google Pixel 7 is surely the one for you.
The Google Pixel 7 price in India is currently set at Rs 59,999 for the sole 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. The phone is exclusively available for purchase on Flipkart.
Gone is the Hasselblad branding and iconic alert slider, and now you get the OnePlus 10T, which can be considered a slimmed down version of the OnePlus 10 Pro. But is it so? Because, price-performance wise, the OnePlus 10T makes a lot of sense, and anyone aiming to buy a high-end OnePlus smartphone should go for the 10T instead of the 10 Pro right now.
At present, the price difference between the top-tier OnePlus 10T and the base variant of the OnePlus 10 Pro is Rs 6,000, and beware, these are the 16GB RAM and 8GB RAM variants of 10T and 10 Pro respectively. Also, the 10T may not have Hasselblad branding, but is there a day and night difference between the OnePlus 10T and OnePlus 10 Pro when it comes to overall camera performance? No. The OnePlus 10T also offers nearly twice the charging speeds of the OnePlus 10 Pro thanks to 150W fast charging support. Finally, one area where the 10T supremely trumps the 10 Pro is the performance and thermal management, thanks to the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC in the OnePlus 10T versus the oft-criticised Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC inside the OnePlus 10 Pro.
Our point is that there is no doubt that the OnePlus 10 Pro is a good smartphone, but the OnePlus 10T at its price and for what it offers, is a much better deal.
The OnePlus 10T price in India currently starts at Rs 49,999 for the base 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. still the effective price at 44,999 rupees.
Xiaomi 12 Pro
The Xiaomi 12 Pro is a superb, well-balanced flagship smartphone, which is a solid example that Xiaomi can also make high-end phones and they can make them good. The phone comes with one of the most gorgeous and brightest AMOLED displays you can find on any phone on the market. Plus, having four speakers instead of the usual two found in other flagship phones makes for a delightful multimedia experience.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro also offers a versatile triple camera system that clicks great photos and videos. Moreover, the company has also paid special attention to tuning the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, and it is only one of the few phones with the 8 Gen 1 chipset to deliver better and longer lasting peak performance compared to its competitors. Of course, this comes at the expense of heating, but that only happens when you push the device to its ultimate limit. Apart from that, the Xiaomi 12 Pro also has 120W fast charging which is not as fast as what the OnePlus 10T offers but still amazingly fast.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro recently received a price drop in our country and the phone is currently selling at a starting price of Rs 54,999 for the base 8GB RAM + 256GB storage option.
Compared with OnePlus and the world’s Xiaomi, iQOO is a relatively new brand. However, the iQOO 9T, the company’s flagship smartphone, is fully capable and equipped to take on the likes of the OnePlus 10T and Xiaomi 12 Pro. By the way, the iQOO 9T was the first phone to launch in India with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset under the hood.
So, of course, the iQOO 9T has the raw power thanks to the 8+ Gen 1 chipset. However, the phone is also quite sleek and stylish. Other highlights include a mesmerizing 120Hz AMOLED display, powerful and crisp stereo speakers, a large 4,700mAh battery supporting 120W fast charging, and a sleek metal and glass design that breathes. the quality.
Apart from all this, the iQOO 9T features Funtouch OS at the helm, which over the past few years has shown a lot of improvements, and also comes with some nifty features. Moreover, with the presence of the dedicated V1+ chip, you get improved gaming performance on the iQOO 9T as well as superb camera performance especially in low light.
The iQOO 9T price in India currently starts at Rs 49,999 for the base 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, and the Legend colorway is definitely the one to look for.
Now, we understand that the iPhone 13 doesn’t exactly qualify for a phone under Rs 60,000, but if you have an eligible smartphone to trade in or otherwise sell for extra cash, you could very well get the base variant of iPhone 13 for around Rs 50,000.
Sure, we could have included the iPhone 12 on this list, which actually retails for around Rs 55,000 for its base variant, but that’s only 64GB of storage to start with and honestly, the iPhone 12 doesn’t have all that great battery life. Elsewhere, with the iPhone 14 selling for a starting price of Rs 79,900, it makes all the more sense to save some cash and get the iPhone 13. Because, on paper, yes, iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 have some differences, but in the real world, iPhone 14 is basically a refurbished version of iPhone 13 sold at a higher price.
So, for what it’s worth, the iPhone 13 is still a great buy for anyone who wants to enter the Apple ecosystem without spending over Rs 80,000 on the iPhone 14 series. Of course, as we mentioned earlier, you will still have to trade in an eligible smartphone or sell one for extra money, if you want to buy the iPhone 13 for less than Rs 60,000. But, trust us, it will all be worth it.
The iPhone 13 is currently selling for Rs 69,900 for the base 128GB storage variant on Apple’s official website, but you can find it at a cheaper price of around Rs 66,000 if you decide to buy it. buy online via Amazon or Flipkart.