t has been a pretty busy and eventful 2019 already with almost every mainstream smartphone brand launching a bunch of phones over the past four months. We have seen phones range from the ultra affordable Redmi Go to the ultra premium Galaxy S10+, so one is likely to find something new in every price segment. This is why we decided to put together a list of some of the best phones you can buy in the month of April.
Our list for April includes a lot of new phones to have come out this year and some phones from 2018 that continue to stay relevant in 2019. Samsung in particular has been quite busy, launching a handful of impressive affordable and mid-range phones in just a span of three months. Xiaomi has also kept itself busy this year as usual and you’ll also find phones from regulars like Nokia, Realme and Apple, to name a few.
Cheapest phone money can buy
Redmi Go: Rs 4,499
The Redmi Go (Review) is Xiaomi’s first Android Go, and it is expectedly also Xiaomi’s cheapest smartphone yet. With the Redmi Go, Xiaomi wants to attract first-time smartphone users making the switch from feature phones. It comes with bare-boned specs that includes a 5-inch HD display, a Snapdragon 425 chipset, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of inbuilt storage. As an Android Go phone, the Redmi Go runs on Android Oreo (Go edition) with preloaded Google Go apps like Gmail Go, YouTube Go, Maps Go and so on.
Best phones under Rs 10,000
Redmi Note 7: Rs 9,999
You can trust Xiaomi to offer dependable low-cost phones, and the Redmi Note 7 is the latest phone in what is a pretty long list. The Redmi Note 7 offers excellent value as it comes with a premium glass design coupled with a powerful mid-range chipset, all for under Rs 10,000. You get a 6.3-inch FHD+ waterdrop display and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is one of the cheapest phones with a Snapdragon 660 chipset and the phone also packs a solid 4,000mAh battery that charges over a Type-C port. This is topped with a 12MP + 2MP dual camera system and a 13MP selfie camera.
Realme 3: Rs 8,999
Realme seems to have gotten off to a good start this year with the Realme 3 (Review), selling 5 lakh units in just three weeks. The reason behind Realme’s success is because the company is walking on the path of Xiaomi by offering great design and specs at affordable prices. The Realme 3 charms with its gradient design, 6.2-inch HD+ waterdrop display, smooth Helio P70 processor and decent cameras made better with Nightscape made. At Rs 8,999, the Realme 3 offers a lot of value, and should be the perfect alternative to the Redmi Note 7.
Best phones under Rs 15,000
Samsung Galaxy M30: Rs 14,990
Samsung has been really impressive this year, launching a series of affordable and value-for-money phones under the new Galaxy M series. The Galaxy M30 (Review) is the latest in the M-series lineup and it is perhaps one of the best phones under Rs 15,000 right now. The Galaxy M30 offers a stunning striking 6.4-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) Super AMOLED display, gradient design and a massive 5,000mAh battery, which is perhaps the best in this segment. The cameras on the Galaxy M30 are decent, but underwhelming in low-light. The phone also ships with Android Oreo with Experience UI 9.5 on top, which may disappoint some.
Realme 2 Pro: Rs 12,990
Realme will announce the Realme 3 Pro (Review) this month, but if you’re in a hurry to get the best of Realme right now, it will have to be the Realme 2 Pro. Starting at Rs 12,990, the Realme 2 Pro offers a combination of premium dewdrop design along with powerful hardware with a Snapdragon 660 chipset at its core. It is a terrific affordable device to play PUBG and you get some good 16MP cameras as well.
Redmi Note 7 Pro: 13,999
Like the Redmi Note 7, the Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review) is yet another disruptive smartphone from Xiaomi. The Redmi Note 7 Pro sports a premium Gorilla Glass design, gradient colours, 6.3-inch FHD+ waterdrop display and a large 4,000mAh battery. Two features in particular make the Redmi Note 7 Pro a no-brainer in this segment – the Snapdragon 675 chipset and a 48MP dual camera setup.
Best phones under Rs 20,000
Samsung Galaxy A50: Rs 19.990
In addition to the Galaxy M-series, Samsung has also impressed with its Galaxy A devices in 2019. The Galaxy A50 (Review) brings the best of Samsung’s mid-range chops at a great value. The phone offers a stunning glasstic design combined with a fantastic 6.4-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) Super AMOLED Infinity-U display and a powerful 2.3GHz octa-core Exynos 9610 chipset. It also comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a long-lasting 4,000mAh battery. The icing on the cake is the 25MP triple camera setup that captures some great pictures in daylight.
Poco F1: Rs 19,999
The Poco F1 (Review) has had a terrific staying power for the simple reason being it is still the cheapest phone with a flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset. No other company has been able to deliver flagship specs at this price point, and the Poco F1 is still worth every penny even today. In addition to a powerful chipset, you also get some a 6.18-inch FHD+ display, some good quality dual cameras and a large 4,000mAh battery. The Poco F1 has already been updated to Android Pie and is due to get Android Q in the future as well.
Best phones under Rs 30,000
Nokia 8.1: Rs 26,999
HMD Global is yet to bring the Nokia 9 PureView to India, so the Nokia 8.1 (Review) is the most premium Nokia phone you can get right now. And if you have a budget of around Rs 27,000, the Nokia 8.1 is definitely worth the money. The Nokia 8.1 sports a classy and elegant glass and metal design coupled with a terrific Snapdragon 710 chipset and stock Android Pie as part of the Android One program.
Oppo F11 Pro: Rs 24,990
The Oppo F11 Pro (Review) may offer the same Helio P70 chipset as the cheaper Realme 3, but the company justifies the pricing in other ways. The Oppo F11 Pro delivers a large and stunning 6.5-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) LCD display, unique gradient colours in Thunder Black and Aurora Green, a long-lasting battery and a 48MP camera that manages to take some excellent low-light shots thanks to the Nightscape mode.
Best phones under Rs 50,000
OnePlus 6: Rs 37,999
The OnePlus 6T (Review) will likely be succeeded by the OnePlus 7 soon, so this is the best time to get the OnePlus flagship. OnePlus hasn’t dropped the price of the OnePlus 6T, but it probably doesn’t need to. At Rs 37,999, you get an incredibly fast flagship, probably the fastest flagship phone in the market right now. This is thanks to
Honor View 20: Rs 37,999
Perhaps the only neck-to-neck competitor to the OnePlus 6T right now. The Honor View 20 (Review) was the first flagship to launch this year, and it set a pretty high standard for its stunning punch-hole display and chevron glass design coupled with a powerful Kirin 980 chipset, an exciting 48MP camera and a long-lasting 4,000mAh battery. The Honor View 20 is in a lot of ways better than the OnePlus 6T, and its pricing even helps it trump the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
Best phones that money can buy
Samsung Galaxy S10+: Rs 73,900
If you’re spending around Rs 70,000 on a phone, you expect to get the best design and hardware on a smartphone, and the Galaxy S10+ (Review) fits that bill perfectly. Samsung’s latest flagship is one of the best-designed phones this year, offering a premium curved glass design, a stunning edge-to-edge Dynamic AMOLED punch-hole display, a blazing fast Exynos 9820 chipset paired with One UI on top and a solid battery life, among other things, You get an impressive triple camera setup as well, although low-light photography may be the only thing that puts you off if you compare it against the competition.
A special mention to the Rs 55,999 Galaxy S10e (Review), which I believe is the best S10 for most consumers. For a lower price, you get the same flagship performance, software and mostly the same cameras as the S10 and S10+. The display, while not curved or QHD+ supported, is still sharp and attractive, and you also get a snappy side fingerprint sensor and reverse wireless charging.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Rs 64,990
We are yet to review the new Huawei P30 Pro, so we would recommend the Mate 20 Pro (Review) for now. Despite being a 2018 flagship, the Mate 20 Pro is still worth its premium price. This is a feature-packed phone that has all the bells and whistles that you would expect from a flagship, including a 6.39-inch 2K+ (1440×3120) OLED display and a Kirin 980 coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone supports 40W SuperCharge fast charging that will quickly charge a large 4,200mAh battery. The Mate 20 Pro also offers some of the best triple cameras in the market.
Google Pixel 3: Rs 69,999
The Pixel is a phone that consumers look towards if they want excellent cameras. The Pixel 3 follows the path set by its predecessors and offers superior cameras made even better thanks to the revolutionary Night Sight mode. The Pixel 3 is also notable for its stock Android interface, and you can be rest assured that it will be the first to get Android Q later this year. Other features include a 5.5-inch FHD+ (2160×1080) OLED display, Snapdragon 845 chipset and glass design.
iPhone XR: Rs 59,900
The iPhone XR (Review) continues to be the best iPhone for most people. While it was launched at Rs 76,999, Apple recently discounted its price via offline Apple Authorised Retailers where you can get the XR for as low as Rs 53,000 after applying some offers. This makes it more value-for-money than even the Galaxy S10e. At this price, you get an unparalleled performance courtesy the A12 Bionic chipset, probably the best battery life in a flagship phone, some decent cameras, Face ID and iOS 12.