Looking for a superb phone under Rs 50,000? Well, you are in the premium smartphone zone, and the market is full of options for you. This is the price point at which the cream of the smartphone world starts rising above the mainstream, with better designs, higher quality materials and, of course, top-notch hardware and software. In other words, as you reach Rs 50,000, you hit the genuine flagship with phones that sport the latest and greatest internals as well as externals. It also makes choosing a phone a very difficult proposition because there are so many devices that offer so much.
It is absolutely normal to feel a little overwhelmed by the options that you are getting at this price point, which is why we are here to help you out. If your budget for a smartphone is Rs 50,000, here are the five phones that you should definitely be checking out:
vivo X70 Pro 5G
By far the most powerful and yet most balanced all-round performer in this group, the vivo X70 Pro is easily the frontrunner in the sub-Rs 50,000 price segment in the market. That is because it features an elegant design that is a mere 7.99 mm thin and 183 grammes light. It also comes with a fluorite AG coating, creating an exquisite surface that stays smudge-free even while offering users a comfortable and yet firm grip. There is some serious hardware muscle within that sleek frame – the phone features a brilliant 6.56 inch full HD+ E5 AMOLED curved display (with a swift fingerprint scanner within) and 120 Hz refresh rate for super-smooth navigation and scrolling. The phone is powered by one of the most powerful chips around – the MediaTek Dimensity 1200-vivo, which has been especially tuned by both vivo and MediaTek for this device, optimising performance. The phone not only comes with 8 GB/ 128 GB and 12 GB / 256 GB RAM and storage options, but also comes with the extended RAM facility, letting users increase RAM by up to 4 GB when needed by the phone. And a large 4450 mAh battery ensures it gets through a day of heavy use easily, and there is a 44W charger in the box to charge it in a jiffy. Rounded off with fantastic sound, 5G support and a clean UI (FunTouch OS 12) and the vivo X70 Pro seems very impressive.
Add the cameras to it, however, and the X70 Pro is unbeatable. For, the X70 Pro comes with easily the best camera set up in any phone in this price category. The device has four cameras at the back in collaboration with the legendary Zeiss – a 50-megapixel main sensor, a 12-megapixel sensor and an 8-megapixel sensor. And all these camera lenses come with ZEISS T* Coating, ensuring crystal clear shots and true colours. There are special night modes, portrait modes (including the iconic Zeiss style portraits – there is a special dedicated portrait lens that replicates the 50 mm classic focal length), and the presence of vivo’s famous Gimbal stabilisation redefines videos and low light photography. The front-facing 32-megapixel camera is no slouch either, and delivers some of the best selfies you will see, and even shoots great video footage.
Those cameras and those specs and design, each on their own, would have made the vivo X70 Pro a frontrunner. Taken together, they make the phone THE best under Rs 50,000 if one wants…well, the best of everything.
OnePlus 9 5G
The phone that made the term “flagship killer” famous is no longer a flagship killer itself, but OnePlus still commands considerable respect in the market, which is why some might be tempted by the OnePlus 9, which, while not being as well-specced as its premium brother, the OnePlus 9 Pro, still comes with some very interesting features. It sports a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, a 6.55-inch fluid AMOLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, and comes with plenty of RAM and storage to spare, although some might find its design a little plain. A major point of interest is the cameras with Hasselblad branding and some special shooting modes, although there rather surprisingly is no OIS, which limits their video and low light ability. The front camera also remains at 16 megapixels. The famous 65W Warp Charge is there to charge the phone super fast, and the battery is at 4500 mAh. A big attraction for many, the Oxygen OS interface of the phone is also undergoing some changes. It still remains a very good option, but mainly for OnePlus fans.
Apple iPhone 12
Rs 45,999 (with festive offers)
It started out with a much higher price tag when it was launched last year – Rs 79,999. But today, the iPhone 12 is available at a much lower price tag, thanks to a number of discounts and, of course, the passage of time. Yes, the 6.1 inch OLED display is still very good, the dual 12-megapixel cameras on the back remain capable of some superb photography, the A14 Bionic is still a very good processor (although now a year old), and the phone itself has been upgraded to iOS 15, but what cannot be hidden is the fact that this is actually last year’s phone coming to this year’s flagship party. At this price last year, it would have been irresistible. Even today, it is a good phone, with a simple UI and a rich app treasury, but it is now more an option for someone who wants an iPhone but cannot afford the latest one.
iQoo Legend 7 5G
The phone for those who want a lot of gaming without compromising too much on general usability. The iQoo 7 Legend 5G comes with a very distinct race track design, and thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and gaming optimisations, it will be able to handle every game you throw at it. It also comes with a very good 48-megapixel main sensor with OIS and two 13 megapixel secondary cameras, which deliver a very good output. A 6.62 inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate keeps the action flowing smoothly across it, and there is plenty of RAM and storage to spare as well. The 4000 mAh battery might seem a little small compared to the others, but support for 66W charging and a speedy charger in the box make this a good proposition for those who love gaming.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Rs 36,999 (with festive offers)
The slightly more affordable version of Samsung’s flagship S series has got even more affordable in the festive season, making it one of the phones that come to many people’s minds in this price segment. And well, although some might not like its plastic back (not very premium at this price point), it does feature a very bright and colourful 6.5 inch Super AMOLED display and a very capable triple camera array (12 MP + 12 MP + 8 MP) on the back, as well as a 32-megapixel selfie camera that takes decent selfies. The 4500 mAh battery gets you through a day easily but is accompanied only by a 15W charger in the box. Then there is the matter of the interface that’s got a little ad-heavy in recent times. And while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor is still a very capable processor, it is so, well, early 2020. Indeed, there is already talk of the Galaxy S21 FE 5G being released sometime in the future.