The smartphone market is full of options, from iPhone 12 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra on the one hand to Redmi 9 and Realme C2 on the other. The best premium phones in India are priced bove Rs. 50,000. But which are the best? You get a smartphone for as low as Rs. 4,000 and even as high as Rs. 1.60,000. On the higher end, you get flagship phones from the major manufacturers positioned as their top-of-the-line models, with high-end specs and premium prices. These phones are said to offer the best of the best at their available prices. But how good are these phones in reality? And more importantly, which one should be your choice?

On this week’s episode of Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital, host Akhil Arora talks to reviewers Roydon Cerejo and Aditya Shenoy to discuss what should be the best premium flagship smartphone to buy in India today.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Phones from Rs. 50,000 in the current market are available as premium options, with excellent construction made from rich materials such as glass and metal and specifications such as high-quality AMOLED displays and superior cameras that are brilliant even in low light. A customer who chooses such an option expects an exciting experience.

Given these requirements, you can easily have the flagship offering at your fingertips. For Android fans, there is nothing better than the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, which not only offers the best of the Galaxy S series through its excellent display and cameras but also offers the essence of the Galaxy Note series thanks to the S Pen support. . The Galaxy S21 Ultra starts at Rs. 1,05,999 for the base 12GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. It goes up to Rs. 1,16,999 for the 16GB RAM + 512GB storage option.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G Review

For those completely in the Apple camp, the iPhone 12 may be Apple’s best choice against the Android military. It offers a large OLED screen and significantly better cameras than the iPhone 11 – in addition to the premium SoC that also powers the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 12 also has video camera capabilities, including Dolby Vision recording that delivers unlike most of its Android counterparts.

The iPhone 12 starts at Rs. 79,900 for the base 64GB variant and goes up to Rs. 94,900 for the 256GB option. But if money is not a concern, you can get an even better experience and a bigger screen by buying the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This comes with a starting price of Rs. 1.29,900 for the 128 GB storage variant and up to Rs. 1,59,900 for the top-of-the-line 512GB model.

iPhone 12 review

That said, some flagships offer all of these features but for almost half the price. Xiaomi has the Mi 11 Ultra, which resembles the Galaxy S21 Ultra – and continues with a secondary display and up to 67W wired and wireless charging (using a separate charger). The Mi 11 Ultra starts at Rs. 69,999.

Mi 11 Ultra Review: A Leap in the Deep

OnePlus also has its OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro models in the premium segment to compete against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and iPhone 12. One of the biggest advantages of OnePlus’ new flagships over the competition is the new 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 camera sensor with an ultra-wide-angle Freeform lens on top. It helps enhance photos and videos.

While the OnePlus 9 starts at Rs. 49,999, the OnePlus 9 Pro has an initial price of Rs. 64,999.

OnePlus 9 Pro Review: aim for the moon

Apart from the main players, the premium smartphone market also has Asus ROG Phone 5 to meet specific requirements, in this case, mobile gaming.

In the second half of 2021, we’ll be treated to new Google Pixel flagships – the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro – although it’s unclear if they’ll be coming to India. As well as the iPhone 13 series, like a timepiece in late 2021. We’re talking all this and a lot more about premium flagship phones.

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