Samsung Galaxy S22 5G, Apple iPhone 13 Mini to OnePlus 9 Pro- Technology News, Firstpost
Ameya DalvicMarch 30, 2022 18:10:24 IST
We conclude our quarterly lists of the best smartphones that you can buy in India under Rs 75,000 or less than 1000 USD as some might like to put it. In general, you don’t see a big shuffle in this segment every quarter, and it’s understandable that some of the phones from our previous list have kept their spot. However, some of them have become more affordable, which is good news when you consider them. We also have some new additions that bring some exceptional features and power. Time to see who made the cut this month.
Best phones to buy under Rs 75,000 in India
Apple iPhone 12
The price of the Apple iPhone 12 becomes more attractive every quarter. While the mid-range 128GB storage variant was available in this budget last quarter, you can now buy the 256GB storage variant well below 70K. The phone is just the perfect size for one-handed use. You get a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display that is compatible with HDR10 and Dolby Vision. A ceramic glass with oleophobic coating protects it from scratches and smudges. It also has an IP68 rating protection.
The phone is powered by Apple’s previous flagship A14 Bionic chip which is still amply powerful with good headroom going forward. The photography department consists of two 12MP cameras on the back, with the primary lens offering OIS (optical image stabilization) while the secondary is capable of shooting ultra-wide shots. The performance in photography and videography is top, as you are used to from iPhones. The Apple iPhone 12 launched with iOS 14 and can be upgraded to iOS 15.
Apple iPhone 12 price in India: Rs 67,999 for 256GB storage
Apple iPhone 13 Mini
If you want a more recent Apple device, this budget will let you comfortably buy the smallest of the latest Apple iPhones, and again, the 256GB storage variant. The Apple iPhone 13 Mini is refreshingly compact and arguably the smallest flagship smartphone out there. The availability of a true flagship in this form factor without skipping an important feature is a great choice for those who like compact phones without sacrificing power. It runs on the latest iOS 15 and you can expect another half a decade of newer OS updates.
The Apple iPhone 13 Mini is pretty much the iPhone 13 in design, processing power, and most features, just smaller. It has a sharper 5.4-inch Full HD+ Super Retina XDR OLED display, compatible with HDR10 and Dolby Vision. At its core is the latest A15 Bionic chip that powers the entire iPhone 13 series. The two 12MP rear cameras are similar to those on the iPhone 12, but with a different alignment. The photography performance is at least as good, or maybe slightly better.
Price Apple iPhone 13 Mini in India: Rs 69.990 for 256GB storage
Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
Continuing our theme of compact flagship phones, we have one more to offer from another popular brand. Like the above iPhones, the new Samsung Galaxy S22 5G also has an IP68 rating protection. Speaking of protection, the phone has an aluminum frame and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus+ on the front and back. It has a 6.1-inch Full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a peak brightness of 1300 nits, HDR10+ compliance and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. 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 on Android 12 with Samsung’s One UI 4.1.
Photography department on the Samsung Galaxy S22 5G has a combination of three cameras on the back, starting with a 50MP primary camera with dual pixel PDAF and OIS, 12MP ultra-wide camera with Super Steady video support and a 10MP telephoto camera with OIS for 3X Optical zoom. The camera performance is expected to be flagship. Like all Android phones in this list, this phone can record videos up to 8K resolution. A 3700 mAh battery keeps the phone going for a day of moderate use and supports 25W fast charging and 15W fast wireless 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 only days away from release, which explains the discounts on their current flagship with the appropriate credit/debit cards, making the OnePlus 9 Pro a welcome addition to this list. It has a 6.7-inch LTPO Fluid AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a higher resolution of 3216 x 1440 pixels. The HDR10+ compatible display can display a billion colors and get up to 1300 nits of brightness. The phone has an elegant design thanks to a metal frame and a glass casing that is protected on the front and back by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The rear camera department is quite versatile with a combination of a 48MP primary camera with OIS, a 50MP ultrawide camera with autofocus, 8MP telephoto camera with OIS for 3.3x optical zoom and a 2MP mono camera. The Hasselblad color matching improves color accuracy and makes photos look more natural. The cameras manage to capture some impressive images in different exposures and modes. The 16MP front camera is adept at handling selfies and video calls.
The OnePlus 9 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC, and you can get the top variant of this phone with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage comfortably in this budget, even without the discount. The 4500 mAh battery will last more than a day with moderate use, and the included 65W Warp charger will take it from 0 to 100% quickly. The phone also supports fast wireless charging. It has an IP68 rating 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 12 GB RAM / 256 GB storage
iQOO 9 Pro 5G
Here is 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 it comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It has a 6.78-inch HDR10+ compliant high-quality AMOLED display with a resolution of 3200 x 1440, a refresh rate of 120 Hz and can display over a billion color tones. The phone runs Android 12 with FunTouch OS 12 out of the box. Did I mention that the rear camera department is absolutely packed here?
You get a 50MP primary camera with Gimbal OIS, accompanied by another 50MP ultra-wide camera with autofocus and 150 degrees FOV. There is also a 16MP telephoto camera with OIS that enables 2.5x optical zoom. Not to mention the 16MP front camera for selfies and video calls. The iQOO 9 Pro 5G has a 4700 mAh battery that lasts more than 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 8 GB RAM / 256 GB storage