By Aman Rashid: You know you’re in flagship territory when you have a budget of around Rs 60,000. Of course, over the years, Galaxies and Apples of the world have dominated the flagship space with their offerings. By 2022 standards, though, Samsung and Apple’s high-end offerings are costing far more than they used to, simply because today’s two tech giants are wrestling with their flagships in the ultra-premium price category than they used to be. it usually costs more than Rs 80,000.
This brings us back to the sub-Rs 60,000 price range, a place where OnePlus, Xiaomi, Google and many more are usually seen operating their affordable flagships. And you can even see Samsung and Apple sometimes with their top-of-the-line 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.
With that being said, we have compiled a list of the 5 best phones (in no particular order) that you can consider buying in India right now if your budget is Rs 60,000. The list includes the Google Pixel 7, OnePlus 10T, and more.
Google Pixel 7
After a long gap of 4 years, Google 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 software experience is your priority. clean and stellar camera performance. Of course, compared to its competition, the Google Pixel 7 misses out on some advantages you’d otherwise see in other phones released in 2022, like a 120Hz screen, a telephoto lens, a larger 256GB storage variant, and a faster one. . solution load what is available.
For what it’s worth, though, the Tensor G2 chip coupled with the Pixel 7’s unmatched camera prowess and the phone’s AI and ML capabilities more than make up for lost ground when it comes to overall device performance, delivering users an enjoyable experience and snappy user experience like no other Android phone on the market. As we mentioned, if you are someone who wants a clean Android interface, best-in-class performance, and timely software support, the Google Pixel 7 is surely the one to go for.
The Google Pixel 7 price in India is currently set at Rs 59,999 for the single 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 is arguably a stripped-down version of the OnePlus 10 Pro. But is it? Because, when it comes to price-performance, the OnePlus 10T makes a lot of sense, and anyone looking to buy a top-of-the-line OnePlus smartphone should now go for the 10T over the 10 Pro.
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 note that these are the 16GB RAM and 8GB RAM variants of the 10T and 10 Pro respectively. Also, the 10T may not have the fancy Hasselblad branding, but is there a night/day 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 fast charging speeds of the OnePlus 10 Pro thanks to 150W fast charging support. Finally, one area where the 10T hands down the 10 Pro is performance and management. thermal, courtesy of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC in the OnePlus 10T vs. the oft-criticized 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 for its price and what it offers, is a much better offer.
The OnePlus 10T price in India currently starts at Rs 49,999 for the base 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. However, Amazon offers a fixed instant discount of Rs 5,000 on HDFC bank card transactions, further reducing the effective price to Rs 44,999.
Xiaomi 12 Pro
The Xiaomi 12 Pro is an excellent all-round flagship smartphone, which is a strong example that Xiaomi can also make premium phones and can do them well. The phone comes with one of the most beautiful and brightest AMOLED screens you can find on any phone on the market. Also, the presence of four speakers instead of the two normally found on other flagship phones makes up for a delightful multimedia experience.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro also offers a versatile triple-camera system that clicks some great-looking photos and videos. In addition, the company has also paid special attention to the tuning of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, and it is only one of the few phones with the 8 Gen 1 chipset that offers a better and longer sustained maximum performance than your competition. Of course, this comes at the cost of heating, but this only happens when you are pushing the device to its maximum limit. Aside from this, the Xiaomi 12 Pro also features 120W fast charging, which is not as fast as the OnePlus 10T offers, but is still blazingly fast.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro recently received a price reduction in our country and the phone is currently being sold at a starting price of Rs 54,999 for the base 8GB RAM + 256GB storage option.
Compared to OnePlus and Xiaomi in the world, iQOO is a relatively new brand. However, the iQOO 9T, the company’s flagship smartphone, is capable and equipped to take on the OnePlus 10T and Xiaomi 12 Pro. By the way, the iQOO 9T was the first phone to be launched in India with the chipset. Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 under the hood.
So sure, the iQOO 9T packs the raw power courtesy of the 8+ Gen 1 chipset. However, the phone is also quite sleek and stylish. Other key highlights include a riveting 120Hz AMOLED display, stereo speakers with loud and clear sound, a large 4700mAh battery that supports 120W fast charging, and a sleek metal and glass design that exudes quality.
Apart from all this, the iQOO 9T is powered by the Funtouch OS, which in recent years has seen many improvements and comes with some nifty features as well. Also, with the presence of the dedicated V1+ chip, you get enhanced gaming performance on the iQOO 9T along with excellent camera performance, especially in low light conditions.
The iQOO 9T price in India currently starts at Rs 49,999 for the base 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, and the Legend color scheme is definitely the one to look out 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 or sell for some extra money, you can get the base variant of the iPhone 13 for around Rs 50,000.
Of course, we could have included the iPhone 12 in this list, which actually retails for around Rs 55,000 for its base variant, but that’s only 64GB of storage to begin with, and honestly, the iPhone 12 doesn’t have so much battery life. . Elsewhere, with the iPhone 14 on sale starting at Rs 79,900, it just makes a lot more sense to save money and get the iPhone 13. Because, on paper, yes, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 have some differences. , but in the real world, the iPhone 14 is basically a repackaged version of the iPhone 13 that is sold at a higher price.
So if it’s worth it, the iPhone 13 is still a great buy for anyone looking to get into the Apple ecosystem without spending more than Rs 80,000 on the iPhone 14 series. Of course, as we mentioned earlier, you’ll still need 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 believe us, it will all be worth it.
The iPhone 13 currently retails at Rs 69,900 for the base 128GB storage variant on Apple’s official website, but you can find it for a cheaper price of around Rs 66,000 if you decide to buy online via Apple. Amazon or Flipkart.