Realme Narzo 20 Pro
Realme Narzo 20 Pro is a great smartphone, whose starting price is only Rs 14,999. It closely matches the Realme 7, but the company has used an impressive 65W fast charging technology, which makes it a very attractive option. The performance is also great thanks to the powerful MediaTek Helio G95 chipset. The Narzo 20 Pro looks good and offers a bright display, feature-packed software and great battery life. Camera performance is also good, although low-light performance could have been better. Still, you will love this phone for this price.
The main highlights of the Realme 7 are a new chipset, bigger battery and a new primary rear camera. It also has a new design, so it looks nicer than the Realme 6. However, due to the large battery, the thickness and weight of the phone increases slightly. Reality 7 is thick and heavy.
Rest of the features are same as realme 6. Due to the good chipset, Realme 7 is fast to use and the display panel comes with 90Hz refresh rate to make the experience more smooth. Gaming performance is also very good, the display has good brightness and battery life is excellent. 30W fast charging also helps in charging the battery very quickly.
The primary rear camera is slightly better than the Realme 6 in day and night photos, but the rest of the camera sensors perform similarly. Video quality could have been better, especially in low light. If you don’t already have realme 6, then buying realme 7 is a good option.
Motorola Moto G9
Motorola’s G-series has been the backbone of the company’s lineup for a long time and India is the first country to get the Moto G9. Considering what the phone offers, we feel that Motorola has launched it at a very competitive price. Among the attention-grabbing features is a clean version of Android that Motorola now calls MyUX. It’s almost stock Android, with some classic Moto customizations.
The Moto G9 has a good build, but it feels a bit big and heavy. It’s one of the few phones that still has a dedicated Google Assistant button, which is a nice touch. This is the first phone in India to include the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chipset, which handles the job well. Aside from taking a little longer than usual for games to load, overall performance was good. Battery life is also good to average.
The camera quality was quite good during the day. Close-ups were generally full of detail and came with good colors. Low-light photography is where the Moto G9 struggled a lot, though Night Mode helped out in a big way. Overall, the Motorola Moto G9 is a decent phone if you’re looking for a clean Android experience.
Redmi Note 9
The Redmi Note 9 smartphone is the latest entry-level smartphone in the Redmi Note 9 series. The design of this phone is very similar to Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. This phone comes with 6.53 inch display and hole-punch front camera design. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection has been given to protect the phone’s panel from scratches. Thick borders have been given in the phone’s display, but it can be accepted in this price range.
The MediaTek Helio G85 processor has been used in the phone. There are 4 GB and 6 GB RAM available for Jugalbandi. There are two options for inbuilt storage – 64 GB and 128 GB. MicroSD card up to 128 GB can be used if needed. The battery of Redmi Note 9 is 5,020 mAh, which comes with a 22.5W charger.
Like the rest of the Redmi Note 9 series phones, it also has a quad camera setup, which has got a place in the square module. There is a 48-megapixel Samsung GM1 primary sensor, with an f / 1.79 lens. There is also an 8-megapixel secondary camera, with an ultra-wide-angle f / 2.2 lens. Apart from this, there is a 2-megapixel depth camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera. A 13-megapixel selfie camera has been given in the phone.
The Realme 6i phone is the toneddown version of the Realme 6. However, this version includes the flagship hardware of the Realme 6, such as the MediaTek Helio G90T and 90Hz refresh rate, which you might not find in this price range. Realme 6i has a 6.5-inch display with a hole-punch design. At the same time, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner has also been provided in the Funo.
The plastic body has been given in Reality 6i, while this phone will be available to you in two color options. The MediaTek Helio G90T processor is perfect in handling day-to-day tasks and the gaming experience is also going to be good. In this phone you will get two variants 4 GB RAM and 6 GB RAM, but for storage you will get only 64 GB option. The battery of the phone is 4,300 mAh, which is capable of 30W fast charging but only 20W charger is given in the box.
Realme 6i is a smartphone with four rear cameras. The camera setup has a primary sensor of 48 megapixels. It is accompanied by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor and a 2-megapixel portrait camera.
This Realme phone has a single 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front. The front camera comes with Portrait Mode, Time Lapse, Panoramic View, AI Beauty, HDR, Face Recognition, Filters and Bokeh Effect controls. Photos taken with the Realme 6i are good, and the phone’s camera offers better dynamic range.
Poco M2 Pro
Poco M2 Pro has been introduced in the budget segment. It has a premium design and gets a bigger 6.67-inch display just like the Poco X2. It gets a panel with a standard 60 Hz refresh rate. Poco has used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back and P2i coating on the M2 Pro, which makes it splash resistant to some extent.
This smartphone comes equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset, which we have also seen in competing models like Redmi Note 9 Pro. There are three variants of Poco M2 Pro; 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage.
The Poco M2 Pro packs a 5000 mAh battery and when we tested it, it was capable of delivering very good battery life. The company also provides a 33-watt charger in it, which charges its battery to 95 percent in an hour. Poco M2 Pro has a quad rear camera setup with a primary sensor of 48 megapixels. The phone captures good-looking images in daylight, but we got to see faint colors and low detail in pictures taken with its wide-angle camera. In low light, both the primary and wide-angle cameras struggled to produce detail. Night mode was also not very effective.
Samsung Galaxy M21
We were quite surprised by how similar the Galaxy M21 was to the Samsung Galaxy M30s. In fact, apart from a high-resolution selfie camera on the new model, both the phones are almost identical. The best part is that the Samsung Galaxy M21 has been priced lower than the Galaxy M30S, which makes it a better option.
Some of the strong points of the phone include its excellent AMOLED display, low weight, very good battery life and decent app performance. It runs on Samsung’s One UI 2.0 interface based on Android 10. It is powered by Exynos 9611 chipset, which is not the most powerful chipset, especially when you have better Qualcomm and MediaTek chipsets available on some smartphones in the same segment. Still, for general usage and light gaming, the Exynos 9611 chipset does its job pretty well.
The triple rear cameras work fine during the day, but they struggle a bit in low light. The 20-megapixel selfie camera is a nice improvement over the Galaxy M30s. Photos taken during the day have good detail and low light shots cannot be called bad either.
Realme Narzo 10
Realme recently launched its Narzo 10 series. The Realme Narzo 10 smartphone is a decent offer under Rs 15,000. Realme is looking to focus on the youth here. That’s why the company teases the phone for better gaming performance. Narzo 10 includes MediaTek Helio G80 chipset, which handles games well and is also solid in terms of app loading and multitasking performance. One USP of this smartphone is good battery life as well.
The main area where the Narzo 10 could do better is its cameras. Daylight performance was good with all the rear cameras and the same front, but low-light performance didn’t quite please us. The camera app could have been a bit more intuitive. The Realme UI looks fresh and interesting, but still comes with a lot of bloatware.
It has only one configuration with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. Its price is Rs 11,999. At this price the Narzo 10’s minor issues can be forgiven.
Redmi Note 9 Pro
One of the best phones in the Rs 15,000 segment is the recently launched Redmi Note 9 Pro smartphone. Dual-SIM Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with a 6.67-inch full-HD + (1080×2400 pixels) IPS display. Although it weighs a little more at 209 grams, but its design is such that you will not feel much of its weight.
The octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor is used in the Redmi Note 9 Pro and it comes in two variants, one with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage and the other 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage.
The highlight of the Nokia 5.3 is not its camera or performance, but its ad and bloatware free Android experience. There are only a few phones in this segment that get Google’s Android One program, which essentially gives you two major Android updates and a three-year security update guarantee. For those who do not change their phone frequently, Nokia 5.3 is a good option. We found the battery life to be great and the design good too. If you’re looking for better gaming performance, the Nokia 5.3 might not be the best fit. The performance of the cameras could also have been better.