Best smartphones

With the increasing competition among smartphone manufacturers, launching newer and better phones every few months has become a routine. In fact, nearly everyone has at some point come to the realization that there are better and newer phones in the market, merely months after splurging on the ‘latest’ model.

And this pace of evolution is only set to increase with speculation of 5G networks being rolled out in the country within the next couple of years. So, what can we expect out of the new generation of smartphones soon to come our way?

5G Smartphone

Arguably the most exciting and decisive feature in the next generation phones is the 5G connectivity. With around 700 million internet users in the country, the demand for faster internet speeds is constantly on the rise. Gauging these consumption patterns, the telecom companies have also been gearing up for the upgrade.

The leading contender as of now is Reliance Jio, which is partnering with the American company Qualcomm Technologies and has promised to roll out the service with homegrown technology. The other competitors include Bharti Airtel, which has been working with Huawei, and Vodafone Idea, which is also speculated to be working with Huawei and Ericsson.

Moreover, major smartphone manufacturers have already released quite a few 5G-enabled handsets, and a few more are on the way.

Battery Life and Fast Charging

Battery life is a key issue in smartphones, and with more smartphones coming equipped with 4000-5000mAh batteries, the competition is stiff. Also, another feature that has gradually become quite a mandatory requirement in phones is fast charging.

This feature has been a hit amongst users who are constantly on the go and can’t spare much time for their phones to charge up. The most notable mid-range phone in this field is the Redmi Note 9 Pro with a 65W fast-charging battery.


Currently, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 700 series is the standard chipset for most of the high-performing mid-range smartphones. With the next-generation phones, however, there is a fair chance that the Snapdragon 800 series will get standardized. This means the upcoming models are going to be faster, lighter, and will support a host of advanced features as compared to the models currently in circulation.

Some next-generation smartphones

All these factors and upgrades make it quite clear that the next generation of smartphones promises to be substantially faster than the current ones. However, there have been widespread concerns that these features would also impact the pricing, and one would have to splurge large amounts of money to buy one of these smartphones.

Though these concerns are not unfounded (the latest tech is costly, you see), major smartphone manufacturers have already begun the work of launching mid-range affordable 5G enabled smartphones. The leading contenders are Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme, Vivo, and Oppo. Here’s a look at a few of them.

  • Xiaomi

The Redmi Note series from Xiaomi has been a hit in the mid-range segment. The phones in this series come with great processors, batteries and camera set-ups. With the Redmi Note 10 Pro expected to be priced under Rs. 20,000, users can expect a really fast and light 5G phone with long-lasting battery life, fast charging facilities, and a standard quad camera set-up. Other 5G enabled mid-range phones include Redmi Note 10, Redmi K3 Ultra, and Mi 11 Pro.

Other than these models, the Redmi Note 9 or Xiaomi redmi note 9 Pro is probably the best Redmi phone under 15,000. They are both equipped with 5000mAh batteries and fast charging feature, with quad-rear camera set-up. However, the key difference is the processor; the Note 9 Pro has a Snapdragon 720G chipset, while the Note 9 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 chipset, which makes the former quite faster.

  • Realme

The Realme X7 and X7 Pro are both 5G enabled mid-range phones. These models come with MediaTek processors, quad camera set-up, and around 4000mAh batteries. The Realme V5 and V3 models are expected to be priced at lower costs, within Rs. 20,000. They are to be 5G enabled; however, other specifications like camera and screen-size are expected to be downgraded.

  • Vivo

Vivo has quite a few great 5G phones lined up to be released. The most notable of these are the Vivo iQOO Z1x and the Vivo Z6 5G. Both are to come equipped with Snapdragon 750G chipset, 5000mAh batteries and a quad-rear camera set-up. Both are expected to be mid-range phones; however, another great model a little higher up the price spectrum is the Vivo V20 Pro, which is expected to be priced under Rs. 30000.

With these new models announced, and a lot more to come, the next-generation smartphones, with top-of-the-line features and 5G connectivity, are bound to excite all, irrespective of the purchasing capacities.

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