Best Smartphone Deals Flipkart’s Republic Day Sale

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India’s largest e-commerce portal Flipkart is back with its Republic Day Sale. This time around, the offers are going to run for four straight days. The website has deals on hundreds of products spanning across dozens of categories. But since smartphones is the hottest product segment, we will focus on just that for this write-up. Out of numerous mobiles available on discounts, we have handpicked the best deals for you. On top of these price cuts, Flipkart is offering a 10 percent instant discount on transactions made on ICICI and Kotak bank credit cards. The discounted prices will hold till January 22 unless these products go out of stock before that.

Vivo U10

Deal Price: Rs 7,990

To kick-off Flipkart’s sale, Vivo has dropped the price of its U10 by a grand. Now priced at Rs 7,990, this handset is one of the most feature-packed handsets you can get under Rs 10,000. The phone comes with a stylish gradient paint job at the back. Vivo has equipped the phone with a tried-and-tested Snapdragon 665 chip from Qualcomm. Based on the 11 nm process, this SoC (System on Chip) provides consistent performance on a budget. Its Adreno 610 GPU can handle casual games well. The phone comes with a 6.3-inch HD+ IPS (In-Plane Switching) display. In the optics department, the phone can capture the moments using its 13 MP rear camera accompanied by an 8 MP wide-angle lens and a 2 MP depth sensor. For selfies, there’s an 8 MP front-facing shooter. The phone covers other features such as 4G VoLTE support, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, and a fingerprint sensor. Its 5,000 mAh battery comes with 18 W fast-charging support. On the software side of things, you get Funtouch OS 9 built upon Android 9.0 Pie.

Vivo Z1x

Deal Price: Rs 13,990

The second entry from Vivo on this list is the Z1x. This phone is offers good gaming experience on budget. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 712 chipset. Based on a 10 nm node, this chip houses two Kryo 360 Gold cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and six power-efficient Kryo 360 Silver cores ticking at 1.7 GHz. Its Adreno 616 GPU let’s you play latest multiplayer games on high settings. The phone features a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED. It delivers punchy colors and inky blacks. Moving onto the camera front, you get a 48 MP main camera, an 8 MP wide lens, and a 2 MP depth sensor. For selfies, it has a 32 MP front-facing snapper. Other essentials include 4G VoLTE support, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and A-GPS. It draws power from a 4,500 mAh battery, which supports 22.5 W fast-charging tech. On the software front, you get Android 9.0 Pie with Funtouch OS on top.

Vivo Z1x

Realme X

Deal Price: Rs 14,999

When it launched in July last year, the Realme X was already one of the best value devices on the market for Rs 16,999. And with the latest price drop of Rs 2,000, it is still pretty much the best handset in the sub 15k category. The smartphone offers a premium 6.5-inch AMOLED display that offers inky blacks and vibrant colors. It has Full HD+ resolution and is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. For security, it relies on an in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 SoC (System on Chip). Based on the 10 nm fabrication process, this chipset is quite powerful. Owing to its 616 GPU, the phone can handle popular games such as Call of Duty and PUBG Mobiel without any issue. The base model packs in 4 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. It is no slouch in the camera section either. The Realme X is packed with a 48 MP rear camera with a 5 MP lens to keep it company. For selfie,s you get a 16 MP front-facing shooter. It covers connectivity essentials such as 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, A-GPS, and USB Type-C port. It houses a 3,765 mAh 20 W fast-charging capabilities.

Realme X2

Samsung Galaxy S9

Deal Price: Rs 22,999

There’s no denying that the Galaxy S9 is a dated smartphone. However, after a massive price cut, you get the bragging rights to the last generation Android flagship for just Rs 22,999. The Galaxy S9 still stands out due to its futuristic design. In addition to sleek looks, the phone is also made to last. The handset is IP 68 certified for water and dust resistance. Samsung is the biggest manufacturer of AMOLED screens, so it is not surprising that the Galaxy S9 comes with a stunning 5.8-inch Quad HD+ display. The Indian variant of the device is powered by the Korean company’s in-house Exynos 9 Series 9810 processor. It packs in enough power to run games at high settings. Its 12 MP single camera sounds underwhelming on paper but performs quite well in reality. The phone can even record 4K videos at up to 60 fps. Moreover, you can experiment with 960 fps super slo-mo clips. For the selfie, it relies on an 8 MP front-facing shooter. The phone comes with 4G VoLTE support, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, A-GPS (network assisted), and NFC. The weakest link is definitely its paltry 3,000 mAh battery, but Samsung has tuned its software well to ensure that this phone lasts at least for a day on a single charge. A year ago, this phone was pegged at Rs 57,999. For less than half of its launch price, it is great to deal for Rs 22,999. For a slight bump in specs and a dual-camera setup, you could spend Rs 27,999 and go for the Galaxy S9 Plus.

Asus 6Z

Deal Price: Rs 27,999

The Asus 6Z is a unique handset. It never fails to make head turns with its swivel camera that can switch between rear and selfie mode. Owing to its mechanical solution, the Asus 6Z gets to do away with the display notch. You can also shoot panoramas without moving the phone. And speaking of photography, the handset is equipped with a 48 MP camera paired with a 13 MP wide lens. The Asus 6Z has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ IPS screen, which offers rich colors and wide viewing angles. The Asus 6Z is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip, which can handle any Android game you throw at it. The phone holds a 5,000 mAh battery with 18W Quick Charge 4+ support. The 4G VoLTE handset comes with dual SI support. Other connectivity features include dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, 3.5 mm audio jack, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. On the software front, the handset offers Android 9 Pie with ZenUI 6 on top. The base model of the Asus 6Z is available for Rs 27,999.

iPhone Xs

Deal Price: Rs 49,999

iPhone 11 Pro is undoubtedly the best Apple has to offer. However, if you are not willing to shell out about a lakh rupees, the iPhone Xs is a good alternative after the recent price drop. To give you a clear idea, the iPhone Xs which was launched for Rs 99,900, can be yours for Rs 49,999. Although it is a generation old handset, it is a pretty sweet deal. It goes without saying that the handset has a premium feel. Moreover, it is rated IP68 for water and dust resistance. The iPhone Xs features a 5.8-inch OLED display with 2436 x 1125 pixels. For low touch latency, Apple has tuned the touch sensing at 120 Hz. Inside the large screen notch, the phone boasts of an elaborate array of sensors used for the face-unlock feature. At the heart is a six-core A12 Bionic chip, which effortlessly handles any game you throw at it. The base model of the phone comes with 64 GB of storage. In the photography department, the handset offers a dual-camera setup that pulls off an impressive performance. It comprises of a 12 MP primary sensor accompanied by a 12 MP telephoto lens. You get a 7 MP front-facing camera for selfies. Other features include dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, and NFC. It houses a 2658 mAh battery, but thanks to the highly optimized iOS software platform, the phone lasts for a day on a single charge.


Chandrakant is a sci-fi movie aficionado and wannabe space explorer. He writes about consumer technology for bread and butter. He has worked with some of the esteemed publications like PCMag, TechTree, Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, NDTV Gadgets, and more.