Although the flagship segment has always been the pinnacle for premium quality and top-of-the-line specifications, it is the affordable flagship segment that has gained a lot of traction in the past couple of years. We’ve seen some great flagship phones from the likes of Samsung and Apple, however their high price tags put them out of reach for most folks. This is why we have many companies like the OnePlus, Xiaomi, Realme, and more launching more smartphones with flagship-grade specs with an affordable price tag.
We saw companies introduce new technologies such as ultra-fast 65W charging, 144Hz refresh rate displays, 108MP cameras, and more in the affordable flagship category. And, all this without burning a deep hole in the pocket. In fact, the year 2020 saw some great smartphones in this segment that set the bar high for next year’s high-end smartphones. And to honour those, we have handpicked some of the best phones as the nominees for the Best Affordable Flagship Phone for the Indian Gadget Awards 2020. Let’s get started.
Best Affordable Flagship Phone for the Indian Gadget Awards 2020:
- OnePlus 8T
- Xiaomi Mi 10
- Realme X50 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
- Apple iPhone SE 2020
- Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
OnePlus couple possibly be considered as the pioneer of affordable flagship smartphones in India. The ‘Never Settle’ brand is known for launching smartphones with top-of-the-line features and specifications, and over time the brand went from being flagship killers to flagship trendsetters. While the prices of OnePlus phones have been steadily rising, the OnePlus 8T still manages to offer a great bang for the buck. This smartphone is a complete package for those who want decent cameras, premium design, and exceptional performance.
To charge the 4,500mAh dual-cell battery inside the phone, OnePlus 8T introduced the 65W Wrap Charge fast charging solution for the first time. This coupled with top-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, 120Hz refresh rate, and a quad-camera setup make it the perfect choice for those who are looking for a flagship smartphone without breaking the bank.
Xiaomi Mi 10
Mi 10 is yet another great smartphone from Xiaomi that brings flagship-grade features at an affordable price segment. The Mi 10’s claim to fame is the massive 108MP rear camera that makes full size of the large image sensor to produce exceptional details and colours. The handset is also the first in many departments from Xiaomi. It is the first phone from the company to come with a 90Hz refresh rate and AMOLED screen in India, making it great for multimedia consumption. This coupled with flagship-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and premium design language makes it one of the best smartphones in the affordable flagship segment.
Realme X50 Pro
Realme forayed into the affordable flagship segment with its Realme X50 Pro 5G smartphone. The handset was the first to feature to the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor in India. However, this was not the only highlight of the phone, it was also fully-loaded with features. The handset offered an AMOLED screen coupled with 90Hz refresh rate, a combination which others followed in 2020.
The phone was also the first in India to come with 65W SuperDart Charge fast charging support. The ultra-fast charging allowed the phone to be fully charged in just 35 minutes. This coupled with a new generation of RAM and ROM along with Vapour Cooling System, dual-stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, and reliable cameras, helped it deliver the flagship-grade performance we all craved for in 2020.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE or Fan Edition was Samsung’s attempt to bring the best of its flagship experience to the masses. And, to some extent, take on the OnePlus juggernaut. The Galaxy S20 FE was the perfect blend of premium features and an affordable price tag. The smartphone came with a whole host of interesting features including a jaw-dropping 120Hz refresh rate panel.
Apart from which, you got a proper triple rear camera setup (Wide+Ultrawide+Telephoto), and an Exynos 990 processor. Interestingly, these features are also currently available in the flagship Galaxy S20 series. The handset offered reliable camera performance along with the smoothness of OneUI. Other noteworthy features of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE include NFC, Samsung Knox security, Samsung Pay, and IP68 resistance.
Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple surprised many when it introduced the Apple iPhone SE 2020. The latest iPhone from Apple was meant to attract those who want to try the Apple ecosystem without spending a fortune on their smartphones. The iPhone SE 2020 is the perfect example of a compact smartphone that delivers a punch on almost every front.
The iPhone SE 2020 offers almost the same internals as the iPhone 11 series and is one of the best phones for those on a budget. It is especially for those who love to have a smaller handset. With the Apple A13 Bionic processor, dependable cameras, top-notch privacy and security of Apple and an affordable price, the iPhone SE 2020 is surely one of the stronger contenders in this price list. Plus, that compact form factor is a big advantage too.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Banking on the success of Mi 10, Xiaomi further expanded its portfolio with the launch of Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. The latest smartphone from Xiaomi is yet another good example of beauty with brains. The handset comes loaded with an interesting design language coupled with some great features. It offers a 144Hz screen refresh rate, which is one of the highest you can get in India. The only other phone with such a high refresh rate is ASUS ROG Phone 3.
The phone also came with a top-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, meaning that you did not have to compromise with the performance. This also means that you can buy this smartphone if you want to future-proof yourself for the upcoming 5G revolution. Apart from this, you get the same 108MP rear camera that is present in Xiaomi Mi 10 along with other interesting features that makes it a good performer in this price segment. The only issue for many was the IPS LCD panel. But, was it really?
So, which is your pick. Stay tuned for the winners.