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Best phones under Rs 50,000 in India for October 2020

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In a matter of weeks, the sub Rs 50,000 segment has gone from a desolate place to one of the most exciting ones, thanks to multiple launches just before the festive season. This premium price point is occupied by flagships from various brands, giving the best performance, a slew of cameras, high-end designs and high refresh rate displays.

Unfortunately, it’s not as exciting as in the past owing to increased prices of smartphones in 2020 due to a variety of factors. In fact, for some brands, here’s where their ‘affordable’ flagships lie. This shift can be attributed to a disrupted supply chain, depreciating rupee, increased component costs, etc.

For the last quarter of 2020, we have new offerings from Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi along with better iPhones which have now received price cuts. The ongoing festival sales might help you pick one of these at a lower price, so keep an eye out for that.

With the market yet to recover entirely, some prices can change with time. To know the exact pricing of the product, visit the purchase link appended for each phone to know the current pricing and offers.

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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

Xiaomi joins the big boys

Display: Curved 6.67-inch LCD, 144Hz | Chipset: Snapdragon 865 (5G) | Camera: 108MP + 13MP + 5MP | Battery: 5,000mAh | Charging: 33W (wired)

108MP quad-camera
144Hz display
Affordable
LCD panel
No telephoto lens

Xiaomi's second flagship for the year is significantly cheaper yet capable this time. The Mi 10T Pro offers a smooth 144Hz display with AdaptiveSync for better efficiency. That is paired with the Snapdragon 865 chipset, LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. 

It retains the 108MP primary camera but learns a lot more tricks in terms of shooting abilities. The other big upgrade comes with the large 5,000mAh battery and support for 33W fast charging. It is available in a single 8GB + 128GB configuration.

Read our Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro review

Buy the Mi 10T Pro on Flipkart @Rs 39,999

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OnePlus 8T

Display: 6.55-inch Super AMOLED, 120Hz | Chipset: Snapdragon 865 (5G) | Camera: 48MP + 16MP + 5MP + 2MP | Battery: 4,500mAh | Charging: 65W

120Hz display
Performance
Very fast charging
Cameras
No telephoto

The new OnePlus 8T improves upon its predecessor in a number of small ways, starting with a faster 120Hz display which is flat this time. The battery gets a slight bump up to 4,500mAh but the charging speeds are truly best-in-class.

The cameras do not get any major functional change, with four on the back and one on the front. It's great for gaming or media consumption with the big display, dual stereo speakers and smooth performance.

Read our OnePlus 8 review

Buy the OnePlus 8T @Rs 42,999 on Amazon

iPhone 11

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Apple iPhone 11

Display: 6.1-inch LCD | Chipset: Apple A13 Bionic | Camera: 12MP + 12MP | Battery: 3110mAh | Charging: 18W

Performance
Software integration
Reliable cameras
Tiny
60Hz display

It’s not often that we see iPhones in this segment, but that is exactly what Apple has been able to achieve with the new iPhone 11. Don’t judge on by its unassuming stature as on the inside, it is equally as powerful as the latest flagships.

Its primary camera is one of the best in the business, but it loses out in terms of versatility. The same goes for design and display. If you’re looking to hop aboard the Apple ecosystem, this is the easiest way to get started. The ongoing sales have made it a must-have.

Read our iPhone 11 review

Buy the iPhone 11 @Rs 49,999 on Amazon

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Display: 6.7-inch Super AMOLED, 120Hz | Chipset: Exynos 990 | Camera: 12MP + 12MP + 12MP | Battery: 4,500mAh | Charging: 25W

One UI
Cameras
Display
Telephoto camera
Performance
Battery life

Owning a Samsung flagship is no longer expensive. The new S20 FE is powered by the same Exynos 990 chipset, which means it comes with mediocre battery life and frequent heating. Even the battery life can be inconsistent.

However, aspects such as reliable cameras at all focal lengths, IP68 rating, wireless charging and a cool design try to justify the price tag. If you have an affinity for Samsung and are not a particularly heavy user, the Galaxy S20 FE is worth checking out.

Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 FE review

Buy the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE @Rs 49,999 on Amazon

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Asus ROG Phone 3

For the gamers

Display: 6.59-inch AMOLED, 144Hz | Chipset: Snapdragon 865 Plus (5G) | Camera: 64MP + 13MP + 5MP | Battery: 6,000mAh | Charging: 30W

Gaming-specific hardware
Performance
144Hz display
Cameras

Sequel to one of the most popular gaming smartphones of last year, the Asus ROG Phone 3 somehow manages to take all specifications to the next level. It is the first phone to ship with the Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset, with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The performance will not be an issue with this phone.

It also comes with a ton of gaming-specific hardware and software additions such as the shoulder buttons, cooling mechanism, RGB lighting, a 144Hz display, dual front-firing speakers and many more.

Read our Asus ROG Phone 3 review

Check out the Asus ROG Phone 3 on Flipkart 

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Vivo X50 Pro

Display: Curved 6.56-inch Super AMOLED, 90Hz | Chipset: Snapdragon 765G (5G) | Camera: 48MP + 8MP + 13MP + 8MP | Battery: 4,315mAh | Charging: 33W

Classy design
Unique cameras
Display
FunTouch OS
Snapdragon 765G

Vivo’s new flagship for the year also made it to India amid much fanfare. It was the first smartphone with the Snapdragon 765G in most regions. It scores big on the design, display and battery fronts,

It is also the first mainstream device with a legit gimbal camera that can compensate for shakes in a very reliable manner. Moreover, it’s also one of the only phones with a periscopic telephoto lens that zoom all the way to 60x

Read our Vivo X50 Pro review

Check out the Vivo X50 Pro on Amazon | Flipkart.  

Best smartphones under Rs 50,000 in India
Xiaomi Mi 10T ProRs 39,999
OnePlus 8TRs 42,999
Apple iPhone 11Rs 49,999
Samsung Galaxy S20 FERs 49,999
Asus ROG Phone 3Rs 49,999
Vivo X50 ProRs 49,990