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 in the segment. A couple of years ago, we could get a complete and top of the line smartphone for around Rs 50,000. But, it's 2021 and we have a handful of affordable and slightly lower specced flagship phones in the segment.
While you have to spend over Rs 60,000 for the Pro, Plus, or Ultra models of the listed smartphones, for Rs 50,000, you do get a good flagship experience and it's worth what you pay. 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.
While this segment might not be as exciting as it was a couple of years ago as the pricing of the chipsets has gone up, we are seeing more affordable flagships here. This shift can be attributed to a disrupted supply chain, shortage of high-end chips, depreciating rupee, increased component costs, etc.
The best smartphones under Rs 50,000 for May 2021 now consist of phones from all the major brands such as OnePlus, Xiaomi, Samsung, Apple, Vivo, and Asus for its gaming beast. Surprisingly, Realme and Oppo are missing in this segment — but they do have some premium phones in the pipeline, so things could change.
Also, the pricing of the phones in this segment will vary depending on the festive sale that happens pretty often on Flipkart and Amazon. To know the exact pricing and availability of the product, click on the View Deal button for each phone to know the current pricing and offers.
The Vivo X60 Pro is a worthy upgrade over the Vivo X50 Pro and brings a lot of features that make it our first recommendation on the list. It comes with a 6.56-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate which produces excellent colours.
In terms of cameras, it comes with a 48MP(Sony IMX598) primary camera with gimbal stabilization, a 12MP portrait camera with 2x optical zoom, and a 13 MP ultrawide camera. As for the selfie camera, it is a 32MP camera with an f/2.5 aperture. The camera performance is definitely one of the best in the segment and the design of the phone is something unique and you will fall in love with immediately.
The device is powered by Snapdragon 870 chipset which is efficient and powerful enough even for gaming and heavy apps. A 4,200mAh battery unit is backed by a 33W fast charging which easily lasts one day.
iQoo 7 Legend is basically the iQoo 7 BMW Edition from China. It is also one of the cheapest phones with a Snapdragon 888 processor. There’s also a 4,096sqmm vapor chamber to keep the thermals in check. The device is made up of pure white matte surface AG matte glass on the back along with a race track-inspired design.
The iQoo 7 Legend offers a 66W Flash Charger which can charge the 4,000mAh battery to full in about 22 minutes. You also get “enhanced” UFS 3.1 storage, LPDDR5 RAM, and virtual RAM. On the visual front, the device comes with a 6.62-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and 300Hz touch sampling rate. It also offers HDR10+ certification and an in-display fingerprint scanner.
In terms of optics, the iQoo 7 Legend sports an optically stabilized 48MP camera(Sony IMX 598), a 13MP ultra-wide lens that doubles as a macro shooter, and a 13MP portrait lens with a focal length of 50mm. For selfies, there’s a 16MP camera on the front.
Read our iQoo 7 Legend review
The OnePlus 9 sits between the OnePlus 9R and the OnePlus 9 Pro. Just like the OnePlus 9 Pro, the vanilla OnePlus 9’s camera is also built in partnership with Hasselblad and it offers better colour reproduction, and both regular and ultra-wide photos look great. The performance is taken care of by Snapdragon 888 while you get to enjoy the smooth 120Hz super AMOLED display.
Backed by a 4,500mAh battery, the device is backed by Wrap Charge 65T fast charging which charges the device from 0 to 100% in under 30 minutes. If you’re hunting for a flagship Android phone at an affordable price, the OnePlus 9 is worth considering. Oxygen OS has always been a crowd favourite and you’ll enjoy it here as well.
Read our OnePlus 9 review
The Mi 11X is Xiaomi’s spiritual successor to the Xiaomi Mi 10 from 2020. The Mi 11X Pro offers a 108MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 5MP tele-macro shooter. On the front is a 20MP selfie shooter for selfies. The device is powered by Snapdragon 888.
The phone runs off a 4,520mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging which can charge the device within an hour. You get a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and a beautiful Samsung E4 Super AMOLED panel.
The 5G version of the Galaxy S20 FE addresses a couple of shortcomings of the 4G version which is powered by an Exynos chipset. Firstly, the performance is improved and is far more power-efficient thanks to the Snapdragon 865 chipset. The heating issues which we had on the Exynos variant are also gone for good. However, the slow charging is still a pain. But, if you can leave that behind, you get a pretty great smartphone from a top brand.
You get a reliable camera setup, IP68 rating, wireless charging and a cool design. On top of that, you are also getting a solid 120Hz Support AMOLED display. If you have an affinity for Samsung, the Galaxy S20 FE is worth checking out.
Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 FE(5G) review
Priced Rs 49,999, the ROG Phone 5, as you can guess, is built for serious gamers who prefer small screen gaming with some fancy hardware. The Asus ROG 5 is the best gaming smartphone you can buy in India with design features and software perks that augment the playing experience.
It’s still a pricey handset with notable camera shortcomings compared to rival flagships, but the ROG 5 is a recommendable alternative to top Android phones if you don’t mind its few flaws. Incremental improvements on its predecessor make it a superior choice that makes the phone appealing to non-gamers as well, from its good screen to great speakers to unseen internal refinements that let its 30W fast charging.
Read our Asus ROG Phone 5 review
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
Best smartphones under Rs 50,000 in India
|Vivo X60 Pro||Rs 49,990|
|OnePlus 9||Rs 49,999|
|Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro||Rs 41,999|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G||Rs 47,999|
|Asus ROG Phone 5||Rs 49,999|
|Apple iPhone 11||Rs 46,990|