Smartphones have come a long way over the last decade with tremendous technological development. Nowadays, most smartphones offer good performance, good display and a decent camera, but it is rare to find a good mid-range smartphone that offers almost everything you need, including the best camera performance under Rs. 50,000.
Thus, in an effort to help you capture whatever it is you want in the best way possible, we’ve rounded up 5 smartphones that you can consider buying this festive season.
vivo X70 Pro 5G
Earlier this year, vivo launched the X60 Pro, featuring a stabilisation mechanism in camera and Zeiss optics. To top that up, vivo has launched its successor – X70 Pro 5G, with some much-needed upgrades in every aspect. This runs Funtouch OS 12 based on Android 11 and that brings several features. vivo already confirmed that its X series phones launched after July will get three years of major Android OS upgrades and 3 years of security updates.
The vivo X70 Pro 5G has a 6.56-inch Full HD+ screen that supports 120Hz refresh rate at most and uses the industry-leading E5 luminescent material, which enhances peak brightness on the screen and reduces power consumption. In scenarios such as watching video and playing games, the 120Hz Ultra Vision Screen can offer users with high-quality smooth images while reducing power consumption, so the smartphone can save more power in high-power scenarios. It also has HDR10+ and Hi-Res Certification.
Coming to the performance, the X70 Pro 5G is exclusively powered by Dimensity 1200-vivo, a new flagship Open Resource Architecture customized chipset jointly tuned by vivo and MediaTek, to provide users with a customized experience. Dimensity 5G Open Resource Architecture innovatively integrates in-chip ISP and APU software and hardware architectures into an open image AI platform, combined with vivo’s professional image algorithm capabilities, to provide users with a differentiated camera experience.
In terms of camera, the X70 Pro 5G comes with a 50MP Ultra-Sensing Main Camera with a customized version of the SONY IMX766V sensor and f/1.75 aperture. This sensor uses exclusive customized CFA2+α Color Filter Array) techniques, so it is thinner and more transparent. The Gimbal Camera supports 5-axis video stabilization. By combining in-house EIS algorithms with the hardware gimbal system, the Gimbal Stabilization in the phone further improves stabilization of the Gimbal Camera. There is a 12MP 116° ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture, a 12MP 50mm portrait camera with Sony IMX663 sensor, f/1.98 aperture and a 8MP 5X periscope camera with up to 60X HyperZoom, f/3.4 aperture and the phone also has Laser autofocus. It has a 32MP front camera.
All cameras meet the ZEISS T* Coating certification standard that enhances the transmission rate of visible light, improves image quality, and produces true color. Following the success of the Biotar Portrait Style available
on the X60 series, vivo and ZEISS have worked together to add four new ZEISS Style Portrait lens effects in the X70 series – Biotar, Distagon, Planar, and Sonnar offering richer shooting experiences and portrait mode options.
The phone has Enhanced UFS 3.1 ultra-fast flash storage, and comes with Extended RAM technology 2.0 that allocates part of the ROM storage for RAM and increases RAM space by up to 4GB for even smoother interactions. It packs a 4450mAh battery with 44W fast charging that can charge up to 60% in 30 minutes.
The OnePlus 9 that was launched earlier this year is still the company’s latest flagship that features an 6.55-inch FHD+ 120Hz Fluid AMOLED display. It supports a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR 10+, and flat Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The phone is powered by Octa-Core Snapdragon 888 SoC with built-in 5G NSA / SA under the hood.
This time, OnePlus has collaborated with Hasselblad for its camera, and it sports a triple camera setup – 48MP+50MP+2MP. The phone comes with the age-old 16MP camera, which was introduced three generations back.
It is shipped with Android 11 with OxygenOS 11, but it will get the OxygenOS 12 update soon since the open beta is already out. The OnePlus 9 packs a 4500mAh and Warp Charge 65W charging that can charge the phone fully in just 29 minutes.
Apple iPhone 12
Even though the iPhone 13 is the new model that Apple has launched last month, the iPhone 12 is being sold at a discounted rate in the festive sale. The phone sports a 6.1-inch OLED Super Retina XDR displays with support for HDR and Dolby Vision. The phone is powered by an A14 Bionic 5nm Chip and feature IP68 water resistance.
The iPhone 12 comes with a dual-camera setup – 12MP+12MP and 12MP front camera as well. It provides up to 20W of power, while still accommodating Qi wireless charging. It doesn’t have a charger in the box.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
Soon after the Galaxy S20 FE 4G version, Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 FE 5G version. It is available at a discounted rate in this festive sale. This has a 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O Flat Display with 120Hz refresh rate, is powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC with support for 5G SA/NSA, has 8GB RAM, features in-display Optical Fingerprint Scanner, runs Android 11 with OneUI 3.1 and comes with Samsung services like Bixby, Samsung Health and Samsung Pay.
The phone comes with primary 12-megapixel primary sensor with OIS, 12-megapixel Ultra Wide Lens with a 123-degree field of view and 8-megapixel Telephoto lens with OIS for 3X optical Zoom. The phone features a 32-megapixel front-facing camera. It has IP68 ratings for water resistance and packs a 4,500mAh battery with support for wired 25W wired fast charging and wireless charging.
ASUS ROG Phone 5
ASUS launched the ROG 5 the company’s fourth-generation gaming smartphone in India earlier this year. It has a 6.78-inch (2440×1080 pixels) Full HD+ AMOLED 10-bit HDR display with Gorilla Glass Victus protection. However, it still comes with bezels on the top, which also houses a 24MP front camera. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 888 under the hood.
The ROG 5 retains the same camera configuration from the predecessor – 64MP+13MP+5MP. The phone has a glass back with a glossy finish in the black version we have, so it is prone to fingerprints and smudges. The phone packs a 6,000mAh battery with up to 65W fast charging.