Do you intend to purchase a new smartphone? Check to see if it can connect to a country-wide 5G cellular network. For the past few years, 5G smartphones have been introduced in India by Samsung, Google, Realme, or OnePlus. Based on our testing, here are our top five picks for the best 5G-enabled Android smartphones in various price ranges in case you are unsure of what to buy.
iQOO Z5 5G (Price: Rs. 18,990)
The most powerful processor of the bunch makes the iQOO Z5 a great option for this price range. Even better, it is now cheaper by 1,000 rupees than it was the previous time. Starting with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC, which is unusual for this price range, it provides impressive features and performance. Along with it, you get 128 GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage and 8 GB of RAM. The display on the phone is a 6.67-inch Full HD+ LCD with a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
The battery has a capacity of 5000 mAh and can withstand moderate use for half a day. It comes with a 44W fast charger that says it can charge half the battery in 23 minutes. A 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultrawide snapper, and a 2MP macro camera are the three back-facing cameras used for photography. You also get a nice 16MP camera for taking selfies. The iQOO Z5 5G has FunTouch UI 12 and runs Android 11, and the company says there will be two major updates to Android in the future.
Motorola G82 5G (Price: Rs. 19,999)
The Motorola G82 5G boasts a number of features that I have never encountered in smartphones priced below Rs 20,000. First and foremost, it has a 120 Hz refresh rate 6.6-inch 10-bit Full HD+ pOLED display. It can display more than a billion color shades, a feature typically found on more expensive phones. The availability of OIS on its 50MP primary camera is another feature that is probably unique to this market. On the back, you get an 8MP ultrawide camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 16MP selfie camera on the front.
It has a Snapdragon 695 processor, 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of internal storage. An IP52 rating for dust and splash resistance adds a layer of sturdiness to the sleek design. This phone has a 33W fast charger and a 5000 mAh battery that can power it for nearly an hour and a half of moderate use. It has a user interface that is close to stock, and it runs Android 12, just like most Motorola phones.
Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G (Price: Rs. 19,999)
Due to its 108MP primary camera, the Redmi Note 11 Pro + 5G is another phone that would appeal to photographers. It comes with a 2MP macro camera and an 8MP ultrawide camera. Selfies and video calls can be taken with the 16MP front camera. This budget-friendly 5G phone also has a Snapdragon 695 SoC and comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. A microSD card can be used to increase the capacity of the internal storage.
The Redmi Note 11 Pro + 5G has a 6.67-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display that supports a 120 Hz refresh rate for a smoother experience in apps that are compatible with it. The display has a brightness of up to 1200 nits. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 acts as a layer of scratch protection for it. It claims that the included 67W turbo charger can charge it from 0% to 100% in under 45 minutes, and it has a 5000 mAh battery that keeps it running for close to a day and a half of moderate use. With MIUI 13, this Xiaomi phone runs Android 11.
Poco X4 Pro 5G (Price. Rs. 17,999)
The Poco X4 Pro 5G stays on our list because it has a good mix of features and performance. Another phone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of internal storage is available here. This phone also has a 6.67-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and a peak brightness of 1200 nits. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 acts as a layer of scratch protection for the screen. The phone is equipped with MIUI 13 on top of Android 11.
Similar to the iQOO Z5, the Poco X4 Pro 5G has a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP macro camera on the back. The punch-hole-shaped 16MP front camera at the top of the screen is adequate for video calls and selfies. A 5000 mAh battery has the same capacity and can withstand moderate use for over an hour and a half. However, you get a faster 67W charger that claims to fully charge your device in less than 45 minutes.
Samsung Galaxy F23 5G (Price: Rs. 16,999)
The Samsung Galaxy F23 5G is a budget phone with a lot of features for the money. In this price range, it is an excellent choice for brand-conscious consumers without sacrificing much in terms of performance or features. With its 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal (expandable) storage and Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC, this smartphone comfortably fits into this price range. It has a 6.6-inch Full HD+ LCD screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
A 50MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP macro camera make up the back photography department. It has a decent selfie camera with 8 megapixels. Similar to other phones on this list, it has a 5000 mAh battery that can keep it running for an hour and a half of light use. It can charge at 25W fast. The Samsung Galaxy F23 5G has One UI 4.1 installed on top of Android 12.