Ameya DalvicJune 19, 2022 14:55:15 IST
You won’t get a big churn in this segment every three months, barring price changes and availability of higher capacity variants in this budget. That’s exactly what we compared here to our list of phones under Rs 60,000 from last quarter. Of course we also have some newcomers to make it more exciting. While the 256 GB variants of several phones are available in this budget, their 128 GB storage variants offer better value for money in some cases. That is why we have listed both. There’s plenty of power, style and photography in these six handsets. Which would you choose?
Best phones to buy under Rs 60,000 in India
Apple iPhone 12
The 128GB storage variant of the Apple iPhone 12 is still available under Rs 60,000, making it arguably the best value for money iPhone. The iPhone 12 fits comfortably in your hand and is the perfect size for one-handed operation. Compatible with HDR10 and Dolby Vision, the 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display is protected against scratches and smudges with a ceramic glass and an oleophobic coating, respectively.
It is powered by Apple’s previous flagship A14 Bionic chip which still has plenty of processing power for whatever task you want to perform on this phone. You get the two reliable 12MP cameras on the back with the primary lens offering OIS and the secondary capable of ultra-wide shots. Yes, their performance is excellent in different exposures and they can shoot great videos too. The Apple iPhone 12 launched with iOS 14 and can be easily upgraded to iOS 15.
Apple iPhone 12 price in India: Rs 59,900 for 128 GB storage
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
Like the iPhone 12, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G also has IP68 ingress protection. It has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with HDR10+ compliance, 120Hz refresh rate and is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. It is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 2100 chip which has been found in most of their high-end phones lately. You get 8GB of RAM here and a choice between 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. The phone runs Android 12 with Samsung’s One UI 4.
The photography department on the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G has a combination of three cameras on the back, starting with a 12MP primary camera with OIS, a 12MP ultra-wide camera with 123 degrees FOV and an 8MP telephoto camera with OIS that provides up to 3X optical zoom. The camera performance is impressive with excellent detail and a wide dynamic range. Low-light performance is also commendable. A 4500 mAh battery keeps the phone running for almost a day and a half with average use and also supports wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G price in India: Rs 47,899 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage; Rs 58,999 for 8GB RAM / 256GB storage
Realme GT 2 Pro
The Realme GT 2 Pro is another new entrant in our 60K list. It is a loaded device that offers features and performance comparable to the OnePlus 10 Pro at a significantly lower price. Like the 10 Pro, it is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC and is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage or 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. The design is also very soothing, thanks to the paper-like biopolymer backing.
Another notable feature of this phone is the 6.7-inch 10-bit LTPO 2.0 AMOLED display with an adaptive refresh rate of 1 to 120 Hz and brightness of up to 1400 nits. The HDR10+ compatible display has a QHD resolution of 3216 x 1440 pixels (525 PPI pixel density) and a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus to protect it from scratches and cracks. The phone runs on Android 12 with Realme UI 3.0.
The camera department consists of two 50MP cameras (primarily with OIS and an ultrawide camera) that excel in different modes and lighting. The 3MP micro camera is a very interesting addition that offers 20X to 40X magnification. The 32MP front camera handles selfies and video calls quite well. The Realme GT 2 Pro has a 5000 mAh battery that lasts the phone for a day and a half of moderate use, and the included 65W SuperDart charger takes it from 0 to 100% in just about 37 minutes.
Realme GT 2 Pro price in India: Rs 49,999 for 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage; Rs 57,999 for 12GB RAM / 256GB storage
OnePlus 9 Pro
The OnePlus 9 Pro is another great option under 60K, especially at its new retail price. A metal frame and glass housing protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back give the phone elegance and sturdiness. It has a 6.7-inch LTPO Fluid AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a QHD resolution of 3216 x 1440 pixels. The HDR10+ compatible display can display a billion colors and get up to 1300 nits of brightness.
The photography department offers a good variety with a combination of a 48MP primary camera with OIS, a 50MP ultrawide camera with autofocus, 8MP telephoto camera with OIS for 3.3x optical zoom and a 2MP mono camera. Hasselblad’s color matching gives a natural tone to the colours. The cameras manage to capture impressive shots in different exposures and modes. The 16MP front camera is more than decent for selfies and video calls.
The 5G-ready OnePlus 9 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s previous flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC, and you get the 12GB RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage variant comfortably in this budget. The 4500 mAh battery lasts more than a day with moderate use, and the included 65 W Warp charger drains it in about half an hour. The phone also supports fast wireless charging and has an IP68 rating protection. It was launched with OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11. The Android 12 update with OxygenOS 12 rolled out a while ago.
OnePlus 9 Pro price in India: Rs 54,999 for 12 GB RAM / 256 GB storage
Motorola Edge 30 Pro
The Motorola Edge 30 Pro actually retails for under Rs 50,000 but there is enough potential in terms of features and performance to give the phones in this budget a run for their money. This phone is powered by Qualcomm’s fastest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip and it comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. It has a 6.7-inch Full HD+ OLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ compliance and the ability to display a billion shades of color. Corning Gorilla Glass provides protection against scratches on the front and back.
The photography department consists of a 50MP primary camera with OIS. You get another 50MP camera for ultra-wide photography and a 2MP depth sensor. The selfie enthusiasts will no doubt be thrilled thanks to the 60MP front camera. A 4800mAh battery lasts well over a day with average use and supports 68W fast charging and 15W fast wireless charging. It runs Android 12 out of the box, and like most Motorola phones, the Motorola Edge has 30 Pro a clean and near-stock user interface with a clear possibility of future OS updates.
Motorola Edge 30 Pro price in India: Rs 49,999 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage
Asus ROG Phone 5s
The top variant of the Asus ROG Phone 5s with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage can be purchased for a few tens in this budget. Needless to say, it’s a great option for gamers in this segment. You can also consider the 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variant. Aside from the memory numbers, the rest remains the same and you can save a good Rs 8,000. The phone offers various optimizations and improvements to give gamers a superior gaming experience.
The Asus ROG Phone 5s is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888+ SoC, and features a 6.78-inch Full HD+, HDR10+ compatible, 10-bit AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate. The rear camera department consists of a 64MP primary camera, 13MP ultra-wide shooter and a 5MP macro camera. It has a large 6000mAh battery to support longer gaming sessions, and the included 65W fast charger can fully charge it in less than an hour. This phone runs Android 11 with ROG UI and a stable Android 12 update is now available.
Asus ROG Phone 5s price in India: Rs 49,999 for 8GB RAM/128GB storage† Rs 57,999 for 12GB RAM / 256GB storage