Once again, our list of phones under Rs 75,000 is full of aspirational devices. While most of the phones from our 75K list from last quarter managed to hold on to their positions this month, too, there have been some price drops and new entrants this time. Time to look at the best smartphones you can buy in this budget at the moment.
Best phones to buy under Rs 75,000 in India
Since the launch of the iPhone 13, the Apple iPhone 12 has seen a drop. While the mid variant with 128 GB storage breached the 70K mark last quarter, it is closer to 65K this time around on Flipkart. The phone is just the right size for single-handed operations. You get a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display compliant with HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Ceramic glass with oleophobic coating protects it against scratches and smudges.
It is powered by Apple’s previous flagship A14 Bionic chip that is still powerful enough for every task and should be good enough for a few years to come. The camera department consists of two 12MP cameras at the back, with the primary lens offering OIS (optical image stabilisation), while the secondary camera captures ultra-wide shots. The performance in photography and videography is top-notch in different lighting conditions, as you have come to expect from iPhones. The Apple iPhone 12 launched with iOS 14 and is upgradeable to iOS 15.
The iPhone 12 is not the only Apple phone on this list. You can purchase the smallest of the latest Apple iPhones comfortably on this budget. Like its predecessor, the Apple iPhone 13 Mini is refreshingly compact and one of the smallest smartphones around. And it’s not just about the small size, but the availability of a proper flagship device in this form factor without skipping any key feature is what makes it special. It is great to choose for those who care when smartphones are getting larger by the year.
The Apple iPhone 13 Mini is pretty much the iPhone 13 in terms of design, processing power and most of the features, just smaller. It has a sharper 5.4-inch Full HD+ Super Retina XDR OLED screen, again compliant with HDR10 and Dolby Vision. The latest A15 Bionic chip that powers the entire iPhone 13 series at its core. The two 12MP cameras at the back are similar to those on the iPhone 12 with just a different alignment. The output quality is at least as good or marginally better due to the updated software. Speaking of which, it runs the latest iOS 15 out of the box, and one can expect newer OS updates for another half a decade.
The Mi 11X Ultra is the absolute flagship device from Xiaomi. The company seems to have packed everything it could in this smartphone and some more. For starters, it is powered by Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 888 SoC. You get 12 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage to go with it. The display on this phone is another standout feature. You get a sharp 6.81-inch AMOLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision compliance and a higher resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels. It can display over a billion colour shades and is protected against scratches by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.
The camera department is loaded to the brim with some really high-end cameras. You get a 50MP primary camera with dual-pixel auto-focus as well as laser autofocus along with OIS. The company is a 48MP ultra-wide shooter with PDAF and another 48MP periscope telephoto camera with OIS for 5X optical zoom. Collectively, the cameras capture some impressive shots in different modes and lighting. The 20MP front camera does a good job with selfies and video calls. But wait, you can take ultra-wide selfies using the rear cameras, too, as there is a tiny display at the back.
The Mi 11 Ultra has an elegant design with an aluminium frame and a ceramic back, and an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. Its 5000 mAh battery can keep the phone powered for close to a day and a half of moderate use, while the bundled 67W fast charger can juice it up in a little over half an hour. The phone supports 67W fast wireless charging too, which takes only a few extra minutes to charge the battery fully, so the company claims. The Mi 11X Ultra runs Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 on top.
The OnePlus flagship holds on to its spot in this list, and even better, it is currently selling for Rs 5,000 lower than usual on Amazon India. It has a 6.7-inch LTPO Fluid AMOLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, and this too has a higher resolution of 3216 x 1440 pixels. The HDR10+ compliant screen can display a billion colours and get up to 1300 nits bright. A metal frame and a glass body protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and back make the phone look elegant.
The rear camera department is highly versatile here, too, with a combination of a 48MP primary camera with OIS, a 50MP ultrawide camera with auto-focus, an 8MP telephoto camera with OIS for 3.3X optical zoom and a 2MP mono camera. The Hasselblad colour tuning improves the output in terms of colour accuracy compared to its predecessors. The cameras manage to capture some impressive images in different lighting and modes. The 16MP front camera is good enough for handling selfies and video calls.
The OnePlus 9 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC, and you can get the top variant of this phone with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage comfortably in this budget. Its 4500 mAh battery lasts over a day of moderate use, and the bundled 65W Warp charger takes it from 0 to 100% in double-quick time. The phone also supports fast wireless charging. It has IP68 rated ingress protection and runs OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11.
Vivo’s previous flagship X60 Pro Plus is yet another fully loaded option in this budget and is quite stylish. It has a vibrant 6.56-inch Full HD+ HDR10+ compliant Super AMOLED display with h 120 Hz refresh rate. This phone is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC and accompanied by 12 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage. Its 4200 mAh battery lasts for a little over a day of moderate use, and the bundled 55W fast charger juices it up quickly. The phone runs Android 11 with FunTouch 12 UI.
The rear camera department on the Vivo X60 Pro Plus has Zeiss optics, and the primary camera has a 50MP sensor with OIS. The phone offers a 48MP ultra-wide camera with Gimbal stabilisation and 32MP and 8MP telephoto cameras that provide 2X and 5X optical zoom. In different situations, the cameras do a commendable job and record equally impressive videos. The 32MP front camera will have the selfie enthusiasts hooked.