5 premium yet affordable phones worth buying in mid-2019: OnePlus 7, Asus 6z, Honor 20 and two more
If you have kept track of the Indian smartphone segment in the last few months, it's easy to see the premium smartphone segment getting a lot of new members this summer. For less than Rs 40,000, most of these phones offer the best of features in various segments while ensuring they adhere to being premium at the same time - whether it be the design or the cameras. In fact, if your hands have been itching to spend on a premium phone, you may contend with a phone from under Rs 40,000 now.
The biggest newsmaker in this segment has to OnePlus with its all-new OnePlus 7. Starting at Rs 32,999, this is one of the cheapest phones right now to come with a Snapdragon 855 chipset. Following close on tails is Asus 6z, which is turning heads with its Flip Camera. The Oppo Reno 10X Zoom in another head turner with its gorgeous design while Google's Pixel 3a comes in to impress shutterbugs.
OnePlus 7 (from Rs 32,999)
The OnePlus 7 has been one of the biggest surprises this summer. Compared to its predecessor, the OnePlus 7 starts at a lower price of Rs 32,999, making it an incredible deal. And when you consider the spec list, it becomes drool-worthy. You get a Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with UFS 3.0 storage as well as the ultra-efficient Oxygen OS. Armed with a 48-megapixel primary camera at the rear and a 3700mAh battery, the OnePlus 7 is more than enough to keep you going smoothly for the next few months. Buy the Red variant if possible as it looks extremely seductive.
Asus 6z (from Rs 31,999)
Just when you assume OnePlus did it best, Asus comes in with the 6Z. On paper, it gets the usual flagship-killer specifications - Snapdragon 855 chipset, up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. However, it gets a massive 5000mAh battery that can literally last for two days. Then there's a notch-less screen with narrow bezel - thanks to its Flip Camera. The Flip Camera offers the combination of the 48MP Sony camera and 13MP wide-angle camera to take selfies when required. Hence, if you love photography, this is one of the best deals you are going to get at this price.
Honor 20 (from Rs 32,999)
The Honor 20 is Huawei's answer to OnePlus and Asus. This phone boasts of a quad-camera setup at the back - there's nothing else that offers this much versatility. It gets a 48MP primary camera along with a 16MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP depth camera and 2MP macro camera at the back. If you love AI-assisted photography, then this is the one to go for. Apart from the cameras, the Honor 20 also gets a flagship-grade Kirin 980 chipset to ensure the fastest performance.
Oppo Reno 10X Zoom (from Rs 39,990)
The Oppo Reno is one of the most desirable smartphones this year. Forget the cameras, the design in itself is to die for. And when you see the Sharkfin selfie camera module rising, the 9-year-old in you will wake up. The headlining feature is the 10X zoom that promises ten times hybrid zoom to get clear photos of faraway objects. The 48MP main camera is assisted by the 13MP telephoto camera and an 8MP wide-angle camera and this provides some impressive camera performance to keep shutterbugs happy. With a Snapdragon 855 chipset and a bezel-less AMOLED display, the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom is the most stylish phone you can buy now.
Google Pixel 3a (from Rs 39,999)
If you really want the best in the camera department, why go for a hundred cameras on your phone's back? Google thinks all you need is a single 12.2MP camera and extremely clever software. The Pixel 3a delivers the camera performance of its big brother without burning a hole in the pocket. Under Rs 40,000, there's no phone like the Pixel 3a that can take mesmerizing photos consistently in any lighting condition. It may not be a premium looking phone but it's certainly one of the most practical phones we have seen in a while. And with Google's smart interface, you will get used to the Pixel 3a and won't be able to adjust to other smartphones. Don't let the Snapdragon 670 chipset worry you - it's fast enough for all your day-to-day tasks and it won't sweat easily.
Honorary mention: Nubia Red Magic 3 (from Rs 35,999)
If performance is all you seek, the Red Magic 3 is all the phone you need. If you love spending your day in the virtual battlefields of PUBG or race along with exotic supercars in Asphalt 9 for hours and can't withstand a drop in performance, the Red Magic 3 is the only phone that can satisfy your needs. It gets a PC-grade the fan-based cooling system along with a liquid cooling system to keep the phone from getting red hot. The massive 5000mAh battery with its 27W fast charging also ensures the gaming doesn't stop. Plus the 6.65-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with its 90Hz refresh rate is a joy to look at. However, as an everyday phone, you could find the design gaudy and the software isn't optimized as well as its rivals.