Christmas 2022: Best smartphone options to gift this festive season

It’s that time of year when people stock up on presents to give to their loved ones for Christmas, which is just over a week away by the way.

In a digitally savvy world, smartphones are good gift options. We list some of the best phones in different price segments.

Premium (over Rs 50,000)
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Apple’s latest iPhone 14 Pro comes with major upgrades in terms of camera, display and processor over its predecessor. The photography hardware is also top quality. It takes brilliant photos and the most stable videos than any of the competing brands. Even the Dynamic Island feature offers a unique user interface and makes the iPhone 14 Pro stand out among its peers.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 or Galaxy Z Fold4
If you’re looking for ultra-premium modern phones, go for the Galaxy Z Flip4 or the Galaxy Z Fold4. Samsung has done a good job with durability compared to the previous iterations and it is the only brand in India to make foldable phones mainstream.

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The price of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 starts at Rs 89,999 and the Galaxy Z Fold4 starts at Rs 1,54,999 in India.

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Google Pixel 7 Pro
The new Pixel 7 Pro is undeniably the best of all its iterations to date. The design language is unique, the battery life has been dramatically improved and the thermal performance while performing heavy tasks is really good, and last but not least, the camera hardware is simply outstanding. It takes great photos in all lighting conditions and the AI-powered Magic Eraser and Motion mode photos are a valuable addition to the photography experience, far superior to any competitor.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

It is an all-round premium Android phone. It delivers really good performance in all tasks, even gaming. It also has the best screen on a phone and offers a great viewing experience and the camera takes great pictures too, especially the 30x Space Zoom is also very impressive.

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Vivo X80 Pro

The Vivo X80 Pro is a true premium phone in every way, especially with the build quality and photography hardware that make it an attractive buy. It comes in a single configuration of 12 GB RAM + 256 GB storage – for Rs 79,999.

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Upper middle class (Rs 50,000- 30,000)
iQOO 7

The iQOO 7 is one of the best options for those looking for a premium phone and won’t burn a deep hole in their pocket. It has a beautiful two-tone design language and packs a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 octa-core chipset. The camera is also really good for the asking price. Also, iQOO 7 offers great battery life and the super fast 66W charger is a big bonus.

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It is offered in three configurations: 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage, 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage and 12 GB RAM + 256 GB storage, priced at Rs 31,990 and Rs 33,990 and Rs 35,990 respectively.

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Apple iPhone 11
It delivers great performance and battery life, and the dual camera also performs well in all lighting conditions compared to phones in this price segment.

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OnePlus 10R 5G
OnePlus 10R is a well-rounded smartphone for its asking price. It ticks all the right boxes in terms of top-notch build quality, good display, reliable performance and day-plus battery life.

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Vivo V25 Pro 5G
It has done a fantastic job on the design and build quality of the V25 Pro 5G. The color-changing aspect of the device is magical and really makes it stand out among its ilk.
In terms of performance and camera, the Vivo V25 Pro comes across as a decent phone and on par with other competing upper mid-range brands. I am happy with the battery life. It can easily last a whole day under normal use and the fast charging is a great added value of the phone.

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Mid-Range (Rs 30,000-Rs 15,000)
Google Pixel 6a
It has the best camera in its class. Takes great photos in all lighting conditions and the Magic Eraser function enhances the photography experience. It offers all-day battery life under normal use, but if you’re into extreme gaming, you can choose any other model below.

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Redmi K50i 5G
It features a three-camera module – main 64 MP (with Samsung ISOCELL GW1 1/1.72-inch sensor, f/1.89) + 8 MP ultra-wide lens with 119 degrees field of view (f/2.2) + 2 MP macro camera (f /2.4) with LED flash. On the front is a 16MP (f/2.45) camera. It features a 6.6-inch Full HD+ (2460 x 1080p) LCD display, supports variable refresh rate (30-144Hz), MediaTek Dimensity 8100 5nm SoC with Mali-G610 6-core GPU, Android 12-based MIUI 13, 6GB/8GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage and a 5000mAh battery with 67W charger support. It can be fully charged from zero to 100 percent in 46 minutes. The price starts at Rs 25,999.

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Realme GT Neo 3 150W

As mentioned in our review, Realme GT Neo 3 150W, especially the nitro blue variant, is one of the most unique looking phones in the sub-Rs 30,000 price range. The punchy white stripes on the left side of the shell resemble the racetrack and go beautifully with a dark glossy blue shell.

In terms of performance, it runs smoothly with no noticeable lag during heavy tasks like gaming or 4K video recording. The photography hardware is good too, taking pretty decent shots on par with rival brands in its class.

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OnePlus Nord 2T 5G
The OnePlus Nord 2T has a 6.43-inch full HD+ (1080x2400p) smooth AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor and the entire bezel is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It also supports dual SIM slots (type: nano) and a Type-C port.

It comes with a 6nm-class MediaTek Dimensity 1300 octa-core CPU, which can clock a CPU speed of up to 3GHz. It is powered by ARM G77 MC9 GPU, Android 12 with OxygenOS 12.1, 8GB/12GB LPDDR4X RAM with 128GB/256GB (UFS 3.1) storage and a 4500mAh battery with 80W SuperVooc fast charging support.

It features a three-camera module: main 50 MP (Sony IMX766 sensor, f/1.8, OIS: optical image stabilization) + 8 MP ultra-wide camera (Sony IMX355, f/2.2) + 2 MP mono camera (f/2.4) with LED flash on the back. And it houses a 32MP (Sony IMX615 sensor, f/2.4) on the front. The price starts at Rs 28,999. It’s available for less on Amazon and OnePlus stores with exchange and bank card deals.

Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G
The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ is a complete package. It excels in every major aspect – be it display, premium design elements, photography hardware, performance, battery life and charging speed. All in all, it is better than the competition in its class.

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Galaxy M33 5G

It comes with a 6.6-inch full HD+ (2408×1080p) LCD Infinity-V display, 120 Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 shield, triple slots – triple slots – nano SIM-1, nano SIM- 2 and microSD card and side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

It features a 5nm-class Exynos 1280 octa-core processor with Mali-G68 GPU, Android 12-based Samsung One UI 4.1, 8GB / 6GB RAM, 128GB storage (expandable to 1TB), quad-camera module– 50MP (f/ 1.8) + 5MP (f/2.2) ultra wide-angle camera + 2MP (f/2.4) depth + 2MP macro camera (f/2.4) with LED flash on the back, an 8MP (f/2.2) front camera and a 6,000 mAh battery with support for 25W fast charging.

It is available in two variants: 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage and 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage, priced at Rs 18,999 and Rs 20,499 respectively.

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Budget (less than Rs 15,000)
Poco M5

It features a 6.58-inch Full HD+ (2408 × 1080p) LCD display with an adaptive refresh rate of up to 90 Hz and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 shield. It comes with a 6nm class MediaTek Helio G99 chipset which, by the way, can clock a maximum CPU speed of up to 2.2 Ghz. This is more than just making sure the phone runs smoothly during all day-to-day activities and also some popular gaming apps. The device runs Android 11-based MIUI OS and comes with a 5,000mAh battery with an 18W charger in the box.

It features a triple camera module – main 50 MP (with Samsung ISOCELL JN1 sensor, f / 1.8) supported by 2 MP depth (f / 2.4) and 2 MP portrait sensor (f / 2.4) with LED flash on the back and a 8 MP front camera (f/2.0). The Poco M5 in two configurations – 4 GB LPDDR4x RAM + 64 GB (UFS 2.2) storage and 6 GB LPDDR4x RAM with 128 GB (UFS 2.2) storage – for Rs 12,499 and Rs 14,999 respectively. For a limited time over the holiday season, the device is available for just Rs 9,499

Red Mi 11 Prime 5G
It comes with a 6.58-inch full HD+ (2408×1080p) LCD display with brightness up to 500 nits, 30Hz/60Hz/90Hz adaptive refresh rate, and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 shield and P2i splash-resistant coating . It supports triple slots for two nano SIM cards and a microSD card, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and also an IR blaster. They also come with Android 12-based MIUI 13 OS, 4GB/6GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64GB/128GB UFS 2.2 storage (expandable to 512GB), 8MP (f/2.0) front camera and are powered by a 5,000mAh battery with 18W charger.

It is powered by a 7nm class MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor with Mali-G57 MC2 GPU and comes with a dual camera module – main 50MP (f/1.8) and 2MP depth (f/2.4) with LED flash on the back.

Vivo T1 44W
It comes with a 6.44-inch Full HD+ (2404×1080p) AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, brightness up to 1300 nits and supports an in-display fingerprint sensor and a three-slot (nano SIM-1+) tray. nano SIM-2 + micro SD card.

It features a 6nm class Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core chipset with Adreno 610 GPU, Android 12-based Funtouch OS, 4GB/6GB RAM with 64GB/128GB storage (expandable to 1TB), and a 5000mAh battery with 44W charger.

It houses a triple camera module – main 50 MP (f/1.8) + 2 MP (f/2.4) depth sensor + 2 MP (f/2.4) 4 cm macro camera with LED flash on the back and a 16 MP (f/2.0) front-facing camera.

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