Not very long ago all phones priced above INR 50,000 used to be the best tier-1 flagships. As in 2021, flagships are much more expensive and what you get under 50K are very competent flagship killers or maybe yesteryear flagships.

So, if you have a budget of around INR 50,000, here are some of the best options that you can choose between – depending on your individual taste and preferences, of course.

What to expect from phones under Rs 50000?

  • On the Android side of things, you can expect high-end chipsets like Snapdragon 865 or Snapdragon 865+
  • At this point in time, it would be safer to go with a 5G phone, but 4G should also suffice through the lifecycle.
  • All phones in this budget (that launched in 2020) offer high refresh rate displays.
  • Best camera phones are reserved for flagships, but we do have some excellent camera options available in this budget.
  • Almost all phones in this budget offer fast charging speeds from bundled adaptors
  • Unfortunately, all that money isn’t good enough to get you even the last years’ iPhone flagships. If you want to be a part of Apple’s ecosystem, iPhone XR should be your best bet.

Best Phones Under Rs 50,000 in India in 2021

So, here are the best options along with reasons as to why you should consider them.

1Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition 5G

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is one of the jazzed up phone money can buy under Rs. 50,000. The brand has brought down several features from its pricey flagship phones. This includes 120Hz sAMOLED FHD+ display, LPDDR5 RAM, UFS 3.1 storage, and a large 4500mAh battery, Dex, Samsung Pay, and Knox security.

The 5G version of S20 FE runs on Snapdragon 865 SoC along with Android 10-based One UI 2.5 on top. The camera system comprises a 12MP + 12MP ultrawide + 8MP telephoto by the back and a 32MP sensor on the front.

Buy it for a premium brand at its best price during festive sale.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G specs

Display: 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED (HDR10+) 120Hz | Processor: Snapdragon 865| RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 8MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 190g | Dimensions: 159.8 x 74.5 x 8.4 mm  | Battery: 4500mAh, 25W fast charging

2Vivo X60 Pro

Vivo X60 Pro (review) offers flagship-grade camera performance. In fact, thanks to its clever gimbal camera, the X60 Pro can match even the best of flagships when it comes to low light and night-time performance.

The phone is just the perfect size, feels very premium, has a fun periscope-lens zoom camera. Yes, the Snapdragon 870G doesn’t feel like much for the high-end price, but it’s still a great chipset and should suffice for most users. Vivo doesn’t advertise any ingress protection for X60 Pro.

Buy it for the Gimbal camera.

Vivo X60 Pro specs

Display: 6.56-inch FHD+ AMOLED (HDR10+) 120Hz| Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 octa-core CPU (5G) | RAM: 12GB| Storage: 256GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP + 13MP + 13MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 182g | Dimensions: 158.6 x 73.2 x 7.6MM  |Battery: 4200mAh, 33W fast charging

3Asus ROG Phone 5

Asus ROG Phone 5 is the most powerful Android phone around and the low-end variant starts at INR 49,999. The cutting-edge hardware it employs includes Snapdragon 888 Plus, LPDDR5 RAM, and UFS 3.1 storage. A very elaborate heat dissipation system further ensures that there is no throttling even with extended gaming.

The Armoury crate app has extensive customization options and the Game Genie toolbar is perhaps the best there is. The handset further includes a 144Hz AMOLED display, handy Air triggers, USB power pass-through, and the option to attach other gaming accessories. On the downside, the camera performance, however, is mediocre at best.

Buy it for a fabulous gaming experience.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Specs

Display: 6.78-inch FHD+ AMOLED (HDR10+) 144Hz| Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 octa-core CPU (5G) | RAM: up to 12GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 11 | Rear camera: 64MP+13MP+5MP | Front camera: 24MP | Weight: 238g | Dimensions: 172.8 x 77.3 x 10.3 mm  |Battery: 6000mAh, 65W fast charging

4OnePlus 9

OnePlus 9 starts at 49,999 for 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. Powered by Snapdragon 888, the OnePlus 9 is fast and smooth and has reasonable cameras. Having said that, the OnePlus 9 cameras don’t live up to the huge hype created by the brand around their Hasselblad cameras.

The OxygenOS is not as bloat-free and clean as it used to be, but it’s still in good taste and enjoys remarkable community support. If you want an all-round mainstream flagship phone, the OnePlus 9 is a great option.

Buy it for the fast and smooth experience.

OnePlus 9 Specs

Display: 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED (HDR10+) 120Hz | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 octa-core CPU (5G) | RAM: up to 12GB| Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 50MP + 48MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 183g | Dimensions: 160 x 73.9 x 8.1 mm |Battery: 4500mAh, 65W fast charging

5Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro is a premium 5G phone with dual-curved edge AMOLED display, competent set of cameras, Snapdragon 888 octa-core chipset, stereo speakers, and a long-lasting 4520mAh battery.

The MIUI software is rich in customization options and even allows you to combine speeds from two different Wi-Fi networks or Wi-Fi with 4G, but it’s also ripe with third-party apps that you don’t need.

Buy it if you are interested in the best from Xiaomi.

Display: 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED (HDR10+) 120Hz | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 octa-core CPU (5G) | RAM: 12GB| Storage: 256GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 108MP+13MP+2MP+ 2MP| Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8 mm |Battery: 4520mAh, 33W fast charging

6Samsung Galaxy S10

Compact phones are really rare to come by these days. If you need premium and compact Andriod phones, Samsung’s S-series phones are now the only option in India.

Samsung’s last year’s flagship, Galaxy S10, is now available for under 50K. The handset has a 6.1-inch QHD display and is powered by Exynos 9820 octa-core chipset. You get a flagship-grade camera system, elegant design, and IP68 water and dust resistance. On the downside, this is a 4G phone that supports only 15W charging.

Buy it if you crave a compact flagship

7iPhone 11

If you’d rather be a part of Apple’s ecosystem if only for Apple Watch, iPhone 11 is now available for INR 49,999 in India.

It’s a compact phone and performance hardware is still pretty solid. You’d have to make do with an HD display, though.

Buy it if you choose Apple’s ecosystem of products and services

8iQOO 3 5G

The iQOO3 5G (review) variant has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 octa-core chipset paired with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS3.1 storage and comes in a unique feather finish.

This is a performance powerhouse with several game-centric features and a 48MP quad-camera system.

iQOO 3 specifications 

Display: 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 12GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP + 13MP + 13MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 208g | Dimensions: 158.5 x 74.9 x 9.2 mm |Battery: 4400mAh

9OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G

OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G is also worth considering especially if you only wish to spend not more than Rs 35,000 on a smartphone. It has premium looks and feels that you generally tend to get with flagships. OPPO employs MediaTek’s flagship Dimensity 1000+ SoC which is performance-wise at par with Snapdragon 765G.

In 2021, some brands have ditched in box chargers, OPPO bundles a 65W fast charger which is clearly one of the USPs of the Reno 5 Pro 5G. It takes just 30 minutes to fully refill the 4350mAh battery.

OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G specifications

Display: 6.53-inch FHD+ AMOLED | Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 8GB| Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 11 | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 173g | Dimensions: 159.7 x 73.2 x 7.6 mm |Battery: 4350mAh

List of best phones to buy under Rs. 50,000 in India in 2021

These are some of the best options currently available in India. If you are willing to spend some more, you can consider options like Samsung Galaxy S20, iPhone 11 PRO or OnePlus 8 Pro.

Product Price in India
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G₹47,999
Vivo X60 Pro₹49,990
Asus ROG Phone 5₹46,999
OnePlus 9₹49,999
Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro 5G₹39,999
Samsung Galaxy S10₹49,499
iPhone 11₹49,499
iQOO 3 5G₹33,990
OPPO Reno 5 Pro₹34,990

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