August 13, 2022
Best phone under Rs.  50,000: Is it worth getting a value flagship phone over a premium model?


Nowadays, you can find flagship phones that cost more than Rs. 1 Lac. But at the same time, there are also some models that list high-end features under Rs. 50,000 price segment. The smartphone market in India has grown not only in units sold, but also in terms of pricing. These phones can be called “value flagship phones”. But are they worth picking up against the premium phones available in the country – the iPhone 13 and Galaxy S series? We try to find out.

In this week’s episode of the Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital, host Akhil Arora talks with senior reviewers Aditya Shenoy and Sheldon Pinto about value flagship phones – the best of the best under Rs. 50,000

Price flagship phones are those that are available between Rs. 40,000-50,000 price bracket and a flagship-grade processor as well as a comparable battery with an enhanced build quality, satisfactory camera experience and faster charging support. All we can say is that they should be the ones that can give you maximum value for your money spent.

In the last few months, companies like Motorola, OnePlus, Realme and Samsung have brought flagship-like experience phones under Rs. 50,000 price segment.

One of the good options is Motorola Edge 30 Pro which brings top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC at a price of Rs. 49,999. Along with the top-notch processing unit, the Motorola phone packs a 144Hz pOLED display, a triple rear camera setup with a 50-megapixel primary sensor, and a 4,800mAh battery with 68W fast charging support. It also comes with wireless charging and reverse wireless charging support.

Motorola Edge 30 Pro Review

Samsung also has the Galaxy S21 FE 5G in the same segment. It offers some features that are close to the regular Galaxy S21, including the same Exynos 2100 SoC and even a 6.4-inch full-HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with 120Hz refresh rate. Although the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G was launched in India for Rs. 54,999, it is currently available for Rs. 47,990. This brings it to the value flagship segment.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G Review

Chinese giant BBK Electronics has also started looking under Rs. 50,000 price segment as a sweet spot. It brought the OnePlus 10R 5G as well as the Realme GT Neo 3 as two models designed to take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G and Motorola Edge 30 Pro. Both the phones come with 150W fast charging support, and are powered by MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC. The OnePlus model also has some customizations on top of the vanilla MediaTek chip, and is called MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Max.

Realme GT Neo 3 (150W) First Impressions

While the Realme GT Neo 3 (150W) is priced at Rs. 42,999, the OnePlus 10R Endurance Edition carries a price tag of Rs. 43,999. Both the phones have 12GB RAM + 256GB storage configuration.

OnePlus 10R 5G (150W Endurance Edition) Review

Along with Android options, there is the iPhone SE (2022) in the market for those who want a new iPhone model under Rs. 50,000 price segment.

Officially starting from Rs. 43,900, the iPhone SE (2022) comes with the A15 Bionic chip which is available on the iPhone 13 model. It also runs on the latest iOS 15 version and wireless charging support. However, the design of the iPhone SE (2022) is similar to the dated iPhone 8. It also doesn’t include features like Face ID and multiple rear cameras that you will find on most other iPhone models available in the market. It’s really hard to call it “major”.

You are better off considering the iPhone 11 which is now sold under Rs. 50,000, or the iPhone 12 which comes down to Rs. 50,000 during the sale. Of course both these phones are years old. The iPhone 13, the latest iteration, is nine months old at this point. Add a year or more for those before that. On the other hand, most of the Android phones we’ve mentioned before are 2022 launches.

Apple iPhone SE (2022) Review

On the podcast, we also talk about the key things to consider when choosing a flagship phone, and the low-light camera performance on premium models like Oppo. We also discuss what all the features you’ll get if you’re willing to stretch your budget a bit or more.

You can listen to all this and more in our over half-hour episode by hitting the play button on the Spotify player embedded above.

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