Xiaomi 11i: The top-end HyperCharge variant is one of the first smartphones in India to boast an ultra-fast 120W in-box charger that powers your device in 15 minutes flat. There’s also an entry-level TurboCharge version that’s lightning quick. The other highlight at this price is the 6.67-inch 120Hz FHD+ AMOLED display that peaks at 1200 nits. The 11i is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G chipset and comes in a choice of two hardware variants. A 108MP sensor is the heart of the triple rear cam that also includes an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens and a 2MP macro lens. (Available from Rs 24,999 onwards, with an additional Rs 2,500 discount on ICICI cards)

Xiaomi 11i smartphones

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G: There was a time when Samsung’s M series devices were quite bulky due to an emphasis on battery life. The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G, however, packs a massive 5000 mAh battery and still manages to keep the heft under 180 gm. The 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a 120Hz refresh rate is one of our favourite features here. It’s also the first M series device to be kitted with a 108MP primary lens, and Samsung has thrown in an additional 2MP depth sensor aside from an 8MP ultra-wide cam and a 2MP macro lens. At the M53’s heart is a MediaTek Dimensity 900 processor. It offers the choice of two hardware variants – 6GB/128GB and 8GB/128GB. (Costs Rs 26,499, and there’s an instant discount of Rs 2,500 on ICICI credit cards)

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G

OPPO F21 Pro: This version is our pick from the Oppo F21 Pro duo that also includes a 5G version. We dig the ultra-slim, flat-edge design that comes in a unique Sunset Orange colour option. OPPO calls it a ‘Fiberglass-leather’ design. The F21 Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 Processor that teams up with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of Internal memory; it features a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. We also enjoyed using the cool microscope lens on the triple rear cam that allows you to shoot on 15x and 30x modes. (Priced Rs 22,999. Additional cashback of Rs 1,500 on IndusInd cards)

OPPO F21 Pro smartphones

Motorola Edge 20 Fusion 5G: This makes our list for its ‘near Stock Android’ user experience that is lightly skinned. The key highlight is the 6.7-inch OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. We also approve of the practical side-mounted fingerprint scanner and a convenient Google Assistant hot key. At its heart is a MediaTek Dimensity  800U processor and a choice of 8GB of 6GB of RAM; both options come with 128GB of internal storage. The camera set up includes a triple rear cam – 108MP primary lens, 8MP Ultra-wide cam and a 2MP depth sensor and a 32MP selfie shooter. (Costs Rs 21,999. Additional cashback of Rs 1,500 on IndusInd cards)

Motorola Edge 20 Fusion 5G  smartphones

OnePlus Nord CE 2: It comes in a cool Bahamas Blue and feels really light in your hand (173 gm), despite a large 6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED display (2400 x 1080 pixels / 409 PPI). The device offers support for expandable memory; there’s a choice of two variants – 6GB/128GB and 8GB/128GB. Both variants are propelled by a MediaTek Dimensity 900 processor. There’s a 65W SuperVOOC charger in the box that can power up (there’s a 4500 mAh battery under the hood) in just over 30 minutes. The device also features a triple rear cam. (Priced at Rs 24,999. Additional Rs 1,500 discount on ICICI cards) 

OnePlus Nord CE 2 smartphones