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Guide To Most Affordable Premium Smartphones In 2021

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We’re almost four months into 2021, and if you’re a smartphone enthusiast, you know it has been great. We’ve seen smartphones with great cameras, unrivalled performance and superb designs. With so many great devices, it sometimes can get a bit confusing as to which smartphone is best for you, especially if you’re in the market for a premium offering.

To help you out, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of premium smartphones that you can buy on a budget!

Premium Smartphones on A Budget

Samsung S21+

Affordable smartphones Samsung S21+

Starting Price Rs. 76,999
Processor Exynos 2100
Memory & Storage 8 GB / 128 GB
Front camera 10 MP
Rear Camera 12 + 12 + 64 MP
Battery 4,800 mAh

If you like the metal chassis of Galaxy S21 Ultra but prefer the colour options of Galaxy S21, then the Samsung Galaxy S21+ is the ultimate smartphone for you. Its sleek aluminium back and a beautiful camera array make this smartphone one of the most luxurious ones on the market. Our personal favourite is the Phantom violet colour combined with a touch of gold. In terms of performance, the Samsung Galaxy S21+ does not disappoint at all. Its Exynos 2100 SoC offers blistering performance, and the triple camera setup at the rear clicks ultra-sharp images. The phone easily lasts all day with a 4,800 mAh. It means that this phone not just looks good but offers daily usability as well, a combination we all love to see.

Apple iPhone 11

Affordable smartphones Apple iPhone 11

Starting Price Rs. 54,900
Processor A13 Bionic
Memory & Storage 4 GB / 64 GB
Front camera 12 MP
Rear Camera 12 + 12 MP
Battery 3,110 mAh

Yes, it might be relatively older, but the Apple iPhone 11 is currently the best value iPhone and one of the best premium smartphone in general. Designed by Apple, the iPhone 11 is simple yet sophisticated. It is a slick combination of 7000 series aluminium, glass and brilliant Apple engineering. The iPhone 11, although released in 2019, still holds its ground in terms of camera, battery and everyday performance.

Vivo X60

Affordable smartphones vivo x60

Starting Price Rs. 37,990
Processor Snapdragon 870
Memory & Storage 8 GB / 128 GB
Front camera 32 MP
Rear Camera 48 + 13 + 13 MP
Battery 4,300 mAh

A ZEISS photo lens, a thin and light design and a major smartphone brand. Combine these three, and you get the Vivo X60, a beautifully designed smartphone capable of expert-level photography. In addition to a neat design, the Vivo X60 comes powered with a Snapdragon 870 SoC and a special feature called “Virtual Ram,” which uses the storage space within your smartphone as memory during intensive tasks. Meanwhile, the ZEISS powered lens delivers high-quality photos and videos. The Vivo X60 has another ace up its sleeve in the form of Optical Image Stabilisation or OIS, which delivers ultra-stable videos.

OnePlus 9R

Affordable smartphones OnePlus 9R

Starting Price Rs. 39,990
Processor Snapdragon 870
Memory & Storage 8 GB / 128 GB
Front camera 16 MP
Rear Camera 48 + 16 + 5 + 2 MP
Battery 4,500 mAh

In 2020, if you were to ask me, “which is the budget flagship from OnePlus this year?” I’d have referred to you the OnePlus 8. This year though, things are a little different. OnePlus quietly snuck in one of their most value for money flagship, the OnePlus 9R, into the market without any major announcement. Please don’t get fooled by its low price tag because the OnePlus 9R features an aluminium frame and Optical Image Stabilisation, something which the more expensive OnePlus 9 does not. More importantly, the OnePlus 9R has the same design as the latest flagships from the company featuring a Gorilla Glass 5 protection at the front and rear and a neatly designed camera housing that accentuates the luxurious aspect of the OnePlus brand.

Samsung S20 FE 5G

Affordable smartphones Samsung S20 FE 5G

Starting Price Rs. 47,990
Processor Snapdragon 865
Memory & Storage 8 GB / 128 GB
Front camera 32 MP
Rear Camera 12 + 8 + 12 MP
Battery 4,500 mAh

Luxury and an active lifestyle don’t often go together, but the Samsung S20 FE 5G is the flagship Samsung smartphone that offers you the best of both worlds. It comes with a superfast Snapdragon 865 chipset giving you extreme performance in every single application. Combined with the 5G experience, you can now download games at lightning-fast speeds. On top of that, the S20 comes with a triple camera setup that clicks outstanding photos in every lighting condition. The S20 FE 5G also features an IP 67 rating for water and dust repellent, wireless fast charging, and a fingerprint-resistant back panel to keep up with an active lifestyle.

iPhone 12 Mini

Affordable smartphone iPhone 12 Mini

Starting Price Rs. 69,990
Processor Bionic A14
Memory & Storage 4 GB / 64 GB
Front camera 12 MP
Rear Camera 12 + 12 MP
Battery 2,227 mAh

Not the most popular iPhone by any means, but it is certainly a looker. Similar in design to the iPhone 12, the mini shares all of its features with its sibling. That means a great camera, fast 5G connectivity, five times the drop protection, IP 68 water and dust rating etc. While you may need both your hands to use the modern-day flagship phones, you can easily handle the iPhone 12 mini a single one. Overall it is a great smartphone for all those who want the ease of use of a smaller device but the capabilities of a flagship.

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yetnesh
Assistant Editor at Exhibit Magazine. A tech and auto journalist who likes to reverse engineer anything he can get his hands on. He writes about everything technical under the sun, ranging from smartphones and laptops to micro-controllers in Tesla batteries.

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