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Best flagship phones in India in 2023

Rounak Jain / Business Insider India
Smartphones have become an extremely important part of our lives, whether it is just calling someone, taking photos and videos, or even handling minor business tasks on the go. No matter what the case is, there is a chance that smartphones have a role to play.

The best phones offer a good balance between the hardware, software, user experience and consumer delight. With the best smartphones out there, you can do anything you want to – watch movies in HDR, play games for hours, click great photos or simply talk with crystal clear voice quality.

We have compiled a list of the best flagship smartphones that offer a smooth user experience.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Editor's Pick

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is part of the company’s premium Galaxy S21 series. It features a 6.8-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display and is powered by the Exynos 2100 chipset. It features a quad camera setup at the back and a 40MP selfie camera. The device is powered by a 5,000mAh battery and supports 25W fast charging.It features an excellent display and is equipped with good cameras.

Product Info

Premium Pick

The iPhone 12 Pro is the latest flagship from Apple, sporting a premium design along with a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display. It comes with a triple camera setup designed to help you capture the best moments with fast autofocus, without skipping a frame. It uses Ceramic Shield that promises to be tougher than glass, so you can be assured about the phone’s safety. It has three 12MP cameras on the back.It comes with Apple’s latest A14 Bionic chipset for smooth performance.

OnePlus 9 Pro 5G

Feature Packed

The OnePlus 9 Pro 5G is the latest flagship smartphone from OnePlus. It features a 6.7-inch Quad HD+ Fluid AMOLED display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. It is powered by a 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charge support. It sports a quad camera setup at the back and a 16MP selfie camera.It offers a smooth user experience and excellent performance.

iQOO 7 5G

Alternative Pick

The iQOO 7 5G is the latest offering from the new entrant in the smartphone industry. It features a 6.62-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display and is powered by a 4,400mAh battery with 66W fast charging support. The device is equipped with the Snapdragon 870 chipset. It features a triple camera setup at the back and comes with a 16MP selfie camera.It is a good option if you are looking for a future-ready mid-range smartphone with a big battery.

Apple iPhone 12

Also Consider

The iPhone 12 is Apple’s latest flagship smartphone that comes with several important new updates. It sports a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display and is powered by Apple’s new A14 Bionic chipset. It is equipped with an advanced dual camera system that supports features like Night Mode, Dolby Vision HDR recording and Deep Fusion. It has a 12MP selfie camera and comes with IP68 rating for water resistance.It promises to offer smooth performance and improved camera experience.

OnePlus 8T 5G

Reliable Pick

The OnePlus 8T 5G is the latest offering from OnePlus. It features a 6.55-inch Full HD+ Fluid AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection and a 120Hz refresh rate. It is powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset and features 12GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It sports a quad camera setup at the back and a 16MP selfie camera. It comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.It is powered by a 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charge support.

iPhone 14 Pro

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The iPhone 14 Pro debuts with several new features, including a Dynamic Island area that replaces the previous notch, an upgraded 48-megapixel primary camera, and an always-on display. While enhancements like crash detection and emergency satellite-based SMS communication may not be particularly relevant in India upon release, users can choose from storage options ranging from 128GB to 1TB, with a new Deep Purple color option available. The phone's design remains largely unchanged from its two predecessors, but it is powered by the A16 Bionic SoC, exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max.

OnePlus 11R 5G

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Available for ₹44,999, the OnePlus 11R 5G boasts a top-tier processor, an identical primary camera to the OnePlus 11 5G, and rapid charging capabilities. With a 6.74-inch display, the device shares the same curved edges as its counterpart, but with slightly slimmer top and bottom bezels. The OnePlus 11R 5G runs on the capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, which may not achieve the same benchmark numbers as the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, but is nevertheless sufficient for most everyday applications.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

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Samsung's most premium device in the S23 lineup, the Galaxy S23 Ultra, retains a similarly luxurious design, but now incorporates eco-friendly materials in its construction.Although the display is still the best on any Android smartphone in India, with a high refresh rate comparable to the previous year's model, its touch sampling rate fails to meet gaming expectations.One of the Galaxy S23 Ultra's standout features is its custom processor, tailored to Samsung's specifications. While the software performs seamlessly, the device does come preloaded with a significant amount of Samsung and third-party bloatware, fortunately, most of which can be uninstalled.

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