Best flagship smartphones in India for 2022

Best flagship smartphones in India for 2022
Flagships smartphones give the best experience that users can have. They give a premium experience in terms of camera quality, display, performance and long battery life. In short, you’re getting the best of the best.

But there are also quite a lot of choices when it comes to premium smartphones that may cater to different tastes and preferences. To help you choose the best flagship smartphone we have curated the list of some flagship smartphones from brands like Xiaomi, OnePlus, Apple, Samsung and more.

But before, here are a few things to consider before buying your next flagship smartphone.

How we do our research

Our ranking criteria

We consider each smartphone’s features, camera quality, thermal management, audio quality, battery performance durability and more.

Besides this, we also consider price and brand factor before listing down the best flagship smartphones.

Things to look for while buying

Battery life

It is one of the most important things that you must consider when buying your next smartphone. The battery usage differs from user to user and the way users their smartphones. If you play graphic-intensive games and keep streaming videos then you need to go for a smartphone with at least a minimum 4000mAh battery or above. However, if you are a light user, a smartphone with 3500mAh or even 3000mAh battery will do the job.

Build quality

Usually, the handsets are made of metal and plastic. There are even some phones that have glass-coated panels, but those are very limited. If you are one of those prone to dropping your smartphone, it's advisable to go for a metal or a plastic-built handset as they offer more durability.

Camera features

Remember, having a higher number of megapixels is not enough. Several other specifications such as camera aperture, ISO levels, pixel size, autofocus and more are essential.

The higher number of pixels means that the size of the image is bigger, which becomes sharper when seen on a small screen. If you are a photographer enthusiast then go for a 12 or 16MP sensor which shoots well in low lights. If you are a casual shooter then you can go with an 8MP or 12MP camera.

Display size

If you often stream videos, play games, edit photos or videos, or download and view movies, then a smartphone display ranging from 5.5-inch to 6-inch should be good enough for you.

If you are going above a 6-inch display, then the handset might get bulky, making it difficult to carry around. But if you are comfortable with a large display and prefer a big display for checking emails and browsing social media then a 6-inch display is ideal for you.

Features comparison

SmartphoneDisplayFeaturesProduct link
Apple iPhone 12 6.1-inch, Super Retina XDR displayA14 Bionic chip, IP68 ratingBuy On
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display128GB RAM | 256GB internal Storage, 5000mAH batteryBuy On
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 6.7- inch and 1.9- inchQualcomm Snapdragon 888 Octa-Core chipsetBuy On
Vivo X60 Pro+6.56- inch AMOLEDQualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipsetBuy On
OnePlus 9 Pro 5G6.7- inch AMOLED Display Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipsetBuy On

Apple iPhone 12

Best flagship smartphones in India for 2022
For a slightly lower price, the iPhone 12 is another premium smartphone you can go for. The iPhone 12 comes with a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display and features the same ceramic shield body. It has two rear cameras which are 12MP ultrawide and wide sensors and features such as night mode, and 4K Dolby Vision HDR recording. For selfies and video calling you to get a 12MP front camera. The iPhone 12 also has IP68 water resistance and is available in up to six colour options.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Best flagship smartphones in India for 2022
This is Samsung’s premium flagship smartphone and it boasts a 108MP primary camera along with support for S Pen. It even has a 40MP front camera so the phone is quite beefed up on specs. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is powered by the Exynos 2100 processor coupled with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. It features a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with a WQHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. The smartphone also packs a 5,000mAh battery and supports expandable storage up to 1TB.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3

Best flagship smartphones in India for 2022
If you’re bored with the regular form factor then you can try out the Galaxy Flip3 which is a foldable phone but with a flip design. It’s a trendy looking phone that comes with flagship specifications and features. The Galaxy Z Flip 3 features a 6.7-inch AMOLED 120Hz display as well as a 1.9-inch AMOLED cover display. It features dual 12MP ultra wide and wide cameras and a 10MP front camera. The foldable phone is fueled by a 3,300mAh battery and it supports wireless charging as well. You also get a side fingerprint sensor and IPX8 water resistance on the Galaxy Z Flip3.

OnePlus 9 Pro 5G

Best flagship smartphones in India for 2022
OnePlus 9 Pro is a more affordable option in the flagship smartphone segment. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, and it features a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. OnePlus 9 Pro packs a 4,500mAh battery with support for 65W fast charging, and 50W wireless charging. On the software front, it runs OxygenOS based on Android 11. The smartphone also boasts cameras co-developed with Hasselblad which include a 48MP primary sensor, 50MP ultra wide sensor, an 8MP telephoto lens and a 2MP monochrome lens.

Vivo X60 Pro+

Best flagship smartphones in India for 2022
Vivo X60 Pro+ is a camera-centric flagship smartphone. Its highlight is the gimbal stabilisation that comes built-in with the Vivo X60 Pro+ smartphone. The cameras also have a Zeiss T* coating that helps improve light transmission. The smartphone has four rear cameras and a 32MP front camera. It also features a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The Vivo X60 Pro+ comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, and it packs a 4,200mAh battery with 55W fast charging support.

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