Best Smartphones In India – December 2017


Compared to last month’s ‘Best Smartphones In India’ list, we have quite a few of changes now, as several new devices have joined the fold. At the time of publishing our list last month, the Pixel 2 XL was not available for purchase, only the Pixel 2, well, both devices are now available. The LG V30 had been announced in India quite recently as well, and the same can be said for the OnePlus 5T, both of which are now included in our top 10 best smartphones in India list. Having said that, if you’re interested to check out this list, read on.

10. Honor 8 Pro


The Honor 8 Pro is the international variant of the Honor V9 handset that was announced in China. The Honor V10 actually launched quite recently, but it is not available in the country just yet, it will probably arrive next month. In any case, the Honor 8 Pro is Honor’s phablet which is made out of metal, while it sports a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, and a dual camera setup on the back. The device features a 5.7-inch QHD display, 4GB / 6GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The device is fueled by the Kirin 960 64-bit octa-core SoC, and it packs in a 4,000mAh non-removable battery. The phone can be purchased for around $500 on Amazon.com, while it costs Rs. 29,788 ($463) on Amazon India.

Buy the Honor V9

Read more: Honor 8 Pro review


9. Moto Z2 Play

The Moto Z2 Play is Motorola’s mid-range offering, this smartphone is made out of metal, and it doesn’t exactly sport the thinnest bezels out there. The Moto Z2 Play sure is a solid phone, though, it comes with a 5.5-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) Super AMOLED display, while the device also sports 3GB / 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of native storage. The Moto Z2 Play is fueled by the Snapdragon 626 64-bit octa-core processor, while the device comes with a 12-megapixel main camera. The Motorola Moto Z2 Play is no longer available from GearBest, but you can grab it from Amazon.com and Amazon India, as it’s priced at $499.98 and Rs. 25,799 on those two sites, respectively.


Buy the Moto Z2 Play

Buy the Moto Z2 Play

Read more: Moto Z2 Play review


8. Sony Xperia XZ1

The Xperia XZ1 is Sony’s current flagship smartphone. This handset sports rather thick top and bottom bezels, though its side bezels are quite thin. The Xperia XZ1 comes with a 19-megapixel main camera, while there’s a 13-megapixel snapper on the phone’s front side. The device is fueled by the Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa-core processor, while a 2,700mAh non-removable battery comes included on the inside of this phone. A 5.2-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) display is included in this package as well, and the phone comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. The device is priced at $544 in the US (Amazon), while you can get it from Amazon India for Rs. 44,249 ($688).


Buy the Sony Xperia XZ1

Read more: Sony Xperia XZ1 review

7. LG G6


The LG G6’s is no longer LG’s most powerful smartphone, the LG V30 is, but the LG G6 is still quite a compelling smartphone, and thanks to the LG V30’s arrival, the LG G6 is now considerably more affordable than it was when it launched earlier this year. The LG G6 is made out of metal and glass, the phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 821 64-bit quad-core processor, while it comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of native storage. The phone sports a 5.7-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1440) display, while it is IP68 certified. The LG G6 is priced at $349 at Amazon.com, while you can get it for Rs. 32,990 ($513) over at Amazon India.

Buy the LG G6

Read more: LG G6 review

6. Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 is Xiaomi’s most powerful smartphone to date. This handset was announced a couple of months ago, and it sports really thin bezels, while it is fueled by the Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa-core SoC, one of the most powerful SoCs out there. This smartphone comes with a 5.99-inch fullHD+ (2160 x 1080) display, while it is available in both 6GB and 8GB RAM variants. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 utilizes on-screen buttons, and it sports a single 12-megapixel shooter on its back side. This smartphone can be purchased over at GearBest as we speak, and it’s available in more than one variant, all the links are included down below, and its pricing starts at $539.99.

Buy the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 (128GB of storage)

Buy the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 (256GB of storage)

Read more: Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 review

5.. Samsung Galaxy S8 / Galaxy S8 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have been available for purchase for quite some time now, but they’re still amongst the most powerful smartphones out in the market. These two handsets are made out of metal and glass, and they’re quite affordable having its display sizes in mind. The two phones are fueled by the Exynos 8890 64-bit octa-core SoC in India, while they ship with the Snapdragon 835 in some other markets. The two phones ship with a 12-megapixel main camera, while Android 7.0 Nougat comes pre-installed on the two phones, along with Samsung’s custom UI. The two phones are priced at $659 and $709 on Amazon.com, while you can purchase them for Rs. 58,799 ($914) and Rs. 62,990 ($979) on Amazon India, respectively.

Buy The Samsung Galaxy S8

Buy The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S8 review

4. OnePlus 5T

The OnePlus 5T is OnePlus’ latest and greatest handset, this smartphone sports considerably thinner bezels than its predecessor, the OnePlus 5, and it is made out of metal. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa-core SoC fuels this phone, while the device packs in 6GB / 8GB of RAM on the inside. The OnePlus 5T comes with a 6.01-inch fullHD+ (2160 x 1080) display, while a 3,300mAh non-removable battery is also a part of this package. A rear-facing fingerprint scanner is included on this phone as well, and you’ll need to utilize on-screen buttons here, capacitive keys are no longer available. The OnePlus 5T can be purchased from GearBest as we speak, and the two variants of the device cost $559.99 and $787.96, respectively.

Buy the OnePlus 5T (6GB RAM variant)

Buy the OnePlus 5T (8GB RAM variant)

Read more: OnePlus 5T review

3. LG V30 Plus

The LG V30 Plus had arrived to India quite recently as well, and comes with extremely thin bezels, amongst the thinnest out in the market. The phone is made out of metal and glass, while a rear-facing fingerprint scanner is also included here. The device is fueled by the Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa-core SoC, while the phone comes with IP68 certification for water and dust resistance, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage (storage is the only difference between the V30 and V30 Plus). The phone sports a 6-inch QHD+ P-OLED display, while 16 and 13-megapixel shooters are placed on its back side. The LG V30 can be purchased from Amazon.com for $805, while it is available from Amazon India for Rs. 44,990 ($703).

Buy the LG V30 Plus

Read more: LG V30 review

2. Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL

Both the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now available in India, these are Google’s newest smartphones, and even though they’re quite pricey in India, they have plenty to offer. These two phones are made out of metal, and they both sport front-facing speakers, and a fingerprint scanner on the back. Both phones are fueled by the Snapdragon 835, though the Pixel 2 XL comes with considerably thinner bezels. A 12.2-megapixel snapper is included on the back side of these two phones, and these two handsets are regarded to be one of the best camera smartphones out there at the moment. The Google Pixel 2 is priced at Rs. 61,000 ($948), while the Pixel 2 XL costs Rs. 73,000 ($1,134).

Buy the Google Pixel 2 (Flipkart)

Buy the Google Pixel 2 XL (Flipkart)

Read more: Google Pixel 2 And Pixel 2 XL review

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Galaxy Note 8 is, next to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung’s most powerful smartphone. This is the company’s phablet which sports a 6.3-inch QHD+ (2960 x 1440) display, along with 6GB of RAM. The device is fueled by the Exynos 8895 in India, while the Snapdragon 835 fuels it in some other regions, like the US, for example. The device is made out of metal and glass, and it comes with a rear-facing fingerprint scanner. The company’s S Pen stylus also ships with the Galaxy Note 8, and the device packs in a 3,300mAh non-removable battery. The Galaxy Note 8 is priced at $839 in the US, while it costs Rs. 67,800 ($1,054) on Amazon India.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Read more: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review