5. Redmi 11 Prime 5G – The Redmi 11 Prime 5G is currently the company’s most affordable 5G smartphone in India, which Xiaomi claims is a 5G all-rounder. The budget smartphone finds itself in a crowded segment, facing competition from the likes of iQoo, Vivo, Realme, Motorola, etc. The Redmi 11 Prime 5G features a MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC, which is a popular choice among brands launching 5G smartphones in the segment. The phone also supports seven 5G bands, which should be more than enough to cover all telecom circles in India.
- Decent performance
- Supports seven 5G bands
- Tall Display with Gorilla Glass 3 scratch protection
- Long battery life
- Poor low-light camera performance
- Display could be brighter, notch looks dated
- Single speaker setup
4. Infinix Hot 20 5G –
The Infinix Hot 20 5G is the company’s most affordable 5G smartphone at the lowest possible price. The device’s solely focussed on delivering a proper 5G experience and it does so by offering twelve 5G bands.
What it makes up in terms of 5G bands it seems to lack in overall appearance with a very basic design that is also quite heavy. Software is also a problem, where XOS does not seem to be well optimised to take advantage of the capable MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC. The device, despite featuring a 120Hz refresh rate display, lacks the raw performance and optimisation to pull off the same.
Camera performance is far from best in class with average daylight performance and lacklustre low light performance. Despite having two rear cameras only one of them is accessible to the user. The large 5,000mAh battery delivers good battery life but charging is relatively slow.
- Sharp 120Hz refresh rate display
- Good battery life
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Radio app available
- Loaded with bloatware
- Software has a learning curve
- Camera performance is subpar
- Charging is relatively slow
- Speaker is not loud enough
3. Lava Blaze 5G –
Lava Blaze 5G is the most affordable 5G smartphone in India. Priced at Rs. 10,999, the Lava Blaze 5G comes in a single 4GB + 128GB storage option. The budget 5G smartphone comes with support for eight 5G bands in India.
The Lava Blaze 5G comes with a premium glass back design and a plastic frame. It features a 6.5-inch IPS LCD with an HD+ resolution (720×1600 pixels). The screen also supports a 90Hz refresh rate.
There is a MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC, which is a budget 5G processor. The device packs a 5000mAh battery with 15W fast charging support. It weighs about 207g and measures 165.3×76.4×8.9mm.
The device has a triple-camera setup on the back with a 50-megapixel main camera. For selfies, there is an 8-megapixel front camera.In terms of software, the Lava Blaze 5G runs Android 12 out of the box. The company has promised to release the Android 13 update and provide two years of security support.
- Solid design
- Bloatware free OS
- Large battery
- Feels bulky
- Underwhelming macro & VGA sensor
- Slow charging
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2. Z6 Lite 5G –
iQoo has launched the Z6 Lite 5G as its most affordable 5G smartphone in India. The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G sits at the bottom of the Z6 series. For its starting price of Rs 13,999, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G aims at providing reliable performance and 5G network support.
While design preferences are subjective, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G in its Stellar Green colour looks more premium than it is. The phone comes with a flat frame and a plastic body. It is 194g heavy and 8.3mm thick. The LCD display offers 120Hz refresh rate support, which is the highest in the price segment.
The highlight of the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G is its performance. There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 SoC. The phone also packs a 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. You do not get a charger in the box.
There is a dual-camera setup on the back. The phone features a 50-megapixel primary camera along with a 2MP depth sensor. The daylight shots are quite good but white balance is a hit or miss. For selfies, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G comes with an 8MP front camera.
Software-wise, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G runs on the Android 12-based Funtouch OS 12 skin out of the box. It has its fair share of bloatware pre-installed along with some notifications from the browser app that spam a lot. The custom skin does offer options for customising and personalising the software experience.
- Sturdy build
- Smooth 120Hz display
- Decent performance
- Low light photography is not up to the mark
- No charger inside the box
1.Moto G72 –
The Moto G72 is a new smartphone launched in India, under Rs. 20,000. The device is aimed at offering a no-compromise experience but lacks support for 5G networks in India. The Moto G72 scores points for its design. While the phone comes with a polycarbonate back and frame, the Polar Blue colour with a PMMA-acrylic finish makes it look premium. The phone is also fairly light at 166g and is 7.9mm thick.
There is a 6.6-inch pOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a full-HD+ resolution. The 10-bit display also comes with an HDR10+ certification. The mid-range smartphone features a MediaTek Helio G99 SoC, which is also found in the likes of the Redmi 11 Prime 4G and the Redmi Pad. Routine tasks can be performed smoothly and the phone also handles casual gaming fairly well.
The Moto G72 packs a 5000mAh battery and supports 33W fast charging. It also comes with a 108MP triple-camera setup on the back. There is a 16MP front camera inside the hole-punch cutout. Moto G72 runs on the Android 12-based MyUX skin and is promised to get the Android 13 update along with support for security patches for up to three years.
- Clean software
- Stellar display
- Decent cameras
- Capable stereo speakers
- Could use a better chipset
- No support for 5G