10 Best Smartphone Under Rs 50000 India ( Flagship Mobiles)

Flagship Phones are Really Worth the Money – Let’s Check Out the Best Ones…..

We have listed the best high-end smartphones that money can buy in this article and have tried to answer why you need to buy a flagship mobile.  

In the age of Xiaomi, Lenovo, Motorola offering amazing mobiles with good specs and experience, lots of people are downgrading to cheaper phones. 

On the other hand, lots of people want the perfection from their devices in terms of user experience, build and finish. More importantly, the camera is one of the biggest deciding factors which help in making the choice to budget devices.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Should You Spend 50K or More on a Flagship?

Do you really need to spend that much amount of insane money on a 50K smartphone like iPhone 8 or Samsung S8 or  the new Pixel 2? I bet you do, if you want your device to be premium, more capable than anything in the market, and an added pleasure of owning something which most folks can’t have.

It gives you the exclusivity and a status symbol too along with having the latest and great tech from Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC Sony or Google. It is a way of life for the enthusiast to have the best of technology with latest updates from Google and Apple, it means much more to us than any normal user.

I don’t buy anything else for myself other than flagships from the best brands, I am a fan of both Android and iOS.  It is difficult for people to move from Android to iOS and vice versa because most of them are invested in one of the ecosystems too much.

Enthusiasts like to try new things, I have used the Google Nexus 5 for almost 2 years before that had the Samsung S2 and now an a Samsung S7. I am also planning an upgrade to Samsung S9 in 2018.

Let’s Get started with 10 Best Smartphones Under Rs 50,000 in India.

1. Samsung S8

The Samsung S8 was launched in March 2017 and is the latest flagship mobile from Samsung. The S8 comes with a display size of 5.8 inches with a QHD+  resolution (2960*1440 pixels) having PPI of 570 pixels per inch.

Notably, the Samsung S8 comes with a Bezel-less display with 18.5:9  aspect ratio.

Samsung S8 and S8 Plus

The Samsung S8 is one of the best-designed phones with Infinite display and offers great camera quality. The Samsung S8 comes with a f/1.7 aperture single rear camera which was also used last year on the Samsung S7 Edge.

Samsung S8 price in India starts from Rs. 57,900, which is slightly above our threshold of Rs. 50,000.

The S8 is coupled with 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of internal storage which can be expanded 256 GB via micro SD card. The Indian version of the Samsung S8 is powered by the Exynos 8895 processor from Samsung clocked at 2.35 GHz.

Key Spec for Samsung Galaxy S8

  • Processor – Exynos 8895 Octa-Core (India) or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (USA).
  • GPU – Mali-G71 MP20 (India)- Adreno 540 – USA & China.
  • Rear Camera –12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection auto focus, OIS, LED flash
  • Front Camera – 8 MP, f/1.7, auto focus
  • Screen Size – 5.8 inches with QHD+ (2960*1440), 570 PPI.
  • Dual Sim –Yes, Hybrid Sim Slot.
  • RAM – 4 GB RAM
  • Operating System – Android Nougat 7.1 upgradable to Android Oreo 8.0.
  • Finger Print Scanner – Yes Rear Mounted.
  • Connectivity – WIFI, Bluetooth, NFC and USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Storage – 64 GB internal Storage – expandable to 256 GB.
  • Battery Capacity – Non-removable – 3000 mAh capacity. Supports – Fast Charging, Wireless Charging.
  • Colors – Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold
  • Thickness – 8 mm
  • Weight – 155 grams

Overall Score – 9.2/10

2. HTC U11 

HTC launched its flagship mobile for the year 2017 in June and is one of the devices where we didnot complained about the eye-watering price.

The HTC U11 is priced at Rs. 51,999 in the Indian market and comes with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.

HTC U11 launched in India

The HTC U11 looks gorgeous with stunning design with “Liquid Surface” which is quiet glossy, yet elegant. The mobile also comes with a new edge squeeze technology. You can press the edges to launch an App or any gesture.

The HTC U11 boasts of a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels which further results in 565 PPI, but is not a bezel less phone like Samsung S8.

Furthermore, the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and also comes with a 2.5D curve glass.

The key highlight of the HTC U11 is its rear 12 MP camera with f/1.7 aperture and OIS.  The U 11 camera is acclaimed to be the best camera in any phone with highest DxOMark Score of 90. There is also a 16 MP front facing camera which is great for clicking selfies.

Under the hood, there is a Snapdragon 835 chipset which is a Octa-Core along with Adreno 540 GPU. The device boots Android Nougat 7.1 with Sense UI on top of it.


  • Display – 5.5 inches Super LCD 5 Quad HD with (2560×1440) resolution.
  • Protection – Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Rear Camera – 12 MP with f/1.7 aperture size, support for 4K video recording.
  • Front Selfie Camera – 16 Megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture.
  • Operating system – Android 7.1.1 nougat with HTC Sense UI upgradable to Android Oreo 8.0.
  • Processor – Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 clocked at 2.45 GHz
  • GPU – Adreno 540
  • Storage – 128 GB internal storage expandable to 256 GB using the micro-sd card
  • Ram – 6 GB RAM
  • Squeezable Edges with the Edge Sense technology.
  • Superior Audio Enhancement.
  • Water and Dust resistant with IP 67 rating.
  • Battery – Non-removable – with 3000 mAH battery (Fast charging with Quick Charge 3.0)
  • Sensors – Fingerprint (front-mounted).
  • USB Type C – Port.
  • Colors – Amazing silver, Sapphire blue, Brilliant Black  , Ice White, solar red
  • Price – 51,990

Overall Score – 9.0/10

3. Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

New Legends Are Born – These are the latest and hottest Android toys in the market. They are undoubtedly the Best phones ever made by Samsung with top notch features to envy any other android device currently.

There are many great features you will find on the S7 Edge and S7 like being waterproof and having support for micro-sd card upto 200 GB.

The processor is as fast as it gets , the Galaxy devices get the Snapdragon 820 in the US and other regions will get the Samsung made Exynos 8890 processor. Where the S7 Edge truly shines is and leaves competition in dust is the all new rear camera with 1.7 aperture size and fastest Auto-Focus system which is almost instant.

Even compared to iPhone 6s Plus it offers slightly better picture quality based on many reviews and camera comparison tests. If you are on the Android ecosystem currently it is a great phone to own. But if you are an apple user and love the iOS experience you may like to stick with the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus until September when the new iPhone 7 gets released.

The only reason I would not buy a Samsung S7 is the delayed OS updates, other than that it is a fantastic smartphone.

Key Specs for Samsung Galaxy S7 

  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 Processor.
  • GPU – Adreno 530 , Mali-T880 MP12
  • Screen Size – 5.1 inch 2k  Display(2560*1440) , 577 PPI
  • Dual Sim –No
  • RAM – 4 GB RAM
  • Operating System – Android Marshmallow 6.0 with the touchwiz UI.
  • Finger Print Scanner – Yes
  • Camera – 12.3 MP and 5 MP Front camera.
  • Connectivity – 2G, 3G & 4G, WIFI, Bluetooth.
  • Storage – 32 GB internal Storage – expandable to 200 GB.
  • Battery Capacity – Li-ion 3000 mAh.
  • Thickness – 7.9 mm
  • Weight – 152 grams

Overall Score – 8.9/10

Key Specs for Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 Processor.
  • GPU – Adreno 530 , Mali-T880 MP12
  • Screen Size – 5.5 inch 2k  Display(2560*1440) , 534 PPI
  • Dual Sim –No
  • RAM – 4 GB RAM
  • Operating System – Android Marshmallow 6.0 with the touchwiz UI.
  • Finger Print Scanner – Yes
  • Camera – 12.3 MP and 5 MP Front camera.
  • Connectivity – 2G, 3G & 4G, WIFI, Bluetooth.
  • Storage – 32 GB internal Storage – expandable to 200 GB.
  • Battery Capacity – Li-ion 3600 mAh.
  • Thickness – 7.7 mm
  • Weight – 157 grams

Overall Score – 8.7/10

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 latest addition and is launched in August 2017. The Samsung Note 8 is available for a price tag of Rs. 65,000.

The key highlight of the Samsung Note 8 is it’s dual rear camera setup. It is the first phone from Samsung with the Dual camera module.

The Note 8 has a 12 MP Dual rear camera with a standard lens with f/1.7 aperture while the telephoto lens comes with f/2.4 aperture.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Amazon India Launch

The Samsung Note 8 has a Bezel-less display with 6.30-inch screen size and comes with QHD+ resolution (2960*1440) pixels (521 PPi) pixel density.

The Note 8 is powered by 2.35 GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor or the Exynos 8895 (India) and is coupled with 6 GB of RAM.

The phone comes in three variants having internal storage of 64/128 and 256 GB all with 6 GB of RAM. As usual, the Note 8 also comes with S Pen with some upgraded features to improve productivity.

The Galaxy Note 8 runs Android Nougat 7.1 out-of-the-box with a planned upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo, later this year. The mobile is fueled by a 3,300mAh battery with fast and Wireless Charging support.

Key Spec For Samsung Note 8

  • Screen- 6.3 inches Super AMOLED display QHD+.
  • Screen Protection- Corning Gorilla Glass 5.0.
  • Processor- Octa Core Exynos 8895 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 clocked at 2.35 GHz.
  • GPU – Mali-G71 MP20 or Adreno 540.
  • RAM- 6 GB
  • Storage- 64 GB/128 GB /256 GB
  • Rear camera- Dual 12 MP Camera With ( f/1.7 aperture, a second lens with f/2.4 aperture, AF), OIS, autofocus,  4K Videos.
  • Front camera- 8 MP Selfie camera with f/1.7 aperture, Autofocus, Auto HDR.
  • Connectivity- 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC and USB Type C port
  • Battery- 3300 mAh with fast charging
  • Security options- Fingerprint scanner, Iris Scanner.
  • Bixby Assistant, S-Pen support.
  • Wireless charging support- YES
  • Weight – 195 grams
  • Thickness – 8.6 mm
  • Price – Rs 74,900 or US $ 900.

Overall Score – 9.3/10 

5. Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 8 Box

Perfection redefined – I am huge fan of both Google and Apple for one simple reason these companies make magnificent products which not only meet consumer need but go one step ahead and tell consumer’s that this is something great and you can use it much better, faster and easier in this way.

Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are both epitome of quality, even if you are a die hard Android fan you will still love the easy of using an Apple product and appreciate the well thought design, software and hardware integration.

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus looks similar to the iPhone 7 and 7 plus but now comes with toughned glass back compared to the metallic surface on the 7 series.

Apple iphone 8 is powered by Powered by extremely fast 64 bit A-11 Bionic processor which is fastest in the world in single core and multi-core performance. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus supports wireless charging which was not present on the previous generation.

iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 comes with a single 12 MP iSight camera, with True Tone Flash, f/1.8 aperture, can click absolutely stunning photographs. While the 8 Plus comes with Dual 12 MP camera with one standard lens and a telephoto lens.

The Apple iPhone 8 is a true flagship and is beyond specs, as the experience it offers is unmatched. iPhone 8 Plus comes with 5.5 inch Full HD Display (1920*1080) while the iPhone 8 comes with a 4.7 Inch Display with 1344*750 pixels resolution.

Key Specs for iPhone 8

  • Processor – Apple A11 64 Bit Processor 
  • Screen Size – 4.7 inch 750 x 1334, 326 PPI 
  • Single Sim – Nano Sim
  • RAM – 2 GB RAM 
  • Operating System – iOS 11  
  • Finger Print Scanner – Touch ID front mounted
  • Camera – 12 MP Rear camera and a 7 MP Front camera. 
  • Connectivity – 4G VOLTE.
  • Storage – 64 GB / 128 GB onboard storage, non-expandable.
  • Battery Capacity – Same as iPhone 7, offers fast Charging support.
  • Thickness – 7.3 mm
  • Weight – 148 grams 

Apple iPhone 8 is priced at Rs. 62,000 and the iPhone 8 Plus is priced at Rs. 69,999. Apple has also launched the iPhone X which is priced at Rs. 89,000.

Overall Score – 9.1/10 

6. Apple iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus 

Apple, Cupertino based tech giant unveiled two of their phones iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 plus on the 7th of September. It is available for sale from 7th October in India. The iPhone 7 is a good upgrade if you are an Apple user and invested in the iOS of things.


The iPhone 7 comes with water poof, dust protection with IP67 certification. It is housed with Apple A10 Fusion chipset with a quad core processor. The traditional home button no more is a physical button but sends feedback using a tactical Engine.

The cameras got upgraded and there is a better battery compared to the iPhone 6s. The 3.5 mm audio jack is left out but you get the stereo speakers at the bottom, a first for any iPhone ever made.

 Key Specs for iPhone 7 :

  • 4.7 inch LED backlit IPS LCD multi touch display
  • Offers 1334 x 720 pixels resolution at 326 ppi pixel density
  • IP67 certified, dust and water resistant
  • Ion strengthened glass, oleophobic coating
  • Wide colorful gamut display, 3D touch and display zoom
  • Apple A10 Fusion chipset
  • Quad core processor clocked at 2.3 GHz
  • Runs on Apple iOS 10.0.1, upgradable up to 10.2
  • Hexa-Core ARM v8 processor for graphic handling
  • 2 GB RAM, 32/128/256 GB internal storage & no SD card
  • 12 MP rear dual lens camera (wide angle, normal) at f/1.8 aperture, phase detection, OIS, quad-LED(dual-tone)flash
  • 7 MP front sensor at f/2.2 aperture, 1080p recording, phase detection, HDR, Panorama
  • USB v2.0 reversible type C port
  • Finger print sensor (integrated into the home button)
  • Includes accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
  • Non-Removable 1960 mAH Li-ion battery

 Overall Score – 8.7/10 

5. Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus was also launched in March 2017. The phone feature a screen size of 6.20 inches with a resolution of 2960*1449 pixels at a PPI of 529.

The Samsung S8 Plus comes with a bezel-less display similar to the Samsung S8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Samsung S8 and S8 Plus Gaming

It has a bigger display compared to the Samsung S8, while the Note 8 comes with 6.3 Inch display. The Samsung S8 also offers great battery life (3500 mAH) as it has more capacity compared to the Note 8.

Samsung S8 plus price in India starts from Rs. 64,900. The phone is powered by 2.35 GHz Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor coupled with 4/6 GB of RAM. The phone comes with 64G/128 GB of internal storage. It is better to buy the 6 GB Ram / 128 GB storage version.

 Overall Score – 9.1/10 

8. LG V20

LG, the Korean tech giant unveiled the LG V20 on the 6th September, 2016. It is the first smart phone beyond Google Pixel running on Android Nougat out of the box. It continued the Second LCD display which is quite handy once you get used to it.

The highlight of the device is the Dual rear camera and the exceptional audio through the Quad DAC. Lg is launching the LG V30 on 31 August.

LG V20 comes with a 5.7 inch display with Quad HD resolution, 4 GB RAM, Dual 16 MP sensors, finger print sensor, fast charging technology and removable 3000 mAh battery.

It comes with a removable battery, SD card support which are for sure the features most people need.

Key Specs for LG V20 :

  • 5.7 inch IPS LCD capacitive multi touch display
  • Offers 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution at 513 ppi pixel density
  • Offers Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • Secondary display, 2.1 inch 1040 x 160 pixels, LG UX 5.0
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset
  • Quad-core processor clocked at 2.15 GHz speed
  • Adreno 530 GPU for graphics handling
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 32/64 GB internal storage, expandable up to 256 GB via SD card(dedicated slot)
  • Runs on OS Android Nougat
  • Dual16 MP(f/1.8) & 8 MP(f/2.4) rear sensors with laser autofocus, OIS, LED Flash
  • Front 5 MP camera at f/1.9 aperture
  • V2.0 USB Type-C 1.0 reversible port
  • Rear mounted Finger print sensor
  • Accelerometer, proxy, gyrometer, compass sensors included
  • Removable Li-ion 3200 mAh battery

Overall Score – 8.4/10

9. Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Priced at Rs. 57,900 ($899)

Sony XZ Premium 2017 – 19 MP Camera 4K Display Snapdragon 835

The only flagship smartphone with a 4K Display with an incredible 806 PPI (world’s highest), twice of iPhone 6s plus.  The display also features the Triluminos display, and  X-Reality Engine from Sony which makes it superior.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at 2.3 Ghz and comes with the Adreno 540 GPU. The key highlight of the XZ premium is it’s 19 Megapixel rear camera which comes with predictive imaging technology, phone can capture 4 images even before the photo is clicked to help you choose the best shot.

The XZ Premium runs on the latest Android Version Nougat 7.1 and will b e one of the earliest Sony mobiles to get the Android 8.0 Oreo update. It comes with Hi-Res Audio and Digital Noise Cancelling support.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium comes with 3230 mAH battery which is more than enough to run the phone for entire day. The XZ premium is IP68 certified – dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes.

Key Spec For Sony Xperia XZ Premium

  • Screen- 5.5 Inch 4K Display with 3840 x 2160 Pixels resolution and 801 PPI.
  • Screen Protection- Corning Gorilla Glass 5.0
  • Processor- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 clocked at 2.45 GHz.
  • GPU – Adreno 540
  • RAM- 4 GB
  • Storage- 64 GB expandable to 256 GB using a Hybrid Slot.
  • Rear camera- 19 MP, f/2.0 aperture, LED flash , 960 FPS super Slow Motion. 4K videos.
  • Front camera- 13 MP, f/2.0 aperture
  • Connectivity- 3G/4G, VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, NFC and USB Type C port
  • Battery- 3230 mAh with fast charging.
  • Security options- Fingerprint scanner at the right edge power button.
  • Wireless charging support- No
  • IP 68 Rating – Yes (Water and Dustproof).
  • weight – 191 grams
  • Thickness – 7.7 mm
  • Price – Rs 59,900 or US $ 750.

Overall Score – 8.5/10

10. Google Pixel ( Best Camera Phone)

‘The best Android Mobile’ is the way Google introduced the pixel phones to the world. The pixel line-up is out there to rival the Apple iPhone and Samsung top of the line devices. Back then I wrote How Google is becoming Apple with the New Pixel smartphones.

The Pixel brings best of camera experience, a unique design and the latest Android Nougat 7.0 with Google Assist.

The Hardware is top notch with Snapdragon 821 and 4 GB RAM to ensure fluid experience. It is the best Android Phone I would buy if Money is not the consideration.

Key Specs for Google Pixel :

  • 5 inch AMOLED capacitive touch display
  • Offers 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution at 441 pixel density
  • Comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • Splash and dust protection but not water proof
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset
  • Quad core processor clocked at 2.35 GHz speed
  • Adreno 530 GPU for graphics handling
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 32/128 GB internal storage with no SD card support
  • 12.3 MP rear camera at f/2.0 aperture with EIS(Gyroscope based), phase detection, laser auto focus & Dual-LED (Dual-tone) flash.
  • 8 MP front camera at f/2.4 aperture, 1080p recording
  • Type C-1.0 reversible connector
  • Finger print sensor on the rear panel.
  • Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer sensors included
  • Fast battery charging
  • Non-removable 2770 Li-ion mAh battery

Overall Score – 8.9/10

Concluding thoughts -10 Best Smartphone Under Rs 50000 India

I personally think at the current point of time the 4 best smartphones in market are iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Note 8 or S8, Google Pixel and the HTC U11. Lot of people are confused which is the best between a Samsung 8 or iPhone 7 Plus?  Do you want the best mobile in the Indian market right now?

iPhone 7 Plus is currently priced close to 58 for 32 GB variant while the Samsung S8 is 57k without the VR bundle. Now if you compare specs alone Samsung S8 wins hands down with 2k display, 64 GB expandable storage, a little better camera, and an incredibe design.

I don’t think so it is a comparison of specs when you compare anything with iPhone because the iOS uses resources differently compared to Android. Android is open platform and has so many devices from low end to high end running on it, while iOS has only Apple devices, best optimized for it.

No amount of camera tests or speed tests, benchmarks will convince you one way or the other. (some places Apple will win and other places Samsung).  Add Google Pixel to this equation and you have three very good phones.

The Pixel offers equivalent or better camera performance compared to the S8, though is not as immaculate and stunning as the S8. The major advantage is a slightly better processor and the latest Android Nougat, best optimized for on any smartphone.

The HTC U11 is also a great contendor with amazing camera and the Note 8 is the new kid on the block which offers everything but a premium price tag.

What it boils down to is whether you want to experience iOS or you want to have the Android experience. All three are great phones, you are buying the ultimate devices in market and can’t go wrong.

But then it is your choice about the ecosystem (Android vs iOS) which you want use. I would say if you are Android or iOS user and happy with current state, stay with it.

But if you are an adventure seeker then jump ships , check out something new, if you like it than good, other wise there is always options to return back. Or Wait for the iPhone 8 or Samsung S8 🙂 .

Summary Table

Sr. No Best Smartphones Under Rs 50000 Price 
1 Google Pixel Rs. 57000
2 Samsung 8 Rs. 57,900
3 iPhone 7 Rs. 44,000
4 iPhone 7 Plus Rs. 72,000
5 Google Pixel XL Rs. 67,000
6 LG V 20 Rs 48,000
7 Samsung Note 8 Rs. 70,000
8 HTC U11 Rs. 51,900
9 Sony Xperia XZ Premium Rs 59,900
10 iPhone7 Plus Rs. 58,500

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