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Are you looking for a Diwali gift? These 5G Android smartphones will make it a success

Are you planning to buy or gift a new smartphone to your loved ones this year? Make sure it can connect to the 5G cellular networks that are being rolled out in the country. Be it Samsung, Google, realme or OnePlus, all the brands have launched 5G smartphones in India over the past two years. If you’re in doubt about what to buy, here are our top five picks of the best 5G-enabled Android smartphones in different price categories, based on our tests.

Samsung M15 5G: Price: 13,999 rupees

Samsung M13 Smartphone in India

If you are looking for a 5G enabled smartphone priced under Rs 15,000, then you should consider the Samsung M15 5G phone. This is a budget worthy 5G smartphone that features a 6.5 inch HD 720 x 1440 pixel display with a small hole for the selfie camera and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It also has a variable refresh rate of 90Hz where the screen refresh rate switches to 60Hz depending on the nature of the application and even Saves battery.

The phone is powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 2.2 GHz with 6 GB of RAM. It comes with an internal storage of 128 GB and supports an expandable memory card. For Rs 13,999, Samsung has added a dual camera setup – a 50MP primary sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. Pictures taken with the primary camera are great, and portrait shots taken with the depth sensor come out well. It works well on humans and pets but not on objects. While shooting in low light isn’t a strong field for the M13 5G, the night mode comes to the rescue.

All this is backed by a 5000 battery that lasts over a day and a half with average use. The phone is accompanied by a 15W fast charging solution, which takes approximately three hours to fully charge.

Realme 9 Pro 5G: 20,999 rupees

Realme 9 Pro 5G phone

Launched early this year, Realme 9 Pro is a stylish and modern looking mid-range 5G smartphone that is just 8.5mm thick and weighs 195g. The back has what Realme calls a Light Shift design (for the sunrise blue variant), which changes the color of the back from a light blue to red when exposed to sunlight.

The 9 Pro is a large device that features a 6.6-inch Full HD + LCD screen with a resolution of 2412 x 1080 pixels and an adaptive refresh rate of 120 Hz. Running Android 12 with Realme UI on the top, this device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G chipset and paired with 8GB of RAM. The built-in memory is limited to 128GB, and more can be accessed with a microSD card. And with Dynamic RAM Expansion technology, you can expand its RAM by another 5 GB (which will be borrowed from the ROM). This is a dual SIM phone with two SIM slots that support 5G simultaneously.

It has a triple rear camera with a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP wide-angle lens, and a 2MP macro lens and a combination of all three results in some good short films worth sharing on social media platforms. The device comes with a 5000mAh battery that easily lasts for a day and supports 33W Dart Charge.

Vivo V25 Pro 5G: 35990 rupees

Vivo V25 5G phone

If you are looking for a 5G camera-focused smartphone in the Rs 35,000 price range, then look no further. This phone has a color changing panel, which turns a darker shade of blue when exposed to sunlight (UV light).

Promising professional-grade imaging, the Vivo is packed into an optically stable 64MP primary lens and an 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP macro lens. The camera does an impressive job during the day and in well-lit surroundings. Vivo is also betting on low light/night photography on the back of the 64MP camera system. Shots taken with Night mode had software that smoothed out the images to reduce noise.

The back and screen are elegantly designed towards the edges that blend into an ultra-sleek side panel. A 6.56-inch 3D curved AMOLED display dominates the front with a 120Hz refresh rate and 1,300 nits of brightness, and it’s a delight for multimedia, including streaming shows on Netflix, Hotstar, and games. This 5G phone is powered by Mediatek Dimensity 1300, which is popular in mid-range phones nowadays. And while the RAM was by default 8 + 8 GB, you can lower it to 8 GB and return the rest to storage (total storage 128 GB).

Performance is backed by a 4830mAh battery that lasts for a day with moderate usage. The 66W flash takes about 55 minutes to fully charge.

OnePlus 10T: 49,999 rupees

OnePlus 10T 5G Smartphone

If you are looking for a smartphone that looks good and does not compromise on performance, then OnePlus 10T should be your pick. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 system on a chip and is paired with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage without any signs of lag. The OnePlus 10T is a good looking device, equipped with a 6.7-inch FullHD+ AMOLED 10-bit display with a refresh rate of 120Hz.

On the front of the camera, it houses a 50MP primary camera with an 8MP wide angle and a 2MP macro lens. Pictures taken from the primary camera are great, but the ultra-wide-angle lens struggles in low light. Macro mode is only average; Nothing to rave about.

The phone has 4800mAh of power that lasts a day on a single charge with moderate use. It is accompanied by a 150W fast wired charger that charges the phone in just 30 minutes.

Google Pixel 7: 59,999 rupees

OnePlus 10T 5G Smartphone

Google’s recently launched Pixel 7 is one of the best Android smartphones as it scores highly in every department – from looks to camera to performance. Google opted for a glass back with a raised camera bar that houses a 50MP wide-angle camera and a 12MP ultra-wide camera. Besides the sensors, a lot of computer imaging (software) is working that produces amazing images. Lots of editing options are also accessible.

The phone has a 6.3-inch always-on display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, a density of 416 ppi, and a 90Hz refresh rate display that looks bright under bright daylight. It is powered by Google’s internal Tensor G2 chip that is designed using AI and ML and paired with 8GB of RAM. As for benchmarks, it’s not as powerful as the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, yet it’s powerful enough to handle all tasks smoothly. It also has a storage space of only 128GB without expandable memory. The Pixel 7 belongs to Google, and it runs on Android 13 without any third-party software or bloatware. A 4355mAh battery supports this, and while Google has added a charging cable, the adapter is missing. While the Pixel 7 supports 5G, Google is working closely with Indian operators to enable 5G functionality on the phone.