With the rollout of 5G in the country, a next-generation cellular network is no longer a distant dream. Leading telcos have already announced support for high-speed, low-latency cellular connectivity in metro cities and aim to cover major cities by next year. So, if you are looking to buy a smartphone this festive season, it makes sense to go for a 5G compatible smartphone. But with so many options in the market, which phone should you go for? Don’t worry, we at Chroma for Rs. We’ve picked the best 5G smartphones to buy under Rs 35,000. You can avail various bank offers running on Chroma to make your purchase more affordable.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
If you’re looking for a flagship smartphone, but don’t want to spend too much, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is the right choice for you. It offers flagship-grade specifications including an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset powered by 8GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage. It is compact with a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD+ resolution and supports a high refresh rate of 120Hz. Dolby-certified stereo speakers add to the multimedia experience. For shooting, the device flaunts a tri-cam array with an optically stabilized 12MP f/1.8 camera, a 12MP ultra-wide shooter and an 8MP telephone snapper. Selfie lovers will enjoy shooting with its high-res OIS-equipped 32MP front camera. Ensuring the phone lasts longer, it is equipped with a 4,500mAh cell with support for 25W fast charging and fast wireless charging. Last but not least, it’s IP68 compliant, which means it’s dust- and water-resistant and can stay in up to 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes.
OPPO Reno 7 Pro 5G
OPPO has made a name for itself with its stand-out design language and videography capabilities, and the Reno 7 Pro 5G is no different. It has an all-glass design with a matte finish on the back, which not only catches the eye wherever you go, but also provides a firm grip. In the camera department, it offers triple rear cameras with a 50-megapixel f/1.8 snapper, an 8MP ultra-wide angle shooter and a 2MP macro sensor. You can capture videos in up to 4K resolution and get functionality like portrait video and AI color portrait. The handset is no slouch in the hardware department either, as it is powered by a 3.0GHz octa-core MediaTek Dimension 1200 processor paired with 12 gigs of RAM. The device is built around a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support. The OPPO Reno 7 Pro 5G runs ColorOS 12 UI on top of Android 12 and is fueled by a 4,500mAh cell with 65W SuperVOOC charging.
If you are looking to save some costs, you can check out OPPO Reno 7 5G It ships with a MediaTek Dimension 900 SoC and 8GB of RAM.
Redmi 11 Prime 5G
Looking for a smartphone that won’t pinch your pocket? You can’t go wrong with the Redmi 11 Prime 5G – the most affordable option on this list (and you can even get extra bank offers). The device sports a 6.58-inch display with FHD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. It runs on a MediaTek Dimensity 700 octa-core SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The dual-camera module is headlined by a 50MP f/1.8 shooter with a 2MP depth sensor. For selfies, the Redmi 11 Prime 5G comes with an 8MP camera. Its power button doubles as a fingerprint sensor and you can unlock the phone by scanning your face as well. The device promises all-day battery life with its capacious 5,000mAh unit that supports 18W fast charging.
Vivo V21 5G
Vivo is another phonemaker known for focusing on looks and camera capabilities. The Vivo V21 5G is part of the brand’s highly popular V series and sports a color-changing rear panel. Its window to the world is a 6.44-inch AMOLED panel with 1080p resolution, 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ compatibility. Under the hood, it comes with a MediaTek Dimension 800U chipset, clocked at 2.4GHz for its high-end ARM Cortex-A76 cores. The processor is complemented by 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which can be topped up by another 1TB using a microSD card. As for the cameras, you get a 64MP f/1.79 primary shooter with an 8MP wide-angle sensor and a 2MP macro lens. Selfie lovers, they will enjoy the V21 5G’s high-resolution 44MP snapper with f/2.0 aperture. Powering the display is a 4,000mAh battery with support for 33W Flash Charge technology.
Samsung Galaxy M53 5G
The Galaxy M series from Samsung has made a name for itself by offering well-rounded specs at an attractive price. The Galaxy M53 5G is one of the best offerings in the range featuring the powerful MediaTek Dimension 900 SoC. The 6nm processor offers four high-end cores running at 2.4GHz, while the remaining cores are tuned at 2GHz. For memory, the device offers 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM. It sports a large 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with Full HD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. It also impresses in terms of camera, with an 8MP ultra-wide snapper and a high-res 108-megapixel primary shooter with dual 2MP lenses for macro and depth photography, respectively. On the front, the Samsung Galaxy M53 5G has a 32MP sensor for selfies. A 5,000mAh battery fuels the phone and gets juiced up quickly with 25W fast charging support.
OnePlus Nord CE2 Lite 5G
Although it started out as a flagship killer, OnePlus continues to move up the value chain. Thankfully to cater to value-conscious consumers, it introduced its Nord series. The OnePlus Nord CE2 Lite 5G is the most affordable OnePlus smartphone you can buy, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a punch. With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 processor at its heart, it impresses in every respect. The chipset is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. To interact with the phone, it has a 6.59-inch LCD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. As for the cameras, it has a triple-cam system led by a 64MP f/1.7 snapper and two 2MP sensors meant for macro and portrait photography. Selfies are taken through the 16MP front camera. The phone is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery with 33W SuperVOOC charging.
Realme 9i 5G
Sub-Rs. Another solid option in the 15,000 category, the Realme 9i 5G offers a loaded spec sheet. It has a 6.6-inch LCD screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. The octa-core MediaTek Dimension 810 processor is responsible for smooth performance and efficient battery life. The 6nm chipset is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage onboard. On the back, it gets triple cameras with a 50MP f/1.8 primary shooter, a 2MP portrait sensor and a VGA macro lens. For self-portraits and video calling, it gets an 8MP snapper. A 5,000mAh cell works to keep the device going and it can charge quickly with support for 18W fast charging.
Xiaomi 11i 5G
Xiaomi smartphones are known for their power-packed features, but the Xiaomi 11i 5G takes it a step further by offering an eye-catching design and an ultra-sleek profile. With a slim frame of 8.3mm, it is one of the thinnest 5G phones on the market. It is powered by a 2.5GHz octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 920 SoC running with 8 gigs of RAM and 128GB of memory but that doesn’t mean it compromises on hardware. It offers a 6.67-inch AMOLED display on the front with support for Full HD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. It also promises stunning photos and videos with its 108MP f/1.89 primary camera paired with an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP macro shooter. For selfies, it gets a 16-megapixel sensor with screen flash for low-light conditions. It comes with an IP53 rating for dust- and water-resistance and packs a powerful 5,160mAh battery with 67W TurboCharge support.
If you want faster charging time, you can go for this as well Xiaomi 11i 5G Hypercharge It has an amazing 120W charging support and gets fully juiced up in 15 minutes.