The main features of Realme 7 are a new chipset, bigger battery and a new primary rear camera. It also has a new design, so it looks nicer than Realme 6. However, due to the larger battery, the thickness and weight of the phone increases slightly. Reality 7 is thick and heavy.
The rest of the features are similar to Realme 6. Realme 7 is faster to use due to good chipset and the display panel comes with a 90Hz refresh rate, making the experience more smooth. Gaming performance is also very good, the display has good brightness and battery life is excellent. The 30 watt fast charging also helps in charging the battery fairly quickly.
The primary rear camera is slightly better than the Realme 6 in day and night photos, but the rest of the camera sensors perform similarly. Video quality could have been better, especially in low light. If you do not already have Reality 6, then buying Reality 7 is a good option.
Motorola Moto G9
Motorola’s G-Series has been the backbone of the company’s lineup for a long time and India is the first country to get the Moto G9. Given what is found in the phone, we think Motorola launched it at a very competitive price. The attention-grabbing feature is a clean version of Android, which Motorola now calls MyUX. It is almost stock Android, with some classic moto customizations.
The Moto G9 has a nice design, but feels a bit bigger and heavier. It is one of the few phones that still has a dedicated Google Assistant button, which is a nice touch. It is the first phone in India to include the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chipset, which handles the job well. Overall performance was good, except for the game taking a little longer than normal to load. Battery life is also better than average.
The quality of the camera was quite good during the day. The close-ups were usually full of details and came in good colors. Low-light photography is where the Moto G9 struggled heavily, though the Night mode helped in a big way. Overall, the Motorola Moto G9 is a decent phone if you are looking for a clean Android experience.
Redmi Note 9
The Redmi Note 9 smartphone is the latest entry-level smartphone of the Redmi Note 9 series. The design of this phone is very similar to Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. This phone comes with 6.53 inch display and hole-punch front camera design. To protect the phone’s panel from scratch, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection has been given. The phone’s display has thick borders, but it can be accepted in this prize range.
The MediaTek Helio G85 processor is used in the phone. There are 4 GB and 6 GB RAM for Jugalbandi. There are two options for inbuilt storage – 64 GB and 128 GB. MicroSD card up to 128 GB can be used if needed. The phone’s 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants are priced at Rs 11,999 in India, while the phone’s 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variants will be sold for Rs 13,499. The most premium variant of Redmi Note 9 comes with 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage and will be sold for Rs 14,999. The Redmi Note 9 battery is 5,020 mAh, which comes with a 22.5 watt charger.
Like the rest of the Redmi Note 9 series phones, it also has a quad camera setup, which has a place in the square module. There is a 48 megapixel Samsung GM1 primary sensor, with f / 1.79 lens. There is also an 8-megapixel secondary camera, with ultra-wide-angle f / 2.2 lens. Apart from this, there is a 2 megapixel depth camera and a 2 megapixel macro camera. The phone has a 13-megapixel selfie camera.
Realme 6i phone is the toned down version of Realme 6. However, this version includes Realme 6’s core hardware, such as the MediaTek Helio G90T and 90Hz refresh rate, which you might not find in this price range. Realme 6i has a 6.5 inch display with a hole-punch design. At the same time, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner is also provided in the funo.
Plastic body has been given in Reality 6i, while this phone will be available in two color options. The MediaTek Helio G90T processor is perfect for handling day-to-day tasks and with it the gaming experience is also going to be good. In this phone you will get two variants 4 GB RAM and 6 GB RAM, but for storage you will get only 64 GB option. The battery of the phone is 4,300 mAh, which is capable of 30 watt fast charging but only a 20 watt charger is provided in the box.
Realme 6i is a smartphone with four rear cameras. The camera setup has a primary sensor of 48 megapixels. It has an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait camera.
This phone of Reality has a single 16 megapixel selfie camera on the front. The front camera comes with portrait mode, time lapse, panoramic view, AI beauty, HDR, face recognition, filters and bokeh effect control. Photos taken with Realme 6i are good, and the phone’s camera provides better dynamic range.
Poco M2 Pro
The Poco M2 Pro has been introduced in the budget segment. It has a premium design and offers a large 6.67-inch display just like the Poco X2. It has a standard 60 Hz refresh panel. Poco has used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back and has a P2i coating on the M2 Pro, making it somewhat splash resistant.
This smartphone comes equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset, which we have also seen in competing models like Redmi Note 9 Pro. The Poco M2 Pro has three variants; 4 GB RAM with 64 GB storage, 6 GB RAM with 64 GB storage and 6 GB RAM with 128 GB storage. The prices of these three variants are Rs 13,999, 14,999 rupees 16,999 respectively.
The Poco M2 Pro has a 5000 mAh battery and when we tested it, it was able to give very good battery life. The company also offers a 33 watt charger, which charges 95 percent of its battery in one hour. The Poco M2 Pro has a quad rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary sensor. The phone captures good-looking photos in broad daylight, but in the pictures taken with its wide-angle camera, we were able to see faded colors and low detail. In low light, both primary and wide-angle cameras struggled to produce details. Night mode was also not very effective.
Samsung Galaxy M21
We were quite surprised at how similar the Galaxy M21 was compared to the Samsung Galaxy M30s. In fact, apart from a high-resolution selfie camera on the new model, the two phones are almost identical. The best part is that the price of Samsung Galaxy M21 has been kept lower than the Galaxy M30S, which makes it a better option.
Some of the strong points of the phone include its excellent AMOLED display, low weight, very good battery life, and decent app performance. It runs on Samsung’s One UI 2.0 interface based on Android 10. It works on the Exynos 9611 chipset, which is not the most powerful chipset, especially if you have better Qualcomm and MediaTek chipsets available on some smartphones in the same segment. Still, for general use and light gaming, the Eginos 9611 chipset performs well.
Triple rear cameras work fine during the day, but they struggle a bit in low light. The 20-megapixel selfie camera is a nice improvement over the Galaxy M30s. Photos taken during the day bring good detail and even low light shots cannot be called bad.
The price of Samsung Galaxy M21 has been increased recently, now its 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variants are priced at Rs 13,999 in India and its high-end variant comes with 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage, priced at 15,999 Is Rs.
Realme Narzo 10
Realme recently launched its Narzo 10 series. The Realme Narzo 10 smartphone is a good offer for under Rs 15,000. Realme is looking to focus on the youth here. Therefore, the company teases the phone for better gaming performance. The Narzo 10 includes the MediaTek Helio G80 chipset, which handles games well and is solid in terms of app loading and multitasking performance as well. This smartphone also has a good battery life.
The main area where the Narzo 10 could do better is its cameras. Daylight performance was good with all the rear cameras and the same front, but the low-light performance did not please us much. The camera app could have been a bit more intuitive. Realme UI looks fresh and interesting, but still contains lots of bloatware.
It has only one configuration with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. It costs Rs 11,999. Narzo 10 minor issues can be forgiven at this price.
Redmi Note 9 Pro
One of the best phones in the Rs 15,000 segment is the recently launched Redmi Note 9 Pro smartphone. Dual-SIM Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with a 6.67-inch full-HD + (1080×2400 pixels) IPS display. Although it weighs a bit more, which is 209 grams, but its design is such that you will not feel much of its weight.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro uses the Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor and comes in two variants, one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and the other with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The price of the first variant is Rs 13,999. Although it was priced at Rs 12,999 at the time of launch, but due to the increased GST rate, its price has increased. The phone’s 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variant is priced at Rs 15,999.