Realme X50 Pro 5G
The Realme X50 Pro is 5G ready and features the top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. In terms of performance, this device is excellent for gaming as well as general productivity. Realme has also used high-speed RAM and storage, plus a 90Hz display, for a snappy overall experience. This is a mid-range flagship phone that truly can take on many of the much more expensive models in the market.
The X50 Pro 5G is available in two muted colour options and looks quite premium with its glass and metal body. However, the back is slippery and this phone is somewhat bulky and heavy. What you'll notice first is the dual-camera cutout in the upper left corner of the screen.
The display is sharp and the speakers are surprisingly powerful. You get four rear cameras including a 2X optical zoom camera. We found photos to generally be very good, even ones shot with the lower-resolution wide-angle and zoom cameras. However, photos taken at night weren't always great, and 4K video looked artificial.
Samsung Galaxy S20+
The Samsung Galaxy S20+ is the middle child in the trio and is the successor to the Galaxy S10+. It features a 6.7-inch QHD+ display, with excellent brightness and colours reproduction. The curved sides and glass back gives it a very premiium look and feel. It also supports wireless charging and is IP68 certified for dust and water resistance.
The Indian version of the Galaxy S20+ is powered by the Exynos 990 chipset and comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There's no 5G support for the models sold in India. It also has a 12-megapixel primary camera, a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 64-megapixel telephoto camera and a depth sensor. There's a 4,500mAh battery, with support for fast charging.
Performance is great as apps and games run smoothly. The display also has a 90Hz refresh rate, which makes scrolling through lists feel fluid. Audio quality is also very good from the stereo speakers in the phone. It's a little big to manage comfortably with one hand, but it does feel very premium. The S20+ runs on OneUI 2, which is based on Android 10.
Realme X2 Pro
Realme has finally moved beyond the polycarbonate bodies we've seen so far on its phones, for an aluminium body with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back of the X2. The device can be a little slippery and the glass back attracts smudges easily. The earpiece also doubles as a second speaker for stereo sound, which is a welcome feature.
The Realme X2 has a 6.5-inch full-HD+ AMOLED panel and a 90Hz refresh rate. It also has slim borders around the display (including the bottom chin) and a relatively shallow notch. The Realme X2 Pro is a bit on the thicker side at 8.7mm but the curved back tries to compensate for this. It's also quite heavy at nearly 200g but the weight is distributed well.
The X2 is avilable in multiple RAM and storage variants in India, all of which have the Snapdragon 855+ SoC onboard. The phone can accommodate two Nano-SIMs, and dual 4G VoLTE is supported. It ships with ColorOS 6.1, based on Android 9.
OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren
The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition is a powerful device from the Chinese smartphone maker, and also incredibly stylish. The smart draws inspiration from performance car maker and Formula 1 team McLaren, and we quite liked the styling and design of the smartphone. The device comes in a single black colour variant, with orange accents. There are also McLaren themed aspects to the software, including special wallpapers, system themes, and icon packs that are exlcusive to the device.
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC and 12GB RAM, the smartphone is among the most powerful Android devices you can buy. In most ways, the device is exaclty the same as the regular OnePlus 7T Pro, including the cameras, software, and battery. While the charger is also the same in terms of specifications, the McLaren Edition features a special orange-and-black charger and cable combination, keeping with the theme of the smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ has a new design and features a new Infinity-O display with a hole for a front-facing camera. The Galaxy Note 10+ has the camera hole right in the centre, at the top of the display and we got used to the hole in a matter of hours. The display sports QHD+ resolution and has good viewing angles. The Galaxy Note 10+ boasts of Dolby Audio support and the stereo speakers do help to improve the content viewing experience.
While we loved the design of the Galaxy Note 10+, we found it to be a little big for our liking. The S Pen stylus has been improved and Samsung has added more features for it. You will now be able to interact with supported apps using the S Pen.