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The Vivo X60 Pro, a super shooter, and the sparkling OnePlus 9 Pro have also joined the party.

In the premium category, there is a range of choices that don't make "kidney jokes" or ask you to spend a lot of money but still have premium features.


  • There are new choices in the premium smartphone industry.

  • With its architecture and cameras, the Vivo X60 Pro stands out.

  • The Vivo X60 Pro captures photographs that are rich in detail.


There was a time when smartphones were considered a necessity. They are now considered a luxury. We all have a tablet, a calculator, a camera, a music player, and a streaming system in our pockets, all packed into a 6.5-inch frame that fits comfortably in our pockets. Any device that has so many uses has to be special. Although the Indian smartphone market is more diverse than ever, for the best experience, you'll need a premium phone.

What's the good news, exactly? There is a range of premium options available that don't draw "kidney jokes" or enable you to spend a fortune but still have flagship features. With the recent releases of the Vivo X60 Pro and OnePlus 9 Pro, the segment has expanded even further. The Vivo smartphone, in particular, stands out for its slim design, outstanding design language, and outstanding camera capabilities.

The evergreen iPhone 12 and the beastly Asus ROG Phone 5 round out the list. Let's take a closer look at each of these phones.

Vivo X60 Pro

The most recent addition to the list is also the most affordable premium smartphone available in India right now. The Vivo X60 Pro is available in a single 12GB RAM and 256GB storage version for Rs 49,990. Both of them are kind. Typically, in this price range, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage are offered. As a result, customers will undoubtedly profit from the new Vivo. It also comes with more RAM and storage, but that's not all.

The Vivo X60 Pro has one of the most beautiful designs seen on a smartphone in recent memory. The Midnight Black colour variant is 7.59mm thick, while the Shimmer Blue colour variant is 7.69mm thick. To put things in perspective, the OnePlus 9, another recently released handset, is much thicker at 8.7mm.

The Vivo X60 Pro is visually appealing thanks to its well-crafted and well-placed design elements. The camera module, for example, has a satin finish that looks much better than some of the other premium smartphones' massive bumps, such as the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

It has a beautiful 6.5-inch full-HD+ AMOLED panel with a 19.8:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate, and 240Hz touch response rate on the front.

But, what’s the first thing most of us remember when purchasing smartphones these days? The camera, to be precise. This is where Vivo's already impressive portfolio has been enhanced. The X60 Pro series marks the start of the company's partnership with Zeiss. What's the end result? You get a camera system that can take photographs that are clearer and more colour accurate.

A 48-megapixel main sensor with an f/1.48 lens, a 13-megapixel secondary sensor, and a 13-megapixel tertiary sensor is housed in a triple rear camera package. The camera's auto-focus and Bokeh mode are both outstanding, resulting in fantastic photographs.

The Vivo X60 Pro has a 32-megapixel main sensor with an f/2.45 lens on the front. The selfies are also clear and accurate in terms of skin tones. The camera can also capture 4K footage.

When it comes to results, the Vivo X60 Pro is just as good. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, a brand-new processor for premium smartphones, powers the device. Virtual RAM, a term common on gaming PCs, has also been added to the X60 Pro by Vivo. This enables the phone to borrow storage space and allocate an extra 3GB of RAM to ensure a smooth experience. So, on the X60 Pro, you get a 15GB RAM experience!

One Plus9 Pro

The OnePlus 9 Pro, which was only released a few days ago, is the best of what OnePlus has to deliver, even though the best comes at a premium. In India, the OnePlus 9 Pro costs Rs 69,999, which is nearly Rs 20,000 more than the Vivo X60 Pro for the same RAM and storage configuration. The OnePlus 9 Pro, on the other hand, has a QHD+ LTPO display and is powered by Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 888 processor.

OnePlus has also announced a three-year agreement with Hasselblad, which will result in better cameras on the OnePlus 9 Pro. Although the photos on the OnePlus 9 Pro are improved, they are still not as colour accurate as those on iPhones. In particular, its ultra-wide-angle lens camera outperforms the competition.

One thing to keep in mind is that the OnePlus 9 Pro is not a budget smartphone. It's a true flagship device that demands more money in exchange for a better experience. The phone, for example, supports 50W wireless charging, which is faster than wire charging on most devices. In terms of overall ratings, it's safe to assume that the OnePlus 9 Pro provides the best Android experience in 2021, coming in second only to the iPhone 12 series.

Apple iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 is the most expensive of the bunch, but it's also a good option, particularly for Apple fans who want to stick with the iOS ecosystem. Although the iPhone 12 borrows most of the premium features from the Pro models, it provides the best value among Apple iPhones in 2020. It uses the same A14 Bionic chipset as the A14 and has the same display.

The 64GB internal storage version of the iPhone 12 costs Rs 79,990, the 128GB storage variant costs Rs 84,990, and the 256GB storage variant costs Rs 94,990. This is less than the cost of an iPhone 12 Pro or Pro Max, but significantly more than the cost of premium Android smartphones.

The fan-favourite iOS should be one of the biggest reasons for someone to invest in an iPhone 12. It is the cleanest, safest, and most user-friendly operating system ever created. The camera, especially the video recording capability, should be on the list as well.

Honourable mention Asus ROG Phone 5

The only reason we don't consider the ROG Phone 5 to be a direct competitor to any of the devices listed above and instead position it in the honourable mention category is that it caters to a specific group of gamers. In terms of hardware, the Asus ROG Phone 5 is the best. It is equipped with Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 888 processor, as well as ultrasonic AirTrigger 5 and motion sensor gesture inputs.

The Asus ROG Phone 5 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage costs Rs 49,999, while the edition with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage costs Rs 54,999. The only drawbacks to the ROG Phone 5 are its garish design language and a few features that are useless to the average smartphone user. However, if you're a true hardcore gamer, it's worth a look.


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