When you spend a fortune on the latest flagship you expect the best of everything, the display, the camera, the processor everything. Flagships smartphones today face a big challenge from much more affordable flagship killers which boast of the same processor, bigger batteries and much lower price tags.
But despite that, some flagships can hold their own due to their superior cameras, higher quality displays and better build quality. So to help you find the best phone for your money, we have done a boatload of research, reading through multiple review websites and customer reviews for over two days.
So sit back and read through all the work that we have done to help you find the best flagship smartphone for you.
Apple iPhone XS Max
The iPhone XS Max builds over the iPhone X which was launched to commemorate the 10 years of the iPhone series. As the name suggests the Max is a large iPhone, in fact, the largest Apple has ever made. As the screen dominates the front of the phone you also get to see the sheer increase in glass at the back.
The Max is not just max in terms of dimensions but comes with what is possibly the fastest processor on smartphones (A12 Bionic), a beefier battery and improved speakers. Overall the XS Max is one of the best iPhones, Apple’s ever made.
Even with the iPhone XS Max being an upgrade there remain the same issues as last time including the rather controversial decision to do away with the home button, the even more controversial notch placement, the non-existent headphone jack (and no adapter in the box), no bundled fast charger (only a laughable 5 watt charger provided) and despite all that a significant rise in price. To know what the larger display, improved processor and bigger battery bring to the table read our detailed take on it below.
Super fast processor
Good battery life
Good speaker audio quality
Excellent build quality
Fast charging support
IP68 water resistance
Misses out on the ProMotion 120Hz display
The notch still looks ugly
Ungainly size and heft
Software has some quirks (home button in landscape mode)
3.5mm adapter no longer provided in the box
5W bundled charger is a joke
Price is beyond expected!
Dual sim capability
Fast charger in the box
MicroSD card slot
Where can I buy it?
Best Android Smartphone
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The Note series by Samsung has always taken a route that was always different than its competitors, while everyone was focussed on cameras and design, the Note was designed as a tool for people who want to get work done and hence Samsung provided the class-leading stylus.
The Note 9 is simply put a behemoth when it comes to size and specifications, the massive 6.4-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display, the base 128GB variant (and optional 512GB one) with expansion up to 512GB via an SD card and the latest processor in the market along with a huge 4000mAh battery make the Note 9 a noteworthy powerhouse.
While it ticks almost all the boxes there are still a few things that let it down, the camera is the first which although great isn't in the same league as the Pixel 3 or the iPhone XS Max. Then there is the charging standard which is still stuck with Quick Charge 2.0 despite the phone commanding a premium price but apart from these two demerits there really isn't much wrong with the phone.
Superb AMOLED screen
The best stylus experience on smartphones
Best processor amongst Android Phones
Excellent cameras with super slow motion video
Good battery life
Good speaker audio quality
Excellent build quality
Fast charging & wireless charging support
IP68 water resistance
Slower updates than Pixel phones
Not the best UX amongst flagships
Bixby voice assistant needs a lot of work
Ungainly size and weight
Limited 4K recording time
Quick Charge 4.0/4.0+ (Only QC 2.0)
Dedicated microSD slot (has a hybrid dual sim slot)
Where can I buy it?
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OnePlus 6T / OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition
The OnePlus 6T is undoubtedly one of the most popular premium smartphones in India due to its great design, smooth software, speedy performance and great cameras. With the McLaren edition, OnePlus has managed to make the experience even more premium with a new design accent, faster charging and a boost to the RAM, which now stands at 10GB.
Everything else remains the same good old OnePlus formula with a flagship Snapdragon 846 processor, OIS enabled cameras, AMOLED display and a large 3700mAh battery. To know more about how this budget flagship killer performs read our Best smartphone under Rs.35000 article.
Amazing Optic AMOLED display
The notch is no longer an irritation
Top of the line performance
One of the smoothest software experiences
Excellent under display fingerprint sensor
Dash charging is pretty snappy
Good battery life
Glass back design
Good software support
Fast Charger, Dongle and Cover provided inbox
Useful alert slider switch
Speaker audio quality could have been better
Proprietary charging solution
The display is dimmer than its LCD competitors
Price is increasing with every version
Glass makes it slippery in the hand
Gesture control needs some work
Lacks the 50W SuperVOOC fast charging standard
What's it missing?
True waterproofing (No IP rating)
Useful Secondary camera (No optical zoom, wide angle)
Super slow motion video (Limited to 720p @ 480fps)
MicroSD card slot
2K resolution display
Where to buy it?
If you want (6GB ram/128GB internal storage) purchase it on Amazon
If you want (8GB ram/128GB internal storage) purchase it on Amazon
If you want (8GB ram/256GB internal storage) purchase it on Amazon
If you want (10GB/256GB-McLaren Edition ) purchase it on Amazon
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How we selected?
We started by listing all the phones priced above Rs.50000. The shortlist criteria we used to select the best of this lot we as follows.
Processor: The most powerful flagship processors
Camera: The highest rated by DXOMark
Screen: Highest Resolutions with protective glass
We did not use base parameters like minimum RAM or storage as most flagships don't have more than 6GB of RAM while the iPhone has just 3GB of RAM.
With the phones, we shortlisted we then proceeded to pick the bests which offered large batteries, great cameras, and great software.
Best Pick in detail
The best iPhone from Apple period
What does it have?
Display: 6.5 inches, 2688x1242 resolution, 458 ppi,10 finger multi-touch support, HDR 10 True Tone display, Proprietary Glass protection
Hardware: Apple A12, 4 GB RAM, 64/256/512 GB internal storage
Sensors and Extras: Ambient Light, Proximity sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, barometer, magnetic sensor, face unlock camera, Secure enclave, Neural Engine
Expandability: 1 SIM slots, Lighting port
Software: iOS 12
Camera: 12 MP + 12 MP rear camera with quad LED flash, 7 MP front camera, 4K@30fps/60fps, 1080p@30fps/60fps/120fps/240fps
Battery: 3174 mAh with fast charging support
Colours: Space Grey, Gold, Silver
Price: Rs.1,09,000 (64GB), Rs.1,24,000 (256GB), Rs.1,44,000 (512GB)
Design: Apples best and not so best, all in one packaging
Every iteration of iPhone has always brought a small change often too small to notice, but under the new leadership, Apple is getting bolder and bolder. First, there was the two iPhone per year strategy, next was the addition of a stylus with an iPad, then an iPhone that ditches the home button to make way for a notch and now there are three new iPhones- XR, XS and XS Max.
It's the XS Max that had garnered the most attention due to its sheer dimensions and the price. In terms of design, the XS Max is identical to the X and XS just a lot bigger. iPhones have always been premium to look at and to the touch, and the iPhone XS Max is no different. The glass back and stainless steel sides all oozes style and quality.
But despite the gorgeous back of the iPhone X, it the front that gets all the attention because of the notch. To make way for the bezel-less new display, Apple was left with a tough decision of where to put the home button, the fingerprint sensor, camera sensor and earpiece. So what did one of the biggest mobile companies do? they got rid of the fingerprint sensor and switched to a face unlock feature, the home button was removed in favour of touchscreen gestures.
That's two problems taken care of but what about the camera and earpiece? Manufacturers like Xiaomi have moved the front camera to the bottom and used a piezoelectric earpiece while Essential used a small cutout on the screen to accommodate the camera. But the iPhone went for a large notch as they had to integrate extra sensors for the Face ID. This implementation still stays with the XS Max, just the large display makes the notch seem tiny.
We were never fans of the notch on the iPhone X as it wastes screen space and also the fact that most apps don't make proper use of the notch. What is really annoying is almost all other brands from Huawei to OnePlus have shifted to much smaller water drop notch or some other unique solutions to obtain that magic figure of 90%+ screen-to-body ratio. While a giant like Apple decided to skip on such an innovation.
While the new iPad ditched the lighting port for the new USB Type C standard, the iPhones retain the lighting connector and the phone still loses out on a 3.5mm jack. So you have one port to charge your phone, transfer data and listen to music through. But don't worry as the lighting port is still very capable especially when it comes to high-quality audio.
Software: Improves over iOS 11
The iPhone XS Max uses iOS 12 which brings along a lot of under the hood performance improvements. The iPhone X shipped with iOS 11 which was criticised for having too many issues which iOS 12 aims to fix.
Improvements in app launches and animations are one of the most visible changes across devices but, Apple has also thrown in a few features like grouped notifications, Screen Time feature, improved DND mode, expanded battery stats and improvements to system apps.
iPhones score a lot of points for quick updates and software support. In a study conducted by (SecurityLab) showed that Apple was fastest at releasing updates once a security issue is detected. iPhones also have the longest software support duration of up to 5 years which is three years more than what Google supports on their own devices.
Add to that the Secure Enclave which is a hardware-based security chip and you are assured of worry-free security on your next iPhone.
Hardware: Best in class hardware
The OLED display on the XS Max simply improves upon the already perfect iPhone X display. With a bump in size, the display makes watching content even more immersive than before DisplayMate tested the iPhone's screen and found it to be one of the best displays on a mobile phone, specifically for the following reasons:
Highest absolute colour accuracy for any display (0.8 JNCD)
Highest full-screen brightness for OLED smartphones (660 nits)
Highest full-screen contrast rating in ambient light (140)
Highest contrast ratio (infinite)
Lowest screen reflectance (4.7%)
Smallest brightness variation with viewing angle (25%)
The iPhone XS Max also brings support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision, two of the most popular versions of HDR streaming that enables high-quality viewing and richer colours when used with the right content off iTunes, Amazon Prime and Netflix.
Apple’s long working relationship with Corning (makers of Gorilla Glass) has helped create a new version of Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass 6 which they say is “the most durable glass ever on a smartphone.”
What Hi-Fi were already fans of the iPhone X, but they loved the XS Max, even more, when it comes to sonic capability. Starting with the stereo speakers they found that they boasted a far wider soundstage, better balance, cleaner sound apart from being much louder. They even pointed out that the location of the speaker units themselves allow of far better stereo separation giving you an immersive sound.
Another great thing is that there is none of that weird sound trickery where the speaker is placed inside the USB port for better bass but ends up getting muffled upon inserting the cable (We are looking at you Pixel 3 XL and Mate 20 Pro).
Despite the lack of a headphone jack, the sound through wired headphones is improved as well. The sound is said to be clearer with more punch than the iPhone X.
The SoC too sees a major upgrade to the all-new A12 Bionic chipset. While it is still a hexacore processor, there are major improvements. Firstly the two performance cores (called Vortex) are 15% faster than on the iPhone X while the four power saving cores (called Tempest) are 50% more efficient. The graphics processor is a quad-core unit and a new octa-core neural network engine too has been added.
Another major change is the manufacturing process is now 7nm which makes way for a smaller die size and is, in fact, one of the first consumer products to ship with this process. A look at the benchmark shows it is pretty much the fastest mobile processor currently available, it completely decimates the Android phones especially when it comes to gaming where it is almost twice as fast.
Camera: One of the best out there
Apple has for the past few versions of the iPhone stuck to a dual sensor strategy and that doesn't change even in the wake of manufacturers going to three and even four sensors. While the megapixel count on the main rear sensor is still 12 MPx, the sensor itself is larger so you get a much larger 1.4 µm pixel size over the X’s 1.22 µm. The aperture is a wide f/1.8 to allow more light into the sensor and there is a 6-element lens as well. Complementing it is a 12 Mpx f/2.4 52mm telephoto lens for zooming. What's really good is both these sensors have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for steady shots. To illuminate the subjects there is a Quad-LED dual-tone flash.
DxOmark was pleased with the image capture which they said exhibited great details, pleasant colours and spot-on exposure. They found an improvement in the bokeh effect also over the iPhone X and in fact, felt it was amongst the best on a smartphone. But it is still no match for DSLR’s and their optical shallow depth of field effects especially when you throw challenging subjects at it. Autofocusing is also something they said is the best on a mobile phone which allows for quick image capture.
The optical image stabilization (OIS) helps you take more stable shots. The OIS actually helps to even take great low light photos where you can choose the shutter speed as slow as 1/4 seconds while shooting handheld.
What they did not like a lot was the zoom capability especially in the light of the P20 Pro and its monstrous sensors. While it can zoom reasonably well it's only when you really see the images that you notice a drastic drop in sharpness due to the high noise levels. DxOMark also found the flash to underexpose the images.
Another drawback that is not limited to Apple is the fact that under low light conditions the telephoto lens (even with OIS) is not used rather data from the main sensor is used and cropped to achieve zoomed results.
Selfie duties are still taken care of by the 7 MPx f/2.2 camera from the iPhone 7 days but it has improved in capture speed. Gsmarena found it to be good in terms of details, colours and contrast.
In DxOMarks test the iPhone XS Max scored 105 points second only to the Huawei P20 Pro which scored a 109.
For video, the XS Max supports 4K video at 30/60 fps and 1080p at up to 240 fps. Tests showed the iPhone XS Max can product videos with a good dynamic range with vivid colours and a lot of resolved details. The front camera too has received some changes in the form of support for 1080p 60fps video and also video stabilization is present.
Gsmarena loved the stereo voice recording on it that debuts this time. They even found out that it's not just basic stereo recording but a special wide stereo effect that records much cleared and richer sounds.
Battery: Good battery life but terrible charging time
iPhones have traditionally had small battery sizes, great battery lives, and extremely slow charging speeds. The iPhone X was no different with a 2716 mAh battery. But the Max pushes the envelope and makes way for what is one of the largest battery ever put on an iPhone- 3179 mAh. That number may look puny to Android users who are used to 4000mAh to 5500mAh battery beasts. To Apple (and Sony who thinks a 2620 mAh battery on the Xperia R1 is whopping!) it’s a huge step up from its past devices.
Even with a larger 6.5-inch display and more powerful internals, the battery life on the XS Max improves over the X. In Phonearena’s battery test, the XS Max lasted for almost 9 and a half hours putting it ahead of the Samsung Note 9, Galaxy S9+, Pixel 3 XL and all other iPhones.
Despite the hefty, hefty price tag Apple is cheap enough to give only a 5W charger with its flagship phone. For non-technical people, a 5W charger is usually found in the lowest end Android smartphone (costing around Rs.4999) with even Rs.10,000 smartphones now coming with 18W fast chargers in the box.
So do not have your hopes high for a good charging time and we certainly haven't got any. The iPhone XS Max takes a leisurely time of 3 hours and 26 minutes to fill up.
Phonearena even sarcastically pointed out that the cult classic “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” has a shorter play time. In fact, what's really funny is that phones were launched half a decade before it have charging times faster than it- talk about innovation.
But wait, the latest generation of iPhones do support fast charging and when paired with the right charger, show tremendous improvements. When Phonearena tested the iPhones with chargers from the iPad and MacBook here's what they found.
Charging the iPhone XS Max with a 12W iPad charger took 56 minutes to go from 0%-50% and 2 hours 38 minutes to go from 0%-100%
Charging the iPhone XS Max with an 87W Macbook charger took 30 minutes to go from 0%-50% and 2 hours 1 minute to go from 0%-100%
While that is still not as good what Android manufacturers can do especially with the sheer prowess of Oppo’s Super VOOC which can charge a 3400mAh battery in 35 minutes.
Apple has also improved wireless charging on the iPhone XS and XS Max so it takes 30 minutes less to charge the battery from empty to full. Before you head over to buy that wireless charging think that is fast, hold your horses, it still takes around 3+ hours to fully charge wirelessly (or inductively).
Best Android Phone
The best arrow in Android’s quiver
What does it have?
Display: 6.4 inches, QHD+, 18.5:9, 10 finger multi-touch support, Super AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 5, HDR 10
Hardware: Exynos 9810, 6/8 GB RAM, 128/512 GB internal storage
Sensors and Extras: Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Compass, Hall Sensor, HR Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Pressure sensor, Iris scanner, Fingerprint Scanner, Face Detection
Expandability: Dual sim nano, USB-C
Software: Android Oreo with Grace UI
Camera: 12 MP + 12 MP rear camera with dual LED flash, dual aperture, 8 MP front camera, 4K@30fps/60fps, 1080p@30fps/60fps/120fps/240fps, 720p@960fps
Battery: 4000mAh with fast charging support (QC 2.0)
Colours: Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue
Price: Rs.67900 (6GB/128GB), Rs.84000 (8GB/512GB)
Samsung for quite some time has had the reputation of being an Apple copycat, and that allegation was never false, most of the initial S-series smartphones were but a poor imitation of iPhones- in software and hardware. But with the Note series, Samsung made a bold statement and the world took note (pun intended!). It wasn't just a stylus-based phone for the sake of it, but a truly well-designed phone with the stylus being well thought and designed. Despite being perceived as a businessman's phone, Samsung’s added a whole range of colours so would don't have to be content with just the black one. You now get ocean blue, lavender, black and a recently introduced snow white colours for your Note 9.
After the explosive fiasco that was the Note 7, Samsung toned things down a bit with their Note 8 clearly not wanting a repeat of that incident. But with the Note 9, we can gladly say that they end up pushing the envelope for technology and innovation.
In terms of design the Note isn't a stark departure from the Note 8, but hey, if it ain't broke don't fix it! But what is fixed are the little things. Take the fingerprint sensor for example which was placed to the right of the camera sensor at an awkward angle, which meant people ended up smudging the lens. With the Note 9, the FP sensor is pushed down and falls more naturally.
All the other design elements make it worth the price, elements like the double curved glass front, the flat glass back, the tiny top and bottom bezels and best of all no ugly notch. Also while many people complain about space constraints in their phones and use that as an excuse to cut down on features (cough Oneplus). The Note 9 keeps a notch less display, dual speakers, stylus within the body, headphone jack, a 4000mAh battery and even wireless charging.
Samsung being Samsung does carry forward the same time-tested and revered Super AMOLED panel onto the Note 9 but it gets a minute size bump to 6.4 inches. The aspect ratio is a tall 18.5:9 just shy of the 19:9 due to a lack of notch and for good reason. The panel is populated with 2,960x 1440 pixels which give it a pixel density of 516ppi.
Gsmarena reported max brightness of 658 nits with a minimum brightness of 1.9 nits which makes it one of the best in its class. They also found the sunlight legibility to be very good and their tests showed the display could churn out some accurate colours with the delta E going as low as 1.2 which is excellent.
DisplayMate too had nothing but accolades to offer to the display awarding it the highest rating they had ever given to a phone- A+ rating. This is now shared with the iPhone XS Max as well. DisplayMate’s tests showed some interesting parameters of Note 9 with the phone having the ability to display up to 113% of the DCI-P3 WIde colour gamut and a whopping 142% of the sRGB colour gamut.
That translates into the phone being able to display a lot more colours. They also found the display to have the least reflectivity which is why the sunlight legibility was very good also their tests showed the Note 9 had the highest colour accuracy, the highest contrast ratio, and smallest brightness variation with viewing angles.
Talking about performance you get an Exynos 9810 and 6 gigs of RAM. The processor comes very close to last years iPhone X in most benchmarks. There's also a new liquid-carbon cooling system to enable better-sustained performance and Tom's Guide found that it actually does work, in fact, it allows the Note 9 to give better performance over a longer period than the Samsung S9+. But when compared to the iPhone XS Max and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro the Note 9 falls back with the iPhones scoring almost twice the frame rate as the Note 9 in gaming benchmarks.
Although the hardware is top-notch the software isn't the best, especially in comparison to Pixel 3’s superior stock Android. But Samsung is making changes to the software with the upcoming One UI which is designed to work better with taller aspect ratio displays.
The pièce de résistance, however, is the dual aperture rear camera, which can shift from f/2.4 all the way to a wide f/1.5. This was first found on the Samsung S9+ and to see it here is great.
You also get super slow motion video that is captured at a 960fps. DxOMark rated the Note 9 pro higher than the S9+ with a score of 103 that puts it behind on the Huawei P20 Pro, Apple XS Max and HTC U12+.
What pleased the testers at DxOmark was the quick autofocusing speed, the wide dynamic range, vivid colours, good bokeh effect and good details when zoomed even up to 4x. The video recording is also good with the same vivid colours being captured that are also very smooth courtesy of the image stabilization. Despite that when compared to the Pixel 3 and the iPhone XS Max the Note 9 lags behind when it comes to colours, dynamic range and details.
Talking about the main feature of the Note series and what lends it its name- the S-pen. The S-pen has seen a lot of upgrades over the years with improvements in design and pressure sensitivity. With 4096 points of pressure sensitivity and a new supercapacitor to power the battery, this years S-pen is the most radical. This supercapacitor lets the stylus work for around 30 minutes with just a 40-second charge. Oh, and the stylus too is IP68 water and dust protected for those moments when the stylus may just slip off your fingers.
The stylus also has support for Bluetooth that enables some interesting functionality like using the stylus button as a shutter for selfies or for skipping tracks. The stylus this time around is also coloured so you get a yellow S-pen with a blue phone, while a black and lavender coloured stylus with a black and lavender coloured phone respectively.
Samsung phones are updated slower than Pixel phones but a recent survey shows that they still receive most of the security updates on time. Also, Samsung’s Knox software comes with many enterprise security services baked into the phone. They are thus extremely secure when compared to regular phones. Most Samsung phones have received certifications from NSA and DISA for sensitive use.
To keep your phone secured Samsung has Face unlock along with Iris scan, which is slower than just using the fingerprint sensor. But a neat addition nonetheless.
And finally, to keep everything we mentioned above running you have a 4000mAh over the previous versions 3300mAh and the Samsung Galaxy S9+’s 3500mAh battery. According to PhoneArena lasts for nearly 9 hours with continuous use and takes around 1 hour 49 minutes to fully charge.
Who are the phones for?
The iPhone XS Max makes great sense if you want a phone that can do just about everything from photography, to videography, playback music, output high-quality video and allow you to game on it. The iPhone XS Max is what you buy if you want a near perfect smartphone experience and the price doesn't matter to you.
While Note 9 is the more productivity focussed smartphone. It allows you to create things other than just photos and video. The stylus allows you to draw stuff and the large storage and battery mean you can keep doing that without interruption.
Who is the competition?
Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL
Both the Pixels launched this year bring some amazing camera trickery that allows them to achieve great photos, better low light imaging and software enhanced zoom all with just one camera sensor. But apart from the camera, there's nothing much else that goes for them. The displays are not as good as those on the iPhone and Samsung flagships.
The Pixel 3 XL comes with a horrendous notch design. The frosted glass back while unique to look at and touch is prone to scratching easily. Then there is the lack of 4K 60fps recording and the low RAM issues despite being a flagship. Finally, when you factor in the price and all the issues and bugs people face it's better to buy an iPhone or a Samsung.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
At HomeTop we love the innovations brought by Huawei and Honor, in fact, we declared the Honor 8 Pro as one of the best smartphones under Rs.25000 due to its great build quality, terrific cameras, gorgeous display and excellent pricing. While a lot of that is true for the Mate 20 Pro, the pricing is also a lot.
Yes, do get a lot in the name of features and those triple cameras are going to be excellent but there are some flaws with the phone. The software is the major one followed by the comparatively weaker build quality. Huawei’s new nano SD cards are also difficult to find in the market and the video quality isn't that good.
Oppo Find X
The Find X was certainly one of the stars of 2018, a triumph of design that showed just how innovative a brand can be. Its motorised slider for the front and rear camera allowed it to achieve the near bezel-less display finally. But that's where the great things about it stop. For a smartphone priced at nearly Rs.60000, the UI looks awful, then there is a lack of obvious features like wireless charging and NFC which all flagships have.
Coming to build quality, the motorised slider although looks cool, may not last as long especially when introduced to a little dust, add to that the lack of IP rating and its tendency to bend when pressurised and you know that, this phone is not where you want to pour your hard earned money into.
Asus ROG Phone
The ROG Phone by Asus is an amazing gift for the true gamers out there who want something that fits into the pocket and can be flaunted around (when compared to the drab looking Razer Phone and Razer Phone 2).
For a price tag of Rs.70000 you get some serious hardware, starting with a binned (and overclocked) version of the Snapdragon 845 (that reaches up to 2.96Ghz!), a first in class 90Hz Super AMOLED panel, funky air triggers, customizable RGB ROG logo, 4000mAH battery and support for various gaming related attachments.
All the important addition Asus has made really help with gaming and you are assured of a far superior gaming experience when compared to other smartphones. The display especially is said to help deliver smooth visuals while gaming. The accessories are no ways cheap and the only reason to buy the phone would be if you are into serious gaming. If you are not, then stick to much subtle looking smartphones like the iPhone XS Max or the Note 9 rather than the mentally designed Asus ROG.
If you do look at sales number you will see that the iPhone XS Max even with that hefty price tag sells more than the XS. The two reason why are the display and the battery, that is reason enough to pick the XS Max which pushes the boundaries for an iPhone. Add to it the class-leading display, camera and processor and you really wouldn't want to look for an Android alternative.
If, however, you do want an Android alternative why not pick the best in Androids arsenal- the Samsung Note 9. It matches the iPhones display in terms of quality, trounces it in terms of creative application due to the stylus and offers nearly the same battery life but with improved charging performance. Despite that its priced almost Rs.40000 lower than the lowest end variant of the iPhone XS Max.