If you have been waiting to buy a new smartphone, the best time of the year is here. Flipkart and Amazon’s festival sales are upon us, and the e-commerce giants are offering enticing deals on smartphones. Flipkart’s Big Billion Days sale and Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale are set to start on 23 September. Flipkart’s Plus members and Amazon’s Prime subscribers can access the offers a day early – from midnight on 22 September. Both sales have offers on smartphones from almost all major brands as well as enticing bank offers and exchange offers.
Out of the many deals out there, some really stand out and offer tremendous value for money. Here are the top 10 ‘grab-it-before-they-are-gone’ smartphone deals this festival season:
Under Rs 12,000
Poco M4 Pro/ Poco M4 5G
The POCO M4 Pro usually retails for Rs 14,999 but will be available during the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale for as low as Rs 9,749. This makes it a great option for those seeking a smartphone with a good quality AMOLED display for under Rs 10,000. The M4 Pro is powered by the MediaTek helio G96 chipset and features a 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, a 5,000mAh battery, and a triple camera setup at the back with a 64MP primary sensor.
Those seeking an affordable yet capable 5G smartphone can look at the POCO M4 5G. This 5G-capable smartphone usually retails for Rs 15,999 but will be available during the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale for Rs 9,749, including Axis Bank/ ICICI Bank offers. The POCO M4 5G is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset and features a 6.58-inch FHD+ LCD display, a 5,000mAh battery, and a dual camera setup at the back with a 50MP primary sensor.
Samsung M33 5G
The Samsung Galaxy M33 5G, which has a massive 6,000mAh battery, usually retails for Rs 15,999 but will be available during the Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale for Rs 11,999 – including SBI Bank offers. The M33 5G is a great buy at this price as it has a sizeable battery and is powered by the same Exynos chipset found in pricier models like the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G. Key specifications include a 6.6-inch FHD+ LCD display with 120HZ refresh rate, a dedicated microSD card slot, and two years of software updates as well as up to four years of security patches.
Below Rs 20,000
iQOO Z6 Pro 5G
If performance matters to you and you are on a relatively tight budget, the iQOO Z6 Pro 5G is a great option. The smartphone is powered by the speedy Snapdragon 778G chipset which is found on pricier smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy A52s. It also has an enhanced liquid cooling system in order to prevent overheating. The Z6 Pro 5G usually retails for Rs 20,999 but will be available during the Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale for Rs 17,990. Key specifications include a 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, a 4700mAh battery with 66W fast charging, and a triple camera setup at the back with a 64MP primary sensor.
POCO F4 5G
The POCO F4 5G usually retails for Rs 27,999 but will be available during the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale for as low as Rs 19,999, including a flat discount of Rs 4,500, Axis Bank/ ICICI Bank offers worth Rs 1,500, and an exchange bonus of Rs 2,000. This special discount will only be applicable during the early access (provided to Plus customers) and the first day of the Big Billion Days sale.
The POCO F4 5G is again a great option for those who value performance as it is powered by the flagship-grade Snapdragon 870 chipset. It comes with a 64MP primary rear camera, UFS 3.1 storage, a 4,500mAh battery, and a 6.6-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
Realme 9 5G Speed Edition
If you want a future-proof, fast, and speedy all-rounder that does not break the bank, the Realme 95G Speed Edition is an excellent option. The phone, which usually retails for Rs 19,999, will be available during the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale for as low as Rs 14,999. The Realme 9 5G SE is powered by the 6nm-based Snapdragon 778 G chipset, which should ensure good energy efficiency and snappy performance. It has a 48MP primary rear camera, a 5,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging, and a 6.6-inch FHD+ LCD display with a 144Hz refresh rate.
Below Rs 30,000
Oppo Reno 8
The OPPO Reno 8, whose retail price is Rs 38,999, will be available for Rs 26,999 during Flipkart’s Big Billion Days sale. The phone is a sensible purchase at that price, especially for those who value design and aesthetics. The smartphone has a sleek and streamlined unibody design and is also fairly thin and light – which reduces fatigue over extended use. It is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 chipset, a capable processor capable of tackling day-to-day use, and features OPPO’s fast 80W SUPERVOOC flash charging technology that allows for a full charge in just 28 minutes.
The Google Pixel 6a was recently launched in India at quite a steep price of Rs 43,999. The smartphone will be available for as low as Rs 27,699 during the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale. This offer price includes a Rs 3,000 discount via bank offers and an additional Rs 3,500 discount on prepaid transactions. At this price, the Pixel 6a offers stellar value for money thanks to a pure Android experience, capable internals, and competent cameras.
The Pixel 6a is powered by Google’s in-house 5nm-based Tensor chipset, which is both powerful and efficient. Google also provides five years of software updates, which is the best in class. In fact, the Indian variant of the Pixel 6a has already started receiving the Android 13 update.
Rs 30,000 and above
iPhone 12/ 12 Mini
The Apple iPhone 12 was unveiled in 2020 but is still a good smartphone. It looks almost identical to the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 and does not look or feel outdated. Additionally, the 5G smartphone has years of software support ahead of it, capable cameras, a 6.1-inch Super Retina OLED display, and the A14 Bionic chipset – which is powerful enough for most users.
While the iPhone 12 usually retails for around Rs 55,000, the 64GB variant has been listed on Amazon for Rs 42,999. On top of this, SBI card holders can save up to Rs 1,500 making the effective price Rs 41,499. The 128GB variant of the iPhone 12 on the other hand is listed for Rs 47,999. Users can use their SBI card to add a further discount of Rs 1,500, which makes the effective price of the iPhone 12 128GB Rs 46,499.
Those who want a compact smartphone can also take a look at the iPhone 12 Mini. It features a 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display, dual 12MP rear cameras, and the A14 Bionic chipset. The smartphone is usually listed for around Rs 55,000 but will be available at just Rs 33,990 – inclusive of ICICI Bank offers – during the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale.
The iPhone 13 was unveiled in 2021 and is powered by Apple’s A15 Bionic chipset. It features a bright 6.1-inch Super Retina OLED display, a dual 12MP rear camera setup with bigger sensors than the iPhone 12, and a 12MP selfie camera. The 5G smartphone can usually be found for around Rs 69,000 but will be available for Rs 52,990 during Flipkart’s Big Billion Days sale. The 128GB variant of the phone is listed at Rs 54,990 and there is an additional discount of Rs 1,500 for Axis Bank/ICICI Bank holders. On top of that, there is an extra Rs 500 discount for ICICI credit card transactions.
The 256GB variant and the 512GB variant are also available at an effective price of Rs 62,990 and Rs 82,990 after bank offers. At these prices, the iPhone 13 is a great option for those looking to upgrade from an older iPhone, such as the 11 or the XR.
Samsung S21 FE
Samsung’s Galaxy S21 FE has flagship-grade cameras, internals, and build quality. The smartphone, which usually retails for Rs 49,999, will be available during the Flipkart Big Billion days sale at a mouth-watering price of Rs 31,999. At this price, the Galaxy S21 FE is a stellar option for those looking for a high-end smartphone experience without spending a fortune. The smartphone is powered by the Exynos 2100 chipset and features a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a triple rear camera setup with a 12MP primary sensor, and a 4,500mAh battery with 25W fast charging.