Top Budget Smartphones in India 2017

We’ve come a long way when it comes to smartphone innovation in the last few years. Thanks to open source operating systems like Android, getting a budget smartphone has become increasingly cheaper nowadays and while companies are investing billions in research and development of their top tier flagships, they recognize the low range to be equally crucial as well. Even basic smartphones now cost less than INR 10,000 and are no longer bulky or ugly. They get the job done, i.e performing everything a top tier phone can, but obviously at a little slower pace. Yet, for the price, they are increasingly worth it.

We have compiled a list of the best 5 smartphones available in India for less than 10,000 rupees.

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4:

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For just Rs 9,999, the Redmi Note 4 has redefined the hardware capabilities on an affordable handset. It looks and feels like a much more solid, with an attractive good-looking aluminium build, smooth performance and great battery life. Its camera is very good for its segment and gets the job. In fact, this device has been a bestseller in India for multiple quarters according to research firm IDC and has helped Xiaomi become the #1 smartphone vendor in India, alongside Samsung.

The Redmi Note 4’s Snapdragon 625, which is considered to be the ideal mid-range chipset for this generation, provides excellent performance with great power efficiency and thermal properties. The battery life of this phone is astonishing, the MIUI experience is smooth, and the camera does well on all occasions.

Specifications:

OS: Android 7 (Nougat)

Screen size: 5.5-inch

Resolution: 1080 x 1920

CPU: Snapdragon 625

RAM:: 2/3/4GB

Storage: 32/64GB

Battery: 4100mAh

Rear camera: 13MP

Front camera: 5MP

2. Xiaomi Redmi 4

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The Redmi 4 (also known as Redmi 4X) is another mighty contender in the category. It comes in 2GB, 3GB and 4GB RAM: variants with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of internal storage respectively. The processor is very efficient in performing normal day to day tasks and MIUI is super stable. The device also features a fingerprint scanner, which is unheard of at this price point. The camera is sufficiently good and video recording is satisfactory. The design is same ‘ol Xiaomi classic that doesn’t disappoint.

Specifications:

OS: Android 6 (Marshmallow)

Screen size: 5.0-inch

Resolution: 720x 1280

CPU: Snapdragon 435

RAM:: 2/3/4GB

Storage: 16/32/64GB

Battery: 4100mAh

Rear camera: 13MP

Front camera: 5MP

3. Lenovo K6 Power:

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The Lenovo K6 Power is a close competitor to the Redmi 4. The K6 Power also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC. It comes with 3GB of RAM: and 32GB of storage, which can be extended further via a microSD card. However, the 5-inch phone packs a 1080p display, and a good 13MP rear camera. The K6 Power is aimed to give exceptional battery life without carrying the ugly tag in its appearance.

Specifications:

OS: Android 7 (Nougat)

Screen size: 5.0-inch

Resolution: 1080 x 1920

CPU: Snapdragon 430

RAM:: 2/3GB

Storage: 16/32GB

Battery: 4,000mAh

Rear camera: 13MP

Front camera: 8MP

4. Yu Yureka Black

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Yu is a sub-brand of Micromax and used to occupy the top spot in the budget segment at one point in time. Yu has been aiming to make a comeback with the Yu Yureka Black and they indeed have made a worthy offering. We have listed this device at #4 because of it’s UI. Many find it to be very cumbersome and bogged down at times due to poor optimization. But that doesn’t mean the device is a bad performer. It can definitely get all the normal tasks done like a breeze. While it has more RAM: for the price, you may have to sacrifice on battery capacity when compared to the Redmi 4 or Lenovo K6 Power.

Specifications:

OS: Android 6 (Marshmallow)

Screen size: 5.0-inch

Resolution: 1080 x 1920

CPU: Snapdragon 430

RAM:: 4GB

Storage: 16/32GB

Battery: 3,000mAh

Rear camera: 13MP

Front camera: 8MP

5. Moto E4 Plus

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The smartphone is the first to feature a fingerprint sensor to the E- series. The highlight of the phone is its huge 5,000 mAh non-removable battery, which provides enough power and can last more than a day even with aggressive usage. Moto phones are popular for their very near stock Android experience and hence they also receive software updates quickly. The downside here is a missing FullHD Panel and a MediaTek processor.

Specifications:

OS: Android 7 (Nougat)

Screen size: 5.5-inch

Resolution: 720 x 1280

CPU: Mediatek MT6737

RAM:: 3GB

Storage: 16/32GB

Battery: 5,000mAh

Rear camera: 13MP

Front camera: 5MP

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