Breaking the usual stereotypes of historic specifications and poor build quality, smartphone market now has much more to offer for the budget Indian, owing to the likes of Moto clan and new Chinese entrants like Xiaomi. With the festive season on way, if you are looking to own or gift a budget smartphone, then here are the top 5 smartphones you should look forward to.
5. Asus Zenfone 4 – Rs 6,999
The smartphone sports a good design and user interface. It is pretty smooth for basic phone usage and could also take on a few heavy games. Staying true to standard budget-smartphone specifications, the 4-inch model features a 5MP average camera, but the front-camera is not a good fit for selfies.
4. Lava Iris X1 – Rs 7,999
3. Micromax Android One – Rs 6,499
Micromax Canvas A1 is the best smartphone made by the company. It is dwarfed by the specs of the Canvas Knight or the Canvas Nitro, but is actually a way better overall experience in terms of usability, stability, and longevity. In fact, it looks way more expensive and sophisticated than its price suggests. It’s also great value thanks to the price, while the promised updates from Google are the cherry on top. The only drawbacks are the camera, which is not terrible, but could be better.
2. Xiaomi Redmi 1s – Rs 5,999
The Redmi 1S is Xiaomi’s second blockbuster smartphone, following the higher-end Mi 3. Just like the Mi 3, it comes with high-end specs at an economical price tag of Rs 5,999. The Redmi 1S sports a 4.7-inch 720p IPS display. It comes with 16GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot that further expands it up to 64GB. It is fuelled by a 2000mAh battery and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Xiaomi’s MIUI layer on top. There’s an 8MP rear shooter and a 1.6MP front camera.
1. Moto E – Rs 6,999
Apart from being a handset from a reputed OEM, with extensive after sales support, you don’t feel short-changed when it comes to the features and performance. If you’re going to diss the Moto E because of its sub-par camera and the fact that it doesn’t have a front-facing one, then you’re missing the point. If you are a first time smartphone user or wish to introduce someone to the world of Android, then the Moto E makes a great choice under Rs 10,000.