Also referred to as budget smartphones, such handsets that can be acquired for Rs 10,000 and below tend to offer excellent value to their users. Especially today, there are phones that are quite cheap and deliver a satisfying ownership experience with decent displays, camera and software updates.
Let’s take a look at various options that seem to offer the best bang for their buck.
REDMI NOTE 5
Redmi Note 5 is one of the latest smartphones from Xiaomi for the budget-oriented buyers. The phone starts at a price of Rs 9,999 for the 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage variant. It sports a generous 5.9 inches of Full HD+ (1080p x 2160p) IPS LCD display, Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, 12 MP main camera with f2.2 aperture and Phase Detection Autofocus as well as a 5 MP front camera. The body is made of metal with some plastic inserts. Redmi Note 5 is available in 3 colors – Black, Gold and Blue.
MOTO C PLUS
Moto C Plus is seemingly a very good value for its price, which is Rs 6,999. The C Plus comes with Android Nougat, delivers HD resolution on a 5-inch display and is powered by the 64-bit MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor. What’s more, it also gets 2 GB of RAM with an internal storage of 16 GB (expandable up to 32 GB). The main camera is a decent 8 MP unit with an aperture of f2.2. At the front, there is a 2 MP camera doing the duty. However, the single-most impressive feature in the Moto C Plus is the 4,000mAh battery.
REDMI NOTE 4
Redmi Note 4 is available at a number of places at varying prices and it can be had at the lowest price of Rs 8,999 (3 GB RAM variant). The handset has a unibody aluminium construction with a 2.5D front glass. The IPS LCD display is quite big at 5.5 inches delivering a Full HD resolution. What is impressive is that the phone is powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor while it runs Android Marshmallow. The primary camera is a 13 MP unit with an f2.0 aperture and it also gets Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF). Lastly, a fingerprint sensor also makes its way into the Redmi Note 4.
MOTO E4 PLUS
Moto E4 Plus is one more alternative from Motorola priced at Rs 9,999. It a good option for people who can spend a bit more money (over Moto C Plus). The display is slightly bigger than the C Plus at 5.5 inches, but delivers the same HD resolution. The two Motorola handsets also share the same MediaTek processor. However, the Moto E4 Plus gets a better 13 MP main camera with an f2.0 aperture.
Nokia 3 is almost touching the ceiling of Rs 10,000 with a price tag of Rs 9,499. But we have a very good reason to include this phone in this list. At the recently concluded Mobile World Congress (MWC), HMD Global announced that all phones from Nokia 3 onwards will come under the Android One program. Which means that Nokia 3 and all phones above it will receive fastest updates from Google for 3 years. And as far as the spec sheet is concerned, Nokia 3 gets an aluminium frame which houses a polycarbonate body making the phone quite rugged and good to hold. There is a 5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display which is polarized for better viewing experience under direct sunlight. The phone runs Android Nougat and gets the processing power from the MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor along with 2 GB of RAM. The back and front camera are both 8 MP with an aperture size of f2.0.
Redmi Y1 is another good option from Xiaomi at a price of Rs 8,999. The phone gets a fingerprint sensor at the back for added security, a 5.5-inch HD (720p) display, Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor with at least 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of inbuilt storage. Furthermore, there’s a 3,080mAh battery which is generally good enough to get through a full day. Also, there’s a 13 MP camera at the back with an aperture size of f2.2 and it gets PDAF for quick and accurate focus. But the front camera is even more impressive on paper with a 16 MP lens which should be able to good selfies.