"Looking for a long-lasting powerhouse at a budget? Here are our top picks"
For the past few months, we’ve witnessed some interesting budget smartphones being launched with a bunch of killer specifications for their price. That said, all that bragging about features and specifications is of no use if you can’t use them without worrying about the battery life. In comparison to the other hardware components inside a smartphone, the battery tech has largely been the same for quite a while. But, this hasn’t stopped the brands to stuff their smartphones with some massive batteries, resulting in an improved battery life for the smartphones. A combination of bigger batteries, power efficient processors, and better-optimised software has resulted in an exemplary battery performance in some smartphones. Today we look at five such smartphones, which come under the price tag of Rs 10,000.
Launched in India in March this year, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 (review) is probably the phone to beat in our list. The 2GB RAM model of the smartphone which comes with 16GB of internal memory is priced quite aggressively at Rs 9,999. For the price, you get a 5.5-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 650 processor, and a premium looking metal unibody design along with a fingerprint scanner. For the shutterbugs, the smartphone comes with a 16MP rear camera, as well as a 5MP selfie shooter. In our review, we found the 4,050mAh battery of the Redmi Note 3 to be quite stellar. Even after a day of heavy usage and about 4.5 hours of SOT, we were still left with 25-30 percent juice to spare for the night. The company is also selling a 3GB RAM variant of the smartphone with 32GB of internal storage at a price of Rs 11,999.
The Moto E3 Power (review) is more or less the same as the regular Moto E3 smartphone, albeit featuring a bigger 3,500mAh battery and double the internal storage than the regular variant. The entry-level smartphone comes with a MediaTek MT6735P SoC clocked at 1GHz, coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. Running a near stock version of Android Marshmallow, the Moto E3 Power gets an 8MP primary snapper along with a 5MP secondary camera. The device is also perfect for one hand usage, thanks to the smaller 5-inch 720p canvas. Motorola promises rapid charging for the Moto E3 Power, claiming up to 5 hours of usage on just 15 minutes of charging time.
Talking about one-hand usage, the Xiaomi Redmi 3s (review) is also a perfect device in this aspect. It features a 5-inch 720p display encased in a premium metal design. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by quad-core Snapdragon 430 processor, mated to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The company has also unveiled the Redmi 3s Prime, which comes with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and even a fingerprint scanner at a price of Rs 8,999. But the strongest point in favour of the device is its massive 4,100mAh battery, which can easily last you about two days on regular usage. In our video loop test, the device lasted almost 14 hours before giving up, showing how good the battery really is. That said, such a big battery also takes a long time to go from zero to 100.
The X38 smartphone from domestic vendor Lava is also a worthy budget smartphone with a decent battery life. The Android Marshmallow-powered device supports VoLTE and comes with a large 4,000mAh battery. The rest of its specifications are pretty similar to the Moto E3 Power, as it comes with a 5-inch HD display and runs on a quad-core 1GHz processor. The 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory leave a little to be desired, but the smartphone covers some ground by offering an 8MP rear camera along with a 2MP front shooter, both accompanied by a LED flash. The Lava X38 is being offered in Blue or Grey hues on Flipkart and other e-commerce portals.
The ASUS ZenFone Max ZC550KL (review) which was launched year, is still a great device, especially after receiving its share of price cuts. It sports a 5.5-inch HD display protected by Gorilla Glass. Other specifications of the device include a Snapdragon 410 SoC, 2GB of RAM and a 13MP / 5MP camera combo. The highlight of the device however, is its monstrous 5,000mAh battery that promises 37 hours of talktime. This means, it should easily last you two days on moderate usage. Another interesting point worth mentioning is that one can also use the ZenFone max as a powerbank to charge other devices via an USB OTG cable.
Thanks to the growing competition, you now have an ample amount of long lasting smartphones to choose from. What are your picks? Do let us know in the comments section below.