“Your search for the best budget smartphone ends here”
The amount of activity that’s being seen in the budget smartphone segment these days is unparalleled. Smartphone makers are on a constant spree to load their devices with the latest features without denting your pockets. Consequently, we now have smartphones with powerful processors, big screens and impressive cameras at nominal prices. As a matter of fact, all the smartphones making an appearance in our list boast 2GB of RAM and most of them come with 4G support. Had we not mentioned the prices alongside the monikers, you might not have believed how affordable these budget showmakers really are. If you are on a hunt for a pocket-friendly smartphone, take a look at these top five devices. Please note that these smartphones have been listed in no particular order, and the prices mentioned are the lowest available online at the time of publishing.
Currently one of the most popular smartphones priced south of Rs 8,000, the YU Yuphoria came into the limelight by being one of the first smartphones to offer 2GB of RAM in this price segment. The device hides under its hood a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor ticking at 1.2GHz. With 16GB of on-board storage, the memory on the Yuphoria is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. The display on the smartphone spans 4.7-inches with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, and comes with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. There’s an 8MP shooter accompanied by an LED flash on the rear, while a 5-megapixel camera resides on the front. The YU Yuphoria is a dual-SIM device and offers 4G, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n and GPS as its other connectivity options. The smartphone runs the latest version of Cyanogen OS, based on Android Lollipop, out of the box. A 2,230mAh battery backs the device.
The Lenovo A6000 Plus is another device loaded with standard budget smartphone segment features. Driving the A6000 Plus is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with four cores synchronously operating at 1.2GHz. The processor works in tandem with 2GB of RAM. Additionally, there’s an Adreno 306 GPU integrated with the processor. The internal storage on the device is 16GB, which can be further expanded up to 32GB. The device rocks a 5-inch HD display with a screen pixel density of about 294ppi. The Lenovo A6000 Plus is capable of capturing stills at 8MP, and there's a 2MP front snapper as well. The smartphone runs Android KitKat (v4.4.4) with Vibe UI 2.0 on top and offers 4G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS as connectivity options. Providing juice to the smartphone is a 2,300mAh battery.
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A relatively new player in the Indian smartphone market, InFocus grabbed fair bit of attention with its debut smartphone, the M2, which was priced below Rs 5,000 and rocked an LED flash with its front camera as well. Recently the brand launched M350, another loaded budget segment device. With a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6732 processor ticking inside, the InFocus M350 also features a Mali-T760 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The inbuilt storage of the phone is rated at 16GB, and can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. The fascia of the M350 is mostly taken up by a 5-inch IPS LCD screen with a pixel density of 294ppi. There’s an 8MP autofocus sensor with an LED flash, serving as the primary camera and another 8-megapixels shooter on the front. Out of the box, the device runs Android KitKat v4.4. One the connectivity front, the InFocus M2 sports 4G LTE support, Bluetooth v4.0 and Wi-Fi b/g/n. A 2,500mAh battery keeps the device alive.
Lava has tried to push limits with its Iris X8. The smartphone rocks an octa-core MediaTek MT6592M SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, with an integrated Mali-450 MP4 GPU and 2GB of RAM. While there’s 16GB of built-in memory, it can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card. The 5-inch IPS LCD display comes with a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The camera department houses an 8MP autofocus camera with dual-LED flash on the rear and a 3MP shooter im the front. The Android KitKat smartphone supports dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) configuration. Connectivity options include 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and USB OTG support. Rounding off the specs, there’s a 2,500mAh battery.
The Intex Aqua Speed HD earns a mention on our list with its impressive list of specifications. The smartphone runs Android KitKat and is powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6582 processor mated to 2GB of RAM. With 16GB of built-in storage, the Intex Aqua Speed HD offers expandable memory up to 32GB. Falling halfway between small and large screened smartphones, the Aqua Speed HD rocks a 4-7-inch HD display with a pixel density of 312ppi. The smartphone also boasts an 8MP autofocus primary shooter with LED flash, as well as a 5-megapixel front camera. Coming to the connectivity options, the Aqua Speed HD offers support for 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0 and GPS. The dual-SIM devices is backed by a 1,700mAh battery.
For those of you who are on a slightly tighter budget, another worthy option is the Coolpad Dazen 1 (review) which missed our list because of its lower built-in storage of 8GB. Another capable budget option is the Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G, which as the name suggests, offers 4G support and comes with Android Lollipop out of the box.
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