Not very long ago, the term flagship smartphone referred to a high-end, loaded device that required an arm and a leg to acquire. Not anymore. The incursion of Chinese brands in the country has completely redefined this segment. Nowadays, its possible to buy a smartphone with top-notch specs under Rs 30,000. However, the large number of choices in this price segment is sure to confuse many prospective buyers. But fret not, heres a handpicked list of the top smartphones priced below Rs 30,000.
OnePlus 3T (Rs 29,999)
OnePlus undoubtedly had a great run in 2016, and much of it is due to the success of its two flagship devices the OnePlus 3 (review) and OnePlus 3T. For starters, the OnePlus 3T is an enhanced version of the OnePlus 3, and comes with a Snapdragon 821 processor under the hood. This chip is in fact, clocked faster than the one found inside the Google Pixel (review). Furthermore, the whopping 6GB of RAM makes the OnePlus 3T a beast of a device in terms of the raw power. The other highlights of the smartphone include a 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display, a 16MP f/2.0 Sony IMX 298 rear camera and a 3,400mAh battery. Also, it boasts Dash Charging technology that allows you to charge your OnePlus 3T from 0 to 60 percent in just half an hour.
Related Read: OnePlus 3T review
vivo V5 Plus (Rs 26,999)
The vivo V5 Plus might not pack loaded internals like the OnePlus 3T, but the one area where it excels is the camera department. The selfie camera to be more precise as the flagship from vivo packs not one, but two front cameras. This includes a 20MP f/2.0 sensor along with an 8MP shooter, which work together for a markedly improved depth of field. They allow you to capture selfies with the DSLR-like bokeh effect. The rear camera is quite powerful too, with a 16MP sensor at its disposal. Its worth noting that the rear shooter is capable of shooting 4K videos while the front camera is limited to full HD recording. The rest of the specifications of the smartphone include a 5.5 inch full HD IPS LCD panel with Gorilla Glass 4, Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.
Related read: vivo V5 Plus review
Honor 8 (Rs 29,999)
Just like the vivo V5 Plus, the main highlight of the Honor 8 is its camera. But in this case, the rear camera of the device is the centre of focus (quite literally), and not the front. The Honor 8 comes with a dual camera setup at the rear, which makes use of two 13MP f/2.0 sensors. While the device doesnt boast Leica certification like its sibling, the Huawei P9 (review), that doesnt mean its imaging performance is less promising. The rear camera is backed by a feature-packed camera app. The Honor 8 camera app comes with a bokeh mode that helps blur out the background to offer impressive photos, especially for close-ups and macro shots. Apart from the excellent rear camera, another major strong point of the Honor 8 is its all-glass design. The smartphone is covered by two slabs of Gorilla Glass both on the front and the back.
Related read: Honor 8 review
nubia Z11 (Rs 29,999)
This flagship device from nubia is more of a complete all rounder like the OnePlus 3T. The USP of the nubia Z11 is its 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD screen surrounded by narrow bezels. The nubia Z11 might not have a curved display like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (review), but the companys Frame Interactive technology (FIT) uses the edges of the display to their full potential by offering various gestures. Apart from the flagship-grade SD820 processor, the nubia Z11 comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory. For photography, the rear 16MP shooter is equipped with OIS, PDAF and a Sapphire Glass IR filter.
Related read: nubia Z11 Review
Xiaomi Mi 5 (Rs 22,999)
While Xiaomi might be working on its upcoming flagship, the Mi 6 (related read: what to expect from the Xiaomi Mi 6), the current high-end offering from the brand still remains a worthy choice. The Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor like the OnePlus 3, but the cores of this chip are clocked lower at 1.8GHz. Apart from that, it comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. The smartphone, especially the black variant, is quite an eye candy. The brand has made use of metal edges and glass for the front and back panels to ensure its 7.3mm sleek form-factor. As for the cameras, the Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a 16MP IMX298 sensor at the back and 4MP ultrapixel selfie camera. It also comes with a fingerprint sensor thats embedded onto the home button located on the front.
Related read: Xiaomi Mi 5 review
Moto Z Play (Rs 24,999)
The Moto Z Play isnt the fastest smartphone in this list, but where it outshines the others is modularity. For the uninitiated, the Moto Z Plays optional Moto Mods accessories attach to its rear to add more functionality. The available options include a projector mod, a speaker mod, and even a camera mod from Hasselblad. Coming to the specs, the Moto Z Play sports a 5.5-inch FHD Super AMOLED panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Under the hood, the Moto Z Play is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor and 3GB RAM. In the camera department, it has a 16MP f/2.0 rear camera module with laser autofocus and phase detection autofocus. Its also worth noting that the Moto Z Play houses a beefy 3,510mAh non-removable Li-Po battery in a slim profile.
Related read: Moto Z Play review
ASUS ZenFone 3 (Rs 26,999)
ASUS phones went premium with the ZenFone 3 lineup. In fact, the most expensive device in the range, the Zenfone 3 Deluxe is priced in the same territory as the Samsung Galaxy S7 territory, with its price tag starting at Rs 49,999. The mainstay of the series, the ASUS ZenFone 3 ZE552KL however, is priced just under Rs 30,000. This variant comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core chip, 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory. Up front, the smartphone packs a 5.5 inch Full HD Super IPS+ display with a layer of Gorilla Glass. The design of the ASUS ZenFone 3 ZE552KL is similar to the rest of the ZenFone lineup, thanks to the use of glass and a metal frame. As for the cameras, the ZenFone 3 comes with a 16MP f/2.0 rear shooter that features laser autofocus and PDAF. It also has an 8MP front-facing snapper for clicking wide angle selfies.
Related Read: Asus Zenfone 3 Review
Well, those are our top picks for smartphones in the sub-Rs 30k segment. A couple of other options worth checking out in this price range include the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and the Apple iPhone 6 32GB.
If a perfect Android experience is all you want, these phones might be your best bet
So far, 2017 has been an amazing year for smartphone enthusiasts. From devices like the dual-display toting HTC U Ultra to the sleek and majestic Samsung Galaxy S8, weve seen them all. The beauty of Android smartphones is that theyre all so very different, yet at the core of each device, resides the same framework to makes things happen.
So if youre in the market looking for a phone that deserves the title of being your next Android smartphone, weve some good news for you. At present, the Android smartphone market is filled with enticing devices to choose from. On the downside however, youd also realise that such compelling options often leave us spoilt for choice. Nonetheless, here are the best Android smartphones available in the market as of now.
How can a list of the best Android smartphones begin without the mention of the latest Samsung flagships? With the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung has tried to push the boundaries, quite literally, given the new devices hardly feature any bezels around the screen. if you can get past the eye-catching metal and glass design of the S8 duo, youd get to know that both these devices also pack a punch when it comes to raw power. An Exynos 8895 SoC (Or Snapdragon 835 in the US variant), 4GB RAM, large QHD+ Super AMOLED displays, excellent 12MP and 8MP cameras on the rear and front respectively, wireless charging you name it, and the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have it.
Related read: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ first impressions
OnePlus seems to have hit the bulls eye with the 3T. Featuring a powerful Snapdragon 821 processor, 6GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch full HD Optic AMOLED display, the 3T also offers a near stock Android experience with its Oxygen OS. The animations are fluid, the fingerprint scanner is fast, and the addition of the alert slider adds an extra layer of ease of use for the consumers. All this in a package that costs almost half of what other major flagships are priced at.
Related read: OnePlus 3T review
The U Ultra from HTC seems like another interesting device, provided you can look past a few quirks. The extremely shiny glass back of the smartphone is a characteristic trait of the U Ultra, and makes it quite appealing to the eye. While the U Ultra might not feature dual cameras, it does come with dual displays, the second one residing beside the front camera and providing an area for shortcuts and notifications. Under the hood, the device is powered by a Snapdragon 821 SoC and 4GB of RAM. You get a large 5.7-inch screen and a 3,000mAh battery but theres no headphone jack.
Related read: HTC U Ultra review
If a secondary ticker display is what you want, the LG V20 should be at the top of your list. It packs a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 3,200mAh battery. Furthermore, the phone also features dual 16MP + 8MP cameras at the back, that can be used to take some exhilarating wide angle shots. The V20 also bets big on audio, as it flaunts features such as Hi-Fi sound recording as well as a Quad-DAC for some oomph in the audio output via the headphone jack.
Related read: LG V20 review
If youre on a tight budget but want a powerful smartphone with a stellar battery life, the Redmi Note 4 seems like the obvious choice. Despite being as affordable as it is, the Redmi Note 4 comes stacked with a Snapdragon 625 SoC, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of expandable storage, all within a beautiful metal unibody design which now also comes in a matte black hue.
Related read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review
Another affordable smartphone that features a lot of metal in its exterior. The G5 Plus should be your go-to device if you want an amazing 12MP rear camera, as well as a fluid, streamlined software experience which should get future updates faster than most smartphones in its price segment. At the heart of the G5 Plus reside a Snapdragon 625 SoC, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 32GB of internal storage.
Related read: Moto G5 Plus review
If you want to experience Android as Google meant it to be, then you must use a phone that runs pure vanilla Android. And what better for this than Googles own Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Both devices come with AMOLED displays, Snapdragon 821 processors, and 4GB of RAM. Theyll also be first in line to get future software updates as and when Google issues the same. Another highlight of the Pixel devices is the 12.3MP primary camera that is regarded by many as the best smartphone camera on offer.
Related read: Google Pixel XL review
With the release of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, the last-gen Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are expected to get big price cuts, making them sweeter deals than before. Dont get us wrong, the S7 duo packs in decent hardware, including an Exynos 8890 SoC, 4GB of RAM and one of the best rear cameras on a smartphone. Not to mention the inclusion of IP68 dust and water resistance, beautiful Super AMOLED displays, as well as expandable storage.
The OPPO F3 Plus takes selfies to a whole new level with its dual 16MP + 8MP front cameras. Even the 16MP snapper at the back of the phone is bound to impress many. But the camera isnt the only plus point of the F3 Plus. The phone comes with a Snapdragon 653 SoC, 4GB of RAM and a massive 6-inch full HD display fitted inside a metal body with extremely thin bezels on the sides. The beefy 4,000mAh battery of the F3 Plus adds a further dimension to an already exciting device.
Related read: OPPO F3 Plus
With the G6, LG has undone and redone quite a few things it did with the G5. For starters, the modular Friend accessories are no more, as they make way for a premium unibody metal design. This also means that the battery is no longer user replaceable. On the flip side, the G5 sports extremely narrow bezels around its 5.7-inch display that comes with a 2:1 aspect ratio. In a nutshell, if the looks of the phone matter to you, the G6 would not disappoint you one bit. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 821 SoC, aided by 4GB of RAM. The dual camera setup on the back is much more refined and now comes with two 16MP sensors for better snaps.
Related read: LG G6 first impressions
There it is then. The best Android phones of 2017 so far are pretty much summed up in the list above. Which is your favourite pick out of the lot? Or do you have one thats not on the list? Let us know in the comment section below.
Dual cameras on smartphones arent new, but ever since the iPhone 7 Plus came out last year, this feature has gone completely mainstream. Weve seen quite a few smartphones boasting dual cameras lately, and while it started off with premium phones, one can find this coveted feature even in more affordable devices now.
Interestingly, not all dual-camera implementations on phones work in a similar fashion. In fact, brands like LG and Huawei have utilised multiple sensors to perform entirely different functions. So we at 91mobiles tried to decode the various dual camera setups found in the market. The result? We were greeted with some of the best dual camera smartphones you can pick for yourself. Without further ado, lets get started.
Huawei has reigned unchallenged in the flagship killer and premium segment with its dual-camera offerings and the company now hopes to extend its legacy in the budget segment as well, with the Honor 6X. Sporting a pair of 12MP and 2MP sensors on the back, the Honor 6X is a great smartphone for photography and comes with dedicated modes like pro photo, pro video, night shot and HDR. Up front, the smartphone gets an 8MP sensor which shoots great selfies as well. Suffice it to say, Honors experience in smartphone photography is reflected on the 6X as well.
The camera on the Huawei P9 is one of the USPs of the device. At the back, the Huawei P9 sports dual 12MP cameras which are certified by popular lens maker Leica. While one of the cameras features a full RGB sensor to capture colour, the other is a monochrome sensor for greyscale imagery. The monochrome sensor can capture up to two times the light captured by the RGB sensor. When you snap a photo, both cameras fire simultaneously, and the resultant image is a combination of the two pictures. In theory, this methodology should result in more details and better contrast and depth. Moreover, the 5.2-inch full HD display of the P9 is perfect to enjoy all your captures.'
A more affordable alternative to the Huawei P9 comes from the companys sub-brand Honor in the form of Honor 8, which also sports dual 12MP rear cameras, out of which one is an RGB sensor and the other is a monochrome sensor. However, unlike the P9, it cannot capture monochrome images directly, but you can apply a filter to achieve the same effect.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
The 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus is host to two 12MP rear cameras as well. While the camera hump is much bigger now, the Cupertino giant has utilised the prowess of the dual cameras well. The first sensor gets a 28mm wide-angle lens that can capture more area in a single frame, while the other is a 56mm telephoto lens which you can use to get 2X optical zoom without reducing the quality of the image. Apple has also revealed that the phone will soon get a software update that will allow you to take beautiful portraits with an enhanced depth of field and bokeh effect. The new iPhones come with loads of new features, and heres a look at the top seven.
Micromax Dual 5
The 13MP dual rear camera setup on the Micromax Dual 5 works exactly like the setup on the Huawei P9. The result is brighter photos with richer colours. In fact, the smartphone is no slouch when it comes to performance either. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 652 SoC, aided by 4GB of RAM and a 3,200mAh battery. On the front, the Dual 5 flaunts a 5.5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, which is also a plus point of the smartphone.
Related read: Micromax Dual 5 review
Coolpad Cool1 Dual
Another affordable offering in the list comes in the form of the Cool1 Dual, a product made jointly by LeEco and Coolpad. The phablet makes use of two 13MP shooters at the rear, which helps in depth sensing and an overall enhanced realistic bokeh effect. Apart from this, the device also gets phase detection autofocus, dual tone LED flash, as well as the ability to shoot 4K videos. Despite being the most affordable in the list, the Cool 1 Dual is quite loaded. It comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 652 SoC, 4GB of RAM and a beefy 4,000mAh battery to power the hardware.
LG V20 / G5
LGs successor to last years V10, the V20, is also a treat for shutterbugs. The V20 sports a 16MP camera with a 75-degree lens, and a secondary 8MP camera with a wide 135-degree lens at the rear. This means, that the V20 can enjoy a host of different shots, including some stunning wide angle captures. Whats more is that the V20 also gets a 120-degree wide-angle selfie camera with a resolution of 5MP. Interestingly, the V20 doesnt only have dual cameras, but it also rocks dual screens, as there is a smaller secondary display on top of the regular canvas.
Users can also look at the LG G5, which costs less than the V20 and comes furnished with the exact same camera setup. Whats more is that the smartphone is semi-modular, and allows users to swap its battery as well as attach several modules to boost the smartphones performance in various aspects.
Lenovo PHAB 2 Plus
enovo recently brought its affordable PHAB 2 Plus smartphone to India. As the name suggests, the device is a phablet sporting a gigantic 6.4-inch full HD display. At the back, the smartphone features dual 13MP cameras with f/2.0 aperture and features like laser autofocus, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. The augmented reality mode in the main camera lets you create photos and videos with superimposed effects like virtual backgrounds or cartoons. Selfie lovers wont be disappointed as well with an 8MP front shooter for selfies and video calls. And if this wasnt enough, the PHAB 2 Plus also comes with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Audio Capture 5.1 surround sound support to make for an immersive audio experience.
Googles Android operating system is ruling the mobile world with well over 80 percent market share of the active smartphones globally. Scores of OEMs across the world use Android, or its modified versions, to power their smartphones, simply because it offers them freedom to customise the OS according to the needs of its customers.
What this essentially means is that brands like Samsung, LG, HTC, Xiaomi, and the like, sell smartphones with their own flavours of Android. Sometimes, these phones are also filled with more than just the regular suite of Google apps, and include the brands own apps plus third-party ones; commonly referred to as bloatware. All this customisation tends to make the operating system heavy on the storage and also causes the phones to slow down over a period of time if they arent optimised properly. Another major issue is that OEMs take their own sweet time to update their smartphones to the latest version of Android.
This is precisely the reason why some people prefer a more straightforward stock Android experience on their smartphones. There are not many smartphones out there that actually offer such an experience. Heres our pick of the best options for stock Android smartphones you can find in India currently.
Google Nexus 6P
Although the Nexus 6P (review) is a smartphone that was launched a while ago, it surely deserves a place in this list because it is one of the best Nexus flagships. The Nexus 6p is a successor to the massive Nexus 6, that was launched in 2014 and featured a 6-inch screen. The Nexus 6P, in comparison, offers a slightly more compact 5.7-inch display. With specifications like a Snapdragon 810 processor and a QHD display, this phone has been updated to stock Android Nougat. It also offers an unparalleled experience in terms of performance and fluidity. Apart from the hardware and software goodness, the Nexus 6P comes with a sturdy aluminium chassis, which makes it look premium.
The Nexus 6P is available at a price of around Rs 31,000 in India through most leading retailers.
Motorola Moto E3 Power
The latest Motorola budget smartphone, the Moto E3 Power (review), is an affordable smartphone but with decent specifications for the price. The biggest plus point of this device is the 3,500mAh battery that it packs under the hood. Combined with stock Android, this phone can easily last up to two days on a single charge.
It even has an improved 8MP camera sensor on the back and a 5MP selfie camera.
Google Pixel / Pixel XL
Marking the end of the Nexus smartphones, the Pixel duo from Google established the search engine giants first proper foray into the smartphone business. Both the Google Pixel as well as the Pixel XL (review) are the first smartphones to carry a made by Google branding. Underneath the hood of the Pixel smartphones, users will find an industry-leading Snapdragon 821 processor which has been aided by 4GB of RAM. While the Pixel comes with a 5-inch full HD display, the Pixel XL comes furnished with a 5.5-inch Quad HD display. For software, the smartphones boot stock Android Nougat and utilise the refreshed Pixel launcher. Built from a blend of glass and metal, the Pixel smartphones retail upwards of Rs 55,000.
The Moto Z (review) is currently Lenovos flagship smartphone. It is the companys first attempt at a modular device, after the LG G5 was launched earlier last year. It brings with itself accessories known as Moto Mods, which paves the way for future modular phones from Lenovo.
Being the companys most ambitious venture into the flagship smartphone segment in a long time, the Moto Z has top-of-the-line specifications to complement its uniqueness. Running the Snapdragon 820 chipset and coupled with 4GB of RAM, the Moto Z will mostly run anything you throw at it with aplomb. The rear camera has a brilliant 13MP sensor that can be upgraded with Moto Mods. It also has a QHD display with the industry-standard 5.5-inch screen size.
The Moto Z is available in India at a price of around Rs 39,000.
Moto Z Play
The Moto Z Play (review) is the affordable version of Motorolas flagship range of smartphones this year.
The smartphone, other than running stock Android, also has a decent 16MP rear camera that comes with features like laser autofocus, and a dual-tone LED flash for photography and videos. The front camera on the Moto Z Play is a decent 5MP one for selfies and video calling. Moving on to the other specifications of the phone, the Moto Z Play utilises the Snapdragon 625 processor and has 3GB of RAM for multitasking. On the front is a decent 5.5-inch FHD display. The phone runs the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS and you can expect an Android N update soon enough. Of course, sharing the Moto Z lineage, it also supports modularity with support for Moto Mods.
The Moto Z Play is available in India at a price tag of Rs 24,999
Moto G5 Plus
Motorola updated its popular G series this year with the Moto G5 Plus (review). The smartphone, other than running stock Android Nougat, comes with a refreshed design and is made entirely out of metal. The G5 Plus is fairly compact too and comes with a 5.2-inch full HD display. Underneath its metal chassis, users will find a Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor which works in tandem with 3GB of RAM. Similar to its predecessor, the Moto G5 Plus also clicks stellar pictures with its 12MP rear-facing sensor and 5MP selfie shooter. Backed by a 3,000mAh battery, the G5 Plus is capable of punching out up to 5 hours of SOT.
The Moto G5 is available in India from Rs 14,999.
The tech driving our smartphones is evolving at breakneck speeds, making it faster, thinner, and sturdier. However, the one complaint which is synonymous to every is the battery life. Perhaps the only limitation of the modern-day smartphone is that we often have to change the way we user our devices depending upon the amount of juice left in the tank. If you happen to be facing a similar crisis and are always on the mercy of your smartphones battery, its time for a change. Below is a list of smartphones with mammoth batteries which will save you the trouble of looking for wall plugs or carrying power banks.
Lenovo P2 (from Rs 16,999)
Launched recently, the Lenovo P2 (review) is an affordable smartphone which has started a war within the family as it retails for roughly the same price as the Lenovo Z2 Plus. However, unlike the Z2 Plus, the P2 scores big on battery life owing to the massive 5,100mAh battery it ships with. Surprisingly, the massive battery doesnt make the smartphone feel heavy or look clunky; the P2 manages to keep its waistline under 9mm. Other specs of the smartphone include, a Snapdragon 625 processor with 3/4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.
Gionee M5 Marathon Plus (~Rs 20,000)
Being a phablet with a 6-inch full HD display, many would have assumed the Gionee M5 Marathon Plus (review) to have a sub-par battery life to power this large display. However, Gionee has packed its phablet with an equally big 5,020mAh battery to match its display. Suffice it to say, users can watch the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy on the M5 Marathon Plus in one go. Some other specs of the smartphone include an octa-core MediaTek processor aided with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone also comes with a 13MP rear camera and 5 MP front one. to have a sub-par battery life to power this large display. However, Gionee has packed its phablet with an equally big 5,020mAh battery to match its display. Suffice it to say, users can watch the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy on the M5 Marathon Plus in one go. Some other specs of the smartphone include an octa-core MediaTek processor aided with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone also comes with a 13MP rear camera and 5 MP front one.
Xiaomi Mi Max Prime (~Rs 20,000)
Xiaomi Mi Max (review) is an affordable phablet which packs a massive 4,850mAh battery to keep its 6.4-inch full HD display powered and running. While the text might not turn out as sharp as on a 5-inch display, the added screen size gives more room to watch movies or play games comfortably. The Mi Max Prime is powered by a Snapdragon 652 processor, with 4GB of RAM working in tandem. However, seeing as the Prime variant of the smartphone (price at Rs 19,999) which offers a Snapdragon 652 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage is sold out everywhere, users might have to settle with lower end model available with a Snapdragon 650 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
ASUS Zenfone 3 Max (from Rs 12,999)
ASUS makes this list with its Zenfone Max 3 2016 (review), which packs a 4,100mAh battery to power its 5.5-inch full HD display. Powering the Zenfone 3 Max is a Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, which works in tandem with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone comes with a pair of 16MP and 8MP camera sensors, one on the back and the other on the front.
Nubia N1 (from Rs 11,999)
Announced back in June, the Nubia N1 recently made its way to the Indian shores. The main highlight of the smartphone is the 5,000mAh battery, which the company claims can last a user up to three days on a single charge. The device uses aircraft grade aluminium in its construction, comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 processor. Suffice it to say, the Nubia N1 is sturdy smartphone which offers great value for money owing to its massive battery and decent internals.
Gionee A1 (Rs 19,999)
Gionees recently launched A1 smartphone is a premium offering from the company which kills two birds with one stone. Not only does the smartphone come with a massive 4,010mAh battery, but it also ships with a 16MP front-facing sensor aided by a dedicated flash, promising good selfies as well as long battery life. As for the rest of its specs, the A1 is powered by Helio P10 processor, and utilises a5.5-inch full HD display as its canvas. The handset ships with 4GB of RAM, along with 64GB of internal storage that can be further expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. Software-wise, it boots Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with Gionees home-brewed Amigo 4.0 UI on top.
For the past few months, weve 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 cant 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 hasnt 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.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Rs 9,999)
Launched in India recently, Xiaomis Redmi Note 4 (review) is probably the phone to beat in our list. Being a successor to the highly popular Redmi Note 3 (review), the device had some big shoes to fill, and it did just that. The 2GB RAM model of the smartphone comes with 32GB of internal memory, and is priced quite aggressively at Rs 9,999. For this price, you get a 5.5-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, and a premium looking metal unibody design along with a fingerprint scanner. For the shutterbugs, the smartphone comes with a 13MP rear CMOS camera, as well as a 5MP selfie shooter. In our review, we found the 4,100mAh battery of the Redmi Note 4 to be quite stellar. The handset lasted for about 17 hours in our video loop drain test, giving a clear idea how amazing the battery life is. The company is also selling a 3GB RAM variant of the smartphone with 32GB of internal storage at a price of Rs 10,999, as well as a 4GB RAM / 64GB storage variant at a price of Rs 12,999.
Lenovo K6 Power (Rs 9,999)
With the K6 Power (first impressions), Lenovo has offered a powerful compact offering in the sub-Rs 10k segment. Additionally, as suggested by its Power moniker, the device bets big on battery life, with a massive 4,000mAh battery stacked inside its metal unibody design. You can even use the smartphones battery to charge other devices, just like a powerbank. The Lenovo K6 Power has got all one would wish for in a handset of its class a fingerprint scanner, a 5-inch full HD display, an octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC as well as 3GB of RAM. The 32GB internal storage can be expanded further via a microSD card. To top it off, Lenovo has also included a 13MP / 8MP camera combo on the device.
Moto E3 Power (Rs 7,999)
The Moto E3 Power (review) is more or less the same as the regular Moto E3 smartphone, albeit it features 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.
Xiaomi Redmi 4 (Rs 6,999)
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 (review) is the successor to the Xiaomi Redmi 3s (review), which became the highest online-selling smartphone in India. Carrying forward the design elements of its predecessor, the Redmi 4 flaunts a 5-inch HD display, as well as a fingerprint scanner. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 435 chip which is backed by a beefy 4,100mAh battery that can last quite a while. Not to mention the numerous battery saving options built inside Xiaomis MIUI 8 skin. There are plenty of storage options as well, as the device is available in 2GB RAM / 16GB storage, 3GB RAM / 32GB storage and 4GB RAM / 64GB storage variants. Whichever model you opt for, its a win-win situation.
Micromax Evok Note (Rs 9,499)
The eye-catching metallic unibody design of the Evok Note (first impressions) from Micromax isnt the only thing going for it. The smartphone also packs a generous 4,000mAh battery to back up the octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC inside. Features like a fingerprint scanner and a microSD card slot for expanding the storage are a welcome addition. Other specifications of the phablet include a 5.5-inch full HD display, 3GB of RAM, and a 13MP / 5MP camera combo. If theres one thing that isnt in favour of the Evok Note, its probably its software which comes crammed with a ton of third-party apps.
Over the past few years, smartphones have grown even more powerful and offer enticing features, all inside a sleek eye-catching design. But one thing that took a nosedive due to these advancements is the battery life. The battery of a smartphone is probably the one thing that has advanced at a much slower rate than other hardware. But, better late than never. With brands pushing beefier batteries even inside slim phones, were finally seeing some worthy long-lasting devices. The fact that other hardware like processors and cameras have become highly efficient adds to the cause.
So if youre in the market looking for a battery-centric phone that doesnt burn a hole through your pocket, youre at the right place. Here are the top five smartphones with powerful batteries, all priced below Rs 15,000.
With the kind of popularity enjoyed by its predecessor, the recently unveiled Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has some big shoes to fill. The Redmi Note 4 certainly seems promising in that respect as it not only improves the design and shooting capabilities of the Redmi Note 3 (read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Redmi Note 3), but also takes a big step forward in terms of battery life. The shift to the highly-efficient Snapdragon 625 SoC means that the massive 4,100mAh battery lasts way longer than the 4,050mAh battery of the Redmi Note 3. The phone is no slouch when it comes to performance either, as it can run almost anything you throw at it without breaking a sweat. With up to 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a beautiful 5.5-inch full HD display, the Redmi Note 4 comes across as an attractive, all-round package.
Related read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review
The recent price cuts to the Lenovo Z2 Plus mean that the most affordable Snapdragon 820 device is now lighter on your pocket. Fuelled by a 3,500mAh battery, the 5-incher uses the next-gen USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. Whats more is that the device comes with support for Quick Charge 3.0, resulting in faster charging times. The handset is available in 3GB RAM / 32GB storage and 4GB RAM / 64GB storage variants. All said and done, the Lenovo Z2 Plus strikes a balance between battery life and performance.
Related read: Lenovo Z2 Plus review
One of the latest devices in the segment, the Coolpad Cool1 Dual is a smartphone to look out for. Not only does it come with a beefy 4,000mAh battery with fast charging support, but also with a future-proof USB Type-C port that is slowly becoming the norm. Powering the phone is the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, aided by 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 510 GPU. The major highlight of the device are its 13MP dual cameras at the back, something not every phone can boast about in this segment.
Related read: Coolpad Cool1 Dual first impressions
The launch of Lenovo K6 Note in December marked the release of the third device in the series in under 12 months after the brand showcased the VIBE K4 Note back in January last year. Inside the beautiful metal unibody design of the smartphone resides a non-removable 4,000mAh battery that is built to last long. Other hardware specifications of the device include a 5.5-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 430 SoC, and up to 4GB of RAM. The optics department is taken care of by a 16MP / 8MP camera combo on the rear and front respectively. As you might have guessed till now, the K6 Note is an ideal budget device for heavy users.
Related read: Lenovo K6 Note review
If you think these 4,000mAh battery-toting smartphones wont cut for you, then heres a phone that sports a massive 5,000mAh battery as well as a USB Type-C port. Priced at Rs 11,999, the ZTE nubia N1 comes with all the things one would want in a smartphone its price an octa-core MediaTek MT6755 SoC, 3GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch full HD display, and 13MP rear and front cameras. To top it off, it has a huge battery backup that can keep it going on for long hours without needing to recharge something which instantly sets it apart from the competition. Last but not the least, the device features a metal body made from aircraft-grade aluminium.
Related read: nubia N1 review
The P2 is yet another Lenovo device that comes with a brilliant battery life, although it fails to make our list because of its price tag of Rs 16,999. For the price, you get a mammoth 5,100mAh battery with fast charging support. Additions like the energy-efficient Snapdragon 625 processor, and a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display extend its runtime even further.
Related read: Lenovo P2 review
Through the years smartphones have grown to become powerhouses for consumers. These electronic devices are now responsible of holding data that can prove to be critical in ones life and as OEMs realised the growing importance of security, privacy took the top spot on every manufacturers list. This resulted in the inclusion of fingerprint authentication on smartphones. At first, it was a feature reserved for flagships, but today, fingerprint-enabled security has become a necessity rather than just a luxury.
Here are the top five smartphones with this special feature, which you can pick up without drilling a hole through your wallet.
Huawei has always been for providing more for less and it carried this trend forward with its recently launched no-compromise smartphone the Honor 5X, which, in all honesty, justifies the title quite well. The latest addition in Honor lineup treats the consumers with a vivid 5.5 inch 1080p canvas and the artist right behind it is a Qualcommm Snapdragon 616 Octa-Core CPU, which is further aided by a 2GB of RAM along with 16GB of onboard storage. Talking about the shooting prowess, the smartphone features a 13MP rear facing unit married with a 5MP front facing camera.
All this is wrapped in beautiful metallic body adorning the fingerprint sensor below the camera component promoting a much-desired premium appearance. The Honor 5X is available for Rs 12,999 and is up for grabs on Flipkart.
LeEco Le 1s
The Indian market was already overflowing with innumerable choices for a budget-friendly smartphone and LeEco took that into account before its arrival. This Chinese manufacturer realised that to stay on the shelves in an aggressive market, it had to give the consumers something that would leave no boxes unchecked and hence, came the LeEco Le 1s, priced attractively at Rs 10,999. The phone offers a vibrant 5.5 inches of 1080p IPS LCD display powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 CPU, backed up by a sufficiently healthy 3GB of RAM along with 32GB of onboard storage.
Coming to the capturing capabilities, the phone utilises a 13MP rear facing sensor knitted with a 5MP front-facing shooter. The device is also capable of capturing 4K video. The LeEco Le1S throws in some extra bits for its customers including an IR blaster and USB Type-C connectivity.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Next up on the list is a phone that was probably the most anticipated device among our Indian audience before its launch just a few days back. The latest from Xiaomi exhibits a 5.5 inch 1080p IPS LCD panel powered by Qualcomms latest Snapdragon 650 processor, supported by either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. The storage stands at 16GB or 32GB, depending upon the model you choose, which are priced at Rs 9,999 and Rs 11,999 respectively.
The handset is able to capture some impressive shots with its 16MP rear camera unit tied with a 5MP front-facing shooter. Every feature is ultimately powered by a whopping 4,050 mAh battery pack. All components are sheltered by a gorgeous metal design over which the fingerprint sensor sits in all its glory below the LED flash.
Lenovo K4 Note
It was high time for the next generation to succeed to the throne that the Lenovo K3 Note sat on, and realising that, the Chinese brand introduced us to the Lenovo K4 Note. The next in the K Note family features a 5.5 inches of 1080p Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panel powered a MediaTek MT6753 Octa-Core processor held out by satisfactory 3GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage.
Its shooting capabilities are formed by a 13MP rear-facing unit along with a front facing 5MP shooter. The Lenovo K4 Note is backed up a decent 3,300 mAh battery pack which ensures a long and lasting use. The fingerprint scanner here, too, adopts for the convenient rear placement as seen in most of the smartphones making the list.
Coolpad Note 3
At Rs 9,999, the Coolpad Note 3 is the most affordable smartphone in this list. This budget-friendly device makes use of a 5.5 inch 720p IPS LCD panel which works in harmony with a MediaTek MT6753 octa-core chipset, which is further allied with a decent 3GB of RAM and comes with 16GB of onboard storage. The device utilises a 13MP sensor as its primary camera along with a 5MP front-facing shooter.
The Coolpad Note 3 sports a healthy 3,000mAh battery to help it make it through an entire day without a charge. The fingerprint sensor sits right beneath the camera component as most of the Android devices out there.
You can also opt for Note 3s sibling, the Note 3 Lite, which manages to pack in a fingerprint scanner at a jaw-dropping price of Rs 7,000.