Best Budget Smartphones in India for May 2017

Updated 24 - May - 2017

If you are buying a smartphone in India, chances are you are buying something in the budget mobile range and there is huge catalogue to choose from. These budget mobile which are able to perform at par with entry level flagship devices. So, we put together our list of the top budget smartphone in India for May 2017 across various brands. Our Top 10 list gives best options for buyers wanting a smartphone available in a budget. These phones offer the best possible value in terms of specs, features and build quality.




Moto G5 Plus
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Moto G5 Plus

The Moto G-series has finally made a comeback and the G5 Plus is now one of the best budget smartphones available today. The performance might not be the best, but it definitely is the best camera phone in a budget. The phone has an improved design than last year and in our testing we found the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 quite dependable. You also get Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box and we can expect it to get the next Android update as well. The battery life is also quite good, but its USP is still its camera. Specs: Display: 5.2-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 RAM: 3/4GB Storage: 16/32GB Camera: 12MP, 5MP Battery: 3000mAh

Coolpad Cool 1
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Coolpad Cool 1

The Coolpad Cool 1, on overall terms, is the best budget smartphone that you can buy. The phone has the same internal as the Le 2, which is already one of the best performers available today and then it adds extra battery and a dual camera to it. The dual camera also lets users shoot really good portraits in Bokeh mode. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch,1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 RAM: 4GB Storage: 32 GB Camera: dual 13MP, 8MP Battery: 4000 mAh OS: Android 6.0

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 takes the third position in our list of best budget phones. It ends up at this spot because of reliable yet lowered performance figures. The battery life, though, is among the very best budget smartphones. The 4100mAh battery offers more than two days of usage on a single charge. The 13MP rear camera is an improvement over its predecessors’ 16MP as well. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 RAM: 4GB Storage: 64GB Camera: 13MP, 5MP Battery: 4100mAh OS: Android 6.0

Xiaomi Mi Max
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Xiaomi Mi Max

The Xiaomi Mi Max is the currently the best option if you want a phablet in a budget.The large device features a 6.44 inch display which is really good and ideal to watch videos on. The performance is also top notch, since it is using the same SoC as the Redmi Note 3. Further, a larger footprint translates into a larger battery, which provides more than two days of usage on a single charge. Specs: Display: 6.44-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 RAM: 3GB Storage: 32GB Battery: 3850mAh OS: Android 6.0

Nubia ZTE Z11 Mini
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Nubia ZTE Z11 Mini

If you want a good camera phone in a budget, nothing beats the Nubia Z11 Mini. The camera quality of this 5-inch phone is truly amazing. It also has one of the best display we have seen in a while. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC, which is good enough for day to day tasks, but the overall performance could have been better. Display: 5-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 RAM: 3GB Storage: 32GB Battery: 2800mAh OS: Android 5.1.1

Honor 6X
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Honor 6X

Honor’s latest smartphone feels and looks like any other budget smartphone, but unlike many smartphones out there, it features a new SoC, developed by Huawei itself. It also has 3GB of RAM, along with 32GB of storage. While it does not have the best in class performance, it does have one of the best cameras we have seen on a budget smartphone in recent times. The 12MP + 2MP dual camera setup takes good images in general and can also take nice ‘Bokeh’ images. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p SoC: HiSilicon Kirin 655 RAM: 3GB Storage: 32GB Battery: 3340mAh OS: Android 6.0

Moto G4 Plus
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Moto G4 Plus

The latest G Series smartphone from Motorola features a stellar camera, making it very recommendable if you are looking for budget smartphones under 15000 rs. The performance is not as good as the LeEco Le 2 or the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, but it can still handle most tasks with ease. It has a 5.5-inch FHD display, along with 16GB and 32GB storage sizes. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 RAM: 3GB Storage: 32GB Battery: 3000mAh OS: Android 6.0.1

InFocus Epic 1
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InFocus Epic 1

The InFocus Epic 1 is one of the better budget phones in the market. The deca-core powered smartphone is easily one of the best performers in the category. Apart from that, it has a good camera and is well built. The camera and battery life could have been better but they are not really a deal breaker. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 RAM: 3GB Storage: 32GB Battery: 3000mAh OS: Android 6.0.1

XIaomi Redmi 3S Prime
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XIaomi Redmi 3S Prime

The Redmi 3S Prime is a 5-inch device that performs well and has a solid build, making it one of the best budget phone under Rs.15,000. Powered by a MediaTek Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, the phone is swift and does not slow down very easily. It is also one of the best Android smartphones under Rs. 15,000 when battery life concerned, but lacks the performance of the similarly-priced Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. The 13MP rear camera isn't the best in the category, but still manages to be good enough for the price. Specs: Display: 5-inch, 720p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 RAM: 3GB Storage: 32GB Battery: 4100mAh OS: Android 6.0

Lenovo K6 Power
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Lenovo K6 Power

Lenovo's K6 Power has the same design and form factor as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. The performance is handled by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC that fares reasonably smooth. The performance is further enhanced by 3GB of RAM, which aids better multi-tasking. It features 32GB of internal storage which can be further expanded via microSD cards. There is a 13MP rear camera at the back, which is one of the best phone we have seen in this budget smartphones category. Specs: Display: 5-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 RAM: 3GB Storage: 32GB Battery: 4100mAh OS: Android 6.0

Here's is the summary list of Best Budget Smartphones in India for May 2017

Product NamePrice starting fromAvailable atRating
Moto G5 Plus14999N/A78/100
Coolpad Cool 110999Amazon77/100
Xiaomi Redmi Note 412999flipkart77/100
Xiaomi Mi Max14999AmazonN/A
Nubia ZTE Z11 Mini12999Amazon67/100
Honor 6X12999Amazon72/100
Moto G4 Plus11499AmazonN/A
InFocus Epic 112890Amazon72/100
XIaomi Redmi 3S Prime8999Amazon73/100
Lenovo K6 Power9999flipkart73/100