Best Budget Smartphones in India for May 2016

By DigitUpdated 28 - May - 2016

If you are buying a smartphone in India, chances are you are buying something in a budget and there is huge catalogue to choose from. There are budget phones which are able to perform at par with entry level flagship devices. So, we put together our list of the best budget phones in India for 2016 across various brands. It has a mix of highest rated smartphones priced around Rs 15,000 in India. Our Top 10 list gives best options for buyers wanting a smartphone priced under a budget of 15k offering best possible value in terms of specs, features and build quality.




Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Xiaomi is back and what a comeback. One of the most talked about companies in the Indian smartphone scene, took its time and came up with a very good phone, the Redmi Note 3. The phone trumps everything when it comes to performance, even phones which cost atleast Rs. 30,000. The battery is more than commendable at 4000mAh and offering at least 12 hours of usage on a single charge. The 16MP rear camera might not be the best but it takes good pictures nevertheless. However, at Rs. 11,999 you are still getting the best deal for a budget smartphone, hence it acquires first position.

LeEco Le 1S
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LeEco Le 1S

Another phone which caught everyone’s attention is the Le 1s from Le Eco. Powered by MediaTek’s Helio X10 SoC, the Le 1S is easily one of the most powerful phones currently available under the budget of Rs. 15,000. There is 3GB of RAM and an ample storage of 32GB. The phone is further complimented by its clean candy bar design and metal unibody. The 5.5-inch FHD display is good and the rear 13MP shooter takes fairly decent images. The only thing the phone lacks is a good battery life, which is not at par to the good performance.

Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML
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Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML

Priced at Rs. 13,999, the Asus Zenfone 2 is an affordable yet very capable version of the popular 4GB based Asus Zenfone 2. It uses a 1.83GHz quad-core variant of the Intel Atom SoC instead of the 2.3GHz variant which is being used in the higher models such as the Deluxe model. While this model has only 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, it still offers good specifications and a smooth lag free performance. It also offers one of the best gaming experience in this budget. Moreover, Asus has equipped the phone with a good display and a decent camera as well.

Xiaomi Mi4i
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Xiaomi Mi4i

Xiaomi Mi 4i is still one of the most good looking phones in this price category regardless of its plastic body. The phone sports a beautiful 5-inch 1080p display which is still the best display on a phone under the budget of Rs. 15,000. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC, the Mi 4i is able to churn out a decent performance. Initially it did encountered some heating issues but they have been resolved via software patches. Moreover, the phone still has one of the best rear camera and battery life in the price category.

Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
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Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

This year Lenovo launched the successor to the K3 Note conveniently calling it the Vibe K4 Note. One can certainly see the design reference taken from Motorola phones, with its slightly curved back. The performance is handled by an Octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC which is able to handle almost all tasks with ease. The performance is further enhanced by the 3GB RAM which is able to provide better multi tasking. The phone features a 16GB internal storage and can be further expanded via a microSD card. There is a 13MP camera at the rear and the phone does feature a fingerprint sensor at the back.

Honor 5X
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Honor 5X

The Honor 5X is the successor to the previous Honor 4X smartphone. It sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD panel with Full HD resolution which offers good viewing angles. Powered by the relatively new Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 SoC, the phone boasts a reliable performance. There is little to complain about the build and design as it has a metal unibody build with nice clean design and it also boasts a very good rear camera, thanks to the Sony Sensor. The 3000mAh battery also does a decent job and is able to last a day’s worth of usage easily.

Moto G Turbo
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Moto G Turbo

The Moto G Turbo is a blend of commendable performance thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC, a waterproof body and the assurance that it will get the latest Android update earlier than any other branded smartphone in the market (except Nexus of course). The rest of the specifications are similar to the Moto G (3rd gen) which is still a good phone. Moreover, The recent price drop makes the Moto G Turbo an attractive proposition.

Meizu M2 Note
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Meizu M2 Note

Meizu’s M2 Note is now almost six months old now, but it is still one of the best phones to buy in the sub-10K smartphone segment. This is solely because, it is the best optimised smartphone in this price. It may not have the best camera or the best performance but unlike other phones in this segment, it does not compromise on either in favour of the other and that’s what makes it better. It performs consistently across all gaugeable parameters. The only thing it lacks is a fingerprint sensor but we can expect Meizu to address that issue in the next iteration. Did we mention, it has a stellar camera?

Coolpad Note 3
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Coolpad Note 3

Coolpad Note 3 is a very good performer for its price and by that we mean you won’t go wrong with this phone when buying a phone under a budget of Rs. 10,000. That said, it still good enough to be considered under the Rs. 15,000 phones price bracket. Featuring an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC and 3GB of RAM inside, the phone is able to churn out a very good performance. The Meizu M2 Note also uses the same SoC but it slightly better optimised and hence it is placed a step above. However, the Coolpad Note 3 scores points on the superfast fingerprint sensor and an astoundingly good battery which is able to last more than 10 hour on a single charge.

Coolpad Note 3 Lite
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Coolpad Note 3 Lite

Last year, Coolpad did surprise everyone by launching Note 3 which was a budget smartphone with a fingerprint sensor and 3GB of RAM. This year, the company did something better, brought a phone with almost similar specifications to the Sub-7K segment. This makes the Coolpad Note 3 Lite, the second best value for money smartphone in the price segment and the best phone to buy in the sub-7K smartphone segment. The quad-core smartphone churns out a commendable performance at the price and can run Facebook or Candy Crush with equal ease. The battery life of this little phone is also quite good, with almost eight hours of on-time between charges.