Best Budget Smartphones in India for January 2017

Updated 16 - Jan - 2017

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 July 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 available in a budget. These phones offer the best possible value in terms of specs, features and build quality.




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

LeEco Le 2
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LeEco Le 2

The LeEco Le 2, on overall terms, is the best smartphone under Rs. 15,000 that you can buy. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 652-powered device is better in all parameters compared to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, except for battery life. The device boasts of very good build quality, and has a good display to match for phones under Rs. 15,000. It also offers LeEco’s one-year-long free subscription to the Supertainment package, which consists of video streaming apps like Eros Now and YuppTV. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 RAM: 3GB Storage: 32GB Battery: 3000mAh OS: Android 6.0

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 takes the second position in our list of best phones under Rs. 15,000. It loses out to the slightly-better LeEco Le 2, on account of performance, camera and build. The battery life, though, is among the very best for smartphones under Rs.15,000. The 4000mAh battery offers at more than a day’s usage on a single charge. The 16MP rear camera may not be the best, but it takes satisfactory shots. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 RAM: 3GB Storage: 32GB Battery: 4050mAh OS: Android 5.1.1

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

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 phones under Rs. 15,000. 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

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

InFocus Epic 1
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InFocus Epic 1

The InFocus Epic 1 is one of the better 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

Honor 5C
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Honor 5C

Honor’s latest smartphone feels and looks like any other budget smartphone under Rs. 15,000, but unlike many smartphones out there, it features a new SoC, developed by Huawei itself. It also has 2GB of RAM, along with 13MP and 8MP cameras, making it one of the best smartphones under Rs. 15,000 in India. Specs: Display: 5.2-inch, 1080p SoC: HiSilicon Kirin 650 RAM: 2GB Storage: 16GB Battery: 3000mAh OS: Android 6.0

Moto G4
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Moto G4

The Moto G4 is a smaller variant of the Moto G4 Plus, and it looks exactly like the G4 Plus. The G4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC and features 2GB of RAM. There is a 5.5-inch Full HD display, 13MP rear camera and no fingerprint scanner, summing it up as one of the best smartphones under Rs. 15,000. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 RAM: 2GB Storage: 16GB 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 phones 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 phones 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

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

Product NamePrice starting fromAvailable atRating
Coolpad Cool 113999amazon77/100
LeEco Le 211999flipkart87/100
Xiaomi Redmi Note 311999flipkart85/100
Xiaomi Mi Max14999flipkartN/A
Moto G4 Plus12499amazonN/A
Nubia ZTE Z11 Mini12999amazon67/100
InFocus Epic 112999amazon72/100
Honor 5C10999flipkart76/100
Moto G410499amazon66/100
XIaomi Redmi 3S Prime8999flipkart73/100