Best Budget Smartphones in India for September 2016

By DigitUpdated 28 - Sep - 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 September 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.




LeEco Le 2
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LeEco Le 2

LeEco Le 2 is currently the best smartphone to buy if your budget is limited by Rs. 15,000. The phone sports an all metal build, giving it the edge against its rivals. While the design is quite good, the performance of the phone is much better. The Le 2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC which puts its ahead of the Snapdragon 650 powered Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. However, the 3000mAh battery on the phone won’t last you as 4000mAh battery of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. Along with the performance, LeEco has included Supertainment package, which consists of video streaming apps like Eros Now and YuppTV.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is yet another very good smartphone under the sub-15k price bracket. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC and featuring 3GB of RAM, the Redmi Note 3 is one of the most powerful smartphone in the market and offers very good performance. The 5.5-inch display offers vibrant colours and the phone is ideal to watch movies or to play games on. Further, the 4000mAh battery on the phone can easily withstand a day’s worth of heavy usage. The 16MP rear camera takes satisfactory images but at Rs. 11,999 you are still getting one of the best deals for a budget smartphone.

Lenovo Zuk Z1
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Lenovo Zuk Z1

If you are looking for a balanced smartphone, Lenovo’s Zuk Z1 can be one of the choices. This budget phone is using the old Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC but Lenovo and Cyanogen are able to get a very good performance out of the old chipset. Also, this is the only phone in the sub-15k category to offer 64GB of on-board storage. Further, the Cyanogen OS provides a clean interface and you can customise it to your heart’s content. It is also the only smartphone in the budget to offer a OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) enabled 13MP camera.

Moto G4 Plus
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Moto G4 Plus

Moto is back in the game and the while its latest budget phone, the G4 Plus is not as powerful as the Redmi Note 3 or the LeEco Le 2, it still performs quite well. All comes down to a well optimised UI. In true Moto fashion, the G4 Plus is running on the latest Android OS with very little changes made to it. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 SoC, which is able to cope up with all kinds of tasks. Moreover, the 16MP laser assisted rear camera on the G4 Plus is able to produce really good looking images and is really fast to focus.

Honor 5C
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Honor 5C

The Huawei Honor 5C is huawei’s take on the budget smartphone. Powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 650 SoC, the Honor 5C is able to handle all kinds of tasks with ease. It is not as powerful as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 or the LeEco Le 2 but does a good job nonetheless. To keep things running, the phone is using a 2GB RAM and features a 16GB of storage. At the rear the device features a reliable 13MP rear camera and on the front, there is an 8MP selfie camera. The 3000mAh battery on the phone may not sound like much but the phone does a really good job of keeping the phone working through the day.

Moto G4
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Moto G4

The smaller cousin of the Moto G4 Plus also makes it to our list. It makes use of the same processor as the G4 Plus but not the same camera. It also misses out on a fingerprint scanner but it is a minor inconvenience. The device features 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. This is also the first time, Motorola has moved to a larger 5.5-inch display and more importantly offer a 1080p resolution. The 13MP rear camera does a decent job but the best part is the UI, which is almost stock like.

Le eco le 1s
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Le eco le 1s

This last year flagship from LeEco is still one of the most powerful smartphone in the budget segment. Powered by a MediaTek Helio X10 SoC, the device can handle most tasks with ease. The 3GB of RAM is ample enough for even heavy workloads and the 5.5-inch display with its good viewing angles is good for watching videos on the go. The 13MP rear camera on the phone is also quite reliable but the 32GB of non upgradable storage may not make everyone happy.

Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
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Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

Lenovo’s Vibe K4 Note is also a good option in the budget smartphone segment. Powered by a tried and tested MediaTek MT6753 SoC and 3GB of RAM, the phone is able to provide satisfactory performance. There is 16GB of RAM which can be further extended using a microSD card. Lenovo has also improved on the UI and the phone is able to provide a decent battery life as well. The phone also offers a decent camera and commendable battery.

OnePlus X
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OnePlus X

OnePlus X is one of the most good looking smartphones you can by in a budget. The small 5-inch smartphone offers a OnePlus One like specifications and perform like one as well. The phone is slim and light and OnePlus has equipped the device with an AMOLED panel which offers really good colour saturation. The 13MP rear camera is also one of the best in the segment and you also get an equally impressive 8MP front-facing camera to match.

Meizu M3 Note
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Meizu M3 Note

The latest edition from Meizu replaces the much loved Meizu M2 Note and in the sub-10K smartphone category. While the phone looks quite and good, it is a decent performer at best. The MediaTek Helio P10 powered device is able to run all kinds of applications flawlessly except processor intensive games. The display is also good and so is the camera, but the best part is the battery life as the phone can last an entire day on a single charge.