Best smartphones to buy for every budget segment

Updated 28 - Jun - 2017

Smartphones today are complete units of multitasking, capable of handling your work with equal ease as providing you entertainment and productivity on the go. Here, we list the absolute best smartphones to buy for buyers of every budget. These are the pick of our recommendations right now, and you can hardly go wrong with ‘em.




Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

This is the best budget smartphone in India to buy under Rs. 10,000. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has been one of the most pivotal smartphones to have launched of late - it brings unparalleled performance to the most affordable price bracket, along with commendable battery life, good display quality and all the essentials that make a good smartphone. Undoubtedly, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (2GB RAM variant) is the best smartphone to buy under Rs. 10,000. Worthy alternatives to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 include Xiaomi's Redmi 3s Prime and the Lenovo K6 Power. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 RAM: 2GB Storage: 32GB Camera: 13MP, 5MP Battery: 4100mAh OS: Android 6.0

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 64 GB
Display :
5.5 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
13 MP
Front camera :
5 MP
Battery :
4100 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Coolpad Cool 1
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Coolpad Cool 1

Coolpad’s Cool 1 is the best smartphone to buy under Rs. 15,000. You also get a well-balanced display, a neat interface, good camera and reasonably competent battery backup, making it our top recommendation for smartphones priced between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 15,000. The Cool 1 also has the advantage of being one of the better-looking smartphones in this category. Worthy contenders to the Cool 1 include Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (3GB RAM variant) and LeEco Le 2. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch,1080 p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 RAM: 4GB Storage: 32 GB Camera: dual13MP, 8MP Battery: 4000 mAh OS: Android 6.0

Coolpad Cool 1 - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
3 & 4 GB | 32
Display :
5.5 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
1.8 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
13 & 13 MP
Front camera :
8 MP
Battery :
4060 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 652
Available at :
Moto G5 Plus
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Moto G5 Plus

Granted that the Moto G5 Plus is one for the camera enthusiasts, but it doesn’t do badly in other departments either. Its 12MP dual-pixel camera is accompanied by a snapdragon 625 SoC and it delivers very dependable performance. We’ll be the first to note that this isn’t the fastest smartphone in the sub-20k segment, but it is definitely the most value for money. It achieves a balance between speed and efficiency, delivering a day’s worth of battery life, fast enough performance and best-in-class camera capabilities. Do you really need more? Specs: Display: 5.2-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 RAM: 3/4GB Storage: 16/32GB Camera: 12MP, 5MP Battery: 3000mAh

Moto G5 Plus - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
3 & 4 GB | 16 & 32 GB
Display :
5.2 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
12 MP
Front camera :
5 MP
Battery :
3000 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Available at :
OnePlus 3T
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OnePlus 3T

Under Rs. 30,000, this was a fairly easy decision to make, seeing that the OnePlus 3T is one of the best overall smartphones to buy out there. Powered by the latest generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, the OnePlus 3 brings with it a whopping 6GB of RAM, 64GB of native storage, a good camera unit and a 3400mAh battery pack with enhanced charging capabilities. If you’re willing to spend up to Rs. 30,000 or even Rs. 40,000, go for the OnePlus 3. Period. Other commendable alternatives include the Honor 8 and Xiaomi Mi 5. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 RAM: 6GB Storage: 64/128GB Camera: 16MP, 16MP Battery: 3400mAh OS: Android 6.0.1

OnePlus 3T - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
6 GB | 64 & 128 GB
Display :
5.5 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2.35 GHz,Quad
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
16 MP
Front camera :
16 MP
Battery :
3400 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Available at :
Moto Z
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Moto Z

If you are looking for something other than a OnePlus 3 and really don’t have the budget for an iPhone 7, the Moto Z is a nice option to settle for. Priced at Rs. 39,999, It is the slimmest and one of the most good looking flagship smartphones around. However, the best thing about the phone is its modularity. There are about half dozen snap-on accessories available for the phone, which range from external battery packs to pico projectors. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1440p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 RAM: 4GB Storage: 64GB Camera: 13MP, 15MP Battery: 2600mAh OS: Android 7.0

Moto Z - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 64 GB
Display :
5.5 (1440 x 2560)
Processor :
2.15 GHz,Quad
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
13 MP
Front camera :
5 MP
Battery :
2600 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Available at :
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
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Apple iPhone 7 Plus

While the OnePlus 3T can satisfy most customer, however, if you are willing to venture into the premium segment, get the iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 Plus offers unmatched levels of performance across the board and that makes it the best phone you can buy today. The dual camera on this phone takes some really good images in all lighting conditions and since it is now water resistant, you can shoot images in rain as well. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p SoC: Apple A10 Fusion RAM: 3GB Storage: 32/128/256GB Camera: 12MP + 12MP, 7MP Battery: 2900mAh OS: iOS 10.1

Apple iPhone 7 Plus - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
3 GB | 32 & 128 & 256 GB
Display :
5.5 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
Quad
Operating system :
iOS
Primary camera :
12 & 12 MP
Front camera :
7 MP
Battery :
2900 mAH
Soc :
A10
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Here's is the summary list of Best Smartphones to Buy for Every Budget Segment in India

Product NamePrice starting fromAvailable atRating
Xiaomi Redmi Note 412999N/A77/100
Coolpad Cool 19999Amazon77/100
Moto G5 Plus15999flipkart78/100
OnePlus 3T29999Amazon83/100
Moto Z29999Amazon82/100
Apple iPhone 7 Plus56900Amazon80/100