The budget segment isn't like what it was before. While earlier there were more compromises than satisfaction, the 2018 lineup of phones under Rs 7,000 has been great bang for the buck. The entry-level phones this year are quite capable and for the most part, are reliable all-rounders with good battery life.
Price: Rs 5,818
The Nokia 1 is powered by a MediaTek 6737M chipset coupled with just 1GB of RAM. And that's enough to power the Android Oreo (Go Edition) OS that Google created particularly for the entry-level segment. The suite of Go apps inside doesn't require all the firepower and that makes the Nokia 1 one of the most reliable phones under Rs 7,000.
The Nokia 2 doesn't have the firepower to match up to the bigwigs, but the Snapdragon 212 underneath is just about enough to power the lightweight stock Android OS. It is regularly updated with the latest security patches, so it's quite secure as well. More than that, the phone is quite well-built and durable.
Price: Rs 6,999
The Realme C2 has more or less everything you would expect from a budget smartphone, and then some more. It has a gradient design that looks attractive. There's a 6.1-inch HD+ display and a dual camera stack at the back capable of taking portrait photos. MediaTek Helio P22 is in charge of powering the phone and it is coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
Price: Rs 4,499
The Redmi Go is an Android Go smartphone that is also the most affordable Xiaomi smartphone you can buy. It runs on Android Go ecosystem on apps and is optimised to run on low hardware.
The Redmi 8A is perhaps the most powerful entry-level smartphone you can buy. It has the Snapdragon 439 running inside coupled with 32GB storage and 2GB RAM. There is a single 12MP camera and a 6.2-inch LCD display.
Infocus Turbo 5
Price: Rs 5,999
The Infocus Turbo 5 is also a well-rounder smartphone on paper. It comes across as a mid-ranger with a 5,000mAh battery, 13MP camera and a 5.2-inch HD display. Underneath is a MediaTek 6737 chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM.
Price: Rs 9,999
The Redmi Y2 is a selfie-centric phone with a 32MP front camera. It packs 12+2 megapixel shooter at the back. There's a Snapdragon 632 chipset in charge of performance and it is coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage. There's also a 3,080mAh battery to boot.
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