Best smartphones to buy for every budget segment

By Digit | Price Updated 26-Apr-2022

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. Although the prices of the products mentioned in the list given below have been updated as of 26th Apr 2022, the list itself may have changed since it was last published due to the launch of new products in the market since then.

1. XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 4

  • 5.5" (1080 x 1920) Screen Size
  • 13 | 5 MP Camera
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4100 mAh Battery

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

Pros
  • Long battery life
  • Colourful display
Cons
  • Camera is improved but not up to the mark
  • Performance is weaker than before
SPECIFICATION
Processor:Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa core (2 GHz)
Memory:4 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage
Display:5.5″ (1080 x 1920) screen, 401 PPI
Camera:13 MP Rear camera, 5 MP Front Camera with Video recording
Battery:4100 mAh battery
SIM:Dual SIM
Features:LED Flash

2. 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

3. 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

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4. 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

5. 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

6. APPLE IPHONE 7 PLUS

  • 5.5" (1080 x 1920) Screen Size
  • 12 + 12 MP | 7 MP Camera
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 2900 mAh Battery

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

Pros
  • Class-leading performance
  • Well optimised camera
  • Premium build
  • Pleasant, sharp display
Cons
  • Not ergonomic
  • Home button takes time to get used to
  • Very expensive
SPECIFICATION
Processor:A10 Quad core (2.34 GHz)
Memory:3 GB RAM, 32GB & 128GB Storage
Display:5.5″ (1080 x 1920) screen, 401 PPI
Camera:12 + 12 MP MP Rear camera, 7 MP Front Camera with Video recording
Battery:2900 mAh battery
SIM:Single SIM
Features:LED Flash, Dust proof and water resistant
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List of Best smartphones to buy for every budget segment (Jun 2022)

Best Smartphones for every Budget Segment Seller Price
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Amazon ₹ 10,499
Coolpad Cool 1 Flipkart ₹ 7,499
Moto G5 Plus Amazon ₹ 11,500
OnePlus 3T Amazon ₹ 24,999
Moto Z Amazon ₹ 16,799
Apple iPhone 7 Plus Amazon ₹ 36,998
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