Best Budget Smartphones in India

By Digit | Updated on 05-Nov-2019

If you are buying a smartphone in India, chances are you are buying something in the budget mobile range and there is huge catalogue to choose from. These budget mobile which are able to perform at par with entry level flagship devices. So, we put together our list of the top budget smartphone in India for June 2019 across various brands. Our Top 10 list gives best options for buyers wanting a cheap smartphone available in a budget. These low price phones offer the best possible value in terms of specs, features and build quality.

Realme 5 Pro
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3" (1080 X 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    48 + 8 + 2 + 2 | 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4035 mAh

The Realme 5 Pro packs a quad-camera setup at the back with a 48MP primary camera along with dedicated wide-angle, telephoto and macro cameras. Inside, there's the Snapdragon 712 along with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The Realme 5 Pro is one of the best budget phones you can buy.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.3" (1080 X 2340)
Camera : 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 | 16 MP
RAM : 4 GB
Battery : 4035 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm SDM712 Snapdragon 712 (10 nm)
Processor : Octa
flipkart Available 12999
amazon Available 13788
Samsung Galaxy M30s
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.4" (1080 x 2400)
  • Camera
    Camera
    48 + 8 + 5 | 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    6000 mAh

The Samsung Galaxy M30s looks sleek and stylish with an AMOLED display up front along with a 48MP triple-camera setup at the back. But what's best about the phone is the 6000mAh battery inside with support for fast charging.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.4" (1080 x 2400)
Camera : 48 + 8 + 5 | 16 MP
RAM : 4 GB
Battery : 6000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Samsung Exynos 9610
Processor : octa
amazon Available 13999
Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3" (1080 X 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    48 + 5 | 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

With a 48MP camera, Snapdragon 675 and new gradient colours, there's little to criticise about the Redmi Note 7 Pro, except may be the fact that they serve ads in the UI. It not only brings a new design into the mix but also offers good gaming performance. The camera is one that makes it worth the buy, especially the default 12MP mode which can generate excellent detail and good dynamic range. With a good mix of hardware and stable software, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is one of the best budget phones to buy if photography and gaming is what you want from a smartphone.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.3" (1080 X 2340)
Camera : 48 + 5 | 13 MP
RAM : 4GB
Battery : 4000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 (11 nm)
Processor : Octa
paytm Available 11585
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Realme 3 Pro
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3 | NA
  • Camera
    Camera
    16 + 5 | 25 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4045 mAh

A budget phone that maxes out the spec sheet, the Realme 3 Pro uses a Snapdragon 710 SoC to offer high-definition gaming. Games like PUBG Mobile and the likes run on high graphics settings with little to no lag whatsoever. The camera on the back of the phone is also the same as the OnePlus 6T and manages to take some good photos both in the day and in lowlight. Furthermore, Realme has also cleaned up the UI to make it look pretty good. There's an app drawer now, and more importantly, it doesn't serve any ads. If you have Rs 15,000 to spare, the Realme 3 Pro is a good budget smartphone for gaming.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.3 | NA
Camera : 16 + 5 | 25 MP
RAM : 4GB
Battery : 4045 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
Processor : Octa
flipkart Out of Stock 12999
amazon Available 12999
Samsung Galaxy M30
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.4" (1080 X 2280)
  • Camera
    Camera
    13 + 5 + 5 | 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    5000 mAh

The Samsung Galaxy M30 is part of the company's revamped efforts to make it's budget phones more exciting. To that extent, the Galaxy M30 offers a triple-camera setup, including a wide-angle sensor and a vivid AMOLED display, which makes it stand apart from the rest of the budget phones with premium offerings. The Galaxy M30's specialty is of course the display, but it's pretty good at handling the daily tasks and gaming on medium settings.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.4" (1080 X 2280)
Camera : 13 + 5 + 5 | 16 MP
RAM : 4GB
Battery : 5000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Exynos 7904
Processor : Octa
amazon Available 12499
Vivo Z1X
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.38 | NA
  • Camera
    Camera
    8 + 48 + 2 | 32 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4500 mAh

Part of the official series for PUBG Mobile Club Open, the Vivo Z1X is not only a phone good for gaming thanks to the Snapdragon 712 inside, but is also a good phone for taking photos thanks to the 48MP triple camera setup at the back.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.38 | NA
Camera : 8 + 48 + 2 | 32 MP
RAM : 6GB
Battery : 4500 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
Processor : Octa
flipkart Available 15990
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Redmi Note 7S
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3 | NA
  • Camera
    Camera
    48 | 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S sits between the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Redmi Note 7 and borrows hardware from both devices to create a balanced mid-ranger that's both affordable and powerful. There's a 48MP Samsung sensor on the back along with a 5MP depth sensor, making it the cheapest smartphone with a 48MP camera right now. It's also built of glass and looks quite premium and thanks to a Snapdragon 660 SoC, it's pretty good at gaming as well.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.3 | NA
Camera : 48 | 13 MP
RAM : 4GB
Battery : 4000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Processor : octa
amazon Available 11499
Redmi Note 7
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3" (1080 X 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    12 + 2 | 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

The Redmi Note 7 may not offer the 48MP camera, but it does offer a refined experience that won't let you down thanks to a Snapdragon 660 SoC under the hood. Add to that the new gradient colours and a vibrant new display, the Redmi Note 7 is one of the best phones to buy for Rs 10,000. The Redmi Note 7 has similar hardware as the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 but with a smaller 4,000mAh battery. The performance, as a result is quite similar to Asus' offering. The mid-range SoC used in the Redmi Note 7 is apparently clocked at the peak frequency supported by the CPUs which Xiaomi claims offers better performance as compared to other Snapdragon 660-powered phones. On benchmarks, the Redmi Note 7 sits on top of other Snapdragon 660-powered smartphones available in India. The camera performance is arguably better. The 12MP sensor makes for good sharable photos while the front camera takes good enough selfies. The primary camera has AI scene detection and a night mode that uses multi-frame processing to reduce noise and improve details. The Redmi Note 7 is also a good phone design-wise. It's protected with Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides and comes with a premium glass finish. The phone however looks the same as the other Redmi Note phones and they’re very difficult to tell apart. The phone runs on MIUI 10 which has the bad reputation of serving ads in the UI but overall, it’s quite polished and optimised.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.3" (1080 X 2340)
Camera : 12 + 2 | 13 MP
RAM : 4GB
Battery : 4000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 MSM8956
Processor : Octa
amazon Available 11800
Oppo K1
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.4" (1080 X 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    16 + 2 | 25 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3500 mAh

With a waterdrop and a gradient design, the Oppo K1 does look like a premium device from last year, but offered at a price under Rs 15,000. The K1 also runs on the Snapdragon 660 and as such, the performance is reliable enough for long gaming sessions.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.4" (1080 X 2340)
Camera : 16 + 2 | 25 MP
RAM : 4 GB
Battery : 3500 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660
Processor : Octa
flipkart Available 10990
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Realme U1
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3" (1080x2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    13 + 2 | 25 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3500 mAh

The Realme U1 is also a selfie smartphone with a 25MP selfie shooter capable of taking HDR selfies. Other than that, there's the same MediaTek Helio P70 that's also there on the Realme 3 ensuring stable performance. The Realme U1 is for those who prefer a good front camera without compromising on the performance and the budget.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.3" (1080x2340)
Camera : 13 + 2 | 25 MP
RAM : 4GB
Battery : 3500 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Helio P70
Processor : Octa
amazon Available 9999
paytm Available 11156

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Here’s the Summary list of Best Budget Smartphones in India

Product Name Seller Price
Realme 5 Pro flipkart ₹12999
Samsung Galaxy M30s amazon ₹13999
Redmi Note 7 Pro paytm ₹11585
Realme 3 Pro amazon ₹12999
Samsung Galaxy M30 amazon ₹12499
Vivo Z1X flipkart ₹15990
Redmi Note 7S amazon ₹11499
Redmi Note 7 amazon ₹11800
Oppo K1 flipkart ₹10990
Realme U1 amazon ₹9999
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