Best Budget Smartphones in India

By Digit | Price Updated on 03-Apr-2020

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.

Poco X2
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.67" (1080x2400)
  • Camera
    Camera
    64 + 2 + 8 + 2 | 20 + 2 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4500 mAh
Full specs

With a Snapdragon 730G and a 64MP quad camera, there's hardly any competition for the Poco X2 for now. It's hands down one of the fastest smartphones you can buy right now. Add to that a bright IPS LCD with a dual punch hole camera, this is one heck of a deal in the budget segment.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.67" (1080x2400)
Camera : 64 + 2 + 8 + 2 | 20 + 2 MP
RAM : 6 GB
Battery : 4500 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Processor : Octa-core
Price : ₹15999
Redmi K20
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.39" (1080 X 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    48 + 16 + 8 | 20 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh
Full specs

The Redmi K20 is one of the best smartphones under 25k right now. It looks much more expensive than its price, and packs in the same camera setup and the display as the flagship K20 Pro. The only difference is the presence of a Snapdragon 730 instead of a flagship processor, and that's perfectly alright. The Snapdragon 730 uses the same cores as the Snapdragon 855 and offers most of the features that's there on the flagship SoC. On the back, the Redmi K20 houses a triple camera setup which includes a 48MP primary shooter, 13MP wide-angle and 8MP telephoto, offering a wide array of choices while shooting. The build quality of the phone is also quite solid. This is a clear winner in our hands.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.39" (1080 X 2340)
Camera : 48 + 16 + 8 | 20 MP
RAM : 6GB
Battery : 4000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730
Processor : Octa
Price : ₹21999
Realme X2
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.4" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    64 + 8 + 2 + 2 | 32 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh
Full specs

Realme X2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G with up to 8GB RAM. The Realme X2 has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ display with a 1080 x 2340 display resolution. It has small bezels, and a screen-to-body ratio of 91.9 per cent and has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and has an in-display fingerprint scanner. It is one of the best budget mobile phones in India right now.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.4" (1080 x 2340)
Camera : 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 | 32 MP
RAM : 6 GB
Battery : 4000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730G (8 nm)
Processor : Octa
Price : ₹16999
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Realme 6 Pro
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.6" (1080 x 2400)
  • Camera
    Camera
    64 + 12 + 8 + 2 | 16 + 8 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    8 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4300 mAh
Full specs

The Realme 6 Pro continues the legacy of Realme's Pro series of incrementally introducing new features in the mid-range segment. This time it's a 90Hz refresh rate display and a Snapdragon 720G SoC along with a 64MP quad camera setup. And this is Samsung's second generation camera sensor tuned to improve the sharpness and details. On the front you have a dual punch-hole camera, and a 4300mAh battery with 30W fast charging. That's a good wholesome package on offer for this budget.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.6" (1080 x 2400)
Camera : 64 + 12 + 8 + 2 | 16 + 8 MP
RAM : 8 GB
Battery : 4300 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G
Processor : Octa-core
Price : ₹15999
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.67" (1080x2400)
  • Camera
    Camera
    64 + 8 + 5 + 2 | 32 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    5020 mAh
Full specs

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is now the starting variant of the Note series with the Note 9 Pro Max getting most of the attention. The iPhone-esque decision to diversify the portfolio meant the Pro 'Max' variant got that extra horsepower to tide you through difficult times. The Note 9 Pro Max gets a larger 64MP camera sensor at the back, a larger 32MP selfie camera and faster 33W charging out of the box. The rest of the hardware is the same as the regular Note 9 Pro. The Note 9 Pro Max offers a large 6.7-inch LCD display with a punch hole camera. It's powered by the Snapdragon 720G along with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage in the entry variant under Rs 15,000. The phone also offers a 64MP quad camera setup. There's also another 8MP ultrawide lens, a 5MP macro lens and another 2MP depth sensor. On the front, you get a 16MP front camera. The Note 9 Pro also comes with a large 5020mAh battery with 33W fast charging. And there's Gorilla Glass 5 covering the front, back as well as the camera glass.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.67" (1080x2400)
Camera : 64 + 8 + 5 + 2 | 32 MP
RAM : 6 GB
Battery : 5020 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Processor : Octa-core
Price : ₹12999
Realme XT
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.4" (1080 X 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    64 + 8 + 2 + 2 | 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh
Full specs

Realme XT features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display. It is powered by the Snapdragon 712 chipset. It sports a 64MP quad rear camera setup. The smartphone packs a 4000mAh battery that supports 20W fast charging. It is one of the best budget phones.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.4" (1080 X 2340)
Camera : 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 | 16 MP
RAM : 4 GB
Battery : 4000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
Processor : Octa
Price : ₹15999
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Nokia 7.2
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3" (1080 x 2280)
  • Camera
    Camera
    48 + 8 + 5 | 20 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3500 mAh
Full specs

Nokia 7.2 is one of the best Nokia products available in the budget segment. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset. It packs a 3500mAh battery with support for 10W fast charging.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.3" (1080 x 2280)
Camera : 48 + 8 + 5 | 20 MP
RAM : 4 GB
Battery : 3500 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm)
Processor : Octa
Price : ₹18599
Samsung Galaxy M31
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.4" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    68 + 8 + 5 +5 | 32 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    6000 mAh
Full specs

The Samsung Galaxy M31 is for those looking for a two day long battery life. With a 6,000mAh battery inside, the Galaxy M31 offers the longest battery life in this segment. It's powered by an efficient Exynos 9611 SoC and rocks a bright and compact AMOLED display with a 32MP front camera drilled into the display. It's also the first M-series smartphone to come with a 64MP quad camera setup with Samsung offering another 8MP ultrawide sensor, a 5MP macro sensor and another 5MP depth sensor.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.4" (1080 x 2340)
Camera : 68 + 8 + 5 +5 | 32 MP
RAM : 6 GB
Battery : 6000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Exynos 9611
Processor : octa
Price : ₹14999
Nokia 8.1
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.18" (1080 x 2246)
  • Camera
    Camera
    12 + 13 | 20 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3500 mAh
Full specs

The Nokia 8.1 recently received a price-cut and is now available for well under Rs 20,000. It’s a phone with a HDR-display and a premium glass design. The IPS LCD panel can also convert SDR videos to HDR using a dedicated chip inside. Under the hood, there’s a Snapdragon 710 powering things along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The camera on the back is especially good with Zeiss optics and 12MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 13MP telephoto lens. On the front is another 20MP sensor with f/2.0 lens for selfies. The Nokia 8.1 is a good buy if you want a stock Android interface with regular updates.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.18" (1080 x 2246)
Camera : 12 + 13 | 20 MP
RAM : 4 GB
Battery : 3500 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710
Processor : Octa
Price : ₹26999
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Vivo U20
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.53" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    16 + 8 + 2 | 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    5000 mAh
Full specs

Vivo U20 is one of the best Vivo budget phones available to buy in India. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset. The handset also features a triple rear camera setup.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.53" (1080 x 2340)
Camera : 16 + 8 + 2 | 16 MP
RAM : 4 GB
Battery : 5000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675
Processor : Octa-core
Price : ₹10990

Here’s the Summary list of Best Budget Smartphones in India updated on 03-Apr-2020

Product Name Seller Price
Poco X2 N/A ₹15999
Redmi K20 N/A ₹21999
Realme X2 N/A ₹16999
Realme 6 Pro N/A ₹15999
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max N/A ₹12999
Realme XT N/A ₹15999
Nokia 7.2 N/A ₹18599
Samsung Galaxy M31 N/A ₹14999
Nokia 8.1 N/A ₹26999
Vivo U20 N/A ₹10990
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