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Best Budget Smartphones in India

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By Sushant Talwar | Price Updated on 30-Jul-2021

If you are scouring the smartphone market in India for a cheap smartphone available in a budget, there is a huge catalogue to choose from. The best budget smartphones in India have grown from strength to strength and can also take on more expensive smartphones with relative ease. The top budget phones in India now offer high refresh rate displays, high-resolution multi-camera setups, good designs and hassle-free software. So, we put together our list of the best budget mobile phones for 2021 across various brands. Our best budget mobiles list gives the best options for buyers wanting a cheap smartphone available without breaking the bank. These pocket-friendly phones offer the best possible value in terms of specs, features and build quality. We have suggested most budget smartphones that are under 15K, or a little over 15K, since they provide a ton of compelling features and specs that can give even mid to high-end phones some thorough competition.

Realme Narzo 30 Pro
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.5" (1080 x 2400)
  • Camera
    Camera
    48 + 8 + 2 + 2 | 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    5000 mAh

The Realme Narzo 30 Pro is a mid-range smartphone that packs some impressive specs for the price including the MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC running on a 7nm process, a 48MP primary camera, a 120Hz IPS-LCD display and not to mention a 5000mAh battery. You get 6GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage on the base variant of this device. The gaming performance of the smartphone is decent and normal, light usage such as email, taking photos, listening to music and general multi-tasking does work without much of a hitch. The cameras, on the other hand, feel just about average, with low light performance being particularly disappointing. The battery life on the phone is definitely commendable, as long as the display is left at 60Hz, although that shouldn't discourage you from using the 120Hz mode given the availability of 30W fast charging. The battery is a 5,000mAh unit and should be enough to get users through a day of usage, at 60Hz. The device is also 5G ready and it supports 5G+5G dual standby, allowing users to use 5G on either of the SIM slots. Overall, it’s a good budget smartphone for those who want a feature-laden phone without breaking the bank.

pros Pros

  • 120Hz refresh rate display.
  • Satisfactory performance.

cons Cons

  • Lacklustre camera performance.
  • Display not colour accurate.
SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.5" (1080 x 2400)
Camera : 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 | 16 MP
RAM : 6 GB
Battery : 5000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : MediaTek MT6853 Dimensity 800U 5G
Processor : Octa-core
Redmi Note 10 Pro
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.67" (1080 x 2400)
  • Camera
    Camera
    108 + 8 + 5 + 2 | 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    5050 mAh

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 10, Redmi Note 10 Pro, and the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max in India, all part of the popular mid-range smartphone segment that has been growing by leaps and bounds. The successor to the popular Redmi Note 9 Pro, the Note 10 Pro features a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and Full HD+ resolution. The display has HDR10 support and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. Unlike the global variant of the Redmi Note 10 Pro that has a 108MP primary lens, the Indian variant gets a 64MP primary Samsung GW3 lens alongside an 8MP ultrawide lens, a 5MP tele-macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The phone also houses a 16MP front camera inside a punch-hole cutout. As for performance, the phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G processor paired with the Adreno 618 GPU. It runs MIUI 12 which is built on top of Android 11. The device scored lower than the Realme Narzo 30 Pro in synthetic benchmarks but its general performance is pretty satisfactory and it is good at handling intensive games such as Call of Duty Mobile. Users can also choose between three storage variants - 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage, or 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage. The base variant is priced at Rs 15,999 and it boasts a plethora of premium features and a reliable chipset for this price. Lastly, you get a sizable 5,020mAh battery with 33W fast charging support.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.67" (1080 x 2400)
Camera : 108 + 8 + 5 + 2 | 16 MP
RAM : 6 GB
Battery : 5050 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm SM7150 Snapdragon 732G
Processor : Octa-core
Price : ₹15999
Realme 8 5G
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.5" (1080 x 2400)
  • Camera
    Camera
    48 + 8 + 2 | 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    8 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    5000 mAh

The Realme 8 5G launched in India in April and it comes equipped with the MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor. The phone is priced at Rs 14,999 for the base 4GB + 128GB variant and for Rs 16,999 for the 8GB + 128GB storage variant. The phone houses a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with support for 90Hz refresh rate. There’s a punch hole cutout for the selfie camera. Alongside the MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor, you have an octa-core CPU and the Mali G57 GPU. This is paired with 4/8GB RAM and 128GB storage, with option to expand it via microSD card. The phone runs Android 11 based on Realme UI 2.0. As for the optics, the Realme 8 5G features a triple camera setup with a 48MP primary lens, a 2MP macro shooter, and a 2MP depth lens. There’s no ultra-wide camera, unfortunately. The phone also has a 16MP selfie camera. The phone also comes with a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. It is available in two colours - Supersonic Blue and Black.

pros Pros

  • Reliable performance
  • 90Hz refresh rate display
  • Good battery life

cons Cons

  • Disappointing camera experience
  • Bloatware-riddled UI
  • Slow charging
SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.5" (1080 x 2400)
Camera : 48 + 8 + 2 | 16 MP
RAM : 8 GB
Battery : 5000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : MediaTek MT6833 Dimensity 700 5G
Processor : Octa-core
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Poco X3
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.67" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    64 + 13 + 2 + 2 | 20 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    6000 mAh

The Poco X3 is a mid-range phone that is the latest entrant in the Poco X series. The device boasts of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G SoC which is the updated version of the Snapdragon 730G that powered its predecessor, the Poco X2. On top of that, you also get a gigantic 6,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging support. The base 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant is available for Rs 14,499 now and this is truly one of the best value for money smartphones on the market under 15K. There’s even a 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM variant available for Rs 17,499. As for the display, you get a large 6.67-inch Full HD+ display with a 120Hz maximum refresh rate that can be toggled down to 60Hz to save battery, if you should need it. The panel also has a 240Hz touch sampling rate, making the phone extremely responsive and good for gaming. Moreover you also get stereo speakers on the Poco X3 and the phone is also rated IP53 water and dust resistant. The phone also comes with a quad camera setup with a 64MP main lens. You also have a 20MP selfie shooter. It’s a phone with an extremely impressive feature-set, a powerful SoC, and a massive battery under 15K.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.67" (1080 x 2340)
Camera : 64 + 13 + 2 + 2 | 20 MP
RAM : 6 GB
Battery : 6000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
Processor : Octa-core
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

The Samsung Galaxy M31 is essentially an upgrade to the popular Galaxy M30s and comes with upgraded RAM, a fourth rear camera, and out-of-the-box Android 10. It is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 9611 SoC which is a pretty capable processor at this price range. The phone comes with a decent 6GB of RAM and you get to choose between two storage variants - 64GB or 128GB. You also get a quad rear camera setup with a 64MP primary lens that takes 16MP binned shots by default. It also packs a massive 6,000mAh battery with 15W fast charging support. The phone sports a gorgeous 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, making it a great device for content consumption. The front display comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection against scratches. Overall, this is a great value for money device with decent specs and features, and the phone is especially suitable for those who value battery life over everything else.

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
Poco M3 Pro
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.5" (1080 x 2400)
  • Camera
    Camera
    48 + 2 + 2 | 8 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    5000 mAh

The Poco M3 Pro offers quite a few things to like, with its highlights being a 6.5-inch FHD+ 90Hz DynamicSwitch DotDisplay and a fast Dimensity 700 chipset under the hood. For cameras, we have a triple-lens set-up at the back, that includes a 48-megapixel main camera with f/1.79 aperture. There's also a 2-megapixel macro camera with f/2.4 aperture and another 2-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The cameras onboard support a host of features, including Night mode and AI camera 5.0. Apart from this, the Poco M3 Pro comes with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and AI Face Unlock. Lights on the Poco M3 Pro 5G are kept on by a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.5" (1080 x 2400)
Camera : 48 + 2 + 2 | 8 MP
RAM : 4 GB
Battery : 5000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : MediaTek MT6833 Dimensity 700 5G
Processor : Octa
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Motorola Moto G40 Fusion
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.80" (1080 x 2460)
  • Camera
    Camera
    64 + 8 + 2 | 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    6000 mAh

Motorola launched the Moto G40 Fusion alongside the Moto G60 Fusion in April. These are the two latest entrants in Moto’s G family of smartphones. The Moto G40 Fusion is priced at Rs 13,999 for the base 4GB + 64GB storage variant and Rs 15,999 for the 6GB + 128GB storage variant. The phone is available in two colours - Dynamic Gray and Frosted Champagne to choose from. As for the specs, the Moto G40 Fusion comes packing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G processor. It has a 6.78-inch Full HD+ display and weighs around 220gms. It features a triple camera setup with a 64MP primary lens, an 8MP ultrawide shooter, and a 2MP depth sensor. It misses out on a macro lens. On the front, you have a 16MP selfie camera housed within a punch hole cutout. The phone comes with a massive 6,000mAh battery that supports 20W fast charging out of the box.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.80" (1080 x 2460)
Camera : 64 + 8 + 2 | 16 MP
RAM : 4 GB
Battery : 6000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm SM7150 Snapdragon 732G
Processor : Octa-core
OPPO A53s 5G
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.52" (720 x 1600)
  • Camera
    Camera
    13 + 2 + 2 | 8 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    5000 mAh

Oppo announced the launch of its mid-range smartphone, the Oppo A53s 5G, in April. The smartphone is available in two storage variants. There’s a 6GB + 128GB storage variant priced at Rs 14,990 and a 8GB + 128GB variant priced at Rs 16,990. The phone is available in Crystal Blue and Ink Black colour options. The phone features a 6.5-inch display with a dewdrop cutout, which is slightly disappointing at this price, since most phones at this price come with punch hole cutouts now. It is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage. The device packs a sizable 5,000mAh battery as well. As for the optics, the Oppo A53s 5G has a triple camera setup with a 13MP primary lens, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro lens. The phone comes with ColorOS 11 out of the box.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.52" (720 x 1600)
Camera : 13 + 2 + 2 | 8 MP
RAM : 6 GB
Battery : 5000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : MediaTek MT6833 Dimensity 700 5G
Processor : Octa-core
Motorola Moto G60
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.80" (1080 x 2460)
  • Camera
    Camera
    108 + 16 + 2 | 32 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    6 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    6000 mAh

The newly-launched Motorola Moto G30 is the company’s latest entrant to its G series in India, alongside the Motorola Moto G10 Power. The G30 is the more expensive of the two devices but comes with a pocket-friendly price tag of Rs 10,999. The phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The phone houses a 6.5-inch display with HD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. The phone ships with Android 11 out of the box and comes with Motorola’s ThinkShield technology, an end-to-end security layer for the smartphone. The phone is also equipped with a quad-camera setup consisting of a 64MP main lens, an 8MP ultrawide shooter, and two 2MP macro and depth sensors. The selfie camera is 13MP and is housed in a dewdrop notch. The Moto G30 doesn’t exactly impress in any one particular area but does a bit of everything considerably well for the price. The phone has decent cameras, bloatware-free software, high refresh rate display, and good battery life.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.80" (1080 x 2460)
Camera : 108 + 16 + 2 | 32 MP
RAM : 6 GB
Battery : 6000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
Processor : Octa
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List Of Best Budget Smartphones In India

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Realme Narzo 30 Pro amazon ₹15999
Redmi Note 10 Pro N/A ₹15999
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Poco X3 flipkart ₹15999
Samsung Galaxy M31 amazon ₹13999
Poco M3 Pro flipkart ₹13999
Motorola Moto G40 Fusion flipkart ₹13499
OPPO A53s 5G flipkart ₹15990
Motorola Moto G60 flipkart ₹17999
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