Best Budget Smartphones in India

By Digit | Updated on 21-Aug-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.

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 14370
Tatacliq Available 14969
amazon Available 16599
Realme 3 Pro
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3 MP | 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 MP | NA
Camera : 16 + 5 | 25 MP
RAM : 4GB
Battery : 4045 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
Processor : Octa
flipkart Out of Stock 13999
amazon Available 15999
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
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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 13990
flipkart Available 15275
Tatacliq Available 15490
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.26" (1080 x 2280)
  • Camera
    Camera
    12 + 5 | 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    5000 mAh

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 has all the elements of a reliable, powerful budget smartphone. It's for those who want a steady performer that can both handle the daily tasks and heavy gaming and lasts long thanks to a massive 5,000mAh battery. The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 has all the elements of a reliable, powerful budget smartphone. A long battery life and stock Android interface are the primary reasons to buy the phone. The Zenfone Max Pro M2 looks pretty neat too with laminated glass offering gradient colours. The display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 6. Performance wise, it sits below the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Realme 3 Pro with impressive performance. There's hardly any hitch while operating the phone although we observed the battery drain is higher. It also lacks fast charging. The camera uses the stock Qualcomm app and while the photos are average, operating the camera app can be a hassle. However, the phone does come with EIS which makes recording vidoes better. The camera also has AI scene detection and portrait mode both on the front and the back. For audio, there are two smart AMPs that improve the volume of the loudspeaker while the 6.26-inch LCD panel is bright and vibrant.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.26" (1080 x 2280)
Camera : 12 + 5 | 13 MP
RAM : 4 GB
Battery : 5000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Processor : Octa
flipkart Out of Stock 9999
Redmi Note 7S
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3 MP | 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 MP | NA
Camera : 48 | 13 MP
RAM : 4GB
Battery : 4000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Processor : octa
paytm Available 12350
amazon Available 12395
Tatacliq Available 12499
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
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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
paytm Available 12999
Tatacliq Available 13098
amazon Available 13299
Honor 20i
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.21" (1080 X 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    24 + 8 + 2 | 32 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3400 mAh

The Honor 20i is the latest budget offering from Honor, a Huawei sub-brand that's under existential threat after the US put a ban on the company. However, the Honor 20i is promised to get regular updates and won't be dropped from support in the near future. The 20i offers a triple camera setup on the back and a single punch-hole camera on the front. It's actually the cheapest phone with a punch-hole camera and as such, offers an expansive display. It's powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC which has been proven to be quite reliable when it comes to gaming thanks to GPU Turbo. It does look a bit cheaply built though with a plastic body and glossy colours, but if you can get over that, it's a good option to consider for light to medium gaming.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.21" (1080 X 2340)
Camera : 24 + 8 + 2 | 32 MP
RAM : 4GB
Battery : 3400 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Hisilicon Kirin 710 (12 nm)
Processor : Octa
flipkart Available 12999
paytm Available 13999
amazon Available 16499
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 13990
Redmi Y3
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.26" (1520 X 720)
  • Camera
    Camera
    12 + 2 | 32 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    3 GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh
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The Redmi Y3 is a selfie-centric smartphone that can do much more than just take selfies. It does come with the agenda of making selfies from budget phones look great, all thanks to a high-res 32MP camera that performs pixel-binning to get better details and sharpness. The Snapdragon 632 inside offers Kryo cores that handle multi-tasking and light to medium gaming pretty well.

SPECIFICATION
Screen Size : 6.26" (1520 X 720)
Camera : 12 + 2 | 32 MP
RAM : 3 GB
Battery : 4000 mAh
Operating system : Android
Soc : Snapdragon 632
Processor : Octa
amazon Available 8999
paytm Available 9144
flipkart Available 9389
Tatacliq Available 9824
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
paytm Available 11570
amazon Available 11999

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

Product Name Seller Price
Redmi Note 7 Pro paytm ₹14370
Realme 3 Pro flipkart ₹13999
Samsung Galaxy M30 amazon ₹13990
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 flipkart ₹9999
Redmi Note 7S paytm ₹12350
Redmi Note 7 paytm ₹12999
Honor 20i flipkart ₹12999
Oppo K1 flipkart ₹13990
Redmi Y3 amazon ₹8999
Realme U1 paytm ₹11570
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