Best Budget Smartphones in India

Updated 24 - Apr - 2018

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 March 2018 across various brands. Our Top 10 list gives best options for buyers wanting a smartphone available in a budget. These phones offer the best possible value in terms of specs, features and build quality.




Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro is currently the best budget smartphone in India as it checks all the right checkboxes. The phone is a brilliant performer thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC and the new rear camera is better than most smartphones available at its price. The battery life is also a key highlight of the device and the phone can go upto two days without charging.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 64 GB
Display :
5.99 (2160 x 1080)
Processor :
1.8 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
12 + 5 MP
Front camera :
20 MP
Battery :
4000 mAH
Soc :
Snapdragon 636
Xiaomi Mi A1
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Xiaomi Mi A1

Xiaomi’s Mi A1 is unlike any other Xiaomi phone you may have seen from the company. Taking the Android One software forward, the Mi A1 is the first phone from the company with stock Android out of the box. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, same as the Moto G5 Plus and offers a similar performance. The dual camera setup at the rear is really good and comes at par to the Redmi Note 5 Pro in some situations.

Xiaomi Mi A1 - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 64 GB
Display :
5.5 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
12+12 MP
Front camera :
5 MP
Battery :
3080 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Available at :
Moto G5 Plus
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Moto G5 Plus

The Moto G-series has finally made a comeback and the G5 Plus is now one of the best budget smartphones available today. The performance might not be the best, but it definitely is the best camera phone in a budget. The phone has an improved design than last year and in our testing we found the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 quite dependable. You also get Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box and we can expect it to get the next Android update as well. The battery life is also quite good, but its USP is still its camera.

Moto G5 Plus - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
3 GB & 4 GB | 16 GB & 32 GB
Display :
5.2 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
12 MP
Front camera :
5 MP
Battery :
3000 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Available at :
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is another good option among budget phones. The Snapdragon 625 powered device offers decent performance and does not is very battery efficient. Hence, its battery life is among the very best you will find on a budget smartphones. The 4000mAh battery offers more than two days of usage on a single charge. The 12MP rear camera is an improvement over its predecessors and it also offers a univisium display for the price.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 64 GB
Display :
5.99 (1080 x 2160)
Processor :
2 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
12 MP
Front camera :
5 MP
Battery :
4000 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
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Xiaomi Mi Max 2

If you are looking for a big screen phone with a big battery on a budget, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is hard to beat. It is running on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, but unlike the Redmi Note 4, comes with Android Nougat out of the box. It has a large 6.44-inch FHD display, which combined with the massive 5330mAh battery makes it one of the best media consumption devices available today. Over its predecessor, the phone has been slimmed down and the camera has also been improved drastically.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 32 GB & 64 GB
Display :
6.44 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
12 MP
Front camera :
5 MP
Battery :
5300 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Available at :
Honor 7X
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Honor 7X

Honor’s latest attempt at the budget segment replaces the year old Honor 6X. Like the Honor 9i it is a well built phone, and joins the new breed of phones offering 18:9 aspect ratio display. The phone is available in 32GB and 64GB storage options, with both variants offering 4GB RAM. While it does not have the best in class performance, it does have a good rear camera.

Honor 7X - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 32 GB
Display :
5.93 (2160 x 1080)
Processor :
2.36 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
16 + 2 MP
Front camera :
8 MP
Battery :
3340 mAH
Soc :
HiSilicon Kirin 659
Available at :
Honor 9 Lite
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Honor 9 Lite

The Honor 9 Lite is one of the most good looking phones in the budget category. It is powered by the same HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC used on the Honor 7X. The phone is available in two storage and RAM configurations, but you do get two sets of dual cameras on the phone.

Honor 9 Lite - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
3 GB | 32 GB
Display :
5.65 (1080 x 2160)
Processor :
Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
13 + 2 MP
Front camera :
13 + 2 MP
Battery :
3000 mAH
Soc :
Kirin 659
Available at :
Lenovo K8 Plus
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Lenovo K8 Plus

If you are looking the best value for money device on a budget, the K8 Plus from Lenovo should be the first option. The K8 Plus provides a decent performance for the price, along with a good dual camera setup. In addition, it has a very reliable battery life of more than a day.

Lenovo K8 Plus - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
3 GB & 4 GB | 32 GB
Display :
5.2 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2.5 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
13 + 5 MP
Front camera :
8 MP
Battery :
4000 mAH
Soc :
Mediatek MT6757 Helio P25
Available at :
Billion Capture Plus
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Billion Capture Plus

For a first attempt, Flipkart has done a really good job taking into account the needs of the Indian smartphone buyer. The Billion Capture Plus hence makes its way into our budget list offering a similar performance as most smartphones in this category alongside a decent rear camera. The design of the phone is rather uninspiring, but for the price, it is still a good option to buy.

Billion Capture Plus - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
3 GB | 64 GB
Display :
5.5 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
13 + 13 MP
Front camera :
8 MP
Battery :
3500 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Xiaomi Redmi 4
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Xiaomi Redmi 4

The Redmi 4 is a 5-inch device that performs well and has a solid build, making it one of the best phones under Rs.10,000. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC, the phone is swift and does not slow down very easily. The 13MP rear camera isn't the best in the category, but still manages to be good enough for the price.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
3 GB | 32 GB
Display :
5 (720 x 1280)
Processor :
1.4 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
13 MP
Front camera :
5 MP
Battery :
4100 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
Available at :

Here's is the summary list of Best Budget Smartphones in India for April 2018

Product NamePrice starting fromAvailable atRating
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 ProN/AN/A81/100
Xiaomi Mi A113999flipkart77/100
Moto G5 Plus14999flipkart78/100
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5N/AN/A76/100
Xiaomi Mi Max 215999Tatacliq75/100
Honor 7X12999amazon74/100
Honor 9 Lite13990amazonN/A
Lenovo K8 Plus9999flipkart78/100
Billion Capture PlusN/AN/AN/A
Xiaomi Redmi 48499amazon74/100