The Indian smartphone market is hugely dominated by mid-tier, budget smartphones. These phones cost half the price, or sometimes a lot less than flagship phones and pack in a number of features and specifications that would put certain flagships to shame.
These low-price phones offer the best possible value in terms of specs, features and build quality. So, here’s a list of the best budget smartphones on the Indian market.
One company that has been absolutely killing it in the budget segment is Realme. A sub-brand of Oppo, Realme has produced high spec phones at prices that won’t pinch the pocket of an average smartphone user. The Realme 3 comes with 3GB/32GB storage variant or a 4GB/64GB storage variant. The internal storage can be expanded to 256GB with a MicroSD card. It features a 6.22-inch HD+ LCD screen and a waterdrop notch and a dual camera setup at the rear with 13MP + 2MP sensors. It also comes with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box and will also be upgradable to Android Q once it releases. You can pick one up off Amazon or Flipkart for as low as Rs 8,999 for the 32GB variant or Rs 10,999 for the 64GB variant.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro is another mid-range smartphone with high performance potential. The device features a 6.3-inch FHD+ display and a dot notch. The phone also houses a dual camera setup at the rear with 48MP + 5MP sensors and a 13MP front camera. The Note 7 Pro comes equipped with Android Pie and runs on a Snapdragon 675 with 4GB/6GB RAM. You can pick one up from Flipkart or Xiaomi’s official store on mi.com for Rs 13,999 for the 4GB model or Rs 16,999 for the 6GB model.
Samsung produces one of the best flagship devices in the Galaxy S10 but the company also focuses heavily on the budget segment and the Galaxy M30 is proof of that. The device sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a U-notch (waterdrop notch). It also houses a triple camera setup at the back, which is a rarity in the budget segment. The phone also packs in a massive battery at 5000mAh and runs on the Exynos 7904, Samsung’s in-house chip. You can get either 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage or 6GB RAM with 128GB storage.The phone starts at Rs 14,990 for the 4GB/64GB base variant.
The Zenfone Max Pro M2 may not be the most popular choice for users but the device packs in a lot of firepower. A Snapdragon 660 octa-core chipset with Android 8.1 Oreo running on stock means that the phone has very less bloatware and runs smoothly. The Zenfone Max Pro 2 also has multiple variants with 3GB/4GB/6GB RAM options and 32GB/64GB internal storage. You can snap one off for Rs 9,999 for the 3GB/32GB model.