2016 introduced way more budget smartphones than any other year before, so it is obviously tough to decide which one to buy. People usually think that they need to sacrifice a lot when they talk about the smartphones, which typically costs under INR 10000 but we have got top 10 list that will ask you to sacrifice very little to none for the affordable price. Here are the top 10 smartphones under INR 10000 (~$150). Also Read: WhatsOnTech’s Top 10 smartphones between INR 10K to INR 20K in 2016.
1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3:
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 is undoubtedly a top choice for any consumer under INR 10K range. It’s simply because of its best value for money; you will get each penny back if you decide to go with Redmi Note 3. The Chinese smartphone maker sold 1 million devices since launch, which was the top-selling online smartphone in India. Xiaomi upped the game with Redmi Note 3, which got all metal unibody alongside rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The display was bumped to IPS 1080p panel that looks phenomenal and the hefty 4050mAh battery in the device last throughout the day. You get much powerful Snapdragon 650 Hexa-core SoC in India, which easily outperform other devices in this price range. But this particular model we are dealing here is only coming with 2GB RAM onboard.
2. Xiaomi Redmi 3S/3S Prime:
If big smartphones aren’t your cup of tea, you should look at Redmi 3S/Redmi 3S Prime from Xiaomi. These devices originally launched in August. However, both packs similar 5” HD display, Snapdragon 430 Octa-core SoC but the Prime model gets 3GB RAM that should be helpful to keep the things rather smooth. We should admit that Xiaomi had gone crazy about the battery and employed a whopping 4100mAh battery inside the device’s premium metal casing, which should last all day long even on extensive use. We would easily recommend either of the devices for the people who love to use compact Android devices but don’t want to see the huge dent on the wallet.
3. Lenovo K6 Power:
Lenovo K6 Power can easily go head to head with Redmi 3S/Redmi 3S Prime as it’s packed with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Moreover, it beats both compact Xiaomi devices with its high-resolution 5-inch 1080p display, which is one of the very few devices in this category with 5” screen but sporting crispier 1080p resolution. The Snapdragon 430 SoC sits under the hood of aluminum unibody that should provide the decent user experience. The device was complimented by the mammoth 4000mAh battery. There was a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor as well if you concern about it. Rather sluggish software experience ruins the beauty of K6 Power. Otherwise, it’s a great budget smartphone.
4. Moto E3 Power:
Motorola has been doing extremely well in budget segment with its Moto E series devices since a couple of years now. This year, we got standard Moto E3, but as a surprise, Lenovo-owned Motorola released Moto E3 Power with monster 3500mAh battery. Pairing this battery with energy efficient MediaTek MT6735P and 5” HD display, the E3 Power will last at least two days on moderate usage. It may not offer as much as Xiaomi Redmi 3S/Redmi 3S Prime, but the near stock Android OS should lend you better overall user experience than heavily customized Redmi devices. However, you have to settle down with hard plastic build instead of aluminum chassis found on rest of the devices. Come on Lenovo.!
5. Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus:
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is one of the great budget handsets out there. It packs 5-inch 1080 IPS display, 3GB RAM and 16GB memory with a microSD slot. Additionally, it has got powerful Snapdragon 616 Octa-core chipset. The device covers all the basics but it fall short in battery department as it packs relatively smaller 2750mAh battery. If you can live with little shorter battery life, it’s a great budget device to buy. Remember, you also have to deal with the sluggish interface, which may show some improvement over K6 Power as it gets powerful SoC under the hood but not as great as the ones like Moto E3 Power or Honor 5C.
6. LeEco Le 1S:
LeEco made splashes with its Le 1S eco smartphone. It brings little to none compromises for the price what they are asking. It’s easily one of the best value for your money smartphones in this list. You get solidly constructed metal unibody with 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display, MediaTek Helio X10 SoC, 3GB RAM, 32GB Storage, PowerVR G6200 GPU, WiFi ac Dual Band. Everything seems super impressive, but the software is the major let down for the Le 1S eco alongside the mediocre camera performance. It’s hard to live with buggy software, which easily confuses even the guys who are familiar with Android. We would appreciate LeEco if they don’t go notoriously in pushing their LeEco streaming content. Fortunately, the company rolled out Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the device in earlier 2016 but no change in custom UI yet. Also, no information on Nougat yet.
7. Huawei Honor 5C:
Huawei’s subsidiary Honor had announced budget friendly Honor 5C. The head-turning feature of the device was 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display and stunning metal unibody design. It was powered by home-brewed Kirin 650 SoC, which paired with Mali-T830MP2. We never liked the Huawei’s EMUI, but we should say that this is one of the buttery smooth skins out there even with staggering modifications. We were pleased to see rather a smooth day to day operations than the majority of the devices on this list. The cameras surprisingly performed well, and the battery lasted long enough to get you through a busy day. (Note: Honor 5C actual pricing is INR 10999 but thanks to the cashback offers which down the device price to INR 10k mark)
8. Meizu M3s:
Meizu M3s brings nothing special to the table when you overview at the spec sheet. However, the Chinese smartphone maker provided premium feel with unibody aluminum build. The display scaled at 5-inch and gets HD resolution. The MeaiTek MT6750 SoC was powerful enough to handle daily tasks, which paired with 2GB/3GB with 16GB/32GB storage options, respectively. The cameras got 13MP rear and 5MP sensors, which were pretty standard, though. However, the software is the advantage at the same time disadvantage for this Meizu handset. The Flyme 5.1 UI on top brings fluid experience with entirely new visual appearance, but Android 5.1 Lollipop underneath was almost three years old operating system, which exposed to critical exploits.
9. Asus Zenfone Max:
Asus Zenfone Max came in three models in total but the one, we have added, was a base model ZC550KL. It sports 5.5-inch HD display, MediaTek MT6737M Quad-core SoC, and 2GB/3GB RAM. The SoC isn’t powerful enough, so you will end up seeing stutters in daily use. The company’s custom ZenUI 3.0 brings bloatware, which further slows down the device. On the plus side, it runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and packs massive 5000mAh battery. The mammoth battery of the ZenfoneMax will provide enough juice for power users. You will even get 100GB of Google Drive storage (*Conditions Apply).
10. Galaxy On7 Pro (2016):
Eventually, one Samsung device managed to secure a spot in our top 10 smartphones under INR 10K. Dealing with Galaxy On7 Pro (2016) is a pretty standard affair. Honestly, you get nothing special here. The HD resolution of the display stretched to 5.5-inch diagonally, which isn’t a good sign. The Snapdragon 410 is the barely powerful chipset, which we ended up seeing in majority smartwatches in 2016. The generous 3000mAh battery and Dual 4G SIM compatibility are one of the key talking points of this device. We won’t particularly recommend this device until you are a die hard fan of Samsung and afraid of using Chinese smartphone. It makes its way into this list due to the Samsung’s brand reputation only. You can even check out Coolpad Note 3S, which offers pretty good bang for your buck.
This is WhatsOnTech’s Top 10 smartphones under INR 10000. However, it’s not the ultimate list, and you may be thinking about other smartphones or we may have missed something. Please feel free to let us know about your top 10 budget smartphones in the comment section below.