5 best budget smartphones you can buy in 2016


The Indian handset market right now is all about budget segment smartphones that are redefining the trends and the market as we speak. Brands like Xiaomi and LeEco are setting new trends every single day and bringing down the benchmark for other manufacturers. With the level of competition, more and more handset manufacturers are coming up with devices that are equipped with high-end features and technologies.

Here is a list of 5 best mobiles that you can buy right now around INR 10,000. Needless to say, all these smartphones are great value for money and a must for any new smartphone buyer.


LeEco Le 1S

The Chinese handset maker, LeEco is a new entrant in the Indian handset market and it marked its presence with a bang. Its first offering in the industry established several firsts including a mirror finish fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C port. This all metal device was a huge sellout in India and literally flew off the shelves. LeEco Le 1S comes with features like 2.2 GHz Octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, 3000 mAh battery and 32 GB non-expandable storage. Its front panel is adorned by a large 5.5-inch display with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Moreover, it comes with a 13 and 5 Megapixels snappers on its rear and front panels, respectively. There have been reports of device heating up, however, it is a minor issue considering the price and features of the device.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Close on the heels of LeEco, Xiaomi also came up with its own all metal budget segment smartphone with a fingerprint scanner on its rear panel. Xiaomi Redmi Note is quite frankly the best smartphone available in the budget segment as of now. It comes with a powerful 1.8 GHz Hexa-core processor along with 3 GB of RAM, Android 5.1 Lollipop based MIUI 7, 3300 mAh battery and 16/32 GB internal storage expandable up to 128 GB. However, the highlight of the handset has to be the 16 Megapixels primary camera on the rear panel of this handset, which is a first in the budget segment as well as a 5 Megapixels camera on the front panel. This handset also features VoLTE, which reduces the ringing duration, a first in the Indian handset market.


Coolpad Note 3 Lite

We can say that Coolpad Note 3 Lite is sort of a trailblazer when it comes to entry level devices with cool high-end features. This handset is the first to offer a fingerprint scanner under INR 7,000 in Indian handset market. Spec-wise, this handset boasts of a Quad-core processor that has been clocked at 1.3 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 2500 mAh battery and Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system pre-installed in it. The display on the front of this handset is a 5-inch unit with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. It also impresses on camera front with a 13 Megapixels primary camera on rear panel and 5 Megapixels shooter on the front.


Lenovo K4 Note

Lenovo made a grand entry in the Indian handset market with its K4 Note, which comes with an innovative Theatermax technology along with a VR headset bundled. Lenovo mobiles are one of the best choices among budget cautious smartphone buyers. Spec-wise it boasts of an Octa-core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz along with 3 GB of RAM for buttery smooth performance. The display on this handset measures a good 5.5-inch with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels for a good viewing experience. Other features include 13 Megapixels rear camera, 5 Megapixels front camera, 3300 mAh battery, 4G LTE, NFC and 16 GB internal memory expandable up to 128 GB. This handset is one of the most lucrative offerings in the budget segment at the moment.


Huawei Honor 5X

Huawei Honor 5X happens to be a better alternative to the Lenovo K4 Note albeit with an all metal body that oozes premium feel. It comes with a fingerprint scanner on the rear panel with features like fingerprint dial and app access. Huawei has equipped this budget segment handset with a powerful 1.5 GHz Octa-core processor coupled with 2 GB of RAM. Other than this it features 13 Megapixels camera on the rear panel, 5 Megapixels on front, 3000 mAh powerpack, and 4G LTE.

All these smartphones are counted among the cream of budget segment devices that can be bought through flash sales or online stores. If you have already made up your mind regarding any of these devices, be rest assured that you will get best value for money out of it.

~ Sanjeev Kumar



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