If you're looking for a smartphone with all the latest features and which doesn’t cost you a fortune, you’re in luck! The budget smartphones available in India ranging from Rs. 12000 and Rs. 18000 has ample features and performance that will wow you and even compete against costlier phones.
With a whole host of brands launching numerous smartphones in this price range, customers get incredible value-for-money and a smile on their faces!
The smartphone market has several new offerings in different price ranges which it makes it tough for potential customers to choose one. Here, we list down the 7 smartphones under Rs. 17,000 that you should consider.
1. Nokia 6.1 (32GB) (2018) - Rs. 15,459
After years of being away from the action, Nokia has come back with a bang after introducing phones packaged with Android. The Nokia 6.1, launched earlier this year, is their latest offering. It’s an upgraded version of the Nokia 6 phone.
Like Nokia phones of yesteryear, the 6.1 is built to last, with the phone made of a block of aluminium. The size is perfect and fits well in the palm.
The phone has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD panel and a 16:9, Full HD display. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset and 3GB of RAM in the 32GB version. The 6.1 has a 16MP rear camera with ZEISS optics which is ideal for recording 4K videos, while the phone also has a powerful 8MP front camera.
The biggest advantage of the Nokia 6.1 is that it comes with Android One, which means that you will get system updates ahead of other phones. The phone also has a 64GB version which is a few thousand rupees more.
2. Honor 9 Lite (64GB) - Rs. 14,999
The camera in a smartphone is now much more important than it ever has, thanks to the selfie craze and people wanting to document everything through photos.
The Honor 9 Lite is a budget smartphone for those who love taking photographs - the phone has four cameras! The phone doesn’t weigh much thanks to its plastic body and has an elegant design with a curved, 5.65 inch display which is a Full-HD and IPS panel.
The 64GB version of the phone has 4GB of RAM (the 32GB version has 3GB of RAM) and the quad-core Kirin 659 processor.
The Honor 9 Lite comes with Android 8 Oreo and Huawei’s custom EMUI 8 skin and the phone comes with Honor’s video and music players.
The four cameras, which is the USP of the device, are 13MP front and rear cameras with 2MP additional cameras in the front and back to add bokeh effects. What’s more? The cameras can record videos at 1080p.
3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (6GB) - Rs. 16,999
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is the king of the budget smartphone market, with features and specifications that can rival costlier phones.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro has a large 5.99-inch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass and Full-HD display. The phone may be slightly bulky due to the large 4000mAh battery and the metal body but is easy to grip.
The phone has a 12MP and 5MP dual rear cameras, as well as a 20MP front camera, which is ideal for clicking selfies! The Note 5 Pro has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor with eight cores, 6GB RAM and 64GB storage space.
4. Motorola Moto Z2 Play - Rs. 16,142
The Motorola Moto Z2 Play, launched in 2017, is a sleek and smart-looking phone and a great value-for-money buy after the recent reduction in its price.
The Z2 Play, the second generation of the Z Play model, has a 5.5 inch full HD super AMOLED display which has two display modes - standard and vivid. The slim body of the phone makes it easy to grip, while the phone also has Corning Gorilla Glass as well as, water-repellent nano coating.
The Z2 Play has Snapdragon’s 626 SoC chipset, which includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space, which can be expanded to 2TB via the microSD slot.
The phone has a 12MP rear camera and a dual-tone LED flash, as well as features like laser autofocus and dual-pixel autofocus. The Z2 Play has a 5MP front camera with dual-tone LED flash, while the phone also allows for HD recording using the front camera - perfect for video calling.
One advantage that the Z2 Play has over its rivals is the availability of Moto Mods, Motorola’s snap-on accessories range. The add-ons available for the Z2 Play are the JBL Soundboost speakers, the Incipio offGRID Power Pack which gives the phone more battery power and the insta-share projector which can be used to project images and videos.
5. Motorola Moto G6 (64GB) - Rs. 15,999
The latest in Motorola’s successful Moto G range, the G6, which was launched earlier this year, is a durable, efficient and compact smartphone.
The new Moto G has a 5.7-inch, full-HD+ IPS panel which has an 18:9 aspect ratio. Unlike earlier Moto G phones, this phone’s body has a metal frame and a curved design, as well as, Gorilla glass. The previous G models were successful thanks to its durability and this model follows the same mantra.
The G6 has a Snapdragon 450 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space, and a 3,000mAh battery - numbers pale in comparison with its competition. The dual-SIM phone has Android 8.0 Oreo and the interface has very little lag.
As is the norm, the phone has front and rear facing cameras - a 16MP front camera with a single LED flash, and a 12MP primary and 5MP secondary rear camera with dual LED flash. Both front and rear cameras have HD recording up to 1080P.
6. Vivo V9 Youth - Rs. 16,990
The Vivo V9 Youth’s USP is its massive 6.3 inch FHD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 - perfect for gaming or watching videos.
The V9 Youth has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450 Octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage space, which can be expanded to 256GB using a microSD card. The phone runs Android 8.1, while it has a 3260 mAh battery.
Apart from its huge display, the Vivo V9 Youth’s cameras have great features, including Bokeh, Ultra HD and an AI Face Beauty feature. The rear camera is a 16MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary camera, while the front camera is also 16MP and has a feature Vivo calls AI Selfie Camera where an AI algorithm helps you click the best picture of you!
7. Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) (6GB) - Rs. 14,999
The newest phone in this list, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) packs a punch and offers incredible value-for-money! The Asus smartphone has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC processor and a whopping 6GB of RAM, which makes it lag-free and smooth to use.
The phone’s 64GB storage space can be expanded upto 2TB using a microSD card, while the phone also has a huge 5,000mAh battery, which makes the phone heavy, at 180 grams.
The Zenfone Max Pro (M1) has a simple design, and a sturdy metal back panel, which also has the fingerprint sensor. The 5.99-inch, a full-HD+ display has an aspect ratio of 18:9 - the perfect size that fits perfectly and good enough to play games and watch movies.
The rear cameras on the smartphone are a 13 MP primary rear cameras and a 5 MP secondary camera, with flash, and video recording at 4K. The front has a 16 MP camera, and the Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1) also has face recognition feature, as well as video recording upto 1080P.
The Zenfone Max Pro (M1) trumps its competition with a large battery and 6GB of RAM and a great price!