Everybody can’t afford an iPhone and not everyone wants to own a Xiaomi, though both these smartphone brands have a great fan following. People prefer one smartphone over the other for several reasons, one among them is the price. Keeping that in mind, we’ve curated a list of the best smartphones for every kind of budget. So, go ahead and take your pick from these phones that pack in good features, battery life and camera at a price that best suits you.
Budget smartphones under Rs 15,000
Micromax Canvas 6
With its champagne gold and black metal body, the Micromax Canvas 6 makes for a good-looking phone. The build and finish along with its chamfered edges give it an elegant feel. But this phone is more than just good looks, it is packed with a decent octa-core SoC from MediaTek (MT6753T), 3GB RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. Its 3000mAh battery is quite sufficient for regular use. And it has a standard 13-MP shooter on the rear and an 8-MP camera on the front that are good enough for a phone under Rs 10,000.
The Lenovo K8 is a recent entrant to the budget phone category and does its best to compete with its much-established competitors, thus giving you some pretty fine specs. It runs on a MediaTek Helio P25 processor, which is an octa-core chip clocked up to 2.5GHz. It has a 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, which can be expanded further. It has a 13-MP camera on the rear and an 8-MP one on the front. It also has a large 4000mAh battery that can keep it juiced up all day.
Moto G5 Plus
Get your money’s worth with the Moto G5 Plus that brings together power and performance. It features a Snapdragon 625 SoC processor, powerful graphics, a 3000mAh battery, 4GB RAM and 32GB memory which can be expanded further. But the real standout factor about this phone is it’s 12-MP camera with f/2.2 to f/1.7 aperture that lets you take great pictures in all light conditions, including low light too. You can also shoot 4K videos with this phone camera.
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Mid-range smartphones under Rs 30,000
Vivo V5 Plus
There’s been much talk about the Vivo V5 Plus and it’s all because of its innovative camera. The front camera is a 20-MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and an additional 8-MP sensor for depth. This effect is actually really cool as you can now get a bokeh effect in your selfies by blurring out the background and focusing on yourself in the foreground. Other than the camera, it has a reliable Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 2.0GHz Octa-core processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM and a 3055mAh battery to keep your phone running smoothly.
Oppo F3 Plus
This phone was marketed as a one-of-a-kind selfie phone because of its 16MP front camera, but there’s more to it, making the Oppo F3 Plus a good buy. For instance, it has a large 4000mAh battery, a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory; all packed in a large 6-inch display making it a high-performance entertainment device.
Huawei Honor 8
The Honor 8 is a premium-looking phone with a light-refracting glass design and some pretty high-end specs packed in a mid-range device. It runs on Honor's own line of chips, the Hisilicon Kirin 950 processor, in this case, which is as good as a Qualcomm chip. It come with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal memory, along with a 3000mAh battery. It also packs in a 12-MP dual camera setup that ensures good quality photos in all light conditions.
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Flagships and premium smartphones over Rs 35,000
Samsung Galaxy S8+
If you like big phones, then this 6.2-inch Samsung Galaxy S8+ is your best bet right now. Updated with the latest Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 processor, this phone is all about speed. Topped with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory and Android 7.0, this phone has everything you’ll want from a high performer. Much like it’s predecessor, it has a 12-MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture and Dual Pixels but comes with upgraded sensors that give you much better image quality. The phone is water resistant and supports wireless charging too.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
The iPhone 7 was a real win for Apple as it had many takers and continues to be a much-coveted phone even today. If you can’t afford an iPhone 8 just yet, consider the iPhone 7 as it is almost as good as the new one in many ways. It has a remarkable 12-MP dual camera, internal memory of either 32GB or 128GB and a 3GB RAM. The phone is dust proof and water resistant too.
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
If you’re going to buy an expensive phone, you might as well spend it on the best one right now. The newly released iPhone 8 Plus hosts the A11 Bionic chip that’s claimed to be the fastest of chipsets used in an iPhone. It has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display that delivers crisp and clear visuals. The rear camera is a 12-MP dual camera with f/1.8 wide angle aperture, f/2.8 telephoto aperture and digital zoom of up to 10x. The front camera is a 7-MP shooter. As for space, you can choose between 64GB or 256GB storage. The iPhone 8 Plus supports wireless charging is optimised for augmented reality too.
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