In a world full of iPhones and flagship phones, no one hardly ever talks about budget smartphones. Surprisingly, these are the phones that garner a large audience, possibly larger than the one-percenter crowd who can afford a high-end smartphone.

Today, there are a bunch of smartphones available at reasonable prices. The challenge is to find the best ones among them that stand out in their performance, build, camera and looks.

If you’re looking for a good budget phone, here are some of the best buys you can score under Rs 8,500.

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Xiaomi Redmi 4A

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Price: Rs 6,999

Xiaomi continues to impress us with smartphones at great prices. If you thought the Redmi 3s and Note 4 were steal-worthy deals, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A is going to blow your mind. It is one of the most superior phone in the sub-6K smartphone segment. It packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC along 3GB of RAM to give you good performance. It has a 5-inch display and a 13MP camera. Add to this its 32GB storage (expandable up to 128GB) and it’s 3120mAh battery and you have a phone that could easily compete with its more expensive competitors.

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Meizu M5

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Price: Rs, 7,599

Not quite as cheap as the Redmi 4A, but feature-wise this Meizu M5 comes as a close second. This smartphone is powered by a reliable 1.5 GHz octa-core processor, along with 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM (expandable to up to 128GB), a 13MP camera and a 3070mAh battery that can get you through the day.

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3
Coolpad Note 3S

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Price: Rs 8,391

The Coolpad Note 3S also packs in similar features like the above-mentioned phones, which is why it’s worth considering when buying a budget smartphone. This phone runs seamlessly on a 1.36 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa Core processor. It has 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, a 13MP camera and a decent 2500mAh battery.

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Lava X41+

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Price: Rs 7,549

The Lava X41+ also makes it to this list as it offers a sharp 1280p display and is one among the very few phones under Rs 8,500 that gives you 32GB of internal storage. It has 2GB RAM, an 8MP camera and 2500mAh battery, which might not be the most powerful stats compared to the above phones but it can still pull through a good performance.

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Micromax Canvas Knight 2

Micromax Canvas Knight 2 E471 BC 4G Dual Sim 16 GB Rs 7429

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Price: Rs 7,200

Micromax has been a player in the budget smartphone segment for long and the Canvas Knight 2 is one of their popular additions to it. It is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-core processor and 2GB RAM that lets you multitask through apps without any lags. It is low on internal space, which is about 16GB but the 13MP camera brings back the balance for it to be listed here.

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