Whilst handsets like LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and iPhones 6S are stealing headlines all over, there is a load of cheap and intriguing stuff happening in the world of budget smartphones. Sadly smartphone innovation doesn’t come cheap and most of them are reserved for the high end contract devices. However, there is a thing called cheap good smartphone, and all those amazing features from flagship devices have gradually started trickling down slowly to these budget smartphones.
Here’s a pick of our top favorite cheap Android phones of 2016
XiomiRedmi Note 3:
Xiomi is one of the most talked about companies in Indian smartphone scene and it has made its comeback this year with the amazing Redmi Note 3. The smartphone trumps everything in terms of performance. Its battery at 4000 mAh is more than commendable and offers up to 12 hours usage upon a single charge. The 16MP rear camera it offers might not be the best, however it still takes great pictures. At just Rs. 11,999, this budget smartphone is perhaps the best deal you can lay your hands on.
One Plus X:
With its very first phone last year, One Plus was able to amaze its customers; however this new addition to the family is all the more jaw dropping. It might be a bit difficult to get this device because of its invite only system, but when you do you wouldn’t be a bit disappointed. This new budget phone has a gorgeous design and is beautiful to hold and the specs it offers at this range are just more than impressive.
Asus ZenFone 2:
This affordable and capable version of Asus comes with 1.83 Hz quad core variant of Inten Atom SoC. Although this model offers only 2GB RAM along with 16 GB storage, it still offers decent specifications and smooth performance. Asus also is offering one of the best gaming experiences ever for game freaks at this budget.
Regardless of the plastic body, Mi4i is one of the coolest looking phones within this price range. The device sports a classy 5 inch 1080 p display and is powered by Snapdragon 615 SoC. The phone did encounter some heating issues previously but they have been resolved through software patches. Also, Mi4i has one of the best rear cameras and excellent battery life in its budget range.
Lenovo Vibe K4 Note:
Being the successor to K3 Note, the phone has come up with a lot of innovations. Powered by Octa core MediaTel MT6753 SoC and further enhance by a 3GB RAM, K4 Note performs multi tasking just as smoothly. Its 16 GB internal space can be expanded further via microSD card and there’s a 13 MP rear camera along with a fingerprint sensor.
The successor to Honor 4X, 5X sports a 5.5 inched IPS LCD panel and comes with full HD resolution. The phone boasts of a reliable performance with the new Snapdragon 616 SoC. The metal unibody build along with its nice clean design offers a great look. The rear camera is of Honor 5X is a lot more than amazing, thanks to the Sony Sensor.
Moto G Turbo:
Commendable performance, a waterproof body and an assurance that the device would have the latest Android update before any of the branded smartphones in the market is what makes Moto G Turbo the best deal. Its specifications are almost similar to Moto G 3rd Gen. Moreover; its recent price drop has made the handset an attractive proposition.
Samsung Galaxy J3:
The J3 takes all its styling tips from Samsung’s flagship phone Galaxy and has distilled them down in a much more affordable packet. The device may not have the best power, display or camera, but at this price point, J3 is undoubtedly a solid performer. The screen is colorful and bright and the inclusion of a microSD card is a turn on for some.
CoolPad Note 3:
For a budget phone under Rs. 10000, you won’t go wrong with CoolPad Note 3. Featuring a MediaTekocta core MT6753 SoC along with 3GB RAM inside, the phone churns out amazing performance. CoolPad Note 3 clearly scores more points on its superfast fingerprint sensor and an awesome battery life.
LeEco Le 1S:
This budget smartphone has been able to grab a lot of attention since it was introduced for the first time. The Le 1S, being powered by Helio X10 Soc, is one the most powerful devices available currently under the 15k budget. The phone boasts of its metal unibody and a clean candy bar design. There is 3 GB RAM and ample internal storage of 32 GB. The rear 13 megapixel shooter captures fairly decent pictures and the 5.5 inched FHD display is one of its major attractions.