Over the last year, we have witnessed a revolution of sorts when it comes to ‘budget Android phones’, with several Chinese players easily jumping through, thanks to the online exclusive retail channels. However, towering spec sheets from new Chinese entrants and desi competition has surely made buying a smartphone a complicated affair, especially because in spite of all that glitters, there are compromises involved with each handset.

Based on our first hands experience, here are a few names which you can consider from.

Lenovo K3 Note

The Lenovo K3 Note is perhaps the most popular handset in its league today. It does most things right and comes with a gorgeous 5.5 Inch Full HD display, is powered by 1.7 GHz octa core MT6752 chipset with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, flaunts a juicy 2900mAh battery and comes wrapped in a simple yet elegant matte finish body.

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Added pixels do take their toll, especially with high end gaming, but for other simple day to day tasks, performance is smooth. Its younger and cheaper sibling A7000 should be a better option for casual high end gamers on a budget.

Also Check: Lenovo K3 Note VS Lenovo A7000 Comparison

Key Features and Specifications 

Phone Lenovo K3 Note
Display 5.5 Inch Full HD
Processor 1.7 GHz MT6752 octa core
RAM 2GB
Internal Storage 16GB, Expandable up to 32GB
Software Android 5.0 Lollipop based Vibe UI
Primary Camera 13MP, dual LED flash
Selfie Camera 5MP
Dimensions and Weight 152.6 x 76.2 x 8 mm ; 150g
Battery 2900 mAh
Price 9,999 INR

Pros

  • Great display
  • Efficient day to day performance.
  • Decent camera
  • Reasonable battery life
  • 4G LTE on both SIM (You can use 4G on only 1 SIM at a time)

Cons

  • Low speaker volume
  • Reflective display glass

Yu Yureka Plus

Yureka Plus is an upgrade to Yureka which was designed to check soaring popularity of Lenovo K3 Note. This new Yureka variant improves on camera performance, is more durable with reinforced frame and Gorilla Glass 3, and has a full HD 1080p display.

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Colors are more accurate when compared to Yureka. Cyanogen OS is light, fluid and offers ton of customization options without being overwhelming. The only drawback here is the mediocre battery life (i.e, if you don’t mind the plain jane looks).

Key Features and Specifications 

Phone Yu Yureka Plus
Display 5.5 Inch Full HD, Gorilla Glass 3
Processor 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 615 octa core
RAM 2GB
Internal Storage 16GB, Expandable up to 32GB
Software Android 5.0.2 Lollipop based Cyanogen OS 12
Primary Camera 13MP
Selfie Camera 5MP
Dimensions 154.8 x 78 x 6-8.5 mm
Battery 2500 mAh
Price 8,999 INR

Pros

  • Great performance
  • Customizable and light software
  • Great Display
  • Decent camera
  • 4G LTE on both SIM

Cons

  • Unimpressive battery backup

Also Check: Yu Yureka Plus VS Lenovo K3 Note comparison

Zenfone 2 Laser

Though we have come to expect unmatched hardware specifications even at budget price, we are often cynical about the camera performance in low cost phones. Zenfone 2 Laser isn’t high on specs, but still tries hard to impress with its rear camera, and fairly succeeds too.

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The handset is meant for basic and moderate users and offers smooth day to day performance, sharp 5.5 Inch HD display, along with a gratifying battery backup.

Key Features and Specifications 

Phone Zenfone 2 Laser
Display 5.5 Inch HD, Gorilla Glass 4
Processor 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 quad core
RAM 2 GB
Internal Storage 16GB, Expandable up to 128GB
Software Android 5.0.2 Lollipop based Zen UI
Primary Camera 13MP, laser AF, Dual LED flash
Selfie Camera 5MP
Dimensions and Weight 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.8 mm; 170 Grams
Battery 3000 mAh
Price 9,999 INR

Pros

  • Good camera with Laser AF
  • Great battery backup
  • Gorilla Glass 4
  • 4G LTE on both SIM

Cons

  • To many preloaded apps

Redmi 2 Prime

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime is a much needed upgrade to Redmi 2. The handset doubles RAM and storage to eliminate some of the major flaws of its predecessor, and in turn resulting in a very compelling handsets at 6,999INR.

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The handset benefits from a very vibrant 4.7 Inch HD display complimented by colorful MIUI6, is easily manageable with a compact design, has durable day to day performance, decent camera hardware and above average battery backup.

Key Features and Specifications 

Phone Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime
Display 4.7 Inch HD
Processor 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 quad core
RAM 2GB
Internal Storage 16GB, Expandable up to 32GB
Software Android 4.4.4 KitKat based MIUI 6
Primary Camera 8MP
Selfie Camera 2MP
Dimensions 134 x 67 x 9 mm
Battery 2200 mAh
Price 6,999 INR

Pros

  • Great HD display
  • Reasonably good camera
  • Feature rich and vibrant MIUI 6 ROM
  • Smooth performance
  • 4G LTE on both SIM

Cons

  • Base software is slightly dated Android 4.4 Kitkat

Yu Yuphoria

If you have a craving for metallic feel, Yuphoria is your only option in this budget. Initially, we felt that the rounded metallic RIM on the Yuphoria was overhyped, but over a period of time, it kind of grew on us (nope, we didn’t put a case on it).

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Keeping all that metal aside, the handset is still a convincing Android option. A trimmed down variant of Cyanogen is running on the device, fired by Snapdragon 410 quad core SoC aided with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. Camera and device performance has noticeably improved after the latest OTA update.

Also Check: Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime VS Yu Yuphoria Comparison

Key Features and Specifications 

Phone Yu Yuphoria
Display 5 Inch HD
Processor 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 quad core
RAM 2GB
Internal Storage 16GB, Expandable up to 32GB
Software Android 5.0.2 Lollipop based Cyanogen OS 12
Primary Camera 8MP
Selfie Camera 2MP
Dimensions and Weight 42.4 x 73 x 8.2-9.35 mm, 143 Grams
Battery 2230 mAh
Price 6,999 INR

Pros

  • Metallic side frame
  • Sturdy build
  • Android Lollipop based Cyanogen OS 12
  • 4G LTE on both SIM

Cons

  • Cuts corner with the display quality
  • No USB OTG

Wrap-Up

Some compromises are always involved with budget Android smartphones, but if you are not a power user, you can draw great experience even at this price. The key is to know exactly what matters and what doesn’t, specifically for you.

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