Ever since its release, Android has been adored by consumers worldwide. Probably, Android is the only open source operating system platform offered on phones cutting across price points.
Apart from the openness of the Android Operating System, the platform offers millions of free apps. And Lollipop is the most successful android version for offering numerous handy customisable notification, security features and gestures in an intuitive interface.
Meanwhile, a few manufacturers launched Android smartphone running on Lollipop out-of-the-box. While majority of these devices are flagship smartphones and belong to the high-end segment, a handful of devices exist in the budget category.
Below is our pick from the niche pool of smartphones having Android 5.x Lollipop operating system.
Lenovo K3 Note
Probably the best smartphone released under ₹10,000 till date. Available for ₹9,999 the Lenovo K3 Note packs a 5.5-inch Full HD Display, true octa-core 1.7GHz processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage expandable up to 32GB. Running on Android 5.0 Lollipop, the K3 Note packs a 13MP+5MP camera combination.
[READ MORE- Lenovo K3 Note First Impression]
The Xolo Black is a worthy phone launched by a home grown company. The first online-only phone from Xolo packs a S615 octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage expandable up to 32GB. Boasting a 5.5-inch, 1920x1080 pixels display, the XOLO Black runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS and packs a 13MP+2MP camera combo. The XOLO Black will be available exclusively on Flipkart for ₹12,999 starting 13 July. Registration for 'XOLO First' will commence on www.xolo.in from 4:00 PM on 10 July and end at 8:00 PM on 11 July.
The Lenovo A7000 is another budget phone that runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system overlaid with Vibe UI interface. Carrying a ₹8,999 price tag, the A7000 offers 5.5-inch HP IPS display with 720x1280 pixels resolution, Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, 2GB RAM, 8GB inbuilt memory and 2900 mAh battery.
[READ MORE- LENOVO A7000 Review]
Moto E 2nd Gen
The 2nd Generation of Motorola's budget smartphone Moto E offers a great build quality along with 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM , 4.5-inch qHD display along with similar powered camera. Running on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out-of-the-box, the Moto E 2nd Generation comes in two variants, 3G and 4G editions. While the Moto E2 3G comes powered by a S200 Soc, the Moto E2 4G packs S410 processor.
[READ MORE- MOTO E 2nd Generation 4G Review]
Xiaomi Mi 4i
Probaly one of the best Xiaomi budget smartphones which offers great all-round usability. With an unibody form factor, the Mi 4i packs a 5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 615 Processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage.
[READ MORE- Xiaomi Mi 4i Review]
ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE550ML and ZE551ML
Asus has received huge appreciation for its latest ZenFone 2 series of smartphones. Though most of the people are only aware of the ZenFone 2 ZE551ML, which is a mid budget smartphone that features 4GB RAM, the ZenFone 2 has a few budget options as well. All the ZenFone 2 series smartphones run on Android 5.0 Lollipop and feature decent configuration for their prices. For budget consumers, ZenFone 2 ZE550ML and ZenFone 2 ZE551ML are our picks.
[Read More- Lenovo A7000 vs Xiaomi Mi 4i Head to Head Review]
Micromax Canvas Juice 2 AQ5001
Available for ₹7,423 on Snapdeal, the Micromax Juice 2 AQ5001 offers plenty for its price. Boasting a 5-inch 720P display, the Canvas 2 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system and comes powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and 8GB storage with expandable support.
Though the MRP of LG Magna is ₹16,500, it is currently available for much less on several websites. Running on Android 5.0 Lollipop, the LG Magna flaunts a 5-inch, 720x1280 pixels display and comes powered with 1.3GHz quad-core processor alongside a 1GB RAM and an 8MP rear camera.
Karbonn Android One Sparkle V
Announced last September as part of Google's Android One project, the Karbonn Sparkle V is currently available for ₹3,999 on Snapdeal. The Karbonn Sparkle V runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage expandable up to 32GB. The Sparkle packs a 4.5-inch qHD display and 5MP +2MP camera combo.
[Read More- Karbonn Sparkle V review]