Smartphone shopping got trickier with a series of new launches throughout 2015. Smartphone companies have been launching new models to attract consumers and grab the lion's share of the market. Budget smartphones, especially those under Rs. 10,000, witnessed a significant boom throughout this year. With plenty of new releases, we narrowed down some of the best devices that are worth considering in the sub-Rs. 10,000 range.
Meizu M2 Note
Meizu unveiled its M2 Note smartphone in India to join the fast-growing budget smartphone race and grabbed sizable attention. The handset features a 5.5-inch Full HD display, 13MP primary camera with flash and 5MP front snapper. It is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6753 octa core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable storage and Android 5.0 Lollipop based Flyme 4.5 OS. The handset packs an impressive 3,100mAh battery to offer 27 hours of talk time.
Priced at Rs. 9,999, Meizu M2 Note is available on Amazon India.
Lenovo P1m is a recent release by the company in the affordable smartphone segment. It features a 5-inch HD screen, 8MP primary camera with LED flash, 5MP front snapper and a massive 4,000mAh battery. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6735P quad-core processor, which is backed by 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable memory.
Available exclusively on Flipkart, Lenovo P1m costs Rs. 7,999.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser joined the fast-growing budget smartphone race in India with main emphasis on the camera feature. It features a 5.5-inch HD screen with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with real tone flash and laser auto focus and a 5MP front snapper. The Zenfone 2 Laser is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC, 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable memory and a 3,000mAh battery.
Available on Flipkart, the Zenfone 2 Laser is priced at Rs. 9,999.
Lenovo A6000 Shot
Lenovo A6000 Shot is a camera-centric budget smartphone. It has a 13-megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash with a 5MP selfie camera. The handset boasts a 5-inch HD IPS screen and a 2,300mAh battery. The A6000 Shot is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC, 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable memory.
The handset is available in India on Flipkart for Rs. 9,518 and also in retail stores.
Coolpad Note 3
One of the best smartphones under Rs. 10,000 if you are looking for abundance of premium features. It is the only smartphone to sport a fingerprint scanner in its range. Coolpad Note 3 features a 5.5-inch HD screen, 13MP primary camera with LED flash and 5MP front snapper. It is powered by a 1.3GHz 64-bit Mediatek MT6753 octa-core processor, 3GB RAM and 16GB expandable memory. The Note 3 is also big on battery with its 3,000mAh unit.
Priced at Rs. 8,999, Coolpad Note 3 is available on Amazon India.
Huawei Honor 4X
Huawei also joined the affordable smartphone race with its Honor 4X smartphone. The handset offers a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, 13MP primary camera and 5MP front snapper. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad core processor, 2GB RAM and 8GB expandable memory. There's a 3,000mAh battery that runs the show.
Lenovo K3 Note
Lenovo K3 Note was probably one of the first few devices to sport premium features in a sub-Rs. 10,000 priced phone. Following several successful flash sales in India, the K3 Note won the hearts of many Indians with its striking specifications.
Lenovo K3 Note features a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, 13MP primary camera with dual-LED flash, 5MP front snapper and a 2,900mAh battery. It is powered by a 1.7 GHz MediaTek MT6752 Octa Core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable memory and runs on Android Lollipop OS.
The handset is available on Flipkart for Rs. 9,999.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime
One of the cheapest offering by Xiaomi, Redmi 2 Prime is a successor to the widely successful Redmi 2. The handset comes with a 4.7-inch HD screen, 8MP primary camera and 2MP front-facing shooter. It is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, Adreno 306 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable storage and 2,200mAh battery.
Lenovo A6000 Plus
Lenovo A6000 Plus is part of company's ever-expanding budget offering in India. It is powered by a 1.2GHz 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage. The handset has a 5-inch IPS display with 720p resolution. On the camera front, there is an 8MP primary camera along with LED flash and a front facing 2MP snapper. Lenovo A6000 Plus packs a 2,300mAh battery and runs on Android KitKat based Vibe UI 2.0 OS.
Lenovo A6000 Plus is available on Flipkart for Rs. 7,499.
YU Yureka Plus
YU is now counted among the most prominent smartphone brands in India, thanks to the company's worthy range of phones. Yureka Plus was one of the first devices to lure customers towards budget phones. The handset features a 5.5-inch Full HD screen with Gorilla Glass 3 and oleophobic coating. The Yureka Plus packs a sensible 13MP shooter on the rear side and uses Sony's IMX214 sensor and LED flash. The 5MP front snapper helps a lot with the selfies.
YU Yureka Plus is powered by a 21.7GHz octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage and has a 2,500mAh battery unit. The handset is priced at Rs. 8,999.