Top Budget Smartphones in India

Budget Smartphones – A category which has drastically changed over the years, is giving tough competitions to Top notch smartphones. This was not the case five or six years back. The main reason can be attributed to advanced technologies and developments in the area of mobile technology. Amazingly, budget smartphones features almost every other feature of high-end smartphones like higher refresh rate, blazing fast software experience, descent camera system and respectable designs. And all these in an amazing price point. Our well researched list of Top Budget Smartphones in India gives the customers an opportunity to select the best budget smartphone as per their demands and requirements.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro

Features

  • 64MP AI Rear Quad camera with ultra-wide lens portrait lens, dedicated macro lens, AI support. AI Beautify has been further improved to give you the best
    look at any time.
  • 2MP Camera with Macro  – Gives close-up focus of 2 cm. The 2MP macro lens is capable of catching even the smallest items clearly and transparent. With a focus of 2 cm you can catch the subject up close.
  • The 16.58 cm (6.53) Dot Notch HDR Display offers a fantastic visual experience regardless of which media you consume.
  • Powered by a 4500mAh battery, this smartphone enables uninterrupted gaming.
  • The Aura Fluid Design is trendy but practical, and is covered by P2i splashproof nano coating and Corning® Gorilla ® Glass 5.
  • Profit from a hands-free experience and ask Alexa to play your favorite Amazon Music album, assemble your shopping list, link to your FireTV and more.
 

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While many find the 64MP rear camera to be the game-changer for the Redmi Note 8 Pro, I think it’s the inclusion of the MediaTek Helio G90 T SoC. The all-new octa-core chipset comes with a significant horsepower, and that shows as you move the system or play heavy games like PUBG Mobile or Call of Duty Mobile. The phone doesn’t skimp on any thing in true Xiaomi style either- be it the display or battery.

PROS

  • All round performance
  • Good camera
  • Solid battery life
  • Display is HDR capable

CONS

  • MIUI - too much bloatware and ads.
  • Charging capability - Not the fastest in the segment
Rating
4/5
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Redmi Note 9 Pro (Interstellar Black, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage)

₹ 13,999.00

June 21,2020

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Redmi Note 9 Pro (Aurora Blue, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage)

₹ 16,999.00

May 31,2020

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Redmi Note 8 Pro (Electric Blue, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage with Helio G90T Processor) - Shadow Black

₹ 16,999.00

May 31,2020

Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro

Features

  • The 48MP main camera is fitted with a Sony IMX586 sensor for amazing pictures.
  • The 13MP rear camera lets you easily capture ultra-wide portraits.
  • The third 8MP telephoto camera lets you zoom easily when you need to capture a subject from a distance.
  • The Horizon AMOLED Display give you the full view with absence of conventional notch.
  • High power 4000mAh battery keeps you running through the day.
  • Gameplay with the ultra-fast Qualcomm ® SnapdragonTM 855 is responsive and true to life.
  • Amazing design

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VERDICT

The Redmi K20 Pro and its unmatched specs justify the flagship title. Armored with Qualcomm ® SnapdragonTM 855 and AdrenoTM 640, any hardcore gamer will be sure to impress this smartphone. Amateur photography is getting a major upgrade for sharply detailed and richly colored photos with the 48MP + 13MP + 8MP Triple AI Rear camera. Style takes the lead with the Aura Prime Design.

PROS

  • Amazing Design with all screen display.
  • Incredible hardware and specs.
  • Good camera system
  • Powerful battery

CONS

  • Gets heated up now and then
  • Selfies are not accurate.
Rating
4/5
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Redmi K20 Pro (Carbon Black, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) - Carbon Black

₹ 26,999.00

May 31,2020

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Redmi K20 Pro (Carbon Black, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) - Flame Red

₹ 26,999.00

May 31,2020

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Redmi K20 Pro (Carbon Black, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) - Glacier Blue

₹ 26,999.00

May 31,2020

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Redmi K20 Pro (Pearl White, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage)

₹ 26,279.00

June 21,2020

Poco X2

Features

  • 64+2+8+2MP with quad rear camera, wide 64MP + macro 2MP + ultra 8MP + depth 2MP, 64MP ultra clear mode, super night mode, AI scene detection, ultra wide angle, distortion correction, pro mode, portrait mode, panorama mode, slow motion capture | 20+2MP dual front camera
  • 6GB RAM | 128GB internal memory expandable up to 512GB | Dual SIM (nano+nano) dual-standby (4G+4G)
  • Box also includes: USB type-c data cable, SIM ejector tool, user guide, 27W fast charger
  • 94 centimeters (6.67-inch) full HD+ display2400 x 1080 pixels resolution, 395 ppi pixel density
  • Android v10 operating system with 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor, Adreno 618 GPU
  • 4500mAH lithium-ion battery

9.5

RATING

VERDICT
The POCO X2 is probably one of the best budget smartphone out there with powerful camera setup in the price segment. The smartphones features powerful RAM and enough storage space capability. 

PROS

  • Amazing Design with all screen display.
  • 120 Hz display for budget device is insane.
  • Good camera system
  • User friendly and customizable Software

CONS

  • 120 Hz is not used upto the
  • Design is large and bulky.
Rating
4.5/5

POCO X2 (Phoenix Red, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage)

₹17,499

June 1,2020

Nokia 7.2

Features

  • The smartphone is equipped with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM physical memeory.

  • The main advantage here is that it is expandable upto 512 GB.

  • You are getting a 16.0 cm (6.3 inch) FHD+ Display.

  • Coming to the Camera specifications : 48MP + 5MP + 8MP Rear Camera and 20MP Front Camera .

  • The smartphone is equipped with 3500 mAh Battery.

  • It comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Processor.

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Nokia 7.2 comes with some incredible features with a budget friendly price tag. Specially  great option for those who are looking for photography, gaming and other high end usage in budget segment.
Presence of expandable memory is a huge advantage which is more than enough to keep files, games , software and more.

 

PROS

  • Amazing Design with notch display.
  • Stock Android experience
  • Descent battery life

CONS

  • Display is not AMOLED
  • Average Camera system
  • Not the best in the price segment
Rating
3/5
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Nokia 7.2 (Charcoal, 64 GB) (6 GB RAM)

₹19,497.00

June 01,2020

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

Features

  • 64MP AI Quad rear camera with portrait, ultra-wide lens, macro lens, LED flash, AI support, beautify support | 20MP front camera | Dedicated depth sensor.
  • Smartphone is enabled for Smooth gaming experience with powerful Helio G90T gaming processor, Game turbo and Liquid cooling technology.
  • With regard to display, it has 16.58 centimeters (6.53-inch) Dot Notch HDR Display with 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio and has 2.5D curved glass.
  • Amazon Alexa is built-in and can be used to play music,videos and other things or even get informed about the weather.
  • Talking about Memory and SIM – It comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal memory which is luckily expandable up to 512GB .
  • Also it features Dual SIM (nano+nano) dual-standby (4G+4G).
  • It comes with Android Pie v9 operating system out of the box with a 2.05GHz MediaTek Helio G90T octa core processor.
  • For long battery life, it is provided with a 4500mAH lithium-polymer battery providing talk-time of 41 hours and standby time of 666 hours.
  • In addition to that it has 18W fast charger in the box itself.

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VERDICT

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is a smartphone that comes with a flawless display in the midrange category. One can enjoy spotless photography with the high-resolution camera and pop-up selfie lens. As regards performance, the combination of internal hardware and software designed to meet modern demands is equally fine. Plus the power of the battery is also adequate for the daily usage.

PROS

  • All round performance
  • Efficient Camera system
  • Impressive battery life
  • Amazing Display

CONS

  • MIUI is filled with bloatware and ads
  • Charging speed not the best
Rating
4/5
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Redmi Note 8 Pro (Shadow Black, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage with Helio G90T Processor)

₹ 16,999.00

June 01,2020

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Redmi Note 8 Pro (Electric Blue, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage with Helio G90T Processor) - Shadow Black

₹ 16,999.00

May 31,2020

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Redmi Note 8 Pro (Halo White, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage with Helio G90T Processor)

₹ 16,999.00

June 01,2020

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Redmi Note 8 Pro (Gamma Green, 6GB RAM, 64GB Storage with Helio G90T Processor)

₹ 16,999.00

June 01,2020

Realme X2

Features

  •  The realme X2 comes with the highest realme pixel camera to date.
  • Fingerprint scanner unlock speed is obtained from realme laboratory. Please refer to the individual object, as the test result is influenced by the test setting.
  • The front camera Super Nightscape will be carried out at the subsequent OTA.
  • In addition to the amazing aesthetic design, ColorOS 6 has more powerful performance, more energy-saving and a smarter assistant to allow you to enjoy great visual effects and smoother interactivity.
  • Super AMOLED 16.25 cm (6.4) “Display is easy to read under sunlight. Plus, premium COF packing technology delivers a whopping screen-to – body ratio of 91.9 per cent. Now when you’re gaming or watching movies, get stunning visuals.
  • Battery Capacity  – 4000 mAh Battery 30W VOOC 4.0 Fast Charger
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Processor

8.4

RATING

VERDICT

Pricing is key for Realme phones as they have a ton of devices marginally separated by price while offering much more important improvements in areas like performance and camera. The only real difference between the Realme XT Rs 15,999 and the Realme X2 Rs 16,999 happens to be the Snapdragon 730 G on the latter. Likewise, the Realme 5 Pro priced at Rs 13,999 has a less powerful Snapdragon 710 SoC.

PROS

  • Amazing performance
  • Efficient Camera system
  • Impressive battery life

CONS

  • Old Chipset
  • Low light photography not upto the mark
Rating
3.5/5
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Realme X2 (Pearl Blue, 128 GB) (6 GB RAM)

June 01,2020

Nokia 8.1

Features

  • It comes with 12MP+13MP dual rear camera and 20MP front camera
  • Display is 15.69 centimeters (6.18-inch) FHD+ multi-touch capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2246 pixels resolution and 18.7:9 aspect ratio
  • With regard to Memory, Storage and SIM: 6GB RAM, 128GB internal memory expandable up to 400GB and comes with Dual SIM (nano+nano) dual-standby (4G+4G)
  • Comes loaded with Android Pie v9 operating system with 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 mobile platform octa core processor
  • Battery capacity: 3500mAH lithium-ion battery

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You get a gorgeous design for the price, impressive display, powerful cameras, smooth performance and day-long battery life-all with Android One’s goodness making it future-proof. I ‘m saying this because for the next two years you’ll get assured updates.

PROS

  • Amazing Design and build
  • Better Display
  • Impressive battery life

CONS

  • Sound quality is not upto the mark
Rating
4/5
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Nokia 8.1 (Blue, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage)

₹ 25,999.00

June 18,2020

Realme 6 Pro

Features

  • Comes with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB  Expandable memory Upto 256 GB
  • Display is 16.76 cm (6.6 inch) Full HD+ Display and 90 Hz Ultra Smooth Display
  • Camera is powered with 64MP + 12MP + 8MP + 2MP rear and  16MP + 8MP Dual Front Camera
  • Battery is pretty powerful and has 4300 mAh Battery and comes with 30 W Flash Charge
  • With regard to processor, Snapdragon 720G Processor and Side Fingerprint Sensor and Dual In Display Selfie.

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RATING

VERDICT

The Realme 6 Pro is an effective powerhouse with a good balance between performance and battery usage.  The 90Hz display is really the cherry on top and there is really not much to worry about as with other Realme phones before it. While this time around the pricing is higher than before, I think that the Realme 6 Pro is worth your consideration for a budget under Rs 20,000.

PROS

  • Amazing Design and build
  • 90 Hz display under 20k
  • Impressive battery life

CONS

  • Processor is weaker compared to competitors.
Rating
4/5
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Realme 6 Pro (Lightening Orange, 128 GB) (8 GB RAM)

₹ 25,999.00

June 18,2020

Samsung Galaxy M31

Features

  • Camera system includes 64MP/ 8MP /5MP /5MP rear camera and  32MP front facing camera.
  • Display has 16.21 centimeters (6.4-inch) FHD+ capacitive touchscreen with 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution, 404 ppi pixel density and 16M color support.
  • With regard to Memory, Storage & SIM: 6GB RAM | 128GB storage expandable up to 512GB and Dual SIM with dual standby (4G+4G)
  • Android v10.0 operating system with 2.3GHz + 1.7GHz Exynos 9611 Octa core processor
  • 6000mAH lithium-ion battery
  • Equipped with Fast face unlock and fingerprint sensor and Dual SIM (nano+nano) with dual standby and dual VoLTE , Dedicated Sim slot;Widevine L1 certification for HD streaming | Dolby ATMOS 360 surround sound.

9.2

RATING

VERDICT

Samsung Galaxy M31 is a mid-range product made by one of the most popular brands. It has a good set of cameras capable of keeping users partaking in photo capture. It can provide good processing speed in terms of efficiency, without any lagging issues. It also benefits from high battery capacity and quick charging technology.

PROS

  • ONEUI is pretty descent
  • Amazing AMOLED Display
  • Impressive battery life

CONS

  • Processor is weaker compared to competitors.
  • Design is not up to Date with the market.
Rating
4.3/5
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Samsung Galaxy M31 (Ocean Blue, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage)

₹ 17,499.00

June 21,2020

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Samsung Galaxy M31 (Space Black, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage)

₹ 17,499.00

June 21,2020

Realme XT

Features

  • Camera system includes 64MP/8MP/2MP/2MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, 1/1.72 sensor size, 6P lens, f/2.25 aperture, 5P lens, support super nightscape, portrait lens, six portrait style, macro lens, 4cm shooting distance and 16MP front camera
  • Display is 16.256 centimeters (6.4-inch) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution, 402 ppi pixel density
  • Hardware specifications includes Memory, Storage & SIM: 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory expandable up to 256GB and  Dual SIM (nano+nano) dual-standby (4G+4G)
  • Operating system includes Android Pie 9.0 operating system with Qualcomm SDM712 Snapdragon 712 (10 nm) (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver) octa core processor
  • Battery is equpped with 4000mAH lithium-ion battery

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Realme XT is a mid-range smartphone that promises outstanding features to its performance starting from display. It can also deal with any kind of high-end power consumption that gets fast charging technology from the big battery cell. The cameras are beautiful too. Overall, without any drawbacks it would be a worthy buy.

PROS

  • Brilliant Camera system
  • Amazing AMOLED Display
  • Impressive battery life

CONS

  • ColorOs needs further improvements
Rating
4/5
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realme XT (Pearl Blue, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage)

June 21,2020

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