Yearender 2017: Top Budget Smartphones of 2017 under Rs. 15,000

Undeniably, the Moto G series has been one of the most popular ones unveiled by Motorola. Representational image via Pexels. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 20, 2017, 10.45 AM (IST) Sparshita Saxena

iPhone X and 8 might be the most searched smartphones according to Google trends data but that doesn't even give a glimpse of what the majority of the smartphone using population was hooked on to throughout 2017.

A recent study conducted by the Omidyar Network notes a sizeable increase in the chunk of Indian population using smartphones. Quite evidently, more and more people are switching to hi-technology handsets from their basic, old-school precursors.

Interestingly, the number of people with basic cellphone devices continues to shrink, thanks to more and more handset-manufacturing giants rolling out premium smartphones that don't burn consumers pockets anymore.

According to the Omidyar report, the number of people using cellphones is expected to shoot up to a whopping 875 million by 2020 from 581 million reported in the year 2014.

Smartphones users --- versus basic handset users -- will grow to 54% by 2020 from meagre 28% reported in the year 2014.

Easy and cheaper availability of multi-featured smartphones has created a boom in the cellphone industry, also giving a significant boost to data service providers. More and more customers now get affordable plans to access data on their budget smartphones. 

Identifying and celebrating the indispensability of budget phones in the Indian cellphone market, we bring to you five devices that caught our attention this year under the 15k category. 

Moto G5 Plus 

The device came with Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo). Image via official website. (Others)

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Undeniably, the Moto G series has been one of the most popular ones unveiled by Motorola. Moto G5 and G5 Plus were launched earlier this year and emerged as hot contenders in a fight to disrupt the budget smartphone market in the country. 

The device comes with a fingerprint sensor, located in front; a 12-megapixel front camera with phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash and a 5-megapixel secondary camera.

Moto G5 Plus comes in two variants 32/64 GB, 2/4 GB RAM and 32 GB, 3 GB RAM with expandable memory up to 256 GB via microSD.

The handset was launched at a competitive price of Rs. 14,999 and is currently available for an online purchase for around Rs. 13,999 (32 GB variant).

The device came with Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo) and runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 625.

 

Honor 7X

Honor 7X was recently launched in China. Representational image, Honor smartphone (WION)

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Huawei's much-anticipated budget smartphone launched earlier this month and also went on an exclusive Amazon sale on December 7. 

Honor 7X succeeds the popular Honor 6X and runs on Huawei's exclusive Kirin 659 processor. The device is available with 4GB/3GB RAM in variants offering 32GB/64GB internal storage expandable to 256 GB via microSD. 

The handset boasts of a 3340 mAh battery and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. Honor 7X comes with a 16-megapixel primary camera with phase detection, autofocus, LED flash and an 8-megapixel secondary camera. 

The 4GB/32GB variant of the device is available online for around Rs. 12,999.

 

Xiaomi Mi A1

The illustration showing Xiaomi handsets (Reuters)

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The budget-bet from this year's Xiaomi kitty comes with a full-HD 5.5-inch display, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage expandable to 128 GB, and a 3080 mAh battery.

The handset runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and boasts of dual cameras -- 5-megapixel in the front and dual 12-megapixel on the back. 

The Mi A1 comes with Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) with a planned upgrade to Android 8.0 (Oreo) and Android One

The device was released in September this year and can now be bought online for around Rs. 12,999/13,999.  

Xiaomi has also launched a Special Edition Red variant in India priced at Rs. 13,999. The limited edition device will be available from December 20 through the official Mi website, Flipkart, Mi Home and partner stores. 

 

Lenovo K8 Plus 

The device boasts of a massive 4000 mAh battery and runs on Helio P25 2.5GHz octa-core processor. Image via the official website. (Others)

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A strong contender in the budget phone market, the Lenovo K8 Plus was launched in September and currently available online for as low as ten thousand rupees. 

The device boasts of a massive 4000 mAh battery and runs on Helio P25 2.5GHz octa-core processor.

On the camera front, the device comes with 13 MP + 5 MP rear dual cameras with dual CCT LED flash and 8 MP front camera with party flash.

Lenovo K8 Plus comes with 3/4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage expandable up to 128 GB with the help of a microSD

 

Moto G5

The device runs on Android Nougat with a planned update for Android Oreo. Image via Moto official website. (Others)

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Another one from the Moto family, this device is a classic bet for people wanting to buy a budget phone.

Although not recommended for data-heavy use, this one is ideal for those looking for premium smartphone features packed in an affordable avatar. 

The device comes in 3 GB/16 GB (expandable to 256 GB) variants with 1.4 GHz octa-core processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430; 13 MP front and 5 MP rear camera.

On the battery front, Moto G lags behind with 2800 mAH. 

The device runs on Android Nougat with a planned update for Android Oreo

Moto G was launched in February this year and can be bought for as low as Rs. 9999 online.