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Best Everything: Best of Cheap Smartphones 2015

The year 2015 saw a ton of budget phones hitting the market… Buyers could lay their hands on budget smartphones with some amazing specs.

Looking for a pocket-friendly smartphone? Here’s some options I found worthy of your attention!

Expensive smartphones aren’t always the best.. Here are some smartphones that may fit your budget.

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser

This smartphone packs impressive hardware with and a great camera boasting of laser auto-focus.

The phone sports a 5.5-inch HD (1280x720p) display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It has a 13MP rear camera with laser Auto Focus for 0.3 second focus time and dual-LED flash. It has a 5MP front-facing camera for selfies and packs a 3,000mAh battery.

It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor with 2GB and 3GB RAM options and 16GB internal storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. It runs Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with a new version of Asus ZenUI – a fully-customizable interface.

Prices:

Flipkart: ₹ 9799/-
Amazon.in:₹ 11,290/-
Amazon.com: $ 189/-

OnePlus X

With a stylish design and a 5-inch AMOLED display, the OnePlus X is tempting regardless of the price. It houses a Snapdragon 801 inside with 3GB of RAM, which will provide plenty of power for the average person.

You also get a 13-megapixel rear camera, along with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. There’s only 16GB of storage, but you can easily boost the storage capacity using the integrated MicroSD card slot.

Prices:

Amazon.in: ₹ 16,999/-
Amazon.com: $ 308/-
OnePlus: $ 249/-

Moto G (3rd Gen)

While the Moto G (3rd Gen) smartphone is a decent phone at this price point, it is nothing compared to competitors like the Asus Zenfone 2 and Xiaomi Mi 4i, or even the lower priced Yu Yureka Plus and Lenovo K3 Note for that matter. Motorola may not want to enter the specs war, but it just isn’t delivering the ‘customer experience’ that it promises.

The Moto G comes with a 5-inch HD display with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It will sport the Android 5.1.1 OS along with proprietary Motorola features such as Moto Display, Quick Capture and Chop Twice. The phone will house a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor. This will be paired with 1GB of RAM for the 8GB storage variant and 2GB RAM for the 16GB storage variant.

On the camera front, you will get a 13MP rear snapper along with a 5MP front-facing camera. The Moto G will come in the dual SIM configuration and will support 4G SIM cards as well. A 2,470mAh capacity battery completes the package.

Prices:

Flipkart: ₹ 12,999/-
Motorola: $ 179.99/-

Microsoft Lumia 640

Anyone who likes the look of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 platform could do with the Lumia 640.

This is a 4G LTE phone with a 5-inch, 1280 x 720-pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and 1GB of RAM. You’ll also find 8GB of expandable storage and a decent 8-megapixel camera.

The downside is the sheer lack of apps currently available on the platform and their lack of polish, but that said, it likely won’t be a priority for everyone. The phone also features Microsoft’s new personal assistant, Cortana.

Prices:

Flipkart: ₹ 8,999/- (Out Of Stock)
Amazon.in: ₹ 11,999/-
Amazon.com: $ 89.95

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime

Xiaomi’s first ‘Made in India’ smartphone, Redmi 2 Prime is essentially an upgraded version of its low-end Redmi 2 smartphone.

The Redmi 2 Prime smartphone features 4.7-inch HD display and runs Android 4.4 KitKat skinned with MIUI 6.0 software. Powered by a 64-bit 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and 2GB RAM, Redmi 2 has 16GB of internal storage and can house microSD cards of up to 32GB.

The phone also sports an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera and packs a 2,200mAh battery.

Prices:

Flipkart: ₹ 6,999/-
Amazon.in: ₹ 6,999/-

Coolpad Note 3

Launched in October, Coolpad Note 3 was the first smartphone in budget category to feature 3GB RAM and fingerprint sensor that supports authentication and gesture functions to launch apps and perform functions.

Coolpad Note 3 sports a 5.5-inch HD (720x1280p) display. Powered by a 1.3GHz 64-bit Mediatek MT6753 octa-core processor. The phone offers 16GB storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD card.

The phone has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with Cool UI 6.0 layer running on top.

Price:

Amazon.in: ₹ 8,999/-

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