Finding the very best smartphone for less than Rs. 15,000 in the current crowded market is difficult at best. While the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8, iPhone 7, LG G6 and HTC U11 steal show around the world, there’s a lot of intriguing options available on in the world of budget phones.
Sadly smartphone innovation isn’t cheap – and most of it is reserved for high-end contract handsets. Still the technology that was once impossible to imagine on budget phones is now available at cheapest possible prices. Thanks to the competitive market trends and Chinese manufacturers, who have changed the fate of affordable smartphones in India.
Here’s a selection of our favourite cheap phones that cost under Rs 15,000.
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Xiaomi Mi A1
Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm | OS: Android 7.1.2 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3080mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 5MP
Best dual camera system on a budget
Google’s software with timely updates
The result of Xiaomi’s partnership with Google, Mi A1 supported by the search giant’s Android One program is aimed at users who want a premium smartphone experience in low price. The Mi A1 reboots Google’s Android One program which was at first created for budget OEM’s so that they could give a great experience to users with the help of stock Android. With its reboot, Google has tweaked that a bit and will not focus on smartphone manufacturers that can give a good overall experience to consumers, both with hardware and software.
The A1 features a full HD 5.5-inch IPS display and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor backed by 4GB of RAM and an onboard storage of 64GB which can further be expanded with the help of a microSD card. Mi A1 comes with dual camera setup and houses twin 12-megapixel camera modules, one wide-angle, f/2.2 aperture and the other one being a telephoto f/2.6 aperture lens. On the front, there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera as well. As the smartphone is a product associated with Android One, it runs on stock Android 7.1.2 with promised update to Android 8.0 Oreo. Mi A1 draws power from a 3,080 mAh battery which supports fast charging.
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