One of the most frequent question that pops up in our head before purchasing a smartphone is: “Which is the best smartphone that is light on budget?“. The answer to this question is quite difficult as the smartphones in budget range is getting powerful with each generation. Hence the choice depend upon one’s own preference. While the phones are equally powerful these days, each being housing some unique features under its sleeves.
To make it easy we will give you an overview on some of the best smartphones below 15k in the market right now. Let’s get to it:
Moto G5 plus
G5 plus is the direct successor to the last year’s g4 plus with an improved metal plus plastic design rather than only being on the plastic side. Design is average with cheap plastic feel at certain areas. On the front is a 5.2inch FHD IPS LCD display which provides accurate color reproduction and enough details to enjoy your multimedia content with ease. Fingerprint scanner is on the front which can perform much function on actions like double tap, long press, swipe left or right etc. It is powered by Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 3GB Ram and 16GB storage which can be expanded to 128GB using a micro SD card. You can throw some extra bucks over 15k to get the 4GB/32GB version. Performance is strong and heavy apps works well without any stutter. G5 Plus runs on a nearly stock Android Nougat which is one of the strong selling point of Motorola smart phones. On the rear is a 13-Megapixel shooter which clicks impressive images. Shot comes out well detailed with good color reproduction and no doubt it is one of the best cameras in this budget segment. On the front is a 5-Megapixel sensor which does its job quite well. Device comes with a 3000mAh battery which can last one day with moderate usage however G5 plus comes with a Fast charger right out of the box which can top up the phone in nearly 90 minutes. There is no IR blaster and surprisingly no notification LED.
TH Recommend Points: 8.5/10
Buy Moto G5 Plus: https://goo.gl/A62At1
Huawei Honor 6X
Honor 6X is not the best performer but the main attraction here is the dual camera setup on the back. It is one of the few phones which come with dual camera specification at this price tag. There is a 12-Megapixel primary sensor accompanied by a 2-Megapixel sensor just below it which help in depth sensing for generating natural looking bokeh effect. Primary sensor captures fine details with natural color reproduction and dynamic range.
On the front is an 8-Megapixel sensor which performs the job well in daylight but quality degrades soon the light goes down. Build Quality wise its solid but slippery. On the front is a 5.5inch FHD display with good colors and details. Fingerprint scanner is on the back just below the camera. It is powered by Huawei Kirin 655 Octa core processor and comes in two variants 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB. Performance is good and multi tasking is great but it stutters while handling heavy apps though. 6X runs on Android Nougat with Huawei EMUI skin on top which is nowhere near stock. It packs a 3340mAh battery which last one and half day with mixed usage.
TH Recommend Points: 6.0/10
Buy Honor 6X: http://amzn.to/2tLiMkU
What makes P2 stand out from the crowd in this price segment is the beautiful Super AMOLED display and massive its 5100mAh battery with fast charging. P2 sports a 5.5 inch FHD Super AMOLED display which provides deep blacks, excellent contrast and viewing angles. It is no doubt the best display in its segment. Talking about the battery life, it lasts around 2 days with above average usage. Yeah, you read that right and even if it drains at some inappropriate time, Quick charge is available to save the day by just using the charger which comes along within the box. Fingerprint scanner is on the front which is fast and reliable, the device houses a Snapdragon 625 processor with 32GB/4GB Ram or 64GB/4GB. Performance is solid and multitasking is fluid. Camera is on par with others like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. On the rear is a 13-Megapixel sensor and secondary sensor is 5-Megapixel which is on front. P2 runs on Android marshmallow v6.0.1 which is no longer the latest version of android but the great news is that the company has already pushed a 7.1.1 Nougat version via OTA. Software is tweaked certainly here and there. Device feels heavy in hand but the build quality is solid.
TH Recommend Points: 9.0/10
Buy Lenovo P2: https://goo.gl/pCaiP1
Lenovo Zuk Z2/Z2 Plus
Zuk Z2 is a different story here. While most of the budget smart phones are powered by mid-line Snapdragon processors, Z2 is powered by top of the line Snapdragon 820 beating every budget phone in terms of RAW power. Performance is top-notch, Z2 can easily handle heavy games like Asphalt 8 and with 4GB/64GB multitasking becomes breeze. It sports a compact yet sharp 5inch FHD display which is covered by a 2.5D curved glass, produce punchy colors and high details. It comes with a front mounted finger print scanner and looks a little similar to that of the OnePlus 3/3T. Back of the device is also covered by a 2.5D curved glass making it both a fingerprint magnet and slippery while holding the device. It runs on Android 6.0.1 which is a bit let down. On the rear you will find a 13-Megapixel camera which is capable of clicking great photos in well lighting conditions. On the front is 8-Megapixel sensor which does the job well. Z2 packs a 3500mAh battery which lasts through a day with ease. Adding to that Qualcomm Quick charge 3.0 is also supported.
TH Recommend Points: 8.0/10
Buy Lenovo Zuk Z2/Z2 Plus: http://amzn.to/2uhhrmi
Redmi Note 4
Note 4 by Xiaomi is quite an improvement over its predecessor note 3 with a slightly improved design and a new hardware. It is pretty light weight and sleek with a metal body. On the front is a FHD 1080p display which is surprisingly vibrant and gets bright enough to be usable under direct sunlight. Fingerprint sensor is on the back which is pretty fast and reliable. Under the hood you will find Snapdragon 625 powerful enough to handle heavy app and multitasking. It comes in two configuration 32GB/3GB and 64GB/4GB. Note 4 runs on Android 6.0 which is old now but it is covered with a layer of MiUi 8.0 which has its own unique features so you won’t feel left out. On the back there is a 13MP primary sensor which can click above average pictures and on the front is a 5MP secondary sensor. Camera is not that great but the main area where Note 4 shines is the battery. It comes with a 4100 mAh battery which can easily last 1 and a half day without breaking a sweat, however fast charging is not supported so it will take quite a time to charge. One of the added feature that you get is an IR blaster which is not a huge deal but can make a difference depending upon the user. The only downside is that one cannot purchase this device immediately, you have to wait till the day of sale (at Flipkart/Mi Official site) and grab the device soon before it runs out of stock on the day of sale.
TH Recommend Points: 7.5/10