Owning a smartphone today has become a simple way of making a statement that you are an updated, modern and refined fella. In this era where information is pretty much what we feed on, dress in and grow with; you can’t afford to be left behind without a convenient avenue for getting information. The good thing is that smartphones have evolved to become the next generation of minuscule computers. With one of these gadgets, you can do nearly everything you would do on a laptop.
The stroke of luck, however, is not even in the potentialities that smartphones have, but in how cheap these devices have become. Some seven or so years ago, having a smartphone seemed like a far-fetched dream in India. However, today you can own a nice performing smartphone with just 6000 Rupees. In this piece, we have handpicked the best smartphones in this price range and given you a reliable description on – why they are worth buying. Here is the list;
Xiaomi Redmi 3S
Initially, Xiaomi smartphones were not as popular, especially now that nobody would differentiate them from the many bogus phones manufactured in China. In the first phase of Xiaomi’s productions, marketing was still a hitch, but things changed when the company started focusing on manufacturing mid-priced phones with excellent hardware and UI’s. The Xiaomi Redmi 3S is a pick of the bunch in this class. Although Xiaomi also released a Redmi 3 Pro, the 3S is the most reasonable phone for a person on a tight budget.
It features a wide-bodied slim design, which is made attractive by a glossy (Silver/Gold/Dark Gray) veneer. The phone is light weight as it only weighs only 144 grams. Underneath its attractive body, you get what is meant to be a high performing engine.
The Redmi 3S uses an Octa-Core 1.4 GHz Cortex A53 processor and an Adreno 505 GPU. The phone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and an attractive MIUI. It has 2GB RAM and a 16GB internal memory.
The screen resolution is quite workable with as it is a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. Its 5.0-inch screen gives the phone a 71.1 % Screen to Body ratio. Lastly, the primary camera is a 13MP camera that supports geo-tagging and face detection, while the secondary camera is only a 5MP camera. This phone is dual SIM and uses micro-SIMs. It has an FM radio, the latest Bluetooth 4.1 version and a Micro-USB port for charging and transferring documents. The Wi-Fi chip supports sharing through hotspots and Wi-Fi direct. More about this Metal body Smartphone at Xiaomi Metal Smartphones in 6500 to 9000 Rupees.
Swipe Elite Plus
The Swipe isn’t that much of a popular brand either, but for anyone who has had a firsthand experience with the phone like myself, it’s agreeable that this phone is the real deal for a person on a budget. The phone has a slightly stronger processor than its Xiaomi counterpart (the Redmi 3S). The CPU is a 1.5GHz Octa-core processor with 2 gigs of RAM. However, unlike the Redmi 3S, this phone runs on a rather antique OS, Android 5.1 Lollipop Freedom OS. This older Operating system, of course, means that the User Interface isn’t as impressive as that of the Redmi 3S.
All the same, the phone has some nice cameras. The primary camera is a 13MP camera, whereas the front camera is an astounding 8MP camera. The rear camera also comes with an LED flash utility. In addition, this phone comes with handy utilities such as G-sensors, a proximity sensor, and an additional light sensor. The battery is a standard 3050 mAh battery that will give you several hours of play time and talk time.
I wouldn’t argue much about its design, although you can’t compare the feeble casing to that of the 3S. The screen is adequate enough as it measures 5.0 inches. With all due respect, all other features are comparable to the Redmi 3S, including a 16 GB internal memory. However, this phone is cheaper than the 3S since it will only cost you a maximum of 7000 Rupees. The 3S’s price tag could go up to 9000 Rupees.
|Features||Official Reliance Jio Phone, Dual SIM, Loudspeaker, Android OS, Indian 4G LTE, FM Radio|
|Built and Design||8.9mm [T], 131 Grams [W]|
|Display||5-inch, Full HD Display, 441 PPI, IPC LCD, 70.67% Screen-to-Body Ratio|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa Core Processor, 2GB RAM, 64bit, Adreno 405, 16GB Internal Memory, USB OTG, 32GB SD Card Support|
|Camera||8MP, 2.0 Aperture, Full HD Recording, LED Flash, ISO Control, HDR; 2MP Front Camera|
|Battery||3050 mAh, Li-Po|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Mobile Hotspot, micro-USB|
Coolpad Mega 2.5D
Now here is a better deal, if you are extremely for cheap but want something that is indistinguishable from an iPhone. The Coolpad Mega 2.5D is one hell of an iPhone replica. To begin with, you get this glossy aluminum veneer that looks superior, especially if it’s in Gold. In addition, this phone is ultra slim and light weight. It only weighs 143 grams and its thickness is only 7.9 mm. What impresses the most is the wide screen. Can you imagine a phone with a 93.2 % screen to body ratio, in this price range? The screen is a 5.5 inch LCD capacitive touch-screen with a slightly higher resolution than most phones in its class.
The resolution is 720 x 1280 pixels but the wide screen translates to a better pixel density of 233 PPI. Unlike the Redmi 3S which runs on Xiaomi’s own MIUI, this phone runs on one of the latest user interfaces, the Cool UI 8.0. Of course, this is made more interactive and user-friendly by the phone’s Android V6.0 Marshmallow. All other specs are much of what you would expect in a phone in this price range, a 16GB internal memory, an 8MP secondary camera and Bluetooth 4.0.
However, with respect to the primary camera, this phone is a little bit behind. Its rear camera is only an 8MP camera and so the Redmi 3S and Swipe Elite Plus have knocked it out with respect to this factor. The manufacturer also did something exceptional with the phone’s processor. Instead of featuring the Octa-core processor which is common in most phones in this class, they fitted a weaker Quad-core 1.0 GHz processor, probably to make it cheaper. However, the processor is complemented with 3 Gigs of RAM.
|Features||Dual SIM, Android OS, Indian 4G LTE, FM Radio|
|Built and Design||7.8mm [T], 143 Grams [W]|
|Display||5.5inch, HD Display, 267PPI, IPC LCD, 70.81% Screen-to-Body Ratio|
|CPU||MediaTek Quad Core Processor, 3GB RAM, 64bit, Mali-T720 MP2, 16GB Internal Memory, 32GB SD Card Support|
|Camera||8MP, 2.2F Aperture, LED Flash, ISO Control, HDR; 8MP Front Camera, 2.2F Aperture|
|Battery||2500 mAh, Li-Po|
|Connectivity||3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Mobile Hotspot, VoLTE|
Lenovo Vibe K5
With Lenovo phones, it’s all about authenticity. These phones might not offer the fancy features that most phones in their price range offer, but what the company says their phones have, they surely have it. Lenovo products are steadfast and unchallengeable with the little they offer. In other words, Lenovo tries to avoid the fly-by-night games that bigger companies like Samsung play. Remember the case where Samsung released an iPhone 7 challenger, the Galaxy Note 7 and then smoked the same phone out of the market after a month or so?
Apparently, Samsung had promised too much in the Note 7 that they didn’t notice the hazardous part of the deal. Lenovo prefers to promise little, but they deliver exactly what they promise. This is evident in the Lenovo Vibe K5. It does little if compared to phones in its class, but it’s highly efficient in all that it offers. If you prefer an original phone that does just enough to get you going, but can last a century, then this is the phone for you.
This phone is ultra-light weight since it weighs only 142 grams. The screen measures 5.0 inches and its screen to body ratio is 68.4 %. Honestly, the design is not something that is as impressive as that of the Coolpad Mega 2.5D. The resolution, however, is 720 x 1280 with a pixel density of 294 PPI. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and the processor is an Octa-core 1.5 GHz cortex-A53 processor. It has 16GB worth of internal memory and 2-Gigs of RAM. The Primary and secondary cameras are 13MP and 5MP cameras respectively. More about the Vibe K5 is at Smartphones with Powerful Battery Camera under 10000 Rupees.
LYF WIND 3
Somehow this smartphone managed to be in this class, although by all aspects I wouldn’t recommend it to any young or stylish person. Actually, it’s more fitting for senior citizens. This is the kind of phone you buy for your Gramps as a birthday present. If you want something performing but not as fancy, then this is the most recommendable phone for you. It has a wide display, measuring 5.5 inches, which by the way I don’t mean to be sarcastic about.
But this wide display is still one of the reasons why I’d recommend this phone for old folks. I mean, now they won’t have to strain to look for icons. I like the high resolution, 720 x 1280 pixels and the 267 PPI pixel density. However, with a weaker battery of 2920 mAh and such a large screen, I guess you have to buy your old man a power bank for this one. The phone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and has a standard quad-core 1.2 GHz processor.
The internal memory is 16GB plus 2 gigs of RAM. However, the cameras are a bit of a disappointment. I mean you don’t get to buy a 7000 rupees phone with a 2MP secondary camera and 8MP for the secondary camera and call that fair. Not unless you are buying this phone for you grandpa, who actually doesn’t give a tinker's damn whether the ‘selfie’ camera works or not, don’t buy it! This phone is also heavier than most phones in its class but it has quite a durable feel. It weighs 160 grams. The phone is also dual SIM and Bluetooth enabled.
|Features||Official Reliance Jio Phone, Dual SIM, Loudspeaker, Android OS, VoLTE, Indian 4G LTE, FM Radio|
|Built and Design||9.4mm [T], 159 Grams [W]|
|Display||5.5inch, HD Display, 267PPI, IPC LCD, 71.18% Screen-to-Body Ratio|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad Core Processor, 2GB RAM, 64bit, Mali-360, 16GB Internal Memory, 32GB SD Card Support|
|Camera||8MP, LED Flash, ISO Control, HDR; 2MP Front Camera|
|Battery||2920 mAh, Li-Po|
|Connectivity||3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Mobile Hotspot, micro-USB|
If I was asked to pick one smartphone from the five, I would pick the Coolpad Mega 2.5D. I liked the phone not just for its wide screen, but also for its attractive design. I mean, who would hate fooling people with a 7000 Rupees smartphone, which looks like peas in a pod with an iPhone 7. On the other hand, the worst choice here would be an LYF WIND 3. Honestly, that stuff is meant for old people.