The value-for-money handsets have been incredibly popular in our country. This is mostly because we Indians spend our hard-earned money cautiously. Be it a phone, or any other gadget, we try to pick the best bang for the buck option out there. Keeping this in mind, we have handpicked some of the best value smartphones from 2016. To help you choose better, we have picked five handsets from different price brackets and to get your favourite smartphone at the best price, do checkout the Flipkart Mobile OffersÂ and Amazon Mobile Offers.
1. Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is a budget handset that comes with a stylish metal body. More importantly, it is feature rich in every aspect. With its compact footprint, the handset is ideal for one-handed use. The Vibe K5 Plus boasts of a 5-inch Full HD IPS (In Pane Switching) screen. It offers an impressive pixel density of 441 PPI which means that you are unlikely to see stray pixels on the screen.
It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 616 chipset, which comprises of Quad-core CPU and Adreno 405 GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). It comes with a 3GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage. You can expand it further via a microSD card slot.
The phone features a 13-megapixel shooter with f/2.2 aperture. It can shoot Full HD videos 30 fps. For selfies, you get a 5-megapixel camera. Some other key features include $G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.1, A-GPS, and FM radio. The battery on this handset is a non-removable 2750 mAh Li-Ion unit.
The Vibe K5 Plus comes with Dolby Atmos technology. It features a dual speaker setup at the rear. The phone comes in silver and gold. What more can you ask for Rs 8500?
Price: Rs. 8499
2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Xiaomi continues to deliver killer budget phones with the Redmi Note 3. The handset offers a premium metal unibody. The Redmi Note 3 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS screen.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650 chipset, which is a Hexa-core unit coupled with the Adreno 510 GPU. The Redmi Note 3 comes with a 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. You also get an option to pay a couple of grand extra and get yourself a 3GB RAM variant, which boasts of 32GB onboard storage. You can expand the storage further by adding a microSD card to the hybrid slot, though, you will have to let go of the secondary SIM.
The Note 3 comes with a 16-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. There’s a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper for selfies. The handset features a fingerprint sensor, placed at the back of the handset.
Xiaomi has squeezed in a 4000 mAh battery in this handset, which easily lasts for over a day on a single charge. The handset supports 4G VoLTE support, which means that it can easily work on Reliance Jio network. It also features Wi-Fi ac, which is quite impressive at this price point. Other connectivity features include Bluetooth v4.1 and A-GPS.
Price: Rs 10,000 (16 GB), Rs 11,999 (32 GB)
3. Lenovo ZUK Z1
Although quite dated, the Lenovo ZUK Z1 gets a place in this list due to its impressive specs. The phone is made of polycarbonate with a metal frame around it. The phone features a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button.
The handset sports a Full HD 5.5-inch IPS screen. Lenovo hasn’t cleared about the glass protection used on this handset, though. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 801 chipset, which was mostly reserved for top-end phones till last year. The chipset performs brilliantly in everyday usage and even for heavy gaming. It comes as a lone variant with a 3GB of RAM along with 64GB onboard storage which cannot be extended further as the phone lacks a microSD card slot. Its 4100 mAh battery easily lasts for over a day on a single charge.
The ZUK Z1 has a 13-megapixel camera backed by Sony’s sensor. The camera boasts of Optical image stabilisation (OIS), which helps in unbeatable low-light photography. It captures Full HD video at 60 fps. For selfie-addicts, there’s an 8-megapixel snapper.
This handset runs on Android Lollipop v5.1.1 out-of-the-box. In the connectivity department, you get Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth v4.1, and A-GPS. The Lenovo ZUK Z1 comes in white and dark grey and is priced at Rs 13,499.
Price: Rs 13,499
4. Xiaomi Mi 5
The Mi 5 is one of the best-looking handsets in this list. It features a superbly crafted curved glass at the back. The elegant handset gets sturdiness from a metal frame.
The phone features a 5.15-inch Full HD IPS screen. It has an array of 16 LED lights under the screen, which provides uniform brightness across the display. Xiaomi has used Gorilla Glass 4 to save the handset from scratches.
Coming to the underpinnings, the Mi 5 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset with 3GB RAM. The phone has 32GB internal storage with UFS 2.0, which makes it 84% faster than the eMMC 5.0 found on other devices. The primary 16-megapixel shooter is backed by Sony’s sensor with f/2.0 aperture. For superior low-light performance, the Mi 5 comes with 4-axis Optical Image Stabilisation. The camera records 4K resolution video at 30fps and HD videos at 120 fps. The 4-megapixel selfie snapper also comes with neat low-light enhancements.
Other features include dual-SIM support with 4G connectivity. It also covers other essentials such as Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth v4.2, A-GPS, NFC, and Infrared. The handset packs in a 3000 mAh lithium-ion battery with quick charge 3.0. Of course, it comes with a fingerprint sensor. The phone ships with Android Marshmallow with Xiaomi’s MIUI 7.0 on top.
Price: Rs 22,999
5. One Plus 3T
Unarguably the best smartphone in the market, OnePlus 3 got even better as the Chinese manufacturer rolled out the new 3T model in India.
The design and form factor remain the same. You get the same 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED screen seen on its predecessor. The display comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. However, the major change comes with a more powerful Snapdragon 821 chipset.
The 16-megapixel shooter comes with Sony’s sensor. It features Optical Image Stabilisation, which helps in low-light conditions. You can shoot 4K resolution videos at 30 fps. The front-facing camera gets beefed-up to 16-megapixel. The battery capacity too has gone up from 3400 mAh to 4000 mAh. And it gets a bundled Dash charger that can top-up the battery up to 60% in about 30 minutes.
The dual-SIM handset comes with 4G VoLTE support. Among other things, you get Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC. Its fingerprint sensor is one of the most responsive units south of the 30k price point.
It comes with Android Marshmallow with Oxygen OS on top. The 64 GB OnePlus 3T costs Rs. 29,999 which is a 2000 rupees increment over the One plus 3. Considering the latest chipset, better selfie camera, and increased battery life, the OnePlus 3T earns its spot in this list.
Price: Rs 29,999 (64 GB)