Best Budget Smartphones in India

How often we lookout for a new smartphone in this forever crazy market of ours and we’re faced with a vast array of smartphones suiting all pocket sizes. Today, we’re going to talk about the budget smartphone segment which is the most popular of them all inviting huge competition from brands like Xiaomi, Vivo, and the rest. 

These are some of the best budget smartphones of 2020, they may not be the heavyweight on specifications but are friendly on everyone’s pocket. 

  1. REALME NARZO 20 PRO
Realme Narzo 20 Pro

This is your best bet for a budget smartphone under Rs. 15,000 (for the 64GB variant). The Narzo 20 Pro runs on Mediatek G95 processor, a powerhouse in the sub 15K segment. The second aspect, and perhaps the most important in this category- the camera on Narzo 20 Pro is a quad arrangement, with a 48MP primary camera. You also get 90Hz capable smooth display and a potent 65W fast charging support.

SPECIFICATION

Screen Size : 6.5″ (1080 x 2400)

Camera : 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 | 16 MP

RAM : 6 GB

Battery : 4500 mAh

Operating system : Android

Soc : Mediatek Helio G95

Processor : Octa-core

  1. REDMI NOTE 9 PRO
Redmi Note 9 Pro

Redmi Note 9 Pro is an excellent budget package, it runs on one of the best budget processors, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor. With 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, the base variant is priced really well at Rs. 14,000. You also get a 48MP primary camera based quad camera array on the Redmi Note 9 Pro, which is pretty good for the sub 15K segment. The pinhole display, along with the centrally mounted rear camera stack design at the back makes for a very attractive design as well.

SPECIFICATION

Screen Size : 6.67″ (1080 x 2400)

Camera : 48 + 8 + 5 + 2 | 16 MP

RAM : 6 GB

Battery : 5020 mAh

Operating system : Android

Soc : Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G

Processor : Octa-core

  1. REALME NARZO 20 

The Narzo 20 is a great pick when you want a smartphone that is closer to the Rs. 10,000 mark. With the base 4GB + 64GB starting at 10,499, you get a well rounded package without any major compromises. The Mediatek G85 is a capable processor that offers good performance for a budget pick. You get a triple camera setup and a massive 6000 mAh battery pack. Realme also packs a 18W Type-C fast charger in the box!

SPECIFICATION

Screen Size : 6.5″ (720 x 1600)

Camera : 48 + 8 + 2 | 8 MP

RAM : 4 GB

Battery : 6000 mAh

Operating system : Android

Soc : MediaTek Helio G85

Processor : Octa-core

  1. REDMI 9 POWER               

The Redmi 9 Power is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor with an octa-core CPU and Adreno 610 GPU. In our initial usage, the phone was able to run Call of Duty: Mobile at medium graphics with ease and at playable frame rates. The quad-camera setup on the Redmi 9 Power is simple and easy to use. The camera app lets users switch between normal and pro modes and users can even choose to shoot in 48MP resolution. We think the Redmi 9 Power is most definitely a promising smartphone in the budget range from Xiaomi.

SPECIFICATION 
Screen Size:6.53″ (1080 x 2340)
Camera:48 + 8 + 2 + 2 | 8 MP
RAM:4 GB
Battery:6000 mAh
Operating system:Android
Soc:Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662
Processor:Octa-core
Price:₹10999
  1. POCO X2
POCO X2

With a Snapdragon 730G and a 64MP quad-camera, there’s hardly any competition for the Poco X2 for now. It’s hands down one of the fastest smartphones you can buy right now. Add to that a bright IPS LCD with a dual punch hole camera, this is one heck of a deal in the budget segment.

SPECIFICATION 
Screen Size:6.67″ (1080×2400)
Camera:64 + 2 + 8 + 2 | 20 + 2 MP
RAM:6 GB
Battery:4500 mAh
Operating system:Android
Soc:Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Processor:Octa-core
  1. POCO X3 
POCO X3

The POCO X3 is the first smartphone with the new Snapdragon 732G SoC. It also comes with a large 120Hz display with HDR10 support. It has a Sony IMX682 64MP camera as the primary, followed by a 13MP ultrawide and two 2MP cameras for macros and portraits. As for power, the Poco X3 draws from a 5160mAh battery and tops it up with 33W of power out of the box.

SPECIFICATION 
Screen Size:6.67″ (1080 x 2400)
Camera:64 + 8 + 2 + 2 | 20 + 2 MP
RAM:6 GB
Battery:5160 mAh
Operating system:Android
Soc:Qualcomm SM7150-AC Snapdragon 732G
Processor:Octa-core
Price:₹16999
  1. REDMI NOTE 9 PRO MAX
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is now the starting variant of the Note series with the Note 9 Pro Max getting most of the attention. The iPhone-esque decision to diversify the portfolio meant the Pro ‘Max’ variant got that extra horsepower to tide you through difficult times. The Note 9 Pro Max gets a larger 64MP camera sensor at the back, a larger 32MP selfie camera and faster 33W charging out of the box. The rest of the hardware is the same as the regular Note 9 Pro. The Note 9 Pro Max offers a large 6.7-inch LCD display with a punch hole camera. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 720G along with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage in the entry variant under Rs 15,000. The phone also offers a 64MP quad camera setup. There’s also another 8MP ultrawide lens, a 5MP macro lens and another 2MP depth sensor. On the front, you get a 16MP front camera. The Note 9 Pro also comes with a large 5020mAh battery with 33W fast charging. And there’s Gorilla Glass 5 covering the front, back as well as the camera glass.

SPECIFICATION 
Screen Size:6.67″ (1080×2400)
Camera:64 + 8 + 5 + 2 | 32 MP
RAM:6 GB
Battery:5020 mAh
Operating system:Android
Soc:Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Processor:Octa-core
  1. MOTOROLA ONE FUSSION +
Motorola One Fusion+

Arriving late, but beating the competition in terms of price, the Motorola One Fusion+ is one of the most powerful budget smartphone you can buy right now. Thanks to the Snapdragon 730G, the Moto One Fusion+ is able to deliver smooth frame rates while gaming and also bring in some Snapdragon Elite Gaming features found in flagship phones. It also rocks a 64MP quad camera setup, where the low-light photos come out quite well thanks to proprietary algorithms. While it doesn’t have a high-refresh rate display, Moto compensates by a 6.5-inch HDR10 display that has no interruptions thanks to a pop-up selfie camera. With a stock Android 10 interface and the promise of at least two major Android updates, the One Fusion+ is one for those looking for a powerful smartphone with a clean, easy to use interface.

SPECIFICATION 
Screen Size:6.50″ (1080 x 2340)
Camera:64 + 8 + 5 + 2 | 16 MP
RAM:6 GB
Battery:5000 mAh
Operating system:Android
Soc:Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
Processor:Octa-core
  1. REALME 6 PRO
Realme 6 Pro

The Realme 6 Pro continues the legacy of Realme’s Pro series of incrementally introducing new features in the mid-range segment. This time it’s a 90Hz refresh rate display and a Snapdragon 720G SoC along with a 64MP quad camera setup. And this is Samsung’s second generation camera sensor tuned to improve the sharpness and details. On the front you have a dual punch-hole camera, and a 4300mAh battery with 30W fast charging. That’s a good wholesome package on offer for the budget segment.

SPECIFICATION 
Screen Size:6.6″ (1080 x 2400)
Camera:64 + 12 + 8 + 2 | 16 + 8 MP
RAM:8 GB
Battery:4300 mAh
Operating system:Android
Soc:Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G
Processor:Octa-core

Conclusion 

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