The adoption rate of 4G phones has been continuously increasing and the competition in this price segment is getting more intense. Brands are focusing on providing high end features on devices that don’t necessarily have the best specifications.
Not everyone wants a flagship smartphone when all they want to use the device for, is making calls and basic functionality. Which is why this list features the best phones at the cheapest prices, so that you don’t have to spend any more than you absolutely have to .
Samsung Galaxy M10
Display: 6.22-inch HD+ (1520 x 720 pixels) notched panel | OS: Android 8.1 Oreo | Processor: Exynos 7870 SoC | RAM: 2GB/3GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Rear camera: 15MP+5MP | Front camera: 5MP | Battery: 3400mAh
Impressive daylight camera
Face Unlock technology
Unimpressive low light camera
Still runs Android Oreo
On the face of it, The Galaxy M10 looks like a sub-15k rather than a sub-10K one- the combination of the waterdrop notch and thin bezels isn’t very common among sub-10K phones. The Redmi 6A, for example, lacks a notch, and has thicker bezels than the M10, which looks closer to its immediate senior, the Galaxy M20.
The M10 packs a 3400mAh battery; its closest competitor, the Redmi 6A, has a 3000mAh battery that lasts about 20 hours of average usage. Rear camera shots are impressive in daylight, as are selfies. Where the camera lets you down, though, are low-light shots. There’s just too much noise, and the effect is heightened with the flash.
The M10 has plenty to offer those looking for a great-looking, well-performing phone on a budget.
Read the full review here: Samsung Galaxy M10 review
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
The budget-performance balance
OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 5.45-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 720 | CPU: 2.0 GHz Quad-Core | RAM: 2GB/3GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
Good build and design
No fingerprint sensor
Xiaomi’s most affordable 4G smartphone will cost you Rs 5999 for the base variant. It has a 5.45-inch HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) display and is powered by MediaTek Helio A22 chipset coupled with 2GB/3GB RAM and an onboard storage of 16GB/32GB which can be expanded further up to 256GB via microSD card.
There’s a 13-megapixel rear camera and a front-facing 5-megapixel camera. The device packs a 3,000 mAh battery which will easily last for an entire day.
The Redmi 6A is possibly the best 4G smartphone that you can get without burning a hole in your pocket. With a difference of only Rs 1000 between the two storage variants on Amazon, it’s a steal at any level.
Read the full review: Xiaomi Redmi 6A
OS: Android 8 Oreo | Display: 5.5-inch Full HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) IPS LCD panel | CPU: MediaTek MT6755S octa core SoC | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 8MP
Great display for the price
Sometimes laggy UI
To look at, the Nokia 5.1 is a sleek, upper mid-range smartphone. It’s got a premium metal body, biometric security and an 18:9 screen that’s as sharp as many flagships. Dive inside, and the budget internals explain its aggressive pricing. But if you can live with little storage and want the best-looking phone for the price, the Nokia 5.1 fits the bill.
Read the review: Nokia 5.1