Best Budget Smartphones in India for January 2018

Updated 16 - Jan - 2018

If you are buying a smartphone in India, chances are you are buying something in the budget mobile range and there is huge catalogue to choose from. These budget mobile which are able to perform at par with entry level flagship devices. So, we put together our list of the top budget smartphone in India for January 2018 across various brands. Our Top 10 list gives best options for buyers wanting a smartphone available in a budget. These phones offer the best possible value in terms of specs, features and build quality.




Xiaomi Mi A1
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Xiaomi Mi A1

Xiaomi’s Mi A1 is unlike any other Xiaomi phone you may have seen from the company. Taking the Android One software forward, the Mi A1 is the first phone from the company with stock Android out of the box. Performance is decent and so is the build quality. It also offers the best camera for the price. All this makes it the best budget smartphone in India.

Xiaomi Mi A1 - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 64 GB
Display :
5.5 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
12+12 MP
Front camera :
5 MP
Battery :
3080 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Moto G5 Plus
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Moto G5 Plus

The Moto G-series has finally made a comeback and the G5 Plus is now one of the best budget smartphones available today. The performance might not be the best, but it definitely is the best camera phone in a budget. The phone has an improved design than last year and in our testing we found the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 quite dependable. You also get Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box and we can expect it to get the next Android update as well. The battery life is also quite good, but its USP is still its camera.

Moto G5 Plus - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
3 & 4 GB | 16 & 32 GB
Display :
5.2 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
12 MP
Front camera :
5 MP
Battery :
3000 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Available at :
Coolpad Cool Play 6
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Coolpad Cool Play 6

The Coolpad Cool Play 6 is quite simply the most powerful phone in the sub-15K segment. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC, which is bundled with 6GB of RAM. It has a decent build quality and battery life, but the camera is not as good some other phones in this category.

Coolpad Cool Play 6 - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
6 GB | 64 GB
Display :
5.5 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
1.95 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
13 & 13 MP
Front camera :
8 MP
Battery :
4060 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 653
Honor 7X
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Honor 7X

Honor’s latest attempt at the budget segment replaces the year old Honor 6X. Like the Honor 9i it is a well built phone, and joins the new breed of phones offering 18:9 aspect ratio display. The phone is available in 32GB and 64GB storage options, with both variants offering 4GB RAM. While it does not have the best in class performance, it does have a good rear camera.

Honor 7X - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 32 GB & 64 GB
Display :
5.2 (2160 x 1080)
Processor :
2.36 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
16 + 2 MP
Front camera :
8 MP
Battery :
3340 mAH
Soc :
HiSilicon Kirin 659
Available at :
Billion Capture Plus
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Billion Capture Plus

For a first attempt, Flipkart has done a really good job taking into account the needs of the Indian smartphone buyer. The Billion Capture Plus hence makes its way into our budget list offering a similar performance as most smartphones in this category alongside a decent rear camera. The design of the phone is rather uninspiring, but for the price, it is still a good option to buy.

Billion Capture Plus - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
3 GB | 64 GB
Display :
5.5 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
13 + 13 MP
Front camera :
8 MP
Battery :
3500 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Lenovo K8 Plus
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Lenovo K8 Plus

If you are looking the best value for money device on a budget, the K8 Plus from Lenovo should be the first option. The K8 Plus provides a decent performance for the price, along with a good dual camera setup. In addition, it has a very reliable battery life of more than a day.

Lenovo K8 Plus - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
3 GB & 4 GB | 32 GB
Display :
5.2 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2.5 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
13 + 5 MP
Front camera :
8 MP
Battery :
4000 mAH
Soc :
Mediatek MT6757 Helio P25
Available at :
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 takes the third position in our list of best budget phones. It ends up at this spot because of reliable yet lowered performance figures. The battery life, though, is among the very best budget smartphones. The 4100mAh battery offers more than two days of usage on a single charge. The 13MP rear camera is an improvement over its predecessors’ 16MP as well.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 64 GB
Display :
5.5 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
13 MP
Front camera :
5 MP
Battery :
4100 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Available at :
Lenovo K8 Note
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Lenovo K8 Note

Lenovo’s Note series makes its way back into our top budget phones with the K8 Note. The phones packs a decent punch to the relatively new MediaTek Helio X23 SoC and 4GB of RAM. However, the main highlight of the device is just like Motorola phones, it runs on stock Android out of the box. It even shares some of the apps such as the camera app with its Moto cousins. The phone also has a dual camera setup, which allows you to do the “portrait” style blur effect.

Lenovo K8 Note - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
3 GB & 4 GB | 32 GB & 64 GB
Display :
5.5 (1920 x 1080)
Processor :
2.3 GHz,Deca
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
13 & 5 MP
Front camera :
13 MP
Battery :
4000 mAH
Soc :
Mediatek MT6797
Available at :
Xiaomi Redmi 4
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Xiaomi Redmi 4

The Redmi 4 replaces the long standing Redmi 3S Prime here and has a slightly better resume for the job. Like its predecessor, it is a 5-inch device that performs well and has a solid build, making it one of the best phones under Rs.15,000. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC, the phone is swift and does not slow down very easily. It is also one of the best Android phones under Rs. 15,000 when battery life concerned. The 13MP rear camera isn't the best in the sub-15K category, but still manages to be good enough for the price.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
3 GB | 32 GB
Display :
5 (720 x 1280)
Processor :
1.4 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
13 MP
Front camera :
5 MP
Battery :
4100 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
Available at :
Honor 6X
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Honor 6X

The Honor 6X is another good option for the budget buyer. Like the Honor 8 Lite it is a well built phone, but looks like any other budget device. While the phone was originally launched with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage, you can get one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage as well. While it does not have the best in class performance, it does have one of the best cameras we have seen on a budget smartphone in recent times. The 12MP + 2MP dual camera setup takes good images in general and can also take nice ‘Bokeh’ images.

Honor 6X - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
3 GB & 4 GB | 32 GB & 64 GB
Display :
5.5 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2.1 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
12 & 2 MP
Front camera :
8 MP
Battery :
3340 mAH
Soc :
HiSilicon Kirin 655
Available at :

Here's is the summary list of Best Budget Smartphones in India for January 2018

Product NamePrice starting fromAvailable atRating
Xiaomi Mi A1N/AN/A77/100
Moto G5 Plus11970amazon78/100
Coolpad Cool Play 6N/AN/A76/100
Honor 7X12999amazon74/100
Billion Capture PlusN/AN/AN/A
Lenovo K8 Plus10999flipkart78/100
Xiaomi Redmi Note 412999flipkart77/100
Lenovo K8 Note11999amazonN/A
Xiaomi Redmi 48999amazon74/100
Honor 6X11999amazon72/100