2016 was a good year for budget Android phones. The affordable phones made significant progress and managed to deliver excellent user experience and exceed our expectations at the start of the year. Manufacturers focused on all aspects be it design, battery backup or performance and that resulted is many impressive phones available at competitive prices. Here are the top 5 smartphones under 10,000 that we experienced this year.
Redmi Note 3
Recovering from a bad 2015, Xiaomi struck gold with its Redmi Note 3 that was also one of the most successful online phone this year. Incredible battery backup, elegant metal body, a fast fingerprint sensor, sharp display and its performance might are what made it shine through and through.
Lenovo K6 Power
For anyone who harbors a linking for compact phones, the Lenovo K6 Power, is a complete package.
It has a sharp 5-inch full HD display, stereo speakers that support Dolby Atmos audio, metal unibody design, rear mounted fingerprint sensor and a light software working in its favor. The handset is available for 9,999 INR on Flipkart.
Big battery phones were in trend this year, and one of the best big battery phones under 10,000 INR that we experienced was Asus Zenfone Max.
The 2016 model comes with a 5.5-inch HD display and is powered by Snapdragon 615 octa-core chip. The 5000mAh battery housed can comfortably last for 2 days or more without any performance penalty involved. In spite of the gargantuan battery, the phone still felt elegant and handy.
LeEco Le 1s Eco
The Le1S Eco brought LeEco’s content ecosystem to India. Powered by Helio X10, the competitively priced phone was blazing fast and looked gorgeous. The battery life wasn’t great, but still, the handset managed to deliver a compelling experience that’s quite rare in this price segment.
Redmi 3S Prime
The Redmi 3S Prime debuted as a more compact and less expensive alternative to the Redmi Note 3, inheriting its major strengths.
The handset offers a metal unibody design, excellent battery backup,functional fingerprint sensor and smooth performance which makes it a worthy alternative to the Lenovo K6 Power for anyone who prefers 5-inch display phones
These were our top 5 picks from phones priced under 10,000 INR, but there were a few others that impressed. Some other notable phones worth mentioning include Moto G4 Play that was a cost effective alternate to Moto G4 Plus, the Lenovo Vibe k5 Plus with Stereo Dolby Atmos speakers, the Coolpad mega 2.5D that incorporated premium design elements at entry level price and the Samsung Galaxy J3 which debuted with the innovative S-Bike mode.