2015 saw consumer and manufacturer interest shifting to mid-range phones (which now stands at around or below 20,000 INR). However, we also saw some pretty compelling options for what used to be upper mid-range segment in 2014. While there are no perfect smartphones available for every need, you can surely find something with few to no compromises in this price bracket. Here are some phones which managed to impress us in 2015 under 30,000 INR.
Huawei’s Honor series flagships have always managed to impress us. Honor 6 and Honor 6 Plus provided with stellar displays and camera hardware and Honor 7 carries the same legacy forward. This time Huawei has included a full metal design and a fingerprint sensor.
The Honor 7 includes a 5.2 Inch IPS LCD display with full HD resolution. The handset is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 935 octa core processor clocked at 2.2 GHz and assisted by 3GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage. Other features include 20MP rear camera sensor, 8MP front camera 3100 mAh battery and Andorid Lollipop based Emotion UI (upgradeable to Android Marshmallow). Honor 7 is exclusively available on Flipkart.
OnePlus 2 the “Never Settle” smartphone which was launched via innovative VR launch was presented as a 2016 Flagship killer even when it was launched in 2015. The OnePlus 2 is a forward looking phone with a USB Type C port, Snapdragon 810 V2.1 octa-core processor, an efficient fingerprint sensor, Improved 5.5 Inch Full HD display and 3450 mAh battery.
The rear side has a moonstone finish back cover, but you can buy other wooden back covers as accessories.
YU televentures unleashed the most ambitious smartphone yet by any domestic player, the much awaited Yutopia which will be available in India for 24,999 INR. This is a OnePlus 2 competitor with equally potent hardware and a more manageable metallic casing.
The handset includes a 5.2 Inch QHD display with Corning Concore Glass protection and is powered by 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-Core 64-bit processor with Adreno 430 GPU, 4GB DDR4 RAM, 32GB internal storage and MicroSD card support. Other features include 21MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, 4G LTE, Fingerprint sensor, and 3000 mAh battery.
Google’s Nexus 5X is a simple looking yet powerful handset (experience beats specs here) coming from LG’s camp. The Google Nexus 5X is available in 16GB and 32GB storage variants. If you can manage with 16GB native storage space, the low end model is available for just 23,000 INR. You can buy the 32GB variant for approx. 29k.
The 4G LTE enabled Google Nexus 5X includes a well calibrated and vivid 5.2 Inch display, is powered by 1.8 GHz hexa core Snapdragon 808 processor with 2GB RAM, has a 2700mAh battery, and includes a very accurate fingerprint sensor that learns with every use. Since it is a Nexus phone, it is running latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software and will continue receiving timely updates in future.
Moto X Style
Moto X Style is the best smartphone coming from Moto X camp this year. If you have been on the fence about buying Nexus 5X because of its simple plastic design and limitations like non-expandable storage, Moto X Style could be the right alternate for you which offers similar stock android experience and is running Android 6.0 marshmallow after recent update.
The Moto X Style includes 5.7 (1440×2560 pixels) TFT LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 1.8 GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB RAM, expandable 32GB storage, 21MP camera, 5MP front camera, 4G LTE, NFC and 3000mAh battery.