As Indian smartphone market grows more and more competitive, goal post for the mid-range segment keeps shifting. Today, if you have a budget of 20,000 INR, you can easily score functional and premium Android experience with very few compromises. Here are some of the best smartphones you can buy.
This year OnePlus decided to replace its ageing One smartphone with the X. The new OnePlus X isn’t much different from One in terms of hardware, but it is more compact, more manageable and much more premium looking. The side frame is made of metal and there is glass on both front and back. It boasts of a 5 inch full HD display and is powered by 2.3 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC along with 3GB of RAM.
This dual SIM smartphone has a 16GB of inbuilt memory which is extendable by up to 128GB via microSD card. OnePlus X sports a 13 MP rear shooter, an 8 MP front camera and has a 2525mAh non removable battery. It runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS with promise of Marshmallow update.
Moto X Play
This year Motorola launched two Moto X variants and Moto X Play promises to pass on the same premium stock Android experience for a more affordable price of 19,999 INR.
Moto X Play includes a good quality 5.5 Inch full HD display and is powered by 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-core processor with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. You also get a very good 21MP rear camera, 5MP selfies camera, massive 3630 mAh battery and assurance of timely Android Marshmallow update.
Moto G 3rd Gen
Another decent option from Motorola camp is Moto G 3rd Generation. The handset represents further refinement of Motorola’s popular G series and also includes IP67 water resistant certification.
Moto G 3rd Gen includes a 5 Inch HD display, 1.2 GHz quad core snapdragon processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable storage, 13MP camera with dual LED flash and wide aperture lens, 5MP front selfies camera and 2470mAh battery. You can buy Moto G 3rd Gen for 12,999 INR.
Xiaomi Mi4 isn’t a new phone, but still carries enough weight to be counted among the best you can buy in this budget. The Xiaomi Mi4 includes a metal side frame, powerful Snapdragon 801 quad core processor, 3GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and 3080 mAh battery.
Software is Android based MIUI7 which is rich in customization options. The Xiaomi Mi4 64 GB is now available for 18,000 INR.
Samsung Galaxy J7
If you are looking for a Samsung branded handset, Galaxy J7 is your best bet. The main highlight is its 5.5 Inch AMOLED panel capable of reproducing vibrant and punchy colors. Samsung is using its own Exynos 7580 octa core chipset clocked at 1.5GHz, with 1.5GB RAM and expandable 16GB storage.
The handset offers good performance and also includes a good quality 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front selfies camera. Other features include 4G LTE, 3000 mAh battery, GPS and GLONASS. Samsung branding and other advantages that come along are valuable and if you are a brand conscious buyer, Samsung Galaxy J7 is a good option.