Diwali is right around the corner and as you do the last minute cleaning and jot down the names of friends you want to send gifts to, the concern about being within a budget keeps popping at the back of your mind. Whether you’re looking to buy a new smartphone for yourself or thinking of gifting one, we’ve compiled a list of smartphones that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Today, there are a number of affordable smartphones that come equipped with new features, faster hardware, fingerprint scanners and more at a pocket-friendly price tag. We’ve handpicked some smartphones right from the ever-popular Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 that brings a 5.5-inch full HD display, 4,050mAh battery and more, to Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus that comes with a 5-inch full HD display and good hardware.
Here’s a list of 10 smartphones under Rs 10,000 you can buy this Diwali.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: Xiaomi Redmi 3 features a full-metal body design and comes with a rear fingerprint sensor. It sports a 5.5-inch full HD display and under the hood Snapdragon 650 64-bit hexa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz and coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage. It further comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The smartphone is 4G VoLTE enabled and offers dual-SIM support. The smartphone draws its juice from a 4,050mAh battery. It is priced at Rs 9,999
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime: The budget smartphone offer the best of features at a good price. It features a 5-inch HD (720p) IPS display and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded using a microSD card. It features a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel camera of f/2.2 aperture. Connectivity options include support for 4G LTE and VoLTE voice calling support, dual hybrid SIM slot, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and Wi-Fi 802.11n. It is fuelled by a 4,100mAh battery. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS- based MIUI 8. The Redmi 3s Prime is priced at Rs 8,999.
Asus Zenfone Max: The smartphone flaunts a 5.5-inch HD (720p) IPS display. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit Quad-Core processor paired Adreno 306 /405 GPU and 2GB LPDDR3 RAM. With 16GB of internal storage a microSD card slot is also present. It features a 13-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. For selfies, it comes with a 5-megapixel front camera. It is based on Android 5.0 with ZenUI 2.0 on top. Drawing its juice from a 5,000mAh battery, the Asus Zenfone Max comes with dual SIM compatibility and 4G LTE support. Connectivity options include Bluetooth V4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB OTG, and GPS. It is priced at Rs 8,999.
Coolpad Note 5: The smartphone features a unibody metal design with rear mounted fingerprint scanner. It sports a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) IPS display and is powered by a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM. It further includes 32GB of onboard memory which can be further expanded up to 64GB using a microSD card. For smartphone photography, the Coolpad Note 5 is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, while up front is an 8-megapixel selfie camera with 80-degrees wide-angle lens, f/2.2 aperture and LED flash. Connectivity options like dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth and GPS. It is fuelled by a 4,010mAh battery. The Coolpad Note 5 is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Cool 8 UI on top. It is priced at Rs 10,999.
Moto E3 Power: Motorola Moto E3 Power features a 5-inch HD (720p) display and is powered by MediaTek Quad-core processor clocked at 1.0GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. On the photography front, it features an 8-megapixel rear camera along with a 5-megapixel selfie camera. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE support, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi802.11 b/g/n, GPS, and dual SIM support. The smartphone runs Android Marshmallow. It is fuelled by a 3,500mAh battery. It is priced at Rs 7,999.
LeEco Le 1s Eco: It features a 5.5-inch full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS LCD display. The smartphone is powered by a MediaTek Helio X10 64-bit octa-core processor clocked at 1.85 GHz and paired with 3GB of RAM. It includes 32GB of internal storage which is not further expandable. For photography, the smartphone offers a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture along with a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with LeEco’s custom EUI. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and GPS. The smartphone draws its juice from a 3,000mAh battery that comes fast charging. It is USB Type-C based and the fast charging feature is claimed to offer up to 3.5 hours of usage with five minutes of charging. It is priced at Rs 9,999.
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016): A ‘Made in India’ smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) comes with a unique 'S bike mode'. This mode is targeted at bikers who do not like to be disturbed with calls or notifications while riding. The smartphone features a 5-inch HD (720p) display and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM. It includes 8GB of internal storage that is further expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. It features an 8-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and is supported with LED flash. For selfies, it comes with a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture along with an LED flash. The smartphone draws its juice from a 2,600mAh battery which is claimed to offer up to 22 hours of talk time. It is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Connectivity options include dual SIM support, 4G LTE, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi and GPS.