Smartphones are ubiquitous and despite their all-invasive nature, they still make for the most appropriate gifting option in the modern era. Be it focused on selfies or on battery backup, smartphones today boast features which make our everyday lives interesting and easier. This year we have seen the latest Qualcomm processors debuting on affordable smartphones along with the USB Type-C becoming a new standard in smartphone connectivity and manufacturers still trying their best to get the slim but powerful formula right.
With just a couple of days left for Diwali, we bring to you a list of smartphones which are priced between Rs 10,000-Rs 20,000 and yet boast some top-of-the-line features. ALSO READ: 10 smartphones under Rs 10,000 you can buy this Diwali
Lenovo Z2 Plus: Dual-SIM support, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel selfie camera, and 3,500mAh battery. It comes with a 5-inch IPS full HD display. What the phone does not offer is an expandable storage. However, it is available in 32GB and 64GB storage variants which could easily suffice for light to average users. Based on the newer Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, the Lenovo Z2 Plus is 4G LTE compatible and comes with the new USB Type-C port for charging and data exchange. The Lenovo Z2 Plus is the successor to the Lenovo ZUK Z1 and is one of the lightest smartphones in the under Rs 20,000 category at just 149grams.The 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant will cost you Rs 17,999, while the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model will set you back by Rs 19,999.
InFocus Epic 1: One of the most recently launched handsets, the InFocus Epic 1 is the company’s first smartphone to come with a deca-core processor by MediaTek and is coupled with 3GB of RAM. It features a 5.5-inch full HD display, 32GB of internal storage (expandable up to 128GB), 16-megapixel rear camera coupled with 8-megapixel front camera, and 3,000mAh battery which is supported by quick charge. As is the growing standard, the InFocus Epic 1 also features a USB Type-C port for data exchange and charging. Other highlights of the smartphone include the metal finish design, a rear fingerprint sensor, and 4G VoLTE support; all this at a price of Rs 12,999.
Lenovo Vibe X3: Lenovo has beaten home-grown manufacturer Micromax in the Indian smartphone industry and according to analysts the reason behind the success is its ability to address the demand from Rs 10,000-Rs 20,000 segment. With its Vibe X3, Lenovo is offering a 5.5-inch full HD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM, and a 3,500mAh battery capacity. For smartphone photography enthusiasts, Lenovo is offering a 21-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX230 sensor which is coupled with an 8-megapixel front snapper. The rear camera is capable of recording in 4K, so in case you were planning to become the next YouTube star, you can place your bets on the smartphone’s high-resolution video quality. The onboard storage is 32GB, however, with a microSD card you can further boost it up to 128GB so that you never run out of space for those crisp videos. Based on Android 5.1 Lollipop with Vibe UI, the smartphone offers 4G LTE and dual SIM support. It is priced at Rs 19,999.
LeEco Le 2: One of the first smartphones to do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack, the Le 2 offers you a different audio experience at an affordable price tag. With built-in CDLA technology, the smartphone offers lossless audio experience. The smartphone features a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. It further comes with 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel camera up front. Keeping the device ticking is a 3,000mAh battery. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based smartphone offers dual-SIM support but that does not mean you can expand its internal storage. Further connectivity options include 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a rear fingerprint sensor. If you are looking for a slim metal-finish device with a fancy new port for audio, then the Le2 could be the best bet at Rs 11,999.
Moto G4 Plus: Lenovo-owned Motorola’s smartphones continue to sell because of their reliability factor. The G4 Plus is the fourth-gen smartphone from the Moto G lineup and boasts a 5.5-inch full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, 16-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. Highlight of the smartphone is its 3,000mAh battery that comes with TurboPower support which gives hours of power in just minutes of charging. Other features include a rear fingerprint sensor along with a storage expansion up to 128GB, 4G LTE, and dual-SIM support. It is priced at Rs 13,499.
Xiaomi Mi Max: One of the only smartphones in our list to feature a display size beyond 5.5-inches, the Mi Max is an ultra-thin phablet in a metal body design and boasting a 6.44-inch full HD display. It is powered by a Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. The phablet draws its juice from a mammoth 4,850mAh battery. It further includes a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash and 5-megapixel front snapper. What makes the Mi Max totally worth the money is its mammoth 4,850mAh battery and the phablet screen size that no other smartphone in our list offers. Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the smartphone offers 4G VoLTE support, expandable storage, and dual SIM support. The Xiaomi Mi Max is priced at Rs 14,999.
Asus Zenfone 3 Laser: The Asus Zenfone 3 Laser comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered with an older Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, and 3,000mAh battery. It also features a 13-megapixel rear camera coupled with an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. Highlights include dual SIM card support and a rear fingerprint scanner for security. At Rs 18,999, it might not seem like a bad deal if you are looking at expandable storage, decent camera, and 4G LTE support.
Honor 8 Smart: Variant of the premium Honor 8, the Honor 8 Smart brings in all the features available in its higher-priced counterpart except the dual-camera setup. The Honor 8 Smart comes with a 5.2-inch full HD display, Kirin 650 chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, and 3,000mAh battery. For photography enthusiasts, it comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera along with an 8-megapixel selfie camera. While the specs of the Honor 8 Smart are not exactly awe-inspiring but as the company claims, its new Kirin 650 chipset offers better performance even with a lower configuration. At Rs 19,999, the smartphone fits right into the pocket and budget.
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