The Indian smartphone market is of a diverse nature, where not only one can find significant demand for premium handsets, but there is an equivalent demand for affordable, feature-rich devices as well. Dominated primarily by affordable devices, consumers are increasingly looking at budget options which offer ‘premium-like’ features. The manufacturers playing here are compelled to introduce smartphones at varied price points.
Rise in budget smartphones has led to a new price category of sub-Rs 7,000. While there are plenty of manufacturers targeting the budget conscious consumers in this price segment, only a handful of them truly stand to their claim of being feature-rich yet budget smartphones. If you are in the market for budget smartphones, here is a list of the best five smartphones in the sub-Rs 7,000 category.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A (Price: Rs 5,999)
Currently the unchallenged smartphone in this category, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A, gets the basics right in terms of features all while being light on users’ pockets. One of the highlights is its metal unibody design that adds to it the touch of premium. Among other features, it boasts an HD display, 16GB of internal storage, along with a 3,120mAh battery. You can read our review of the Xiaomi Redmi 4A for more details.
Micromax Bharat 2 (Price: Rs 3,499)
One of the newest budget smartphones with 4G VoLTE support, the Micromax Bharat 2 is also the most affordable device in our list. Talking point of the smartphone is the Indus OS. The mobile OS is considered as the world’s first operating system to support 12 regional languages. Crafted with the Indian consumer in mind, the Bharat 2 includes a swipe-to-translate feature for transliteration. With entry-level specifications, the smartphone is squarely aimed at first-time smartphone buyers.
Lenovo Vibe K5 (Price: Rs 6,999)
Just about fitting into our list of sub-Rs 7,000 smartphones is the Lenovo Vibe K5. The smartphone boasts a 5-inch HD display and features a 13-megapixel rear camera. What also makes it a value-for-money option is its decent 2,750mAh battery capacity. You can also read our review of the Lenovo Vibe K5 for more details.
Samsung Galaxy J1 4G (Price: Rs 6,890)
Samsung is one manufacturer which builds smartphones both for the upper premium category as well as the budget category. Among its affordable range, the Galaxy J1 4G (2017) edition boasts better chipset and camera as compared to its predecessor. Other than the S Bike Mode and S Power Planning feature, the smartphone has dual-SIM support and allows for storage expansion up to 128GB. Fuelled by a 2,050mAh battery, the Galaxy J1 4G (2017) is claimed to deliver 10 hours of internet usage on LTE and a talk time of up to 12 hours.
Coolpad Note 3 Lite (Price: Rs 6,999)
Sitting neatly in the under Rs 7,000 category, the Coolpad Note 3 Lite is another budget smartphone that serves as a great combination of features, design, and performance. One of the talking points of Coolpad Note 3 Lite is that it is one of the first smartphones in the under Rs 7,000 segment to feature a fingerprint scanner.