2017’s Best Smartphones For Five Different Budgets

By | December 7, 2017

Finding it hard to choose the best phone within your budget? We’ve identified the best ones in five different budget categories, just for you. Read on.

2017’s Best Smartphones For Five Different Budgets

The smartphone market is booming. And to claim the throne, every smartphone maker is churning out a new phone almost every month. With the huge number of handsets available, it becomes more and more difficult for consumers to pick the best phone within their budget.

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So, we decided to help consumers like you to pick the best phone. Here’s our breakdown of the best phones available for five different budgets:

Budget – Rs. 10,000

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Price: Rs. 9,999 for the 32 GB variant on Flipkart

Although the Redmi Note 4 costs less than 10K, it is not just any run-of-the-mill smartphone. This Xiaomi device packs a punch with its impressive features. You can call it a decent, pocket-friendly package.

The battery life is impressive (4100 mAH battery). No complaints about the performance, the design or the display also. The camera may not be very impressive, but again, how much can you expect from a budget smartphone?

The Redmi Note 4 comes with a 5.5-inch display, an octacore Snapdragon 625 processor, and is available in three RAM variants – 2 GB, 3 GB, 4 GB. There are two internal storage options too – 32 GB and 64 GB.

Moto E4 Plus

Price: Rs. 9,999 (Exclusively on Flipkart only)

When you’re looking for a budget smartphone, you cannot ignore Moto phones. The E4 Plus boasts a huge 5,000 mAh battery, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB internal storage space. Although it is slightly on the heavier side because of the massive battery it packs, the curvy design ensures that the phone fits comfortably in the hand and the pocket.

The display is bright and clear making it a great device for all your entertainment needs. And the long battery life makes sure that you’re entertained through the day (and night!).

Budget – Rs. 20,000

Moto G5 Plus

Price: Rs. 13,999

A premium design, reasonable specifications, and an affordable price tag – you could never go wrong with the Moto G5 Plus. The Moto G5 Plus is the perfect device in the 20K bracket and will surely please a phone enthusiast as well as anyone who doesn’t want to shell out their month’s earnings on a high-end device.

The G5 Plus sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, a good 12 MP camera, and a decent 3,000 mAh battery. The phone is offered in two RAM variants – 3 GB and 4 GB, and two storage variants – 16 GB and 32 GB.


Price: Rs. 13,990

Good looks, a decent price tag, and a satisfactory performance make the LG Q6 a great contender in the 20K segment. One of the key reasons this LG device got a chance to be on our list is its pretty looks. LG has done a great job on the design and luckily didn’t compromise on other great features.

The spec list of this LG smartphone includes a 3,000 mAh battery, a Snapdragon 435 processor, 4 GB RAM, a 13 MP camera and a 5.5-inch display.

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Budget – Rs. 30,000

Huawei Honor 8 Pro

Price: Rs. 29,999

What’s so good about the Honor 8 Pro? Well, there are quite a few things to mention. You can call it Huawei’s flagship device for 2017 and a fantastic one at that! The phone boasts a stylish design, the best chipset, a gorgeous display, and lots of power under the hood. Multitasking, gaming, video chats – everything is a breeze with the Huawei Honor 8 Pro.

RAM – 6 GB; Display – 5.7-inch Quad HD; Battery – 4,000 mAh; Storage – 128 GB (SD slot available); Processor – Kirin 960, Octacore

Moto Z2 Play

Price: Rs. 27,999

Looks like there is a Moto phone available for every budget! The Z2 Play is our second pick for the 20K segment. This Moto smartphone comes with all the essential features (and more) that any mid-range phone should have. And that’s a good thing. What seals the deal, however, is the modular functionality clubbed with the stellar performance the Moto Z2 Play provides. Apart from this, the camera is good, the battery life is great and the phone comes with a fingerprint scanner too.

RAM – 4 GB; Battery – 3,000 mAh; Display – 5.5-inch Full HD; Storage – 64 GB; Processor – Snapdragon 626

Budget – Rs. 50,000

OnePlus 5T

Price: Rs. 32,999 for the 6 GB RAM, 64 GB variant

Here’s a phone that has hit all the right notes. The OnePlus 5T is a great phone, and we mean it! The phone’s got everything in place – right pricing, the right quality hardware, and the right software. So, if you’re in the market for a value phone, look no further than the OnePlus 5T. And if you’re a photography enthusiast, you’ll surely love this phone, thanks to its dual rear camera setup (16 MP and 20 MP Sony sensors).

Let’s take a look at the OnePlus 5T’s spec chart, shall we? This OnePlus device sports a whopping 6-inch display, Face ID unlock, a Snapdragon 835 octacore processor, and a 3300 mAh battery. Apart from the 6 GB RAM, 64 GB variant, it is also available in the 8 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage version.


Price: Rs. 33,990

After a rather rough year due to LG G5’s failure to entice smartphone enthusiasts, LG launched the LG G6 to prove that it is still one among the best players in the market. And they did prove themselves. The LG G6 is a great device.

What’s great about this LG offering? The beautiful design, the spectacular display, IP68 certification for water and dust resistance, a good camera, and a powerful battery. Although LG stuck with the older Snapdragon 821 instead of waiting for the Snapdragon 835, the phone revs up a solid performance.

Display – 5.7-inch; RAM – 4 GB; Processor – Snapdragon 821; Battery – 3,300 mAh; Camera – Dual 13 MP at the rear, 5 MP selfie; Storage – 32 GB (SD slot available)

Bonus Read: If We Gave You Rs. 1 Lakh, Would You Buy The iPhone X?

Budget – More Than Rs. 50,000

iPhone 8 Plus

Price: Rs. 69,999

It is indeed a big phone, but it is also a really good one! It may be a tad bit pricey, but it surely is worth it. If you’ve got the money and you wouldn’t mind spending on a smartphone, then blindly go for the iPhone 8 Plus. So, what’s new in the 8 Plus? The robust glass back, wireless charging capability, impressive camera enhancements and the latest, extremely powerful A11 bionic chip.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Price: Rs. 67,900

Do a big display and a stylus attract you? Then, you should consider getting the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy Note 8 flaunts an ‘Infinity Display’ (6.3-inches), a powerful S Pen for those who love to sketch/scribble/write, an impressive rear camera setup, and a premium design. The phone delivers a power-packed performance too, thanks to all the great hardware under its hood. Although all the awesomeness is accompanied by a steep price tag, let’s just say that this NOTE is truly WORTHY.

And of course, there is the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL too. But we’ve already covered these in another post. Read all about the Pixel 2 Bros here.

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