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Best Budget Smartphones below Rs 7000 (April – May)

From the smartphone launched in the month of April, we have categorized a few budget smartphones. While there are many other devices launched along with the below-mentioned ones, we have picked up the few best smartphones that can offer the best value for their money. The list also includes few device that doesn’t feature competitive specifications but comes with a much lower price tag than the other devices.

Gionee P5 Mini wrapGionee has launched a new entry-level smartphone called Gionee P5 Mini in India. The device is priced at Rs. 5,349 and is available via company’s official online store. It comes with a polycarbonate body and comes in six different colors. It features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) display with Dragontrail glass protection on top. The device is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz and coupled with 1GB of RAM.

There is 8GB of internal storage that can be further expanded upto additional 128GB. It sports a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front cameras for selfies. The device is backed by a 1,850mAh battery that can deliver 18.5 hours of talk time and lasts upto 277 hours on standby. It comes with dual SIM dual standby but lacks the 4G LTE support. The device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop based Amigo UI and offers basic connectivity features.

iBall Andi Blink 4G wrapiBall is one of those Indian smartphone manufacturers who doesn’t care about updating their device to the latest available version of Android. But this week the company has listed a new device called ‘iBall Andi Blink 4G’ running on Android  Marshmallow out-of-the-box. It comes with dual SIM dual standby and offers 4G LTE connectivity. The device also supports 21 Indian regional languages including Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, and others.

The device sports a 5-inch FWVGA IPS display. Talking about the internals, it is powered by a 1GHz unknown quad-core processor along with 1GB of RAM. There is 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded via MicroSD card slot. It features 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera where both the cameras are accompanied with LED flash. Apart 4G, the Andi blink 4G offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port.

Meizu M3 wrapAfter launching the Meizu M3 Note and Pro 6, Meizu also unveiled the entry-level Meizu M3 in China. It is the successor to Meizu M2 that was also launched last year in India. It comes with polycarbonate body with rounded corners. The M3 features a 5-inch display with HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution. It is powered by MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz along with Mali T860 GPU. It runs on Flyme 5.1 powered by YunOS but in it runs on Android based Flyme OS.

The device comes in two variants with 2GB and 3GB of RAM and includes 16GB and 32GB of internal storage. There is also a MicroSD card slot for expanding additionally upto 128GB. Talking about the camera, there is a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF. On the front is a 5MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The device supports dual SIM and is backed by a 2,870mAh battery. It will be available in several color options including White, Blue, Gray, Pink and Gold.

Asus Zenfone 4.5 LTE wrapAsus launched the 2nd Gen Zenfone Go 4.5 with LTE that comes with the model number ZB452KG. It comes in two variants priced at Rs. 5,299 and Rs, 5,699 respectively. The device with 5MP rear camera and VGA front camera will cost Rs. 5,299 while the one more variant with 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera sports the Rs. 5,699 price tag. Rest of the specifications remains same on both the variants. The volume rockers are placed on the rear of the device while the power button sits on the top.

As the name suggests, the device sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) display and is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. There is 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It has a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion upto 32GB. Both the variants are backed by a 2,070mAh battery. It includes dual SIM slots where one slot supports 4G LTE. The device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with ZenUI laid on top. The device will be available across all the major online and offline stores.

Celkon Diamond 4G Plus wrapCelkon, the local smartphone manufacturer, launched its affordable 4G smartphone Diamond 4G Plus in the market. It is priced at Rs. 6,369 and is exclusively sold through Amazon India. It sports a polycarbonate body painted in Gold color. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and includes dual SIM card slots with dual standby support. Below the display we can find the capacitive touch buttons for Home, Back, and Recent Apps. The device comes with a 5-inch IPS display with HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution.

Under the hood is an unknown 64-bit MediaTek quad-core processor. It features 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded upto 32GB via provided MicroSD card slot. On the camera side, the Diamond 4G Plus packs an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 3.2MP front-facing camera. All this will be powered by a 2,200mAh removable battery. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port.

Phicomm Clue 630 wrapWhile the Indian manufacturers offered affordable 4G smartphone, China-based Phicomm launched the most affordable 4G supported smartphone in the Indian market. The Phicomm Clue 630 priced at just Rs. 3,999 comes with specifications on par with many other devices priced around Rs. 6,000 price range. It comes with a 5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) display and is powered 32-bit Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor clocked at 1.1GHz.

The device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with the Expect 5.0 UI overlaid. It packs 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage along with a MicroSD card slot. In the camera department, the Clue 630 sports a 5MP rear shooter and a 2MP selfie shooter. The device is backed by a 2,300mAh battery that is rated to deliver 7 hours of talk time and lasts upto 250 hours on standby. This dual SIM device supports 4G LTE on a single SIM and offers other basic connectivity features.

Canvas Spark 2 Plus wrapThe Canvas Spark 2 Plus is the first Micromax device to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. It is priced at Rs. 3,999; same as the Phicomm Clue 630 but misses the 4G LTE connectivity. The device will be exclusively sold through Snapdeal and will be available in Metallic Grey, Copper Gold, and Champagne Gold colors. Though the device supports dual SIM dual standby, it settles for just 3G HSPA connectivity.

The 5-inch display of Canvas Spark 2 Plus comes with FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) resolution.  The device is powered by MediaTek quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz  along with 1GB of RAM. There is 8GB of onboard storage that can be expanded upto 32GB. It packs a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front camera. The device is kept powered on by a 2,000mAh battery.

By Teja Chedalla on Tuesday 10th of May 2016


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