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Best Mid-Range Smartphones of January 2016 above Rs 15000

We have seen a couple of interesting smartphones launched this month with competitive specifications and were priced in between Rs. 15,000 – Rs. 25,000. Unlike the budget devices where most of them sport a polycarbonate body, these devices come with superior build quality and offers lag-free user experience. While there aren’t many options to choose from, below are the list of those few devices.

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OPPO has announced the launch of the new F-series that will be announced in India on February 28th. As teased earlier, the first device under this new series called as OPPO F1 has been launched along with the high-end OPPO F1 Plus that will be launched in April. The device is said to offer perfect selfie experience with its 8MP selfie camera along with software features like ScreenFlash that capture selfies even in the dark light conditions. The Aluminum build looks premium in hand and also measures just 7.25mm thickness.

It comes with a 5-inch HD display and has a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and LED flash. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor along with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It is backed by a 2,500mAh battery that supports OPPO’s VOOC fast charging. The device supports dual SIM and offers connectivity options like 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port. It is priced at Rs. 15,990 and will be available starting from February 4th.

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LG has already G4 Stylus with 4G LTE in the Indian market and this month, the company has launched the 3G variant of the G4 Stylus priced at Rs, 19,000. The 4G LTE variant was launched at a price of Rs. 24,990 and recently the company slashed the price to Rs. 21,000. The latest device comes powered by the MediaTek MT6592M octa-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz while the 4G variant came with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor. It features a 5.7-inch HD IPS display and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with LG UX UI laid on top of it.

It has 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a MicroSD card slot. The device also comes with a stylus for bringing more productivity out of the device. Another difference between both these devices is the rear camera where it lowered from 13MP to just 8MP. There is the same 5MP sensor on the front for capturing selfies. It is backed by a 3,000mAh that can give decent battery life with these less powerful specifications. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPA/A-GPS, and MicroUSB port.

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The dual-SIM HTC Desire 728 is a mid-range device with runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with HTC Sense UI overlaid. It features a 5.5-inch display with HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution. Under the hood is the MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. It has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage that can be further expanded upto a maximum of 2TB. Earlier to this, the company had also launched the Desire 828, which is the first Desire smartphone to feature Optical Image Stabilization.

Talking about the camera, it has a 13MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash and a 5MP selfie camera on the front. The device supports dual SIM dual standby and offers basic connectivity options including 4G LTE. The device comes with a battery of 2,800mAh that is rated to deliver 21 hours of talk time and lasts up to 485 hours on standby. It is priced at Rs. 17,990 and comes in White Luxury and Purple Myst colors.

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The last one in the list is the recently launched Vibe X3 from Lenovo, which was priced very aggressively at a price of Rs. 19,999. The device sports an all metal body and includes dual front-facing speakers with Dolby Atmos support. The design looks almost similar to the recently launched Lenovo Vibe K4 Note and in China, the company has launched the Vibe X3 Lite. It features a 5.5-inch 1080p display and is protected with a Gorilla Glass 3 on top. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor coupled with Adreno 418 GPU and 3GB of RAM.

The Vibe X3 offers one of the best smartphone photography experience at this price range. It has a 21MP rear camera with PDAF and F/2.0 aperture that can record the videos in 4K resolution. On the front is an 8MP sensor that comes with several software features for capturing better selfies. It is backed by a 3,500mAh battery which can give decent battery life. According to the company, it also offers Hi-Fi sound experience with dedicated audio chip and includes three microphones that offer high-quality audio.

If you are still looking for better devices with flagship specifications, then you can have a look at our best premium smartphones for the month of January

By Teja Chedalla on Sunday 31st of Jan 2016


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