If you are looking for best budget smartphones available in the markets, then below are few highly recommended devices that offer the best performance even at an affordable price range. While the LYF smartphones are launched a couple of months back, the price cut makes them recommended because of the Jio preview offer. With the increasing 4G adoption, almost all the smartphones launched in July came with 4G LTE support.
- LYF Flame series
LYF had launched the entry-level smartphones under the Flame series. The Flame 1 and Flame 2 are launched at the Rs. 6,500 and RS. 4,800 respectively. Later the company also launched the Flame 3, Flame 4, Flame 5, and Flame 6 smartphones at Rs. 3,999. All these smartphones come with three months of free 4G data and voice calls under the Jio preview offer. In the month of July, the company announced price drops on all the Flame series devices which make them the most affordable 4G and VoLTE supported devices in the market.
After the recent price drops, the Flame 3, Flame 4, Flame 5, and Flame 6 now cost just Rs. 2,999. And the Flame 2 comes at just Rs. 3,599 while the Flame 1 is now priced at Rs. 4,999. The free Jio 4G SIM provided with the devices works only in those devices for the first three months. Along with the free 4G data and voice calls, the users can also access the Jio suite of apps with premier membership for three months.
The Aqua Power 4G is the affordable smartphone from Intex that also launched alongside the Aqua Power HD 4G with slightly better specifications. It is priced at Rs. 6,399 and comes with a 5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) display and powered by MediaTek MT6735P processor. It includes just 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded upto 32GB.
It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box and includes pre-installed bloatware apps. The Aqua Power 4G packs an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front camera. It comes with dual SIM support and offers 4G LTE connectivity. The device is kept powered on by a 3,800mAh battery that can easily last more than a day of usage. It measures 145.4 x 72.7 x 8.9 mm and weighs 160 grams.
The iBall Andi 5Q Gold 4G is yet another 4G smartphone from the Indian manufacturer. Just like other devices, it comes with a plastic body and sports not to so great specifications. On the front is a 5-inch IPS display with HD resolution. It is powered by an unknown quad-core processor clocked at 1GHz. There is 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage along with MicroSD card slot.
The device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and comes with dual SIM dual standby. It sports an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera. The device is backed by a 3,000mAh battery that gives at least day of usage. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port. The device is priced at Rs. 6,799 and is available in India via online and offline stores.
Apart from LYF devices, the Karbonn Aura Power is another smartphone to be launched with VoLTE support. Which makes the device work with Jio 4G that is expected to launch on August 15th. It is priced at Rs. 5,990 and comes with a whopping 4,000mAh battery that makes it a battery powerhouse. The device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and includes several bloatware apps.
It comes with a 5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) IPS display. Under the hood is a 1GHz unknown quad-core processor clubbed with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. On the camera front, there is an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP selfie camera on the front. The connectivity options include 4G LTE with VoLTE along with other basic options.
While all the smartphones listed above runs on Android, the Intex Aqua Fish runs on Finland-based Jolla‘s SailFish 2.0 OS. The device was first unveiled at the MWC 2016 held in February this year. If you are worried about apps, the SailFish OS can run Andriod apps but lacks the PlayStore. The device is priced at Rs. 5,499 and also supports 4G LTE for faster internet speeds.
Talking about the specifications, It features a 5-inch HD display and is powered by the 1.3HGz Snapdragon 212 quad-core processor. It also includes 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. There is an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, and a 2500mAh battery. It measures 142.4 x 72 x 9.6 mm and weighs 150 grams. The device will be across all major online stores in India.