In the last few years, we have seen more manufacturers bringing high-end features to a budget mid-range smartphone. Just like any other month, in the January 2017, the companies launched quite a few smartphones, and most of them offer great ‘value to listed are newly launched, few of those devices got a recent price cut making them even sweeter. All the smartphones come with dual SIM functionality and offer 4G VoLTE connectivity for using with the Jio 4G SIM.
- Honor 6X – Rs. 12,999
The Honor 6X is the latest Honor smartphone to launch here in India. It is the successor to the last year’s Honor 5X and comes with an all metal body. The device is priced at just Rs. 12,999 and is one of the most affordable dual lens camera smartphones. It features a 12MP and 2MP sensor with PDAF for capturing the images in just 0.3 seconds. The device comes with a 2.5D 5.5-inch Full HD Display and is powered by Kirin 655 octa-core SoC. There is 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that can be further expandable up to 128GB via MicroSD card slot. On the front of the Honor 6X is an 8MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. It is backed by a 3,340mAh battery and supports fast charging with the 5V/2A power adapter. To make the device secure, Honor is also offering a circular fingerprint placed on the rear.
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (4GB RAM) – Rs 12,999
The base variant of the Redmi Note 4 with 2GB of RAM is priced at just Rs. 9,999. However, the company also launched two more variants with 3GB and 4GB of RAM priced at Rs. 10,999 and Rs. 12,999 respectively. The Redmi Note 4 with 4GB of RAM can be good for multi-tasking and 64GB of internal storage can store all your data. Apart from the doubled RAM and storage, rest of the specifications remains same as the on the base variant. The device comes with 5.5-inch Full HD display and Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor. In the camera department, there is a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera. The 4,100mAh battery keeps the device powered on for at least a day of normal usage.The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based MIUI 8 and will soon receive the Nougat update.
- Lenovo Z2 Plus (3GB RAM) – Rs. 14,999
At its price cut, the base variant of the Lenovo Z2 Plus is now available for just Rs. 14,999. At this price, the device comes with the last year’s flagship Snapdragon 820 processor and 3GB of RAM. It sports a 5-inch display with Full HD resolution and runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS. On the front is a U Touch home button that supports several gestures and comes integrated with a fingerprint sensor. There is a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF that can record video at 4K resolution. For selfies, the Z2 Plus packs an 8MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture. It comes with a dual SIM slot and supports 4G VoLTE along with other basic connectivity features. The Z2 Plus is also equipped several health-related sensors for providing accurate data in the U-Health app.
- LeEco Le 2 64GB – Rs. 13,999
It’s been a year since the LeEco Le 2 was launched in the India market and it is still one of the best mid-range smartphones. Recently, the company the launched the 64GB storage variant at Rs. 13,999 which is slightly higher than the price of 32GB storage variant. One thing to note is that the device lacks the expandable storage option. It is powered by Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor and includes 3GB of RAM. It comes with a 16MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, and a 3,000mAh battery. The device runs on Android Marshmallow based EUI 5.8. The Le 2 lacks the 3.5mm audio port for using the regular headsets. The USB Type-C port is the only way for connecting earphones and the Type-C cable for charging the device. The device measures 151.1 x 74.2 x 7.5 mm and weighs around 153 grams.
- Nubia N1 – Rs. 11,999
The Nubia N1 was launched alongside the flagship Nubia Z11 in India. Both the devices are aggressively priced, and the Nubia N1 with decent mid-range specifications is currently available for Rs. 11,999. The device comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display and includes a 64-bit Helio P10 octa-core processor. It also packs 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. On the rear of this metal built device are the 13MP rear camera and a circular fingerprint sensor. Even the front camera sensor is also of 13MP resolution which captures better selfies than the other devices at this price. However, the USP of the device is the 5,000mAh battery that can easily give more than a day-long battery life. While the split-screen multi-tasking is introduced with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat, the in-house Nubia UI 4.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow is offering the same feature from last year.
- LYF Water F1S – Rs. 10,099
The LYF Water F1S from Reliance is one of the best mid-range launched in the recent times. It is priced is currently retailing at Rs. 10,099 and offers some powerful specifications compared to earlier launched LYF smartphones. The device sports a 5.2-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display and is powered by Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor. It includes 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage along with expandable storage option. On the camera front, there is a 16MP primary camera with PDAF and a 5MP secondary camera. Both the front and rear cameras are now assisted by LED flash. The device comes with dual SIM dual standby and offers 4G VoLTE for faster data speeds and HD voice calls. It is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and supports fast charging with the USB Type-C port. As seen with the other LYF smartphones, the Water F1S comes with two years of manufacturers warranty.
- Coolpad Cool 1 – Rs. 13,999
The Cool 1 is the first smartphone from Coolpad to run on the LeEco’s customized EUI based Android OS. Though the device was launched in August 2016 in China, it was made available in the Indian market only a few weeks back. It is priced at just Rs. 13,999 and packs decent hardware including the dual lens rear camera. While the Amazon exclusive variant comes with 4GB of RAM, the offline variant packs just 3GB of RAM. It sports a 5.5-inch IPS display on the front with Full HD resolution. The Cool 1 is powered by Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor and includes 32GB of internal storage. It features a 13MP + 13MP dual cameras on the rear with f/2.0 aperture and 6P lens. For selfies, there is an 8MP camera on the front. The 4,100mAh battery on the Cool 1 is said to give 12 hours of talk time and lasts upto 450 hours on standby mode.Top 4G Smartphones of January 2017 to Buy at Rs 15000 in India.