Is this the perfect time to buy an affordable Android smartphone?
With Amazon, Flipkart and the rest rolling out one discount after the other, genuine deals are available like never before, making it the ideal time to buy gadgets, consumer electronics and smartphones. We sift through the noise, and pick out some of the best affordable Android smartphones you should consider buying right now.
Xiaomi Redmi 3S
At this price, you will be hard-pressed to find a better built phone. With its metal body, this compact phone looks and feels worth a lot more than the actual price tag. It runs the fairly competent Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage—and is an ideal first smartphone choice. The other specs include a 5-inch display, a 13-megapixel camera and a 4,100mAh battery.
If you don’t want to breach the Rs10,000 price point, the Honor 5c has now helpfully crept under that (Rs10,999 earlier). It runs the competent Kirin650 processor with 2GB RAM. The 5.2-inch display has Full HD resolution, and there is a 13-megapixel camera too. We will recommend it for its slick design, smooth performance and bright display.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Priced earlier at Rs11,999, the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant of the Redmi Note 3 with the new price tag is even more interesting. It looks classy, feels very compact for a 5.5-inch phone, has a smooth performance and a bright display. The only real shortcoming is a slightly inconsistent camera, in less than perfect lighting, but that shouldn’t be a deal-breaker.
LeEco LeMax 2
Earlier priced at Rs22,999 and now with a significantly slashed price tag, the LeMax 2 has all the foundations of a flagship killer. It runs the very powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, has a big 5.7-inch display and a fairly capable 21-megapixel camera. If you are an audio enthusiast, the high performance audio processing hardware will be a delight. This was one of the first phones to do away with the 3.5mm headphone jack as well.
Lenovo Z2 Plus
This is a pocket rocket—with a 5-inch display, it runs the very powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, has 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and a very good 13-megapixel camera. Buy this without a second thought, if you are comfortable with a 5-inch display size.
Asus Zenfone 3
The 5.2-inch display variant of the Zenfone 3 ticks off most of the boxes—it has a very stylish design with snazzy colour options, it’s well-built, has a crisp and rich display and a streamlined custom interface with significant clean-up in terms of the third-party apps. We would recommend it for its good battery life, in particular.
This is the ultimate Android smartphone to buy, if you have been eyeing one of the more expensive flagship phones which are beyond your budget. This was one of the first phones with 6GB RAM to accompany the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, a 5.5-inch AMOLED display that is crisp and vibrant, a clean Oxygen OS software and 64GB internal storage. If you are an avid photographer, the excellent 16-megapixel camera makes it a definite choice. The soft gold version is now also available, along with the graphite variant.