Best value-for-money Android smartphones
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The smartphone boom and resulting deluge in terms of devices can be a bit overwhelming for buyers. Buying a phone that fits your budget and checklist is not enough anymore. There are smartphones that tick all the boxes yet don’t command a premium price tag for it. Here are some of the best value-for-money Android smartphones you can consider.
LeEco Le Max 2
Apart from being the only Android smartphone under Rs20,000 that offers a quad HD (5.7-inch) display, Le Max 2 is also one of the few phones in this price range that runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chip with 4GB RAM. It is a solidly built phone with premium metal finish. It does feel a bit hefty but due to sleeker bezels it fits well into one hand. The other highlights include a 21-megapixel camera that impresses with its picture quality in day time and a slew of freebies from Eros Now and Yupp TV bundled with the device. It runs Android 6.0 with a layer of typical Chinese phone UI on top.
Lenovo Z2 Plus
The Z2 Plus is not in the same league as OnePlus 3 or Le Max 2 on account of its smaller display, but if you are still game for a 5-inch screen device, it is one of the best options at this price point. Despite the compact form factor (149g) the phone packs in reliable 3,500mAh battery. The clean looking stock Android interface is a nice touch—looks familiar and offers some customisation options as well. The phone runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 quad-core chip with 3GB RAM in the 32GB storage variant and 4GB RAM in the 64GB variant.
Xiaomi Mi Max Prime
The Mi Max Prime is not a typical flagship killer, but is certainly one of the best options if you don’t mind truly big-screen phones. The 6.4-inch full HD display offers extra legroom that can make a great deal of difference to gamers and professionals on the move. To ensure the phone doesn’t fizzle out or run out of space too soon, Xiaomi has included a mammoth 4,800 mAh battery and 128GB of internal storage. The only thing you have to put up with is the phone’s size. It is big and unmanageable with one hand, but the premium metal finish and the sleek (7.5mm) form factor compensates for it. It runs on Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 652 hexa core processor with 4GB RAM.
HTC Desire 10 Pro
Like most HTC smartphones, Desire 10 Pro impresses with its funky looks and unique colour options— stone black, polar white, royal blue and valentine Lux. It is also one of the first HTC phones that does not command a hefty price tag for powerful specs. Driven by MediaTek’s top-of-the-line Helio P10 octa core chip with 4GB RAM, the device offers 64GB internal storage and up to 2TB expandable storage via a microSD card. The smartphone’s big highlight is the improved Sense UI which offers plenty of customisation options yet feels slick. It is a big screen phone with 5.5-inch full HD display. It also offers a 20-megapixel rear camera.
Before OnePlus announced the OnePlus 3T, this phone was one of the best value-for-money phones in the market, topping most tables on flagship killer phones. It was the first One Plus phone with an all-metal body that gave it a premium look and feel and still makes it stand out against some of the high-end flagships. It comes with an impressive 5.5-inch full HD display and runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chip with 6GB RAM. The smartphone runs Android 6.0 with a clutter free OxygenOS over it. The phone’s 16-megapixel camera works well in most conditions.