Top budget smartphones in August 2015

Smartphone enthusiasts are in for a treat these days. We have seen a series of new launches in the last couple of weeks. Most of them have packed in high end features at an affordable price tag. The sub 15 K segment has become a hotspot for topmost manufacturers. Let us have a brief discussion on these new launches.

Smartphones are no heavier on your pocket. They have become more affordable while at the same time have not indulged into compromising on the quality of the offering.
Smartphone manufacturers tend to drop the prices, however at the same time compromise on the quality of hardware. But the recent launches have seen budget friendly phones with great features. Let us go through some of the devices in the following paragraphs.

Moto G - 3rd Gen

Moto G was the most successful affordable device globally. The 3rd iteration of the popular phone from Motorola is one of the prominent among the recent launches.
Specifications and features
Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quadcore processor, the phone is the first and foremost to provide water resistance in this price bracket. The 64 bit processor ensures increased efficiency and better RAM management. Moto G 3rd Gen comes with 16 GB internal memory and a whopping with 2 GB RAM. Motorola has also released a lower priced 8 GB variant with 1 GB RAM. The 5 inch HD screen has a resolution of 1080p 720x1280 and a pixel density of 294 ppi.

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The rear camera on the phone is of 13 MP resolution with dual LED flash. It sports a front snapper of 5 MP. It runs on Android Lollipop 5.1.1. It provides you a real stock Android experience. With no bloatware, the performance is totally lag-free. The phone offers 4G compatibility. The battery capacity of the phone is 2470 mAh, which can pull through a day with normal usage.

Motorola has priced the phone at Rs. 11999 for the 8 GB variant and Rs.12999 for the 16 GB version. You can get this device exclusively on Flipkart.

Micromax Canvas Xpress 2

Micromax is the one firm that revolutionized the smartphone prices in India. It was the first indigenous Indian smartphone company. They are back with one more masterpiece at an amazing price.
Specifications and features

The Canvas Xpress 2 sports a 5 inch HD display. It is powered by octacore MediaTek processor. The internal memory of the phone reads 8 GB. It does seem a bit on the lower side where a minimum 16 GB has become a norm with smartphone manufacturers. However, you can expand the memory by another 32 GB via microSd card. Even the on board RAM is 1 GB, but the phone performs better in its genre.
The plus point of the device is its camera. The phone carries a 13 MP rear camera with OmniVision sensor. Other camera features include 5-element lens from Largan and a dual LED flash.

Lookswise, the phone is stunningly awesome. Rubberized back provides better grip. Another plus point is the USB OTG support at this price point. It has a 2500 mAh battery that is rated to provide a 10-hour backup.

One of the drawbacks, however, is the large number of bloatware that cannot be uninstalled. Lack of support for 4G/LTE can also hinder its marketability.

In spite of the amazing feature set, the pricing of the device stands at an unbelievable point. You can buy this phone at Rs. 5999!

Gionee Pioneer P2M

One of the earliest Chinese smartphone manufacturers to enter Indian market, Gionee has not been able to strike a chord with Indian smartphone users. Even after having some really cool phones under its kitty, the firm seems to have not been capable of surviving the onslaught of competitors.
Specifications and features
A successor to 2013 phone P2, it comes with a 4-inch WVGA IPS display at 400x800 resolution. Powered by quadcore processor at 1.3 GHz clock speed, it provides you with 16 GB internal memory. The on board RAM is 1 GB. It has a 5 MP rear camera and a 2 MP front snapper. It runs on the latest Android Lolipop 5.1 with customization by Amigo3.0 UI. The unique selling point of the device is its massive 3000 mAh battery. The company has claimed that you get 15 hours of battery backup with moderate usage.

The budget friendly phone carries a price tag of Rs. 6999. You can buy the phone through both online and offline channels.

Lava Pixel V1

Coming from one of the prominent Indian manufacturers, Pixel V1 is the first Android One phone from the company. It is the latest entrant into the Android One bandwagon.
Specifications and features
It sports a 5.5 inch HD display. It is powered by a quadcore MediaTek processor. It has an amazing 32 GB internal memory. With 2 GB on board RAM, you will get totally lag free operations.

The new Android One device carries a 8 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera. Being an Android One phone, you will get the pure stock Android experience. Also you are assured of timely updates from Google. However, early reviews suggest a sluggish performance. We may need to wait for the official reviews once the device is widely available.

The phone is powered by a 2650 mAh battery. The biggest plus points for the device are the bigger screen and a mammoth storage.

The phone has an interesting price tag of Rs. 11349. It should be the best price for all the advantages that come with it.

Wrap up

Of all these devices listed, Moto G and Lava Pixel V1 look promising. However, this is not an exhaustive list of all the available phones that are pocket friendly. I have made an attempt to compile the list of devices released over the last few weeks. The list excludes the more competitive top smartphones which have proved their presence based on affordability and features. If you feel any other device is capable of being in this list, please feel free to comment below. I will be more than happy to include the ones that really qualify in the list.

Article by Timmappa Kamat
Timmappa Kamat is a technology enthusiast. He has an active interest in newer technological developments. He is fond of new gizmos & gadgets. He loves to share his knowledge through tech-savvy websites as a freelancer. A Mechanical Engineer by profession, he is equally interested in blogging, with his own blog. He wants to carve a name for himself in blogging arena one day! If you need any clarifications about his articles,please respond here below or get in touch with him through his profile.

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