Asus Zenfone 3 with 4,100 mAh battery has been launched in India. The smartphone starts at Rs 12,999 for the 5.2-inch display variant, and the 5.2-inch display option is available for Rs 17,999. However, the highlight of the Zenfone 3 Max is its big battery, which is fast becoming an important factor for choosing a smartphone.
A lot of budget smartphones these days come with a large battery as well as good specifications. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Redmi 3S Prime, Gionee Marathon M5 and more devices have been announced keeping one of the biggest pain points in mind – battery. If you’re looking for a smartphone that doesn’t run out of juice for days and fits in your budget, here are a few options:
Asus Zenfone 3 Max
Asus Zenfone 3 Max packs a 4,100 mAh battery that easily lasts for at least 36 hours on rigorous use. The smartphone comes with a 2.5D glass design, which makes it look stylish and feels fairly lightweight. In our review, we said this phone will last you a day on 25 per cent battery life if you don’t stress it too much. The device supports reverse charging, which means you can use the Zenfone 3 Max as a power bank to charge other devices.
It comes in two variants based on the screen size – 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch. The specifications of both the smartphones remain the same except for the camera. Asus Zenfone 3 Max comes with a full HD display. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB via microSD card). Asus Zenfone 3 Max (5.5-inch variant) gets a 16MP primary camera with an 8MP front camera.
Asus Zenfone 3 Max will feature a rear fingerprint scanner. The 5.2-inch version of the phone will feature a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP front shooter. It runs Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow with ZenUI 3.0 OS on top. This is a dual SIM smartphone that comes with hybrid SIM slot.
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime/Redmi 3S
Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime pack 4,100 mAh battery, which easily lasts for up to 2 days. The Redmi 3S is priced at Rs 6,999 and Redmi 3S Prime comes at Rs 8,999. Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime gets a 5-inch HD display and runs MIUI 7 with Android 6 Marshmallow. It has a metal unibody design and curved back.
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime is powered by a 1.4Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage (expandable up to 128GB via microSD slot). The device sports a 13MP rear camera, and a 5MP front camera. Available in gold, silver and grey colour variants; the smartphone sports fingerprint scanner at the back.
Xiaomi Redmi 3S has 2GB RAM+16GB storage, and no fingerprint scanner on the back. The rest of the specifications are the same as Redmi 3S Prime.
In our review of Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, we called the smartphone the battery king. We didn’t have to charge the Redmi 3S Prime at all during the weekend.
Coolpad Note 5
Coolpad Note 5 is priced at Rs 10,999 and comes with a 4,100 mAh battery. The smartphone has a metal-unibody design with 2.5D curved glass. The Coolpad Note 5 features a 5.5-inch FHD display (1920×1080 pixels). The device is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with 4GB RAM and 32GB ROM (expandable to 64GB).
Coolpad Note 5 gets a 13MP primary camera and an 8MP front shooter with LED flash. The 4010 mAh battery is claimed to give up to 350 hours of stand by time. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a Cool UI 8.0 skin. Coolpad Note 5 will be exclusively available on Amazon India.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was launched in March in India. And the company claims this is their bestselling device in the country with over 2.3 million units sold so far. The budget smartphone starts at Rs 9,999. Redmi Note 3 is available in two versions: 2GB+ 16GB at Rs 9,999 and 3GB+32GB for Rs 11,999.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is company’s first smartphone to feature a metal unibody design and has a large 4,050 mAh battery. In our review, we noted the smartphone is among the best budget devices. Battery, which can be a pain point at this price is not a problem, the display and sound work fine, the phone has virtually no lag.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has a 5.5-inch full HD display, runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, and sports a 13MP rear camera with a 5MP front camera. It runs MIUI 7 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Gionee Marathon M5
Gionee Marathon M5 is powered by a massive 6,020 mAh battery. The Marathon M5 is priced at Rs 17,999 and in our review, we said this is one of the best phablets for under Rs 20,000. We could easily manage an entire day with a little over 30 per cent battery life on the Marathon M5. The device supports reverse charging as well.
Gionee Marathon M5 is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB. It sports a 5.5-inch 720p HD AMOLED display along with a 13MP rear camera with LED Flash and a 5MP front camera. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop OS sugarcoated with Amigo 3.1 UI.
Meizu m3 Note
Meizu m3 note has a 4,100 mAh battery and costs Rs 9,999. It features a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080p) display and runs Flyme UI based on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage (expandable up to 128GB). Meizu m3 note gets a 13MP rear camera paired with 5MP front camera.
In our review, we could easily push the m3 note for over two-and-a-half days. The screen on time was over seven hours every single day, and the usage involved calls, messaging, social media, video streaming and little gameplay.
Lenovo ZUK Z1
Lenovo ZUK Z1 features a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD (1080×1920 pixels) display. The Zuk Z1 comes with USB Type-C slot for charging and data transfer, along with a big 4,100 mAh battery. The ZUK Z1 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB RAM, and has 64GB storage space. The rear camera is 13MP, while the front camera is 5MP.
Yu Yunicorn has a 4,000 mAh battery and is powered by MediaTek Helio P10 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage. Yu Yunicorn comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display and supports Miravision 2.0. Yu Yunicorn runs custom version of Android 5.1 Lollipop is called “Android on Steroids”. The smartphone comes with an alphabetically organised app drawer as opposed to a scroll-based app drawer in most other smartphones.
Must Read: Yu Yunicorn Review
Yu Yunicorn gets the display right, has an excellent battery, and an UI that is definitely the best among smartphones in this price category.
Lenovo Vibe P1
The Lenovo Vibe P1 comes with 5000mAh battery and costs Rs 15,999. The smartphone comes with a 24v charger which can charge up to 2,000 mAh in under 30 minutes. The charger is intelligent enough to switch to 12v if plugged on to a regular smartphone. Lenovo Vibe P1 has a 5.5-inch full HD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB RAM and 32 GB storage space (expandable up to 128 GB).
The dual-SIM Vibe P1 has 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, a fingerprint sensor. It runs Android 5.1.1 OS. In our review we said this is a good option for people who spend a lot of time on the move and on the road. We observed this phone lasts at least two days with full use on 4G. Three days if you are switching on the ultra power saving mode. Over a week if you are not receiving calls.
Xolo Era 4K
Xolo has a big 4, 000 mAh and comes at Rs 6,499. XOLO Era 4K’s battery offers a 32 hours of talk time and 624 hours of stand-by time, according to the company. The Era 4K features a 5-inch HD IPS display and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection against scratches. It sports an 8MP rear camera with dual LED flash and 5MP front camera.
The dual- smartphone is powered by 1.0 GHz quad-core processor with cortex A-53 coupled with 2GB RAM and 8GB ROM (expandable up to 32GB via microSD card). The smartphone runs Android Lollipop 5.1 OS. In our review, we said the battery on the Era 4K will easily last for more than 2 days of charging from moderate to heavy use. Even with the device 50 per cent charged, one can use the phone for a day and a half.