Moto G5 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Lenovo Z2 Plus and more: Best mid-budget phones

Here’s a look at some of the newest smartphones which cost less than Rs 15,000 yet offer a range of features.

Written by Jay Jay | New Delhi | Updated: April 12, 2017 8:44 am

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Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Price: Rs 14,999

Display: 5.2-inch Full HD

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625

Storage & RAM: 32GB, 3GB

Cameras: 12MP rear, 5MP front

Battery: 3,000 mAh

Motorola’s most popular mid-ranger of the year, which Flipkart said was the fastest selling phone on the e-commerce portal in its price segment, comes with a mix of specifications far exceeding its price.

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A 5.2-inch full HD screen, a metal build, the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS, generous RAM and storage offering and a rear camera with a quick auto-focus, are some of the specifications which give this phone an edge. The 3,000 mAh battery is powered by Moto’s TurboPower charging, offering more than a day of constant usage. Read our full review of Moto G5 Plus here.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Price: Rs 9,999 onwards

Display: 5.5-inch Full HD

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625

Storage & RAM: 32GB+ 2GB; 32GB+ 3GB; 64GB+ 4GB

Cameras: 13MP rear, 5MP front

Battery: 4,100 mAh

Xiaomi’s new Redmi Note 4 meets the needs of an Indian smartphone buyer- a large screen, improved specifications, and performance but at an affordable price. Featuring a 5.5-inch Full HD display, the phone offers a good overall performance, long lasting battery.

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The rear camera features a Sony CMOS sensor, which will let you capture good pictures. The stand-out specification of the phone is the 4,100 mAh battery which will support long-term usage. The only let down is that it doesn’t come with fast charging support. Read our review of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 here.

Lenovo Z2 Plus

Price: Rs 14,999 onwards

Display: 5-inch Full HD

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

Storage & RAM: 32GB, 3GB; 64GB, 4GB

Cameras: 13MP rear, 8MP front with EIS

Battery: 3,500 mAh with fast charging

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Lenovo’s mid-range offering might be a year old, but offers great specifications and overall performance for the price. It is powered by Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 820 processor.  Compared to its competitors, the Z2 Plus offers a handy 5-inch screen for those who prefer more compact devices. The 8-MP selfie and 13MP camera perform well for the price. The phone has a 3,500 mAh battery, which is equipped with fast charging as well. Read our review of Lenovo Z2 Plus here.

Nubia Z11 Mini

Price: Rs 12,999 (Amazon)

Display: 5-inch Full HD

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 617

Storage & RAM: 32GB, 3GB

Cameras: 16-MP rear, 8-MP front

Battery: 2,800 mAh

 

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Exclusively available on Amazon, nubia Z11 Mini offers rich specifications and affordable pricing.  This one is powered by a Snapdragon 617 chip, it comes with 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM,. There’s an impressive 16MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. Read our review of Nubia Z11 mini here.

Honor 6X

Price: Rs 12,999 onwards

Display:  5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD

Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 655

Storage & RAM: 32GB/3GB; 64GB/4GB

Cameras: 12MP + 2MP rear, 8-MP front

Battery: 3,340 mAh

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Available in Gold, Silver and Grey, Huawei’s latest mid-range offering comes with great new features like dual rear cameras which makes it stand out. Along with a fingerprint scanner, Honor 6X also boasts of microUSB connectivity, fast charging and expandable storage. The phone presently runs Huawei’s EMUI 4.0, but will soon update it to EMUI 5.0 based on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS. Read our full review of Honor 6X here.

ASUS ZenFone 3s Max

Price: Rs 14,999 onwards

Display:  5.2-inch HD

Processor: Mediatek 6750 octa-core

Storage & RAM: 32GB/3GB

Cameras: 13-MP rear, 8-MP front

Battery: 5,000 mAh

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ZenFone 3s Max is an ASUS mid-ranger with a focus on battery life. Featuring a not-so-large display, the phone can last up to one and a half days easily, as we found in our review.  However, the lack of fast charging is an issue to keep in mind. Powered by a MediaTek 6750 chip, the phone can handle your daily multi-tasking as well. Read our full review here.

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