Reliance Jio ‘Welcome Offer’ is now available for all 4G-enabled devices that support VoLTE. You can avail Jio 4G data services for free till December 31, 2017 using company’s SIM card. There’s unlimited HD voice and videos calls, unlimited SMS plus free access to Jio apps such as JioOnDemand, JioBeats, JioPlay, JioMags, JioMoney and more. However, Reliance Jio SIM card isn’t readily available these days, thanks to a huge hype created around the service, which led to high demand. But if you have Aadhaar card, chances are, Jio SIM for you might get activated sooner. The ‘Welcome Offer’ went live on September 5 and will end at the end of this year, giving users an access to free unlimited Jio 4G services for 90 days.
Post ‘Welcome Offer’period, users will be charged for Jio 4G data as per prepaid and postpaid tariffs laid out by the company. Reliance Jio has 10 prepaid data plans that start at Rs 19 for 100MB. Jio postpaid plans start at Rs 149 for 300MB of data. There’s additional free WiFi data, free SMSes that come bundled with these plans. Reliance Jio SIM card can only be bought from a Reliance Digital store or Xpress Mini stores for now. However, reports suggest that Jio SIM card will soon be available at other outlets as well. So, if you don’t have a 4G-enabled handset yet, here are some budget options:
Xiaomi Redmi 3s
Xiaomi Redmi 3S is a budget smartphone that costs Rs 8,999. The USP of the device is its large 4,100 mAh battery that easily lasts for two days. And with the kind services Jio is offering, having a beefy battery on your smartphone is a must.
Other specifications of Redmi 3S include a 5-inch HD display, metal unibody design, 1.4Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage (expandable up to 128GB via microSD slot). It runs MIUI 7 with Android 6 Marshmallow. There’s 13MP rear camera, and a 5MP front camera. The Redmi 3S Prime has a fingerprint scanner on the back.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is another budget offering from the Chinese smartphone maker, that comes with a big 4,00 mAh battery. It comes in two storage options: 2GB+ 16GB at Rs 9,999 and 3GB+32GB for Rs 11,999. We had 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 features a 5.5-inch full HD display, runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, and sports a 13MP rear camera with a 5MP front camera. The Redmi Note 3 runs MIUI 7 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop.
LeEco Le 2
Le 2 is priced at Rs 11,999 and comes with LeEco membership worth Rs 4,900. The membership provides users free access live entertainment channels, video on demand from Eros, etc. The LeEco content integration include Live TV streams from Yupp TV and the company’s own Leividi app, which is a curation of YouTube videos.
Read: LeEco Le 2 Review
In terms of specifications, Le 2 features a 5.5-inch Full HD LCD display, is powered by an octa-core 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB non-expandable storage. LeEco Le 2 packs a 3,000 mAh Li-Ion battery that supports USB Type-C with Quick Charge 2.0. The device runs Android Marshmallow. In our review of the device, we found that the camera is fast and the battery will last a user a good full day of use.
Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus
Moto G4 is priced at Rs 12,499, and is Amazon exclusive. Moto G4 features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It is powered by a Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage. The smartphone is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery with support for Turbo Charging. Moto is promising six hours of battery life with just 15 minutes of charging. It runs Android Marshmallow and has a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. It lacks a fingerprint scanner.
Read: Moto G4 Plus Review
Moto G4 Plus starts at Rs 13,499 for 2GB RAM+16GB storage, going up to Rs 14,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage option. Moto G4 Plus also has the same battery and processor, but it also comes with a fingerprint scanner, which is not there in the Moto G4. Plsu, Moto G4 Plus has a bigger 16MP rear camera.
Also Read: Moto G4 Review
Meizu m3 note
Meizu m3 note is an Amazon exclusive smartphone and can be bought for Rs 9,999. It sports a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920x1080p) display with Dinorex scratch-resistant glass for protection. Meizu m3 note is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. (expandable up to 128GB via microSD card).
Meizu m3 note is 4G-enabled, but doesn’t support VoLTE. Meizu m3 note gets a 13MP rear camera with 5MP front camera. It runs Flyme UI based on Android 5.1 Lollipop and is backed by a 4100mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy J series
Samsung J series consists of budget options such as J2 (2016), JMax, J5 (2016) and J7 (2016). Samsung J series comes with Made for India features such as Turbo Speed Technology, Ultra Data Saving mode, S-Bike mode, My Galaxy app for better customers service. Samsung Galaxy JMax is a 7-inch phablet priced at Rs 13,400. Samsung Galaxy J2 2016 features a new Smart Glow technology, a next-gen colour LED notification.
Samsung Galaxy J2 2016 features a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display and costs Rs 9,750. Both the devices are powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor. Both smartphones also come with 1.5GB RAM and 8GB expandable storage. Samsung Galaxy J2 2016 and JMax feature an 8MP AF rear camera. Galaxy J2 2016 gets a better 5MP selfie camera while JMax has a 2MP one. Samsung Galaxy J2 2016 is backed by a 2600mAh battery while Galaxy JMax gets a larger 4,000mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7 (2016) smartphones are priced at Rs 15,990 and Rs 13,990 respectively. The smartphones are Flipkart exclusive. The 2016 edition of the Galaxy J5 and J7 features a metal frame, and a more stylish design. Both smartphones also run the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.
In terms of specs, the 2016 Samsung Galaxy J7 features a 5.5-inch HD AMOLED display, while Galaxy J5 gets a smaller 5.2-inch HD AMOLED display. The smartphones support 4G LTE. Samsung Galaxy J7 is powered by an Exynos 1.6Ghz octa-core processor coupled with 2 GB RAM, while Galaxy J5 has a 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor paired with 2 GB RAM. Both the smartphones come with 16GB internal storage, further expandable up to 128GB via dedicated memory card slot.
On the camera front, Samsung Galaxy J7 and J5 get a 13-megapixel main camera with a f/1.9 aperture and five megapixel front camera. The smartphones come with front LED flash for selfies. Samsung Galaxy J7 is backed by a 3,300mAh battery while Galaxy J5 has a 3,100mAh Li-Ion battery. Both smartphones have a removable battery.
Samsung Galaxy On series
Samsung’s On series consists of budget On5, On7, On5 Pro and On7 Pro smartphones. On5 and On7 are priced at Rs 8,990 and Rs 10,990 respectively. The On5 Pro and On7 Pro are priced a little higher at Rs 9,190 and Rs 11,190 respectively. The smartphones come with Ultra Data Saving mode, claimed to compress data streaming by up to 50 per cent.
Galaxy On7 and Galaxy On5 feature a 5.5-inch and 5-inch Super AMOLED HD display. Both of these Galaxy smartphones come with an Exynos 3475 quad-core processor with 1.5GB RAM and 8GB storage, expandable to 128GB via microSD. Samsung On5 and On7 sport a 13MP rear camera with f/2.1 aperture and a 5MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture. Both phones support 4G LTE. Galaxy On7 has a 3000mAh battery and Galaxy On5 has a 2600 mAh battery. Both smartphones run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro and Galaxy On5 Pro run Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The 4G-enabled smartphones feature the S-bike mode, first seen in Galaxy J-series smartphones. The devices sport a Faux leather back design.
Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro features a 5.5-inch HD display. It is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB via microSD card). Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro packs a 13MP primary camera and an 5MP front camera. Galaxy On7 pro is backed by a 3,000mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro, on the other hand, comes with a smaller 5-inch HD display. The processor is quad-core Exynos clocked at 1.3 GHz. It comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB via microSD card). The rear camera in Galaxy On5 is 8MP and the one on the front is 5MP. It comes with a 2,600mAh battery.
Micromax Canvas 6
Micromax Canvas 6 comes with an all metal unibody design and is priced at Rs 13,999. The smartphone has 3GB RAM and 32GB space. Canvas 6 has a fingerprint scanner on the back. It is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery. In terms of specifications, Canvas 6 features a 5.5-inch full HD display, is powered by MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core processor, 13MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. In our review, we said Micromax Canvas 6 is a decent phone if you’re looking for a device for just general browsing, and aren’t too much into gaming.
Xolo Era 4G
Xolo Era has a 5-inch HD IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass for protection. It is powered by a 1.5 GHz Quad-Core processor with 1GB RAM and total memory space is 8GB. The Xolo Era 4G has a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. Xolo Era 4G has a 2,500mAH battery and runs Android Lollipop 5.1. This is a 4G-enabled dual-SIM smartphone that supports VoLTE.
Lava A88 comes with a 5-inch display and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. The device is powered by 1.5GHz quad-core processor, with 512MB of RAM and 4GB ROM (expandable up to 32GB via microSD card). It sports a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, and a 2MP front camera. It is backed by a 2000mAh battery.