Updated On 14/Dec/2017 – Welcome to Candytech, and in this article let me share with you some of the best budget phones you can buy currently.
Everyone has different requirements and needs, and I would suggest you buy a phone which suits your needs, rather than following the herd behavior. Some people want better battery life, some like to click selfies, and others want a phone for gaming. If you are unable to decide, I am there to help, ask your queries in the comments.
In this comparison post, I have included 4G smartphones with fast Quad/Octa-Core Processor along with latest OS and at least 2 GB ram that is essential to run the Android phones without any lag.
I have also added some of the best budget camera phones with 13 MP Rear camera or 8 MP Selfie camera. Most of these mobiles are top-selling online (Flipkart and Amazon) and come with excellent performance for the price.
Some essential features you should have on your next phone is long battery life, fingerprint scanner, and latest OS. Android Oreo is not available yet on any budget phone.
Here are the best Phones priced under Rs 8000 in India Dec’17.
1. Xiaomi Redmi 4 – Top Selling
Key Highlight – Octa-Core Processor, 2 GB RAM , 13 MP Camera, Rs 6,999
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is launched in India in May 2017 and comes with exceptional specs and performance. The Redmi 4 is the successor to the Xiaomi Redmi 3s.
The Redmi 4 offers a better metallic design compared to Redmi 3s and also comes with a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Processor along with the Adreno 505 GPU.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes in 3 variants :
- Redmi 4 – 2 GB RAM and 16 GB Storage Price Rs 6,999,
- Redmi 4 – 3 GB RAM and 32 GB Storage Price Rs 8,999.
- Redmi 4 – 4 GB RAM and 64 GB Storage Price Rs 10,999.
Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes with a 5.0 Inch Display and has HD resolution (1280*720) pixels.
The phone is powered by the 64- Bit Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Processor and comes with the Adreno 505 GPU, which offers excellent performance for day to day tasks and gaming.
It runs on the MIUI 8.0 along with the Android Nougat, a lot of people like the Xiaomi UI and customizations which come with it.
Two notable features that the Redmi 4 has – 1. Fingerprint Scanner at the back. 2. Large 4100 mAH capacity Battery which is sufficient to last all day.
The Redmi 4 comes with a 13 Megapixel camera with autofocus and Flash; there is also a 5 Megapixel front selfie camera.
Also, the Redmi 4 is not very thick (8.6 mm) and weighs 150 grams. Connectivity options include Dual Sim, 4G VOLTE along with support for Bluetooth and WIFI.
Why Buy it – It is an excellent value for money deal, with extraordinary battery life, metallic design and decent storage under 8K.
2. MOTO C Plus
Key Highlight – Android Nougat 7.0, 2 GB RAM, Price Rs 6,999
If you wish to have a good build quality, excellent battery life, and latest OS, then Moto C Plus is a perfect choice. The Motorola Moto C Plus is launched on Flipkart in June 2017 priced at affordable Rs 6,999. The mobile comes with good specs and latest OS from Google.
The Moto C Plus comes with 4000 mAH battery capacity and offers all-day battery life. The Mote C Plus also supports fast charging. The Moto C Plus has a 5.0-inch display and comes with HD resolution (1280*720) pixels.
The Moto C Plus runs on the MediaTek 6735 Quad Core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz and has Mali T720 GPU. There is 2 GB of RAM, and internal storage space is 16 GB which can be further expanded to 128 GB using the micro-SD card.
The Moto C Plus lacks fingerprint scanner.
The camera is average on the Moto C Plus as the phone comes with an 8 Megapixel rear camera and also has basic 2 Megapixel shooter for selfies and video calls.
The phone supports 4G Volte, and you can use any operator sim-card with this device (including JIO).
The mobile comes with the Android Nougat 7.0 OS, with near stock Android experience which is something lot of users love.
It also has the necessary connectivity options like Bluetooth, WIFI, and Micro-USB. The Moto C Plus is a bit bulky due to the large battery it houses and measures 10 mm in thickness and weighs 162 grams.
Why Buy it – Great battery Life, can efficiently work all day, Robust build and stock Android experience.
3. Samsung On5
Key Highlight – 4G LTE, 16 GB Storage, Price Rs 8199
The Samsung On5 and the Samsung On7 were launched in November 2015 and are the best mid-range mobile from Samsung with 4G LTE support. The Samsung On5 is available on Flipkart for a price of Rs. 8199.
The device comes with 5-inch display with TFT screen and has HD (1280*720) pixels resolution with 290 PPI. The Samsung On5 runs on the Exynos 3475 Quad-Core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz with Mali T720 GPU.
The On5 comes with 1.5 GB RAM and 8 GB of storage which is a bit low compared to competition offering 16 GB and 2 GB in this price range. A little price you have to pay for Samsung brand name and quality.
The mobile comes with 2600 mAH battery capacity which is good to last all day with Samsung optimisations.
The device also has an SD card slot which supports up to 128 GB of storage.
Samsung On5 comes with 8 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera for taking selfies. Overall we feel it is a good phone from a reputed brand with an extensive service and sales distribution in India.
Samsung has also recently launched the Samsung J3 Pro priced at Rs. 7,999 you can check that too.
Why Buy it? – Samsung Brand and Good after sales service, decent camera, and user experience.
4. Xolo ERA 2X (4G LTE and VOLTE)
Key Highlight – 3 GB RAM, 16 GB Storage, Android Marshmallow 6.0.
Xolo Era 2X is recently launched, and it is exclusive to Flipkart. The Era 2X is priced at Rs. 7499 (3GB Ram).
The Era 2X comes with decent specs for the price and has voguish features like a fingerprint scanner and VOLTE connectivity. The device is powered by the MediaTek 6737 T processor clocked at 1.25 GHz and comes with the Mali T720 MP1 GPU.
Additionally, there is 3 GB Ram, and there is 16 GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 32 GB by micro-sd card. The ERA 2X is compatible with Jio 4G sim and will work with other 4G operators as well.
There is an 8 Megapixel Rear camera which comes with Autofocus and LED Flash. At the front, it has a 5 Megapixel shooter for video calls and selfies.
The mobile runs on the Android Marshmallow and is likely to get the Android Nougat 7.0 update.
The battery capacity is 2500 mAH which is much smaller compared to the Moto C Plus or the Redmi 4. Despite having a smaller battery the phone is thick and measures 9.5 mm in depth.
The Dual Sim phone comes with 4G LTE as well as VOLTE support.
The Phone as shown in the above image comes with 2 GB RAM and 3 GB RAM versions.
The 2 GB RAM Version for the Xolo ERA 2X is available Rs. 900 cheaper compared to the 3 GB RAM version.
Why Buy it? – Xolo is an Indian brand lot of buyers want a made in India phone. Also, offers above-average specs for the price.
5. Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
Key Highlight – Full HD Display, 4G VOLTE, Price Rs 8499
Full HD Display Mobile for 8K – Lenovo K5 Plus is the latest addition to the list and comes with perfect specs for a price of Rs. 8499.
The K5 Plus is available on Flipkart priced at Rs. 8499.
The Lenovo K5 Plus comes with a 5 inch Full HD Display (1920*1080) with 443 PPI. The device offers excellent performance for Gamers and general tasks with the Snapdragon 616 processor and 2 GB RAM. It runs on the Android Marshmallow 6.0 along with Vibe UI.
The Lenovo K5 Plus has 16 GB of internal storage which can be expanded to 128 GB using a micro-sd card.
The mobile has got a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front-facing camera for taking selfies. The Lenovo K5 Plus offers 4G LTE connectivity along with the native 3G and 2G.
The mobile comes with 2750 mAH battery capacity which is decent to run it all day with moderate usage. The Lenovo K5 Plus also features dual speakers at the back and has Dolby sound.
Why Buy it? – Offers Full HD Display, affordable price, renowned brand name, and Dolby sound.
6. Lenovo Vibe K5 – Affordable Price Rs 6999
Essential Highlight – VR Support, Android Lollipop, 5 MP Selfie camera, Price Rs 6999
Lenovo VIBE K5 is available from 17 June 2016, priced at Rs. 6,999. The mobile is available for purchase from Amazon India exclusively.
The Lenovo Vibe K5 is the smaller screen variant of the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus. The Lenovo Vibe K5 replaces the top-selling Lenovo A6000 Plus phone in this price range and competes with Xiaomi Redmi 3S.
The K5 Plus is powered by a new 64 bit 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon (Quad-core processor) Snapdragon 415. It comes with 16 GB internal storage out of which 11.4 GB is usable Space. The storage is expandable up to 128 GB via micro-sd card. The 2 GB RAM to provide a lag-free experience.
The Lenovo VIBE K5 Plus runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 and comes with less bloat compared to older Lenovo smartphones.
The phone features a 5 inch (1280*720) HD screen with IPS display, and it delivers 180-degree viewing angle.
The Vibe K5 also boasts of Twin Speaker with Dolby Digital Plus sound for excellent music experience on the loudspeaker.
In addition to the above, it also supports Lenovo Theater Max VR that offers virtual reality experience using a VR headset. The Lenovo Vibe K5 has a 13 MP primary camera and a 5 MP secondary camera to click selfies.
The Vibe K5 comes with 4G LTE support along with native connectivity options like 3G and 2G. The Lenovo Vibe K5 comes with 2750 maH battery, it’ good to last day without a second charge.
Why Buy it? – It is low price phone for day to day usage. The 5 Inch HD display, 4G, and decent battery life are significant pros.
7. JIO LYF F1 4G VOLTE
Key Highlight – 16 MP Rear Camera, 5.5 Full HD Display
The Reliance JIO LYF F1 4G Volte after the recent price drop is available for just Rs. 7667 on Amazon India and offers tremendous value for money in the sub 8K Price range.
The LYF F1 4G comes with 5.5 Inch Full HD Display with 1920*1080 pixels resolution and 401 PPI pixel density. There is a 16 Megapixel rear camera which comes with Dual LED Flash, and it also has a decent 8-megapixel front selfie camera.
Smartphone has massive 32 GB of Storage, and it can be expanded to 128 GB using the Micro – SD card slot.
The LFY F1 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Octa-Core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and there is Adreno 405 GPU to take care of Gaming needs.
The LYF F1 is ideal for 4G VOLTE usage and comes with decent size 3200 mAH battery capacity.
Additionally, there is 3 GB of Ram and LYF F1 runs on the Android Marshmallow 6.0 OS.
Why Buy it – Solid performance, good storage capacity, Full HD Display, affordable.
The Number 10 on our list is the Swipe Elite Note which comes with 3 GB RAM and a 5.5-inch display.
9. Swipe Elite Note 4G (5.5 Inch Display)
Key Highlight – 3 GB RAM, 3000 mAH Battery, Android Lollipop 5.1, Price Rs 7999
The Swipe Elite Note 4G was launched on 26th April 2016 on Flipkart at a price of Rs. 7,999. The mobile comes with 3 GB RAM and is one of the cheapest 3GB RAM phone priced below Rs. 8,000.
The Swipe Elite Note has a 5.5 Inch display and comes with HD (1280*720) pixels resolution. The phone comes with 3D curved glass on the front screen much like iPhone 6 which makes it look gorgeous.
The mobile has a metallic side frame, and the back panel is made from sandstone. The Swipe Elite Note is powered by the MediaTek 6735 Quad-Core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz.
The Swipe Elite Note has 16 GB of Internal Storage which can be expanded to 32 GB using a Micro-sd card.
The smartphone comes with a decent 13 Megapixel rear camera, and there is also wide-angle 5 Megapixel front selfie camera.
Moreover, Swipe Elite Note support 4G LTE and has dual sim support. The Swipe Elite Note runs on the Android Marshmallow OS along with the custom Os skin Freedom which is developed by Swipe technologies.
The device also comes with decent battery capacity and has 3000 mAH capacity battery.
The Swipe Elite Note 4G measures 8.4 mm in thickness and is quite bulky weighing 192 grams.
Why Buy it? – Need a more prominent 5.5 Inch HD Display with above average battery capacity; the Swipe Elite Note is a good choice.
9. Swipe Elite Sense 4G (Launched Recently)
Key Highlight – Swipe Elite Sense 4G VOLTE, 3 GB RAM 32 GB Storage, Price Rs 7499
Swipe the Indian mobile maker recently launched the new Swipe Elite Sense in Mar’17.
The smartphone offers exceptional specs in under Rs 8000 price range and comes with everything you can expect in this price range.
Swipe Elite Sense is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Processor clocked at 1.4 GHz and comes with the Adreno 308 GPU.
In comparison to most other devices, it offers more storage – 32 GB internal storage and can be expanded to 128 GB using the micro-sd card.
There is 3 GB of RAM to take of multitasking. The Elite Sense also has got a fingerprint scanner at the back to unlock the device quickly. The mobile runs on the Android marshmallow 6.0.
The mobile has 5.0 Inch Display and has HD (1280*720) pixels resolution. The Swipe Elite Sense has 13 Megapixel rear camera with auto-focus support and even comes with an 8-megapixel front selfie camera.
The device offers 4G LTE as well as VOLTE support and also has Dual Sim slots. The Elite Sense has 2500 mAH capacity battery which can be okay for moderate users to work all day.
Why Buy it – Comes with a decent storage (32 GB), 3 GB Ram and also is affordable.
10. Coolpad Note 5 Lite
Key Highlight – 8 MP Selfie, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP Rear Camera
The Coolpad Note 5 Lite is launched on Amazon in March 2017. The Note 5 Lite is priced at Rs. 8199 and comes with some great features for the price.
The Coolpad Note 3 Lite offers 3 GB of Ram and has 16 GB of Internal storage which can be expanded to 64 GB using the micro-sd card.
The smartphone is powered by the MediaTek 6735 Quad Core processor clocked at 1.0 GHz. The processor is similar to the Coolpad Note 3 lite and the Swipe Elite Note. The Note 5 Lite runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 along with the Cool UI.
The Coolpad Note 5 Lite comes with 5.0-inch display with HD (1280*720) pixels resolution. There is a fingerprint scanner on the back side of the device for quick unlocking.
The rear camera comes with a 13 Megapixel rear sensor and has auto-focus, pro-mode, HDR and led flash support.
The Dual sim Note 5 Lite supports 4G LTE / VOLTE along with the native 3G and 2G data networks. It will also work with the JIO sim.
The Coolpad Note 5 Lite has a decent battery back up from the 2500 mAH battery capacity.
Why Buy it? –
11. Infinix Hot4 PRO
Key Highlight – 4000 mAH Battery, 3 GB RAM, Price Rs. 7499
Infinix Hot4PRO is the latest mobile launched by the Hongkong based brand Infinix in India. The smartphone is Priced at Rs. 7,499 – The Infinix Hot4 Pro is one of the phones you would love to buy if you want uninterrupted usage with long battery life.
The Infinix Hot4PRO is priced at Rs. 7499 and is available on Flipkart from August’17.
The highlight of the Infinix Hot4 Pro is the 4000 mAH battery capacity. The Infinix Hot4Pro is powered by the MediaTek 6737 Quad Core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz.
It is not a good smartphone for high-end gaming, but all other purposes is fast enough with 3 GB RAM.
The Infinix Hot4 PRO runs on the Android Marshmallow OS along with the custom skin XOS from Infinix. The internal storage of the device is ample with 16 GB memory, and it can be expanded to 128 GB using a micro-sd card.
The Infinix Hot4PRO comes with a 13 Mega Pixel rear camera and a 5 MP front selfie camera. The Hot4 Pro has a 5.5-inch screen with HD (1280*720) resolution with 267 PPI.
Additionally, the Hot4 Pro comes with Dual Sim Support and has 4G LTE/Volte connectivity too along with the native 3G and 2G.
The mobile also comes with a fingerprint scanner at the back of the device and also boasts of a loudspeaker at the bottom.
Why Buy it? – It comes with extraordinary battery life and also has 3 GB Ram, though it is a new brand.
12. Nokia 2
If you are a Nokia fan, here is the most affordable phone from the brand which you can purchase for Rs. 7499. The Nokia 2 is launched in India and many other countries in November 2017 and is available for purchase online as well offline.
The key highlight of the Nokia 2 is its great build quality and design. The phone looks robust and is made of Aluminum 6000 material and polycarbonate. Also, the Nokia 2 comes with the IP-52 splash resistant rating to keep it safe from water.
Notably, the Nokia 2 has a colossal battery capacity of 4100 mAH that can easily last all day. The phone runs on the Android Nougat 7.1 OS and will also get an Oreo 8.0 update from Nokia.
The Nokia 2 comes with 8 Megapixel rear camera and also has a 5 Megapixel front selfie camera. Moreover, it runs on a dated Snapdragon 212 Quad-Core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and comes with just 1 GB RAM.
The phone measures 9.3 mm in thickness which is high but is a result of having the large battery capacity. The Nokia 2 has a 5.0 Inch screen which comes with HD (1280*720) pixels resolution.
The mobile has Dual Sim support and also comes with support for micro-sd card that can increase the 8 GB internal storage.
Why Buy Nokia 2? – Overall for the price, Nokia 2 looks expensive and people who would want a more reliable but sluggish phone can opt for the Nokia 2.
13. Infocus Turbo 5 Plus
You want Dual Camera phone at the sub 8k price, look no further there is InFocus Turbo 5 Plus (can read review) that I reviewed a couple of months back. The phone was originally launched for Rs. 8,999 and is now available for Rs. 7,999.
The phone comes with Dual Rear Cameras (13 MP + 5 MP) and also has a 5 MP front selfie camera. The camera performance is decent for the price, we can’t expect it to match the Mi A1.
The phone runs on the MediaTek 6750 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and also has got 3 GB Ram and 32 GB of internal storage. The storage is user expandable and you can add a micro-sd card up to 64 GB capacity.
Moreover, it comes with a 5.5 Inch Display with HD (1280*720) pixels resolution that is excellent for watching Netflix and Youtube videos. Also, it will never run out of battery, as the Turbo Plus comes with a massive 4850 mAH battery capacity.
There is Hybrid Dual Sim support which can be used for 4G LTE and VOLTE connectivity.
Why Buy the Infocus Turbo Plus? – Incredible Battery life and a decent dual camera make it a worthy purchase.
14. Kult Beyond
Key Highlight – 13 Megapixel rear and front selfie camera.
The Kult Beyond is the latest phone launched by Optimeus group, which also has the license to manufacture blackberry mobiles in India, Sri-lanka, and Bangladesh. It is launched in India in August 2017.
The device is priced at Rs. 6,999 and is available for purchase from Amazon India.
The Kult Beyond comes with 5.2 Inch Display and has HD (1280*720) pixels resolution and 273 PPi.
The Kult Beyond boasts of 3 GB of Ram and also comes with a 13 Megapixel front selfie camera. There is also a 13 Megapixel rear camera to click images. The device runs on latest Android Nougat 7.1 and even comes with large 3000 mAH battery and a Fingerprint scanner.
It has also got ample storage (32 GB) which can be expanded by another 32 GB using the micro-sd card slot. The Kult beyond is powered by the MediaTek 6737 Quad-Core processor and also has the Mali T720 MP1 GPU.
The processor is similar to many other phones like the Moto C Plus and Xolo ERA 2X; it is an average performance SOC. The Kult Beyond comes with the Dual Sim support and also has basic connectivity options like 2G/3G/4G etc.
It has a sufficient battery – 3000 mAH which does not come with any fast charging support.
You can also read the comparison of Kult Beyond Vs. Xiaomi Redmi 4 Vs. Moto C Plus Here – Kult – Beyond Vs. Xiaomi Redmi 4 Vs. Moto C Plus Comparison.
Why Buy it? – 13 Megapixel selfie camera and 13 MP Rear camera,3GB ram and 32GB internal storage are unmatched in this price range.
That’s all the latest mobiles worth buying under Rs 8000. And as I said above, you can share with me any queries in the comments below if you are not able to decide which phone to purchase, I will try to help.
Also if you have slightly, a low budget can read my latest article on top 7 phones under Rs 7000.
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