Updated On 16/Jan/2018 – 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. Notably, 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 here 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.
What’s more, 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.
Also, some essential features you should have on your next phone are 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 Jan’18.
1. Xiaomi Redmi 4 – Top Selling
Key Highlight – Octa-Core Processor, 2 GB RAM , 13 MP Camera, Rs 6,999
For starters, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 is launched in India in May 2017 and comes with exceptional specs and performance. Notably, The Redmi 4 is the successor to the Xiaomi Redmi 3s.
Also, the Redmi 4 offers a better metallic design compared to Redmi 3s and even comes with a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Processor along with the Adreno 505 GPU.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes in 3 variants :
- Xiaomi Redmi 4 – 2 GB RAM and 16 GB Storage Price Rs 6,999,
- Xiaomi 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.
Next, Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes with a 5.0 Inch Display and has HD resolution (1280*720) pixels.
Powering the phone is a 64- Bit Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Processor, Adreno 505 GPU. It offers excellent performance for day to day tasks and gaming.
Further, It runs on the MIUI 8.0 along with the Android Nougat, a lot of people like the Xiaomi UI and customizations that come with it. Notably, it has two crucial features – 1. Fingerprint Scanner at the back. 2. Large 4100 mAH capacity Battery, sufficient to last all day.
For photography, it comes with a 13 Megapixel camera with autofocus and Flash. Also, there is a 5 Megapixel front selfie camera.
Lastly, it 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 Redmi 4? – 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 terrific build quality, excellent battery life, and latest OS, then Moto C Plus is a perfect choice. Notably, the Motorola Moto C Plus is available on Flipkart since June 2017 at an affordable price of Rs. 6,999.
For starters, the Moto C Plus comes with massive 4000 mAH capacity battery and offers all-day battery life. Additionally, the Mote C Plus supports fast charging. For media consumption, it has a 5.0-inch display with HD resolution (1280*720) pixels.
Further, the phone runs on the MediaTek 6735 Quad Core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz and has Mali T720 GPU. Also, there is 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB internal storage space expandable up to 128 GB using the micro-SD card.
Unfortunately, the Moto C Plus lacks a fingerprint scanner.
Even, the camera is average with only 8 Megapixel resolution rear camera and also worse 2 Megapixel front shooter for clicking selfies and making video calls.
However, the phone supports 4G Volte, and you can use any operator sim-card with this device (including JIO).
Furthermore, it runs on the Android Nougat 7.0 OS, with near stock Android experience which is something lot of users love.
The phone has Bluetooth, WIFI, and Micro-USB, that is to say, it has the necessary connectivity options. Lastly, 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 Moto C Plus – All things considered, it has a 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 4G mobiles from Samsung. The On5 is available on Flipkart for a price of Rs. 8199.
For starters, the device comes with 5-inch display with TFT screen and has HD (1280*720) pixels resolution with 290 PPI. Also, the On5 runs on the Exynos 3475 Quad-Core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz with Mali T720 GPU.
Additionally, it has 1.5 GB RAM and 8 GB of storage which is a bit low compared to competition offering 2 GB ram and 16 GB storage in this price range. A price you have to pay for Samsung brand name and quality. Besides, the device also has an SD card slot which supports up to 128 GB of storage.
You can run the phone all day with its 2600 mAH battery that is optimized by Samsung to last long.
For shutterbugs, the Samsung On5 comes with 8 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera for taking selfies.
All things considered, 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 Samsung On5? – You get the Samsung Brand Name, 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 exclusively on Flipkart. The Era 2X is available for Rs. 7499 (3GB Ram).
To begin, the Era 2X comes with decent specs for the price and has voguish features like a fingerprint scanner and VOLTE connectivity. Powering the device is a MediaTek 6737T processor clocked at 1.25 GHz coupled with the Mali T720 MP1 GPU.
Additionally, there is 3 GB Ram, and 16 GB of internal storage expandable up to 32 GB by micro-sd card. Further, The ERA 2X is compatible with Jio 4G sim and will work with other 4G operators as well.
For clicking images, there is an 8 Megapixel rear camera with Autofocus and LED Flash support. At the front, it has a 5 Megapixel shooter for video calls and selfies.
Besides, the mobile runs on the Android Marshmallow and is likely to get the Android Nougat 7.0 update.
Also, the battery capacity is 2500 mAH which is much smaller in comparison 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.
Additionally, the Dual Sim phone comes with 4G LTE as well as VOLTE support.
Notably, the 2 GB RAM Version for the Xolo ERA 2X is available Rs. 900 cheaper in comparison to the 3 GB RAM version.
Why Buy Xolo ERA 2X? – Xolo is an Indian brand, and a lot of buyers want a made in India phone. Also, it offers above-average specs for the price.
5. Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
Key Highlight – Full HD Display, 4G VOLTE, Price Rs 8499
The Lenovo K5 Plus comes with perfect specs for a price of Rs. 8499. It is available on Flipkart and can also in retail stores.
For media consumption, the Lenovo K5 Plus comes with a 5 inch Full HD Display (1920*1080) with 443 PPI. Notably, it offers excellent performance for Gamers and general tasks due to the Snapdragon 616 processor and 2 GB RAM. Also, It runs on the Android Marshmallow 6.0 along with Vibe UI.
Next, it has 16 GB of internal storage expandable upto 128 GB using a micro-sd card.
For photography, the K5 plus has a 13 MP rear camera and even has a 5 MP front-facing camera for taking selfies. Also, it offers 4G LTE connectivity along with the native 3G and 2G.
Most of all, the K5 Plus features incredible dual speakers at the back and even has Dolby sound. Lastly, the mobile comes with 2750 mAH battery capacity which is decent to run it all day with moderate usage.
Why Buy Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus? – 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. It is in up for purchase from Amazon India exclusively.
The Lenovo Vibe K5 is the smaller screen variant of the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus. Notably, the Vibe K5 replaces the top-selling Lenovo A6000 Plus phone in this price range and competes with Xiaomi Redmi 3S.
For starters, the K5 Plus is powered by a new 64 bit 1.2 GHz Qualcomm (Quad-core) Snapdragon 415 processor. Also, 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. And it has 2 GB RAM to provide a lag-free experience.
Furthermore, it runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 and comes with less bloat in comparison to older Lenovo smartphones.
Further, the phone has a 5 inch (1280*720) HD screen with IPS display, and it delivers 180-degree viewing angle. Likewise, the K5 Plus, it also boasts of Twin Speaker with Dolby Digital Plus sound for excellent music experience on the loudspeaker.
Additionally, it supports Lenovo Theater Max VR that offers virtual reality experience using a VR headset. For photography, the Lenovo Vibe K5 has a 13 MP primary camera and a 5 MP secondary camera to click selfies.
There is 4G LTE support along with native connectivity options like 3G and 2G. Finally, it has a 2750 maH battery, it’ good to last full day without a second charge.
Why Buy Lenovo K5? – 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.
For starters, 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 even has a decent 8-megapixel front selfie camera.
Also, the smartphone has massive 32 GB of Storage, and expandable upto 128 GB using the Micro-sd card slot.
Besides, 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. It 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 JIO LYF F1 – Solid performance, good storage capacity, Full HD Display, affordable.
The Number 9 on our list is the Swipe Elite Note that 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 available below Rs. 8,000.
To begin, the Swipe Elite Note has a 5.5 Inch display and comes with HD (1280*720) pixels resolution. Further, the phone comes with 3D curved glass on the front screen much like iPhone 6 that makes it look gorgeous.
The mobile has a metallic side frame, and the back panel is made from sandstone. Also, the Swipe Elite Note is powered by the MediaTek 6735 Quad-Core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz.
Additionally, it has 16 GB of Internal Storage which can be expanded to 32 GB using a Micro-sd card. For photography, there is a decent 13 Megapixel rear camera, and even has a wide-angle 5 Megapixel front selfie camera.
Moreover, Swipe Elite Note support 4G LTE and has dual sim support. Additionally, it runs on the Android Marshmallow OS along with the custom Os skin Freedom which is developed by Swipe technologies.
For all-day battery usage, there is a decent battery capacity (3000 mAH). However, it lacks fast charging support.
Lastly, the Swipe Elite Note 4G measures 8.4 mm in thickness and is quite bulky weighing 192 grams.
Why Buy Swipe Elite Note 4G? – You 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
Recently, Swipe, the Indian mobile manufacturer launched the new Swipe Elite Sense in Mar’17. The phone offers exceptional specs under Rs 8000 price range and comes with everything you can expect.
Powering the phone is 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 expandable upto 128 GB using the micro-sd card.
Further, there is 3 GB of RAM to take of multitasking. Also, it has got a fingerprint scanner at the back to unlock the device quickly. The user experience is decent as the phone has Android marshmallow 6.0 OS.
Furthermore, the mobile has 5.0 Inch Display with HD (1280*720) pixels resolution. For imaging, it includes a 13 Megapixel rear camera with auto-focus support and even comes with an 8-megapixel front selfie camera.
There is 4G LTE as well as VOLTE support, and even it has Dual Sim slots. Lastly, the Elite Sense has 2500 mAH capacity battery which can be okay for moderate users to work all day.
Why Buy Swipe Elite Sense 4G – It comes with a decent storage (32 GB), 3 GB Ram and is affordable.
10. Coolpad Note 5 Lite
Key Highlight – 8 MP Selfie, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP Rear Camera
The Coolpad Note 5 Lite was launched on Amazon in March 2017. The phone is priced at Rs. 8199 and comes with some great features for the price.
For starters, the mobile offers 3 GB of Ram and has 16 GB of Internal storage that can be expanded to 64 GB using the micro-sd card.
Powering the phone is a MediaTek 6735 Quad Core processor clocked at 1.0 GHz. Notably, the processor is similar to the Coolpad Note 3 lite and the Swipe Elite Note. Further, the Note 5 Lite runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 along with the Cool UI.
For media consumption, it comes with 5.0-inch display with HD (1280*720) pixels resolution. Also, it has a fingerprint scanner on the back side of the device for quick unlocking.
For clicking photos, it 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.
Lastly, the phone has a decent battery back up from the 2500 mAH battery capacity.
Why Buy Coolpad Note 5 Lite? – It has 3 GB RAM, good camera, and display.
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 available for 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 mobile is available on Flipkart from August’17.
The key highlight of the Infinix Hot4 Pro is the 4000 mAH battery capacity. Moreover, it runs on the underpowered MediaTek 6737 Quad Core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz.
Thereby, It is not a good smartphone for high-end gaming, but all other purposes it is fast enough, and even has 3 GB RAM.
Further, it comes with the Android Marshmallow OS along with the custom skin XOS from Infinix. The internal storage is ample with 16 GB memory, expandable upto 128 GB using a micro-sd card.
For camera enthusiasts, it comes with a 13 Mega Pixel rear camera and a 5 MP front selfie shooter. Also, the Hot4 Pro has a 5.5-inch screen with HD (1280*720) resolution with 267 PPI.
Additionally, the phone comes with Dual Sim Support and has 4G LTE/Volte connectivity too along with the native 3G and 2G.
Lastly, it offers a fingerprint scanner at the back of the device and even 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 that 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 excellent 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.
Besides, the phone measures 9.3 mm in thickness which is high but is a result of having the large battery capacity. Furthermore, the Nokia 2 has a 5.0 Inch screen which comes with HD (1280*720) pixels resolution.
Lastly, the mobile has Dual Sim support and even comes with support for micro-sd card to 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 initially launched for Rs. 8,999 and is now available for Rs. 7,999.
For photography, the phone comes with Dual Rear Cameras (13 MP + 5 MP) and even has a 5 MP front selfie camera. In fact, the camera performance is decent for the price; we can’t expect it to match the Mi A1.
Notably, 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.
Lastly, there is Hybrid Dual Sim support which can be used for 4G LTE and VOLTE connectivity.
Why Buy the Infocus Turbo Plus? – It offers incredible Battery life and has a decent dual camera, makes 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 has the license to manufacture blackberry mobiles in India, Sri-lanka, and Bangladesh. Kult Beyond is launched in India in August 2017.
The device is priced at Rs. 6,999 and is available for purchase from Amazon India.
To begin with, the Kult Beyond comes with 5.2 Inch Display and has HD (1280*720) pixels resolution and 273 PPi.
Also, it boasts of 3 GB of Ram and even comes with a 13 Megapixel front selfie camera. Besides, there is a 13 Megapixel rear camera to click images. The device runs on latest Android Nougat 7.1 and even comes with a large 3000 mAH battery, and a Fingerprint scanner.
Furthermore, It has got ample storage (32 GB) expandable upto 32 GB using the micro-sd card slot. Additionally, the Kult beyond draws power from the MediaTek 6737 Quad-Core processor and the Mali T720 MP1 GPU.
Noticeably, the processor is similar to many other phones like the Moto C Plus and Xolo ERA 2X. In fact, it is an average performance SOC. Also, the Kult Beyond comes with the Dual Sim support and even has basic connectivity options like 2G/3G/4G, etc.
Lastly, it has a large capacity battery – 3000 mAH that does not come with fast charging support.
You can also read about – Kult – Beyond Vs. Xiaomi Redmi 4 Vs. Moto C Plus Comparison.
Why Buy Kult Beyond? – It Offers 13 Megapixel selfie camera and 13 MP Rear camera,3 GB ram and 32GB internal storage. These are unmatched specs in this price range.
These are 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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