Last modified: January 15, 2016


The largest selling smartphones in world are the phones that cost between $150 to $200. These phones are called budget Smartphones and their mobile market share is highest. If you like to buy phones in this price range there is a good news for you. Now you can avail powerful technical specs phones in this range and you need not to compromise with hardware such as camera quality, display, CPU, storage and more. Mobile maker companies are struggling hard to beat one another and because of this competition consumers are being benefitted. 2014 has brought revolution in terms of Smartphone affordability and there has been a significant price drop for some months. It is not the fight of only affordability but it is the fight of affordability maintaining quality. Well known brands like Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony are seems to be in trouble as they failed in slashing the price on their high-end Smartphones and their budget Smartphones doesn’t boast so much.

In this race of affordability with quality Motorola, Xiaomi and Huawei are the companies that are on top. Xiaomi wowed the world offering super affordable phone Mi3. Mi3 is yet to launch worldwide but it broke all record of popularity in India. Peoples of India are still thirsting for this Smartphone. Xiaomi and Huawei are supposed to do something unpredictable in future in terms of affordability and these companies can change all equations in mobile market.

It is an irony that there is no Samsung smartphone that features HD display under $250.

In this post we list most affordable yet powerful Smartphones in the world and we re-scan this post on daily basis to keep this list up to date.

Coolpad Note 3 Lite

Coolpad Note 3 Lite

Top features – 3GB RAM, Quadcore CPU, 13MP camera, fingerprint reader, HD display

The hottest budget Smartphone to the date. It comes with 5 inches HD display, 3GB of whopping RAM, a 1.3 GHz quadcore CPU, 13MP main and 5MP front-facing camera and also a fingerprint touch ID on its rear. You will be pretty unlucky if don’t want to snap it up under $100/ Rs7000.

Price –  $100/ Rs7000

UMI Fair

UMI Fair Image

Spend less and expect more. Yeah. I really mean it. UMI Fair is the most affordable fingerprint sensor equipped phone in addition to having a robust and elegant design, 1GB RAM, quad-core 1GHz CPU, 13 MP main camera and many other exciting features. If you are a privacy-conscious soul but don’t want to spend more for a  touch ID unlocker phone, go for it. It is made just for you.

Price – $100 (available at geekbuying)

Xolo Era

Xolo Era

It is, however, not an HD display phone but with the stealing price tag of Rs. 4499, its qHD display seems to be a HD. This Smartphone is the cheapest to date when it comes to a decent feature pack at minimum price.  qHD is a screen resolution that has slightly less pixel density. Excluding qHD display, Xolo Era offers everything that we can’t find below Rs 5000. It has 5 inches IPS LCD display, 1GB of RAM, 8MP primary camera, 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU (coupled with Mali 400 GPU and a satisfactory 2100 mAh battery. And yes, it is a dual SIM phone, too. What more can you ask for such a good price?

Price – 4499 INR

Coolpad Dazen 1

CoolPad Dazen 1

Playing havoc with the low pricing strategy of others, Coolpad, a new dark horse has thrown a super affordable 2GB RAM and a 64 bit 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 CPU phone only for Rs 6000 (around $93). Coolpad has made hay while there is a fluid of dirt cheap high-end Android smartphones. This cheapest 2GB RAM smartphone has 5 inches HD display, 8MP primary and 5MP front camera. The phone comes with 2500 mAh battery that seems to be providing long running time to the device.

Salient features of Coolpad Dazen 1

  • OS version – Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 64 Bit CPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 8MP primary and 5MP front camera
  • 5 inches HD IPS LCD display
  • 4G, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth v4
  • 2500mAh battery

Price~ 5999 INR  (~ $93)

 

XOLO Q1200

xolo-q1200

Xolo Q1200 may be a great choice for you if want to grab a phone with 5 HD display, 8MP camera, 1.3 GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB RAM. With its Mali 400MP2 you can play high-end games on it. Its screen is protected with Gorilla glass also. There is a lot other cool features that this devices boasts and air gesture is one of them. We don’t think that any other phone at this price point is offering so powerful hardware. You can buy it only for 6500 INR on amazon.in

Salient features of XOLO Q1200

  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6582 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP primary and 2MP front camera
  • 5 inches HD IPS LCD display protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Dual speaker with Dolby surround sound
  • 2000mAh battery

Price~ 6800 INR 

InFocus M2

infocus-n2-review

Battle of grabbing budget Smartphone marketing is seeming to be worst and now a U.S based company InFocus wowed everyone launching its surprisingly cheap Android phone in India. This mobile completely blows other affordable Android phones like Redmi 1S and Honor Holly in terms of price offering almost similar technical specifications. It is a 1.3Ghz quad-core phone running on Android 4.4 KitKat phone. (read more)

Price – 4999 INR

ZEN Sonic 1

Zen Sonic 1

It is one dirt cheap high-end phone that offers virtually everything for only $94 / Rs 6000. Not only a quadcore and HD phone but also it has a powerful processor and a whopping 2GB of RAM. It is phone much similar to Coolpad Dazen 1 in terms of price and features. In addition to a 2MP front facing camera, it sports an innovative dual lens camera (5MP +2MP). If you are thirsting for a power horse having a very low budget, there will be a toss-up between Zen SOnic 1 and Coolpad Dazen 1. If you ask for our preference, utterly you should go with Dazen 1 as it is better in quality and has more powerful specs-sheet.

Zen Sonic 1

Lenovo A6000 plus (HD, Quad-core, 2GB RAM)

lenovo-a6000

Lenovo joined Huawei and Xiaomi launching its super affordable and powerful HD smartphone A6000 that was sold heavily exclusively on Flipkart. Now Lenovo again wowes budget phones buyer who has been looking for a phone with 2GB RAM, quadcore processor, HD display and massive 16Gb internal memory, launching A6000 plus an upgrade to its predecessor A6000. It is a high alert for all other brands as it is the most powerful phone at this point of price. You can buy it only for Rs 7500 ~. Go to Flipkart and register on the phone sale page.

Salient features

  • Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) and upgradable to Lollipop (v5)
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8MP rear and 2MP front camera
  • 5 inches HD IPS LCD display
  • Dual speaker with Dolby surround sound enhancement
  • 4G LTE
  • 2300mAh battery

Price- Rs 7500 ~

Lenovo Vibe P1m

Lenovo Vibe P1m

Salient features 

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 1.0 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8MP rear and 5MP front camera
  • 5 inches HD IPS LCD display
  • 4G LTE
  • 3900mAh battery

Price- Rs 7500 ~

Xiaomi 2 Prime

Redmi 2 Prime

Redmi 2 Prime is the upgraded version of Redmi 2. Redmi 2 Prime may be a great choice for those who don’t like larger size phones. It has 4.7 inches large HD display guarded by Gorilla Glass. The device draws power from Snapdragon 410 quad-core CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz (that works along with Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB of RAM). If you make up your mind to buy this phone, it will be a nice choice.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime Salient Features
CPU Quadcore 1.2 Ghz / Snapdragon 410 chipset
RAM 2GB
Storage capacity Internal – 16GB and expandable up to 32GB
Display IPS LCD, 4.7 inches HD display,
Screen Protection Yes, gorilla glass
SIM Dual
Real camera 8MP primary
Front camera 2MP
Battery 2200 mAh
Other features 3G, WiFi, WiFi Direct, HotSpot, Bluetooth V4

Price – about $100/ Rs 6999

Huawei Honor Holly (HD, Quad-core)

honor-holly

Huawei is aggressively attacking low end segment of Smartphone market with its Honor series and Honor Holly is no exception. In fact it is the cheapest 5 inches HD display phone when it comes to quality hardware phones. Honor Holly boasts 1.3 GHz quad core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and 8MP camera. I recommend you buying this phone if you like bigger display. Like all other Huawei Samrtphones it also features Huawei Emotion UI that is blazing fast and smooth.

Honor Holly Salient Features
Software version Android 4.4.2 KitKat
CPU Quad-core 1.3GHz / Mediatek chipset
RAM 1GB
Storage capacity Internal – 16GB and expandable up to 32GB
Display IPS LCD, 5 inches HD display,
Screen Protection No, You need to use Screen-guard essentially to protect your phone display from
scratches
SIM Dual
Real camera 8MP high quality camera with LED flash, Full HD video recording
Front camera 2 MP
Battery 2000 mAh
Other features 3G, WiFi, WiFi Direct, HostSpot, Bluetooth V4

Price – Rs 6999

Lenovo A536 (Quad-core)

Lenovo A536

However this Smartphone can’t compete with the above given Smartphones but can be considered because of hardware quality and a balanced combination of specifications. Lenovo is a powerful brand and it has managed a lot to provide affordable Smartphones and A536 is not an exception. It is yet highly affordable when compared to Samsung phones at this price. Samsung offers almost nothing at this price but Lenovo offers much. Its 5Mp camera captures good quality pics and records good quality FHD videos. Having a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, it is fast enough and because of Mali-400MP2 GPU you can play HD games very smoothly. Its display is 5 inches large but its screen resolution is slightly lower than HD that may be ignorable for you.

 

A 536 Salient Features
Software version Android 4.4.2 KitKat
CPU Quad-core 1.3GHz / MediaTek
RAM 1GB
Storage capacity Internal – 8GB and expandable up to 32 GB
Display TFT 5 inches qHD (lower resolution than HD) display
Screen Protection No
SIM Dual
Real camera 5MP camera with LED flash
Front camera 2 MP
Battery 2000 mAh
Other features 3G, WiFi , HotSpot, Bluetooth V4

Price – Rs 5500 – 6000

 

XOLO One

xolo one

Xolo is an India based company that can be considered only quality mobile manufacturer across India. Xolo Smartphones come with quality, affordability and cool features. Recently Xolo has announced its first Android One Smartphone that sounds very appealing. This budget phone may be for you if believe in design and elegance. Xolo seems to have done its best providing good combination of features and specs at this low price. Running on Android 4.4.2 and equipped with 4.5 inches display, Xolo One is powerful enough with 1.3GHz quad-core processor and Mali-400 GPU. This dual SIM phone sports a 5MP real camera that can record videos at 1080p (FHD) but lacks autofocus as it is a fixed focus camera.

 

XOLO ONE Salient Features
Software version Android 4.4.2 KitKat
CPU Quad-core 1.3GHz / MediaTek
RAM 1GB
Storage capacity Internal – 8GB and expandable up to 32 GB
Display TFT 4.5 inches qHD (lower resolution than HD) display
Screen Protection No
SIM Dual
Real camera 5MP camera with LED flash
Front camera VGA
Battery 1700 mAh
Other features 3G, WiFi , HotSpot, Bluetooth V4

Price – Rs 5500

Panasonic Eluga A

Panasonic Eluga A

Premium international electronic brand Panasonic is all set to take on other premium brands like Samsung, LG, Sony, providing comparatively very affordable Smartphones. Panasonic Eluga A is a budget phone that comes with 5 inches IPS LCD display, 8MP real camera and 1.2 GHz powerful quad-core processor and snapdragon chipset. It features also a 1.3MP front camera. This phone touts quick charge feature, too – with the help of this feature you can get your battery charged quickly in comparison to traditional battery charging. If we don’t compare it with Premium Brands like Samsung, there are still some setbacks of using this phone as it has only 4GB internal memory, Bluetooth v3 and it is running on Android Jellybean, an older version of the operating system. All in all, considering the price, it is really an excellent budget phone and worth buying.

Panasonic Eluga A Salient Features
Software version Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
CPU Quad-core 1.2GHz / Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
RAM 1GB
Storage capacity Internal – 8GB and expandable up to 32 GB
Display TFT 5 inches qHD (lower resolution than HD) display
Screen Protection No
SIM Dual
Real camera 8MP camera with LED flash
Front camera 1.3 MP
Battery 2000 mAh
Other features 3G, WiFi , HotSpot, Bluetooth V3

Price – Rs 6700 – 7500

DOOGEE F3 Pro

DOOGEE F3 Pro

If you can add a few more bucks to your budget, you can have a phone totally stunner and that stands out. Yes, it is absolutely true. Doogee, yet another Chinese maker joining the club of affordable high-end Smartphone launches a flagship killer phone. F3 Pro is a brightening star in every department. From design to processing power it delivers everything amazing, pushing the boundaries of affordability. It has 5 inches full HD display, 13MP rear and 5MP front camera, 3GB RAM and a 2200 mAh battery. This device is currently running on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Oh sorry, we forgot to tell you about its 1.5GHz MediaTek octacore CPU and Mali T-720 GPU. Also, the phone’s screen is Gorilla Glass 2 enabled.

Price – $160 / Rs 10000+

Disclaimer – However we update this post on regular basis and update list and price of Smartphones as well but we are not responsible for any kind of specification and price difference.

About Shams

Shams, a professional blogger, has expertise in WordPress and Web Hosting. He is used to playing around with WordPress plugins, themes, web hosting services and some other innovative stuff regarding web design. He sifts out good stuff for web designers and reviews it to help them choose what they really need.

Being an energetic tech enthusiast, he regularly pens down breaking news and tutorials related to technology particularly Smartphones and other gadgets. Sometimes writes tech tips too. It was the dawn of Internet age when he started dabbling in it and has since been delving into the realm of the internet. He occupies a permanent burrow in virtual world.

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