Last modified: July 28, 2015


There was a time when 5 MP camera phones were considered good and not so common and 8MP camera was only, to be honest, available in top high-end devices. Over time, things changed and top companies like Samsung, LG, Sony started to implement 13 MP camera in their flagship devices. Budget buyers were still longing for an affordable phone that would feature a good quality 13 MP camera phone. Then suddenly Chinese player Xiaomi knocked the door of budget buyers and wowed them, launching a staggering high-end phone at the dirt cheap price of $200. It was Xiaomi Mi3, equipped with 13MP camera, FHD display and 2.2 GHz quad-core snapdragon processor. Phone enthusiasts descended upon the phone crazily. However, Xiaomi production capacity was low and it could not meet the demand for the phone. So It was chewing iron pellets to grab an Mi3 when sales when demand were high.

Soon Xiaomi discontinued Mi3 and for a long time, there was not seen such a powerful phone in this price range. Then, it was again Xiaomi, that launched a 13 MP camera phone under $150 Redmi Note 4G and that was followed by Huawei Honor 4X. The chain is still continued and now many affordable phones are available that are being sold at around $150-$200.

Here is our hand-picked selection of best Android Smartphone that offers not only 13 MP primary camera but also everything beyond the expectation under this price range.

Lenovo K3 Note

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Lenovo K3 Note is a stellar phone that not only comes with 13 MP primary camera but also it is one of the rare phones that features Full HD display under $150-$160 (Rs 10000). To the date neither Huawei, Xiaomi nor InFocus, those are known to throw high-end specs equipped phones at the penny price, have a full HD display phone to sell this point of price.

Other than offering high-end phones at low price, Lenovo has been being  recognized as a quality product maker too and that is a big plus point in favor of Lenovo. And thus we can foresee the end of the Samsung cult which is still holding no.1 position due to people’s faith in its quality and its production capacity worldwide.

K3 Note is a lovable smartphone having equipped with a gorgeous design, 13MP camera, FHD display, industry leading and efficient 1.7GHz MediaTek 6752 octacore CPU coupled with powerful Mali-T760 GPU. It not only has 2GB RAM but also 16GB internal memory that is double than most of the other same priced phones. To your joy it has an efficient 3000 mAh battery and it is running on Android 5.0 Lollipop that is near to the latest version 5.1

Salient Features of K3 Note

  • OS- Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • SIM – Dual
  • Display – Full HD, 5.5 inches IPS LCD,
  • Scratch Resistance glass – Yes, Dragon Tail
  • Processor – 1.7 GHz Octacore, MediaTek 6752
  • GPU – Mali T-760 MP2
  • RAM – 2GB
  • Storage – 16 GB internal, up to 32GB expandable
  • Camera – 13 MP primary and 5MP secondary, FHD video recording
  • Battery – 3000 mAh

Price – $158, Rs 9999

InFocus M330

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A couple of months back, InFocus bombed other manufacturers launching an incredibly affordable phone InFocus M2 and the chain is still continued. This time InFocus unveiled its another phone that has bigger screen, more powerful CPU, more RAM and memory in addition to a 13 MP primary camera and 3100 mAh battery. However, it’s not so big hit as InFocus M2 and M330 stays alongside Honor 4X, Redmi Note 4G and some other phone in this price segment. Let it be known that InFocus M330 has 8MP front facing camera with front LED flash illumination and autofocus, NFC and 16 GB internal memory (these features are not available in other smartphones at this price value)

Salient Features of InFocus M330

  • OS- Android 4.4 KitKat with InLife UI
  • SIM – Dual
  • Display – HD, 5.5 inches IPS LCD,
  • Scratch Resistance glass – Yes, Gorilla Glass 2
  • Processor – 1.7 GHz Octacore, MediaTek 6592
  • GPU – Mali 450
  • RAM – 2GB
  • Storage – 16 GB internal, up to 64GB expandable
  • Camera – 13 MP primary and 5MP secondary, FHD video recording
  • Battery – 3100 mAh

Price – $158, Rs 9999

Huawei Honor 4X

Honor 4X

Honor 4X seems to be worth placing at 3rd place in this list having a decent specs sheet and cool design. This Android Kitkat phone features a 5.5 inches display, 1.3 Ghz Snapdragon 410 CPU accompanied by Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB of RAM. This 13MP rear camera phone 3000 mAh battery and 8GB internal memory which is half of aforementioned Smartphones in the list. The phone feels a little bulky due its low screen to body ratio.

Salient features of Honor 4X

  • OS- Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
  • SIM – Dual
  • Display – HD, 5.5 inches IPS LCD, with Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Processor – 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410
  • GPU – Adreno 306
  • RAM – 2GB
  • Storage – 8 GB internal, up to 32 GB expandable
  • Camera – 13 MP primary and 5MP secondary, FHD video recording
  • Battery – 3000 mAh

Price – $158, Rs 9999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G

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Xiaomi is the company that has held the top position in China and this one let the people be used to buying remarkably affordable phones at low price. Redmi Note 4G was the first phone that offered 2Gb RAM, 13MP camera and a huge 5.5 inches HD display. However, it is quite different that over time it is no longer a phone that stands out. It is also a bulky phone having low screen to body ratio but pretty comfortable to hold due to its ergonomic design. However, you need to be stayed away of it, if you are seeking for a dual SIM phone as this device has only single SIM slot.

Salient features of Redmi Note 4G

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Price – $125, Rs 8000

Alcatel Onetouch Flash 6042D

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Alcatel OneTouch is a dual SIM 13 MP Android Smartphone that can be grabbed at a stealing price of Rs 8000 or $126. Running on Android KitKat, it is a 5.5 inches HD display phone powered by a true octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz (Mediatek MTK6592M) and Mali 540MP4 GPU. However, 1GB RAM makes the phone disqualified from competition concerning this point of price. The device has a 13MP primary camera along with a 5MP front facing one. Its internal memory is 8GB and being an expandable phone, it can be equipped with a microSD card of up to 32GB memory.

Salient features of Onetouch Flash 6042D

  • OS- Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • SIM – Dual
  • Display – HD, 5.5 inches IPS LCD, with Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Processor – 1.4 GHz MediaTek MT-6592
  • GPU – Mali 450MP4
  • RAM – 1GB
  • Storage – 8 GB internal, up to 32 GB expandable
  • Camera – 13 MP primary and 5MP secondary, FHD video recording
  • Battery – 3200 mAh

Price – $126, Rs 8000

Zen Ultrafone FHD

Zen Ultrafone FHD

As its name says, Zen Ultrafone FHD is a full HD display smartphone that has a 13MP rear camera in addition to a whooping 8MP front facing shooter. Despite, having a quad-core CPU, 16GB internal and 64GB expandable memory, good battery, full HD display, there are two major downsides of using this phone and these are;

  • It is running on a much older Android version (Jelly bean)
  • It has 1GB RAM that is not up to the marks concerning latest trends at this point of price

On the other hand we can’t sell it short as it is the cheapest to date Full HD display phone

Salient features of Zen Ultrafone FHD

  • OS- Android 4.2 Jelly bean
  • SIM – Dual
  • Display – HD, 5.0 inches IPS LCD, with Gorilla Glass 2 protection
  • Processor – 1.4 GHz MediaTek
  • GPU – Mali 450MP4
  • RAM – 1GB
  • Storage – 8 GB internal, up to 32 GB expandable
  • Camera – 13 MP primary and 8MP secondary, FHD video recording
  • Battery – 2050 mAh

Price – $149, Rs 9499

Elephone P8000

Elephone P8000

Price – $200, Rs 13000

Meizu M1 note

Meizu M1 note

 

Meizu stands alongside Huawei, Xiaomi and Lenovo when affordability and quality is concerned come together. M1 Note is getting a lot of good talks around the world regarding its camera, screen, performance etc. Meizu M1 Note is a 1.7 GHz true octacore phone, running on Android Kitkat. It has 5.5 inches FHD IGZO display and its viewing angles are excellent even when it is a LCD display. Having 16GB internal memory, sadly it doesn’t have external memory support that may deprive many users of buying this excellent phone. It has 2GB RAM and a powerful 3100 mAh battery. Currently it is running on Android Kitkat which is modified to Flyme OS4 (a custom Android ROM developed by Meizu)

Salient features of M1 Note

  • OS- Android 4.4 KitKat (Flyme OS4 skin)
  • SIM – Dual
  • Display – HD IGZO, 5.5 inches LCD, with Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Processor – 1.7 GHz MediaTek octa-core MT6752
  • GPU – Mali T-760
  • RAM – 1.5 GB
  • Storage – 16 GB internal, up to 128 GB expandable
  • Camera – 13 MP primary and 5MP secondary, FHD video recording
  • Battery – 2600 mAh

Price – $189, Rs 12000

 

Samsung Galaxy J5

Samsung Galaxy J5

After facing a serious blow from Chinese manufacturers who are firing bullets on Samsung budget market and playing havoc with mid-range Samsung Smartphones, Samsung has started getting the wind by launching its first affordable high-end phone Galaxy J5. However, still there is a long way to go for Samsung to catch up Chinese players when it comes to cheap and best Smartphones.

Putting all things aside we have to hand it to Samsung, it shows so much courage providing such specifications at this price. (lol)

Overall, it is a good news for those who love Samsung and buying Galaxy J5, they could be able to avail an awesome quad-core Snapdragon 410 phone (with Adreno 306 GPU and 1.5 GB RAM), 13MP main and 5MP front camera, 16GB internal and a huge 128GB expandable SD card support. But the question is why Samsung has added 1.5GB RAM instead of 2GB? Would it have died, if it had added 2GB? Is RAM costing more to Samsung than to other manufacturers? Definitely not. Samsung has been selling Smartphones at unreasonably high price and it is getting difficult to it to leave this nature. (all about loot of hard-earned money of consumers)

Salient features of Galaxy J5

  • OS- Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • SIM – Dual
  • Display – HD, 5.0 inches AMOLED, with Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Processor – 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410
  • GPU – Adreno 306
  • RAM – 1.5 GB
  • Storage – 16 GB internal, up to 128 GB expandable
  • Camera – 13 MP primary and 5MP secondary, FHD video recording
  • Battery – 2600 mAh
  • Price – $189, Rs 12000

XOLO Black

XOLO Black

With XOLO Black, XOLO takes on Meizu, Xiaomi and other companies who are offering powerful beasts at the price of $190 – $200 (Rs 12000 – 13000). Throwing its hat into the ring, XOLO launched its most powerful to the date Smartphone named XOLO Black with specs much similar to that of Meizu M1 Note and Xiaomi Mi4i. It is a 5.5 inches Full HD display phone with a wonderful dual rear camera of 13MP+2MP. The phone is beefed up with second generation Snapdragon 615 octa-core CPU clocked at 1.5GHz coupled with Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM. To your surprise the device is equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on its either panel and there is also oleo phobic coating on it (on rear).

Salient features of XOLO Black

  • OS- Android 5.0 Lollipop with Hive 1.5 skin
  • SIM – Dual
  • Display – FHD, 5.5 inches IPS, with Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Processor – octa-core, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 615 (second-gen)
  • GPU – Adreno 405
  • RAM – 2 GB
  • Storage – 16 GB internal, up to 32 GB expandable
  • Camera – 13 MP +2MP primary and 5MP with flash secondary, FHD video recording
  • Battery – 3200 mAh

Price – $204, Rs 13000

Xiaomi Mi4i

Mi 4i

Salient features of Mi4i

  • OS- Android 5.0 Lollipop with MIUI6
  • SIM – Dual
  • Display – FHD, 5.0 inches IPS, with Gorilla Scratch resistant glass
  • Processor – octa-core, 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 615 (second-gen)
  • GPU – Adreno 405
  • RAM – 2 GB
  • Storage – 16 GB internal, up to 32 GB expandable
  • Camera – 13 MP primary and 5MP with flash secondary, FHD video recording
  • Battery – 3120 mAh

Price – $204, Rs 13000

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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