Since you’re always looking to get the most out of your device, Anindra Siqueira brings you five smartphones that you can get on a budget, which will give you a few great top-of-the-line features
Smartphones are always getting cheaper, with technology becoming more accessible and affordable to mass-produce. And, thankfully, you don’t have to pay exorbitant amounts for a phone anymore. You can get a great handset and it won’t burn a hole in your pocket — or set fire your credit ratings. Here are a few smartphones that you can get for a budget price, but which offer you access to technology that is usually only associated with the big boys.
LeEco LE 1S
Formerly known as Letv, this Chinese tech company has been branching out into various fields. That the LE 1S comes with a fingerprint scanner — the kind that is found on the iPhone 5s and 6, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6 — is reason enough to get the gadget, but the phone also boasts of a stunning all-metal unibody that spans its 5.5-inch screen, and a Type C USB interface. Other impressive specs include 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2.2GHz octa-core processor.
Price Rs 10,999
Buy it for Fingerprint scanner, 4G LTE connectivity, USB Type C connector
Huawei Honor 5X
If you’re looking at the phone and wondering where the fingerprint scanner is, they’ve got you too. The scanner on the Honor 5X is on the back. The phone actually looks quite stunning and has an aluminium alloy body. In terms of specs, you get 2GB of RAM, a full-HD
5.5-inch display and a 13-megapixel rear camera. It’s also got a few interesting UI features for privacy and convenience.
Price Rs 12,999
Buy it for Aluminium alloy body, fingerprint scanner, full-HD screen
Lenovo Vibe P1
The Vibe P1 addresses everyday issues and provides access to great technology at the same time. With the P1, it’s all about functionality. Firstly, there’s the huge battery — a 4,900mAh power unit. Then there’s the fast charging feature, which is claimed can get you a few hours of talktime from just a 5-minute charge. And to top it off, you even get a fingerprint sensor. Specs-wise, the phone features a 5.5-inch full-HD display, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, a 64-bit octa-core processor and an aluminium rear panel.
Price Rs 15,999
Buy it for Fingerprint sensor, large battery, quick charge feature
Gionee Marathon M5 Lite
The Gionee is among the lightest contenders on this list, but it still gives you a metal unibody and large 4,000mAh battery. The M5 Lite also has 3GB of RAM and an OTG reverse charge technology feature, which means you can share your battery power with friends. Rounding up the list of high-end features is the dual SIM 4G connectivity. Unfortunately, you won’t get a fingerprint sensor.
Price Rs 12,999
Buy it for 4G LTE connectivity, large battery, power sharing capabilities
The Oppo F1 is another smartphone that’s getting a lot of attention, with Hritik Roshan and Sonam Kapoor featuring in the ads. To give the F1 a premium look and feel, the makers have used a metal body and an edge profile much like the iPhone 6. Besides that, the phone has all the features you’d expect from a well-rounded and capable device — 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, Android 5.1, a 13-megapixel rear camera, an octa-core processor and a comfortable 5-inch display. You’ll hardly be left wanting with the Oppo F1.
Price Rs 15,990
Buy it for Great front camera, 4G LTE connectivity, premium look and feel