Narrowing down on a price range is easy, but finding a smartphone that matches it and also ticks all the boxes, isn’t. If you’re looking for a worthy daily driver running Android, there are plenty of options in the sub-Rs 15,000 range – a whole new set of options since the time we covered this last. We’ve chosen a select few that offer the best value for money, and sneak in some premium features too. Here’s our top five list.
Launched in India
last month, the Moto G is already Motorola’s most successful smartphone
yet. Though the 4.5-inch 720p display is small by phablet standards, it’s the ideal size for one-handed usage. The Moto G also packs in a speedy Snapdragon 400 processor, and 5MP rear and 1.3MP front cameras. There are two storage variants on offer – 8GB and 16GB, but since there’s no microSD card slot for expansion, we’d advise you to choose carefully. That said, Motorola has provided USB OTG (On The Go) support, which allows you to connect an external flash drive for storage via its microUSB port. One of the Moto G’s highlights is its stock Android interface, and speedy update delivery. Launched with Android 4.3, it’s already been updated to the latest 4.4.2 KitKat. Adding a layer of customisation, Motorola is also offering several rear shells and flip covers
in multiple colours.
Related reads: Moto G review
| 10 cases for your new Moto G
XOLO sure picked the wrong time to launch the Q1100
. On paper at least, the smartphone trumps the Moto G’s spec sheet fair and square. Although it doesn’t offer stock Android and customisation options, it does have some killer features for its price. A larger 5-inch HD display, Snapdragon 400 chipset and 8GB of expandable storage are enticing. Plus, there’s an 8MP rear camera accompanied by LED flash, BSI Sensor II, panorama, low-light enhancement and scene detection. Not to forget, XOLO’s added a 2MP shooter in the front too. The phone runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but we’re not sure about a KitKat update at the moment.
In October last year, Micromax and actor Hugh Jackman took the wraps off
the company’s most awaited flagship – the Canvas Turbo. The phone created quite a buzz at the time, but a few months down the line has received an expected price cut. The smartphone offers some premium features at an affordable price, such as a 5-inch full HD display, a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek processor and 2GB RAM. There’s a good 13MP camera with an LED flash and a BSI sensor at the rear, and a 5MP camera in the front. The only downsides are the 16GB of non-expandable storage, and the outdated Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Flaunting a 5-inch 1080p display encased in a unibody frame, the Titanium X is a worthy flagship from Karbonn
. It’s powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589T processor and 1GB RAM. For shutterbugs, there’s a 13MP primary camera with dual-LED flash, autofocus and face detection. There’s also a 5MP camera in the front. Internal storage is 16GB, and while there’s no microSD card slot for expansion, there is USB OTG functionality to connect external flash drives. The dual-SIM device runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and even throws in NFC functionality.
Related read: Karbonn Titanium X review
Barely making the cut for our price limit, the Gionee Elife E5
is a stylish, feature-packed smartphone. Gionee’s always been obsessed with counting calories, so it’s no surprise that the Elife E5 measures just 6.85mm in thickness. Performance is handled by a quad-core MediaTek processor, paired with 1GB of RAM. For your photography needs, there’s an 8MP rear shooter with a BSI Sensor, LED flash, autofocus and full HD video recording, not to mention a 5MP front camera. The Elife E5 offers 16GB of internal storage, but the lack of a microSD card slot is a bit of a bummer, especially since USB OTG isn’t supported. Another downside is the older Android 4.2 operating system, but considering the phone’s svelte profile and worthy specs, we aren’t complaining much.
Other worthy options you should be checking out in the same price range are the Spice Pinnacle FHD Mi-525
, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo
and the Lenovo P780
Note: The prices mentioned are the best available rates at the time of publishing, and could vary at the discretion of the retailer.