With each passing day, smartphones are getting increasingly powerful and this improved performance is directly affecting their battery life. In fact, the battery performance hasn’t improved at the same pace as other smartphone hardware like processors, cameras, etc.
To compensate, smartphone OEMs are now selling devices that are primarily aimed to address heavy user’s needs for a longer battery life by packing beefier batteries. The sub-Rs 15k segment is one of the hottest price categories in the country, and if you are looking for a battery-centric smartphone, then here are our top picks.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Rs 11,999)
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has been one of the most successful smartphones for the brand in India. Sporting a 5.5 inch full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS LCD display and Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor, it sold like hot cakes in India and clocked over 2.3 million units to become the country’s bestselling online smartphone. The budget phablet with a metal unibody design is not just powerful, but also boasts impeccable battery life thanks to the large 4,100mAh battery inside. The handset can easily last you through a day and half of heavy to moderate usage. In some rare occasions, it can even last you as long as two days. Besides, that the non-removable battery inside comes with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology which in turn results in faster recharge times. The Redmi Note 3 packs a 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage in the top-end variant. It also features a 16MP rear camera and an 8MP selfie snapper. It runs Android Marshmallow 6.0 with the company’s own MIUI 8. The phone is currently available for sale in three colour variants namely gold, silver and grey, priced at Rs 11,999 via Flipkart, Amazon and Mi Store.
Related read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review
ASUS Zenfone 3 Max (Rs 12,999)
The Asus Zenfone 3 Max is the Taiwanese company’s latest offering in its battery-centric Max series. It replaces the year-old Asus Zenfone Max, and is priced at Rs 12,999 for the base variant. In terms of the design, the Asus Zenfone 3 Max comes with a metal unibody design that weights 148g. It comes with a 5.2 inch HD IPS LCD display and is powered by a Mediatek quad-core chip on the inside. That aside, the smartphone packs 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable internal storage. The talking point of the Zenfone 3 Max however, is the large 4,100mAh battery. For imagery, the Asus Zenfone 3 Max comes with 13MP rear camera with LED Flash and a 5MP front camera. The Asus Zenfone 3 Max comes with a Hybrid SIM slot (nano + nano / MicroSD) and features a Fingerprint Sensor located on the back. It ships with Android Marshmallow 6.0 with Zen UI on top. The smartphone comes in three colour options namely Titanium Grey, Glacier Silver and Sand Gold.
Related read: Asus Zenfone 3 Max review
Lenovo ZUK Z1 (Rs 13,499)
Lenovo launched the first smartphone made by its sister brand ZUK in India earlier this year. Even though it has later launched its latest smartphone dubbed the Z2 Plus in India, the Z1 still remains a solid option below Rs 15,000. The Lenovo ZUK Z1 sports a 5.5-inch full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS display up front and rocks a Snapdragon 801 quad-core chipset. While this SoC may be an old flagship chip from Qualcomm, it still has enough grunt in it to fight it out in its price segment. The selling point of the Lenovo ZUK Z1 however, is its 4,100mAh non-removable battery which comes with fast charging support. In the camera department, it packs a 13MP Sony IMX 214 sensor with OIS and an LED flash. There’s also an 8MP front camera.. The device comes with support for 4G LTE and runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 with Cyanogen OS. That said, this is the second costliest device in the list and comes at a retail price of Rs 13,499.
Related read: Lenovo ZUK Z1 review
Coolpad Note 5 (Rs 10,999)
The Coolpad Note 5 is the Chinese firm’s latest mid-range phablet that aims to take on the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the LeEco Le 2. Like the other options, the Coolpad Note 5 packs a massive 4,010mAh battery on the inside that comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge support. Up front, the phablet sports a 5.5-inch full HD IPS LCD display that comes coated with scratch resistant glass. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core SoC and 4GB of RAM. In terms of storage, the smartphone offers 32GB, and there’s room for memory expansion via a microSD card slot. Talking of cameras, the smartphone features a 13MP rear shooter with LED flash and an 8MP front snapper. It runs Android Marshmallow 6.0 with the company’s own CoolUI on top.
Related read: Coolpad Note 5 first impressions
LG X Power (Rs 14,990)
Just in case none of the above smartphones suit your needs, then you can also consider the Xiaomi Mi Max (review) and the recently-launched Lenovo Phab2 Plus (first impressions). In fact, they are two great phones with huge batteries on the inside. However, their unwieldy 6-inch plus screen size was the only reason for omitting them from the list. So which of these smartphones would you opt for?