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In a budget-conscious market like India, the sub-Rs 12,000 segment has proven to be a gold mine for handset manufacturers. This is perhaps the reason why most Chinese and Indian brands mostly stick to this segment with their offerings. And since the market is crowded, it’s not easy for the end consumers to zero in on the best device. For this purpose and intent, we have curated a list of top smartphones with 3GB or more RAM which are priced below Rs 12k.
No list of top smartphones in the budget segment would ever be complete without the mention of an offering from Xiaomi. The Chinese handset maker has launched the fourth generation of the Redmi Note series this year, and handset easily overshadows its contemporaries in this price range. Clad in a metal unibody, the Redmi Note 4 is equipped with a Snapdragon 625 processor mated to 3GB RAM (the other variants of the smartphone aren’t being considered for this roundup). Just like its predecessor, the 5.5-incher draws power from a beefy 4,100 mAh battery.
Related read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review
Xiaomi gets another spot on this list with its latest offering, the Redmi 4. The phone has recently gone on sale and has already witnessed huge demand across the country. Similar to the Redmi 3S Prime (review), it comes clad in metal and remains compact with a 5-inch display. Xiaomi has spread the Redmi 4 range over three variants this year viz. 2GB RAM + 16GB storage, 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. In our opinion, you can pick any variant, and it will easily be the best value for money at the price it comes for.
Related read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 review
Panasonic has recently launched a series of powerful yet affordable smartphones under its Eluga Ray lineup. The Eluga Ray Max happens to be the best of the lot and also comes with the proprietary ARBO AI. Along with that, it also packs a decent spec sheet in its metal garb. It boasts a 5.2-inch full HD panel, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core SoC, and 4GB RAM. The photography needs are taken care of by 16MP and 8MP cameras.
Related read: Panasonic Eluga Ray Max first impressions
It was back in 2014 when Motorola sort of started the budget revolution in the smartphone industry with the launch of the Moto G (review) in India… and it has strived to do so year after year. This year is not so different with Moto G5 flaunting an all-new design and physical home button-cum-fingerprint. Running the latest Android Nougat operating system, the device has the Snapdragon 430 chipset and 16GB expandable storage.
Related read: Moto G5 review
The Lenovo K6 Power comes with a metal unibody design that packs a 5-inch full HD display. Under the hood, it comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor with Adreno 505 GPU. This is clubbed with 16GB of internal storage and 2GB RAM. There’s a 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant too, but it costs slightly more. That said, the main talking point of the smartphone is evident from its name, which can be attributed to the capacious 4,000mAh battery on the inside. Apart from this, the handset comes with a 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Pure UI.
Related read: Lenovo K6 Power first impressions
The ZTE Blade A2 Plus can be considered as the beginning of a new innings for the Chinese brand in the country. The handset features 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The innards of the phablet comprise a 1.5GHz octa-core processor, 3GB RAM and Mali-T860 MP2 graphics. However, its highlight is the powerful 5,000mAh battery, which helps it stand up there in the league of usual suspects.
Related read: ZTE Blade A2 Plus unboxing and first impressions
This list should make it easier for you to select a smartphone that fits your needs as well as your budget. Which one did you zero in on? Do let us know in the comments below.