“Looking for a long-lasting powerhouse at a budget? Here are our top picks”
For the past few months, we’ve witnessed some interesting budget smartphones being launched with a bunch of killer specifications for their price. That said, all that bragging about features and specifications is of no use if you can’t use them without worrying about the battery life. In comparison to the other hardware components inside a smartphone, the battery tech has largely been the same for quite a while. But, this hasn’t stopped the brands to stuff their smartphones with some massive batteries, resulting in an improved battery life for the smartphones. A combination of bigger batteries, power efficient processors, and better-optimised software has resulted in an exemplary battery performance in some smartphones. Today we look at five such smartphones, which come under the price tag of Rs 10,000.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Rs 9,999)
Launched in India recently, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 (review) is probably the phone to beat in our list. Being a successor to the highly popular Redmi Note 3 (review), the device had some big shoes to fill, and it did just that. The 2GB RAM model of the smartphone comes with 32GB of internal memory, and is priced quite aggressively at Rs 9,999. For this price, you get a 5.5-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, and a premium looking metal unibody design along with a fingerprint scanner. For the shutterbugs, the smartphone comes with a 13MP rear CMOS camera, as well as a 5MP selfie shooter. In our review, we found the 4,100mAh battery of the Redmi Note 4 to be quite stellar. The handset lasted for about 17 hours in our video loop drain test, giving a clear idea how amazing the battery life is. The company is also selling a 3GB RAM variant of the smartphone with 32GB of internal storage at a price of Rs 10,999, as well as a 4GB RAM / 64GB storage variant at a price of Rs 12,999.
Lenovo K6 Power (Rs 9,999)
With the K6 Power (first impressions), Lenovo has offered a powerful compact offering in the sub-Rs 10k segment. Additionally, as suggested by its “Power” moniker, the device bets big on battery life, with a massive 4,000mAh battery stacked inside its metal unibody design. You can even use the smartphone’s battery to charge other devices, just like a powerbank. The Lenovo K6 Power has got all one would wish for in a handset of its class… a fingerprint scanner, a 5-inch full HD display, an octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC as well as 3GB of RAM. The 32GB internal storage can be expanded further via a microSD card. To top it off, Lenovo has also included a 13MP / 8MP camera combo on the device.
Moto E3 Power (Rs 7,999)
The Moto E3 Power (review) is more or less the same as the regular Moto E3 smartphone, albeit it features a bigger 3,500mAh battery and double the internal storage than the regular variant. The entry-level smartphone comes with a MediaTek MT6735P SoC clocked at 1GHz, coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. Running a near stock version of Android Marshmallow, the Moto E3 Power gets an 8MP primary snapper along with a 5MP secondary camera. The device is also perfect for one hand usage, thanks to the smaller 5-inch 720p canvas. Motorola promises rapid charging for the Moto E3 Power, claiming up to 5 hours of usage on just 15 minutes of charging time.
Xiaomi Redmi 4 (Rs 6,999)
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 (review) is the successor to the Xiaomi Redmi 3s (review), which became the highest online-selling smartphone in India. Carrying forward the design elements of its predecessor, the Redmi 4 flaunts a 5-inch HD display, as well as a fingerprint scanner. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 435 chip which is backed by a beefy 4,100mAh battery that can last quite a while. Not to mention the numerous battery saving options built inside Xiaomi’s MIUI 8 skin. There are plenty of storage options as well, as the device is available in 2GB RAM / 16GB storage, 3GB RAM / 32GB storage and 4GB RAM / 64GB storage variants. Whichever model you opt for, it’s a win-win situation.
Micromax Evok Note (Rs 9,499)
The eye-catching metallic unibody design of the Evok Note (first impressions) from Micromax isn’t the only thing going for it. The smartphone also packs a generous 4,000mAh battery to back up the octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC inside. Features like a fingerprint scanner and a microSD card slot for expanding the storage are a welcome addition. Other specifications of the phablet include a 5.5-inch full HD display, 3GB of RAM, and a 13MP / 5MP camera combo. If there’s one thing that isn’t in favour of the Evok Note, it’s probably its software which comes crammed with a ton of third-party apps.
That brings us to the end of our list. Thanks to the growing competition, you now have an ample amount of long-lasting smartphones to choose from. What are your picks? Do let us know in the comments section below.