“Double or nothing is the latest mantra followed by phone makers in the camera department”
The competition in India’s smartphone market is so intense that brands often resort to offering high-end features at an affordable price. Starting from metal construction to powerful SoCs, more RAM to fingerprint sensors, there is nothing that’s not available on phones under Rs 20,000, or even Rs 10,000, for that matter. However, the market now is saturated with premium budget smartphones and brands needed a new fad to gain ground. After the biometric sensor, dual cameras have now become a standard feature on mid-range. This list is curated to make it easy to pick a dual camera smartphone priced under Rs 25,000.
The Honor 8 is probably the best dual camera-toting smartphone priced below Rs 25,000. That’s because it rocks twin 12MP snappers, one of which captures RGB information, while the other is a monochrome sensor. The cameras work in tandem to produce sharper images with better colour reproduction. The handset is quite loaded as well as it gets a powerful Kirin 950 octa-core processor clubbed with 4GB RAM. The 5.5-incher sips juice from a 3,000mAh battery.
Related read: Honor 8 review
Among the newest members of the dual-camera club is Indian handset maker, Micromax. The Dual 5 is its latest and greatest offering in the market, which comes with a couple of tricks up its sleeve, including a dual camera array on the back. The module combines 13MP sensors with RGB and monochrome lenses, respectively. With the ability to take in four times more light, the camera promises enhanced colours in the images. Coming to the specifications, the metal-clad device flaunts a 5.5-inch 2.5D full HD AMOLED display. At the heart of device is an octa-core Snapdragon 652 SoC clubbed with 4GB of RAM. Other salient features of the device include Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, 128 GB storage, 3,200mAh battery and Quick Charge 3.0.
Related Read: Micromax Dual 5 Review
The Coolpad Cool1 Dual was launched in collaboration with LeEco and happens to be among the most affordable dual camera smartphones. This handset sports 13MP RGB + monochrome sensors at the rear. Driving the performance is a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 CPU and 4GB RAM. Additionally, the 4,000mAh battery under the hood can see it past a whole day of strenuous usage, easily.
Related read: Coolpad Cool 1 Dual review
Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has been leading the dual-camera revolution from the front, and after launching the Honor 8, it followed that up with the affordable 6X. The 5.5-inch handset features a 12MP + 2MP camera module, where the latter is a depth-sensing unit. It also features a wide-aperture mode (f/0.95 – f/16), which lets users achieve artistic bokeh effects. Apart from this, the phone also allows users to change the focus even after the image has been clicked. Apart from the imaging chops, the Honor 6X features an octa-core Kirin 655 SoC, up to 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.
Related read: Honor 6X review
nubia is the latest to hop onto the dual-camera bandwagon in India with the launch of the Z17 mini. The smartphone’s camera setup includes two 13MP sensors – one monochrome and one RGB, just like most devices in this list. The camera comes equipped with Sony IMX258 sensor and f/2.2 aperture, along with features such as optical image stabilisation and 4K video. Under the hood, it includes Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 4GB RAM and 2,950mAh battery.
Related read: nubia Z17 mini first impressions
Apart from the handsets mentioned above, there is one handset that deserves a special mention, and that’s the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus (first impressions). Priced at Rs 13,999, this phablet comes with 13MP + 13MP dual camera module on the rear panel. Another phone that’s worth highlighting here is the OPPO F3 (first impressions), which interesting, comes stacked with dual cameras at the front. It has a 16MP camera and an 8MP 120° wide-angle camera, which is a delight for selfie lovers.
That was our list of best dual-camera smartphones in the mid-range. Which one is your pick?