“Multitasking is a breeze when you have 4GB RAM on your phone, and here are our top picks in the budget segment”
Brands like Xiaomi and Coolpad have invaded the Indian smartphone market and totally changed the dynamics of the industry. Just a few years back, a device like the Moto G (1st Generation) was hailed as the smartphone of the year despite a mediocre spec sheet, just because it offered quality hardware under Rs 15,000. But now we are seeing as much as 4GB RAM in the affordable segment. But that also means that selecting the best smartphone in this bracket is quite difficult because now we are spoilt for choices. But fret not, read on find out the list of the best smartphones with 4GB RAM, priced below Rs 15,000.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Rs 12,999)
The budget blockbuster from Xiaomi brings a few improvements over its highly acclaimed predecessor. The metal-clad 5.5-incher boasts Snapdragon 625 SoC, complete with MIUI 8 atop Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Along with these improvements, comes an option to opt for different variants, including one with 4 gigs of RAM and 64GB of storage. Not to mention the device also scores big when it comes to battery life, thanks to its beefy 4,100mAh cell.
Related read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review
Panasonic Eluga Ray Max (Rs 11,499)
Coming from the Japanese brand, the Panasonic Eluga Ray Max has been launched to compete with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Moto G5. Powered by Snapdragon 430 SoC and 4GB RAM, the handset is relying on the newly-introduced Arbo AI to stand out from the competition. With less bloatware in sight and Android Marshmallow OS, the smartphone should deliver a smooth performance. For imaging, the device offers a 16-megapixel shooter at the back, and an 8MP selfie camera.
Related read: Panasonic Eluga Ray Max first impressions
Coolpad Cool1 Dual (Rs 13,999)
What do you get when two Chinese giants join hands to manufacture a smartphone? An impressive hardware, of course. And that’s what the Coolpad Cool1 Dual is all about. The result of a partnership between LeEco and Coolpad, the device sports a premium metal-clad build. Under the hood, it makes use of Snapdragon 652 SoC to keep things running. It also flaunts dual 13-meg rear cameras to keep the shutterbugs busy. If you’re one for media consumption, you’d appreciate the crisp 5.5-inch full HD IPS LCD display onboard.
Related read: Coolpad Cool 1 Dual review
Honor 6X (Rs 14,999)
Another capable smartphone with dual camera setup and 4GB RAM that makes to our list is the Honor 6X. Not only is this device sports impressive camera features for photography enthusiasts, but it’s also power-packed with octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 655 SoC. The device is readily upgradeable to Android Nougat which is layered with its proprietary EMUI skin.
Related read: Honor 6X review
Lenovo P2 (Rs 13,999)
At a time when smartphones are getting smaller and batteries even smaller, a smartphone like the Lenovo P2 – with its 5,100 mAh battery – is a novelty. Moreover, it isn’t just battery where the handset excels, as it draws power from Snapdragon 625 SoC accompanied by 4GB of RAM. Multimedia lovers will be delighted to know that Lenovo P2 flaunts a 5.5-inch display with full HD resolution.
Related read: Lenovo P2 review
Amidst all the hullabaloo by Chinese manufacturers, this year we saw Smartron, an Indian brand come up with a device that is at par with the best in the range. The srt.phone, as it is called, has been launched by the brand in partnership with the God of cricket, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Just like its name bearer, the handset also happens to be a performance-oriented offering with Snapdragon 652 processor and vanilla iteration of Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Other features of the handset include 13MP and 5MP sensors, 3,000mAh battery and quick charging.
Related read: Smartron srt.phone unboxing and first impressions
While this list is all about 4GB phone under Rs 15,000, there are a couple of devices that are available for just slightly higher price tag and should not be missed out on if you can stretch the budget by a little.
The first smartphone here is the Lenovo Z2 Plus (review), whose 4GB RAM variant is currently selling at Rs 15,499 on Amazon India. The Z2 Plus is the cheapest Snapdragon 820 device you can get your hands on right now, and thanks to that it is no slouch when it comes to performance. With a compact 5-inch full HD display, snappy performance, and a 3,500mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0, the Z2 Plus is a promising device indeed.
Next up, is the Moto G5 Plus (review). Following the new design philosophy of the brand, this handset brings with it near stock Android Nougat, Snapdragon 625 SoC and an impressive 12MP primary shooter.
These are our top picks that are performance powerhouse. Let us know what you think about it, in the comment box below.