Best Budget Smartphones To Look Forward To In 2016

The budget mobiles segment of the smartphone industry is a growing category. With a huge population with enough disposable income, this segment has seen considerable growth in India. Here are some more interesting options which will appear in the market soon!

Xiaomi Mi5 Plus


Xiaomi made its entry in India with a bang. Thanks to all the flash sales and pocket-friendly options, the brand has gained prominence and has become a name to reckon with, and quickly so. After the success with all the varied offerings, the latest addition in the list is the Xiaomi Mi5 Plus.

Yet to be launched, the handset supposedly has fingerprint scanner and 80-90% screen to body ratio. That means, you will be able enjoy a better viewing experience because the bezel will be lesser. Mi5 Plus will also have 4 GB RAM!

It will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, quad-core 2.2 GHz and quad-core 1.8 GHz with Adreno 530 GPU. The screen will be 5.7 inch with IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1440 x 2560 pixels, and have Corning Gorilla Glass protection. This 155.1 x 77.6 x 7 mm handset will come with internal storage of 64 GB and a microSD slot. Promisingly enough, the primary camera will be 13 MP with autofocus and dual LED flash. The secondary camera will be 4 MP, perfect for your selfies.

This 160 gm device will run on Android v5.1 (Lollipop) and will be driven by a non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery.

Expected Price: INR 20,000

Google Project ARA


Google is promoting this handset as a project, a modular smartphone which would redefine the way in which consumers look at cellular devices. The idea was first conceptualised by Dutch designer Dave Hakkens and it revolved around the model of assembling the different components of a device as per one’s preferences. That would simply mean that you can assemble your own device and customise it according to your preferences. You can also change the parts as and when better ones are available in the market. So, you would not have to give away your mobile only for a better one; you can simply upgrade it with better modules.

The device will apparently run on Android and help reduce electronic waste. Presently in a ‘market pilot,’ we can expect the device to hit the markets in 2016.

Expected Price: INR 12000

Nokia C1


The one brand which has earned customer loyalty is Nokia. Although it’s Microsoft now, we do miss the Nokia branding on the sturdy handsets. Excepted to run on Android Lollipop 5.0 with Nokia Z Launcher, Nokia C1 might be available from early 2016. With a 5 inch LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours, 720 x 1280 pixels; 1.5 GHz Intel processor; 2 GB RAM, and 32 GB storage, Nokia C1 promises to be a great budget smartphone. Camera has always been Nokia’s forte and C1 will come with 8 MP primary and 5 MP secondary camera.

Expected Price: INR 9,000 – 10,000

Huawei Ascend G628


This 64 bit, budget smartphone from Huawei is expected to hit the market in 2016. Although it will come with Android KitKat, it has some pretty good specifications. With 1 GB RAM, 8 GB storage, Mediatek MT6752 Octa-core, 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 with Mali-T760 GPU processor; 5.0 inch LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, this handset can be a winner! The phone will have dual SIM option and will be available in black and white colours.

Expected Price: INR 9,600

As more and more mobile phone companies are targeting the budget phones segment, the consumer is being spoilt for choice. All options seem equally worthy for your monies, don’t they! So which will you pick?

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by techtalks @TechTalks December 31, 2015 6:55 AM UTC


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Have to agree. The speed of newer phone models within the same series and newer app versions lead to more thought put into buying decisions. Phone lines have a definite short shelf life

Lionel Gurjao

Frequently upgrading the software is a real problem as updating the software might cause your phone to lag because of the older hardware.

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They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

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