Budget Android segment has never been hotter than it is these days. Manufacturers are offering competitive hardware and good user experience for phones even below 8,000 INR.  If you are considering to taste Android Eco system for a low price, here is a list of smartphones you can buy. We have only included popular phones which we have tested and reviewed ourselves. Since we are expecting several new entrants in this segment, we will update the article with new phones we come across.

Moto E (Full Review, Quick Review)

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Motorola Moto E is threatening both domestic and global brands alike and its success is evident from the stocks running out within heart beats. Moto E brings hardware and experience which remained previously unimaginable in a price below 7,000 INR.

Key Specs

Model Moto E
Display 4.3 Inch , qHD
Processor 1.2 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon 200
RAM 1 GB
Internal Storage 4 GB, Expandable
OS Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera 5 MP, no front camera
Battery 1980 mAh
Price 6,999 INR

Reasons to Buy

  • Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat with guaranteed OTA Update
  • Smooth UI Transitions and performance
  • Good Battery Backup
  • Crisp Display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection, Smudge Resistant
  • Vast Community support

Reasons to Not Buy

  •  No front Camera
  • Poor Fixed Focus rear camera
  • No OTG support

Micromax Unite 2 (Full Review, Quick Review)

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Micromax is the best selling domestic smartphone brand in India and the Unite 2 is the most value for money device from Micromax, launched to obstruct the victory March of Moto E. The phones offers a better camera, bigger display, more CPU cores as compared to Moto E. You can read the detailed step by step Comparison of Moto E VS Unite 2 for better insight.

Key Specs

Model Micromax Unite 2
Display 4.7 inch, 480×800
Processor 1.3 GHz Quad Core
RAM 1 GB
Internal Storage 4 GB, Expendable up to 32 GB
OS Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Camera 5 MP/ 2 MP
Battery 2,000 mAh
Price Rs 6,999

Reasons to Buy

  • Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat with guaranteed FOTA Update
  • Quad Core Chipset with 1GB Ram
  • Good Gaming performance
  • Large 4.7 inch Display
  • Dual SIM Support
  • Apps can be installed on SD card

Reasons to Not Buy

  • No display Protection
  • low display resolution

Lava Iris X1 (Quick Review)

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Lava Iris X1 was first announced one day before Moto E launch. It was clear that Lava was developing a device worthy of challenging the new Moto well ahead in advance. Lava Iris X1 comes with glittering hardware but it will cost you 1,000 INR more. Lava has put together 4.5 inch IPS LCD display, quad core chipset, 1GB RAM, 8 MP camera- all for a price of 7,999 INR. Here is why you might consider it above the rest.

Reasons to Buy

  • Quad Core Chipset
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • USB OTG support
  • 8 MP camera
  • Great viewing Angles

Reasons Not to Not Buy

  • No Display protection
  • Average Build Quality
  • UI is not very fluid

Nokia X (Full Review, Quick Review)

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The first Android phone from Nokia doesn’t boast of top specs in its respective price range. It combines the trust of Nokia with Android ecosystem and gives you freedom to side load Apps which you are used to. Nokia has also introduced X+ and XL in India and its successor X2 is already under works.

Key Specs

Model Nokia X
Display 4 Inch , WVGA
Processor 1 GHz Dual Core
RAM 512 MB
Internal Storage 4 GB
OS Nokia X software platform
Camera 3 MP
Battery 1500 mAh
Price Approx 7,500 INR

Reasons to Buy

  • Trusted Nokia Support
  • Good built quality (Drop Test)

Reasons to Not Buy

  • Slow UI transitions
  • Poor Imaging Hardware
  • No Google Playstore

Sony Xperia E1 Dual

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Sony Xperia E1 is another tier one branded smartphone with same chipset as Moto E and has been designed to take on Entry level segment. The RAM capacity is only 512 MB and other hardware specifications are also quite average. The phone however provides good Android experience in entry level segment and enjoys the advantage of being associated with the popular Xperia Brand, hence is a part of this list.

Key Specs

Model Sony Xperia E1 Dual
Display 4 Inch , WVGA
Processor 1.2 GHz Dual Core
RAM 512 MB
Internal Storage 4 GB
OS Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Camera 3.15 MP
Battery 1750 mAh
Price 8000 INR approx

Why to Buy

  • Good Battery Backup

Why to Not Buy

  • TFT Display
  • Poor Imaging Hardware