In recent few months there were many new launches in mobile phones. Nowadays, you can pick a device with an all-metal body, scratch-resistant glass, and fingerprint sensor for anywhere between Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000. You can also expect a crisp and bright Full HD display, clear call and audio-playback quality, support for USB OTG, as well as enough processing muscle to power through high-definition videos and 3D games without a stutter.
Here's the list:
OnePlus' slightly updated version of the OnePlus 3 is definitely the best contender for those looking for a device in the price bracket. The 3T priced at Rs 29,999 for the 64GB storage + 6GB RAM variant. The device sports a 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 AMOLED display and under the hood it gets powered by a Snapdragon 821. Other specs include 16MP rear as well as front-facing cameras, Android Nougat and 3400mAh battery.
Vivo V5 Plus (Rs 27,980):
The V5Plus is for folk who take their selfies seriously; it boasts of two hi-res front-facing snappers and a dedicated soft flash for photos in low light. These cameras capture sharp stills with greater detail than almost all smartphone front shooters. A “bokeh“ mode even lets you adjust aperture after the shot is taken to blur out the background and create a DSLR-like effect. The results are impressive, but are better suited for portraitures, rather than large groups because the lens blur works within a small radius only.
The V5Plus' rear camera is capable of detailed captures, with vivid colours and excellent contrast in daylight. However, focusing can be sluggish when shooting close ups. Also, picture quality takes a hit in low-light, with visible grain and loss of detail. The V5Plus' customised user interface lets you use gesture recognition to turn off the display, resize the screen for one-handed use and it even supports a split screen mode for messaging only, while you work in another app.
Its audio output is balanced, with clear vocals, clean bass lines and highs. Although the handset uses a dedicated sound processor, it lacks a graphic equaliser.
Xiaomi Mi 5(21,000):
The Xiaomi Mi 5i priced as low as ₹21,000 online is another great option. This Xiaomi flagship sports a 5.15-inch Full HD display. The specs sheet also includes Snapdgragon 820, 3GB RAM, 16MP rear snapper, 4MP front-facing camera and 3000mAh battery.
Lenovo P2 (Rs 16,999):
The Lenovo P2 packs a huge 5100mAh battery inside its slim profile. It also comes with a slider button that lets you switch to an ultra power-saving mode--users will only be able to make calls and send text messages--when you need to conserve battery. For instance, with just 30% battery , the P2 can run for over 30 hours. Of course, you also get less aggressive powersaving modes to help prolong battery life.
The handset's UI customisations includes a call recorder; Secure Zone that allows you to create separate work and personal profiles, and Dual Apps that lets you run two WhatsApp accounts (each one registered with a different phone number) on the handset. Similarly, you can be signed into two Flipkart or Facebook accounts simultaneously. However, Secure Zone can be enabled only when Dual Apps is switched off.
The P2's cameras are quick to focus and there are a number of modes, including a Pro mode with manual controls, to play around with. And while the photographs are good enough for sharing on social media, they are not as impressive as the output from the Honor 6X and the Vivo V5Plus. They lack detail even in broad daylight and there is noticeable image compression.
Huawei Honor 8:
The Huawei Honor 8 makes for another cool option in the price range. The highlight of the device is the 12MP + 12MP dual rear camera. Priced just below Rs 30,000, users get a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 8MP front camera, 32GB storage expandable up to 128GB, 4GB RAM and Kirin processor.