Moto E

Making the choice about which smartphone to take is really difficult nowadays. It really helps if you narrow it down to one particular platform. But again, if your choice of platform is Android, that won’t make any easier unlike Windows Phone smartphones. The number of Android smartphones in that segment is really a lot. So here is our list of five best Android phones to go for if your budget is under $150 or Rs 10,000.

1. Moto E

Moto E

Ever since Motorola launched their Moto series of smartphones, they have been in the top in most of the lists and preferences of customers. If you’re considering a smartphone under the range of $150 (9,000INR) the best option is to go for Moto E. It is really incredible to see how Motorola has evolved to meet the customer requirements by providing affordable smartphones but with industry leading features. Its worth every penny you spend on buy it.

Check out the spec list at the end of this article and you will see.

2. Mi Redmi 1S

Redmi 1S

The Chinese brand Xiaomi has been trying very hard to increase their market share in India ever since they launched their first mobile. Although it is quite a bit hard to crack the Indian market of low end smartphones, Xiaomi has proved they can do it with their low priced devices which come with pretty impressive hardware. The newest in line of this market cracking experiment is the Mi Redmi 1S which costs just Rs 6000. See the spec list at the end of this article to see how incredible device you will get once you buy it.

3. Asus Zenfone 4 A400CG/A450CG

Asus Zenfone 4

Asus is another company which has been trying to crack the low end market all over the world with their Zenfone series of smartphones. The sole reason to go with their smartphones is how reliable their devices are. The hardware is also pretty impressive and I would say it totally worth it for the money you’ll be spending to buy this phone. This phone costs Rs 6000.

Asus is about to launch one more device to the low end smartphone category which will be a worthy upgrade to the one they already have in this segment. Asus Zenfone 4 A450CG is the upgraded version of their already popular A400CG model. The new model will come with an improved camera and larger display. The phone will cost Rs 7000 according to their announced price tags. So you may want to wait a little bit more if you’re going with this option.

4. LG Optimus L5 II E450

LG Optimus L5 II

LG does make one of the best android devices. They manufacture one of the best low end smartphone devices as well. LG Optimus L5 II E450 is one amazing device which was priced above Rs 10,000 a little while back, but now it just costs Rs 8,500. The sheer quality of the device should alone make it worthy of buy it.

5. Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 S7582

Samsung-Duos-2

Samsung has been holding the highest low end smartphone market share ever since they surpassed Nokia in India. The number of different devices they have in this segment is the sole key to their success. To be frank all these smartphones do what they promise to do. But the reason I chose it to be the last one in the top five budget smartphones is because their design doesn’t impress me. They have this old design and almost all their smartphones from this segment look the same which is one thing I hate about them. This phone is no different, but the underlying hardware does make it worth buying. Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 S7582 costs Rs 7990.

Five best Android phones under $150 or 9,000 INR Spec Comparison

Here is the spec list comparison of the five best smartphones in the buget smartphone segment.
FeaturesMoto EMi Redmi 1SAsus Zenfone 4 A400CG/A450CGLG Optimus L5 II E450Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 S7582
Buy it from Flipkart
Announced2014, May2014, May2014, January/2014, June2013, February2013, November
Network2G, 3G2G, 3G2G, 3G2G, 3G2G, 3G
SimMicro
Dual SIM(dual stand-by)
Mini
Dual SIM(dual stand-by)
Micro
Dual SIM(dual stand-by)
YesDual SIM(dual stand-by)
Weight142 g (5.01 oz)158 g (5.57 oz)115 g (4.06 oz)/134 g (4.73 oz)103.3 g (3.63 oz)118 g (4.16 oz)
Display16M colors
540 x 960 pixels
4.3 inches
~256 ppi pixel density
16M colors
720 x 1280 pixels
4.7 inches
~312 ppi pixel density
16M colors
480 x 800 pixels/480 x 854 pixels
4.0/4.5 inches
~233/~218 ppi pixel density
16M colors
480 x 800 pixels
4.0 inches
~233 ppi pixel density
16M colors
480 x 800 pixels
4.0 inches
~233 ppi pixel density
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3AGC Dragontrail glassCorning Gorilla Glass 3NANA
Audio3.5mm audio jack
Loud speaker
3.5mm audio jack
Loud speaker
3.5mm audio jack
Loud speaker
3.5mm audio jack
Loud speaker
3.5mm audio jack
Loud speaker
MemorymicroSD slot, up to 32 GB
Internal: 4 GB
1 GB RAM
microSD slot, up to 32 GB
Internal: 8 GB
1 GB RAM
microSD slot, up to 32 GB
Internal: 8 GB
1 GB RAM
microSD slot, up to 32 GB
512 GB RAM
microSD slot, up to 64 GB
Internal: 4 GB
768 MB RAM
DataGPRS
Edge
HSDPA
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0
LE
microUSB v2.0
GPRS
Edge
HSDPA
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi hotspot
Wi-Fi Direct
DLNA
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE
microUSB v2.0
USB On the go
GPRS
Edge
HSDPA
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi hotspot
Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, EDR
microUSB v2.0
GPRS
Edge
HSDPA
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth v3.0
A2DP
microUSB v2.0
GPRS
Edge
HSDPA
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi hotspot
Wi-Fi Direct
DLNA
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP
microUSB v2.0
Primary Camera5 MP
Geo-tagging
panorama
HDR
Video: 480p@30fps
8 MP
1.4 ┬Ám pixel size
autofocus
LED flash
Geo-tagging
panorama
HDR
touch focus
face/smile detection
Video: 1080p@30fps
5/8 MP
autofocus
LED flash
Geo-tagging
touch focus
face detection
panorama
Video: 1080p@30fps
5 MP
autofocus
LED flash
Geo-tagging
Video: 480@30fps
5 MP
autofocus
LED flash
Geo-tagging
Video: 720p@30fps
Secondary CameraNA1.6 MP, 720p@30fpsVGANAVGA
OSAndroid OS, v4.4.2 Upgradable to v4.4.4Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean)Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 200Qualcomm MSM8228 SnapdragonIntel Atom Z2520Mediatek MT6575BCM 28145/28155
CPUDual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A7Dual-core 1.2 GHz1 GHz Cortex-A9Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9
GPUAdreno 302Adreno 305PowerVR SGX544MP2PowerVR SGX531Broadcom VideoCore IV
SensorsAccelerometer
proximity
Accelerometer
gyro
proximity
compass
Accelerometer
proximity
compass
Accelerometer
proximity
compass
Accelerometer
proximity
compass
GPSwith A-GPS
GLONASS
with A-GPS
GLONASS
with A-GPS
GLONASS
with A-GPSwith A-GPS
GLONASS
Misc- Digital TV (XT1025 model only)
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- SNS integration
- MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
- DivX/WMV/MP4/H.263/H.264 player
- Google Drive (50 GB cloud storage)
- Organizer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail
- YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- SNS integration
- MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
- Organizer
- Photo/video editor
- Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input (Swype)
- SNS integration
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
- MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- Organizer
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
- SNS integration
- MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail
- YouTube, Google Talk
- Document viewer
- Organizer
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
- SNS integration
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
- Organizer
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
BatteryLi-Ion 1980 mAh battery
Non-removable
Li-Ion 2000 mAh batteryLi-Po 1750 mAh batteryLi-Ion 1700 mAh batteryLi-Ion 1500 mAh battery