Top Affordable Android Smartphones - March 2017


Top Affordable Android Smartphones - March 2017

You don't have to shell out much money to buy a good android phone. There was a time when to buy a powerful smartphone a deep pocket was must. But since couple of years this thing has changed, as now several OEM's offer handsets that possess quality specs and yet are priced low.


In this article we'll take a look at some of the top affordable Android smartphones on the market.

Moto G4 Play

Moto G4 Play



Back in May, Motorola officially unveiled 5" Moto G4 Play- it's basically an improved version of last year's Moto G3, the design has been revamped and moreover it's splash proof.


Key Features:

  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution, 294ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Removable 2,800mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 144.4 x 72 x 9.9mm, 137g


The device is currently available for INR 8,999 in India.


Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime



redmi 3s prime



Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime is been a hit since it's launch. The device comes with a HD display, octa-core processor and Android Marshmallow pre-installed.
Key Features:
  • 5-inch HD LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 1.4GHz Max
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage eMMC 5.1 flash, up to 128GB expandable
  • 123MP PDAF rear and 5MP front facing sensor
  • Non-removable 4,100mAh battery
  • Android V6.0.1 
  • 139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5mm, 144g

The device is currently available for INR 8,999 in India.



Honor 6X

Honor 6X


Huawei officially unveiled Honor 6X at CES 2017, a budget-friendly device which comes with quite amazing specs. 

The device flaunts a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display screen with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. In terms of design the phone is a metal creature of balanced proportions and measures in at 8.2mm in thickness (not the thinnest around) but the device got fairly reasonable bezels around. 



Key Features:
  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 403ppi
  • Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 655 processor
  • 3/4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 12 and 2MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,340mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2mm, 162g

The device is currently available for INR 12,999 (32GB variant) in India.


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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4



Xiaomi Redmi Note 4


Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has now become the fastest device to reach the million sales mark in India. The China based company launched the device in the early days of January in India and in just 45 days company has sold over 1 million units in the country. 

Key Features:
  • 5.5-inch FULLHD display
  • MediaTeks' Deca-Core Helio X20 Soc which is clocked up to 2.1GHz
  • 2/3GB of RAM
  • 16/64GB of on-board storage
  • 13MP rear cameras, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,100mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 151 x 76 x 8.35mm, 175g

The device is currently available for INR 9,999 (16GB variant) in India.



Moto G4 Plus

G4 Plus


Motorola G series is everybody's favorite and this G4 Plus is no exception. Although 5th generations has already been launched but the 4th gen it's still worth considering.

Key Features:
  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
  • 2/3/4GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 153 x 76.6 x 9.8mm, 155g

The device is currently available for INR 13,999 (32GB variant) in India.

Xiaomi Mi Mix


Pearl White Xiaomi Mi Mix

This phone needs no introduction, it's world's first bezel-busting smartphone which came up with some cool specs. 

Key Features:
  • 6.4-inch IPS LCD display with 2040 x 1080 resolution, 362ppi
  • Ouad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, Adreno 530
  • 4GB/6GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of on-board storage
  • 16MP rear and 5MP front facing sensor
  • Non-removable 4,400mAh battery
  • Android V6.0 
  • 158.8 x 81.9 x 7.9mm, 209g




Moto G5 Plus



Moto G5 Plus

Lenovo/Motorola at MWC 2017 officially took wraps off the next gen G-series smartphones. Moto G series is quite a hit since the first gen and we are now at 5 this means the Moto G5 and G5 Plus are official. Both the devices looks premium thanks to the metal build.

Key Features:
  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 424ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 2/3/4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 150.2 x 7.7 x 74mm, 155g

The device is currently available for INR 16,999 (32GB variant) in India.

ASUS ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL)

Zenfone 3

At Q4 of 2016 ASUS unveils it's ZenFone 3 series devices which includes the ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe, ZenFone 3 Ultra, and the ZenFone 3 Laser.


This model from ASUS houses a 5.2" 1080p display screen, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, a small battery just 2650mAh - this was for the low-end variant. The pro variant features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and 3000mAh battery. 
Let see what's common in these two variants : a Snapdragon 625 processor, USB Type- C, fingerprint sensor, hybrid dual SIM slot, Android 6.0, on the rear side there's a 16MP snapper with f/2.0 aperture, OIS and 4K video recording and on 8MP fornt facing selife cam. 

Key Features:

  • 5.5-inch Super IPS+ LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi
  • 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 3/4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 152.6 x 77.4 x 7.7mm, 155g


The device is currently available for INR 20,693 (32GB variant) in India.



ZTE Axon 7

ZTE Axon 7

ZTE Axon 7 comes with an all-metal body and it feels premium in-hand, while the internals boast specs you'd expect to find in the best smartphone around. Axon 7 houses a QHD resolution 5.5-inch AMOLED screen. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor.

Key Features:

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4/6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 20MP front camera, 8MP rear camera
  • Non-removable 3,250mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 151.7 x 75 x 7.9mm, 175g
The device is currently available for $390.72.




Honor 8

Honor 8


"Honor 8 perfectly represents the evolution of our overall product view," says George Zhao, president of Honor."It goes against established industry norms and market conventions with a higher aesthetic standard. At the same time, it balances looks with the smarts, speed, and connectivity that today’s millennial consumers demand. Honor 8 reflects our understanding of and commitment to their needs and goals."
Key Features:

  • 5.2-inch LTPS display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 423ppi
  • HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 145.5 x 71 x 7.5mm, 153g

The device is currently available for INR 26,749 in India.

You can also go for OnePlus 3 and 3T (64GB variant only), we didn't mention them in our list as they are priced slightly above 400$.

Benny Singh
Forever Tinkering With Gadgets

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