LeEco Le 1s Eco (32GB) Le509
The phone sports a 5.5” screen with 1920×1080 pixels. Le 1s Eco runs on 1.8 Ghz MediaTek Helio X10 Octa-core processor and supports 3GB RAM and 32GB storage (non expandable). Weighing 169 gms, the phone runs on Android 5.0 and is powered by a 3000 mAh battery. The Rear camera offers 13MP while the front shooter gives out 5 MP, just fine for those sought after selfies. The phone features dual SIM. Network: 4G LTE/3G/CDMA.
LeEco has had a great run and has struck terrific sale numbers through online platforms this festival season for its 1s and Le 2 series smartphones. With good storage, big screen and a decent battery, LeEco makes for a great buy.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (16GB)
This 5.5” smartphone runs on MiUi 7 OS and makes a great buy due its massive 4050 mAh battery. The Redmi Note 3 screen display comes with full HD 1920×1080 resolution. The phone offers Sunlight display with Reading and Night modes. Its powered by Snapdragon 650 hexa-core 64-bit processor with ARM Cotex-A72 1.8 Ghz lead cores. The RAM is 2GB LPDDR3 which is good enough for basic apps. Rear camera is a decent 16MP with f/2.0, dual ISPS, 2 tone flash and PDAF; the Front camera offers 5MP with f/2.0. The Redmi Note 3 sits in a sheen metal body and comes with a fingerprint sensor that unlocks in 0.3 sec. Network: 4G LTE/ EDGE/GSM.
The phone’s biggest strength is its battery, which means you can run a variety of apps without worrying too much about the recharge. But if you are looking for great selfies over other apps, then you should look at other options.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3S Prime (32GB)
Another winner from Xiaomi. Running on MiUi 8 OS, Redmi Note 3S Prime comes with 5.0” HD display with 1280×720 pixels and supported by Adreno 505 GPU. The dual SIM phone runs on Snapdragon 430 64-bit Octa-core processor with a clock speed of 1.4Ghz. The phones biggest strength is the 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory (expandable to 128GB). The 13MP Rear camera comes with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, full HD recording with 1920×1080 resolution; Front camera offers 5MP. Another strong feature of the phone is the 4100 mAh battery which can keep running for three days on average app use. Network: 4G VOLTE/3G/2G/WCDMA/4G LTE.
Redmi Note 3S is good value for money; one gets lots of memory and apps, gaming and movies all work well. The long battery life is the decider for this one. The phone is expected to be on the retail shelves anytime now.
Moto G Turbo (16 GB)
Moto G Turbo comes with the Motorola assurance of quality. The phone comes with a 5.0” screen offering 720×1280 HD display and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The 1.5 Ghz Octa-core Snapdragon processor and 2GB RAM offers decent streaming of movies and loads games reasonably quick. The 13 MP Rear camera comes with dual flash and 4x digital zoom; the Front camera offers 5MP with f/2.0 aperture. The phone runs on Android Lollipop 5.1.1 OS. The 2470 mAh offers turbo charging which means you can get 6 hours of battery life with just 15 minutes of charging.
This is a good phone for people on the move and those who want to run functional apps. Gamers will have to look elsewhere.
Panasonic Eluga Turbo (32 GB)
Panasonic comes in strong with this one offering 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The 5.0” screen comes with 1280×720 pixels with Dragontrail screen protection. The phone runs on Android Lollipop 5.0.2 OS and is powered by 1.3Ghz Mediatek Octa-core processor. Eluga Turbo comes with a 13MP Rear camera with 1080p HD recording; Front camera is 5MP, which is fine enough for selfies if not great, given 8MP is now fast becoming the selfie standard. The 2350 mAh gives a decent 10 hours of talk time and 350 hours of standby time though a faster charging time would have been nice.
Overall, the phone delivers a stable performance and with 3GB/32GB, the price makes it attractive enough.
Huawei Honor Holly 3
The Holly 3 comes with 5.5” screen with HD IPS 1280×720 pixel LCD display. The phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is powered by 1.2 Ghz 64-bit Kirin 620 Octa-core processor that supports 2GB LPDDR3 RAM and 16GB internal memory which is expandable to 128GB. The comes with dual SIM (4G+4G). The 13MP sensor camera comes with f/2.0 aperture and delivers good quality wide angle pictures with its 28mm pantoscopic lens. The Front camera is 8MP with 10 levels of adjustments for excellent selfies. The 3100 mAh battery lasts 1.74 days and is good within this price range. Network: 4G LTE/3G/WCDMA/GSM.
The Holly 3 could have been a winner but for the low internal memory of 16 GB and 2GB RAM, which would have performed better with 3GB.
While the above is our choice of value-for-money smartphones under Rs 10,000, watch out for Reliance Jio’s game changing 4G VoLTE smartphone that is expected to sell between Rs 1000 and Rs 1,500, making it the cheapest 4G smartphone in India. Expected launch date will be early next year.