The first half of 2022 has been highlighted by the constant influx of new smartphones in the Indian market, with each launch catering to a different segment and requirement of the consumer. Brands are now putting an effort to expand into the budget smartphone segment and focus on one common consumer demand, which is design. Chrome bezels, notch designs, and camera casings are a few of the bazillion features that set each model apart.
So, we’re here to help you shortlist your stylish budget smartphone. Here are our Top 5 picks:
The recently launched realme C30 is the most stylish entry-level smartphone which comes with a unique ultra-slim vertical stripe design, offering users a smartphone that is mesmerizing to look at and comfortable to hold. The realme C30 is powered by the Unisoc T612 Processor that provides a stable daily use or gaming experience. Additionally, the phone is equipped with an 8MP rear AI camera and a 5MP front camera shooter. The phone also houses a massive 5000mAh battery, allowing users to enjoy the nonstop activity. The realme C30 will be available in three exciting colors – Lake Blue, Bamboo Green, and Denim Black, and will come in two storage variants 2+32GB priced at INR 7499 and 3+32GB priced at INR 8299. Overall, the realme C30 provides a complete package with its distinct design and powerful performance. The realme C30 is available in three colors Denim Black, Bamboo green, and Lake Blue and will be available starting at 7,499 on the realme official website, Flipkart, and offline stores near you.
Poco C3 is another stylish option for the budget smartphone user as it combines multiple aspects of daily usage to create what they call ‘The Game Chang3r’. The Poco C3 comes with a rounded casing and a three-camera setup on its rear, while the front boasts a 6.53-inch screen and a teardrop camera. The rear camera on the C3 is equipped with a 13 MP primary camera, 2 MP portrait camera, and a 2 MP macro camera that uses AI Scene Detection for optimizing the shots. The front camera comes with a 5 MP camera. The POCO C3 also packs a 5,000mAh battery that will sustain even heavy users for over a day.
The Poco C3 is available in three colors Matte Black, Arctic Blue, and Lime Green starting at 9,999 on Flipkart and offline stores near you.
Xiaomi Redmi 10A
Xiaomi Redmi 10A flaunts a 6.52-inch HD+ display with a water drop notch design that makes some room for the selfie camera. The handset is powered by the MediaTekHelio G35 chipset, paired with 3GB of RAM, and offers 32GB of internal storage. The dual-rear camera comes with 13MP and 2MP sensors along with an LED flash. The phone has a 5MP selfie camera. The Redmi 10A packs a 5100 mAh battery that supports charging.
The Xiaomi Redmi 10A is available in three colors charcoal Black, Sea Blue, and Slate Grey starting at 9,499 on Xiaomi’s official website, Amazon, and offline stores near you.
Redmi 9 Activ
The Redmi 9 Activ is a well-styled phone that is built for efficient multitasking and is powered by the MediaTek Helio G35 chip matched with 4GB RAM+64GB or a 6GB+128GB variant. The phone comes with a 6.53-inch HD+ screen and is a great choice for the gamer on a budget. The Redmi 9 Activ comes with a dual rear camera setup with a 13 MP Main Camera and a 2 MP depth sensor, while the front camera comes with a 5 MP AI selfie camera. The Redmi 9 Activ also houses a powerful 5,000 mAh battery that can last for over two days.
The Redmi 9 Activ is available in three colors – Carbon Black, Coral Green, and Metallic Purple starting at 9,499 on Xiaomi’s official website, Amazon, and offline stores near you.
Narzo 50A Prime
The Narzo 50A Prime is a great option for those who want a trendy design and a beast that packs a punch. With its Kevlar Speed Texture Design, the phone embodies the speed that runs within. Powered by a Unisoc T612 Processor and two configuration options (4GB+64GB and 4GB+128GB), Narzo 50A Prime is a hard competitor to beat in the budget segment. Its 6.6-inch FHD+ screen provides an immersive watching experience with vivid details coupled with a massive 5,000 mAh battery so that you never miss a beat. Narzo 50A Prime comes with a 50 MP AI triple rear camera setup and an 8 MP front camera to excite the photographer within. The Narzo 50A Prime comes in two elegant colors, Flash Blue and Flash Black. The budget smartphone segment is growing quickly, as companies are putting their focus on providing a comprehensive and reliable smartphone experience on a budget. Be it the first-time smartphone user, an upgrade, or a secondary phone, the budget segment does provide an option to fit your needs.
The Narzo 50A prime is available in two colors Flash Black and Flash Blue starting at 11,499 on the realme official website, Amazon, and offline stores near you.
Infinix Smart 6
The Infinix Smart 6 is a smartphone loaded with features and comes with a 6.6-inch screen for a great viewing experience both indoors and outdoors. Smart 6 has an 8MP rear camera with a dual flash and a 5 MP front camera with a single flash for the perfect shooting experience. The Infinix Smart 6 also packs a 5,000 mAh battery that lasts for over a day. The Smart 6 comes with a face unlock and fingerprint unlock option that provides safety and convenience. The Infinix Smart 6 uses Android 11 (GoEdition) for a smooth interface that is powered by a 2GB+32GB variant which is expandable up to 512 GB using external memory.
The Infinix Smart 6 comes in 4 color variants, the Heart Of Ocean, Light Sea Green, Polar Black, and Starry Purple starting at 7,499 on the Infinix official website, Flipkart, and offline stores near you.
Realme 10 Pro Series Launched in India, All Details Here
Realme introduced its latest Youth Flagships smartphones – the realme 10 Pro+ 5G and realme 10 Pro 5G.The realme 10 Pro series 5G has been crafted with excellence, bringing an amazing Display, a flagship camera, powerful 5G processors to deliver par excellence performance, and realme UI 4.0 out of the box. With the latest addition to its Number series, realme is once again providing users with the leap-forward all-encompassing experience while also growing its presence in the mid-to-high-end segment.
Commenting on the launch, Mr Madhav Sheth, CEO realme India, VP, realme, and President, realme International Business Group said, “The realme Number series has been one of the most adored and adopted series amongst our users, in India as well as globally. Keeping our commitment to empowering youth through leap-forward technologies, we have always offered at least one leap-forward feature with every Number Series product, which is the absolute best in its price segment. With the realme 10 Pro series 5G, our aim is to bring more market-defining features to the Number series and bring to it a certain level of premiumness in features for users. Both these smartphones are equipped with flagship-level displays, and powerful 5G processors, reiterating our commitment to democratizing 5G in India. We have successfully reached 50 million number series users globally out of which 30 million users are from India and undoubtedly our users will find realme 10 Pro series 5G to be a fantastic one as well.”
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Kiran Thomas, CEO, Jio Platforms Limited, said “We are very excited with yet another milestone partnership with our key partner realme. The true power of a powerful 5G smartphone like realme 10 Pro+ can be unleashed by a True 5G network like Jio. This is exactly what this partnership will showcase. Jio True 5G is the most advanced network not just in India, but in the world.
Jio True 5G has a three-fold advantage that makes it the only TRUE 5G network in India:
1. Stand-alone 5G architecture with advanced 5G network with Zero dependency on 4G network
2. The largest and best mix of 5G spectrum across 700 MHz, 3500 MHz, and 26 GHz bands
3. Carrier Aggregation that seamlessly combines these 5G frequencies into a single robust “data highway” using an advanced technology called Carrier Aggregation
realme 10 Pro+ 5G, the best mid-premium curved display 5G smartphone brings a holistic experience for users
The realme 10 Pro+ 5G is the segment’s First smartphone equipped with Flagship-level 120Hz Curved Vision Display with India’s first 2160Hz PWM dimming. The smartphone is only 2.33mm, realme’s Narrowest Bottom Bezel on a Curved Display Smartphone with a 93.65% Screen-to-body ratio. It’s the world’s First OLED Display to receive a TUV Rheinland Flicker Free certificate. The realme 10 Pro+ 5G comes with an attractive hyperspace design with an ultra-light body that weighs only 173g and boasts a 5000mAh battery allowing the smartphone to charge up to 50% in just 17 minutes. The smartphone is powered by Dimensity 1080 5G Chipset with a 6nm TSMC High-efficiency Processor with a 5,20,000 AnTuTu Benchmark. It sports a Flagship-level 108MP ProLight Camera with Nonapixel Plus Technology making pictures clearer and brighter along with the latest photography features such as Super Group Portrait, One Take, and Street Photography Mode 3.0 with Watermark to take stunning photos.
Flagship-level 120Hz Curved Display with world’s narrowest bottom bezel of any curved smartphone: realme 10 Pro+ 5G comes with curved display, segment’s First smartphone equipped with Flagship-level 120Hz Curved Vision Display which encompasses 950nits peak brightness, 61 degree Precision Curvature, 93.65% Screen-to-body ratio and received a HDR 10+ certification. The smartphone has the side bezels as thin as 1.41mm, and the bottom bezel is only 2.33mm, combined with the super symmetrical curved design on the front and back, providing a bezel-less visual experience and comfortable grip. The smartphone features India’s First 2160Hz PWM Dimming DISPLAY, In dark environments (brightness below 90 nits) where DC dimming can’t work, the smartphone will automatically switch to 2160Hz PWM dimming mode to maintain accurate colors on display with a more comfortable eye experience. The dimming efficiency is increased by 4.5 times compared to the conventional 480Hz PWM in most smartphones. Dimming Efficiency Improvement Compared with 480Hz Higher Frequency than IEEE International lighting Standard 1250Hz Built-in Eye Protection. It has world’s First OLED Display to receive TUV Rheinland flicker free certificate
Hyperspace Design with massive battery: The realme 10 Pro+ 5G features Hyperspace Design and is the incredible combination of thin body and lightweight. The smartphone is 7.78mm thin and weigh just 173g. The realme 10 Pro + 5G is equipped with a 5000mAh battery which is further supported with realme’s 67W dart charging solution, enabling the smartphone to charge up to 50% in 17 minutes and also has 38 layers of charging safety protections. The incredible combination of thin body, lightweight, and 5000mAh large battery makes realme 10 Pro+ the thinnest 5000mAh battery smartphone ever released globally.
Dimensity 1080 5G Chipset with superpowered 5G Speed and Efficiency: realme 10 Pro+ 5G is powered by Dimensity 1080 5G Chipset with a 6nm TSMC High-efficiency Process. The powerful processor provides a higher and more stable gaming frame rate and overall gaming experience on mainstream games. The smartphone has received 5,20,000 AnTuTu Benchmark and has Dual SA modes and supports 44 streaming bands.
Smart interaction and seamless experience: realme 10 Pro+ 5G equipped with Smart Music AOD with two taps, users can easily control the audio on AOD, and get recommendations for music playlists based on their preferences. It has customized AOD which provides users with a wide variety of styles to choose from, which makes your realme phone both unique and artistic.
The realme 10 Pro 5G is powered by Snapdragon 695 5G processor with 6nm process technology and features a 120Hz Boundless Display with 1mm Ultra-slim Side Bezels makes it stand out from its counterparts and provides a flagship-level immersive experience. The smartphone is powered by RAZR Technology, and High refresh rate. It sports a 108MP ProLight Camera with a 16 MP Selfie Camera along with the latest photography features such as Super Group Portrait, One Take, and Street Photography Mode 3.0 with Watermark to take stunning photos. realme 10 Pro 5G comes with a classic Hyperspace design with an 8.1mm Ultra-slim body, a 5000mAh battery supported by 33W Dart Charge, and Dual Stereo Speakers capable of bringing up the volume to 200% through software.
Key highlights: realme 10 Pro 5G
120Hz Boundless Display: realme 10 Pro 5G features a 120Hz boundless display with 1mm side bezels, makes it stand out from its counterparts and provides a flagship-level immersive experience. With the latest RAZR technology including InSeal Technology, TopNotch Technology, Active Antenna Switching, realme 10 Pro 5G comes with 1 mm side bezels and 1.15mm top bezel.
The realme 10 Pro 5G is equipped with a 6.72” display and offers a refresh rate of 120Hz, the highest refresh rate in this segment. With a touch sampling rate of 240Hz and a screen-to-body ratio of 93.76%, the smartphone provides a smooth visual experience. The realme 10 Pro 5G display supports 6 levels of refresh rate – 30Hz, 48Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 60/90Hz, 90Hz/120Hz – which means the display can save high energy levels, elongating users’ usage periods. The smartphone has received TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification, reducing 13% software-level blue light to provide comfort to the eyes.
High performance with Snapdragon 695 5G Processor: realme 10 Pro 5G is powered by the Snapdragon 695 5G processor, which uses a 6nm process to deliver improved performance and ensure power efficiency with a 15% improved CPU performance over its predecessor. realme 10 Pro shows a higher and more stable gaming frame rate, such as Arena of Valor, MLBB and Free Fire with up to 30% GPU performance improvement from the previous generation, thereby resulting in a smooth user experience.
Design: realme 10 Pro 5G features an incredible combination of thin body and lightweight. The smartphone is 8.11mm thin and weigh just 190g
Mega-battery with Dart charging support: realme 10 Pro 5G houses a 5000mAh battery which is further supported with a 33W dart charging solution, enabling the smartphone to charge up to 50% in just 29 minutes. The realme 10 Pro 5G features Safe charging. The Intelligent four-core chip identifies charging condition, adapter and interface overload, also protects overcurrent and battery fuse.
Common features of the realme 10 Pro+ 5G and realme 10 Pro 5G
Camera: Coming with 108MP Prolight camera, realme 10 Pro+ 5G is the first smartphone in realme number series to go with HyperShot Imaging Architecture which includes the latest AI photography Engine, such as QuickShot Acceleration Engine, Image Fusion Engine, and Super Nightscape Engine. realme 10 Pro features a 16MP front camera with Ultra – clear Fusion Algorithm and AI Beauty Mode.Both the smartphone comes with the latest photography features such as Super Group Portrait, One Take, and Street Photography Mode 3.0 with Watermark to take stunning photos.
realme UI 4.0 based on Android 13: The realme 10 Pro+ 5G and realme 10 Pro 5G will be the first realme smartphones to come with realme UI 4.0 based on Android 13 out of the box. The new realme UI 4.0 adopts a card-styled layout, clustering different segments of information, as well as the new control center in these ‘cards’.
vivo Y02 Make in India Smartphone launched in India with Price Tag INR 8999
vivo, the innovative global smartphone brand, today further expanded the Y Series portfolio with the launch of Y02 in India. Y02 aims to bring a complete experience with its stylish youthful design, MediaTek octa-core processor paired with a long-lasting 5000mAh battery. Priced at INR 8,999 the new vivo Y02 will be available in two vibrant colors – Orchid Blue and Cosmic Grey on vivo India E-Store and across all partner retail stores.
Immersive Fun Experience
Featuring a unibody design with a flat frame and a slim 8.49 mm body, vivo Y02 offers a comfortable grip in a strikingly attractive body design. It comes with a 16.55 cm (6.51-inch) Halo Full View Display with HD+ resolution that also offers Eye Protection Mode for an optimal viewing experience. vivo Y02 also comes powered by a MediaTek octa-core processor that offers reliable and efficient performance all the time.
The smartphone runs on Funtouch OS 12 and is paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage that can be further expanded by up to 1TB. For additional security and convenience, Y02 also comes with a lot of important features and apps such as Electronic Compass for GPS accuracy, Face Wake, EasyShare, iManager etc. Additionally, Y02 has undergone rigorous quality tests that make it a durable and reliable companion for all times.
Big Camera Design with a Large Battery
Featuring a distinctive big camera design, Y02 comes with an 8MP main camera and a 5MP front camera that helps capture everyday moments with ease. It also brings a range of other camera features such as Time-Lapse, Bokeh Mode and Face Beauty for capturing stunning portraits and pictures. For long-lasting power, vivo Y02 boasts a powerful 5000 mAh battery that offers uninterrupted all-day usage.
Like all vivo devices, vivo Y02 follows vivo’s commitment to ‘Make in India’ and is manufactured at vivo’s Greater Noida facility that employs around 10,000 men and women, ensuring all vivo devices sold in India are made by fellow Indians.
Infinix HOT 20 Play and HOT 20 5G Launched with Starting Price INR 8999
After the grand success of its fully loaded line-up from the HOT 12 range this year, Infinix, the premium smartphone brand from TRANSSION group, announces the launch of futuristic entrants from its newly unveiled HOT 20 series. Positioning them as fully loaded budget-friendly smartphones, the all-new HOT 20 Play and HOT 20 5G will be the most sought-after devices for users looking for uninterrupted future-ready experiences with a power-packed performance. In contrast to the previous series, which boasts a larger battery and screen with a punch-hole fluid gaming HD+ display and DTS audio processing, the new line-up from the latest series will have LED flash-equipped selfie cameras, a larger battery capacity compatible with 18W Type C quick charging, dual LED flash in the primary camera of HOT 20 5G, and a quad-LED flash in the primary camera of HOT 20 Play.
Sharing his insights on the new devices, Mr. Anish Kapoor, CEO, Infinix India, said, “Infinix has always believed in elevating its products through meaningful disruptions. Our feature loaded HOT series has significantly influenced the Indian market with its many FIST (First In Segment Technology) features like superior display, high-end performance and battery at consumer-friendly price points.
With HOT 20 Play and HOT 20 5G, we have continued Infinix’s tradition of democratising technology through game-changing innovations, aiming to create strong connect with our customers.
5G enablement becoming a key aspiration among smartphone users our latest offering HOT205G is aimed at empowering the larger audience with this technology, this will be an addition to our existing 5G portfolio ZERO5G and NOTE125GSeries”.
HOT 20 5G is the first in the segment to be supported by 12 band 5G connectivity and just like our existing 5G devices with 12 bands gives a seamless and Shuddh 5G network all across the country. These levelled-up features and the latest technologies make the new HOT 20 devices futuristic with better performance, latest specs, and improved functionality.”
Both the HOT series devices are launching on Flipkart from 1st December and the expected sales of HOT 20 play – 6th December and HOT 20 5G – 9th December. HOT 20 Play and HOT 20 5G will be available at INR 8999 and INR 11999. Both smartphones are available with up to 7GB RAM (4GB RAM with 3GB of expandable memory) and 64GB storage. While HOT 20 Play comes in three exciting colour alternatives- Luna Blue, Aurora Green and Racing Black; HOT 20 5G will be available in Space Blue, Blaster Green and Racing Black. The roster of high-performance 5G smartphones is compatible with the 12 major bands, N1, N3, N5, N7, N8, N20, N28, N38, N40, N41, N77 and N78. The diverse multi-band compatibility promises improved connectivity and stellar performance to the users.
Bigger, Smoother and Smarter Display: Infinix’s refreshing new HOT 20 Play stands out for its 6.82″ HD+ Punch Hole Fluid Gaming display with a 90 Hz Refresh Rate & 120 Hz of Touch Sampling Rate, making the device supremely smooth on every touch. While users can enjoy a smooth browsing experience, pro gamers can experience faster game responses. Along with the big screen, the smartphone also has one of the brightest displays in the peak brightness category upto 500 NITS, for streaming in clear outdoor sunlight.
Meanwhile, HOT 20 5G is equipped with a 6.6″ FHD+ HyperVision Gaming Display with a first-in-segment 120Hz ultra-high refresh rate and 180 Hz Touch sampling rate that lets you make unhindered clicks. It has a 1900:1 colour contrast ratio and is backed by the latest DRE (Dark Region Enhancement) Sunlight Readable Technology. The tech senses ambient light using AI algorithms which refines the screen contrast, improves the picture’s brightness and enhances the overall display in strong sunlight.
The engaging viewing experience of HOT 20 Play is supported by an immersive and cinematic 3D sound processing experience enabled by the DTS speaker for maximum engagement.
Powerful and redefined performance: Backed by a powerful Octa Core G37 gaming Processor and its capable Arm Cortex-A53 CPU, the brand-new Infinix HOT 20 Play offers top speeds of 2.3GHz. Using a power-efficient 12nm production process, the G37 delivers superb power efficiency during long hours of gameplay. To further optimise the gaming performance, the HOT 20 PLAY, for the first time, uses Aerospace-Grade Cooling Material, commonly used for heat dissipation of rocket engine nozzles – hexagonal boron nitride, also known as white graphene. It ensures excellent antenna performance while dissipating heat. The device also features the Dar-link 2.0 engine, which provides intelligent dynamic management of CPU and GPU to ensure smooth performance in heavy-duty games and prolongs the battery life significantly. To avoid interruptions due to a weak network, HOT 20 Play comes installed with Erdal Engine 3.0 to let users watch short videos, even in weak signal scenarios.
The Infinix HOT 20 5G is the most budget friendly smartphone backed by a 6nm Dimensity 810 processor, which ensures outstanding all-around performance with a dominant frequency of 2x 2.4GHz Cortex-A76 and 6x 2GHz Cortex-A55, which is 20% faster than its predecessor. This offers an excellent experience of faster application response, higher game FPS (frame rate) and a smoother network connection. To elevate the user performance for everyday gamers, the device comes installed with a Bionic Breathing cooling technology, which can transpire heat out quickly, ensuring 100% thermal conductivity and reducing the chipset to 5 degrees within 2 minutes.
Operating on the latest Android 12 with XOS 10.6 on top, both devices promise lag-free content consumption with massive 64 GB storage space and a 3-in-1 memory card slot, that is expandable up to 256GB on HOT 20 Play via MicroSD and 1TB on HOT 20 5G via MicroSD. The devices are equipped with Memfusion RAM technology that enables the 4GB RAM to add up to 7GB RAM (4GB LPDDR 4x RAM + 3GB of expandable virtual RAM).
HOT 20 5G comes with Dual 5G SIM cards that support premium VoNR voice service, allowing users to enjoy high-quality voice with low latency on either of the two SIM cards. 12 Bands will support it to ensure call and data concurrency on the 5G network. Users can keep playing a game with one SIM card and have another to make a phone call without affecting the game server connection.
Additional Smart features: While the Infinix HOT 20 Play has been designed with a Fingerprint sensor on the back panel, the HOT 20 5G has a side fingerprint unlock system for enhanced security. They both come with an On-The-Go (OTG) support, allowing users to connect a full-sized USB flash drive or USB A cable to the devices through the Micro USB or USB-C charging port. The OTG cable also allows reverse charging, allowing the devices to directly access files on a USB flash drive or digital camera or connect to an external device such as a keyboard or mouse.
Feature-rich Camera experience: The all-new HOT 20 Play continues the tradition of Infinix by offering the best-in-class camera. It features a 13 MP Dual (f1.8) rear camera with a dedicated AI lens, quad-LED flash and a robust image algorithm to provide portrait Bokeh capture that optimally enhances the focus of each photo.
Simultaneously, HOT 20 5G sports a 50MP Super Nightscape Camera with dual LED Flash that promises colourful, bright, and sharp photos under even the most difficult lighting conditions. Its Super Night Mode leverages AI algorithms and an f/1.6 large aperture to bring in more light in every shot taken, even when it’s pitch dark. The rear camera also has a real-time eye-tracking autofocus feature paired with AI algorithms that helps to deliver more natural and studio-style pictures. On the front, both smartphones feature an 8MP in-display selfie camera with a single LED flash.
Big Battery with fast charging: HOT 20 Play is backed by the biggest battery in the segment, 6000mAh, which keeps the smartphone operational even after long hours of heavy usage. Meanwhile, HOT 20 5G is backed by a 5000mAh Power Monster Battery with Power Marathon power-saving technology, which keeps the smartphone operational all day at a stretch with a single charge when used moderately. Users can now say goodbye to battery anxiety. The device can also deliver 125 hours of music playback, 20 hours of navigation and 11 hours of gaming.
The HOT 20 Series devices are compatible with 18W Type C quick charging, allowing users to do their favorite things, for as long as they want, without bothering about frequently recharging the phone.
Living up to its customer-centric approach, Infinix has developed a robust service centre network with 1186 service centres across 1000+ towns in India. This allows users to enjoy after-sales experiences. Infinix devices come pre-installed with the Carlcare App that empowers the users to locate their nearest service center and indicates to them the availability of parts at the service centers.
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