Best Mid-Range Smartphones of 2015

by March 29, 2016 0 comments

Want to buy the best mid-range smartphones! In the year 2015, various smartphones arrived in the Indian market. We have picked best out of them for you. Take a look…

Honor 4X

Price: Starts @ Rs. 10,499

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Key Specs

  • 5.5” IPS LCD capacitive HD display (267ppi)
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU, 2 GB RAM
  • Android 4.4.4 Kitkat
  • 13 MP rear with LED Flash & 5 MP front camera
  • 8 GB in-built storage, expandable up-to 32 GB, 3000 mAh battery

Pros: Sharp HD display, good battery back-up, decent camera

Cons: Tad bulky, plasticy build

One of the excellent value for money smartphones that is a better performer than others in this price bracket, like the Moto G 2nd Gen. You can expect great battery life, great display quality, and good camera performance from this phone.

Xiaomi Mi4i

Price: starts @ Rs. 11,999

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Key Specs

  • 5” IPS LCD capacitive Full HD display (441ppi)
  • 1.7GHz octa-core 2nd-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit CPU, 2 GB RAM
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 13 MP rear with LED flash & 5 MP front camera
  • 16 GB in-built storage, non-expandable, 3120 mAh battery

Pros: Bright and vibrant display, sleek design, good camera

Cons: Sluggish performance, heats up frequently, average battery back-up

Xiaomi has devised a mid-range smartphone with an excellent screen, good camera and nice design. However, unlike Xiaomi’s previous offerings, Mi4i fails to impress with the raw performance. It heats up and feels sluggish in day to day usage.

Micromax Yureka

Price: starts @ Rs. 11,396

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Key Specs

  • 5.5” IPS LCD capacitive HD display (267ppi)
  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, 2 GB RAM
  • 13 MP rear with LED Flash & 5 MP front camera
  • Android 4.4.4 Kitkat OS, Cyanogen OS 12
  • 16GB in-built storage, expandable up-to 32 GB, 2500mAh

Pros: The best value for money smartphone, nice design, 4G enabled, Cyanogen OS with its customization abilities, loud and clear output speakers, snappy performance

Cons: Display has a bluish tone and pixel count is not the best (267ppi), available online only

Yureka is one of the best smartphones that we have tested in sub 10K category. This is the first device with Cyanogen OS, which makes it perfect for those who like to experience the full power of Android OS. Moreover, it also gives a tough competition in terms of performance to all other contenders in its price bracket and even some best mid-range smartphones.

Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen)

Price: Starts @ Rs. 10,999

` 12,999 for 2 GB RAM version

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Key Specs

  • 5.0 inches IPS LCD (720 x 1280 pixels) 294ppi
  • Quad-core 1.4 GHz processor, 1 /2 GB RAM, 8/16 GB storage (expandable up to 32GB)
  • 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera
  • Android OS v5.1.1 (Lollipop), 2470 mAh battery

Pros: Waterproof, good performance, superior features

Cons: Font camera could have been better, Earphone, are not loud

A mixed package considering other smartphones in this price segment such as Xiaomi Mi 4i and Lenovo K3 Note have a better display and a faster processor. However, they are not water resistant like the Moto G (3rd Gen).

Oppo Mirror 5

Price: Starts @ Rs. 13,999

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Key Specs

  • 5-inch,IPS LCD display, 960×540 pixels resolution
  • Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, 2 GB RAM, Android 5.1 OS
  • 8 MP Rear and 5 MP Front camera
  • 16 GB in-built storage and expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card
  • Dual-SIM: Micro-SIM Card and Nano-SIM Card, 2420 mAh battery

Pros: Beautiful design, huge battery life, decent camera with zero shutter lag

Cons: Display could have been brighter

The unique design of the device, huge battery life that lasts almost two days and ease of carrying the phone makes it a worthy contender in the below 15k category. But the low resolution display might dampen the urge to buy this device.

VIVO V1 MAX

Price: Starts @ Rs. 16,299

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Key Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)~401 ppi
  • 13 MP rear camera & 5 MP front camera
  • 2720 mAH Li-ion battery, Android v5.0 (Lollipop)
  • Dual SIM(GSM+GSM), Octa core 1.4 GHz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
  • 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage, expandable upto 128 GB

Pros: Slim design, sharp display, good processor, long battery life

Cons: Expensive; Long battery charging time; Takes a long time to import contacts from Gmail even over WiFi

Although it is a costlier deal but you will find yourself ahead on performance and features as compared to smartphones having same configuration.

Gionee E Life S7

Price: Starts @ Rs. 16,799

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Key Specs

  • 5.2” Super AMOLED capacitive Full HD display (424 ppi)
  • 1.7 GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6752 CPU, 2 GB RAM
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 13 MP rear with LED flash & 8 MP front camera
  • 16 GB in-built storage, non- expandable
  • 2750 mAh battery

Pros: Vibrant colors, sleek design and lightweight, good computing performance

Cons: Feels slippery in hands, software stutters, camera struggles in low-light

Gionee ELife S7 features an amazing display, a beautiful sleek design and a good computing performance. However, with an average camera and just 16 GB in-built storage with no microSD expansion, it is not the best alternative at Rs. 25,000.

Asus Zenfone Selfie

Price: Starts @ Rs. 16,999

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Key Specs

  • Display – 5.50-inch, Processor – 1.7GHz
  • Front Camera – 13-megapixel, Resolution – 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • RAM – 3GB, OS – Android 5.0, Storage – 32GB
  • Rear Camera – 13-megapixel, Battery capacity – 3000mAh

Pros: Both front and rear camera, display, build quality

Cons: Camera consumes a lot of power

Asus Zenfone Selfie is a very good smartphone under Rs 20,000 and offers a great package. If you are considering buying this selfie smartphone, then you would be more than satisfied with its performance.

Moto X Play

Price: Starts @ Rs. 16,499

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Key Specs

  • 5.5 inches IPS LCD 1080 x 1920 pixels Resolution (~403ppi)
  • Gorilla Glass 3, CAMERA rear 21 MP, Front camera 5 MP
  • Android OS v5.1.1 OS, Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 SoC
  • 2 x Quad Core Cortex A53 CPUs (1.7 GHz and 1.0 GHz)
  • 2 GB RAM, Internal 16/32 GB, microSD, up to 128 GB
  • 3630mAh battery

Pros: Good camera, Bright screen, Stock Android, front-facing speaker.

Cons: A little bulky.

Moto X Play is a rugged phone having latest Moto camera and superb display with good design portfolio. The stock Android is good for those who want to customize their phones.

InFocus M812

Price: Starts @ Rs. 19,599

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Key Specs

  • 5.5 inch, Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution ~403ppi
  • Qualcomm MSM8974AC, Quad-core 2.5GHz, 3 GB RAM
  • Android 5(Lollipop) OS, 13 MP Rear and 8 MP Front camera
  • 16 GB in-built storage and expandable up to 64 GB via microSD card
  • Dual SIM, 2900 mAh battery

Pros: Sleek, slim metallic design, good front and rear cameras, fast processor

Cons: Heats up on heavy usages

InFocus M812 is a perfect smartphone having elegant styling and provides good performance. It has a decent processor for fast operation and the 3 GB RAM supports snappy multitasking.

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