This past year there has been numerous Smartphones launched in various price segment. But, the one that goes most debated is the budget segment smartphones. Several manufacturers have given a neck to neck competition in achieving the top position among budget users. Below, we've listed the Best Budget Smartphones of 2018, that have surpassed a lot of expectations. Let's find out.

The Best Budget Smartphones of 2018

Here are the list of top 10 Budget Smartphones of 2018 that are placed considering their performance, features and obviously value to functionality proportion.



1. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Asus has been pretty active this year and one of its most popular product is the ZenFone Max Pro M1. This smartphone packs a powerful Snapdragon 636 processor. There are different RAM and storage combination variants to make your choice, although a lot of buyers went on to get hold of 6GB/64GB variant, as it's equipped with decent set of cameras.



Asus also managed to plant a 5000mAh battery apart from its good build quality and vibrant display.


Key Specs:



Display 5.99-inch
Processor 1.8GHz octa-core
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Resolution 1080x2160 pixels
RAM 3GB
OS Android 8.1 Oreo
Storage 32GB
Rear Camera 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel
Battery Capacity 5000mAh



PROS CONS
•Good looks and construction quality
•Vibrant screen
•Great performance
•Decent cameras
•Excellent value for money
•Relatively disappointing battery life
•Awkward camera app interface

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2. Realme 1

Initially a sub-brand of Oppo, but later went on to become independent startup. The Realme 1 priced at ₹ 10,490 is the first smartphone from the company and indeed left its mark on Indian Market. Powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, price tag of Rs. 8,990 for the 3GB/32GB variant.

The Realme 1 boasts a unique design and the 3410mAh battery delivers efficient battery life. Although it offers a good value for money, but finger print scanner was kept away. Also, how can we not mention about its under average camera. It happens so that, Realme discontinued the base 3GB variant of Realme 1.


Key Specs:



Display 6.00-inch
Processor 1.8GHz octa-core
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Resolution 1080x2160 pixels
RAM 6GB
OS Android 8.1 Oreo
Storage 128GB
Rear Camera 13-megapixel
Battery Capacity 3410mAh



PROS CONS
•Unique design
•Great performance
•Value for money
•Good battery life
•Average cameras
•No fingerprint sensor
•Cluttered OS

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3. Realme 2 Pro

The successor used the same formula as the predecessor for the Realme 2 Pro. Thus, you get to find a powerful Snapdragon 660 processor and a big 3500mAh battery. Realme 2 Pro priced ₹ 13,990 contains a water drop notch on the display. You can choose from three variants of the Realme 2 Pro which are 4GB/64GB, 6GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB.



It offers good build quality and quick face recognition but the laminated back scuffs easily and low-light camera performance is average.


Key Specs:



Display6.30-inch
Processor1.8GHz octa-core
Front Camera16-megapixel
Resolution1080x2340 pixels
RAM8GB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Storage128GB
Rear Camera13-megapixel+2-megapixel
Battery Capacity3500mAh



PROS CONS
•Solid build quality
•Minuscule notch
•Plenty of storage and RAM
•Bright and lively display
•Face recognition is quick
•Laminated back scuffs easily
•Average low-light camera performance

Best Price:





4. Honor 8X

Honor launched the 8X to claim a piece of the pie in the budget segment. The design of this device really is appealing one. Nonetheless is its premium feel compared to some other smartphones on this list. Huawei's Kirin 710 SoC is powering the Honor 8X ₹ 14,999 which is a newer chip and performs better than the Snapdragon 636 and Snapdragon 660 powered devices.



The Honor 8X also has a notch on the display. However, camera was sluggish a bit and device feels bulky too.


Key Specs:



Display6.50-inch
Processor2.2GHz octa-core
Front Camera16-megapixel
Resolution1080x2340 pixels
RAM4GB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Storage64GB
Rear Camera20-megapixel+2-megapixel
Battery Capacity3750mAh



PROS CONS
•Premium design
•Good performance
•Good value for money
•Relatively bulky and difficult to handle
•Average cameras
•Lacks fast charging

Best Price:


5. Nokia 5.1 Plus

The Nokia 5.1 Plus ₹ 9,999 was one of HMD Global's smartphones in the budget segment which is powered by a Helio P60 processor, it has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Although the pricing is aggressively set at Rs. 10,999.



The Nokia 5.1 Plus is a part of Google's Android One Programme and is guaranteed to receive software and security updates. Has an impressive build quality and sports a USB Type-C port. The hybrid-SIM slot and the camera performance is low-light are two of its shortcomings.


Key Specs:



Display5.86-inch
Processor1.8GHz octa-core
Front Camera8-megapixel
Resolution720x1520 pixels
RAM3GB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Storage32GB
Rear Camera13-megapixel + 5-megapixel
Battery Capacity3060mAh


PROSCONS
•Looks very stylish
•Android One with regular updates
•Great battery life
•Good app and gaming performance
•Hybrid dual-SIM
•Cameras struggle in low light
•Gets warm quickly in games

Best Price:



6. Xiaomi Mi A2

The Xiaomi Mi A2 ₹ 14,989 came as a pleasant surprise as it offered a combination of Xiaomi's hardware and stock Android. It has a powerful Snapdragon 660 processor and comes in 4GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB variants.



The Mi A2 was priced aggressively at Rs. 16,999. The impressive performance of the dual cameras on the Mi A2 which could click good photos in low-light. The battery capacity is low at 3000mAh and as a result, the phone has an average battery life.


Key Specs:



Display5.99-inch
Processor2.2GHz octa-core
Front Camera20-megapixel
Resolution1080x2160 pixels
RAM4GB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Storage64GB
Rear Camera20-megapixel + 12-megapixel
Battery Capacity3000mAh



PROSCONS
•Looks very stylish
•Android One with regular updates
•Great battery life
•Good app and gaming performance
•Hybrid dual-SIM
•Cameras struggle in low light
•Gets warm quickly in games

Best Price:


7. Realme U1

Realme's third smartphone on this list, the U1 is a selfie-focused smartphone. It is also the first smartphone to sport the MediaTek Helio P70 processor in India. The Realme U1 ₹ 11,999 has a waterdrop notch on its 6.3-inch display and comes in two variants; 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB.



It performs better than the Helio P60 processor as well as the Snapdragon 660 for CPU tests. The camera performance in daylight is decent and so is the quick face unlock feature on the Realme U1. However, the low-light performance of the camera was not upto the mark and it lacked 4K video recording and video stabilisation.


Key Specs:



Display6.30-inch
Processor2.1GHz octa-core
Front Camera25-megapixel
Resolution1080x2340 pixels
RAM4GB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Storage64GB
Rear Camera13-megapixel + 2-megapixel
Battery Capacity3500mAh



PROSCONS
•Smooth app and gaming performance
•Looks good
•Bright and crisp display
•Cameras do well in good light
•Fast face unlock
•No 4K recording and video stabilisation
•Cameras struggle in low light
•Body attracts smudges easily

Best Price:


8. Xiaomi Redmi 6A

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A ₹ 5,999 was launched as the successor to the popular Redmi 5A smartphone. The Redmi 6A sports a bigger 18:9 display in a small body that is good-looking and comfortable to hold.



It is powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 processor and has 2GB of RAM. You can however opt between 16GB and 32GB of storage. The Redmi 6A has support for dual 4G but VoLTE can only be supported at one SIM at a time. Just like other Xiaomi smartphones, there are too many ads on the smartphone.


Key Specs:



Display5.45-inch
Processor2GHz octa-core
Front Camera5-megapixel
Resolution720x1440 pixels
RAM2GB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Storage16GB
Rear Camera13-megapixel
Battery Capacity3000mAh



PROSCONS
•Good-looking and easy to handle
•Excellent battery life
•Reasonable performance for the price
•Too much bloat and too many ads
•Price will rise after introductory offer

Best Price:


9. InfinixNote 5

The Infinix Note 5 priced at ₹ 7,999 offers good value to buyers, who prefer Android One on a budget. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio P23 chip which offers good performance for the price.



Packed with the enormous 4500mAh battery which gives good battery life, though the sub-par camera performance in low-light and the unreliable fingerprint scanner are obstacles for this device.

Key Specs:



Display5.99-inch
Processor2GHz octa-core
Front Camera16-megapixel
Resolution1080x2160 pixels
RAM3GB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Storage32GB
Rear Camera12-megapixel
Battery Capacity4500mAh




PROSCONS
•Good battery life
•Vibrant screen
•Sub-par camera performance
•Unreliable fingerprint scanne

Best Price:


 

10. Xiaomi Redmi 6

The Redmi 6 priced ₹ 8,439 is a just replacement to its predecessor. Powered by MediaTek Helio P22 SoC and paired it with 3GB of RAM. You can however opt between 32GB and 64GB of internal storage. If wanted, you can expand the capacity via external SD Card upto 256 GB.



The Redmi 6 packs a dual-SIM VoLTE support on both SIM slots, has a good build quality on the smartphone and can be called to have a satisfactory battery life that it offers. As a buyer you can't expect the low-light camera performance, which is below average.


Key Specs:



Display5.45-inch
Processor2GHz octa-core
Front Camera5-megapixel
Resolution720x1440 pixels
RAM3GB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Storage32GB
Rear Camera12-megapixel + 5-megapixel
Battery Capacity3000mAh



PROSCONS
•Good build quality
•Dedicated microSD card slot
•Good battery life
•Below average low-light
camera performance
•Bloated UI, spammy notifications

Best Price:



So that's all for this list. If you've some suggestions that could win this race, feel free to comment below!