Xiaomi’s Redmi 4 is among the best entry-level smartphone offerings heating up the Indian smartphone market this year. With prices starting from Rs 6,999, it offers a large 4,100 mAh battery with a promise of up to two days of heavy duty usage on a single charge, a metal body with a handy 5-inch display and a Snapdragon 435 processor supporting up to 300 Mbps of download speeds. The phone also packs a 13-MP primary camera with PDAF, a fingerprint sensor for added security, a 2.5D glass screen protecting the display and a refined design concept which gives the phone a sleek and polished look. For those who need to store a lot of data on their phones, Xiaomi is also offering a 64GB variant which is priced at Rs 10,999.
Xiaomi’s latest and greatest went on sale today, and if you weren’t able to snag a unit of your choosing for yourself, don’t worry, the second sale happens on ay 30 2017. In case you’re in the market for a phone and just don’t want to wait, we have a few options listed below for you to choose from.
Launched along with the slightly pricier Eluga Ray earlier this month, Panasonic’s P85 carries a price tag of just 6,499 and comes with specifications offering decent competition to the Redmi 4. Available in gold and grey colour variants, the P85 features a 5-inch HD IPS display, 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, 8-MP and 2-MP rear and front cameras, a 4,000 mAh battery, Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS and a MicroSD slot which can accommodate up to 64GB of additional storage. Panasonic P85 is also capable of offering 4G VoLTE support, is powered by a 1GHz processor and while it doesn’t feature antenna lines like in the Eluga Ray, it is similarly-sized as the Redmi 4, making itself perfect for one-handed usage.
Xiaomi Redmi 3S/ 3S Prime
Priced at Rs 6,999, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S comes with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM just like the Redmi 4. Unfortunately, Redmi 3S doesn’t sport a fingerprint sensor and if you absolutely must have one, you can pick up the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime instead. The Prime version of the device comes with a fingerprint sensor and 3GB RAM along with 32GB of on-board storage. We reviewed the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime and concluded that it was a device that offered immense value for money.
nubia N1 Lite
Priced as much as the Redmi 4, the nubia N1 Lite was launched yesterday and is slated to take on the former in the coming days. It features a slightly larger 5.5-inch HD display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow onboard, a 1.25GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor, 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM and a 3,000 mAh battery. Nubia N1 Lite also comes with 8-MP and 5-MP rear and front cameras along with other bells and whistles like a 32GB MicroSD slot, 4G VoLTE support, and a fingerprint sensor. We’ve already seen that the camera on nubia phones tend to perform better than most other phones in the same segment, so we feel confident recommending the N1 Lite. Weighing at 171 grams, it also comes with new features for selfie fanatics like a front-facing soft-light flash as well as several beauty filters. The Nubia N1 Lite is available exclusively on Amazon India.
The above-listed phones are just a recommendation keeping the price point in mind. If you need to buy a phone, there is no harm in extending your budget a little and buying something from a slightly higher price bracket. If you choose to do so, do let us know in the comments about your alternative choice!