The best cheap smartphones - reviewed

Looking for a sub-₹ 15,000 smartphone? Here's our definitive list. The Vivo V3 Max throws down the gauntlet in our budget comparison

Don’t fancy shelling out more on a phone than you paid for your first car? The iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 aren’t the only phones out there, you know.

There’s a whole class of great phones you won’t see on billboards; the best of them get you 90% of the smarts you'll find in an expensive model for a quarter of the price and they don’t have to look and feel cheap either. Now that’s the kind of maths we can get behind.

Pick up the right handset from a brand you may have never heard of and you could save thousands in phone charges over a couple of years.

So what’s the catch? Well, you won’t find all the best budget phones on the high street. Some deep research is required, lest you end up with the smartphone equivalent of a stay in a Mumbai slum. Naturally, we’ve gone and done all this hard work for you and bagged the latest Moto G4 to see how it stacks up against some fierce budget-minded competition.

With even the likes of Sony and HTC making great cheap phones these days, there’s no telling where the best bargain blower might be found. Well, unless you read our pick of the finest handsets for thrifty folk. Then you’ll be all sorted.


Moto G4 in figures Operating system: Android 6.0.1 • Screen: 5.5in 1920x1080 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core • RAM: 2GB • Rear Camera: 13MP on G4, 16MP on G4 Plus • Front Camera: 5MP • Storage: 16GB plus microSD card slot • Battery: 3,000mAh