The best cheap smartphones - reviewed

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Every year phones get better. But they seem to get more expensive too. Who has almost a lac to spend on an iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus without eating ₹20 Maggi for the rest of the year?

The good news is cheaper phones are improving too, often at an even faster rate than the big shots.

Nowadays you can spend under ₹15,000 and still get an ultra-sharp 18:9 screen, a good camera and even a phone made of glass and aluminium instead of plastic. It’s less a question of whether you can afford a pricey model splashed over billboards around town, and more: why would you?

Here’s a round-up of our favourite affordable phones of 2018.

*Additional words: Kaizad Billimoria, Ali Akbar Merchant, Burhanuddin Kapasi

TECH SPECS

Tenor D2 in figures Operating system: Android 8.1 • Screen: 5.45in 1440 × 720 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 • RAM: 2GB • Camera: 13MP rear, 5MP front • Storage: 32GB plus microSD

TECH SPECS

ZenFone Max M1 in figures Operating system: Android 8 • Screen: 5.45in 720x1440 • Processor: Snapdragon 430 octa-core • RAM: 3GB • Camera: 13MP rear, 8MP front • Storage: 32GB plusmicroSD

TECH SPECS

Moto G6 Play in figures Operating system: Android 8 • Screen: 5.7in 1440x720 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core • RAM: 3GB • Camera: 13MP rear, 8MP front • Storage: 32GB plus microSD (Up to 256GB)

TECH SPECS

Nokia 5.1 Plus in figures Operating system: Android 8.1 • Screen: 5.86in 720 x 1520 • Processor: Helio P60 octa-core • RAM: 3GB • Camera: 13+5MP rear, 8MP front • Storage:32GB plus microSD

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