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 ramen 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.

TECH SPECS

Oppo RealMe 1 in figures Operating system: Android 8.1 • Screen: 6in 1080 x 2160 • Processor: MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core • RAM: 3GB • Camera: 13MP rear, 8MP front • Storage: 32GB plus microSD (up to 256GB)

TECH SPECS

Honor 9 Lite in figures Operating system: Android 8 • Screen: 5.65in 2160x1080 • Processor: Kirin659 octa-core • RAM: 3/4GB • Camera: 13MP + 2MP rear, 13MP + 2MP front • Storage: 32/64GB 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 6 in figures Operating system: Android 8 • Screen: 5.5in 1920x1080 • Processor:Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 octa-core • RAM: 3/4GB • Camera: 16MP rear, 8MP front • Storage:32/64GB plus microSD

TECH SPECS

Honor 7X in figures Operating system: Android 8 • Screen: 5.93in 2160x1080 • Processor: Kirin 659 octa-core • RAM: 4GB • Camera: 16MP + 2MP rear, 8MP front • Storage: 32/64GB plus microSD

Tech Specs

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 in figures Operating system: Android 8.1 • Screen: 5.99in 720x1440 • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core • RAM: 3/4GB • Camera: 12MP+5MP rear, 16MP front • Storage: 32/64GB plus microSD (up to 256GB) • Battery 3080mAh

Tech specs

Samsung Galaxy J6 in figures Operating system: Android 8.0 • Screen: 5.6in 720 x 1480 Super AMOLED • Processor: Exynos 7 Octa 7870 octa-core • RAM: 3GB • Camera: 13MP rear, 8MP front • Storage: 64GB plus microSD (up to 256GB) • Battery: 3000mAh