Best smartphones of 2016 – Budget phones to mid range phones

Everyone ask about a good phone in budget range having good camera, great performance, nice audio etc. etc. but it is not possible to get everything in a budget phone. In this post we are going to talk about the best smartphones of 2016 as well as the mid-range phones of 2016. These phones come in the range of 7K to 30K.

So we are covering the budget phones as well the top best phones of 2016. You can choose as per your budget and requirement both at the same time in this post.

Let’s start with the budget phones and slowly move over to mid-range smartphones:

1. Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime


Xiaomi Redmi 3S prime is very nice, compact and budget smartphone of 2016. As per this price range the performance of this phone is really nice. Gaming experience is also very good. Xiaomi provides good battery of 4100mAh at this price and phone gives a great 9 to 10 hours of battery life. It has 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera.

Camera quality is just average – not so good but not so bad also.

It uses second SIM slot as SD card slot for extended memory, so you can use either second SIM or SD card.

It comes in two variants. One is Redmi 3S with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB Internal storage and other one is Redmi 3S prime with 3 GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.

Redmi 3S Prime also has fingerprint scanner, it is not available in Redmi 3S.

Redmi 3S is priced at Rs.6999 and Redmi 3S Prime is priced at Rs.8999.

Both versions are available at Flipkart:

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Redmi 3S for Rs.6999

Redmi 3S Prime for Rs.8999

2. Asus Zenfone Max 2016 Edition


If you can increase your budget to Rs.10K then you can go for Asus Zenfone Max 2016 edition.

Asus Zenfone Max 2016 edition has the Snapdragon 615 chipset, one of the best chipset of 2016. The performance of this phone is really very nice and up to the mark and also having a good build quality.

It has a good battery package of 5000mAh. It’s a bigger phone with 5.5 inch screen size.

So, if you want a bigger phone with good performance and battery life under 10K then you can go for this phone.

Please check the 2016 edition before buying this phone because it has 2015 edition also which is having Snapdragon 410 chipset. Don’t go for it just buy 2016 edition only.

You can buy it from Amazon:

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Asus Zenfone Max 2016 (India) – Rs.8999

Asus Zenfone Max 2016 (US) – $199.99

3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is having the powerful Snapdragon 650 processor. Its basic variant comes in 10K range.

Overall performance is very nice having a good battery life with 4050 mAh package. It’s one more variant comes with 12K range with more RAM and more storage. Finger print works very well.

Camera performance is not up to the mark in low lighting but outdoor pics are good.

You can buy both versions from Flipkart:

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Standard version – 2GB RAM, 16 GB Internal storage: Rs.9999

High version – 3 GB RAM, 32 GB Internal Storage: Rs.11999

4. Huawei Honor 5C


If you want a good camera quality then you can check Huawei Honor 5C.

Huawei Honor 5C is available at a price range of Rs.11K.

The best thing about the phone is rear facing camera 13MP and the camera quality is best at this price range. It has 8 MP front camera with good quality.

It’s also having fingerprint scanner with a quick response. Build quality of Huawei Honor 5C is also very good.

Now if you are a heavy user then you should not go for this phone because it’s very weak in doing multitasking.

RAM management is also not very good. But if you want a good camera in a budget phone with a normal daily life usage then you can go for Huawei Honor 5C.

Huawei Honor 5C is available at Flipkart:

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5. Moto G4 Plus


Now if your budget can increase about 13.5K to 15K then we can talk about Moto G4 Plus.

It’s also having a great camera quality. Its rear facing camera quality cannot be beaten by any phone in this range. Front facing camera is also very good. If your high priority is camera then you should buy Moto G4 Plus.

Moto G4 Plus comes in two variants. One is 13500 with 2 GB RAM and other one is 15000 with 3 GB RAM. Both variants are available at amazon.

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Moto G4 Plus – 2GB RAM, 16 GB Internal storage: Rs.13499

Moto G4 Plus – 3 GB RAM, 32 GB Internal storage: Rs.14999

6. Lenovo Vibe X3


In the same 15K budget you can get Lenovo Vibe X3 which is really a good option.

Lenovo Vibe X3 has 21 MP rear camera with 5.5 inch screen size and 3500 mAh battery.

It runs on Snapdragon 808 chipset and gives very good performance.

This smartphone is a special phone for music lovers. It best thing is its audio quality. It is having an extra deck for superior audio.

Lenovo Vibe X3 is also having the front powerful speakers supported by Dolby Atmos.

If you really love to listen music a lot then definitely you should go for Lenovo Vibe X3.

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Lenovo Vibe X3 priced at Rs.14999

7. Lenovo Z2 Plus


Let’s increase the budget to 18K to 20K. We can get Lenovo Z2 Plus in this rice range.

Lenovo Z2 Plus works on Snapdragon 820 chipset which is really a powerful processor. It is having a good performance, nice battery life and also the headphone jack is very good. Battery package is 3500 mAh.

Its back is having glass on it so you have to be a little bit careful in handling this phone.

If you want a good powerful phone then you can have Lenovo Z2 Plus.

It comes in two variants. One is 18K having 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage and other one is priced at 20K with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage.

Both variants are available at Amazon.

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Lenovo Z2 Plus – 3GB RAM, 32 GB Internal storage: Rs.17999

Lenovo Z2 Plus – 4GB RAM, 64 GB Internal storage: Rs.19999

8. Xiaomi MI 5


Xiaomi MI 5 comes in the range of 23K.

Xiaomi MI 5 is a compact phone of Xiaomi with 5.15 inch of screen size. It easily fits in your hand and you can easily operate it by your thumb. Performance is really very good.

Camera is also good having 16 MP rear camera.

It runs on Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4 GB RAM and also supports VOLTE.

It is also having Infrared blaster so that you can also use it as remote control.

Again you have to be careful with this phone because it is having glass on its back and a little bit slippery.

Biggest problem in this phone is its storage, which is 32 GB and cannot be expanded more because it is not having any memory card slot.

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Xiaomi MI 5 from Flipkart at Rs.22999

9. Moto Z Play


Moto Z Play, One of the latest phones of Moto is priced at Rs25K. Moto Z Play has 5.5 inch screen size and 16 MP rear camera. Its performance is really very good and Moto worked on the design to make it stylish and have a solid build quality.

Battery life is extremely good with 3500 mAh package. Battery gives 8 to 9 hours of screen life.

Moto Z Play is a proper dual Sim phone means you can use both the SIMs and SD card at the same time.

It runs on Snapdragon 625 chipset and 3 GB RAM. Camera is good in the outdoor lighting but a little bit weaker in indoor lighting.

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Moto Z play with style mod from Amazon at Rs.24999

10. One Plus 3


Now if your budget allows you can go for One plus 3. It ranges in Rs.28K.

One plus 3 is one of the best phone in the market. It is a very powerful phone with great performance. It is really very fast phone.

RAM management is also very good and it is having 6 GB RAM. Camera is also very nice of this phone.

Audio jack is a weaker point of this phone. The audio quality from jack is not up to the mark but other than this it is an awesome phone.

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One plus 3 from Amazon at Rs.27999.

Wrapping Up

So, these are not the full review of all the above phones but just a comparison of Best smartphones of 2016 and you can choose as per your budget.

If you have any query or questions regarding any phone you can ask in the comment section below. Also provide your user experience and suggestions in comments.


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