Xiaomi Mi A1

Available for Rs.14,999, the Mi A1 is a truly remarkable product that gets all the basics right. The phone has a unibody aluminum design that gives it an upmarket look, with antenna lines tucked at the top and bottom.
Under the hood, you get a 2.0GHz Snapdragon 625, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, microSD slot, and a 3080mAh battery that charges over USB-C. One of the main highlights of the phone is dual 12MP rear cameras, with a wide-angle lens augmented by a secondary telephoto lens.
Then there’s the fact that the Mi A1 is based on the Android One platform. Running an uncluttered software makes the device an absolute delight to use on a day-to-day basis, and gives the Mi A1 a leg up in this category.
Bottom line: The Mi A1 is the best budget phone currently available in India, and that isn’t likely to change for a while.
One more thing: Xiaomi is guaranteeing to roll out Android 8.0 Oreo to the device before the end of the year.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

The Redmi Note 4 is the best-selling phone in India this year, and it isn’t hard to see why. The phone gets a lot of things right, including a massive 4100mAh battery that makes it the best device in this segment when it comes to battery life.
You’re guaranteed two days’ worth of battery life from a full charge, with screen-on-time hitting the ten-hour mark consistently. Elsewhere, the phone comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD panel, Snapdragon 625 chipset, 3GB/4GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of storage, and a 13MP rear camera.
Best of all, Xiaomi reduced the price of the Redmi Note 4 recently, with the 4GB variant now available for just Rs.11,999. That’s a no-brainer considering the hardware on offer.
Bottom line: A year after its release, the Redmi Note 4 continues to be one of the best options in the budget category.
One more thing: The phone has received the MIUI 9 update, bringing a host of new features.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Xiaomi’s 6.44-inch Mi Max 2 is the ideal device for consuming multimedia. The 1080p panel is certainly the largest in this segment, but as we’ve seen with the first-gen Mi Max, there is an audience for large-screen devices with huge batteries.
The Rs.15,999 Mi Max 2 is catered to that audience.The 5300mAh battery ensures that the device lasts at least a day and a half even with heavy usage, and you can stream movies or browse the web with the confidence that you’ll get an average screen-on-time in excess of eight hours.
The internal hardware isn’t all that shabby either, with the Mi Max 2 offering 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 12MP camera, and a 5MP front camera. Powering it all is a Snapdragon 625 chipset.
Bottom line: If you’re looking for a phone with a massive screen and huge battery, you cannot go wrong with the Mi Max 2.
One more thing: Mi Max 2 is great for multitasking thanks to MIUI’s split-screen mode.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

Samsung usually has no trouble selling tens of millions of underwhelming Galaxy J devices, but with the likes of Xiaomi breathing down its neck, the South Korean manufacturer raised its game considerably this year.
Featuring a 5.5-inch FHD display, Exynos 7870 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 13MP rear and front cameras, and a 2600mAh battery, the J7 Pro has it all. It even comes with Samsung Pay.
The phone is the costliest on this list at Rs.19,990, but should you face any issues with the phone, you can rely on Samsung’s robust after-sales network across India. Samsung continues to lead the way for after-sales service, and if that is a major consideration for you then the J7 Pro is the device to get.
Bottom line: The Galaxy J7 Pro is one of the most feature-rich budget devices Samsung has launched in recent years.
One more thing: If you use your credit or debit card a lot at retail outlets, you’ll love the convenience on offer with Samsung Pay.

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