The smartphone market in the country has been primarily revolving around the budget segment in the range of INR 10000. This stands true as the normal Indian buyer would always prefer a handset that would give him a better value for the money that he is spending on the handset. Earlier it was easier to make a decision when there were only handful of smartphones at this price. However, in current time with hordes of Chinese brands launching one device after another with premium features and low price, the decision making has become tad bit difficult. In India, buyers have already received devices like LeEco Le1S Eco and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, both of which are excellent smartphones. However, they have also paved the way for other such handsets and the future of Indian budget smartphone market only looks better. Here are top 5 budget smartphones that are most anticipated and might get launched in 2016.
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)
The South Korean handset maker, Samsung, was the one brand that never believed in budget smartphones until it started to lose its foothold in the industry. It then came up with Galaxy A and Galaxy J series offering budget to mid-range, which sold really well in the country. Encouraged by the success of these devices, Samsung is now launching the upgraded variants of these handset. Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) is one such handset that is slated to launch this year. It packs a decent punch with features like Quad-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, 13 Megapixels rear camera and 5 Megapixels front camera.Â It will also be one of the very few budget smartphones that will offer NFC to its users, which happens to be a useful feature to have.
Lenovo Vibe X3 Lite
The premium Chinese brand, Lenovo has been sprucing up its Vibe lineup in India for a while now and with devices like K4 Note and K5 Note, it has really tasted success in the country. Lenovo has gone for a complete design overhaul with K5 Note and switched over to metal body. Vibe X3 Lite is an upcoming budget smartphone that sports the same design and metal strip housing the camera module as well as fingerprint scanner on the rear panel. It boasts of a 5.5-inch display on the front panel that comes with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels for enhanced viewing experience. Other salient features on the handset include 3400 mAh batter, NFC, 5 Megapixels front camera and 13 Megapixels rear camera.
We have already mentioned that the Chinese handset maker, LeEco’s (formerly known as LeTV) Le 1S has been a game changing handset on the Indian budget segment. Now, the handset maker is all set to launch the second iteration of the handset. The new has stirred up quite a hype and given the success of Le 1S, it is understandable. It is to be expected that the smartphone would come with an Octa-core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz, 3 GB RAM, 16 Megapixels primary camera, 5.5-inch full HD display and 8 Megapixels front camera. In all probability, the new handset will come with the same price tag as Le 1S and that will be a winner.
Nokia is a brand that has once been the only ruling handset maker in the world and now it is no more relevant since Microsoft brought off the Lumia division. It came into limelight when it made a debut into Android space with its N1 tablet. Since the Android tablet was received well, Nokia had plans to get into Android market. Nokia C1 is the speculated Android smartphone from the brand that is one of the most anticipated handset and is slated to be launched in 2016. According to the sources, the handset is expected to come with Android Marshmallow, Octa-core processor, 2 GB RAM and 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080p. Nokia will also equip it with an 8 Megapixels main camera, 5 Megapixels selfie camera, 3000 mAh battery and 4G LTE.
Elephone Vowney Lite
Elephone also happens to be one of the newer Chinese brands to enter Indian handset market with couple of impressive smartphones in its lineup. The Vowney happens to be an upcoming device from the brand that is speculated to be a powerful handset with a competitive price tag. It is being speculated that the device will come running on Android Lollipop and will be powered by an Octa-core processor. It will also be one of the few devices in budget segment smartphones that might feature 21 Megapixels snapper and 4000 mAh battery.
Taking a look at the above smartphones, it can be safely assumed that the 2016 is going to be an exciting year for Indian handset market. Indian buyers are all going to be spoilt for choices when it comes to budget segment. For anyone who is looking for a smartphone, it would be wise to wait for a while and let these devices come.