June 5, 2023
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2022 in review: From Lava to OnePlus, five best budget smartphones

Affordable smartphones may not have the most advanced processors or the most advanced features, but they are a good option for people who want to upgrade from feature phones and existing smartphone owners to experience new technologies. From Lava Blaze 5G to OnePlus Nord CE 2, here are the top five budget smartphones that launched in India this year:

Blaze Pro Lava

The Lava Blaze Pro is powered by the MediaTek Helio G37 system-on-chip, paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. From a price-performance point of view, it easily handles regular operation and does not slow down even with 15 applications open in the background. It boots the Android 12 operating system with a stock UI free of bloatware and ads. The speaker provides a modest experience while watching videos, listening to music, and playing games.

Price: Rs 9,999

Micromax In 2C

Powered by the UNISOC T610 processor, the Micromax In 2C sports a 6.52-inch HD+ IPS LCD display with 420 nits of peak brightness level. An ambient light sensor, which automatically adjusts brightness based on lighting conditions, supports the display. Adaptive brightness adjustment allows comfortable reading in both sunlight and dimly lit indoor spaces. The smartphone performs well for basic operations such as calls, messages, web browsing and media streaming – a major feature for a smartphone buyer.

Price: Rs 7,499

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite

On the slightly pricey side, the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite is aimed at ambitious buyers who want more than the basics. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 processor, the smartphone sports a 6.59-inch FullHD+ IPS LCD display with 120Hz refresh rate. For a budget device, the processor performs well and handles multiple tasks efficiently. The smartphone boots OnePlus’ Oxygen OS, which is pretty clean with very little bloatware, not one you’d delete from the phone. It has a triple camera system on the back, comprising a 64MP main camera sensor, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. On the front, it has a 16-megapixel camera.

Price: Rs 21,999

OnePlus Nord CE 2

For a smartphone that emphasizes basic skills, the OnePlus Nord CE 2 has a lot going for it. The successor to the Nord CE, the second edition brings improvements in design, performance and charging. It brings minor but significant upgrades related to imaging. Starting with daylight performance, the primary sensor takes detailed photos with crisp colors, modest dynamic range, and decent highlights and shadow detail. In low light, it works well in scenarios where the subject is static. The performance of the phone is top notch and on par with some of its expensive peers. It handles day-to-day operations with ease, and graphics-intensive tasks are no problem either.

Price: Rs 23,999 and above

5G Lava Flame

The Lava Blaze 5G is one of the most affordable 5G smartphones available in India. Although it is a budget smartphone, the back of the Lava Blaze 5G is made of glass with a matte finish, which gives it a premium feel. Powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor, the smartphone did not face any issues while performing basic daily tasks. However, the gaming experience was decent, but there were occasional stutters. The smartphone packs a 5,000mAh battery, backed by a 12W wired charger.

Price: Rs 10,999

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