Smartphones getter better each passing year, and as such some of the top of the line features trickle down to mid-tier devices. The mid-range segment has some fantastic options for enthusiasts who wouldn’t want to spend a fortune on a flagship. In fact, buying mid-range smartphones make much more sense as the price of high-end flagships drop almost half in six months or so.
There are a ton of very good options available for under Rs 35,000 because the segment comprises of new handsets aimed at the mid-tier users and as well older flagships whose prices have gone down. That said, the sheer number of options make most people harder to make the right choice.
Here’s our pick of best under Rs 35000 smartphones you can find:
OnePlus may not be an as big name like Samsung, but the Chinese phone maker has come with flagship-grade smartphones at much reasonable prices. Packing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC, the OnePlus 5T is the most powerful smartphone in this segment. The top-notch SoC is paired with 6GB/8GBof RAM and 64GB/128GB of storage memory.
It offers flagship experience with front 6-inch “bezel-less” AMOLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio and new “Face Unlock” feature. A 16MP front camera and 20MP + 16MP rear sensors provide for great camera quality. A 3300mAh battery with Dash charging essentially gives you a full day charge in just 30 minutes. The elite phone is an absolute steal at Rs 32,999.
Despite being half a year old, LG’s 2017 flagship, the LG G6 is a great handset which now is available at Rs 33,999. Packing a bezel-less design, a 5.7-inch QHD+ display, and IP68 water resistance, the G6 is certainly a worth the deal.
The LG G6 is powered by a Snapdragon 821 SoC paired with 4GB RAM. It comes with either 32 or 64 GB storage, and you can add up to additional 256GB via microSD card. On the camera front, there is a 13MP + 13MP dual rear sensors and a 5MP selfie shooter. The device packs a 3300mAh non-removable battery along with wireless charging support for select areas.
Honor 8 Pro
Huawei is now offering special promo offer for its Honor smartphones. The Honor 8 Pro which was launched in India for Rs 29,999 is now available for a discount of Rs 3,000. Although it doesn’t come with ultra-thin bezels, it is a decent option for those interested in dual camera features. It comes with 12MP (monochrome) + 12MP (RGB) sensors with dual-tone LED flash, f/2.2 aperture and 4K video recording capabilities.
Other specs include a 5.7-inch QHD display with 515PPI pixel density, quad-core Kirin 960 SoC, 6GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage and microSD slot for memory expansion up to 128GB. A 4000mAh nonremovable battery powers the dual-SIM smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S7
If you are thinking of getting the new Galaxy S8, let me stop you right there. Instead, go for the older Galaxy S7 and save your money. Both the devices are essentially the same, save for the new bezel-less display design. This feature, however, comes with a downside for the display is easily breakable.
The Galaxy S7 sports a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with QHD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It packs a 12 megapixel, f/1.7 aperture shooter with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and 4K video recording along with 5MP selfie shooter. Moreover, the device is IP68 dust and water resistant, Snapdragon 820 SoC with 4GB RAM and 3300mAh battery. Samsung Galaxy S7 is currently available for Rs 33,490 on Flipkart.
The first generation Pixels were the best smartphones of 2016, and after the Pixel 2 lineup launched, Google slashed the price of the Pixel and Pixel XL. The smaller Google Pixel is now available at Rs 33,999, and it’s completely worth your money at that price, thanks to its stellar camera performance.
The Google Pixel doesn’t feature a bezel-less design, no dual cameras, mediocre design, but it’s still a contender in the sub-Rs 35,000 price bracket. The Pixel sports a 5-inch Full HD display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC. It has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. A 12MP camera is present at the back along with an 8MP front-facing camera. The device is backed by a 2770mAh battery.
Chinese smartphone maker Oppo debuted its all-new Oppo F5 in India earlier this month. Marketed as a selfie phone, the F5 packs a huge 20MP sensor on the front with AI-powered beauty mode. Oppo F5 starts for Rs 19,990 for 4GB+32GB version while the 6GB RAM and 64 storage version goes for Rs 24,990.
Oppo F5 is powered by a MediaTek MT6763T octa-core SoC coupled with 4GB/6GB of RAM. The device features a bezel-less 6-inch full-HD+ LTPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. There are a 20-megapixel front camera and a 16-megapixel primary sensor with dual-LED flash. The device houses a 3200mAh battery.
Apple iPhone 6S
Surely, Apple’s top of the line iPhone will burn a hole in your pocket. But if Apple is your thing, you can grab the older gen iPhone 6S for a reasonable price. The 32GB iPhone 6 is now up for grabs at Rs 36,999 and paired with offers so that you can pick it for less than 35000.
It no heavyweight on hardware or specs but iPhone 6S is still a sleek and good-looking smartphone with decent camera and performance capabilities. A 12MP primary camera and 5MP selfie snapper on the 6S still click pretty good pictures. Other specs include 4.7 display, 2GB RAM, and A9 Dual-core 1.84 GHz processor.
These smartphones are the best ones strictly under Rs 35,000. However, if you can afford little over Rs 35,000, and looking for some alternatives to this list, you can consider the Nokia 8 for all-round performance, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 for an excellent looking smartphone, and the OnePlus 5T 8GB RAM variant for beastly performance.
Chakri is a go-to guy for your next smartphone recommendation. Back in his engineering days, he used to play with smartphones by installing custom ROMs and that passion got him into the tech industry. He still goes nuts about a smartphone knocking his door for review. Currently managing everything at Telecom Talk, Chakri is trying to master PUBG Mobile in his free time.