Moto E7 Plus
The latest entry in the budget segment is the new Moto E7 Plus smartphone from Motorola’s budget E-series, which is priced at Rs 9,499 and comes equipped with some decent hardware. It has a 6.5-inch display with HD+ resolution, on top of which is a waterdrop notch. Moto E7 Plus works on Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor and is paired with 4GB of RAM. It is good for handling day-to-day tasks as well as light-hearted gaming. It gets a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, which is quick to unlock the device.
Motorola has used a 5,000mAh battery which lasts for a long time. There is no USB Type-C port here and the Micro-USB port is available on the Moto E7 Plus. The bundled charger is only 10W and takes over two hours to fully charge the device. You only get a dual camera setup on the Moto E7 Plus. The primary has a 48-megapixel sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The cameras are capable of capturing good pictures in daylight. The Moto E7 Plus also gets some decent low-light shots using Night Mode.
The Moto E7 Plus offers an almost stock Android experience, which is not very common at this price point. If you like a simple, easy-to-use interface then this phone is for you. It’s easy to suggest the Moto E7 Plus with a price tag of Rs 9,499, but also keep an eye out for the more powerful Moto G9, which has gone on sale several times for Rs 9,999.
Realme Narzo 10A
The Realme Narzo 10A can be seen as an upgrade over the Realme C3, as both these smartphones share a lot of similar hardware except for the design, macro camera and fingerprint sensor. This phone comes with HD + resolution and the size of the display is 6.5 inches. MediaTek Helio G70 chipset is available. Narzo 10A is priced at Rs 8,999 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant and Rs 9,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant.
The Narzo 10A packs a 5,000mAh battery and offers good battery life. It gets a triple camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Apart from this, its selfie camera comes equipped with a 5-megapixel lens. The Narzo 10A gets a new design compared to the Realme C3.
Redmi 9 has been launched as an upgrade to Redmi 8. Xiaomi has launched the Redmi 9 with a micro-USB port, which is a downgrade from the USB Type-C port included in the Redmi 8 and is disappointing as well. Redmi 9 has a 6.53-inch HD + display, which comes equipped with Waterdrop Notch.
Xiaomi has chosen the MediaTek Helio G35 processor to power the Redmi 9, which comes with 4 GB of RAM. The Redmi 9 is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery but comes with a 10W charger in the box. While the charging is a bit slow, the battery life is quite good and you can get a backup of more than a day with regular use. Redmi 9 works on MIUI 12, based on Android 10. There is a lot of bloatware on the smartphone and we also encountered spam notifications while using it.
The Redmi 9 sports a dual camera setup at the back, consisting of a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, it has a 5-megapixel front camera. The Redmi 9 is capable of handling day-to-day tasks, but heavy games may not run very smoothly.
Realme C12 and Realme C15
Realme recently launched two budget smartphones in its C-series. Both the Realme C12 and the Realme C15 are quite similar and come with similar dimensions. Both the smartphones have a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a waterdrop notch. Both work on MediaTek Helio G35 processor like Redmi 9.
Both the Realme C12 and the Realme C15 are powered by a 6,000mAh battery and have a Micro-USB port for charging. 10W charger is available with Reality C12, while C15 gets a better 18W charger. The Realme C12 is only available with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, while the C15 also gets an additional 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage option, though it’s above our set budget.
There are some differences in the camera setup of both the Realme C12 and the Realme C15. The C12 gets a 13-megapixel primary camera camera, a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor and a 2-megapixel macro camera. While the C15 gets a 13-megapixel primary camera with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, a 2-megapixel monochrome camera and a 2-megapixel retro camera. For selfies, the C12 gets a 5-megapixel sensor and the C15 gets an 8-megapixel sensor.
Redmi 9 Prime
The Redmi 9 Prime is similar to the Redmi 9 and comes with the same 6.53-inch display. However, instead of the HD + panel present in the Redmi 9, it gets a full-HD + panel.
Redmi 9 Prime also has a powerful MediaTek Helio G80 chipset. This gaming processor is paired with 4GB of RAM and you get either 64GB or 128GB of storage, though 64GB option comes in our budget. The Redmi 9 Prime runs on MIUI 11 based on Android 10 and comes with a fair amount of bloatware.
The Redmi 9 Prime packs a quad-camera setup, consisting of a 13-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Camera performance is average overall. You’ll get decent battery life thanks to the 5,020mAh battery, but you get 10W in the box, which makes charging a bit slow.