Couple of new handsets were launched in July 2016 in the Indian markets and some handsets also got a price drop. New handsets will be launched in August, but as on 31st July 2016, here are some of the best handsets that you can consider buying.

Best Smartphones In India that you can buy (as on 31st July 2016)

You can choose from any of the handsets listed below (not in any particular order), choose one based on your requirements.

Redmi Note 3

Redmi Note 3 is still the best bet, most powerful, very good battery backup and good price of Rs. 9,999 (2GB RAM). Note 3 camera quality is above average.

Hexa core / 4G LTE VoLTE / 2GB RAM / 16GB ROM / 5.5 inch FHD screen / 16MP / 5MP and 4050 mAh battery.  Camera: above average.

Redmi Note 3 price: Rs. 9,999

Moto G4 Plus

Motorola G4 Plus – This one is also powerful and comes with an excellent camera.

Octa core /4G LTE VoLTE / 2GB RAM / 16GB ROM / 5.5 inch FHD screen / 16MP / 5MP and 3000 mAh battery.  Camera : Excellent.

G4 Plus price : Rs. 13,499

Best Smartphones in India as on July 2016

Lenovo ZUK Z1

The ZUK Z1 (this handset comes with outdated hardware but still powerful) and a good option to consider also with excellent camera. Note : ZUK Z1 does not support VoLTE for now.

Quad core /4G LTE / 3GB RAM / 64GB ROM / 5.5 inch FHD screen / 13MP / 8MP and 4100 mAh battery.
Camera : Excellent.

ZUK Z1 Price : Rs. 13,499

Vivo V3

Vivo V3 – This is another very good option, it got a bit cheaper at Rs. 14,980. V3 comes with the fastest finger print unlocking, almost instant.

Octa core /4G LTE VoLTE/ 3GB RAM / 32GB ROM / 5 inch HD screen / 13MP / 8MP and 2550 mAh battery.  Camera : Above Average.

Vivo V3 now for Rs. 14,980

LeEco Le 2

LeEco Le 2 another powerful smartphone you can go for but the camera quality is not that impressive, if you are okay with that and like the Le 2 then you can go ahead – priced at Rs. 11,999 (don’t buy from LeMall site, their service is too slow).

Octa core /4G LTE / 3GB RAM / 32GB ROM / 5.5 inch FHD screen / 16MP / 8MP and 3000 mAh battery.
Camera : Average.

Reliance LYF

Reliance LYF Water 8 also looks good for the price, also several other Reliance LYF models got a price drop. The main advantage of getting the LYF phones is the Reliance Jio Preview that users get for free (unlimited 4G for 3 months). The Jio scheme I guess will be rolled out to other devices too, already been done on some selected Samsung devices, so if you really want to use Jio later on better buy handset with 4G and VoLTE support to make the most out of it.

Other Smartphones

The Coolpad Note 3 Lite and the Asus Zenfone Max is also worth considering.

For those looking to buy a tablet with phone features the Xiaomi Mi Max is a much better option though the screen is smaller than a tablet, but for Rs. 14,999 you are not going to miss a phone or a tablet.

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 is another one with excellent battery life.

Best Premium Smartphone as on 31st July 2016

You can either go for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge / S7 if you have the budget or go with Xiaomi Mi 5 or OnePlus 3 (OP3). Between Mi 5 and OP3 it makes sense to go with OP3 the price difference is genuine.

OnePlus 3 is doing really well in Elisa (Finland) – it is the second-best-selling phone in general and best-selling phone online.

By Rajeev Rana

Founder and Chief Editor -