Top budget smartphones with big batteries in India

A decent battery is the root of any smartphone worth its salt. It ensures that you can get the most out of your phone during any point of the day, without worrying about battery drain. More importantly, it dictates whether or not you can listen to tunes on your device on your way home after a long day at work.

Quite a few phones that go all out with their features forget to back it up with a sizeable battery. But, there are still a number options in the market that fall within the mid-range or budget segment. 

Keep in mind that battery size alone isn’t the determining factor for a smartphone’s battery life. The phone’s chipset and a consumer’s usage pattern also play a major role.

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Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

Display: 6.26-inch full-HD+ notched display | Protection: 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 6 | OS: Android 8.1 Oreo | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 1.95GHz octa-core SoC + Adreno 512 GPU | RAM: 3GB/4GB/6GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Rear camera: 12MP+5MP | Front camera: 13MP | Battery: 5000mAh

Stock Android UI/UX
Massive battery life
Smooth performance
No fast charging
Unimpressive low-light camera

 The successor to the popular Max Pro M1, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is a great all-round performer. It runs stock Android and has only 3 pre-loaded apps- Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. The Snapdragon 660 is paired with an Adreno 512 GPU; the pair can handle most tasks and heavy games with minimal glitching. 

The battery life is great, but the lack of fast charging means that the device takes nearly 3 hours to charge fully. A full battery will last about 9-10 hours of heavy usage and multitasking, so it will last the ordinary user over 24 hours. 

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Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Display: 6-inch full HD | OS: Android 8.1 Oreo | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC | RAM: 3GB/4GB/6GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Rear camera: 13MP/16MP + 5MP | Front camera: 8MP/16MP | Battery: 5000mAh

Massive battery
Crisp display
Runs stock Android
Bit too wide
Unimpressive camera

 The Zenfone Max Pro M1 doesn’t scream flashy. Despite the below-average camera performance, few phones offer all the features that it does at such a low price. The best part is, you don’t run out of battery even after gaming all night. The 5000mAh battery lasts for the longest time and doesn’t take too long to recharge either, despite no fast charging. 

If you’re willing to compromise on camera, it’s hard to look past this one. 

Read our full review here

Samsung Galaxy M20

The new kid on the (battery) block

OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience v 9.5 UX | Processor: Exynos 7904 octa-core SoC with 3GB/4GB RAM | Storage: 32GB/64GB, expandable up to 512GB | Battery: 5000mAh

Battery lasts 12+ hours
Adaptive fast-charging support
In-box 15W fast charging cable
Still uses an older version of Android
No 5GHz Wi-Fi support

Having a big battery has slowly become a parameter for budget smartphone excellence, and it looks like Samsung has finally jumped on the bandwagon. The Galaxy M20 packs a whopping 5000mAh battery. You get more than 12 hours of battery life on each charge after a busy day, and even 24 hours if used judiciously.

The Galaxy M20 supports Samsung’s adaptive fast charging via USB Type-C and also brings along a 15W fast charger in the box.  

You can read our full Samsung Galaxy M20 review here

Mi Max 2

Mi Max 2

A huge phablet at a reasonable price

Weight: 211g | Dimensions: 174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6mm | OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat | Screen size: 6.44-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 5300mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP

Huge display
Amazing battery life
Supports QuickCharge 3.0
Mediocre front camera
Runs Android Nougat out of the box

After receiving a warm response for the existing Redmi phones in India, Xiaomi introduced its plus-sized Mi Max 2, which has a massive 5300mAh battery. As per the company’s claim, the battery offers 18 hours of video playback, 57 hours of talk time and over 31 days of standby. Not only is the battery large, but the phone also has a huge 6.44-inch full HD display, which is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.

Along with its mammoth battery and display, the smartphone offers decent support for day-to-day tasks. In fact, it can be a great smartphone for multimedia enthusiasts with features like the dual speakers. It comes packed in an attractive metal unibody shell, which adds to its premium feel.

So, if you are in the market for a phone with big battery and display, the Mi Max 2 can be a good choice. 

Read the full review: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 review

Gionee M7 Power

Gionee M7 Power

Gionee M7 Power

Phone or a power bank?

Weight: 199g | Dimensions: 156.3 x 75.6 x 8.6 mm | OS: Android 7.1 Nougat | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 720 | CPU: Snapdragon 435 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP

Great battery backup
Good display
Hybrid dual SIM

Launched in September 2017, the Gionee M7 Power sports a 6-inch full HD+ FullView IPS display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The screen is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 on the top. The highlight of the phone is its 5000mAh battery, which offers tons of power.

It is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 435 chipset, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The 64GB internal storage is expandable to up to 256GB.

The phone is available on Amazon in Black and Gold colours.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Redmi Note 7 Pro

The new Note

OS: Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 | Processor: Snapdragon 675 octa-core SoC with 4GB/6GB RAM | Display: 6.3-inch FHD+ LTPS in-cell display with dot notch | Rear Camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP | Battery: 4000mAh

Greatbattery life
Revamped design
Large display
Screen size may not suit everyone

The Redmi Note 7 Pro just released, and will go on sale on March 13. Its 4000mAh battery will last you all day and then some. It even has QuickCharge 4.0 support, although no wireless charging. 

The camera performs well, the SoC boosts efficiency and the option for expandable storage make life a lot easier.  Under the hood is the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core chipset, and an Adreno 612 GPU. There are two storage variants- the 4GB/64GB variant is priced at Rs 13,999, while the 6GB/128GB version is priced at Rs 16,999. 

Hands on: Redmi Note 7 Pro review

Redmi Note 7

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC + Adreno 512 GPU | OS: Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 | RAM: 3GB/4GB/6GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP | Battery: 4000mAh

Long-lasting battery
Supports QuickCharge 4.0
48MP main camera
18W fast charger sold separately

The Redmi Note 7 is the younger fraternal twin of the Note 7 Pro, and it looks like it too. It boasts of the cheapest 48MP camera in the Indian market- it starts at Rs 9,999 for the base 3GB/32GB storage variant. Like its better-looking brother, it will go on sale on March 13 at Mi Home stores,, Flipkart and Mi Partner stores.  

Moto E5 Plus

Moto E5 Plus

Moto E5

Budget phone with extra battery

Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 154.4 x 72.2 x 9mm | OS: Android 8.0 Oreo | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 720 | CPU: Snapdragon 425 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Huge Battery
Clean overlay
Durable Build
Average performance
Mediocre camera
Reportedly no software updates

It may be the cheapest of the range, but the Moto E5 still packs a sizeable 5.7-inch display with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, microSD slot and a rear facing fingerprint scanner.  

More to the point, there’s a big 4,000mAh battery, along with a stock Android 8.0 Oreo UI, a headphone jack and a 5MP front-facing camera. Not bad for the price, but it’s definitely not without compromise. 

Read the full review: Moto E5 


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