Top budget smartphones with big batteries in India

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Smartphones have come a long way from needing to be charged halfway through the day to lasting more than a day. Improvements in the battery charging technology that lets you charge your smartphone really fast are an added boon, too. However, nothing beats a smartphone that can last through a hectic day at work.

Quite a few phones that go all out with their features forget to back it up with a sizeable battery. Still, there are several options in the market that fall within the mid-range or budget segment and are powered by massive batteries.

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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

Launched on the back of the popular Zenfone Max Pro M1, the Max Pro M2 continues with the best bits about the M1 while bringing some improvements. The energy-efficient Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with the 5,000mAh battery means that the phone should last more than a full day of normal usage without breaking a sweat.

While the battery life is great, the lack of fast charging means that the Zenfone Max Pro M2 takes nearly 3 hours to charge fully. That aside, it is a good option if battery life is your primary criterion.

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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 revived Asus’ fortunes in the budget segment. With this device, Asus has focused on basic things like the battery life, value for money and a decent display. The mid-range Snapdragon 636 chipset which is paired with a 5,000mAh battery means you can expect the device to last a long day of use without any issues.

The only issue is the camera performance, but if it’s not a deal-breaker for you, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is still a good option.

Read our full review here

Vivo Z1 Pro

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Vivo Z1 Pro

Weight: 201g | Dimensions: 162.4 x 77.3 x 8.9mm | OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.53-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 712 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP

Big battery
Good performance
Scratch-prone exterior
Micro-USB port for charging

Vivo has upped its game in the budget and mid-range segments over the last few months in India. While a few other smartphones are aimed specifically at a slightly younger audience, Vivo has tried to offer a slightly more rounded package with the Z1 Pro.

The Z1 Pro is also one of the few smartphones in this price range to sport a punch hole notch. If you are looking for a smartphone that offers really long battery life, the Z1 Pro won't let you down with its massive 5,000mAh battery. The display, camera and the glossy design round off the remaining important aspects.

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

Samsung has been trying to reinvent itself in the budget segment for a while now, and the Galaxy M series is a good testament of the company's efforts. The Galaxy M20 offers a good balance between power, performance and battery life.

The Galaxy M20’s understated, minimalist design coupled with the waterdrop notch, a bright display and the massive battery help it get into this list. As far as budget smartphones with big batteries are concerned, the Galaxy M20 is right up there with the best ones.

You can read our full Samsung Galaxy M20 review here

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Vivo S1

Weight: 179g | Dimensions: 159.5 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.38-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Mediatek Helio P65 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 4500mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP

Amazing battery life
18W dual-engine fast charging
Good camera performance

Vivo is evolving. While it was known for its pricey smartphones that didn’t offer as much of a value for money as Xiaomi did, the company’s recent launches like the Z1 Pro and now the S1 mean that customers are in for a good time.

The Vivo S1 features a stunning gradient design on the back, giving it a rich, premium look. Aimed at the imaging enthusiasts, the Vivo S1 also includes an in-display fingerprint sensor that adds to its advantages. Topping it off is a massive battery that should last more than a day’s usage. This, coupled with fast charging should mean you can bid goodbye to battery life woes.

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Samsung Galaxy M30

Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 159 x 75.1 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.4-inch Super AMOLED | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 pixels | CPU: Exynos 7904 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 5MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP

Vibrant AMOLED display
5,000mAh battery
Substandard cameras
Not good for gaming

Samsung has been trying to reinvent itself in the budget segment for a while now, and the Galaxy M series is a good testament of the company's efforts. The Galaxy M30 offers a good balance between power, performance and battery life.

Add to it, Samsung's excellent Super AMOLED display, a massive battery that can last for a couple of days on a single charge and a wide-angle camera, you have a recipe for a great phone that has a competitive advantage over its competitors.

Read our review of the Samsung Galaxy M30

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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

Xiaomi has dominated the budget and entry-level smartphone segments for a long time now. This is no different this year either - the launch of the Redmi Note 7 Pro changed the market dynamics yet again.

Apart from its imaging capabilities, the Redmi Note 7 Pro offers a great bang for your buck thanks to the great display, a well-balanced chipset and battery life that we've all grown to expect from Xiaomi's Redmi Note series.

Read our full review of the Redmi Note 7 Pro

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Redmi Note 7S

Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 660 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP

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

The Redmi Note 7S replaces the Redmi Note 7 and offers 48MP camera under Rs 10,000. It features the same gradient glass back design, waterdrop notch and a bright high-quality display at the same time.

When you also consider the massive 4,000mAh battery and the updated MIUI skin, the Redmi Note 7S sounds like a very good proposition.