6 Best 4G VoLTE Android phones under Rs.15,000 ($220) in India

With the launch of Reliance’s Jio 4G services in September, 2016, demand of 4G LTE phones suddenly skyrocketed in India. Prior to Jio rollout, 4G LTE network penetration was very limited in India mainly confined to big metro cities of the country. Thus nobody cared about the 4G support in phones till then. However Jio’s “everything (4G data, voice calls, SMS etc) free and unlimited” offer made “4G” phones a hit overnight. It made 4G support a bare necessity in any phone. Everyone now wants a 4G supporting phone to avail the amazing free Jio services.

What is VoLTE?

As you may know every Jio service is based on high speed 4G LTE network connection. Be it data, chatting, music/video streaming or voice calls to other networks, everything works only when the data connection is On. Jio network uses LTE data to make and receive voice calls – a function popularly called as VoLTE (Voice over LTE). VoLTE is an advanced functionality based on 4G network. Thus a 4G phone may or may not support VoLTE depending upon the SoC it has. Almost all phones (barring a few high-end ones) launched before 2016 do not have native VoLTE support.

Reliance was aware of the fact that very few phones natively supported VoLTE at the time of Jio launch in India. So they introduced an app called Jio4GVoice which provides the VoLTE function in any 4G supporting phone. Still anything native is better than an extra running app. So now consumers are looking for phones with both 4G + VoLTE capabilities. Realizing this point, phone makers have started launching 4G + VoLTE smart phones even in budget segment.

Best 4G VoLTE (Mid range) Android phones (Rs.10,000-15,000)

Are you looking for a 4G VoLTE phone from India’s favorite “Cheap and Best” category? Here are 6 best options we have selected for you –

1. InFocus Epic 1

InFocus Epic 1 is the only other phone (along with Moto G Plus) of this list which has a 16 MP high-end camera module. Besides it also has one of the most powerful (high-end) processor found in current smart phones – MediaTek Helio X20. These two features make InFocus Epic 1 a serious contender of the best of three phones of this list. Other specs –

Deca-core MTK Helio X20 SoC
32 GB internal memory (128 GB memory card support)
5.5 inches Full HD LTPS display, Gorilla Glass protection
16 MP f/1.8 primary camera with PDAF, AIS, Object Tracking and Dynamic AF, 4K & Slow-motion video recording
8 MP f/1.8 front camera, soft flash & Adaptive De-noise technology for better low-light selfies
3000mAh Battery with fast charging, USB Type-C, Finger print scanner, Curved back metallic body with Brush metal finish, FM Radio, Infrared remote function

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Verdict – If you are not brand conscious then go for it blindly

2. Coolpad Cool 1

Another unique and powerful device from Coolpad (and LeEco). Cool 1 is the only phone in this list with dual-rear camera module and the powerful Snapdragon 652 processor. Dual camera system is the latest trend in high-end flagship phones. Cool 1 is the first phone in budget price range to have this advanced camera module. Other specs –

Coolpad Cool 1

Coolpad Cool 1

Snapdragon 652 (64-bit Octacore CPU & Adreno 510 GPU)
32 GB internal memory (not expandable)
5.5 inches Full HD display, Gorilla Glass 3 protection
13 MP + 13 MP dual camera (both have 6P-lens and CMOS sensor), PDAF, 4K UHD video recording
8 MP front camera with PureCel Pixel architecture for brighter selfies even in low-light
EUI 5.8 based on Android 6.0 MM
4000 mAh battery with Quick Charge support, USB Type-C, multi-functional fingerprint sensor, metal body
Price – Rs.13,999

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Verdict – Overall a beast phone, highly recommended!

3. Lenovo Z2 Plus

Lenovo Z2 Plus is the most “expensive” phone of this list. But the cost is more than justified by it’s high-end specifications. Z2 Plus has everything flagship grade except the price-tag. It is actually the cheapest phone right now running Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 820 processor. Other Specs –

Lenovo Z2 Plus

Lenovo Z2 Plus

3 GB DDR4 RAM (4GB RAM variant is also there but costs Rs.17,499)
5 inches Full HD LTPS LCD display
13 MP large pixel primary camera with smart Hybrid AF (PDAF + CAF + EIS), 4K UHD and slow motion (upto 240fps) video recording
8 MP large pixels (1.40 micron size) front camera
3500mAh high-density battery with Quick Charge technology, USB Type-C
Finger print sensor powered by U-Touch 2.0 technology – can perform upto 7 different functions
U-Health app to track health stats by utilizing the full potential of SPU (Sensor Processing Unit of SD820)
Almost pure (stock) Android 6.0.1 MM OS
Price – Rs.14,999

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Verdict – It’s a bit costlier than other phones of this list but is definitely worth the price. Backed by a big brand like Lenovo and powered by impressive specs it is definitely a “go for it” phone. Besides it is also the only 5 incher phone of this list. A pocketable size rarely seen now in good phones.

4. Lenovo Vibe K5 Note

Another one from Lenovo and one of the best budget VoLTE phone right now with awesome specs (4GB RAM). For this price you get everything premium –
Octacore Helio P10 CPU
32 GB ROM (128 GB expandable)
5.5 inches Full HD display
13 MP primary
8 MP front camera
3500 mAh battery, Fingerprint sensor, metallic body, Dolby Atmos sound, TheaterMax technology for immersive VR experience.
Price – Rs.13,499

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Note – VoLTE function is activated after an OTA update in new K5 Note phones.

5. Motorola Moto G Plus 4th Gen.

Moto G Plus 4th Gen. is definitely one of the best phone of this list in terms of camera, speedy updates and quality of hardware. Due to almost stock Android builds, Moto phones now get Android updates along with the Nexus/Pixel line of devices. So this Moto has also got Android Nougat. It is also one of the two phones of this list with 16 MP primary camera with high-end features like Laser AF and PDAF. Besides there is also a pro/manual mode in camera app for full control over camera settings – something which is found only in high-end premium phones.
Other specs –
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC (1.5GHz Octacore CPU)
2 / 3GB RAM
16/ 32 GB internal memory (upto 128GB memory card support)
5.5 inches Full HD IPS LCD display, Gorilla Glass 3 protection
3000m Ah Battery with fast charging, fastest (of this list) Finger print scanner
Price – Rs.13,999 for 3 GB RAM variant

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Overall a good phone from a reliable and top brand Motorola. If camera and brand is your priority then go for it. However CPU is a bit let down.

6. Redmi Note 4 (4GB RAM variant)

Redmi Note 4 succeeds the hugely popular Redmi Note 3 but unfortunately (barring 4 GB RAM) it does not matches the old Note in many departments (you can see the comparison between the two in this post). Have a look at it’s specifications –

Redmi Note 4
Snapdragon 625 SoC (2.0 GHz Octacore – a newer power efficient mid-range processor)
64 GB internal memory (expandable upto 128GB)
5.5 inches Full HD IPS LCD display, 2.5D curved glass
13 MP BSI CMOS f/2.0 primary camera sensor
5 MP front camera
4100 mAh Battery with fast charging, Finger print scanner, light metal body with thin antenna lines
Price – Rs.12,999

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So if you are a Xiaomi fan then go for it otherwise look for other options.

Note – All of these phones natively support VoLTE so we have not mentioned it in individual specifications. Also the phones are not listed in any order of “good, better or best” – the sequence is random. You can go for any of them – it’s all upto individual needs, choice and preferences. For example If I have to make a choice out of these then I will decide like this – being a power user, a high-end CPU and camera quality are my main priorities, brand value and style matters least to me. So Lenovo Z2 Plus is my first choice then Coolpad Cool 1 then InFocus Epic 1 then Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus then Moto G Plus then Redmi Note 4. Now what about you?


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