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Our best budget cell phone picks for 2016 are all under the $150 mark. Most of these are Android based phones from Motorola and a clutch of new Chinese upstarts. Overall, even though Motorola offers a more stable engineering and robust phones, the Chinese brands like Xiaomi and Huawei offer a great value for money by providing higher specs and at cheaper price points.

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Xolo Era 4K
Motorola Moto E (Gen 2)
Micromax Canvas Spark 3
Motorola Moto E (Gen 2) 4G
Micromax Yu Yunique
Xolo Era 4K
Motorola Moto E (Gen 2)
Micromax Canvas Spark 3
Motorola Moto E (Gen 2) 4G
Micromax Yu Yunique
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Release Date
Mar 2016
Mar 2015
Apr 2016
Jun 2015
Sep 2015
Digital Camera Resolution
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
1.0 GB
1.0 GB
1.0 GB
1.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.0 inch
4.5 inch
5.5 inch
4.5 inch
4.7 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
2.0 MP
Processor Type
1GHz  quad-core, MediaTek MT6735, Quad-core 1.0 GHz
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 - 3G model, Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 - LTE model
1.3GHz  quad-core
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 - 3G model, Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 - LTE model
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
Battery Capacity
4000.0 mAh
2390.0 mAh
2500.0 mAh
2390.0 mAh
2000.0 mAh
Operating System
Android 5.1, Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.0.x (Lollipop), v5.0 (Lollipop), upgradable to v5.1 (Lollipop) - only XT1527
Android 5.1
Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop), upgradable to v5.1 (Lollipop) - only XT1527
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)

Photos lack detail.

It looks great, has class-leading battery life and we love its light, bloatware-free approach to Android.

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Surprisingly for a Rs. 5,000 phone, the Canvas Spark 3 looks and feels pretty good.

Despite this, the Moto E remains an impressive phone that puts rival low-cost smartphones well and truly in the shade.

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Low light photographs are quite bad.