Motorola, that started its second innings under Google’s shelter, has been the biggest proponent of stock Android in affordable phones for the last few years. However, as of today, quite a few OEMs are open to sticking with Google’s pure Android vision. (हिंदी में पढ़ें)
After all, with spec sheets reaching a saturation point, consumers today realize the importance of efficient, light and well-optimized software.
So, if you are looking for a stock Android or pure Android phone priced under 15,000 INR, here are a few options that you could consider.
What’s so special about stock Android or Pure Android software?
The stock Android software is popular because it’s relatively light and faster as it isn’t bogged down or burdened with customization options, added features and preloaded apps that you might or might not use. Or in other words, you will (generally) get a clean reliable interface and get to decide what apps you need to keep on your phone.
It’s also a safer bet for consumers. If you aren’t sure whether you will find a particular software in line with your taste, it’s generally safer to side with Google’s vision aka stock Android.
1. Xiaomi Mi A1
Xiaomi’s Android One smartphone, Mi A1, that has almost the same hardware as the dual camera Mi 5X is now official in India.
Xiaomi’s ability to churn out powerful hardware at minimal prices combined with Google’s software expertise is definitely something to watch out for. The handset also benefits from dual rear cameras (2X Zoom), slim full metal body, and a 5.5-inch full HD display.
Even after the launch of Redmi Note 5 Pro, that’s loaded with modern trends, the Mi A1 continues to be relevant.
2. Nokia 6
Instead of investing time and effort in nurturing a custom OS from the ground up, Nokia wisely decided to side with Stock Android software on all its phone in the second innings.
Nokia 6 (Review) might not have the best of hardware supporting its stock Android cause, but it looks stunning, has a sharp and well calibrated Full HD display, and offers fluid performance. Now, a 4G RAM option of the phone is also available in India.
3. Moto G5s Plus
The Moto G5s Plus (Hands-on review) is the first dual camera Moto that’s also favored by a full metal body, latest stock Android software, and an impressive spec sheet.
The phone is powered by Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Other notable highlights include 3000mAh battery with fast charging, front mounted fingerprint scanner, and a 5.5-inch Full HD display.
4. Lenovo K8 Note
Lenovo also joined the stock Android bandwagon starting with the K8 Note (Review). The handset runs unadulterated Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS powered by Helio X23 chipset paired with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage.
The handset also includes two rear cameras, metallic casing, and a massive 4000mAh battery. Big Battery and stock Android seem to be the mantra Lenovo will be sticking to this year.
5. Moto G5 Plus
The Moto G5 Plus is another worthy stock Android option that you can consider for under 15,000 INR. The 4GB RAM and 32GB storage variant now costs 14,999 INR, which is quite reasonable for what it brings to the table.
The Moto G5 Plus is powered by the tried and trusted Snapdragon 625 chipset, has one of the best rear cameras in its class and includes a 5.5-inch Full HD display.
6. Lenovo K8 and K8 Plus
After launching its ‘Killer Note’, Lenovo announced another K-series smartphones, the K8 Plus and K8 in India. Both are the budget handset that runs on the stock Android software as well.
Lenovo has backed both K8 and K8 Plus with different processors, The entry-level K8 comes 2.3GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 chipset, while the Lenovo K8 Plus is powered by octa-core Helio P25 chipset. They processor on both the phones are backed by 3GB RAM and storage variant.
7. 10.or G
10.or (Tenor) G is the flagship smartphone launched by the Chinese ODM Huaqin Technology. Just like its 10.or E, the 10.or G also runs on the stock-Android phone out of the box.
The smartphone is a powerhouse in terms of its feature and specification. 10.or G is the first budget smartphone to equip Snapdragon 625 processor, under its hood. It also features a dual-rear camera and a powerful front camera, a big battery support, and an ample storage to store all your files and data.
8. 10.or D
The 10.or D is another (almost) stock Android phone meant for people looking for a Redmi 5A Alternative.
The handset has a fingerprint sensor, capacious battery, a dedicated card slot and is solidly built. On the downside, the design isn’t exactly impressive, and the performance is mediocre – both being acceptable flaws in this budget.
The Best Pure Android Running Smartphones for 2018
These are some of the best affordable stock Android phones that you can buy this year. Of course, if you wish to extend your budget, there are phones like Google Pixel and Pixel XL, Nokia 8 or even OnePlus 5T.
Last updated on February 23, 2018