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 droid 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 A2
Xiaomi’s second generation Android One phone, Mi A2, is now official in India. For now, only the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage option is available in India for an aggressive price of Rs. 16,999. Xiaomi has confirmed that it will bring in the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage option soon.
The Mi A2 includes a 5.99-inch (18:9) display and is powered by Snapdragon 660 octa-core chipset. The handset further includes dual rear cameras, 20MP selfie camera, and a 3010mAh battery.
2. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
Asus drastically changed its smartphone strategy this year. Apart from aggressively competitive prices, Asus has also revamped its software which used to be the biggest peeve point of Asus devices.
The new Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (Review) houses a 5000mAh battery, sticks to the latest hardware trends, and also runs almost stock Android software. Asus still adds a few minor enhancements, like Zenmotion gestures, but without tempering the stock Android spirit.
3. Xiaomi Mi A1
Xiaomi’s Android One smartphone, Mi A1, still continues to be one of the best selling options at offline stores.
Xiaomi’s ability to churn out powerful hardware at minimal prices combined with Google’s software expertise is definitely a win-win combination. 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.
4. Nokia 6.1
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.
HMD global has upgraded Nokia 6 to Nokia 6.1 (or Nokia 6 2018) and has made some much-needed improvements. The Nokia 6.1 looks stunning, has a sharp and well calibrated Full HD display, and is now powered by powerful Snapdragon 630 octa-core mobile platform. Now, a 4G RAM option of the phone is also available in India.
5. Nokia 6.1 Plus
Nokia X6 is all set to launch in India as Nokia 6.1 Plus on August 21. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is the first Notch-display phone from HMD global and is powered by Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor (the same chip that fuels Redmi Note 5 Pro and Zenfone Max Pro M1).
Like all Nokia phones available in India, the Nokia 6.1 also runs light and pure Stock Android 8.1 Oreo software and is a good contender for Android 9.0 Pie update. Other features include 16MP+5MP dual rear cameras, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and 3000mAh battery.
6. Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play
Motorola is all set to launch Moto G6 and Moto g6 Play in India. The two Moto phones include 5.7-inch displays and are powered by entry grade Snapdragon 400-series chipsets.
Out of the two, the Moto G6 has dual rear cameras. Other similarities include Android Oreo, big batteries, and 8MP selfie shooter.
7. Moto G6 Plus (coming soon)
The Moto G6 Plus India launch is iminent. The elder sibling of Moto G6 comes with a few enhancements like better mobile platform, higher resolution display, and a slightly bigger battery.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 powered Moto G6 Plus runs almost stock Android. Motorola has been adding subtle enhancements and features to its version of OS but it has always maintained the essence of stock Android. Other notable highlights of Moto G6 Plus include glass body design, dual rear cameras (12MP+5MP), and an 8MP selfie camera.
8. Nokia 1 (Android Go)
Nokia 1 is an option you can consider if you are looking for entry-grade devices. It makes do with minimal hardware resources, but benefits from light Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) software tailor-made by Google for low-end phones.
The Nokia 1 has a 5.4-inch FWVGA screen and is powered by 1.1GHz quad-core MT6737M chipset paired with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. The handset is meant for basic users on a budget, probably those who wish to upgrade to smartphones from feature phones.
9. 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.
The Best Pure Android Running Smartphones for 2018
These are some of the best affordable stock Android phones that you can buy this year. Apart from names mentioned above, users can also opt for any other current or last generation Nokia or Motorola phone (including the likes of Nokia 2.1, Nokia 5.1, etc. )
Here’s the sum-up list of Best Stock Android Phones In India Under Rs 17,000 in May 2018
|Product Name||Starting Price (Rs)||Available at|
|Xiaomi Mi A2||16,999||Amazon|
|Asus Zenfone Max pro M1||10,990||Flipkart|
|Xiaomi Mi A1||13,999||Flipkart|
|Moto G6 Play||9,999*||Amazon|
|Moto G6 Plus||–||Amazon|
|Nokia 6.1 Plus (Nokia X6)||–||Amazon|