There was a time when phones offered mere 512MB of RAM and were still priced exorbitantly. That time is thankfully long gone, and we today have phones that offer more memory than a lot of laptops available in the market. Smartphone users have been spoilt by plenty of options available in the market as companies fight it out in the market with a strategy of offering more for less.
Lately, the Indian market has slowly started seeing the rise of smartphones with 6GB RAM, but if you're on a budget you don't need to necessarily go for these picks for a great experience. In real world usage, 4GB RAM is sufficient for a majority of tasks, looking at our own experience with various devices - and many phones do a good job with even lesser RAM.
To help you pick one, we've 10 of the best smartphones with 4GB of RAM, priced below the Rs. 20,000 mark. Of course just having 4GB RAM doesn't make for a great device, so we have only chosen phones that have been reviewed at Gadgets 360, which means we can vouch for these devices.
Here are the best 4GB RAM smartphones below Rs. 20,000 right now:
The biggest highlight of the Moto G5 Plus is it runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box, and is one of the first in its segment to offer near stock Android experience.
For specifications, the Moto G5 Plus sports a 5.2-inch full-HD IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. The camera setup includes a 12-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel camera. The Moto G5 Plus battery capacity is 3000mAh and supported TurboPower charging.
Lenovo launched two Moto G5 Plus (Review) variants in the Indian market - 3GB RAM+16GB storage at Rs. 14,999, and 4GB RAM+32GB storage at Rs. 16,999.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was one of the first launches from the Chinese company this year, and has received accolades from all. Some of the highlights of the Redmi Note 4 are its solid metal body, processor performance, and improved camera performance compared to the Redmi Note 3.
Xiaomi recently announced that it sold 1 million units of the Redmi Note 4 (Review) in India within 45 days of its first sale. For specifications, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has a 5.5-inch full-HD display, and is powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled. At the rear, there is a 13-megapixel camera sensor with dual-LED flash and a fingerprint sensor. In the front, the smartphone houses a 5-megapixel sensor. It sports a large 4100mAh battery, supports VoLTE, and runs on MIUI 8 based android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The phone comes in three variants: 2GB RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage priced at Rs. 9,999; 3GB RAM and 32GB storage at Rs. 10,999, and 4GB RAM and 64GB storage at Rs. 12,999.
The biggest highlight of the Lenovo Z2 Plus is that it's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. It features a 5-inch full-HD display made by Sharp. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera.
The Lenovo Z2 Plus received a price cut in India recently, and is now available at a starting price of Rs. 14,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage model, and Rs. 17,499 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage. Compared to other phones in the list, the Lenovo Z2 Plus (Review) is a slightly dated device considering it was announced back in September, but it still measures up well.
The LeEco Le Max 2 is another Snapdragon 820 powered smartphone in our list, apart from the Lenovo Z2 Plus. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and packs a 5.7-inch QHD bezel-less 'Super Retina' display, 21-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, 3100mAh battery, and supports 4G LTE in India, apart from VoLTE support. It supports fast charging and features a Sense ID 3D fingerprint technology.
Lenovo's K-series has been one of the most popular smartphone ranges from the Chinese company. The Lenovo K6 Note's biggest highlight is its 4000mAh battery, and it sports a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based smartphone bears a 5.5-inch full-HD (1920x1080 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor coupled with 3GB or 4GB RAM.
On the optics front, Lenovo K6 Note (Review) includes a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. Lenovo K6 Note price in India starts at Rs. 13,999 for the 3GB model while the 4GB variant is priced at Rs. 15,499.
The new Gionee A1 smartphone has two major USPs - a big battery, and, superior selfie photo quality. Gionee A1 sports a 16-megapixel front-facing fixed focus camera on the A1, with an f/2.0 aperture, a 1/3.06-inch sensor, a 5P lens, and a selfie flash. As for the rear camera, the Gionee A1 bears a 13-megapixel camera with a 1/3.06-inch Sony IMX258 sensor, and dual-LED flash. It sports a 4010mAh battery with 18W 'ultrafast charging'.
It bears a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Chinese company recently claimed that it received pre-booking for roughly 75,000 units in 10 days. The A1 has been priced at Rs. 19,999, and is now available for pre-order.
Coolpad's Cool 1 Dual is one of the first products from the LeEco and Coolpad collaboration. The biggest highlight of the Cool 1 Dual (Review) is its dual rear camera setup - it sports a pair of 13-megapixel sensors with an f/2.0 aperture and dual-tone LED flash. One sensor handles colour, while the other takes care of depth, detail, and brightness. At the front, the smartphone sports an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The other highlight of the smartphone is its large 4000mAh battery. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel.
The Asus ZenFone 3 Laser is another smartphone that offers 4GB RAM in the segment. The ZenFone 3 Laser bears a sandblasted aluminium build with chamfered edges. The biggest highlight of the ZenFone 3 Laser is its 13-megapixel rear camera which comes with laser autofocus, dual-tone LED flash, and electronic image stabilisation (EIS). It also sports an 8-megapixel front facing camera.
Other specifications that the ZenFone 3 Laser sports include a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display, and an octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB). The Asus Zenfone 3 Laser (ZC551KL) (Review) is available in India at Rs. 18,999.
The highlight feature of the Vivo V5 is the 20-megapixel selfie camera that is accompanied by a front facing 'Moonlight Glow' front camera light meant to improve low-light photography. It also packs a 13-megapixel rear camera with a single-LED flash and PDAF.
The Vivo V5 (Review) sports a metal unibody design, supports dual-SIM cards, and runs on Funtouch 2.6 OS that's based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It is available in the market at Rs. 17,980.
Lenovo P2 The biggest highlight of the Lenovo P2 is its 5100mAh battery, which the company claims can provide up to 3 days of battery life, or over 18 hours of continuous video playback. Lenovo P2 also packs a fast charging feature that delivers 10 hours of talk time after 15 minutes of charging. The new Lenovo P2 smartphone can even be used as a power bank for other devices as well.
Other specifications include Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and it sports a 5.5-inch full-HD Super AMOLED display. It is powered by a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953 processor coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The Lenovo P2 bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX258 sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera.
Apart from the above listed smartphones, the Xiaomi Mi Max Prime is also a decent option, and it comes at Rs. 19,999. Let us know which of these is your favourite smartphone featuring 4GB RAM, or if there's something we missed, tell us via the comments section.