Smartphones have come a long way from needing to be charged halfway through the day to lasting more than a day. Improvements in the battery charging technology that lets you charge your smartphone really fast are an added boon, too. However, nothing beats a smartphone that can last through a hectic day at work.
Quite a few phones that go all out with their features forget to back it up with a sizeable battery. Still, there are several options in the market that fall within the mid-range or budget segment and are powered by massive batteries.
Samsung Galaxy M30s
Display: 6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Processor: Exynos 9611 | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP | Battery: 6000mAh
Crisp Super AMOLED display
Samsung has more or less made itself relevant again in the highly competitive budget segment with the launch of the Galaxy M series earlier this year. The Galaxy M30s takes this forward with refreshed design and updated hardware.
The biggest takeaway from the Galaxy M30s is its massive 6,000mAh battery that should easily last you an entire day’s worth of usage. For some users, it should be possible to extend the Galaxy M30s’ battery life to two days of usage.
Coupled with the vibrant Super AMOLED display, ample storage and a triple camera setup on the back, Samsung might have another winner in the M30s.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
Display: 6.26-inch full-HD+ notched display | Protection: 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 6 | OS: Android 8.1 Oreo | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 1.95GHz octa-core SoC + Adreno 512 GPU | RAM: 3GB/4GB/6GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Rear camera: 12MP+5MP | Front camera: 13MP | Battery: 5000mAh
Stock Android UI/UX
Massive battery life
No fast charging
Unimpressive low-light camera
Launched on the back of the popular Zenfone Max Pro M1, the Max Pro M2 continues with the best bits about the M1 while bringing some improvements. The energy-efficient Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with the 5,000mAh battery means that the phone should last more than a full day of normal usage without breaking a sweat.
While the battery life is great, the lack of fast charging means that the Zenfone Max Pro M2 takes nearly 3 hours to charge fully. That aside, it is a good option if battery life is your primary criterion.
Oppo A9 2020
Display: 6.5-inch HD+ | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC | RAM: 4GB/8GB | Storage: 128GB | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Battery: 5000mAh
Quad camera setup
Abundant memory and storage
ColorOS needs work
The Oppo A9 2020 is a refreshed version of the Oppo A9 launched earlier this year. It offers a tweaked design with updated specifications and imaging capabilities.
The primary highlight of the Oppo A9 2020 is its quad camera setup on the back. But beyond that, the A9 2020 also offers ample storage and a massive battery. If you are someone who is on the move constantly and do not want to stream a lot of content, the A9 2020 could be what you need. The ample storage allows you to save plenty of content for offline consumption, and the big 5,000mAh battery means it should last you long enough.
Vivo Z1 Pro
Weight: 201g | Dimensions: 162.4 x 77.3 x 8.9mm | OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.53-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 712 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP
Micro-USB port for charging
Vivo has upped its game in the budget and mid-range segments over the last few months in India. While a few other smartphones are aimed specifically at a slightly younger audience, Vivo has tried to offer a slightly more rounded package with the Z1 Pro.
The Z1 Pro is also one of the few smartphones in this price range to sport a punch hole notch. If you are looking for a smartphone that offers really long battery life, the Z1 Pro won’t let you down with its massive 5,000mAh battery. The display, camera and the glossy design round off the remaining important aspects.
Samsung Galaxy M20
The new kid on the (battery) block
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience v 9.5 UX | Processor: Exynos 7904 octa-core SoC with 3GB/4GB RAM | Storage: 32GB/64GB, expandable up to 512GB | Battery: 5000mAh
Battery lasts 12+ hours
Adaptive fast-charging support
In-box 15W fast charging cable
Still uses an older version of Android
No 5GHz Wi-Fi support
Samsung has been trying to reinvent itself in the budget segment for a while now, and the Galaxy M series is a good testament of the company’s efforts. The Galaxy M20 offers a good balance between power, performance and battery life.
The Galaxy M20’s understated, minimalist design coupled with the waterdrop notch, a bright display and the massive battery help it get into this list. As far as budget smartphones with big batteries are concerned, the Galaxy M20 is right up there with the best ones.
You can read our full Samsung Galaxy M20 review here
Weight: 179g | Dimensions: 159.5 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.38-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Mediatek Helio P65 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 4500mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP
Amazing battery life
18W dual-engine fast charging
Good camera performance
Vivo is evolving. While it was known for its pricey smartphones that didn’t offer as much of a value for money as Xiaomi did, the company’s recent launches like the Z1 Pro and now the S1 mean that customers are in for a good time.
The Vivo S1 features a stunning gradient design on the back, giving it a rich, premium look. Aimed at the imaging enthusiasts, the Vivo S1 also includes an in-display fingerprint sensor that adds to its advantages. Topping it off is a massive battery that should last more than a day’s usage. This, coupled with fast charging should mean you can bid goodbye to battery life woes.
Samsung Galaxy M30
Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 159 x 75.1 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.4-inch Super AMOLED | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 pixels | CPU: Exynos 7904 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 5MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP
Vibrant AMOLED display
Not good for gaming
Samsung has been trying to reinvent itself in the budget segment for a while now, and the Galaxy M series is a good testament of the company’s efforts. The Galaxy M30 offers a good balance between power, performance and battery life.
Add to it, Samsung’s excellent Super AMOLED display, a massive battery that can last for a couple of days on a single charge and a wide-angle camera, you have a recipe for a great phone that has a competitive advantage over its competitors.
Read our review of the Samsung Galaxy M30
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
OS: Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 | Processor: Snapdragon 675 octa-core SoC with 4GB/6GB RAM | Display: 6.3-inch FHD+ LTPS in-cell display with dot notch | Rear Camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP | Battery: 4000mAh
Screen size may not suit everyone
Xiaomi has dominated the budget and entry-level smartphone segments for a long time now. This is no different this year either – the launch of the Redmi Note 7 Pro changed the market dynamics yet again.
Apart from its imaging capabilities, the Redmi Note 7 Pro offers a great bang for your buck thanks to the great display, a well-balanced chipset and battery life that we’ve all grown to expect from Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series.
Read our full review of the Redmi Note 7 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S
Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 660 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP
Supports QuickCharge 4.0
48MP main camera
18W fast charger sold separately
The Redmi Note 7S replaces the Redmi Note 7 and offers 48MP camera under Rs 10,000. It features the same gradient glass back design, waterdrop notch and a bright high-quality display at the same time.
When you also consider the massive 4,000mAh battery and the updated MIUI skin, the Redmi Note 7S sounds like a very good proposition.
Samsung Galaxy M10s
Weight: 169g | Dimensions: 158.4 x 74.7 x 7.8 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1560 x 720 pixels | CPU: Exynos 7884B | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 5MP | Front camera: 8MP
Fast charging support
Average camera performance
The Galaxy M10s is a noteworthy option in the sub-Rs 10,000 price segment, especially if you are looking at alternatives for Redmi smartphones. It offers a big display and an adequate battery to go with it, while still costing fairly low.
While the Galaxy M10s may not offer the premium design that some other smartphones offer, the One UI and other Samsung features make up for it to some extent. The 4,000mAh battery and 15W fast charging support also add substance to this option.