Just like fingerprint sensors, dual rear cameras have become the new standard feature in most new smartphones. Only a few months ago, dual camera was a flagship feature, but that seems to be history now. They have changed the smartphone game, and made it more competitive. A secondary lens facilitates portrait mode, by blurring the background and enhancing the focus on the subject. Blurred backgrounds are the new cool. For the customers who cannot afford a DSLR, these dual cameras are a blessing. Keeping up with the latest social media trends, these smartphones are fuelling the Instagram culture. A beautiful picture definitely stands out, anyday.

As the companies compete to capture their market share by providing more and more features for lower prices, it is the consumer who wins.

Here are our five best picks for budget dual-camera phones:

1.Xiaomi Mi A1 – Android One Smartphone (Rs. 14,999)

 

Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One - Dual Camera Smartphone
Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One – Dual Camera Smartphone

The Mi A1 is the latest offering from the Chinese Smartphone maker. It sports a 12MP + 12MP Dual Rear Camera with a 5 MP Front Camera. The phone also offers 2x Optical zoom, and up to 10x Digital zoom. The camera produces some beautiful shots in adequate lighting and portrait mode works beautifully. But, in low-light conditions, the photos suffer considerably. This smartphone falls under the Android One program of Google. It currently runs Android Nougat 7.1.2, but will get an assured Oreo update. At its price point, the Mi A1 is a good choice.

 

2. Motorola G5 S Plus (Rs. 15,999)

Moto G5s Plus - Dual Camera Smartphone
Moto G5s Plus – Dual Camera Smartphone

This exquisitely crafted dual camera smartphone from Motorola features 13 MP + 13 MP rear cameras, along with 8 MP selfie camera, with dual LED flash. The phone is powered by 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage, which is expandable upto 128GB. There is a 5.5-inch Full HD capacitive display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The 3000mAH Lithium-ion battery with 15W Turbo Charging, is a major plus.

3. Lenovo K8 Plus (from Rs. 10, 999)

Lenovo K8 Plus Dual Camera Smartphone
Lenovo K8 Plus Dual Camera Smartphone

This fabulous smartphone has a 13MP + 5MP Dual Rear Camera unit, and an 8MP Front Camera. With 3 gigs of RAM, and 32GB on board storage, and a Mediatek MTK Helio P25 Octa Core 2.5 GHz chipset, this phone comes with VoLTE support. The system runs stock Android Nougat 7.1.1. The best part of this phone is its battery. A massive 4000 mAh, keeps you going all day.

 

4. Coolpad Cool Play 6 (Rs. 14,999)

Coolpad Cool Play 6 - Dual Camera Smartphones
Coolpad Cool Play 6 – Dual Camera Smartphones

For a phone that costs less than 15,000 bucks, this is a real steal. Not only does it have a 13 MP + 13 MP dual  camera unit, with an 8 MP selfie camera, but also houses 6GB of RAM. There is 64GB of on board storage and a 4000 mAH battery. The specs sound too good to be true. Reviewers have found the camera  performance to be average, and since there is no fast charge, the wait can be annoying.

5. Micromax Evok Dual Note (Rs 9,999)

Micromax Evok Dual Note- Dual Rear Camera Smartphone
Micromax Evok Dual Note- Dual Camera Smartphone

Currently, in India, this is the only dual camera smartphone available below the 10,000 mark. The phone runs on an  octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor, houses 3Gb of RAM (4GB variant is available for Rs. 11,999), and has a 5.5-inch FHD IPS display. On the back there is a 13MP + 5MP dual camera, whereas, there is a 5MP selfie camera, with soft flash. There is 32GB of onboard storage and the phone runs Android Nougat 7.0.

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