Ever since OnePlus introduced the Flash sale model, many phone manufacturers have adopted this strategy. Not only does it help manage inventories a lot better, it also creates that extra buzz around the phone and in-turn helps with the marketing. Three of recently launched budget smartphones are going on sale today (14th June) – the Redmi 5A, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, and Honor 7C. Here’s everything you need to know:
Redmi 5A Sale: Price in India, Specifications
The Redmi 5A is currently priced at Rs.5,999 for its base variant that has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. There is a 3GB ram with 32GB storage model which has been priced at Rs.6,999. It will be going on sale from 12 PM today on both Flipkart and Mi.com.
On Flipkart, you can buy the phone using No Cost EMIs starting from Rs 667/month, whereas if you have an Axis bank card, you’ll get an additional 5% off. Jio is also running an “Instant 2200 Cashback Offer” which entitles users to a cashback of Rs.2200 to all Jio customers (existing and new) who will activate their Redmi Note 5 Pro on the Jio network for the first time by performing a recharge of Rs.198/Rs.299 Jio prepaid plan on or before 15th July, 2018. Notably, it’s not a one-time cashback as after 1st successful recharge of Rs.198/299, 44 vouchers of Rs.50 each will be credited in MyJio app which can be redeemed, one at a time per recharge, against subsequent recharges of Jio plan of Rs.198/299, via MyJio App only.
This Jio offer is also applicable if you buy the phone from Xiaomi’s own store, Mi.com. You can also avail 10% cashback (up to Rs 100) when you pay using Freecharge. Additionally, you get to avail free 3-month subscription of Hungama Music on purchasing the phone from Mi.com. Buyers will also have the option to secure their phone against accidental & liquid damages with Mi Protect scheme, which has a starting price of Rs 549.
Specifications wise, The Redmi 5A comes with an 18:9 5-inch HD+ IPS screen. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 425 CPU clocked at 1.4GHz. You get either 2GB/16GB or 3GB/32GB of storage options, with a microSD card slot which can extend your storage by up to 128GB. As for imaging, the phone houses a single 13MP sensor at the back and a 5MP snapper at the front. Powering the handset is a 3000mAh battery. It ships with Android Nougat 7.1.1 and that might be a bummer if you were looking for the latest Android Oreo.
Honor 7C Sale: Price in India, Specifications
The Amazon exclusive Honor 7C is available in a single 3GB+32GB variant which will be available for a price of Rs. 9,999 in today’s sale from 12 PM. The Rs 2200 cashback from Jio is also valid on this phone.
It comes with a 5.99-inch HD+ (1440×720) “FullView” display, which is an IPS panel with a 2.5D curved glass protection. Inside the sleek metal body is a modest, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, paired with 3GB of RAM. The phone has 32GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card. Notably, the phone has dual-sim support in addition to the expandable memory card slot, so no more compromises there. The phone has a micro-USB port (no USB-C) and a 3.5mm headphone jack as well. The phone also has a fingerprint sensor on the back. It packs a 3000mAh battery.
For shooters, there is a dual rear camera setup that has a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor, paired with an autofocus lens that has an f/2.2 aperture. On the front, the smartphone has an 8-megapixel sensor with a fixed focus lens sporting an f/2.0 aperture.
The phone also comes with some cool features like Dual Bluetooth, which lets you connect to two Bluetooth devices at the same time, and Ride mode which helps you stay undistracted while driving.
The phone is running Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box with Huawei’s custom EMUI 8.0 skin on top. It also adds some nifty tricks to the mix, such as One click split for multitasking, Navigation dock for quick shortcuts, etc.
ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 Sale: Price in India, Specifications
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 is a Flipkart exclusive and is priced at Rs. 10,999 for 3GB RAM+32GB storage variant and Rs 12,999 for the 4GB RAM+64GB storage model. It will go on sale today at 12 PM and you can get Extra 5% off with Axis Bank Buzz Credit Cards.
As for the specs of this smartphone, it comes with a 5.99-inch iPS LCD Full View display with a 1080 x 2160 Full HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. It comes with a powerful Snapdragon 635 processor coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32/64 gigs of internal storage options. Where the Zenfone wins hands down is its battery, with a massive 5000mAh cell powering the Max Pro M1, and Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 too has a dual 13MP, f/2.2 + 5MP camera setup which enables bokeh mode photos. On the front, is an 8MP shooter with Beauty modes and also a Front LED flash.
So you can choose the best mobile from the three phones that are going on sale today based on your budget and choice. But do remember that they are flash sales and try to be quick to check out.