Tempted by the big discounts being offered by e-tailers like Amazon, you may already be feeling a strong urge to replace your existing smartphone with a new one. But wait, we have handpicked 10 top deals which you probably want see before buying your next phone. And no, the selected smartphones featuring in this list aren’t brand new products; rather they are Unboxed smartphones!
What are Unboxed Smartphones
Perplexed by the word Unboxed? You better not, as these are just smartphones with a broken seal. Recent reports suggest that around 20-25 million smartphones get returned by customers to e-commerce portals every year and most of the time the devices in question aren’t probably at fault. Rather the hassle-free Return Policy of these e-tailers are to blame.
Most of the times users buy a smartphone and then return it to the seller citing some odd reasons, and in a motive to keep customers happy, these companies like Amazon and Flipkart take back their products without a fuss. So these returned smartphones are the ones that are being sold as Unboxed units at a slightly lower price point and 6 months manufacturer warranty. It’s also worth noting that smartphones that were returned due to certain hardware or software issues aren’t included in the Unboxed smartphones category. Instead, they are sold as Refurbished smartphones, after being repaired at the manufacturer’s official service centres.
Thus it’s quite safe to opt for an Unboxed smartphone that comes with a brand warranty; as these are essentially all new phones. So without further ado, let’s get started and find out the top 10 unboxed smartphones you can buy right now in India.
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
While the Xiaomi Redmi 3S might be your obvious choice for buying a budget smartphone, Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is a phone that you should have a look at as well. Initially launched at price of Rs 8,499, the Vibe K5 Plus offers pretty good specs for the price and at the current price of Rs 6,989 it’s an even sweeter deal. The highlights of the Vibe K5 Plus include a 5-inch FHD IPS display, Snapdragon 616 octa core chip and 16GB of onboard storage.
LeEco Le 1S
LeEco, previously known as LeTV took the market by storm earlier this year with the introduction of their Le 1S at a price of Rs 10,999. In fact, the smartphone was such a hit in the market that it exceeded the company’s sales expectations. Now, an unboxed LeEco Le1S is available for sale at a discounted price of Rs 8,799. This apparently is a sweet price point as the smartphone would now attract buyers who are on a tight budget and yet want something better than the Xiaomi Redmi 3S.
Huawei Nexus 6P
Google’s Nexus lineup smartphone have always offered the best Android experience and the Huawei made Nexus 6P is no exception. Rather, it was the fastest Android phone in the market for a pretty long time. That said, it still has a number of things going for it. These include a larger 5.7 inch QHD display, Dual Front Firing Stereo Speakers, much better low light camera performance and faster Android updates. In fact, you can already test the preview build of the Android Nougat 7.0 on the smartphone. This is further backed by a price tag of Rs 26,999 for the Unboxed version which is about Rs 8,000 less than the current market price.
The flagship smartphone from Huawei’s sub-brand Honor may failed to make a mark in market, all thanks to its close proximity with the OnePlus 2 in terms of pricing; but at the current price of Rs 14,999 for the unboxed version, its definitely deserves some attention. Apart from the price the build quality, fast fingerprint sensor, excellent 20MP rear camera help make the Huawei Honor 7 a tempting package. As for the specs, the Honor 7 sports a 5.2 inch FHD IPS-Neo LCD display, Hi-Silicon Kirin 935 octa core processor and 3GB RAM.
Moto Droid Turbo
In case you are looking for a premium smartphone from a reputed brand, Moto Droid Turbo is one smartphone you should have a look at. For those unaware, the Droid Turbo from Motorola comes with a 5.2-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 805 hexa core chip, 21MP rear camera and a 3900mAh battery. The best part is that an Unboxed version of the smartphone is available for just Rs 20,999 which is about half the launch price!
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Well, it goes without saying that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is the most popular smartphone in its price bracket. Now, the unboxed base variant of the smartphone with 2GB RAM/16GB storage is available for sale at a price of Rs 8,999. While the price difference isn’t significant between a new and unboxed device, the Rs 1,000 discount definitely increases the VFM value of the budget phablet from Xiaomi. One can opt for an unboxed 3GB variant of the Redmi Note 3 too, but it seems to be currently out of stock. It’s also worth noting that the unboxed smartphone is available only in its Gold variant as of now, but expect more color options to be available soon.
Meizu M2 Note
In case you are in tight budget and yet want a smartphone closely resembling the Apple iPhone in terms of looks, then Meizu M2 Note is the device which you should look at. It not only carries design cues of the iPhone but also feature a UI which is fairly simplistic like the iOS. Talking of specs, the Meizu M2 Note comes with a 5.5 inch FHD display and is powered by a 1.3GHz octa core Mediatek 6735 SoC, 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. That aside, the M2 Note features a 13MP f/2.0 rear camera that comes equipped with FotoNation 5.0 and a 5MP selfie snapper. While the specs mayn’t be something to rave about, it’s the Rs 7,790 price tag that makes this smartphone worth buying. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that the Meizu M2 Note was initially launched in India at price of Rs 9,999.
Shenzhen based smartphone brand OnePlus has stormed the market this year with the launch of their OnePlus 3. Powered by a SD820 chip and 6GB RAM, the smartphone offers the best bang for the buck at just Rs 27,999. In fact, OnePlus 3 which is a marked improvement over its predecessor is the best smartphone the company has produced so far. But that doesn’t make the OnePlus 2 a bad smartphone, especially when it is available for a stellar price of Rs 15,777 for the 64GB variant. Just to recall, the OnePlus 2 is powered by a Snapdragon 810 chip, 4GB RAM and sports a 5.5 HD IPS display upfront. There’s also a 16GB/3GB RAM variant of the OnePlus 2 available at Rs 14,599.
Samsung Galaxy S6
More than a year has passed since Samsung launched their Galaxy S6 in India, but the smartphone is still going strong and has enough horsepower to battle it out with most phones available in the market. Incidentally, the Unboxed version of Samsung Galaxy S6 is now available at just Rs 29,990 which is markedly lower than its current market price of Rs 36,000+. It’s also worth noting that the Unboxed version of the Galaxy S6 being referred to here is the 64GB black colored variant. One can however opt for a Pearl White colored variant of the smartphone too from a different retailer. Besides, the Galaxy S6 Edge is also available at Rs 30,499.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
The Samsung Note7 may have just landed in India at a price of Rs 59,990 but its predecessor – the Galaxy Note 5 – is still one heck of a smartphone. More so due to the low price tag of Rs 32,990 for the unboxed 32GB storage variant. Coming to the specs, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 features a 5.7 inch QHD Super AMOLED display upfront and is powered by a Exynos 8890 octa core chip on the inside. This is clubbed with 4GB RAM and 16MP f/1.8 rear camera with Optical Image Stabilisation.