In a dense smartphone market like India, not every consumer looks to buy a smartphone that comes outfitted with the latest tech. Some of us look for smartphones that come at affordable price and just serve the purpose.
If you count the number of smartphones selling in the market right now, it might take you a day or two to list each and every smartphone available. To make it easier to choose the best one for yourself, here we have compiled the best smartphones under Rs 10,000.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (2GB RAM)
Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 151 x 76 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 2/3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 4100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
Value for money
Good battery life
Limited to Android Marshmallow
Rear camera struggles in low light
For just Rs 9,999, Redmi Note 4 has redefined the hardware capabilities on an affordable handset. It looks and feels like a much more solid, with an attractive good-looking aluminium build, smooth performance and great battery life.
Its camera is capable of taking decent shots, its fingerprint sensor works well, and the MIUI is a genuinely decent enhancement of the stock Android operating system.
Read the full review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review
Xiaomi Redmi 4
Weight: 150g | Dimensions: 139.30 x 69.90 x 8.65mm | OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | CPU: Snapdragon 435 | RAM: 2/3/4GB | Storage: 16/32/64GB | Battery: 4100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
No fast charging
The Redmi 4 was originally launched in China as the Redmi 4X, it comes in 2GB, 3GB and 4GB RAM variants with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of internal storage respectively. The Snapdragon 435 running at its heart makes it a decent performer for basic to moderate tasks.
For those who find it uneasy using a 5.5-inch screen and want a perfect alternate for a Redmi Note 4 or a Moto G5 Plus, the Redmi 4 can serve all your needs.
Read the full review: Xiaomi Redmi 4 review
A premium touch arrives on the best-selling budget Android
Weight: 144.5g | Dimensions: 144.3 x 73 x 9.5mm | OS: Android 7.0 Nougat | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 430 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 2800mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
Vibrant HD display
Moto’s G series has always been appreciated for offering great specs at affordable price. It seems that Moto only focused on specs and amidst this, the design, somehow took a back seat. But, with Moto G5, the company tried to change the scenario by offering good looks and specs at affordable price.
The Moto G5 is the first phone from the smartphone maker which was launched with an aluminum body. And, along with this, it also has a fingerprint scanner which is again a part of the big change in design which the company introduced last year when it launched Moto G4 Plus.
Though not superior than its predecessors, the Moto G5 is an good performer with decent specs and the new metal body which gives it a premium feel.
Read the full review: Moto G5
Micromax Canvas Infinity
A cheaper alternative of LG Q6
Weight: 160g | Dimensions: 152 x 73 x 9 mm | OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1440 | CPU: Snapdragon 425 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 2900mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 16MP
Dedicated slots for SIM and storage card
Below par performance
The Micromax Canvas Infinity can be termed as the Samsung Galaxy S8 for the budget users. With an aspect ratio of 18:9, the smartphone is the first device by the company carrying bezel-less display and that too in sub 10k category.
Though the UI seems a bit disappointing, the big screen does enhance the gaming experience of the user. Adding to this, the 2900mAh removable battery provides enough fuel to lasts for the whole day.
So, those who aspire to have an edge-to-edge display with good battery life and a decent camera, then you can consider this device.
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Lenovo K8 Plus
Is the younger sibling killing its elder brother?
Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 147.9 x 73.7 x 8.99 mm | OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat | Screen size: 5.2-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Helio P25 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 5MP | Front camera: 8MP
Multitasking is possible
The Lenovo K8 Plus is the younger sibling of K8 Note which was launched last year. It comes with a metal unibody design and runs on stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box which will receive update to Android Oreo soon. It has a 5.2-inch display which means you will get a smaller viewing space as compared to its elder sibling.
The phone is available in two variants and supports multitasking easily. The storage capacity is expandable up to 128GB which is enough for an average user. Apart from this, the phone has a big battery which can serve you through your daily tasks easily.
This means, at Rs 10,999 you will be getting a bundle of a good camera, long battery life, and decent hardware specs.
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Coolpad Note 5
Weight: 173.4g | Dimensions: 152 x 75.7 x 8.85 mm | OS: Android 6.0 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 617 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 4010mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP
Impressive battery life
The Coolpad Note 5 is the next entrant on our list. The Chinese manufacturer forayed into the Indian market a few years ago and since then, it has focussed on offering budget smartphones to the consumers.
The phone comes with a huge 4010mAh battery which provides enough fuel for the whole day. It comes with 5.5-inch full HD display and has its own CoolUI 8.0 based on Android Marshmallow. Priced at 8,999, it strongly competes with other phones like Redmi Note 4 and Moto G5.
Weight: 153g | Dimensions: 153 x 76.2 x 7.7 mm | OS: Android 7.0 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | CPU: Snapdragon 435 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3080mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 16MP
Decent rear camera
Low Battery capacity
The recently launched Redmi Y1 is the first selfie phone from Xiaomi. It comes with a powerful 16-megapixel front sensor along with the similar Snapdragon 435 processor which is also found in Redmi 4. The phone also falls into same budget smartphone category where the company’s other handsets like Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A are leading the segment.
It comes in two variants – 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage which are priced at 8,999 and 10,999 respectively. Both the variants provide the advantage of expanding the storage capacity up to 128GB.
Panasonic Eluga Ray 700
Weight: 182g | Dimensions: 153.7 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm | OS: Android 7.0 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Mediatek MTK6753 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 13MP
5,000 mAh battery capacity
Bad camera performance
Launched in September 2017, the handset comes with a powerful 5000mAh battery which itself makes it a good competitor in this range. Inspite of having such a huge battery, the phone is not bulky and can be easily operated with one hand.
It runs on Android 7.0 and has the company’s own Arbo Digital assistant. It also offers an expandable memory of up to 128GB. The phone was launched along with Eluga Ray 500 which has dual-camera setup on the back.
Moto E4 Plus
Weight: 198g | Dimensions: 155 x 77.5 x 9.55mm | OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1280 x 720 | CPU: Mediatek MT6737M | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
The Moto E4 Plus is the first to feature a fingerprint sensor in the E- series. The highlight of the phone is its huge 5,000 mAh non-removable battery, which provides tons of power and can last more than a day even with aggressive usage. So, if you are a busy smartphone user tired of charging your phone multiple times a day, this handset can fix your battery concerns.
There is also something for the selfie lovers. The company has worked on the 5MP front camera of the, coupled with a LED flash. The all-metal design gives it a svelte look and the curved back makes it ergonomic, allowing it to slide easily into your pocket.
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