Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.12,000

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Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.12,000

If you are looking for a smartphone above Rs.10,000 and you can’t extend your budget to Rs.15,000, then the best option is to go for a smartphone under Rs.12,000. The sheer variety and competition in this segment are massive in India and almost every phone manufacturer launch a product in this price range. You have the choice of going for a phone with a dual rear camera or full HD display or 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM storage in this budget.

So, which is the best smartphone under Rs.12,000?

Who offers the best value for money as well as build quality?

Let’s find out here.




Best Mobile Phone Under Rs.12,000
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Best Pick: Lenovo K8 Note

Lenovo’s K8 Note is our best smartphone pick under Rs.12,000. This phone launched in August 2017 comes with a dual rear camera, a stock Android Nougat operating system and a MediaTek Helio X23 deca-core processor. It is expected to receive an Oreo update as well.

Lenovo has directly launched the Lenovo K8 Note succeeding the K6 Note by skipping K7 citing that the features this phone has to offer are generations ahead! Well, that is a bold statement right?

It justifies that to an extent with powerful performance, superb build quality, great multimedia experience and other features. There is a dedicated memory card slot, a 4000mAh battery with fast charging support and a good pair of cameras to capture pictures thus making it an overall great phone under Rs.12,000.

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The Runner Up Phone Under Rs.12,000
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Runner Up: Redmi Note 4

A close runner-up for the best smartphone under Rs.12,000 is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. The Redmi Note 4 is an ideal pick in this price range if you are looking for a quality phone with excellent performance and build quality. Much like its predecessors, it boasts of impressive specifications.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 packs in a 4100mAh non-removable battery that can easily last a day. It has a 5.5-inch full HD display, a 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM combination which is very rare in this price range and a Snapdragon 625 chipset to enhance performance.

If not for an average camera and no dedicated memory card slot the Redmi Note 4 would have been our best pick. But it is still a great phone under Rs.12,000 that you can go for if you are comfortable with these minor drawbacks. The overall experience of Redmi Note 4 is almost as good as the Lenovo K8 Note.

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Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.12,000 – Quick Look

SmartphoneMemoryDisplayCameraBatteryProcessor 
Lenovo K8 Note
(Overall Best Pick)
32 GB ROM
3 GB RAM
5.5 inches
1080 x 1920
(~401 ppi)
13 + 5 MP Primary
13 MP Secondary
4000 mAhMediaTek Helio X23 10 Cores 2.3GHzCheck Price
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
(Runner Up Pick)
64 GB ROM
4 GB RAM
5.5 inches
1080 x 1920
(~401 ppi)
13 MP Primary
5 MP Secondary
4100 mAhSnapdragon 625
Octa Core 2GHz
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Huawei Honor 6X32 GB ROM
3 GB RAM
5.5 inches
1080 x 1920
(~401 ppi)
12 + 2 MP Primary
8 MP Secondary
3340 mAhKirin 655
Octa Core 2.1GHz
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Billion Capture Plus32 GB ROM
3 GB RAM
5.5 inches
720 x 1280
(~294 ppi)
13 MP Primary
13 MP Secondary
3500 mAhSnapdragon 625
Octa-core 2.0 GHz
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Lenovo K8 Plus32 GB ROM
4 GB RAM
5.2 inches
720 x 1280
(~267 ppi )
13 + 5 MP Primary
5 MP Secondary
4000 mAhMediaTek Helio P25
Octa Core 2.5 GHz
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Moto E4 Plus32 GB ROM
3 GB RAM
5.5 Inches
720 x 1440 pixels
(~267 ppi )
13 MP Primary
16 MP Secondary
3000 mAhSnapdragon 425
Quad-Core 1.4GHz
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Xiaomi Redmi 464 GB ROM
4 GB RAM
5.0 inches
720 x 1280
(~294 ppi)
13 MP Primary
5 MP Secondary
5000 mAhMediatek MT6737 Quad-core 1.3 GHzCheck Price
Xiaomi Redmi Y164 GB ROM
4 GB RAM
5.5 inches
1080 x 1920
(~236 ppi)
13 MP Primary
16 MP Secondary
3080 mAhSnapdragon 435
Octa-core 1.4 GHz
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1. Lenovo K8 Note

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Lenovo K8 Note

Lenovo has directly launched the Lenovo K8 Note succeeding the K6 Note by skipping K7 citing that the features this phone has to offer are generations ahead! Well, that is a bold statement right? Can Lenovo walk the talk? Let’s see what are its features.

Beginning with the design, the Lenovo K8 Note packs a metal uni-body design made of aluminium. It looks and feels premium and fits nicely in your pocket. The K8 Note has a 5.5” full HD Display that can deliver a quality visual experience. There is a sizeable chunk of bezels at the top and bottom of the screen though.

When it comes to the performance, the Lenovo K8 Note has a 2.3GHz Deca-Core (10 Cores) MediaTek Helio X23 processor. This along with the 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage can deliver a great user experience. This processor is on par with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor in terms of performance. You can play games that require heavy graphics flawlessly with this phone. If you need better performance then there is an option of upgrading to the 4GB/64GB variant.

This phone is running on Android v7.1.1 Nougat and Lenovo has ditched its vibe UI to make way for a stock Android experience. This will be reducing the number of unwanted apps and bloatware and increasing the speed of loading and future updates.

Lenovo K8 Note has Dolby Atmos support for a better audio experience. It also brings the latest Theatre Max technology which provides Virtual Reality and 360-degree video viewing experience. The multimedia experience it offers is pretty good for a midrange smartphone under Rs.12,000.

The K8 Note is powered by a 4000mAh battery. It lasts a day with heavy usage. For a normal user, this phone can survive 1 and half days. It also bundles a turbocharger inside the box so that you can quickly power up your device when you are in a hurry.

Coming to the camera department, the K8 note packs a dual camera setup with a 13 Megapixel one and a 5 Megapixel one. The 2 cameras combine together to produce amazing pictures. The 13 Megapixel Camera capture the subject while the 5 MP camera capture additional details to make the pictures detailed with bokeh effect. On the front, there is a 13 Megapixel camera which comes with LED flash that can click beautiful selfies.

” Lenovo K8 Note has all the features one would expect like good performance, great camera, superb multimedia experience and decent build quality thus making it an overall best smartphone under Rs.12,000.”

Pros

  • Rear dual camera is great
  • Stock Android Nougat experience
  • Superb audio quality
  • Solid build quality
  • Fast charging support
  • Dedicated memory card slot
  • Dedicated music key button

Cons

  • MediaTek processor instead of Qualcomm
  • Heating issue is expected
  • Battery life isn’t the best

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2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is an ideal pick in this price range if you are looking for a quality phone under Rs.12,000. Much like its predecessor, the Redmi Note 4 sports an-all metal body and boasts of impressive specifications.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 packs in a 4,100 mAh non-removable battery. The large capacity combined with software optimizations and the power efficiency of its processor makes it a battery powerhouse. You can easily last a day and a half with this phone under normal usage.

It is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clocked at 2 GHz with an integrated Adreno 506 GPU. Two variants of this model (3 GB of RAM and 32 GB storage; and 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage) are currently available in the market. The top variant of the Redmi Note 4 can handle multitasking and graphic-intensive games without breaking a sweat. This is arguably the best performing midrange smartphone in its category considering the price point,

The 5.5-inch full-HD IPS display has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, which works out to a density of 401 ppi. Thanks to the full-HD resolution, texts and images appear razor sharp. It is well suited for watching movies and videos.

Coming to the camera department the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera. The camera app can record videos at full-HD (1080p) resolution and quality is pretty good. Selfies taken with the Redmi Note 4 had good colours and details, but again, those taken in well-lit conditions were better than those taken in low light. Overall it is not the best camera phone in this price range when compared with its competitors.

“Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has impressive specifications, good design, build quality as well as performance. A value for money phone to consider under Rs.12,000”

Pros

  • Good design and Solid build quality
  • Powerful battery backup
  • Great performance with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM
  • IR blaster is present

Cons

  • No fast charging support
  • Lot of unwanted apps preloaded
  • Camera is a weak link
  • No dual camera setup at the back

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3. Huawei Honor 6X

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Huawei Honor 6X

The Huawei Honor 6X is one of the best camera-centric budget phones under Rs.12,000. It boasts a dual camera setup at the back having 12 MP and 2 MP resolutions. This camera is exceptionally good for its price and can compete directly with the cameras of phones like the Mi A1 and Moto G5S Plus, in terms of picture quality.

The 8 MP selfie shooter can click high-quality selfies. The colour reproduction and image stabilisation capability of these cameras are very good. Videos recorded from the Huawei Honor 6X were too good and we recommend this phone under Rs.12,000 for vloggers who want to shoot videos.

The Honor 6X has all the sensors inbuilt on it. The call quality, build quality and user interface experience were pretty good for a mid-range phone. It has recently got an Android Nougat update as it was launched with Marshmallow. Even though it has a battery of 3340mAh capacity, the battery life was excellent. It lasted nearly a day under heavy usage.

The Honor 6X has some cons which resulted in its third rank in this scrutinized list. The Number 1 drawback is, we can only use one sim card as a 4G SIM in this phone even though it is a dual SIM phone. The second SIM automatically switches to 3G or 2G when the first one is selected as 4G. There is no fast charging support in the Huawei Honor 6X. The gaming performance also takes a hit when heavy games are loaded.

“The best camera phone under Rs 12,000, the Honor 6X is also good for recording high-quality videos. The design and build quality of Honor makes it an attractive choice.”

Pros

  • Great front and rear camera
  • Good design and build quality
  • All sensors are present
  • Video recording quality is outstanding

Cons

  • No dual sim 4G, only one sim can work as 4G
  • No fast charging support
  • Speaker quality is not good
  • Can’t play heavy games

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4. Billion Capture Plus

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Billion Capture Plus

The Indian E-Commerce giant Flipkart is venturing into the highly competitive midrange smartphone space with their first model the Billion Capture Plus. This midrange smartphone has 2 memory variants sold at Rs.12,999/- (4GB RAM/64GB ROM) and Rs.10,999/- (3GB RAM/32GB ROM) respectively. The USP of this smartphone is its 13 Megapixels Dual Camera setup at the back.

Flipkart is projecting the Billion Capture Plus as a camera-centric smartphone but when compared to our top camera picks under Rs.15,000 like the Moto G5S Plus and Xiaomi MI A1, it was a clear underperformer. But in a budget under Rs.12,000, this is one of the best dual camera phones you can buy right now in India. The dual camera setup has one camera with a colour sensor and the other one with a monochromatic sensor to pick black and white images. The ability to click portrait pictures with depth effect and more detailing makes this a standout phone in its price range.

The Billion Capture Plus is running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-core processor which is a powerful chipset for a midrange phone. It is powered by the Android Nougat OS that comes preloaded with few apps like Flipkart, PhonePe and Ola. It has a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display with dragontrail glass protection.

The metallic body of billion capture plus has the fingerprint sensors at the back. The overall build quality and spec sheet are pretty amazing for a phone under Rs.11,000. As I mentioned earlier, It has a 13 MP dual camera at the back and an 8 MP secondary camera with LED flash for selfies at the front. Even though the display is full HD, the videos are recorded in HD quality only.

One thing we really loved about the Billion Capture Plus is its USB Type C port for quick charging and data transfer. They have provided a fast charger inside the box as well to quickly power up your device. The battery provided with the phone is having 3500mAh power which can last approximately a day under normal usage.

Now coming to the things we didn’t like about the Billion Capture Plus, the front camera of this phone was not good enough for a phone sold at Rs.12,999. If you are opting for the 10,999 variant, then this front camera is satisfiable and worthy of the money you pay. We would highly recommend this phone to you if your budget limit is Rs.10,999. At Rs.12,000 we would recommend the Lenovo K8 Note or Huawei Honor 6X over this smartphone for a better camera.

“Flipkart’s maiden voyage into smartphone space, the Billion Capture Plus captures the imagination of users who are looking for a good camera phone under Rs.11,000”

Pros

  • 5.5-inch Full HD display
  • 13 MP Dual Rear Camera
  • Fast charging support with USB Type C
  • Decent performer

Cons

  • Hybrid SIM slot
  • Front camera is average

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5. Lenovo K8 Plus

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Lenovo K8 Plus

Lenovo K8 Plus which was launched in September 2017 along with the K8 and K8 Note, comes with a 5.2” IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at a pixel density of 424 pixels per inch.

This smartphone is built well and it can withstand the rigours of daily life easily. The screen is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Scratch Resistant display.

It packs dual cameras, stock Android, and a hefty 4,000 mAh battery. It promises stellar battery life and pure Android experience at a reasonable price. The device is powered by an Octa-core (2.6 GHz Quad-core Cortex A53 + 1.6 GHz Quad-core Cortex A53) MediaTek Helio P25 processor paired with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage.

The K8 Plus also comes with a dedicated music key that can be customized for other purposes also. It houses all the sensors that you require for various purposes

The rear camera on the Lenovo K8 Plus is a dual 13 + 5 MP shooter with Auto Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama Mode, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Digital Zoom, and Video Recording. The smartphone also has a front facing 8 MP camera capable of clicking beautiful selfies.

For those looking for a budget oriented smartphone under Rs 12,000 that runs on a near stock version of Android and contain Okayish features, the K8 Plus seems to be a good buy. However, the smartphone does not seem to stand out in any specific way.

” A good phone with impressive multimedia experience under Rs.11,000. The Lenovo K8 Plus is a lite version of our top pick the K8 Note”

Pros

  • Quality display
  • Theatremax technology

Cons

  • Processor is not that good
  • Not suited for heavy users

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6. Moto E4 Plus

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Moto E4 Plus

The Moto E4 Plus Smartphone was launched in June 2017. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.3GHz and paired with 3GB of RAM and storage options of 32GB of internal storage, with Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system.

The Moto E4 Plus mobile phone is the successor to the Moto E4 from the family of Motorola owned by Lenovo. This phone comes with a much better battery life than both its siblings the Moto E4 and the little more expensive Moto G5.

The Moto E4 Plus has a 5,000 mAh battery with fast charging support which will last for up to 2 days on a single charge under normal usage. If battery life is your main concern the Moto E4 Plus is built just for you.

The phone comes with a 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 2.5D curved glass protection and resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels at a pixel density of 267 pixels per inch, which is bright and vivid. Outdoor visibility is also satisfactory considering the price point it comes with. The screen is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass Scratch Resistant display.

Coming to the drawbacks, the Moto E4 plus is a little bit bulky due to its heavy battery of 5000 mAh and the phone is powered by an old processor which might affect its overall performance.

The lack of full HD is also a minor drawback from this budget phone.

Like most of the smartphones on our list, the Moto E4 Plus also features a rear camera of 13 megapixels and a selfie snapper of 5 MP. The front LED flash present for clear selfie images in low light condition. For photography enthusiast, the Moto E4 plus camera performance is not the best at this price range under Rs.12,000.

“An outstanding battery performance with 5,000 mAh capacity is the distinctive feature of this smartphone and that makes it a right candidate for heavy users”

Pros

  • Outstanding battery backup
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Front flash
  • Supports fast charging

Cons

  • Little heavy to handle
  • Powered by an old processor
  • Weak cameras

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7. Xiaomi Redmi 4

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Xiaomi Redmi 4

Xiaomi has always been the king of the budget phone market in India. They have introduced some of the feature rich phones in the price range of Rs 10,000. But this phone costing Rs.11,000 rupees is suitable for a buyer looking for an efficient smartphone that won’t pinch their pocket that has 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM.

Redmi 4 comes with Android Marshmallow based MiUi 8 operating system. It has a 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM that can smoothly function for a normal user. There is a 3GB/32GB variant as well which is sold at Rs.8,999/-. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor that has a clock speed of 1.4GHz.

This phone has a 5-inches Corning Gorilla Glass display with a pixel density of 294 PPI. The display resolution is 1280*720.

The distinctive feature of Xiaomi Redmi 4 is its battery capacity. It has a 4100 mAh Lithium Polymer battery that can easily last 2 days under normal usage.

Xiaomi has always been criticized in the past for its camera quality whether it is Redmi Note 4 or Redmi 3S Prime. But with this phone, they have silenced the critics in this aspect. The new 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera are better than any Xiaomi smartphone under Rs.12,000!

Enough with the praises. Let’s look at what are the cons of this smartphone.

If you are a heavy gamer and want to use the 3 GB RAM variant of Redmi 4, chances are that you might be disappointed. Many users complained about feeling “laggy” while playing high-end graphics games. As it is coming with a Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor this issue may be related to software and could be fixed in future updates. We recommend the 4 GB/64 GB variant for gamers, multitaskers and heavy users.

Another downside with this phone is that it is having no backlight for buttons. This is a minor deficit that they could have avoided. Maybe it can be a blessing in disguise to save some battery charge.

“The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is a 5-inch display variant of the very popular Redmi Note 4 which has a 5.5-inch display. It has a Snapdragon 435 chipset and sold at a price lesser than the Redmi Note 4”

Pros

  • Top notch battery backup
  • Quality camera
  • Superior metallic design and build quality
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Infra-Red Blaster

Cons

  • No backlight on buttons
  • Takes around 3 hours to fully charge
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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8. Xiaomi Redmi Y1 (Selfie Phone)

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Xiaomi Redmi Y1

Xiaomi has launched a new selfie-centric smartphone under its very popular Redmi series titled the Xiaomi Redmi Y1. This phone is targeted at those customers who are looking for a kickass selfie phone with decent specifications under Rs.10,000 and on that front, this is the best selfie smartphone.

Now coming to the specifications, the Redmi Y1 is launched in 2 variants, one with a 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage and the other with a 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. The former variant is sold at Rs.10,999 and the latter at Rs.8,999 in India via Amazon through the flash sale.

The standout feature of the Redmi Y1 is its 16 MP front camera that can click beautiful selfies in outdoor as well as artificial lighting condition. It has a front-facing LED flash as well to beautify your selfies under low light. The selfies were coming out so well with good detailing and on that part, this is the best selfie smartphone under Rs.10,000. The Rear camera, on the other hand, is 13 MP and it lacks in performance when compared with Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4.

Apart from a great camera, the Redmi Y1 has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 720*1280 pixel (HD) resolution. Xiaomi has incorporated a dedicated memory card slot inside the Y1 apart from 2 nano-SIM slots. Usual suspects like IR blaster and fingerprint scanner are retained on this smartphone.

Now moving to the things we didn’t like about the Xiaomi Redmi Y1.

This phone is primarily a camera phone with a great selfie cam and it lags behind in many other specifications. Most importantly the Snapdragon 435 chipset inbuilt on this smartphone is an average chipset for this price. Competitors like Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Moto G4 has a better processor than the Redmi Y1 (Snapdragon 625 & 617 respectively). The gaming performance and multitasking ability will be limited because of this weak processor.

The rear camera performance was also not great for our liking. In battery life, the Redmi Y1 has a 3080mAh battery that lasts approximately a day under normal usage. Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4 are having a much better battery life when compared with Redmi Y1. The charger provided inside the box doesn’t support fast charging and the buttons on the Y1 are not backlit as well.

“Xiaomi Redmi Y1, the best selfie phone under Rs.11,000. Apart from a great front camera, the other key specifications are also worthy to add value to this smartphone”

Pros

  • Great phone for clicking selfies
  • Nougat based MIUI 9 User Interface
  • IR blaster
  • Dedicated memory card slot

Cons

  • Rear camera is average
  • No fast charging support
  • Processor is not the best at this price
  • Buttons are not backlit

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And that concludes our list of the best mobile phones under Rs.12,000.

We have taken a genuine effort to list out only the best smartphone in this price category. We will be updating this list when new phones that can challenge our top picks are launched in India.

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One Comment on “Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.12,000”

  1. woww great article broo. its really helpful..!! those who cant invest 20k for smartphones this is useful.. under 12k v getting great features

    Thnks

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