Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.10,000
Smartphones play a massive role in our day-to-day life and choosing the best phone is a difficult task. And when you are on a tight budget like Rs.10,000 it’s even tougher.
Thanks to the aggressive competition in India, you can now get a high-quality smartphone by spending less than Rs.10,000 bucks.
You can even tailor your search to match specific preferences like camera quality, battery life, gaming performance, design and so on.
In this article, we have compiled a list of the best smartphones under Rs.10,000 right now in India. Without further ado, let’s dive right into it.
1. Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1
Overall Best Pick
- Rivals Redmi Note 5 pro
- Near stock Android experience
- 2-day battery phone
The Zenfone Max Pro from Asus is a phone that is sold at an aggressive price with plenty of features loaded in.
There are 2 variants of this model in the market, a 3GB/32GB variant sold at Rs. 9,999 and a 4GB/64GB variant at Rs, 11,999.
Design and Build Quality
Coming to the design and build of Zenfone Max Pro, it has a rather ordinary design with an all-metal body except for the antenna portion.
The phone feels hefty in hand because of the massive battery it has but the weight distribution is really good. Buttons on the side are tactile and clicky.
Processor and performance
The Zenfone Max Pro is powered by the latest Snapdragon 636 Octa-core chipset and Adreno 509 GPU. This is the best performing chipset in mid range smartphones under Rs. 10,000.
The Snapdragon 636 chipset and Adreno 506 GPU can handle most of the tasks you throw at it with ease.
The RAM management and multitasking are butter smooth on this smartphone. Apps and games load faster and there is no lag of any sorts while multitasking or gaming.
This processor provides an amazing blend of performance and battery life, that makes it one of the best phone you can buy under a budget of Rs.10,000.
The display of this phone is a 5.99-inch full view display which is really immersive and colour accurate.
There are no protective glasses like Gorilla Glass here which significantly dents the overall build quality.
This 18:9 full view display has a FHD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. It is one of the brightest displays in the market having about 450 nits.
The 83.5% screen to body ratio makes it a suitable choice for immersive media consumption and gaming.
On the camera front, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro is a decent performer. It packs a dual rear camera with single LED flash that takes some good bright light shots and portrait photos but most of the pictures are a bit over saturated.
The low light photos lack a lot of details as well.The front camera is an 8MP shooter that does an okayish job.
The camera quality has been improved leaps and bounds with the latest firmware update.
Features like electronic image stabilization and noise reduction has been added to deliver a solid image and video output.
The phone comes bundled with Android Oreo with an almost stock like feel. There is not much bloatware on this smartphone. Updates are also confirmed until Android Q.
Speakers are located on the bottom side and with the help of an NXP amplifier and 5 Magnet speaker, the audio quality is loud and impressive.
Some nifty additions like 4K video recording, true dual 4G VoLTE on both the SIM cards and dedicated memory card slot are impressive.
All in all, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is a worthy phone for most of the tasks at its price.
This phone packs in a gigantic 5,000mAh battery that easily last 2 days of usage which is simply amazing for many power-hungry users.
Having the support for fast charging, if you invest a few bucks for a fast charger, the battery will juice up quite quickly.
If you are in search of a great feature rich smartphone having good battery life, this is a great pick.
With the near stock Android OS and a promised Android Pie update on the cards, there’s nothing much to blame about the software either.
For all this reasons this smartphone is our recommended pick under Rs.10,000.
Feature rich phone
Impeccable metal body design and premium look
Audio output is very good
Excellent phone even for heavy gaming
No Gorilla glass protection for the display
No NFC chip
No FM support
|OPERATING SYSTEM/UI||Android Oreo 8.1|
|INTERNAL MEMORY||32 GB|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636|
|CAMERA||13MP+5MP Rear, 8MP Front|
|DISPLAY||5.99 inch full HD+|
2.Infinix Note 5
- Android One device
- Suited for media consumption
- Fast charger included in the box
The competition among the budget smartphones is intensifying day by day.
That makes us, the customers get to reap all the benefits.
This time it’s the Infinix which has surprised us with the launch of their first Android One device in the country – the Infinix Note 5.
Design and build quality
Before the launch of this model, we didn’t had much to talk about the design of Infinix smartphones in our earlier articles.
But for this device, we’ve to.
The Infinix Note 5 is made of plastic. However the quality of the plastics used is good and feels extremely durable in hand.
The back shell looks stylish and at the first glance you will mistake it as a glass back but it’s just a plastic with glass finish.
The weight distribution on the phone is excellent. This makes it easy to operate with a single hand.
The buttons on this device feels clicky and responsive.
The feedback is excellent and since the buttons are slightly raised, you will not find any difficult even in the darkness to locate them.
Best in class full HD+ display
The Infinix Note 5 has one of the best in class display we’ve ever seen on a smartphone priced under Rs.10,000.
This device has a 5.99-inch full HD+ resolution that output images and visuals with great details and vivid colours.
This panel can achieve a maximum brightness level up to 500 nits which will make viewing this display in bright sunlight much easier.
Octa core Helio P23 inside!!
Helio P23 maynot be as extravagant as the P60 inside Realme 1 but it’s perfectly capable to handle all day to day task with ease.
With the 3GB RAM inside, you can indeed juggle between apps without having to face much problems.
If you’re a serious gamer of sorts, remember that this phone is not built for gaming.
Yes you can play casual games to kill the time but nothing much when it comes to resource intensive ones.
The biggest USP – Android One device!!
Yes – you heard it right.
The Infinix Note 5 is an Android One device.
This means clean and simple stock Android and assured software updates and security patches up to two years, directly from Google.
There is no unwanted bloatwares or third party skins to bog down the resources and make the device sluggish. Everything works well and smooth as intended.
Apart from whatever interesting features, this device offers, we think that the Android One badge is what makes it stand out from the rest.
The Infinix Note 5 has a single rear camera which is a 12MP shooter. This sensor is aided by a dual tone LED flash for better night photography.
The pictures from the rear camera comes out pretty well with good color accuracy. There a little lack of details but at this price point, it is expected.
The front camera is a 16MP shooter. The selfies comes out nice and decent for posting in to social media platforms.
The video quality is where we find some negatives. There are focus hunting problems and exposure variations that ruins the footage.
The Infinix Note 5 packs in a 4500mAh Li-ion battery pack inside.
Suffice to say the battery life is not great, it’s crazy excellent. You will easily run in to the second day with juice to spare.
It doesn’t end here.
The company packs in a 18w fast charger in the box to aide fast charging as well.
The Infinix Note 5 is a great value for money device that comes with a lot of features for the price at which it is retailing.
With the Android one programme, you are sure to receive software support up to 2 years and this ensures that the phone will remain future proof until then.
If you’re not in for serious gaming action, the Infinix Note 5 is the best bet for a causal smartphone under Rs.10,000 currently in the market.
|OPERATING SYSTEM/UI||Android Oreo 8.1|
|INTERNAL MEMORY||32 GB|
|PROCESSOR||Helio P23 Octa core|
|CAMERA||13MP rear, 16MP front|
|DISPLAY||5.99 inch Full HD+|
3. Xiaomi Redmi Y2
Best AI Camera Pick
- Best in class camera
- System wide AI enhancements
- Android 8.1 out of the box
In fact there is a tomorrow and we’re expecting that to be a better one for everyone reading this.
Leaving the philosophy aside, let’s talk about the Redmi Y2 in detail here.
You remember the Redmi Y1 right?
Yes, the budget smartphone with an amazing front selfie camera.
Xiaomi had an awesome product with the Redmi Y1, but with certain flaws.
The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is the improved and refined version of the original Y1 and the difference seem like day and night.
So what does Xiaomi has in store for you this time?
Tried and tested Snapdragon 625!
Well, for starters the Redmi Y2 now packs a powerful Snapdragon 625 processor instead of it’s predecessors Snapdragon 435.Performance is noticeably quicker and smooth.
Xiaomi has been using this processor for so long in their smartphones and the same has been found to have an excellent mix of performance and battery efficiency.
Multitasking and gaming is very much improved from the Snapdragon 435.
The chipset does come with support for fast charging. You can use any Quick charge 3.0 certified charger and juice up the battery inside fairly quickly.
Additionally, Xiaomi has been testing 1080p video recording with 60fps on this chipset with their MIUI 10 beta releases, so expect that feature to pop up in a recent update as well.
Next comes the build quality. The 18:9 aspect ratio is the norm nowadays. You’ve it with the Y2.
The 5.99-inch 720p HD+ display has decent color reproduction and brightness levels to impress your eyes.
Meticulously crafter unibody design with cleverly hidden antenna lines in itself is a treat to the eyes.
This smartphone never feels like a budget device, thanks to its premium design and excellent build quality.
The design of this phone reminds us of the Redmi Note 5 pro.
The vertically placed camera at the rear is a reminiscent of Xiaomi’s love towards Apple design philosophies.
Same rear camera module from the Redmi Note 5 Pro…
The dual rear camera module is an exact replica of the one found in the Note 5 pro.
Well that’s a good news indeed. Isn’t it?
At the front there is a 16MP selfie camera with an LED flash.
Xiaomi is advertising a lot about AI ( Artificial Intelligence) technologies that it has been working on to improve the output from the camera.
For the selfie fanatics, we’ve a good news for you.
The Redmi Y2 comes with portrait mode for your selfies as well.
Also with the upcoming MIUI 10 update, the company has promised to improve the quality even further with more AI based techniques.
The 3080 mAh battery is certainly sufficient enough to last for a day of prolonged usage, unless you’re glued to your phone without batting an eyelid.
The minus points?
For the price, there isn’t really one to talk about.
Yet we can rant about the use of a slightly outdated Snapdragon 625 processor instead of the much powerful 636.
The Redmi Y2 is a much improved version of the selfie fanatics dream come true, the original Xiaomi redmi Y1.
With much improved optics, both at the front and the back, powered by an improved processor does a lot of wonders for this budget device priced under Rs.10,000.
If you’re in the market for the best selfie camera smartphone on a budget, nothing much can go wrong with Redmi Y2.
|OPERATING SYSTEM/UI||Android Oreo 8.1/ MIUI 9|
|INTERNAL MEMORY||32 GB|
|PROCESSOR||Snapdragon 625 Octa-core|
|CAMERA||12MP+ 5MP Dual Camera, 16MP Front|
|DISPLAY||5.99 inch 720*1440 HD+|
4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Best Build Quality
- A phone with 2-day battery life
- Immersive media consumption experience
- Great cellular reception
- Flash sales makes it hard to get hold of one.
Now that the confusion is over, let’s talk about the pros and cons of this budget smartphone.
The Snapdragon 625..from the Note 4, yes!!
The Redmi Note 5 runs on Android Nougat based MIUI 9 on top of Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset and Adreno 506 GPU.
Frankly speaking, we expected an upgrade here but Xiaomi stuck to the tried and tested Snapdragon 625 and Nougat OS.
But we do expect them to push the Oreo update very soon for this device. Just like the Redmi Note 4, this one is also a performance beast that works wonderfully for a budget phone.
Xiaomi has launched 2 memory variants of this device in India which are 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB.
As expected from Xiaomi, the overall performance was superb on both the variants but if you are a heavy user we recommend the 4GB model priced under Rs.12,000.
Since there is no dedicated memory card slot on this device, you can run out of storage space with 3GB/32GB variant.
All new 18:9 display is here for the Note lineup…
The major upgrade Xiaomi has done in Redmi Note 5 is its display design.
It has a taller 5.99-inch full HD+ display with 1080*2160 pixel resolution.
Thanks to its 18:9 aspect ratio, the large display size doesn’t make the phone bulky.
In fact, the in-hand feel is a lot better because of this new form factor. The metallic build of the phone gives it a sturdy look as well.
Single camera with minor improvements on board…
Coming to the camera department, Xiaomi has done a good job with the camera of Redmi Note 5.
Even though it doesn’t have a dual camera setup at the back, the overall performance has improved a lot.
The 13 MP rear camera can click beautiful pictures in natural as well as artificial lighting conditions.
But the low light performance takes a hit as the pictures are blurred out and lack details.
The 5 MP front camera on Redmi Note 5 has also improved a lot from its previous iterations.
They have added LED flash as well which is a welcome move for selfie lovers.
But still, we felt that the front camera should have been better as more and more people are now buying phones based on front camera performance.
Come on Xiaomi, you know the craze of millennials!
Exceptional battery life…
As always from a Xiaomi phone, the battery life of Redmi Note 5 is exceptional.
It lasts a typical day even with heavy gaming and multitasking.
The phone comes with a normal charger out of the box but it supports fast charging. All the necessary sensors including IR blaster are present.
For videography, it even has 4K video recording capability which is not even available in the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
In conclusion, the 3GB variant of Redmi Note 5 at the moment is a powerful budget phone that destroys its competitors.
Its taller display, feel-good design, improved camera performance and great battery life makes it our best pick under Rs.10,000.
The only thing we have to wait and see is if Xiaomi can replicate the success they have had in 2017 with Redmi Note 5.
|OPERATING SYSTEM/UI||Android Nougat (MIUI 9 )|
|INTERNAL MEMORY||32 GB|
|CAMERA||13 MP Primary 5 MP Secondary|
|DISPLAY||5.99 inch 1080 x 2160 (~403 ppi)|
5. Realme 2
Best Design Pick
- Great for casual use
- Latest Android 8.1 Oreo OS
- Suited for media consumption
There was a time when people thought that Xiaomi would be the one and only winner in the budget smartphone market priced under Rs.10,000.
The company had then launched a lot of smartphones priced between Rs.6,000 and Rs.15,000.
Then Oppo decided to compete and launched the Realme 1 as a separate identity in the budget segment.
Realme 1 made inroads to the Xiaomi territory and thanks to the best in class internals was hugely successful.
The Realme 2 is the latest iteration of the successful Realme 1. The launch of this smartphone was highly anticipated and after a long wait, the company has finally unveiled it in the Indian market.
Build quality and design
The design of the Realme is one of its centrepoint attractions. The glass like back panel has a hidden design which appears only when the light strikes the surface. The company calls it as diamond cut design.
The Realme 2 is as well made as the original Realme 1 was. The body of this device feels rigid and solid.
The buttons are clicky and tactile. Since they are slightly raised from the surrounding support frame, it’s easy to differentiate even at low light conditions.
Realme 2 does come with a headphone jack.
The company has realised the mistake and now included two of the most important factors that lure users on to the purchase of a smartphone – a dual camera setup and the fingerprint scanner.
Both of these sit flush to the frame and the phone wont wobble when placed on a flat surface.
The Helio P60 inside the original Realme 1 was a champ. It trumped even the Snapdragon 636 that was found on much expensive smartphones priced above Rs.12,000.
But when coming to the Realme 2, it’s a disappointment. This device comes with the Snapdragon 450 SoC which is grossly underpowered when it is compared with the former.
However you can still use the phone comfortably for your casual needs and the 3GB RAM helps it a lot when it comes to the multitasking as well.
You can even run resource hungry games at low settings but expect some lags and stutters in the middle.
The Realme 2 comes with 32GB storage on board and yes, it can be expanded with the help of an SD card slot.
The Realme 2 comes with a dual camera at the back. The 13MP+2MP rear shooter produces images with a lot of detail and colour accuracy in good daylight.
But when it comes to low light photography, things aren’t as much as clear and the output is slightly grainy.
The front cam is a 8MP shooter. The selfies looks well balanced and captures the skin tone accurately.
The cost cutting in order to chip in features like a dual camera setup and the fingerprint scanner is evident when it comes to the display department.
The Realme 2 features a 6.2-inch notched HD display with a resolution of 1520 X 720. The newer aspect ratio of 18:9 makes the phone looks tall.
With a pixel density of around 271 ppi, this isn’t a bad display at all. The images and text appear relatively sharp and clear. The colour sometimes feels washed out.
However the Color OS 5.1 skin renders a bit more tolerance over the otherwise decent display.
The battery inside the Realme 2 is significantly of larger capacity than the one inside Realme 1.
The 4230 mAh Li-ion battery can last easily over a day worth of heavy usage.
But the one thing we noticed about the battery on this phone is that the charging times are slow. This might not be a problem for those who charge their device overnight.
The Realme 2 is one of the better looking phones in the sub Rs.10,000 category with a solid build quality.
The inclusion of the fingerprint scanner and the dual cameras makes this device a definite upgrade over Realme 1 in terms of the feature list.
If you don’t mind the average processor inside, this is a great phone for casual use with an excellent battery life.
Diamond cut design
Excellent build quality
Large battery capacity
Slow charging speed
|OPERATING SYSTEM/UI||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|INTERNAL MEMORY||32 GB|
|PROCESSOR||Snapdragon 450 Octa-core|
|CAMERA||13MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front|
|DISPLAY||6.2 inch HD|
6. Honor 9N
Phone with ‘Notched’ Display
- 19:9 immersive notch display
- AI integration across the system
- Capable rear and front camera
Honor has been aggressively releasing smartphones targeting the budget consumers with alluring specifications and build quality for a while now.
The Honor 9N is the company’s answer to the Xiaomi’s much acclaimed Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.
The notched design is the trend…
Honor has been one of the first brands to bring the notch design to the budget smartphones. The Honor 9N also sports the notch up front for those who love the trend.
Honor phones are known to be stylish and sleek. The 9N features a glass back that reflects light off from it in a distinct style.
The outer shell cover is metallic and it makes the chassis feel much more durable and tough.
The device, despite its budget pricing, is very well built and looks like a premium flagship phone.
Gorgeous 5.8-inch TFT-LCD display
The Honor 9N has one of the best display in its class. The 5.8-inch LCD display has a full HD+ resolution with a 19:9 aspect ratio having 2280 x 1080 pixels.
The brightness levels are excellent, so does the colour reproduction and contrast ratio.
Covered by the 2.5D glass up front, the display certainly looks vivid and seamlessly integrated with the chassis.
The bezels on the sides of this 5.8-inch display are thin and unobstructive to the seamless viewing experience.
HiSilicon Kirin 659 – this time as well…
Xiaomi has been using the Snapdragon 625 on a lot of their devices and we all complained. The same is the case with Honor and Kirin 659.
The Kirin 659 is a capable chipset, but not up to date with the likes of Snapdragon 660 or even 636.
Daily apps and games run buttery smooth, thanks to the 3GB RAM and the ample 32GB storage that comes on board.
With Huawei announcing the GPU turbo feature, when it arrives on the Honor 9N, the company claims that the GPU performance will bump to 40% more.
Honor has been banking on its AI prowess a lot.
The company has integrated AI not only to the camera app, but system-wide implementations are expected to hit more devices soon.
The rear dual camera houses a 13MP shooter accompanied by a 2MP depth-sensing camera for accurate portrait effects.
The 16MP front camera is capable of taking some excellent snaps in good lighting conditions.
Honor has made a lot of improvements to their camera app and it just works so well out of the box.
The controls are handy and the operations are quick with no stutters or lags, even with wide aperture mode photography.
Emotion UI and the battery…
Emotion UI is a custom skin from Huawei that has some nice tricks up its sleeve. The Honor 9N comes with the EMUI 8.0 on top of Android Oreo 8.1.
EMUI adds a lot of useful features such as ride mode and game mode that enhances the overall usability of this device.
What’s powering the Honor 9N inside is a 3000mAh Li-ion battery. On our tests, the battery lasted easily for a day, thanks to the power efficient Kirin 659 processor.
Depending on your usage pattern, the battery life may vary from time to time, so take our words for it with a pinch of salt.
If you’re interested in a smartphone with a notch design under Rs.15,000, the Honor 9N is your best bet.
This device has got the looks of a premium flagship smartphone and offer decent performance along with a gorgeous 19:9 display.
Elegant glass back design
Immersive notch display
Feature-rich EMUI 8.0
Kirin 659 is a bit outdated SoC
|OPERATING SYSTEM/UI||Android Oreo 8.0|
|INTERNAL MEMORY||32 GB|
|PROCESSOR||HiSilicon Kirin 659|
|CAMERA||13MP+2MP Rear, 16MP Front|
|DISPLAY||5.84 – inch 2280 x 1080 pixels”|
7. OPPO Realme 1
Best Value for Money Pick
- Powerful Helio P60 processor
- Single camera that rivals dual camera setup
- Robust build that screams quality
Nah, it isn’t “another” cheap Chinese smartphone maker.
Realme is a sub-brand of the popular Oppo for providing budget smartphones with aggressive pricing in the developing markets.
So what’s special this time around?
Well sit tight and grab a drink while we are at it.
Power beast inside.. – the Helio P60!!
The Realme 1 packs a powerful Helio P60 octa-core chipset inside.
What does this mean for an average joe like me is what you might be thinking, right?
The Helio P60 from MediaTek is more powerful than the Snapdragon 625 chipset found in the competitor models like the Redmi Note 5 and even raises eyebrows when compared with the much more powerful 636 chip on the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Can I run multiple apps without stutter or reloading?
At a starting price of just Rs. 8,990, the pricing of the base variant is very aggressive and the phone can perform a lot better than the Redmi Note 5.
Excellent build quality…
The build quality, we must say is spot on.
The Realme 1 features a fiberglass back with diamond patterns which look refreshing.
Cough Xiaomi, cough.
The buttons are tactile and offer great feedback as well.
The Helio P60 is so powerful and feature rich that it supports true dual 4G VoLTE on both the sims.
Duh, you say?
The next phone with this capability is the Asus Zenfone Max Pro which is a smartphone priced just under Rs.12,000.
Surprisingly good single camera module…
This phone features a single 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera.
The company touts that AI features are baked into the camera interface, which as you might have guessed, work well.
The colour reproduction is surprisingly accurate and the details are aplenty. We are actually surprised by how well these cameras perform. Both front and rear cameras are capped at 1080p in case of video recording.
The front camera does offer bokeh mode for portrait shots. The pictures come clean and well lit.
Yeah, you can save those trips to the beauty parlour with this selfie cam.
We can vouch for that.
Decent battery life guaranteed…
The battery on this device is a 3410mAh cell that provides enough juice for a day worth of use even while heavy usage.
The phone comes with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, which further optimizes the battery consumption, for good. But mind you, the UI is Oppo’s ColorOS.
So is it the perfect smartphone to have under Rs.10,000?
Unless you are living under a rock or so.
There’s nothing like a perfect smartphone out there per se. That said, this is the closest to perfection you can expect at Rs.9,000.
And Where does the Realme 1 fall short?
This guy doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner. Take some time to digest this fact.
No, it isn’t like we failed to notice one, simply there isn’t one.
The phone relies on face unlock and to be honest, it is pretty fast. You also have the options of a conventional PIN or password lock.
Go for it…
Overall, the Realme 1 is indeed a Redmi note 5 killer.
If you aren’t a big fan of fingerprint unlocking, jump the ship.
Now. We say right now.
|OPERATING SYSTEM/UI||Android Oreo (Color OS)|
|INTERNAL MEMORY||32 GB|
|PROCESSOR||MediaTek Helio P60 Octa-core|
|CAMERA||13 MP Primary 8 MP Secondary|
|DISPLAY||6.0 inch 1080*2160 (403 ppi)|
That concludes our list of the best smartphones under Rs. 10,000.
We have not added a single phone on this list just for the sake of adding it as we don’t promote a junk product.
The choice is always yours. Think wisely and buy the right product.
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