Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.10,000
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. XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 5
Overall Best Pick
Redmi Note 5 is a powerful phone that destroys its competitors in this budget. Its taller display, feel-good design, capable processor, improved camera performance and great battery life makes it our best pick.
Let me say this right at the beginning – Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, the much-awaited successor to Xiaomi’s best seller ever is not a major upgrade to Redmi Note 4 but it is still the best feature-rich smartphone under Rs. 10,000 you can buy. Now that the confusion is over, let’s talk about the pros and cons of this budget smartphone.
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 variant. Since there is no dedicated memory card slot on this device, you can run out of storage space with 3GB/32GB variant.
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.
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!
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)|
2. 10.or G
A great screen coupled with a powerful yet efficient processor along with a massive 4000mAh battery makes this phone one of the best picks under Rs. 10,000 currently in the Indian market.
10. or (Tenor) has been releasing some quality smartphones under strict budget restrictions as of late. Their products are proved to be on par with the specs and performance when compared with the competitors currently in the market. 10. or G is the latest offering from the company which gives the other products in the same price bracket a run for their money.
Starting off with build quality, the 10.or G is made of metal. The top and bottom part of the phone’s backside is made of plastic to improve cellular reception. The fingerprint sensor is located on the back and is placed very comfortably in the natural finger resting position. The silver accent lines on the back of the device impart a distinct style to the otherwise minimal design.
The 10.or G is powered by the proven, reliable and revered Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 which is acclaimed for its performance as well as battery efficiency. The apps run butter smooth on this device and the multitasking is handled exceptionally well without any app reloading issues, thanks to the 4GB RAM which keeps apps in memory even in the background. The phone comes with 64GB of internal storage which can be further increased up to 128GB if you’re willing to sacrifice a SIM slot on the hybrid SIM tray.
On the display front, the 10.or G comes equipped with a 5.5-inch full HD IPS panel with 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla glass protection. The colour reproduction of this panel is excellent so does the viewing angles. The brightness levels are acceptable and there is no problem with sunlight legibility. The images and text look sharper on this display.
In the Camera department, this phone is loaded with features. The rear camera modules houses two 13MP sensor, one of which is a regular RGB sensor for colour mapping and the other, a monochrome sensor for capturing details. A dual tone dual LED flash let you take low light photos with a more natural colour tone. On the front, there is a single 16MP sensor that captures selfies with ample details and sharpness.
One of the most underrated features of this phone is the inclusion of a dual stereo Dirac optimized speakers that output loud and clean sound with rich bass. None of the other phones in this price bracket comes with a stereo speaker setup.
The 10. or G is packed with a mammoth 4000mAh Lithium-ion battery that will last easily for a day and a half even on heavy usage. This battery will let you watch movies or play games, stream music over the internet etc without having to worry about the juice draining out of the device.
The only downside we were able to notice on this device is the outdated design. The overall design looks bland except for the silver accent lines and can be easily mistaken for a Redmi Note 4. Otherwise, this phone is worth a steal at the price range.
|OPERATING SYSTEM/UI||Android 7.1 Nougat / MIUI 9|
|INTERNAL MEMORY||64 GB|
|PROCESSOR||Snapdragon 626 Octa-core|
|CAMERA||Dual: 13MP +13MP Rear, 16MP Front|
|DISPLAY||5.5 inch 1920x1080 Full HD|
3. Lenovo K8 Plus
Best Value For Money
This phone packs in a dual rear camera, a hefty 4,000 mAh battery that promises stellar battery life and pure Android experience. The multimedia experience on this smartphone is also one of the best you can get under Rs. 10,000.
Lenovo K8 Plus which was launched in September 2017 along with the K8 and K8 Note, comes with a 5.2-inch 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. It has a metallic body and the screen is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 scratch resistant display.
Lenovo K8 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 a MediaTek Helio P25 Octa-core (2.6 GHz Quad-core Cortex A53 + 1.6 GHz Quad-core Cortex A53) processor paired with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The graphics-intensive tasks are handled by a Mali-T880MP2 GPU.
The Lenovo 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 including a fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and compass sensors.
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 decent selfies.
For those looking for a budget oriented smartphone under Rs. 10,000 that runs on a near stock version of Android and contain a dual rear camera setup and okayish features, the K8 Plus seems to be a good buy.
|OPERATING SYSTEM/UI||Android Nougat|
|INTERNAL MEMORY||32 GB|
|PROCESSOR||MediaTek Helio P25 Octa-core|
|CAMERA||Dual: 13MP + 5MP Rear, 8MP Front|
|DISPLAY||5.2 inch 1080*1920 Full HD|
4. Xiaomi Redmi 5
Best Budget Pick
Xiaomi Redmi 5, the toned down version of the Note 5 is a great budget pick just for its latest and powerful Snapdragon 450 chipset and modern looking design. Like any other Xiaomi device, this one also packs a punch in terms of specifications.
Xiaomi Redmi 5, the compact variant of Redmi Note 5 comes with a similar design but a smaller display. It looks exactly like the Note 5 from the outside but the internal specifications and hardware tells a different story altogether.
The Redmi 5 is launched in 3 memory variants in India (2GB/16GB, 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB). We frankly feel the 4GB RAM variant of this phone, which is sold for Rs.11,000 is overpriced and do not deserve a place on our best list. But the 2GB and 3GB variants are two very good smartphone choices right now in Indian Market for Rs. 8000 and Rs. 9000.
The key difference Redmi 5 has brought in from its predecessor, the Redmi 4, is an improved SoC and the latest display standard. This phone is powered by the latest and powerful budget chipset, the Snapdragon 450. This octa-core chipset has a clock rate of 1.8GHz and has the Adreno 506 GPU. Its performance gets a major boost because of the presence of this SoC. Multitasking and gaming performance is a breeze with this smartphone.
As I said earlier, the Redmi 5 now sports a different look from its predecessor. It sports a rather big 5.7-inch LCD IPS display with the new aspect ratio of 18:9. Thanks to this form factor, the display resolution is now HD+ with 720*1440 pixels and 282ppi. The display looks large and vivid but I would have preferred a full HD display at this price point. Also, a larger display size now reduces the gap between the ‘Note’ variant (5.99-inch) and normal variant.
The Redmi 5 is running on the Android Nougat based MIUI 9 which is a disappointment considering the fact that Android P is about to launch. But we do expect an upgrade to Oreo sooner rather than later. Usual suspects like the IR blaster, headphone jack and all the required sensors are retained on this budget smartphone.
Coming to the Camera department, the Redmi 5 packs a 12MP Rear camera and 5MP front camera. Xiaomi claims that the cameras are much improved from the earlier iterations, but I felt they were just good enough for the price. The camera did fairly well in daylight photos and brightly lit conditions but the performance takes a huge dip in low-light. The presence of LED flashlight for the front camera is a welcome move but the front camera quality is nothing much to brag about.
Another big change Xiaomi has made in Redmi 5 is its battery backup. It now packs a 3300mAh battery which is a major drop from the 4100mAh battery seen in Redmi 4. But because of the Snapdragon 450 chipset’s improved efficiency and performance, this battery is sufficient enough to sustain a full day.
In conclusion, the Redmi 5 is a great budget pick at either Rs. 9000 (3/32GB variant) or Rs. 8000 (2GB/16GB). It has a few cons like the hybrid SIM slot, the unavailability of Oreo update and the larger display size which may question its existence. Also, the pricing of this model is not aggressive enough for our liking when compared to their past prices.
|OPERATING SYSTEM/UI||Android Nougat (MIUI 9)|
|INTERNAL MEMORY||32 GB|
|PROCESSOR||Snapdragon 450 Octa-core|
|CAMERA||12MP Rear, 5MP Front|
|DISPLAY||5.7 inch 720*1440 HD+|
5. Moto G5
Best Camera Phone
The Moto G5 packs a superb rear camera that can click great pictures. It has the advantage of running on stock Android. The build quality of G5 is also exceptional and it is definitely a good budget choice to consider for camera enthusiasts.
The Moto G5 was initially sold at Rs. 12,000 but after the launch of Moto G5S, it has undergone a major price drop and came into the Rs. 10,000 price bracket. This is a quality budget smartphone at this price that you can consider and we will be explaining the reasons below.
The Moto G5 is powered by a Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core processor with Android v7.0 Nougat operating system. It has an almost stock Android feel to it with just a few Moto apps as bloatware. It has a 3 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM, out of which approximately 2 GB RAM and 10 GB ROM is free.
There is a dedicated memory card slot to expand internal storage if you need more memory. It has a 5-inch full HD display with 441 PPI pixel density.
What really highlights the Moto G5 are its 13 MP rear-facing camera and 5 MP front-facing camera. This phone has one of the better rear cameras out of all the competitors under Rs. 10,000. Moto G5 can capture great pictures in outdoor as well as indoor lighting condition. The video recording quality is also very good with HD video recording support and electronic image stabilization.
The Moto G5 has a metallic back with removable case and battery. The fingerprint scanner is situated on the front side of the phone. It has a 2,800 mAh battery that can last almost a day under normal usage. It has fast charging support as well to quickly power-up your phone.
In conclusion, the Moto G5 is a good budget phone under Rs. 10,000 with a very good rear camera and stock Android experience. It may not be touting the best spec-sheet but for a casual user, this is a reliable phone that does the job perfectly.
|OPERATING SYSTEM/UI||Android Nougat|
|INTERNAL MEMORY||16 GB|
|PROCESSOR||Snapdragon 430 Octa-core|
|CAMERA||13MP Rear, 5MP Front|
|DISPLAY||5.0 inch 1080 x 1920 Full HD|
6. Infinix Hot S3
With the dual LED flash at the front along with the 20MP camera sensor, the Hot S3 takes the best selfies in this budget. This device comes with an 18:9 aspect ratio, Android Oreo out of the box and a long-lasting 4000mAh battery.
Infinix is a HongKong based smartphone manufacturer which concentrates on the budget smartphone segment in developing countries. Infinix Hot S3 is one of the best feature-rich smartphones in the sub Rs. 9,000 price bracket currently in the Indian market. The company touts this device as the best low light selfie performer in the segment.
The Hot S3 from Infinix has been designed so well that the aesthetics justify the price. The sandstone finish on the back renders a premium feel to this device while holding it in hand. As a nice little addition, the power button on the side is textured.
The display on this device is a 5.65-inch full HD+ IPS panel with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. The display, being an IPS one has good viewing angles. The colours look natural and vivid. The 18:9 aspect ratio gives this device a modern high-end smartphone look.
Powering this device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM. The onboard storage on this smartphone is 32GB out of which about 22GB is available for the user. The storage can be further expanded up to 128GB with an additional SD card in the dedicated memory card slot provided on this device. The processor runs apps well but you have to expect occasional lags while running heavy apps or graphics intensive games.
The camera department is where this device excels. On the rear, there is a 13MP shooter with PDAF. The images from this module look sharper with rich details in daylight. The low light photography is nothing to write about with too much noise in the pictures. At the front, there is a 20MP shooter with dual LED flash that will enable this device to take selfies at low light with ease.
This phone runs on Infinix’s own XOS UI on top of the Android 8.0 Oreo. The UI is heavily skinned but the performance feels snappy. The battery on this device is a 4000mAh Li-ion cell that lasts up to one and a half day on moderate to heavy usage.
There is still no USB C on this device and retains the same old micro USB port for charging and data transfer. The XOS UI looks cartoony and might not be in the taste of everybody.
|OPERATING SYSTEM/UI||Android 8.0 Oreo|
|INTERNAL MEMORY||32 GB|
|PROCESSOR||Snapdragon 430 Octa-core|
|CAMERA||13MP Rear, 20MP Front|
|DISPLAY||5.65 inch 720 x 1440 HD+|
That concludes our list of the best smartphones under Rs. 10,000. We have not added a single phone in 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. Let us know in the comments if we helped you buy the right product. Also please don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for more such awesome buying guides and top lists.