Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.10,000

by | Jul 2, 2018

We all crave those little boxes in our pockets, the Smartphones.

They 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.

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.10,000

1. OPPO Realme 1Overall Best Pick
2.Xiaomi Redmi Note 5Runner-Up Pick
3. 10.or GValue for Money Pick
4. Xiaomi Redmi Y2Best AI Camera Pick
5. Xiaomi Redmi 5Best Budget Pick
6. Honor 7CHonorable Mention

1. OPPO Realme 1

Overall Best Pick
  • A bold counter from OPPO for Xiaomi
  • Single camera that rivals dual camera setup
  • Robust build that screams quality

Realme has just launched its first product in the Indian subcontinent – the Realme 1.

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.

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?

Hold on.

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?

Yes. Definitely.

The Realme 1 comes with two variants in India, a 3GB/32GB base variant and a whopping 6GB/128GB higher variant!

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.

Shots fired!

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.

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.

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?

No.

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.

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.

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Powerful Helio P60 chipset
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Surprisingly good cameras
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Android 8.1 out of the box
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Refreshing design
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Dual 4G VoLTE
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No fingerprint scanner
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ColorOS UI is not everyone’s cup of tea

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid Oreo (Color OS)
RAM3 GB
INTERNAL MEMORY32 GB
PROCESSORMediaTek Helio P60 Octa-core
CAMERA13 MP Primary 8 MP Secondary
BATTERY3410 mAh
DISPLAY6.0 inch 1080*2160 (403 ppi)

2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Runner-Up Pick
  • A phone with 2-day battery life
  • Immersive media consumption experience
  • Great cellular reception
  • Flash sales makes it hard to get hold of one.

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 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.

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.

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Great design and build quality
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Tall 5.99-inch full view display
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All sensors including IR blaster are present
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4K Video recording capability
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Improved rear camera
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Overall performance gets a boost
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No major hardware upgrade from Note 4
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Hybrid SIM slot
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No portrait mode
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Selfie shooter is not the best

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid Nougat (MIUI 9 )
RAM3 GB
INTERNAL MEMORY32 GB
PROCESSORSnapdragon 625
CAMERA13 MP Primary 5 MP Secondary
BATTERY4000 mAh
DISPLAY5.99 inch 1080 x 2160 (~403 ppi)

3. 10.or G

Value for Money Pick
  • Durable metallic build on a budget
  • Near to stock Android experience
  • Capable selfie shooter up front
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.

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Great battery life
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Dual Dirac stereo speakers
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Snapdragon 626 is powerful and efficient
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Good display
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Outdated design

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid 7.1 Nougat / MIUI 9
INTERNAL MEMORY64 GB
RAM4 GB
PROCESSORSnapdragon 626 Octa-core
CAMERADual: 13MP +13MP Rear, 16MP Front
BATTERY4000mAh
DISPLAY5.5 inch 1920x1080 Full HD

4. Xiaomi Redmi Y2

Best AI Camera pick - Redmi Y2
Best AI Camera Pick
  • Best in class camera
  •  System wide AI enhancements
  •  Android 8.1 out of the box
Xiaomi is pumping phones in to the Indian market like there is no tomorrow.

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?

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.

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.

The design of this phone reminds us of 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.

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Build quality
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Excellent front and rear camera
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Attractive pricing

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No full HD display
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Snapdragon 625 is a bit outdated

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid Oreo 8.1/ MIUI 9
INTERNAL MEMORY32 GB
RAM3 GB
PROCESSORSnapdragon 625 Octa-core
CAMERA12MP+ 5MP Dual Camera, 16MP Front
BATTERY3080mAh
DISPLAY5.99 inch 720*1440 HD+

5. Xiaomi Redmi 5

Best Budget Pick
  • Younger sibling of Redmi Note 5
  • Moderately powerful processor
  • Feature rich MIUI interface
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 chipsets 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.

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Modern HD+ display design
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Improved processor
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All sensors including IR blaster are intact
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No fast charging
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Hybrid SIM slot
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On Screen buttons

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid Nougat (MIUI 9)
INTERNAL MEMORY32 GB
RAM3 GB
PROCESSORSnapdragon 450 Octa-core
CAMERA12MP Rear, 5MP Front
BATTERY3300mAh
DISPLAY5.7 inch 720*1440 HD+

6.Honor 7C

Honorable Mention
  • Large screen real estate
  • Dual camera setup under Rs.10,000
  • Well built phone

Honor is an affordable smartphone subsidiary of Huawei for the developing nations such India and Indonesia.

The company had started with smartphones priced under Rs.10,000 and moved upwards with premium features offered at cut-throat prices with phones like the Honor 9 Lite.

Honor 7C is the latest entrant to the Indian market targeting the sub Rs.10,000 price category.

With this smartphone, Honor is bringing the dual camera features to its entry-level devices as well.

Honor 7C is closely followed by a less powerful Honor 7A that comes with an even lesser price tag.

The 18:9 aspect ratio is the new trend in the smartphone market.

Not only is it an aesthetic trend but also important from a usability standpoint.

As the screen sizes become large, usability with one hand suffers a lot. With an 18:9 aspect ratio, the width remains the same making the phone easy to hold in a hand.

The Honor 7C comes with a large 5.99-inch HD IPS display with 269 ppi (pixel per inch).

What amazes us is the omission of a full HD display when all the companies strive to include one in even smartphones priced under Rs.8,000. The Honor 7A, on the other hand, comes with a 5.7-inch IPS HD display.

Featuring a metallic chassis, this device feels comfortable to hold in the hand. The gentle curves make the phone rest comfortably in the palm.

This device comes with a dedicated SD card slot and a dual sim slot which is one of the most desirable features in this part of the world with almost everyone possessing two sims.

Under the hood, the Honor 7C is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset.

Being an octa-core processor, most of the day to day tasks will run fluidly. The Honor 7A features a slightly slower Snapdragon 430. Both these phones carry a 3000mAh battery.

Dual camera is one the USP that the company boasts about with these devices.

A 13MP+2MP camera module adorns the back of the devices coupled with an LED flash.

The camera takes decent pictures with good details at optimal lighting conditions.

Honor has also thrown in a portrait mode for those DSLR-esque photos.

The front camera on these devices is an 8MP shooter with a dedicated selfie flash. This lets you take brighter images even in the darkness.

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Android 8.0 out of the box
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Dual camera at an affordable budget
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No full HD display

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid Oreo/ EMUI 8.0
INTERNAL MEMORY32 GB
RAM3 GB
PROCESSORSnapdragon 450 Octa-core
CAMERA13MP+ 2MP Dual Camera, 8MP Front
BATTERY3000mAh
DISPLAY5.9 inch Full View Display 720*1440

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.

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