Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.10,000
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.
1.Infinix Note 5
Overall Best Pick
- 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+|
2. OPPO Realme 1
- 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)|
3. 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)|
4. 10.or G
Best Value for Money
- Durable metallic build on a budget
- Near to stock Android experience
- Capable selfie shooter up front
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.
Metal build promises durability…
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.
Battery efficient Snapdragon 626 inside…
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.
Dual 13MP shooters at the back…
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.
Massive 4000mAh battery inside…
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.
The 10.or G is an excellent value for money device that offers features that usually expensive smartphones priced under Rs.15,000 possess.
With a robust build quality combined with the massive 4000mAh battery, this product is one of the most affordable feature rich device money can buy under Rs.10,000.
With the company stating that the phone will receive Android Oreo update soon, you can be safe to stay up to date on the software front as well.
|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|
5. Xiaomi Redmi 5
Best Budget Pick
- Younger sibling of Redmi Note 5
- Moderately powerful processor
- Feature rich MIUI interface
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).
Go for the 3GB RAM variant and not the other way around…
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.9,000.
Newer, improved Snapdragon 450 inside
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.
Following the 18:9 aspect ratio trend…
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.
Heavily modded MIUI skin on top of Android Nougat
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.
Reduced battery capacity
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.9,000 (3/32GB variant) or Rs.8,000 (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+|
6. 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+|
7. 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|
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.
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