Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.5,000

by | Nov 3, 2018

A budget under Rs.5,000 pointing you towards a feature phone is the story of the past.

As the competition in the mobile industry became tight, companies are forced to increase the sales even at the cost of sacrificing their profit margins.

The end result?

Smartphones with better specifications and features replaced the entry-level feature phones.

Here in this article we recommend you the 5 best choices for smartphones priced under Rs.5,000 available in the Indian market.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

Best Mobile Phone Under Rs.5,000

1. Infinix Smart 2Overall Best Pick
2. Intex Note 5.5Runner-up pick
3. iVooMi Me5Best Build Quality
4. Intex Aqua Lions T1 PlusBest Selfie Camera Pick
5. Panasonic P101Honourable Mention

1. Infinix Smart 2

Best Smartphones Under Rs.5,000-Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Latest Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Decent battery life
  • Face unlock feature

The Smart 2 from Infinix is a compact and robust smartphone that has so much to offer at a relatively low price tag.

Launched with the latest Android 8.1 Oreo update, this phone stands second to none in terms of performance and future readiness in its category.

Design and Build Quality

The Infinix Smart 2 is one of the best-looking devices in its price segment.

The metallic finish over the minimal yet stylishly designed chassis doesn’t make you feel that it’s a sub. Rs.5,000 smartphone.

The curved edges on the chassis make it easy to hold and the matte finish adds grip to the body of the phone.

The headphone jack and charging port are located on the lower bottom. The buttons on the side are comfortable to click and offer good click response. At the back, there is the nicely arranged single camera setup that resembles expensive phones upwards of Rs.10,000.

Below the camera is a dual tone flash to improve camera performance in low light conditions.

The speaker is placed on the back side and is prone to muffled audio when placed on a flat surface.

Display

The Infinix Smart 2 features a relatively large 5.45-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels.

This display is of IPS type and offers exceptional viewing angles for a smartphone under Rs.5,000.

This is an 18:9 full view display with 83.4% screen to body ratio, making it suitable for viewing media content without any limitations.

The company has integrated an eye-care mode to this display, which blocks blue colour after daylight, reducing the stress on your eyes.

Processor and Performance

The Infinix Smart 2 is powered by a MediaTek MTK6739 Quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz.

This processor is capable of running the show on this budget Android smartphone without any hassles.

Supported by the adequate 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, an average user would find everything running smooth and can even have some light multitasking on the go.

Android 8.1 also chimes in with some under the hood optimizations, that makes this phone run faster than ever before.

Camera

Camera is usually not the strong forte of budget Android phones. The Infinix Smart 2 comes loaded with a 13MP rear camera with a dual tone LED flash.

This camera supports PDAF for fast focusing and comes with HDR support along with a few shooting modes preset.

In the front, there is a 5MP shooter with bokeh mode photo support, aided by a selfie flash for finer shots in low light environments.

Videos come out fine for the price and the resolution is maxed out at 720p.

Battery Life

The Infinix Smart 2 is rocking a respectable 3050 mAh Li-ion battery under the hood.

This battery is enough to make the phone last for a full day and then some, even in extreme usage scenarios.

Verdict

If you want the best Android smartphone available under the budget of Rs.5,000, look no further – this is it.

The latest Android 8.1 OS coupled with a respectable 18:9 display and a decent battery life make this device the top choice in our list.

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Stylish design

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Front camera flash

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Decent display quality

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Slower charging

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek MTK6739
Camera13 MP rear, 8MP Front
Battery3050mAh
Display5.45+ HD+

2. Intex Note 5.5

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.5,000-Runner-Up Pick
Runner-Up Pick
  • Android 7.0 Nougat OS
  • Suited for media consumption
  • Dedicated SD card

Intex Note 5.5 is a large display budget Android smartphone aimed at media consumption purposes.

This VR enabled smartphone is one of the feature-rich devices in the sub. Rs.5,000 price segment that comes with excellent customer service support spanning all across the country.

Design and Build Quality

The Note 5.5 from Intex is practically designed to value usability over the aesthetically pleasing looks.

This is not the cutest looking phone in the market by no means. However, the gold coloured variant does look premium.

If you want a less striking, minimal looking device, we’d suggest the black variant of the same.

The plastic build is OK for this budget and feels marginally solid and comfortable. There are considerable bezels around the display which some people might not like.

The camera is symmetrically placed in the centre with a flash beneath. This arrangement makes the back side of this device look a lot cleaner and minimalistic.

Display

As the name suggests, the Intex Note 5.5 Plus features a 5.5-inch 720p HD IPS display up front. How does this display panel fare?

Nothing too impressive. For the price you pay for, this display offers balanced colours and brightness.

This display has support for up to 16.7 million colours, turning the visuals vibrant and rich in details despite the low resolution.

Processor and Performance

The MediaTek processor inside will handle your daily phone usage effortless and snappier. Don’t expect any serious multitasking or gaming with this device though.

With 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, we feel that this device packs enough firepower to handle all your daily chores with ease.

On the software front, we get to see some interesting features as well. The phone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with a lot of customizations.

Miscellaneous

There’s an emergency rescue feature that lets you save certain numbers and SOS them on one click if something unfortunate happens.

In addition to this, the company has also included a gesture mode for enhancing the overall usability experience of this device.

Battery Life

The 2800mAh battery inside helps the device to stay up and running for almost a day with continuous usage.

The supplied 5V 1A charger isn’t the fastest by any matrix, so we advise you to purchase a minimum 2A charger for speedier battery juice up.

Verdict

The Intex Note 5.5 is a good choice if you’re fond of watching movies and shows in your smartphone.

The large display and the decent 2800mAh battery will make sure that you’ll continue watching your favourite shows unhindered.

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Texture finish at the back enhances grip

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64 bit SoC

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VR support

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No serious multitasking

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Low sound output

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Nougat 7
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek 6737V
Camera8 MP rear, 5 MP Front
Battery2800 mAh
Display5.5 Inch, 720 p HD IPS

3. iVooMi Me5

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.5,000
Best Build Quality
  • Basic smartphone
  • Faster 4G data speeds
  • Decent battery life

iVoomi is a Chinese brand that has been in the Indian smartphone market for a while now.

The Me 5 from iVoomi is a device that is mainly targeted at the first timers who are graduating from a feature phone  to the world of smartphones.

Elegant design…

As we expected, this device is entirely made of plastic.However the design looks attractive, thanks to the iconic grooved camera bump and the soft textured back shell.

Opening up the back cover exposes the dual sim slots and the dedicated SD card slot that supports cards up to 128GB.

SpreadTrum SoC inside!!

Powered by a SpreadTrum Quad core processor, the performance of this device isn’t actually bad when you consider this as a smartphone targeted for the newbies.

The 2GB RAM and the 16GB internal storage ensures that apps that you use daily runs without any noticeable hiccups.

You may experience a slight delay in multitasking heavier resource intensive apps.

Remember that this is a entry level chipset that is not capable for gaming or running multiple apps at once.

Display and camera…

The 5-inch 720p IPS display offers decent color reproduction and surprisingly good viewing angles.

There’s an 8MP camera at the back and an 5MP shooter at the front of this device.

The images from the cameras can be best deemed as average.

On the video front, the maximum these cameras can capture is upto 720p HD.

Battery life…

The 3000mAh battery inside holds really well and lasts easily for over a day on moderate usage.

The SpreadTrum processor inside is very power efficient and since it is clocked very low compared to the competitors, the battery usage is pretty minimal.

Summary..

The iVoomi i5 is a great choice for those who are in search of a smartphone under Rs.5,000.

With its dedicated SD card support, this can be the best media centric smartphone on this budget that can store your media with you always and everywhere.

The build quality is excellent for the price and the components used for the construction feels durable.

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VoLTE support

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Dedicated SD card slot

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No ambient light sensor

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Average camera

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 7.
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorSC 9832 Quad Core 1.2 GHz
Camera8 MP Rear, 2 MP Front
Battery3000 mAh
Display5 inch, 720 x 1280 (~294 ppi)

4. Intex Aqua Lions T1 Plus

Best Smartphones Under Rs.5,000
Best Selfie Camera Pick
  • Suited for selfie enthusiasts
  • Aesthetically pleasing design
  • Widespread customer service network

Intex is a homegrown Indian brand that offers consumer durables such as smartphones and accessories such as power banks at an affordable price to the customers.

The Lions T1 Plus is relatively new member of the Aqua series budget smartphones that the company has been introducing in the market.

Minimal design and good build quality…

With the Chinese companies providing devices with affordable budget that feature great built quality, Indian brands started doing the same.

The Intex Aqua Lions T1 Plus features an attractive minimal design with no frills attached that adds complexity.
To save the precious screen real estate, this budget Android smartphone comes with capacitive hardware buttons.

The backside of the device house the single camera and the attached LED flash.

The antenna lines has been cleverly masked as an overlay to the back shell as we have seen with the likes of Redmi Y2.

Processor does perform adequately well..

What powers the Intex Aqua Lions T1 Plus is a SpreadTrum 9850 quad-core processor accompanied with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory.

With the low-priced Android smartphones, these SpreadTrum processors are popular because they offer reliable performance under a very low budget.

This device performed comfortably well on our day to day tests apart from gaming which clearly is not a strong forte of this smartphone.

Dual cameras up front!!

With selfies being the next big thing in the smartphone industry, Intex has decided to compete.

This budget device comes with not one, but two front cameras to spice up your selfie game to the next level.

The 8MP + 2MP camera setup at the front has the usual set of feature including face detection and beauty mode to enhance your looks, at least on papers :).

The rear camera is of 8MP which takes reasonably good photos in good lighting conditions.

And yes, the front camera does support portrait mode photos for that DSLRish on your selfies.

Display and battery life…

The Intex Aqua Lions T1 Plus comes with a 5-inch 720p display. For a budget under Rs.5,000 this is one of the best display that you would see on smartphone.

The colours are reasonably vivid. With the brightness level ramped up to the maximum, there is no issue in sunlight legibility with this device.

The texts and images are reasonably sharper as well. The only issue we felt that the display has an average color accuracy which might not be a problem for untrained eyes.

The 2400mAh battery inside will let you run this device in its full throttle for more than 10 hours. With moderate usage, you can easily get over a day of battery life.

Final verdict

The Intex Aqua Lions T1 Plus is the best bet if you want a selfie centric smartphone under a dirt cheap budget.

This device has a decent processor inside that will perform decently with causal tasks such as web browsing and social media usage.

The minimal yet attractive design is another bonus with this budget android smartphone.

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Dual front camera

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Minimal yet attractive formfactor

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Bright display

Q

No guaranteed software updates

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Nougat
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorSC 9850 quad core
Camera8 MP rear, 8 MP + 2 MP front
Battery2400mAh
Display5 inch 1280 x 720 pixel

5. Panasonic P101

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.5,000 -Best Feature-Rich Smartphone
 Best Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • USB OTG support
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • Smooth multitasking performance

Panasonic has recently made huge inroads into the Indian budget smartphone market with its Eluga series smartphones.

As the competition in the mid-range tier became so fierce, the company launched the affordable P101 entry-level Android smartphone that offers great value for money proposition for a budget consumer.

Design and Build Quality

Earlier, entry-level Android smartphones had the ugliest designs in the market. But nowadays we get to see some better-looking phones that defy the logic in their pricing.

The Panasonic P101 is one such smartphone that looks gorgeous and on par with many other expensive Android phones out there.

The glossy plastic body is very rigid and offers great in hand feel. However, the back panel is a fingerprint magnet and the smudges will appear on the body too easily.

The horizontal camera layout at the back along with the vertical dual LED flash makes this device look premium from a distance.

Apart from the brand name and some regulatory markings, the back side of this phone is clean and pristine.

Display

The Panasonic P101 features a 5.84-inch FWVGA display with a resolution of just 960 x 480 pixels. This is perhaps the biggest letdown of an otherwise decent entry-level Android smartphone.

However, if you don’t mind the crispiness of the display, all is well and good on this IPS panel with good viewing angles. The screen is curved at the edges and has an 18:9 aspect ratio making this bigger screen easily usable with a single hand.

Processor and Performance

The Panasonic P101 is powered by a MediaTek MT6739WA Quad-core processor clocked at 1.3Ghz.

Supported with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, the performance of this smartphone is nothing earth-shattering, but quite decent for the price.

Average users will feel at home with smooth performance while running day to day causal apps and browsing.

Camera

The Panasonic P101 has an 8MP rear shooter accompanied by a dual LED flash.

The pictures and videos from this camera are Ok in daylight conditions and perfectly usable for social media profiles.

The front camera is a 5MP shooter that comes preloaded with different shooting modes and has a selfie flash for those night selfies.

Miscellaneous

The biggest plus point of this device is that it supports USB OTG.

You can connect an external keyboard, mouse or a storage medium such as pen drive to this smartphone using an OTG adapter and use or browse files directly on it.

Battery life

The 2500mAh Li-ion battery keeps this phone running for a day of heavy usage, thanks to the low-resolution display and the underpowered processor that doesn’t eat up too much battery.

Verdict

The Panasonic P101 is a great entry-level choice for an average consumer who looks to buy a feature-rich budget smartphone.

A classy design with value for money features such as USB OTG support and front camera selfie flash makes this device worth checking out in the sub Rs.5,000 budget category.

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Elegant and classy design

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Respectable performance

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Gesture support

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Low-resolution display

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Nougat 7
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek MT6739WA Quad core
Camera8 MP Rear, 5 MP Front
Battery2500 mAh
Display5.45 inch FWVGA

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