Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.5,000

by | Aug 21, 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. Mobiistar CQOverall Best Pick
2. iVooMi Me5Best Build Quality
3. Intex Aqua Lions T1 PlusBest Selfie Camera Pick
4. Intex Aqua 5.5 VR PlusBest Future Ready Pick
5. Karbonn K9 Smart EcoBest Budget Pick

1. Mobiistar CQ

Best Smartphones Under Rs.5,000
Overall Best Pick
  • Best suited for selfie enthusiasts
  • Minimal photo post-processing
  • Made in India smartphone
If you’re in search for a budget smartphone with a capable selfie camera and acceptable performance, Mobiistar CQ may be the right phone for you in this price segment.

Brief introduction…

Mobiistar is a Vietnamese smartphone brand that recently entered the Indian smartphone market. Unlike other brands, Mobiistar assembles their phones in India under the Make in India initiative.

Talking about this particular model, the CQ, Mobiistar brands this phone as a selfie star.

Much to our surprise, we actually did feel that this phone is one of the best in the business.

Trusty Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 inside…

Running the show under the hood is the Snapdragon 425 SoC. We genuinely feel this chipset is a great value for money addition at this price.

With 2GB RAM and the 16GB inbuilt storage, the Mobiistar CQ performs very well without any problems.

In case you’re wondering, there’s a dedicated SD card slot for quenching your appetite for offline data storage.

An IPS display on a budget!

The 5-inch 720p IPS display is decently bright enough to be legible outdoors. Although the images emerge less detailed, the colors look vivid and punchy.

The 5-inch display size makes the device comfortable enough to be operated single handedly which is one of the best things to have for a price at this price point.

Camera and battery life…

Coming to the camera, we’ve one of the best smartphone selfie camera on this entry level smartphone. The 13MP selfie camera takes great pictures indoors as well as outdoors with a lot of details.

The Face beauty option optimally produces pleasant output without making your face look too much overprocessed.

The 3000mAh battery inside, thanks to the Snapdragon 425 and 720p screen lasts easily for a day of moderate to heavy usage.

If you’re planning to buy a phone under Rs.5,000 that aides better selfies, this phone is the one to have.


The Mobiistar CQ is a capable android smartphone prices under Rs.5,000. The device has almost all the features that does work decently.

The Snapdragon processor inside is quite sufficient for handling day today causal tasks smoothly and without much issues.

If you are in search of a feature rich smartphone under a budget, the Mobiistar CQ stands second to none on our priority list.

Rounded edges enhance in hand feel
Dedicated SD card slot
Face beautification
No timely software updates


Operating SystemAndroid 7.1.2
Internal Memory16 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 425 Quad Core 1.4 GHz
Camera8 MP rear, 13 MP Front
Battery3020 mAh
Display5 Inch, 720 p IPS

2. 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.


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.

VoLTE support
Dedicated SD card slot
No ambient light sensor
Average camera


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

3. 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.

Dual front camera
Minimal yet attractive formfactor
Bright display
No guaranteed software updates


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

4.Intex Aqua 5.5 VR Plus

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.5,000
Best Future Ready Pick
  • Entry level phone for geeks
  • Suited for casual tasks
  • Dedicated SD card
By the time you read this, at some point or the other, you might have heard about VR(Virtual Reality).

The Aqua 5.5 VR Plus is a smartphone from Intex that capitalizes on the unexplored entry level smartphones and VR combination.

Big 5.5-inch display…

As the name suggests, the Aqua 5.5 VR 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 colors and brightness.

Processor and the OS

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.

Other extras…

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.

About the virtual reality (VR) part!

Now let’s unfold the interesting part. The box that this device comes with doubles up as a VR headset.

There’s necessary components inside the box to build one on your own and trust me, it’s definitely a rewarding experience.

With the supplied headset, you can enjoy VR content online to the full potential. Quite a fun way to pass the spare time isn’t it?

Battery life…

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

Should you buy it?

If you love technology and want to experience it at an affordable price, the Intex Aqua 5.5 VR Plus is a great device to begin with.

Texture finish at the back enhances grip
64 bit SoC
VR headset
No serious multitasking
Low sound output


Operating SystemAndroid 7.0
Internal Memory16 GB
ProcessorMediaTek 6737 1.25 GHz
Camera8 MP rear, 5 MP Front
Battery2800 mAh
Display5.5 Inch, 720 p HD IPS

5. Karbonn K9 Smart Eco

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.5,000
Best Budget Pick
  • Entry level smartphone
  • Suited for basic tasks
  • Average quality display
If you are really tight on budget, can’t afford to shell more than Rs.3,000 and in search of a good smartphone, then the Karbonn K9 Smart Eco is the best pick for you.

Entry level android smartphone…

This phone is ideal for budget constraint users because it is a device with comparatively decent specifications running on the latest Android Nougat operating system and is powered by a quad-core chipset.

The Karbonn K9 has an 8GB ROM and 1GB RAM to take care of the memory needs. The 5-inch FWVGA display is expected at this price point.

The limited memory and storage at first may seem a deal breaker but in reality it isn’t.

Coming to the camera department, it has a 2MP Rear and Front camera that is just average.

The battery backup is a solid 2300mAh. The overall build quality is exceptional for a phone at this price range of Rs.3,000.


The Karbonn K9 smart Eco is for those who are in dire need of a smartphone running Android OS but don’t have a stretched budget in hand.

With this device you can enjoy almost all the apps on the playstore barring some resource intensive ones that does require much more processing power.

So, if your budget is under Rs.3,000, this is the best Android phone you can begin with.

Cheap smartphone
Good battery life
Dual SIM
No 4G support


Operating SystemAndroid Nougat
Internal Memory8 GB
ProcessorQuad Core 1.2 GHz
Camera2 MP Rear, 2 MP Front
Battery2300 mAh
Display5 Inch, FWVGA
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