Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.7,000
Earlier, the quality of such phones was questionable at best, but not today.
The entry-level smartphone market is no longer flooded with pitiable hardware from unknown brands.
For a price bracket of Rs.7000, there are a lot of strong offerings in the market, both from the domestic as well as international brands.
Without any further delay, let’s dive into this comprehensive list of best mobile phones under Rs.7,000.
1. Realme C1
Overall Best Pick
- Trendy design
- Impressive battery life
- Capable Snapdragon 450 processor
The Realme C1 is a surprise addition to the stable and with the specs it packs, we think that this phone will be a runaway success in the sub Rs.7,000 price category.
Design and build quality
The Realme C1 brings the much hyped notch display trend in to the sub Rs.7,000 price point.
This device has a glossy back which is very much a fingerprint magnet. It is advised to use a clear case with the device if you want to keep it in pristine condition.
There is a slight dark bezel around the display of this device and a considerable chin at the bottom as well.
The materials used for the construction of this budget smartphone is of high quality and feels really premium.
The Realme C1 packs the largest display in its segment – a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display panel with a HD+ resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels.
This amounts to about 271 pixels which is quite decent for a smartphone of this price.
The display has an outer layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection from minor scratches and breaks.
The Realme C1 has an impressive 88.8% screen to body ratio which is excellent for a phone in its category.
The 19:9 aspect ratio will help you watch media content more immersively. The colours are decent and the brightness levels are on par with the competent devices.
The Realme C1 packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 which is an octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz.
This processor performs well for the price and delivers a great performance with battery life.
The Adreno 506 GPU does help the SoC in graphics related processes. The apps open and run fine without any stutters.
The 2GB RAM might bottleneck the processor when handling multitasking and you may see a bit of slowdown.
The Realme C1 has a dual rear camera setup that consists of a 13MP primary sensor assisted by a 2MP depth sensing unit for gorgeous portrait and bokeh mode shots.
The output images looks clean and crisp with ample details at suitable lighting conditions.
The front 5MP sensor comes equipped with beautification modes for perfect selfies.
The Realme C1 has a massive 4230 mAh Li-ion battery that will last easily for a day and more with heavy usage.
The chipset supports Quick charge 3.0, so if you invest a few bucks on a fast charger, you can juice up the battery much faster.
The Realme C1 is the best smartphone that money can buy under a budget of Rs.7,000.
This device has everything you can probably ask for – dual cameras, impressive battery, and a capable processor as well.
|Operating System||Android Oreo 8.1|
|Internal Memory||16 GB|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 450|
|Camera||13MP + 2MP Rear, 5MP Front|
2. YU Ace
- Best feature rich smartphone
- Face unlock is a novelty in this budget
- Latest Android 8.1 OS
The company was once active in the smartphone market launching devices at a regular interval.
For a while the company was not active in the market and with the launch of their newest budget phone, the YU Ace, it tries to regain some of its lost foothold in the market.
Build quality and design
The YU Ace is a fairly well built phone with a polycarbonate back.
The back plate is glossy and looks very nice on hand. However be sure to carry around a wiping towel with you always as it attracts smudges and fingerprints quite easily.
In the front the display is covered by a 2.5D glass and comes with a screen protector pre applied.
This smartphone comes with a removable back and has a dedicated SD card slot along with dual SIM slots.
The YU Ace budget smartphone is powered by a MediaTek MTK 6739 quad core processor.
With 2GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage, this device has a decent general performance when it comes to the most used apps such as web browser and social media applications.
You might experience some stutters and lags when it comes to the multitasking as this phone has a limited 2GB memory.
Hardcore gaming is also a no go as the processor is weak to handle such resource hungry processes.
Following the latest 18:9 aspect ratio trend, YU has given the Ace smartphone a 5.45-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 1440x720 pixels.
The screen looks relatively bright and the colours seem good for the price.
However you will notice certain pixelation when it comes to the text and will feel a lack of details with some content.
There is no form of protection over the glass, so be careful not to remove the pre-applied screen guard over the display.
The Yu Ace comes loaded with two forms of device protection – a face unlock and the other is fingerprint scanner.
These two functions are the most sought after features of the budget smartphone segment and you have both of them with this entry level smartphone.
On the rear, the YU Ace comes with a 13MP sensor with a flash.
It takes decent pictures sufficient for posting on social media and nothing more.
The front 5MP sensor too comes assisted with a flash for those night selfies.
Battery life is one area where phone manufacturers are really having a second thought.
The YU Ace comes with a removable 4000mAh battery that when coupled with the non full HD display and the less powerful processor provides you a battery life well over a day even with heavy usage.
Running on almost stock Android 8.1 Oreo with minimal bloatware, the Yu Ace is an very desirable option priced at just Rs.5,999.
The features such as fingerprint sensor and face unlock makes it a value for money proposition in its category.
The large 18:9 aspect ratio display can be easily operated with a single hand as well.
|Operating System||Android Oreo 8.1|
|Internal Memory||16 GB|
|Processor||MediaTek MTK MT6739|
|Camera||13MP Rear, 5MP Front|
3. InFocus Vision 3
Value for Money Pick
- Best for media consumption
- Sleek design and formfactor
- Full view 18:9 display
The Vision 3 from Infocus is great value for money smartphone that packs in a lot of goodies previously seen only with phones priced above Rs.10,000 and such.
Premium looks in an affordable budget…
InFocus Vision 3 comes with an elegant and sleek design that rivals many pricey picks out there.
The tall 18:9 display and the curved glass upfront imparts a very premium feel to the device in hand.
The antenna lines are gracefully laid out as a thin strip which blends in with the minimal design very well.
The fingerprint sensor is located at the back where your fingers can comfortably reach in the first try itself.
As expected, a MediaTek SoC!!
Budget manufacturers love MediaTek chipsets.
It’s because these SoCs are significantly cheaper than Qualcomm counterparts.
The InFocus Vision 3 comes with a MediaTek MTK6737 processor. This is a quad core process that comes bundled with the Mali T720 GPU.
The processor inside is capable of carrying out your daily chores just fine.
As we say with all budget Android devices, never expect stunning performance from these devices.
If you do, we would suggest you to take a look at the mid-range and the premium budget devices out there.
Launched with Nougat and then?
The InFocus Turbo comes with Android 7 Nougat onboard.
The software update track record for MediaTek powered devices is abysmal and don’t expect any major updates in the near future.
However the custom skin from InFocus on top of the base Android OS does allow you to have some customizations.
This is where the value for money part comes to play. The InFocus 3 features a dual 13MP + 5MP rear camera with portrait mode capability built in.
The images taken by the dual rear camera setup seems to have adequate details in daylight. The colours are accurate and the contrast levels are acceptable.
The front cam is a 8MP shooter with various beautify modes for making you look even more gorgeous than ever before.
The company has a dualfie mode in its camera app which lets you capture the images with the rear as well front camera simultaneously, something similar to Nokia’s bothie mode.
This is really what made us excited.
Having a large battery is essential for today’s active lifestyle.
With the 4000mAh battery on board, this device will easily last over a day even with heavy usage.
Yes – you can watch your favourite movie or series continuously on this phone without having to be afraid of the juice being running out in the middle.
If you’re the one looking for the best smartphone under Rs.7,000 which has almost all the features that a midrange device possess, the InFocus Vision 3 is the one worth giving your attention to.
This device has a fingerprint scanner, dual cameras and a massive 4000mAh battery to back it all.
If you don’t mind the grim software update situation, then Vision 3 from InFocus is worth betting your hard earned money on.
|Operating System||Android nougat 7|
|Internal Memory||16 GB|
|Processor||MediaTek 1.3GHz Quadcore|
|Camera||13MP + 5MP Rear, 8MP Front|
|Display||5.7 inch HD+ full vision 18:9 display|
4. 10. or D2
Best Build Quality
- Best for casual usage
- Regular software updates
- IPX2 water resistant
Following the success of their first product the 10. Or D, company is up with a new iteration of the device with some improvements across the board.
Build and design…
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication – once a wise man said.
The 10.or just follows that rule blindly it seems.
The design is bare minimal with nothing aggressive enough to catch your eyes in one glance.
However the company has done some improvements to its design of the original 10.or D like a new 18:9 aspect ratio display.
The 2D curved glass fits well into the chassis which is made of plastic coated with metallic paint.
The overall fit and finish of this budget smartphone is great for its price.
Snapdragon 425 inside!!
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 4xx series SoCs are popular among OEMs to use in their budget priced devices.
The 10. Or has gone with a Snapdragon 425 in this device which is a bit of a letdown honestly.
We wish the company could has at least gone with a slightly more powerful SD 450 at this price.
However, the phone performs well with the 2GB RAM in its causal day to day tasks.
The internal memory is pegged at 16GB for this variant and has a dedicated SD card slot to increase the storage up to a whopping 128GB.
Since the chipset is average in terms of performance, don’t expect the latest games such as PUBG to be playable on this device.
We would suggest you to check out our guide for best smartphone under Rs.15,000 if you love gaming under a budget.
Display and camera
The 10.or D2 comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels.
Even though the panel is not a full HD one, the results are much better when compared with other 720p panels in the price range.
This display can get bright up to a whopping 400 nits which is unusual for a phone priced under Rs.7,000.
The colours are decently punch and the images and texts looks sharper when looked normally.
The 10. Or D2 has a 13MP rear camera that is same as that of its predecessor but with one major difference.
The Sony IMX2568 sensor is new to the table and produce much better images than the previous model.
The front camera is 5MP shooter which remains the same from the original 10. Or D.
IPX2 water resistance protection!!
Most of the budget to mid range smartphone lacks a solid form of protection from weather elements these days.
With the IPX2 protection, you will have no worries about the device being used in slight rains outside directly up to 10 minutes.
Even though this is a rudimentary from of water resistance, something is always good than nothing.
For some strange reason, 10. Or has decided to trim down the battery capacity from 4000mAh to just 3200mAh.
We loved the massive 4000mAh battery and the two day battery life.
However with this 3200mAh, you would easily get over a day worth of usage for sure.
The 10. Or D2 is one of the best phones available in the market for a budget under Rs.7,000.
The phone runs stock Android OS, that too the latest Android Oreo 8.1 and the company has a past of updating their devices at least once in their life cycle.
If you want a solidly built device for your daily casual chores, the 10. Or D2 is the best choice as of now.
|Operating System||Android Oreo 8.1|
|Internal Memory||16 GB|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 425|
|Camera||13 MP Rear, 5 MP Front|
|Display||5.45 – inch HD+|
5. Redmi 5A
Best Feature Rich Smartphone
- Perfect phone for one hand usage
- Feature rich MIUI skin
- Dedicated SD card slot
The Redmi 5A comes in 2 variants, a 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM variant sold at Rs.4,999 and a 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM variant sold at Rs.6,999.
Decent processor that can handle day-to-day tasks quite easily…
Just like its predecessor Redmi 4A, the Redmi 5A is also running on the Snapdragon 425 quad-core chipset.
The overall performance of Redmi 5A was very good considering its price.
You can play medium graphics games like dead trigger without any frame drops on this phone.
And with MIUI updates, the company does optimizations to the underlying OS to make it more snappy and adds a lot of new features to make it run faster and smoother.
MIUI is a custom skin that Xiaomi adds on top of their smartphones.
The skin is heavily customized and gives the customer, ability to completely change the look and feel of their device.
It also adds a ton of new features to the devices with each updates.
Battery, sensors and the display…
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A is the only phone under Rs.7,000 that features an IR blaster.
Companies like Samsung skimp on important sensors such as an ambient light sensor even on their premium budget smartphones such as the Samsung J7 pro.
Meanwhile, Xiaomi strives to add a whole range of sensors including magnetometer and the specifically the IR blaster which helps you control the home appliances from one place without reaching up to their individual controllers.
Its 3000mAh battery is sufficient enough to last up to a day for a casual user.
The idle battery drain is very minimal with the latest MIUI 9 version and the company promises that the usage will further decrease with the upcoming MIUI 10 update in the future.
The screen quality of this phone is very good for its price and there are no glaring issues there.
Another great aspect of this Xiaomi phone is its dedicated memory card slot. It has a dual sim slot and a memory card slot to expand your storage in case it’s needed.
Decent cameras on board…
The Redmi 5A has a 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera. This is by no means a good camera phone though It can click decent photos.
The pictures shot on low light and artificial lighting conditions have a lot of noise. If camera quality and selfies are your concern, then the Redmi Y1 Lite is a better choice.
Average build quality…
Now moving to the downsides, Xiaomi has used a plastic body for this model to reduce the price. The design and build quality, therefore, looks very ordinary.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A features an auto-brightness and compass sensor but lacks a gyro sensor.
The power brick that is provided in the box draws just 1A and it has no fast charging support.
Should you buy it?
If you love the MIUI skin and is interested in a no frills device that gets frequent updates adding features on top, the Redmi 5A is worth checking out.
The MIUI community is so active that there are developers making various custom ROMs for this device in various forums and with that you are assured to get the latest Android versions to try out.
For an ordinary user, the Redmi 5A offers a budget alternative to the higher end Xiaomi phones while experiencing almost the same UI and feature set.
|Operating System||Android Nougat 7.1.1|
|Internal Memory||32 GB, Exp. up to 128 GB|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 435|
|Camera||13MP rear,5MP front, both LED Flash|
|Battery||5000 mAh Li-ion3300 mAh|
|Display||5.2 – inch 1280 x 720 IPS|
6. Lava Z61
The Go Edition Phone
- Excellent OS optimizations
- Charging is relatively fast
- Earphones bundled with the box
The Lava Z61 is a budget smartphone from the company priced under Rs.6000 that features the latest Android Go operating system from Google for low powered devices.
Build and design…
The Lava Z61 reminds us of the Redmi 5 smartphone.
This device features a removable battery that’s quite rare among smartphones these days. The construction as you may have guessed is of plastic.
The Lava Z61 comes with dual sim capability and has a dedicated SD card slot for expansion of the otherwise limited internal storage.
Processor, and a word about Android GO…
Most of the budget smartphones in India comes loaded with a MediaTek processor for obvious reasons. They are cheaper than the Qualcomm counterparts.
This device comes with a mid-range MT6739 processor inside with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage out of the box.
Yes, you heard it right. What distinguishes this device from the others in the market is that it runs on Android GO os based on Android Oreo 8.0.
Android GO is optimized for low-end devices with less RAM and memory. The apps for this OS is specifically built by Google to include only the necessary features and occupy less space due to the reduced memory footprint.
This device despite its 1GB RAM, performs so well that you can enjoy a full Android experience on a budget without any noticeable lags or stutters.
Display and camera..
The Lava Z61 features a 5.45-inch full HD+ panel with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. This gives the device an approximate pixel density of 296 ppi.
The brightness levels are excellent on this display so are the colours.
Being an IPS panel, the viewing angles are excellent and there is no color distortions even when viewed at extreme angles.
The rear camera on the Lava Z61 is an 8MP shooter with an LED flash. Up front, there is a 5MP selfie came with a 84 degree field of view.
For aiding low light selfies, the front cam also comes with an LED flash.
This budget Android smartphone features a 3000mAh battery which lasts easily for a day even with moderate to heavy usage.
The Android Go OS is very much optimized to run on entry level devices with minimum power and it proves to do so.
The bundled charger is a 5V 1.5A rated one which will charge the smartphone relatively faster when compared with a 1A charger that comes with most of the devices at this price point.
For a budget under Rs.6,000, the Lava Z61 is a great choice for those who want a lag free Android experience.
This device right here doesn’t boast about the insane internals underneath but the star of the show is the Android Go OS which runs buttery smooth will all the optimizations.
We assure you that daily tasks and causal usage will be as smooth as possible with this smartphone.
|Operating System||Android Oreo 8.0 Go|
|Internal Memory||16GB, dedi. SD card slot|
|Processor||Mediatek MT6739M Quadcore 1.5GHz|
|Camera||8MP Rear, 5MP Front|
|Display||5.45-inch 18:9, IPS 1280 x 720|
We have tried our level best to take every type of users out there into consideration while preparing this list.
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