Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.7,000
Earlier, the quality of such phones was questionable at best, but not today. The entry-level market is no longer flooded with pitiable hardware from unknown brands.
Companies such as Xiaomi has changed the scene so much that quality hardware with compelling features has become the norm in this segment.
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. 10.or E
Overall Best Pick
10.or E offers the best in class internals for a smartphone priced under Rs.8,000. The near stock android experience further enhances the performance of this device to a whole new level.
This smartphone was launched in association with Amazon India and it offers quite a lot for its price. It also has some unique features that make it stand out from its competitors.
10.or E is launched in 2 variants in India, a 2GB/16GB variant and a 3GB/32GB variant.
While most of its competitors feature a 5 or 5.2-inch HD display, the 10.or E comes equipped with a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display.
It houses an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Processor with a clock speed of 1.4GHz and an Adreno 505 GPU, which can run even medium graphics games seamlessly.
RAM management and multitasking are also smooth on this device, thanks to the capable processor and the lack of a custom UI skin on top.
As far as the cameras are concerned, the 10.or E packs a 13 Megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5 Megapixel front camera for selfies. It has front and rear flash as well. The picture quality seems to be very good.
Even though the phone is bundled with Android Nougat OS, the company has promised that they will be one of the early adopters of Android Oreo operating system in India.
The company has promised Android Oreo update for the device by July 2018.
It offers stock Android experience as well so you don’t have to worry about bloatware from custom UIs.
Because of its association with Amazon, their apps are bundled with the OS.
Another great feature of 10.or E is its Corning gorilla glass protection to protect against scratches.
The pixel density of 10.or E is 403 ppi that will deliver vivid and crisp multimedia experience.
The 10.or E has a 4000mAh Lithium Polymer battery which will easily last more than a day in normal usage.
Specification wise this phone is too good for a budget buyer and is a great alternative to Redmi 4.
Coming to the downsides of this phone, as it is a new entrant to the Indian market the number of after sale service centres will be very few. To be on a safe side, remember to make sure about the presence of a service centre before purchasing this device.
10.or E doesn’t contain all the sensors if you are a user of apps that use Magnetometer and Gyroscope.
Apart from these minor negatives, the 10.or E is a solid performer that rivals even smartphones priced under Rs.10,000.
|Operating System||Android Nougat|
|Internal Memory||32 GB|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, 1.4GHz Octa-core|
|Camera||13 MP Rear, 5 MP Front|
|Battery||4000 mAh Li-po|
|Display||5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 Pixels (403 ppi)|
2. Smartron t.phone P
The Smartron t.phone is a powerful enough smartphone that packs in a whopping 5000mAh battery under its metal chassis which doubles up as a power bank at times.
Smartron t.phone, as the company says is a tribute to the legendary cricketer Sri. Sachin Tendulkar. The t.phone P is the entry-level offering from the company that packs a punch given the price at which it is offered for.
The Smartron t.phone P features a full metal body that feels strong and sturdy. The buttons feel tactile and responsive and the overall fit and finish feel premium.
This phone comes with a 3GB RAM along with 32GB of inbuilt storage that is further expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.
The Snapdragon 435 inside is fast and performs well in day to day tasks, all thanks to the optimized Android 7.1.1.
Featuring a 5.2″ 720p IPS LCD panel, the t.phone P outputs images with punchier colours and great contrast.
The brightness levels are also decent with acceptable outdoor legibility.
The phone supports OTG functionality that will let you play media content from an external storage device such as USB drive directly.
This phone has a 13MP rear camera with a variety of shooting modes to start with such as burst shot, panorama, beautify to name a few.
The 5MP front camera is wide angle supported that will capture more content at any given angle. Also, the LED flash at the front will let you not to miss those party selfies at night.
The fingerprint sensor on the back is fast and responsive. The placement is perfect for the index finger to naturally locate the sensor.
A beefy 5000mAh battery offers battery life over two days even on continuous usage.
A reverse charging feature has also been implemented that will let you charge other devices with the phone’s mammoth battery.
|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|
3. Redmi 5A
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A is the best bang for buck product you can get your hands on for a budget below Rs.7,000.
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.
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.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A is the only phone under Rs.7,000 that features an IR blaster.
Its 3000mAh battery is sufficient enough to last up to a day for a casual user. 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.
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.
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.
|Operating System||Android Nougat 7.1.2|
|Internal Memory||32 GB, Exp.up too 128 GB|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 425|
|Camera||13MP rear, 5MP front|
|Battery||3000 mAh Li-ion|
|Display||5-inch 1280 x 720 IPS|
4. iVoomi i1
Value For Money
iVoomi i1 is a sort of all in one package at an affordable price tag. The 18:9 aspect ratio display and the dual rear camera setup in itself offers a great value for money deal.
The company is targeting those entry-level buyer’s who look for more features at a low cost. The i1 is one of such models that has some unique selling points unlike the other competitors in the category.
The build quality of this device is nothing to boast with. The plastic build feels OK, but nothing great to speak volumes about.
The i1 comes with 2GB of RAM, coupled with 16GB of internal storage expandable up to 128GB via SD card.
The phone runs on a MediaTek Quad-core processor with Android 7 Nougat OS.
The performance is fine but with occasional stutters during multitasking due to the limited RAM.
The screen is where the sweet spot of this device lies around. It features an 18:9 5.45″ IPS infinity edge display with a resolution of 1280 x 640 pixels.
This is the only device that comes with an 18:9 panel in this price range.
The colours look OK with acceptable contrast ratio and decent brightness. The 2.5D curved glass adds a premium look to the device.
The iVoomi i1 comes with a dual lens 13MP + 2MP rear camera accompanied by an 8MP front shooter for selfies.
The camera produces images with a good amount of sharpness and details under daylight, but in low light conditions, it fails miserably.
The fingerprint sensor on the back is quick to unlock the device and can be programmed to lock apps and folders too.
The 3000mAh battery lasts for a day on continuous usage, giving an average screen on time around 5-6 hours.
The company claims the device has quick charge technology that will charge the battery quickly in no time.
|Operating System||Android Nougat 7.0|
|Internal Memory||16 GB, Exp. up to 128 GB|
|Processor||MediaTek 4X Cortex-A53|
|Camera||13MP+2MP rear,8MP front|
|Battery||3000 mAh Li-ion|
|Display||5.45-inch 1280 x 640 IPS|
5. Nokia 2
Best Build Quality
Nokia 2 features an aluminium polycarbonate build with Corning gorilla glass protection on the front which makes it the phone with best build quality in this segment.
Nokia under HMD Global Oy. has been instrumental in releasing many Android devices back to back into the Indian market targeting audiences from entry-level to the premium category.
The Nokia 2 employs a crafted aluminum poly carbonate shell that feels sleek and durable.
Nokia is known for the build quality of its devices and it continues the legacy with Nokia 2.
This phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 that runs at a clock speed of 1.2Ghz which can perform day to day tasks smoothly without any hiccups.
Nokia 2 runs on Android 7.1.1 out of the box with updates to Android Oreo 8.0 already being rolled out.
A 5″ 720p LTPS display flaunts the front of the device with a contrast ratio of about 1:1300.
The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 from scratches.
The phone comes with 1GB of RAM along with 8GB of internal storage with support up to 128GB via SD card.
On the imaging front, The Nokia 2 features an 8MP auto focus camera and a 5MP fixed focus camera in the front.
The images from the camera are OK with acceptable details but lacking in sharpness.
Nokia claims the phone is IP52 certified which offers a certain level of protection from water damage.
The 4100mAh Li-ion battery will last for two days of continuous usage on a single charge.
Thanks to the low-resolution screen and a less powerful processor, the battery life is on par with the claims made by the company.
|Operating System||Android Nougat 7.1.1|
|Internal Memory||8 GB, Exp. up to 128 GB|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 212|
|Camera||8MP rear, 5MP front|
|Battery||4100 mAh Li-ion|
|Display||5-inch 720 x 1280 IPS|
6. Nokia 1 Go-edition
The Go Edition
Nokia 1 targets at the no non-sense users who want a satisfying smartphone experience under a tight budget but don’t want to sacrifice on the performance of the device.
The Go edition is optimized for phones with low memory and less powerful hardware.
The apps on Go edition are smaller in size and runs smoothly on these devices without any hiccups.
Launching out of the box with Android Go 8.0 Oreo, Nokia 1 has a 1GB RAM coupled with 8GB of internal storage with a dedicated SD card slot for expanding the storage capacity.
Powered by a MediaTek processor clocked at 1.1GHz, this device will be able to operate without any stutters given that the OS is very well optimized for these kinds of low powered hardware.
The display on this device is a 4.5″ screen with a resolution of 850 x 480 pixels. Nothing exceptional, the display looks fine but the colours are little offset.
The phone supports 4G and LTE and doesn’t skimp on connectivity options.
The build is plastic but doesn’t feel low quality.
The phone is available in a variety of attractive colour options.
The removable back covers can be changed to alter the looks of the device if you wish so.
A 2150mAh Li-ion battery powers the Nokia 1 which will easily last for a day given its optimizations under the hood.
|Operating System||Android Oreo 8.0 Go|
|Internal Memory||8 GB, Dedi. sd card slot|
|Processor||MediaTek MT6737M Quadcore 1.1GHz|
|Camera||5MP rear, 2MP front|
|Battery||2150 mAh Li-ion|
|Display||4.5-inch 480 x 854 IPS|
We have tried our level best to take every type of users out there into consideration while preparing this list.
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