Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.8,000
There are plenty of smartphones in this price range in the market and picking the best phone out of it is challenging.
Well, we have made the job easy for you!
We have extensively analyzed all the gadgets available in the market, gone through numerous reviews from both gadget gurus and actual users and compiled the list of best phones for you in this price range.
Read on to find the in-depth review and best picks in different categories under this price.
1. Xiaomi Redmi 6
Overall Best Pick
- Fast fingerprint scanner
- Dedicated SD card slot
- Decent 18:9 display
The Redmi 6 is the long waited refresh to the older popular redmi 5 which was a runaway success with the budget consumers.
Design and build quality
All Redmi phones share some form on common design traits no matter how far apart they are priced.
The Redmi 6 has its fare share of resemblance with the Redmi 5 and even with the Redmi Note 5.
What’s different this time is that Xiaomi has decided to include a fingerprint sensor and surprisingly a dual camera unit at the rear.
The dual camera on the Redmi 6 resembles the horizontal camera layout of the first ever Android device from Xiaomi – the Mi A1.
The speaker is located on the back side of the phone and yes, this device comes with a dedicated micro SD card slot for that increased storage capacity.
The Redmi 6 is powered by a MediaTek 6762 Helio P22 processor inside which is a relatively new octa core SoC clocked at 2.0GHz.
This processor is capable of handling almost all casual apps and games without any hiccups in between.
This device is available in two variants – a 3GB/32GB version and a 4GB/64GB one.
If you are in to multitasking and need more storage out of the box, go for the 4GB variant, otherwise we feel that sticking on to the 3GB variant provides more value for money proposition.
The display on the Redmi 6 is a 5.45-inch HD+ panel with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels.
Following the trend, the Redmi 6 comes with a 19:9 aspect ratio display and has about 295 ppi pixel density.
The display is sufficiently bright and colour accurate but a bit on the lower side with viewing angles.
Since the display is of 19:9 ratio, one hand usability is pretty good and the one-hand mode baked in to the MIUI will let you resize the display further if you really want to.
The MTK 6762 processor inside the Redmi 6 supports one of the most demanded feature of the Indian smartphone market – Dual VoLTE.
Dual VoLTE means that a user can enjoy 4G VoLTE services on both the SIM cards simultaneously. Even while calling on one SIM is active, data transfer from the other SIM card is possible.
USB OTG feature lets you connect your pen drives or any other storage devices directly to this device and browse and transfer files between them with the help of an OTG cable.
The Redmi 6 comes with a dual rear camera unit that consists of a 12MP+5MP sensor of which the 5MP one is a depth sensing unit for accurate portrait mode photos.
On the front there is a 5MP shooter equipped with various beauty modes that will brighten your prospects of having a picture perfect selfie.
Overall, the camera outputs vibrant pictures rich in details for the asking price.
The Redmi 6 is powered by a non-removable 3000mAh Li-Po battery which will keep the device charged for a day comfortably on moderate usage.
The relatively lower-powered processor helps in keeping the energy consumption low.
The charger that comes with the device is of 1A and if you use a 2A charger, charging process will be relatively quicker.
The Redmi 6 is an improved successor to the Redmi 5.
With features such as dual VoLTE and dual camera, this device can be of good value for those who look for a budget Android device rich in features.
|Operating System||Android Oreo 8.1|
|Internal Memory||32 GB|
|Processor||MediaTek Helio P22|
|Camera||12+5MP Rear, 5MP Front|
|Display||5.45 inch HD+ 18:9|
2. 10.or E
- Excellent display with great clarity
- Near stock Android UI
- Beefy 4000mAh battery
The latest entrant in Indian budget phone market is Chinese company 10.or (pronounced Tenor) with their 10.or E smartphone.
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.
Yay! A full HD display…
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.
A full HD display when compared to a 720p panel provides more sharper images and text.
The colors will look much more vivid and if you’re the one who love to enjoy media content a lot on your smartphone, this will definitely benefit a lot.
Relatively powerful Snapdragon 430 SoC
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.
Having a 3GB Ram helps a whole lot when it comes to multitasking. Most of the time, the apps stays in memory and seldom reloads when called back.
Good quality cameras – both front and rear…
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.
Extra features and perks…
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.
If you don’t mind the lack of a gyroscope which isn’t much helpful unless you are in need of a compass application badly or AR gaming, this phone should be definitely on your radar for purchase.
With the company stating that the Android 8.0 Oreo update will be pushed soon to the device, you can enjoy latest features and security patches that even some of the high end phones are not going to receive.
|Operating System||Android Nougat|
|Internal Memory||32 GB|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, 1.4GHz Octacore|
|Camera||13 MP Rear, 5 MP Front|
|Display||5.5-inch Full HD|
3. Smartron t.phone P
Best Build Quality
- Best companion for off the grid trips
- Doubles up as a power bank
- Fast and responsive fingerprint sensor
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.
Excellent build quality
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.
The full metal body is a delight to hold in hand. The body feels durable and tough that it can withstand few abuses without breaking down.
The fingerprint scanner is located on the back side which is at a comfortable position where our index finger rests comfortably.
The overall fit and finish is impeccable for a sub Rs.8,000 phone.
Processor and other internal hardware…
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.
Capable optics with detailed image capture…
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.
Excellent battery life…
A beefy 5000mAh battery offers battery life over two days even on continuous usage.
If you plan to watch a lot of media and browse internet on the go, this device will make sure that you will be online for at least a day, no matter how hard you try.
Reverse charging feature has also been implemented that will let you charge other devices with the phone’s mammoth battery.
Smartron t.phone P is an allrounder when it comes to the performance and features.
This device has all the necessary requirements that you expect from a smartphone priced under Rs.8,000 and then some.
If you don’t mind the lack of a full HD display, the Smartron t.phone P is the best choice in this segment.
Be it in the case of battery life or build quality, this product stand second to none in this curated list of best smartphones under Rs.8,000.
|Operating System||Android Nougat 7.1.1|
|Internal Memory||32 GB|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 435|
|Camera||13 MP Rear,5 MP Front, both LED FLASH|
|Battery||5000 mAh Li-ion|
|Display||5.2 – inch 1280 x 720 IPS|
4. InFocus Turbo 5 Plus
Best Value for Money pick
- Suited for media consumption
- Feature rich dual camera
- Decent processor inside
The InFocus Turbo Plus is a sub Rs.8000 Android smartphone that comes with a lot of features that was only found on expensive smartphones such as a dual rear camera setup and the fingerprint sensor.
Design and build quality
The phone feels very sleek and stylish in the first look itself. The unibody design, although with polycarbonate back feels decent for a smartphone of this price.
Unlike many smartphones out there, the fingerprint scanner on this device is located on the front below the display. This sensor doubles up as a home button and is clickable.
The buttons are on the sides and have a textured finish on them. They are responsive and provide a clicky feedback when pressed.
This device features a hybrid SIM slot. You can either use it with two SIMs or a SIM and an SD card for memory expansion.
MediaTek processor that is quite capable…
The InFocus Turbo 5 Plus is powered by the MediaTek MTK6750 octa core chipset clocked at 1.5GHz.
Coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory, this device performs adequately well when it comes to multitasking and gaming.
Casual tasks like browsing web and social media is butter smooth and you won’t face any stutters or lags in between.
This smartphone comes with USB OTG support as well.
USB OTG stands for USB On The Go which is a feature by which you can connect an external storage device such as pen drives or hard disks with the help of a suitable cable and browse and copy files directly from the phone to the source or vice versa.
Display and camera quality…
The InFocus Turbo 5 Plus features a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels that gives it a pixel density of around 268 ppi.
This display is sufficiently bright and offers decent sunlight legibility. The images and texts are relatively sharper and the colour reproduction is excellent for the asking price.
The 2.5D curved glass blends with the polycarbonate back seamlessly and gives this device a premium look and feel.
The USP of this device is its dual cameras at the back. This smartphone has a 13MP + 5MP shooter than comes with usual set of features such as the portrait mode support.
At the front, there is a 5MP shooter that takes decent selfies as well.
What surprised us was that the camera app on this device comes with a lot of useful features such as adjusting the amount of blur in the portrait photos and even EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) support in the video mode.
Battery life is an important aspect when we consider to buy a phone.
Especially with budget smartphones which usually doesn’t come with a fast charge support, having good battery life is necessary.
The InFocus Turbo 5 Plus features a massive 4850mAh battery that will easily last for a day with heavy usage and can even last for two days if you use it moderately.
The InFocus Turbo 5 Plus gives the best value for money proposition when it comes to phones priced under Rs.8,000.
Along with the dual camera support and a responsive fingerprint sensor up front, this design has a long lasting battery which according to us is a massive advantage overs some other phones in this price range.
|Operating System||Android Nougat|
|Internal Memory||32 GB|
|Processor||1.5GHz MediaTek MTK6750 octa core|
|Camera||13+5 MP Rear, 5 MP Front|
|Display||5.5 inch 1280 x 720 pixel|
5. Samsung J2 2018
Best Branded Pick
- Suited for one hand operation
- Wide service center network
- Decent performance
The Samsung J2 2018 is the new revision of the earlier model, the original J2 that has been launched in 2017 with slight modifications and improvements.
Design and build quality…
It’s Samsung and you know, it’s a plastic build. The phone has an aluminum frame running around the chassis and a removable plastic back.
Popping the back cover open, there is a dual sim slot and a dedicated micro SD card slot for expanding the storage memory.
The hardware capacitive buttons are present on the front with no LED backlighting.
Overall, the J2 is a typical Samsung budget smartphone offering which feels quite decent in hand but nothing too extraordinary to make it stand out from the rest of its competitors.
Perhaps, this single feature is the USP of this smartphone.
Samsung is a leader is display technology in the world and makes some of the finest TVs available in the market.
They have been using the OLED panels on their premium smartphones and recently started using them with the budget handsets as well.
The Samsung J2 2018 features a 5-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels.
Even with the meagre resolution, the deep blacks and the near infinite contrast ratio makes the display look nice.
Processor and camera…
Samsung J2 2018 is powered by a Snapdragon 435 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz. This processor runs adequately well for most of the daily tasks that you might encounter.
This Android smartphone comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage as well.
Multitasking and gaming won’t be that smooth if you plan to use this device with resource hungry apps.
The rear camera is a 8MP shooter with a single LED flash. The photos look decent and is good enough for social media uploads.
On the front, there is a 5MP shooter that takes Okayish selfies as well.
Battery life and OS…
The J2 2018 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat and we can’t expect an upgrade to Oreo in the near future as Samsung is generally reluctant for the support of their budget Android phones.
The J2 2018 comes with a 2600mAh Li-ion removable battery that will let you use the phone through a day of moderate usage.
The under-powered processor and the power efficient AMOLED panel does help in the battery life positively.
Should you buy it?
The J2 2018 is a perfect gift for your parents or other elders in the house. The device is durable and reliable as with all other Samsung devices.
It has all the features that they might want from a smartphone at an affordable budget.
Also if anything goes wrong, the company has a wide service center network which will take care of the problem without any hassle.
|Operating System||Android Nougat|
|Internal Memory||16 GB|
|Processor||Qualcomm MSM 8917 quad core 1.4GHz|
|Camera||8 MP Rear, 5 MP Front|
|Display||5 inch 540 x 960 pixels AMOLED|
The budget phone space in India is a highly competitive market with too many bad phones.
But with this article, we hope that we have helped you pick the right product for your need.
If you have any queries or if you think we have left out any great mobile phones under Rs.8,000, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below.
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