Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.8,000

by | Nov 2, 2018

Are you looking for the best smartphone under Rs.8,000 and confused about which one to buy?

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.

Best Mobile Phone Under Rs.8,000

1. Xiaomi Redmi 6Overall Best Pick
2. Asus ZenFone Max M1Runner-Up Pick
3. Honor 7A Honorable Mention
4. Smartron t.phone PBest Build Quality
5. Samsung J2 2018Best Branded Pick

1. Xiaomi Redmi 6

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.8,000-Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • Decent 18:9 display
Xiaomi is releasing smartphones in the country left, right and centre in the country right now.

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.

Performance

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.

Display

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.

Miscellaneous

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.

Camera

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.

Battery life

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.

Verdict

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.

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Dual VoLTE
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Feature rich MIUI
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Good build quality
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Below average viewing angles

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P22
Camera12+5MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.45 inch HD+ 18:9

2. Asus ZenFone Max M1

Best mobile phone under RS. 8000 - Runner-Up pick
Runner-Up Pick
  • Excellent battery life
  • Loud speaker output
  • 18:9 full view display

Asus ZenFone Max M1 is a trimmed down version of the popular budget android device which was launched earlier this year and became a instant hit among the masses – the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1.

This entry level Android smartphone comes with features necessary to make an average user happy, by delivering what exactly he needs under an affordable budget.

Design and build quality

From the outside, Asus ZenFone Max M1 has an uncanny resemblance to its elder brother – the ZenFone Max Pro M1.

The premium metallic finish and unibody minimalistic design makes this phone so much nicer to look at.

The in hand feel is very good and the rounded corners makes this device comfortable to keep in your palms.

There is a considerable top and bottom chin on this device, but again quite acceptable for a sub Rs.10,000 smartphone.

The fingerprint scanner on this phone is located at the back on a comfortable position where your index finger naturally rests.

The camera unit looks exactly similar to the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus Zen Max Pro M1 with a vertical enclosure, but this time with a single camera and a flash at the bottom.

Display

The display on this entry level Android phone is a 5.45-inch HD+ panel with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels.

This screen looks OK in terms of colour reproduction and brightness levels.

There is no noticeable pixelation to be seen, thanks to the colourful Zen UI custom skin on top of Android 8.0 Oreo.

This display is an IPS panel, thereby delivering wide viewing angles without any degradation in colour quality.

The 18:9 aspect ratio makes it suitable for watching movies and playing games.The 2.5D glass curves at the edges and blends seamlessly with the chassis.

Processor and performance

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor that is adequately powerful to run day today chores of an average user.

Yes, we tested the gaming performance and the phone was able to run PUBG at low settings quite effortlessly. But at times, there is a certain lag, mainly due to the GPU bottleneck.

With 3GB of RAM, multitasking is quite efficient and smooth. The app reloading times are negligible and apps stay in memory for a longer period of time.

There is 32GB of internal storage along with a dedicated sd card slot for storing more files and media content on your phone.

Camera

This device has a single 13MP shooter in the rear accompanied by a flash.

The f/2.0 camera sensor has PDAF for fast auto-focus and works well to deliver good quality images in daylight conditions.

There is a software based portrait mode on this phone that works well with faces but with nothing else.

The front camera is a 8MP shooter and has a flash to support the sensor in low light conditions as well.

Miscellaneous

All sensors, apart from a gyroscope is present and accounted for in this budget Android smartphone.

There is VoLTE support but not dual VoLTE feature. Only one SIM at a time can receive VoLTE signals while the other maxes out at 3G.

The speaker on this smartphone sound surprisingly loud and clear when compared with its competitors.

Battery life

The Asus ZenFone Max M1 features a large 4000mAh Li-ion battery that will easily last over a day worth of heavy usage.

For an average user, this phone will easily get you over two days of usage on a single charge.

Verdict

The Asus ZenFone Max M1 is a well built Android smartphone with an affordable price tag.

With a beefier battery inside and a decent 18:9 display, this phone will definitely satisfy you in in terms of media consumption and battery life.

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Elegant design

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Wider service network

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Front camera flash

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Bloated Zen UI

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.0
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 430
Camera13MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery4000 mAh
Display5.45 inch HD+ 1440 x 720 pixels

3. Honor 7A

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.8,000 -Honourable Mention
Honorable Mention
  • Large screen real estate
  • Dual camera setup under Rs.10,000
  • Well built phone

Honor is an affordable smartphone subsidiary of Huawei for the developing nations such as India and Indonesia.

The company had started with smartphones priced under Rs.10,000 and moved upwards with premium features offered at cut-throat prices with phones like the Honor 9 Lite.

Honor 7A is the latest entrant to the Indian market targeting the sub Rs.10,000 price category.

With this smartphone, Honor is bringing the dual camera features to its entry-level devices as well.

Design and build quality

Featuring a metallic chassis, this device feels comfortable to hold in the hand. The gentle curves make the phone rest comfortably in the palm.

The elegant and attractive design that Honor phones are positively acclaimed for, is retained with this model as well.

The minimal yet premium curves and accent lines makes this phone stand out from other budget phones out there.

This device comes with a dedicated SD card slot and a dual SIM slot which is one of the most desirable features in this part of the world with almost everyone possessing two SIM cards.

Display

The 18:9 aspect ratio is the new trend in the smartphone market.

Not only is it an aesthetic trend but also important from a usability standpoint.

As the screen sizes become large, usability with one hand suffers a lot. With an 18:9 aspect ratio, the width remains the same making the phone easy to hold in your hand.

The Honor 7A comes with a large 5.70-inch HD IPS display with 283 ppi (pixel per inch).

Processor and performance

Under the hood, the Honor 7A is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset.

Being an octa-core processor, most of the day to day tasks will run fluidly.

Accompanied by the 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, this processor keeps its promises for the asking price.

Don’t expect extraordinary performance from this relatively underpowered chipset.

Don’t expect to have a smooth gaming experience on the phone. It’s just not meant to be a gaming device per se.

Camera

Dual camera is one of the USP that the company boasts about in this device.

A 13MP+2MP camera module adorns the back of the devices coupled with an LED flash.

The camera takes decent pictures with good details at optimal lighting conditions.

Honor has also thrown in a portrait mode for those DSLR-esque photos.

The front camera on these devices is an 8MP shooter with a dedicated selfie flash. This lets you take brighter images even in the darkness.

Battery life

The Honor 7A has a 3000mAh Li-ion battery that is rated to last for at least a day of continuous usage.

In our tests we received around 10 hours of screen on time, which is quite an impressive feat.

Verdict

Honor is known for the feature rich EMUI skin on top of the Android OS.

If you like to own a budget device that does a little bit of everything and with a capable dual camera, the Honor 7A is a compelling product in this budget segment.

Launched with Android 8.0 out of the box, this device comes with features such as ride mode and dual Bluetooth which is very interesting and add value at this price point.

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Android 8.0 out of the box

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Dual camera at an affordable budget

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Dedicated SD card slot

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No full HD display

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.0
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 430
Camera13+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.7 inch 1440 x 720 pixels

4. Smartron t.phone P

Overall Best Pick
Best Build Quality
  • Best companion for off the grid trips
  • Doubles up as a power bank
  • Fast and responsive fingerprint sensor
Smartron is an Indian company known for manufacturing budget-friendly smartphones that really excel in build quality and features.

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.

Conclusions…

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.

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Great built quality
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5000mAh battery
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Reverse charging
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OTG connectivity
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1000GB of cloud storage free of cost
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Sound levels are average
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Heavy

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Nougat 7.1.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 435
Camera13 MP Rear,5 MP Front, both LED FLASH
Battery5000 mAh Li-ion
Display5.2 – inch 1280 x 720 IPS

5. Samsung J2 2018

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.8,000 - Reliable Phone for Elders
Best Branded Pick
  • Suited for one hand operation
  • Wide service center network
  • Decent performance
Samsung is one of the most trusted brands in the country that has its presence it almost all the home appliance and the consumer durable market.

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.

AMOLED display!!

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.

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AMOLED panel
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Reliable and durable
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USB OTG support
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Screen resolution is low
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Outdated Android OS

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Nougat
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorQualcomm MSM 8917 quad core 1.4GHz
Camera8 MP Rear, 5 MP Front
Battery2600 mAh
Display5 inch 540 x 960 pixels AMOLED
That sums up our list of the best mobile phones under Rs.8,000.

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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