Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.8,000

by | Jun 5, 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.

1. 10.or E

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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.

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.

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.

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5.5” Full HD Display, has no competitor in this price range
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Android Oreo update is expected soon
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403 ppi pixel density
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Dedicated memory card slot
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New company in Indian Market, number of service centers are a concern
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Doesn’t have Magnetometer and Gyroscope sensor
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Battery may drain fast

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Nougat
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 430
Camera13 MP Rear, 5 MP Front
Battery4000 mAh
Display5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 Pixels (403 ppi)

2. Xiaomi Redmi 5

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Runner-Up Pick

Xiaomi Redmi 5 is a worthy successor to the Redmi 4 with an improved 18:9 aspect ratio display and an upgraded processor that performs on par with the former.

Xiaomi Redmi 5, the compact variant of Redmi Note 5 comes with a similar design but a smaller display.

It looks exactly like the Note 5 from the outside but the internal specifications and hardware tells a different story altogether.

The Redmi 5 is launched in 3 memory variants in India (2GB/16GB, 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB).

We frankly feel the 4GB RAM variant of this phone, which is sold for Rs.11,000 is overpriced and do not deserve a place on our best list. 

But the 2GB and 3GB variants are two very good smartphone choices right now in Indian Market for Rs.8000 and Rs.9000.

Redmi 5 and Redmi 4 – what’s the difference?

The key difference Redmi 5 has brought in from its predecessor, the Redmi 4, is an improved SoC and the latest display standard.

This phone is powered by the latest and powerful budget chipset, the Snapdragon 450. This octa-core chipset has a clock rate of 1.8GHz and has the Adreno 506 GPU.

Its performance gets a major boost because of the presence of this SoC. Multitasking and gaming performance is a breeze with this smartphone.

As I said earlier, the Redmi 5 now sports a different look from its predecessor. It sports a rather big 5.7-inch LCD IPS display with the new aspect ratio of 18:9.

Thanks to this form factor, the display resolution is now HD+ with 720*1440 pixels and 282ppi. The display looks large and vivid but I would have preferred a full HD display at this price point.

The Redmi 5 is running on the Android Nougat based MIUI 9 which is a disappointment considering the fact that Android P is about to launch.

But we do expect an upgrade to Oreo sooner rather than later. Usual suspects like the IR blaster, headphone jack and all the required sensors are retained on this budget smartphone.

Coming to the Camera department, the Redmi 5 packs a 12MP Rear camera and 5MP front camera.

Xiaomi claims that the cameras are much improved from the earlier iterations, but I felt they were just good enough for the price.

The camera did fairly well in daylight photos and brightly lit conditions but the performance takes a huge dip in low-light.

The presence of LED flashlight for the front camera is a welcome move but the front camera quality is nothing much to brag about.

Another big change Xiaomi has made in Redmi 5 is its battery backup. It now packs a 3300mAh battery which is a major drop from the 4100mAh battery seen in Redmi 4.

With the Snapdragon 450 chipset’s improved efficiency and performance, this battery is sufficient enough to sustain a full day.

In conclusion, the Redmi 5 is a great budget pick at either Rs. 9000 (3/32GB variant) or Rs. 8000 (2GB/16GB).

It has a few cons like the hybrid SIM slot, the unavailability of Oreo update and the larger display size which may question its existence.

Also, the pricing of this model is not aggressive enough for our liking when compared to their past prices.

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Modern HD+ display design (18:9)
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Powerful and efficient processor
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All sensors including IR blaster are intact
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Hybrid SIM slot
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No fast charging
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Onscreen buttons

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Nougat/ MIUI 9
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 450 Octa-core, 1.8GHz
Camera12 MP Rear, 5 MP Front
Battery3300 mAh
Display5.7-inch, 720 x 1440 Pixels (282 ppi)

3. Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite

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Best For Selfies

The Xiaomi Redmi Y1 Lite is a budget smartphone that excels in taking selfies. The front 16MP camera aided with a flash does take images with a lot of details and sharpness.

The Redmi Y1 Lite is a new selfie-centric smartphone that belongs to the popular Redmi series from Xiaomi.

This phone is targeted at those customers who are looking for a kickass selfie phone with decent specifications under Rs.8,000 and on that front, this is the best selfie smartphone.

This phone is a toned down version of Xiaomi’s Redmi Y1 model, which is sold at Rs.10,000 in India. Now coming to the specifications, the Redmi Y1 Lite has a 2GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It runs on Android Nougat based MIUI 9.

The standout feature of the Redmi Y1 is its 16 Mega Pixel front camera that can click beautiful selfies in outdoor as well as artificial lighting condition.

The front-facing flash helps this phone to take selfies in low light conditions. The selfies were coming out so well with good detailing and on that part, this is the best selfie smartphone under Rs.10,000.

The rear camera, on the other hand, is 13 Megapixel but lacks in performance when compared with Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4.

Apart from a great camera, the Redmi Y1 Lite has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 720*1280 pixel (HD) resolution.

Xiaomi has incorporated a dedicated memory card slot inside the Y1 apart from 2 nano-SIM slots. IR blaster is retained but the fingerprint scanner is missing on this smartphone.

Now moving to the things we didn’t like about the Xiaomi Redmi Y1. This phone is primarily a camera phone with a great selfie cam and it lags behind in many other specifications.

Most importantly the Snapdragon 425 chipset inbuilt on this smartphone is an average chipset for this price.

Competitors like 10.or E has a better processor than the Redmi Y1 Lite (Snapdragon 430). The gaming performance and multitasking ability will be limited because of this weak processor.

The rear camera performance was also not great for our liking.

In battery life, the Redmi Y1 Lite has a 3080mAh battery that lasts approximately a day under normal usage.

The siblings, Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4 offer a much better battery life when compared with Y1 Lite.

The charger provided inside the box doesn’t support fast charging and the buttons on the Y1 are not backlit as well.

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Great phone for clicking selfies
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Nougat based MIUI 9 User Interface
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IR blaster
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Dedicated memory card slot
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Rear camera is average
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No fast charging support
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Processor is not the best at this price
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No fingerprint scanner

 Specifications

Operating SystemMIUI 9
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 425
Camera5 MP Rear, 13 MP Front
Battery3080 mAh
Display5.5-inch, 720 x 1280 Pixels

4. Moto C Plus

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Best With Stock Android

The Motorola Moto C is a no-frills entry-level smartphone that offers near stock Android experience at an affordable budget.

Moto C Plus was introduced by Lenovo in June 2017.

This phone comes with Android Nougat, 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM and 5” HD Display.

It features a stellar 4000 mAh battery that can withstand 30 hours of normal usage.

This is a well built and hefty phone that will fit nicely in your hands.

The performance of this smartphone is great considering the asking price. It houses a MediaTek MT6737 processor that has a clock speed of 1.3GHz. You can play most of the casual games with no noticeable lags or stutters.

Another distinct feature of this phone is the availability of latest Android Nougat stock OS.

It is one of the very few phones available in the market under Rs.8000 that has Android Nougat. You can use features like the Google assistant on this phone.

Coming to the drawbacks, this phone is built on plastic body and therefore its design does not look premium.

It has an 8 Mega Pixel Rear Camera and 2 Mega Pixel Front Camera. Even though the camera is pretty good, under low light conditions the pictures lack details.

If you want a better camera phone, we would suggest you take a look at our best smartphones under Rs.10,000 article on this website.

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Great overall performance
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Front camera with LED Flash
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Dedicated memory card slot
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Long lasting battery
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Android Nougat + Stock OS
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Plastic body doesn’t look premium
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Front camera is only 2 Mega Pixel
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No gorilla glass protection
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No proximity sensor

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Nougat
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek MT6737
Camera8 MP Rear, 2 MP Front
Battery4000 mAh
Display5 inch, 720 x 1280 (~294 ppi)

5. Xiaomi Redmi 4

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Blast From The Past Pick

Xiaomi Redmi 4 is a bit of an old timer that hasn’t lost its charm over the due course of the time. Still very capable performer, this device deserves a place on our list for sure.

Xiaomi has always been the king of the budget phone market in India. They have introduced some of the feature rich smartphones under Rs.10,000.

But this phone costing just Rs.7,000 is suitable for a buyer looking for an efficient smartphone that won’t pinch their pocket.

Redmi 4 comes with Android Marshmallow based MiUi 8 operating system. Even though Xiaomi is not well known for timely platform updates, you’re guaranteed to receive features via the MIUI version updates.

It has a 2GB RAM and 16 GB ROM that can smoothly function for a normal user. It’s powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor that has a clock speed of 1.4GHz.

This phone has a 5” Corning Gorilla Glass display with a pixel density of 294 PPI. Having some sort of protection from scratches is always welcome. The display resolution of the aforementioned display is  1280*720 pixels.

The distinctive feature of Xiaomi Redmi 4 is its battery capacity. It has a 4100 mAh Lithium Polymer battery that can easily last 2 days under normal usage. None of the phones in this price range has this much battery capacity.

Xiaomi has always been criticized in the past for its camera quality whether it is Redmi Note 4 or Redmi 3S Prime. But with this phone, they have silenced the critics in this aspect.

The new 13 Megapixel Rear Camera and 5 Megapixel Front Camera are better than any Xiaomi smartphone under Rs.10000!

Enough with the praises. Let’s look at what are the cons of this smartphone.

If you are a heavy gamer and want to use this 2GB RAM variant of Redmi 4, chances are that you might be disappointed.

Many users have complained about lags and stutters while playing high-end graphics games. As it is coming with a Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor this issue may be related to software and could be fixed in future updates.

Another downside with this phone is that it is having no backlight for buttons. This is a minor deficit that they could have avoided. Maybe it is a blessing in disguise to save some juice.

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Top notch battery backup
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Quality camera
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Snapdragon 435 processor
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Superior metallic design and build quality
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Fingerprint sensor and IR Blaster
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Lag while playing heavy games
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No backlight on buttons
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Hybrid SIM slot

 Specifications

Operating SystemMIUI 8
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 435
Camera13 MP Rear, 5 MP Front
Battery4100 mAh
Display5 inch, 720 x 1280 (~294 ppi)

6. Xiaomi Redmi 5A

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.8,000
Best Budget Phone

The Xiaomi Redmi 5A is the best bang for buck product you can get your hands on for a budget well below Rs.8,000.

If your budget is well under Rs.8,000 and you want to buy a quality phone with decent specifications, then the Xiaomi Redmi 5A is the perfect budget phone for you.

The most interesting aspect of this phone is its price. By spending just Rs.5,000, you will get a very good phone that is suitable for your day to day needs as well as entertainment.

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.

The 3 GB variant was not really good for our liking because of our top pick, the Redmi 4, as it is a way better phone than the Redmi 5A at this price.

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.

This is one of the only phones that have an IR blaster under Rs.5,000.

Its 3,000 mAh 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 chargingsupport.

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Cost-effective and Value for money
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Dedicated memory card slot
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Presence of IR blaster
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Decent battery life
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Plastic body and nonremovable battery
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Poor camera performance at low light
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3GB variant is not value for money

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Nougat
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 425
Camera13 MP Rear, 5 MP Front
Battery3000 mAh
Display5 inch, 720 x 1280 (~296 ppi)

7. Infinix Hot 4 Pro

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.8,000
Decent Battery Phone

Infinix Hot 4 Pro features a big display and ample 3GB RAM coupled with a generous 4000mAh battery which are enticing features for a smartphone priced under Rs.8000.

A new entrant in this category of smartphones under Rs.8000 is Infinix. Their latest model Hot 4 Pro is ideal if you are looking for a wider resolution smartphone in this budget.

Infinix Hot 4 Pro has a 5.5” HD Display which is seen as very rare in this price range. This is a great choice if your top priority is screen size.

Hot 4 Pro comes with a 4000mAh battery that can last for a day easily.

It is lightweight when compared to some other phones in this price range.

The phone comes with 3GB RAM which can help you run multiple apps without any lags.

Now let us look at the negatives of this phone. The processor that is provided under the hood is a MediaTek MT6737 Quadcore with a clock rate of 1.3 GHz.

This might not be enough to run high-end graphical games and chances are high that you may face lag while playing them.

Since the large 5.5″ display has a resolution of only 1280 x 720 pixels, the images lack sharpness.

Anyway, at 7500 rupees, this phone is a great option to consider for casual users.

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Display size
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Battery capacity
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LED Flash for front camera as well
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XOS User Interface
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Processor is pretty average
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New entrant in the market, so service centers are limited
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Display lacks crispiness

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Marshmallow
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediaTek MT6737
Camera13 MP Rear, 5 MP Front
Battery4000 mAh
Display5.5 inch, 720 x 1280 (~294 ppi)

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.

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