5 Best Phones to buy under ₹10,000 in India

Looking to buy a smartphone under ₹10,000?

Fortunately, the market is flush with options. Gone are those days when premium build quality and features were exclusive to high-end flagships, even these budget phones now offer fingerprint sensors, HD+ IPS display, metal uni-body design and Fast 4G internet connectivity with Voice over LTE.
Without further ado, let’s dive into the list of five best phones you can buy for less than ₹10,000 in India.

 

#5 Moto E4 Plus

Specifications:

HardwareMemory expansion: microSD, up to 128 GB (dedicated slot)
Display Type: IPS LCDRear Camera: Single 13 MP, f/2.0, LED flash
Display Size: 5.5 inchesFront Camera: 5 MP, f/2.2, LED flash
Display Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels, 16:9 ratioBattery: 5000 mAh
S-O-C: Mediatek MT6737Software
GPU: Mali-T720OS: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Internal Memory: 32 GB; RAM: 3 GBSkin: Stock Android with Moto Apps

The Motorola Moto E was king of budget smartphones when it launched in 2014. It was a budget phone with all the essential features packed into a nicely built smartphone running on stock android. Fast forward 3 years and you have the E4 Plus.

Large 5.5 inches IPS display, decent camera with LED flash at both rear and front! Decent processor with 32GB storage and 3 GB RAM and a huge 5000 mAH battery, a fingerprint sensor that sits on the front for faster unlocking, couple it with clean stock Android UI and you have a phone that works just fine without breaking the bank. The only complain is the  choice of use of its processor which is based on 28nm architecture. Had it been 16 or 14nm battery life would’ve been much better. (It isn’t bad now, but it could’ve been better)

Verdict:

This phone is recommended if you want the best battery life, a clean, stock Android UI and are willing to sacrifice on performance and future proofing.

 

#4 Nokia 3.1

Specifications:

HardwareMemory expansion: microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Display Type: IPS LCDRear Camera: Single 13 MP, f/2.0, LED flash
Display Size: 5.2 inchesFront Camera: 8 MP, f/2.0
Display Resolution: 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratioBattery: 2990 mAh
S-O-C: Mediatek MT6750Software
GPU: Mali-T860MP2OS: Android 8.0 (Oreo); Android One
Internal Memory: 32 GB; RAM: 3 GBSkin: Stock Android with Nokia Apps

HMD Global, the company behind Nokia has done a wonderful job with its new flagships but for some reason, released its low-mid range devices half-baked. Using a mediatek CPU is fine but they could have put a new chip with faster data connectivity or at least a 14 or even 16 nm processor, but no! Anyway, moving to the phone.

It comes with a 5.2 inches IPS display with Nokia branding at the top right corner, the smaller display makes it handy to use. Cameras on this phone are good at 8 and 13 MP on front and rear respectively. Led flash is present only at the rear. Processor used is a mediatek one, but fortunately the GPU is powerful and supports Open GL 3.1 which means it can render games really well. On the software side, it runs Stock android with android one support, so, Google takes care of its software which is a huge bonus. But, like the Moto, it’s processor is also based on old 28 nm die size which makes it power-hungry. Couple it with a 3000 mAh battery and you have a terrible battery life. The fingerprint sensor on this phone sits at the back.

Verdict:

Apart from the Nokia brand, good build quality and stock UI, the only reason we are recommending this phone is due to its Android one support. If you can make sacrifices on processing speed, LTE speed and battery life, then you should definitely buy this phone.

 

#3 Redmi 5

Specifications:

HardwareMemory expansion: microSD, up to 128 GB (hybrid slot)
Display Type: IPS LCDRear Camera: Single 12 MP, f/2.2, PDAF, LED flash
Display Size: 5.7 inchesFront Camera: 5 MP
Display Resolution: 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratioBattery: 3300 mAh
S-O-C: Snapdragon 450Software
GPU: Adreno 506OS: Android 7.1.2 (Nougat)
Internal Memory: 32 GB; RAM: 3 GBSkin: MIUI 9.1

Redmi devices have created a brand perception of their own, best value for money is what you get with these phones.

The phone comes with a 5.7 inches IPS display in 18:9 configuration. Cameras are rather mediocre, a 12 MP at the rear with a Led flash and a 5 MP shooter for selfies. The phone comes with dual sim support but memory expansion is a hybrid slot, i,e; the 2nd sim slot doubles as micro sd card slot when not in use. Processor is nice and powerful Snapdragon 450 with Adreno 506 GPU, it can handle most of the multitasking and games you throw at it, with ease. On the software side it runs on Android 7.1.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.1 which resembles Apple’s UI. It’s heavily skinned but loaded with features. Battery on this phone is best amongst the top three phones on this list at 3300 mAH.

Verdict:

This phone has a solid build quality and a powerful processor with a good camera at the rear. This phone is recommended if you want a well built phone that runs fast and is future-proof in terms of performance. The only downside of this phone is it’s selfie camera, keep that in mind before buying it.

 

#2 Honor 7c

Specifications:

HardwareMemory expansion: microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Display Type: IPS LCDRear Camera: Dual 13 MP, f/2.2,
2 MP, depth sensor, LED flash
Display Size: 5.99 inchesFront Camera: 8 MP, f/2.0
Display Resolution: 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratioBattery: 3000 mAh
S-O-C: Snapdragon 450Software
GPU: Adreno 506OS: Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Internal Memory: 32 GB; RAM: 3 GBSkin: EMUI 8.0

Honor is a spin-off brand from Huawei, a Shenzhen based Chinese Company. It is known to compete with the likes of Xiaomi and other Chinese brands. The 7C is it’s latest addition to cater the budget market in India.

The Honor 7C ranks high on performance and style, it has all the features a budget phone needs to have. The front has been kept simplistic with very less bezel area, housing a 5.99 inch HD+Display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a selfie camera at the top with a Led flash, the Honor branding sits at the bottom. The back is metallic with plastic top and bottom for better signal reception.
Not just beautiful, its also powerful underneath the Hood, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Octa Core SoC paired with 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory, it can multitask with ease. 14nm Fabrication process ensures that it uses less power and stays cooler. In the photography department the 13 and 2MP dual camera setup allows it to take sharp portrait shots with good bokeh effect. The Honor7C runs on Android 8.0 Oreo based on EMUI 8.0 OS.

Verdict:

The highlight feature of this phone is its camera. Dual camera enable this phone to shoot good quality bokeh. Front camera has Led flash to assist in low light selfies, the metal build gives this phone a premium feel and its Vivid 5.99 inches display has the highest screen to body ratio among this list but the 3000 mAh battery is just good enough to last a day with restricted usage, it is recommended that you carry the charger or a power bank along with the honor 7C.

 

#1 Redmi Y2

Specifications:

HardwareMemory expansion: microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Display Type: IPS LCDRear Camera: Dual 12 MP, f/2.2,
5 MP, depth sensor, LED flash
Display Size: 5.99 inchesFront Camera: 16 MP, f/2.0, LED FLash
Display Resolution: 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratioBattery: 3000 mAh
S-O-C: Snapdragon 625Software
GPU: Adreno 506OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Internal Memory: 32 GB; RAM: 3 GBSkin: MIUI 9.5

The Redmi Y2 comes with improved hardware and design. You get a tall 5.99 inches IPS Display with 18:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1440×720 pixels (HD+RESOLUTION), a 16MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture and a Led flash, dual 12 and 5 MP rear cameras. The phone has a plastic body, but thanks to the Metallic finish and uni-body design, the phone looks great and feels well built.

Verdict:

Despite a lower resolution, the screen is bright, it offers good color reproduction and is easy to read in direct sunlight. The lower resolution helps improve the battery life and GPU performance.
Moving on, this phone’s main purpose is to offer good camera capabilities on a budget, and the cameras on this phone live up to its expectations. The front camera takes the best selfies and the rear camera takes perfect shots even in low lighting conditions. As far as camera is concerned, this phone wins the battle.
Coming to the processor, it uses the Snapdragon 625 which is the best among the five. RAM and storage are same 3 GB and 32 GB respectively. Memory can be expanded via a dedicated micro sd slot by up to 256 GB.
The Redmi Y2 runs the latest Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.5 and is powered by a 3080 mAh battery. In our opinion, the Redmi Y2 proves to be a great all-rounder for its price.

 

Final roundup

Lets have a final look at the best feature and compelling reason to buy a particular phone:

#5 Moto E4 Plus: Best battery, stock android experience.

#4 Nokia 3.1: Good build quality, android one support and Nokia branding.

#3 Redmi 5: Metal body, slightly cheaper.

#2 Honor 7C: Best build quality, highest screen to body ratio, 2nd best in camera performance.

# Redmi Y2: Premium looks, Best in class camera, best performance.

So, what do you guys think about our review? Did we miss a phone? Do you own any of these phone? Did we help you pick the most suitable phone for you? Tell us in the comments below.

2 Replies to “5 Best Phones to buy under ₹10,000 in India”

  1. Nice choice. Moto deserves better position. Honor 7a can also be replaced…

    1. Thanks! IMO, Honor 7a is pretty similar to 7c.

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