Even though we still don’t have a perfect flagship phone, affordable phones are consistently getting better and are quite dependable, if not premium, in 2019. The under 10000 segment continues to be an important segment in India where millions of consumers are yet to own a smartphone.
At the same time, there are numerous available options and with hardware specifications reaching a saturating point, it’s getting increasingly difficult to decide between them. So, if you are looking for a decent affordable phone, here are the best available options to choose between.
1. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
If you’re interested in a stock android phone which also caters to high-end gaming, then Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 (review) is the best bet right now. This one is a feature packed phone under 10k. It runs on Snapdragon 660, with minimal stock Android software upon it. You get a small notched Full HD+ display that enjoys Gorilla Glass 6 protection.
The phone would run long thanks to a huge 5000mAh battery. The curvy glass-finish back also makes it look very elegant.
2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Xiaomi surprised the smartphone market with the 7th iteration of its coveted Redmi Note series. Redmi Note 7 packs a Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with RAM plus ROM combo up to 3GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB. The phone bears a whopping 4000mAh battery.
On the surface, it features the MIUI 10 skin based on Android 9.0 Pie. In the camera department, 12MP+2MP rear panel and a 13MP shooter upfront.
Display: 6.3-inch FHD+ display; 2340 x 1080 resolution, Dot-notch | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB, expandable to 256GB (Hybrid card slot) | Software: Android 9.0 Pie MIUI 10| Rear camera: 12MP+2MP | Front camera: 13MP | Weight: 186 g | Dimensions: 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm | Battery: 4000mAh
- Ample performance
- Good rear cameras
- Elegant glass finish
- USB Type-C and Quick Charge 4.0 support
- Decent battery backup
- Aggressive price
- Ads in the UI (can be mostly turned off)
- Hybrid card slot
- No HD streaming on Netflix and Prime
- Fast charger not bundled in the box
- Gets hot with extended gaming
Asus proves it’s no longer a run of the mill smartphone brand with two of its phones making the cut. Zenfone M2 (Review) has a sturdy build quality and a similar power can be harnessed from its Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset.
You could rely on its immense 4000mAh battery which could fuel a satisfactory smartphone usage. The vanilla software is like a cherry on top. We wish the photography experience out of the optics was better. The display also left us wanting more.
Display: 6.3 inches, (1520 x 720 pixels) 19:9 display | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB, expandable to 512GB (Dedicated card slot) | Software: Android 8.1 Oreo | Rear camera: 13MP+5MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 180 g | Dimensions: 158.4 x 76.3 x 7.7 mm |Battery: 4000mAh
- Solid build
- Reliable performance
- Dedicated card slot
- Dual 4G VoLTE support
- Battery backup
- Almost stock Android software
- Camera performance
- Mediocre display quality
4. Realme 3
Realme 3(review) picks the trendy looks of a dewdrop notch and 6.3-inch screen has HD+ display. The phone sports a 13MP+2MP in the rear and 13MP upfront. It features MediaTek Helio P70 that runs Android 9 Pie based Color OS 6.0. on surface. The software has lots of bells and whistles to excite the users.
It is available in 3GB/4GB RAM variants along with storage options of 32GB/64GB (expandable via a dedicated slot up to 256GB). The battery backup is sizeable from a 4230mAH power brick. Lack of fast charging support is definitely a bummer.
Display: 6.2 inches, HD+, 19.5:9 aspect ratio | Processor: 12nm, 2.1 GHz MediaTek Helio P70 Octa-core chipset; ARM G72 GPU | RAM: 3GB/4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB, expandable to 256GB (Dedicated card slot) | Software: Android 9.0 Pie-based Color OS 6.0 | Rear camera: 13MP(f/1.8) + 2MP | Front camera: 13MP(f/2.0) | Weight: 172 g | Dimensions: 156.1 x 75.6 x 8.3 mm |Battery: 4230mAh
5. Realme U1
Realme U1(review) comes with a waterdrop notch which houses a 25MP selfie snapper. This was, in fact, the cheapest phone to flaunt a water drop display at the time of its launch. Besides the notch, this one sports a 6.3-inch, 1080 x 2340 px Display. Flipping to the back, we have a 13 MP + 2 MP Dual Camera setup.
Realme U1 is powered by MediaTek Helio P70 chipset along with an ARM G72 GPU. It comes with a RAM of either 3GB/4GB. The 3GB variant comes with internal storage of 32GB while the 4GB variant packs 64GB storage capacity. The internal storage can be expanded up to 256GB with an external MicroSD card.
Display: 6.3-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels);19.5:9; 409 PPI | Processor: 2.1 GHz MediaTek Helio P70 Octa-core chipset; ARM G72 GPU | RAM: 3GB/4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB, expandable to 256GB (Dedicated card slot) | Software: Android 8.1 Oreo-based Color OS 5.2 | Rear camera: 13MP(f/2.2) + 2(f/2.4)MP | Front camera: 25MP(f/2.0) | Weight: 168 g | Dimensions: 157 x 74 x 8 mm | Battery: 3500mAh
The new Samsung Galaxy M10 is one of the dependable all-rounders. If you are a brand conscious budget buyer then, this is your phone. It is powered by 1.6 GHz, Octa Core, Samsung Exynos 7870 Processor. And in this price brand, you get decent photos out of the shooters on this phone. M10 is fueled by a 3400mAh battery. You get an optimized Experience UI based on Android v8.1 (Oreo).
Display: 6.22 inches, 720 x 1500 pixels | Processor: Exynos 7870 | RAM: 2GB/3GB, LPDDR3 | Storage: 16GB/32GB (expandable up to 512GB),Dedicated card slot | Software: Android, 8.1 (Oreo) | Rear camera: 13MP(F1.9) + 5MP(F2.2 Ultra-Wide) | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 163 g | Dimensions: 155.6 x 75.6 x 7.7 mm |Battery: 3400mAh
- Brand Value
- Trendy Design
- Established after sales support network
- No Fingerprint Sensor
Huawei Honor 9N (Review) is serious about the looks evident from its gorgeous glass body. Its compact form factor makes it more comfortable for one-handed usage. While the looks would force Xiaomi phones in this range to run for their money, the performance can be a bit inconsistent. The Kirin 659 chipset can’t face the processing prowess of its contemporaries. Along with the neoteric design, they should’ve worked on the performance and cameras.
Display: 5.84 inches, (1080 x 2280 pixels) 19:9 aspect ratio | Processor: Kirin 659 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB, expandable to 256GB | Software: Android, 8.0(Oreo) | Rear camera: 13MP+2 MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 152 g | Dimensions: 149.2 x 71.8 x 7.7 mm |Battery: 3000mAh
- Modern Look
- Convenient for one-hand usage
- Mediocre Performance
- Average Camera Output
Asus has launched some good phones in the budget series and Zenfone Max Pro M1 (dependable) and the test of time with its specs and performance. Its old school in the design department without a notch and palpable bezels. While it fails in the looks, it has impressive innards. Thanks to a Snapdragon 636 chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM and the stock experience of Android 8.1 Oreo, you would get a good performance out of it. A whopping 5000mAh battery adds to its pros.
Display: 5.99-inch (2160×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 display | Processor: Snapdragon 636 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB, expandable to 512 GB (Dedicated Slot) | Software: Android 8.1 Oreo | Rear camera: 13MP+5MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 180 g | Dimensions: 159 x 76 x 8.5 mm |Battery: 5000mAh
- Great performance
- Good quality display
- Excellent battery backup
- Stock Android 8.1 Oreo
- Dedicated card slot, Dual SIM Dual VoLTE support
- Shoddy camera app
- Nondescript design
The Infinix Note 5 (Review) packs some good specs, glossy looks, vibrant display, and the Android One under the hood. But it falls apart in performance due to the inadequate Helio P23 processor. The device is fueled by a 4500mAh battery that delivers good battery life, and the included quick charger is a good companion.
Display: 5.99 inches, (1080 x 2160 px) , 18:9 aspect ratio | Processor: MediaTek Helio P23 Processor | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.1 Oreo | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 175g | Dimensions: 158.25 x 75.25 x 8.65 mm |Battery: 4500mAh
- Glossy looks
- Vibrant display
- Android One
- Mediocre Performance
10. Redmi Go
The Redmi Go (review) caters to the low-budget tier within the Android Go programme. It sports a relatively smaller 5-inch HD display with a 1,280 x 720 resolution. It runs on 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core 425 chipset coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB onboard storage, expandable up to 128GB using a MicroSD card.
You also get a standard 3000mAh battery. However, thanks to the pure and trimmed down stock android and tailor-made hardware, the endurance would be good.
Display: 5-inch HD display with a 1,280 x 720 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio | Processor: 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core 425 chipset coupled with Adreno 308 GPU | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 8GB, expandable up to 128GB via dedicated slot | Software: Android 8 Oreo | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 137g | Dimensions: 140.4 x 70.1 x 8.4 mm |Battery: 3000mAh
- Good value for little money
- Android Go
- Compact and light
- Still runs Android Oreo
Top 10 Best Phones Under 10,000 INR To Buy In India In 2019
These are the best options you can consider for under 10,000 INR. Some of the phones in this list are having variants which could stray into higher price band. Hence, we have listed the lower storage options accordingly. If you’re still confused about your options, do let us know in the comments down below and we will be more than happy to help you about.
Here’s a complete list of10 best mobile phones under Rs 10,000 In India In April 2019
|Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2||Rs. 9,999|
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 7||Rs. 9,999|
|Asus Zenfone Max M2||Rs. 9,999|
|Realme 3||Rs. 8,999|
|Realme U1||Rs. 9,999|
|Samsung Galaxy M10||Rs. 8,990|
|Huawei Honor 9N||Rs. 9,999|
|Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1||Rs. 7,999|
|Infinx Note 5||Rs. 9,999|
|Redmi Go||Rs. 4,499|