When you are buying an affordable phone, compromises are almost always involved. However, the number of trade-offs involved while buying an affordable phone these days has surprisingly reduced.
Baring the camera (and flare, maybe) affordable phones are now good enough to satisfy generic consumer needs. So, if you have been searching for the best available option under 10,000 INR, here are a few things you should know.
1.Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
The Redmi Note 5, which is the rebranded version of Redmi 5 Plus, adds a trendy full-view (18:9) screen to the last years’ bestseller Redmi Note 4.
The new screen makes Note 5 look refreshing from the front, but it’s mostly the same old story on the rear. Other hardware remains mostly similar. The base variant of Redmi Note 5 comes with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, and 4000mAh battery. If you are looking for a phone under 10K and can manage with 32GB of storage, you can go ahead with the Note 5.
2. Motorola Moto G5 Plus
Motorola Moto G5 Plus (faq) might not be the best-looking smartphone under 10,000 but it is certainly a worthy contender to be placed on this list of the best phone within Rs. 10000 budget (the phone was originally launched for 16,999 INR).
The phone comes with a metal body and was one of the first few phones to come with Android Nougat out of the box. The Moto G5 Plus (camera review) will appeal to those who have small palms as it boasts of a compact 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with a full-HD resolution. The phone comes with 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. It is also one of the best camera phones under 10,000 INR.
3. Lenovo K8 Plus
Lenovo also pushed out quite a few competitive offerings this year including the K8 Plus (faq). Features that helped the K8 Plus (review) make the cut include vanilla Android, dual cameras, and its massive 4000mAh battery.
The phone has a compact 5.2-inch full HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The phones include 13MP+5MP cameras where the secondary camera is used for depth sensing.
4. Xiaomi Redmi 4
Xiaomi Redmi 4 (faq) is another winner from the company. The phone serves as a more compact alternative to Redmi Note 4 and is clearly one of the best selling phones on Amazon.
The Redmi 4 comes with a 5-inch HD display with 1280 x 720 resolution. Like Redmi Note 4, it too gets 2.5D glass on top of the display. It rocks a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset along with Adreno 505 GPU 2GB/ 3GB/ 4 GB of RAM. It also benefits from a massive and assuring 4000mAh battery.
5. Nokia 3
The Nokia 3 certainly one of the best looking phone under Rs. 10,000 bucks. It is an entry segment offering from the comeback brand doesn’t really pack the most powerful innards but it is good enough to meet the requirements of a basic user, particularly those who are buying from offline stores.
The phone comes with a 5-inch 720p display and it runs stock android out of the box. The battery life is not as good as the competition and lack of fingerprint sensor is another shortcoming of the phone.
6. Xiaomi Redmi 5A
The Redmi 5A (faq) is a successor to the Xiaomi’s popular entry-grade smartphone Redmi 4A. The phone offers reasonable performance and battery life when you keep its price in the mind.
Its aggressive pricing makes it an interesting buy. In terms of specifications, it is almost the re-branded version of the Redmi 4A. It packs a Snapdragon 425 inside along with 2GB/ 3GB of RAM and 16GB /32GB storage. If you wish to buy a Redmi 5A we suggest you to opt for 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant.
7. Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie ZB553KL
Taiwanese tech giant Asus also makes the cut with its Zenfone 4 Selfie (review) single cam variant. Asus has targeted this phone towards youth who are enthusiasts about selfies. Even though it is not as powerful as the Redmi Note 4 and Moto G5 Plus it is competent enough to handle most basic tasks well.
It comes with a 13MP selfie camera which has portrait mode and there is a ‘SelfieMaster’ application which allows you to beautify live videos on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media apps.
8. Redmi Y1
Xiaomi recently joined the selfie game with its new Redmi Y1 (review). What sets it apart from Xiaomi’s other phones under Rs. 10,000 is its bigger 5.5-inch display size and the 13 MP high-resolution Selfie camera.
Otherwise, its specs are identical to Redmi 4. The phone comes with Snapdragon 435 SoC, 3080mAh battery and native support for 4G VoLTE. Another advantage it has is the dedicated microSD card slot.
9. Micromax Canvas Infinity
The Micromax Canvas Infinity (first impressions) became the first 18:9 display phone to debut under Rs. 10,000. It has 5.7-inch slim bezel display, decent camera, removable battery and dedicated sim slots that makes it a decent offering for the budget.
Having said that, it is powered by Snapdragon 425 chipset and if you are planning to enjoy graphic-intensive, in that case, Redmi Note 4 will be a better option. Also, its display isn’t the sharpest one in this budget.
10. Honor 9 Lite
The honor 9 Lite (Review) is worth considering if you are looking for a good looking phone. While, it can’t quite match up to the likes of Redmi Note 4 in terms of performance, but it can muster enough force to handle basic and moderate user requirements.
The premium glass body display and good quality full-view display make it stand out. The base honor 9 lite variant is powered by Kirin 960 chipset paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. It runs Android Oreo-based software out of the box.
11. Infocus Vision 3
Infocus Vision 3 (review) is another option that comes with 18:9 aspect ratio display. It is the cheapest 18:9 display phone that you can buy today. The phone has an 82.4 percent screen to body ratio, dual cameras and 4000mAh battery that (on paper) definitely looks tempting. That’s not all the budget phone also features a fingerprint sensor mounted at the rear and company is already working on adding Face unlock via software update.
Last updated on: 28 February 2018