JioPhone Next is a highly hyped smartphone from Reliance and it’s available in India from Diwali 2021. It comes with an HD+ display, Snapdragon 210 chipset, a 3500mAh battery, and specs that are typical of an affordable Android phone. Speaking of which, within JioPhone Next, you get Pragati OS, which is a custom-tuned Android Go software. It has been made in partnership with Google specifically for Indian consumers. Now, all that and the phone is available for a sticker price of ₹6,499. Jio has announced an easy EMI payment option too.
So JioPhone Next is an affordable 4G smartphone. However, it is not the only affordable smartphone in the Indian market. We have curated a list of the best alternatives to JioPhone Next. These also happen to be the best smartphones in the sub-7k price range in India.
Come, let’s take a look.
1. Redmi 9A
Xiaomi’s Redmi 9A is currently the most affordable 4G smartphone from the brand with a price of under 7k. This device is meant for people who want to own a smartphone but don’t have a good budget to own it. Redmi 9A is an android smartphone that works for the basic call, text, browsing, and social media apps and has a large battery (5000mAh) that will last for 2 days with moderate usage.
It runs MIUI 12 which has good features and gets regular software updates. Games like BGMI or Call of Duty Mobile can be played only in their Lite versions at low settings on Redmi 9A. Android 10 features like Dark Mode and Google Assistant are all available and the bloatware is minimum. The photo quality on both cameras is decent for the price when shooting in good lighting conditions. It starts at Rs. 6999 and is available in 3 colors – Sea Blue, Nature Green, and Midnight Black.
Redmi 9A Specs
|Display- 6.53-inch IPS LCD||Front Camera- 5MP|
|Processor-Helio G25 Octa Core||Weight- 196g|
|RAM- up to 3GB||Dimensions- 164.9x77x9mm|
|Storage- up to 32GB||Battery- 5000mAh, 10W charger|
|Software- Android v10||4G Bands- 1,3,5,8,40,41|
|Rear Camera- 13MP||Variants Available- 2 (2GB+32GB, 3GB+32GB)|
2. Realme C11 2021
Realme C11 2021 is the first offering by the company in the ultra-budget price segment. The smartphone gives a sturdy build quality and has a good battery life too. The smartphone is a pretty-looking phone with a polycarbonate body that does not look or feel cheap. The textured rear panel also keeps fingerprints at bay. There2GB RAM makes the waiting time of a few seconds in launching daily apps and multitasking is not smooth too.
Realme UI is neat and clean but there is some bloatware present. Some pre-installed apps can’t be uninstalled so that is annoying. The camera performance is again alright for the price you pay. It is available for a price of Rs. 7000 and is a smart buy for users graduating from a feature phone to a smartphone. It comes in 2 colors – Cool Blue and Cool Grey.
Realme C11 2021 Specs
|Display- 6.52-inch IPS LCD||Front Camera- 5MP|
|Processor- Unisoc SC9863A||Weight- 190g|
|RAM- up to 4GB||Dimensions- 165.2×76.4×8.9mm|
|Storage- up to 64GB||Battery- 5000mAh with 10W charger|
|Software- Android v11||4G Bands- 1,3,5,8,38,40,41|
|Rear Camera- 8MP||Variants Available- 2 (2GB+32GB, 4GB+64GB)|
3. Nokia C01 Plus
Nokia would be one of the first phone brands that you came to know or use. In 2021, bringing the nostalgia factor back, Nokia announced the C01 Plus which was technically a successor to C1 Plus, one of its early smartphones. The newcomer brings a bigger battery, the latest version of Android Go, and a more powerful chipset.
Nokia C01 Plus is covered in blue or purple plastic with a textured finish for a better grip and a splashproof design. It has 2GB RAM, and the chipset used is Unisoc SC9863a. It has dual nano-SIM slots, an audio jack, Bluetooth 4.2, and LTE support too. It is available for Rs. 6199 in India with 2 color options Blue and Purple.
Nokia C01 Plus Specs
|Display- 5.45-inch IPS LCD||Front Camera- 5MP|
|Processor-Unisoc SC9863A||Weight- 157g|
|RAM- up to 2GB||Dimensions- 148×71.8×9.3mm|
|Storage- up to 16GB||Battery- 3000mAh, 5W charger|
|Software- Android v11||4G Bands- N/A|
|Rear Camera- 5MP||Variants Available- single|
4. Samsung Galaxy M02 Core
Samsung Galaxy M02 is Samsung’s budget offering in this segment. If you ought to have the Samsung brand value, then go with this M-Series smartphone. When we consider the under 7K price range, the design of MO2 Core has a good quality build. The plastic frame and the plastic back should be durable too. The back panel has ridges for a better grip and a 5000mAh battery is a huge plus point. The display stretches 6.5-inches with HD+ resolution.
One UI 2.0 is the software onboard. There is a dual rear camera setup plus a selfie snapper for photos. It starts for Rs. 6999 for the 2GB RAM variant which makes it pricey, but if you are someone who wants brand value, then this one can be your choice. It is available in Blue, Black, Red, and Gray color options.
Samsung Galaxy M02 Core Specs
|Display- 6.5-inch PLS IPS (16nm)||Front Camera- 5MP|
|Processor- MT 6739W Quad Core||Weight- 206g|
|RAM- up to 3GB||Dimensions- 164×75.9×9.1mm|
|Storage- up to 32GB||Battery- 5000mAh, 7.75W charger|
|Software- Android v10||4G Bands-1,3,5,7,8,20,28,38,40,41|
|Rear Camera- 13MP+2MP||Variants Available- 2 (2GB RAM+32GB, 3GB RAM+64GB)|
5. Karbonn X21
If you are someone who wants to own an ultra-budget smartphone from an Indian brand, and you don’t want JioPhone Next, then Karbonn’s X21 is a good option. It comes with an HD+LCD display and runs Android 10 Go. It has a traditional screen with thick top and bottom bezels. It doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor.
Connectivity options include single-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, a headphone jack, and a micro-USB port. It only comes in a single 2GB RAM variant but it should suffice for very light smartphone usage. It is available at Rs. 5000 and comes in 2 color options- Aqua Green and Midnight Blue.
Karbonn X21 Specs
|Display- 5.45-inch IPS LCD||Front Camera- 5MP|
|Processor- Unisoc SC9863 Octa Core||Weight- 160g|
|RAM- up to 2GB||Dimensions- 147.5×71.8×9.35mm|
|Storage- up to 32GB||Battery- 3000mAh|
|Software- Android v10||4G Bands- 3,40|
|Rear Camera- 8MP||Variants Available- single|
Best 4G smartphones in 7k range
|Name of Smartphone||Price|
|Redmi 9A||Rs. 6999|
|Realme C11 2021||Rs. 7000|
|Nokia C01 Plus||Rs. 6199|
|Samsung Galaxy M02 Core||Rs. 6999|
|Karbonn X21||Rs. 5000|