In this highly competitive and ever-growing space, finding a perfect smartphone is a tough task, as compromises are always involved, particularly if you are looking for something under Rs. 10,000. Having said that, we are willing to come forward and suggest 5 best smartphones under Rs. 10,000 mark which you should consider if you are planning to buy a new phone.
Lenovo K6 Power
Lenovo, who has established itself as a reckoning force in the online smartphone market, recently launched the K6 Power (first impression) that goes on sale starting December 6. The Lenovo K6 Power is part of diminishing 5-inch breed. It flaunts a full HD IPS display and is powered by a new age Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset.
The phone packs 3gigs of RAM, 32GB internal storage with expandable storage option and 4000mAh battery which will ensure that your phone doesn’t run out of juice just when you need it. Lenovo proudly pats it back for adding a 13-megapixel Sony IMX258 sensor at the back with PDAF and LED flash. The VoLTE ready phone gets a fingerprint sensor, unibody-metal design and Dolby Atmos stereo speakers.
- VoLTE Ready
- Sharp display
- Near Stock OS
- TheaterMax compatibility
- Redundant design
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
Although it was launched a couple of months before Lenovo K6 Power, there is hardly anything to differentiate between these two phones, save for the software. The design and hardware go toe to toe. The Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime (review) comes with a 5-inch display, Snapdragon 430 SoC, 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM. The phone runs on MIUI 8 which is a heavily customized version of Android Marshmallow.
The SIM slots are hybrid so one can swap the second SIM with microSD card if he wants few extra gigs of storage space on his phone. The handset supports VoLTE and 4G networks so you can also enjoy superior call quality and high-speed internet throughout India.
- Excellent battery back-up
- Fingerprint sensor & IR blaster
- Capable performer
- No fast charging
- Choppy software
Moto G4 Play
Lenovo owned Motorola’s Moto G4 Play is our next contender in this range. The phone is a trimmed down version of popular Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. On paper, it is not as powerful as Lenovo K6 Power and Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, but manages to muster a decent usage experience. Looking at the specs, it is clearly made for basic smartphone user or for the first timers.
It houses similar 5-inch IPS display, Snapdragon 410 SoC, 2GB RAM, 16 internal storage. The splash resistant Moto G4 Play runs almost stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. Other notable features include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and GPS.
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- Simple design
- Stock Android
- Subpar battery
- Mediocre graphics
Samsung On7 Pro
Until Galaxy Note 7s started exploding, Samsung was having a ball this year. One of the numerous products that it presented this year was the Galaxy On7 Pro (review). The successor of original On7 gets a metal ring and faux leather back. Rest of the design remains same. It comes with a 5.5-inch TFT display with HD resolution.
The phone is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset coupled with T-720 Mail GPU and 2GB RAM. It comes with 16GB of onboard storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card. You can consider this if you are looking for a tier-1 brand and best in class after sales support.
- Decent Camera
- Android Marshmallow
- Good battery backup
- S-Bike Mode and UDS
- Missing Gyroscope and Ambient light sensors
- No HDR mode
- Unimpressive design
Coolpad Note 3S
The Coolpad Note 3S is the dark horse in this list. The recently announced phone, which goes on sale on December 7, has all the making of a decent daily driver in this budget. The 5.5-inch phone supports 4G VoLTE and has a handy fingerprint sensor.
The glossy plastic back somewhat dents its appeal, still it’s a worthy contender. It enthralls on Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 octa-core chipset which is supported by 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM. For a change, instead of flashing it with Cool UI 8.0, Coolpad has decided to use almost unadulterated Android Marshmallow which is a welcome move.
- Stock Android
- 4G VoLTE and Fingerprint sensor support
- Efficient Camera hardware
- Mediocre battery capacity