Sub-10K phones

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 M2

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

Pros

  • Solid build
  • Reliable performance
  • Dedicated card slot
  • Dual 4G VoLTE support
  • Battery backup
  • Almost stock Android software

Cons 

  • Camera performance
  • Mediocre display quality

 

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2. Redmi 6 Pro

Unlike our top contender, this one’s new gen with its top-notch display (pun intended). And on the performance front too, Redmi 6 Pro (Review) is impressive with Xiaomi’s old love, the Snapdragon 625 Soc. It has a workable 12 MP + 5 MP dual rear cameras as well. You could also squeeze a whole lot of juice out of the huge 4000mAh battery.

Display: 5.84 inches (1080 x 2280), 19:9 aspect ratio | Processor: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 3 GB | Storage: 32GB, expandable to 256 GB (Dedicated card slot) | Software: Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI skin | Rear camera: 12MP+5MP | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 178 g | Dimensions: 149.3 x 71.7 x 8.8 mm |Battery: 4000mAh

Pros

  • Smooth performance
  • Rear camera
  • Long lasting battery
  • Dedicated card slot

Cons

  • Design
  • Too much bloatware
  • No dual 4G VoLTE

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3. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

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

Pros 

  • Great performance
  • Good quality display
  • Excellent battery backup
  • Stock Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Dedicated card slot, Dual SIM Dual VoLTE support

Cons

  • Shoddy camera app
  • Nondescript design

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4. Huawei Honor 9N

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

Pros

  • Modern Look
  • Compact
  • Convenient for one-hand usage

Cons

  • Mediocre Performance
  • Average Camera Output

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5. Xiaomi Redmi Y2

There’s nothing new in the design of Redmi Y2 (Review) as Xiaomi dumps the dated metal back with plastic strips on top and bottom. The camera touted as a selfie-centric one works well in that area. It uses pixel-binning technology to produce better selfies. However, the front and rear cameras do struggle in low-light. It is powered by a reliable Snapdragon 625 mid-range processor.

Display: 5.99 inches, (720 x 1440 pixels) 18:9 aspect ratio | Processor: Snapdragon 625  | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB, expandable to 128GB | Software: Android, v8.1 with MIUI skin | Rear camera: 12MP+5MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 170 g | Dimensions: 160.73 x 77.26 x 8.1 mm |Battery: 3080mAh

Pros

  • Good selfies
  • Reliable processing power
  • comfortable to operate

Cons

  • Struggles in low-light photography

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6. RealMe 2

Following its predecessor, RealMe 2 (Review) also sports a trendy diamond-pattern glass panel which would be the highlight of this phone. The phone has sacrificed its processing power for the notch, fingerprint and an extra camera sensor. But if you aren’t a power user, then the Snapdragon 450 chipset should be good enough

Display: 6.2 inches, (720 x 1520 px), 19:9 aspect ratio | Processor: Snapdragon 450  | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Software: Android 8.1 Oreo | Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 168g | Dimensions: 156.2 x 75.6 x 8.2 mm |Battery: 4230mAh

Pros

  • Trendy looks
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Big battery

Cons

  • Software needs work
  • camera performance

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7. Infinix Note 5

Infinix Note 5 Review

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

Pros

  • Glossy looks
  • Vibrant display
  • Android One

Cons

  • Poor Performance

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8. Xiaomi Redmi 6

The final spot is held by the entry-level phone from Xiaomi Redmi 6 (Review). And in this price band, it offers you dual snappers. The 12MP+5MP camera duo features light improvements than its predecessor. It has a separate card slot for expandable memory.

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Display: 5.45 inches, (1440 x 720 pixels), 18:9 aspect ratio | Processor: MediaTek Helio P22 Processor  | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB, expandable to 256GB (Dedicated Slot) | Software: Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI skin | Rear camera: 12MP+5MP | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 146g | Dimensions: 71.5 x 147.5 x 8.3 mm |Battery: 3000mAh

Pros 

  • Dedicated card slot
  • Battery capacity
  • Dual cameras

Cons

  • Design
  • Bloatware

9. Realme 1

Realme 1, the first phone from the Oppo’s sub-brand, is still a great pick at the price. Its unique diamond-pattern back panel is aimed at the Indian youth. Its 2GHz, octa-core, Mediatek Helio P60 Processor could deliver a powerful and snappy performance. However, a shoddy camera output and the absence of a fingerprint scanner is an unforgiving bargain.

Display: 6 inches, (1080 x 2160 px), 18:9 aspect ratio | Processor: Mediatek Helio P60 | RAM: 3 GB | Storage: 32GB, expandable to 256GB (Dedicated card slot) | Software: Android 8.1 Oreo | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 155 g | Dimensions: 156.5 x 75.2 x 7.8 mm |Battery: 3410mAh

Pros

  • Powerful and snappier performance
  • Decent Display
  • Good battery
  • Dedicated card slot

Cons

  • No Fingerprint Scanner
  • Poor Software
  • Mediocre cameras

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10. Samsung Galaxy M10

 

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

Pros

  • Brand Value
  • Trendy Design
  • Established after sales support network

Cons

  • No Fingerprint Sensor

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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.

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