Best Smartphones Under Rs.10,000 (March 2020)

by | Feb 27, 2020

Smartphones play a massive role in our day-to-day life and choosing the best phone is a difficult task. And when you are on a tight budget like Rs.10,000 it’s even tougher.

Thanks to the aggressive competition in India, you can now get a high-quality smartphone by spending less than Rs.10,000 bucks.

You can even tailor your search to match specific preferences like camera quality, battery life, gaming performance, design and so on.

In this article, we have compiled a list of the best smartphones under Rs.10,000 right now in India. Without further ado, let’s dive right into it.

Best Smartphone Under Rs.10,000

1. Lenovo K10 NoteOverall Best Pick
2. Realme 3 ProRunner-Up Pick
3. Redmi Note 7 ProBest Camera Phone
4. Oppo K1Budget Phone with OLED Display
5. Vivo U10Best Battery Life
6. Nokia 6.1 PlusBest Build Quality
7. Honor 20iValue for Money Smartphone
8. Realme 5iFeature Rich Smartphone
9. Motorola One MacroHonorable Menton

1. Lenovo K10 Note

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Overall Best Pick
  • Powerful Snapdragon 710 chipset
  • Triple rear camera with a telephoto lens
  • Excellent battery life

Lenovo has been dormant for years in the Indian smartphone industry. With the influx of new generation brands such as Xiaomi and Vivo, the company took a deep hit on sales.

With the latest K10 Note series, Lenovo has a solid offering, trying to regain some of its past glory among the budget-conscious Indian consumers.

Design and Build Quality

The Lenovo K10 Note looks stunning at first sight itself. The level of perfection that Lenovo has brought about in designing this hardware is on par with other products in a similar price range.

The nice gentle curves and the gradient designs blend well with the overall premium theme.

The glossy polycarbonate back looks very classy but is a fingerprint magnet.

The camera setup is tucked on to the side with a fingerprint scanner placed on a comfortable location for easier access.

Processor and Performance

The Lenovo K10 Note is powered by one of the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processors.

This is the only phone along with the Realme 3 Pro which features such a powerful processor in the sub. Rs.10000 category.

The 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage elegantly complement this powerful processor to deliver you the best of multitasking and intense gaming experience.

Display

This budget Android smartphone features a large 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

This display has minimal bezels and offers an immersive viewing experience.

The colour accuracy and brightness levels are on par with other displays found on smartphones in the same price range as well.

Camera

The Lenovo K10 Note comes with a triple rear camera setup consisting of 16MP + 5MP + 8MP. This camera is capable of recording videos up to 4K 30fps quality.

The stills come out very detailed and accurate colours. In the front, there is a 16MP sensor with AI support for selfie shots.

Battery

This budget smartphone is powered by a 4050mAh battery that will easily last for a day and a half with moderate to heavy usage.

The latest Android 9.0 Pie comes with many battery optimizations on board which makes this phone last a lot longer as well.

Verdict

The Lenovo K10 Note is an allrounder checking all the right boxes without leaving none.

With the advantage of being the only phone with a telephoto lens with 2x zoom in this price range, smartphone enthusiasts should take a look.

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Elegant and premium design

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USB Type C connector

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OTG support

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No dedicated SD card slot

 Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 710
Camera16MP + 5MP + 8MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4050mAh
Display6.3-inch Full HD+

2. Realme 3 Pro

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Powerful Snapdragon 710 processor
  • VOOC Flash charge 3.0
  • Full HD display

RealMe 3 Pro is a mid-range Android smartphone released back in Q2 2019 to compete with the likes of Asus Zenfone Max Pro and Redmi Note Pro series devices.

In this article, let’s have a thorough review of this one of the best smartphones under Rs.10,000, covering all the aspects to make you understand the pros and cons of this device.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme 3 Pro smartphone is completely made of plastic.

There isn’t even a single piece of metallic insert anywhere to be seen on the chassis of this device.

However, the excessive use of plastics doesn’t mean that the build quality is inferior.

The use of excellent quality plastic does make the device feel rigid and durable.

The shiny tinted colour plastic back may seem to be made of glass but it isn’t. We advise you to use the supplied PU case in the box to avoid scratches on this device.

The horizontally arranged dual camera rests a bit raised from the surface and is covered with a metallic ring around the edge.

The fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear at a comfortable position where your index finger rests naturally.

The power button is placed on the right side and the volume rockers to the left.

These buttons feel responsive and tactile.

The headphone jack and the speaker is placed in the bottom side.

One of the biggest letdowns of this device is that it comes with the outdated micro USB port instead of USB-C.

Overall, the attractive colour options and the waterdrop notch display makes this phone quite a looker in its segment.

The build quality is okayish but not something worth writing pages about.

Display

The display was one of the strongholds of RealMe devices and they did the same in RealMe 3 Pro as well.

The RealMe 3 Pro has kept the legacy with its large 6.3-inch full HD+ IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

The main USP of this display is its waterdrop notch, which houses the front camera and looks rather appealing than a regular-sized wide notch.

This tiny notch does help this budget smartphone to rock an impressive 84% screen to body ratio.

This 19.5:9 display comes with a pixel density of 409 ppi, which results in excellent visual clarity.

The colours look popping with this display and the brightness levels are up to the point as well.

You will have no issues using this display under sunlight or in brightly lit environments.

As an added cherry on top, the RealMe 3 Pro comes with Corning gorilla glass 5 protection for the display which will protect the glass from accidental scratches.

Processor and Performance

Realme 3 Pro features the more powerful, more efficient Snapdragon 710 SoC, which is the best in its segment available at present.

Whether you are a gamer or a casual user, this device won’t hold you back with bottlenecks.

With 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage, you can play your favourite game or do intense multitasking effortlessly on this device.

Network

The RealMe 3 Pro comes with dual VoLTE feature which can be utilized for two active 4G SIM connections.

The signal reception is excellent because the entire chassis is made of plastic and nothing interferes with the signals.

The call quality through the earpiece is loud and clear and even with the loudspeaker, there is no jitter.

Camera

The Realme 3 Pro has a dual rear camera unit with 16MP primary shooter and a 5MP depth-sensing unit.

The f/1.7 primary camera in the back performs well in low light conditions and provides images with considerably less noise.

The pictures turn out great with an excellent level of detail and colour accuracy in well-lit conditions and outdoors.

The front camera is a 25MP shooter which is one of the best in its segment, The AI selfie mode works great and results in perfect portrait selfies with no jagged edges or aberrations.

There is HDR support and the rear camera is capable of recording 4K videos up to 30fps.

Battery Life

The 4045mAh Li-ion battery inside this device will easily last for a day of heavy usage with the screen on time lingering around 6-7 hours.

If you’re a game fanatic, expect this figure to come down significantly.

Verdict

If you’re looking for a smartphone with overall all-round performance, the RealMe 3 Pro should be on your watch list.

Combining the elegant design with the novel waterdrop notch and the powerful processor inside, this smartphone stands right up to the likes of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 and Redmi Note 7 Pro in the sub Rs 12,000 budget.

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Gorilla glass 5 protection

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960fps super slo-mo video

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25MP AI selfie camera

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No USB Type C

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Pie 9.
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 710
Camera16MP + 5MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery4045mAh
Display6.3-inch Full HD+

3. Redmi Note 7 Pro

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Best Camera Smartphone
  • Excellent low light photography
  • Long-lasting 4000mAh battery
  • Powerful Snapdragon 675 processor

Redmi Note 7 Pro is the newest weapon from the Redmi arsenal, which is a recently spun off Xiaomi subsidiary for manufacturing and marketing budget and mid-range Android smartphones.

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes as a successor to the popular Redmi Note 6 Pro and is launched in India at an enticing price point of just under Rs.15,000 for the 4GB/64GB variant.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi Note 7 Pro borrows some design elements from the Honor phones in terms of colour schemes and builds quality.

The all-new Redmi Note 7 Pro features a glass sandwich design at the front and rear protected with the latest gorilla glass 5.

The shiny back panel reminds us of the Honor phones off late, which is always a good thing because those phones looked so stunning.

The fit and finish of this budget Android smartphone are on par with its competitors and Xiaomi has not done any visible cost-cutting in terms of build quality.

Display

The Redmi Note 7 Pro features a large 6.3-inch FHD+ panel with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

This dot notch display has a screen to body ratio of 81.4% and has minimal bezels on all four sides.

As we’ve already mentioned, the display is covered with corning gorilla glass 5 for protection from accidental scratches and dents and an additional p2i splashproof protection.

This IPS LCD delivers visuals with excellent colour quality and brightness levels.

The pixel density of 409 ppi and the minimal bezels ensures crisp, clean as well as immersive visual experience with this budget Android smartphone.

Processor and Performance

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes loaded with the latest mid-range SoC offering from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 675.

This octa-core chipset along with the 6 GB RAM and the 128 GB of internal storage lets you multitask, game and whatnot with this phone like a breeze.

There is no stutters or lags whatsoever and at the same time, there is no thermal throttling as well.

Camera

This is where things get slightly more interesting with the Redmi Note 7 Pro.

This budget Android smartphone packs in a 48MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup and a 13MP front camera.

But wait, 48MP?

Yeah, on paper it’s a 48MP shooter, but technically, the sensor takes four 12MP shots and combines into one single shot with enhanced details and colour profile.

The low light performance of this smartphone is possibly the best in its category.

The selfie camera comes with AI features to make you look even more beautiful.

Miscellaneous

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with the regular set of sensors, USB-C port for charging and data syncing, 3.5mm jack for plugging in your favourite earphones and headphones.

The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on this device is lightning-fast to unlock the screen.

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with L1 Widevine certificate which lets you watch online streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon prime in full HD resolution.

Battery Life

The Redmi Note 7 Pro packs in a 4000mAh battery inside which will last for an impressive one and a half days of moderate to heavy usage.

This phone supports quick charging and comes with an 18W charger for juicing up the device fast.

Verdict

If you can get your hands on this device during the second-long flash sale, it would be a steal for under Rs.15,000.

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Elegant design

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Excellent build quality

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Quick charging support

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No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndorid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 675
Camera48MP+5MP Rear, 13MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.3-inch Full HD+

4. Oppo K1

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Budget Smartphone with OLED Display
  • Powerful mid-range processor
  • Excellent display
  • Dedicated SD card slot

Oppo stunned the smartphone world with the release of the Oppo Find X which featured an industry first motorized sliding camera.

The company is again at it with a new design ideology dubbed as the waterdrop notch.

The Oppo K1 is a budget mid-ranger priced just under Rs.20,000 following the new design strategy and has respectable internals that makes it one of the best in the business in its class.

Design and Build Quality

The Oppo K1 has a very eye catchy design that looks amazing at the first look.

The back is made of polycarbonate but has a gradient glossy colour design with a diamond-cut texture which looks similar to those in the budget Realme devices.

The back is susceptible to scratches so do remember to use a transparent case if you want to conserve the style and that pristine look on your smartphone.

The waterdrop notch is very stylish and masks the ugliness of the notch (our opinion!) to an extent.

Display

The Oppo K1 features a tall 6.41-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. This amounts to about 409ppi and the visuals and text appear sharp and detailed.

Since the display is of 19:9 aspect ratio, the phone doesn’t feel too much oversized to use with a single hand.

This display offers great contrast levels and deep blacks. The colours are much more natural and vivid as well.

This panel also gets sufficiently bright up to 430 nits which are enough for good sunlight legibility.

The waterdrop notch can’t be hidden via software and there isn’t a need for that as well.

Performance

The Oppo K1 is powered by the powerful midrange SoC, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.

With 4GB of RAM, multitasking is great and the device breaks no sweat processing two resource-intensive apps side by side.

The device comes with 64GB of inbuilt memory and has a dedicated SD card slot that takes up to 256GB in case you yearn for more space to store your photos and files.

In-display Fingerprint Scanner

The Oppo K1 is perhaps one of the cheapest smartphones which come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Even though this technology is in the nascent stage, it works relatively well but not as fast as conventional fingerprint sensors.

Camera

In the rear, the Oppo K1 features a 16MP + 2MP dual-camera setup of which the secondary 2MP is a depth sensor.

The pictures taken using this rear camera comes out nice in daylight and has very good details and less noise.

The front camera is a 25MP shooter which can take amazing quality portrait selfies and the edge detection works just fine.

Battery life

The Oppo K1 has 3600mAh Li-ion battery inside which delivers excellent battery life.

Under heavy usage, this phone will last over a day comfortably with enough juice to spare for a couple of hours.

Not only that, Oppo supplies a fast charger with the box, certified to be VOOC enabled, which is the companies answer to Oneplus’s Dash charge feature.

This charger charges the battery up to 56% in just under 30 minutes.

Verdict

The Oppo K1 is a mid-range smartphone with capable internals that justifies its price point.

What makes this device stand out from the rest is the design. The phone is a stunner when it comes to the looks and is sure to turn some heads in the crowd.

Value-added features such as bundling the fast charger with the device make this a much more compelling option worth purchasing.

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Bundled fast charger

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Waterdrop notch

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Excellent battery life

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No USB C

 Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Camera16MP + 2MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery3600mAh
Display6.41 inch AMOLED

5. Vivo U10

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Best Battery Life
  • Powerful Snapdragon 665 processor
  • Massive 5000mAh battery
  • 18W fast charger in the box

Vivo smartphones were usually priced higher than its competitors and this made brands like Xiaomi and Realme to gain an advantage over the former in the recent past.

However, with the Vivo U10, the company is back on track to offer the best value for money smartphone offering under a budget of just Rs.10,000.

Design and Build Quality

The Vivo U10 has adopted the regular glass sandwich design found on phones in a similar price range but with one advantage – the back shell is polycarbonate plastic with a gradient paint finish.

In a design perspective, this might look less premium than having a glass back, but from a durability standpoint, this is very much appreciable.

The volume rockers and the power buttons are very clicky and responsive. The front display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to save the screen from accidental scratches.

The main downside of this device is that it lacks a USB Type C port but come with micro USB 2.0 as the standard.

The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is fast and responsive to the touches and unlocks the phone in an instant.

Display

The Vivo U10 features a 6.35-inch HD+ IPS LCD with a resolution of 720 x 1544 pixels.

This display has a body to screen ratio of about 81.4% and comes with a pixel density of 268ppi.

This isn’t the best display in this price range, but the colours look vivid and the brightness levels are decent.

Processor and Performance

The Vivo U10 budget Android smartphone is powered by the mid-range champion Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor clocked at 2.0GHz.

This powerful processor coupled with 3GB RAM can handle everyday tasks effortlessly and will even let you play graphic-intensive games.

The phone stays cool even while gaming and doesn’t overheat and cause thermal throttling.

Camera

The Vivo U10 has a triple rear camera setup which consists of a primary 13MP sensor, an 8MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP unit for bokeh shots.

These cameras return very good pictures with natural colours and vivid details.

The front camera is an 8MP sensor which comes with all the bells and whistles such as AI beauty mode which the Vivo phones are known for.

Battery Life

This is where the Vivo U10 trumps other competitors in the price range. The Vivo U10 packs in a mammoth 5000mAh Li-ion battery which will last for up to days of moderate usage and a day of heavy usage.

Supplementing this, the device comes with an 18W fast charger in the box for juicing up the battery quickly.

Verdict

The Vivo U10 is a feature-rich budget Android smartphone with great hardware and even more impressive battery life.

If you don’t mind the lack of a full HD display, this phone might be worth considering.

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Lightweight

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AI triple rear camera

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No full HD display

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No USB type C

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665
Camera13MP+8MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.35-inch HD+

6. Nokia 6.1 Plus

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Best Build Quality
  • Guaranteed software updates
  • USB C port
  • Tough aluminium outer frame

Nokia isn’t the old Nokia anymore. With HMD making the Nokia phones rather than the Microsoft, they’ve decided to go en route Android.

With a few phones such as Nokia 7 Plus priced under Rs.25,000 creating ripples in the market, Nokia is now back with a winner – the Nokia 6.1 Plus.

Design and Build Quality

Machined out of series 6000-grade Aluminium, the Nokia phones offer the best build quality in the market. They are built solid and feel extremely durable in hand.

The Finnish design exudes confidence and stands on par with the design of any other smartphone available at this price range.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with an edge to edge display that is protected by 2.5D curved Gorilla glass that blends in with the chassis seamlessly.

The backside of the chassis is adorned by a vertically placed dual-camera module followed by a flash and a fingerprint scanner.

Having a USB C port for budget phones are still considered a luxury by many smartphone brands, but not Nokia.

Overall, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is one of the phones with the best build quality available in the market.

Processor and Performance

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC which is one of the mid-range champions when it comes to the efficient mix of performance and battery life.

With 6GB high-speed LPDDR RAM onboard, this device can blaze through apps and can handle multitasking without any sort of lags or stutters.

The Adreno 509 GPU inside lets you play high-end games but at low graphics settings.

The built-in 64GB ROM provides you with a sufficient starting point to store all your data – be it movies or songs on the phone offline, without the fear of running out of memory too soon.

This device also comes with a dedicated SD card slot which is another luxury that we are used not to expect from budget smartphones nowadays.

Display

The Nokia 6.1 Plus features a 5.8-inch full HD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels.

This notched display has a 19:9 aspect ratio and has a pixel density of around 432 ppi.

The colours appear vivid and the contrast levels despite being an LCD is excellent. The texts appear sharp and clear so does the images.

This being an IPS LCD, the viewing angles are great and there is no colour shift when viewed from extreme angles as well.

Camera

The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a dual rear camera setup which constitutes of a 16MP primary sensor accompanied by a 5MP depths sensing unit for accurate edge detection and portrait mode photos.

On the front, there is a 16MP shooter which has autofocus capabilities and an aperture size of f/2.0.

The pictures from both the front and rear cameras come out detailed and colourful in daylight conditions but suffer from oversharpening in photos shot at low light environments.

When it comes to the video, this phone does support gyro EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) for smoother video recording with minimal shakes.

Battery Life

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is powered by a non-removable 3060 mAh Li-ion battery which easily lasts over a day of moderate to heavy usage.

The Snapdragon 636 is very much an energy-efficient processor and combined with the stock Android OS running on this smartphone, energy consumption is very minimal when sitting idle.

Verdict

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a great contender to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 pro and even trumps the device in certain aspects such as running a stock Android OS.

For those who love Nokia, this device is one of the best devices that the company has launched this year.

Under Android, One programme promised future updates will make this device one of the most desirable gadgets to own in its price segment.

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Excellent build quality

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Android One device

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Elegant design

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Comparatively smaller battery capacity

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 636
Camera16MP+5MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery3060mAh
Display5.8 inch Full HD+

7. Honor 20i

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 3D portrait lighting
  • Gorgeous design

Honor 20i is the stripped-down version of the latest Honor flagship – the Honor 20.

This android smartphone packs almost all goodies that are present in its elder brother, but omits certain features to keep the price tight under Rs,15,000.

Design and Build Quality

The Honor 20i has a familiar rounded drop notch design which looks almost similar to the Essential one smartphone.

The glass sandwich design with the gradient back looks nice and feels premium to hold in the hand.

The buttons are placed on easy reach and feel clicky and responsive. The headphone jack and the speaker is located in the bottom part.

One of the downsides of this smartphone is that it still packs an obsolete micro USB 2.0 port for charging and data transfer.

Processor and Performance

The Honor 20i features a mid-range HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM.

Although the device lacks an expandable storage option, the phone comes with 128GB of internal memory out of the box.

For most users, this will be more than sufficient for storing their files and installing apps on the device.

The Kirin 710 performs so well without any lags even while having multiple apps open in the background.

The games do run smoothly without any frame drops as well.

Display

Talking about the display, Honor this time decided to join the notch bandwagon. The Honor 20i features a 6.21-inch full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:9.

The notch up the front of the device accommodates the front camera.

This display gets sufficiently bright and the visuals come out clean and vivid.

Camera

Optics front, this smartphone has a 24MP + 8MP + 2MP rear camera unit.

The 24MP is a primary sensor that captures details in the frames precisely. The 8MP wide-angle sensor provides a whole new perspective of the subject you’re trying to capture.

The 2MP depth-sensing unit allows you to take portrait mode shots with a blurred background as you might get on a DSLR camera.

The 32MP front camera takes pictures with a hell lot of details and colour accuracy under well-lit environments.

The AI effect produces over-processed photos which can be easily achieved by applying filters from one of the photo editing apps.

The camera app has a manual mode that will let you tweak finer aspects such as aperture size, white balance, ISO etc to get a more desired output.

Battery Life

Honor 20i comes with Android 9.0 Pie OS out of the box with the latest EMUI 9 on the top.

EMUI skin adds a lot of extra features that are useful for more tighter control over the operating system but frequent updates are a concern.

The 3400mAh battery holds pretty well and lasts well over a day with moderate to heavy usage.

Verdict

The Honor 20i from Huawei is a smartphone that’s a stunner in terms of design and looks. The phone has capable internals and performs excellently as well.

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Triple rear camera

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Excellent build quality

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32MP front camera

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No USB C

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AI camera modes are less impressive

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 710
Camera24MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery3400mAh
Display6.21-inch Full HD+

8. Realme 5i

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • Powerful processor
  • Quad camera setup
  • Long-lasting battery

Realme 5i is one of the latest smartphones from the Realme stable released recently in the Indian market.

This smartphone features the signature diamond-cut design of the Realme devices which makes it stand out from the rest in terms of aesthetic appeal.

Build Quality and Design

The design of the Realme 5i is one of its centre point attractions. The glass-like back panel has the same diamond-cut design which first debuted with the original Realme 1 smartphone.

It looks refreshing to the eyes and at the same time imparts a sense of premium quality feel to the device.

The body and construction quality of the Realme 5i feels rigid and solid.

The buttons are clicky and tactile. Since they are slightly raised from the surrounding support frame, it’s easy to differentiate even at low light conditions.

Realme 5i does come with a headphone jack. That’s happy news for hardcore music enthusiasts, right?

The Realme 5i comes with a much-appreciated upgrade – a Type C USB port instead of the outdated micro USB ports found on most other phones in this price bracket.

The fingerprint scanner located at the back is very fast and responsive, one of the best in its price segment.

Processor and Performance

The Realme 5i is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core SoC clocked at 2GHz which is a budget champion in performance aspects.

With the relatively powerful Snapdragon 665 and 4GB RAM, you can experience buttery smooth multitasking and gaming experience with this device.

With the latest Android 9 Pie OS and the optimized Color OS 6.0, the device runs perfectly fine even while performing resource-intensive operations.

Camera

The Realme 5i comes with a quadruple-camera setup at the back.

The main 12MP sensor is an f/1.8 wide-angle lens with a phase detection autofocus feature for super-fast focus times.

This f/1.8 primary sensor captures more light than the one used in Realme 3i to deliver better low light photography.

The 8MP secondary sensor is an ultra-wide sensor that captures about 119-degree field of view.

The company has also integrated a 2MP macro sensor for close up shots and a 2MP depth-sensing unit for bokeh mode portraits.

This device supports camera2 API out of the box, enabling you to install google camera directly without rooting or unlocking the bootloader.

Camera2 API in general terms is a permission given by the OS to the third-party apps to access more camera features, delivering a robust manual camera experience for users.

The front cam is an 8MP shooter. The selfies look well balanced and capture the skin tone accurately.

Display

The cost-cutting to chip in features like a dual-camera setup and the fingerprint scanner is evident when it comes to the display department.

The Realme 5i features a 6.52-inch notched HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1600. The newer aspect ratio of 20:9 makes the phone looks tall but easily usable with a single hand.

With a pixel density of around 269ppi, this isn’t a bad display at all. The images and text appear relatively sharp and clear.

Battery Life

The 5000 mAh Li-ion battery inside the Realme 5i can last well over a day worth of heavy usage.

But the one thing we noticed about the battery on this phone is that the charging times are slow. This might not be a problem for those who charge their device overnight.

Verdict

Realme 5i is one of the better-looking phones in the sub. Rs.10,000 category with solid build quality.

The inclusion of the fingerprint scanner and the quadruple rear cameras along with the powerful Snapdragon 665 make this device an attractive purchase in this segment.

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Dedicated macro lens
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Elegant and premium design

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Dedicated SD card slot

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No full HD display

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665
Camera12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 13MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.5-inch HD+

9. Motorola One Macro

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Honorable Mention
  • Affordable
  • Dedicated macro camera
  • Powerful processor

Motorola has been receiving a lot of flake for its pricing strategy as well the choice of the processor on their latest G7 series phones.

The company, it seems has understood the mistake and is back in business with a feature-rich budget smartphone for consumers in the Indian market, the Moto One Macro.

Design and build quality

The Motorola One Macro has a polycarbonate glass finish design with a curved back.

The backside of the device resembles the Redmi Note 5 Pro from Xiaomi due to the vertical dual camera placement.

Even though the bezels are thin around the display, there is a considerable lower chin on the front which houses the Motorola brand name.

The rear-mounted fingerprint has the famous Motorola logo embossed on it.

Overall the build quality feels very premium and the device doesn’t feel too heavy.

Display

The display on this device is a 6.2-inch IPS LCD panel with an HD+ resolution of 1720 x 1520 pixels.

The display is sharp and vivid with accurate colours. The brightness and contrast levels are excellent as well.

The 21:9 aspect ratio display has a centre-punch camera hole similar to the ones found on expensive Samsung devices.

The pixel density of 270 ppi means the images and texts will appear sharp but little bit pixelated if viewed close enough.

Performance

Motorola has been notorious for including outdated SoC in their newer gen smartphones and selling at exorbitant prices.

This time around, the Motorola One Macro comes with a MediaTek Helio P70 processor which is a budget powerhouse.

Accompanied with 4GB of RAM, this device can handle multitasking very well. Games like PUBG plays smoothly and notably, without any overheating.

Camera

This device has a triple rear camera setup which constitutes of a 13MP main unit, a 2MP macro sensor and a supplementary 2MP depth sensor for that accurate portrait mode clicks.

The front 8MP shooter lets you take good quality selfies even under low lighting conditions.

The rear camera supports 1080p recording at 120 fps.

Battery

Powered by a respectable 4000mAh battery, this device will last easily over a day of moderate to heavy usage, especially with the pure stock Android OS.

The company bundles the fast charger with the box always and this will let you charge the device faster than from a normal charger or a power bank.

Verdict

It seems Motorola has got it right this time around.

With a decent display, a well-built chassis, powered by a powerful processor, the Motorola One Macro ticks all the right boxes for a phone priced under Rs.15,000.

The long-lasting battery makes this a media consumption device without having to worry about the device getting turned off amidst your favourite show.

R

Stock Android OS

R

Laser autofocus

R

IPX2 certified

Q

No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P70
Camera13MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.2-inch HD+
This concludes our list of the best smartphones under Rs. 10,000. We have not added a single phone on this list just for the sake of adding it as we don’t promote a junk product.

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