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

by | Jan 10, 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. Redmi Note 7 ProOverall Best Pick
2. Realme 3 ProRunner-Up Pick
3. Lenovo K10 NoteBest All Rounder Smartphone
4. Vivo U10Best Battery Life
5. Samsung Galaxy M30 Best Reliable Budget Smartphone
6. Realme 5sValue for Money Smartphone
7. Redmi Note 8 Best Budget Smartphone
8. Infinix Note 5Android One Device
9. Motorola G7Honorable Menton

1. Redmi Note 7 Pro

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Overall Best Pick
  • 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+

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. Lenovo K10 Note

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Best Build Quality
  • 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+

4. 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+

5. Samsung Galaxy M30

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Best Reliable Budget Smartphone
  • Super AMOLED display
  • 5000mAh battery
  • Triple camera setup

The galaxy M30 is the latest entry-level flagship smartphone from Samsung to take on the competition from the likes of Xiaomi and Honor.

The Samsung Galaxy M30 is a device like nothing else from the past.

It is loaded with features which stack well against its competition for the price tag at which the phone retails.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M30 has a polycarbonate outer shell with a matt textured finish which looks elegant.

The phone feels very light in hand and thanks to its rounded corners, it feels very lightweight and easy to hold in one hand.

This phone comes with minimal bezels on all four sides and offers an immersive visual experience with its infinity V display.

Overall the quality of construction is very good and is on par with its competitors.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy M30 features a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display with an infinity V notch at the top.

This full HD+ display has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and has a pixel density of about 394 ppi which renders the screen very sharp and clear output.

Samsung is the best OLED manufacturers in the world and the quality of this AMOLED display justifies that claims effortlessly.

This smartphone has greater than 90% screen to body ratio and supports L1 wide wine certification which lets you watch online streaming services in full HD resolution.

Processor and Performance

The Galaxy M30 is powered by the Samsung Exynos 7904 octa-core processor supplemented by the Mali-G71 GPU.

With the integrated 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, this device performs excellently when it comes to multitasking and gaming.

Whether it be PUBG or Fortnite, this budget Android smartphone from Samsung will let you play it in full HD resolution without any dropped frames or lags.

The latest Android 9.0 Pie OS is very optimized for performance improvements when compared to the Oreo 8.1 version as well.

Camera

This smartphone comes with a triple camera setup in the rear. Yes, a triple camera under sub. Rs.15,000, that too from Samsung.

The primary camera on the rear is a 13MP shooter with an aperture size of f/1.9 for better low light performance.

The secondary sensor is a 5MP ultrawide shooter, which is one of a kind in this price bracket.

The third one is a 5MP depth sensor for high-quality portrait and bokeh mode photos.

The front camera is a 16MP sensor with HDR support for high dynamic selfie shots.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy M30 is powered by a whopping 5000mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last for up to two days of heavy usage.

Samsung does include a fast charger in the box which will let you charge this device in under 2.30 hours.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy M30 is the most feature-packed Android smartphone priced under Rs.20,000.

With its AMOLED display, triple camera setup and the 5000mAh battery, this smartphone is difficult to pass up in this price bracket.

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Excellent battery life

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Type C port

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Fast charging support

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Slow software updates

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorExynos 7904 octa core
Camera13MP+5MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+ infinity V Display

6. Realme 5s

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • AI quad camera
  • 5000mAh mammoth battery
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor

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

The Realme 5s 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 5s 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 5s 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 a 13MP 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 5s features a 6.5-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.

The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 as a security measure to avoid accidental scratches.

Battery Life

The 5000 mAh Li-ion battery inside the Realme 5s 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 5s is one of the better-looking phones in the sub. Rs.10,000 category with the 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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Attractive gradient back finish

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Splash resistant coating

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Dirac sound enhancement

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Slow charging

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+

7. Redmi Note 8

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Best Budget Smartphone
  • The good quality IPS display
  • Quad camera setup
  • Long-lasting battery life

Redmi Note 8 is the Xiaomi’s true successor to the much-touted Redmi 7 which brought some premium features right into the hands of people scouring the market for an affordable feature-packed smartphone.

The Redmi Note 8 comes with internals which totally blows the competition out of the scene and is priced very competently under Rs.10.000.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi Note 8 has an all-new premium design which gives a run for the money to its higher-priced competitors in the market.

The Redmi Note 8 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 8 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 81.7% 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.

This is probably one of the best displays you can get your eyes on in the sub. Rs.10,000 budget category.

Processor and Performance

The Redmi Note 8 is powered by the powerful mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 6650 processor. This processor comes preloaded with deeper AI integration which results in overall better performance.

Be it gaming or multitasking, this processor breaks no sweat to deliver you with a pleasant usability experience.

Games like PUBG and Fortnite run smoothly on medium settings without any lags or stutters in between.

Being a glass bodied smartphone, the phone doesn’t get noticeably hot while playing games or watching videos in a stretch.

The 4GB RAM variant comes with 64GB of internal storage and an option to increase the memory up to 128GB by the hybrid SIM slot.

Camera

Optics is another area where this smartphone from Xiaomi excels when compared with its competitors in the same price range.

The Redmi Note 8 smartphone has a whopping 48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP rear camera setup with support for AI mode and phase detection autofocus.

The front shooter is a 13MP camera with an aperture size of f/2.0 for better low light selfies.

The 48MP sensor outputs 4 images of 12MP each and stitches it together to deliver photos with great details and colour accuracy. The 8MP sensor is an ultra-wide camera, and the rest is for depth sensing and macro photography.

Miscellaneous

This phone supports connectivity features such as dual VoLTE. You can use two 4G sims simultaneously without any glitches.

All standard set of sensors are available on this device including an infrared emitter for using the phone as a remote to your home appliances.

And yes, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack to plug in your favourite earphones.

Battery Life

Redmi phones seldom skimp on battery capacity and same is the case with the Redmi Note 8.

This device from Xiaomi comes with a generous 4000mAh Li-Po battery that will last for about two days on moderate to heavy usage.

Verdict

The Redmi Note 8 is the best smartphone you can get your hands for a budget under Rs.10,000 in the Indian market as of now.

With its 48MP camera sensor and a very colour accurate display, spending Rs.10,000 on this gadget is well worth every penny you’ve earned.

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Premium design and build quality

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Gorilla glass 5 protection

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Type C charging port

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Specifications

Operating System/UIAndorid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665
Camera48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP Rear, 13MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.3-inch Full HD+

8. Infinix Note 5

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Android One Smartphone
  • Guaranteed software updates
  • Suited for media consumption
  • Fast charger included in the box

The competition among the budget smartphones is intensifying day by day. That makes us, the customers get to reap all the benefits.

This time it’s the Infinix which has surprised us with the launch of their first Android One device in the country – the Infinix Note 5.

Design and Build Quality

Before the launch of this model, we didn’t have much to talk about the design of Infinix smartphones in our earlier articles.But for this device, we’ve to.

The Infinix Note 5 is made of plastic. However, the quality of the plastics used is good and feels extremely durable in hand.

The back shell looks stylish and at first glance, you will mistake it as a glass back but it’s just plastic with a glass finish.

The weight distribution on the phone is excellent. This makes it easy to operate with a single hand.

The buttons on this device feel clicky and responsive.

The feedback is excellent and since the buttons are slightly raised, you will not find any difficulty even in the darkness to locate them.

Display

The Infinix Note 5 has one of the best in the class display we’ve ever seen on a smartphone priced under Rs.8,000.

This device has a 5.99-inch full HD+ resolution that output images and visuals with great details and vivid colours.

This panel can achieve a maximum brightness level up to 500 nits which will make viewing this display in bright sunlight much easier.

Processor and Performance

Helio P23 may not be as extravagant as the P60 inside Realme 1 but it’s perfectly capable to handle all day to day tasks with ease.

With 3GB RAM and 32GB storage inside, you can indeed juggle between apps without having to face many problems.

If you’re a serious gamer of sorts, remember that this phone is not built for gaming.

Yes, you can play casual games to kill time but nothing much when it comes to resource-intensive ones.

Android One

Yes – you heard it right. The Infinix Note 5 is an Android One device.

This means clean and simple stock Android and assured software updates and security patches up to two years, directly from Google.

There is no unwanted bloatwares or third-party skins to bog down the resources and make the device sluggish. Everything works well and smooth as intended.

Apart from whatever interesting features, this device offers, we think that the Android One badge is what makes it stand out from the rest.

Camera

The Infinix Note 5 has a single rear camera which is a 12MP shooter. This sensor is aided by a dual-tone LED flash for better night photography.

The pictures from the rear camera come out pretty well with good colour accuracy. They’re a little lack of details but at this price point, it is expected.

The front camera is a 16MP shooter. The selfies come out nice and decent for posting into social media platforms.

The video quality is where we find some negatives. There are focus hunting problems and exposure variations that ruins the footage.

Battery Life

The Infinix Note 5 packs in a 4500mAh Li-ion battery pack inside.

Suffice to say the battery life is not great, it’s crazy excellent. You will easily run into the second day with juice to spare.

It doesn’t end here. The company packs in an 18w fast charger in the box to aide fast charging as well.

Verdict

The Infinix Note 5 is a great value for money device which comes with a lot of features for the price at which it is retailing.

With the Android one programme, you are sure to receive software support for up to 2 years and this ensures that the phone will remain future proof until then.

If you’re not in for serious gaming action, the Infinix Note 5 is the best bet for a casual smartphone under Rs.8,000 currently in the market.

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Assured software updates
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Excellent battery life

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Great display

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Poor video output from the camera

 Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorHelio P23 Octa core
Camera12MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display5.99 inch Full HD+

9. Motorola Moto G7

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Honorable Mention
  • Perfect for one hand usage
  • Near stock Android OS
  • Bundled earphones is a bonus

It’s that time of the year for Motorola to release its smartphones to the markets around the world.

This time the company has launched two models – the budget Moto G7 Power and the slightly higher end Moto G7 which is the one we are here to discuss.

Design and Build Quality

Aesthetics and build quality are where the Moto G7 trumps its competitors in the market.

The glass back and the curved sides are worth drooling about.

Even the textured power buttons scream premium.

We, at bettershark, feel the Moto G7 is a phone with one of the most aesthetically pleasing design in the segment.

Display

Design aspects aside, the Moto G7 features a 6.2-inch full HD+ 9:9 display that the company fondly describes as the Max-vision panel with a dewdrop notch up top.

This display offers great visuals with lifelike colours and details that won’t disappoint you.

Gorilla glass 3 protection does provide some sort of confidence from minor scratches.

Processor and Performance

The 2019 Moto G7 comes with a Snapdragon 632 SoC inside.

This is one of the slight disadvantages that come with this otherwise decent smartphone.

With the 4GB of RAM inside and 64GB of internal storage, the chipset reasonably well, but won’t mighty impress you in terms of serious multitasking and gaming.

Wish we knew what Motorola executives had in their mind while deciding the specifications for this model.

Miscellaneous

This phone features USB C port instead of that weary outdated micro USB that many competitor models in this list possess.

The dedicated SD card slot for offline storage connoisseurs is present as well.

The fingerprint sensor on this phone is placed on the front.

Motorola has packed some fine little touches into this sensor for enhanced usability of this device.

The navigation gestures feature is a very much welcome move from the company. This saves a lot of screen real estate.

Camera

There is a 12MP+5MP rear dual camera setup for the hidden photographer in you to explore.

The front camera is an 8MP shooter assisted with LED light in case you’re a party animal and love clicking selfies in the dark.

The camera app has undergone a major overhaul as well.

Motorola has added a pro mode that lets you maximize the potential of the cameras on this device.

Battery Life

The Moto G7 comes with a 3000mAh battery inside. This is smaller when compared to today’s standards where phones are powered with batteries up to 5000mAh.

Thanks to the stock Android 9.0 Pie battery optimizations, the Moto G7 lasts for a day worth of usage.

Verdict

Summarizing, we feel that the Moto G7 is a very good attempt from Motorola with one major flaw – the underpowered processor.

If you are not much the fan of intensive multitasking or gaming, this phone is going to chime in pretty well with your lifestyle.

R

Great design and build quality

R

USB C

R

Good camera

Q

Under-powered SoC for the price

Q

Battery capacity is a tad bit low

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 632
Camera12MP + 5MP Rear. 8MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display6.2 inch Full HD+ 1080 2160 pixels
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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