Best Smartphones Under Rs.10,000 (April 2019)

by | Apr 12, 2019

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 Mobile Phones Under Rs.10,000

1. Redmi Note 7 Overall Best Pick
2. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Runner-Up Pick
3. Realme 3 Best Design Pick
4. Nokia 5.1 Plus Best Build Quality
 5. Samsung Galaxy M10 Best Reliable Budget Smartphone
6. Realme U1 Best AI Camera Pick
7. Honor 9N Best Value for Money Smartphone
8. Infinix Note 5 Honorable Mention

1. Redmi Note 7

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 Overall Best Pick
  • Android 9.0 Pie OS
  • Powerful Snapdragon 660 processor
  • An excellent 6.3-inch IPS display

Redmi Note 7 is the Xiaomi’s first launch in India after the company spun off the Redmi series as a completely separate entity focussing in on budget and mid-tier Android smartphones.

The Redmi Note 7 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 7 is radically different from the previous Redmi phones when it comes to the design and the materials used for construction.

The all-new Redmi Note 7 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 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 display 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 7 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor which is on par with the Snapdragon 636 found on smartphones priced under Rs.12,000.

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

The 3GB RAM variant comes with 32GB of internal storage and an option to increase the memory up to 128GB by the hybrid SIM slot.

Camera

The Redmi Note 7 smartphone has a 12MP+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.

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.

Battery Life

Redmi phones seldom skimp on battery capacity and same is the case with the Redmi Note 7.

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

Verdict

The Redmi Note 7 is the best smartphone you can get your hands for a budget under Rs.10,000 in the Indian market as of now.

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Gorilla glass protection

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Elegant design

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USB Type C port

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No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating System/UI Andorid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Camera 13MP+2MP Rear, 13MP Front
Battery 4000mAh
Display 6.3-inch FHD+

2. Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Rivals Redmi Note 5 pro
  • Near stock Android experience
  • 2-day battery phone

The Zenfone Max Pro from Asus is a phone that is sold at an aggressive price with plenty of features loaded in.

There are 2 variants of this model in the market, a 3GB/32GB variant sold at Rs. 9,999 and a 4GB/64GB variant at Rs, 11,999.

Design and Build Quality

Coming to the design and build of Zenfone Max Pro, it has a rather ordinary design with an all-metal body except for the antenna portion.

The phone feels hefty in hand because of the massive battery it has but the weight distribution is really good. Buttons on the side are tactile and clicky.

Processor and performance

The Zenfone Max Pro is powered by the latest Snapdragon 636 Octa-core chipset and Adreno 509 GPU. This is the best performing chipset in mid range smartphones under Rs. 10,000.

The Snapdragon 636 chipset and Adreno 506 GPU can handle most of the tasks you throw at it with ease.

The RAM management and multitasking are butter smooth on this smartphone. Apps and games load faster and there is no lag of any sorts while multitasking or gaming.

This processor provides an amazing blend of performance and battery life, that makes it one of the best phone you can buy under a budget of Rs.10,000.

Display

The display of this phone is a 5.99-inch full view display which is really immersive and colour accurate.

There are no protective glasses like Gorilla Glass here which significantly dents the overall build quality.

This 18:9 full view display has a FHD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. It is one of the brightest displays in the market having about 450 nits.

The 83.5% screen to body ratio makes it a suitable choice for immersive media consumption and gaming.

Camera

On the camera front, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro is a decent performer. It packs a dual rear camera with single LED flash that takes some good bright light shots and portrait photos but most of the pictures are a bit over saturated.

The low light photos lack a lot of details as well.The front camera is an 8MP shooter that does an okayish job.

The camera quality has been improved leaps and bounds with the latest firmware update.

Features like electronic image stabilization and noise reduction has been added to deliver a solid image and video output.

Miscellaneous

The phone comes bundled with Android Oreo with an almost stock like feel. There is not much bloatware on this smartphone. Updates are also confirmed until Android Q.

Speakers are located on the bottom side and with the help of an NXP amplifier and 5 Magnet speaker, the audio quality is loud and impressive.

Some nifty additions like 4K video recording, true dual 4G VoLTE on both the SIM cards and dedicated memory card slot are impressive.

All in all, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is a worthy phone for most of the tasks at its price.

Battery life

This phone packs in a gigantic 5,000mAh battery that easily last 2 days of usage which is simply amazing for many power-hungry users.

Having the support for fast charging, if you invest a few bucks for a fast charger, the battery will juice up quite quickly.

Verdict

If you are in search of a great feature rich smartphone having good battery life, this is a great pick.

With the near stock Android OS and a promised Android Pie update on the cards, there’s nothing much to blame about the software either.

For all this reasons this smartphone is our recommended pick under Rs.10,000.

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Feature rich phone

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Impeccable metal body design and premium look

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Audio output is very good

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Excellent phone even for heavy gaming

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No Gorilla glass protection for the display

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No NFC chip

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No FM support

Specifications

Operating System/UI Android Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Camera 13MP+5MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery 5000mAh
Display 5.99 inch full HD+

3. Realme 3

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Best Design Pick
  • Powerful Helio P70 processor
  • Latest Android 9 Pie OS
  • Suited for media consumption

There was a time when people thought that Xiaomi would be the one and only winner in the budget smartphone market priced under Rs.10,000.

The company had then launched a lot of smartphones priced between Rs.6,000 and Rs.15,000.

Then Oppo decided to compete and launched the Realme 1 as a separate identity in the budget segment.

Realme 1 made inroads to the Xiaomi territory and thanks to the best in class internals were hugely successful.

The Realme 3 is the latest iteration of the successful Realme 1. The launch of this smartphone was highly anticipated and after a long wait, the company has finally unveiled it in the Indian market.

Build Quality and Design

The design of the Realme is one of its centre point attractions. The glass-like back panel now comes with a gradient paint finish.

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 3 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 3 does come with a headphone jack. The only downside of the design of this smartphone is the lack of USB-C type port.

It’s 2019 and still, there is the outdated micro USB 2.0 for connectivity and syncing purposes.

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

Processor and Performance

The Helio P60 inside the original Realme 1 was a champ. It trumped even the Snapdragon 636 that was found on many expensive smartphones priced above Rs.12,000.

When it comes to the Realme 3, this device is powered by the latest MediaTek Helio P70 octa-core SoC which is a budget champion in performance aspects.

There are two storage and RAM variants of this particular device available for the Indian users – namely a 3GB/32GB version priced at Rs.8,999 and the 4GB/64GB version priced at Rs.10,999.

With the powerful Helio P70 and the 3GB/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 3 comes with a dual camera at the back. The 13MP+2MP rear shooter produces images with a lot of detail and colour accuracy in good daylight.

The f/1.8 primary sensor captures more light than the one used in Realme 2 to deliver better low light photography.

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 the users.

The front cam is a 13MP shooter. The selfies look well balanced and capture the skin tone accurately.

Display

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

The Realme 3 features a 6.2-inch notched HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1520. The newer aspect ratio of 19:9 makes the phone looks tall but easily usable with a single hand.

With a pixel density of around 270 PPI, this isn’t a bad display at all. The images and text appear relatively sharp and clear. The colour sometimes feels washed out.

However, the Color OS 6.0 skin renders a bit more tolerance over the otherwise decent display.

Battery

The 4230 mAh Li-ion battery inside the Realme 3 can last easily 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 3 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 dual cameras along with the powerful Helio P70 make this device an attractive purchase in this segment.

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Gradient finish back

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Excellent build quality

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Large battery capacity

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No USB C

Specifications

Operating System/UI Android 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
Processor MediaTek Helio P70
Camera 13MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery 4230mAh
Display 6.2 inch HD

4. Nokia 5.1 Plus

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Best Build Quality
  • Powerful Helio P60 processor
  • USB C
  • Android One device

Nokia has been known for great phones in the past and at present HMD, which build Nokia phones under a trademark license does the same but the pricing was always a little offset, similar to Motorola.

The Nokia 5.1 Plus packs in kickass internals at a very competitive price point which makes it one of the top performers in its price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Nokia 5.1 Plus has a premium design for its price. The notched display and the glass back make this device look attractive than ever before.

The side bezels are minimal and the chin bezel houses the Nokia logo. The side inserts are made of high-quality plastic and it feels strong and durable.

The fingerprint on the back is located at an ideal resting position for the index finger, making the locking and unlocking process easier.

Since this budget smartphone has a high body to screen ratio and rounded 2.5D glass, one hand usage is not a problem.

The main attraction of this sub Rs.10,000 device is that it has USB C. Yes, you heard it right – USB C.

Display

The display is the part where Nokia has done some cost-cutting with this device.

The Nokia 5.1 Plus features a 5.8-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 X 1520 pixels.

Had it been a full HD display, the Nokia 5.1 Plus would have become our top choice in this segment.

The edge to edge 2.5D curved display is a treat to look at despite its low resolution. The colours are accurate and the brightness levels are decent.

The notch cuts the upper middle portion of the display to house the front camera. the sensors and the earpiece.

Processor

The Nokia 5.1 Plus comes with the powerful Helio P60 processor, the same one found in the Realme 1, which is a great smartphone priced under Rs.10,000.

This processor is on par with the likes of Snapdragon 636 and even works better at times.

The 3GB RAM is enough for this SoC to show its might when it comes to app loading and multitasking.

Running on stock Android 8.1 under Android One programme, the interface is fluid and smooth as no other phone.

You can even play heavy graphics intensive games on this phone without any difficulty, thanks to the Helio P60 being such a powerful performer.

Camera

As with other smartphone manufacturers, Nokia also banks on AI for its camera.

The dual rear camera setup has a 13MP primary and a 5 MP depth sensor for bokeh and portrait mode photos.

The output from the rear cameras look great and has a lot of details and colour accuracy.

The front 8MP camera is a selfie shooter and features artificial portrait mode as well.

You can also make use of the special Nokia Bothie mode that lets you capture images from both the front and rear camera on a single screen.

Battery Life

The Nokia 5.1 Plus has a 3060 mAh Li-ion battery that lasts for a day of moderate to heavy usage.

Being stock Android and free of bloatware, this device does deliver impressive battery life for its size.

Verdict

If you don’t mind the HD+ display, that’s however indistinguishable from a full HD one for an untrained eye, the Nokia 5.1 Plus is an amazing deal under Rs.10,000.

The USB C, dual cameras and the assured software support make this a compelling product worth investing your money into.

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Build quality

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Excellent performance

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AI-powered camera

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No full HD display

Specifications

Operating System/UI Android Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
Processor MediaTek Helio P60 Octa-core
Camera 13MP+5MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery 3060mAh
Display 5.8 inch 720 x 1520 HD+

5. Samsung Galaxy M10

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Best Reliable Budget Smartphone
  • Dual VoLTE
  • Ultra wide dual camera
  • Infinity V display

Samsung has been consistently outnumbered in sales of budget segment smartphones by Xiaomi for a while now.

This was mainly because the Samsung budget phones were specc’d abysmally and the price for the same was significantly higher than its Chinese counterparts in the segment.

Samsung tries to bridge this gap by introducing the affordable yet feature-rich M series smartphone, the M10 is the entry-level offering.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M10 is made from polycarbonate plastic shell with glossy finish which looks decent for the price tag it carries.

The build quality seems quite OK for the price and matches the competition.

The rounded corners and the edges help this phone to be easily held in the hand and aides better one hand usability.

The rear side of the phone houses the dual cameras assisted with an LED flash and at the bottom is the speaker grill.

The Galaxy M10 comes with a micro USB port for charging and data syncing and has a 3.5mm jack for plugging in earphones and headphones.

Display

This budget entry-level smartphone has a large 6.22-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels.

The company fondly calls this display as an infinity V display, thanks to the water drop notch in the front.

The 19:9 display has an impressive screen to body ratio of 82% and comes with a pixel density of around 267 ppi.

The display is sufficiently bright and the colours look vivid for the price.

Samsung has included an automatic brightness sensor on this phone so that you won’t have to manually slide around to get the desired brightness levels anymore.

Processor and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy M10 packs in a homebrewed octa-core Exynos 7870 chipset clocked at 1.6GHz.

This processor coupled with the 3GB of RAM runs all the casual applications with relative ease and no stutters.

However, the limited RAM might exhibit lags if you are planning to heavily multitask or play memory intensive games on this device.

Apart from the 32GB internal storage, this device comes with a dedicated SD card slot which can take cards up to 128GB.

Connectivity

This dual SIM budget Android smartphones have two SIM slots and support dual VoLTE.

Camera

This smartphone has a 13MP + 5MP rear camera setup of which the 5MP is a wide angle sensor which helps you cover more of the subject in a single shot.

The front 5MP shooter does its job in well-lit conditions.

Battery Life

Powering the Samsung Galaxy M10 is a 3400mAh Li-Po battery which is rated to last for a day worth of heavy usage.

For casual users, we are sure you can get almost a day and still have enough juice left for the next day until you hit the bed.

Verdict

If you are in search of a branded budget smartphone with unmatched reliability, the Samsung Galaxy M10 is one of the best phones available under Rs.10000.

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Brand reliability

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Ambient light sensor

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No fingerprint scanner

Specifications

Operating System/UI Android Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
Processor Samsung Exynos 7870
Camera 13MP+5MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery 3400mAh
Display 6.22 inch HD+ infinity V Display

6. Realme U1

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Best AI Camera Pick
  • Best in class powerful Helio P70 SoC
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • AI-powered camera

The Realme U1 is the company’s first U series smartphone launched recently in the Indian market.

This budget Android smartphone comes with cutting-edge features that give the established brands like Xiaomi and Asus, a run for their money in the sub. Rs.12,000 price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme U1 comes with the famed water drop notch borrowed from its elder siblings at Oppo.

Made of glass at the front and glass type acrylic material at the back, this is definitely one of the best-looking devices in its price range.

This device has a 90% screen to body ratio with minimal bezels on all four sides, resulting in immersive smartphone experience.

At the rear, the Realme U1 has the same design as that of the budget Realme C1 Pro with an additional fingerprint scanner, that the former lacked.

The glossy acrylic back is a fingerprint magnet and knowing this, Realme has included a clear case in the box with this smartphone.

There’s still the micro USB port for charging and not the USB C and has a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom for wired music listening.

The quality of the construction is premium and the phone feels really solid and built to last.

Display

The Realme U1 comes with a large 6.3-inch IPS LCD FHD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

This display has a 19:9 aspect ratio and comes with a teardrop notch at the top. The screen is very bright and colour accurate and offers excellent contrast levels.

Even though the display is large, the 19.5:9 aspect ratio makes it possible to use the phone single-handedly. For protection, this display is covered with a 2.5D Corning gorilla glass to prevent accidental scratches and damage.

Processor and Performance

The Realme U1 is the first smartphone to launch with the Helio P70 processor. This octa-core processor from MediaTek performs on par with the Snapdragon 660 at times and easily beats the Snapdragon 636.

With the 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, multitasking and gaming work very well without any annoyances, even with resource intensive apps.

There is a dedicated SD card slot for memory expansion if the 32GB doesn’t make the cut.

MediaTek has incorporated many AI techniques on to this chip which Realme has taken advantage of to improve the performance of the processor as well as the camera and sound output.

Camera

Realme pitches the camera prowess of the U1 to an extent calling it as the best selfie camera in its segment.

At the rear, there is the 13MP + 2MP camera combo of which the 2MP is just a depth sensing unit.

The photos and videos which comes out this setup is decent and has enough details to make it look more natural. Realme has included a 90 fps slow motion with this camera as well.

At the front is a 25MP ‘selfie pro’ camera that comes with the support of A1 features like studio lighting effects and enhanced bokeh mode.

This camera is said to be specifically tuned for Indian conditions to give a natural skin tone and other regional features.

Battery Life

The Realme U1 comes with a slightly smaller capacity battery than its recent predecessors. The 3500mAh battery is rated to last for a day of heavy usage without any issues.

The chipset inside supports fast charging, but you have to invest a few bucks to purchase a fast charger for that.

Verdict

The Realme U1 has a great display and a powerful processor which at a price tag of Rs.12,000 is an absolute steal.

If you are into gaming or heavy multitasking, we recommend you to purchase this phone and rest assured, you won’t regret the choice.

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Elegant design

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90% screen to body ratio

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Excellent large display

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No USB C

Specifications

Operating System/UI Android Oreo
Internal Memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
Processor MediaTek Helio P70
Camera 13MP+2MP Rear, 24MP Front
Battery 3500mAh
Display 6.3-inch FHD+

 

7. Honor 9N

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Best Value for Money Smartphone
  • 19:9 immersive notch display
  • AI integration across the system
  • Capable rear and front camera

Honor has been aggressively releasing smartphones targeting the budget consumers with alluring specifications and build quality for a while now.

The Honor 9N is the company’s answer to the Xiaomi’s much acclaimed Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

The Notched Design is the Trend

Honor has been one of the first brands to bring the notch design to the budget smartphones. The Honor 9N also sports the notch up front for those who love the trend.

Honor phones are known to be stylish and sleek. The 9N features a glass back that reflects light off from it in a distinct style.

The outer shell cover is metallic and it makes the chassis feel much more durable and tough.

The device, despite its budget pricing, is very well built and looks like a premium flagship phone.

Gorgeous 5.8-inch TFT-LCD display

The Honor 9N has one of the best display in its class. The 5.8-inch LCD display has a full HD+ resolution with a 19:9 aspect ratio having 2280 x 1080 pixels.

The brightness levels are excellent, so does the colour reproduction and contrast ratio.

Covered by the 2.5D glass up front, the display certainly looks vivid and seamlessly integrated with the chassis.

The bezels on the sides of this 5.8-inch display are thin and unobstructive to the seamless viewing experience.

HiSilicon Kirin 659 – this Time as Well

Xiaomi has been using the Snapdragon 625 on a lot of their devices and we all complained. The same is the case with Honor and Kirin 659.

The Kirin 659 is a capable chipset, but not up to date with the likes of Snapdragon 660 or even 636.

Daily apps and games run buttery smooth, thanks to the 3GB RAM and the ample 32GB storage that comes on board.

With Huawei announcing the GPU turbo feature, when it arrives on the Honor 9N, the company claims that the GPU performance will bump to 40% more.

AI Camera

Honor has been banking on its AI prowess a lot.

The company has integrated AI not only to the camera app, but system-wide implementations are expected to hit more devices soon.

The rear dual camera houses a 13MP shooter accompanied by a 2MP depth-sensing camera for accurate portrait effects.

The 16MP front camera is capable of taking some excellent snaps in good lighting conditions.

Honor has made a lot of improvements to their camera app and it just works so well out of the box.

The controls are handy and the operations are quick with no stutters or lags, even with wide aperture mode photography.

Emotion UI and the Battery

Emotion UI is a custom skin from Huawei that has some nice tricks up its sleeve. The Honor 9N comes with the EMUI 8.0 on top of Android Oreo 8.1.

EMUI adds a lot of useful features such as ride mode and game mode that enhances the overall usability of this device.

What’s powering the Honor 9N inside is a 3000mAh Li-ion battery. On our tests, the battery lasted easily for a day, thanks to the power efficient Kirin 659 processor.

Depending on your usage pattern, the battery life may vary from time to time, so take our words for it with a pinch of salt.

Final Verdict

If you’re interested in a smartphone with a notch design under Rs.15,000, the Honor 9N is your best bet.

This device has got the looks of a premium flagship smartphone and offer decent performance along with a gorgeous 19:9 display.

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Elegant glass back design

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Immersive notch display

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Feature-rich EMUI 8.0

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Kirin 659 is a bit outdated SoC

Specifications

Operating System/UI Android Oreo 8.0
Internal Memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 659
Camera 13MP+2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery 3000mAh
Display 5.84 – inch 2280 x 1080 pixels”

8. Infinix Note 5

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Honorable Mention
  • Android One device
  • 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.10,000.

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 task with ease.

With the 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 the 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. There 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.10,000 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 camera

Specifications

Operating System/UI Android Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
Processor Helio P23 Octa core
Camera 13MP rear, 16MP front
Battery 4500mAh
Display 5.99 inch Full 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.

The choice is always yours. Think wisely and buy the right product.

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