Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.10,000 (February 2019)

by | Feb 6, 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. Infinix Note 5Overall Best Pick
2. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1Runner-Up Pick
3. Honor 9NBest Design Pick
4. Nokia 5.1 PlusBest Build Quality
5. Lenovo K9Best Value for Money
6. Realme 2Honorable Mention

1.Infinix Note 5

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Overall Best Pick
  • 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 had 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 the first glance you will mistake it as a glass back but it’s just a plastic with 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 feels clicky and responsive.

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

Best in class full HD+ display

The Infinix Note 5 has one of the best in 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.

Octa core Helio P23 inside!!

Helio P23 maynot 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 4GB RAM and 64GB storage inside, you can indeed juggle between apps without having to face much 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.

The biggest USP – Android One device!!

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 comes out pretty well with good color accuracy. There a little lack of details but at this price point, it is expected.

The front camera is a 16MP shooter. The selfies comes out nice and decent for posting in to 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 in to the second day with juice to spare.

It doesn’t end here.

The company packs in a 18w fast charger in the box to aide fast charging as well.

Verdict

The Infinix Note 5 is a great value for money device that 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 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 causal 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/UIAndroid Oreo 8.1
INTERNAL MEMORY32 GB
RAM3 GB
PROCESSORHelio P23 Octa core
CAMERA13MP rear, 16MP front
BATTERY4500mAh
DISPLAY5.99 inch Full HD+

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/UIAndroid Oreo 8.1
INTERNAL MEMORY32 GB
RAM3 GB
PROCESSORQualcomm Snapdragon 636
CAMERA13MP+5MP Rear, 8MP Front
BATTERY5000mAh
DISPLAY5.99 inch full HD+

3. Honor 9N

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Best Design Pick
  • 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/UIAndroid Oreo 8.0
INTERNAL MEMORY32 GB
RAM3 GB
PROCESSORHiSilicon Kirin 659
CAMERA13MP+2MP Rear, 16MP Front
BATTERY3000mAh
DISPLAY5.84 – inch 2280 x 1080 pixels”

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/UIAndroid Oreo 8.1
INTERNAL MEMORY32 GB
RAM3 GB
PROCESSORMediaTek Helio P60 Octa-core
CAMERA13MP+5MP Rear, 8MP Front
BATTERY3060mAh
DISPLAY5.8 inch 720 x 1520 HD+

5. Lenovo K9

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Best Value for Money 
  • Dual 4G VoLTE support
  • Dual front and rear 13+5MP camera
  • USB Type C

Lenovo has been backtracking its smartphone releases in the country for a while due to a significant slowdown in the sales.

Surprisingly the company is back with a bang, announcing the Lenovo K9, a budget Android smartphone which provides the most value for money proposition in its segment.

Design and Build Quality

The Lenovo K9 has a glass sandwich design with a polycarbonate middle frame running around the chassis.

The use of glass makes the device look a lot more expensive and premium.

Lenovo has given a gradient color treatment to the device, similar to what Honor and Huawei do with its smartphones.

The minimal glass design with subtle curves results in a gorgeous piece of smartphone right under your reach for a price tag of Rs.8,999.

The volume buttons on the sides are very tactile. The up and down buttons are physically separated for better responsiveness.

One of the major advantages of this device is the inclusion of a USB C port even when most of the sub-Rs.20,000 smartphones decide to omit the same.

The Lenovo K9 features a hybrid SIM slot. You can only either use dual SIM cards or a SIM and an SD card, but not all at a time.

Display

The Lenovo K9 features a 5.7-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels.

This is a notch-less display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The side bezels are minimal and the top and bottom chins are of acceptable sizes for its price.

The color accuracy is good and brightness levels are on point when compared with its competitors in the same price range.

If it would have been a full HD panel, Lenovo K9 would have been a killer deal in the sub. Rs.10,000 category.

The 2.5D curved glass is easy to hold in the palm and one hand usage is perfectly possible.

Processor and Performance

Powered by the latest MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz, there is no death of processing power on this smartphone.

Assisted with the 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, the Lenovo K9 is capable of handling all day to day tasks and occasional gaming sessions like a champ.

Multitasking with the latest Android Oreo 8.1 operating system is a breeze and you won’t face any deterring lags or stutters in between.

Games like PUBG runs smoothly on this device when played with low to medium settings.

And with the glass covered chassis, the heating problems are much less pronounced when compared with smartphones with a metallic body.

Camera

The camera is one of the highlights of this budget Android smartphone. It has dual 13MP + 5MP sensors on both the front and back with LED flash for low light photos.

The secondary 5MP shooter is a depth-sensing unit and provides high-quality portrait mode photos, unlike software-based portrait mode effects from other phones in its price segment.

The photos come out with excellent details and the color accuracy and contrast levels are on par with other models.

The camera application interface is simple and intuitive, helping even a newbie click good quality clicks within no time.

Battery Life

The Lenovo K9 has a 3000mAh Li-ion non-removable battery inside to power the hardware.

This battery lasts for about a day with moderate to heavy usage. The bundled 5V/2A charger charges this battery fairly quick from 0 to 100% within 2 hours.

Verdict

If you don’t mind the non-full HD display, the Lenovo K9 is the best value for money device in the sub. Rs.10,000 category.

Features such as the USB Type C port, dual front and rear cameras etc make this device, a desirable choice for many.

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Elegant glass sandwich design

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Powerful Helio P22 SoC

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Front and rear LED flash

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No Full HD display

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid Oreo 8.1
RAM3 GB
INTERNAL MEMORY32 GB
PROCESSORMediaTek Helio P22 Octa-core
CAMERA13MP+5MP Rear, 13MP+5MP Front
BATTERY3000mAh
DISPLAY5.7-inch 720 x 1440 HD+

6. Realme 2

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Honorable Mention
  • Great for casual use
  • Latest Android 8.1 Oreo 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 was hugely successful.

The Realme 2 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 centrepoint attractions. The glass like back panel has a hidden design which appears only when the light strikes the surface. The company calls it as diamond cut design.

The Realme 2 is as well made as the original Realme 1 was. The body of this device 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 2 does come with a headphone jack.

The company has realised the mistake and now included two of the most important factors that lure users on to the purchase of a smartphone – a dual camera setup and the fingerprint scanner.

Both of these sit flush to the frame and the phone wont wobble when placed on a flat surface.

Performance

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

But when coming to the Realme 2, it’s a disappointment. This device comes with the Snapdragon 450 SoC which is grossly underpowered when it is compared with the former.

However you can still use the phone comfortably for your casual needs and the 3GB RAM helps it a lot when it comes to the multitasking as well.

You can even run resource hungry games at low settings but expect some lags and stutters in the middle.

The Realme 2 comes with 32GB storage on board and yes, it can be expanded with the help of an SD card slot.

Camera

The Realme 2 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.

But when it comes to low light photography, things aren’t as much as clear and the output is slightly grainy.

The front cam is a 8MP shooter. The selfies looks well balanced and captures 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 2 features a 6.2-inch notched HD display with a resolution of 1520 X 720. The newer aspect ratio of 18:9 makes the phone looks tall.

With a pixel density of around 271 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 5.1 skin renders a bit more tolerance over the otherwise decent display.

Battery

The battery inside the Realme 2 is significantly of larger capacity than the one inside Realme 1.

The 4230 mAh Li-ion battery 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

The Realme 2 is one of the better looking phones in the sub Rs.10,000 category with a solid build quality.

The inclusion of the fingerprint scanner and the dual cameras makes this device a definite upgrade over Realme 1 in terms of the feature list.

If you don’t mind the average processor inside, this is a great phone for casual use with an excellent battery life.

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Diamond cut design

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Excellent build quality

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Large battery capacity

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Slow charging speed

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid 8.1 Oreo
INTERNAL MEMORY32 GB
RAM3 GB
PROCESSORSnapdragon 450 Octa-core
CAMERA13MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
BATTERY4230mAh
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.

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

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