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

by | Nov 16, 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 Smartphone Under Rs.10,000

1. Redmi Note 8Overall Best Pick
2. Realme 5Runner-Up Pick
3. Mototola One MacroFeature Rich Smartphone
4. Samsung Galaxy M30 Best Reliable Budget Smartphone
5. Nokia 6.1 PlusBest Build Quality
6. Honor 10 LiteBest Design and Build Quality
7. Realme 3 ProBest Value for Money Smartphone
8. Vivo U10Honorable Menton

1. Redmi Note 8

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Overall Best Pick
  • 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+

2. Realme 5

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Powerful Snapdragon 665 processor
  • Quadruple rear camera
  • Excellent battery life

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

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

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

With the relatively powerful Snapdragon 665 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 is one of the better-looking phones in the sub. Rs.10,000 category with solid build quality.

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

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Elegant and sleek design

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Ultra-wide angle lens

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Type-C USB port

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Slow charging

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665
Camera12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 13MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.5-inch HD+

 

3. Motorola One Macro

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Feature Rich Smartphone
  • Assured 2-year software updates
  • Fast charger inside the box
  • Dedicated macro image sensor

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

The company then understood the mistake and came with an Android One powered device, the One Action which was exclusive to the Indian market.

The company has now launched a new device under the One lineup – Motorola One macro.

Design and build quality

The Motorola One Macro has a unibody design with a polycarbonate plastic back.

The glossy gradient back finish is nowadays the standard for smartphones released worldwide. But make no mistake, it looks gorgeous as ever.

The fingerprint scanner is placed on the back at a natural position where your thumb will rest. This rear-mounted fingerprint has the famous Motorola logo embossed on it.
Even though the bezels are thin around the display, there is a considerable lower chin on the front which houses the Motorola brand name.

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

Display

The display on this device is a 6.2-inch IPS LCD panel with an HD+ resolution of 1520 x 720 pixels.

The display is decently sharp and vivid with accurate colours. We feel the display brightness is a bit on the lower side.

The pixel density of 270 ppi isn’t the best out there but still, the images and texts will appear sharp and less pixelated.

Processor and Performance

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

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

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

This phone comes with 64GB of internal storage and has a hybrid slot if we wish to make use of an sd card to increase the storage capacity.

Camera

This device has a triple rear camera setup which constitutes of a 12MP main unit, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro sensor for unique close to the subject perspective.

The front 8MP shooter lets you take good quality selfies in well-lit environments.

The rear camera supports 1080p recording at 120 fps.

Battery

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

The company had bundled a 10W fast charger with the box and this will let you charge the device faster than from a normal charger or a power bank.

Verdict

With a decent display on a well-built chassis, powered by a powerful processor, the Motorola One macro ticks most of the right boxes for a phone priced under Rs.10,000.

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AI camera with laser autofocus

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USB Type-C port
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Max vision HD+ display

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No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Pie 9
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P70
Camera13MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.2-inch HD+

4. 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

5. Nokia 6.1 Plus

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

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

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

Design and Build Quality

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

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

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

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

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

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

Processor and Performance

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

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

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

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

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

Display

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

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

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

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

Camera

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

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

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

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

Battery Life

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

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

Verdict

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

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

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

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Excellent build quality

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Android One device

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Elegant design

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Comparatively smaller battery capacity

 Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Oreo
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 636
Camera16MP + 5MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery3060mAh
Display5.8 inch Full HD+

6. Honor 10 Lite

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Smartphone with Best Design
  • Elegant design
  • Capable Kirin 710 chipset
  • Excellent quality display

The Honor 10 Lite is a camera focused smartphone launched by Huawei in the budget segment as a successor to the original Honor 9 Lite.

Design and Build Quality

The build quality of Honor 10 Lite is impeccable.

It has the latest 19:9 aspect ratio which makes the phone easy to hold even after having a large 6.21-inch display.

The curved sides comfortably rest inside the palm without any issues.

The glass body at the back and the aluminium frame gives it a premium look. But you have to be careful here because of the slippery glass surface.

The unique gradient pattern backside makes this device stand out from the rest of the competitor devices.

Processor and Performance

The Honor 10 Lite is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 710 Octa-Core processor and runs on Android 9 Pie based EMUI.

The performance of this chipset is neck-to-neck with the Snapdragon 660 which is available in smartphones of the same price.

With 3GB RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage, the performance of this device is very satisfactory for the price at which it sells in the market.

Multitasking runs fine with no major app reloading issues and even offers a pleasant gaming experience with titles such as PUBG and Fortnite.

Display

The Honor 10 Lite has a 6.26-inch IPS LCD with an FHD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and the new 19:9 aspect ratio.

The all-new dewdrop notch helps this device to have an immersive full view display with minimal bezels.

Watching media content on this LCD is a treat with accurate colour reproduction and contrast levels.

The effective pixel density of 415 ppi means the screen is ample sharp for crisp texts and detailed visuals as well.

Camera

The Honor 10 Lite comes equipped with a 13MP + 2MP dual-camera setup in the rear and a 24MP front camera.

The rear primary camera has an aperture size of f/1.8 which aides in good low light photography.

This sensor is assisted by a 2MP depth-sensing unit for DSLR quality bokeh and portrait mode photos.

The 24MP front sensor has AI features baked into the app for delivering better-looking selfie photos with a lot of details.

If your biggest priority is a good selfie camera, we would highly recommend this device.

The picture quality especially selfies and video quality are very good and it has a lot of additional features in the camera app to tweak and tinker the output.

Battery Life

Now coming to the battery life, this phone has a 3400mAh battery.

On the outset, this looks like an average battery but thanks to the high power-efficient Kirin 710 chipset, the actual battery life is impressive.

With this battery, the Honor 10 Lite easily lasts a day under heavy usage.

Verdict

In conclusion, the Huawei Honor 10 Lite is a good value for money smartphone at Rs.11,999.

The 24MP selfie camera setup, impressive design, premium look and a competent spec-sheet makes this phone a worthy contender under Rs.12,000.

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Premium looking design

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Amazing build quality

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18:9 Full View display

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Slippery without a case

 Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 710
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 24MP Front
Battery3400mAh
Display6.21-inch Full HD

7. Realme 3 Pro

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • 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+

8. Vivo U10

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Honorable Mention
  • 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+
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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