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

by | Jul 26, 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. Realme 3i Overall Best Pick
2. Redmi Note 7SRunner-Up Pick
3. Samsung Galaxy M20 Best Reliable Budget Smartphone
4. Honor 10 liteSmartphone with The Best Design
5. Xiaomi Mi A2Honorable Mention

1. Realme 3i

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 Overall Best Pick
  • Value for money specs
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • Gorilla Glass 3 protection

The Realme 3i is an improved version of the predecessor Realme 3 smartphone which did well 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 3i 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 3i 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 3i does come with a headphone jack. That’s happy news for hardcore music enthusiasts, right?

Recommended read: Best Earphones Under Rs.1,000

It’s 2019 and still, there is the outdated micro USB 2.0 for connectivity and syncing purposes.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 upwards of Rs.12,000.

When it comes to the Realme 3i, this device is powered by the same MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core SoC clocked at 2GHz 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.7,999 and the 4GB/64GB version priced at Rs.9,999.

With the relatively powerful Helio P60 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 3i 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 3i features a 6.22-inch notched HD+ display with a resolution of 720x1520. 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 271 PPI, this isn’t a bad display at all. The images and text appear relatively sharp and clear.

Battery Life

The 4230 mAh Li-ion battery inside the Realme 3i 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 3i 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 P60 make this device an attractive purchase in this segment.

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Diamond cut design

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Excellent screen to body ratio

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Long-lasting battery

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No USB C

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P60
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 13MP Front
Battery4230mAh
Display6.2 inch HD+

 

2. Redmi Note 7S

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Excellent build quality
  • Low light photography champ
  • Long-lasting battery

Redmi Note 7S is the Xiaomi’s 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 7S 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 7S shares the same design principles from the previous Redmi phone released in the Indian market.

The Redmi Note 7S 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 7S features a large 6.3-inch FHD+ panel with a resolution of 2340x1080 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 7S is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 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 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

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

The Redmi Note 7S smartphone has a whopping 48MP+5MP 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.

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 7S.

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 7S 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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Elegant glass sandwich design

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Gorilla glass 5 protection

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Colour accurate display

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Hybrid SIM slot

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Brittle glass construction

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Heavily modified Android UI

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndorid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Camera48MP+5MP Rear, 13MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.3-inch Full HD+

 

3. Samsung Galaxy M20

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Best Reliable Budget Smartphone
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Widevine L1 certification for full HD online streaming
  • Fast charge support

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 specced abysmally and the price for the same was significantly higher than its Chinese counterparts in the segment.

Samsung is aggressively trying to bridge this gap by introducing the affordable yet feature-rich M series smartphones.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M20 is made from polycarbonate plastic shell with a 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 Type-C port for charging and data syncing and has a 3.5mm jack for plugging in earphones and headphones.

Display

This budget entry-level smartphone from Samsung features a 6.3-inch full HD+ Infinity V display,

Thanks to the waterdrop notch in the front, this smartphone features an excellent screen to body ratio as well a very competent 407 PPI pixel density.

The display is sufficiently bright and the colours look vivid for the price, not to say Samsung displays are best in the business right now.

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 M20 packs in a homebrewed octa-core Exynos 7904 chipset clocked at 1.8GHz.

This processor coupled with 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 8MP shooter does its job in well-lit conditions.

Battery Life

Powering the Samsung Galaxy M20 is a massive 5000mAh Li-Po battery which is rated to last for about one and a half days of heavy usage.

For casual users, we are sure you can get almost a couple of days of battery life 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 M20 is one of the best phones available under Rs.10,000.

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Excellent screen to body ratio

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Massive 5000mAh battery

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USB Type C

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Uncertain software update cycle

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 7904
Camera13MP+5MP rear, 8MP front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.3 inch  HD+ infinity V Display

 

4. 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 retails 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 display 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 display 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.9,999.

The 24MP selfie camera setup, impressive design, premium look and a competent spec-sheet makes this phone a worthy contender under Rs.9,999.

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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 Oreo 8.0
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 710
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 24MP Front
Battery3400mAh
Display6.21 inch Full HD+

 

5. Xiaomi Mi A2

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 Honorable Mention
  • Excellent build quality
  • Promised android updates
  • Powerful Snapdragon 660 inside

Xiaomi and Android One is a dream we all had. Then one fine day the company announced Mi A1. Rest is history.

The Mi A2 is the successor of the famous Mi A1 which sold like hot cakes in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

The Mi A2 has significant improvements in design and form factor over its predecessor, the Mi A1.

The new Mi A2 comes with the now industry standard 18:9 display. The metal back is retained with this release.

However, the orientation of the camera is now vertical, resembling that of iPhone X. That said the Mi A2 resembles closely to Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note 5 Pro.

The build quality is superb with the quality material used for the construction.

Camera

Even though the USP of this smartphone from Xiaomi is its Android One tag, what makes it special is the optics used.

Xiaomi claims that this is one of the best camera phones available in the market at this price point.

The rear side of this phone features a vertically placed dual-camera setup. This 12MP + 20MP setup provides some of the best shots, both in daylight as well as low light.

The 20MP shooter uses pixel binning technology to enhance the low light photos by reducing the noise of the processed image.

In the front, there is a 20MP AI camera that captures portrait selfies with excellent detail and saturation levels.

Processor and Performance

The Snapdragon 660 is a very powerful midrange chipset that will carry out resource-intensive tasks with relative ease. ‘

Multitasking and gaming will not be a showstopper on this device for sure.

Coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage, there isn’t much left worth asking for at a price point under Rs.10,000.

Battery Life

Now coming to the battery, this device packs 3000mAh Li-ion cell inside. This will last for a day of moderate to heavy usage.

And with Qualcomm quick charge support, you can use a compatible charger and juice up this device pretty quickly.

Android One

Xiaomi usually uses MIUI custom skin on top of Android releases with their phone.

With Android One programme, the device receives a stock Android OS with no or minimal changes from the manufacturer.

How does it benefit the end customers?

Phones under Android One programme receive updates and regular security patches directly from Google.

Unlike Xiaomi, which decides whether to upgrade a phone to the next Android version, Google assures that you will at least get two major OS upgrades for the device.

Newer updates mean more features and better security. Who wouldn’t want that?

Negatives

The Mi A2 doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Yes. you heard it right.

Even though you get a USB C to 3.5mm adapter in the box, this is really a bad move from Xiaomi.

There is no way you can increase the storage size on this phone. The Mi A2 comes with a dual sim slot but no sd card slot.

Even a hybrid sim slot might have been good but somehow that’s not the case – no expansion slots.

Verdict

The Mi A2 is probably the best Android One device that you can purchase at this price point.

The exceptional build quality and the stock Android OS with promised Google updates makes this phone one of the most desirable pieces of gadgets out there.

If you can live with the absence of a 3.5mm headphone jack, don’t think twice.

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Excellent build quality

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Amazing optics

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Android One device

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No 3.5mm jack

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No SD card slot

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Camera12MP + 20MP Rear, 20MP Front
Battery3010mAh
Display5.99 inch 2160 x 1080 18:9

 

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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