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

by | Oct 15, 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. Motorola One MacroOverall Best Pick
2. Realme 5Runner-Up Pick
3. Redmi Note 7SFeature Rich Smartphone
4. Samsung Galaxy M30 A Smartphone with the Best Display
5. Honor 8CBest Design and Build Quality
6. Xiaomi Mi A2Honorable Mention

1. Motorola One Macro

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Overall Best Pick
  • 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+

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. Redmi Note 7S

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Feature Rich Smartphone
  • 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 2340×1080 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 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+

 

4. Samsung Galaxy M30

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A Smartphone with The Best Display
  • 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. Honor 8C

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Smartphone with Best Design
  • Long-lasting battery 
  • A good quality dual-camera setup
  • IPS LCD with good viewing angles

The Honor 8C is a camera-centric smartphone launched by Huawei in the budget segment as a successor to the original Honor 8X.

Design and Build Quality

The build quality of Honor 8C is impeccable.

It has the latest 19:9 aspect ratio which makes the phone easy to hold even after having a large 6.26-inch display.

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

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

Processor and Performance

The Honor 8C is powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Octa-Core processor and runs on Android 8.1 Pie-based EMUI 8.2.

The performance of this chipset is neck-to-neck with the Snapdragon 636 which is available in smartphones of the same price.

With 4GB RAM and 64GB 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 with low settings.

Display

The Honor 8C has a 6.26-inch IPS LCD with an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1520 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.

Camera

The Honor 8C comes equipped with a 13MP + 2MP dual-camera setup on 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 8MP 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 4000mAh battery.

On the outset, this looks like an average battery but thanks to the power-efficient Snapdragon 632 chipset, the actual battery life is impressive.

With this battery, the Honor 8C easily lasts a day under heavy usage.

Verdict

In conclusion, the Huawei Honor 8C is a good value for money smartphone at Rs.9,999.

The 8MP selfie camera, impressive design, premium look and a competent spec-sheet makes this phone a worthy contender under Rs.9,999.

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Minimal yet attractive design

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Robust build quality

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Slippery without a case

 Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 632
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.26 HD+

6. Xiaomi Mi A2

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Honorable Mention
  • Best in class camera
  • Guaranteed 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 in the segment.

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 details 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 a 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage, there isn’t much left worth asking for.

Android One

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

But 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 security patches directly from Google.

Unlike Xiaomi, which decided 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?

Battery Life

Now coming to the battery, this device packs a 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.

The 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 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 the case – no expansion slots.

Verdict

The Mi A2 is probably the best camera phone 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 piece of gadget.

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
Display6.99-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.

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