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

by | Sep 18, 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 5Overall Best Pick
2. Redmi Note 7SRunner-Up Pick
3. Samsung Galaxy M20 Best Reliable Budget Smartphone
4. Honor 8CBest Design and Build Quality
5. Asus Zenfone Max M2Feature Rich Smartphone
6. Infinix Hot 5Android One Device

1. Realme 5

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 Overall Best 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The Realme 5 comes with a much-appreciated upgrade – a Type C USB port instead of the outdated micro USB ports found on most other phones in this price bracket.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+

 

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 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+

 

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 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+

5. Asus ZenFone Max M2

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • 4K video recording
  • Near stock Android experience
  • 2-day battery phone

The Zenfone Max M2 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. 7,999 and a 4GB/64GB variant at Rs, 9,499.

Design and Build Quality

Coming to the design and build of Zenfone Max M2, 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 M2 is powered by the latest Snapdragon 632 Octa-core chipset and Adreno 506 GPU. This is the best performing chipset in mid-range smartphones under Rs. 10,000.

The Snapdragon 632 chipset and Adreno 506 GPU can handle most of the tasks you throw at it with ease.

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

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

Display

The display of this phone is a 6.26-inch full view display which is immersive and colour accurate.

There is no panel protection like Gorilla Glass here which significantly dents the overall build quality.

This 18:9 full view display has an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. It is one of the brightest displays in the market having about 450 nits.

The 80.9% screen to body ratio makes it a suitable choice for immersive media consumption and gaming.

Camera

On the camera front, the Asus Zenfone Max M2 is a decent performer. It packs a dual rear 13MP+2MP camera with single LED flash that takes some good bright light shots and portrait photos but most of the pictures are a bit oversaturated.

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 by leaps and bounds with the latest firmware update.

Features like electronic image stabilization and noise reduction have 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 M2 is a worthy phone for most of the tasks at its price.

Battery Life

This phone packs a 4,000mAh battery that easily last one and a half 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 a 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 these 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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No Gorilla glass protection

Specifications

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

6. Infinix Note 5

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • 4K video recording
  • Near stock Android experience
  • 2-day battery phone

The competition among the budget smartphones is intensifying day by day.

That makes us, the customers get to reap all the benefits.

This time it’s the Infinix which has surprised us with the launch of their first Android One device in the country – the Infinix Note 5.

Design and Build Quality

Before the launch of this model, we didn’t have much to talk about the design of Infinix smartphones in our earlier articles. But for this device, we’ve to.

The Infinix Note 5 is made of plastic. However, the quality of the plastics used is good and feels extremely durable in hand.

The back shell looks stylish and at first glance, you will mistake it as a glass back but it’s just plastic with a glass finish.

The weight distribution on the phone is excellent. This makes it easy to operate with a single hand.

The buttons on this device feel clicky and responsive. The feedback is excellent and since the buttons are slightly raised, you will not find any difficulty even in the darkness to locate them.

Display

The Infinix Note 5 has one of the best in the class display we’ve ever seen on a smartphone priced under Rs.10,000.

This device has a 5.99-inch full HD+ resolution that output images and visuals with great details and vivid colours.

This panel can achieve a maximum brightness level up to 500 nits which will make viewing this display in bright sunlight much easier.

Processor and Performance

Helio P23 may not be as extravagant as the P60 inside Realme 1 but it’s perfectly capable to handle all day to day tasks with ease.

With 4GB RAM and 32GB storage inside, you can indeed juggle between apps without having to face many problems.

If you’re a serious gamer of sorts, remember that this phone is not built for gaming.

Yes, you can play casual games to kill time but nothing much when it comes to resource-intensive ones.

Android One

Yes – you heard it right. The Infinix Note 5 is an Android One device.

This means clean and simple stock Android and assured software updates and security patches up to two years, directly from Google.

There is no unwanted bloatwares or third-party skins to bog down the resources and make the device sluggish. Everything works well and smooth as intended.

Apart from whatever interesting features, this device offers, we think that the Android One badge is what makes it stand out from the rest.

Camera

The Infinix Note 5 has a single rear camera which is a 12MP shooter. This sensor is aided by a dual-tone LED flash for better night photography.

The pictures from the rear camera come out pretty well with good colour accuracy. There is a little lack of details but at this price point, it is expected.

The front camera is a 16MP shooter. The selfies come out nice and decent for posting into social media platforms.

The video quality is where we find some negatives. There are focus hunting problems and exposure variations that ruins the footage.

Battery Life

The Infinix Note 5 packs in a 4500mAh Li-ion battery pack inside.

Suffice to say the battery life is not great, it’s crazy excellent. You will easily run into the second day with juice to spare.

It doesn’t end here. The company packs in an 18w fast charger in the box to aide fast charging as well.

Verdict

The Infinix Note 5 is a great value for money device which comes with a lot of features for the price at which it is retailing.

With the Android one programme, you are sure to receive software support for up to 2 years and this ensures that the phone will remain future proof until then.

If you’re not in for serious gaming action, the Infinix Note 5 is the best bet for a casual smartphone under Rs.10,000 currently in the market.

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Assured software updates

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Excellent battery life

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Great display

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Poor video output from the camera

Specifications

Operating System/UIAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorHelio P23 Octa core
Camera12MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display5.99 inch Full HD+

 

This concludes our list of the best smartphones under Rs. 10,000. We have not added a single phone on this list just for the sake of adding it as we don’t promote a junk product.

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

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