Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.5,000

by | Jan 10, 2019

A budget under Rs.5,000 pointing you towards a feature phone is the story of the past.

As the competition in the mobile industry became tight, companies are forced to increase the sales even at the cost of sacrificing their profit margins.

The end result?

Smartphones with better specifications and features replaced the entry-level feature phones.

Here in this article we recommend you the 5 best choices for smartphones priced under Rs.5,000 available in the Indian market.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

Best Mobile Phone Under Rs.5,000

1. Infinix Smart 2Overall Best Pick
2. Meizu C9Runner-up pick
3. iVooMi Me5Best Build Quality
4. Intex Aqua Lions T1 PlusBest Selfie Camera Pick
5. Xolo Era 4XHonourable Mention

1. Infinix Smart 2

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Overall Best Pick
  • Latest Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Decent battery life
  • Face unlock feature

The Smart 2 from Infinix is a compact and robust smartphone that has so much to offer at a relatively low price tag.

Launched with the latest Android 8.1 Oreo update, this phone stands second to none in terms of performance and future readiness in its category.

Design and Build Quality

The Infinix Smart 2 is one of the best-looking devices in its price segment.

The metallic finish over the minimal yet stylishly designed chassis doesn’t make you feel that it’s a sub. Rs.5,000 smartphone.

The curved edges on the chassis make it easy to hold and the matte finish adds grip to the body of the phone.

The headphone jack and charging port are located on the lower bottom. The buttons on the side are comfortable to click and offer good click response. At the back, there is the nicely arranged single camera setup that resembles expensive phones upwards of Rs.10,000.

Below the camera is a dual tone flash to improve camera performance in low light conditions.

The speaker is placed on the back side and is prone to muffled audio when placed on a flat surface.

Display

The Infinix Smart 2 features a relatively large 5.45-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels.

This display is of IPS type and offers exceptional viewing angles for a smartphone under Rs.5,000.

This is an 18:9 full view display with 83.4% screen to body ratio, making it suitable for viewing media content without any limitations.

The company has integrated an eye-care mode to this display, which blocks blue colour after daylight, reducing the stress on your eyes.

Processor and Performance

The Infinix Smart 2 is powered by a MediaTek MTK6739 Quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz.

This processor is capable of running the show on this budget Android smartphone without any hassles.

Supported by the adequate 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, an average user would find everything running smooth and can even have some light multitasking on the go.

Android 8.1 also chimes in with some under the hood optimizations, that makes this phone run faster than ever before.

Camera

Camera is usually not the strong forte of budget Android phones. The Infinix Smart 2 comes loaded with a 13MP rear camera with a dual tone LED flash.

This camera supports PDAF for fast focusing and comes with HDR support along with a few shooting modes preset.

In the front, there is a 5MP shooter with bokeh mode photo support, aided by a selfie flash for finer shots in low light environments.

Videos come out fine for the price and the resolution is maxed out at 720p.

Battery Life

The Infinix Smart 2 is rocking a respectable 3050 mAh Li-ion battery under the hood.

This battery is enough to make the phone last for a full day and then some, even in extreme usage scenarios.

Verdict

If you want the best Android smartphone available under the budget of Rs.5,000, look no further – this is it.

The latest Android 8.1 OS coupled with a respectable 18:9 display and a decent battery life make this device the top choice in our list.

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Stylish design

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Front camera flash

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Decent display quality

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Slower charging

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek MTK6739
Camera13 MP rear, 8MP Front
Battery3050mAh
Display5.45+ HD+

2. Meizu C9

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Dedicated SD slot

  • 4G VoLTE support

  • Good battery life

Meizu has been in exile for a while from releasing its products in the Indian market.

Now the company is back with its budget Android devices aiming to gain a foothold in the entry-level smartphone market with the latest offering, Meizu C9.

Design and Build Quality

Being a cheap budget device, the Meizu comes with a plastic shell body. The bright colour schemes make this device look pretty attractive for its price.

The removable back plate isn’t just a design choice but comes with a function – a removable battery, sim slots and a dedicated SD card slot are housed beneath the backplate.

On the right side of the device, there’s the regular power button and volume rockers.

The micro USB port and the 3.5mm headphone jack can be found on the bottom portion.

The speaker on this device is placed on the backside, which is a bit of a bummer if you like to listen to music directly from the phone speaker rather than using an earphone while watching movies or youtube.

Display

The Meizu C9 comes with a standard 5.45-inch HD+ 18:9 display with a resolution of 1440x720 pixels.

This LCD screen has a respectable 295 ppi pixel density which is quite a standard for phones priced below Rs.5000.

The rounded corners of the display blend very well with the rounded chassis, giving the device a polished design.

The colours are decent and the brightness levels are on point. There is an ambient light sensor included for automatic brightness adjustment as well.

Processor and Performance

Features that were once found only in mid-range smartphones and flagship devices are slowly trickling down to entry-level phones such as Meizu C9.

The main reason for this is the relatively powerful chipsets which find its way to these devices.

The Meizu C9 is powered by the UniSoc SC9832E quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. This chipset supports VoLTE feature so that you can peacefully use it with 4G only networks such as Jio in India.

Coupled with the 2GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage, this device performs decent and can multitask between a couple of tasks effortlessly.

You won’t be getting good results with resource heavy games though. Yes, the HD+ display is capable of streaming 1080p HD videos without stutters.

Camera

The Meizu C9 has a respectable 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera to satiate your photography needs.

These cameras perform surprisingly better when compared to the similarly priced devices in the market.

The colour accuracy is good with sufficient details and the video is pretty much usable too.

The front cam even has a portrait mode which can be used to click DSLR esque pictures.

There is even an option to vary the level of background blur after the photo has been clicked.

Battery

This device comes with a removable 3000mAh Li-ion battery which will easily last for more than a day of moderate usage.

The Android 8.0 OS has many battery optimization techniques under the hood, resulting in better screen on times.

Verdict

The Meizu C9 is a wonderful little device for a budget under Rs.5000.

The near Android stock UI and the decently capable processor makes the phone run smoother and offers a delightful smartphone experience for new users as well as for those who are looking to purchase a secondary device.

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Nearly stock Android UI

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Decent processor

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Attractive colour options

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Speaker is placed at the back

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.0
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorUnisoc SC9832E 1.3GHz Quad core
Camera13MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3000 mAh
Display5.45 inch HD+

3. iVooMi Me5

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Best Build Quality
  • Basic smartphone
  • Faster 4G data speeds
  • Decent battery life

iVoomi is a Chinese brand that has been in the Indian smartphone market for a while now.

The Me 5 from iVoomi is a device that is mainly targeted at the first timers who are graduating from a feature phone  to the world of smartphones.

Elegant design…

As we expected, this device is entirely made of plastic.However the design looks attractive, thanks to the iconic grooved camera bump and the soft textured back shell.

Opening up the back cover exposes the dual sim slots and the dedicated SD card slot that supports cards up to 128GB.

SpreadTrum SoC inside!!

Powered by a SpreadTrum Quad core processor, the performance of this device isn’t actually bad when you consider this as a smartphone targeted for the newbies.

The 2GB RAM and the 16GB internal storage ensures that apps that you use daily runs without any noticeable hiccups.

You may experience a slight delay in multitasking heavier resource intensive apps.

Remember that this is a entry level chipset that is not capable for gaming or running multiple apps at once.

Display and camera…

The 5-inch 720p IPS display offers decent color reproduction and surprisingly good viewing angles.

There’s an 8MP camera at the back and an 5MP shooter at the front of this device.

The images from the cameras can be best deemed as average.

On the video front, the maximum these cameras can capture is upto 720p HD.

Battery life…

The 3000mAh battery inside holds really well and lasts easily for over a day on moderate usage.

The SpreadTrum processor inside is very power efficient and since it is clocked very low compared to the competitors, the battery usage is pretty minimal.

Summary..

The iVoomi i5 is a great choice for those who are in search of a smartphone under Rs.5,000.

With its dedicated SD card support, this can be the best media centric smartphone on this budget that can store your media with you always and everywhere.

The build quality is excellent for the price and the components used for the construction feels durable.

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VoLTE support

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Dedicated SD card slot

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No ambient light sensor

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Average camera

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 7.
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorSC 9832 Quad Core 1.2 GHz
Camera8 MP Rear, 2 MP Front
Battery3000 mAh
Display5 inch, 720 x 1280 (~294 ppi)

4. Intex Aqua Lions T1 Plus

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Best Selfie Camera Pick
  • Suited for selfie enthusiasts
  • Aesthetically pleasing design
  • Widespread customer service network

Intex is a homegrown Indian brand that offers consumer durables such as smartphones and accessories such as power banks at an affordable price to the customers.

The Lions T1 Plus is relatively new member of the Aqua series budget smartphones that the company has been introducing in the market.

Minimal design and good build quality…

With the Chinese companies providing devices with affordable budget that feature great built quality, Indian brands started doing the same.

The Intex Aqua Lions T1 Plus features an attractive minimal design with no frills attached that adds complexity.
To save the precious screen real estate, this budget Android smartphone comes with capacitive hardware buttons.

The backside of the device house the single camera and the attached LED flash.

The antenna lines has been cleverly masked as an overlay to the back shell as we have seen with the likes of Redmi Y2.

Processor does perform adequately well..

What powers the Intex Aqua Lions T1 Plus is a SpreadTrum 9850 quad-core processor accompanied with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory.

With the low-priced Android smartphones, these SpreadTrum processors are popular because they offer reliable performance under a very low budget.

This device performed comfortably well on our day to day tests apart from gaming which clearly is not a strong forte of this smartphone.

Dual cameras up front!!

With selfies being the next big thing in the smartphone industry, Intex has decided to compete.

This budget device comes with not one, but two front cameras to spice up your selfie game to the next level.

The 8MP + 2MP camera setup at the front has the usual set of feature including face detection and beauty mode to enhance your looks, at least on papers :).

The rear camera is of 8MP which takes reasonably good photos in good lighting conditions.

And yes, the front camera does support portrait mode photos for that DSLRish on your selfies.

Display and battery life…

The Intex Aqua Lions T1 Plus comes with a 5-inch 720p display. For a budget under Rs.5,000 this is one of the best display that you would see on smartphone.

The colours are reasonably vivid. With the brightness level ramped up to the maximum, there is no issue in sunlight legibility with this device.

The texts and images are reasonably sharper as well. The only issue we felt that the display has an average color accuracy which might not be a problem for untrained eyes.

The 2400mAh battery inside will let you run this device in its full throttle for more than 10 hours. With moderate usage, you can easily get over a day of battery life.

Final verdict

The Intex Aqua Lions T1 Plus is the best bet if you want a selfie centric smartphone under a dirt cheap budget.

This device has a decent processor inside that will perform decently with causal tasks such as web browsing and social media usage.

The minimal yet attractive design is another bonus with this budget android smartphone.

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Dual front camera

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Minimal yet attractive formfactor

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Bright display

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No guaranteed software updates

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Nougat
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorSC 9850 quad core
Camera8 MP rear, 8 MP + 2 MP front
Battery2400mAh
Display5 inch 1280 x 720 pixel

5. Xolo Era 4X

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Android Go Edition Phone
  • Latest Android 8.1 Go OS
  • IPS display with Gorilla glass protection
  • 4G VoLTE support

Xolo is an Indian company which is a subsidiary of Lava, a company that markets feature phones and smartphones in the country.

Xolo Era 4X is the latest Android smartphone from the Xolo stable, featuring the Android Go OS, a software initiative from Google for low-end smartphones.

Design and Build Quality

The Xolo Era 4X has a plasticky construction to cut corners on the budget.

The plastics used seems of good quality and there is no noticeable flex or squeaks with the device.

The design of this Android smartphone reminds us of the budget Redmi devices such as the Redmi 5A.

The golden colour looks neat and the dual tone finish makes the device makes it feel like a phone priced around Rs.10000.

The buttons on the sides are very tactile and easy to press. The speaker is placed at the rear side of the phone.

Display

The Xolo Era 4X features a 5.45-inch IPS LCD display with a full HD+ resolution of 1440x720 pixels.

The display is sufficiently bright and has decent colour reproduction.

The images and text appear relatively sharper when viewed from a distance.

The 2.5D Corning gorilla glass covering over the display provides an extra layer of protection from accidental scratches.

The 18:9 display is very much within the one hand usage territory. Viewing videos is a very good experience on this widescreen.

Processor and Performance

The Xolo Era 4X is powered by a respectable 1.5GHz quad-core processor optimized for running the Android Go operating system based on Android 8.1.

Even with the 1GB of RAM, this device doesn’t feel bottlenecked with memory issues, thanks to the Go optimised apps from Google which occupy smaller memory and storage footprint.

The inbuilt 16GB storage provides you with enough space for installing the favourite apps. There is also a dedicated SD card slot which can take cards up to 64GB.

There is another model of the 4X which comes with 2GB RAM and the normal Android 8.1 Oreo available for purchase if you’re willing to spend a thousand bucks more.

Camera

The Xolo Era 4X comes with an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera for selfies.

Both these cameras are assisted by a dedicated flashlight to shoot images and videos at dark.

The photos and videos come out OK and are very much usable for social media uploads.

Battery

The 3000mAh Li-ion battery inside the Xolo Era 4X is capable of lasting for over a day worth of medium usage.

The Android 8.1 Go operating system has system-wide battery optimization implemented for delivering better battery statistics for the devices.

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Stylish design

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Front LED flash

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Bright display

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No face unlock

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1 Go
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM1 GB
Processor1.5GHz quad-core
Camera8MP rear, 5MP front8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.45 inch HD+ 2.5D

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