Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.5,000 (April 2019)

by | Apr 9, 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 five 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. Panasonic P110Overall Best Pick
2. Mobiistar C1Runner-Up Pick
3. Xolo Era 4XAndroid Go Edition Phone
4. Redmi GoBest Ergonomic Design
5. Lava Z61Honorable Mention

1. Panasonic P110

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Overall Best Pick
  • Elegant design
  • Android 8.1 OS
  • Smooth multitasking performance

Panasonic has recently made huge inroads into the Indian budget smartphone market with its Eluga series smartphones.

As the competition in the mid-range tier became so fierce, the company launched the affordable P110 entry-level Android smartphone that offers great value for money proposition for a budget consumer.

Design and Build Quality

Earlier, entry-level Android smartphones had the ugliest designs in the market. But nowadays we get to see some better-looking phones that defy the logic in their pricing.

The Panasonic P110 is one such smartphone that looks gorgeous and on par with many other expensive Android phones out there.

The glossy plastic body is very rigid and offers great in hand feel. The back panel has a twin-section matte finish which restricts the problem of fingerprint smudges very easily.

The horizontal camera layout at the back along with the vertical dual LED flash makes this device look premium from a distance.

Apart from the brand name and some regulatory markings, the backside of this phone is clean and pristine.

Display

The Panasonic P110 features a 5.84-inch FWVGA+ display with a resolution of just 960 x 480 pixels. This is perhaps the biggest letdown of an otherwise decent entry-level Android smartphone.

However, if you don’t mind the crispiness of the display, all is well and good on this IPS panel with good viewing angles.

The screen is curved at the edges and has an 18:9 aspect ratio making this bigger screen easily usable with a single hand.

Processor and Performance

The Panasonic P110 is powered by a MediaTek MT6739WW Quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz.

Supported with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, the performance of this smartphone is nothing earth-shattering, but quite decent for the price.

Average users will feel at home with smooth performance while running day to day causal apps and browsing.

Camera

The Panasonic P110 has a 5MP rear shooter accompanied by a dual LED flash.

The pictures and videos from this camera are OK in daylight conditions and perfectly usable for social media profiles.

The front camera is a 5MP shooter that comes preloaded with different shooting modes for improved selfie clicks.

Miscellaneous

The Panasonic P110 runs on the comparatively latest Android 8.1 Oreo OS.

This updated Android version brings in many performances and security improvements to keep the phone faster and more secure over time.

Battery Life

The 2300mAh Li-ion battery keeps this phone running for a day of heavy usage, thanks to the low-resolution display and the underpowered processor which doesn’t eat up too much battery.

Verdict

The Panasonic P110 is a great entry-level choice for an average consumer who looks to buy a feature-rich budget smartphone with an up to date operating system and solid build quality.

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Elegant and classy design

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Respectable performance

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Gesture support

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No USB OTG

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek MT6739WW Quad core
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery2300mAh
Display5.45-inch FWVGA

 

2. Mobiistar C1

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Feature-rich budget smartphone
  • Android 8.1 Oreo OS
  • Made in India smartphone

If you’re in search of a budget smartphone with a capable selfie camera and acceptable performance, Mobiistar C1 may be the right phone for you in this price segment.

Mobiistar is a Vietnamese smartphone brand that recently entered the Indian smartphone market.

Unlike other brands, Mobiistar assembles their phones in India under the Make in India initiative.

Talking about this particular model, the C1, Mobiistar brands this phone as a selfie star.

Much to our surprise, we actually did feel that this phone is one of the best in the business.

Processor and Performance

Running the show under the hood is the MT6739WA SoC. We genuinely feel this chipset is a great value for money addition at this price.

With 2GB RAM and the 16GB inbuilt storage, the Mobiistar C1 performs very well without any problems.

In case you’re wondering, there’s a dedicated SD card slot for quenching your appetite for offline data storage.

Display

The 5-inch IPS display is decently bright enough to be legible outdoors. Although the images emerge less detailed, the colours look vivid and punchy.

The 5.34-inch display size makes the device comfortable enough to be operated single-handedly which is one of the best things to have for a price at this price point.

Camera and Battery Life

Coming to the camera, we’ve one of the best smartphone selfie cameras on this entry-level smartphone.

The 8MP selfie camera takes great pictures indoors as well as outdoors with a lot of details.

The Face beauty option optimally produces pleasant output without making your face look too much overprocessed.

The 5MP rear camera, as expected in this price range exhibits average performance.

The 3000mAh battery inside, thanks to the power efficient chipset and low-res screen lasts easily for a day of moderate to heavy usage.

Verdict

The Mobiistar C1 is a capable Android smartphone price under Rs.5,000. The device has almost all the features that do work decently.

The processor inside this smartphone is quite sufficient for handling day today causal tasks smoothly and without much issues.

If you are in search of a feature-rich smartphone under a budget, the Mobiistar C1 stands second to none on our priority list.

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Rounded edges enhance in hand feel

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Face beautification

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No timely software updates

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 425 Quad Core 1.4GHz
Camera8MP rear, 5MP front8MP Rear, 13MP Front
Battery3020mAh
Display5 inch 720p IPS

 

3. 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 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

4. Redmi Go

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Best Ergonomic Design
  • Android Go edition OS
  • Suited for single-handed usage
  • Dedicated SD card slot

Xiaomi has recently spun off its Redmi series smartphones to an entirely new sub-brand dealing with budget devices in developing countries such as India and Indonesia.

The Redmi Go as the name suggests is an entry-level smartphone running Google’s lightweight Android Go edition operating system.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi Go is entirely made of plastic material. Incidentally, this makes the device very lightweight and comfortable to hold in the hand.

Having a smaller size footprint, the Redmi Go is one of the few Android smartphones with excellent one hand usability.

These are the days when smartphones get bigger and taller and Redmi Go brings in a refreshing change for those with smaller hands to deal with a bigger phone.

Display

The Redmi Go smartphone comes equipped with a smaller 5.0-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This TFT LCD display is not the best and brightest of the bunch but still performs reasonably well for its price tag.

The colours look OK and the viewing angles are not as bad as one might expect.

The sunlight readability of this display is just average and you are bound to face some difficulties while trying to use the phone outdoors.

Processor and Performance

This smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz.
While this is an older chipset which we have seen in devices one to two years old, it still performs good but is limited by the amount of RAM and storage.

The Redmi Go smartphone has a paltry 1GB RAM and 8GB storage which severely affects its performance.

Even though there is a dedicated SD card slot for storage expansion, it doesn’t help much.

The phone feels sluggish at times and apps get flushed out of memory during multitasking.

Camera

The Redmi Go features an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and the front shooter is a 5MP sensor.

These cameras take decent quality still images under good lighting conditions. This Android smartphone is also capable of recording full HD videos at 30fps.

Battery Life

With a 3000mAh Li-ion battery powering the hardware inside, the Redmi Go smartphone can last up to a day of moderate usage under normal conditions.

The lightweight OS and the low-resolution display helps the smartphone to deliver a respectable screen on time of about 6-7 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Redmi Go is an ergonomically designed Android smartphone which promotes single-handed usage.

Considering the price and the performance metrics, this smartphone is a suitable gift for adults who are stepping into the world of online connectivity.

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Lightweight and compact

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20+ regional language support

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1-year brand warranty

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Average performance

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo Go
Internal Memory8 GB
RAM1 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 425
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3000 mAh
Display5 inch HD display

 

5. Lava Z61

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Honorable Mention
  • Excellent OS optimizations
  • Charging is relatively fast
  • Earphones bundled with the box

Lava is an Indian consumer electronics manufacturer which was famous for its budget Android smartphones in the past.

With the advent of Chinese companies such as Xiaomi, the brand got behind the race.

The Lava Z61 is a budget smartphone from the company priced under Rs.5000 that features the latest Android Go operating system from Google for low powered devices.

Build Quality and Design

The Lava Z61 reminds us of the Redmi 5 smartphone.

This device features a removable battery that’s quite rare among smartphones these days. The construction as you may have guessed is of plastic.

The Lava Z61 comes with dual sim capability and has a dedicated SD card slot for expansion of the otherwise limited internal storage.

Processor and Performance

Most of the budget smartphones in India comes loaded with a MediaTek processor for obvious reasons. They are cheaper than the Qualcomm counterparts.

This device comes with a mid-range MT6739 processor inside with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage out of the box.

Wait! 1GB?

Yes, you heard it right. What distinguishes this device from the others in the market is that it runs on Android GO OS, based on Android Oreo 8.0.

Android GO is optimized for low-end devices with less RAM and memory. The apps for this OS is specifically built by Google to include only the necessary features and occupy less space due to the reduced memory footprint

This device despite its 1GB RAM, performs so well that you can enjoy a full Android experience on a budget without any noticeable lags or stutters.

Display and Camera

The Lava Z61 features a 5.45-inch full HD+ panel with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. This gives the device an approximate pixel density of 296 ppi.

The brightness levels are excellent on this display so are the colours.

Being an IPS panel, the viewing angles are excellent and there are no colour distortions even when viewed at extreme angles.

The rear camera on the Lava Z61 is an 8MP shooter with an LED flash. Up front, there is a 5MP selfie came with an 84-degree field of view.

For aiding low light selfies, the front cam also comes with an LED flash.

Battery Life

This budget Android smartphone features a 3000mAh battery which lasts easily for a day even with moderate to heavy usage.

The Android Go OS is very much optimized to run on entry-level devices with minimum power and it proves to do so.

The bundled charger is a 5V 1.5A rated one which will charge the smartphone relatively faster when compared with a 1A charger that comes with most of the devices at this price point.

Verdict

For a budget under Rs.5,000, the Lava Z61 is a great choice for those who want a lag-free Android experience.

This device right here doesn’t boast about the insane internals underneath but the star of the show is the Android Go OS which runs buttery smooth will all the optimizations.

We assure you that daily tasks and casual use will be as smooth as possible with this smartphone.

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Android Go OS

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Bright display

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Average build quality

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.0 Go
Internal Memory16 GB, dedi. SD card slot
RAM1 GB
ProcessorMediatek MT6739M Quadcore 1.5GHz
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display55.45 inch18:9, IPS 1280 x 720

 

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