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

by | Nov 16, 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. Mobiistar C1Overall Best Pick
2. Redmi GoRunner-Up Pick
3. Meizu C9Value for Money Smartphone
4. Nokia 1 Best Budget Phone with Software Support
5. Xolo Era 4XFeature Rich Smartphone
6. Lava Z61Honorable Mention

1. Mobiistar C1

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Overall Best 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, 13MP Front
Battery3020mAh
Display5 inch 720p IPS

 

2. Redmi Go

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Runner-Up Pick
  • 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

 

3. Meizu C9

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • Good battery life
  • 4G VoLTE support

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 backplate 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 rocker.

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 720 x 1440 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 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 a better screen on time.

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 rear side

 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 HD+

 

4. Nokia 1

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Best Budget Smartphone
  • Latest Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Decent battery life
  • Face unlock feature

Nokia 1 is the company’s first smartphone with Android Go edition software in the Indian market.

Android Go

The Android Go edition is optimized for phones with low memory and less powerful hardware.

The apps on the Go edition are smaller in size and runs smoothly on these devices without any hiccups.

Launching out of the box with Android Go 8.0 Oreo, Nokia 1 has a 1GB RAM coupled with 8GB of internal storage with a dedicated SD card slot for expanding the storage capacity.

Hardware features

Powered by a MediaTek processor clocked at 1.1GHz, this device will be able to operate without any stutters given that the OS is very well optimized for these kinds of low powered hardware.

The display on this device is a 4.5″ screen with a resolution of 850 x 480 pixels.

Nothing exceptional, the display looks fine but the colours are little offset.

This budget smartphone supports 4G and LTE and doesn’t skimp on connectivity options.

Miscellaneous

The build is plastic but doesn’t feel low quality. The phone is available in a variety of attractive colour options.

The removable back covers can be changed to alter the looks of the device if you wish so.

Battery Life

A 2150mAh Li-ion battery powers the Nokia 1 which will easily last for a day given its optimizations under the hood.

Given that the resolution of the display is low compared to the competitors, the display has to push very few pixels and this requires only a fraction of battery to do so.

Also, the processor which draws minimal power due to the excellent optimizations further cements the more than a day battery life claims by the company.

Verdict

If you need a backup phone that can do all the tasks that your primary phone used to, the Nokia 1 is a great place to start.

Also, this device will be the best bet for those who are starting to get hold of the Android ecosystem, migrating from a feature phone.

If you plan to buy a phone for your elders, this should be it. It works well and is affordable.

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Highly optimized OS

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Lighter apps

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Interchangeable back covers

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Average camera quality

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.0
Internal Memory1 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorMediatek MT6737M Quadcore 1.1GHz
Camera5MP Rear, 2MP Front
Battery2150 mAh Li-ion
Display4.5 inch 480 x 854 IPS

5. Xolo Era 4X

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Feature Rich Smartphone
  • 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 1440×720 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

6. Lava Z61

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Honorable Mention
  • Android GO Oreo OS
  • Decent battery life
  • Fast charging

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 2GB 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. Upfront, 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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18:9 aspect ratio modern display

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Minimal yet elegant design

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1-year manufacturer’s warranty

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Average build quality

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.0 Go
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediatek MT6739M Quadcore 1.5GHz
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.45 inch 18:9, HD+ IPS 1440×720

 

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