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

by | Jan 9, 2020

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 C2Overall Best Pick
2. Redmi 7ARunner-Up Pick
3. Meizu C9 ProValue for Money Smartphone
4. Nokia 2.1 Best Budget Phone with Software Support
5. Infinix Smart 2Feature Rich Smartphone
6. Micromax Bharat InfinityHonorable Mention

1. Mobiistar C2

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Overall Best Pick
  • OTG compatible
  • Full HD video recording
  • Fingerprint sensor

If you’re in search of a budget smartphone with a capable selfie camera and acceptable performance, Mobiistar C2 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 C2, Mobiistar brands this phone as a selfie star.

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

Design and Build Quality

The Mobiistar C2 is a budget Android smartphone made entirely of polycarbonate plastic shell with a matte finish paint job on top.

The quality of the plastics used are decent and can’t complain about the build quality given the feature set this device offers under the sub. Rs.5,000 price range.

Processor and Performance

Running the show under the hood is the Qualcomm snapdragon 425 SoC. We genuinely feel this chipset is a great value for money addition at this price.

With 2GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt storage, the Mobiistar C2 performs very well without any problems.

Display

The 5.34-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 have 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 8MP rear camera, as expected in this price range exhibits average performance.

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 C2 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 to day casual tasks smoothly and without much issues.

If you are in search of a feature-rich smartphone under a budget, the Mobiistar C2 stands second to none on our priority list.

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Decent build quality

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Ergonomic design

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Face beauty selfie cam

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No dedicated SD card slot

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 425 Quad Core 1.4GHz
Camera8MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.34 inch 720p IPS

2. Redmi 7A

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Android 8.1 OS
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • Dual 4G VoLTE

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 7A as the name suggests is an entry-level smartphone running Google’s lightweight Android 8.1 Oreo operating system with Xiaomi’s MIUI on top.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi 7A is entirely made of plastic and polycarbonate material. Incidentally, this makes the device very lightweight and comfortable to hold in the hand.

Having a smaller size footprint, the Redmi 7A is one of the few Android smartphones with excellent one hand usability.

These are the days when smartphones get bigger and taller and Redmi 7A brings in a refreshing change for those with smaller hands to deal with a bigger phone.

Display

The Redmi 7A budget Android smartphone comes equipped with a smaller 5.45-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This TFT LCD 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 439 SoC clocked at 2.0GHz.
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 2GB RAM and 16GB storage which can be increased up to 256GB with the help of an SD card.

Camera

The Redmi 7A features a single 13MP 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 4000mAh Li-ion battery powering the hardware inside, the Redmi 7A smartphone can easily last up to two days 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 7-8 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Redmi 7A 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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Elegant design

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Decent build quality

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AI face unlock

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Ads in the MIUI skin

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Ore
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 439
Camera12MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display5.45 inch HD Display

3. Meizu C9 Pro

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Best for multitasking
  • Capable camera setup
  • Decent 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 Pro.

Design and Build Quality

Being a cheap budget device, the Meizu C9 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro.

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

The Meizu C9 Pro 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 3GB RAM and 32GB 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 Pro 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 8.1 Oreo OS has many battery optimization techniques under the hood, resulting in a better screen on time.

Verdict

The Meizu C9 Pro 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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Less bloatware
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Optimized Android 8.1 OS

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1-year warranty

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Rear-mounted speakers

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.0
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorUnisoc SC9832E 1.3GHz Quad core
Camera13MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3000 mAh
Display5.45 HD+

4. Nokia 2.1

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Best Phone with Software Support
  • Promised OS updates
  • Excellent build quality
  • Long-lasting 4000mAh battery

Nokia mobile phone division is currently operated by HMD Global Oy., a Finland based company.

The company has been selling smartphones and feature phones under the Nokia brand in the past couple of years and has found reasonable success in the Indian market.

The Nokia 2.1 is one of the entry-level Android smartphones in the country which comes with the latest Android 8.1 Go OS pre-installed.

Design and Build Quality

Nokia devices are known for their build quality and hardware strength.

The Nokia 2.1 is made from a machined piece of single aluminium block which gives it unprecedented structural strength and robust durability.

The phone feels very good to hold in hand, thanks to the ergonomic design and the resulting rounded corners.

There is a considerable chin on this device on the front top and bottom but not without any advantages.

The dual front-firing speakers give very well balanced loud sound output, which is the best in its segment.

The buttons feel very clicky and responsive and offer a good tactile feedback when pressed.

Display

The Nokia 2.1 features a 5.5-inch 720 x 1280 pixels HD IPS display.

Mind you, this is a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio display with almost 70% screen to body ratio.

This gives the display a pixel density of approximately 267 ppi, which is decent for this price range.

The colours look vivid and the brightness levels of this display are on par with its competitors.

There is a special smudge protection coating over this display to hide marks from oily fingerprints.

Processor and Performance

At the heart of Nokia 2.1 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz.

This processor along with 1GB runs apps perfectly fine, huge thanks to the low memory-optimized Android 8.1 Oreo Go edition operating system.

There are lightweight apps specially optimized for this OS available officially on the play store which you can download and use.

The Nokia 2.1 comes with 8GB of internal storage memory which can be extended up to 128 via a dedicated SD card slot.

Camera

The primary camera on this budget Android smartphone is an 8MP camera assisted with LED flash.

The pictures and videos come out decent enough for social media usage but don’t expect immense details and dynamic range.

The front 5MP fixed focus camera takes good quality selfies in suitable lighting conditions.

Battery Life

The 4000mAh Li-ion battery will last for a day and a half even with heavy usage.

The low-res display and the underpowered processor helps in increased screen on times as well.

Verdict

The Nokia 2.1 is a well-designed phone with excellent battery life and frequently updated operating system for enhanced usage over a longer period.

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Elegant design

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Dual speakers

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Dedicated SD card slot

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8GB internal storage fills up fast

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory1 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm snapdragon 425 1.4GHz
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery4000 mAh Li-ion
Display5.5 inch 720p IPS

5. Infinix Smart 2

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Feature Rich Smartphone
  • 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.5000 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 backside 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

The 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 presets.

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 Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediatek MTK6739 quad core 1.5GHz
Camera13MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3050mAh
Display5.45 HD+

6. Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity

Micromax Bharat Infinity
Honorable Mention
  • Android Go 8.1 OS
  • Long-lasting 5000mAh battery
  • Dual 4G VoLTE

Micromax was once the king of budget phones in the Indian market.

With the advent of cheap Chinese companies flooding the market with their products, the company lost its sheen.

Now with the Bharat Infinity, the company has an excellent value for money device with all necessary features making it one of its kind in the segment.

Design and Build Quality

Honestly speaking, Bharat 5 Infinity is one of the very few devices from Micromax which we felt was visually appealing.

The minimal design of this budget Android smartphones has a special kind of charm associated with it.

The bright coloured polycarbonate matte back panel feels very good in the hand.

The curved sides make holding this phone in one-hand and effortless affair.

These tactile buttons offer a clicky response and are positioned in the natural index finder resting position on the chassis.

The fingerprint scanner is also conveniently placed at the back.

The headphone jack is placed on the top and in the bottom lies the micro USB cable for charging and data connection.

Display

The display is the USP of the Bharat 5 Infinity.

As the name suggests, Micromax has delivered a curved, edge to edge display on this smartphone, giving extremely thin bezels on its sides.

This 5.45-inch TFT LCD has an HD+ resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels has good colour accuracy and contrast levels.

This device can get adequately bright in direct sunlight, making outdoor usage much less of a problem you’ll to deal with.

Processor and Performance

Powered by the MediaTek MT6739 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, the Bharat 5 infinity smartphone runs all the causal apps without breaking a sweat.

Even though the 1GB RAM is one of the low points of this phone, The memory-optimized Android Go OS based on Android 8.1 makes it run without any lags or stutters.

There is a 16GB internal storage available out of the box with the option to increase the memory up to 32GB via a dedicated micro SD slot.

Camera

This device comes with a 5MP front and rear camera with a dedicated flashlight on both sides.

These fixed focus cameras are nothing extraordinary to write about but provide generally delivers decent quality still photos in proper lighting conditions.

Battery

The Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity packs in a whopping 5000mAh Li-ion battery that will last for about two days of moderate to heavy usage.

Equipped with a relatively underpowered processor and battery efficient Android Go OS, you won’t be disappointed with this smartphone when it comes to battery life.

Verdict

If you are looking forward to purchasing a budget smartphone with long-lasting battery life and elegant design, the Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity is a wise choice.

The edge to edge infinity display makes viewing media content on this device a delightful experience.

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Elegant design

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Full HD video recording

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22 local language support

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1GB RAM

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM1 GB
ProcessorMediatek MT6739M Quadcore 1.1GHz
Camera5MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery5000mAh Li-ion
Display5.45 HD +

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