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

by | Sep 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. Infinix Smart 2Best Budget Smartphone
5. Micromax Bharat InfinityBest Battery Life
6. Xolo Era 4XFeature Rich Smartphone
7. 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. Infinix Smart 2

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Best Budget 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

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 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 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 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
Camera13MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3050mAh
Display5.45+ HD+

 

5. Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity

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Best Battery Life
  • 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 an 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 display 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 8.1 Oreo
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM1 GB
ProcessorMediaTek MT6739 1.5GHz
Camera5MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display5.45 inch TFT

 

6. 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 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

7. 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 1440x720

 

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