Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.5,000 (March 2020)

by | Feb 27, 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 E1Overall Best Pick
2. Infinix Smart 2Runner-Up Pick
3. Redmi GoAndroid Go Edition Smartphone
4. Meizu C9 ProValue for Money Smartphone
5. Nokia 2.1 Best Build Quality
6. LAVA Z62Smartphone With Latest Android OS
7. XOLO Era 4XBest Budget Smartphone
8. Panasonic P110Honorable Mention

1. Mobiistar E1

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Overall Best Pick
  • 13MP selfie camera 
  • Decent multitasking performance
  • Fingerprint reader

If you’re in search of a budget smartphone with a capable selfie camera and acceptable performance, Mobiistar E1 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 E1, 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 E1 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 quad-core MediaTek chipset clocked at 1.3GHz. We genuinely feel this chipset is a great value for money addition at this price.

With 3GB RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage, the Mobiistar E1 performs very well without any problems.

Display

The 5.45-inch IPS display is decently bright enough to be legible outdoors. Although the images emerge less detailed, the colours look vivid and punchy.

The 5.45-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 13MP 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 overprocessed.

The 13MP 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 E1 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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Fullview 18:9 aspect ratio display

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VoLTE support

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Metal unibody chassis

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Feels heavy in the hand

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Internal Memory3 GB
RAM32 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Quad-core 1.3GHz
Camera13MP Rear, 13MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.45 inch 720p IPS

2. Infinix Smart 2

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Runner-Up 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.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+

3. Redmi Go

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • 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 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 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 Oreo Go
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM1 GB
ProcessorQualcomm snapdragon 425
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5 inch 720p HD

4. 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+

5. 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

6. Lava Z62

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Smartphone with the Latest Operating System
  • Android 9.0 Pie 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 Z62 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 Z62 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 Z62 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 come loaded with a MediaTek processor for obvious reasons. They are cheaper than the Qualcomm counterparts.

This device comes with a mid-range MT6761 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 9.0 Pie operating system.

This device despite its 2GB 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 Z62 features a 6-inch HD panel with a resolution of 480 x 960 pixels. This gives the device an approximate pixel density of 240 ppi.

The brightness levels are excellent on this display so are the colours but the sharpness leaves to be a bit deserved.

The rear camera on the Lava Z62 is an 8MP shooter with an LED flash. Upfront, there is a 5MP selfie 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 3380mAh battery which lasts easily for a day even with moderate to heavy usage.

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 Z62 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 9.0 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 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Quadcore 2.0 GHz
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3380mAh
Display6 inch HD

7. Xolo Era 4X

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

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 with a Full HD+ resolution of 1440 x 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 in 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 limited 2GB 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.

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 Life

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 Go
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Quadcore 1.5GHz
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.45 inch HD+ IPS

8. Panasonic P110

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Honorable Mention
  • 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 a 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 Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek MT6739WW Quad core
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery2300mAh
Display5.45 inch HD

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