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

by | Mar 6, 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 5 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. 10. or D2Overall Best Pick
2. Infinix Smart 2Runner-up pick
3. Asus Zenfone Lite L1Best Value for Money Smartphone
4. Mobiistar C1Best Selfie Camera Pick
5. Xolo Era 4XAndroid Go Edition Phone
6. Lava Z61Honorable Mention

 

1. 10. or D2

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Overall Best Pick
  • Best for casual usage
  • Regular software updates
  • IPX2 water resistant

10. Or has been a silent yet an effective player in the Indian smartphone market offering devices with a lot of features and great build quality at a very affordable price range.

Following the success of their first product the 10. Or D, company is up with a new iteration of the device with some improvements across the board, The all new 10.orD2.

Design and Build Quality

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication – once a wise man said. The 10.or just follows that rule blindly it seems.

The design is bare minimum with nothing aggressive enough to catch your eyes in one glance.

However, the company has done some improvements to its design of the original 10.or D like a new 18:9 aspect ratio display.

The 2D curved glass fits well into the chassis which is made of plastic coated with metallic paint. The overall fit and finish of this budget smartphone is great for its price.

Power and Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 4xx series SoCs are popular among OEMs to use in their budget-priced devices.

The 10. Or has gone with a Snapdragon 425 in this device which is a bit of a letdown honestly.

We wish the company could have at least gone with a slightly more powerful SD 450 at this price.

However, the phone performs well with the 2GB RAM in its causal day to day tasks.

The internal memory is pegged at 16GB for this variant and has a dedicated SD card slot to increase the storage up to a whopping 128GB.

Since the chipset is average in terms of performance, don’t expect the latest games such as PUBG to be playable on this device.

We would suggest you check out our guide for best smartphone under Rs.15,000 if you love gaming under a budget.

Display and Camera

The 10.or D2 comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels.

Even though the panel is not a full HD one, the results are much better when compared with other 720p panels in the price range.

This display can get bright up to a whopping 400 nits which is unusual for a phone priced under Rs.7000.

The colours are decently punched and the images and texts look sharper when looked normally.

The 10. Or D2 has a 13MP rear camera that is the same as that of its predecessor but with one major difference.

The Sony IMX2568 sensor is new to the table and produces much better images than the previous model.

The front camera is 5MP shooter which remains the same from the original 10. Or D.

Miscellaneous

Most of the budget to mid range smartphone lacks a solid form of protection from weather elements these days.

With the IPX2 protection, you will have no worries about the device being used in slight rains outside directly up to 10 minutes.

Even though this is a rudimentary form of water resistance, something is always good than nothing.

Battery Life

For some strange reason, 10. Or has decided to trim down the battery capacity from 4000mAh to just 3200mAh.

We loved the massive 4000mAh battery and the two-day battery life. However, with this 3200mAh, you would easily get over a day worth of usage for sure.

Verdict

The 10. Or D2 is one of the best phones available in the market for a budget under Rs.5,000.

The phone runs stock Android OS, that too the latest Android Oreo 8.1 and the company has a past of updating their devices at least once in their life cycle.

If you want a solidly built device for your daily casual chores, the 10. Or D2 is the best choice as of now.

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Latest Android 8.1 OS

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18:9 display with 400 nits of brightness

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 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 425
Camera13MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3200mAh
Display5.45-inch HD+

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.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 back side 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

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 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 Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek MTK6739
Camera13 MP rear, 8MP Front
Battery3050mAh
Display5.45+ HD+

3. Asus ZenFone Lite L1

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Best Value for Money smartphone
  • VoLTE support
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • Feature-rich custom Zen UI

Riding on the success of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, the company has now introduced their latest product targeting the entry-level smartphone market in India with the Zenfone Lite L1.

This budget smartphone from Asus is a no-frills basic smartphone that aims to be a convenient step-up device for those who are coming from a feature phone.

Design and Build Quality

The Asus Zenfone Lite L1, as the name suggests is a lightweight and compact smartphone that can find solace even in the tightest of your jeans pockets.

The plastic build isn’t something that we would like to see on a smartphone but given the entry-level price tag, it’ perfectly justifiable. Furthermore, the textured backplate mimics a metallic finish, that calms our nerves a bit.

The volume rockers and the power button is very tactile and offers quite good feedback.

The side bezels are thin for a budget smartphone but have considerable top and bottom chin.

Processor and Display

The Asus Zenfone Lite L1 is powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor which is quite the standard at this price segment.

Coupled with a 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage, this budget smartphone delivers pleasant user experience while performing most of the day to day activities.

Resource intensive games like PUBG runs, but expect lags and stutters in between.

This device has a 5.45-inch 18:9 IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. The brightness levels are quite decent and the colours look quite vivid on this entry-level Android smartphone.

Camera and Connectivity

The Asus Zenfone Lite L1 has a 13MP shooter at the back with a flash. This camera takes good quality shots in suitable lighting conditions and comes with PDAF for fast focusing of the subject.

The 5MP front camera has a lot of gimmicks added to it for spicing up your selfie game. There is even a portrait mode thrown in which is more of a hit or miss feature to achieve.

Speaking about connectivity, this is a 4G VoLTE supported phone. There is two SIM card slots and a dedicated SD card slot that will accept cards up to 256GB.

Standard features such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v4.0 are present and accounted for and works well without any hiccups.

Miscellaneous

This entry-level Android phone comes with all the necessary sensors such as an accelerometer, ambient light sensor etc. that enhances the usability by a long margin.

The phone runs on Android 8.0 with ZenUI 5 on top. This custom skin adds a lot of useful features to the Android base.

For those who are interested, yes there is face unlock available with this smartphone.

Battery Life

The Asus Zenfone Lite L1 packs in a 3000mAh Li-ion battery that will last for a day of moderate to heavy usage.

The comparatively low-powered processor and non HD display contribute to the battery life significantly.

Verdict

Asus is a brand known for its customer satisfaction and support. If you want a budget Android phone that can deliver you a pleasant experience with excellent reliability, the Asus Zenfone Lite L1 is a sure bet.

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13MP rear camera

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Decent battery life

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Notification LED

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Low speaker volume

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 8.0
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 430
Camera13MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3000 mAh
Display5.45 inch 720 x 1440 , IPS

4. Mobiistar C1

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Best Selfie Camera Pick
  • Feature-rich budget smartphone
  • Android 8.1 Oreo OS
  • Made in India smartphone

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

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

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

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

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

Processor and Performance

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

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

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

Display

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

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

Camera and Battery Life

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

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

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

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

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

Verdict

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

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

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

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Rounded edges enhance in hand feel

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Face beautification

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No timely software updates

 Specifications

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

 

5. Xolo Era 4X

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Android Go Edition Phone
  • Latest Android 8.1 Go OS
  • IPS display with Gorilla glass protection
  • 4G VoLTE support

Xolo is an Indian company which is a subsidiary of Lava, a company that markets feature phones and smartphones in the country.

Xolo Era 4X is the latest Android smartphone from the Xolo stable, featuring the Android Go OS, a software initiative from Google for low-end smartphones.

Design and Build Quality

The Xolo Era 4X has a plasticky construction to cut corners on the budget.

The plastics used seems of good quality and there is no noticeable flex or squeaks with the device.

The design of this Android smartphone reminds us of the budget Redmi devices such as the Redmi 5A.

The golden colour looks neat and the dual tone finish makes the device makes it feel like a phone priced around Rs.10000.

The buttons on the sides are very tactile and easy to press. The speaker is placed at the rear side of the phone.

Display

The Xolo Era 4X features a 5.45-inch IPS LCD display with a full HD+ resolution of 1440x720 pixels.

The display is sufficiently bright and has decent colour reproduction.

The images and text appear relatively sharper when viewed from a distance.

The 2.5D Corning gorilla glass covering over the display provides an extra layer of protection from accidental scratches.

The 18:9 display is very much within the one hand usage territory. Viewing videos is a very good experience on this widescreen.

Processor and Performance

The Xolo Era 4X is powered by a respectable 1.5GHz quad-core processor optimized for running the Android Go operating system based on Android 8.1.

Even with the 1GB of RAM, this device doesn’t feel bottlenecked with memory issues, thanks to the Go optimised apps from Google which occupy smaller memory and storage footprint.

The inbuilt 16GB storage provides you with enough space for installing the favourite apps. There is also a dedicated SD card slot which can take cards up to 64GB.

There is another model of the 4X which comes with 2GB RAM and the normal Android 8.1 Oreo available for purchase if you’re willing to spend a thousand bucks more.

Camera

The Xolo Era 4X comes with an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera for selfies.

Both these cameras are assisted by a dedicated flashlight to shoot images and videos at dark.

The photos and videos come out OK and are very much usable for social media uploads.

Battery

The 3000mAh Li-ion battery inside the Xolo Era 4X is capable of lasting for over a day worth of medium usage.

The Android 8.1 Go operating system has system-wide battery optimization implemented for delivering better battery statistics for the devices.

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Stylish design

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Front LED flash

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Bright display

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No face unlock

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Nougat
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorSC 9850 quad core
Camera8 MP rear, 8 MP + 2 MP front
Battery2400mAh
Display5 inch 1280 x 720 pixel

6. Lava Z61

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

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

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

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

Build Quality and Design

The Lava Z61 reminds us of the Redmi 5 smartphone.

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

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

Processor and Performance

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

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

Wait! 1GB?

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

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

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

Display and Camera

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

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

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

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

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

Battery Life

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

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

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

Verdict

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

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

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

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Android Go OS

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Bright display

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Average build quality

 Specifications

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

 

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