Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.7,000 (April 2019)

by | Apr 11, 2019

With the advent of cheap Chinese smartphones, a vast majority of common people stepped into the connected world at once. Earlier, the quality of such phones was questionable at best, but not today.

The entry-level smartphone market is no longer flooded with pitiable hardware from unknown brands. For a price bracket of Rs. 7000, there are a lot of strong offerings in the market, both from the domestic as well as international brands.

Without any further delay, let’s dive into this comprehensive list of best mobile phones under Rs. 7,000.

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.7,000

1. Lenovo A5 Overall Best Pick
2. Meizu C9 Runner-Up pick
3. Redmi 6A Best Build Quality
4. Honor 7S Best Budget Camera Pick
5. Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity Best Battery Life
6. Nokia 2.1 Android Go Smartphone
7. YU Ace Honorable Mention

 

1. Lenovo A5

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Honorable Mention
  • Excellent camera
  • Long lasting battery
  • Android 8.1 OS

Lenovo has been keeping a low profile for a while in the smartphone market in India. But that ended with the unveiling of the entry-level Lenovo A5.

Lenovo A5 is perhaps the most value for money Android smartphone the company has released in the recent past.

Design and Build Quality

Lenovo has done nothing to make this device stand out from the rest of the competition. Yet, somehow, the Lenovo A5 turns out to be a visually attractive budget smartphone.

Made of metallic finished plastic, this device doesn’t look cheap. There is considerable chin on the top and bottom, but minimal bezels on the sides.

In the rear, there is a single camera and flash combo encased inside a horizontal cutout, that resembles the dual camera setup in phones like Mi A1.

Apart from the camera and the fingerprint sensor, yes you heard it right, the Lenovo A5 features a physical fingerprint scanner, the rest of the back is blank.

The headphone jack is situated on the top and the charging port at the bottom.

Display

The Lenovo A5 comes equipped with a 5.45-inch HD+ display having a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. Lenovo calls this as the max vision display as it has the now-standard 18:9 aspect ratio.

The colours and brightness of this display look surprisingly good for a 720p panel.

The colourful UI masks the lack of full HD resolution and gives a delightful visual experience with this smartphone.

Processor and Performance

The Lenovo A5 runs on a MediaTek 6739 quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. This processor has comparable performance with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC.

What makes this device much more powerful is the 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage combo. Many budget smartphones in this price segment usually feature 2GB/16GB configuration.

More the RAM, more will be the memory allocated for each application, which in turn helps them run smoothly. It also aids in better multitasking.

This smartphone performs well in performing causal tasks such as web browsing and media consumption. Multitasking is smooth and apps seldom run out of memory.

There is a dedicated SD card slot with which you can increase the storage capacity further.

Camera

The Lenovo A5 delivers surprisingly good picture and video quality for an entry-level Android smartphone.

The rear 13MP camera has an f/2.2 aperture with phase detection autofocus. The images that come out of this shooter is of fairly good quality with a lot of details and close to natural colours.

This camera can capture full HD videos at 60fps which is not seen in many low-range smartphones.

The front camera is an 8MP shooter with selfie flash for capturing pictures at night.

Connectivity

This device has all the standard connectivity features that are to be expected from a budget Android smartphone.

This device has 4G LTE support and comes with Bluetooth v4.2 protocol for wireless communication with devices such as Bluetooth speakers and headphones.

Battery Life

The Lenovo A5 comes with a large 4,000 mAh Li-ion battery that will easily last for a day and a half with moderate to heavy usage.

Verdict

The Lenovo A5 is an excellent device priced under Rs.7,000 that comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.

Excellent battery life, decent display and a powerful camera make the purchase of this device a no-brainer.

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3GB RAM/32GB storage

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Decent display

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Comes pre-installed with few bloatware

 Specifications

Operating System Android Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
Processor MediaTek MT6739 Quad core 1.3GHz
Camera 13MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery 4000mAh
Display 5.45-inch HD+

 

2. Meizu C9

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Runner-Up Pick
  • 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 back plate 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 rockers.
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 the 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 better screen on times.

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 System Android Oreo 8.0
Internal Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
Processor Unisoc SC9832E 1.3GHz Quad core
Camera 13 MP Rear, 8 MP Front
Battery 3000mAh
Display 5.45 – inch HD+

 

3. Redmi 6A

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Best Build Quality
  • Perfect phone for one hand usage
  • Feature rich MIUI skin
  • Dedicated SD card slot

The Redmi 6A is the improvement over the wildly successful Xiaomi Redmi 5A with minor changes in the hardware and major being the cosmetic and visual overhaul.

This device comes is launched in two variants – A 2GB/16GB model and a 3GB/32GB variant out of which we are discussing the former priced at Rs.5,999.

Design and build quality

The all new Xiaomi Redmi 6A comes with a refreshed design that will appeal to the youth, thanks to the sexy curves and attractive colour options.

This device has a plastic unibody construction and has even given antennal lines at the top and bottom to make it look like a metal chassis.

The major change from the Redmi 5A is the 18:9 display and the horizontal camera bump.

At first, it may seem like the device has a dual camera at the rear, but it’s just the primary camera and flash placed side by side – nice try, Xiaomi!

The speaker on this device is located at the back side. This is a huge bummer as the speaker will get muffled when you place it on a flat surface.

Overall, this smartphone has retained the decent build quality with few cosmetic changes that now makes this phone look more stylish.

Processor and display

Instead of going the Snapdragon route, this time around Xiaomi decided to make friends with Mediatek.

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A is powered by the Mediatek Helio P22 processor clocked at 2GHz.

This processor in paper offers comparable performance metrics similar to that of Snapdragon 430 and 450.

The overall performance of Redmi 6A was very good considering its price.

Coupled with the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, the performance is smooth and lag free with most of the causal apps apart from games.

The display on this device is a 5.45 -inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels.

The pixel density of this screen is approximately around 295 ppi, which although is a low number, looks cooler with the fancy MI user interface.

The display is adequately bright and the viewing angles look nice without any colour washout worth mentioning.

Camera

The Redmi 6A has a 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera. This is the same unit from the previous Redmi 5A but now with the AI beautify mode support.

The company claims that AI that will improve the clarity of photos and remove aberrations from the same.

The pictures shot on low light and artificial lighting conditions shows considerable improvement in the quality over the previous Redmi 5A.

Miscellaneous

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A is the only phone under Rs.7,000 that features an IR blaster.

Companies like Samsung skimp on important sensors such as an ambient light sensor even on their premium budget smartphones such as the Samsung J7 pro.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi strives to add a whole range of sensors including magnetometer and the specifically the IR blaster which helps you control the home appliances from one place without reaching up to their individual controllers.

Battery life

Its 3000mAh battery is sufficient enough to last up to a day for a casual user.

The idle battery drain is very minimal with the latest MIUI 9 version and the company promises that the usage will further decrease with the upcoming MIUI 10 update in the future.

Verdict

If you love the MIUI skin and is interested in a no frills device that gets frequent updates adding features on top, the Redmi 6A is worth checking out.

The MIUI community is so active that there are developers making various custom ROMs for this device in various forums and with that you are assured to get the latest Android versions to try out.

For an ordinary user, the Redmi 6A offers a budget alternative to the higher end Xiaomi phones while experiencing almost the same UI and feature set.

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Guaranteed MIUI updates

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IR Blaster

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AI beauty modes

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No fingerprint scanner

 Specifications

Operating System Android Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
Processor Helio P22
Camera 13MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery 3000mAh
Display 5.45 – inch 720 x 1440

4. Honor 7S

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Best Budget Camera
  • Face unlock and fingerprint scanner
  • Solid build quality
  • Good battery life

Honor is an affordable smartphone subsidiary of Huawei for developing nations such as India and Indonesia.

Honor 7S is the latest entrant to the Indian market targeting the entry level Android smartphone category.

Design and Build Quality

Featuring a metallic chassis, this device feels comfortable to hold in the hand. The gentle curves make the phone rest comfortably in the palm.

The elegant and attractive designs that Honor phones are positively acclaimed for, is retained with this model as well.

The minimal yet premium curves and accent lines make this phone stand out from other budget phones out there.

This device comes with a dedicated SD card slot and a dual sim slot which is one of the most desirable features in this part of the world with almost everyone possessing two sims.

Display

The 18:9 aspect ratio is the new trend in the smartphone market.

Not only is it an aesthetic trend but also important from a usability standpoint.

As the screen sizes become large, usability with one hand suffers a lot. With an 18:9 aspect ratio, the width remains the same making the phone easy to hold in a hand.

The Honor 7S comes with a 5.45-inch HD IPS display with a full HD+ resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels.

The EMUI software that runs on top of the Android 8.1 Oreo makes the display look very crisp and detailed. The overall colourful UI feels nice on this smartphone.

Processor and Performance

The Honor 7S is powered by MediaTek MT6739 chipset clocked at 1.5GHz.

Being a quad-core processor, most of the day to day tasks will run fluidly.

Don’t expect extraordinary performance from this relatively underpowered chipset.

The 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage will make up for the fluid and smooth causal smartphone use and nothing else.

Don’t buy this smartphone or for that matter, any other smartphones priced under Rs.12,000 for gaming.

Camera

The Honor 7S comes with a 13MP rear camera coupled with an LED flash.

The camera takes decent pictures with good details at optimal lighting conditions.

Honor has also thrown in a software centric portrait mode for those DSLR-esque photos.

The front camera on these devices is a 5MP shooter with a dedicated selfie flash. This lets you take brighter images even in the darkness.

Battery Life

The Honor 7S has a 3020 mAh Li-ion battery that is rated to last for at least a day of continuous usage.

In our tests, we received around 9-10 hours of screen on time, which is quite an impressive feat.

Verdict

Launched with Android 8.1 out of the box, this device does have an aesthetically pleasing design and capable internals for smooth causal usage.

If you like to own a budget device that does a little bit of everything he Honor 7S is a compelling product in this budget segment.

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Android 8.1 out of the box

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Decent camera output

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Charging takes a bit longer

 Specifications

Operating System Android Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
Processor MediaTek MT6739 Cortex A53
Camera 13MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery 3020mAh
Display 5.45 inch TFT 18:9

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 5 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 upto 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 System Android Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory 16 GB
RAM 1 GB
Processor MediaTek MT6739 1.5GHz
Camera 5MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery 5000mAh
Display 5.45 inch TFT

6. Nokia 2.1

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Android Go Smartphone
  • 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 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 of time.

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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 System Android Oreo 8.1 Go
Internal Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
Camera 8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery 4000mAh
Display 5.45 inch IPS HD

 

7. YU Ace

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Honorable Mention
  • Best feature-rich smartphone
  • Face unlock is a novelty in this budget
  • Android 8.1 OS

YU is a sub-brand of the Indian consumer electronics brand Micromax. The company was once active in the smartphone market launching devices at a regular interval.

For a while, the company was not active in the market and with the launch of their newest budget phone, the YU Ace, it tries to regain some of its lost foothold in the market.

Build Quality and Design

The YU Ace is a fairly well-built phone with a polycarbonate back.

The back plate is glossy and looks very nice on hand. However be sure to carry around a wiping towel with you always as it attracts smudges and fingerprints quite easily.

In the front, the display is covered by a 2.5D glass and comes with a screen protector pre-applied.

This smartphone comes with a removable back and has a dedicated SD card slot along with dual SIM slots.

Performance

The YU Ace budget smartphone is powered by a MediaTek MTK 6739 quad-core processor.

With 2GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage, this device has a decent general performance when it comes to the most used apps such as web browser and social media applications.

You might experience some stutters and lags when it comes to the multitasking as this phone has a limited 2GB memory.

Hardcore gaming is also a no go as the processor is weak to handle such resource hungry processes.

Display

Following the latest 18:9 aspect ratio trend, YU has given the Ace smartphone a 5.45-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels.

The screen looks relatively bright and the colours seem good for the price.

However, you will notice certain pixelation when it comes to the text and will feel a lack of details with some content.

There is no form of protection over the glass, so be careful not to remove the pre-applied screen guard over the display.

Miscellaneous

The Yu Ace comes loaded with two forms of device protection – a face unlock and the other is a fingerprint scanner.

These two functions are the most sought after features of the budget smartphone segment and you have both of them with this entry-level smartphone.

Camera

On the rear, the YU Ace comes with a 13MP sensor with a flash. It takes decent pictures sufficient for posting on social media and nothing more.

The front 5MP sensor too comes assisted with a flash for those night selfies.

Battery Life

Battery life is one area where phone manufacturers are really having a second thought.

The YU Ace comes with a removable 4000mAh battery that when coupled with the non-full HD display and the less powerful processor provides you with a battery life well over a day even with heavy usage.

Verdict

Running on almost stock Android 8.1 Oreo with minimal bloatware, the Yu Ace is a very desirable option priced at just Rs.5,999.

The features such as fingerprint sensor and face unlock makes it a value for money proposition in its category.

The large 18:9 aspect ratio display can be easily operated with a single hand as well.

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Dedicated SD card slot

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4000mAh battery

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Face unlock

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Average quality display

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Limited 2GB RAM

 Specifications

Operating System Android Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
Processor MediaTek MTK MT6739
Camera 13MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery 4000mAh
Display 5.45-inch HD+

 

This list includes some of the best value for money smartphones that you can currently purchase under a price bracket of Rs. 7,000.

We have tried our level best to take every type of users out there into consideration while preparing this list.

We hope this article will lead your way to a satisfying purchase experience. For more such awesome suggestions and buying guides, subscribe to our mailing list. Thanks for reading and have a nice day!

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