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

by | Oct 4, 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. Redmi 8AOverall Best Pick
2. Realme C2Runner-Up Pick
3. Infinix Hot 8Value for Money Smartphone
4. Asus Zenfone Max M2Feature Rich Smartphone
5. Infinix Note 5Android One Device
6. Lenovo A5Honorable Mention

1. Redmi 8A

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • Perfect phone for one-hand usage
  • Excellent battery life
  • Guaranteed MIUI updates

The Redmi 8A comes as the successor to the ever-popular budget Redmi 7A smartphone aimed at first time smartphone buyers in the Indian market.

Priced just under Rs.7,000, this is one of the most anticipated smartphone releases in this quarter in the country.

Design and Build Quality

The all-new Redmi 8A 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 a stylized designed by Xiaomi strip which looks very premium.

The speaker on this device is located at the backside. 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 a few cosmetic changes that now makes this phone look more stylish.

Processor and Display

Making a return to using Qualcomm chips, Redmi houses a newer snapdragon 439 SoC with this budget android smartphone.

This octa-core chipset clocked at 2GHz coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, the performance is smooth and lag-free with most of the causal apps apart from games.

The display on this device is 6.22 -inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels.

The pixel density of this screen is approximately around 270ppi, 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.

Xiaomi has also given Corning gorilla glass 5 protection to the front glass to save you from accidentally scratching the display.

Camera

The Redmi 8A has a 12 MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera with AI features baked into the camera interface.

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

The pictures shot in low light and artificial lighting conditions show considerable improvement in the quality over the previous Redmi 7A.

Battery Life

The Redmi 8A comes with a massive 5000mAh Li-ion battery inside which will last for at least two days in moderate to heavy usage scenarios.

The idle battery drain is very minimal with the latest MIUI 10 version which further reduces the overall power consumption.

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 8A is worth checking out.

The MIUI community is so active that developers are 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 8A offers a budget alternative to the higher end Xiaomi phones while experiencing almost the same UI and feature set.

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Elegant and premium design

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Face unlock

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No fingerprint scanner

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 439
Camera12MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.22 inch 720 x 1520

2. Realme C2

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 Runner-Up Pick
  • Excellent screen to body ratio
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • Massive 4000mAh battery

Realme, the sub-brand of Oppo targeting the budget smartphone market in the country is in full swing releasing much-awaited releases – the Realme 2 and the Realme 2 pro.

The Realme C2 is the worthy successor to the original Realme C1 which was one of the most popular budget devices of yesteryear in the sub Rs.7,000 price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme C2 brings the much-hyped notch display trend into the sub Rs.7000 price point.

This device has a glossy back which is very much a fingerprint magnet. It is advised to use a clear case with the device if you want to keep it in pristine condition.

The diamond-cut design feels refreshing and unique. It sets the Realme C2 in a league apart from its competition when it comes to design.

There is a slight dark bezel around the display of this device and a considerable chin at the bottom as well.

The materials used for the construction of this budget smartphone is of high quality and feels premium.

Display

The Realme C2 packs one of the largest displays in its segment – a 6.1-inch IPS LCD panel with an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels.

This amounts to about 271 pixels which are quite decent for a smartphone of this price.

The display has an outer layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection from minor scratches and breaks.

The Realme C2 has an impressive 89.35% screen to body ratio which is excellent for a phone in its category, thanks to the dewdrop notch.

The 19:9 aspect ratio will help you watch media content more immersively. The colours are decent and the brightness levels are on par with the competent devices.

Processor and Performance

The Realme C2 packs in a powerful Helio P22 which is an octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz.

This processor performs well for the price and delivers a great performance with battery life.

The IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU does help the SoC in graphics-related processes. The apps open and run fine without any stutters.

The 3GB RAM on board will let you perform the causal tasks without breaking any sweat and even handle light multitasking as well.

The 32GB internal storage along with a dedicated SD card slot will leave a little to worry about storage woes.

Camera

The Realme C2 has a dual rear camera setup that consists of a 13MP primary sensor assisted by a 2MP depth-sensing unit for gorgeous portrait and bokeh mode shots.

The output images look clean and crisp with ample details at suitable lighting conditions.

The front 5MP sensor comes equipped with beautifications modes for perfect selfies.

Battery life

The Realme C1 had a battery capacity of 4230mAh but with the newer C2, Realme has decided to reduce it to just 4000mAh.

However, the battery life on this device is excellent, thanks to the power-efficient processor inside and the latest Android 9.0 Pie operating system.

The chipset supports Quick charge 3.0, so if you invest a few bucks on a fast charger, you can juice up the battery much faster.

Verdict

The Realme C2 is one of the best smartphones that money can buy under a budget of Rs.7000.

This device has everything you can probably ask for – dual cameras, impressive battery, and a capable processor as well.

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Eye-catchy design

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Large dewdrop notched display

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AI facial unlock

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Glossy back is a fingerprint magnet

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory3 GB
RAM32 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P22
Camera13MP + 2MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.1-inch HD+

3. Infinix Hot 8

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Powerful processor 
  • AI triple camera
  • Long-lasting 5000mAh battery

The Hot 8 from Infinix is an upgrade over its Infinix Hot 7 smartphone which had so much to offer at a relatively low price tag.

Launched with the latest Android 9.0 Pie update, this phone stands second to none in terms of performance and future-readiness in its category.

Design and Build Quality

Infinix Hot 8 is one of the best-looking devices in its price segment.

The glass back design is now the trend in the budget smartphone segment and gives this device a premium aesthetic feel.

In the back, there is the nicely arranged triple camera setup that resembles expensive phones upwards of Rs.15,000.

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 Hot 8 features a large 6.52-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels.

This display is of IPS type and offers exceptional viewing angles for a smartphone under Rs.7,000.

This is an 18:9 full view display with 88% 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 Hot 8 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 quad-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz.

This processor is capable of running the show on this budget Android smartphone without any hassles.

Supported by the adequate 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, an average user would find everything running smooth and can even have some heavy multitasking on the go.

Android 9.0 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. Contrary to this, the Infinix Hot 8 comes loaded with a triple 13MP + 2MP rear camera with a dual-tone LED flash and an accompanying low light sensor for better night time photography.

This camera supports PDAF for fast focusing and comes with HDR support along with a few shooting modes preset.

In the front, there is an 8MP shooter with bokeh mode photo support, aided by a selfie flash for finer shots in low light environments.

Battery Life

The Infinix Hot 8 is rocking a massive 5000 mAh Li-ion battery under the hood.

This battery is enough to make the phone last for two days and then some, even in extreme usage scenarios.

Verdict

If you want one of the feature-packed Android smartphones available under the budget of Rs.7,000, look no further – this is it.

The latest Android 9.0 Pie OS coupled with a respectable 18:9 display and excellent battery life make this device the top choice in our list.

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Premium design and build quality

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Mini-drop notched display

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Selfie camera with flash
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Slow charging

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorMediatek Helio P22
Camera13MP+2MP+low-light sensor Rear, 8MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.52-inch HD+

 

4. Asus ZenFone Max M2

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • 4K video recording
  • Near stock Android experience
  • 2-day battery phone

The Zenfone Max M2 from Asus is a phone that is sold at an aggressive price with plenty of features loaded in.

Design and Build Quality

Coming to the design and build of Zenfone Max M2, it has a rather ordinary design with an all-metal body except for the antenna portion.

The phone feels hefty in hand because of the massive battery it has but the weight distribution is really good. Buttons on the side are tactile and clicky.

Processor and performance

The Zenfone Max M2 is powered by the latest Snapdragon 632 Octa-core chipset and Adreno 506 GPU. This is the best performing chipset in mid-range smartphones under Rs. 7,000.

The Snapdragon 632 chipset and Adreno 506 GPU can handle most of the tasks you throw at it with ease.

The RAM management and multitasking are buttery smooth on this smartphone. Apps and games load faster and there is no lag of any sort while multitasking or gaming.

This processor provides an amazing blend of performance and battery life, that makes it one of the best phones you can buy under a budget of Rs.10,000.

Display

The display of this phone is a 6.26-inch full view display which is immersive and colour accurate.

There is no panel protection like Gorilla Glass here which significantly dents the overall build quality.

This 18:9 full view display has an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. It is one of the brightest displays in the market having about 450 nits.

The 80.9% screen to body ratio makes it a suitable choice for immersive media consumption and gaming.

Camera

On the camera front, the Asus Zenfone Max M2 is a decent performer. It packs a dual rear 13MP+2MP camera with single LED flash that takes some good bright light shots and portrait photos but most of the pictures are a bit oversaturated.

The low light photos lack a lot of details as well. The front camera is an 8MP shooter that does an okayish job.

The camera quality has been improved by leaps and bounds with the latest firmware update.

Features like electronic image stabilization and noise reduction have been added to deliver a solid image and video output.

Miscellaneous

The phone comes bundled with Android Oreo with an almost stock-like feel. There is not much bloatware on this smartphone. Updates are also confirmed until Android Q.

Speakers are located on the bottom side and with the help of an NXP amplifier and 5 Magnet speaker, the audio quality is loud and impressive.

Some nifty additions like 4K video recording, true dual 4G VoLTE on both the SIM cards and dedicated memory card slot are impressive.

All in all, the Asus Zenfone Max M2 is a worthy phone for most of the tasks at its price.

Battery Life

This phone packs a 4,000mAh battery that easily last one and a half days of usage which is simply amazing for many power-hungry users.

Having the support for fast charging, if you invest a few bucks for a fast charger, the battery will juice up quite quickly.

Verdict

If you are in search of a great feature-rich smartphone having a good battery life, this is a great pick.

With the near-stock Android OS and a promised Android Pie update on the cards, there’s nothing much to blame about the software either.

For all these reasons this smartphone is our recommended pick under Rs.10,000.

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Feature-rich phone
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Impeccable metal body design and premium look

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Audio output is very good

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No Gorilla glass protection

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 632
Camera13+2MP Rear, 8MP Front camera
Battery4000mAh
Display6.26- inch HD+ 1520 x 720

 

5. Infinix Note 5

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Android One Smartphone
  • Excellent build quality
  • Guaranteed software updates
  • One-hand usage friendly design

The competition among the budget smartphones is intensifying day by day. That makes us, the customers get to reap all the benefits.

This time it’s the Infinix which has surprised us with the launch of their first Android One device in the country – the Infinix Note 5.

Design and Build Quality

Before the launch of this model, we didn’t have much to talk about the design of Infinix smartphones in our earlier articles. But for this device, we’ve to.

The Infinix Note 5 is made of plastic. However, the quality of the plastics used is good and feels extremely durable in hand.

The back shell looks stylish and at first glance, you will mistake it as a glass back but it’s just plastic with a glass finish.

The weight distribution on the phone is excellent. This makes it easy to operate with a single hand.

The buttons on this device feel clicky and responsive. The feedback is excellent and since the buttons are slightly raised, you will not find any difficulty even in the darkness to locate them.

Display

The Infinix Note 5 has one of the best in the class display we’ve ever seen on a smartphone priced under Rs.7,000.

This device has a 5.99-inch full HD+ resolution that output images and visuals with great details and vivid colours.

This panel can achieve a maximum brightness level up to 500 nits which will make viewing this display in bright sunlight much easier.

Processor and Performance

Helio P23 may not be as extravagant as the P60 inside Realme 1 but it’s perfectly capable to handle all day to day tasks with ease.

With 3GB RAM and 32GB storage inside, you can indeed juggle between apps without having to face many problems.

If you’re a serious gamer of sorts, remember that this phone is not built for gaming.

Yes, you can play casual games to kill time but nothing much when it comes to resource-intensive ones.

Android One

Yes – you heard it right. The Infinix Note 5 is an Android One device.

This means clean and simple stock Android and assured software updates and security patches up to two years, directly from Google.

There is no unwanted bloatwares or third-party skins to bog down the resources and make the device sluggish. Everything works well and smooth as intended.

Apart from whatever interesting features, this device offers, we think that the Android One badge is what makes it stand out from the rest.

Camera

The Infinix Note 5 has a single rear camera which is a 12MP shooter. This sensor is aided by a dual-tone LED flash for better night photography.

The pictures from the rear camera come out pretty well with good colour accuracy. There is a little lack of details but at this price point, it is expected.

The front camera is a 16MP shooter. The selfies come out nice and decent for posting into social media platforms.

The video quality is where we find some negatives. There are focus hunting problems and exposure variations that ruins the footage.

Battery Life

The Infinix Note 5 packs in a 4500mAh Li-ion battery pack inside.

Suffice to say the battery life is not great, it’s crazy excellent. You will easily run into the second day with juice to spare.

It doesn’t end here. The company packs in an 18w fast charger in the box to aide fast charging as well.

Verdict

The Infinix Note 5 is a great value for money device which comes with a lot of features for the price at which it is retailing.

With the Android one programme, you are sure to receive software support for up to 2 years and this ensures that the phone will remain future proof until then.

If you’re not in for serious gaming action, the Infinix Note 5 is the best bet for a casual smartphone under Rs.7,000 currently in the market.

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Assured software updates

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Excellent battery life

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Great display
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Poor video output from the camera

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorHelio P23 Octa core
Camera12MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display5.99 inch Full HD+

 

6. 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 purchase 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 SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediaTek MT6739 Quad core 1.3GHz
Camera13MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display5.45-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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