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

by | May 9, 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. Honor 7AOverall Best Pick
2. Infinix Smart 2Runner-Up Pick
3. Realme C2Value for Money Smartphone
4. Meizu C9Feature-Rich Android Smartphone
5. Micromax Bharat 5 InfinityBest Battery Life
6. Nokia 2.1Android Go Smartphone
7. Asus ZenFone Lite L1Honorable Mention

1. Honor 7A

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Overall Best Pick
  • Dual rear camera
  • Large full view display
  • One-day battery life

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

Honor 7A is one of the latest entrants 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 7A comes with a 5.7-inch HD IPS display with an 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 7A is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core chipset clocked at 1.5GHz.

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

The 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage will make up for the fluid and smooth causal smartphone use.

This smartphone comes with a dedicated SD card slot if you wish to increase the storage capacity further.

Camera

The Honor 7A comes with a dual rear 13MP + 2MP 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 an 8MP shooter with a dedicated selfie flash. This lets you take brighter images even in the darkness.

Battery Life

The Honor 7A has a 3000 mAh Li-ion battery which 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 7A is a compelling product in this budget segment.

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Feature-rich EMUI

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Face unlock

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Charging takes a bit longer

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon octa-core
Camera13MP + 2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3020mAh
Display5.7 inch TFT 18:9 HD+

 

2. Infinix Smart 2

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Android 8.1 Oreo OS
  • Decent battery life
  • Face unlock feature

The Smart 2 from Infinix is a compact and robust smartphone that has so much to offer at a relatively low price tag.

Launched with the latest Android 8.1 Oreo update, this phone stands second to none in terms of performance and future readiness in its category.

Design and Build Quality

Infinix Smart 2 is one of the best-looking devices in its price segment.

The metallic finish over the minimal yet stylishly designed chassis doesn’t make you feel that it’s a sub. Rs.7,000 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.7,000.

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 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, an average user would find everything running smooth and can even have some light multitasking on the go.

Android 8.1 also chimes in with some under the hood optimizations, that makes this phone run faster than ever before.

Camera

The camera is usually not the strong forte of budget Android phones. The Infinix Smart 2 comes loaded with a 13MP rear camera with a dual tone LED flash.

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

In the front, there is a 5MP shooter with bokeh mode photo support, aided by a selfie flash for finer shots in low light environments.

Videos come out fine for the price and the resolution is maxed out at 720p.

Battery Life

The Infinix Smart 2 is rocking a respectable 3050 mAh Li-ion battery under the hood.

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

Verdict

If you want one of the best Android smartphone available under the budget of Rs.7,000, look no further – this is it.

The latest Android 8.1 OS coupled with a respectable 18:9 display and decent battery life make this device the top choice in our list.

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Stylish design

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Front camera flash

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Decent display quality

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Slower charging

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediaTek MTK6739
Camera13MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3050mAh
Display5.45-inch HD+

 

3. Realme C2

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • AI-powered Helio P22 processor
  • Excellent battery life
  • Large display for an immersive multimedia experience

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 the 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.8000 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 really premium.

Display

The Realme C2 packs one of the largest display in its segment – a 6.1-inch IPS LCD display 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 2GB RAM might bottleneck the processor when handling multitasking and you may see a bit of slowdown.

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.8000.

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

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Diamond cut design

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Dedicated SD card slot

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AI features

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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+

 

4. Meizu C9

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 Feature-Rich Android Smartphone
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • Good battery life
  • 4G VoLTE support

Meizu has been in exile for a while from releasing its products in the Indian market.
Now the company is back with its budget Android devices aiming to gain a foothold in the entry-level smartphone market with the latest offering, Meizu C9.

Design and Build Quality

Being a cheap budget device, the Meizu comes with a plastic shell body. The bright colour schemes make this device look pretty attractive for its price.

The removable 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 SystemAndroid Oreo 8.0
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorUnisoc SC9832E 1.3GHz Quad core
Camera13 MP Rear, 8 MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.45 – inch HD+

 

5. Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity

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Best Battery Life
  • Android Go 8.1 OS
  • Long lasting 5000mAh battery
  • Dual 4G VoLTE

Micromax was once the king of budget phones in the Indian market. With the advent of cheap Chinese companies flooding the market with their products, the company lost its sheen.

Now with the Bharat 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 SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM1 GB
ProcessorMediaTek MT6739 1.5GHz
Camera5MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display5.45 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 SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1 Go
Internal Memory8 GB
RAM1 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 425
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display5.45 inch IPS HD

 

7. Asus ZenFone Lite L1

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Best for media consumption
  • Sleek design and form factor
  • Full view 18:9 display

Riding on the success of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, the company has now introduced its 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
Battery3000mAh
Display5.45 inch 720 x 1440 , IPS

 

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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