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

by | Feb 6, 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. InFocus Vision 3Value for Money Pick
2. 10. or D2Best Build Quality
3. Asus Zenfone Lite L1Best Reliable Brand
4. Redmi 6AHonorable Mention
5. Honor 7SBest Budget Camera Pick
6. Micromax 5 Bharat InfinityBest Battery Life
7. Lenovo A5Honorable Mention

1. InFocus Vision 3

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Value for Money Pick
  • Best for media consumption
  • Sleek design and formfactor
  • Full view 18:9 display

InFocus has been delivering a plethora of devices ranging from ultra-cheap feature phones to feature rich Android smartphones in the Indian market.

The Vision 3 from Infocus is great value for money smartphone that packs in a lot of goodies previously seen only with phones priced above Rs.10,000 and such.

Premium looks in an affordable budget…

InFocus Vision 3 comes with an elegant and sleek design that rivals many pricey picks out there.

The tall 18:9 display and the curved glass upfront imparts a very premium feel to the device in hand.

The antenna lines are gracefully laid out as a thin strip which blends in with the minimal design very well.

The fingerprint sensor is located at the back where your fingers can comfortably reach in the first try itself.

As expected, a MediaTek SoC!!

Budget manufacturers love MediaTek chipsets.

It’s because these SoCs are significantly cheaper than Qualcomm counterparts.

The InFocus Vision 3 comes with a MediaTek MTK6737 processor. This is a quad core process that comes bundled with the Mali T720 GPU.

The processor inside is capable of carrying out your daily chores just fine.

As we say with all budget Android devices, never expect stunning performance from these devices.

If you do, we would suggest you to take a look at the mid-range and the premium budget devices out there.

Launched with Nougat and then?

The InFocus Turbo comes with Android 7 Nougat onboard.

The software update track record for MediaTek powered devices is abysmal and don’t expect any major updates in the near future.

However the custom skin from InFocus on top of the base Android OS does allow you to have some customizations.

Dual camera!!

This is where the value for money part comes to play. The InFocus 3 features a dual 13MP + 5MP rear camera with portrait mode capability built in.

The images taken by the dual rear camera setup seems to have adequate details in daylight. The colours are accurate and the contrast levels are acceptable.

The front cam is a 8MP shooter with various beautify modes for making you look even more gorgeous than ever before.

The company has a dualfie mode in its camera app which lets you capture the images with the rear as well front camera simultaneously, something similar to Nokia’s bothie mode.

4000mAh battery!

This is really what made us excited.

Having a large battery is essential for today’s active lifestyle.

With the 4000mAh battery on board, this device will easily last over a day even with heavy usage.

Yes – you can watch your favourite movie or series continuously on this phone without having to be afraid of the juice being running out in the middle.

Conclusion

If you’re the one looking for the best smartphone under Rs.7,000 which has almost all the features that a midrange device possess, the InFocus Vision 3 is the one worth giving your attention to.

This device has a fingerprint scanner, dual cameras and a massive 4000mAh battery to back it all.

If you don’t mind the grim software update situation, then Vision 3 from InFocus is worth betting your hard earned money on.

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Dual rear camera

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4000mAh Li-ion battery

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Fingerprint scanner

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Average processor

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No software updates

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid nougat 7
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek 1.3GHz Quadcore
Camera13MP + 5MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display5.7 inch HD+ full vision 18:9 display

2. 10.or D2

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Best Build Quality
  • Best for casual usage
  • Regular software updates
  • IPX2 water resistant

10.or has been a silent yet 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.

Build and design…

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

The design is bare minimal 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.

Snapdragon 425 inside!!

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 has 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 to 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.7,000.

The colours are decently punch and the images and texts looks sharper when looked normally.

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

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

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

IPX2 water resistance protection!!

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 from 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 4,000mAh to just 3,200mAh.

We loved the massive 4,000mAh battery and the two day battery life.

However with this 3,200mAh, 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.7,000.

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 a great choice.

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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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Reduced battery capacity from the predecessor

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 425
Camera13 MP Rear, 5 MP Front
Battery3200mAh
Display5.45 – inch HD+

3. Asus Zenfone Lite L1

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Best Reliable Brand
  • 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
Battery3000mAh
Display5.45 inch 720 x 1440 , IPS

4. Redmi 6A

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Honourable Mention
  • 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 SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorHelio P22
Camera13MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.45 – inch 720 x 1440

5. 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 SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek MT6739 Cortex A53
Camera13MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3020mAh
Display5.45 inch TFT 18:9

6. 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 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

7. 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 2GB 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 SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM2 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!