Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.7,000 (June 2020)

by | Jun 22, 2020

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 K9Overall Best Pick
2. Redmi 7ARunner-Up Pick
3. Nokia 3.1 PlusBest Build Quality
4. Infinix Smart 2Feature-Rich Smartphone
5. Honor 7SHonourable Mention

1. Lenovo K9

lenovo-k9
Overall Best Pick
  • Dual front and rear camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Android 8.1 Oreo 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 K9.

Lenovo K9 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 K9 turns out to be a visually attractive budget smartphone.

Made of dual-layered glass finish, this device doesn’t look cheap. There is a 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 K9 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 K9 comes equipped with a 5.7-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 K9 runs on a MediaTek Helio P22 quad-core processor clocked at 2GHz. 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 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 casual tasks such as web browsing and media consumption. Multitasking is smooth and apps seldom run out of memory.

Camera

The Lenovo K9 delivers surprisingly good picture and video quality for an entry-level Android smartphone.

The rear 13MP+5MP rear 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 also a 13MP+5MP dual 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 K9 comes with a large 3,000 mAh Li-ion battery that will easily last for a day with moderate to heavy usage.

Verdict

The Lenovo K9 is an excellent device priced under Rs.7,000 that comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.

Decent battery life, adequate display and a powerful camera purchase this device a no-brainer.

R

Elegant and premium design

R

Dual-layered glass design

R

Type C connector

Q

No dedicated SD card slot

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory3 GB
RAM32 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P22
Camera13MP+5MP Rear,13MP+5MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display 5.7 inch HD+

2. Redmi 7A

redmi-7a
Runner-Up Pick
  • Android 8.1 OS
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • Dual 4G VoLTE

Xiaomi has recently spun off its Redmi series smartphones to an entirely new sub-brand dealing with budget devices in developing countries such as India and Indonesia.

The Redmi 7A as the name suggests is an entry-level smartphone running Google’s lightweight Android 8.1 Oreo operating system with Xiaomi’s MIUI on top.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi 7A is entirely made of plastic and polycarbonate material. Incidentally, this makes the device very lightweight and comfortable to hold in the hand.

Having a smaller size footprint, the Redmi 7A is one of the few Android smartphones with excellent one hand usability.

These are the days when smartphones get bigger and taller and Redmi 7A brings in a refreshing change for those with smaller hands to deal with a bigger phone.

Display

The Redmi 7A budget Android smartphone comes equipped with a smaller 5.45-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This TFT LCD is not the best and brightest of the bunch but still performs reasonably well for its price tag.

The colours look OK and the viewing angles are not as bad as one might expect.

The sunlight readability of this display is just average and you are bound to face some difficulties while trying to use the phone outdoors.

Processor and Performance

This smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC clocked at 2.0GHz.
While this is an older chipset which we have seen in devices one to two years old, it still performs good but is limited by the amount of RAM and storage.

The Redmi Go smartphone has a 2GB RAM and 32GB storage which can be increased up to 256GB with the help of an SD card.

Camera

The Redmi 7A features a single 13MP rear camera with LED flash and the front shooter is a 5MP sensor.

These cameras take decent quality still images under good lighting conditions. This Android smartphone is also capable of recording full HD videos at 30fps.

Battery Life

With 4000mAh Li-ion battery powering the hardware inside, the Redmi 7A smartphone can easily last up to two days of moderate usage under normal conditions.

The lightweight OS and the low-resolution display helps the smartphone to deliver a respectable screen on time of about 7-8 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Redmi 7A is an ergonomically designed Android smartphone which promotes single-handed usage.

Considering the price and the performance metrics, this smartphone is a suitable gift for adults who are stepping into the world of online connectivity.

R

Elegant design

R

Decent build quality

R

AI face unlock

Q

Ads in the MIUI skin

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 439
Camera12MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display5.45 inchHD Display

3. Nokia 3.1 Plus

nokia-3.1-plus
Best Build Quality
  • Powerful Helio P22 processor
  • Android One device
  • Decent display

Nokia has been known for great phones in the past and at present HMD, which builds Nokia phones under a trademark license does the same but the pricing was always a little offset, similar to Motorola.

The Nokia 3.1 Plus packs very respective internals at a competitive price point which makes it one of the top performers in its price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Nokia 3.1 Plus has a premium design for its price. The notched display and the glass back make this device look more attractive than ever before.

The side bezels are minimal and the chin bezel houses the Nokia logo. The side inserts are made of high-quality plastic and it feels strong and durable.

The fingerprint on the back is located at an ideal resting position for the index finger, making the locking and unlocking process easier.

Since this budget smartphone has a high body to screen ratio and rounded 2.5D glass, one hand usage is not a problem.

Display

The display is the part where Nokia has done some cost-cutting with this device.

The Nokia 3.1 Plus features a 6-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 720 X 1440 pixels.

Had it been a full HD display, the Nokia 3.1 Plus would have become our top choice in this segment.

The edge to edge 2.5D curved display is a treat to look at despite its low resolution. The colours are accurate and the brightness levels are decent.

Processor

The Nokia 3.1 Plus comes with the powerful Helio P22 processor which is an octa-core chipset clocked at 2GHz.

The 3GB RAM is enough for this SoC to show its might when it comes to app loading and multitasking.

Running on stock Android 8.1 under Android One programme, the interface is fluid and smooth as no other phone.

If you are not content with the onboard 32GB storage, there is a dedicated SD card slot which accepts cards up to 256GB effortlessly.

Camera

As with other smartphone manufacturers, Nokia also banks on AI for its camera.
The dual rear camera setup has a 13MP primary and a 5 MP depth sensor for bokeh and portrait mode photos.

The output from the rear cameras look great and has a lot of details and colour accuracy.

The front 8MP camera is a selfie shooter and features artificial portrait mode as well.

Battery Life

The Nokia 3.1 Plus has a 3500 mAh Li-ion battery that lasts for a day of moderate to heavy usage.

Being stock Android and free of bloatware, this device does deliver impressive battery life for its size.

Verdict

If you don’t mind the HD+ display, that’s however indistinguishable from a full HD one for an untrained eye, the Nokia 3.1 Plus is a good deal under Rs.7,000.

R

Build quality

R

Excellent performance

R

AI-powered camera

Q

No full HD display

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediatek Helio P22
Camera13MP+5MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3500mAh
Display6 inch HD+

4. Infinix Smart 2

infinix-smart-2
Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • Latest Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Decent battery life
  • Face unlock feature

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

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

Design and Build Quality

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.7000 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 backside 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 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, an average user would find everything running smooth and can even have some light multitasking on the go.

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

Camera

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 presets.

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

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

Battery Life

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

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

Verdict

If you want the best Android smartphone available under the budget of Rs.5,000, look no further – this is it.

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

R

Stylish design

R

Front camera flash

R

Decent display quality

Q

Slower charging

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediatek MTK6739 quad core 1.5GHz
Camera13MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3050mAh
Display5.45 HD+

5. Honor 7S

honor-7S
Honourable Mention
  • Smooth day to day performance
  • 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 7S 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 7S comes with a 5.45-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 7S is powered by Mediatek MT6739 Cortex A53 quad-core chipset clocked at 1.5GHz.

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

The 2GB RAM and 16GB 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 7S comes with a single 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 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 7S is a compelling product in this budget segment.

R

Dedicated SD card slot

R

Feature-rich EMUI

R

Face unlock

Q

Charging takes a bit longer

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Quad Core 2GHz
Camera13MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery 3020mAh
Display5.7-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 satisfy purchase experience. For more such awesome suggestions and buying guides, subscribe to our mailing list. Thanks for reading and have a nice day!

Some articles you may love to read: