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

by | Oct 27, 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 the seven best smartphones in India priced under Rs. 7,000.

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.7,000

1. Redmi 9AOverall Best Pick
2. Samsung M01 CoreRunner-Up Pick
3. Infinix Smart 4 PlusValue for Money Smartphone
4. Realme C2Camera Centric Smartphone
5. Itel Vision 1Feature-Rich Smartphone
6. Honor 9SBest Build Quality
7. iKall K250Honourable Mention

 

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1. Redmi 9A

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Overall Best Pick
  • Dual SIM 4G LTE
  • Decent HD+ display
  • Excellent battery life

Xiaomi had earlier 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 9A as the name suggests is the latest entry-level smartphone running the latest Android 10.0 Q operating system with Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 skin on top.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi 9A is entirely made of plastic and polycarbonate material. Incidentally, this makes the device very lightweight and comfortable to hold in the hand.

The textured pattern on the backplate makes this device somewhat fingerprint-resistant. This helps to keep your phone neat and clean, even if not used with a case.

Available in three different colours namely – ocean green, carbon grey and sky blue, the Redmi 9A is quite a looker in the sub. Rs.7,000 price segment.

The overall fit and finish of this budget Android smartphone are excellent with no noticeable cost cuttings to be superficially visible.

The 2+1 slot design makes sure that you will have the freedom to use two SIM cards at once without sacrificing the slot for a dedicated SD card slot.

Display

The Redmi 9A budget Android smartphone comes equipped with a relatively large 6.53-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.

Xiaomi claims that this IPS LCD panel is one of the brightest displays in its price segment, with a peak brightness level of 400 nits.

Being an IPS display, the viewing angles look great without any noticeable colour shifts whatsoever.

The colour reproduction is good for the price and a pixel density of 269ppi, makes this panel look adequately sharp and clean.

This dot notch display with the 20:9 aspect ratio delivers immersive media consumption experience.

Processor and Performance

This smartphone is powered by the all-new MediaTek Helio G25 SoC clocked at 2.0GHz.

This octa-core chipset is more powerful than the Snapdragon 439 processor which was present on the previous Redmi 8A smartphone.

The Helio G25 coupled with 2GB RAM runs the show smooth on this entry-level smartphone, thanks to the optimized Android 10.0 Q OS.

The Redmi 9A is one of the first Redmi smartphones that ships with the latest MIUI 12 skin out of the box.

Day to day tasks such as web browsing, e-mails, browsing social media websites etc will work fine without any kind of lags or stutters.

However, don’t expect this smartphone to perform better in the gaming department as the lack of sufficient RAM ruins the experience.

Camera

The Redmi 9A 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 30/60fps.

Battery Life

With 5000mAh Li-ion battery powering the hardware inside, the Redmi 9A smartphone can easily last up to two days of moderate usage under normal conditions.

The optimized OS and the HD+ display helps the smartphone to deliver a respectable screen on time of about 8-10 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Redmi 9A is an ergonomically designed Android smartphone which feels premium for the price you are paying.

This smartphone will be an ideal choice for many customers who want a no-frills entry-level smartphone with great battery life and decent specifications, all under an affordable budget.

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Dedicated SD card slot 10W charger in the box

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Android 10.0 Q OS

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Robust build quality

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Outdated micro USB port

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
ROM32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G25
Camera13MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.53-inch HD+ Display

2. Samsung M01 Core

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Decent HD display
  • Promised one-day battery life
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash

The M01 Core is one of the entry-level smartphones from Samsung priced under Rs.7,000 which might appeal to a lot of new customers looking for a non-Chinese device.

The Samsung M01 Core is designed and targeted specifically for basic usage such as calling and web browsing.

Design and Build Quality

To be honest, Samsung has done a lot of cost-cutting when it comes to the build quality of this device. The plastic frame and the plastic backplate seems to be of average quality.

The textured line pattern in the back adds grip to the phone but does make the phone look very cheap.

However, considering the price and the brand value, Samsung releasing a smartphone at this price negates all these shortcomings.

The 3.5mm headphone jack, micro USB charging port and the mono speaker is located on the button portion of the device.

Samsung has included a dedicated SD card slot along with the dual SIM slots on this device.

Display

The display on the Samsung M01 Core is a 5.3-inch HD TFT LCD with a resolution of 720 x 1480 pixels.

With a pixel density of 311ppi, this display is surprisingly decent enough for everyday usage.

Thanks to the smaller display, the texts and images appear sharp and clean. The colour reproduction and the brightness levels are decent when viewed indoors.

Since this display isn’t a dot notch or water drop type panel, there are significant bezels around.

Processor and Performance

The Samsung M01 Core is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, ideal for web browsing, social media uses and another day to day tasks.

With the 2GB RAM on board and the 32GB memory, the Samsung M01 Core performs relatively smoothly.

The reason behind this is the Android GO edition OS based on Android 10.0 Q running the show underneath.

Android Go is a lightweight Android distribution custom made for lower-end devices with limited hardware capabilities.

The Samsung OneUI on top of this, makes the UI look much more appealing and easy to use.

Camera

This entry-level smartphone features an 8MP rear camera with autofocus support and an LED flash.

Nothing to write much about, this camera captures decent quality stills under good lighting conditions, enough for occasional social media uploads.

The front 5MP camera takes okay quality selfies and can be used for video calls, but the visuals might look a bit grainy.

Battery Life

The Samsung M01 Core is powered by a 3000mAh Li-ion battery. This battery will run the show for a day and a half with moderate usage.

The supplied charger does not support fast charging and it takes around 2-2.5 hours to charge the battery from zero to hundred.

Verdict

The Samsung M01 Core is an entry-level non-Chinese smartphone especially suitable for adults looking for a no-frills smartphone with decent day to day performance.

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Non-Chinese smartphone

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Lightweight Android GO OS

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Average build quality

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
ROM32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Quad-core 1.5GHz
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.3-inch HD TFT LCD

3. Infinix Smart 4 Plus

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Decent everyday performance
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Good HD+ display

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 latest budget smartphone offering – the Smart 4 plus.

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 Smart 4 Plus 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 Smart 4 Plus has one of the best in the class display we’ve ever seen on a smartphone priced under Rs.8,000.

This device has a 6.82-inch full HD+ resolution which delivers images and visuals with great details and vivid colours.

With an impressive screen to body ratio of upwards of 83.3%, the Infinix Smart 4 Plus will provide immersive media consumption experience.

This panel can achieve a maximum brightness level up to 480 nits which will make viewing this display in bright sunlight much easier.

Processor and Performance

The Helio A25 may not be as extravagant with performance 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.

Software

The Infinix Smart 4 Plus runs on the latest Android 10 Q OS. This means you will have access to all new features such as a dedicated dark mode, battery and performance optimizations and access to the latest security updates.

Camera

The Infinix Smart 4 plus has a dual rear camera setup which consists of a 13MP primary sensor along with a depth sensor.

Accompanying this is a dual-tone triple 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 an 8MP 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 Smart 4 Plus packs in a massive 6000mAh Li-ion battery pack inside.

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

Verdict

The Infinix Smart 4 Plus is a great value for money device which comes with a lot of features for the price at which it is retailing.

If you’re not in for serious gaming action, the Infinix Smart 4 Plus Is the best bet for a feature-rich casual smartphone under Rs.7,000 currently in the market.

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Latest Android 10 OS

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Elegant and premium design

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Triple LED rear flash

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Poor video output from the camera

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
ROM32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMedaTek Helio A25
Camera13MP+depth sensor, 8MP Front
Battery6000mAh
Display6.82-inch HD+ IPS

4. Realme C2

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Camera Centric Smartphone
  • Dual rear camera with LED flash
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • Decent battery life

Realme C2 is a yesteryear budget smartphone which is still a viable purchase option in the sub. Rs.7,000 price segment.

The Realme C2 is perhaps the best entry-level smartphone in this segment with a good pair of front and rear cameras, perfect for photography enthusiasts who are on a shoestring budget to purchase a smartphone.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme C2, as expected, is built from a plastic frame and features a textured plastic backplate.

This phone feels quite well built for its price, to be honest. The front display is protected by Corning gorilla glass 3, which is one feature you won’t find on that many phones in this price range.

The 3.5mm jack, micro USB charging port and the speaker is placed in the bottom portion, with the left side housing the volume rockers and to the right there is the power button.

The diamond-cut design on the backplate looks and feels unique, and imparts a sense of faux premium value to the handset.

Display

The Realme C2 features a 6.1-inch HD+ dewdrop notch display with a resolution of 1560 x 720 pixels.

This panel has good colour accuracy and contrast levels, making it suitable for media consumption.

With the maximum brightness of up to 450 nits, the display is legible indoors as well as outdoors.

Being an IPS panel, the viewing angles are great. Thanks to the dewdrop notch up top and the minimal bezels around the display, the Realme C2 with a screen to body ratio of 80.3% delivers an immersive visual experience.

Processor and Performance

What powers this smartphone inside is a MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core chipset clocked at 2GHz.

With the 2GB RAM on board and the 32GB storage, the Realme C2 performs reasonably well with almost all day to day tasks.

You might face some lag while multitasking but that is quite understandable for the budget.

Gaming is a no go with this device. You might be able to play some casual games, but don’t even try running PUBG. The device gets heated up and the frames will begin to drop after a while.

For normal tasks such as watching videos, browsing the internet and using social media, this phone gives no troubles whatsoever.

Camera

The Realme C2 packs in a dual rear camera module which consists of a 13MP primary sensor and a 2MP depth sensor for portrait mode shots.

This is accompanied by an LED flash for low light capturing, which works reasonably well.

The photos that come out of these cameras have enough details and colour accuracy.

The front 5MP selfie shooter supports HDR and captures decent quality selfies under good lighting conditions.

Both the front and rear cameras can record Full HD videos up to 30fps.

Battery Life

The Realme C2 is powered by a 4000mAh Li-Po battery which will last you for a day and a half with moderate to heavy usage.

The supplied charger doesn’t support fast charging, so expect it to take around 2 hours to completely juice up the battery.

Verdict

If you are a photography enthusiast and are looking for an entry-level smartphone with decent optics, the Realme C2 is a good option.

For a budget under Rs.7,000, this smartphone provides decent build quality, good battery life and smooth everyday performance.

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Corning gorilla glass 3 protection

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Android 9.0 OS

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Dual 4G VoLTE

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Delayed OS updates

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
ROM32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediatek Helio P22
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.1-inch HD+

5. Itel Vision 1

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Decent display
  • Long-lasting battery life

Itel is a Chinese budget smartphone manufacturer headquartered in Shenzhen.

The Itel Vision 1 is a feature-rich entry-level smartphone that packs in a lot of goodies which most other smartphones miss out in this segment.

Design and Build Quality

The Itel Vision 1 features a modern design strategy which looks similar to some of the branded smartphones out there in the market.

The rear camera bump reminds us of the Pixel lineup and the front U shaped notch bears resemblance to the likes of Redmi Note 7 pro.

The plastic build quality is nothing much to write about but the gradient finish colour scheme looks very attractive and appealing to the eyes.

The button placements are quite comfortable to reach and the buttons themselves feel very tactile.

The textured back offers a good amount of handgrip so that the phone won’t slip from your hands that easily.

Surprisingly, this device comes with a physical fingerprint sensor in the back for added security.

Display

The Itel Vision 1, as we discussed above features a U shaped notch on top of the display.

The display on this smartphone is a 6-inch HD+ panel with a resolution of 1560 x 720 pixels.

The in-cell TFT display has a peak advertised brightness of up to 500 nits, making it one of the brightest in its segment.

The colours look nice and accurate, so do the contrast levels. There is no considerable amount of bezels around the display except for the bottom chin.

Processor and Performance

The Itel Vision 1 is powered by the Unisoc SC9863A octa-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz.

While this processor may not scream big on papers, but handles all the day to day tasks quite smoothly.

The 3GB RAM and the 32GB onboard storage lets you deal with minimal multitasking without much lags or stutters either.

Gaming isn’t the strongest forte of this device, so if you are buying this device just for that, keep this in mind.

Camera

Behind the Itel Vision 1 is a square-shaped camera compartment which houses an 8MP primary sensor with 0.3MP depth-sensing unit, accompanied by an LED flash.

This camera unit comes with a host of AI modes and enhancements which promises to make your clicks look much better than ever before.

In daylight, these cameras return decent still and video samples. The 5MP sensor in the front supports AI filters and beauty modes as well.

Battery Life

The Itel Vision 1 is powered by a 4000mAh Li-ion battery, which will last you for roughly one and a half days of moderate to heavy usage.

Battery life is highly subjective and depends upon a variety of factors such as the screen brightness, apps you are running and such.

Verdict

The Itel Vision 1 is a feature-rich entry-level smartphone priced under Rs.7,000 suitable for those who want more for less.

The fingerprint sensor, rear dual cameras and the dedicated SD card slot makes this device a product worth considering for its price.

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Attractive gradient colour scheme

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AI-powered camera

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One year replacement warranty

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Questionable software update situation

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
ROM32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorUnisoc SC9863A 1.6GHz octa-core
Camera8MP+0.3MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.08-inch HD+ IPS LCD

6. Honor 9S

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Best Build Quality
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • No Google services
  • Decent day to day performance

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

Honor 9S is one of the latest entrants to the Indian market targeting the entry-level Android smartphone category.

Design and Build Quality

Featuring a matte finish polycarbonate 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 9S comes with a 5.45-inch HD IPS display with an HD+ resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels.

The Magic UI 3.1 skin that runs on top of the Android 10.0 Q makes the display look very crisp and detailed. The overall colourful UI feels nice on this smartphone.

Processor and Performance

The Honor 9S is powered by MediaTek Helio P22 quad-core chipset clocked at 2GHz.

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

The 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage will make up for the fluid and smooth casual smartphone use.

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

Camera

The Honor 9S comes with a single 8MP 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.

Miscellaneous

Due to the recent sanctions on Huawei by the US of America, Google services such as the Play store, GMS and other Gapps are unavailable on this phone.

Huawei has included its version of Huawei messaging service (HMS) and an app gallery with this device.

Most of the frequently used apps are available on the app gallery as well, but there is still a wide gap of app availability to bridge. Keep this in mind before purchasing this smartphone.

Battery Life

The Honor 9S has a 3020 mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last for at least a day of continuous usage.

Verdict

The Honor 9S has an aesthetically pleasing design and capable internals for smooth casual usage.

If you like to own a budget device that does a little bit of everything the Honor 9S is a compelling product in the sub.Rs.7,000 price segment.

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Feature-rich Magic UI 3.1

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Face unlock

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Charging takes a bit longer

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
ROM32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P22
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery 3020mAh
Display5.45-inch HD+

7. iKall K250

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Honourable Mention
  • Decent day to day performance
  • Capable rear camera
  • Long-lasting battery

The IKall K250 is a compact and robust smartphone that has so much to offer at a relatively low price tag.

Launched with the 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

The IKall K250 is one of the best-looking devices in its price segment.

The gradient comet 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.

Don’t get fooled by the additional lenses on the frame, as they are just there for visual appeal and nothing else.

Besides the camera is a single-tone flash to improve camera performance in low light conditions.

Display

The IKall K250 features a relatively large 6.53-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels.

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

This is a 20:9 full view display with 83.4% screen to body ratio, making it suitable for viewing media content without any limitations.

Processor and Performance

The IKall K250 is powered by a MediaTek Quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz.

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

With a class-leading 4GB RAM and 64GB 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 single-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 an 8MP 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 IKall K250 is rocking a respectable 4000 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 looking Android smartphones available under the budget of Rs.7,000, look no further – this is it.

The Android 8.1 OS coupled with a respectable 18:9 display and a decent battery life made this device comfortably slide into our list.

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Attractive design

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Waterdrop notch display

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Lightweight

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Slower charging

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
ROM64 GB
RAM4 GB
Processor1.3GHz quad-core processor
Camera13MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.53-inch HD LCD
This list includes the seven 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 user out there into consideration while preparing this list.

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