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

by | Feb 28, 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. Realme C3Overall Best Pick
2. Redmi 8A DualRunner-Up Pick
3. Infinix Hot 8Value for Money Smartphone
4. Nokia 4.2Best Build Quality
5. Inifinix Note 5 Android One Smartphone
6. Asus ZenFone Max M2Honorable Mention

 

1. Realme C3

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Overall Best Pick
  • Powerful processor
  • Excellent battery life
  • Latest Android 10 OS

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 C3 is the worthy successor to the original Realme C2 which was one of the most popular budget devices of yesteryear in the sub Rs.7,000 price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme C3 brings the much-hyped waterdrop notch display trend into the sub Rs.7000 price point.

This device has a matte back with a textured finish that reflects lights in unique ways.

The design feels refreshing and unique. It sets the Realme C3 in a league apart from its competition when it comes to the overall style.

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 are of high quality and feel premium.

Display

The Realme C3 packs one of the largest displays in its segment – a 6.52-inch IPS LCD panel with an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.

This amounts to about 269 pixels which are quite decent for a smartphone of this price.

The Realme C3 has an impressive 89.8% 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 C3 packs in a powerful Helio G70 which is an octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz.

This is perhaps the best performing budget CPU that you can find on smartphones in this segment.

Be it multitasking or heavy gaming, this G70 chip has proven its mettle, being so smooth and lag-free.

The Mali G52 GPU does help the SoC in graphics-related processes. The apps open and run fine without any stutters.

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

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

Camera

The Realme C3 has a dual rear camera setup that consists of a 12MP 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 beautification modes for perfect selfies.

Battery life

The Realme C2 had a battery capacity of 4000mAh but with the newer C3, Realme has bumped it to 5000mAh.

The battery life on this device is excellent, thanks to the power-efficient processor inside and the latest Android 10 operating system with the latest Realme UI 7 on top.

Verdict

The Realme C3 is one of the best smartphones that money can buy under a budget of Rs.7000.

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

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Excellent grippy matte finish back

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Dirac sound enhancement

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Reflective display

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory3 GB
RAM32 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G70
Camera13MP + 2MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.52-inch HD+

2. Redmi 8A Dual

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Dual rear camera
  • Excellent build quality
The Redmi 8A Dual comes as the teeny tiny upgrade to the already popular budget Redmi 8A smartphone aimed at first time smartphone buyers in the Indian market.

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

Design and Build Quality

The all-new Redmi 8A Dual comes with a refreshed design that will appeal to the youth, thanks to the sexy curves and attractive colour options.

This device has a plastic unibody construction and has a stylized design by Xiaomi strip which looks very premium.

The speaker on this device is located at the backside. This is a huge bummer as the speaker will get muffled when you place it on a flat surface.

Overall, this smartphone has retained the decent build quality with a few cosmetic changes that now makes this phone look more stylish.

Processor and Display

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

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

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

The pixel density of this screen is approximately around 270ppi, which although is a low number, looks cooler with the fancy Mi user interface.

The display is adequately bright and the viewing angles look nice without any colour washout worth mentioning.

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

Camera

The Redmi 8A Dual has a dual 12 MP+2MP rear camera setup and an 8MP front camera with AI features baked into the camera interface.

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

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

Battery Life

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

The idle battery drain is very minimal with the latest MIUI 11 version which further reduces the overall power consumption.

Verdict

If you love the MIUI skin and are interested in a no-frills device that gets frequent updates adding features on top, the Redmi 8A Dual is worth checking out.

The MIUI community is so active that developers are making various custom ROMs for this device in various forums and with that, you are assured to get the latest Android versions to try out.

For an ordinary user, the Redmi 8A Dual offers a budget alternative to the higher end Xiaomi phones while experiencing almost the same UI and feature set.

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Splash resistant design

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Lightweight

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Up to 400 nits brightness

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No fingerprint scanner

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 439
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.22 inch, 720 x 1520

3. Infinix Hot 8

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

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

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

Design and Build Quality

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

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

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

Below the camera is a dual-tone flash to improve camera performance in low light conditions.

The speaker is placed on the backside and is prone to muffled audio when placed on a flat surface.

Display

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

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

This is an 18:9 full view display with 88% screen to body ratio, making it suitable for viewing media content without any limitations.

The company has integrated an eye-care mode to this display, which blocks blue colour after daylight, reducing the stress on your eyes.

Processor and Performance

The Infinix Hot 8 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 quad-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz.

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

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

Android 9.0 also chimes in with some under the hood optimizations, that makes this phone run faster than ever before.

Camera

The camera is usually not the strong forte of budget Android phones.

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

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

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

Battery Life

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

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

Verdict

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

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

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Premium design and build quality

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Mini-drop notched display

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Selfie camera with flash

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Slow charging

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediatek Helio P22
Camera12MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.52-inch HD+

4. Nokia 4.2

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Best Build Quality
  • Guaranteed software updates
  • Face unlock
  • Dual rear camera

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 4.2 is one of the latest entry-level Android smartphones in the country which comes with the latest Android 9.0 Pie OS pre-installed.

Design and Build Quality

Nokia devices are known for their build quality and hardware strength.

The Nokia 4.2 comes with a solid polycarbonate body with a gloss finish which not only provides structural strength and robust durability but also a unique aesthetic feel.

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 bottom-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 4.2 features a 5.71-inch 720 x 1280 pixels HD+ IPS display.

This 19:9 HD+ display reduces the wastage of screen real estate and provides an immersive media viewing experience on a budget.

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 4.2 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 quad-core processor clocked at 2GHz.

This processor along with 3GB runs apps perfectly fine, huge thanks to the optimized Android 9.0 Pie edition operating system.

The Nokia 4.2 comes with 32GB of internal storage memory which can be extended up to 128GB via a dedicated SD card slot.

Camera

The primary camera on this budget Android smartphone is a 13MP+2MP dual 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 8MP fixed focus camera takes good quality selfies in suitable lighting conditions.

Battery Life

The Nokia 4.2 comes with an average-sized battery of 3000mAh by today’s standards.

This battery will last easily over a day of medium to heavy usage.

The 720p display and the underpowered processor helps in increased screen on times as well.

Verdict

The Nokia 4.2 is a well-designed phone with excellent battery life and frequently updated operating system for enhanced usage over a longer period.

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Fast fingerprint scanner

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Side-mounted notification LED

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Decent Snapdragon processor

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Relatively smaller capacity battery

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 8.0
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 439
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery2990mAh
Display5.71-inch HD+

5. Infinix Note 5

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Android One Smartphone
  • Android operating system
  • Suited for media consumption
  • Fast charger included in the box

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

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

Design and Build Quality

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

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

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

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

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

Display

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

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

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

Processor and Performance

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

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

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

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

Android One

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

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

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

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

Camera

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

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

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

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

Battery Life

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

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

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

Verdict

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

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

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

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Assured software updates

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Excellent battery life

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Great display

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Poor video output from the camera

 Specifications

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

6. Asus ZenFone Max M2

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Honorable Mention
  • 4K video recording
  • Near stock Android experience
  • 2-day battery phone

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

Design and Build Quality

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

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

Processor and performance

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

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

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

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

Display

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

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

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

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

Camera

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

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

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

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

Miscellaneous

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

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

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

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

Battery Life

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

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

Verdict

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

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

For all these reasons this smartphone is our recommended pick under Rs.7,000.

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Feature-rich phone

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Impeccable metal body design and premium look

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Audio output is very good

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No Gorilla glass protection

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 632
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.26 inch Full HD+

This list includes some of the best value for money smartphones that you can currently purchase under a price bracket of Rs.7,000.

We have tried our level best to take every type of users out there into consideration while preparing this list.

We hope this article will lead your way to a satisfying purchase experience. For more such awesome suggestions and buying guides, subscribe to our mailing list. Thanks for reading and have a nice day!

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