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

by | Nov 16, 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. Redmi 8AOverall Best Pick
2. Realme C2Runner-Up Pick
3. Infinix Smart 3 PlusValue for Money Smartphone
4. Asus Zenfone Max M1Feature Rich Smartphone
5. Nokia 2.2Best Build Quality
6. Lenovo A5Honorable Mention

1. Redmi 8A

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • Perfect phone for one-hand usage
  • Excellent battery life
  • Guaranteed MIUI updates

The Redmi 8A comes as the successor to the ever-popular budget Redmi 7A 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 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 designed 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 has a 12 MP rear camera 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.

Battery Life

The Redmi 8A 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 10 version which further reduces the overall power consumption.

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 8A 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 offers a budget alternative to the higher end Xiaomi phones while experiencing almost the same UI and feature set.

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Elegant and premium design

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Face unlock

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No fingerprint scanner

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 439
Camera12MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.22 inch 720 x 1520

2. Realme C2

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 Runner-Up Pick
  • Excellent screen to body ratio
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • Massive 4000mAh battery

Realme, the sub-brand of Oppo targeting the budget smartphone market in the country is in full swing releasing much-awaited releases – the Realme 2 and the Realme 2 pro.

The Realme C2 is the worthy successor to the original Realme C1 which was one of the most popular budget devices of yesteryear in the sub Rs.7,000 price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme C2 brings the much-hyped notch display trend into the sub Rs.7000 price point.

This device has a glossy back which is very much a fingerprint magnet. It is advised to use a clear case with the device if you want to keep it in pristine condition.

The diamond-cut design feels refreshing and unique. It sets the Realme C2 in a league apart from its competition when it comes to design.

There is a slight dark bezel around the display of this device and a considerable chin at the bottom as well.

The materials used for the construction of this budget smartphone is of high quality and feels premium.

Display

The Realme C2 packs one of the largest displays in its segment – a 6.1-inch IPS LCD panel with an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels.

This amounts to about 271 pixels which are quite decent for a smartphone of this price.

The display has an outer layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection from minor scratches and breaks.

The Realme C2 has an impressive 89.35% screen to body ratio which is excellent for a phone in its category, thanks to the dewdrop notch.

The 19:9 aspect ratio will help you watch media content more immersively. The colours are decent and the brightness levels are on par with the competent devices.

Processor and Performance

The Realme C2 packs in a powerful Helio P22 which is an octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz.

This processor performs well for the price and delivers a great performance with battery life.

The IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU does help the SoC in graphics-related processes. The apps open and run fine without any stutters.

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

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

Camera

The Realme C2 has a dual rear camera setup that consists of a 13MP primary sensor assisted by a 2MP depth-sensing unit for gorgeous portrait and bokeh mode shots.

The output images look clean and crisp with ample details at suitable lighting conditions.

The front 5MP sensor comes equipped with beautifications modes for perfect selfies.

Battery life

The Realme C1 had a battery capacity of 4230mAh but with the newer C2, Realme has decided to reduce it to just 4000mAh.

However, the battery life on this device is excellent, thanks to the power-efficient processor inside and the latest Android 9.0 Pie operating system.

The chipset supports Quick charge 3.0, so if you invest a few bucks on a fast charger, you can juice up the battery much faster.

Verdict

The Realme C2 is one of the best smartphones that money can buy under a budget of Rs.7000.

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

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Eye-catchy design

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Large dewdrop notched display

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AI facial unlock

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Glossy back is a fingerprint magnet

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory3 GB
RAM32 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P22
Camera13MP + 2MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.1-inch HD+

3. Infinix Smart 3 Plus

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Best Value for Money Smartphone
  • Excellent battery life
  • Low light sensor assisted rear camera
  • High screen to body ratio

The Smart 3 Plus from Infinix is an upgrade over its Infinix Smart 2 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 Smart 3 Plus 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 Smart 3 Plus features a relatively large 6.21-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 Smart 3 Plus is powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 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 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, an average user would find everything running smooth and can even have some light 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 Smart 3 Plus comes loaded with a dual 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 Smart 3 Plus is rocking a respectable 3500 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 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 very decent battery life make this device the top choice in our list.

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Glass back design

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Dual SIM VoLTE

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Android 9.0 Pie

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Slow charging

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediatek Helio A22
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3500mAh
Display6.21-inch HD+

4. Asus ZenFone Max M1

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • Excellent battery life
  • Loudspeaker output
  • 18:9 full view display

Asus ZenFone Max M1 is a trimmed down version of the popular budget Android device which was launched earlier this year and became an instant hit among the masses – the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1.

This entry-level Android smartphone comes with features necessary to make an average user happy by delivering what exactly he needs under an affordable budget.

Design and Build Quality

From the outside, Asus ZenFone Max M1 has an uncanny resemblance to its elder brother – the ZenFone Max Pro M1.

The premium metallic finish and unibody minimalistic design make this phone so much nicer to look at.

The in-hand feel is very good and the rounded corners make this device comfortable to keep in your palms.

There are a considerable top and bottom chin on this device, but again quite acceptable for a sub Rs.7,000 smartphone.

The fingerprint scanner on this phone is located at the back on a comfortable position where your index finger naturally rests.

The camera unit looks exactly similar to the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus Zen Max Pro M1 with a vertical enclosure, but this time with a single camera and a flash at the bottom.

Display

The display on this entry-level Android phone is a 5.45-inch HD+ panel with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels.

This screen looks OK in terms of colour reproduction and brightness levels.

There is no noticeable pixelation to be seen, thanks to the colourful Zen UI custom skin on top of Android 8.0 Oreo.

This display is an IPS panel, thereby delivering wide viewing angles without any degradation in colour quality.

The 18:9 aspect ratio makes it suitable for watching movies and playing games. The 2.5D glass curves at the edges and blends seamlessly with the chassis.

Processor and Performance

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor that is adequately powerful to run the day to day chores of an average user.

Yes, we tested the gaming performance and the phone was able to run PUBG at low settings quite effortlessly. But at times, there is a certain lag, mainly due to the GPU bottleneck.

With 3GB of RAM, multitasking is quite efficient and smooth. The app reloading times are negligible and apps stay in memory for a longer period.

There is 32GB of internal storage along with a dedicated sd card slot for storing more files and media content on your phone.

Camera

This device has a single 13MP shooter in the rear accompanied by a flash.

The f/2.0 camera sensor has PDAF for fast auto-focus and works well to deliver good quality images in daylight conditions.

There is a software-based portrait mode on this phone that works well with faces but with nothing else.

The front camera is an 8MP shooter and has a flash to support the sensor in low light conditions as well.

Miscellaneous

All sensors apart from a gyroscope are present and accounted for in this budget Android smartphone.

There is VoLTE support but not dual VoLTE feature. Only one SIM at a time can receive VoLTE signals while the other maxes out at 3G.

The speaker on this smartphone sounds surprisingly loud and clear when compared with its competitors.

Battery Life

The Asus ZenFone Max M1 features a large 4000mAh Li-ion battery that will easily last over a day worth of heavy usage.

For an average user, this phone will easily get you over two days of usage on a single charge.

Verdict

The Asus ZenFone Max M1 is a well built Android smartphone with an affordable price tag.

With a beefier battery inside and a decent 18:9 display, this phone will satisfy you in terms of media consumption and battery life.

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Elegant design

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Wider service network

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Front camera flash

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Bloated Zen UI

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 430
Camera13rear, 8MP Front camera
Battery4000mAh
Display5.45-inch HD+

5. Nokia 2.2

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Best Build Quality
  • Guaranteed OS updates
  • Drop notch display
  • Stylish design

Nokia mobile phone division is currently operated by HMD Global Oy., a Finland based company.

The company has been selling smartphones and feature phones under the Nokia brand in the past couple of years and has found reasonable success in the Indian market.

The Nokia 2.2 is one of the 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 2.2 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 dual front-firing speakers give very well balanced loud sound output, which is the best in its segment.

The buttons feel very clicky and responsive and offer good tactile feedback when pressed.

Display

The Nokia 2.2 features a 5.71-inch notch styled 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 2.2 is a MediaTek Helio A22 quad-core processor clocked at 2GHz.

This processor along with 2GB runs apps perfectly fine, huge thanks to the optimized Android 9.0 Pie edition operating system.

The Nokia 2.2 comes with 16GB 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 camera assisted with LED flash.

The pictures and videos come out decent enough for social media usage but don’t expect immense details and dynamic range.

The front 5MP fixed focus camera takes good quality selfies in suitable lighting conditions.

Battery Life

The Nokia 2.2 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 low-res display and the underpowered processor helps in increased screen on times as well.

Verdict

The Nokia 2.2 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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Well polished build

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One hand usability

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Glossy back is a fingerprint magnet

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio A22
Camera13MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.71-inch HD+

6. 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 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.

Excellent battery life, decent display and a powerful camera purchase 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
RAM3 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!

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