Best Smartphones Under Rs.8,000 (May 2019)

by | May 9, 2019

Are you looking for the best smartphone under Rs.8,000 and confused about which one to buy?

There are plenty of smartphones in this price range in the market and picking the best phone out of it is challenging.

Well, we have made the job easy for you!

We have extensively analyzed all the gadgets available in the market, gone through numerous reviews from both gadget gurus and actual users and compiled the list of best phones for you in this price range.

Read on to find the in-depth review and best picks in different categories under this price.

Best Mobile Phone Under Rs.8,000

1. Xiaomi Redmi 7Overall Best Pick
2. Realme C2Runner-Up Pick
3. Samsung Galaxy M10 Feature Rich Smartphone
4. Lenovo A5Cheap and Good Smartphone
5. Xolo Era 5X Value for Money Smartphone
6. Smartron t.phone PSmartphone with the Best Build Quality
7.  Asus ZenFone Max M1Honorable Mention

1. Xiaomi Redmi 7

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Overall Best Pick
  • AI features
  • Excellent battery life
  • Latest Android 9.0 Pie OS

Xiaomi is releasing smartphones in the country left, right and centre in the country right now.

The Redmi 7 is the long-awaited refresh to the older popular Redmi 6 which was a runaway success with the budget consumers.

Design and Build Quality

All Redmi phones share some form on common design traits no matter how far apart they are priced.

The Redmi 7 has its fair share of resemblance with the Redmi 6 but the design strategy is much more aligned with the newer models such as Redmi Note 7 Pro.

The Redmi 7 comes with a glass textured polycarbonate back with a gradient colour scheme which looks and feels premium for its price.

The speaker is located on the bottom of the phone and yes, this device comes with a dedicated micro SD card slot for that increased storage capacity.

Processor and Performance

The Redmi 7 is powered by the latest entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor which is a relatively new octa-core SoC clocked at 2.0GHz.

This processor is capable of handling almost all casual apps and games without any hiccups in between.

This device is available in two variants – a 2GB/32GB version and a 3GB/32GB one.

If you are into multitasking and need more storage out of the box, go for the 3GB variant, otherwise, we feel that sticking on to the 2GB variant provides more value for money proposition.

Display

The display on the Redmi 7 is a considerably larger 6.26-inch HD+ panel with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels.

Following the trend, the Redmi 6 comes with a 19:9 aspect ratio display and has about 320 ppi pixel density.

The display is sufficiently bright and colour accurate but a bit on the lower side with viewing angles.

Since the display is of 19:9 ratio, one hand usability is pretty good and the one-hand mode baked into the MIUI will let you resize the display further if you really want to.

This display is protected by the Corning Gorilla glass 5 and has a screen to body ratio of almost 87%.

Miscellaneous

The Snapdragon 632 processor inside the Redmi 7 supports one of the most demanded features of the Indian smartphone market – Dual VoLTE.

Dual VoLTE means that a user can enjoy 4G VoLTE services on both the SIM cards simultaneously. Even while calling on one SIM is active, data transfer from the other SIM card is possible.

USB OTG feature lets you connect your pen drives or any other storage devices directly to this device and browse and transfer files between them with the help of an OTG cable.

Camera

The Redmi 7 comes with a dual rear camera unit that consists of a 12MP+2MP sensor of which the 2MP one is a depth-sensing unit for accurate portrait mode photos.

In the front, there is an 8MP shooter equipped with various beauty modes that will brighten your prospects of having a picture perfect selfie.

Overall, the camera outputs vibrant pictures rich in details for the asking price.

Battery Life

The Redmi 7 is powered by a non-removable 4000mAh Li-Po battery which will keep the device charged for a day comfortably on moderate usage.

This is considerably larger considering the 3000mAh it’s predecessor, the Redmi 6 featured.

The relatively lower-powered processor helps in keeping the energy consumption low.

The charger that comes with the device is of 1A and if you use a 2A charger, charging process will be relatively quick.

Verdict

The Redmi 7 is an improved successor to the Redmi 6.

With features such as dual VoLTE, improved processor and a larger battery, this device can be of good value for those who look for a budget Android device rich in features.

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Elegant design

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Robust build quality

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Capable entry level processor

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Slippery

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 632
Camera12+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.26 inch HD+ 18:9

 

2. Realme C2

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 Runner-Up Pick
  • AI-powered Helio P22 processor
  • Excellent battery life
  • Large display for an immersive multimedia experience

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 the yesteryear in the sub Rs.8000 price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme C2 brings the much-hyped notch display trend into the sub Rs.8000 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 really premium.

Display

The Realme C2 packs one of the largest display in its segment – a 6.1-inch IPS LCD display 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 2GB RAM might bottleneck the processor when handling multitasking and you may see a bit of slowdown.

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.8000.

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

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Diamond cut design

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Dedicated SD card slot

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AI features

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Glossy back is a fingerprint magnet

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 450
Camera13MP + 2MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery4230mAh
Display6.2-inch HD+

 

3. Samsung Galaxy M10

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Feature Rich Smartphone
  • Dual VoLTE
  • Ultra wide dual camera
  • Infinity V display

Samsung has been consistently outnumbered in sales of budget segment smartphones by Xiaomi for a while now.

This was mainly because the Samsung budget phones were specc’d abysmally and the price for the same was significantly higher than its Chinese counterparts in the segment.

Samsung tries to bridge this gap by introducing the affordable yet feature-rich M series smartphone, the M10 is the entry-level offering.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M10 is made from polycarbonate plastic shell with glossy finish which looks decent for the price tag it carries.

The build quality seems quite OK for the price and matches the competition.

The rounded corners and the edges help this phone to be easily held in the hand and aides better one hand usability.

The rear side of the phone houses the dual cameras assisted with an LED flash and at the bottom is the speaker grill.

The Galaxy M10 comes with a micro USB port for charging and data syncing and has a 3.5mm jack for plugging in earphones and headphones.

Display

This budget entry-level smartphone has a large 6.22-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels.

The company fondly calls this display as an infinity V display, thanks to the water drop notch in the front.

The 19:9 display has an impressive screen to body ratio of 82% and comes with a pixel density of around 267 ppi.

The display is sufficiently bright and the colours look vivid for the price.

Samsung has included an automatic brightness sensor on this phone so that you won’t have to manually slide around to get the desired brightness levels anymore.

Processor and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy M10 packs in a homebrewed octa-core Exynos 7870 chipset clocked at 1.6GHz.

This processor coupled with the 2GB of RAM runs all the casual applications with relative ease and no stutters.

However, the limited RAM might exhibit lags if you are planning to heavily multitask or play memory intensive games on this device.

Apart from the 16GB internal storage, this device comes with a dedicated SD card slot which can take cards up to 128GB.

Connectivity

This dual SIM budget Android smartphones have two SIM slots and support dual VoLTE.

Camera

This smartphone has a 13MP + 5MP rear camera setup of which the 5MP is a wide angle sensor which helps you cover more of the subject in a single shot.

The front 5MP shooter does its job in well-lit conditions.

Battery Life

Powering the Samsung Galaxy M10 is a 3400mAh Li-Po battery which is rated to last for a day worth of heavy usage.

For casual users, we are sure you can get almost a day and still have enough juice left for the next day until you hit the bed.

Verdict

If you are in search of a branded budget smartphone with unmatched reliability, the Samsung Galaxy M10 is one of the best phones available under Rs.8000.

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Brand reliability

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Ambient light sensor

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No fingerprint scanner

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 7870
Camera13MP+5MPRear, 5MP Front
Battery3400mAh
Display6.22 inch HD+ infinity V display

 

4. Lenovo A5

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Cheap and Good Smartphone
  • 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.8,000 that comes with 3GB 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
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediaTek MT6739 Quad core 1.3GHz
Camera13MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery4000 mAh
Display5.45-inch HD+

 

5. Xolo Era 5X

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Fingerprint sensor support
  • IPS display with Gorilla glass protection
  • 4G VoLTE support

Xolo is an Indian company which is a subsidiary of Lava, a company that markets feature phones and smartphones in the country.

Xolo Era 5X is the latest Android smartphone from the Xolo stable, featuring the Android Oreo 8.1 OS.

Design and Build Quality

The Xolo Era 5X has a plasticky construction to cut corners on the budget.

The plastics used seems of good quality and there is no noticeable flex or squeaks with the device.

The design of this Android smartphone reminds us of the budget Redmi devices such as the Redmi 5A.

The golden colour looks neat and the dual tone finish makes the device makes it feel like a smartphone priced around Rs.10000.

The buttons on the sides are very tactile and easy to press. The speaker is placed at the rear side of the phone.

Display

The Xolo Era 5X features a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with an HD+ resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels.

The display is sufficiently bright and has decent colour reproduction.

The images and text appear relatively sharper when viewed from a distance.

The 2.5D Corning gorilla glass covering over the display provides an extra layer of protection from accidental scratches.

The 18:9 display is very much within the one hand usage territory. Viewing videos is a very good experience in this widescreen.

Processor and Performance

The Xolo Era 5X is powered by an impressive 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio P22 quad-core processor optimized for running the Android operating system based on Android 8.1.

With the 3GB of RAM, this device doesn’t feel bottlenecked with memory issues.

The inbuilt 32GB storage provides you with enough space for installing the favourite apps. There is also a dedicated SD card slot which can take cards up to 64GB.

Camera

The Xolo Era 5X comes with a 13MP rear camera and a 13MP front camera for selfies.

Both these cameras are assisted by a dedicated flashlight to shoot images and videos at dark.

The photos and videos come out OK and are very much usable for social media uploads.

Battery Life

The 3000mAh Li-ion battery inside the Xolo Era 5X is capable of lasting for over a day worth of medium usage.

The Android 8.1 operating system has system-wide battery optimization implemented for delivering better battery statistics for the devices.

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Stylish design

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Front LED flash

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Bright display

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Thick bezels around the display

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P22
Camera13MP Rear, 13MP Front, both with LED flash
Battery3000mAh
Display5.7 inch IPS HD+

 

6. Smartron t.phone P

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Smartphone with the Best Build Quality
  • Fingerprint sensor support
  • IPS display with Gorilla glass protection
  • 4G VoLTE support

Smartron is an Indian company known for manufacturing budget-friendly smartphones that really excel in build quality and features.

Smartron t.phone, as the company says is a tribute to the legendary cricketer Sri. Sachin Tendulkar.

The t.phone P is the entry-level offering from the company that packs a punch given the price at which it is offered.

Design and Build Quality

The Smartron t.phone P features a full metal body that feels strong and sturdy.

The buttons feel tactile and responsive and the overall fit and finish feel premium.

The full metal body is a delight to hold in hand. The body feels durable and tough that it can withstand a few waves of abuse without breaking down.

The fingerprint scanner is located on the back side which is at a comfortable position where our index finger rests comfortably.

The overall fit and finish are impeccable for a sub Rs.8000 phone.

Processor and Performance

This phone comes with a 3GB RAM along with 32GB of inbuilt storage that is further expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.

The Snapdragon 435 inside is fast and performs well in day to day tasks, all thanks to the optimized Android 7.1.1.

Featuring a 5.2″ 720p IPS LCD panel, the t.phone P outputs images with punchier colours and great contrast.

The brightness levels are also decent with acceptable outdoor legibility.

The phone supports OTG functionality that will let you play media content from an external storage device such as USB drive directly.

Camera

This phone has a 13MP rear camera with a variety of shooting modes to start with such as burst shot, panorama, beautify to name a few.

The 5MP front camera is wide angle supported that will capture more content at any given angle.

Also, the LED flash at the front will let you not to miss those party selfies at night.

Battery Life

A beefy 5000mAh battery offers battery life over two days even on continuous usage.

If you plan to watch a lot of media and browse the internet on the go, this device will make sure that you will be online for at least a day, no matter how hard you try.

Reverse charging feature has also been implemented that will let you charge other devices with the phone’s mammoth battery.

Verdict

Smartron t.phone P is an allrounder when it comes to performance and features.

This device has all the necessary requirements that you expect from a smartphone priced under Rs.8,000 and then some.

If you don’t mind the lack of a full HD display, the Smartron t.phone P is the best choice in this segment.

Be it in the case of battery life or build quality, this product stands second to none in this curated list of best smartphones under Rs.8000.

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Great built quality

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5000mAh battery

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Reverse charging

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OTG connectivity

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Sound levels are average

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Heavy

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Nougat 7.1.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 435
Camera13MP Rear,5MP Front, both LED FLASH
Battery5000 mAh Li-ion
Display5.2 inch 1280 x 720 IPS

 

7. Asus ZenFone Max M1

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Honorable Mention
  • Excellent battery life
  • Loud speaker 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 a 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 makes this phone so much nicer to look at.

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

There is a considerable top and bottom chin on this device, but again quite acceptable for a sub Rs.10,000 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 day today 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 of time.

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 a 8MP shooter and has a flash to support the sensor in low light conditions as well.

Miscellaneous

All sensors, apart from a gyroscope is 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 sound 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 definitely satisfy you in 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 8.0
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 430
Camera13MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery4000 mAh
Display5.45 inch HD+ 1440 x 720 pixels

That sums up our list of the best mobile phones under Rs.8,000.

The budget phone space in India is a highly competitive market with too many bad phones.

But with this article, we hope that we have helped you pick the right product for your need.

If you have any queries or if you think we have left out any great mobile phones under Rs.8,000, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below.

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