Best Smartphones Under Rs.8,000 (March 2020)

by | Feb 28, 2020

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. Realme U1Overall Best Pick
2. Mi Redmi 8Runner-Up Pick
3. Honor 8CValue for Money Smartphone
4. Nokia 3.1 plusBest Build Quality
5. Infinix S4Feature Rich Smartphone
6. Lenovo A5Honorable Mention

 

1. Realme U1

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Overall Best Pick
  • Best in class powerful Helio P70 SoC
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • AI-powered camera

The Realme U1 is the company’s first U series smartphone launched recently in the Indian market.

This budget Android smartphone comes with cutting-edge features that give the established brands like Xiaomi and Asus, a run for their money in the sub. Rs.8,000 price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme U1 comes with the famed waterdrop notch borrowed from its elder siblings at Oppo.

Made of glass at the front and glass type acrylic material at the back, this is one of the best-looking devices in its price range.

This device has a 90% screen to body ratio with minimal bezels on all four sides, resulting in immersive smartphone experience.

At the rear, the Realme U1 has the same design as that of the budget Realme C1 Pro with an additional fingerprint scanner, that the former lacked.

The glossy acrylic back is a fingerprint magnet and knowing this, Realme has included a clear case in the box with this smartphone.

There’s still the micro USB port for charging and not the USB C and has a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom for wired music listening.

The quality of the construction is premium and the phone feels really solid and built to last.

Display

The Realme U1 comes with a large 6.3-inch IPS LCD FHD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

This display has a 19:9 aspect ratio and comes with a teardrop notch at the top. The screen is very bright and colour accurate and offers excellent contrast levels.

Even though the display is large, the 19.5:9 aspect ratio makes it possible to use the phone single-handedly. For protection, this display is covered with a 2.5D Corning gorilla glass to prevent accidental scratches and damage.

Processor and Performance

The Realme U1 is the first smartphone to launch with the Helio P70 processor. This octa-core processor from MediaTek performs on par with the Snapdragon 660 at times and easily beats the Snapdragon 636.

With 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, multitasking and gaming work very well without any annoyances, even with resource-intensive apps.

There is a dedicated SD card slot for memory expansion if the 32GB doesn’t cut.

MediaTek has incorporated many AI techniques on to this chip which Realme has taken advantage of to improve the performance of the processor as well as the camera and sound output.

Camera

Realme pitches the camera prowess of the U1 to an extent calling it as the best selfie camera in its segment.

At the rear, there is the 13MP + 2MP camera combo of which the 2MP is just a depth-sensing unit.

The photos and videos which comes out this setup is decent and has enough details to make it look more natural. Realme has included a 90 fps slow motion with this camera as well.

At the front is a 25MP ‘selfie pro’ camera that comes with the support of A1 features like studio lighting effects and enhanced bokeh mode.

This camera is said to be specifically tuned for Indian conditions to give a natural skin tone and other regional features.

Battery Life

The Realme U1 comes with a slightly smaller capacity battery than its recent predecessors. The 3500mAh battery is rated to last for a day of heavy usage without any issues.

The chipset inside supports fast charging, but you have to invest a few bucks to purchase a fast charger for that.

Verdict

The Realme U1 has a great display and a powerful processor which at a price tag of Rs.8,000 is an absolute steal.

If you are into gaming or heavy multitasking, we recommend you to purchase this phone and rest assured, you won’t regret the choice.

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Elegant design

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90% screen to body ratio

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Excellent large display

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No USB C

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P70
Camera13+2MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery3500mAh
Display6.22″ HD+ 18:9

 

2. Mi Redmi 8

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Massive 5000mAh battery
  • Gorilla Glass 5 screen protection
  • Dedicated SD card slot

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

The Mi Redmi 8 is the long-awaited refresh to the older popular Redmi 7 which was a runaway success with the budget consumers.

Design and Build Quality

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

The Redmi 8 has its fair share of resemblance with the Redmi 7 but the design strategy is much more aligned with the newer models.

The Redmi 8 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 8 is powered by the latest entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 6439 processor which is a relatively new octa-core SoC clocked at 1.95GHz.

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

This device features 4GB RAM and 64GB of onboard internal storage. If you are into multitasking and casual gaming, this phone would easily cater your needs effortlessly.

Display

The display on the Redmi 8 is a considerably larger 6.25-inch HD+ panel with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels.

Following the trend, the Redmi 8 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 want to.

This display is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and has a screen to body ratio of almost 81%.

Miscellaneous

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

This budget Android smartphone comes with Android 9.0 Pie OS out of the box with MIUI 10 custom UI on top.

Camera

The Redmi 8 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 8 is powered by a non-removable 5000mAh Li-Po battery which will keep the device charged for a couple of days comfortably on moderate to heavy usage.

This is considerably larger considering the 4000mAh it’s predecessor, the Redmi 7 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

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

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Gorgeous design

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Excellent build quality

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USB Type C port

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No full HD display

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 439
Camera12+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.22″ HD+ 18:9

3. Honor 8C

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Long-lasting battery 
  • A good quality dual-camera setup
  • IPS LCD with good viewing angles

The Honor 8C is a camera-centric smartphone launched by Huawei in the budget segment as a successor to the original Honor 8X.

Design and Build Quality

The build quality of Honor 8C is impeccable.

It has the latest 19:9 aspect ratio which makes the phone easy to hold even after having a large 6.26-inch display.

The curved sides comfortably rest inside the palm without any issues.

The metallic body at the back and the aluminium frame gives it a premium look. But you have to be careful here because of the slippery surface.

Processor and Performance

The Honor 8C is powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 Octa-Core processor and runs on Android 8.1 Pie-based EMUI 8.2.

The performance of this chipset is neck-to-neck with the Snapdragon 636 which is available in smartphones of the same price.

With 4GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage, the performance of this device is very satisfactory for the price at which it sells in the market.

Multitasking runs fine with no major app reloading issues and even offers a pleasant gaming experience with titles such as PUBG and Fortnite with low settings.

Display

The Honor 8C has a 6.26-inch IPS LCD with an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels and the new 19:9 aspect ratio.

The all-new dewdrop notch helps this device to have an immersive full view display with minimal bezels.

Watching media content on this LCD is a treat with accurate colour reproduction and contrast levels.

Camera

The Honor 8C comes equipped with a 13MP + 2MP dual-camera setup on the rear and a 24MP front camera.

The rear primary camera has an aperture size of f/1.8 which aides in good low light photography.

This sensor is assisted by a 2MP depth-sensing unit for DSLR quality bokeh and portrait mode photos.

The 8MP front sensor has AI features baked into the app for delivering better-looking selfie photos with a lot of details.

If your biggest priority is a good selfie camera, we would highly recommend this device.

The picture quality especially selfies and video quality are very good and it has a lot of additional features in the camera app to tweak and tinker the output.

Battery Life

Now coming to the battery life, this phone has a 4000mAh battery.

On the outset, this looks like an average battery but thanks to the power-efficient Snapdragon 632 chipset, the actual battery life is impressive.

With this battery, the Honor 8C easily lasts a day under heavy usage.

Verdict

In conclusion, the Huawei Honor 8C is a good value for money smartphone at Rs.9,999.

The 8MP selfie camera, impressive design, premium look and a competent spec-sheet makes this phone a worthy contender under Rs.9,999.

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Minimal yet attractive design
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Robust build quality
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Dedicated SD card slot

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Slippery without a case

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 632
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.26 inch HD+ IPS LCD

4. Nokia 3.1 Plus

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Best Build Quality
  • Powerful Helio P22 processor
  • Android One device
  • Decent display

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

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

Design and Build Quality

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

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

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

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

Display

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

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

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

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

Processor

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

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

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

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

Camera

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

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

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

Battery Life

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

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

Verdict

If you don’t mind the HD+ display, that’s however indistinguishable from a full HD one for an untrained eye, the Nokia 3.1 Plus is a good deal under Rs.8,000.

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Build quality

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Excellent performance

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AI-powered camera

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No full HD display

 Specifications

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

5. Infinix S4

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • The wide-angle triple rear camera
  • Decent day to day performance

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 budget Infinite S4 which packs a definite punch concerning the internals and performance.

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 S4 is made of plastic and glass. The quality of the plastics used is good and feels extremely durable in hand.

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 S4 has one of the best in the class display we’ve ever seen on a smartphone priced under Rs.8,000.

This display has a large 6.26-inch HD+ resolution that output images and visuals with great details and vivid colours.

This panel can achieve a maximum brightness level up to 400 nits which will make viewing this display in bright sunlight much easier.

Processor and Performance

Helio P22 may not be as extravagant as the P60 inside the likes of 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.

Camera

The Infinix S4 has a triple rear camera setup which comprises of a 12MP primary shooter, a 2MP depth-sensing unit and an 8MP wide-angle sensor.

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

The front camera is a 32MP 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 S4 packs in 4000mAh 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.

Verdict

The Infinix S4 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 S4 is the best bet for a casual smartphone under Rs.8,000 currently in the market.

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Elegant design

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Drop notch display

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Android 9.0 Pie OS

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Poor video output from the camera

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P22
Camera13MP+2MP+8MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display5.99 inch Full 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 a considerable chin on the top and bottom, but minimal bezels on the sides.

In the rear, there is a single camera and flash combo encased inside a horizontal cutout, that resembles the dual camera setup in phones like Mi A1.

Apart from the camera and the fingerprint sensor, yes you heard it right, the Lenovo 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 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 8.0
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediaTek MT6739 Quad core 1.3GHz
Camera13MP Front, 8MP Rear
Battery4000mAh
Display5.45 inch HD+

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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