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

by | Oct 15, 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. Realme U1Overall Best Pick
2. Mi Redmi 8Runner-Up Pick
3. Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1Feature Rich Smartphone
4. Nokia 3.1 PlusAndroid One Device
5. Samsung Galaxy M10 Best Branded Smartphone
6. Infinix S4Honorable 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 Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P70
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery3500mAh
Display6.3 inch Full HD+

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. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • Powerful processor
  • Near stock Android experience
  • 2-day battery phone

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 from Asus is a phone that is sold at an aggressive price with plenty of features loaded in.

Even though this phone was released last year, with the decrease in price, it has now become a serious smartphone worth looking for under a budget of Rs.8.000.

Design and Build Quality

Coming to the design and build of Zenfone Max Pro M1, 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 Pro M1 is powered by a relatively powerful budget Snapdragon 636 Octa-core chipset and Adreno 509 GPU.

This is the best performing chipset in budget Android smartphones under Rs. 8,000.

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.

Display

The display of this phone is a 5.99-inch full view display which is really immersive and colour accurate.

There are no protective glasses like Gorilla Glass here which significantly dents the overall build quality.

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.

The Snapdragon 636 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.

We recommend the 4GB RAM variant only if you’re a heavy performer, otherwise, the 3GB variant will be perfectly fine.

Camera

On the camera front, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is a decent performer.

It packs a dual rear 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.

Battery Life

This phone packs in a gigantic 5,000mAh battery that easily last 2 days of usage which is simply amazing for many power-hungry users.

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 Pro M1 is a worthy phone for most of the tasks at its price.

Verdict

If you love to have a mammoth battery inside so that you can possibly use the phone with a peace of mind inside, this is it.

With nearly stock Android OS, there’s nothing much to blame about the software either.

With Asus promising the Android P update, this smartphone should definitely be under your radar if you planning to buy a phone under Rs.8,000.

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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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The excellent phone even for heavy gaming

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No Gorilla glass protection for the display

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No NFC chip

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 636
Camera13MP+5MPRear, 8MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display5.99 inch Full HD+

 

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
ProcessorHelio P22 Octa core
Camera13MP+5MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3500mAh
Display6 inch HD+

5. Samsung Galaxy M10

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Best Branded Smartphone
  • High screen to body ratio
  • Dual camera with ultra-wide lens
  • Dedicated SD card slot

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 a 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 waterdrop 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 3GB 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 32GB 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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Robust build quality

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Brand reliability

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Colour accurate display

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No fingerprint scanner

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 7870
Camera13MP+5MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3400mAh
Display6.22 inchHD+ infinity V Display

 

6. Infinix S4

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Honorable Mention
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • The wide-angle triple rear camera
  • Decent day today 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 Pie 9.0
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorHelio P22 Octa core
Camera13MP+2MP+8MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display5.99 inch Full 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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