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

by | Jul 27, 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. Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1Overall Best Pick
2. Realme 3iRunner-Up Pick
3. Infinix Hot 7 Value for Money Smartphone
4. Xiaomi Redmi 7Feature Rich Smartphone
5. Samsung Galaxy M10 Honourable Mention

 

1. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

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Overall Best Pick
  • 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+

 

2. Realme 3i

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 Runner-Up Pick
  • Value for money specs
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • Gorilla Glass 3 protection

The Realme 3i is an improved version of the predecessor Realme 3 smartphone which did well in the Indian market.

This smartphone features the signature diamond-cut design of the Realme devices which makes it stand out from the rest in terms of aesthetic appeal.

Build Quality and Design

The design of the Realme 3i is one of its centre point attractions. The glass-like back panel has the same diamond-cut design which first debuted with the original Realme 1 smartphone.

It looks refreshing to the eyes and at the same time imparts a sense of premium quality feel to the device.

The body and construction quality of the Realme 3i feels rigid and solid.

The buttons are clicky and tactile. Since they are slightly raised from the surrounding support frame, it’s easy to differentiate even at low light conditions.

Realme 3 does come with a headphone jack. That’s happy news for hardcore music enthusiasts, right?

It’s 2019 and still, there is the outdated micro USB 2.0 for connectivity and syncing purposes.

The fingerprint scanner located at the back is very fast and responsive, one of the best in its price segment.

Processor and Performance

The Helio P60 inside the original Realme 1 was a champ. It trumped even the Snapdragon 636 that was found on many expensive smartphones priced upwards of Rs.12,000.

When it comes to the Realme 3i, this device is powered by the same MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core SoC clocked at 2GHz which is a budget champion in performance aspects.

With the relatively powerful Helio P60 and the 3GB/4GB RAM to choose from, you can experience buttery smooth multitasking and gaming experience with this device.

With the latest Android 9 Pie OS and the optimized Color OS 6.0, the device runs perfectly fine even while performing resource-intensive operations.

Camera

The Realme 3i comes with a dual-camera at the back. The 13MP+2MP rear shooter produces images with a lot of detail and colour accuracy in good daylight.

The f/1.8 primary sensor captures more light than the one used in Realme 2 to deliver better low light photography.

This device supports camera2 API out of the box, enabling you to install google camera directly without rooting or unlocking the bootloader.

Camera2 API in general terms is a permission given by the OS to the third-party apps to access more camera features, delivering a robust manual camera experience for the users.

The front cam is a 13MP shooter. The selfies look well balanced and capture the skin tone accurately.

Display

The cost-cutting in order to chip in features like a dual-camera setup and the fingerprint scanner is evident when it comes to the display department.

The Realme 3 features a 6.22-inch notched HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1520. The newer aspect ratio of 19:9 makes the phone looks tall but easily usable with a single hand.

With a pixel density of around 271 PPI, this isn’t a bad display at all. The images and text appear relatively sharp and clear.

Battery Life

The 4230 mAh Li-ion battery inside the Realme 3i can last well over a day worth of heavy usage.

But the one thing we noticed about the battery on this phone is that the charging times are slow. This might not be a problem for those who charge their device overnight.

Verdict

Realme 3i is one of the better-looking phones in the sub. Rs.10,000 category with the solid build quality.

The inclusion of the fingerprint scanner and the dual cameras along with the powerful Helio P60 make this device an attractive purchase in this segment.

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Diamond cut design

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Excellent screen to body ratio

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Long-lasting battery

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No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P60
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 13MP Front
Battery4230mAh
Display6.2 inch HD+

 

3. Infinix Hot 7

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Best Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • Latest Android 9.0 Pie OS
  • Excellent battery life
  • Bright and vivid display

Infinix is a Hong Kong-based smartphone brand which entered the Indian market two years ago.

Infinix focusses on budget Android phones catering the masses in the country looking for an affordable yet feature-packed device.

The Infinix Hot 7, priced under Rs.8,000 offers unprecedented hardware features for the price which is unparalleled in its category.

Design and Build Quality

The Infinix Hot 7 features a metallic unibody design which not only provides the structural strength but also enhances the aesthetic value of the device.

The rounded corners and the metallic back makes holding this budget smartphone a delight in the hands.

The overall fit and finish of this smartphone arefeelnotch, The buttons are well laid out and feels tactile and responsive.

Display

This smartphone packs in a 6.19-inch HD+ notched display with an aspect ratio of 19:9.

With a screen to body ratio of 83%, the Infinix Hot 7 boasts of one of the best immersive displays in this budget category.

This display has a maximum brightness up to 500 nits, which is sufficient for good outdoor legibility, even under direct sunlight.

The IPS panel offers excellent viewing angles and the 2.5D glass imparts a sense of premium feel. The colour accuracy is on point and the details in the visuals are decent.

Processor and Performance

What’s powering this device underneath is a MediaTek Helio P25 chipset clocked at a relatively higher 2.3Ghz.

This Helio SoC is very much capable budget processor along with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage provides you with a very swift and smooth day to day smartphone experience.

In case if you’re not satisfied with the storage options, Infinix throws in a dedicated SD card slot that can hold a maximum up to 256GB.

Camera

This budget device comes loaded with camera features as well. Both the front and rear of this smartphone houses a dual 13MP+2MP camera unit for fulfilling your needs.

There is a dual-LED flash in the rear and front flash to assist you with low light photography.

The company also advertises AI integration to the camera to take the photos and videos look much better.

Battery Life

The Infinix Hot 7 has a large 4000mAh battery powering the internals inside. With such a massive battery pack, even heavy users can get past a day of usage easily.

Verdict

Infinix might be a less known brand in the country right now, but if you’re the one who needs a feature-packed smartphone at a very affordable price point, this should be on top of your list.

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AI dual camera

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Decent processor

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Metallic unibody design

Q

No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorHelio P25 Octa core
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 13MP+2MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display6.19 inch HD+

 

4. Xiaomi Redmi 7

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 Feature Rich Android Smartphone
  • 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 back case

 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

5. Samsung Galaxy M10

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Honorable Mention
  • 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

 

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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