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

by | Mar 7, 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 6Overall Best Pick
2. Samsung Galaxy M10 Runner-Up Pick
3. Asus ZenFone Max M1Feature-rich Android Smartphone
4. Honor 7A Value for Money Smartphone
5. Lenovo A5Cheap and Good Smartphone
6.  Realme C1Honorable Mention

 

1. Xiaomi Redmi 6

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Overall Best Pick
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • Decent 18:9 display

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

The Redmi 6 is the long-awaited refresh to the older popular Redmi 5 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 6 has its fair share of resemblance with the Redmi 5 and even with the Redmi note 5.

What’s different this time is that Xiaomi has decided to include a fingerprint sensor and surprisingly a dual camera unit at the rear.

The dual camera on the Redmi 6 resembles the horizontal camera layout of the first ever Android device from Xiaomi – the Mi A1.

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

Performance

The Redmi 6 is powered by an Helio P22 processor inside 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 3GB/32GB version and a 4GB/64GB one.

If you are into multitasking and need more storage out of the box, go for the 4GB variant, otherwise, we feel that sticking on to the 3GB variant provides more value for money proposition.

Display

The display on the Redmi 6 is a 5.45-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 295 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.

Miscellaneous

The MTK 6762 processor inside the Redmi 6 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 6 comes with a dual rear camera unit that consists of a 12MP+5MP sensor of which the 5MP one is a depth-sensing unit for accurate portrait mode photos.

In the front, there is a 5MP 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 6 is powered by a non-removable 3000mAh Li-Po battery which will keep the device charged for a day comfortably on moderate usage.

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 6 is an improved successor to the Redmi 5.

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

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Dual VoLTE

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Feature rich MIUI

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Good build quality

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Below average viewing angles

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P22
Camera12+5MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.45 inch HD+ 18:9

2. Samsung Galaxy M10

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Runner-Up Pick
  • 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

 

3. Asus ZenFone Max M1

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Feature-rich Android Smartphone
  • 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

4. Honor 7A

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Large screen real estate
  • Dual camera setup under Rs.10,000
  • Well built phone

Honor is an affordable smartphone subsidiary of Huawei for the developing nations such as India and Indonesia.

The company had started with smartphones priced under Rs.10,000 and moved upwards with premium features offered at cut-throat prices with phones like the Honor 9 Lite.

Honor 7A is the latest entrant to the Indian market targeting the sub Rs.10,000 price category.

With this smartphone, Honor is bringing the dual camera features to its entry-level devices as well.

Design and Build Quality

Featuring a metallic chassis, this device feels comfortable to hold in the hand. The gentle curves make the phone rest comfortably in the palm.

The elegant and attractive design that Honor phones are positively acclaimed for, is retained with this model as well.

The minimal yet premium curves and accent lines makes this phone stand out from other budget phones out there.

This device comes with a dedicated SD card slot and a dual SIM slot which is one of the most desirable features in this part of the world with almost everyone possessing two SIM cards.

Display

The 18:9 aspect ratio is the new trend in the smartphone market.

Not only is it an aesthetic trend but also important from a usability standpoint.

As the screen sizes become large, usability with one hand suffers a lot. With an 18:9 aspect ratio, the width remains the same making the phone easy to hold in your hand.

The Honor 7A comes with a large 5.70-inch HD IPS display with 283 ppi (pixel per inch).

Processor and Performance

Under the hood, the Honor 7A is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset.

Being an octa-core processor, most of the day to day tasks will run fluidly.

Accompanied by the 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, this processor keeps its promises for the asking price.

Don’t expect extraordinary performance from this relatively underpowered chipset.

Don’t expect to have a smooth gaming experience on the phone. It’s just not meant to be a gaming device per se.

Camera

Dual camera is one of the USP that the company boasts about in this device.

A 13MP+2MP camera module adorns the back of the devices coupled with an LED flash.

The camera takes decent pictures with good details at optimal lighting conditions.

Honor has also thrown in a portrait mode for those DSLR-esque photos.

The front camera on these devices is an 8MP shooter with a dedicated selfie flash. This lets you take brighter images even in the darkness.

Battery life

The Honor 7A has a 3000mAh Li-ion battery that is rated to last for at least a day of continuous usage.

In our tests we received around 10 hours of screen on time, which is quite an impressive feat.

Verdict

Honor is known for the feature rich EMUI skin on top of the Android OS.

If you like to own a budget device that does a little bit of everything and with a capable dual camera, the Honor 7A is a compelling product in this budget segment.

Launched with Android 8.0 out of the box, this device comes with features such as ride mode and dual Bluetooth which is very interesting and add value at this price point.

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Android 8.0 out of the box

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Dual camera at an affordable budget

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Dedicated SD card slot

Q

No full HD display

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.0
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 430
Camera13+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.7 inch 1440 x 720 pixels

5. 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+

 

6. Realme C1

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Honorable Mention
  • Trendy design
  • Impressive battery life
  • Capable Snapdragon 450 processor

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 C1 is a surprise addition to the stable and with the specs it packs, we think that this phone will be a runaway success in the sub Rs.7000 price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme C1 brings the much-hyped notch display trend into the sub Rs.7000 price point.

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

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 C1 packs the largest display in its segment – a 6.2-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 C1 has an impressive 88.8% screen to body ratio which is excellent for a phone in its category.

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

The Realme C1 packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 which is an octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz.

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

The Adreno 506 GPU does help the SoC in graphics related processes. The apps open and run fine without any stutters.

The 2GB RAM might bottleneck the processor when handling multitasking and you may see a bit of slowdown.

Camera

The Realme C1 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 has a massive 4230 mAh Li-ion battery that will last easily for a day and more with heavy usage.

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 C1 is the best smartphone that money can buy under a budget of Rs.7000.

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

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Massive 4230 mAh battery

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Trendy notched display

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Dual rear cameras

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Glossy back is a fingerprint magnet

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Nougat
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorQualcomm MSM 8917 quad core 1.4GHz
Camera8 MP Rear, 5 MP Front
Battery2600 mAh
Display5 inch 540 x 960 pixels AMOLED

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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