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

by | Jun 22, 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 C3Overall Best Pick
2. Redmi 8A DualRunner-Up Pick
3. Infinix Hot 8Value for Money Smartphone
4. Inifinix Note 5 Android One Smartphone
5. Lenovo A5Honourable Mention

Note: The price shown are the once when we reviewed the products. However, as the promotional offers changes on the given E-commerce sites, the price may vary. Bettershark is supported by it's readers. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

1. Realme C3

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Overall Best Pick
  • Powerful processor
  • Excellent battery life
  • Latest Android 10 OS

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 C3 is the worthy successor to the original Realme C2 which was one of the most popular budget devices of yesteryear in the sub Rs.8,000 price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme C3 brings the much-hyped waterdrop notch display trend into the sub Rs.8000 price point.

This device has a matte back with a textured finish that reflects lights in unique ways.

The design feels refreshing and unique. It sets the Realme C3 in a league apart from its competition when it comes to the overall style.

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 are of high quality and feel premium.

Display

The Realme C3 packs one of the largest displays in its segment – a 6.52-inch IPS LCD panel with an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.

This amounts to about 269 pixels which are quite decent for a smartphone of this price.

The Realme C3 has an impressive 89.8% 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 C3 packs in a powerful Helio G70 which is an octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz.

This is perhaps the best performing budget CPU that you can find on smartphones in this segment.

Be it multitasking or heavy gaming, this G70 chip has proven its mettle, being so smooth and lag-free.

The Mali G52 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 32GB internal storage along with a dedicated SD card slot will leave a little to worry about storage woes.

Camera

The Realme C3 has a dual rear camera setup that consists of a 12MP 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 beautification modes for perfect selfies.

Battery life

The Realme C2 had a battery capacity of 4000mAh but with the newer C3, Realme has bumped it to 5000mAh.

The battery life on this device is excellent, thanks to the power-efficient processor inside and the latest Android 10 operating system with the latest Realme UI 7 on top.

Verdict

The Realme C3 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 very powerful processor as well.

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Excellent grippy matte finish back

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Dirac sound enhancement

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Reflective display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P70
Camera13MP + 2MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.52-inch HD+

2. Redmi 8A Dual

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Dual rear camera
  • Excellent build quality

The Redmi 8A Dual comes as the teeny tiny upgrade to the already popular budget Redmi 8A smartphone aimed at first time smartphone buyers in the Indian market.

Priced just under Rs.8,000, this is one of the most anticipated smartphone releases in this quarter in the country.

Design and Build Quality

The all-new Redmi 8A Dual comes with a refreshed design that will appeal to the youth, thanks to the sexy curves and attractive colour options.

This device has a plastic unibody construction and has a stylized design by Xiaomi strip which looks very premium.

The speaker on this device is located at the backside. This is a huge bummer as the speaker will get muffled when you place it on a flat surface.

Overall, this smartphone has retained the decent build quality with a few cosmetic changes that now makes this phone look more stylish.

Processor and Display

Making a return to using Qualcomm chips, Redmi houses a newer snapdragon 439 SoC with this budget android smartphone.

This octa-core chipset clocked at 2GHz coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, the performance is smooth and lag-free with most of the causal apps apart from games.

The display on this device is 6.22 -inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels.

The pixel density of this screen is approximately around 270ppi, which although is a low number, looks cooler with the fancy Mi user interface.

The display is adequately bright and the viewing angles look nice without any colour washout worth mentioning.

Xiaomi has also given Corning gorilla glass 5 protection to the front glass to save you from accidentally scratching the display.

Camera

The Redmi 8A Dual has a dual 12 MP+2MP rear camera setup and an 8MP front camera with AI features baked into the camera interface.

The company claims that AI will improve the clarity of photos and remove aberrations from the same.

The pictures shot in low light and artificial lighting conditions show considerable improvement in the quality over the previous Redmi 7A model.

Battery Life

The Redmi 8A Dual comes with a massive 5000mAh Li-ion battery inside which will last for at least two days in moderate to heavy usage scenarios.

The idle battery drain is very minimal with the latest MIUI 11 version which further reduces the overall power consumption.

Verdict

If you love the MIUI skin and are interested in a no-frills device that gets frequent updates adding features on top, the Redmi 8A Dual is worth checking out.

The MIUI community is so active that developers are making various custom ROMs for this device in various forums and with that, you are assured to get the latest Android versions to try out.

For an ordinary user, the Redmi 8A Dual offers a budget alternative to the higher end Xiaomi phones while experiencing almost the same UI and feature set.

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Splash resistant design

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Lightweight

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Up to 400 nits brightness

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No fingerprint scanner

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 439
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.22 inch 720 x 1520

3. Infinix Hot 8

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Powerful processor 
  • AI triple camera
  • Long-lasting 5000mAh battery

The Hot 8 from Infinix is an upgrade over its Infinix Hot 7 smartphone which had so much to offer at a relatively low price tag.

Released with the latest Android 9.0 Pie update, this phone stands second to none in terms of performance and future-readiness in its category.

Design and Build Quality

Infinix Hot 8 is one of the best-looking devices in its price segment.

The glass back design is now the trend in the budget smartphone segment and gives this device a premium aesthetic feel.

In the back, there is the nicely arranged triple camera setup that resembles expensive phones upwards of Rs.15,000.

Below the camera is a dual-tone flash to improve camera performance in low light conditions.

The speaker is placed on the backside and is prone to muffled audio when placed on a flat surface.

Display

The Infinix Hot 8 features a large 6.52-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels.

This display is of IPS type and offers exceptional viewing angles for a smartphone under Rs.8,000.

This is an 18:9 full view display with 88% screen to body ratio, making it suitable for viewing media content without any limitations.

The company has integrated an eye-care mode to this display, which blocks blue colour after daylight, reducing the stress on your eyes.

Processor and Performance

The Infinix Hot 8 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 quad-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz.

This processor is capable of running the show on this budget Android smartphone without any hassles.

Supported by the adequate 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, an average user would find everything running smooth and can even have some heavy multitasking on the go.

Android 9.0 also chimes in with some under the hood optimizations, that makes this phone run faster than ever before.

Camera

The camera is usually not the strong forte of budget Android phones. Contrary to this, the Infinix Hot 8 comes loaded with a triple 13MP + 2MP rear camera with a dual-tone LED flash and an accompanying low light sensor for better night time photography.

This camera supports PDAF for fast focusing and comes with HDR support along with a few shooting modes preset.

In the front, there is an 8MP shooter with bokeh mode photo support, aided by a selfie flash for finer shots in low light environments.

Battery Life

The Infinix Hot 8 is rocking a massive 5000 mAh Li-ion battery under the hood.

This battery is enough to make the phone last for two days and then some, even in extreme usage scenarios.

Verdict

If you want one of the feature-packed Android smartphones available under the budget of Rs.8,000, look no further – this is it.

The latest Android 9.0 Pie OS coupled with a respectable 18:9 display and excellent battery life make this device the top choice in our list.

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Premium design and build quality

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Mini-drop notched display

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Selfie camera with flash

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Slow charging

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorMediatek Helio P22
Camera12MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.52-inch HD+

4. Infinix Note 5

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Android One Smartphone
  • Android operating system
  • Suited for media consumption
  • Fast charger included in the box

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 launch of their first Android One device in the country – the Infinix Note 5.

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 Note 5 is made of plastic. However, the quality of the plastics used is good and feels extremely durable in hand.

The back shell looks stylish and at first glance, you will mistake it as a glass back but it’s just plastic with a glass finish.

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 Note 5 has one of the best in the class display we’ve ever seen on a smartphone priced under Rs.8,000.

This device has a 5.99-inch full HD+ resolution that output images and visuals with great details and vivid colours.

This panel can achieve a maximum brightness level up to 500 nits which will make viewing this display in bright sunlight much easier.

Processor and Performance

Helio P23 may not be as extravagant as the P60 inside 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.

Android One

Yes – you heard it right. The Infinix Note 5 is an Android One device.

This means clean and simple stock Android and assured software updates and security patches up to two years, directly from Google.

There is no unwanted bloatwares or third-party skins to bog down the resources and make the device sluggish. Everything works well and smooth as intended.

Apart from whatever interesting features, this device offers, we think that the Android One badge is what makes it stand out from the rest.

Camera

The Infinix Note 5 has a single rear camera which is a 12MP shooter. This sensor is aided by a dual-tone LED flash for better night photography.

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

The front camera is a 16MP 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 Note 5 packs in a 4500mAh 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.

It doesn’t end here. The company packs in an 18w fast charger in the box to aide fast charging as well.

Verdict

The Infinix Note 5 is a great value for money device which comes with a lot of features for the price at which it is retailing.

With the Android one programme, you are sure to receive software support for up to 2 years and this ensures that the phone will remain future proof until then.

If you’re not in for serious gaming action, the Infinix Note 5 is the best bet for a casual smartphone under Rs.8,000 currently in the market.

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Assured software updates

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Excellent battery life

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Great display

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Poor video output from the camera

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P23 Octa core
Camera12MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display5.99 inch Full HD+

5. Lenovo A5

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Honourable 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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