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

by | Jan 9, 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 3Overall Best Pick
2. Mi Redmi 8Runner-Up Pick
3. Asus ZenFone Max M2Feature Rich Smartphone
4. Honor 8CValue for Money Smartphone
5. Nokia 5.1Honorable Mention

1. Realme 3

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Overall Best Pick
  • Powerful CPU
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • Dual rear camera

Realme 3 is the company’s entry-level 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 3 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 an 82% screen to body ratio with minimal bezels on all four sides, resulting in immersive smartphone experience.

At the rear, the Realme 3 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 3 comes with a large 6.2-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels.

This display has a 19.5:9 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 3 is one of the first smartphones 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 3 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 13MP ‘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 3 comes with a slightly beefier battery than its recent predecessors.

The 4230mAh 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 3 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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Robust build quality

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Ergonomic, stylish design

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Corning Glass 3 protection

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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
Battery4230mAh
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 M2

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • Powerful Snapdragon processor
  • Fast face unlock
  • Long-lasting battery

The Zenfone Max M2 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 M2, 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 M2 is powered by a relatively powerful budget Snapdragon 632 Octa-core chipset and Adreno 506 GPU.

This is one of the best performing chipsets 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 6.26-inch full view display which is 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 632 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.

Camera

On the camera front, the Asus Zenfone Max M2 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 respectable 4,000mAh 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 M2 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 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.

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

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Metallic chassis

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Front camera with flash

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Dedicated SD card slot

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No Gorilla glass protection for the display

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 632
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.26 inch Full HD+

4. 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

5. Nokia 5.1

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Honorable Mention
  • Powerful Helio P18 processor
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Android One device

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 5.1 packs in kickass internals at a very competitive price point which makes it one of the top performers in its price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Nokia 5.1 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 5.1 features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 720 X 1520 pixels.

Had it been a full HD display, the Nokia 5.1 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.

The notch cuts the upper middle portion of the display to house the front camera. the sensors and the earpiece.

Processor

The Nokia 5.1 comes with the powerful Helio P18 octa-core processor,

This processor is on par with the likes of Snapdragon 632 and even works better at times.

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.

You can even play heavy graphics-intensive games on this phone without any difficulty, thanks to the Helio P18 being such a powerful performer.

Camera

As with other smartphone manufacturers, Nokia also banks on AI for its camera.

The rear camera setup has a 13MP primary and a dual-tone flash for low light photography.

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.

You can also make use of the special Nokia Bothie mode that lets you capture images from both the front and rear camera on a single screen.

Battery Life

The Nokia 5.1 has a 2970 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 5.1 is an amazing 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 8.0
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediatek Helio P18
Camera16MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery2970mAh
Display5.5 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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