Best Smartphones Under Rs.12,000 (June 2020)

by | Jun 21, 2020

If you are looking for a smartphone above Rs.10,000 and you can’t extend your budget to Rs.15,000, then the best option is to go for a smartphone under Rs.12,000.

The sheer variety and competition in this segment are massive in India and almost every phone manufacturer launch a product in this price range.

So, which is the best smartphone under Rs.12,000?

Who offers the best value for money as well as build quality?

Let’s find out here.

Best Phones Under Rs.12,000

1. Lenovo K10 NoteOverall Best Pick
2. Redmi Note 7 ProRunner-Up Pick
3. Vivo U20Best all Rounder Smartphone
4. Redmi Note 8 Best Budget Smartphone
5. Oppo A31Feature Rich Smartphone
6. Realme Narzo 10Honourable Mention

 

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1. Lenovo K10 Note

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Overall Best Pick
  • Powerful Snapdragon 710 chipset
  • Triple rear camera with a telephoto lens
  • Excellent battery life

Lenovo has been dormant for years in the Indian smartphone industry. With the influx of new generation brands such as Xiaomi and Vivo, the company took a deep hit on sales.

With the latest K10 Note series, Lenovo has a solid offering, trying to regain some of its past glory among the budget-conscious Indian consumers.

Design and Build Quality

The Lenovo K10 Note looks stunning at first sight itself. The level of perfection that Lenovo has brought about in designing this hardware is on par with other products in a similar price range.

The nice gentle curves and the gradient designs blend well with the overall premium theme.

The glossy polycarbonate back looks very classy but is a fingerprint magnet.

The camera setup is tucked on to the side with a fingerprint scanner placed on a comfortable location for easier access.

Processor and Performance

The Lenovo K10 Note is powered by one of the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processors.

This is the only phone along with the Realme 3 Pro which features such a powerful processor in the sub. Rs.10000 category.

The 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage elegantly complement this powerful processor to deliver you the best of multitasking and intense gaming experience.

Display

This budget Android smartphone features a large 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

This display has minimal bezels and offers an immersive viewing experience.

The colour accuracy and brightness levels are on par with other displays found on smartphones in the same price range as well.

Camera

The Lenovo K10 Note comes with a triple rear camera setup consisting of 16MP + 5MP + 8MP. This camera is capable of recording videos up to 4K 30fps quality.

The stills come out very detailed and accurate colours. In the front, there is a 16MP sensor with AI support for selfie shots.

Battery

This budget smartphone is powered by a 4050mAh battery that will easily last for a day and a half with moderate to heavy usage.

The latest Android 9.0 Pie comes with many battery optimizations on board which makes this phone last a lot longer as well.

Verdict

The Lenovo K10 Note is an allrounder checking all the right boxes without leaving none.

With the advantage of being the only phone with a telephoto lens with 2x zoom in this price range, smartphone enthusiasts should take a look.

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Elegant and premium design

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USB Type C connector

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OTG support

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No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 710
Camera16MP + 5MP + 8MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4050mAh
Display6.3-inch Full HD+

2. Redmi Note 7 Pro

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Excellent low light photography
  • Long-lasting 4000mAh battery
  • Powerful Snapdragon 675 processor

Redmi Note 7 Pro is the newest weapon from the Redmi arsenal, which is a recently spun off Xiaomi subsidiary for manufacturing and marketing budget and mid-range Android smartphones.

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes as a successor to the popular Redmi Note 6 Pro and is launched in India at an enticing price point of just under Rs.15,000 for the 4GB/64GB variant.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi Note 7 Pro borrows some design elements from the Honor phones in terms of colour schemes and builds quality.

The all-new Redmi Note 7 Pro features a glass sandwich design at the front and rear protected with the latest gorilla glass 5.

The shiny back panel reminds us of the Honor phones off late, which is always a good thing because those phones looked so stunning.

The fit and finish of this budget Android smartphone are on par with its competitors and Xiaomi has not done any visible cost-cutting in terms of build quality.

Display

The Redmi Note 7 Pro features a large 6.3-inch FHD+ panel with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

This dot notch display has a screen to body ratio of 81.4% and has minimal bezels on all four sides.

As we’ve already mentioned, the display is covered with corning gorilla glass 5 for protection from accidental scratches and dents and an additional p2i splashproof protection.

This IPS LCD delivers visuals with excellent colour quality and brightness levels.

The pixel density of 409 ppi and the minimal bezels ensures crisp, clean as well as immersive visual experience with this budget Android smartphone.

Processor and Performance

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes loaded with the latest mid-range SoC offering from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 675.

This octa-core chipset along with the 6 GB RAM and the 128 GB of internal storage lets you multitask, game and whatnot with this phone like a breeze.

There is no stutters or lags whatsoever and at the same time, there is no thermal throttling as well.

Camera

This is where things get slightly more interesting with the Redmi Note 7 Pro.

This budget Android smartphone packs in a 48MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup and a 13MP front camera.

But wait, 48MP?

Yeah, on paper it’s a 48MP shooter, but technically, the sensor takes four 12MP shots and combines into one single shot with enhanced details and colour profile.

The low light performance of this smartphone is possibly the best in its category.

The selfie camera comes with AI features to make you look even more beautiful.

Miscellaneous

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with the regular set of sensors, USB-C port for charging and data syncing, 3.5mm jack for plugging in your favourite earphones and headphones.

The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on this device is lightning-fast to unlock the screen.

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with L1 Widevine certificate which lets you watch online streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon prime in full HD resolution.

Battery Life

The Redmi Note 7 Pro packs in a 4000mAh battery inside which will last for an impressive one and a half days of moderate to heavy usage.

This phone supports quick charging and comes with an 18W charger for juicing up the device fast.

Verdict

If you can get your hands on this device during the second-long flash sale, it would be a steal for under Rs.15,000.

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Elegant design

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Excellent build quality

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Quick charging support

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No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 675
Camera48MP+5MP Rear, 13MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.3-inch Full HD+

3. Vivo U20

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Best all-Rounder Smartphone
  • 18W fast charger in the box
  • UFS 2.1 storage
  • Full HD display

The all-new Vivo U20 is the bigger sibling to its budget V10 smartphone. This specific device competes with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and Realme 5 in the Indian market.

With impressive hardware onboard, this smartphone gives a run for the money for other devices in the same price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Vivo U20 has adopted the regular glass sandwich design found on phones in a similar price range but with one advantage – the back shell is polycarbonate plastic with a gradient paint finish.

In a design perspective, this might look less premium than having a glass back, but from a durability standpoint, this is very much appreciable.

The volume rockers and the power buttons are very clicky and responsive.

The front display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to save the screen from accidental scratches.

The main downside of this device is that it lacks a USB Type C port but come with micro USB 2.0 as the standard.

The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is fast and responsive to the touches and unlocks the phone in an instant.

Display

The Vivo U20 features a 6.53-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

This display has a body to screen ratio of about 84.4% and comes with a pixel density of 295ppi.

The colours look vivid and the brightness levels are decent with this panel on the U20.

Processor and Performance

The Vivo U20 budget Android smartphone is powered by the mid-range champion Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor clocked at 2.0GHz.

This powerful processor coupled with 6GB RAM can handle everyday tasks effortlessly and will even let you play graphic-intensive games.

The phone stays cool even while gaming and doesn’t overheat and cause thermal throttling.

Furthermore, the UFS 2.1 64GB internal storage is lightning fast in loading apps and read/write speeds as well.

Camera

The Vivo U20 has a triple rear camera setup which consists of a primary 16MP sensor, an 8MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP unit for macro shots.

These cameras return very good pictures with natural colours and vivid details.

The front camera is a 16MP sensor which comes with all the bells and whistles such as AI beauty mode which the Vivo phones are known for.

Battery Life

This is where the Vivo U20 trumps other competitors in the price range.

The Vivo U20 packs in a mammoth 5000mAh Li-ion battery which will last for up to days of moderate usage and a day of heavy usage.

Supplementing this, the device comes with an 18W fast charger in the box for juicing up the battery quickly.

Verdict

The Vivo U20 is probably the only device with a UFS 2.1 storage under Rs.12,000 price range.

With a decent full HD display and powerful processor, this smartphone should be on the lookout for anyone who prefers to have an all-round winner in their hands.

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Robust build quality

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The AI-powered triple rear camera

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Fast and accurate fingerprint sensor

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No USB type C

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
RAM6 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 675
Camera16MP+8MP+2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.53-inch Full HD+

4. Redmi Note 8

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Best Budget Smartphone
  • The good quality IPS display
  • Quad camera setup
  • Long-lasting battery life

Redmi Note 8 is the Xiaomi’s true successor to the much-touted Redmi 7 which brought some premium features right into the hands of people scouring the market for an affordable feature-packed smartphone.

The Redmi Note 8 comes with internals which totally blows the competition out of the scene and is priced very competently under Rs.10.000.

Design and Build Quality

Xiaomi has set a new standard with the design of this budget entry-level Android smartphone.

The glass bodied chassis was only seen on premium devices in the past has made its way to the sub. Rs.10000 with this smartphone.

The bezels are minimal and the weight is evenly distributed for a comfortable and delightful smartphone usage experience.

The quality of materials used for construction is top-notch and without any compromise.

Display

The Redmi Note 8 features a large 6.3-inch FHD+ panel with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

This display is one of the brightest in the segment.

The colours pop up and feel vibrant and vivid even in the direct sunlight.

Media consumption and gaming will be a delight with this display with the waterdrop notch up top.

The display is protected with corning gorilla glass 5 for protection from accidental scratches and dents and an additional p2i splashproof protection.

Processor and Performance

The Redmi Note 8 is powered by the powerful mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor.

This quad-core processor together with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage is more than enough for some serious multitasking and gaming action in this price range.

The phone never heats much and the glass body helps the phone stay cool even while gaming.

Camera

The Redmi Note 8 smartphone has a whopping 48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP rear camera setup with support for AI mode and phase detection autofocus.

The front shooter is a 13MP camera with an aperture size of f/2.0 for better low light selfies.

The 48MP sensor outputs 4 images of 12MP each and stitches it together to deliver photos with great details and colour accuracy. The 8MP sensor is an ultra-wide camera, and the rest is for depth sensing and macro photography.

Miscellaneous

This phone supports connectivity features such as dual VoLTE. You can use two 4G sims simultaneously without any glitches.

All standard set of sensors are available on this device including an infrared emitter for using the phone as a remote to your home appliances.

And yes, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack to plug in your favourite earphones.

Battery Life

This device from Xiaomi comes with a generous 4000mAh Li-Po battery that will last for about two days on moderate to heavy usage.

Verdict

The Redmi Note 8 is the best smartphone you can get your hands for a budget under Rs.10,000 in the Indian market as of now.

With its 48MP camera sensor and a very colour accurate display, spending Rs.10,000 on this gadget is well worth every penny you’ve earned.

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Premium design and build quality

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Gorilla glass protection

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Type C charging port

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Bloated MIUI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665
Camera48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP Rear, 13MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.3-inch Full HD+

5. Oppo A31

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Feature Rich Smartphone
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Best for casual use
  • Capable cameras

Oppo has had relatively a success streak in the Indian market with their smartphones.

The company has been concentrating on its products advertising its selfie prowess and things have started to change.

The Oppo A31 is a budget Android smartphone from the company that brings certain features of its high priced siblings into the sub Rs.12,000 segment.

Design and build quality

Oppo phones are known for their sharp edges and boxy designs.

The A31, however, breathes fresh air into the dull design budget smartphone market with its notched design.

This device has a notch upfront, that houses the front camera and other sensors along with the earpiece.

The back shell is made of glossy plastic that has an interesting gradient design which reflects light off the back interestingly and attractively.

The build quality is on par for the asking price. The device feels solid and well made in the hand.

What made us happy is that Oppo went with a dedicated SD card slot along with the dual sim connectivity option.

Display

The Oppo A31 features a 6.5-inch display that has a modern 20:9 aspect ratio.

The display panel has a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels which makes it an HD+ rated one and not a full HD panel which is a bit of a bummer.

However, the display is adequately bright and the text and images appear sufficiently sharper and vibrant.

If you’re the one who loves to watch a lot of media content on your smartphone, this larger display would be the one you’re in search of.

Processor and camera

Oppo usually favours MediaTek processors in their smartphones.

The A5s is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 octa-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz.

The chip itself is OK for casual use and mild multitasking but will likely face some troubles with intensive multitasking or heavy gaming.

The Oppo A31 features a 13MP+2MP+2MP rear camera with portrait mode support. A secondary 2MP camera is a depth-sensing unit along with the 2MP macro camera for close up shots.

The photos come out as expected with good details and accurate colours. But the quality of low light photos is questionable.

The front notch houses an 8MP camera with AI modes to enhance your selfies to look better on screen.

Battery life

What’s powering the Oppo A31 inside is a 4230 mAh Li-ion battery.

This battery is sufficient enough to make the phone last for a day and a half comfortably even with heavy usage.

Since the processor and display resolution is on the lower side, the battery life is very impressive when compared to other phones with similar capacity batteries.

Verdict

The large notched display is probably the USP of this device. Those who love to watch a lot of media content on their phones would love this extra screen real estate.

Apart from the display, the build quality is good as well. The attractive colour options that this device comes is a fashion statement in itself.

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Robust build quality
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Attractive design

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Dedicated SD card slot

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No Full HD display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorMediatek Helio P35
Camera12+2+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery4230mAh
Display6.5 inch HD+

6. Realme Narzo 10

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Honourable Mention
  • Gaming centric smartphone
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Latest Android 10 OS

The Narzo series is the budget gaming smartphone lineup from Realme featuring the G series chipsets from MediaTek custom made for better gaming performance.

The Narzo 10 is the big brother of the Realme Narzo 10A which we discussed in the best smartphones under Rs.10,000 article.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme Narzo comes with a plastic back shell with vertical line design which looks refreshing and unique. This device comes in two colour variants – that green and that white, which is quite explanatory.

The front display comes with Corning gorilla glass 3 protection to save you from accidental scratches.

The phone weighs around 202g but thanks to the excellent weight distribution, the phone feels good to hold in the hand.

The 3.5mm jack, USB type C port and the mono speaker grills adorn the bottom portion of the phone.

Overall, the quality seems okay but great for the price.

Display

The Narzo 10 packs in a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels, having a pixel density of 269ppi.

Do note that there are phones with better, full HD displays available in the market for the same price. So if a full HD display is your primary concern, you should skip this product.

The quality itself isn’t that bad we would say. The colours look vivid and the brightness levels are decent indoors.

Processor and Performance

The Realme Narzo 10 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G80 chipset clocked at 2GHz. This 12nm octa-core chipset is touted as a gaming-centric CPU.

With the 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage, this phone performs quite well in day to day tasks.

When it comes to gaming, yes the performance is satisfactory but there are minor stutters here and there, which we believe is a software issue and will be rectified soon via an OTA update.

Battery Life

This budget smartphone priced under Rs.12,000 has a massive 5000mAh battery inside which will last for two days of normal usage and a day if you game too much.

There is an 18W charger bundled in the box to juice up the battery quicker.

Verdict

If you want a decent gaming smartphone under Rs.12,000 running the latest Android 10 OS and a long-lasting battery, the Narzo 10 from Realme is worth checking out.

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Good in-hand feel

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18W Fast charger in the box

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OTG compatible

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No full HD display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory128 GB
ProcessorMediatek Helio G80
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear,16MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.5-inch HD+

And that concludes our list of the best mobile phones under Rs.12,000.

We have taken a genuine effort to list out only the best smartphone in this price category.

We will be updating this list when new phones that can challenge our top picks are launched.

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