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

by | Jan 10, 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. Realme 3 ProOverall Best Pick
2. Redmi Note 7 ProFeature-Rich Smartphone
3. Nokia 7.1Best Build Quality
4. Vivo U20Best all Rounder Smartphone
5. Mi A3Android One Device
6. Samsung Galaxy M30  Best Reliable Smartphone
7. Motorola One MacroValue for Money Smartphone
8. Honor 20iSmartphone with Best Design
9. Oppo A5sHonorable Mention

1. Realme 3 Pro

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Overall Best Pick
  • Powerful Snapdragon 710 processor
  • VOOC Flash charge 3.0
  • Full HD display

RealMe 3 Pro is a mid-range Android smartphone released back in Q2 2019 to compete with the likes of Asus Zenfone Max Pro and Redmi Note Pro series devices.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme 3 Pro smartphone is completely made of plastic. There isn’t even a single piece of metallic insert anywhere to be seen on the chassis of this device.

However, the excessive use of plastics doesn’t mean that the build quality is inferior. The use of excellent quality plastic does make the device feel rigid and durable.

The shiny tinted colour plastic back may seem to be made of glass but it isn’t. We advise you to use the supplied PU case in the box to avoid scratches on this device.

The horizontally arranged dual camera rests a bit raised from the surface and is covered with a metallic ring around the edge.

The fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear at a comfortable position where your index finger rests naturally.

The power button is placed on the right side and the volume rockers to the left. These buttons feel responsive and tactile.

The headphone jack and the speaker is placed in the bottom side. One of the biggest letdowns of this device is that it comes with the outdated micro USB port instead of USB-C.

Overall, the attractive colour options and the waterdrop notch display makes this phone quite a looker in its segment.

The build quality is okayish but not something worth writing pages about.

Display

The display was one of the strongholds of RealMe devices and they did the same in RealMe 3 Pro as well.

The RealMe 3 Pro has kept the legacy with its large 6.3-inch full HD+ IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

The main USP of this display is its waterdrop notch, which houses the front camera and looks rather appealing than a regular-sized wide notch.

This tiny notch does help this budget smartphone to rock an impressive 84% screen to body ratio.

This 19.5:9 display comes with a pixel density of 409 ppi, which results in excellent visual clarity.

The colours look popping with this display and the brightness levels are up to the point as well.

You will have no issues using this display under sunlight or in brightly lit environments.

As an added cherry on top, the RealMe 3 Pro comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection for the display which will protect the glass from accidental scratches.

Processor and Performance

Realme 3 Pro features the more powerful, more efficient Snapdragon 710 SoC, which is the best in its segment available at present.

Whether you are a gamer or a casual user, this device won’t hold you back with bottlenecks.

With 6GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage, you can play your favourite game or do intense multitasking effortlessly on this device.

Network

The RealMe 3 Pro comes with dual VoLTE feature which can be utilized for two active 4G SIM connections.

The signal reception is excellent because the entire chassis is made of plastic and nothing interferes with the signals.

The call quality through the earpiece is loud and clear and even with the loudspeaker, there is no jitter.

Camera

The Realme 3 Pro has a dual rear camera unit with 16MP primary shooter and a 5MP depth-sensing unit.

The f/1.7 primary camera in the back performs well in low light conditions and provides images with considerably less noise.

The pictures turn out great with an excellent level of detail and colour accuracy in well-lit conditions and outdoors.

The front camera is a 25MP shooter which is one of the best in its segment, The AI selfie mode works great and results in perfect portrait selfies with no jagged edges or aberrations.

There is HDR support and the rear camera is capable of recording 4K videos up to 30fps.

Battery Life

The 4045mAh Li-ion battery inside this device will easily last for a day of heavy usage with the screen on time lingering around 6-7 hours.

If you’re a game fanatic, expect this figure to come down significantly.

Verdict

If you’re looking for a smartphone with overall all-round performance, the RealMe 3 Pro should be on your watch list.

Combining the elegant design with the novel waterdrop notch and the powerful processor inside, this smartphone stands right up to the likes of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 and Redmi Note 7 Pro in the sub Rs 12,000 budget.

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Gorilla glass 5 protection

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960fps super slo-mo video

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25MP AI selfie camera

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No USB Type C

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
RAM6 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 710
Camera16MP+5MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery4045mAh
Display6.3-inch HD+

2. Redmi Note 7 Pro

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • 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 SystemAndorid 9.0 Pie
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665
Camera48MP+5MP Rear, 13MP Front
Battery4000 mAh
Display6.3-inch Full HD+

3. Nokia 7.1

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Best Build Quality
  • Great build quality
  • Android One device from Nokia
  • Guaranteed software updates

Nokia 7.1 was one of the most exciting launches of the yesteryear from HMD Global.

It ticks all the right boxes and adding a cherry on top, this device comes with the Android One program that runs a true stock Android version straight from Google.

Design and Build Quality

Carved out of a single block of Series 6000 Aluminum, Nokia 7.1 is as strong as it could get.

The design looks fresh and the accent colours give a flair of modernity to the device.

Nokia still hasn’t left out the 3.5mm headphone jack as some of the other manufacturers are doing.

A type C charging port is one of the most needed but ignored feature on phones under the Rs.20,000 price segment.

Fortunately, this device features one.

Overall, the build quality of this device is amazing – just like the other Nokia devices out there.

Processor and Performance

The Nokia 7.1 comes with a moderately powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset inside, which is the most budget SoC member of the Snapdragon 6xx series.

Apps and games run perfectly fine with deal-breaking lags whatsoever.

This device comes with 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM along with an inbuilt storage size of 64GB which can be further expanded to 256GB via an SD card slot.

This phone comes with a hybrid SIM slot meaning either you have to use two SIM’s without having the option to increase the storage size or just one SIM with an SD card.

Display

This device features a 5.84-inch full HD+ IPS LCD with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels at a 19:9 aspect ratio.

The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 which is both polarized as well as laminated to reduce the gap between the glass and the digitizer.

The colours look stunning and brightness levels are good. The texts appear sharper on the screen with no pixelation even when zoomed into closely.

Camera

Nokia had a partnership with Zeiss optics in their glory times and has decided to continue the bond.

The Nokia 7.1 has a dual-camera setup with a primary 12MP sensor along with a 5MP depth-sensing unit.

The images from the rear camera unit look great with detailed subjects and accurate colour reproduction.

In the front, an 8MP sensor is present that works well even in low light environments.

Battery Life

The Nokia 7.1 makes a return from the high capacity battery found on the Nokia 7 Plus with a mere 3060 mAh battery on this one.

With moderate usage, the battery will last for about a day on this smartphone.

Verdict

This device has a fantastic build quality that resembles those Nokia phones back in its glory days.

The Android One program will make sure that the device will stay up to date up to two years with the latest software updates directly from Google.

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Gorgeous display

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Camera output is great

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Bothie mode feature

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Less powerful processor

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
RAM6 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 636
Camera12MP + 5MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3060mAh
Display5.84 inch Full HD+

4. Vivo U20

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Best Build Quality
  • Great build quality
  • Android One device from Nokia
  • Guaranteed software updates

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+

5. Mi A3

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Android One Smartphone
  • Best in class camera
  • Guaranteed future android updates
  • Powerful Snapdragon 665 processor

Xiaomi and Android One is a dream we all had. Then one fine day the company announced Mi A1. Rest is history.

The Mi A3is the successor of the famous Mi A2 which sold like hot cakes in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

The Mi A3 has significant improvements in design and form factor over its predecessor, the Mi A2.

The new Mi A3 comes with the now industry-standard 19:9 display. The glossy glass back is retained with this release.

The orientation of the camera is now vertical, resembling that of iPhone X. That said the Mi A3 resembles closely to Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note 5 Pro.

The build quality is superb with the quality material used for the construction.

Display

The Mi A3 features a 6.08-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1560 x 720 pixels.

This is a downgrade from the full HD+ displays that its predecessors had, but the AMOLED goodness makes up for it.

Camera

Even though the USP of this smartphone from Xiaomi is its Android One tag, what makes it special is the optics used.

Xiaomi claims that this is one of the best camera phones available in the market at this price point.

The rear side of this phone features a vertically placed triple camera setup.

This 48MP + 8MP + 2MP setup provides some of the best shots, both in daylight as well as low light in the segment.

The 48MP shooter uses pixel binning technology to enhance the low light photos by reducing the noise of the processed image.

In the front, there is a 32MP AI camera that captures portrait selfies with excellent details and saturation levels.

Processor and Performance

The Snapdragon 665 is a very powerful midrange chipset that will carry out resource-intensive tasks with relative ease. ‘

Multitasking and gaming will not be a showstopper on this device for sure.

Coupled with a 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage, there isn’t much left worth asking for.

Android One

Xiaomi usually uses MIUI custom skin on top of Android releases with their phone.

But with Android One programme, the device receives a stock Android OS with no or minimal changes from the manufacturer.

How does it benefit the end customers?

Phones under Android One programme receive updates and security patches directly from Google.

Unlike Xiaomi, which decided whether to upgrade a phone to the next Android version, Google assures that you will at least get two major OS upgrades for the device.

Newer updates mean more features and better security. Who wouldn’t want that?

Battery Life

Now coming to the battery, this device packs a 4030mAh Li-ion cell inside. This will last for two days of moderate to heavy usage.

And with Qualcomm quick charge support, you can use a compatible charger and juice up this device pretty quickly.

Verdict

The exceptional build quality and the stock Android OS with promised Google updates makes this phone one of the most desirable piece of gadget.

If you can live with the absence of a 3.5mm headphone jack, don’t think twice.

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Excellent build quality

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Amazing optics

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Android One device

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The display is not full HD

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 655
Camera48MP + 8MP+2MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery4030mAh
Display6.08-inch HD AMOLED

6. Samsung Galaxy M30

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Best Reliable Smartphone
  • Super AMOLED display
  • 5000mAh battery
  • Triple camera setup

The galaxy M30 is the latest entry-level flagship smartphone from Samsung to take on the competition from the likes of Xiaomi and Honor.

The Samsung Galaxy M30 is a device like nothing else from the past.

It is loaded with features which stack well against its competition for the price tag at which the phone retails.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M30 has a polycarbonate outer shell with a matt textured finish which looks elegant.

The phone feels very light in hand and thanks to its rounded corners, it feels very lightweight and easy to hold in one hand.

This phone comes with minimal bezels on all four sides and offers an immersive visual experience with its infinity V display.

Overall the quality of construction is very good and is on par with its competitors.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy M30 features a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display with an infinity V notch at the top.

This full HD+ display has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and has a pixel density of about 394 ppi which renders the screen very sharp and clear output.

Samsung is the best OLED manufacturers in the world and the quality of this AMOLED display justifies that claims effortlessly.

This smartphone has greater than 90% screen to body ratio and supports L1 wide wine certification which lets you watch online streaming services in full HD resolution.

Processor and Performance

The Galaxy M30 is powered by the Samsung Exynos 7904 octa-core processor supplemented by the Mali-G71 GPU.

With the integrated 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, this device performs excellently when it comes to multitasking and gaming.

Whether it be PUBG or Fortnite, this budget Android smartphone from Samsung will let you play it in full HD resolution without any dropped frames or lags.

The latest Android 9.0 Pie OS is very optimized for performance improvements when compared to the Oreo 8.1 version as well.

Camera

This smartphone comes with a triple camera setup in the rear. Yes, a triple camera under sub. Rs.15,000, that too from Samsung.

The primary camera on the rear is a 13MP shooter with an aperture size of f/1.9 for better low light performance.

The secondary sensor is a 5MP ultrawide shooter, which is one of a kind in this price bracket.

The third one is a 5MP depth sensor for high-quality portrait and bokeh mode photos.

The front camera is a 16MP sensor with HDR support for high dynamic selfie shots.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy M30 is powered by a whopping 5000mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last for up to two days of heavy usage.

Samsung does include a fast charger in the box which will let you charge this device in under 2.30 hours.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy M30 is the most feature-packed Android smartphone priced under Rs.12,000.

With its AMOLED display, triple camera setup and the 5000mAh battery, this smartphone is difficult to pass up in this price bracket.

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Excellent battery life

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Type C port

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Fast charging support

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Slow software updates

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorExynos 7904 octa-core
Camera13MP+5MP+5MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

7. Motorola One Macro

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Affordable
  • Dedicated macro camera
  • Powerful processor

Motorola has been receiving a lot of flake for its pricing strategy as well the choice of the processor on their latest G7 series phones.

The company, it seems has understood the mistake and is back in business with a feature-rich budget smartphone for consumers in the Indian market, the Moto One Macro.

Design and build quality

The Motorola One Macro has a polycarbonate glass finish design with a curved back.

The backside of the device resembles the Redmi Note 5 Pro from Xiaomi due to the vertical dual camera placement.

Even though the bezels are thin around the display, there is a considerable lower chin on the front which houses the Motorola brand name.

The rear-mounted fingerprint has the famous Motorola logo embossed on it.

Overall the build quality feels very premium and the device doesn’t feel too heavy.

Display

The display on this device is a 6.2-inch IPS LCD panel with an HD+ resolution of 1720 x 1520 pixels.

The display is sharp and vivid with accurate colours. The brightness and contrast levels are excellent as well.

The 21:9 aspect ratio display has a centre-punch camera hole similar to the ones found on expensive Samsung devices.

The pixel density of 270 ppi means the images and texts will appear sharp but little bit pixelated if viewed close enough.

Performance

Motorola has been notorious for including outdated SoC in their newer gen smartphones and selling at exorbitant prices.

This time around, the Motorola One Macro comes with a MediaTek Helio P70 processor which is a budget powerhouse.

Accompanied with 4GB of RAM, this device can handle multitasking very well. Games like PUBG plays smoothly and notably, without any overheating.

Camera

This device has a triple rear camera setup which constitutes of a 13MP main unit, a 2MP macro sensor and a supplementary 2MP depth sensor for that accurate portrait mode clicks.

The front 8MP shooter lets you take good quality selfies even under low lighting conditions.

The rear camera supports 1080p recording at 120 fps.

Battery

Powered by a respectable 4000mAh battery, this device will last easily over a day of moderate to heavy usage, especially with the pure stock Android OS.

The company bundles the fast charger with the box always and this will let you charge the device faster than from a normal charger or a power bank.

Verdict

It seems Motorola has got it right this time around.

With a decent display, a well-built chassis, powered by a powerful processor, the Motorola One Macro ticks all the right boxes for a phone priced under Rs.15,000.

The long-lasting battery makes this a media consumption device without having to worry about the device getting turned off amidst your favourite show.

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Stock Android OS

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Laser autofocus

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IPX2 certified

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No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorMediatek Helio P70
Camera13MP + 3MP + 2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.2-inchHD+

8. Honor 20i

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Smartphone with the Best Design
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 3D portrait lighting
  • Gorgeous design

Honor 20i is the stripped-down version of the latest Honor flagship – the Honor 20.

This android smartphone packs almost all goodies that are present in its elder brother, but omits certain features to keep the price tight under Rs,15,000.

Design and Build Quality

The Honor 20i has a familiar rounded drop notch design which looks almost similar to the Essential one smartphone.

The glass sandwich design with the gradient back looks nice and feels premium to hold in the hand.

The buttons are placed on easy reach and feel clicky and responsive. The headphone jack and the speaker is located in the bottom part.

One of the downsides of this smartphone is that it still packs an obsolete micro USB 2.0 port for charging and data transfer.

Processor and Performance

The Honor 20i features a mid-range HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM.

Although the device lacks an expandable storage option, the phone comes with 128GB of internal memory out of the box.

For most users, this will be more than sufficient for storing their files and installing apps on the device.

The Kirin 710 performs so well without any lags even while having multiple apps open in the background.

The games do run smoothly without any frame drops as well.

Display

Talking about the display, Honor this time decided to join the notch bandwagon. The Honor 20i features a 6.21-inch full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:9.

The notch up the front of the device accommodates the front camera.

This display gets sufficiently bright and the visuals come out clean and vivid.

Camera

Optics front, this smartphone has a 24MP + 8MP + 2MP rear camera unit.

The 24MP is a primary sensor that captures details in the frames precisely. The 8MP wide-angle sensor provides a whole new perspective of the subject you’re trying to capture.

The 2MP depth-sensing unit allows you to take portrait mode shots with a blurred background as you might get on a DSLR camera.

The 32MP front camera takes pictures with a hell lot of details and colour accuracy under well-lit environments.

The AI effect produces over-processed photos which can be easily achieved by applying filters from one of the photo editing apps.

The camera app has a manual mode that will let you tweak finer aspects such as aperture size, white balance, ISO etc to get a more desired output.

Battery Life

Honor 20i comes with Android 9.0 Pie OS out of the box with the latest EMUI 9 on the top.

EMUI skin adds a lot of extra features that are useful for more tighter control over the operating system but frequent updates are a concern.

The 3400mAh battery holds pretty well and lasts well over a day with moderate to heavy usage.

Verdict

The Honor 20i from Huawei is a smartphone that’s a stunner in terms of design and looks. The phone has capable internals and performs excellently as well.

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Triple rear camera

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Excellent build quality

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32MP front camera

Q

No USB C

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AI camera modes are less impressive

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory128 GB
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 710F
Camera24MP+8MP+2MP Rear,32MP Front
Battery3400mAh
Display6.21 Full HD+

9. Oppo A5s

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Honorable Mention
  • Best for media consumption
  • Sleek and stylish design
  • Dual rear camera 

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 A5s 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 A5s, 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 textured 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 A5s features a 6.2-inch display that has a modern 18:9 aspect ratio.

The display panel has a resolution of 1520 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 MTK6735 octa-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz.

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

The Oppo A5s features a 13MP+2MP rear camera with portrait mode support. A secondary 2MP camera is a depth-sensing unit.

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 A5s inside is a massive 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 battery.

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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Large 18:9 display

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Attractive colour options

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Dedicated SD card slot

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No Full HD display

Specifications

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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  1. woww great article broo. its really helpful..!! those who cant invest 20k for smartphones this is useful.. under 12k v getting great features

    Thnks

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    • Thanks for your kind words.

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