Best Smartphones Under Rs.12,000 (January 2021)

by | Jan 14, 2021

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 launches a product in this price range.

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

Which brand offers the best value for money as well as build quality?

In this curated buying list, we bring you the ten best smartphones in India priced under a budget of Rs.12,000 available currently in the Indian market.

Without any further ado, let’s begin!

If you want to read reviews on other price ranges as well, please check out our articles on Best Smartphones under different budgets here.

Best Smartphones Under Rs.12,000

1. Redmi 9 PowerOverall Best Pick
2. Realme Narzo 20Runner-Up Pick
3. Motorola G9 PowerBest Phone with Stock Android
4. Redmi Note 9Value for Money Smartphone
5. Micromax IN Note 1Best Mobile Phone for Daily Use
6. Realme 7iBest Smartphone for Media Consumption
7. Infinix Hot 10Best Battery Life
8. Tecno Camon 16Best all Rounder Phone
9. Infinix Note 7Best Smartphone for Students
10. Vivo Y20iHonourable Mention

 

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1. Redmi 9 Power

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Overall Best Pick
  • Powerful and efficient processor
  • Fast charging support
  • Elegant, colourful design 
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Faster UFS2.2 storage

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Feature-rich MIUI 12 skin

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IR blaster support

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Average low light camera support

Redmi is a subsidiary brand of Xiaomi dealing with budget smartphones and related accessories in most of the South Asian countries.

The Redmi 9 Power is one of the latest entry-level smartphones released at the end of December 2020 targeting budget-conscious consumers looking for a feature-packed smartphone with good battery life.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi 9 Power is made from a polycarbonate body available in trendy bright colours which makes these devices stand out from the rest of its competition.

The textured pattern on the rear not adds additional grip to this phone but also keeps it clean from fingerprint and smudge marks.

The rectangular-shaped camera bump in the rear houses the four cameras and the single LED flash.

Since the fingerprint sensor is placed on the power button on the side, the rest of the back portion remains clean and minimal looking.

The Type C port for charging, single speaker grill and the microphone is placed towards the bottom section while the 3.5mm audio jack and the IR blaster can be seen on the top frame.

Even with a gigantic 6000mAh battery inside, the Redmi 9 Power still weighs just 198g.

Display

The Redmi 9 Power smartphone features a 6.53-inch Full HD+ IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

Even by today’s standard, having an FHD+ display on a smartphone priced below Rs.12,000 is a big deal.

This 19.5:9 aspect ratio teardrop display has a pixel density of 395ppi, making it one of the sharpest panels out there.

Being an IPS LCD, the viewing angles are wider and the overall colour reproduction is very much satisfactory.

Redmi has provided Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection for the front glass to prevent accidental scratches on this display as well.

This panel comes with a peak brightness of 400nits, good enough for a stress-free indoor as well as outdoor viewing.

Processor and Performance

The Redmi 9 Power is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 octa-core processor based on 11-nanometer architecture.

Clocked at 2GHz, this processor is no slouch when it comes to daily performance and casual gaming.

Optimized for improved battery life without affecting performance, the Snapdragon 662 performs well with the 4GB LPDDR4X RAM and the faster 128GB UFS2.2 storage inside.

Games like PUBG and Fortnite run fine on this device with medium graphic settings and you won’t notice too much heating.

Speaking of OS, the device comes pre-installed with the latest MIUI 12 based on Android 10.

The MIUI skin is very eye candy and feature-rich but comes laden with unnecessary ads and bloatware, some of which can be manually uninstalled.

Camera

The Redmi 9 Power has a quad-camera setup in the rear consisting of a 48 MP primary camera, 8MP ultrawide lens, 2MP macro lens and 2MP depth sensor.

Photos taken in daylight have a good amount of details, colour accuracy and dynamic range.

The ultra-wide sensor can capture up to 120 degrees, providing a refreshing and unique perspective.

The 2MP macro lens can capture subjects as close as 4cm but the image quality takes a hit given the low-resolution sensor.

The 2MP depth sensor is present for the portrait mode photos, which when taken at times delivers a good amount of background blur and edge detection.

The 8MP selfie camera on this phone takes good photos in well light conditions but struggles at night.

Battery Life

The Redmi 9 Power has a 6000mAh monster battery inside. This battery will give you backup for three days with causal use and will last for a day and a half comfortably with heavy usage.

This smartphone supports fast charging and Redmi bundles a 22.5W charger inside the box. The Redmi 9 Power can also be used for charging other devices, thanks to the reverse charging feature.

Verdict

The Redmi 9 Power is probably one of the best smartphones that you can get your hands on for a budget under Rs.12,000 at present.

The long-lasting battery life, capable cameras and the FHD+ display are the main selling points of this affordable smartphone from Redmi.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory128 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 662
Camera48MP + 2MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery6000mAh
Display6.53-inch Full HD+ IPS

 

2. Realme Narzo 20

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Gaming centric smartphone
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Latest Android 10 OS
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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

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 20 is the big brother of the Realme Narzo 20A 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 downward-facing arrow design which looks refreshing and unique. This device comes in two colour variants – that is silver and blue, which is quite explanatory.

The phone weighs around 208g 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 20 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 great for indoors as well as outdoors.

Processor and Performance

The Realme Narzo 20 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 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 6000mAh 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 20 from Realme is worth checking out.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory128 GB
ProcessorMediatek Helio G85
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear,8MP Front
Battery6000mAh
Display6.5-inch HD+

3. Motorola G9 Power

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Stock Android Smartphone
  • Stock Android 10.0 Q OS
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Decent everyday performance
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Stock Android OS

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Water repellent coating

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Feature-rich camera app

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No dedicated SD card slot

The G series is one of Motorola’s popular smartphone lineups in India which is particularly interesting not for its groundbreaking internals or performance but one fact – near-stock Android experience.

The Motorola G9 Power is the latest entrant to the G series stable which comes with a lot of new features and many firsts for Motorola in the sub. Rs.12,000 price point.

Design and Build Quality

The Motorola G9 comes with a glass front, plastic frame and back build, which is the norm for smartphones these days in this price segment.

In the back, there is the rounded square-shaped camera module which houses the triple rear sensors and the assisting LED flash.

Below the camera is the physical fingerprint scanner with Motorola logo embossed on it.

Towards the sides, there is the volume rockers, power button and an additional one-touch Google voice assistant trigger button.

The headphone jack is placed at the top along with a secondary noise cancellation mic.

The bottom section of this smartphone houses the USB type C port, single speaker griller and the primary microphone.

Motorola has added an unspecified water repellent coating over this smartphone to keep the device dry with accidental water splashes.

Unfortunately, the Motorola G9 Power features a hybrid SIM tray and not a dedicated SD card slot as we’d have liked to see.

Display

The all-new Motorola G9 Power features a 6.78-inch HD+ IPS display with a resolution of 720 x 1640 pixels.

This punch-hole display has a screen to body ratio of 83.1% and a pixel density of 263ppi, making it relatively sharp and clear.

This display is sufficiently bright for indoor as well as outdoor use. The colour reproduction and the contrast levels turn out to be just as good as other smartphones in this price segment.

Processor and Performance

The Motorola G9 Power comes with the latest 6-series processor from Qualcomm – the Snapdragon 662.

This octa-core 11nm processor is clocked at 2.0GHz and comes with Adreno 610 GPU on board.

Along with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB of internal storage, the performance of this smartphone is one of the best in this budget.

Be it multitasking, media consumption or day to day casual usage, this smartphone handles with relative ease.

Camera

This budget Android smartphone, as we mentioned earlier has a triple rear camera setup.

This includes a primary 64MP shooter with f/1.8 aperture and PDAF support, followed by a 2MP macro and 2MP depth-sensing unit.

The assisting LED flash helps these cameras in low light photography. The main camera in the rear is also capable of recording FHD videos at 60fps.

The stills and videos from these cameras have adequate details and close to natural colours without any artificial saturation boosting.

In the front section, the 16MP selfie shooter handles the job pretty well inadequate lighting conditions.

Miscellaneous

The Motorola G9 Power runs on stock Android OS with more or less no customizations whatsoever.

This is a welcome change in a world where most if not all the smartphone manufacturers slap a heavy skin on top of the underlying Android OS.

Battery Life

The Motorola G9 Power is powered by a 6000mAh Li-ion battery which will last you for one and a half days of heavy usage.

Motorola has also bundled a 20W fast charger in the box that can juice up the battery in under 2 hours.

Verdict

The Motorola G9 Power is one of the best Android smartphones in the sub. Rs.12,000 price with long-lasting battery life and bloat-free stock Android OS.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 662
Camera64MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery6000mAh
Display6.78-inch HD+

4. Redmi Note 9

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Gaming oriented Helio G85 CPU
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Excellent Full HD display
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Robust build quality

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Bundled 22.5W fast charger

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P2i splash-proof design

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Hard to get flash sale purchase

The Redmi Note 9 is the most recently launched smartphone from the Redmi stable which is powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 CPU.

With a price tag starting as low as Rs.11,999 the Note 9 shares a lot of resemblance to the Note 9 Pro in terms of design and battery capacity.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi Note 9 shares a lot of similarity with the Note 9 Pro in terms of build quality and design.

The front display is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which will save the display from accidental scratches.

Even though Xiaomi hasn’t officially given any IP rating with this smartphone, the special water repellent coating on the body will keep liquid droplets away.

The button placement is similar to that of the Note 9 Pro with the exception being the fingerprint sensor.

Unlike the Note 9 Pro, this device has a dedicated fingerprint scanner placed in the rear, below the square-shaped camera module.

Display

The Redmi Note 9 features a 6.53-inch FHD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels with an effective pixel density of around 395ppi.

With a peak brightness of 450 nits, this display should be very legible even under bright sunlight outdoors.

Processor

The Redmi Note 9 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 processor which is manufactured based on a 12nm process.

This processor coupled with the 4GB/6GB RAM performs fine with all the day to day apps and games without any issues.

The Helio G85 is a gaming-centric processor with which you will be able to play titles such as PUBG and Fortnite in medium graphics settings.

Camera

The Redmi Note 9 comes with a quadruple rear camera setup which includes a 48MP primary sensor, 8MP ultrawide sensor, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth-sensing unit.

In the front, there is a 13MP selfie shooter with support for HDR photos.

Both the front and the rear cameras can record full HD videos at 30fps.

Software

Just like any other Redmi smartphone, the Redmi Note 9 runs on Android 10 OS with the custom MIUI 11 skin on top.

Battery

The Redmi Note 9 is powered by a 5020mAh Li-ion battery which will last you for a day and a half quite comfortably – even with heavy usage including gaming.

Redmi is generously including a 22.5W fast charger in the box for quickly juicing up this mammoth battery in just under an hour and 30 minutes.

Verdict

The Redmi Note 9 is possibly the best smartphone you can get your hands on for a budget under Rs.12,000.

This budget device offers best in class hardware and performance for its price and if you can grab one in the mere seconds lasting flash sales, consider yourselves as lucky.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G85
Camera48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP Rear, 13MP Front
Battery5020mAh
Display6.53-inch Full HD+

5. Micromax IN Note 1

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Best Mobile Phone for Daily Use
  • Powerful MediaTek G series processor
  • Decent build quality
  • Bloatware free stock Android OS
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Good battery backup

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Full HD+ Punch Hole display

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USB Type-C port

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Average selfie camera

Micromax was one of the popular Indian smartphone players back in the day until Chinese brands came in and dominated the market ever since.

The Micromax IN Note 1 is touted as a Made in India smartphone that is pitted against the likes of Redmi and Realme smartphones.

Design and Build Quality

The Micromax IN Note 1 has a polycarbonate back with a rounded-edge design that looks almost similar to many other smartphones in this price bracket,

The gradient colour paint job on the back is very much aesthetically pleasing to look at.

The rear section of this smartphone houses the physical fingerprint scanner and the square-shaped quad camera setup.

Micromax has provided an oleophobic coating on top of this smartphone for the water to repel away easily.

Overall, the fit and finish of the Micromax IN Note 1 are definitely worth what you’re paying for.

Display

The Micromax IN Note 1 features a 6.67-inch Full HD+ punch-hole display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

This 20:9 aspect ratio tall display is perfect for both media consumption and gaming. This panel has a pixel density of 395ppi, which makes it look very sharp and crisp when it comes to visuals and text.

The colour accuracy and the dynamic range of this panel are satisfactory. With a peak brightness of 440nits, the Micromax IN Note 1 is fairly legible even under direct sunlight.

Processor and Performance

The Micromax IN Note 1 is powered by the gaming-centric MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core processor.

The device runs quite smoothly and you won’t find any lags or stutters even while multitasking, thanks to 4GB LPDDR4X RAM inside.

This smartphone comes pre-installed with Android 10 OS. It’s stock Android which means no pre-installed bloatware apps or hefty skins that will bog down the performance.

The base variant of this device comes with 64GB on onboard storage. Micromax has also provided a dedicated SD card slot in case you feel low on storage.

Camera

The Micromax IN note 1 has a quad-camera setup on the back. The main 48MP main camera provides good results in daylight with ample details but with a slightly warm colour tone.

The 5MP wide-angle camera clicks decent images. Remaining two lenses are depth sensor and macro lens and as the name suggests can be utilized to click portrait mode and close up shots.

The 16MP selfie camera in the front shoots decent images during daylight but falters at night.

Both these cameras are capable of recording FHD videos at 30fps.

Battery Life

The IN Note 1 is powered by a 5000mAh battery. This battery is rated to last for a day and a half with intense usage. For those casual users, you can get the Micromax Note 1b to last easily for over two days.

The bundled 18W charger juices up the battery inside pretty fast from zero to hundred in around two hours.

Verdict

Be it gaming or multitasking, the stock Android-powered Micromax Note 1b delivers satisfactory performance for its price.
The long-lasting battery and the powerful processor combination is one of the best selling points of this smartphone.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G85
Camera48MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear . 16MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.67-inch Full HD+

6. Realme Narzo 7i

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Best Smartphone for Media Consumption
  • 90Hz refresh rate HD panel
  • Long-lasting 5000mAh battery
  • Best suited for casual use
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18W fast charging support

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Less bloated Realme UI

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A fast and secure fingerprint scanner

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No FHD display

Realme is launching smartphones left and right in the Indian market, competing head to toe with Xiaomi.

The Realme 7i is a recently launched sub.Rs.12,000 smartphone with decent internals and performance worth the asking price.

Design and Build Quality

Similar to many other smartphones in this price range, the Realme 7i features a glass front, plastic frame and back design that looks almost similar to the other Realme phones we have reviewed in the past.

The dual-tone textured rear shell feels a bit unique and imparts a distinct character to this budget entry-level Android smartphone.

The fingerprint scanner is located on the rear plate, adjacent to the quad-camera bump.

This is a dual SIM smartphone with a dedicated micro SD card slot for added memory expansion.

Rest of the features such as the USB type C port, OTG support and the 3.5mm headphone jack is present and accounted for as well.

Display

The Realme 7i seems to be a step behind the predecessor Realme 6i in this regard.

This smartphone features a 6.5-inch HD+ IPS display with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.

We wished that the Realme had gone for an FHD panel instead.

However, this is an ultra-smooth 90Hz refresh rate display for buttery smooth visuals and UI interactions.

This 20:9 tall aspect ratio display has a pixel density of 270ppi, which for the price seems adequate.

The colours look decent and the brightness levels are sufficient enough both indoors and outdoor usage.

Even though you may not get the same crisp texts and visuals similar to that of an FHD panel, it’s quite passable, to say the least.

Processor and Performance

The Realme 7i is powered by an outdated Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor that’s so yesteryear technology.

This 11nm processor paired up with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage delivers decent performance but not top-notch by any means.

You will get to feel the occasional lags and stutters with heavy games and while multitasking, but rest of the time it runs very much lag-free.

Camera

The Realme 7i has a quad rear camera module with a primary 64MP sensor with an aperture size of f/1.8 and PDAF support.

This primary camera is assisted by an 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth mode sensor along with an LED flash.

The photos and videos come out sharp and detailed with not much of artificial colour processing done to it.

The maximum video recording resolution of this smartphone is 1080p at 30fps.

Talking of the front camera, what we have is a 16MP wide view sensor with HDR support with decent image quality under good lighting conditions.

Battery Life

The Realme 7i is powered by a non- removable 5000mAh Li-Po battery that will last you for two days on moderate to heavy usage.

Realme has bundled an 18W fast charger with this device that will juice up the battery in 2-2.15 hours flat.

Verdict

The Realme 7i is a budget android smartphone with a 90Hz refresh rate HD display and capable quad cameras, making it a viable choice for budget-conscious buyers in the sub. Rs.12,000 price range.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 662
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.5-inch HD+

7. Infinix Hot 10

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Best Battery Life
  • Punch hole camera HD+ display 
  • Excellent battery life
  • 16MP AI quad rear camera setup
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XOS UI on top of Android 10 Q

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Eye care mode

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Slow charging

Infinix is a Hongkong based company popular for its budget smartphones in developing countries.

The Infinix Hot 10 packs in the most value for money internals when it comes to a smartphone priced under Rs.12,000.

Design and Build Quality

The Infinix Hot 10 has a modern design pleasing to the eyes for a phone costing under Rs.10,000.

The construction is of plastic, but that doesn’t make the device cheap in hand.

The glossy plastic back has a textures design which looks attractive under direct light.

Display

The Infinix Hot 10 features a large 6.78-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 1640 x 720 pixels.

This display has a punch hole cutout to house the front camera.

The display of this smartphone has an adequate brightness level which is good enough for indoor as well as outdoor usage.

The colours look vivid and the blacks are defined. This is an IPS panel resulting in the viewing angles being excellent.

Processor and Performance
The Infinix Hot 10 is powered by a MediaTek Helio G70 coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

The processor performs well when it comes to casual usage and multi-tasking, even when it comes to gaming, this chipset does not break a sweat.

If you are more into media consumption and normal usage, this is the best buy for the price.

Camera

The Infinix Hot 10 features a quad rear camera setup. The main sensor is a 16MP shooter followed by 2MP depth sensor, 2MP macro sensor and a low light sensor.

The photos from this setup appear detailed and colour accurate under favourable lighting conditions. This smartphone is capable of recording full HD videos at 30fps as well.

The front camera is an 8MP sensor with a slew of AI features such as emojis, 3D face beautification, AI portrait etc.

Battery Life

This smartphone is powered by a 5200mAh battery inside which will last you for a full day and a half worth of heavy usage.

Verdict

The Infinix Hot 10 is for those who want good battery life and decent camera performance for a budget under Rs.12,000.

To juice up the battery from zero to a hundred the company has provided a 10W charger, that takes almost 2 to 3 hours to recharge the battery.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
RAM6 GB
Internal Memory128 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G70
Camera16 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP + low light sensor Rear, 8MP Front
Battery5200mAh
Display6.78-inch HD+

8. Tecno Camon 16

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Best Allround Phone
  • Powerful G series MediaTek processor
  • Fast charging support
  • Capable cameras
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2K video recording

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Decent display quality

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Expandable storage via SD card

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Average sound quality

Tecno is a Shenzhen based Chinese smartphone manufacturer popular for its entry-level budget Android smartphones.

The Tecno Camon 16 comes with a large-sized battery, a quad-camera setup and decent processor – all these for a price tag of just Rs.11,499.

Design and Build Quality

The Tecno Camon 16 is built from polycarbonate materials with a textured back panel having a reflective paint job on top.

The centrally placed quad-camera back is a refreshing design choice compared to the right side-mounted camera bumps of most smartphones in this segment.

This is a massive phone in terms of its sheer size and weighs around 207 grams. One-handed usage might be a bit difficult for those with small hands.

Anticipating this, Tecno has included a one-time screen replacement with this device, if something unforeseen happens and the device slips down from your hands.

Display

The Tecno Camon 16 features a large 6.8-inch HD+ punch-hole display with a resolution of 720 x 1640 pixels.

The display quality is good, there is no noticeable pixelation on this panel when viewed from a distance.

This panel has good colour reproduction and adequate brightness. You can use the phone under the roof comfortably and even outdoors, the legibility seemed decent for the most part.

This 20.5:9 tall aspect ratio panel has a punch hole camera cutout, which further enhances the immersive media consumption experience.

Processor and Performance

What runs the show beneath the Tecno Camon 16 is the MediaTek Helio G70 octa-core processor.

This is a gaming-centric processor from MediaTek which delivers decent performance with most of the modern mobile games, albeit with medium graphics settings.

The onboard 4GB RAM is sufficient for casual gaming and everyday usage and even light multitasking at times.

Storage-wise, the Tecno Camon 16 comes with 64GB onboard memory, with the provision to pop in an SD card slot.

Running on the latest Android 10.0 OS with HiOS 7.0 UI on top, this phone feels fluid with most of the tasks you throw at it.

Camera

Similar to most other feature-packed smartphones in the market, the Tecno Camon 16 features a quad camera setup in the rear.

The primary sensor is a 64MP shooter which delivers sharp and clean daylight photos with natural colours and good dynamic range.

The 2MP macro shooter for close up photos and the 2MP depth sensor for capturing portrait mode shots are present and accounted for as well.

The additional 2MP AI camera is added to enhance the photos with AI filters and effects, which is now a growing trend among the youth.

The Penta LED flash beneath the camera unit lights up the environment pretty bright, making low light photography possible.

The rear camera can record videos up to 2K resolution and has features such as video bokeh and beauty modes.

In the front section, we have a 16MP punch-hole selfie camera assisted by dual-LED flash, which clicks decent quality selfie pictures.

Battery Life

The Tecno Camon 16 is powered by a huge 5000mAh battery that will last well over a day and a half, even with heavy usage.

The bundled 18W charger takes around two hours to completely juice up this battery from zero to hundred per cent.

Verdict

The Tecno Camon 16 is a large display smartphone that is well suited for media consumption.

The capable cameras and the long-lasting battery makes this device a preferable choice for those who are looking for a smartphone under Rs.12,000.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G70
Camera64MP + 2MP + 2MP + AI Lens Rear, 16MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.8-inch HD+

9. Infinix Note 7

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Best Smartphone for Students
  • Good everyday performance
  • Ergonomic side-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Bigger display and battery
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Super stable video recording

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Attractive design

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Fast charging support

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OS loaded with bloatware apps

Infinix is a HongKong based smartphone manufacturer with a strong presence in developing economies in the South Asian continent.

Note 7 from Infinix is a feature-packed Android smartphone retailing in the Indian market for just Rs.10,999.

Design and Build Quality

Made from polycarbonate plastic, the Infinix Note 7 has a gem-cut design in the back #D glass finish which looks extremely premium for its asking price.

However, if used without a protective case, this panel is very much prone to fingerprint smudges.

The cookie camera design at the back does remind us of an oreo biscuit, in terms of design Infinix has nailed it.

Even with its big sized display and hefty battery, the phone does not feel that heavy and is quite easy to use with a single hand.

Thanks to the side-mounted fingerprint scanner, the tall form factor of this phone isn’t much of a problem even for those with small hands.

Display

The Infinix Note 7 features a 6.95-inch IPS LCD HD+ Infinity-O display with a resolution of 720 x 1640 pixels.

This is a panel with punch hole camera cutout in the front for maximum seamless display experience.

This IPS LCD panel has an impressive screen to body ratio of 91.5%, making it one of the best devices for media consumption in this price segment.

With a peak brightness of 480nits, this panel is a joy to use indoors and is fairly legible even in direct sunlight as well.

Processor and Performance

The Infinix Hot 7 is powered by a MediaTek Helio G70 octa-core processor designed on
12-nanometer architecture.

This CPU along with the 4GB RAM onboard runs the XOS 6.0 based on Android 10 smoothly and lag-free.

Even with gaming and light multitasking, this device doesn’t break a sweat. The 64GB ROM can be expanded up to 256GB by popping an SD card inside the dedicated SD card slot.

The XOS is a heavy skin with a lot of bloatware apps on top, most of which can be removed manually without rooting the phone.

Camera

The Infinix Note 7 has a rear quad camera setup arranged inside a circle-shaped bump which looks unique from the square-shaped bumps we have seen with other smartphones.

The primary 48MP sensor has an f/1.79 aperture for decent daylight as well as low light performance.

This sensor is followed by the 2MP depth-sensing camera for portrait shots and 2MP macro lens to click close up shots.

The additional AI camera lens onboard helps in capturing AI-powered videos with custom filters and live bokeh modes.

The quad LED rear flash is adequately bright to light up the scene evenly for decent quality low light photos.

The 16MP front shooter clicks decent images, the colours are a bit faded but detailing is good enough when clicked in broad daylight.

Battery Life

This Infinix smartphone comes powered by a 5000mAh non-removable battery which will last you for a day and a half with intense usage.

By intense usage, we mean that you are assured to get at least 7-8 hours of screen on time. The bundled 18W charger juices up this massive battery completely within 2-2.15 hours.

Verdict

The Infinix Note 7 is a solid smartphone offering for a budget under Rs.12,000 for those who are looking to purchase a feature-complete device with no compromise on performance.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
RAM4 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G70
Camera48MP + 2MP + 2MP + AI lens camera, 16MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.95-inch HD+

10. Vivo Y20i

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Honorable Mention
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Decent HD+ IPS display
  • Latest Snapdragon 460 processor
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Elegant, attractive design

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Side-mounted fingerprint scanner

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Micro USB charging port

Vivo is one of the major Chinese smartphone manufacturers which along with Oppo now competes for neck and neck to attract budget – premium budget customers in India by launching new smartphone models every other month in the market.

The Y20i from Vivo is the latest Y series Android smartphone launched in India, targeting the youth especially those who are in search of an affordable, feature-rich and stylish device priced under Rs.12,000.

Design and Build Quality

The Vivo Y20i is hands down one of the most attractive smartphones in the sub.Rs.12,000 price segment.

Made from polycarbonate plastics, the Vivo Y20i has a glossy finish back, which looks exactly like glass from a distance.

This back is a fingerprint magnet, so if you wish to keep the phone look pristine, it is advisable to use the phone with the bundled soft TPU case.

The plastic frame which runs around phone chassis seamlessly blends well with the back and the front display.

Apart from the boxy camera module in the rear, there is nothing much in the back. That’s because the Vivo Y20i comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The single speaker, noise-cancelling microphone, the micro USB charging port and the 3.5mm headphone jack is situated on the bottom portion of the phone.

Overall, the build quality and the fit and finish of this smartphone feels very robust in hand.

Display

The Vivo Y20i features a 6.51-inch HD+ IPS display with a native resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.

This 20:9 aspect ratio display has a drop notch at the top where it houses the front camera.

With a pixel density of about 270ppi, this panel is adequately bright and vivid. Even though it is not an FHD panel, the visuals and texts appear reasonably sharp and clean.

Processor and Performance

The Vivo Y20i is one of the first devices to be launched with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 CPU on board.

This 11nm octa-core processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage runs the show pretty smoothly.

Thanks to the latest Android 10 based Funtouch OS, the performance and battery optimizations make this device perform lag-free for the most part.

However, with extensive multitasking and heavy gaming, the performance drops a bit and you might experience some occasional stutters here and there.

Camera

Vivo has been recently seen improving the imaging quality in their smartphones, which was not the case a few years back.

The Vivo Y20i comes with a triple rear camera setup with dual-LED flash. This camera setup includes a 13MP primary camera along with 2MP macro and depth-sensing units each.

The feature-rich camera app interface is very easy to master. The images and videos shot under adequate lighting conditions come out clean and detailed with good colour accuracy.

In the front, there is an 8MP wide-angle selfie shooter with the usual AI beauty mode filters which we are familiar with from the earlier Vivo smartphones.

Battery Life

This budget entry-level Android smartphone from Vivo packs in a 5000mAh Li-ion battery rated to last for two days on moderate usage.

This smartphone supports 18W fast charging but the included charger isn’t one. So expect it to take a lot of time to juice up the phone from zero to hundred.

Verdict

The Vivo Y20i is a stylish Android smartphone with decent internal specifications and performance for a budget just under Rs.12,000.

The long-lasting battery life and the capable optics make it a reasonable choice for budget smartphone enthusiasts in its price segment.

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
RAM3 GB
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 460
Camera13MP + 3MP + 2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.51-inch Full HD+

And this concludes our list of the ten best smartphones under Rs.12,000 available in the Indian market.

We have taken a genuine effort to list out only the best smartphone in this price category. Rest assured, this list will be constantly updated when new phones that challenge our top picks are launched.

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