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

by | Oct 23, 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 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 eight 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!

Best Smartphones Under Rs.12,000

1. Redmi Note 9Overall Best Pick
2. Realme Narzo 10Runner-Up Pick
3. Realme Narzo 7iCamera Centric Smartphone
4. Motorola G9Stock Android Smartphone
5. Infinix Hot 9 ProValue for Money Smartphone
6. Vivo Y20iBest Allround Performer
7. Vivo U10Feature Rich Smartphone
8. Oppo A5Honourable Mention


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

1. Redmi Note 9

Overall Best Pick
  • Gaming oriented Helio G85 CPU
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Excellent Full HD display

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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


Robust build quality


Bundled 22.5W fast charger


P2i splash-proof design


Hard to get flash sale purchase


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

2. Realme Narzo 10

Runner-Up Pick
  • 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.


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.


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.


Good in-hand feel


18W Fast charger in the box


OTG compatible


No full HD display


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

3. Realme Narzo 7i

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

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.


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.


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.


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.


18W fast charging support


Less bloated Realme UI


A fast and secure fingerprint scanner


No FHD display


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

4. Motorola G9

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

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 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 rear, 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 features a hybrid SIM tray and not a dedicated SD card slot as we’d have liked to see.


The all-new Motorola G9 features a 6.5-inch HD+ IPS display with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.

This waterdrop notch display has a screen to body ratio of 82.9% and a pixel density of 269ppi, 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 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.


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

This includes a primary 48MP shooter with f/1.7 aperture and PDAF support, followed by a 2MP macro and 2MP depth-sensing unit.

The assisting dual-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 8MP selfie shooter handles the job pretty well.


The Snapdragon 662 features dual GPS functionality just like the 7 series processors. It supports both the GPS and the Indigenous NAVIC positioning system.

The Motorola G9 has NFC support for contactless cash payments, which is a feature seldom found on budget, mid-range smartphones.

Battery Life

The Motorola G9 is powered by a 5000mAh Li-ion battery which will last you for one and a half days of moderate to heavy usage.

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


The Motorola G9 is one of the best feature-packed Android smartphones that you can get your hands on under a budget of just Rs.12,000.

Features such as NFC, stock Android UI, NAVIC support etc makes this smartphone a worthy choice to consider.


NAVIC support


NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi


Feature-rich camera app


No dedicated SD card slot


Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 662
Camera48MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Display6.5-inch HD+

5. Infinix Hot 9 Pro

Value for Money Smartphone
  • Perfect for everyday casual usage
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Quad rear camera setup

Infinix is a Chinese smartphone brand that has cut huge inroads to the entry-level smartphone segment in India, once ruled by the likes of Lenovo and Gionee.

With the latest Hot 9 series, Infinix has a solid offering, trying to gain a significant chunk of user base among the budget-conscious Indian consumers.

Design and Build Quality

The Infinix Hot 9 Pro looks stunning at first sight itself. The level of perfection that Infinix has brought about in designing this hardware is on par with most 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 Infinix Hot 9 Pro is powered by the decent MediaTek Helio P22 processor which promises to deliver decent everyday performance.

The 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage elegantly complement this powerful processor to deliver you a decent multitasking and gaming experience.


This budget Android smartphone features a large 6.6-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels.

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

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


The Infinix Hot 9 Pro comes with a quad rear camera setup consisting of 48MP + 2MP + 2MP+ low light sensor.

Apart from the primary 48MP camera, the successive 2MP sensor is for bokeh mode photos and includes a 2MP macro-sensor.

The stills come out in very detailed and accurate colours. In the front, there is an 8MP sensor with AI support for selfie shots.

The rear camera on this smartphone is capable of recording full HD videos at 30fps.

Both the front and rear cameras come with dedicated LED flash to facilitate low light photography.


This budget smartphone is powered by a 5000mAh battery that will easily last for a day and a half even heavy usage.

The latest Android 10.0 Q OS on board this smartphone comes with many battery optimizations and security patches which will make this phone future proof, at least for a while.


The Infinix Note 9 Pro is an allrounder checking all the right boxes without leaving anything major.

If you are in the lookout for a feature-packed smartphone within an affordable budget, the Infinix Hot 9 Pro is worthy of consideration.


Attractive, modern design


Latest Android 10.0 Q OS


Front and rear camera flash


No full HD display


Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P22
Camera48 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP + low light sensor Rear, 8MP Front
Display6.6-inch Full HD+

6. Vivo Y20i

Best Allround Performer
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Decent HD+ IPS display
  • Latest Snapdragon 460 processor

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.


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.


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.


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.


Elegant, attractive design


Side-mounted fingerprint scanner


Dedicated SD card slot


Micro USB charging port


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

7. Vivo U10

Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • Powerful Snapdragon 665 processor
  • Massive 5000mAh battery
  • 18W fast charger in the box

Vivo smartphones were usually priced higher than its competitors and this made brands like Xiaomi and Realme to gain an advantage over the former in the recent past.

However, with the Vivo U10, the company is back on track to offer the best value for money smartphone offering under a budget of just Rs.12,000.

Design and Build Quality

The Vivo U10 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.


The Vivo U10 features a 6.35-inch HD+ IPS LCD with a resolution of 720 x 1544 pixels.

This display has a body to screen ratio of about 81.4% and comes with a pixel density of 268ppi.

This isn’t the best display in this price range, but the colours look vivid and the brightness levels are decent.

Processor and Performance

The Vivo U10 budget Android smartphone is powered by the mid-range champion Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor clocked at 2.0GHz.

This powerful processor coupled with 3GB 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.


The Vivo U10 has a triple rear camera setup which consists of a primary 13MP sensor, an 8MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP unit for bokeh shots.
These cameras return very good pictures with natural colours and vivid details.

The front camera is an 8MP 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 U10 trumps other competitors in the price range. The Vivo U10 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.


The Vivo U10 is a feature-rich budget Android smartphone with great hardware and even more impressive battery life.

If you don’t mind the lack of a full HD display, this phone might be worth considering.


Dedicated SD card slot




AI triple rear camera


No USB type C


Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665
Camera13MP+8MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Display6.35-inch HD+

8. Oppo A5

Honourable Mention
  • Quad rear camera with EIS support
  • Massive 5000mAh battery
  • Adequately powerful processor

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 A5 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 A5, however, breathes fresh air into the dull design budget smartphone market with its notched design.

This device has a notch up front, 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.


The Oppo A5 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 Performance

Oppo usually favours MediaTek processors in their smartphones.

The A5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz.

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

With the 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, the Oppo A5 won’t slow you down in everyday usage.


The Oppo A5 features a quad 12MP+8MP+2MP+2MP rear camera with portrait mode support.

Apart from the primary camera, the 8MP shooter is an ultra-wide sensor and the remaining two 2MP sensors are meant for bokeh and artistic mode photos.

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.

The primary camera on this smartphone will record 4K videos up to 30fps and offers digital EIS on videos up to 1080p at 30fps.

Battery life

What’s powering the Oppo A5 inside is a 5000 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.


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.


The elegant, eye-pleasing design


Dual stereo speakers


Reverse charging feature


No Full HD display


Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665
Camera12+8+2+2MP Rear, 6MP Front
Display6.5 inch HD+
And this concludes our list of the eight 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.

If you have any suggestions or queries regarding this article, let us know in the comment section below.

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