Best Smartphones Under Rs.5,000 (November 2020)

by | Oct 27, 2020

A budget under Rs.5,000 pointing you towards a feature phone is the story of the past.

As the competition in the mobile industry becomes tight, companies are forced to increase sales even at the cost of sacrificing their profit margins.

The result?

Smartphones with better specifications and features replaced the entry-level feature phones.

Here in this article, we recommend the five best choices for smartphones priced under Rs.5,000 available in the Indian market.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

Best Smartphones Under Rs.5,000

1. Gionee MaxOverall Best Pick
2. Samsung M01 CoreRunner-Up Pick
3. Lava Z60sBest Budget Smartphone
4. Panasonic Eluga i6 Value for Money Smartphone
5. Micromax Bharat Go Honourable Mention

 

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1. Gionee Max

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Overall Best Pick
  • Satisfactory everyday performance
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Decent camera quality

Gionee was one of the first Chinese smartphone brands to enter the Indian market with cutting edge low-cost smartphones.

However, with the arrivals of brands such as Xiaomi and Vivo, Gionee lost the master race and shut its operations down for a while.

Currently, the name is licensed by another company to market smartphones under the Gionee brand in India and the Gionee Max is one such entry-level Android smartphone priced under Rs.5,500.

Design and Build Quality

The Gionee Max features a typical budget Android smartphone design with subtle curved edges and bright flashy colours.

This smartphone has a removable plastic back plate which houses the two separate SIM slots and the dedicated SD card slot.

In the bottom portion of the phone, we have a micro USB charging/data syncing port along with a microphone.

The 3.5mm headphone jack is placed up to and the single loudspeaker can be found in the rear towards the bottom half.

The Gionee Max weighs 185g which is not bad for an entry-level smartphone with a mammoth 5000mAh battery inside.

Display

The Gionee Max smartphone features a 6.1-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels.

This curved glass display looks decent indoors with adequate brightness and colour accuracy.

While this is perhaps not the sharpest displays out there, the price at which this device retails makes it convincing enough.

Being a relatively smaller display, this smartphone can be easily operated with a single hand without any issues.

Processor and Performance

This budget entry-level Android smartphone from Gionee is powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz.

Coupled with the 2GB RAM and the 32GB internal storage, this device delivers decent everyday performance without much lags or stutters.

The Gionee max works reasonably well for casual tasks such as media consumption, web browsing and social media usage but falls short when it comes to gaming.

Camera

The Gionee Max features a dual rear camera setup consisting of a primary 13MP sensor assisted by a bokeh depth mode sensor for portrait shots.

A single LED flash is also present beneath the camera unit for low light photography.

The still images come out adequately detailed and clean when taken in broad daylight.

The front 5MP shooter lets you have a video call and occasional selfies with decent quality.

Miscellaneous

This device comes with Android 10 OS pre-installed. The UI on top is near-stock Android and doesn’t feel excessively bloated.

Battery Life

Inside the Gionee Max is a large 5000mAh removable battery. Seeing a removable battery these days is surprising, to be honest.

This battery will last you around two days of moderate to heavy usage. The bundled 10W micro USB charger juices up the battery in 2.30-3 hours.

Verdict

The Gionee Max is currently one of the best Android smartphones that you can get your hands on for a budget around Rs.5,000.

The long-lasting battery and the recent Android 10 operating system running inside makes this smartphone a bang for buck deal for its price.

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Near stock Android 10.0 OS

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Decent display

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Rear-facing speaker

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorOcta-core processor
Camera13MP+bokeh lens Rear, 5MP Front camera
Battery5000mAh
Display6.1-inch HD+

2. Samsung M01 Core

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Decent HD display
  • Promised one-day battery life
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash

The M01 Core is one of the entry-level smartphones from Samsung priced under Rs.5,000 which might appeal to a lot of new customers looking for a non-Chinese device.

The Samsung M01 Core is designed and targeted specifically for basic usage such as calling and web browsing.

Design and Build Quality

To be honest, Samsung has done a lot of cost-cutting when it comes to the build quality of this device. The plastic frame and the plastic backplate seems to be of average quality.

The textured line pattern in the back adds grip to the phone but does make the phone look very cheap.

However, considering the price and the brand value, Samsung releasing a smartphone at this price negates all these shortcomings.

The 3.5mm headphone jack, micro USB charging port and the mono speaker is located on the button portion of the device.

Samsung has included a dedicated SD card slot along with the dual SIM slots on this device.

Display

The display on the Samsung M01 Core is a 5.3-inch HD TFT LCD with a resolution of 720 x 1480 pixels.

With a pixel density of 311ppi, this display is surprisingly decent enough for everyday usage.

Thanks to the smaller display, the texts and images appear sharp and clean. The colour reproduction and the brightness levels are decent when viewed indoors.

Since this display isn’t a dot notch or water drop type panel, there are significant bezels around.

Processor and Performance

The Samsung M01 Core is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, ideal for web browsing, social media uses and another day to day tasks.

With the 1GB RAM onboard and the 16GB memory, the Samsung M01 Core performs relatively smoothly.

The reason behind this is the Android GO edition OS based on Android 10.0 Q running the show underneath.

Android Go is a lightweight Android distribution custom made for lower-end devices with limited hardware capabilities.

The Samsung OneUI on top of this, makes the UI look much more appealing and easy to use.

Camera

This entry-level smartphone features an 8MP rear camera with autofocus support and an LED flash.

Nothing to write much about, this camera captures decent quality stills under good lighting conditions, enough for occasional social media uploads.

The front 5MP camera takes okay quality selfies and can be used for video calls, but the visuals might look a bit grainy.

Battery Life

The Samsung M01 Core is powered by a 3000mAh Li-ion battery. This battery will run the show for a day and a half with moderate usage.

The supplied charger does not support fast charging and it takes around 2-2.5 hours to charge the battery from zero to hundred.

Verdict

The Samsung M01 Core is an entry-level non-Chinese smartphone especially suitable for adults looking for a no-frills smartphone with decent day to day performance.

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Non-Chinese smartphone

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Lightweight Android GO OS

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Average build quality

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM1 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Quad-core 1.5GHz
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.3-inch HD TFT LCD

3. Lava Z60s

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Best Budget Smartphone
  • Decent HD display
  • Optimized Android Oreo Go edition OS
  • One day battery life

Lava is an Indian consumer electronics manufacturer which was famous for its budget Android smartphones in the past.

With the advent of Chinese companies such as Xiaomi, the brand got behind the race.

The Lava Z60s is a budget smartphone from the company priced under Rs.5000 that features the latest Android Go operating system from Google for low powered devices.

Build Quality and Design

The Lava Z60s reminds us of the Redmi 5 smartphone of the past.

This device features a removable battery that’s quite rare among smartphones these days. The construction as you may have guessed is of plastic.

The Lava Z60s comes with dual sim capability and has a dedicated SD card slot for expansion of the otherwise limited internal storage.

Processor and Performance

Most of the budget smartphones in India come loaded with a MediaTek processor for obvious reasons. They are cheaper than the Qualcomm counterparts.

This device comes with a mid-range MediaTek quad-core processor inside with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage out of the box.

Wait! 1GB?

Yes, you heard it right. What distinguishes this device from the others in the market is that it runs on Android Oreo Go edition operating system.

The Go edition OS is optimized for performance of low-end hardware and it reflects with the Lava Z60s.

This device despite its 1GB RAM, performs so well that you can enjoy a full Android experience on a budget without any noticeable lags or stutters.

Display and Camera

The Lava Z60s features a 5-inch HD panel with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. This gives the device an approximate pixel density of 240 ppi.

The brightness levels are excellent on this display so are the colours but the sharpness leaves to be a bit deserved.

The rear camera on the Lava Z60s is a 5MP shooter with an LED flash. Upfront, there is a 5MP selfie with an 84-degree field of view.

For aiding low light selfies, the front cam also comes with an LED flash.

Battery Life

This budget Android smartphone features a 2500mAh battery which lasts easily for a day even with moderate to heavy usage.

The bundled charger is a 5V 1.5A rated one which will charge the smartphone relatively faster when compared with a 1A charger that comes with most of the devices at this price point.

Verdict

For a budget under Rs.5,000, the Lava Z60s is a great choice for those who want a lag-free Android experience.

This device right here doesn’t boast about the insane internals underneath but the star of the show is the Android Oreo Go editing OS which runs buttery smooth will all the optimizations.

We assure you that daily tasks and casual use will be as smooth as possible with this smartphone.

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Front and rear flash

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Minimal yet elegant design

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1-year manufacturer’s warranty

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Average build quality

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1 Go
Internal Memory16 GB
RAM1 GB
ProcessorMediaTek quad core processor
Camera5M Front, 5MP Rear
Battery2500mAh
Display5-inch HD IPS

4. Panasonic Eluga i6

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Decent, bright and vivid display
  • OTG compatible 
  • One day battery life

Panasonic is a well known Japanese electronics brand with years of expertise in the consumer electronics market in India and abroad.

The Eluga I6 from Panasonic is an entry-level Android smartphone priced affordably under Rs.5000 targeting first-time smartphone users in the country.

Design and Build Quality

The Panasonic Eluga I6 comes with a plastic shell body. The matte black single colour scheme with minimal design makes this device look pretty attractive for its price.

The removable backplate isn’t just a design choice but comes with a function – a sim slot and a dedicated SD card slot are housed beneath the backplate.

On the right side of the device, there’s the regular power button and volume rockers can be found on the left side.

The micro USB port and the 3.5mm headphone jack can be found on the top portion.

The speaker on this device is placed on the backside, which is a bit of a bummer if you like to listen to music directly from the phone speaker rather than using an earphone while watching movies or youtube.

Display

The Panasonic Eluga I6 comes with a standard 5.45-inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 480 x 960 pixels.

This LCD screen has a respectable 295 ppi pixel density which is quite a standard for phones priced below Rs.5000.

The rounded corners of the display blend very well with the rounded chassis, giving the device a polished design.

The colours are decent and the brightness levels are on point.

Processor and Performance

Features that were once found only in mid-range smartphones and flagship devices are slowly trickling down to entry-level phones such as Panasonic Eluga I6.

The main reason for this is the relatively powerful chipsets which find its way to these devices.

The Panasonic Eluga I6 quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. This chipset supports VoLTE features so that you can peacefully use it with 4G only networks such as Jio in India.

Coupled with 32GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage, this device performs decently and can multitask between a couple of tasks effortlessly.

You won’t be getting good results with resource-heavy games though. Yes, the HD display is capable of streaming 720p HD videos without stutters.

Camera

The Panasonic Eluga I6 has a respectable 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera to satiate your photography needs.

These cameras perform surprisingly better when compared to the similarly priced devices in the market.

The colour accuracy is good with sufficient details and the video is pretty much usable too.

Battery

This device comes with a non-removable 3000mAh Li-ion battery which will easily last for more than a day of moderate usage.

The Android 9.0 Pie OS has many battery optimization techniques under the hood, resulting in a better screen on time.

Verdict

The Panasonic Eluga I6 s a wonderful little device for a budget under Rs.5000.

The near Android stock UI and the decently capable processor makes the phone run smoother and offers a delightful smartphone experience for new users as well as for those who are looking to purchase a secondary device.

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Close to stock Android UI

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Optimized Android 9.0 Pie

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Pre-applied tempered screen protector

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Rear-mounted speaker

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory1 GB
RAM8 GB
Processor1.5Ghz quad-core processor
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.45-inch IPS

5. Micromax Bharat Go

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Honourable Mention
  • Dual SIM smartphone
  • 4G VoLTE support
  • Decent TFT LCD

Micromax was once the king of budget phones in the Indian market. With the advent of cheap Chinese companies flooding the market with their products, the company lost its sheen.

Now with the Bharat Go, the company has an excellent value for money device with all necessary features making it one of its kind in the segment.

Design and Build Quality

Honestly speaking, Bharat Go is one of the very few devices from Micromax which we felt was visually appealing.

The minimal design of this budget Android smartphones has a special kind of charm associated with it.

The polycarbonate matte back panel feels very good in the hand.

The curved sides make holding this phone in one-hand and effortless affair.

These tactile buttons offer a clicky response and are positioned in the natural index finder resting position on the chassis. The fingerprint scanner is also conveniently placed at the back.

The headphone jack is placed on the top and in the bottom lies the micro USB cable for charging and data transfer.

Display

The display is the USP of the Bharat Go.

It features a curved, edge to edge display on this smartphone, giving extremely thin bezels on its sides.

This 4.5-inch TFT LCD has an HD resolution of 854 x 480 pixels and has good colour accuracy and contrast levels for the asking price.

This device can get adequately bright in direct sunlight, making outdoor usage much less of a problem you’ll have to deal with.

The colours look decent and the visuals appear detailed and clean when viewed from a distance.

Processor and Performance

Powered by the MediaTek MT6737 processor clocked at 1.51GHz, the Bharat Go smartphone runs all the causal apps without breaking a sweat.

Even though the 1GB RAM is one of the low points of this phone, The memory-optimized Android Go OS based on Android 8.0 makes it run without any lags or stutters.

There is a 16GB internal storage available out of the box with the option to increase the memory up to 32GB via a dedicated micro SD slot.

Camera

This device comes with a 5MP front and rear camera with a dedicated flashlight on both sides.

These fixed focus cameras are nothing extraordinary to write about but generally deliver decent quality still photos in proper lighting conditions.

Battery Life

The Micromax Bharat Go Infinity packs in a 2000mAh Li-ion battery that will last for about a day of moderate to heavy usage.

Equipped with a relatively underpowered processor and battery efficient Android Go OS, you won’t be very much disappointed with this smartphone when it comes to battery life.

Verdict

If you are looking forward to purchasing a budget smartphone with decent performance, one-day battery life and elegant design, the Micromax Bharat Go is a wise choice.

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Elegant design

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Optimized Go edition Android OS

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Front and rear flash

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Average build quality

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 Oreo Go
Internal Memory8 GB
RAM1 GB
ProcessorMediaTek quad core processor
Camera5MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery2000mAh
Display4.5-inch HD
Our curated buying list for the best five smartphones under Rs.5,000 comes to an end here.

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