Best Smartphones Under Rs.7,000 (March 2021)

by | Mar 4, 2021

With the advent of cheap Chinese smartphones, a vast majority of common people stepped into the connected world at once. Earlier, the quality of such phones was questionable at best, but not today.

The entry-level smartphone market is no longer flooded with pitiable hardware from unknown brands. For a price bracket of Rs.7000, there are a lot of strong offerings in the market, both from the domestic as well as international brands.

Without any further delay, let’s dive into this comprehensive list of the nine best smartphones in India priced under Rs. 7,000.

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.7,000

1. Redmi 9AOverall Best Pick
2. MicroMax IN 1bRunner-Up Pick
3. Lava Z2Feature Rich Smartphone
4. Realme C2Best smartphone for photography
5. Techno Spark Go 2020Value for Money Smartphone
6. Nokia C3Best budget smartphone
7. Honor 9SBest Build Quality
8. Itel Vision 1 ProBest Battery Life
9. Samsung M01 CoreHonourable Mention

 

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1. Redmi 9A

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Overall Best Pick
  • Dual SIM 4G LTE
  • Decent HD+ display
  • Excellent battery life
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Dedicated SD card slot 10W charger in the box

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Android 10.0 Q OS

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Robust build quality

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Outdated micro USB port

Xiaomi had earlier spun off its Redmi series smartphones to an entirely new sub-brand dealing with budget devices in developing countries such as India and Indonesia.

The Redmi 9A as the name suggests is the latest entry-level smartphone running the latest Android 10.0 Q operating system with Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 skin on top.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi 9A is entirely made of plastic and polycarbonate material. Incidentally, this makes the device very lightweight and comfortable to hold in the hand.

The textured pattern on the backplate makes this device somewhat fingerprint-resistant. This helps to keep your phone neat and clean, even if not used with a case.

Available in three different colours namely – ocean green, carbon grey and sky blue, the Redmi 9A is quite a looker in the sub. Rs.7,000 price segment.

The overall fit and finish of this budget Android smartphone are excellent with no noticeable cost cuttings to be superficially visible.

The 2+1 slot design makes sure that you will have the freedom to use two SIM cards at once without sacrificing the slot for a dedicated SD card slot.

Display

The Redmi 9A budget Android smartphone comes equipped with a relatively large 6.53-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.

Xiaomi claims that this IPS LCD panel is one of the brightest displays in its price segment, with a peak brightness level of 400 nits.

Being an IPS display, the viewing angles look great without any noticeable colour shifts whatsoever.

The colour reproduction is good for the price and a pixel density of 269ppi, makes this panel look adequately sharp and clean.

This dot notch display with the 20:9 aspect ratio delivers immersive media consumption experience.

Processor and Performance

This smartphone is powered by the all-new MediaTek Helio G25 SoC clocked at 2.0GHz.

This octa-core chipset is more powerful than the Snapdragon 439 processor which was present on the previous Redmi 8A smartphone.

The Helio G25 coupled with 2GB RAM runs the show smooth on this entry-level smartphone, thanks to the optimized Android 10.0 Q OS.

The Redmi 9A is one of the first Redmi smartphones that ships with the latest MIUI 12 skin out of the box.

Day to day tasks such as web browsing, e-mails, browsing social media websites etc will work fine without any kind of lags or stutters.

However, don’t expect this smartphone to perform better in the gaming department as the lack of sufficient RAM ruins the experience.

Camera

The Redmi 9A features a single 13MP rear camera with LED flash and the front shooter is a 5MP sensor.

These cameras take decent quality still images under good lighting conditions. This Android smartphone is also capable of recording full HD videos at 30/60fps.

Battery Life

With 5000mAh Li-ion battery powering the hardware inside, the Redmi 9A smartphone can easily last up to two days of moderate usage under normal conditions.

The optimized OS and the HD+ display helps the smartphone to deliver a respectable screen on time of about 8-10 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Redmi 9A is an ergonomically designed Android smartphone which feels premium for the price you are paying.

This smartphone will be an ideal choice for many customers who want a no-frills entry-level smartphone with great battery life and decent specifications, all under an affordable budget.

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
ROM32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G25
Camera13MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.53-inch HD+ Display

2. MicroMax IN 1b

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Relatively powerful processor
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Long-lasting battery life
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Dedicated SD card slot

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Optimized Android Go 10.0 OS

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Bright display

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Slow charging

Micromax is making a comeback in the Indian smartphone market with its all-new avatar – the IN series with the Make in India campaign.

This entry-level smartphone from Micromax aims to compete with entry-level Xiaomi and Realme smartphones available in the market as of now.

Design and Build Quality

Made from plastic materials throughout, the Micromax IN 1b feels pretty much well built for its asking price.

There are no squeaks or any noticeable flex on the chassis whatsoever. The gradient colour finish on the rear with a matte strip housing the IN logo looks very attractive, to be honest.

This budget Android smartphone from Micromax weighs just 188g, which considering the large-capacity battery inside is quite acceptable.

Apart from the camera unit and the fingerprint scanner, the back section houses the single speaker. Even though this speaker is adequately loud, there is a chance for the sound to get muffled when you place this smartphone on top of a table.

In terms of the charging port, Micromax hasn’t skimped in including a modern USB Type C port in this device, which we are glad about.

Display

The Micromax IN 1b features a 6.52-inch HD+ IPS water-drop notch display with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.

Even though this is a 720p display, the images and text look rather sharp and clean when viewed from a distance, thanks to the 269ppi pixel density.

The colours look quite decent for the price, so does the dynamic range. This panel can get as bright as 400nits, meaning this display is fairly legible even under direct sunlight.

This modern 20:9 aspect ratio display has a decent 82.3% screen to body ratio along with the minimal bezels on three sides except for the bottom chin.

Processor and Performance

The Micromax IN 1b is powered by the 12nm based MediaTek Helio G35 octa-core processor with a clock speed of 2.3GHz.

This is a fairly good entry-level processor which performs reasonably well at everyday tasks and light multitasking.

This device comes with 2GB of RAM, which is sufficient enough for the optimized Android Go 10.0 OS to run smooth and lag-free.

Since the interface is nearly stock, there is no heavy UI holding back the performance of this device.

With 32GB ROM and the dedicated SD card slot, you’ve got it pretty covered in terms of storage.

Camera

The Micromax IN 1b sports a dual-rear camera setup consisting of a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP depth-sensing unit for portrait shots.

The assisting LED flash works well to light up the surroundings while taking low light photos and videos.

The pictures and videos captured by the rear camera come out clean and detailed when taken under well-lit circumstances.

The 8MP front camera delivers some nice looking selfies in daylight and performs decently in video calls as well.

Both the front and rear cameras on this device are capable of capturing Full HD videos at 30fps.

Battery Life

With a sizable 5000mAh battery inside, the Micromax IN 1b will last you for almost two days with moderate to heavy usage.

Under normal circumstances, this device delivers an impressive 10-hour screen on time with a single full charge.

The included 10W charging adapter takes almost three hours to completely juice up the battery from zero to hundred per cent.

Verdict

Priced under Rs.7,000, the Micromax IN 1b offers a clean stock Android OS experience combined with decent everyday performance and camera quality.

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10 Go Edition
ROM32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G35
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front camera
Battery5000mAh
Display6.52-inch HD+ IPS Display

3. Lava Z2

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Feature Rich Smartphone
  • Octa-core MediaTek chipset
  • Android 10 Go Edition
  • Decent HD+ display
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USB Type-C port

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Good battery life

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Face unlock

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Average selfie camera

Lava is an Indian consumer electronics company manufacturing budget smartphones while keeping the quality up to the standard.

Lava Z2 offers a lot at the price tag of Rs.7,000 including a big battery and a powerful MediaTek CPU.

Design and Build Quality

The design of the Lava Z2 smartphone is very similar to the Micromax In 1b which we discussed just before.

About its build quality, this Lava smartphone has a polycarbonate back with a smooth textured finish that feels good in the hand.

The flame red colour gives this device a vibrant look and it is available in blue colour as well.

A small speaker cut out is given at the rear and the sound output is loud but not pleasing. We recommend using earphones or headphones to experience the surround sound experience.

The audio jack is placed at the bottom frame and besides it, there is a Type-C port as well which is a good thing to have in a smartphone these days.

Display

The Lava Z2 features a 6.51-inch HD+ IPS water-drop notch display with a resolution of 720 x
1600 pixels.

The thin bezels around the display provide a wide viewing experience while you’re watching movies or series.

This panel has decent colour reproduction and the visuals appear sharp and detailed.

Processor and Performance

The showrunner of the Lava Z2 is a powerful MediaTek Helio G35 octa-core processor designed on 12-nanometer architecture.

This is the most powerful CPU available in this price range.

The 2GB RAM onboard is efficient enough to execute day to day tasks such as browsing, messaging, social media and more.

If you wonder about gaming, 2D games are playable but heavy 3D games like PUBG Mobile and COD: Mobile will not run on this smartphone.

On the storage front, this mobile phone has 32GB built-in out of which 24GB is available to use where you can store and install all media files and applications. You can insert an external SD card to increase the storage capacity up to 512GB.

This device is pre-installed with the Android 10 Go Edition operating system. It is a well optimised OS that gives a buttery smooth experience on devices with lower-end hardware.

Camera

The Lava Z2 encompasses a dual-camera setup on the rear consisting of a 13MP primary and 2MP autofocus lens.

Pictures taken with this camera unit in well-lit conditions deliver decent results. This smartphone supports up to 1080p video capture but without any stabilization options.

The 8MP selfie with an aperture of f/2.0 is not as good as expected. In terms of sharpness, it is good but the colour looks washed out and its dynamic range is not impressive either.

Battery Life

The Lava Z2 is powered by a 5000mAh battery which is non-removable and lasts for a day with moderate use.

The bundled 10W charger takes almost 3 hour 15 minutes to juice up the battery from 0-100%.

Verdict

The Lava Z2 is a feature-rich affordable smartphone with smooth and lag-free everyday performance without any compromise with regards to battery life.

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10 Go Edition
ROM32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G35
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.51-inch HD+ IPS Display

4. Realme C2

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Best smartphone for photography
  • Dual rear camera with LED flash
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • Decent battery life
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Corning gorilla glass 3 protection

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Android 9.0 OS

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Dual 4G VoLTE

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Delayed OS updates

Realme C2 is a yesteryear budget smartphone which is still a viable purchase option in the sub. Rs.7,000 price segment.

The Realme C2 is perhaps the best entry-level smartphone in this segment with a good pair of front and rear cameras, perfect for photography enthusiasts who are on a shoestring budget to purchase a smartphone.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme C2, as expected, is built from a plastic frame and features a textured plastic backplate.

This phone feels quite well built for its price, to be honest. The front display is protected by Corning gorilla glass 3, which is one feature you won’t find on that many phones in this price range.

The 3.5mm jack, micro USB charging port and the speaker is placed in the bottom portion, with the left side housing the volume rockers and to the right there is the power button.

The diamond-cut design on the backplate looks and feels unique, and imparts a sense of faux premium value to the handset.

Display

The Realme C2 features a 6.1-inch HD+ dewdrop notch display with a resolution of 1560 x 720 pixels.

This panel has good colour accuracy and contrast levels, making it suitable for media consumption.

With the maximum brightness of up to 450 nits, the display is legible indoors as well as outdoors.

Being an IPS panel, the viewing angles are great. Thanks to the dewdrop notch up top and the minimal bezels around the display, the Realme C2 with a screen to body ratio of 80.3% delivers an immersive visual experience.

Processor and Performance

What powers this smartphone inside is a MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core chipset clocked at 2GHz.

With the 2GB RAM on board and the 32GB storage, the Realme C2 performs reasonably well with almost all day to day tasks.

You might face some lag while multitasking but that is quite understandable for the budget.

Gaming is a no go with this device. You might be able to play some casual games, but don’t even try running PUBG. The device gets heated up and the frames will begin to drop after a while.

For normal tasks such as watching videos, browsing the internet and using social media, this phone gives no troubles whatsoever.

Camera

The Realme C2 packs in a dual rear camera module which consists of a 13MP primary sensor and a 2MP depth sensor for portrait mode shots.

This is accompanied by an LED flash for low light capturing, which works reasonably well.

The photos that come out of these cameras have enough details and colour accuracy.

The front 5MP selfie shooter supports HDR and captures decent quality selfies under good lighting conditions.

Both the front and rear cameras can record Full HD videos up to 30fps.

Battery Life

The Realme C2 is powered by a 4000mAh Li-Po battery which will last you for a day and a half with moderate to heavy usage.

The supplied charger doesn’t support fast charging, so expect it to take around 2 hours to completely juice up the battery.

Verdict

If you are a photography enthusiast and are looking for an entry-level smartphone with decent optics, the Realme C2 is a good option.

For a budget under Rs.7,000, this smartphone provides decent build quality, good battery life and smooth everyday performance.

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
ROM32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediatek Helio P22
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.1-inch HD+

 

5. Techno Spark Go 2020

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Excellent battery backup
  • Decent everyday performance
  • Good 720p HD display
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Front camera flash

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Fingerprint scanner

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Android 10 Go Edition OS

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Slow charging

Tecno is a Chinese smartphone brand that recently came to India with some feature-packed smartphones at enticing entry-level price tags.

The Tecno Spark Go 2020 as the name suggests is a budget Android smartphone released in 2020 loaded with features, priced at just Rs.6,499.

Design and Build Quality

The Tecno Spark Go 2020 has a polycarbonate plastic whole body construction with a smooth textured finish at the back.

The attractive colours and the textured pattern makes this smartphone look way too premium than its asking price.

The camera unit in the rear sits almost flush with the backplate, which in turn minimizes the wobbling of the smartphone when placed on a flat surface.

Apart from the camera unit, the backplate of the Tecno Spark Go 2020 is populated with a fingerprint scanner and a single rear-facing speaker.

This smartphone is just 9.2mm thick and weighs around 196g. Even though this is not the lightest smartphone around, it fits in the pocket comfortably without feeling too much heft.

Display

The Tecno Spark Go 2020 features a 6.52-inch HD+ TFT dot-notch display with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.

This in-cell display has a modern 20:9 aspect ratio with minimal side bezels for an immersive media consumption experience.

The colour reproduction and the sharpness of this panel can be said as decent and on par with its competitors.

One of the advantages of this panel is its 480 nits brightness, which makes this phone a less messy affair.

Processor and Performance

The Tecno Spark Go 2020 is powered by a quad-core MediaTek Helio A20 processor with a clock speed of 1.8GHz.

This entry-level A-series processor is less capable than the G series CPUs we reviewed on the Micromax IN 1b but still delivers a decent day to day performance.

The standard 2GB and 32GB RAM and ROM are what you get from this budget Android smartphone.

The latest Android 10 Go edition OS makes everything work smooth and lag-free. The Go edition apps pre-installed on this device occupy much less space and require less power to run smoothly.

However, the Hi OS6.2 based skin might be a bummer for many. Adding a skin on top of the clean OS is always going to take the toll on the entry-level processor.

Speaking of the storage, this device comes with a dedicated SD card slot for increasing the storage further.

Camera

This Tecno smartphone comes with a dual rear camera and a dual LED-flashlight.

The 13MP primary camera shoots awesome pictures in good lighting condition. The secondary camera is an AI lens that helps you capture portrait shots.

Inside the camera app, you will find different modes like HDR, Pro etc which can be used to tweak variables such as focus, ISO, white balance etc manually while clicking photos.

The front camera on this device is an 8MP shooter with a dedicated flash for lighting up your face in the dark.

This camera supports various AI modes to enhance the photos you take digitally.

The photos and videos that come out of these cameras are really good for the price, we must admit.

Battery Life

The Tecno Spark Go 2020 has a 5000mAh battery on board which easily lasts for a day and a half with heavy usage.

If you’re a casual user, expect this smartphone to last two full days easily. However, the included 5W charger is pretty slow in juicing up the battery and may take more than three hours to completely juice up.

Verdict

The Tecno Spark Go 2020 is a feature-loaded budget Android smartphone with decent everyday performance and impressive two-day battery life.

Features such as front cam selfie and fingerprint scanner for a budget under Rs.7,000 makes this smartphone a really sweet deal.

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10 Go Edition
ROM32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio A20
Camera13MP+AI Lens, 8MP Front camera
Battery5000mAh
Display6.52-inch HD+ InCell TFT Display

6. Nokia C3

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Best budget smartphone
  • Decent everyday performance
  • Stock Android UI
  • Decent display
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Build quality

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Excellent performance

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AI-powered camera

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No full HD display

Nokia has been known for great phones in the past and at present HMD, which builds Nokia phones under a trademark license does the same but the pricing was always a little offset, similar to Motorola.

The Nokia C3 packs respective internals at a competitive price point which makes it one of the top performers in its price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Nokia C3 has a premium design for its price. The notchless display and the glass back make this device look more attractive than ever before.

The side bezels are relatively minimal and the chin bezel houses the Nokia logo. The side inserts are made of high-quality plastic and it feels strong and durable.

The fingerprint on the back is located at an ideal resting position for the index finger, making the locking and unlocking process easier.

Since this budget smartphone has a high body to screen ratio and rounded 2.5D glass, one hand usage is not a problem.

Display

The display is the part where Nokia has done some cost-cutting with this device.

The Nokia C3 features a 5.99-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 720 X 1440 pixels.

Had it been a full HD display, the Nokia C3 would have become one of our top choices in this segment.

The edge to edge 2.5D curved display is a treat to look at despite its low resolution. The colours are accurate and the brightness levels are decent.

Processor

What runs the Nokia C3 is an Unisoc SC9863A Octa-Core chipset clocked at 1.6GHz.

The 2GB RAM is enough for this SoC to show its might when it comes to app loading and multitasking.

Running on stock Android 10 OS, the interface is fluid and smooth as no other phone.

If you are not content with the onboard 16GB storage, there is a dedicated SD card slot that accepts cards up to 128GB effortlessly.

Camera

As with other smartphone manufacturers, Nokia also banks on AI for its camera.

The single rear camera setup has an 8MP primary camera with a dedicated LED flash.

The output from the rear cameras look great and has a lot of details and colour accuracy.

The front 5MP camera is a selfie shooter and features artificial portrait mode as well.

Battery Life

The Nokia C3 is powered by a 3040 mAh Li-ion battery that lasts for a day of moderate to heavy usage.

Being stock Android and free of bloatware, this device does deliver impressive battery life for its size.

Verdict

If you don’t mind the HD+ display, that’s however indistinguishable from a full HD one for an untrained eye, the Nokia C3 is a good deal under Rs.7,000.

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
ROM16 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorUnisoc SC9863A Octa Core
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3040mAh
Display5.99-inch HD+ Display

7. Honor 9S

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Best Build Quality
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • No Google services
  • Decent day to day performance
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Dedicated SD card slot

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Feature-rich Magic UI 3.1

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Face unlock

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Charging takes a bit longer

Honor is an affordable smartphone subsidiary of Huawei for developing nations such as India and Indonesia.

Honor 9S is one of the latest entrants to the Indian market targeting the entry-level Android smartphone category.

Design and Build Quality

Featuring a matte finish polycarbonate chassis, this device feels comfortable to hold in the hand. The gentle curves make the phone rest comfortably in the palm.

The elegant and attractive designs that Honor phones are positively acclaimed for, is retained with this model as well.

The minimal yet premium curves and accent lines make this phone stand out from other budget phones out there.

This device comes with a dedicated SD card slot and a dual sim slot which is one of the most desirable features in this part of the world with almost everyone possessing two sims.

Display

The 18:9 aspect ratio is the new trend in the smartphone market.

Not only is it an aesthetic trend but also important from a usability standpoint.

As the screen sizes become large, usability with one hand suffers a lot. With an 18:9 aspect ratio, the width remains the same making the phone easy to hold in a hand.

The Honor 9S comes with a 5.45-inch HD IPS display with an HD+ resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels.

The Magic UI 3.1 skin that runs on top of the Android 10.0 Q makes the display look very crisp and detailed. The overall colourful UI feels nice on this smartphone.

Processor and Performance

The Honor 9S is powered by MediaTek Helio P22 quad-core chipset clocked at 2GHz.

Being a quad-core processor, most of the day to day tasks will run fluidly.

The 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage will make up for the fluid and smooth casual smartphone use.

This smartphone comes with a dedicated SD card slot if you wish to increase the storage capacity further.

Camera

The Honor 9S comes with a single 8MP rear camera coupled with an LED flash.

The camera takes decent pictures with good details at optimal lighting conditions.

Honor has also thrown in a software-centric portrait mode for those DSLR-esque photos.

The front camera on these devices is a 5MP shooter with a dedicated selfie flash. This lets you take brighter images even in the darkness.

Miscellaneous

Due to the recent sanctions on Huawei by the US of America, Google services such as the Play store, GMS and other Gapps are unavailable on this phone.

Huawei has included its version of Huawei messaging service (HMS) and an app gallery with this device.

Most of the frequently used apps are available on the app gallery as well, but there is still a wide gap of app availability to bridge. Keep this in mind before purchasing this smartphone.

Battery Life

The Honor 9S has a 3020 mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last for at least a day of continuous usage.

Verdict

The Honor 9S has an aesthetically pleasing design and capable internals for smooth casual usage.

If you like to own a budget device that does a little bit of everything the Honor 9S is a compelling product in the sub.Rs.7,000 price segment.

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
ROM32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P22
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery 3020mAh
Display5.45-inch HD+ display

 

8. Itel Vision 1 Pro

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Best Battery Life
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Decent display
  • Long-lasting battery life
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Attractive gradient colour scheme

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AI-powered camera

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One year replacement warranty

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Questionable software update situation

Itel is a Chinese budget smartphone manufacturer headquartered in Shenzhen.

The Itel Vision 1 Pro is a feature-rich entry-level smartphone that packs in a lot of goodies that most other smartphones miss out on in this segment.

Design and Build Quality

The Itel Vision 1 Pro features a modern design strategy that looks similar to some of the branded smartphones out there in the market.

The rear camera bump reminds us of the Pixel lineup and the front tear-drop notch.

The plastic build quality is nothing much to write about but the gradient finish colour scheme looks very attractive and appealing to the eyes.

The button placements are quite comfortable to reach and the buttons themselves feel very tactile.

The textured back offers a good amount of hand grip so that the phone won’t slip from your hands that easily.

Surprisingly, this device comes with a physical fingerprint sensor in the back for added security.

Display

The Itel Vision 1 Pro, as we discussed above features a teardrop-shaped notch on top of the display.

The display on this smartphone is a 6.52-inch HD+ panel with a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels.

The in-cell TFT display has a peak advertised brightness of up to 500 nits, making it one of the brightest in its segment.

The colours look nice and accurate, so do the contrast levels. There is no considerable amount of bezels around the display except for the bottom chin.

Processor and Performance

The Itel Vision 1 Pro is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz.

While this processor may not scream big on papers, it handles all the day to day tasks quite smoothly.

The 2GB RAM and the 32GB onboard storage lets you deal with minimal multitasking without much lags or stutters either.

Gaming isn’t the strongest forte of this device, so if you are buying this device just for that, keep this in mind.

Camera

Behind the Itel Vision 1 Pro is a square-shaped camera compartment that houses an 8MP primary sensor with 0.3MP depth-sensing unit and an AI unit accompanied by an LED flash.

This camera unit comes with a host of AI modes and enhancements which promises to make your clicks look much better than ever before.

In daylight, these cameras return decent still and video samples. The 5MP sensor in the front supports AI filters and beauty modes as well.

Battery Life

The Itel Vision 1 Pro is powered by a 4000mAh Li-ion battery, which will last you for roughly one and a half days of moderate to heavy usage.

Battery life is highly subjective and depends upon a variety of factors such as the screen brightness, apps you are running and such.

Verdict

The Itel Vision 1 Pro is a feature-rich entry-level smartphone priced under Rs.7,000 suitable for those who want more for less.

The fingerprint sensor, triple rear cameras and the dedicated SD card slot makes this device a product worth considering for its price.

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
ROM32 GB
RAM2 GB
Processor1.4GHz quad-core
Camera8MP AI Triple Rear, 5MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.52-inch HD+ Display

9. Samsung M01 Core

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Honourable Mention
  • Decent HD display
  • Promised one-day battery life
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash
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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

The M01 Core is one of the entry-level smartphones from Samsung priced under Rs.7,000 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 2GB RAM on board and the 32GB 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 percent.

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.

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
ROM32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Quad-core 1.5GHz
Camera8MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.3-inch HD TFT LCD

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