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

by | Jan 14, 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. Realme C2Camera Centric Smartphone
4. Techno Spark Go 2020Value for Money Smartphone
5. Gionee MaxBest Budget Smartphone
6. Honor 9SBest Build Quality
7. Infinix Smart HD 2021Best Affordable Smartphone
8. Itel Vision 1Feature-Rich Smartphone
9. iKall K250Honourable 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 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Outdated micro USB port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.

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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

 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
  • Bezel-less HD+ display
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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. Realme C2

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Camera Centric Smartphone
  • 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
RAM3 GB
ProcessorMediatek Helio P22
Camera13MP+2MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.1-inch HD+

4. 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

5. Gionee Max

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Best Budget Smartphone
  • Satisfactory everyday performance
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Decent camera quality 
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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

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.

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.

One other interesting feature of this smartphone is its reverse charging capability. Thanks to the massive battery inside, this smartphone can double up as a power bank to charge other devices.

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.

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10
ROM32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorUnisoc SC9863A 1.6GHz octa-core
Camera13MP+depth sensor, 5MP Front camera
Battery5000mAh
Display6.1-inch HD+ IPS Display

6. 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+

7. Infinix Smart HD 2021

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Best Affordable Smartphone
  • Optimized Android 10 Go edition OS
  • Decent camera quality
  • Good battery backup
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Robust build quality

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Fingerprint scanner

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Slow charging

Infinix is a HongKong based smartphone manufacturer with a strong market presence in the Indian subcontinent.

The Infinix Smart HD 2021 is an entry-level Android smartphone powered by the MediaTek Helio A20 – the same CPU that is present in the Tecno Spark Go 2020 smartphone.

Design and Build Quality

The Infinix Smart HD 2021 is one of the best-looking smartphones in the sub. Rs.7,000 price range in India.

The gem cut texture in the back with a gradient colour mimicking paint job at the back makes this device look and feel premium in hand.

Made from plastic materials throughout, the Infinix Smart HD 2021 weighs 195g, thanks to the mammoth 5000mAh battery inside.

This device is available in three different colours namely black, blue and green, which is a welcome change in the single colour budget smartphone world.

The 3.5mm audio jack is positioned in the top section of the chassis which can be utilized to enjoy music via wired earphones.

Even though the backplate is removable, the battery is not removable. The SIM and the SD card slot is housed behind the backplate reminding us of how phones used to be in the past.

Display

The Infinix Smart HD 2021 features a 6.1-inch HD+ IPS LCD drop notch display with a resolution of 720 x 1560 pixels.

This display looks vibrant and vivid in terms of colour and dynamic range for the asking price.

The brightness levels are decent for good indoor usage and perform okay outdoors but not under direct sunlight.

The thin bezels on the sides and the comparatively smaller chin at the top and bottom make this device suitable for immersive media consumption.

Processor and Performance

As we mentioned earlier, this device is powered by the same MediaTek Helio A20 quad-core processor with a clock speed of 1.8GHz, that we discussed with the Tecno Spark Go 2020.

Similar to most other phones in this category, the Infinix Smart HD 2021 runs on the latest Android 10 Go edition OS.

This OS is optimized to run smoothly with the 2GB RAM inside for the most part. The XOS 6.2 skin on top of this OS, however, feels heavily bloated.

The 32GB onboard storage is sufficient if you’re not into a lot of apps and games, but Infinix also provides a dedicated SD card slot to further expand the storage capacity.

Camera

This smartphone features a dual-camera setup on the rear which looks almost similar to the camera arrangement on the Apple iPhone 11.

The primary 8MP camera clicks decent quality images in the daylight with good details and colours.

Speaking of the front camera, what we have here is a 5MP selfie shooter with a dedicated flash for low light photography.

Both the front and the rear camera are capable of recording full HD videos at 30fps.

Battery Life

The Infinix Smart HD 2021 is powered by a 5000mAh battery which will last you for two days with moderate usage.

If you are a power user, you would find yourselves charging the phone every other day.

The bundled 6W charger is painfully slow in charging the battery and takes more than three hours to complete one full cycle.

Verdict

The Infinis Smart HD 2021 is a perfect indoor media consumption device. It can also be used for attending online classes and for clicking occasional social media photos.

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10 Go Edition
ROM32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio A20
Camera8MP+AI Camera, 5MP Front camera
Battery5000mAh
Display6.1-inch HD+ IPS LCD Display

8. Itel Vision 1

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • 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 is a feature-rich entry-level smartphone that packs in a lot of goodies which most other smartphones miss out in this segment.

Design and Build Quality

The Itel Vision 1 features a modern design strategy which 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 U shaped notch bears resemblance to the likes of Redmi Note 7 pro.

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 handgrip 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, as we discussed above features a U shaped notch on top of the display.

The display on this smartphone is a 6-inch HD+ panel with a resolution of 1560 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 is powered by the Unisoc SC9863A octa-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz.

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

The 3GB 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 is a square-shaped camera compartment which houses an 8MP primary sensor with 0.3MP depth-sensing 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 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 is a feature-rich entry-level smartphone priced under Rs.7,000 suitable for those who want more for less.

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

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
ROM32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorUnisoc SC9863A 1.6GHz octa-core
Camera8MP+0.3MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.08-inch HD+ IPS LCD

9. Samsung M01 Core

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

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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