Smartphones are available at different budgets nowadays starting from as low as Rs. 4,000 to as high as Rs. 1,00,000. No. I didn’t keep iPhones away from the list. But India being a price sensitive market for smartphones, I have seen a majority of customers looking for smartphones within a budget of Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 15,000. Well, that makes a lot of sense in 2018, as manufacturers are quite aggressive in pricing, and you can get some really great smartphones within Rs. 10,000 or so. But not all smartphones at this price range is that good.
There are companies, who fool the users saying their smartphones are having 4 GB RAM or so, but the performance is not always judged by RAM or other trivial parameters the agents in mobile phone stores try to flaunt for promotional purposes. But I am always committed to give you the most appropriate information so that you don’t regret after investing your hard earned pennies for a smartphone. That being said, I have brought top 8 smartphones under or at a budget of Rs. 10,000. Some smartphones might be available at higher prices from numerous outlets, but all the smartphones I have listed here are priced below or at Rs. 10,000 at the time of writing this article.
Best Android smartphone under Rs 10000 in 2018
Well, most users nowadays look for smartphones with a decent camera, and I know people, who are looking for some great selfie-cameras. If that is the case for you, the Redmi Y2 is the best smartphone you can go for. The Redmi Y2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, which might be a little old, but is still a beast. The selfie camera, which is the sole attraction of the smartphone, is 16 MP, and it has a 12 MP primary + 5 MP depth sensing rear camera. Coupled with a 3080 mAh battery and 3 GB RAM, you can multi-task on this smartphone without any issues and can work with it throughout the day with just a single charge.
Redmi Note 5
Well, it is yet another Redmi product, which I can’t keep out of the list. The Redmi Note 5 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, and come in two variants, the 32 GB + 3 GB RAM variant and the 64 GB + 4 GB RAM variant. The 64 GB + 4 GB RAM variant is priced at Rs. 11,000, while the 32 GB variant is priced at Rs. 8,999. Moving on to the camera, the Redmi Note 5 is coupled with a 12 MP primary camera along with a 5 MP secondary camera, where the primary camera is capable of recording at 4K resolution, while the primary camera can capture videos at 1080p. And yes, the handset might come with Android Nougat out of the box, it can be upgraded to Android Oreo. The 4,000 mAh battery should last you all the day long on medium to heavy usage. Though my promise was to keep smartphones at or below Rs. 10,000 in the list, the 64 GB RAM variant can also be a real value for money with a slightly higher investment.
Well, if you are not happy with MIUI or any other customized Android and prefer stock Android within a budget of Rs. 10,000, the Nokia 3 is the one, you can go for. No, Nokia 3 doesn’t come with an outstanding hardware or a great camera, but if you are a Nokia fanboy, and is looking for a simple and smooth smartphone, it is for you. The Nokia 3 is powered by the Mediatek 6737 SoC and comes with a 16 GB of internal storage and 2 GB of RAM. Moving on to the camera, it has an 8 MP primary and selfie camera which is capable of recording video at 720p at 30 fps. The 2630 mAh battery should last you a day long under medium usage, which is yet another reason, you should go for Nokia 3.
Oppo Realme 1
The Oppo Realme 1 is yet another great smartphone, which you can go for, at a budget of less than Rs. 10,000. The Realme 1 come in three variants, and you can get the 3 GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage variant at a price of less than Rs. 10,000. The Realme 1 is powered by the MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, which is really a great chipset at this price range. The Realme 1 is the perfectly balanced handset if you are looking for a decent performance, good camera, and an all-day-long 3410 mAh battery. The handset comes with a 13 MP primary camera, and an 8 MP secondary camera, which is quite decent. Though I expected a dual camera setup at this price range, just because it is Oppo’s sub-brand.
If you are looking for a stock Android interface with a good hardware, the 10.or G can be the perfect handset you can go for. The 10.or G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 SoC, which can handle multi-tasking and most intensive games without any lags or so. Moving on to the camera part, the 10.or G has a dual-primary camera setup of 13 MP RGB + 13 MP Mono and a 16 MP front-facing selfie camera. At a price less than Rs. 10,000, the 10.or G offers a 1920×1080 screen resolution with a Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top of it. The 3910 mAh battery can easily last you a day long under normal to medium usage circumstances. The 10.or G is an Amazon exclusive product, and you cannot get it from other places. For geeks out there, who are looking for an affordable beast, 10.or G shouldn’t disappoint you.
The Honor 7C is a decent smartphone under Rs. 10,000, which you can go for if you are looking for a smartphone with minimum bezels. Powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 and coupled with 3 or 4 GB of RAM, the performance of Honor 7C will surely not disappoint you. Having a look at the storage options, the 3 GB RAM variant comes with a 32 GB of internal storage, while the 4 GB RAM variant comes with a 64 GB internal storage. The Honor 7C has a 13 MP primary camera with 2 MP depth-sensing camera, and an 8 MP secondary selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The Honor 7C is bundled with a 3,000 mAh battery, which can easily cope with your daily requirements.
Lenovo K8 Note
If you are looking for a handset at a price of Rs. 10,000 that offers a great music playback, the Lenovo K8 Note is the one, which is made for you. Yes, the K8 has the Dolby Atmos audio enhancement feature, which makes the handset special. Well, that’s not the end yet. The Lenovo K8 Note is also powered by a deca-core Mediatek Helio X23 SoC along with 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM with 32 GB and 64 GB internal storage respectively. The Lenovo K8 has a 13 MP primary + 5 MP depth-sensing camera with a 13 MP camera, which is capable of taking decent photographs. The 4,000 mAh battery can easily last a day under normal usage. All said, the Lenovo K8 Note can be the best smartphone you can go for, which maintain a balance between everything.
Moto E4 Plus
I will call it a day with another smartphone offering a stock Android interface. The Moto E4 Plus, though a little old, can be a perfect bang for the buck if you are looking for a Jack of all trade. The Moto E4 Plus is bundled with a 5,000 mAh battery, which can easily last a day or more under normal or heavy usage conditions. Moving on the hardware, the Moto E4 Plus is powered by a MediaTek 6737 SoC, and 3 GB of RAM, which can be pretty decent for a great multitasking performance. The smartphone is available in two internal storage variants, i.e. 16 GB and 32 GB, and you can go for the one according to your needs. The 13 MP rear-facing camera can capture decent photographs and can record 720p videos. The selfie-camera, on the other hand, is a 5 MP shooter, and it also has an LED flash for taking great photos under low light.
The Raksha Bandhan is just around the corner, and if you are looking for a Raksha Bandhan gift under Rs. 10,000, going for any of the above smartphones will surely bring a smile on your sibling’s face. All the top smartphones under Rs. 10,000 are great in some aspect or the other. Thus, you should choose the most appropriate one depending upon what exactly you need from your small pocket beast.
Hope the above list of top 8 smartphones under Rs. 10,000 will be helpful for you at the time of purchasing a budget smartphone. Do you have any better options? Feel free to comment it down below.