At the start of 2020, we had a great set of budget phones in India, with players from Realme, Xiaomi, and more offering their devices at competitive pricing with best specs possible for the price. Fast forward H2, 2020, the table has turned a bit: The affordable phones are getting costlier.
Not only the affordable segment, overall the price of smartphones gradually from April thanks to new GTS rates, lockdown, and the production issues. Since companies keep a low margin in this segment, they have increased prices to keep the company up and running. The smartphones under Rs 10,000 segment now consists of smartphones from Xiaomi, Realme, Motorola, and Nokia.
Best phones under Rs 10,000
These smartphones offer a good overall good user experience with a solid build, great battery life, a pleasing display and an improved camera at very reasonable prices.
And while there haven’t been many launches in the past couple of months, there are several great options when it comes to phones under Rs 10,000. And actually narrowing it down from the tons of options can be a bit overwhelming and confusing.
Worry not, though, if you want to know the best phones under Rs 10,000 in India, we’re here with the answers.
The latest surprise return to the Prime series, the Redmi 9 Prime is the only smartphone in the segment to feature a Full HD display. You get a 6.53-inch LCD screen with a waterdrop notch and a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels. It has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a peak brightness of about 400 nits. Under the hood, the Redmi 9 Prime is powered by Mediatek’s Helio G80 SoC.
The camera department consists of a quad-camera setup which has a fingerprint sensor tucked underneath it. There is a 13MP f/2.2 main lens, an 8MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor. The front has an 8MP sensor for selfies. All this is backed up by a huge 5,020mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging which can be charged via Type-C port.
Price: Rs 9,999 | Rs 11,999
Unsurprisingly, Xiaomi appears on this list once again with its Redmi 8. On paper, it’s very similar to the Redmi 8A, with a Snapdragon 439 chipset, a 6.2-inch HD+ display and a big battery.
It has a glossy back that mimics glass and looks rather premium, offers a dual-camera setup on the back and also provides a physical fingerprint scanner.
The 5,000 mAh battery is one of the biggest in this segment, and the 18W fast charging over USB Type-C will help future-proof this phone.
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The device comes with 6.5-inch HD+ display with a mini drop-style notch. The handset is equipped with MediaTek Helio G70 SoC paired with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Narzo 10A comes with a 12 MP primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture, a portrait lens, and a macro lens.
There is a fingerprint scanner under the camera module. Over at the front, the Narzo 10A has a 5MP snapper. To power the internals, the device is packed with a 5,000mAh battery with a micro USB port. There is no fast charging here but the device comes with reverse charging feature. It ships with Realme UI based on Android 10.
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Vivo’s U10 offers you good performance for the price, thanks to the Snapdragon 665 SoC. Also, you get to choose between two configurations here with the device, 3+32GB or 4+32GB. On the front, it flaunts a 6.35-inch HD+ panel. It is backed with a massive 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging.
On the camera front, there is a 13MP primary sensor, followed an 8MP wide and a 2MP deputy sensor. At the front, there is an 8MP shooter. It also packs in a rear fingerprint scanner and face unlock support. It also comes with Ultra Game Mode that boosts smartphone’s performance.
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The toned-down version of Motorola G8 Power, the Motorola G8 Power Lite. It is powered by MediaTek Helio P35 SoC. The Moto G8 Power Lite features a 6.5-inch HD+ (729×1,600 pixels) IPS LCD display with a waterdrop-style notch, 20:9 aspect ratio.
The Moto G8 Power Lite features a 16MP primary sensor with a 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensor. The battery size is here is a 5,000mAh with slower 10W charge. The phone comes with 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via MicroSD card and houses 4GB RAM, the best in the list. It runs on Android 9 Pie with near Stock Android experience.
Price: Rs 8,499
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For those of you, who are loyal Nokia fans, we have got a Nokia device in the list. The Nokia 4.2 comes with near-stock Android with no bloatware. This phones also falls under the Android One program, so you will get two Android version upgrades and three years of security updates from the HMD global.
However, the handset packs in an average 3,000mAh battery that doesn’t support fast charging and still comes with a micro USB port. The performance is good for day to day usage. You get dual 13MP and 2MP cameras and an 8MP front camera. Powering the handset is the Snapdragon 439 chipset. There is also a dedicated Google Assistance button and a fingerprint scanner at the rear.
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The Samsung Galaxy M01 features Snapdrafog 439 chipset, instead of the in-house Exynos chipset. You get 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage with microSD card support up to 512GB. The device houses a dual rear camera with a 13MP f/2.2 primary sensor followed by a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor. To power the device, the handset will feature a 4,000mAh battery with micro USB interface for charging. There is no support for fast charging either.
The Galaxy M01 is flaunting a bigger 5.7-inch HD+ TFT LCD Infinity-V panel with a resolution of 1,560 x 720 pixels. The device will come with a dew-drop which holds a 5MP snapper. There is no fingerprint scanner instead, you get face unlock.
Price: Rs 8,499