With dozens of affordable smartphone options available in the Indian market, it can be a daunting task as to which phone suits your needs best, and brings home the best value for the money you shell out. A considerable amount of demand is seen in the sub-Rs. 10,000 price bracket, and OEMs have a gamut of offerings that bring premium design and specification elements on affordable smartphones as well. Many companies like Xiaomi, Realme, and even Asus focus largely on offering the best experience under Rs. 10,000 given the consumer interest in this price bracket.
As mentioned, there are many smartphones that are available in the market under the Rs. 10,000 price, but in this article we’ve complained a list of the best smartphones that Gadgets 360 has tested and put through the grind, We do not recommend phones that we haven’t tested thoroughly ourselves. With that out of the way, here’s the list of best phones under Rs. 10,000 in India right now.
If you are on a tighter budget, check out our list of best phones under 7,000, or if you would like phones with fewer compromises and don’t mind spending a bit more, look at our compilation of best phones under Rs. 15,000.
Best phones under Rs. 10,000
|Phone under Rs. 10,000||Gadgets 360 rating|
|Realme 2||7/ 10|
|Infinix Note 5||7/ 10|
|Xiaomi Redmi Y2||7/ 10|
|Xiaomi Redmi 6||7/ 10|
|Honor 7C||7/ 10|
A value for money option to consider under the Rs. 10,000 price bracket is the Realme 2 (Review) smartphone that launched in August, especially if you’re looking for a phone with great battery life. It comes with features such as face unlock, rear fingerprint sensor, a juicy 4,230mAh battery, dual 4G VoLTE support, display notch, dual camera setup, and up to 4GB of RAM. Talking about the battery, in our HD video loop test, the phone managed to chug along for an incredible 17 hours and 30 minutes. It breezed through a day of moderate use, and still had about 40 to 50 percent left at the end.
On the flip side, the cameras are average, as you would expect from a phone in this price segment, the display is dim and reflective, and the fingerprint sensor is rather iffy.
The Realme 2 was launched in India with a price tag of Rs. 8,990 for the base model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage. Recently, its price was hiked to Rs. 9,499 The 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version of the Realme 2 is priced the same as the launch price at Rs. 10,990. The phone is available via Flipkart in Diamond Black, Diamond Red, and Diamond Blue colour options.
Infinix Note 5
This smartphone was launched in August in India, and is part of the Android One programme – the first phone from Infinix to be a part of this initiative that’s meant to provide a stock Android experience and timely updates. Key features of the Infinix Note 5 (Review) include a full-HD+ Full View display, a MediaTek Helio P23 SoC, rear fingerprint sensor, a 4,500mAh battery, and a 16-megapixel selfie camera. As part of the Android One program, the smartphone is entitled to two years of regular software and security updates. If this is something that you prefer, then the Infinix Note 5 can be given a consideration.
However, like many other phones in this list, the camera performance leaves something to be desired, and the fingerprint scanner is unreliable.
The Infinix Note 5 price in India has been set at Rs. 9,999 (MOP) for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage configuration, while the 4GB RAM variant that has 64GB of onboard storage comes with a price tag of Rs. 11,999 (MOP). The smartphone is sold on Flipkart in three colour options, including Ice Blue, Milan Black, and Berlin Grey.
Xiaomi Redmi Y2
The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (Review) sports a dual camera setup at the back, a 16-megapixel AI selfie camera, Face Unlock capabilities, and an 18:9 display. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC (up to 2GHz), paired with an Adreno 506 GPU and 3GB/ 4GB of RAM. It offers 32GB and 64GB storage options. In our review, we lauded the selfie camera in particular, as it can recognise more than one face and apply the necessary beautification enhancements. In dim environments, the selfie light springs into action to let you get a better shot.
However, the face recognition is slow and the lowlight camera performance is average.
Redmi Y2, launched in June, is priced in India has been set at Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant and Rs. 12,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB onboard storage model. The Redmi Y2 has been made available in Dark Grey, Gold, and Rose Gold colour options on available on Amazon India, Mi.com, Mi Home stores, and offline stores.
Xiaomi Redmi 6
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 series was launched in India in September. The Redmi 6 sports AI-powered face unlock capabilities, supports dual VoLTE, dedicated microSD card slot, dual rear camera setup, and recently also received the MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM update. In our review, we note that the smartphone has good hardware, and is a decent upgrade from its predecessor. But again, the low-light camera performance is sub-par and MIUI’s bloat and ads are becoming a huge pain, so that’s something to keep in mind.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 was launched in India for Rs. 7,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant and Rs. 9,499 for the 3GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage model. However, the company recently raised the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage price to Rs. 8,499, an effective increase of Rs. 500. As of now, the price of the 3GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant of the Redmi 6 remains unchanged at Rs. 9,499. The smartphone is sold via Flipkart and Mi.com.
The Honor 7C (Review) smartphone, launched in May, offers a metal body, a dual camera setup, and a rear fingerprint sensor at a reasonable price point. It is powered by the Snapdragon 450 SoC, comes in 3GB and 4GB RAM options, and packs a 3,000mAh battery. You get a well-designed phone with decent build quality and face unlock that’s quick and accurate. However, the cameras are average at best and the UI is bloated and at time, laggy.
The Honor 7C price in India starts at Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB RAM, 32GB storage variant, going up to Rs. 11,999 for 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant. It is available exclusively via Amazon India in Black, Blue, and Gold colour variants.
Other good options
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, Moto X4, and Realme 1 are priced just above the Rs. 10,000 price bracket but are well worth the extra investment.
The base variant of the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Review), with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, is priced at Rs. 10,999 and offers immense value for money. The smartphone, which received a 9/10 in our official review, has a crisp and vibrant fullHD+ display, a sleek design, great performance courtesy the Snapdragon 636 chipset, and an above average set of cameras.
With the powerful MediaTek Helio P60 chipset under the hood, the Realme 1 (Review) handles everything from day-to-day use and intensive workloads with ease and as such, is a great option for power users. The smartphone also offers great battery life, a dedicated microSD card slot, and a decent 18:9 display.
Despite being more than a year old, the Moto X4 (Review) is a good option for those who want an IP68 certified smartphone on a budget. The fact that it runs a relatively untouched build of Android and is scheduled to get the Android Pie update is just icing on the cake.