The sub-10K price segment for smartphones is where all the important battles are happening for many companies in India. These are essentially the most sold handsets, and in the past few years, they have started becoming so feature-rich that people aren’t really feeling the need for purchasing devices with a higher price tag. Fingerprint scanners, full HD displays, mid-range processors, great cameras; you name it. We’ve sifted through all the phones under the Rs 10,000 threshold to give you a list of the best ones among them.
This one’s a no-brainer. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is one of the most successful smartphones in recent times, and that’s because it has got the balance just right. It’s got solid build quality, a decent camera, a really nice display and most importantly, spectacular battery life, thanks to its 4100mAh power unit. And then of course, there’s the added benefit of having MIUI software enhancements at your disposal, despite the fact that a lot of bloatware still exists on it. The Redmi Note 4 also boasts of super-fast performance, making it suitable for heavy multi-tasking as well as gaming.
Another absolute winner from Xiaomi is the Redmi 4. This budget device is a powerhouse with its 4100mAh battery. Thanks to its 5-inch display, the Redmi 4 gets a compact body which makes it easy to lug around in your pocket. The Redmi 4’s camera setup includes a 13MP main camera and a 5MP front snapper, and both of them manage to click decent photographs. Lastly, you can expect fluidic performance from this smartphone, making it suitable as much for gaming as it is for daily operations.
This one’s targeted mainly towards the battery conscious audience. With its strict power management and a 5000mAh battery, the Moto E4 Plus ensures that you won’t need to carry your charger around wherever you go. Rich in looks thanks to its metal unibody design, the Moto E4 Plus offers a near-stock version of Android which contributes towards its fast performance. Both its cameras have their own flash modules, while another little perk up its sleeve is the ability to run two SIM cards and a microSD card at the same time.
If you’re a fan of the tall 18:9 displays seen on most flagships these days, the Canvas Infinity from Micromax should appeal to you. The phone bears a 5.7-inch display with 1440 x 720p resolution. It also has something for selfie enthusiasts, as it comes packing a 16MP camera on the front along with a flash. Its rear camera on the other hand is a 13MP unit. Its powered by a Snapdragon 425 processor and 3GB of RAM, promising fast operations. The Canvas Infinity is also one of the few smartphones to let you use a microSD card and two SIM cards simultaneously.
The Redmi Y1 is an excellent offering meant for those who want a good selfie phone at a low price. It ships with a 16MP front snapper as well as a diffused front-facing flash. This phone is good on performance thanks to its adoption of a Snapdragon 435 processor. It comes in the form of two variants, one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and the other with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. This Xiaomi offering has a sturdy build, and it impresses a great deal with its performance as well.
One of the three phones with which the Nokia brand made a comeback into the mobile world recently was the Nokia 3. It’s a decent little smartphone offering good features at a low price. Stock Android software and a promise of regular upgrades is one of its main selling points, however it doesn’t disappoint with its specs either. It’s an LTE device with NFC connectivity onboard, apart from a MediaTek MTK 6737 CPU and 2GB of RAM. Furthermore, its 5-inch display will be perfect for those who despise phones with large displays.
Try to keep you budget flexible. Most of these affordable phones often have variants with more RAM and storage which sell at slightly higher prices. If you have the required cash, it’s always advisable to buy the higher variants to make your purchase future proof.
If possible, check for the camera quality before buying the phone. If you’re a fan of selfies, better go for phones with good front facing shooters. In such cases however, be ready to compromise on the rear camera as well.
If you make use to two SIM cards at once, you will hate phones with hybrid SIM slots that allow you to either use a second SIM or a microSD card. Lots of newer handsets these days are offering a solution for the problem by adding an extra slot for the microSD card slot. Look out for this tiny but important feature.
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 4||9,999||8||9||9||8||9||8.6|
|Xiaomi Redmi 4||NA||8||9||9||8||9||8.3|
|Moto E4 Plus||9,999||7||8||9||7||8||8|
|Micromax Canvas Infinity||8,970||8||7||8||7||8||7.5|
|Xiaomi Redmi Y1||NA||8||8||7||8||8||7.5|
We’ve curated this list based on our own expert reviews, overall user reviews from shopping websites like Amazon and Flipkart, and expert reviews from trusted websites like Gadgets 360, Android Authority, Tech Radar and more.
As far as the weighted averages of our final expert scores are concerned, the split is: 50% for expert reviews, 25% for expert reviews from our trusted websites, and 25% for user reviews.
For example, in this list, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 - our favourite smartphone under Rs 10,000 by far - had a score spilt of:
Expert review: 8.7/10
Expert reviews from trusted websites: 8.3/10 (Gadgets 360 and Android Authority)
User reviews: 9/10 (Amazon and Flipkart)
Overall expert score: 8.6/10 (rounded off)
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