Smartphones just under ₹10,000 – August 2018 Edition

 
The under ₹10K segment was those which didn’t have much of the choices to chose from. Although there were some but not those that one can choose with full satisfaction. But now after a few launches, this segment has quite a few things to offer. Let’s discuss some of them from the top brands with some honorable mentions.
 
1. XIAOMI REDMI 5
 
 
The first choice is definitely the Redmi 5. In the segment of discussion, it has two models one for ₹7,999 for 2GB + 16GB model and ₹8,999 for 3GB + 32GB model. Quick specs are :
  • 5.7 inch HD+ (720 X 1440) 18:9 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 based on 14 nm technology – if you want to know more about what is this 14 nm check this article out.
  • 3300 mAh  battery
  • 12 MP rear camera with 1.25-micron large pixels and 5 MP front camera with LED at both front and rear
  • Hybrid SIM slot
  • MIUI 9 based on Android 7 Nougat
  • All basic sensors and Fingerprint sensor and IR sensor for Remote control
You should this phone if you have a strict budget and want an overall balanced phone with a nice power efficient processor and are ready to compromise on the hybrid slot. This smartphone ticks most of the boxes right for the budget and comes from one of the most trusted brands of the time.
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2. REALME 2
This is not an upgrade over the Realme 1, but it is another option of the company. However, it is a downgrade in performance from Realme 1. But as of now, they are not selling the Realme 1’s 3+32GB variant that costs Rs 8,990. So the Realme 1 is out from the previous list and Realme 2 has an entry.
The version which is under ₹10,000 is 3+32 GB for Rs 8,990.
Realme 2
Realme 2

 Quick specs are : 

  • 6.2 inch FHD+ (720 x 1520) 19:9 notched display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, which is an Octa-core processor
  • 4230 mAh battery
  • Dual rear camera of 13+2 MP with f2.2 and f2.4 aperture respectively with LED flash, and front camera and of 8 MP with F2.2 aperture
  • Proper Dual SIM slot with dedicated MicroSD card slot
  • A Custom skin on the top of Android Oreo 8.1
  • All basic sensors and Fingerprint sensor also
By specs, it is a direct competitor to the below-mentioned Honor 7C but at a 1K less. Seems an overall balanced device if we forget that Realme 1 was a thing at some time and just consider this on its own. Since Realme 1 is not available at this price now, this phone can be a choice to buy.
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3. HONOR 7C
 

 
This is the brother of the Honor 7A and was launched together. The model under ₹10K is having 3GB + 32GB for ₹9,999. Quick specs are: 
  • 5.99 inch HD+ (720 X 1440) 18:9 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, based on 14 nm processor
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • Dual Rear camera 13 + 2 MP and 8 MP front camera, all f 2.0, with LED at both front and rear cameras
  • Proper Dual SIM slot with dedicated MicroSD card slot
  • EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo
  • All basic sensors including a Fingerprint scanner but excluding Gyroscope sensor (According to the official site) 
This phone also has the same USP of having dual cameras. This one has a better processor than the 7A. It has proper slots for SIMs and memory card and runs on almost the latest Android. One downside was that it does not has a gyroscope sensor, this won’t allow you to watch 360-degree videos properly. It also has a larger screen so better media consumption. 
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4. XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 5
 

 
This phone is the best phone in this range if the basics are considered. Only one model of this phone comes into our concern, which is 3GB + 32GB for ₹9,999. Quick specs are: 
  • 5.99 inch FHD+ (1080 X 2160) 18:9 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, based on 14 nm processor
  • 4000 mAh battery
  • 12 MP rear camera with 1.25-micron large pixels and 5 MP front camera with LED at both front and rear
  • Hybrid SIM slot
  • MIUI 9 based on Android 7 Nougat
  • All basic sensors and Fingerprint sensor and IR sensor for Remote control
This has one of the best specs for a ₹10K phone. The only downside for this phone can be seen as the hybrid sim slot. It has a  great screen, great processor a very large battery. It is comparable to the Realme 1 in terms of raw performance.
 
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HONORABLE MENTION

 

5. INFINIX NOTE 5

Infinix Note 5

Infinix might be a new brand to you but it has proved some presence in India. They have an offering just at 9,999. The phone comes with pure stock Android and is launched under the Android One programme.

Quick Specs are here:

  • 3 GB RAM 32 GB ROM Expandable Up to 128 GB
  • 5.99-inch FHD+ Display
  • 12MP Rear Camera 16MP Front Camera
  • 4500 mAh Li-ion Polymer Battery
  • MediaTek helio P23 Octa-core Processor
  • Android Oreo 8.1.0 Android One
  • Triple Slot (Dual Active 4G SIM’s + Dedicated Memory)
  • Have all the sensors but the Gyroscope sensor is not confirmed.

I have kept this in honorable mention because this is a new bran unknown to most. But still provides decent value. If you prefer stock Android, then this is the phone you need.

If you can increase the budget, you can also go with the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

Or if you want a trusted brand in the same price, go for Honor 7C or Redmi Note 5.

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These were some top phones in this segment with their pros and cons for the time being. But make sure you make your final purchase after watching proper reviews for the phones from the trusted ones.

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