Budget smartphones are dime a dozen, but not all of them are made equal. Xiaomi has been ruling the roost when it comes to best budget smartphones in India, but its rivals like Samsung and the new kid on the block, Realme, are giving it a tough fight. Add the rather short product refresh cycles to the mix, and we get new budget smartphones every month.
As a result, there are several great options when it comes to phones under Rs 10,000. In such a scenario, finding the best phone that suits your needs while still offering great value for money can be a bit of a task.
Worry not, though, if you want to know what are the best phones under Rs 10,000 in India, we are here with a few answers.
Weight: 198g | Dimensions: 164.4 x 75.6 x 9.3 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1600 | CPU: Snapdragon 665 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64/128GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 13MP
Low pixel density
The Realme 5 came just a few months after the Realme 3, but brought upgrades in almost all segments.
The biggest update comes with the quad-camera setup on the back, which is pretty rare in this price segment, as is the Snapdragon 665 chipset powering it.
The big 5,000 mAH battery coupled with the efficient processor and low-res display make for great battery life.
Read our full review of the Realme 5
Samsung Galaxy M10
Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 155.6 x 75.6 x 7.7mm | OS: Android 8.1 Oreo | Screen size: 6.22-inch | Resolution: 1520 x 720 (19:9 aspect ratio) | CPU: Exynos 7870 | RAM: 2GB/3GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: 3400mAh | Rear camera: 13+5MP | Front camera: 5MP
Vivid HD+ display
Impressive daylight camera
No fast charging
Combing a minimalist design with the traditional high-quality build that is expected from Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy M10 is the most affordable Galaxy smartphone to be launched recently in India. The waterdrop notch on the front further accentuates the Galaxy M10’s design while allowing Samsung to squeeze in more screen real estate.
While the camera performance is average and the Galaxy M10 may not be the most powerful smartphone in this segment, it should attract users who want a decent smartphone from a reliable brand.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S
Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 660 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP
Full HD display
Hybrid dual SIM slot
The Redmi Note 7S replaces the Redmi Note 7 and offers 48MP camera under Rs 10,000. It features the same gradient glass back design, waterdrop notch and a bright high-quality display at the same time.
When you also consider the massive 4,000mAh battery and the updated MIUI skin, the Redmi Note 7S sounds like a very good proposition.
Xiaomi Redmi 7
Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 158.7 x 75.6 x 8.5 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.26-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1520 | CPU: Snapdragon 632 | RAM: 2/3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 2MP | Front camera: 8MP
Value for money
Xiaomi has a slew of options for users across several price ranges. The standard Redmi series slots in the sub-Rs 10,000 range, sometimes conflicting with the base Redmi Note phones and the entry-level Redmi A series.
Nevertheless, this offers another option for buyers looking for a smartphone under Rs 10,000. The Redmi 7 sports a gradient design and a waterdrop notch, which can be an enticing set of features at a starting price of Rs 7,499.
The smart design, coupled with a massive 4,000mAh battery and a price tag of Rs 7,499 make the Redmi 7 an unmissable option in this range.
Honor 9 Lite
Weight: 149g | Dimensions: 151 x 71.9 x 7.6mm | OS: Android 8 Oreo | Screen size: 5.6-inch | Resolution: 2160 x 1080 | CPU: Kirin 659 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP | Front camera: 13MP + 2MP
No fast charge
Just like its successor, the Honor 9 Lite features a great design, giving it a very premium look that belies the price.
The 18:9 aspect ratio display is vibrant and is reason enough to buy this phone. It also has a quad-camera setup, making it a good option for those who want a decent camera experience in this price range. There’s no fast charge support, which could be a deal breaker for some, but at this price, there is little to complain about.
Read the full review: Honor 9 Lite review
Xiaomi Mi A2
Android One for the Xiaomi fans
Weight: 166g | Dimensions: 158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 5.99-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: Snapdragon 660 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 20MP | Front camera: 20MP
Xiaomi offers great value for money with its hardware, but its MIUI skin has its share of critics. For such users, the company has a line-up of Android One smartphones that offer the stock Android experience coupled with the value for money factor that Xiaomi smartphones are known for.
The Mi A2 might seem a little old at this point, but if you are looking for that smooth, stock Android experience under Rs 10,000, the Mi A2 is what you need.
Samsung Galaxy M20
Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 156.4 x 74.5 x 8.8 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Exynos 7904 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 5MP | Front camera: 8MP
Dual camera setup
Samsung has been trying to reinvent itself in the budget segment for a while now, and the Galaxy M series is a good testament of the company’s efforts. The Galaxy M20 offers a good balance between power, performance and battery life.
The Galaxy M20’s understated, minimalist design coupled with the waterdrop notch, a bright display and the massive battery help it get into this list. If you want a Samsung phone under Rs 10,000, the Galaxy M20 is a good option.