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Which is the best phones under 12000 in India?

We’ve made a list of the best phones under Rs 12,000 for this month in India. Most of them should be able to run without any issues, however, given the processors in this range, phones with full HD display can put strain on them (except for the ones having Snapdragon 650 and above). Just to clarify, phones with hybrid SIM slot allow you to either place a second SIM or a microSD card, but not both at the same time, so it’s a disadvantage.

Also, we don’t recommend the new Galaxy J5, simply because it’s overpriced. You can also read about the camera terminologies we’ve used at the end of the post. Lastly, we’ve highlighted our top 3 picks in this budget at the beginning. So here are the top mobile phones under Rs 12,000.

 

These are the 10 best phones under Rs 12,000 in India (2016):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 12,000*

 

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

best phone under 12000 - redmi-3
2GB RAM/ 16GB storage

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

  • OS Android 5.1
  • Weight 164g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 16GB/32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Snapdragon 650 quad-core 1.4 GHz (A53) & Dual-core 1.8GHz (A72)
  • GPU Adreno 510
  • RAM 2GB/3GB
  • Camera 16MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 4,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Processor
  • + Battery
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

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2. LeEco Le 2

best phones under 12000 rs - LeEco Le 1s Eco

  • OS Android 6.0, Marshmallow
  • Weight 153g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor Snapdragon 652 quad-core 1.4 GHz (A53) & quad-core 1.8GHz (A72)
  • GPU Adreno 510
  • RAM 3GB
  • Camera 16MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Processor
  • + Android 6.0

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3. Moto G4

best smartphone under 12000 - moto-g4-plus

(32GB/3GB RAM variant)

  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Weight 155g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inches, IPS
  • Storage space 16GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 Snapdragon 617
  • GPU Adreno 405
  • RAM 2GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 3,000 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM (3G+4G LTE)
Pros and Cons
  • + Android 6.0
  • – Internal memory

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Lenovo Vibe K5 Note

Best mobile phones under Rs 12,000 - Vibe K5 Note
(3GB RAM)

(4GB RAM)

  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Weight 165g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inches, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Octa-core 1.8 GHz Mediatek 6755 Processor
  • GPU Mali-T860MP2
  • RAM 3GB/4GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera 8MP
  • Battery 3,500 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM (3G+4G LTE)
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + Android 6.0
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

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Lenovo K6 Power

k6-note

  • OS Android 6.0
  • Weight 145g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Snapdragon 430, octa-core 1.4GHz (A53) + 1.1GHz (A53)
  • GPU Adreno 505
  • RAM 3GB
  • Camera 13MP
  • Secondary camera 8MP
  • Battery 4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + Android 6.0
  • + RAM
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

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LeEco Le 1S Eco

best phones under 12000 rs - LeEco Le 1s Eco

  • OS Android 5.1
  • Weight 169g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor MediatTek 6795T Helio X10 Octa-core 1.8GHz
  • GPU PowerVR G6200
  • RAM 3GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.0, 1/3.1″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Processor

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Lenovo K4 Note

top phones under 12000 rs - k4 note

  • OS Android 5.1
  • Weight 158g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 16GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor MediatTek MT6753 octa-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Mali T720MP3
  • RAM 3GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 3,300mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • – Internal memory
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

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ASUS Zenfone Max (2016)

best phones under Rs 12,000 - zenfone max
(2GB RAM)

(3GB RAM)

  • OS Android 6.0, Marshmallow
  • Weight 172g
  • Display resolution 720 x 1280
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor 1.7GHz (A53) + 1GHz (A53) octa core Snapdragon 615
  • GPU Adreno 405
  • RAM 2GB/3GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 5,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (3G + 4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + Android 6.0
  • – Display

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Honor 5C

honor 5c

  • OS Android 6.0, Marshmallow
  • Weight 156g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5.2 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 16GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Quad-core 2.0GHz A53 + quad-core 1.7GHz A53 Kirin 650
  • GPU Mali-T880MP2
  • RAM 2GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Android 6.0
  • – RAM
  • – Internal memory
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

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Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro

on-5-pro

  • OS Android 6.0
  • Weight 172g
  • Display resolution 720 x 1280
  • Display 5.5 inch, TFT
  • Storage space 16GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Octa-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410
  • GPU Adreno 305
  • RAM 2GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.1
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 3,000mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Android 6.0
  • – Processor
  • – Display
  • – RAM
  • – Internal memory

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Not to confuse you with the camera specs listed above, we’ve listed the specs as (megapixels), and (aperture), Generally speaking, bigger the aperture, better is the camera. Which means smaller number in the denominator, the bigger the aperture is. For example, f/1.9 is a bigger aperture and than f/2.0. A bigger aperture camera performs much better in low light situations and produces sharper images. It also produces a better brokeh.

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