10 Best Phones under Rs 12,000 in India (2018) | Best Gadgetry

best phones under 12000 rs 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 625 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, check the best smartphones under Rs 10,000 and the top 10 smartphones under Rs 13,000.

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. You can jump to the summary right away if you don’t want to go through myriad of specs.

 

These are the 10 best phones under Rs 12,000 in India (2018):

*Top 3 picks around Rs 12,000*

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

best phones under 12000 - Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Weight 180g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160
  • Display 5.99 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2GHz (A53)
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 3GB/4GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 4,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + Storage
  • + RAM
  • – Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Despite similar specs to the Redmi Note 4, the Note 5 is a solid offering with that new 18:9 display. 64GB of internal memory, 4GB RAM, one of the best processors in this budget and a big battery make it one of the best phones in this budget.

 

What could have been better:
The hybrid slot if that bothers you.

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2. Lenovo K8 Note

best phones under 12000 - Lenovo k8 note
3GB RAM, 32GB

4GB RAM, 64GB

  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Weight 180g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inches, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Helio X23 deca-core 2.3 GHz (A53)
  • GPU Mali-T880 MP4
  • RAM 3GB
  • Camera Dual 13MP + 5 MP, f/1.7
  • Secondary Camera 13MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 4,000 mAh, removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM (4G LTE)
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + Dual camera
  • + Processor
What’s good:
K8 Note comes with great features such as a dual camera, 32GB internal storage and a large battery. Android 7.1 out of the box adds to the overall package. The Helio X23 also beats the Snapdragon 625 in synthetic benchmarks.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really.

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3. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight 180g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160
  • Display 5.99 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz (Kyro 260)
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 3GB/4GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.2 + 5MP 
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 5,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + Processor (best in the budget)
  • + Android 8.1
What’s good:
Besides the great processor that it shares with the Note 5 Pro, the Max Pro comes with features like a big battery, dedicated microSD slot, and Android 8.1 out of the box. Isn’t that great?

 

What could have been better:
Nothing at all. Seems like a great phone spec-wise.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

best phones under 12000 - redmi note 4

  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Weight 165g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2GHz (A53)
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 4,100mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + RAM
  • + Storage
  • – Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
With the recent price cut, the Note 4 becomes an attractive offering, even with the Note 5 around. 64GB of internal memory, 4GB RAM, one of the best processors in this budget and a big battery make it one of the best phones in this budget.

 

What could have been better:
The hybrid slot maybe.

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Lenovo K8 Plus

best phones under 12000 - Lenovo K8 Plus
3GB RAM

4GB RAM

  • OS Android 7.1.1
  • Weight 
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920
  • Display 5.2 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Mediatek MT6757 Helio P25 octa-core 2.6 GHz (A53)
  • GPU Mali-T880 MP2
  • RAM 3/4GB
  • Camera 13MP+5MP dual
  • Secondary camera 8MP
  • Battery 4,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + RAM
  • + Battery
  • + Dual camera
What’s good:
K8 Plus comes with great features such as a dual camera, 4GB RAM and a large battery. Android 7.1 out of the box adds to the overall package.

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Huawei Honor 9 Lite

best phones under 12000 - Honor 9 Lite

  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight 149g
  • Display resolution 2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.65 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Kirin 659 Octa core (4×2.36GHz A53 +  4×1.7GHz A53)
  • GPU Mali T830MP2
  • RAM 3GB
  • Camera 13MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera 13MP + 2MP
  • Video 1080p@30fps rear, 1080p front
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual cameras
  • + Android 8.0
  • – Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)
What’s good:
The Honor 9 Lite comes with loaded with dual cameras on both front and back, this being the main selling point of the phone. 4 gigs of RAM and 64GB memory are again an advantage and so is Android 8.0 out of the box. We also like the fact that it is amongst the cheapest bezel-less phones.

 

What could have been better:
It comes with a hybrid SIM slot.

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Moto G5s

best phones under 12000 - moto g5s

  • OS Android 7.1 – Nougat
  • Weight 157g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.2 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Octa-core 1.4GHz (A53) Snapdragon 430
  • GPU Adreno 505
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + RAM
  • – Processor
What’s good:
Besides the reliability of the Moto brand, you get 4GB RAM and Android 7.1 out of the box. Other specs are also decent for the asking price.

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What could have been better:
The processor isn’t the best one.

 

 

Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime

Best Phones under Rs 12,000 - Galaxy-On7-Prime

  • OS Android 7.1
  • Weight 167g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inches
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Exynos 7870 Octa Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Mali-T830MP2
  • RAM 3GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/1.9
  • Secondary camera 13MP, f/1.9
  • Battery 3,300 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G LTE
Pros and Cons
  • – Processor
What’s good:
On7 Prime is a mediocre phone by specs with nothing exceptional, but nothing that is a deal breaker either. Just a normal phone from a reliable brand.

 

What could have been better:
Not the best processor in this budget.

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Lenovo K6 Power

Best Phones under Rs 12,000 - k6-note
3GB RAM

4GB RAM

  • OS Android 7.0
  • 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/4GB
  • Camera 13MP
  • Secondary camera 8MP
  • Battery 4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + RAM
  • – Processor
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Don’t let the price deceive you, the K6 Power is a value for money. It’s got a huge battery, apt size for small hands and 4GB RAM. What more do you want really?

 

What could have been better:
The hybrid slot and a weak processor. Yep.

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Oppo RealMe 1

best phones under 15000 - realme 1

  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight 155g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160
  • Display 6 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 128GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor MediaTek 6771 octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM 6GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 3,410mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Processor
  • + Android 8.1
What’s good:
Oppo phones are usually under-powered and overpriced. Not this sub-brand though. The RealMe 1 is a winner  that comes with a processor that beats the Snapdragon 636 and Android 8.1 out of the box. This phone ticks all the check boxes.

 

What could have been better:
We only wish it came with a 64GB, 4GB RAM option. Also, there’s no fingerprint reader, just the face unlock thing.

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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.

 

Standout features in the top smartphones under Rs 12,000:

The best phones under Rs 12,000 come with features like dual camera, Android 8.0, 64 gigs of internal memory and 4GB RAM. On the other hand 3,000mAh+ battery, full HD display and Android 7.0 have become the norm rather than the exception. Snapdragon 625 seems like the most obvious choice. We don’t recommend 16GB storage or 2GB RAM in this budget.

  • Best battery • Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (5,000mAh)
    • Redmi Note 5 (4,000mAh)
  • Phones likely to get Android 8.0 • Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
    • Moto G5 Plus
    • Redmi Note 5
    • Redmi Note 4
    • Moto G5s
    • K8 Note
    • K8 Plus
  • Best value for money • Redmi Note 5

 

Also read:
Which are the best phones under Rs 15,000?

Which are the best phones under Rs 10,000?

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