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 a 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 a myriad of specs.

 

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

*Top 3 picks around Rs 12,000*

1. Oppo RealMe 1

best phones under 12000 - realme 1

  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight 155g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160
  • Display 6 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • 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 4GB
  • 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
  • + RAM
  • + Memory
What’s good:
Oppo phones are usually underpowered 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 checkboxes.

 

What could have been better:
There’s no fingerprint reader, just the face unlock thing.

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2. 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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3. Lenovo K8 Note

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

4GB RAM, 64GB

  • OS Android 8.0
  • 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
  • + RAM
  • + Android 8.0
What’s good:
K8 Note comes with great features such as a dual camera, 32GB internal storage and a large battery. Android 8.0 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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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
  • + Dual camera
  • + 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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Huawei Honor 7X

best phones under 15000 - honor 7x

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 165g
  • Display resolution 2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.93 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Kirin 659 Cortex-A53 Octa Core 2.4GHz
  • GPU Mali T830MP2
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16 MP (1/2.9″) + 2 MP
  • Secondary camera 8MP
  • Battery 3,340mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual cameras
  • + Android 8.0
  • + RAM
What’s good:
One of the newer releases from Huawei, the Honor 7X is a cheaper version of the Honor 9i and losses on some of the bells and whistles to reduce the price. Nonetheless, it comes with 4GB RAM, edge-to-edge display, a decent processor and dual rear cameras..

 

What could have been better:
Nothing specifically.

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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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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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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 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Exynos 7870 Octa Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Mali-T830MP2
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/1.9
  • Secondary camera 13MP, f/1.9
  • Battery 3,300 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G LTE
Pros and Cons
  • + RAM
  • + Storage
  • – Processor
What’s good:
On7 Prime is a mediocre phone by specs but offrs 4GB RAM and 64GB memory, which is great.

 

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

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Moto M

moto m

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 163g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inch
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Octa-core 2.2GHz Helio P15
  • GPU Mali-T860 MP2
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 8MP
  • Battery 3,050mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Internal storage
  • – No Android 8.0 update
What’s good:
Moto M is a old horse that offers some great features like 4GB RAM and 64 gigs of memory.

 

What could have been better:
It’s kind of old now and won’t be getting updated to Android 8.0.

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Huawei Honor 9N

Honor 9N

  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight 149g
  • Display resolution 2280  x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.84 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32/64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Kirin 659 Octa core (4×2.36GHz A53 +  4×1.7GHz A53)
  • GPU Mali T830MP2
  • RAM 3/4GB
  • Camera 13MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera 16MP
  • Video 1080p@30fps rear, 1080p front
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Android 8.0
  • – Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)
What’s good:
The Honor 9N comes with loaded with dual cameras on the back. The front camera seems nice too.

 

What could have been better:
Another rehash of the same phone. Honor needs to realize it can’t keep on making cosmetic changes to its phone and keep on releasing the same tech every two months. Kirin 659 is an old horse that should be rested. This phone is practically the same as Honor 9i, Honor 9 Lite, Honor 7X, give or take a few minor differences.

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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 8.0 have become the norm rather than the exception. For the processor, the Snapdragon 63x 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)
  • Best value for money • RealMe 1

 

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

Which are the best phones under Rs 10,000?

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