Best Phones under Rs 12,000 in India (2019) | Best Gadgetry

best phones under rs 12000 in india

If you are looking for the best phone under 12000, let us help you a little by handpicking the best ones. Most of them should be able to run without any issues. 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 best phones under Rs 12,000 in India (2019):

*Top 3 picks around Rs 12,000*

 

1. Realme 3 Pro

best phone under 12000 - Realme 3 Pro

What’s good:
Realme didn’t give much time to Xiaomi to sit on its laurels after the success of Note 7 Pro. The Realme 3 Pro is better than the Note 7 Pro on most of the fronts. It’s got a better processor (among the best in this budget), a dedicated expansion slot, a mammoth battery, Android 9.0 out of the box. Everything you could ask for from a phone.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    172g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 710 octa-core 2×2.2GHz & 6×1.7GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    16 MP, f/1.7
    5MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    25 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,045mAh, 20W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Apr, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery

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2. Redmi Note 7 Pro

Best phone under 12000 - Redmi Note 7 Pro
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

What’s good:
Xiaomi was under the heat from competitors who had released much more compelling products than the Redmi Note series in the recent past. However, all that goes for a toss with the new Note 7 Pro. The only difference between this and the Note 7 is the faster processor on the Pro. Other than that, we love the camera, Android 9.0, large battery, and what looks like an impressive camera on paper at least. Also, Quick Charge 4.0.

 

What could have been better:
Only the hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    186g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 675 octa-core 2.0GHzx2 + 1.7GHzx6
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8 + 5MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    13 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 18W charging QC 4.0
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jan, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Quick Charge 4.0
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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3. Redmi Note 8

Best phone under 13000 - Redmi Note 8
6GB RAM, 128GB storage

4GB RAM, 64GB storage

What’s good:
The Note 8 and Note 8 Pro are two very different phones. Luckily, they’re both good for their respective price brackets. We like this one thanks to 6GB RAM, 128 gigs of storage, 4 cameras on the back, and a capable processor.

 

What could have been better:
No complaints.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    190g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 665 Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz & 4×1.8 GHz)
  • GPU
    Adreno 610
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide)
    8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
    2 MP, f/2.4 (dedicated macro camera)
    2 MP, f/2.4 depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    13 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Aug, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Huawei Honor Play

best phone under 12000 - Honor 9N
6GB RAM

4GB RAM

What’s good:
The Honor Play sports a flagship processor and comes with other great goodies like up to 6GB RAM and a large battery.

 

What could have been better:
Maybe the hybrid slot? Also, have you heard about the recent tussle between Huawei and Google? These are uncertain times for the fate of Android on Huawei.
  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    176g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Kirin 970 Octa-core (4×2.4GHz A73 & 4×1.8GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP12
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    16MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera
    16MP
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear, 1080p front
  • Battery
    3,750mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Processor
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)

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Realme U1

best phone under 12000 - realme U1

What’s good:
The USP for this phone is its front camera, but we also happen to like the processor inside.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    168g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    MT P70 Octa-core (4×2.1GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/2.2 + 2 MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    25MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Nov, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Front camera

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Xiaomi Mi A2

best phone under 12000 - mi a2
4GB RAM, 64GB

What’s good:
The Mi A1 didn’t stay long enough in the market to make a lasting impression, but its successor is here to change that. Mi A2 comes with promising cameras and a decent processor. And hey, it got updated to Android 9.0 recently. There’s also a 6GB RAM variant with more internal storage.

 

What could have been better:
There’s no expandable memory or 3.5mm headphone jack here.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Android One
  • Weight
    166
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8 + 20MP f/1.8
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Battery
    3,010mAh, 18W charging QC 4.0
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Fast charging
  • Android 9.0
  • Non-expandable memory

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Oppo RealMe 2 Pro

best phone under 13000 - Realme 2 Pro
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 64GB storage

What’s good:
Notches are ugly, but smaller ones do help. Luckily the newest RealMe comes with a teardrop notch to give you enough screen area on the top. Oppo has also packed this phone with as much specs as it possibly could and the result is a phone that is a complete package. Decent processor, ample storage, and 4GB RAM.

 

What could have been better:
Find us one and we’ll call you out.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    174g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    16MP, f/1.7 + 2MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    16MP
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • RAM
  • Android 8.1

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Redmi 7S

best phone under 12000 - Redmi Note 7
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

What’s good:
If Redmi 6 series didn’t impress you much the new generation of Redmi phones should change that. Meet the Redmi 7S which delivers an extremely competitive processor and a large battery at a compelling price point. You also get a 48 megapixel camera on the back that should hopefully deliver some stunning smaller sized pictures. Making things better is Android 9.0 Pie onboard. Oh, by the way, it’s the same as the Redmi Note 7 except for the rear camera.

 

What could have been better:
Only the hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    186g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8
    5MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    13 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 18W charging QC 4.0
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    May, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • Fast charging
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Huawei Honor 20i

Best phone under 13000 - honor 20i

What’s good:
The new Huawei comes with a mouth-watering 128GB storage and enough cameras to drool over.

 

What could have been better:
10W charging isn’t the fastest and that processor can’t stand against the competition anymore. It was a good SD 660 competitor but nothing that can compare to the SD 675. Also, the battery is too small for our liking.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    164g
  • Display
    6.21 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Kirin 710 Octa-core (4×2.2GHz A73 & 4×1.7GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G51 MP4
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    24 MP, f/1.8
    8 MP, f/2.4, 13mm (ultrawide)
    2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    32MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@60fps rear
    1080p 30fps front
  • Battery
    3,400mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Apr, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • Processor
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Samsung Galaxy M30

Best phone under 13000 - galaxy m30
4GB, 64GB

What’s good:
The M30 is the most expensive in the M series of phones and looks great on the front. It offers a massive 5,000mAh battery along with Android 9.0 (rolling out June 3rd) and a super AMOLED display. The storage and RAM options are on par with the competition too. The triple camera setup on the back has an ultra wide along with a depth sensor.

 

What could have been better:
The processor is only as good as the Snapdragon 632. Don’t expect any serious gaming on that GPU either.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Weight
    175g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, sAMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes
  • Processor
    Exynos 7904 Octa-core (2×1.8 GHz & 6×1.6 GHz)
  • GPU
    Mali-G71MP2
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/1.9
    5 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
    5 MP, f/2.2, (depth sensor)
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, 15W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Feb, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Processor

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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, the better is the camera. Which means, the smaller the 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 bokeh.

 

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

The best phones under Rs 12,000 come with features like dual camera, Android 9.0, 64 gigs of internal memory and 6GB 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 66x seems like the most obvious choice. We don’t recommend 32GB storage or 3GB RAM in this budget.

  • Best battery • Samsung Galaxy M30 (5,000mAh)
  • Best value for money • Redmi 7S

 

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

Which are the best phones under Rs 10,000?

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