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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 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. So here are the top mobile phones under Rs 12,000.

 

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

*Top 3 picks around Rs 12,000*

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Best mobile under 12000 in India - redmi note 4
2GB RAM/ 32GB storage

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Weight 165g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 16GB/32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2GHz (A53)
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 2GB/3GB/4GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 4,100mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Processor
  • + Battery
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Redmi Note 4 is pure value for money. 32GB of internal memory, 3GB 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:
Nothing for now really.

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2. Lenovo K8 Plus

best phones under 11000 - 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
  • + Processor
  • + Android 7.1
  • + 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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3. Lenovo Z2 Plus

best phones under 14000 - lenovo-z2-plus
(64GB/4GB RAM version)

(32GB/3GB RAM version)

  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Weight 149g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5 inches, IPS LCD
  • Storage space 32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor Snapdragon 820 Quad-core (2×2.15GHz Kryo & 2×1.6GHz Kryo)
  • GPU Adreno 530
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.2, 1/2.6″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,500 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Processor
  • + Battery
  • + RAM
  • + Storage
  • – Non expandable memory
What’s good:
Z2 Plus is old, yes, but it easily has the best processor in this budget. You will find the same processor in phones priced around 25-30k. 4 gigs of RAM and 64GB memory are cherry on the cake. The battery is adequately large for a 5 inch phone.

 

What could have been better:
You won’t be able to expand the phone’s memory beyond 64 gigs (not like you’ll need to ideally).

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Moto G5s

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  • 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
  • + Android 7.1
  • + RAM
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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Samsung Galaxy On Nxt

best smartphone under 15000 rs- galaxy-on nxt

  • OS Android 7.0
  • 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 8MP, f/1.9
  • Battery 3,300 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G LTE
Pros and Cons
What’s good:
On Nxt 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.

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Honor 6X

honor 6x

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 162g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Kirin 655, Octa-core (4×2.1 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU Mali-T830MP2
  • RAM 3GB
  • Camera 12MP+2MP
  • Secondary camera 8MP
  • Battery 3,340mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + Dual camera
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Honor 6X is another of those feature packed phones offering a decent processor, adequate battery, and dual cameras.

 

What could have been better:
You not having to choose between SIM2 and microSD card

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Huawei Honor 9 Lite

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 [email protected] 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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Lenovo K6 Note

Best smartphone under 12000 rs in India - k6-note

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 169g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.5 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 16MP
  • Secondary camera 8MP
  • Battery 4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Slightly larger version of the K6 Power. Offers a large battery and 4GB RAM.

 

What could have been better:
The hybrid slot if you want that extra storage space.

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Lenovo K6 Power

best phones under 13000 - 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
  • – 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. Yep.

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Panasonic Eluga Ray 700

best phones under 13000 -Panasonic Eluga Ray 700

  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Weight 182g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inches, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Octa-core 1.8GHz Mediatek 6753 Processor
  • GPU Mali-T720MP3
  • RAM 3GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 13MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 5,000 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM (3G+4G LTE)
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + Front camera
  • – Processor
What’s good:
The Eluga Ray 700 has one of the largest batteries in this budget. The front camera looks good too, on paper at least.

 

What could have been better:
That processor is a bit old and doesn’t really stand a chance against the Snapdragon 625.

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Panasonic Eluga Ray Max

best phone under 12000 - Panasonic Eluga Ray Max
32GB storage

64GB storage

  • OS Android 6.0, Marshmallow
  • Weight 148g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5.2 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32/64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 430 Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 505
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16MP, f/2.4, 1/3.1″ sesor
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + RAM
  • + Internal memory
  • – Android 6.0
What’s good:
It’s got huge internal storage, 4 gigs of RAM and that makes us happy.

 

What could have been better:
Android 6.0 with little hope of an update.

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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 7.1, and 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 • Eluga Ray 700 (5,000mAh)
    • Redmi Note 4 (4,100mAh)
  • Phones likely to get Android 8.0 • Redmi Note 4
    • Moto G5s
    • Moto G5
    • K8 Note
    • K8 Plus
  • Best camera (based on specs) • Lenovo K8 Plus
  • Best value for money • Redmi Note 4

 

Also read:
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Which are the best phones under Rs 10,000?