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If you’re looking for the best phone around 10k, but don’t mind going a bit over the budget, we’ve compiled the list of the 10 best phones under Rs 11,000 in India for this month. Goes without saying these phones offer the best specs and top performance this budget can get you including features such as 4GB RAM, 4,000+ mAh battery, octa-core processor and Android 8.0.

Also, 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.

All these handsets support 4G networks and come with a decent camera. Also, the top phones in this budget don’t necessarily hang or slow down when you need them not to.

Also, check the best smartphones under Rs 10,000 and the top 10 smartphones under Rs 13,000.

So here goes our list for this month.

 

These are the 10 best phones under Rs 11,000 in India (2018):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 11,000*

 

1. Oppo RealMe 1

best phones under 18000 - realme 1

What’s good:
Oppo phones are usually underpowered and overpriced. Not this sub-brand though. The RealMe 1 is a winner under 15k that comes with a processor that beats the Snapdragon 636, class-leading RAM and internal memory, and Android 8.1 out of the box. This phone ticks all the checkboxes.

 

What could have been better:
We have yet to find one.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    155g
  • Display
    6 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • 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
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,410mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    May, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Processor

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2. Oppo RealMe 2

Realme 2
3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

What’s good:
Here’s what’s improved in RealMe 2 over its predecessor: it comes with dual cameras and a bigger battery. We always liked the RAM and storage options for the budget.

 

What could have been better:
When you reduce the resolution of the display or replace the processor with a slower one, RealMe 2 can’t really be called an upgrade over the RealMe 1. Don’t believe us? Check these benchmarking results. No wonder there’s no 6GB RAM variant.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    168g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    720 x 1520 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 450 Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    13MP, f/2.2 + 2 MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear and front
  • Battery
    4,230mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • RAM
  • Storage
  • Display

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3. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

What’s good:
Here is a competitor to the Note 5 Pro which beats it in most of the departments. Besides the great processor, RAM, and internal storage that it shares with the Note 5 Pro, the Max Pro beats the Note 5 on things like a bigger battery, dedicated microSD slot, and Android 8.1 out of the box with the same weight and dimensions. Isn’t that great?

 

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

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    32GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz (Kyro 260)
  • GPU
    Adreno 509
  • RAM
    3GB
  • Camera
    13MP, f/2.2 + 5MP 
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Apr, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Processor

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Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

mi 6 pro

What’s good:
Uh, the battery.

 

What could have been better:
We’re not sure why this phone exists. Maybe to please Amazon since the Redmi Note 5 is available with Flipkart. It’s not a bad phone, just that it doesn’t sit anywhere in the lineup. Consider this a very minor update to the Note 5 (dual camera primarily) and that’s pretty much it.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    178
  • Display
    5.84 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2.0GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    12 MP + 5MP
  • Secondary camera
    5 MP
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear and front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery

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Huawei Honor 9 Lite

best phones under 11000 - Honor 9 Lite

What’s good:
Honor has a gazillion identical phones in this budget but at different price points. It’s not a bad phone, but there’s nothing extraordinary here either. We put this instead of the Honor 9N because it offers almost the same specs but is 1k cheaper. Only consider the 9N if you can’t live without the notch.

 

What could have been better:
The Honor 7X would still make more sense if you ask us.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight
    149g
  • Display
    5.65 inch, IPS
    2160 x 1080 pixels
  • 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
  • First announced
    Dec, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

best phones under 14000 - Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

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, and a big battery make it one of the better phones in this budget.

 

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

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    32GB
  • 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
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Feb, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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Xiaomi Redmi 5

best phones udner 11000 - redmi 5

What’s good:
The Redmi line up is confusing but the Redmi 5 in this budget stands out for offering 64GB memory, 4GB RAM, Android 8.0 and a decent processor.

 

What could have been better:
The display is 720p. Also, the hybrid slot if that bothers you.

 

  • OS
    Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Weight
    157g
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
    720 x 1440 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 450 Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex (A53)
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    5MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear and front
  • Battery
    3,300mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Dec, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • RAM
  • Storage
  • Display
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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Nokia 5.1 Plus

Nokia 5.1

What’s good:
The Nokia 5.1 Plus is among the more affordable Nokia phones with a notch. We like the fact that it comes equipped with a fairly powerful processor and has decent overall specs for the asking price even if they are not the leading ones in this budget.

 

What could have been better:
We’d have preferred a full HD display for the asking price and a dedicated memory card slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    160g
  • Display
    5.8 inches, IPS
    720 x 1520 pixels
  • Storage space
    32GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    MediaTek P60 Octa-core (4×2.0GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHz A53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    3GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/2.0 + 5MP
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear and front
  • Battery
    3,060 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Display
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)

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Redmi Y2

redmi y2

What’s good:
Redmi Y2 comes with a decent processor along with Android 8.0 and dual cameras. Oh, the main selling point for the phone is its front camera though.

 

What could have been better:
Eh, the display.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    170g
  • Display
    6 inches
    720 x 1440 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 625 Octa core (2GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12MP + 5MP, f/2.2, EIS
  • Secondary camera
    16MP
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear
  • Battery
    3,080 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G LTE
  • First announced
    May, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Front camera
  • Display resolution


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Honor 7C

honor 7c

What’s good:
Honor 7C comes with a decent processor comparable to phones under Rs 15,000 along with Android 8.0 and dual cameras.

 

What could have been better:
The display resolution seems behind the curve for phones in this budget.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    164g
  • Display
    6 inches
    720 x 1440 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 450 Octa core (1.8GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13MP + 2MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear
  • Battery
    3,000 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G LTE
  • First announced
    May, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Display

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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 the 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.