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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.

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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. Don’t be confused by the launch of the Realme 2. This phone is still a solid (and in our opinion a better) offering.

 

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. Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

mi 6 pro

What’s good:
For 11k, it’s a pretty sweet deal given that the Redmi 6 pro offers 4GB RAM, 64GB memory and a large battery.

 

What could have been better:
No complains.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    178
  • Display
    5.84 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    32GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2.0GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    3GB
  • 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
  • RAM
  • Storage

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3. Huawei Honor 9N

Honor 9N
3GB RAM

4GB RAM

What’s good:
The Honor 9N comes with loaded with dual cameras on the back. The front camera seems nice too. 64 gigs of memo.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing to complain at the asking price honestly.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight
    149g
  • Display
    5.84 inch, IPS
    2280  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
    16MP
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear and front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)

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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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Realme U1

realme U1

What’s good:
Realme has been on a roll. Their latest offering is touted as the best front camera ever! Uh, okay maybe not but we’re assuming it’d still be great. And hey, that processor seems pretty good for this budget.

 

What could have been better:
The storage and RAM options are not really the most competitive for the asking price.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    168g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    MT P70 Octa-core (4×2.1GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • 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, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Nov, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Front camera

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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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Samsung Galaxy M20

Samsung galaxy m20
3GB, 32GB

4GB, 64GB

What’s good:
Well, here’s a first Samsung with a notch. Yes, the last giant has fallen to the notch mania. It’s also Samsung’s answer to the Huaweis and Xiaomis of the world. And hey, it’s got a fairly large battery. Also, those bezels are slim, no?

 

What could have been better:
Don’t let the nomenclature on that processor fool you. It’s worse off than the Exynos 7885. The performance of this processor would be closer to the Snapdragon 636. That’s not necessarily bad, but closer to what you’d expect in a 13k phone. Just letting you know.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    186g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, TFT
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Exynos 7904 Octa-core (2×1.8 GHz & 6×1.8 GHz)
  • GPU
    Mali-G71 MP2
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/1.9, + 5 MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jan, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery

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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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Redmi Y2

redmi y2

What’s good:
Redmi Y2 comes with a decent processor along with Android 8.0, 4GB RAM, 64 gigs of memory, 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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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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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.