10 Best Phones under Rs 10,000 in India (2019) | Best Gadgetry

best phones under rs 10000 in India

There are just way too many phones around 10k, so it’s nothing less of a daunting task to pick the best phone under 10000. We’ve compiled a list of 10 best phones under Rs 10,000 for this month, so your task becomes easier.

To make things clear, 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 can be considered a disadvantage.

2GB RAM, 16GB memory doesn’t cut it for a phone that costs Rs 10,000. Also, we have only considered phones that offer 4GB RAM or a full HD display. This has been done to shortlist better phones from the myriad of options available.

Also, check the best smartphones under Rs 9,000 and the top 10 smartphones under Rs 13,000.

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 10,000 in India (2019):

*Top 3 picks around Rs 10,000*

 

1. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Best phone under 10000 - Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

What’s good:
The Max Pro M1 is value-for-money despite the launch of its successor. It offers a great processor, 4GB RAM, and a large battery. The phone also got updated to Android 9.0 recently.

 

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

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz (Kyro 260)
  • GPU
    Adreno 509
  • RAM
    3GB/4GB
  • Camera
    13MP, f/2.2 + 5MP 
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Apr, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Storage
  • RAM

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2. Redmi 7S

best phone under 10000 - 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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3. Realme U1

Best phone under 10000 - 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
    32GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    MT P70 Octa-core (4×2.1GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    3GB
  • 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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Samsung Galaxy M20

Best phone under 10000 - 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 9.0
  • 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, 15W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jan, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Fast charge

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Panasonic Eluga X1

Best phone under 10000 - Panasonic Eluga X1 Pro

What’s good:
It’s not a bad phone and comes with decent specs like a decent processor, 64GB memory and 4GB RAM. The processor is starting to age for this budget, but still powerful for this budget.

 

What could have been better:
Given it’s Panasonic, we’re not sure if Android 9.0 will ever hit this phone. No headphone jack either.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    195g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2246 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHz A53) MT6771 P60
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    Dual 16 MP (f/2.0) + 5 MP
  • Secondary camera
    16MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear and front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Android 8.1

 

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Realme 3i

Best phone under 10000 - Realme 3i
3GB RAM, 32GB

4GB RAM, 64GB

What’s good:
Somewhere in between the C2 and Realme 3 Pro, the 3i offers decent specs for the asking price. There’a a very capable processor, dual rear cameras, enough RAM and storage, and a large enough battery. To top it, the phone comes with Android 9.0 onboard.

 

What could have been better:
If only the phone had a full HD display.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    175g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    720 x 1520 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Helios P60 Octa Core 2.0 GHz A53
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    13MP, f/2.2
    2 MP (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    8 MP
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    4,230mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Processor
  • Display

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Huawei Honor 9N

Best phone under 10000 - Honor 9N

What’s good:
The Honor 9N comes with loaded with dual cameras on the back. The front camera seems nice too. The processor is also decent and more importantly, the phone comes with a full HD display.

 

What could have been better:
Hybrid SIM slot if you’re planning on adding more storage.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight
    149g
  • Display
    5.84 inch, IPS
    2280  x 1080 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Kirin 659 Octa core (4×2.36GHz A53 +  4×1.7GHz A53)
  • GPU
    Mali T830MP2
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera
    16MP
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear and front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)
  • Android 8.1

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Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

Best phone under 10000 - Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

What’s good:
Uh, the battery. Decent specs overall, even if starting to age a bit. It also got updated to Android 9.0 recently.

 

What could have been better:
Consider this a very minor update to the Note 5 (dual camera primarily) and that’s pretty much it.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    178
  • Display
    5.84 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2.0GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12 MP + 5MP
  • Secondary camera
    5 MP
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear and front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • RAM
  • Storage

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Realme 5

Realme 5
3GB RAM, 32GB

4GB RAM, 64GB

4GB RAM, 128GB

What’s good:
A considerable improvement over the Realme 3i. There’s a very capable processor, four rear cameras (maybe the only phone in the segment), enough RAM and up to a staggering 128GB storage, and a large enough battery. To top it, the phone comes with Android 9.0 on board.

 

What could have been better:
If only the phone had a full HD display.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    175g
  • Display
    6.5 inch, IPS
    720 x 1600 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 665 Octa-core (4×2.0GHz & 4×1.8 GHz)
  • GPU
    Adreno 610
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8, (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 rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Aug, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Quad cameras
  • Battery
  • Processor

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Asus Zenfone Max M2

Asus ZenFone Max M2

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

What’s good:
A more budget offering to Max Pro M2, this one comes with a more nimble (not shabby) processor. There’s a huge battery though and it’s capable of recording 2160p videos.

 

What could have been better:
We wish for a full HD screen resolution, but then, maybe that’s too much of an ask.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    160g
  • Display
    6.26 inch, IPS
    720 x 1520 pixels
  • Storage space
    32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 632 Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz + 4×1.8 GHz)
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/1.8, + 2MP (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    8 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Dec, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • RAM
  • Storage
  • Display

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Standout features in the top smartphones under Rs 10,000:

The top mobile phones under Rs 10,000 these days come with features like dual camera, Android 8.0, 4GB RAM, and 32 gigs of internal memory. It’s also nice to have a full HD display, but it seems like you’ll have to make a trade-off for other features if you want a phone with a full HD display.

The processors in the sequence of their raw power are: P70>= Snapdragon 660> Kirin 710>  MT6771 (P60) > Snapdragon 636 > Snapdragon 632 >Snapdragon 630> Snapdragon 625> Kirin 659> MediaTek P22> Snapdragon 450 > MediaTek A22.

  • Best battery • Zenfone Max Pro M1 (5,000mAh)
    • Realme 3 (4,230mAh)
  • Best processor • Realme 5
  • Best value for money • Zenfone Max Pro M1

 

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