10 Best Phones under Rs 10,000 in India (2018) | Best Gadgetry

best phones under 10000 rs in India

There are just way too many phones around Rs 10,000, so it’s nothing less of a daunting task to pick the best one. 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.

Also, no Nokia 3 in there because we believe that it offers bare minimum specs to be worthy. 2GB RAM, 16GB memory don’t cut it for a phone that costs Rs 10,000.

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 myriad of specs.

 

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

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 10,000*

 

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

best phones under Rs 10,000 - Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Weight 180g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160
  • Display 5.99 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB/64GB
  • 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
  • Battery 4,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Processor
  • + Battery
  • – Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Despite similar specs to the Redmi Note 4, the Note 5 is a solid offering with that new 18:9 display. 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:
The hybrid slot if that bothers you.

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2. Oppo RealMe 1

best phones under Rs 10,000 - realme 1

  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight 155g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160
  • Display 6 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 128GB
  • 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 6GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 3,410mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Processor
  • + Android 8.1
What’s good:
Oppo phones are usually under-powered and overpriced. Not this sub-brand though. The RealMe 1 is a winner  that comes with a processor that beats the Snapdragon 636 and Android 8.1 out of the box. This phone ticks all the check boxes.

 

What could have been better:
We only wish it came with a 64GB, 4GB RAM option.

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3. Lenovo K8 Plus

best phones under 10000 - 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 3GB
  • Camera 13MP+5MP dual
  • Secondary camera 8MP
  • Battery 4,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Processor
  • + Battery
  • + Dual camera
What’s good:
K8 Plus comes with great features such as a dual camera and a large battery. Android 7.1 out of the box adds to the overall package. We like that processor too.

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Honor 7C

best phones under Rs 10,000 - honor 7c

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 164g
  • Display resolution 720 x 1440 pixels
  • Display 6 inches
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 450 Octa core (1.8GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 3GB
  • 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
Pros and Cons
  • + Android 8.0
  • + Dual camera
  • + Processor
What’s good:
Honor 7C comes with a great processor comparable to phones under Rs 15,000 along with Android 8.0 and dual cameras.

 

What could have been better:
We wish it came with a full HD display instead.

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Moto G5s

best phones under 10000 - moto g5s

  • 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
  • + 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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What could have been better:
The processor isn’t the best one.

 

 

OPPO A71

best phones under 10000 - OPPO A71

  • OS Android 7.1
  • Weight 137g
  • Display resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Display 5.2 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 16GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 450 Octa-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 3GB
  • Camera 13 MP f/2.2
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.4
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Processor
  • – Internal memory
What’s good:
It’s a rare Oppo phone that has been spec’d decently well for the budget. Snapdragon 450? Hurray. Oh and the Android 7.1 isn’t shabby either.

 

What could have been better:
C’mon, you could have given us at least 32 gigs of storage.

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Lenovo K6 Power

best phone under 10000 rs in India - 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
  • Camera 13MP
  • Secondary camera 8MP
  • Battery 4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + Display
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
K6 Power is known for its battery which is huge given its size. The phone recently got updated to Android 7.0. The screen is sharp and clear thanks to its 1080p resolution. If you need a larger phone, go for the K6 Note, otherwise K5 Note should do it. The phones are identical otherwise.

 

What could have been better:
It comes with a hybrid slot so you will have to choose in between that second SIM or a microSD slot.

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Asus Zenfone 3 Laser

best phones under 10000 - Asus Zenfone 3 Laser

  • OS Android 7.1
  • Weight 150g
  • 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 4GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + RAM
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
We like the 4GB RAM. It’s an all rounder otherwise as well.

 

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

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Moto G5

best phones under Rs 10,000 - moto g5

  • OS Android 7.0 – Nougat
  • Weight 145g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 16GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 430 Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 505
  • RAM 3GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 2,800mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Display
  • – Internal memory
What’s good:
It’s a Motorola, so premium build, and comes with a full HD display.

 

What could have been better:
16GB memory feels inadequate these days.

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Xiaomi Redmi 5

best phones under Rs 10,000 - redmi 5

  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Weight 157g
  • Display resolution 720 x 1440
  • Display 5.99 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 16GB/32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Snapdragon 450 Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex (A53)
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 2GB/3GB/4GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,300mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Processor
  • – Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Redmi 5 comes with the latest processor from Qualcomm and a decently large battery, both of which stand out at the asking price for the phone. It also shows off it’s 18:9 display rather proudly.

 

What could have been better:
There’s that minor issue of the hybrid SIM slot. Also we wish it came with Android 8.0 out of the box.

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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 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 full HD display. Snapdragon 4xx series is among the best in the budget, while MediaTek 6737 is pretty slow for this budget.

  • Best battery • Note 5 (4,000mAh)
    • K8 Plus (4,000mAh)
  • Phones likely to get Android 8.0 • Moto G5 Plus
    • Moto G5s
    • Moto G5
    • RealMe 1
    • Honor 7C
    • Redmi Note 5
  • Best processor • RealMe 1
  • Best value for money • Redmi Note 5
    • RealMe 1

 

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