Top 10 Smartphones under Rs 18,000 in India (2018) – Best Gadgetry

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Which is the best phone under 18000 in India?

When you need a phone in between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000, Rs 18,000 seems like a sweet spot. And to help you make that decision, we’ve compiled the list of the 10 best phones under Rs 18,000 in India for this month. We’ve made sure these phones stand out on criteria such as display, camera, connectivity and normal usage to offer the best bang for your buck. 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, all these phones support 4G LTE networks, so this list can be also considered for the best 4G LTE phones under 18k. Also, check the 10 best smartphones under Rs 15,000 and the 10 best smartphones under Rs 20,000. So here goes the list of the best mobile phones under Rs 18,000.

 

These are the 10 best phones under Rs 18,000 in India (2018):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 18,000*

 

1. Oppo RealMe 1

best phones under 18000 - 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
  • + Storage
  • + RAM
  • + 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 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 check boxes.

 

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

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2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

best phones under 18000 - Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
4GB RAM

6GB RAM

  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Weight 181g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160
  • Display 5.99 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz (A53)
  • GPU Adreno 509
  • RAM 4GB/6GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/2.2 + 5MP f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 20MP (f/2.0, 1/2.8″)
  • Battery 4,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Processor
  • + RAM
  • + Battery
  • + Dual cameras
  • + Front camera
  • – Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Consider it as Note 5 on steroids. Along with 64GB internal memory, the phone also offers dual read cameras, a massive 20MP sensor on the front, a new bezel-less design, and a great processor to go along.

 

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

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3. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight 180g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160
  • Display 5.99 inch, IPS
  • 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
  • Battery 5,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + Processor
  • + Android 8.1
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.

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Nokia 6.1

best phones under 18000 - nokia 6.1

  • OS Android 8.1
  • Weight 172
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Octa-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 630
  • GPU Adreno 508
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16 MP (f/2.0)
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Android 8.1
  • – Hybrid SIM slot
What’s good:
If you’re a fan of the good old 16:9 displays but need a phone that isn’t outdated, this might be the phone for you. Nokia has updated the original Nokia 6 with features like a better processor, Android 8.1 out of the box and sufficient RAM and internal memory. Oh and it’s on the Android One program so expect timely updates.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really except the hybrid SIM slot.

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Moto G6

Moto G6
3GB/32GB

4GB/64GB

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 167g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Display 5.7 inches
  • Storage space 32/64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 450 Octa core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 3GB/4GB
  • Camera 12 MP (f/1.8) + 5 MP (f/2.2)
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.2
  • Video 1080p 60FPS rear, 1080p front
  • Battery 3,000 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G LTE
Pros and Cons
  • + Android 8.0
  • + Dual camera
What’s good:
Well, keeping up with the competition, the G6 offers dual camera on the back, enough RAM and storage, Android 8.0 out of the box and the solid reliability of a Motorola.

 

What could have been better:
Compared to the Snapdragon 625 on the G5 Plus, we’re not sure what Motorola was thinking putting an inferior Snapdragon 450 on this one. No it’s not bad, but it doesn’t hold a candle against the better phones in this budget. Yes, it’s a successor to Moto G5 and not G5 Plus, but then what exactly is it doing in that price territory?

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Huawei Honor 9i

best phones under 18000 rs - Huawei Honor 9i

  • OS Android 7
  • Weight 165g
  • Display resolution 2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.9 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Kirin 659 Cortex-A53 Octa Core 2.4GHz
  • GPU Mali T830MP2
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16MP+2MP
  • Secondary camera 13MP+2MP
  • Battery 3,340mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual cameras
  • – Processos
What’s good:
Honor 9i is one of the new gen phones that sport an 18:9 display. Trust us, it does look good and allow for a large screen to fit in a smaller overall size. The dual camera setup on the front and back looks really promising. The internal memory is great too.

 

What could have been better:
The hybrid SIM slot, which you might not need considering that it comes with 64 gigs of internal memory.

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Apple iPhone SE

best mobile phones under 20000 rs - iphone se

  • OS iOS 11
  • Weight 113g
  • Display resolution 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Display 4.0 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor 1.84GHz dual core Apple A9
  • GPU PowerVR GT7600
  • RAM 2GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/2.2, 1/3″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 1.2MP, f/2.4
  • Battery 1,624mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Single SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Brand
  • – Display resolution
What’s good:
This phone is for those people who really miss the iPhone 5/5s. It’s compact and that’s what some of us want. Also, you get the internals of the 6s for a much lower price.

 

What could have been better:
It’s old. Doesn’t have the best specs compared to Androids and might be a bit overpriced.

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Huawei Honor 9 Lite

best phones under 18000 rs - Honor 9 Lite
3GB RAM, 32GB memory

4GB RAM, 64GB memory

  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight 149g
  • Display resolution 2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.65 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Kirin 659 Octa core (4×2.36GHz A53 +  4×1.7GHz A53)
  • GPU Mali T830MP2
  • RAM 3GB/4GB
  • Camera 13MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera 13MP + 2MP
  • Video 1080p@30fps 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:
One of the newer releases from Huawei, the Honor 9 Lite has a decent processor, comes with Android 8.0 out of the box is a cheaper version of the Honor 9i and losses on some of the bells and whistles to reduce the price. Nonetheless, it comes with 4GB RAM, edge-to-edge display, a decent processor and dual rear cameras.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing specifically. Uh, maybe the hybrid SIM slot.

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Huawei Honor 7X

best phones under 18000 rs - honor 7x

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 165g
  • Display resolution 2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.93 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32/64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Kirin 659 Cortex-A53 Octa Core 2.4GHz
  • GPU Mali T830MP2
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16 MP (1/2.9″) + 2 MP
  • Secondary camera 8MP
  • Battery 3,340mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual cameras
What’s good:
Honor 7X is the cheaper version of 9i and comes with almost similar features including an 18:9 display. The dual camera setup on the back looks really promising. The internal memory is great too.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing except the hybrid SIM slot, which you might not need considering that it comes with 64 gigs of internal memory.

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Mi Max 2

best phones under 18000 - Mi Max 2
32GB memory

64GB memory

  • OS Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Weight 211g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 6.44 inches, IPS LCD
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/2.2, 1/2.9″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 5,300 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Mi Max 2 is for those looking for a phablet. It’s huge. It also comes with a large battery, large internal storage and Android 7.1 that helps.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really except the hybrid SIM slot.

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Not to confuse you with the camera specs listed above, we’ve listed the specs as (megapixels), (aperture), (OIS-if present), (sensor size). Generally speaking, bigger the aperture and sensor size, better is the camera. Which means smaller number in the denominator, the bigger the aperture or sensor size is. For example, f/1.9 is a bigger aperture and than f/2.0. Also 1/2.2″ is a bigger sensor than, say, 1/2.6″. A bigger aperture camera performs much better in low light situations and produces sharper images. It also produces a better brokeh. Also, OIS refers to optical image stabilization, which helps in reducing blur.