Top 10 Smartphones under Rs 18,000 in India (April 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 (April 2018):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 18,000*

 

1. 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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2. Honor 8

best phones under 18000 rs - honor-8

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 155g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.2 inch, LTPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes
  • Processor Octa-core 4×2.3GHz Cortex-A72 + 4×1.8GHz Cortex A53 Kirin 950
  • GPU Mali-T880 MP4
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 12MP dual cameras, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.4
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Dual cameras
  • + Processor
What’s good:
Honor 8 might be a bit old, but it was flagship material at one point. Naturally, after a price cut it sits well in this budget. The processor stands out and the dual cameras should help in better photography. Other specs are up to the mark.

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3. 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
  • + Internal memory

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Moto G5s Plus

best phones under 18000 rs - moto g5s plus

  • OS Android 7.1 – Nougat
  • Weight 168g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 13MP+13MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Android 7.1
  • + Dual camera
  • + Internal memory
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

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Mi A1

best phones under 18000 rs - Mi A1

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 165g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 12MP (26mm, f/2.2)+12MP (50mm, f/2.6)
  • Secondary camera 5MP
  • Battery 3,080mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Android 8.0
  • + Dual cameras
  • + Internal memory

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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
  • + Internal memory
  • – Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)

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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
  • + RAM
  • + Internal memory

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Moto G5 Plus

best phones under 18000 - moto g5 plus

  • OS Android 7.0 – Nougat
  • Weight 155g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.2 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/1.7
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Rear camera aperture

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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
  • + Storage
  • + Android 7.1
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

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Samsung J7 Max

Best phones under 18000 rs in India - Samsung J7 Max

  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Weight 179g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5.7 inches
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 Octacore 2.4GHz A53
  • GPU Mali-T880MP2
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/1.7
  • Secondary camera 13MP, f/1.9
  • Battery 3,300 mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G LTE
Pros and Cons
  • + Rear camera aperture

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Samsung Galaxy On Max

Samsung Galaxy On Max

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 178g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5.7 inches, TFT
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Mediatek MT P25 Lite octa core 1.6GHz
  • GPU ?
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/1.7
  • Secondary camera 13MP, f/1.9
  • Battery 3,300 mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Camera aperture

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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.