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If you’re looking for a phone under or around Rs 9,000, check our list of the 10 best smartphones under Rs 9,000 in India for this month below. These include only the best 4G phones running on Android that offer great value for money.

We’ve only covered phones from reputable manufacturers. Also, before we get started, 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, check the best smartphones under Rs 7,000 and the top 10 smartphones under Rs 10,000.

 

These are the 10 best phones under Rs 9,000 in India (2019):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 9,000*

 

1. Panasonic Eluga X1

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

 

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2. Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro

Panasonic Eluga Z1 Pro

What’s good:
Panasonic’s popularity has gone down in recent months but that hasn’t stopped them from making decent phones. We like the Z1 Pro for its 4GB RAM and 64GB memory along with a decent processor and battery.

 

What could have been better:
Seems like a good phone honestly.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    169g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    720 x 1500 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    MediaTek MT6762 Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex (A53)
  • GPU
    PowerVR GE8320
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/2.0, 27mm (wide)
    2 MP, f/2.8, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    8 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear and front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • RAM
  • Stprage

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3. 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)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Apr, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Processor

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Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

mi 6 pro

What’s good:
Uh, the battery. Decent specs overall, even if starting to age a bit.

 

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 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)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery

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Huawei Honor 9N

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
    32GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Kirin 659 Octa core (4×2.36GHz A53 +  4×1.7GHz A53)
  • GPU
    Mali T830MP2
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    13MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera
    16MP
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear and front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Display
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)

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Xiaomi Redmi 7

Redmi 7

What’s good:
The cheapest Redmi has been overhauled with the Redmi 7 which is a massive upgrade over the Redmi 6. It comes with one of the best processors in the budget, dual cameras, Android 9.0 on board

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display resolution
    720 x 1520
  • Display
    6.26 inch, IPS
  • Storage space
    32GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 632 Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz + 4×1.8 GHz)
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    3GB
  • Camera
    12MP, f/2.2
    2MP (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    8 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 60FPS rear
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Mar, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Android 9.0

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Realme 3

Realme 3
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

What’s good:
Here’s a mild upgrade to Realme 2 that comes with a much faster processor that can give Snapdragon 660 a serious fight. It also comes with a large battery, dedicated memory slot, and Android 9.0 out of the box.

 

What could have been better:
We only wish there was a full HD display instead.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    175g
  • Display
    6.22 inch, IPS
    720 x 1520 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Mediatek Helio P70 Octa-core (4×2.1 GHz (A73) + 4×2.0 GHz (A53))
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/2.0
    2MP (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    13 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,230mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Mar, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • Display

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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 8.1 Oreo
  • 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
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • Display

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Samsung Galaxy M10

Samsung Galaxy M10
3GB, 32GB

2GB, 16GB

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. Those bezels are slim, no? The processor sits somewhere between a Snapdragon 625 and a MediaTek P22 (closer to the P22 than the 625)

 

What could have been better:
No fingerprint scanner for 9K? C’mon!!

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    163g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, TFT
    720 x 1520 pixels
  • Storage space
    16/32GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Exynos 7870 Octa-core 1.6 GHz
  • GPU
    Mali-T830 MP1
  • RAM
    2/3GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/1.9, + 5 MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    5MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,400mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jan, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • No fingerprint scanner

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Realme C2

Realme C2
3GB RAM/32GB

2GB RAM/16GB

What’s good:
A number of things have changed since the Realme C1 including Android 9.0 on board, a better processor, and improved cameras. The P22 is certainly ahead of the 450 too.

 

What could have been better:
No fingerprint scanner.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    166g
  • Display
    6.1 inch, IPS
    1520 x 720 pixels
  • Storage space
    16/32GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Helios P22 Octa-core 2.0GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU
    PowerVR GE8320
  • RAM
    2/3GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/2.2
    2 MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    5 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Apr, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • Battery
  • Fingerprint scanner

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Not to confuse you with the camera specs listed above. We’ve listed the specs as (megapixels), (aperture). Generally speaking, the bigger the aperture, better is the camera, especially in low light situations. Which means the 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. A bigger aperture camera performs much better in low light situations and produces sharper images. It also produces a better brokeh.