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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. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

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
  • Android 9.0
  • Battery
  • Processor
  • Storage
  • RAM

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2. 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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3. Realme U1

realme U1

What’s good:
Realme has been on a roll. The U1 was 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:
No complaints.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    168g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    MT P70 Octa-core (4×2.1GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • 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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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. The 4GB RAM variant is currently on sale for 9k.

 

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, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Storage
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)

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Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

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
    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, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • Battery

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Honor 8C

honor 8c

What’s good:
The 8C packs a Snapdragon 632, which sits somewhere in between the older 630 and the current 636. Good for this budget. It also comes equipped with a fairly large battery.

 

What could have been better:
We would have preferred a full HD+ display. C’mon Huawei. Also, just 32GB storage.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    167g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    720 x 1520 pixels
  • Storage space
    32GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 632 Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz + 4×1.8 GHz)
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/1.8 + 2 MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    8 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Processor
  • Display

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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 onboard.

 

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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Realme 3i

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
  • Android 9.0
  • Battery

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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, the better is the camera, especially in low light situations. Which means the smaller the 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.