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To help you find the perfect phone for you, we’ve compiled the list of best smartphones under Rs 13,000 for this month in India.  Most of them should be able to run your apps without any hiccups and should be able to offer good camera performance along with handling daily abuse well. Needless to say, the list covers only 4G phones.

Also, 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.

You can also check the best smartphones under Rs 15,000 and the top 10 smartphones under Rs 14,000. Lastly, we’ve highlighted our top 3 picks in this budget at the beginning of the list. So here are the best phones under 13k:

 

These are the best phones under Rs 13,000 in India (2018):

*Top 3 picks around Rs 13,000*

 

1. Oppo RealMe 1

best phones under 18000 - realme 1

What’s good:
Oppo phones are usually underpowered 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 checkboxes.

 

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

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    155g
  • Display
    6 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • 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
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,410mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    May, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Processor

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2. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 64GB 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? Also, the 6GB variant comes with 16MP snappers on both front and back.

 

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/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, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Apr, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Processor

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3. Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

mi 6 pro

What’s good:
Uh, the battery.

 

What could have been better:
We’re not sure why this phone exists. Maybe to please Amazon since the Redmi Note 5 is available with Flipkart. It’s not a bad phone, just that it doesn’t sit anywhere in the lineup. 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
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2.0GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    12 MP + 5MP
  • Secondary camera
    5 MP
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear and front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

best phones under 14000 - Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

What’s good:
Despite similar specs to the Redmi Note 4, the Note 5 is a solid offering with that new 18:9 display. 64GB of internal memory, 4GB RAM, and a big battery make it one of the better phones in this budget.

 

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

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • 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
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Feb, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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Moto G5s Plus

best phones under 15000 rs - moto g5s plus

What’s good:
Moto G5s Plus is Moto G5 Plus on steroids. We like the fact that it comes with Android 8.1e. The dual camera setup promises some great photography. 64 gigs of internal memory means you won’t be needing that microSD card anytime soon.

 

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.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    168g
  • Display
    5.5 inch, IPS
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 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
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear and front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Aug, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

best phones under 13000 redmi note 4

What’s good:
With the recent price cut, the Note 4 becomes an attractive offering, even with the Note 5 around. 64GB of internal memory, 4GB 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 maybe. Also, when’s that Android update coming?

 

  • OS
    Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Weight
    165g
  • Display
    5.5 inch, IPS
    1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2GHz (A53)
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    5MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear and front
  • Battery
    4,100mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Jan, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Android 7.1
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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Huawei Honor 7X

best phones under 15000 - honor 7x
32GB memory

64GB memory

What’s good:
The Honor 7X is a cheaper version of the Honor 9i and keeps most of the bells and whistles while reducing 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.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    165g
  • Display
    5.93 inch, IPS
    2160 x 1080 pixels
  • 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
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear and front
  • Battery
    3,340mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Dec, 2017
Pros and Cons

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Oppo RealMe 2

Realme 2
3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

What’s good:
Here’s what’s improved in RealMe 2 over its predecessor: it comes with dual cameras and a bigger battery. We always liked the RAM and storage options for the budget.

 

What could have been better:
When you reduce the resolution of the display or replace the processor with a slower one, RealMe 2 can’t really be called an upgrade over the RealMe 1. Don’t believe us? Check these benchmarking results. No wonder there’s no 6GB RAM variant.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    168g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    720 x 1520 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 450 Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    13MP, f/2.2 + 2 MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.2
  • Battery
    4,230mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Display

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Redmi Y2

redmi y2

What’s good:
Redmi Y2 comes with a decent processor along with Android 8.0 and dual cameras. Oh, the main selling point for the phone is its front camera though.

 

What could have been better:
Eh, the display.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    170g
  • Display
    6 inches
    720 x 1440 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 625 Octa core (2GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12MP + 5MP, f/2.2, EIS
  • Secondary camera
    16MP
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear
  • Battery
    3,080 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G LTE
  • First announced
    May, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Front camera
  • Display resolution


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Honor 7C

honor 7c

What’s good:
Honor 7C comes with a decent processor comparable to phones under Rs 15,000 along with Android 8.0 and dual cameras. Add 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and it seems like a great deal.

 

What could have been better:
The display resolution seems behind the curve for phones in this budget.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    164g
  • Display
    6 inches
    720 x 1440 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 450 Octa core (1.8GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    4GB
  • 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
  • First announced
    May, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Display

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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.