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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.

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 (2019):

*Top 3 picks around Rs 13,000*

 

1. Huawei Honor Play

Honor 9N
6GB RAM

4GB RAM

What’s good:
The Honor Play sports a flagship processor and comes with other great goodies like up to 6GB RAM and a large battery.

 

What could have been better:
Maybe the hybrid slot? Also, have you heard about the recent tussle between Huawei and Google? These are uncertain times for the fate of Android on Huawei.
  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    176g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Kirin 970 Octa-core (4×2.4GHz A73 & 4×1.8GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP12
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    16MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera
    16MP
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear, 1080p front
  • Battery
    3,750mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Processor
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)

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2. Redmi 7S

Redmi Note 7
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

What’s good:
If Redmi 6 series didn’t impress you much the new generation of Redmi phones should change that. Meet the Redmi 7S which delivers an extremely competitive processor and a large battery at a compelling price point. You also get a 48 megapixel camera on the back that should hopefully deliver some stunning smaller sized pictures. Making things better is Android 9.0 Pie onboard. Oh, by the way, it’s the same as the Redmi Note 7 except for the rear camera.

 

What could have been better:
Only the hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    186g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8
    5MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    13 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 18W charging QC 4.0
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    May, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • Fast charging
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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3. Realme U1

realme U1

What’s good:
The USP for this phone is its front camera, but we also happen to like the processor inside.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    168g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    MT P70 Octa-core (4×2.1GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    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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Xiaomi Mi A2

mi a2
4GB RAM, 64GB

What’s good:
The Mi A1 didn’t stay long enough in the market to make a lasting impression, but its successor is here to change that. Mi A2 comes with promising cameras and a decent processor. And hey, it got updated to Android 9.0 recently. There’s also a 6GB RAM variant with more internal storage. We also like the quick charging rate.

 

What could have been better:
There’s no expandable memory or 3.5mm headphone jack here.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Android One
  • Weight
    166
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8 + 20MP f/1.8
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Battery
    3,010mAh, 18W charging QC 4.0
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Quick charging
  • Non-expandable memory

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Oppo RealMe 2 Pro

Realme 2 Pro
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 64GB storage

What’s good:
Notches are ugly, but smaller ones do help. Luckily the newest RealMe comes with a teardrop notch to give you enough screen area on the top. Oppo has also packed this phone with as much specs as it possibly could and the result is a phone that is a complete package. Decent processor, ample storage, and 4GB RAM.

 

What could have been better:
Find us one and we’ll call you out.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    174g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    16MP, f/1.7 + 2MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    16MP
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Android 8.1

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Huawei Honor 8X

honor 8x

What’s good:
The Kirin 710 is a massive upgrade over the Kirin 659 and is on par with the Snapdragon 660. However, the Mali GPU is weaker compared to the one found on the 660. Although built on 12nm fabrication, it should be less power hungry. It also got updated to Android 9.0 recently.

 

What could have been better:
10W charging isn’t the fastest. Also, that processor while an upgrade over the 659 is slow compared to the competition.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    175g
  • Display
    6.5 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Kirin 710 Octa-core (4×2.2GHz A73 & 4×1.7GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G51 MP4
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    20MP (f/1.8) + 2MP
  • Secondary camera
    16MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,750mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons

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Huawei Honor 10 Lite

Huawei 10 Lite

What’s good:
Finally a sub-15k phone from Huawei that comes with a brand new processor. The Kirin 710 is a massive upgrade over the Kirin 659 and is on par with the Snapdragon 660. However, the Mali GPU is weaker compared to the one found on the 660. Although built on 12nm fabrication, it should be less power hungry. Given the competition in this budget is SD636, the processor is definitely a plus. The phone also has a respectable battery and a likable design. Also, Android 9.0.

 

What could have been better:
The hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    162g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Kirin 710 Octa-core (4×2.2GHz A73 & 4×1.7GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G51 MP4
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/1.8, + 2MP (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    24 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,400mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Nov, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Hybrid SIM

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Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

6GB RAM/ 64GB storage

What’s good:
The Max Pro M1 is value-for-money despite the launch of its successor. It offers a decent processor, 6GB RAM, and a large battery.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing at all. Seems like a great phone spec-wise.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • 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
    16MP, f/2.2 + 5MP 
  • Secondary camera
    16MP, 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
  • Battery
  • RAM

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Nokia 6.1 Plus

Nokia 6.1 Plus

What’s good:
We like it becuase for 12k it offers 6GB RAM, Android 9.0, and a passable processor.

 

What could have been better:
The battery isn’t that big. Also, hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    151g
  • Display
    5.8 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz (Kyro 260)
  • GPU
    Adreno 509
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
    5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,060mAh, 18W QC 3.0 charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Battery
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Samsung Galaxy M20

Samsung galaxy m20
3GB, 32GB

4GB, 64GB

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. And hey, it’s got a fairly large battery. Also, those bezels are slim, no? Don’t let the nomenclature on that processor fool you. It’s worse off than the Exynos 7885. The performance of this processor would be closer to the Snapdragon 636.

 

What could have been better:
We’ll reserve our judgment.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    186g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, TFT
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Exynos 7904 Octa-core (2×1.8 GHz & 6×1.8 GHz)
  • GPU
    Mali-G71 MP2
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/1.9, + 5 MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, 15W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jan, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Charging
  • Android 8.1

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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 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. 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.