Expensive smartphones are often more interesting from a feature and specification viewpoint, but the real volumes flow in the budget segment. With mobile data becoming more affordable, many more Indians can now afford to get onto the smartphone bandwagon. These days, even affordable smartphones come with all of the features you’d expect to see on more expensive devices, including high-resolution screens, good cameras, fingerprint sensors and 4G connectivity. We’ve put together a list of some of the best affordable smartphones - priced at under Rs. 10,000 - that you can buy today.
Although there have been some interesting recent launches such as the Realme 3, some of best options in this price category have been around for a few months already. We’ve compiled a list of the best smartphones you can buy today at under Rs. 10,000, which includes options from brands such as Asus, Nokia, Honor, Lenovo and Infinix, to name a few. We’ve restricted this list to phones priced at between Rs. 7,000 and Rs. 10,000, and have been reviewed by us here at Gadgets 360.
Take a look at our picks for the best phones under Rs. 10,000 below.
The Infinix Hot 11S is a gamer-focussed smartphone for those on a tight budget. It offers a high-refresh-rate display that gamers will appreciate, and a decent budget SoC that’s capable of some mid-level gaming.
While the plastic body looks elegant, it has a glossy coating which feels cheap and is a smudge magnet. The display on the other hand is quite good at resisting fingerprints. The large display makes this phone a bit unwieldy, and one-handed use is impossible.
The large display is accompanied by stereo speakers. They work well for gaming and are sufficiently loud. Streaming movies was limited to SD resolution thanks to the limited Widevine L3 certification.
Battery life is excellent, and charging is quick too, which makes this smartphone good for casual users and those seeking a gaming experience on a tight budget.
The Micromax In 2b may not be a jack of all trades, but it’s good at a few things, which increases its value over competing smartphones. The phone’s back is made of plastic but is practical in terms of design and does not gather fingerprints and smudges. Its display is sufficiently bright and shows decent colours, keeping in mind its entry-level price tag. In terms of hardware, it goes with the basics, but offers a Unisoc T610 SoC, which has only made it to a few smartphones globally. Surprisingly, the processor turned out to be quite the performer, doing well not just in regular use, but also for some budget gaming, which is unheard of in the entry-level smartphone segment. With Android 11 and no third-party apps and bloatware, the software experience was quite smooth. Camera performance was strictly average and the same can be said about video. The 5,000mAh battery easily got me one and half days’ worth of use with some gaming, which is quite good. Charging was a bit too slow with the bundled 10W charger, and it took over 3 hours to complete the charge.
The Realme Narzo 30A has a dual pattern of sorts with the bottom two-thirds having diagonal lines, while the upper section is plain. You also get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner that is well-positioned and easy to reach. The side-mounted power and volume buttons are conveniently placed too.
The Realme Narzo 30A gets a decently big 6.5-inch display with a tall 20:9 aspect ratio. It has the SIM tray on the left side of the frame and has two Nano-SIM slots and a dedicated slot for storage expansion. The Narzo 30A tips the scales at 207g and is noticeably heavy since packs in a big 6,000mAh battery.
You get a 18W charger which is a neat addition.The Realme Narzo 30A is available in two colour options: Lazer Black and Lazer Blue. You get a more powerful MediaTek Helio G85 SoC that’s paired with either 3GB or 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM, depending on which variant you choose. These variants are paired with 32GB and 64GB of storage respectively. Storage is expandable further upto 256GB using a microSD card.
If this is what your typical usage pattern looks like, then the Narzo 30A should not disappoint. The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner was quick at authentication, and face recognition too did not need more than a single attempt to unlock the smartphone. The Realme Narzo 30A sports a 13-megapixel primary camera and a monochrome portrait camera with an unspecified resolution. At the front, it has an 8-megapixel camera for selfies. The rear camera performance was average in most shooting conditions but the phone did deliver good selfies.
The Moto E40 is a budget smartphone with a big 6.5-inch display. The Moto E40 has a plastic body but it did not feel flimsy. Motorola has also curved the sides of the smartphone, and gripping it is easy. The phone weighs 198g which is felt while holding the smartphone.
The big 6.5-inch LCD panel has an HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by a Unisoc T700 octa-core SoC. This processor is paired with 4GB of RAM, and you also get 64GB of storage and a 5000mAh battery. There are no variants for this phone but storage is expandable by up to 1TB using a microSD card. The Moto E40 has an IP52 certification which means it should be splash resistant.
You get a triple camera setup on the Moto E40, consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The selfie camera is 8-megapixel. For selfies, it has an 8-megapixel shooter on the front. Daylight camera performance was decent but it suffered in lowlight.
The Infinix Smart 5A is a big smartphone sporting a 6.52-inch display with a dewdrop notch. Infinix offers a dual flash setup at the front with two LED flashes which is unique. The Smart 5A has a plastic body which is acceptable for its price range.
Infinix has picked the MediaTek Helio A20 SoC to power the Smart 5A. You only get 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage which is further expandable.
In terms of software, the Smart 5A runs XOS 7.6 on top of Android 11 (Go Edition). The UI has a few customisations along with a fair number of preinstalled apps some of which push notifications every day. Performance on the Smart 5A is acceptable given its budget price.
The camera setup is very basic, a dual-camera setup consisting of an 8-megapixel primary camera and a secondary AI (depth) camera. Camera performance is average in daylight as well as low light and this shouldn’t be your first pick if cameras are a priority.
There’s usually nothing iconic or pathbreaking about budget smartphones, and the Realme C25 makes no attempt to break that mould. It offers a sturdy plastic unibody that’s chubby, yet easy to grip. As with every budget smartphone, there is a bit of give and take. What the Realme C25 gains in terms of processing power with the MediaTek Helio G70 processor, it also loses by not having an ultra-wide-angle camera like its predecessor, the Realme C15. Battery life is stellar but that’s also something that most smartphones in this segment already offer. Camera performance is passable and seems good enough for a phone that is meant to cater to those who simply want to run apps and get their day-to-day work done. All in all, the Realme C25 will appeal to those who are on a tight budget and who want battery performance over everything else.
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|Infinix Hot 11S||Rs. 9,499|
|Micromax In 2b||Rs. 7,999|
|Realme Narzo 30A||Rs. 8,999|
|Realme C31||Rs. 9,150|
|Motorola Moto E40||Rs. 9,999|
|Infinix Smart 5A||Rs. 6,899|
|Realme C25||Rs. 9,999|
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