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 Realme Narzo 10a is largely a cosmetic update to the Realme C3, which isn't a bad thing at all, as that model has performed very well in our tests. The Narzo 10a adds a fingerprint sensor, which takes care of one of our biggest complaints with the C3, as well as a macro camera on the rear, which is fun to use but not very practical. Performance is excellent thanks to the MediaTek Helio G70 processor, and you can get a decent enough gaming experience even with today's heavy games. The cameras are just about average, but quality dips a lot in low light. Battery life is excellent and we could get two full days of casual usage out of a single charge. This phone is available in So White and So Blue, with a gigantic Realme logo emblazoned across the back. Only one configuration is available, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
Realme C3 is a budget smartphone from Realme and it sports a sunrise design. The company offers the phone in two colours Frozen Blue and Blazing Red. It has a big display that measures 6.5-inches and has a 20:9 aspect ratio. The Realme C3 sports a 5,000mAh battery which is a highlight for this smartphone. This is also the reason why it is a tad heavy at 195g.
The Realme C3 is powered by a Mediatek Helio G70 SoC and comes in two variants. The base variant has 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage while the other variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. It is a dual SIM device with support for 4G as well as VoLTE on both SIM slots. It runs Realme UI 1.0 on top of Android 10.
It sports a dual-camera setup at the back with a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It clicks decent photos but low-light could do with some improvements.
The Realme 5 features an updated crystal pattern on the back and retains the polycarbonate build and lamintaed plastic back panel of its predecessor. The phone has is a little heavy at nearly 200g and features a big 6.5-inch HD+ display. The low resolution isn't a huge issue as colours and brightness are still quite good. The Realme 5 has a slot on the side for two Nano-SIM cards and a dedicated slot for a microSD card.
It runs on ColorOS 6.0.1, which features a flatter and simpler looking interface, closer to stock Android 9 Pie. You get a bunch of cutomosation options too such as gestures and shortcuts. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 665 SoC and comes in three varaints. The top-end version which we reviewed has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. App and gaming performance is good and the phone doesn't heat up too much.
The Realme 5 has four cameras at the back, which is the first phone to have such an arrangement under Rs. 10,000. Besides the primary camera and depth sensor, Realme has also added a wide-angle and a macro lens, which are useful. The 13-megapixel selfie camera also has electronic stabilisation for videos. Overall, the cameras perform well under good light but struggle to capture good detail in low light.
The Realme 5 has a 5000mAh battery, which easily lasts for a day and half or even more on one charge. Unfortunately, fast charging isnt supported. Overall, the Realme 5's base variant (3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage) offers the best value at Rs. 9,999 but even the 128GB version at Rs. 11,999 is still good value, considering the overall package.
|Best Mobile Phones Under 10000 In India||Prices|
|Realme Narzo 10A||Rs. 8,999|
|Realme C3||Rs. 8,399|
|Realme 5||Rs. 9,599|