Finding a good smartphone under Rs. 7,000 used to be an impossible task just a couple of years ago but thanks to the aggressively priced mobile phones from Chinese and Taiwanese smartphone makers the market has significantly changed. The consumers no longer have to struggle with sub-standard smartphones as they can go to stores or online to purchase a decent smartphone with a price tag below Rs. 7,000. Although we haven't seen a lot of interesting launches in the segment over the last few months, but a slew of price cuts has brought a couple of good phones to this list of best phones under Rs. 7,000.
Xiaomi still dominates the price segment but the likes of Asus and Realme are bringing good phones that are capable of competing with the Redmi phones. In this article, we have compiled our top picks among the phones priced under Rs. 7,000. Like always, every smartphone listed below has gone through our rigorous review process. If you have a budget over Rs. 7,000, don't forget to check out our guides on best phones below Rs. 10,000 and best phones under Rs. 15,000.
Here's a look at our top picks for best mobiles under Rs. 7,000.
Best mobile phones under 7,000
|Phone under Rs. 7,000||Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10)||Price in India (as recommended)|
|Realme C1||7||Rs. 6,999|
|Redmi 6A||7||Rs. 5,999|
|Asus ZenFone Lite L1||7||Rs. 5,999|
|Redmi Go||7||Rs. 4,499|
Despite being a relatively new entrant in the Indian smartphone market, Realme has carved a place for itself. The company has released some great phones over the past one year and the Realme C1 is no different. Originally launched in 2018, the phone got a refresh in 2019 with added RAM and onboard storage.
In our review, we found the Realme C1 featuring a large bright display with pleasing, saturated colours. The battery life is the phone's biggest strength. The onboard 4,230mAh battery lasted for 20 hours and 23 minutes in our HD video loop test. The support for dual 4G VoLTE is another positive.
The Realme C1 camera captures a decent amount of detail in distant objects but we did notice some chromatic aberration. The phone also handles noise well in low light conditions.
The phone's performance was a bit of a downer in our review unit, however that can be blamed on the amount of the RAM in the original Realme C1.
Realme is selling three variants of the Realme C1 in the country, including the 2019 versions - 2GB + 16GB, 2GB + 32GB, and 3GB + 32GB - however officially, only the 2GB + 16GB model is available under Rs. 7,000.
Launched alongside the Redmi 6, Redmi 6A is a good option for anyone who doesn't have the budget to go for Redmi 6. While it shares a number of features with the Redmi 6, the Redmi 6A comes with a different camera setup, different processor, and lower amount of RAM and onboard storage. While the inferior specifications help with the pricing, they do take a toll on the performance.
In our review, we found the Redmi 6A to be a decent performer, that said we did spot some lag while exiting applications or while using the task switcher. The ads in MIUI are a big issue with the Redmi 6A as well. The camera capabilities of the phone are also acceptable, but don't expect to be wowed.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6A ran for 13 hours and 22 minutes in our HD video loop test. The company is selling two versions of the Redmi 6A in the country – 2GB + 16GB and 2GB + 32GB, however we will recommend you go for the 32GB storage variant.
Asus ZenFone Lite L1
The ZenFone Lite L1 (Review) from Asus is another nice budget offering that can be considered by the consumers with a limited budget. The phone's display offers decent viewing angles, and the relatively smaller size of the screen makes one-hand operation easier. Given the limited amount of RAM in the Asus ZenFone Lite L1, the phone suffers from longer load times and random slowdowns. The phone's user interface is smooth; however, it does slow down when there are multiple apps running in the background.
The camera performance and the battery life of the ZenFone Lite L1 are average. The phone ran for just nine hours and 10 minutes in our HD video loop test.
Asus sells just one variant of the ZenFone Lite L1 in India with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage, which finds a place in our list of best phones under Rs. 7,000.
After bringing two Android One smartphones in the form of Mi A1 and Mi A2, Xiaomi also jumped in the Android Go edition arena with the launch of the Redmi Go this year. This budget smartphone is a decent option for people really tight on budget. In our review, we found the phone's hardware just about enough for basic smartphone usage. The onboard processor is decent but the presence of just 1GB of RAM becomes a bottleneck. We saw occasional pauses even while doing everyday tasks.
The Redmi Go's screen is sharp and viewing angles are good, but colours appear a little muted. The cameras are also reasonable for the phone's price, however, don't expect to see any great images. The low-light images were grainy and filled with noise, however the shots were bright enough for the subjects to be legible.
The battery life of the Redmi Go is enough of a day's worth of usage, but not more than that. It lasted just nine hours and fifty minutes in our HD video loop test. While the phone finds a spot in out list of best mobiles under Rs. 7,000, it's only for those who are on a very tight budget and can't spend a bit more to get some of the other picks in this list.