Best budget smartphones in India: phones under Rs 10,000

In a dense smartphone market like India, not every consumer looks to buy a smartphone that is best or gives the max value of of its cost. Some of us look for smartphones that come at affordable price and serve the purpose of a smartphone. 

If you count the number of smartphones selling in the market right now, it might take you a day or two to list each and every smartphone available. To make it easier to choose the best one for yourself, we compile the best smartphones under different price categories. Out of all the odd categories, the most frequently searched is of phones under Rs 10,000, and here are the best ones you can find under this range. 

Xiaomi Redmi 4

Pocketsize powerhouse

Weight: 150g | Dimensions: 139.30 x 69.90 x 8.65mm | OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | CPU: Snapdragon 435 | RAM: 2/3/4GB | Storage: 16/32/64GB | Battery: 4100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Battery life
Fingerprint sensor
No fast charging
Android Marshmallow

The Redmi Note 4 was originally launched in China as the Redmi 4X, it comes in 2GB, 3GB and 4GB RAM variants with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of internal storage respectively. The Snapdragon 435 running at its heart makes it a decent performer for basic to moderate tasks.

For those who find it uneasy using a 5.5-inch screen and want a perfect alternate for a Redmi Note 4 or a Moto G5 Plus, the Redmi 4 can serve all your needs. The only issue with the Redmi devices is the supply, which Xiaomi says it's trying to improve.

Read the full review: Xiaomi Redmi 4 review

Moto C Plus

Affordable yet dependable

Weight: 162g | Dimensions: 144 x 72.3 x 10mm | OS: Android 7.0 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1280 x 720 | CPU: Mediatek MT6737 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP

Big battery

Launched not too long ago, the Moto C Plus comes with a fairly attractive hardware, even for a budget device of this caliber. Moto has focused heavily on the mid-ranged market segment in the past and the company continues to do so with the newer breed of handsets.

The highlight of the Moto C Plus is the 4,000mAh battery under the hood. The device also comes with a 5-inch HD (1280x720) display, Android 7.0 Nougat, an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, and 2GB of RAM with 16GB of storage. The handset can be snatched up from Flipkart for Rs 6,990.

Read to know more about Moto C Plus

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (2GB RAM)

Best in the league

Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 151 x 76 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 2/3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 4100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Value for money
Good battery life
Limited to Android Marshmallow
Rear camera struggles in low light

For just Rs 9,999, Redmi Note 4 has redefined the hardware capabilities on an affordable handset. It looks and feels like a much more solid, with an attractive good-looking aluminium build, smooth performance and great battery life.

Its camera is capable of taking decent shots, its fingerprint sensor works well, and the MIUI is a genuinely decent enhancement of the stock Android operating system.

Read the full review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review

Yu Yureka Black

A promising comeback

Weight: 152g | Dimensions: 142 x 69.6 x 8.7mm | OS: Android 6.0.1 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 430 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP

Fresh look and feel
Good performance
Average camera
Still runs Android Marshmallow

Micromax and its sub-brand Yu Televentures once made the most bought domestic smartphones in the country. After a long break, the company with the Yu Yureka Black aims to regain the lost plot and get back into the smartphone game. 

While there are many choices under the 10k mark, Yureka Black still manages to book its space with some really promising features like its design, display, and Snapdragon 430 processor that comes paired with 4GB of RAM to offer a decent processing power to its users.

Read the full review: Yu Yureka Black

Lenovo K6 Power

Perfect budget choice

Weight: 145g | Dimensions: 141.9 x 70.3 x 9.3 mm | OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 430 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP

Solid build quality
Excellent battery life
No fast charging

The Lenovo K6 Power when launched was one of the most value for money offering from Lenovo last year. It is not just cheap, but it also has all the qualities to give a tough time to competitors like Xiaomi and more. 

K6 Power is aimed to give exceptional battery life without carrying the ugly tag in its appearance. It is a 5-inch device, which comes in handy for most of its users and also gives a good in-hand feel. 

The full HD display looks stunning in both indoors and outdoors, accompanied well by a decent set of hardware specifications.

Readon to know more about Lenovo K6 Power

Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime

Old but still going strong

Weight: 144g | Dimensions: 139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 6.0.1 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1280 x 720 | CPU: Snapdragon 430 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 4,100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Older software

The Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime has been the mainstay among Indian budget handsets. Featuring a 4,100mAh battery under the hood, it’s a beast when it comes to battery backup. The phone also features a 5-inch HD display, along with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera.

The one caveat here is that the handset comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow while most of the new devices feature Android 7.0 out of the box. The phone also comes with a fingerprint scanner on board, which has become a prerequisite among mid-rangers.

Read the full review: Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime

Moto E3 Power

Still going strong

Dimensions: 143.8 x 71.6 x 9.5mm | OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1280 x 720 | CPU: 1GHz quad-core | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 3500mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP

Solid build quality
Excellent battery life
Weak performance
Only 8GB of storage

The Moto E3 Power isn't our favorite cheap phone in the world right now... it's not even the best cheap phone from Motorola - those are the Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 up above.

But if you're looking for a truly cheap device, the Moto E3 Power is still a good option you could take a look at. We particularly liked the battery life and the build quality of the Moto E3 Power when we reviewed the phone.

There are issues such as the lack of NFC support, which means you can't use Android Pay, as well as limited space, but if this won't be an issue for you then the Moto E3 Power may be perfect for you.