The year 2020 was not so great for the budget smartphones in the sub Rs 10,000 segment. Due to the hike in GST and also lockdown and production issues, companies started raising the price of smartphones in this segment. However, fast forward to April 2021, the segment has got a bit better thanks to some price drops and a few new launches.
The smartphones under Rs 10,000 segment now consists of smartphones from Micromax, Xiaomi, Realme, Motorola, Samsung and Poco.
These smartphones offer a good overall good user experience with a solid build, great battery life, a display that is good for day to day usage and an improved camera at very reasonable prices.
And while there haven't been many launches in the past couple of months in this segment, we have seen brands dropping the price of their last-gen or slightly old devices which still offers value for money in 2021.
Samsung was the first in 2021 to launch a budget device. For now, there are a handful of options available in this segment. If you want to know the best phones under Rs 10,000 in India, we're here with the answers.
The list is led by Micromax who made its comeback last year and closely followed by Poco, Redmi, Samsung, and Realme phones. These phones are the best suites for light use as performance is not the highest priority in the segment. What you can expect is the fact that you get big batter which translates to excellent battery life and there are also a couple of stock Android phones.
Things like a Full HD+ display, gaming chipset, fast charging, good camera performance can be counted as an added bonus in this particular segment.
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You might be surprised by our first recommendation in the list coming from Micromax. Well, allow us to explain. The Micromax In 1 is the brand’s phone with competitive specs that undercuts Redmi and Realme on paper, but also in real-life usage and experience. The Micromax In 1 is powered by a gaming-centric MediaTek Helio G80 chipset - the phone feels smooth and responsive. Half of the credit of the performance should also go to the clean stock Android experience which has no bloatware, unnecessary apps or system ads in the interface either.
You get a large 6.67-inch screen that is really good for the price and in the camera department, the device sports a 48MP f/1.79 primary lens which is good enough for daylight pictures. Running all the internals is a large 5,000mAh battery and 18W fast charging.
The Micromax In 1 is a great buy for Rs 9,999 - you are getting a Full HD+ screen, a capable chipset, clean Android build, and a big battery coupled with fast charging., When you look at the overall package and the value the phone rings, there is not much to complain about the device.
The Poco M2 Reloaded is basically the Poco M2 but with 4GB of RAM and a lower price tag. It is powered by MediaTek Helio G80 chipset, an eight-core chipset built on the 12nm process. In terms of display, you are looking at a 6.53-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution. The Poco M2 runs off a 5,000mah battery which supports 18W fast charging.
On the back, there is a quad-camera setup on the Poco M2 consisting of a 13MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 5MP macro shooter, and a 2MP depth sensor. Selfies are handled by an 8MP front camera. As for security, the device comes with a fingerprint scanner on the rear, located under the cameras.
The latest surprise return to the Prime series, the Redmi 9 Prime is the only smartphone in the segment to feature a Full HD display. You get a 6.53-inch LCD screen with a waterdrop notch and a resolution of 2340x1080 pixels. It has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a peak brightness of about 400 nits. Under the hood, the Redmi 9 Prime is powered by Mediatek’s Helio G80 SoC.
The camera department consists of a quad-camera setup that has a fingerprint sensor tucked underneath it. There is a 13MP f/2.2 main lens, an 8MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor. The front has an 8MP sensor for selfies. All this is backed up by a huge 5,020mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging which can be charged via Type-C port.
Read our Redmi 9 Prime review
Samsung latest budget device is the best sub Rs 10,000 device to date from the brand. It brings a lot to the table when compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy M01s. The device is packed with a 6.5-inch HD+ and is powered by Snapdragon 450 SoC. It is available in two configurations -3+32GB and 4+64GB.
On to the optics, the device features a triple camera setup 13MP + 2MP + 2MP. Over to the front, there is a 5MP shooter. The Galaxy M02s is backed by a 5000mAh battery and also supports 15W quick charge.
If you’re looking for an affordable smartphone with a clean software experience, excellent battery life and good build quality, the Moto G10 Power is a worthy consideration. The company is providing ThinkShield for Android security with the Moto G10 Power and has promised two years of security updates. ThinkShield offers end to end mobile security and privacy solutions which offer protection at multiple levels starting from the supply chain, hardware security, OS, and system security.
Apart from battery life, security and software features, the Moto G10 Power is just average at everything be it the performance or the cameras. If your priorities include photography or gaming, you are better off with the phones mentioned in this buying guide.
Read our Moto G10 Power review
The successor to the Narzo 20A is now powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 processor which is a budget gaming chipset with its gaming suite. It comes in a Diamond strike design. Just like the Narzo 20A, the Narzo 30A also packs in a 6,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support via Type-C port.
As for the cameras, there is a 13MP primary camera on the rear backed up by a secondary depth sensor. To the front, you get an 8MP selfie camera. The fingerprint scanner is located on the rear.
The Infinix Hot 10 Play comes with a large 6.8-inch HD+ display with NEG glass on the front. On the inside, the handset is powered by a MediaTek Helio G35 octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The device draws power from a massive 6,000mAh battery which is rated to last up to 23 hours on video playback.
The device sports a dual rear camera setup with a 13MP primary lens with f/1.8 and a secondary depth sensor. Selfies are handled by an 8MP shooter. Furthermore, the device comes with a rear-mounted multifunctional fingerprint sensor along with a face unlock. This can be a handy device for those who want a big screen, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage on a tight budget.
Best smartphones under Rs 10,000 in India
|Micromax In 1||Rs 9,999 onwards|
|Poco M2 Reloaded||Rs 9,499|
|Redmi 9 Prime||Rs 9,999|
|Samsung Galaxy M02s||Rs 8,999 onwards|
|Moto G10 Power||Rs 9,999|
|Realme Narzo 30A||Rs 8,499 onwards|
|Infinix Hot 10 Play||Rs 8,499|