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Best phones under Rs 12,000 in India for July 2021

Micromax In 1 review
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Smartphones under Rs 12,000 in India are almost as popular as the sub Rs 15,000 segment in India. The demand for a good budget phone in India is always constant and smartphone makers are also coming up with new phones frequently. 

Surprisingly enough, this is also the segment where we have a lot more products in this list compared to the sub Rs 15,000 guide. In the current list of best smartphones under Rs 12,000, we have eight smartphones six different brands with Micromax leading the pack. 

The phones in this segment have gotten better thanks to some aggressive pricing and also some price cuts on older phones. However, due to the sudden hike in the price, some of the phones have which were priced under Rs 12,000 have now gone up. 

These phones are best suited for light to moderate regular usage as they come with chipsets that aren't meant for heavy usage. Though we have a few phones with really good chipsets and phones with 6GB+128GB combo under Rs 12,000. We also have a few phones with a high refresh rate and as always, the budget segment offers a big battery. 

The Micromax In 1 is the current leader in the segment closely followed by Redmi, Realme, Samsung, and Poco. The Moto G30 also makes the cut with its clean Android and big battery features. In the coming days, we are expecting more phones in this segment to spice up the budget phone price bracket. 

What can you expect from a Rs 12,000 phone?

  • Big battery unit
  • High refresh rate screen (on a few)
  • Decent display and performance
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Micromax In 1 review

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Micromax In 1 review

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Micromax In 1 review

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Micromax In 1 review

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Micromax In 1 review

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Micromax In 1 review

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Micromax In 1 review

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Micromax In 1 review

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Micromax In 1

Specifications
Display: 6.53-inch, Full HD+, LCD, 60Hz
Processor: MediaTek Helio G80
RAM: 4/6GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Rear cameras: 48+2+2MP
Front cameras: 8MP
Battery: 5000mAh, 18W fast charging
OS: Android 10
Weight: 195g
Thickness: 8.95mm
Reasons to buy
+Competitive specs+Clean Android+Big, bright display
Reasons to avoid
-Runs on Android 10-No ultra-wide camera

One of the two phones in the segment to offer 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, the Micromax In I is the cheapest one on the list with this combination. The device comes with competitive specs and offers one of the cleanest Android experience out there in the market. 

The display claims seem to be spot on, as the large 6.67-inch screen gets plenty bright and sharp for most use scenarios. In the camera department, the device sports a 48MP f/1.79 primary lens. The other two are borderline redundant for most uses. Selfies are handled by an 8MP shooter. 

The Micromax In 1 is also amongst the cheapest devices to offer the MediaTek Helio G80 chipset and handles all things well. Paired with the large 5,000mAh battery and 18W charging, it does seem to tick most of the boxes that an average consumer would look for, in this segment.

For those who want slightly better performance, the Micromax In Note 1 is available for the same price, but that’s the 4+64GB variant. 

Check out Micromax In 1 review

Buy Micromax In 1 on Flipkart

4+64GB: Rs 9,999

6+128GB: Rs 11,499View Deal

realme 7i

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Realme 7i

Specifications
Display: 6.5-inch, HD+, LCD, AMOLED
Processor: Snapdragon 662
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Rear cameras: 64+8+2+2MP
Front cameras: 16MP
Battery: 5000mAh, 18W fast charging
OS: Android 10, Realme UI
Weight: 8.9mm
Thickness: 188g
Reasons to buy
+90Hz refresh rate+Good cameras+Good battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Low res display-Average performance

One of the cheapest phones with a 90Hz screen in India at the launch, the Realme 7i is available for under Rs 12,000. It sports a 6.5-inches HD+ LCD display and the device is powered by a Snapdragon 662 which is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for the base variant. The phone is packed with a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. 

There is a quad-camera setup that includes a primary 64MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide lens followed by a 2MP macro and a 2MP Black and white portrait lens. You also get UIS support on the rear camera setup offering stabilized video recording. Selfies are handled by a 16MP shooter. The phone comes with a physical fingerprint sense housed at the rear panel.

Samsung Galaxy M12

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Samsung Galaxy M12

Specifications
Display: 6.65-inch HD+ LCD, 90Hz
Processor: Exynos 850
RAM: 4/6GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Rear cameras: 48+5+2+2MP
Front cameras: 8MP
Battery: 6000mAh, 15W fast charging
OS: Android 11, One UI 3.1
Weight: 221g
Thickness: 9.7mm
Reasons to buy
+90Hz+Big battery+Decent performan
Reasons to avoid
-Slow charging -Bloatware and spammy notifications 

Currently the cheapest phone in India with a 90Hz screen (after coupon), the Samsung Galaxy M12 is powered by a 7mm Exynos 850 SoC. The base variant is priced at Rs 9,999 right now and the 6+128GB is available for 12,499. The device also packs in a massive 6,000mAh battery and is paired with 15W fast charging. 

Further, there is a 48MP ISOCELL GM2 main camera, a 5MP wide-angle lens followed by a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor. To the front, there is a dew-drop notch that houses the selfie camera of 8MP. The phone runs on One UI 3 Core based on Android 11 out of the box. 

Buy Samsung Galaxy M12 on Amazon

4+64GB: Rs 10,999

6+128GB: Rs 13,499

Rs 1,000 off with couponView Deal

realme narzo 20

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Realme Narzo 20

Specifications
Display: 6.52-inch HD+
Processor: MediaTek G85
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Rear cameras: 48+8+2MP
Front cameras: 8MP
Battery: 600mAh, 18W fast charge
OS: Android 10, Realme UI
Weight: 209g
Thickness: 9.8mm
Reasons to buy
+Battery life+Good performance
Reasons to avoid
-Bulky-Camera

The Realme Nazro 20 is powered by MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core SoC and is backed by a massive 6,000mAh battery unit, the biggest on any Narzo phone yet. Realme is also providing an 18W USB fast charger(Type-C) in the box. 

The Realme Narzo 20 offers a 6.5-inch HD+ screen. The device comes in two storage options with 4GB of RAM and 64/128GB storage. For optics, you get the Samsung GM1 48MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture followed by an 8MP(f/2.3) ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2MP macro shooter with f/2.4 aperture. Selfies are handled by an 8MP shooter. The fingerprint scanner is located at the rear. 

Check out Realme Narzo 20 on Flipkart

4+64GB: Rs 10,499

4+128GB: Rs 11,499View Deal

Poco M3

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Poco M3

Specifications
Display: 6.53-inch, Full HD+
Processor: Snapdragon 662
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Rear cameras: 48+2+2MP
Front cameras: 8MP
Battery: 6000mAh, 18W fast charging
OS: Android 10
Weight: 197g
Thickness: 9.6mm
Reasons to buy
+Cool design+FHD+ display+Big battery
Reasons to avoid
-Runs on Android 10

The Poco M3 is the latest and one of the most affordable Poco device which offers 6GB RAM of RAM for under Rs 12,000. You get 6GB LPDDR4X RAM and up to 128GB UFS 2.2 internal storage. The key highlight of the device apart from the specs is the unique dual-tone finish with a rectangular block that sports the triple camera module and Poco branding. You get the same 6.53-inch Full HD+ display with TÜV Rheinland certified for low-light consumption and Widevine L1 certified to stream HD content. 

Under the hood, the Poco M3 is Snapdragon 662 processor which offers decent performance. The Poco M3 sports a 48MP primary sensor, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth. Selfies are handled by an 8MP shooter. To keep the device running there is a massive 6000mAh battery unit with 18W fast charging support. 

Check out Poco M3 on Flipkart

6+64GB: Rs 10,999

6+129GB: Rs 11,999View Deal

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Moto G30

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Moto G30

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Moto G30

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Moto G30

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Moto G30

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Moto G30

Specifications
Display: 6.53-inch, Full HD+
Processor: Snapdragon 662
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Rear cameras: 48+2+2MP
Front cameras: 8MP
Battery: 6000mAh, 18W fast charging
OS: Android 11
Weight: 197g
Thickness: 9.2mm
Reasons to buy
+Excellent battery life+Stock Android
Reasons to avoid
-Low-res display-Average performance

The Moto G30 is good for its price and certainly beats out its G10 Power sibling, as a fine all-rounder. Save for its stellar battery performance and also the 90Hz screen. Apart from that you also get a stock Android experience with ThinkShield security. On the inside, the Moto G30 is packed with a 5,000mAh battery and is backed by a 15W fast charging(20W in-box). It runs on Android 11 out of the box. 

The device is powered by Snapdragon 662 octa-core chipset and is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage along with support for a microSD card up to 512GB. In terms of camera, the Moto G30 sports a 64MP main sensor with f/1.7 followed by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor. Selfies are handled by a  single 13MP shooter housed in the dew-drop notch. You also get a dedicated Google Assistant button.

Read our Moto G30 review

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Infinix Note 10

Specifications
Display: 6.95" FHD+, 60Hz
Processor: Mediatek Helio G85
RAM: 4/6GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Rear camera: 48+2+2MP
Front camera: 16MP
Battery: 5000mAh, 18W
OS: Android 11
Weight: 205.5g
Thickness: 8.8mm
Reasons to buy
+Large display+Decent perfoeamnce+Battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best cameras -Software experience

The Infinix Note 10 is powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 and is paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It comes with a large 6.95-inch Full HD+ LCD screen, but it misses out on a high refresh rate. 

In the camera department, the Infinix Note 10 sports a 48MP main camera along with two 2MP cameras while the selfies are handled by a 16MP camera. It is backed by a 5,000mAh battery with support for an 18W fast charge. Other features include a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Android 11 OS, dual-band Wi-Fi, headphone jack, and Type-C port. 

Buy Infinix Note 10 on Flipkart

4GB + 64GB: Rs 10,999

6GB + 128GB: Rs 11,999View Deal

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Redmi Note 10

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Redmi Note 10

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Redmi Note 10

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Redmi Note 10

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Redmi Note 10

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Redmi Note 10

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Redmi Note 10

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Redmi Note 10

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Redmi Note 10

Specifications
Display: 6.43-inch, Full HD+, AMOLED, 60Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 678
RAM: 4/6GB LPDDR4X
Storage: 64/128GB UFS 2.0
Rear cameras: 48+8+2+2MP
Front cameras: 13MP
Battery: 5,000mAh, 33W fast charging
OS: Android 11, MIUI 12
Weight: 178.8g
Thickness: 8.2mm
Reasons to buy
+Excellent display+Good performance+Sleek design+Reliable battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Camera needs work-MIUI 12 is still not perfect

The best phone under Rs 12,000 at launch, the Redmi Note 10 received a couple of price hikes which bumped the price to Rs 12,999. If you are a bit flexible spending Rs 1,000 extra, you get a good deal. The Redmi Note 10 comes with a Super AMOLED panel which is excellent and the new Snapdragon 678 is also one of the best budget chipsets we’ve seen in a while. 

As for the optics, the 48MP quad-camera setup on the back performs well in the daylight but struggles in low-light. Selfies come out just above average here. In terms of battery life, the device will easily last a day and to back that up, Redmi is now offering a 33W fast charger in the box. The new Evol design gives the phone a premium look and is light and handy to use. 

Read our Redmi Note 10 review

Check out our Redmi Note 10 on Amazon

4+64GB: Rs 12,899

6+128GB: Rs 14,999View Deal


Best smartphones under Rs 12000 in India

  1. Micromax In 1
  2. Realme 7i
  3. Samsung Galaxy M12
  4. Realme Narzo 20
  5. Poco M3
  6. Moto G30
  7. Infinix Note 10
  8. Redmi Note 10