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Best phones under Rs 12,000 in India for February 2020

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Thanks to the ever-increasing competition in the budget smartphone segment in India, Indian smartphone buyers have never had it this good, especially in the sub-Rs 15,000 segment. There are options from several companies if you’re looking for a good smartphone under Rs 15,000, but options under Rs 12,000 can be a little limited and confusing.

If you are looking for the best phones under Rs 12,000 in India, we have prepared a list that is tailored to your needs. Expectedly, Realme and Redmi make multiple appearances, with Vivo and Samsung also grabbing a piece of the share.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

Xiaomi's new budget king is here

Weight: 200g | Dimensions: 161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm | OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.53-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: MediaTek G90T | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 4500mAh | Rear camera: 64 + 8 + 2 + 2MP | Front camera: 20MP

Good design
Impressive quad camera
Gaming performance
Dedicated micro SD slot with dual-SIM
18W fast charging
Heavy
Ads in UI

Xiaomi has been delivering blockbusters upon blockbusters with its Redmi Note line up in India, and that seems to be true with the Redmi Note 8 Pro as well. After delivering massive improvements in terms of imaging with the Redmi Note 7 Pro earlier this year, Xiaomi has turned its focus to improving the gaming performance with the Redmi Note 8 Pro.

Powered by the MediaTek Helio G90T chipset, the Redmi Note 8 Pro lives up to the hype and offers fluid performance. The liquid cooling tech, a massive 4,500mAh battery, 18W fast charging and the 64MP quad cameras on the back seal the deal rather well.

Check out our Redmi Note 8 Pro hands-on experience

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Xiaomi Mi A3

Android One for the Xiaomi fans

Weight: 173.8g | Dimensions: 153.5 x 71.9 x 8.5 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.01-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1560 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 665 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 4030mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP

In-display fingerprint sensor
48MP camera with Sony IMX586 sensor
Ample memory and storage
Big battery
720p Pentile AMOLED display

Xiaomi's smartphones have been a hit in the budget segment and that trend has continued for years. However, not everyone is a fan of MIUI and Xiaomi has acknowledged that with the launch of its Android One series of smartphones.

The Mi A3 is the latest in this line of smartphones. It runs on clean, stock Android and should get updates faster than other phones. It also offers a decent camera experience, an in-display fingerprint sensor and a big battery at very aggressive prices, making it a great option if you want all these features.

Read our review: Xiaomi Mi A3

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8

Weight: 190g | Dimensions: 161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 13MP

Good design
Impressive quad camera
18W fast charging
Bulky
Ads in system apps

Xiaomi has established itself in the entry-level and budget segments, making it the leader in the Indian smartphone industry. The Redmi Note 8 takes this tradition further by combining good design and hardware with a great price. You get a very good display, a very good set of quad cameras and a power efficient Snapdragon 665 chipset that offers smooth performance.

Overall, if you are looking for a well balanced budget smartphone under Rs 12,000, the Redmi Note 8 is a good option.

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Samsung Galaxy M20

Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 156.4 x 74.5 x 8.8 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Exynos 7904 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 5MP | Front camera: 8MP

Premium build
Dual camera setup

Samsung has been trying to reinvent itself in the budget segment for a while now, and the Galaxy M series is a good testament of the company's efforts. The Galaxy M20 offers a good balance between power, performance and battery life.

The Galaxy M20’s understated, minimalist design coupled with the waterdrop notch, a bright display and the massive battery help it get into this list. If you want a Samsung phone under Rs 12,000, the Galaxy M20 is a good option.

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Realme 5s

Weight: 198g | Dimensions: 164.4 x 75.6 x 9.3 mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 11600 | CPU: Snapdragon 665 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 13MP

Performance
Big display
Long battery life
48MP quad-camera
Plastic build
Realme UI

Realme continues to bring its high-end features to the mid-range segment, and the Realme 5s is the finest example of this.

Not only does it sport a capable Snapdragon 665 with 4GB of RAM, but also brings Realme's iconic quad-cameras to the mix. This is a 48MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, followed by a 2MP macro shooter and a depth sensor.

Moreover, the big 5,000mAh, combined with the efficient processor and low-res display get this phone to run over a day on a single charge.

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Samsung Galaxy M30

Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 159 x 75.1 x 8.5 mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 pixels | CPU: Exynos 7904 | RAM: 3/4/6GB | Storage: 32/64/128GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 5MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP

Big display
Huge battery
Fast charging support
Average camera performance

The Samsung Galaxy M30 is a beast when it comes to battery life, which is not surprising with a pack rated at 5,000mAh, which is the biggest in this compilation.

It is powered by the Exynos 7904, which is a little underpowered but is the only phone that comes from a top manufacturer, if that affects your buying decision. The rest of the specs include a triple-camera setup, up to 6GB of RAM and 15W fast charging.