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Best budget phones in India under Rs 10,000 for September 2020

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At the start of 2020, we had a great set of budget phones in India, with players from Realme, Xiaomi, and more offering their devices at competitive pricing with best specs possible for the price. Fast forward H2, 2020, the table has turned a bit: The affordable phones are getting costlier. 

Not only the affordable segment, overall the price of smartphones gradually from April thanks to new GTS rates, lockdown, and the production issues. Since companies keep a low margin in this segment, they have increased prices to keep the company up and running. The smartphones under Rs 10,000 segment now consists of smartphones from Xiaomi, Realme, Motorola, and Nokia. 

These smartphones offer a good overall good user experience with a solid build, great battery life, a pleasing display and an improved camera at very reasonable prices.   

And while there haven't been many launches in the past couple of months, there are several great options when it comes to phones under Rs 10,000. And actually narrowing it down from the tons of options can be a bit overwhelming and confusing. 

Worry not, though, if you want to know the best phones under Rs 10,000 in India, we're here with the answers.

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Redmi 9 Prime

Display: 6.53-inch Full HD+ | Processor: MediaTek Helio G80 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Rear camera: 13MP+8MP+5MP+2MP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 5020mAh, 18W fast charge

Full HD screen
Fast charging
Average 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 which 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. 

Price: Rs 9,999

Check out Redmi 9 Prime on Amazon

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Moto E7 Plus

Display: 6.5-inch HD+ | Processor: Snapdragon 460 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Rear camera: 48MP + 2MP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 5000mAh, 10W charging

Battery
48MP camera
Near stock Android
No fast charging

The new E series device in the town, the Moto E7 Plus comes with a dual-camera setup at the rear backed by a 48MP sensor with f/1.7 and a 2MP secondary camera with f/2.4 for depth sensing. This is also one of the only phones in the segment to offer Night Vision that allows you to capture detailed images even in low light conditions. On the front, the phone has an 8MP selfie shooter.

You are looking at a  6.5-inch Max Vision IPS TFT LCD with HD+ display and the phone is powered by Snapdragon 460 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It is flaunting a massive 5,000 mAh battery with support of a 10W charging solution. 

Price: Rs 9,499

Check out the Moro E7 Plus on Flipkart

Read our Moto E7 Plus review

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Realme C15

Display: 6.5- inches HD+ | Processor: MediaTek Helio G35 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Rear camera: 13MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 6000mAh

Big display,
Massive Battery 
Micro USB port

The new Realme C15 aims to be a battery champ with a massive 6,000mAh battery. A new Super power-saving mode limits the phone’s abilities to a few apps but claims a battery life of 5 hours at just 5%. While the charging takes place over a dated Micro USB port, it does support 18W fast charging as well as reverse charging. 

Further, It features a 6.5- inches HD+ LCD screen. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 chipset, coupled with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage. The Realme C15 houses a quad rear camera setup that consists of a 13MP (f/2.2) primary sensor, an 8MP(f/2.2) ultra-wide-angle sensor, a 2MP(f/2.4) black and white sensor, and a 2MP(f/2.4) retro sensor. While on the front, it has an 8MP sensor with an f/2.0 lens in the waterdrop notch.

Price: Rs 9,999

Check out Realme C15 on Flipkart

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Xiaomi Redmi 8

Display: 6.22-inch HD+ | Processor: Snapdragon 439 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Rear camera: 12MP + 2MP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 5000mAh

Big battery with fast charging, Type-C
Fingerprint scanner
Good design
No Full HD display
Not the most powerful processor

Unsurprisingly, Xiaomi appears on this list once again with its Redmi 8. On paper, it's very similar to the Redmi 8A, with a Snapdragon 439 chipset, a 6.2-inch HD+ display and a big battery. 

It has a glossy back that mimics glass and looks rather premium, offers a dual-camera setup on the back and also provides a physical fingerprint scanner.

The 5,000 mAh battery is one of the biggest in this segment, and the 18W fast charging over USB Type-C will help future-proof this phone.

Price: Rs 9,999

Buy Redmi 8 on Flipkart

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Motorola G8 Power Lite

Display: 6.5-inch HD+ | Processor: MediaTek Helio P35 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Rear camera: 16MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 5000mAh

Stock Android
Battery
Runs on Android 9 Pie

The toned-down version of Motorola G8 Power, the Motorola G8 Power Lite. It is powered by MediaTek Helio P35 SoC. The Moto G8 Power Lite features a 6.5-inch HD+ (729x1,600 pixels) IPS LCD display with a waterdrop-style notch, 20:9 aspect ratio.  

The Moto G8 Power Lite features a 16MP primary sensor with a 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensor. The battery size is here is a 5,000mAh with slower 10W charge. The phone comes with 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via MicroSD card and houses 4GB RAM, the best in the list. It runs on Android 9 Pie with near Stock Android experience.

Price: Rs 8,499

Buy Motorola G8 Power Lite on Flipkart

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Samsung Galaxy M01

Display: 5.7-inch HD+ | Processor: Snapdragon 439 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Rear camera: 13 + 2MP | Front camera: 5MP | Battery: 4000mAh

Battery
Service 
Cameras
Dated processor

The Samsung Galaxy M01 features Snapdrafog 439 chipset, instead of the in-house Exynos chipset. You get 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage with microSD card support up to 512GB. The device houses a dual rear camera with a 13MP f/2.2 primary sensor followed by a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor. To power the device, the handset will feature a 4,000mAh battery with micro USB  interface for charging. There is no support for fast charging either. 

The Galaxy M01 is flaunting a bigger 5.7-inch HD+ TFT LCD Infinity-V panel with a resolution of 1,560 x 720 pixels. The device will come with a dew-drop which holds a 5MP snapper. There is no fingerprint scanner instead, you get face unlock. 

Price: Rs 8,499

Buy Samsung Galaxy M01 on Flipkart | Amazon

Best smartphones under Rs 10,000

DevicePrice
Redmi 9 PrimeRs 9,999
Moto E7 PlusRs 9,999
Realme C15Rs 9,999
Redmi 8Rs 9,999
Moto G8 Power LiteRs 9,999
Samsung Galaxy M01Rs 9,999