Best budget smartphones in India 2018: phones under Rs 10,000

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In a dense smartphone market like India, not every consumer is looking to buy a smartphone that comes outfitted with the latest tech. Some of us are looking for smartphones that come at an affordable price and just serve a purpose. 

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 have compiled a list of the best smartphones under Rs 10,000. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (3GB RAM)

The 18:9 display make it to the Redmi

Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 158.5 x 75.5 x 8.1 mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5.99-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP

Value for money
Good battery life
Still runs Android Nougat
Dated design

For just Rs 9,999, the Redmi Note 5 replaces the Note 4 for the top spot. The new phone is an update over its predecessor. It has a new 18:9 display with a slightly better camera and software optimisations. The smartphone has everything that one expects from a phone of this range. 

The Snapdragon 625 with 3GB RAM is good enough to sail you through intensive usage with a phenomenal full day battery life.

Read the full review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review

Honor 9 Lite (32 GB)

Weight: 149g | Dimensions: 151 x 71.9 x 7.6mm | OS: Android 8 Oreo | Screen size: 5.6-inch | Resolution: 2160 x 1080 | CPU: Kirin 659 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP | Front camera: 13MP + 2MP

Vibrant 18:9 display
Premium looks
Latest Android
EMUI is cluttered
Fast charge not supported

Honor's 9 lite looks dapper in the Sapphire Blue colour variant. It has everything going for it in the design department with the shiny 2.5D glass on back and for Rs 10,999, it's one of the better designed smartphones available right now. 

The 18:9 aspect ratio display is vibrant and is reason enough to buy it. It also has a quad-camera setup. The front-facing cameras capture some good pictures while the rear one leaves much to be desired. There's no fast charge support which might be a deal breaker for some.

But for people who can turn a blind eye to these things, the 9 lite is a unique smartphone at this price.

Also read: Honor 9 Lite review

Xiaomi Redmi 5 (3GB RAM)

Pocketsize powerhouse

Weight: 157g | Dimensions: 151.8 x 72.8 x 7.7mm | OS: Android 7.0 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1440 | CPU: Snapdragon 450 | RAM: 2/3/4GB | Storage: 16/32/64GB | Battery: 3300mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP

Huge display
Value for money
Older version of Android
Dated design

The Redmi 5 succeeds the Redmi 4 from Xiaomi. It's is a huge upgrade over its predecessor in terms of display and internals, but the design still remains identical to the older Xiaomi phones. 

It runs Snapdragon 450, which is the latest chipset for budget phones and works pretty well in day to day usage. There are three RAM variants of the phone but the 3GB variant at Rs 8,999 offers the best value for money proposition. Despite of a cut in the battery, it can easily sail you through a full day of usage. The build is solid and new display looks like a great alternative to consume media on the go.  

Read the full review: Xiaomi Redmi 5 review

Xiaomi Redmi 4

Weight: 150g | Dimensions: 139.2 x 70 x 8.7mm | OS: Android 6.0 | 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

Solid design
Great battery life
Still runs Android Marshmallow

Although Xiaomi has now released the Redmi 5 at a same price as the Redmi 4, the Redmi 4 is still an option you can consider. When compared to phones that fall under its league, the Redmi 4 still stands strong with its impressive battery life and decent performance. Those who prefer a compact phone that can get the basics done, the Redmi 4 is still an option. 

The only issue with the phone is its software, which is still stuck on Android Marshmallow. Thankfully Xiaomi has released the latest MIUI 9 for the cover up.

Read the full review: Xiaomi Redmi 4 review

Moto G5

A premium touch arrives on the best-selling budget Android

Weight: 144.5g | Dimensions: 144.3 x 73 x 9.5mm | OS: Android 7.0 Nougat | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 430 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 2800mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Fingerprint sensor
Vibrant HD display
No NFC

Moto’s G series has always been appreciated for offering great specs at affordable price. It seems that Moto only focused on specs and amidst this, the design, somehow took a back seat. But, with Moto G5, the company tried to change the scenario by offering both good looks and specs at an affordable price.

The Moto G5 is the first phone from the smartphone maker which was launched with an aluminum body.  And, along with this, it also has a fingerprint scanner which is again a part of the big change in design which the company introduced last year when it launched Moto G4 Plus.

Though not superior to its predecessors, the Moto G5 is an good performer with decent specs and the new metal body gives it a premium feel.

Read the full review: Moto G5

Redmi Y1

Weight: 153g | Dimensions: 153 x 76.2 x 7.7 mm | OS: Android 7.0 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | CPU: Snapdragon 435 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3080mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 16MP

Front-facing camera
MIUI 9.0
Decent rear camera
Low Battery capacity 

The recently launched Redmi Y1 is the first selfie phone from Xiaomi. It comes with a powerful 16-megapixel front sensor along with the similar Snapdragon 435 processor which is also found in Redmi 4. The phone also falls into same budget smartphone category where the company’s other handsets like Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A are leading the segment.

It comes in two variants – 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage which are priced at Rs 8,999 and Rs 10,999 respectively. Both variants provide the advantage of expanding the storage capacity up to 128GB.

Moto E4 Plus

Big battery phone

Weight: 198g | Dimensions: 155 x 77.5 x 9.55mm | OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1280 x 720 | CPU: Mediatek MT6737M | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Huge battery
Fingerprint scanner
Relatively heavy
Average performance

The Moto E4 Plus is the first to feature a fingerprint sensor in the E-series. The highlight of the phone is its huge 5,000 mAh non-removable battery, which provides tons of power and can last more than a day even with aggressive usage. 

So, if you are a busy smartphone user tired of charging your phone multiple times a day, this handset can fix your battery concerns.

There is also something for the selfie lovers. The company has worked on the 5MP front camera of the, coupled with a LED flash. 

The all-metal design gives it a svelte look and the curved back makes it ergonomic, allowing it to slide easily into your pocket.

Read to know more about Moto E4 Plus