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Best phones under Rs 10,000 in India for May 2022

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Motorola Moto E40
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If you’re planning to gift someone their first-ever smartphone, then you can have a look at our guide for entry-level Android phones. The following list includes devices that can be used as your secondary phone or a phone for that teenager at home or the grandma or grandpa who may not have tried touch phones to date.

The market for the affordable phones in India is growing aggressively and almost every brand is launching value-for-money devices below Rs.10,000 in India. Most importantly, these phone makers are aware of their budget-conscious consumers

Hence, these new-age affordable phones are quite capable and come with exciting features - including an HD Plus display, multiple cameras, and robust battery capacity. 

You can also expect a good build, fingerprint sensor, and even fast charging in this price segment. While these can’t compete with the biggies in the market, they can still offer reasonably good performance for regular usage. The chipsets used are effective enough to let the user multitask and take good pictures. 

This price segment includes all the 4G capable low-cost phones. Note that the 5G hasn’t gone fully commercial and it will take longer for the services to penetrate tier-3 cities and rural areas of the country where the sale of entry-level phones is considerably high.

There is no dearth of choices when it comes to buying an affordable smartphone in this price segment. However, finding the best ones could become a tad overwhelming. That’s why we have compiled a list containing the best options that you can decide to buy. The list includes phones from Samsung, Moto, Realme and Poco.

Samsung Galaxy M12

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Samsung Galaxy M12

Specifications

Display: 6.5inch HD+, LCD, 90Hz
Processor: Exynos850
RAM: 4GB, 6GB
Storage: 64GB / 128GB
Rear camera: 48MP+5MP+2MP+2MP
Front camera: 8MP
Battery: 6000mAh, 15W
OS: Android 11
Weight: 210g
Thickness: 9.7mm

Reasons to buy

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Competitive specs
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Android updates
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Massive battery

Reasons to avoid

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Plastic body
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Slow charging

The Galaxy M12 is one of the only few phones in this lineup to sport a 90Hz refresh rate. This budget Android phone comes with a large 6.5-inches display with a high refresh rate and a massive 6000 maH battery to power the unit.

Though the large battery only supports 15W charging over the Type C port, however, against the modern trend, Samsung is shipping a charger in the box.

The phone comes with an Exynos 850 SoC which can be seen in various new mid-range phones from the company. It is available in a 4GB/64GB variant and has a 6GB/128GB variant. Though the top-end variant is priced slightly higher than Rs. 10,000, however, if you apply card discounts, you might get it under Rs. 10,000.

The phone comes with a quad-camera setup with a primary 48MP camera coupled with a 5MP and a couple of 2MP snappers to go along with.

The phone ships with Android 11 out of the box and you can expect at least three years of software updates from Samsung. 

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Poco M2 Reloaded

Specifications

Display: 6.53-inch FHD+
Processor: Mediatek Helio G80
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Rear camera: 13+8+5+2MP
Front camera: 8MP
Battery: 5000mAh, 18W
OS: Android 10, MIUI 12
Weight: 198g
Thickness: 9.1mm

Reasons to buy

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Full HD+ display
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Good performance 

Reasons to avoid

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Still on Android 10
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No fast charger in box

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. 

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Samsung Galaxy F12

Specifications

Display: 6.5inch HD+, LCD, 90Hz
Processor: Exynos850
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Rear camera: 48MP+5MP+2MP+2MP
Front camera: 8MP
Battery: 6000mAh, 15W
OS: Android 11
Weight: 221g
Thickness: 9.7mm

Reasons to buy

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Competitive specs
+
Android updates
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Massive battery

Reasons to avoid

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Plastic body
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Slow charging

The Samsung Galaxy F12 is primarily the Galaxy M12, but this one is only available on Flipkart and only comes in a 4GB/64GB option.

Rest everything seems to be the same  - including the same Octa-core Exynos 850 SoC, 6000 mAh battery with 15W charging, Quad camera setup with a primary 48MP sensor.

In case you're loyal to Flipkart and want to purchase a phone below Rs. 10,000, then the Galaxy F12 could be an ideal device for you.

Buy Galaxy F12 from Flipkart

Price Rs. 9499

Motorola Moto E40

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Moto E40

Specifications

Display: 6.5-inch LCD display
Processor: Octa-core Unisoc T700
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Rear camera: 48MP+2MP+2MP
Front camera: 8MP
Battery: 5000mAh, 18W fast charge
OS: Android 11

Reasons to buy

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90Hz HD display
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IP52 rating
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Dedicated Google Assistant button

Reasons to avoid

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Average cameras
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Slow charging

Motorola managed to contribute in the below Rs. 10,000 phone category this year with its E-series phone. The phone dubbed Moto E40 includes some interesting specifications for the price. It has an HD display with a 90Hz refresh. It is IP52 rated and has a dedicated Google Assistant button as well for quick assistance.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by an octa-core Unisoc T700 clocked at 1.8GHz, paired with 4GB RAM. The phone includes 64GB of onboard storage that can be expanded further using a microSD card. 

It is fueled by a 5,000mAH battery, which is considerably large to run for longer usage. However, it doesn't include fast charging. The phone has received an overall good reception from those who bought it. 

Realme C31

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Realme C31

Specifications

Display: 6.52-inch HD, LCD, 60Hz
Processor: Unisoc T612
RAM: 3GB / 4GB
Storage: 32GB / 64GB
Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP + 0.3MP
Front camera: 5MP
Battery: 5,000mAh, 10W
OS: Android 11
Weight: 197g
Thickness: 8.43 mm

Reasons to buy

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Battery life
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Design

Reasons to avoid

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Rear camera
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Only 10W charging

The Realme C31 is an affordable Android phone that is aimed at users looking to upgrade from a feature phone to a smartphone. 

The phone comes with a large touch screen display, a triple camera setup at the back and a 5000 mAh battery that should ideally last for a day.

Powering the phone is a UniSoc T612 SoC that is coupled with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage

Jitendra has been working in the Internet Industry for the last 7 years now and has written about a wide range of topics including gadgets, smartphones, reviews, games, software, apps, deep tech, AI, and consumer electronics.