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Best phones under Rs 10,000 in India for 2022

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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 device for that teenager at home or your grandparents who may not have tried touchscreen smartphones to date.

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

Hence, these new-age affordable smartphones are quite capable and come with exciting features - including an HD Plus display, multiple cameras, and robust battery capacity. Some of the latest smartphones here also come with high refresh rate displays of up to 90Hz.

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. 

Best phones under Rs 10,000

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.

A Moto G22 from the back, on a wooden surface

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Specifications

Display: 6.5-inch HD+, LCD, 90Hz
Processor: MediaTek Helio G37
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB, Up to 1TB via microSD
Rear camera: 50MP+8MP+2MP+2MP
Front camera: 16MP
Battery: 5000mAh, 20W
OS: Android 12
Weight: 185g
Thickness: 8.49mm

Reasons to buy

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Solid build quality
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Very affordable price
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Great battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Dim, low resolution screen
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No 5G connectivity
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Basic camera capabilities

Motorola's Moto G22 is the company's entry-level G-series smartphone. Like any smartphone in this budget, it may be the best device for multitasking. However, the Moto G22 is a smartphone for someone who needs a device for basic messaging and calling purposes.

While the smartphone doesn’t come with the best hardware for mind-blowing intense performance, it can make do for basic internet browsing too. Smartphones in this price range struggle to provide superfast and smooth performance. Multitasking may not be lightning fast like devices priced under Rs 15,000.

Keeping the limitations of the chipset and the rest of the hardware, the smartphone will last you for a good two days. The battery is efficient and you get a 20W fast charger as well. Additionally, you get the latest Android 12 out of the box.

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Rs 10,999

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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 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.

While the smartphone may be priced a tad bit higher than Rs 10,000 at this time, you can take advantage of Flipkart's sale events for discounts and cashback.

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Rs 11,499

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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
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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 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.

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Starts from Rs 11,499

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. 

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Rs. 9,999

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

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Starts from Rs 9,299

Sachin George
Sachin George

A Malayali-Mumbaikar, Sachin found an interest in all things tech while working in the BPO industry, often spending hours in tech blogs. He is a hardcore foodie and loves going on long bike rides. Gaming and watching TV shows are also some of his other hobbies