Best phones under Rs 12,000 in India for April 2018

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A good phone under Rs 15,000 isn't very difficult to find nowadays, but the options are limited when the budget is restricted under Rs 12,000. When you look for some good options, there are phones that were first launched at a higher price in early 2017, but are available at a cheaper price today. A good example is the Moto G5 Plus or Honor 6X.

To help you find the right phone for your budget, we have selected the best phones under Rs 12,000. The list contains phones that are old but still lead the segment and some of them have recently been launched at a lower price.

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Honor 9 Lite

The best looking budget phone out there

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

Stunning design
Impressive camera
No fast charge
Cluttered UI

The Honor 9 Lite has everything going for itself in the design department with the shiny 2.5D glass on front and back. It looks just too premium for its price, especially in the Sapphire Blue colour variant. 

The 18:9 aspect ratio display is vibrant and is reason enough to buy this phone. 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. 

Do note that only the 3GB RAM variant will fall under Rs 12K.

Read the full review: Honor 9 Lite review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Solid specs, strong camera and afforadable price

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
Limited to Android Nougat
Dated design

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 continues to recreate the value for money proposition it has been known for. It packs a solid set of specification, a new 18:9 display, hefty battery and a decent display. The only issue with the phone is its old software and design language, which isn't bad, but it is boring. 

Still, for its price, the phone offers the best value under Rs 12,000 when compared to its competitors. 

Read the full review: Redmi Note 5 review

Xiaomi Redmi 5

Doesn't feel like a sub 10k phone

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
Average camera

The Redmi 5 succeeds the Redmi 4 from Xiaomi, and it's 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 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

Moto G5

The best of Motorola's budget line

Weight: 145g | Dimensions: 144.3 x 73 x 9.5mm | OS: Android 7.0 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | CPU: Octa-core 1.4 GHz | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 16GB w/ microSD | Battery: 2,800mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Great camera
Bright, crisp display
Plastic build
No NFC

With a Snapdragon 430 processor and 3GB of RAM, the Moto G5 does make some compromises, but provides decent day-to-day performance. Having the latest version of Android out-of-the-box makes it rare among its competitors. 

The 13MP rear shooter is quite dependable for the sub-12k mark. If you want to be able to take good photos but can't afford to buy a high-end phone, this is a phone you should consider.

The missing fingerprint reader and a flush metal design is an incremental upgrade over its predecessor. 

Read the full review: Moto G5

Honor 6X

Older but better

Weight: 162g | Dimensions: 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Kirin 659 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3340mAh | Rear camera: 12+2MP | Front camera: 8MP

Premium build
Impressive camera
No USB Type-C
Charges slowly

The Honor 6X was the first to bring a dual camera to the mid-range segment. Not just that, the camera onboard the 6X is a pretty good snapper while the slick metal unibody makes it feel like a premium smartphone.

The hardware is not as good as the Redmi Note 4, but still the closest to it than the other competition in this range. For those who want a good camera phone with premium build quality and decent performance, the Honor 6X is pretty good.

Read the full review: Honor 6X