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Best phones under Rs 12,000 in India for August 2019

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Thanks to the ever-increasing competition in the budget smartphone segment in India, Indian smartphone buyers have never had it this good, especially in the sub-Rs 15,000 segment. There are options from several companies if you’re looking for a good smartphone under Rs 15,000, but options under Rs 12,000 can be a little limited and confusing.

If you are looking for best phones under Rs 12,000 in India, we have prepared a list that is tailored for your needs.

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Honor 10 Lite

Weight: 162g | Dimensions: 154.8 x 73.6 x 8 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.21-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Kirin 710 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3400mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP | Front camera: 24MP

Want a budget smartphone that looks like a premium smartphone? The Honor 10 Lite should be on your list, then. Sporting a gradient glass back design and a waterdrop notch, the Honor 10 Lite punches much higher than its price tag would otherwise suggest.

The Honor 10 Lite offers some important upgrades in terms of power and cameras over the Honor 9 Lite. This coupled with a fabulous design and the aggressive starting price of Rs 10,999 make it a very noteworthy addition in this list.

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Xiaomi Mi A2

Android One for the Xiaomi fans

Weight: 166g | Dimensions: 158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 5.99-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: Snapdragon 660 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 20MP | Front camera: 20MP

Xiaomi offers great value for money with its hardware, but its MIUI skin has its share of critics. For such users, the company has a line up of Android One smartphones that offer the stock Android experience coupled with the value for money factor that Xiaomi smartphones are known for.

The Mi A2 might seem a little old at this point, but if you are looking for that smooth, stock Android experience under Rs 12,000, the Mi A2 is what you need.

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

Just like its successor, the Honor 9 Lite features a great design, giving it a very premium look that belies the price.

The 18:9 aspect ratio display is vibrant and is reason enough to buy this phone. It also has a quad-camera setup, making it a good option for those who want a decent camera experience in this price range. There's no fast charge support, which could be a deal breaker for some, but at this price, there is little to complain about.

Read the full review: Honor 9 Lite review

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S

Solid specs, strong camera and affordable price

Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 660 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP

Value for money
Good battery life

The Redmi Note 7S replaces the Redmi Note 7 and offers 48MP camera under Rs 10,000. It features the same gradient glass back design, waterdrop notch and a bright high-quality display at the same time.

When you also consider the massive 4,000mAh battery and the updated MIUI skin, the Redmi Note 7S sounds like a very good proposition.

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Xiaomi Redmi 7

Doesn't feel like a sub 10k phone

Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 158.7 x 75.6 x 8.5 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.26-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1520 | CPU: Snapdragon 632 | RAM: 2/3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 2MP | Front camera: 8MP

Huge display
Value for money
Average camera

Xiaomi has a slew of options for users across several price ranges. The standard Redmi series slots in the sub-Rs 10,000 range, sometimes conflicting with the base Redmi Note phones and the entry-level Redmi A series.

Nevertheless, this offers another option for buyers looking for a smartphone under Rs 12,000. The Redmi 7 sports a gradient design and a waterdrop notch, which can be an enticing set of features at a starting price of Rs 7,499.

The smart design, coupled with a massive 4,000mAh battery and a price tag of Rs 7,499 make the Redmi 7 an unmissable option in this range.

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Samsung Galaxy M20

Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 156.4 x 74.5 x 8.8 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Exynos 7904 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 5MP | Front camera: 8MP

Premium build
Dual camera setup

Samsung has been trying to reinvent itself in the budget segment for a while now, and the Galaxy M series is a good testament of the company's efforts. The Galaxy M20 offers a good balance between power, performance and battery life.

The Galaxy M20’s understated, minimalist design coupled with the waterdrop notch, a bright display and the massive battery help it get into this list. If you want a Samsung phone under Rs 12,000, the Galaxy M20 is a good option.

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Realme 3

Weight: 175g | Dimensions: 156.1 x 75.6 x 8.3 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.22-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1520 | CPU: Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 4230mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP | Front camera: 13MP

Premium design
Performance

The Realme 3 is a fabulous looking device, mostly thanks to the stunning blue and black gradient design on the back. While the bezels look a bit too thick on the front, the Realme 3 is a looker.

The camera experience is average, and some users may not take too well to ColorOS, but the Realme 3 is a noteworthy option nonetheless. The large battery coupled with a HD+ resolution display and a mid-range processor should give you a two-day battery life with normal usage.