There are a plethora of options available in the smartphone market, which makes a tad difficult job for the potential customers to get the best from the rest. That's why we have handpicked the top smartphones that have performed well in our testing and are fairly popular among users.
Smartphones under Rs 10,000 are like hot pancakes in India. This is one segment which witnesses having consumer buying month after month but as luck would have it this smartphone category has a plethora of options, which makes a tad difficult job for the potential customers to get the best from the rest. But, you don't need to worry anymore. We have handpicked the top five smartphones that performed well in our testing and are fairly popular among users. So, without further ado, here is the list of top 5 budget smartphones that you can buy under Rs 10,000 right now.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (3GB + 32GB)
Asus has been making a lot of noise lately in the budget smartphone market and rightly so. The Taiwanese manufacturer went into a refresh mode last summer and launched the Zenfone Max Pro M1 for a starting price of Rs 10,999 in India. Since then the device has been received quite well and matched Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphones as its competitor. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 recently received a permanent price cut and currently sells at Rs 9,999 for the 3GB RAM variant.
To recall, the Zenfone Max Pro (M1) features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels, 450 nits brightness, 15000:1 contrast ratio and 85 per cent NTSC colour gamut. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor along with Adreno 509 GPU, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The device features a dual-camera setup at the rear, which comes with a combination of 13-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, 5 element lens, 80-degree wide angle lens, while there is a 5-megapixel secondary sensor for bokeh effects. There’s an 8-megapixel front-facing camera f/2.0 aperture, 85.5 wide angle lens and 26mm focal length. The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with near stock experience and it features a 5000mAh battery with a 10W charger.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (3GB + 32GB)
Next up is Xiaomi’s entry-level Redmi 6 Pro smartphone which was launched in September last year at Rs 10,999 for the 3GB RAM variant. However, the Redmi device only recently received a price cut bringing down its price to Rs 9,999.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro has a 5.84-inch full-HD+ (1080x2280 pixels) notched display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC with an Adreno 506 GPU. For storage, it has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) It has a dual rear camera with a combination of 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor for selfies. The smartphone 4,000mAh battery and runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.
Nokia 3.1 Plus (3GB + 32GB)
The Nokia 3.1 Plus was launched in India for Rs 11,499 in October last year. But last week, HMD Global slashed the price of the device by Rs 1,500 and it will now be available for Rs 9,999. The Nokia 3.1 Plus can be purchased at the mentioned price at the Nokia Store but can be availed for cheaper through Flipkart and Amazon.
The Nokia 3.1 Plus comes with a 6.0-inch HD+ display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The device is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. For optics, the Nokia 3.1 Plus features a dual-camera setup with a combination of 13-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1.12-micron pixel size and a monochrome 5-megapixel lens. There’s an 8-megapixel shooter with f/2.2 aperture and 1.12-micron pixel size for the front-facing sensor. The phone runs on a stock Android 8.1 Oreo and is a part of the Android One program. It is backed by a 3500mAh battery.
Asus Zenfone Max M2 (3GB + 32GB)
While Asus sells its older Zenfone Max Pro M1 at Rs 9,999, it also sells its more recently launched Zenfone Max M2 smartphone for the exact same price tag. The Zenfone Max M2 was introduced last month alongside the Zenfone Max Pro M2 and is exclusively available on Flipkart for a price of Rs 9,999.
The Asus Zenfone Max M2 features a 6.3-inch HD+ display with a screen resolution of 1520 x 720 pixels. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor along with Adreno 506 GPU, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The phone is backed by a 4000mAh battery and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. The phone has a dual rear camera setup of 13-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 26mm focal and LED flash and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. For the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, LED flash and 26mm focal length.
Realme C1 (2GB + 6GB)
The Realme C1 was announced in India back in September but was recently made available for open sale on Flipkart. The device comes in a single variant with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage and is priced at Rs 7,499 after its price was hiked two months ago.
The Realme C1 features a 6.2-inch notch Fullscreen display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. It has Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The phone comes with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and 2-megapixel secondary sensor. For the front, there is a 5-megapixel shooter for selfies and video calling. It has a 4230mAh battery and it runs on Android 8.1 Oreo, which is based on ColorOS 5.1.