There are dozens of smartphones under Rs 10,000 – most with Android operating system, while a few others come with BlackBerry and Windows Phone operating system. Moreover, their features seem identical and the phones are also priced very close to each other. Thus it is quite difficult to choose one.
After careful consideration, we selected the five best smartphones that are currently available for less than Rs 10,000 in India. While selecting these phones we considered the minute details of their specification sheet. Most emphasis was given to performance, battery,and camera. But note that these phones were selected on the basis of the features they come with and their performance in real life may vary.
Currently it is the cheapest Windows Phone 8 based smartphone and is available for around Rs 7,500. Not only the brand of Nokia, but Lumia 520 has several pluses that elevated it to this list of The Mobile Indian.
Launched in May this year Nokia Lumia 520 comes with a 4 inch touchscreen. The IPS-LCD display has 800 x 480 pixel resolution, which translates to a good 233.24 ppi pixel density. Lumia 520 comes in red, yellow, white, cyan and black colours and looks gorgeous in all the versions.
It has a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core processor, which runs on Windows Phone 8 operating system and 512 MB RAM. This does not look very good alongside Android phones, which come with quad core processors and 1 GB RAM, but the Nokia Lumia 520 is consistently smooth and has slick hardware, as we earlier mentioned in our review.
Another highlight of Lumia 520 is its storage – it comes with 8 GB ROM and a 64 GB micro SD card slot. Most Android handsets under Rs 10,000 come with 4 GB ROM and a 32 GB expandable storage facility. Lumia 520 also has a decent 5 megapixel camera but it misses out on a front camera and flash. The 9.9 mm thick Lumia 520, which weighs only 124 grams, also comes armed with a single SIM slot, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS with Glonass and A-GPS support. Besides, it has a set of exclusive Nokia applications like Nokia Maps, Nokia Mix Radio etc.
To read its performance in detail you can check out our review here.
Though available for around Rs 9,000, this handset has impressive features. First of all it comes with a 4.5 inch IPS-LCD display with decent 540 x 960 pixel (qHD) resolution. Its display is made with OGS (One Glass Solution) technology, which is hailed for its clear output and anti-fingerprint properties. Besides, it has Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, and 1 GB RAM.
Xolo Q700 has 4 GB internal storage but you can use a 32 GB micro SD card in its expandable storage slot. It has a 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash while in its front it houses a 0.3 megapixel camera. The Xolo Q700 has a 2400 mAh battery, which is said to provide 17 hours of 2G talktime and 16 hours on 3G.
You can read the full review here.
Spice Coolpad 2 Mi-496
Though we haven’t reviewed it, we had to consider this device since it is the cheapest smartphone from a renowned brand to come with 1 GB RAM. It is available for Rs 5,999. Spice Coolpad 2 also has a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, which indicates decent performance.
However, the Spice Coolpad 2 has a 4.5 inch display unlike the 5 inch display of Coolpad. Besides, the Coolpad 2 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, 1700 mAh battery, dual SIM slot, 4 GB ROM, 32 GB micro SD card slot, WiFi and Bluetooth.
It is the biggest phone in this list. The Canvas Doodle A111 comes with a huge 5.3 inch touchscreen, but the display has only 480 x 854 pixel resolution. This dual SIM smartphone has Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system, a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, but only 512 MB RAM. Like others in this list, it has 4 GB ROM and 32 GB expandable storage facility.
However, it has an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera. The Micromax Canvas Doodle A111 has a 2100 mAh battery, which is said to provide 6 hours of back up.
Lenovo Ideaphone A706
It comes with a 4.5 inch display with 480 x 854 pixel resolution. Lenovo Ideaphone A706 has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB ROM and a 32 GB expandable storage slot.
Besides, the phone has 2000 mAh battery that is said to provide 16 hours of 2G talktime and 14 hours on 3G. This dual SIM handset is 10.4 mm thick and has WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS as well.