Best Smartphones Under Rs. 10,000 in India 2016

Best Smartphones Under Rs. 10,000 in India 2016

Last Modified On: 08 April

The smartphones under Rs. 10,000 category is the new battleground in the Indian market. The year 2015 was a big year for Indian smartphone market as all the major companies focused just on entry-level and budget smartphones.

In the recent times, we have seen many of the high-end smartphones with solid build quality, good battery life and great user experience at under Rs. 10,000 range. A big trend that we saw was companies launching their products based just on consumer satisfaction, but this trend of providing the best, have made it more difficult for the consumers to decide, which one is actually the best smartphone below Rs. 10,000 for them. So to help you with this problem, we have made a list of Top 10 smartphones under Rs. 10,000 range.

So, let’s check out the top 10 smartphones under Rs. 10,000.

Moto G 3rd Gen (8 GB)

A few years ago, Motorola slightly faded away from the Indian market due to less response and reduced sales. Motorola achieved huge success in India with its “moto” smartphone series including Moto G, Moto E and Moto X and Moto G (Gen 1,2,3). It has been the highest selling product across any category of smartphones.

The Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen was launched on 28th July, 2015 with 8 GB and 16 GB variants. It is one of the best designed smartphones under Rs. 10,000. The smartphone features a much improved 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera which is better than its predecessor.

In terms of durability, the smartphone is scratch and water resistant which is an important factor as none of the smartphones under Rs. 10,000 offer water-resistance. Plus, you can expect to get a well over a day’s battery life, just like the earlier Motorola Smartphones. Overall, if you want a waterproof, durable handset with great battery life, Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen is the phone that you should invest in.

Key Specs

Tentative Price: Rs. 9,999

Processor: Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410, Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53

Display: 5.0 inches (720 x 1280p), Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Memory: 1/2 GB RAM

Storage: 8/16 GB

Camera: Primary: 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, Secondary: 5 MP, auto-HDR

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE

OS: Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), planned upgrade to v6.0 (Marshmallow)

Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2470 mAh battery

Dimensions: 142.1 x 72.4 x 11.6 mm

Weight: 155 g

SIM: Micro-SIM

Colour Variants: Black, White

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (16GB)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (16GB)

Xiaomi’s Redmi series has been popular in the Indian market. The low prices and good features really set the models apart and other Indian smartphone giants found it difficult to compete with due to the affordability of the device and the high end features that it offered.

Last November, the company launched Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and it was highly successful. Starting with the design, the Redmi Note 3 boasts a premium metallic design and excellent build quality. The moment you take it out of the box, the Redmi Note 3 looks and feels incredibly premium, especially in gold. The phone has a 5.5 inches Full HD display with 401 ppi pixel density and very good display quality. This Dual SIM Dual Standby phone runs on MIUI 7 interface overlaid on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS. The Redmi Note 3 is powered by the newly launched Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Processor which has 6 cores, out of which four are 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 and the remaining two cores are 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72. The processors are more than capable of delivering high performance. The Redmi Note 3 is the world’s first ever smartphone that packs a Snapdragon 650 processor which is very powerful and delivers performance better than most flagship devices. The phone is equipped with a 16 MP rear camera and a 5 MP selfie camera. The smartphone is backed by a 4050 mAh battery which easily lasts for a day (sometimes giving 24+ hours of usage). Considering the price of Redmi Note 3, the phone is a perfect choice for those looking for a smartphone under Rs. 10,000.

Key Specs

Tentative Price: Rs. 9,998

Processor: Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72, Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650

Display: 5.5 inches Full HD (1080 x 1920p)

Memory: 3 GB RAM

Storage: 32 GB

Camera: Primary: 16 MP, Secondary: 5 MP, 1080p

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE

OS: Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)

Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery

Dimensions: 150 x 76 x 8.7 mm

Weight: 164 g

SIM: Dual SIM (Micro-SIM/Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Colour Variants: Silver, Grey, Gold

Lenovo A7000

Lenovo A7000

The Lenovo A7000 was launched last April at the Mobile World Congress which left everyone quite impressed due to the amazing feature that it offered. The beautiful display, meaty battery, smooth user interface and powerful processor, the A7000, aptly fulfils the checklist for a great smartphone.

Lenovo A7000 sports a 5.5 inch HD display and has the Vibe UI over Android 5.0 lollipop. This is a large phone, measuring 152.6 x 76.2 x 7.9mm, but it only weighs 140g. The device is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek processor coupled with a 2 GB RAM, which is sufficient to handle most of the heavy games and smooth multitasking. This dual-SIM phablet supports 4G LTE connectivity and comes equipped with an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Lenovo has backed up the A7000 with 2900 mAh battery which, the company claims, lasts for 10 hours and 58 minutes.

The Lenovo A7000 is a great smartphone for gaming and for general usage and with the 8GB internal storage, expandable to 32GB, a 2900mAh battery and a 8 MP rear camera, this phone is a great choice for people who are looking for a decent smartphone under Rs. 10,000.

Key Specs

Tentative Price: Rs. 9,790

Processor: Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53, Mediatek MT6752m

Display: 5.5 inches Full HD (720 x 1280p)

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Storage: 8 GB expandable to 32 GB

Camera: Primary: 8 MP, Secondary: 5 MP

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP

OS: Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)

Battery: Removable Li-Po 2900 mAh battery

Dimensions: 152.6 x 76.2 x 8 mm

Weight: 140 g

SIM: Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)

Colour Variants: Onyx Black, Pearl White, Yellow

Lenovo K3 Note

Lenovo K3 Note - Smartphones Under 10,000

The Lenovo K3 Note was the first phone to provide Full HD Display at the time it was launched and it generated a considerable amount of popularity in the smartphone market. Lenovo has tried well to make the phone look very simple and decent, which works in its favour.

On the specs sheets alone, the Lenovo K3 Note is an incredibly appealing device. It comes in the very entry level point of the android market and is priced under Rs. 10,000. The phone packs a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP Front camera. The picture quality of both the cameras are pretty decent but not the best you will get in this price range. It is a powerful dual-SIM phablet with a 2900mAh battery. Overall, the phone looks great and offers a complete package and delivers the great user experience in the price category. Though Lenovo K3 Note is facing a tough competition from the newly launched smartphones under Rs. 10,000 but, it is still a great choice in this price range.

Key Specs

Tentative Price: Rs. 9,999

Processor: Octa-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53, Mediatek MT6752

Display: 5.5 inches Full HD Display (1080x1920p)

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Storage: 16 GB expandable up to 32 GB

Camera: Primary: 13 MP (4128x3096p), dual tone LED flash, Secondary: 5 MP

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE

OS: Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)

Battery: Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

Dimensions: 152.6 x 76.2 x 8 mm

Weight: 150g

SIM: Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)

Colour: Onyx Black, Pearl White, Laser Yellow

XOLO Black 1X

XOLO Black 1X

The domestic handset brand Xolo has launched a new budget smartphone, the Xolo Black 1X. It is a recent addition to its flagship “Black” series and a successor of Xolo Black. The phone is heavily loaded with the top notch features and is one of the best smartphones under Rs. 10,000.

The first look at the phone will convince you that it is different from every other smartphone, as it has got metallic sides, leather finish on the top and the bottom, and glass on the back. This is what gives the phone a premium look. The build quality of the phone is very good. It weighs just 125g and has a thickness of 7.6mm. This is also the first smartphone to offer 3 GB of RAM at this price. Overall, this is a powerful device with good body design and great features. It can be a really good choice for potential buyers who want to buy a good smartphone below Rs. 10,000.

Key Specs

Tentative Price: Rs. 9,499

Processor: Octa-core 1.3 GHz, Mediatek MT6753

Display: 5.0 inches Full HD (1080 x 1920p)

Memory: 3 GB RAM

Storage: 32 GB expandable up to 128 GB

Camera: Primary: 13 MP (4128 x 3096p), Secondary: 5 MP, LED flash

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth, microUSB v2.0

OS: Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop), upgradable to v6.0 (Marshmallow)

Battery: Li-Po 2400 mAh battery

Dimensions: 144.6 x 72 x 7.6 mm

Weight: 125g

SIM: Dual SIM

Colour: Black

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL

The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is the latest addition to the Asus Zenfone 2 line up. This smartphone under Rs. 10,000 does not come with record-breaking specs, but it does carry one of the best cameras in this price bracket.

The phone comes with a lot of interesting features and the most important of them is its name, ‘Laser’. The 13 MP rear camera is coupled with a laser auto-focus with the focus speed of 0.3 seconds, which focuses on the object by shooting out an IR laser that falls on the object and gets reflected back to the camera. It lets the camera focus faster and with higher accuracy, thereby improving the image quality as well. Overall, it is a great stylish phone with good cameras, decent performance and good battery life.

Key Specs

Tentative Price: Rs. 9,999

Processor: Quad-core Cortex-A53, Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410

Display: 5.5 inches HD display (720 x 1280p), Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Storage: 16 GB expandable up to 128 GB

Camera: Primary: 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, Secondary: 5 MP, autofocus

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, EDR

OS: Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)

Battery: Li-Po 3000 mAh battery

Dimensions: 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.8 mm

Weight: 170 g

SIM: Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)

Colour: Black, White, Red, Silver, Gold

Meizu M2 Note

Meizu M2 Note

Meizu is another Chinese smartphone brand which recently entered the India market. It has upgraded its M1 Note with the M2 Note. The new device packs some really good features at a very low price. The design of the phone looks good and the build quality is great too. It seems like the phone has taken inspiration from the iPhone 5c in terms of aesthetics and overall design. The phones look great, the user interface is easy, good battery life and good camera quality make the phone a great smartphone below Rs. 10,000.

Key Specs

Tentative Price: Rs. 9,999

Processor: Octa-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53, Mediatek MT6753

Display: 5.5 inches Full HD (1080 x 1920p)

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Storage: 16 GB expandable up to 128 GB

Camera: Primary: 13 MP (4208 x 3120p), Secondary: 5 MP, 1080p

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE

OS: Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)

Battery: Non-removable 3100 mAh battery

Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.2 x 8.7 mm

Weight: 149 g

SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Colour: Gray, White, Blue, Pink

Yu Yureka Plus

Yu Yureka Plus

The Yu phones are the only smartphones available in India which comes pre-installed with CyanogenMod OS. The company recently launched the Yu Yureka Plus which is the successor to the Yureka. However, nothing much has changed and it’s essentially more or less the same device.

The Yu Yureka Plus has a sturdy design and build quality. Talking about the build quality and design, it is more or less identical to the original Yureka with the same shape, same dimension and same weight. The difference in the resolution of the phones which is bumped up to Full HD Display and the improved Sony sensor with the camera provides a great picture quality. Overall, it is an improved device from its predecessor, providing great user experience, great camera and good built quality to be a great smartphone below Rs. 10,000 price range.

Key Specs

Tentative Price: Rs. 8,999

Processor: Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53, Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615

Display: 5.5 inches Full HD Display (1080x1920p)

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Storage: 16 GB expandable up to 32 GB

Camera: Primary: 13 MP (4208x3120p), Secondary: 5 MP

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP

OS: Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.1 (Lollipop)

Battery: Li-Po 2500 mAh battery

Dimensions: 154.8 x 78 x 6-8.5 mm

Weight: 154g

SIM: Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)

Colour: Moondust Gray, Alabaster White

Coolpad Note 3

Coolpad Note 3

Coolpad Note 3 is the latest offering by Coolpad in the under-10k price range. This smartphone packs a lot of features and specs for its price value. The Coolpad Note 3 is the cheapest smartphone with a fingerprint scanner and a 3 GB RAM.

The Coolpad Note 3 offers higher mid-range specification for a very low budget. The most interesting feature is the finger print scanner, which can be used to quickly unlock the device and protect the installed apps. The phone looks pretty decent with the really slim bezels around the screen and simple design with the plastic body. To make the phone stable, Coolpad has put an aluminium frame under the hood. So, overall the Coolpad Note 3 offers a full package of decent features and specs. The only features that make it different from other smartphones is the fingerprint sensor. So if you really need a fingerprint sensor in your device, then this is the smartphone for you.

Key Specs

Tentative Price: Rs. 8,999

Processor: Octa-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53, Mediatek MT6753

Display: 5.5 inches HD display (720x1280p)

Memory: 3 GB RAM

Storage: 16 GB expandable up to 64 GB

Camera: Primary: 13 MP (4128x3096p), Secondary: 5 MP

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP

OS: Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)

Battery: Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

Dimensions: 151 x 77 x 9.3 mm

Weight: 155g

SIM: Dual SIM

Colour: White

Samsung Galaxy On7

Samsung Galaxy On7

Samsung has recently launched two new devices in the Galaxy On series, the Galaxy On5 and the Galaxy On7. The company is pushing these new models as a value-for-money device to regain its lost grounds in the budget smartphones segment.

The Samsung Galaxy On7 is the most powerful device out of the two. The typical Samsung design with the plastic body makes the phone look decent and weigh lighter. It has a leather-like textured back panel and the beautiful side bezels that hold down the 5.5 inch HD screen. The build quality of the phone is decent too. The device supports 4G network and the storage is expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card. The best part is the phone has a high capacity 3000mAh removable battery.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy On7 packs all the decent specs and features but still it is far back in the competitive market offerings at the same price. But it is still a great choice if you want a Samsung smartphone below Rs. 10,000 price range.

Key Specs

Tentative Price: Rs. 10,190

Processor: Quad-core 1.2 GHz

Display: 5.5 inches HD display (720x1280p)

Memory: 1.5 GB RAM

Storage: 8 GB

Camera: Primary: 13 MP (4128x3096p), Secondary: 5 MP

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP

OS: Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)

Battery: Li-Ion 3000 mAh removable battery

Dimensions: 151.8 x 77.5 x 8.2 mm

Weight: 172 g

SIM: Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)

Colour: White, Black

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime is the first made in India smartphone for Xiaomi. The phone comes with 4.7 inches of HD display with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat skinned with MIUI 6.0 software. The smartphones come with two enhanced features, namely 2 GB RAM (increased from 1GB in the previous model) and 16GB of internal storage (doubled from the previous model as well). Everything else remains the same as the original Redmi 2. Redmi Prime 2 offers 4G connectivity, an impressive camera, solid performance and great user experience, making the device worth a look when you want to buy the smartphones below Rs. 10,000.

Key Specs

Tentative Price: Rs. 6,999

Processor: Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53, Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410

Display: 4.7 inches HD display (720x1280p)

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Storage: 16 GB expandable up to 32 GB

Camera: Primary: 8 MP (3264x2448p), Secondary: 2 MP (720p)

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE

OS: Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat)

Battery: Li-Po 2200 mAh battery

Dimensions: 134 x 67 x 9 mm

Weight: 133g

SIM: Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)

Colour: White, Dark grey

If you feel that some other phone should be included in this list, please let us know in the comment section below. You can even check out our list of latest Smartphones Under Rs. 15,000 and Smartphones Under Rs. 20,000.

  • Nithin Sai

    i would pick xiomi note 3 or asus zenfone 2 both are pretty awesome. at present i am using lenovo a6000+ and which is just a crap…….so i will not go towards lenovo handsets anymore……………for me the asus zenfone offers a very good quality of camera and same goes with the xiomi note 3………