Smartphones under Rs. 10,000 have taken giant strides in the past few years, with companies like Xiaomi and Motorola transforming the very definition of entry-level smartphones. This segment is rapidly evolving and changing — with decent Android smartphones getting cheaper and cheaper. Just a few months ago, it was hard to imagine a smartphone under Rs. 6,000 offering a reasonable user experience, but that’s no longer pure fiction.
For this list of best phones under Rs. 10,000, we have restricted ourselves to smartphones that have been reviewed by Gadgets 360, and put through our battery of tests.
Here are our top picks for the best smartphones under Rs. 10,000 — listed in no particular order.
Phone under Rs. 10,000 Gadgets 360 rating Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 8/ 10 Moto G5 7/ 10 Xiaomi Redmi 5 8/ 10 Infinix Hot S3 8/ 10 Xiaomi Redmi 5A 7/ 10 Lenovo K8 Plus 8/ 10 Itel s42 7/ 10
Best phones under Rs. 10,000
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
With a sleek bezel-less design, great battery life, a crisp and vivid display, decent cameras, and stellar build quality, the Redmi Note 5 (Review) makes for a great buy in this price range. It comes with a lot of bloatware pre-installed but that is not enough to dampen its appeal.
It is powered by the efficient Snapdragon 625 processor and comes with an edge-to-edge 5.99-inch display, a 4,000mAh battery, and 32/ 64GB of internal storage, depending your variant of choice. The 3GB RAM variant retails for Rs. 9,999, while the 4GB RAM variant goes beyond the ambit of this article at Rs. 10,999.
The Moto G5 (Review) might be more than a year old but this stalwart still has what it takes to compete with Xiaomi’s latest and greatest. The fast and fluid software package, lack of bloat, premium design, decent cameras, above average performance, and good build quality help it remain a solid option in the under Rs. 10,000 price segment. The Moto G5 can be found on Amazon for anywhere between Rs. 8,300 to Rs. 9,700 depending on your colour of choice.
Having said that, the battery life is quite average and the phone heats up quite a bit. It comes with a 5-inch full-HD display, 3GB of RAM, a 2,800mAh battery and 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded via a microSD card.
Xiaomi Redmi 5
The newest offering in this list offers tremendous value for money. With 3GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 450 processor under the hood, the Redmi 5 (Review) continues Xiaomi’s tradition of offering powerful specifications at an affordable price. The smartphone has great build quality, and lasts a long time on a single charge.
The fact that it runs on an outdated version of Android and has fairly underwhelming cameras dampens its appeal slightly. It is available in three variants — one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage for Rs. 7,999, one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage for Rs. 8,999, and one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for Rs. 10,999 which is priced dangerously close to the superior Redmi Note 5 and is tough to recommend.
Infinix Hot S3
In our review, we noted that the Infinix Hot S3 is one of the most impressive all-rounders out there. It may not have an all-metal build or the most powerful internals, but it more than makes up for that with great battery life, a vivid 18:9 display, competent cameras, and above average battery life.
The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 430 processor and comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. The variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage retails for Rs. 8,999 and offers a lot of bang for the buck. There is another variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage priced at Rs. 10,999 which is a little harder to recommend with the likes of the Redmi Note 5 and Honor 9 Lite offering better value for money.
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
The cheapest smartphone from Xiaomi cements its position in this list of best phones under Rs. 10,000 thanks to solid battery life, good performance, and above average build quality. The Xiaomi Redmi 5A (Review) offers immense value for money and is one of the best entry points into the smartphone world.
The cameras are quite the let-down, but that is excusable given the price point for this smartphone. The variant with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage retails for Rs. 5,999, and the variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage is priced at Rs. 6,999.
Lenovo K8 Plus
For the Lenovo K8 Plus and Lenovo K8 Note, Lenovo ditched its cluttered and bloated Vibe UI in favour of stock Android. In addition to the fast and fluid software package, the K8 Plus has stellar battery life and good performance courtesy the MediaTek Helio P25 processor and 3GB of RAM.
Just like every other phone in this price range, the Lenovo K8 Plus (Review) also comes with a few compromises — the cameras are a bit disappointing and the phone is quite bulky. All in all though, it makes for quite a decent buy. It comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and can be found for Rs. 7,999 online.
The newest smartphone in this list, the Itel S42 (Review) looks sleek and suave and has a vibrant 5.65-inch HD display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is powered by the Snapdragon 425 processor and runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
It is only available in one variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which retails for Rs 8,499. Unlike its closes competitor, the Xiaomi Redmi 5, which is available via both offline and online channels, the Itel S42 can only be purchased from brick and mortar stores.
The 10.or D (Review) offers tremendous value for money but falls just short of the Redmi 5A overall. The 10.or D will appeal to fans of stock Android as it ships with a software package devoid of any extraneous bloat or customisation out of the box. It is available for Rs. 5,999 on Amazon India.
With a sticker price of Rs. 10,999, the Honor 9 Lite (Review) is a great smartphone that falls just outside the ambit of this article. It has a striking glass unibody design, face unlock, a competent dual camera setup at the back and runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with Huawei’s EMUI on top.
Another smartphone worth taking a look at is the InFocus Vision 3 (Review). The smartphone has great build quality, a crisp edge-to-edge 18:9 display and good battery life. That said, its cameras are underwhelming and it has a tendency to heat up under load. It is available for Rs. 6,999 on Amazon.
Road warriors can consider the Smartron t.phone P (Review) which offers excellent battery life courtesy its sizeable 5,000mAh battery. The stellar endurance comes at a cost though as the smartphone has decidedly average cameras.