Expensive smartphones are often more interesting from a feature and specification viewpoint, but the real volumes flow in the budget segment. With mobile data becoming more affordable, many more Indians can now afford to get onto the smartphone bandwagon. These days, even affordable smartphones come with all of the features you’d expect to see on more expensive devices, including high-resolution screens, good cameras, fingerprint sensors and 4G connectivity. We’ve put together a list of some of the best affordable smartphones - priced at under Rs. 10,000 - that you can buy today.
Although there have been some interesting recent launches such as the Realme 3, some of best options in this price category have been around for a few months already. We’ve compiled a list of the best smartphones you can buy today at under Rs. 10,000, which includes options from brands such as Asus, Nokia, Honor, Lenovo and Infinix, to name a few. We’ve restricted this list to phones priced at between Rs. 7,000 and Rs. 10,000, and have been reviewed by us here at Gadgets 360.
Take a look at our picks for the best phones under Rs. 10,000 below.
The Micromax In 2b may not be a jack of all trades, but it’s good at a few things, which increases its value over competing smartphones. The phone’s back is made of plastic but is practical in terms of design and does not gather fingerprints and smudges. Its display is sufficiently bright and shows decent colours, keeping in mind its entry-level price tag. In terms of hardware, it goes with the basics, but offers a Unisoc T610 SoC, which has only made it to a few smartphones globally. Surprisingly, the processor turned out to be quite the performer, doing well not just in regular use, but also for some budget gaming, which is unheard of in the entry-level smartphone segment. With Android 11 and no third-party apps and bloatware, the software experience was quite smooth. Camera performance was strictly average and the same can be said about video. The 5,000mAh battery easily got me one and half days’ worth of use with some gaming, which is quite good. Charging was a bit too slow with the bundled 10W charger, and it took over 3 hours to complete the charge.
The Realme Narzo 30A has a dual pattern of sorts with the bottom two-thirds having diagonal lines, while the upper section is plain. You also get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner that is well-positioned and easy to reach. The side-mounted power and volume buttons are conveniently placed too.
The Realme Narzo 30A gets a decently big 6.5-inch display with a tall 20:9 aspect ratio. It has the SIM tray on the left side of the frame and has two Nano-SIM slots and a dedicated slot for storage expansion. The Narzo 30A tips the scales at 207g and is noticeably heavy since packs in a big 6,000mAh battery.
You get a 18W charger which is a neat addition.The Realme Narzo 30A is available in two colour options: Lazer Black and Lazer Blue. You get a more powerful MediaTek Helio G85 SoC that’s paired with either 3GB or 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM, depending on which variant you choose. These variants are paired with 32GB and 64GB of storage respectively. Storage is expandable further upto 256GB using a microSD card.
If this is what your typical usage pattern looks like, then the Narzo 30A should not disappoint. The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner was quick at authentication, and face recognition too did not need more than a single attempt to unlock the smartphone. The Realme Narzo 30A sports a 13-megapixel primary camera and a monochrome portrait camera with an unspecified resolution. At the front, it has an 8-megapixel camera for selfies. The rear camera performance was average in most shooting conditions but the phone did deliver good selfies.
The Moto E40 is a budget smartphone with a big 6.5-inch display. The Moto E40 has a plastic body but it did not feel flimsy. Motorola has also curved the sides of the smartphone, and gripping it is easy. The phone weighs 198g which is felt while holding the smartphone.
The big 6.5-inch LCD panel has an HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by a Unisoc T700 octa-core SoC. This processor is paired with 4GB of RAM, and you also get 64GB of storage and a 5000mAh battery. There are no variants for this phone but storage is expandable by up to 1TB using a microSD card. The Moto E40 has an IP52 certification which means it should be splash resistant.
You get a triple camera setup on the Moto E40, consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The selfie camera is 8-megapixel. For selfies, it has an 8-megapixel shooter on the front. Daylight camera performance was decent but it suffered in lowlight.
The Infinix Smart 5A is a big smartphone sporting a 6.52-inch display with a dewdrop notch. Infinix offers a dual flash setup at the front with two LED flashes which is unique. The Smart 5A has a plastic body which is acceptable for its price range.
Infinix has picked the MediaTek Helio A20 SoC to power the Smart 5A. You only get 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage which is further expandable.
In terms of software, the Smart 5A runs XOS 7.6 on top of Android 11 (Go Edition). The UI has a few customisations along with a fair number of preinstalled apps some of which push notifications every day. Performance on the Smart 5A is acceptable given its budget price.
The camera setup is very basic, a dual-camera setup consisting of an 8-megapixel primary camera and a secondary AI (depth) camera. Camera performance is average in daylight as well as low light and this shouldn’t be your first pick if cameras are a priority.
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|Micromax In 2b||Rs. 7,999|
|Realme Narzo 30A||Rs. 8,999|
|Motorola Moto E40||Rs. 9,999|
|Infinix Smart 5A||Rs. 7,199|
|Micromax In Note 1||Rs. 9,999|
|Micromax In 1b||Rs. 7,499|
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