What Are the Best 4G Smartphones in India?
In this article, we have explained everything about 4G phones and technology, and also recommended the 12 latest 4G mobiles you can buy in India.
I have chosen the 4G mobiles that are available below Rs. 10,000. We have started with the Xiaomi Redmi 4A which is one of the cheapest options with a price tag of just Rs. 5,999.
I think you should look for a good battery life 4G phone, running the latest Android version with at least 2-3 GB of ram to make sure your web / general experience is flawless.
Most phones currently come with 4G LTE as well as VOLTE support, so you don’t have to worry about the compatibility with your network operator.
You can use these phones with Airtel, JIO, Idea, Tata Docomo, BSNL or Vodafone without facing any hurdles.
Let’s Try to Find out Which is the Best 4G Mobile for You
1. Xiaomi Redmi 4
Launch Date – May 2017, Price Rs. 6,999, 8,999 or 10,999.
Display and Resolution – Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes with a metallic design and is much improved compared to its predecessor Redmi 3S Prime. The mobile has a 5.0 Inch HD Display (720P) and comes with 293 PPI. It also has 2.5D curved glass.
Redmi 4 weighs 150 grams and has a thickness of 8.6 mm.
Camera – There is a 13 Megapixel rear camera which comes with Auto-focus and Flash support. For selfies, you can use the 5 Megapixel front selfie camera.
Battery and OS – The Redmi 4 promises a great battery life, as the mobile houses a 4100 mAH capacity battery which can easily last all day with a high amount of usage.
The phone comes with the Xiaomi’s custom skin MIUI 8.0 along with the Android Nougat 7.0 OS. User experience is enjoyable and lags free.
Performance – The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is powered by the Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Processor and Adreno 505 GPU. The performance is excellent, and it is the best processor in this budget.
Storage and RAM – The phone comes in different storage and ram versions with basic version offering 2 GB ram and 16 GB. The higher version comes with 4 GB Ram and has 64 GB of internal storage. Storage can be expanded to 128 GB using the Micro-SD card slot.
Connectivity – The Redmi 4 comes with 4G VOLTE support and also has all other native connectivity options. Another key feature is the presence of a Fingerprint reader at the back.
PROS – Snapdragon 435 Processor, Good Battery Life – 4100 mAH Battery. CONS – Older Android Version.
2. Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro
If you are looking for a branded reliable 4G phone then probably Samsung Galaxy J3 PRO will suit your needs. The J3 Pro offers decent camera and performance for the price.
The Bike Mode allows you to drive without worry to attend calls, your phone automatically responds to the calls with a text message.
The mobile has an excellent HD display with 293 PPI and Super AMOLED 5.0 inch screen.
Key Specs for Samsung Galaxy J3 PRO
- Screen – 5.0 -inch Super AMOLED HD (1280*720) pixels display, 293 PPI.
- Processor – Spreadtrum Quad – Core Processor Clocked @ 1.5 GHz.
- Ram – 2 GB RAM.
- Android Marshmallow 6.0 with touch-wiz UI.
- Camera – 8-Megapixel Rear Camera & 5 Megapixel front.
- Thickness – 7.99 mm, Weighs 138 grams.
- Fingerprint Scanner – Not available.
- S Bike Mode
- Battery Capacity -2600 mAH
- Connectivity – Dual Hybrid Sim. With 3G & 4G LTE as well as VOLTE.
- Storage – 16 GB internal storage, expandable to 128 GB.
- Price Rs. 7,990
PROS – 5.0 Inch Super AMOLED Display, 4G VOLTE. CONS – Older Android Version, Spreadtrum processor.
3. Xiaomi Redmi 4A
Xiaomi Redmi 4A was launched in March 2017 and comes at a price of Rs. 5,999. The Redmi 4A comes with 16 GB of internal storage and has 2 GB of ram. Later on, Xiaomi has also launched the 32 GB version with 3 GB Ram with a price tag of Rs. 6,999.
Display and Design – Redmi 4A comes with a 5.0-inch screen and has an HD (1280*720 pixels) resolution. The mobile comes with the poly plastic build and is very comfortable to use. It weighs 131 grams and has a thickness of 8.4 mm.
Performance and Storage – Redmi 4A is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Chipset, Adreno 308 GPU for gaming. The mobile comes with 16 GB / 2GB RAM or 32 GB / 3 GB RAM. It offers great performance for the Price.
Camera – It comes with a 13 Megapixel rear camera with Auto-focus and LED flash, and there is also a 5 Megapixel front selfie camera.
Battery and OS – The Redmi 4A offers a 3120 mAH capacity battery which is sufficient to last all day. The mobile comes with the MIUI 8.0 and Android Marshmallow 6.0 (upgradable to Android Nougat 7.0).
Connectivity – There is Dual Sim support, 4G VOLTE and micro-USB. There is also a hybrid slot for using the Micro-sd card or second sim.
PROS – 5 Inch Display, 2 GB RAM, Affordable. CONS – Older Android Version.
4. Motorola Moto G4 Play
Motorola launched the Moto G4 Play in September 2016 priced at Rs. 8,999 exclusively on Amazon India. The smartphone comes with 5 Inch HD display with HD resolution (1280*720) pixels and 293 PPI.
The Moto G4 Play offers stock Android experience and comes with Android Nougat 7.0. The G4 Play has a durable build and design is quite similar to the more expensive Moto G4.
The smartphone has a splash resistance coating. The Moto G4 Play offers decent battery life (2800 mAH battery capacity) along with 4G LTE/ VOLTE connectivity.
Key Specs for Motorola Moto G4 Play
- Dual Sim – (GSM + LTE).
- Processor – 64 Bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Clocked at 1.3 GHz.
- GPU – Adreno 405
- Screen Size – 5.0 inch IPS LCD.
- Resolution & Pixel Density – 1280*720 HD Display 293 PPI.
- RAM – 2 GB RAM
- Operating System – Android Nougat 7.0, Stock Android.
- Rear Camera – 8 Mega pixel rear camera and 5 MP front selfie camera.
- Connectivity – 2G, 3G & 4G VOLTE, WIFI, Bluetooth.
- Storage – 16 GB built-in storage and External SD Card Support upto– 128 GB.
- Battery Capacity – Li-ion 2800 mAh.
- Thickness – 9.0 mm
- Weight – 137 grams
Moto G4 Play lacks fingerprint scanner and the 2.5 D curve glass otherwise it is a good reliable option for 10K.
PROS – Android Nougat 7.1 OS, decent battery life, 4G VOLTE. CONS – lacks fingerprint scanner.
5. Micromax Yu Black
Launch Date – 1 Jun 2017. Price Rs. 8,999
Design and Display – If you are looking for a stunning mobile in sub 10k price range, your search ends on the Yu Yureka Black by Micromax. The phone comes with an exquisite design and glossy black finish which looks way premium compared to the price tag.
It weighs 150 grams and has 8.7 mm thickness.
Display – The phone has a 5.0 Inch Display with Full HD resolution (1080P) and comes with 443 PPi. There is also 2.5D curved glass present which enhances the look of the device.
Performance – Yureka Black is also a swift performer, and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, Octa-Core chipset along with the Adreno 505 GPU. Ideal for playing games and multi-media.
Storage, Ram – Additionally, it offers 4 GB Ram to ensure smooth multitasking and comes with 32 GB of internal storage which is user expandable.
Camera – The Rear camera uses a Sony IMX 258 sensor and comes with 13 MP resolution. The camera has LED Flash and PDAF features. The front-facing camera has 8 Megapixel resolution and also has a dedicated front flash.
OS and Battery Capacity – The Yu Black comes with 3000 mAH capacity battery which is decent and also has the Android Marshmallow 6.0 OS. Yu has said they will roll out the Android Nougat update for the mobile.
Connectivity – There is Dual Sim support, and it also offers 4G VOLTE and LTE connectivity. You can use JIO or any other sim card with the phone without any issues. It also has a fingerprint scanner embedded in the front home button.
Yureka Yu Black offers excellent specs for a price of Rs. 8,999.
Pros – 1. Great design and build. 4 GB RAM, Snapdragon Processor. 3. Full HD Display. Cons – Not really at this price point.
6. JIO LYF Water F1S
LFY Water F1S is a smartphone from Reliance JIO, available on Flipkart for a price of Rs. 8799. The Water F1s is a specs beast with 4G LTE and VOLTE connectivity. If you are looking for a mobile to work with the JIO 4G sim for data and voice it, the LFy Water F1s is your top choice.
The LFY Water F1S 4G VOLTE comes with a 5 MP front-facing camera to click selfies. There is a 16 MP rear camera along with autofocus and flash support. The mobile is powered by the Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor paired with Adreno 510 GPU.
The Water F1S comes with 3 GB of RAM and offers decent 32 GB of internal storage. A performance and gaming mobile in the sub 10K price range.
Key Specs for Lyf Water F1S 4G VOLTE:
- Processor – Octa-Core Snapdragon 652 Clocked at 1.8 GHz
- GPU – Adreno 510 GPU.
- Screen Size – 5.2 inch IPS FULL HD LCD Display.
- Resolution & Pixel Density – 1920*1080, 423 PPI.
- Dual Sim – (LTE + VOLTE).
- RAM – 3 GB RAM
- Operating System – Android Marshmallow 6.0
- Rear Camera – 16 MP Auto Focus with LED Flash, 5 MP Front Camera.
- Connectivity – 2G, 3G & 4G VOLTE, WIFI, Bluetooth.
- Storage – 32 GB internal Storage expandable 64 GB Via Micro SD card.
- Battery Capacity – Li-ion 3000 mAh.
- Thickness – 7.3 mm
- Weight – 146 grams
PROS – Powerful processor Snapdragon 652, Full HD display, 32 GB Storage. CONS – lacks fingerprint scanner, older OS.
7. Samsung Galaxy On7Pro
Samsung launched the Samsung On7 Pro in July 2016 priced at Rs. 11,190, and now you can buy it for Rs. 8,999. The phone comes with decent 13 Megapixel rear camera and a selfie-focused 5 MP front camera, targeting buyers who love to take selfies.
Samsung has also recently launched the Samsung J5 Prime which priced close to 14K in India.
The On7 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. The mobile comes with 2 GB of Ram and 16 GB internal storage which can expand to 128 GB using a micro-sd card.
The mobile comes with a large 5.5 Inch HD display and has a decent battery capacity of 3000 mAH.
Key Specifications for Samsung On7 PRO
- Processor – Quad-core Snapdragon 410 Processor clocked at 1.2 GHz.
- GPU – Adreno 306
- Screen Size – 5.5 inch TFT Display.
- Dual Sim – (GSM + 4G LTE).
- Resolution & Pixel Density – 1280 x 720 pixels with 268 pixels per inch.
- RAM – 2 GB RAM
- Operating System – Android Marshmallow with touch wiz UI.
- Rear Camera – 13 MP Rear Camera with Auto-focus. 5 MP Front camera.
- Connectivity – 2G/3G/4G/WIFI.
- Storage – 16 GB internal storage and expandable up to 128 GB Via Micro SD card.
- Battery Capacity – Li-ion 3000 mAh. ( Good battery Life).
- Price Rs 8990
Major Pros – Large Display, Decent Battery Life, 4G LTE support. Cons – TFT Display instead of IPS LCD.
8. Infinix Note 4
The Infinix Note 4 is launched in India on 1st August 2017 and comes with great specs for an affordable price. The Note 4 has Dual Sim 4G support and also has a dedicated micro-sd card slot.
The Infinix Note 4 comes from a new brand Infinix which is based out of HongKong. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 8,999 and comes with a large 5.7 Inch Full HD Display. It runs on the latest Android Nougat 7.0 update and comes with a custom skin called XOS 2.2.
The mobile has got 32 GB of internal storage which is expandable and also comes with a large 4300 mAH capacity Battery. Though, the brand is not tested and may not have the adequate after-sales service.
Key Specs for Infinix Note 4
- Display – 5.7-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD IPS 2.5D curved glass.
- Processor – Octa-Core MediaTek 6753 clocked at 1.3 GHz, 64-bit processor.
- GPU – Mali-T720 MP3 GPU
- RAM – 3 GB RAM
- Storage – 32 GB storage, expandable memory with microSD up to 128 GB.
- OS – Android Nougat 7.1 OS with custom skin
- Rear Camera – 13 MP with dual LED Flash
- Selfie Camera – 8 MP front-facing camera with flash
- Fingerprint sensor – Ultrafast 0.15 seconds unlock speed
- Sound – Large bottom speakers
- Connectivity – Dual Sim 4G VoLTE
- Battery Capacity – 4300 mAh capacity battery.
- Price Rs. 8,999
- Available on Flipkart
Major Pros – Large Display 5.7 Inch FHD, Great battery Life – 4300 mAH Cons – New Brand and after-sales service.
9. Huawei Honor 5C
Huawei Honor 5C was launched in 2016 and is available for a price of Rs. 8,999, exclusively on Flipkart. It is a top selling phone in the 8K to 9K price range.
The Huawei Honor 5C comes with an 8 MP front facing the camera to click selfies. There is a 13 MP rear camera to click images. The smartphone is powered by the Octa-Core Kirin 650 chipset paired with Mali T830 GPU and comes with 2 GB of RAM.
The metallic build and finish make the device look better than most polycarbonates made mobiles.
Key Specs Huawei Honor 5C:
- Processor – Octa-Core Kirin 650 chipset Clocked at 2.0 GHz
- GPU – Mali T830 GPU.
- Screen Size – 5.2 inch IPS FULL HD LCD Display.
- Resolution & Pixel Density – 1920*1080, 443 PPI.
- Dual Sim – (GSM + LTE).
- RAM – 2 GB RAM
- Operating System – Android Nougat 7.0
- Rear Camera – 13 MP Auto Focus with LED Flash, 8 MP Front Camera.
- Connectivity – 2G, 3G & 4G, WIFI, Bluetooth.
- Storage – 16 GB internal Storage expandable 64 GB Via Micro SD card.
- Battery Capacity – Li-ion 3000 mAh.
- Fingerprint Scanner – Yes at the back.
- Thickness – 8.3 mm
- Weight – 156 grams
Major Pros – 5.2 Inch Full HD Display, decent front, and rear camera. Cons – 2 GB RAM.
10. 10.OR E
The 10.OR E (or Tenor E) is the latest mobile which was launched in India in September 2017 with a price tag of Rs.8,999.
Performance – The 10.OR E is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core processor with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz and comes with the Adreno 505 GPU. The phone has got 3 GB of Ram and also comes with 32 GB of internal storage.
The storage is expandable to 128 GB using a dedicated micro-sd card slot.
Display – The 10.OR E comes with a 5.5 Inch Full HD Display panel which is rare in this price range. The Phone display also has 2.5D curved glass and is an excellent display compared to rival phones.
Battery Capacity – There is 4000 mAH battery capacity is pretty good, and will efficiently work all day without a need for charging the mobile in the middle of the day.
Operating System – The mobile comes with the latest Android Nougat 7.1.2 OS, and there is hardly any bloatware present. It runs on stock Android OS and is pretty smooth.
Connectivity – The Dual Sim phone also offers 4G support and comes with a Fingerprint reader placed below the rear camera.
Camera – I have tested the camera on the 10.OR E and surprisingly the camera is decent for a low-cost budget phone. You can check camera samples for the full review of the 10.OR E. The rear camera comes with 13 Megapixels lens while the front selfie camera has an 8 Megapixel shooter.
Major Pros – 5.5 Inch Full HD Display, 4000 mAH battery, Good Processor. Cons – Relatively New Brand
11. Moto E4 Plus
The Moto E4 Plus debuted in July 2017 and sold over 1 lakh units on the day of launch. It is a popular phone from Motorola which comes with an enormous battery.
Price Rs. 9,999 or $160
Battery Capacity – The most notable feature of the Moto E4 Plus is the 5000 mAH battery capacity which comes with fast charging support. The phone can efficiently work for two days without the need for charging.
Design and Display – The Moto E4 Plus has a 5.5 Inch Display which offers an HD (1280*720) pixels resolution and also has 2.5D curved glass. The mobile comes with metallic design and has robust construction.
The E4 Plus weighs 198 grams and has 9.6 mm of thickness. (Quite Bulky).
The fingerprint scanner is located on the front home button to ensure quick unlocking of the device.
Processor and Ram – The E4 Plus is powered by the MediaTek 6737 Quad-Core Processor clocked at 1.25 GHz and comes with the Mali-T720 MP1 GPU. The processor is not too overpowering but can handle essential apps and games.
There is 3 GB of ram and 32 GB of internal storage which can be further expanded to 128 GB using the micro-sd card.
OS and Storage – Like most Motorola phone this device also runs on the Android Nougat 7.1 with stock Android Experience. There are a few customization done by Motorola, apart from that it is mostly pure Android.
Camera – The Moto E4 Plus comes with a 13 Megapixel rear camera with Flash and fast auto-focus support. The front camera is a 5 MP shooter for video calls and clicking selfies.
Connectivity – The Dual sim phone comes with 4G LTE and VOLTE support and also has micro-USB port for transferring data and charging.
Major Pros – 5.5 Inch HD Display, 5000 mAH capacity battery. Cons – bulky and lacks full HD resolution.
12. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
Xiaomi has launched the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 in the Indian market starting at Rs. 9,999. The Redmi Note 4 is the top-selling mobile in India with over 5 million units sold since its launch.
Design and Display – The Redmi Note 4 is an excellent device with 5.5 Inch Full HD Display. It has 2.5D curved glass on top and a premium looking chamfered metallic design.
There are subtle chrome lines which makes it look much better compared to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. The phone measures 8.4 mm in thickness and weighs
Ram and Storage – The Redmi Note 4 come in 3 variants starting at Rs. 9,999 for the 2 GB RAM and 32 GB storage version.
Performance – The smartphone has improved camera compared to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, while the processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 may look like a downgrade but it is highly capable processor even for gaming.
The best part is it produces low heat and also prolong the battery life by 25%.
OS – The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes with Android Nougat 7.0 along with the MIUI 8.0. There is a fingerprint scanner at the back of the device.
Camera – The Note 4 comes with a primary 13 Megapixel rear camera which can click average photos in good light. The front camera has a 5 MP lens which is also average.
Battery Life – The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is a beast when it comes to battery life, the 4100 mAH battery lasts very long and easily can sail through the day with heavy usage. Though, it lacks fast charging support.
Connectivity – There is Dual Sim support and 4G VOLTE to ensure you can use high-speed data.
Major Pros – 5.5 Inch Full HD Display, Good Build quality, battery life, and performance. Cons – the camera could have been better.
Here is a detailed Review of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.
All of these phones are class leading with exceptional specs, and some are available at discounted price. I have highlighted the distinguishing points in each of the mobiles so that you can make up your mind which is better for you.
My Top 5 Recommendations for Best 4G Phones Under Rs 10,000
- The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 provides exceptional value for money and is our top pick for 2017.
- 10.OR E is a Best 4G phone which comes with an outstanding battery capacity and Good Full HD Display.
- Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro is the best-branded device you can buy below 10k with 4G.
- Infinix Note 4 offers features like large display, fingerprint scanner and 3 GB ram and 43000 mAH battery capacity for 9k to 10k.
- The other top contender to buy is the Yu Yureka Black it is priced at 8,999 but is a worth deal at that price point.
That’s All for the Best Smartphones with 4G Connectivity – if you have a budget of 15k – here is a must read Article for you – 10 Top Mobiles for Rs 15000 can also read 10 Great 4G mobiles under Rs 8000.
If you wish to understand more about 4G Technology, & Best Selling brands and Phones in India can read Below…..
But let’s understand – Why 4G and what is the need for a 4G technology enabled mobile – Major Pros of 4G Phone.
Why 4G? – Smartphones with 4G VOLTE (Voice Over LTE) are preferable as they work with all network Sim cards including Reliance JIO, Airtel, Idea, Docomo, and Vodafone. Only 4G LTE devices will not work by default for calling on 4G VOLTE network. The 4G network technology is something which you should have on your next mobile as it is going to be as popular as 3G was in 2016.
Difference Between 4G and 3G – To refresh our knowledge 4G network can provide 10 times faster internet speed than 3G , As per a study in the UK – Average speeds on a 4G network are 12-15Mb/second. The UK average for 3G is 1.5Mb/second.
Why Should You Buy a 4G Smartphone?
- All major telecom operators JIO, Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea are offering 4G services in India.
- 4G offers much faster data speed with 5X to 10X increase over 3G. You will need to get a new 4G Sim in place of old Sim-card.
- Around 96% smartphones sold in India in Q1 2017 came with 4G LTE connectivity. Essentially means 3G mobiles are dead. (Counterpoint Research)
- 5G technology is under development and may take 3-4 years. There are no 5G phones available in India or elsewhere in the world.
- 4G Bands in India – 4G networks in India support (1800 MHz FD-LTE Band 3 & 2300 MHz TD-LTE Band 40).
- There are very cheap 4G data and voice plans available from all 4G Telcom operators
Best Selling 4G Mobiles in India – 4G Smartphone Market Share
In a research done by the IDC (International Data Corp in Q2 2017, Samsung is the leader in 4G phones in India followed by Xiaomi and 3rd place is taken in Vivo. Oppo is the 4th largest seller in India, and Lenovo (including Motorola) is the 5th largest player. The major sellers in the last Q2 2017 have outdone Reliance JIO, Micromax, Intex and Karbonn Mobile.
Xiaomi has risen to the 2nd spot thanks to the success of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A. Oppo and Vivo are focusing on Selfie and camera enthusiasts to gain the market share.
The top selling models with the 4G capability in India as per the research are Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (7.2%) and Samsung J Series. With Reliance JIO’s foray into Indian Telecom market, the 4G users are proliferating. Reliance Jio has also launched it’s JIO 4G Phone for Rs 1500.
Note* – 4G VOLTE (Voice Over LTE) If you are buying a 4G smartphone to use with a JIO sim, you must purchase mobile with VOLTE support. Otherwise, the phone will not work for the voice call using the default dialer. You will have to install the JIO dialer to use it for voice. I would suggest going with the VOLTE model. Though most 4G smartphones today come with VOLTE support, so there is nothing to worry.