It is 2018, and we have plenty of good smartphones in sub 10K price range. Let’s make a comparison of top mobiles and help you choose the best mobile based on your need and budget.
Buying Advice – I think you should look for latest OS (Android Nougat), good Qualcomm Processor, 3000 mAH Battery and 4G Volte support. Also, can look for features like a better selfie camera (8 MP) and a fingerprint scanner and 3 GB RAM in this budget.
Most of these smartphones are best sellers on websites like Flipkart and Amazon.
Lets check the 8 Best Android Smartphones Below Rs 10,000 in India:
Micromax Evok Note 4G
The Micromax Evok Note was launched in April 2017 and comes with a price tag of Rs. 9,499. The smartphone comes with decent specs for the price and buyers looking for an Indian brand can evaluate this phone.
The smartphone is available for purchase from Flipkart and is priced at Rs. 9499. The Evok Note comes with a 5.5 Inch Full HD Display with 1920*1080 resolution and 401 PPi.
The Evok Note is powered by the MediaTek 6753 Octa-Core processor and comes with the Mali T720-MP3 GPU for Gaming. The front camera has a 5 Megapixel resolution while the rear camera comes with a 13 MP camera.
The smartphone offers 32 GB of internal storage and comes with large 4000 mAH capacity battery. The Dual Sim 4G VOLTE smartphone runs on the MediaTek 6753 Octa Core processor and also comes with 3 GB of Ram.
The phone comes with a thickness of 8.5mm and weighs 162 grams. The Dual sim 4G Volte phone is compatible to work with the JIO sim and other telecom operators.
Key Features for Micromax Evok Note – Great Battery life, 5.5 Inch FHD Display.
Asus Zenfone Max
Long battery life mobile with 5000 mAH Battery – Asus has launched the new Zenfone Max was launched in 2016, and the smartphone comes with incredible battery life and improved performance. The Highlight of the Asus Zenfone Max is the 5000 mAH battery capacity which can easily work for 2 days.
The smartphone also comes with reverse charging feature, which is quite useful if you want to use this mobile as a power bank.
The Asus Zenfone Max runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and comes with 2 GB of Ram. The mobile is powered by the latest Android Marshmallow 6.0 OS along with the Zen UI.
The Asus Zenfone max has a 5.5-inch display with HD resolution (1280*720) pixels. The smartphone comes with 32 GB of internal storage which can be expanded to 64 GB using the micro-sd card.
The Zenfone Max comes with a 13 Megapixel rear camera and also has a 5 MP front selfie camera.
The Asus Zenfone Max has Dual sim support and also offers 4G LTE data connectivity support. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 9,499 and is the best battery life smartphone you can purchase in this budget.
Key Highlight – Massive 5000 mAH Battery lasts 2 days.
Micromax Canvas Infinity
Full Vision Display, 16 MP Selfie Camera – The Micromax Canvas Infinity is the latest addition to the list. The Micromax Canvas Infinity is launched in India in September 2017 and is available for purchase from Amazon.
It is the cheapest smartphone with a Full vision bezel-less display and comes with 16 Megapixel front selfie camera. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 9,999.
The key highlight of the Micromax Canvas Infinity is it’s large 5.7 Inch with 1440*720 resolution (283 PPI). The smartphone also comes with a decent 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture.
The Micromax Canvas Infinity is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Processor, same as the Xiaomi Redmi 4A and comes with the Adreno 308 GPU.
Notably, the Canvas Infinity comes with a 16 Megapixel front selfie camera and also has a 13 rear camera. There is 32 GB of onboard storage which is expandable. It also comes with a fingerprint scanner at the back of the device.
The Canvas Infinity also comes with the latest Android Nougat operating system and will even get the Android Oreo 8.0 update in the future.
The smartphone comes with a fingerprint scanner at the back, and it has support for Dual Sim and 4G VOLTE. The battery capacity on the Micromax Canvas Infinity is 2900 mAH.
It competes with the LG Q6 which is more expensive.
Key Features for Canvas Infinity – Large 5.7 Inch Full Vision Display, 16 MP Selfie camera.
Infocus Epic 1
Infocus Epic 1 was launched in late 2016 and comes from the American brand Infocus.
The key highlight of the smartphone is the 10 Core Processor – Helio X20 which offers great performance for general tasks and gaming. The processor is clocked at 2.0 GHz and comes with Mali T880 MP4 GPU for gaming needs.
The phone comes with 3 GB of Ram and also has 32 GB internal storage which is user expandable.
The smartphone comes with 16 Mega Pixel rear camera with Auto-Focus and Dual Led Flash, and there is also an 8 Megapixel front-facing selfie camera.
The Epic 1 comes with a 3000 mAH capacity battery, also has a USB Type C port and works with 4G VOLTE networks. The phone has a fingerprint scanner at the back and weighs 164 grams; the thickness is 8.4 mm.
The Dual Sim phone also comes with USB Type C port and has 4G support.
Infocus Epic 1 also recently got a price cut and is now Rs. 3000 cheaper. The Infocus Epic 1 is currently priced at Rs 9,999 and is exclusive to Amazon India.
Number 7 spot on the list is occupied by the smartphone which offers excellent battery life and comes with Full HD Display – Lenovo K6 Power.
Samsung J5 2016
The Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 has a 5.2-inch display with the HD resolution (1280*720). The smartphone has the AMOLED display with excellent colour reproduction as well as viewing angles.
The mobile run on dated Android Marshmallow 6.0 along with the Samsung touch wiz UI.
The Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 offers a 5.0 Megapixel camera at the front for taking selfies, and it comes with f/1.9 aperture and a front flash. The front camera also supports gestures, and you can click a selfie by waving your palm.
The rear camera on the Samsung Galaxy J5 has 13 Megapixel resolution and comes with f/1.9 aperture and has Auto-focus. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and Adreno 308 GPU.
The mobile comes with a Dual Sim, 4G support and also has a 3000 mAH capacity battery. The J5 weighs 159 grams and has a thickness of 8.1 mm.
If you have less faith in the Chinese smartphones, here’s one from Korea. The latest Samsung On5 Pro (launched in July 2016) brings in class leading specs and gorgeous looks at a very affordable price.
The Yu Yunicorn was launched in India in Mid 2016. The smartphone is sold by Yu Tele-ventures and is a subsidiary of Micromax India.
The smartphone comes with aggressive specs and has a very affordable price of Rs. 10,499.
The key highlight of the smartphone is Helio P10 processor which is excellent for multi-tasking as well as gaming. The Yu Yunicorn also adorns a full metallic build and looks decent with gold finish.
The Yunicorn also has 4 GB RAM and runs on the Android Lollipop 5.0 and will even get the OS update. The phone has a 5.5 Inch Full HD Display and also has a 2.5D curved glass.
There is 32 GB of internal storage which can be expanded to 128 GB.
The battery life of the smartphone is also decent considering it houses a 4000 mAH capacity battery. Overall a decent phone from Yu, available online on Flipkart exclusively.
See Also – Yu Yunicorn Detailed Specs and Features
Pros – 2.5 D Full HD Display, Good Performance, Low Price Cons – Camera is not that great.
Panasonic Eluga Ray Max
The Panasonic Eluga Ray Max was launched in the Indian market in May 2017; the smartphone is available on Flipkart, price Rs. 10,499.
The Eluga Ray Max sports a metallic body with a robust build quality and design. The phone comes with 5.2-inch Full HD (1920*1080) pixels display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
It runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz and comes with 4 GB RAM. There is Adreno 505 GPU to take care of gaming needs. Powering the phone is a 3000 mAH battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support.
The Eluga Ray Max comes with a 16 Megapixel rear camera and also has an 8 Megapixel selfie camera. The phone has a fingerprint scanner at the back, weighs 165 grams, and thickness of 7.7 mm.
Eluga Ray Max runs on the Android Marshmallow 6.0 and will also get an OS update.
Eluga Ray Max comes in 2 storage options – 32 GB variant is priced at Rs 10,499, and the 64 GB variant is priced at Rs 12,499. Also, the storage can be expanded via dedicated micro-sd slot up to 128 GB.
Key Highlight – 5.2 Inches Full HD Display, 16 Megapixel rear camera.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
Undoubtedly, One of the most elegant mobile and top-selling phone in India. This type of hardware and build quality has never been possible in this price range.
Xiaomi needed to show that they are better than the competition when it comes to providing the best value for money smartphones.
You can also look for the higher variant too of the Redmi Note 4 which comes with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.
The smartphone packs killer specs and has a great design with metal finish. There is fingerprint scanner mounted at the back of the device which provides security as well allows you to click selfies with the rear 13 MP camera.
The rear camera is much improved compared to the Redmi Note 3, comes with fast Auto-focus and PDAF. The front camera is also a 5 MP selfie shooter.
The smartphone comes with Dual Hybrid Sim and 4G LTE and VOLTE support and supports all Indian 4G Bands. It comes with a 5.5 Inch Full HD Display with 2.5D curved glass and is available in different storage and ram version.
The phone comes with a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front selfie camera. The mobile runs on the Android Nougat 7.1 OS along with the MIUI 8.0.
Though the Key highlight of the smartphone is the Snapdragon 625 processor and 4100 mAH Battery Capacity which is incredibly fast and there is great battery life. It is a killer smartphone under 10K.
Note on buying 4G LTE and VOLTE smartphones.
For Non-VOLTE supported phones, you will have to download the Join JIO App from Android play store which works as an independent dialer.
You will have to use this App to make calls, in my experience it is not the best solution if you are buying a phone for JIO Sim make sure that the phone has VOLTE.
Most LTE phones have got an update from manufacturers to enable VOLTE in India but can check before buying.
The smartphones are evolving and getting better and cheaper every day, with Xiaomi, Motorola, Micromax, LeEco, Infocus, Huawei, ZTE, Meizu, Yu, Samsung and Xolo offering plenty of good mobiles.
This is a long list of smartphones you can buy based on your preference, in case you need some suggestions can contact me by commenting on the article.