In a highly competitive market like that of smartphones, buyers are spoilt of choice. However, that also leads to confusion as there are too many phones coming into the market and at the same time costlier phones are becoming more affordable. Add to that the fact that most offerings have only slight difference that normal users find hard to distinguish but makes a lot of difference in the performance and utility of these smartphones. And that is where we feel we should narrow down the selection for you to be able to choose wisely.
Here are our top 5 list of smartphones under Rs 10,000, a hotly contested segment.
Xiaomi Redmi 4
Price : 3GB/32GB version-Rs8999, 2GB/16GB version-Rs 6999
Xiaomi has been setting benchmarks for the industry with its Redmi phones and Redmi 4 does not seem to be any different. In the price vs performance parameters the phone scores highly. This is one of the best phones below Rs 10,000 and that is the reason you will find it in top 5 list of all the publications.
The phone features 5 inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, a 13MP primary camera with 5-elements lens and f/2.2 aperture and 5MP front facing camera.
On the down side it still runs on Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system but is likely to get an update to Android Nougat soon. It runs on 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa core processor with Adreno 505 GPU. We suggest you to go for 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory version as it offers significantly better performance that the 2GB RAM version. Memory can be expanded up to 128GB and dual SIM (micro+nano) dual-standby (4G+4G).
The phone features a very large 4100mAH lithium-ion battery with company claimed talk-time of 36 hours and standby time of 432 hours. Availability of the phone is only online except for few Mi stores in Delhi NCR.
Lenovo Vive K5 Note
Price :Rs 10,000
Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is one of the most feature-rich phones in this list. Its 5.5 inch display gets 401 pixels per inch (PPI) which is highest in the list. The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is powered by 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.
Lenovo Vibe K5 Note packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies. It runs Android 6.0 and is powered by a 3500mAh non removable battery. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include finger print sensor apart from other regular smartphone sensors.
Price : Rs 9,499
Nokia 3 is the comeback phone for Nokia brand. Though it does not boast any ground breaking specifications it has some very important factors going for it to make it to our top 5 list. One being that it is a Nokia but more importantly, it is a pure version of Android meaning that each time a new version of Android comes the phone will get that in almost no time. One more important factor is the Nokia 3’s built quality – feels very high-end and classy.
This phone will not wow you with its specification but will offer what Nokia has been known to offer – good battery life, good build quality and peace of mind. Having said that specifications are not very low either. The phone comes with 5.0-inches HD IPS display, Nokia 3 features 8 megapixel camera both in front and back. Nokia 3 uses Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory with the later is expandable through a microSD card.
The 2,650 mAh non-removable battery, does offer performance much better than what this number suggests. The Nokia 3 is equipped with standard connectivity options such as dual-SIM 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS, and Bluetooth.
Price : Rs 9,499
Motorola is another company that offers near-stock Android software, which makes them popular with buyers looking for performance and ease of use, as well as timely software updates.
The Moto G4 is a decent phone in all ways. It’s well built, looks decent, and comes with excellent, up-to-date software and with reduction in price in the past week has made a very attractive choice in the below Rs 10,000 category.
The phone’s specs include 5.5 inch Full HD display, 13MP primary camera with professional mode, color balancing, dual LED flash and 5MP front facing camera with 84 degree wide angle, flash. 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 octa core processor, Adreno 405 with 550 MHz GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory expandable up to 128GB and dual SIM (micro+micro) dual-standby (4G+3G) 3000mAH lithium-ion battery with turbo power charging (6 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging). Do go for Moto G4 Plus if you can spare another Rs 1000 which misses our Top 5 list by a very small price margin.
Yu Yureka Black
Yu Yureka Black is a good looking phone With a metal finish. Boasting 4 GB of RAM and a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor you are sure to get good performance.
It features a 13 MP Sony IMX 258 rear camera and a 8 MP selfie camera with a selfie flash. The phone also gets finger print sensor apart from other regular assortment of sensors that you in smartphones these days. The phone gets a 3000 mAh battery.
What is not good about the phone is the fact that it runs Andorid 6.0 instead of the latest Android Naugat 7.0 even though it was launched only last month. Another factor being that Micromax seems to have been ignoring this brand with only one launch in last one year (though that doesn’t mean Micromax won’t support this phone though its service center if need be). Though it is last in our top 5 list it is one of the better phones in the terms of specifications in this list.