Nearly 2 years ago, we used to pay 20k for a phone with merely 512MB RAM. Today the scenario has changed. The phones have became much cheaper and still has great performance. Companies now focus on price to performance ratio. Some companies like Xiaomi, Motorola, Infocus, Micromax Yu (though it has a lot of issues) and Infocus has made really great phones at a lot cheaper price. A lot of you would be thinking that Xiaomi was the game changer in Indian market but it isn’t true. Google owned Motorola first released the best budget phone at that time in whole world including USA and Europe. Motorola launched two devices which were Moto G and Moto X. Moto G was a hit and crossed 25 million+ sales. Moto x was also a great phone and in its price range it was also a hit. Then after that came Xiaomi to India with Mi3 which you would be knowing how it ended up. It was one of the greatest hit in Indian market. So that was the beggining of the Budget smartphones with amazing performance. So talking about the good performes, we now start-up the list of 10 Best Phones under Rs. 10,000.
10. Yu Yureka
Yu Yureka or rather say Micromax Yu Yureka was released in January 2015. It was live telecast and 23,000 people saw it. The phone was a hit as it had CynogenMod 11 which is a custom ROM and was having great specs. A lot of people bought it and I also did but it somehow didn’t go that well. It had some major software as well as hardware issues. It has a snapdragon 615 in it coupled with 2GB RAM. It has a 720p 5.5″ display. Yu Yureka is priced at Rs 8,999 at Amazon and has flash sales.
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Yureka has CynogenMod which has both Pros and Cons. For me if a person is able to do some tasks like opening a normal app, calling then he would be happy but Yureka’s OS has a lot of customization but due to its bugs, it is not usable sometimes. It is also facing a lot of heating issues.
9. Asus Zenphone 5
Asus Zenphone 5 is an evergreen phone. It was released more 7 months ago and is still good to buy. It has got the 1.6 GHz Intel dual core processor with 2 GB RAM which delivers exceptional performance and good multi-tasking. The 5 inches HD screen and the display is very good, it has also got the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. One more thing I loved about the phone is, it has increased display sensitivity so you can use the phone even while wearing gloves, this is great for winter season. The phone’s design is sleek and beautiful. It has got good camera and it runs on the Android Kitkat. This phone comes with two storage option 8 GB and 16 GB while both come with the expandable storage. Okay, now one thing I felt could have been better is the phone’s UI, it runs on Asus’s own ZenUI which is good but it can be made even more good-looking. Overall this phone has got most of the things right and gives a balanced user experience at this price. It costs Rs. 8,999.
8. Microsoft Lumia 535
After the decline of Nokia, Microsoft took over it, after Microsoft took over, it is estimated that their was a rise of 20% sale. Mainly the credit for it goes to Lumia 535, it is one of the best windows phone one can get. It has a great display and a great build. It has a 5″ IPS display with a qHD Resolution. It has a 5MP Front and a 5MP rear camera. Lumia always has a great camera and Lumia 535 is no different from them. It has got windows 8 in it and it will be upgraded to windows 10 when it is available. It has a Snapdragon 200 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It has a 1950Mah battery and has 8GB internal memory. The best part is that you can add a memory card of upto 128GB.
The spec seems good on paper and The phone is also that great. It is smoot and has that aesthetic feel of Lumia. It is one of the best lumia available.
7. Panasonic Eluga S
Panasonic Eluga S was released a month back and has got a great response. The phone is smartly priced under $170 (or Rs. 11,190). This phone will be an extension to their existing Eluga series. The smartphone will available to the Indian buyers starting next week. The phone is unique in a sense that it sports a Blink-Play feature that takes a selfie picture after an interval of 3 seconds when the user blinks. It has a 5″ full HD display with a corning gorilla glass protection. It has some good feature but the drawback is that it only has 1GB of RAM. It has a 8MP rear camera and 2100mAh battery which would give you atleast a day.
6. Infocus M2
It is the most cheapest devices in the least and it costs nearly half than the other phones in the list. It costs just Rs. 4,999. It has a 4.2″ 720p HD Screen with a ppi of 355. This is not just that, It also ot a 8MP front and 8MP rear camera with flash on both sides. Yes, you heard it right, it has flash on rear side as well as on front side. It has a 1.3 GHz Quadcore Mediatek processor with 1GB of RAM. It has INLIFE UI based upon Android 4.4.2. It is a dual Sim phone with 3G on both Sims. It has 8GB internal memory and can support Memory Card with upto 64GB.
Phone has a ergonomic Design and feels great in the hand. It has a plain back and is available in Black and white colour.
5. Lenovo A6000
The A6000 is a quintessential budget smartphone, priced at exactly what the Moto E had been launched at, Rs. 6,999. Lenovo added the flash sale elements in order to create hype and give its supply chains some relief. So, yes, this phone will not come to the market in big numbers in the foreseeable future, irrespective of what we may think about it. Lenovo A6000 has 1 Gb of RAM and a Snapdragon 64 bit 410 Soc. It has a & 720p HD 5″ screen which any circumstances perform great. Lenovo A6000 has a great built and an average battery life. The 8 megapixel camera is also not at all bad. This is one of the good phones in this range if you want to get a decent phone and save some money to buy grocery for next 3 weeks.
4. Motorola Moto G (GEN 2)
You may think that Moto G is above Rs. 10,000 and yes it is, So why is it on this list? This is because Moto G deserves it, it was the best phone last year before or after Mi3 launched. It has a great build quality, great speakers and a average camera. The Moto G 2nd Generation phone comes with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, It is running Android Kitkat out of the box, and you will immediately get Lollipop update so it runs Lollipop!. Apart from the internal storage space, the Moto G comes with a MicroSD slot that allows you to expand your storage even further. This phone comes with a proximity sensor which turns off the display when you are on a call. The accelerometer controls the orientation of the phone and helps with motion gaming. The ambient light sensor adjusts the screen’s brightness for optimal viewing in different conditions. It also has a magnetometer for navigation apps. Moto G is also Water Resistant.
3. Motorola Moto E (2015)
Motorola’s revision to last year’s budget phone, the Moto E, is out and while it’s still called the E, it does have some second gen features to boast. The newer Moto E comes with a beefier set of specifications and not a whole lot of change in pricing. A new front camera, a larger 2390 mAh battery and an all new rear shell that truly is unique to the new Moto E. The Moto E is priced at Rs. 6999 and comes with Android 5.0 out of the box, yes just like its predecessors it’s stock android, with a bunch of Motorola apps on there. It has a Snapdragon 200 processor which is a major drawback and 1GB of RAM. It has a average 5 MP rear camera and a VGA front camera (really moto?). It is on 3rd number because of its stock experience. I am personally a Moto X user and I know the fluidness and smoothness in th OS. It has a low 960 x 540 resolution, which ends up making text, photos and just about everything else a tad less sharp than on other smartphones mentioned above.
2. Redmi Note 4G
Redmi Note 4G is one of the best phone in 9k-10k range, it has great specs, great built as well as great battery life. What else you want! It has a 720p HD 5.5″ display with corning gorilla glass 3. It has Snapdragon 400 quadcore processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It has one of the best camera under 17k, a 13MP Sony shooter with flash. On the front, it has a 5MP shooter. The phone can record upto 1080p from both of its camera (I see u moto e! :p ). It also has MIUI 6 which is a cherry on top. I am a user of stock android as I stated above, but when you use MIUI 6, you will definitely fell in love with it. It is smooth and out performs any other Custom ROM. The bezels of the phone are though really huge and it sometimes make trouble, but MIUI 6 solves it with one hand use, so a big thumbs up to Xiaomi.
Finally we are on the last one, and till now you would have thought of it, Yes you heard it write it is-
Redmi 2 is a sequel of Redmi 1S or say Redmi 1, It has snapdragon 410 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and a Adreno 306. It is based on Android 4.4.4 and is running MUI 6 which is a custom UI for Xiaomi. Redmi 2 is slim and has a Ergonomic design. It has a matte back and is sold with a white back cover only. You can buy external covers from flipkart later. It has a a 720p 4.7″ HD screen with dragon tail protection on it. It is a dual sim phone 4G enabled. Redmi 2 handles almost anything you put upon. It has the best camera you can get under 10k. It has 8GB internal memory and is expandable upto 32GB. After defeating all the phones, Redmi 2 became the best phone you can buy under Rs, 10,000 till date.