Mobile phones under Rs. 10,000 is the segment that sees the most action as brands launch a new budget handset every other day. In fact, phones under Rs. 10,000 are the fast movers and - understandably - sell the most in a price conscious market like India, even though it is the flagships that make the biggest news. But with so many models available in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment, it becomes difficult for the consumer to figure out which is the right model for them, especially considering how brands rely on beefy specifications to sell their smartphones.
To simplify your buying decision, we have compiled a list of the best mobile phones under Rs. 10,000 you can buy today, with a few new entrants in the list compared to our last roundup. As always, we've stuck to mobile phones under Rs. 10,000 that we've put through our deta`iled review process, since we can't vouch for quality of phones based on just their specifications. We've also avoided mobiles that are over a year old. Here are our top picks (in no particular order) that all fight it out to be the best phone under Rs. 10,000, along with a few other phones worth checking out.
|Mobile under Rs. 10,000||Gadgets 360 rating|
|Xiaomi Redmi 4||8/10|
|Yu Yureka Black||8/10|
|Lenovo K6 Power||8/10|
|Coolpad Note 3S||7/10|
Replacing the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, which was one of the strongest picks through much of last year, we now have the Xiaomi Redmi 4, which is also a good pick if your budget for mobile phone is under Rs. 10,000.
Our review rated the 3GB/ 32GB variant of the phone 8 on 10 which is really good for a phone at this price point, and the new phone has really good battery life and a sleek and compact design. The camera is disappointing, but it's a problem that even the best phones under the Rs. 10,000 price must live with. If you're looking for a value for money phone, then the Xiaomi Redmi 4 is a solid pick.
Yu had a bit of a slow year last year as it wasn't prepared for the fast adoption of 4G, but it's back now and the Yu Yureka Black is a pretty good choice for a good phone under Rs. 10,000. Its display is a little disappointing, but it does well on other fronts, and is a good value for money phone.
The Yu Yureka Black looks good, and has solid battery life and good overall performance, so if you're looking for a good all-rounder, this phone is a pretty good option in the sub-Rs. 10,000 price bracket.
One of the best phones from the last year at this price point, the Lenovo K6 Power is still a good choice if you're looking for a mobile phone under Rs. 10,000, with performance that's still good enough, and excellent battery life.
The display and camera are also rated very well, but the baseline has shifted up a little since it launched so although it's still a good phone, it's not head and shoulders above the others mentioned here, despite what the numbers might suggest. That being said, it's still a pretty good pick, and it also recently received an update to Android Nougat, making it more value for money than others which are still using Marshmallow. Plus, it's a lot easier to get your hands on than some of the others on the list.
Available at just under Rs. 10,000, the Moto G4 is another good mobile with a disappointing camera, which is a common complaint at this price. However, it has a good display and decent performance, and it's also a good looking device.
Battery life and Motorola's UI are additional selling points, but the lack of a fingerprint sensor has moved from a minor inconvenience to a telling fault over the months since its launch, as most phones under Rs. 10,000 have started to add this feature.
The Coolpad Note 3S also released near the end of 2016, and it remains a good all-round pick for a mobile phone under Rs. 10,000, thanks to its unique looks and good camera (in daylight conditions).
Relatively weak battery life and middling performance keep it from the top of the list, but there's not so much of a difference either, so if you like the design and the UI, then this phone might also be a good phone for less than Rs. 10,000.
These five phones are our top picks fighting it out to be the best phone under Rs. 10,000, but apart from these, there are a few other phones that you can consider. Looking at older phones, the Micromax Canvas 6 Pro is not a bad choice - it comes with a good amount of RAM, but the battery life and camera are a letdown, and the phone also heats up, so it didn't make the main list.
Two sub-Rs. 10,000 phones we haven't reviewed yet, but liked during quick impressions are the Lyf F1s, the Moto C Plus, which launched in December, and May respectively. Both phones have good overall specifications, and the Moto C Plus in particular has really great pricing.
These are our latest picks for phones under Rs. 10,000 - if you think we've missed a good pick that others should know about, let us know via the comments.