As the prices of high end smartphones continue to climb north we are seeing a shift in some of the old price segments and currently the Rs. 10,000 segment is basically the entry point if you want an Android smartphone decent and functional. Most phones at this price still don’t offer an ideal experience, but there are a few worth recommending if you’re working on a very tight budget or just need a phone. secondary. We’ll admit we haven’t been able to test all of the latest offerings in this segment, but we’ve updated our list with options we think are worth checking out.
The Realme C31 is a recent addition that offers a good design and good battery life. The Micromax In 2b is still worth buying as it strikes a good balance between performance, design and price. There’s also the Moto E40 and the Realme Narzo 30A. Here are the best smartphones in India under Rs. 10,000 in no particular order.
Best phones under 10,000
|Phones under Rs. 10,000||Rating Gadgets 360 (out of 10)||Prices in India (as recommended)|
|Motorola Moto E40||seven||Rs. 9,999|
|Micromax In 2b||8||Rs. 8,999|
|Realme Narzo 30A||8||Rs. 8,999|
|Realme C31||seven||Rs. 9,999|
Motorola Moto E40
The Moto E40 is a decent budget offering Motorola in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segments. It offers acceptable hardware and adequate performance for causal use. The Unisoc T700 SoC works great for everyday applications, but won’t be suitable if you often switch to more demanding tasks such as video editing. Heavy apps and games also take a bit longer than usual to load. Still, there’s a lot to like about this phone, like its 90Hz display, clean, bloat-free Android experience, and decent battery life. Its main flaws are slow charging and average camera performance, which is not out of the ordinary for a phone at this price.
Micromax In 2b
The Micromax In 2b may not be a jack-of-all-trades, but it’s good at its core, which boosts its value over some competing smartphones. The back of the phone is made of plastic but is practical in terms of design and does not collect fingerprints and smudges. Its screen is bright enough and displays decent colors, considering its entry-level price. The Unisoc T610 SoC in the phone turned out to be a decent performer, for a phone of this class. Camera performance was weak, but battery life and software experience were very good, making it a strong contender in the segment.
Realme Narzo 30A
The Realme Narzo 30A still offers good value for its current selling price. It has a new design with a square-shaped camera module along with a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. The screen size is generous at 6.5 inches but it only has HD+ resolution. The Narzo 30A is powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 SoC and comes with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
You get a dual-camera setup on the Narzo 30A that delivers decent photos in daylight, but low-light camera performance is below average. If you like to take a lot of selfies, the Realme Narzo 30A will make you happy. The large battery also helps deliver excellent battery life, but that comes at the cost of a slightly big and bulky device.
The Realme C31 works well as a daily driver for occasional use. The phone looks modern and sleek and at first glance it’s hard to tell that it’s actually a budget device. The 5,000 mAh battery is also sufficient to provide good battery life. While the SoC can handle basic multitasking and social apps, gaming isn’t exactly its forte, meaning you’ll have to stick to casual games on this one at best.
The C31’s cameras could have been better and we didn’t like the fact that Portrait mode only works with human subjects. We think it’s better to get the higher RAM and storage variant of the Realme C31, instead of the base model, as that price difference isn’t significant and should provide better long-term performance.