Consumers in the Indian market have tons of choice when picking the right smartphone. From the latest and greatest to the ultra low-cost, there is something for everyone. You can make your decision based on a variety of factors like performance, display size, and what is often the most important consideration, price. Luckily for those on a tight budget, there are a lot of really good options available.

Here is a roundup of some of the best Android phones under 10,000 Rupees in India.


Samsung Galaxy M10

Samsung Galaxy M10

While Samsung continues to rule the roost in the flagship segment, it has lost ground to the likes of Xiaomi, Realme, Honor, and other Chinese OEMs in the affordable category in India. However, the company is hoping to change all that with the Samsung Galaxy M series. Slotting in nicely among its entry-level competition and one of the best Android smartphones under 10,000 rupees you can buy right now is the Samsung Galaxy M10.

The specs of the Galaxy M10 stay true to its entry-level nature. The phone comes with a notched HD+ display. You get 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage that is further expandable via microSD card. Powering the device is the Samsung Exynos 7870 processor and keeping everything running is a 3,400mAh battery.

The device comes with a quite impressive dual rear camera setup, with the 13MP primary rear shooter coming with an f/1.9 aperture, allowing for good low-light performance. Up front is a 5MP camera with Face Unlock capabilities, which is also the go-to method for smartphone security, since the phone doesn’t come with a fingerprint scanner.

The Galaxy M10 is running Android 8.1 Oreo. A lot of entry-level smartphones tend to run older versions of Android so this isn’t particularly surprising. However, it’s disappointing to see Samsung follow suit with a 2019 release. The Galaxy M10 had a great opportunity to stand out from the competition by featuring the latest version of Android on board, but it will hopefully do a better job of rolling out the update than the competition.

One of the reasons Samsung had lost ground in this ultra-competitive category is because of the price point of its previous offerings. That is no longer an issue with the M10, with the device priced at just 7,990 rupees (~$112) for 2GB RAM and 16GB storage and 8,990 rupees (~$127) for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version. Samsung is using the dreaded flash sale method, with the device going on sale every Tuesday at 12PM.

Specs

  • 6.2-inch PLS TFT display with a 1520 x 720 resolution
  • 1.6GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 7870 processor
  • Mali-T830 MP1 GPU
  • 2/3GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of storage, further expandable via microSD up to 512GB
  • 13MP and 5MP dual rear cameras, 5MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 155.6 x 75.6 x 7.7mm, 160grams

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Realme C1 (2019)

realme c1 (2019)

Realme first launched the C1 back in October of 2018, so it was certainly a surprise to see the 2019 edition of the device being announced in January this year. There’s not a whole lot different between the two versions, but a key specs bump makes all the difference.

While the original C1 was only available with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage, the Realme C1 (2019) introduces a 3GB of RAM version as well and doubles the base storage to 32GB. Everything else remains the same, including the HD+ notched display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor under the hood, and a dual rear camera setup.

Like the Galaxy M10, the 5MP front-facing camera of the Realme C1 (2019) comes with the Face Unlock feature and is the only smartphone security option, with Realme also opting to not include a fingerprint scanner. The big selling point of the Realme C1 is its 4,230mAh battery, which is one of the largest you’ll see in this list best phones under 10,000 rupees.

The Realme C1 (2019) is priced at 7,499 rupees (~$106) and 8,499 rupees (~$120) for the 2GB and 3GB of RAM versions respectively. Both iterations come with 32GB of built-in storage.

Specs

  • 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with a 1520 x 720 resolution
  • 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 2/3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 13MP and 2MP dual rear cameras, 5MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 4,230mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 156.2 x 75.6 x 8.2mm, 168grams

Lava Z92

lava z92

Indian smartphone manufacturers are admittedly struggling in the extremely competitive affordable segments that are dominated by Chinese OEMs. However, there is an on-going resurgence of sorts with both Micromax and Lava releasing smartphones that are worthy competitors. The latter’s latest offering is the Lava Z92.

The Lava Z92 a sleek, well-designed smartphone that fits right in among the competing devices on this best smartphones under 10,000 rupees list. The specs are as you’d expect from a phone in this price range. You get a large HD+ display with a notch, the Helio P22 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage.

Unlike some of the other devices on this list, the Lava Z92 comes with a single 13MP rear shooter but enhances the photography experience with AI features and various camera modes. Up front is an 8MP camera. The device also comes with a smart gaming mode that allows for uninterrupted gaming. Unlike the Galaxy M10 and Realme C1, the Lava Z92 comes with a fingerprint scanner.

The Lava Z92 is priced at 9,999 rupees (~$141), which may seem steep when looking at the price points of similarly-specced devices. However, you do get a few extras with this phone that you don’t with others, the most interesting of which is a pair of earphones. It isn’t going to be of the best quality, but is certainly a nice addition that is generally unseen with budget-friendly devices.

Specs

  • 6.22-inch IPS LCD display with a 1520 x 720 resolution
  • 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor
  • PowerVR GE8320 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 13MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 3,260mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 156.9 x 75.8 x 8mm

Asus Zenfone Max M2 (3GB RAM)

asus zenfone max m2

Despite launching the Zenfone Max M1 in October last year, Asus has already released its successor – the Zenfone Max M2 – in India. However, even with the quick turn around, the Zenfone Max M2 features key upgrades across the board that make for quite a compelling smartphone that is priced under 10,000 rupees.

You now get a notched HD+ display, which has quickly become the standard in the price range. The version of the device that falls under the limits of this list comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The biggest upgrade, however, has been in the processor department, with the Zenfone Max M2 being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor.

The device comes with a dual rear camera setup and an 8MP front-facing shooter. Keeping everything running is a large 4,000mAh battery that should make for impressive battery life. Unlike some of the other devices on this list, the Zenfone Max M2 comes with a fingerprint scanner.

The 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage version of the Asus Zenfone Max M2 is priced at 9,999 rupees (~$141). However, for just 2,000 rupees more, you can get the 4GB of RAM and 64GB built-in storage iteration as well.

Specs

  • 6.26-inch IPS LCD display with a 1520 x 720 resolution
  • 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage, further expandable via microSD up to 512GB
  • 13MP and 2MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 158.4 x 76.3 x 7.7mm, 160grams

Micromax Infinity N12

micromax infinity n12

Like Lava, Micromax certainly needed to keep up with the times to compete in this price segment. And they finally manage to do so with its latest smartphone offering – the Micromax Infinity N12. In fact, Micromax was the first Indian OEM to jump on the notch bandwagon, but that’s not the only thing that brings this device in line with the competition.

The specs list reads largely the same as every other device on the best smartphones under 10,000 rupees list. You get a 6.2-inch HD+ display and under the hood is the MediaTek Helio P22 processor backed by 3GB of RAM.

The big selling point for this phone is its camera setup. You get 13MP and 5MP dual rear cameras and an impressive 16MP front-facing shooter that allows for the Face Unlock feature. You get a fingerprint scanner though for the more secure method of unlocking your phone. Keeping everything running is a large 4,000mAh battery.

The Micromax Infinity N12 is available for just 9,499 rupees (~$133) on Amazon.

Specs

  • 6.19-inch IPS LCD display with 1500 x 720 resolution
  • 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor
  • PowerVR GE8320 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB built-in storage, expandable via microSD card up to 128GB
  • 13MP and 5MP dual rear cameras, 16MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 156 x 76.2 x 8.5mm, 164grams

Xiaomi Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A

Xiaomi Redmi 6 press render showing the device in gold against a gold background. MIUI Forum

There is no better showcase of Xiaomi’s dominance in the Indian smartphone market than the fact that the company has smartphones featured on the best lists of every price range. Xiaomi has found a lot of success with the affordable Redmi series and is hoping to continue that run with the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A.

Both devices retain the excellent build and design that the series is known for. Both the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A come with 5.45-inch HD+ displays, are powered by 3,000mAh batteries, and run Android 8.1 Oreo. But that’s as far as it goes for things in common between the two.

The Redmi 6 features a faster processor in the Helio P22, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage available. You also get a dual rear camera setup and a fingerprint scanner with the Redmi 6. On the other hand, the Redmi 6A comes with the Helio A22 processor under the hood, backed by 2GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage. A single 13MP shooter is on the back.

Of course, the difference in specs and features allows for a decent difference in the price as well. The ultra-affordable Redmi 6A starts at just 5,999 rupees (~$84) and gives you double the storage (32GB) for an additional 500 rupees. The Redmi 6 is the better option of the two and isn’t that much more expensive either. The 32GB of storage version is priced at 7,999 rupees (~$113), while the 64GB of storage iteration will set you back 8,499 rupees (~$120).

Specs

Xiaomi Redmi 6

  • 5.45-inch IPS LCD display with 1440 x 720 resolution
  • 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor
  • PowerVR GE8320 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32/64GB built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM2 slot)
  • 12MP and 5MP dual rear cameras, 5MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby) hybrid slot
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 147.5 x 71.5 x 8.3mm, 146grams

Xiaomi Redmi 6A

  • 5.45-inch IPS LCD display with 1440 x 720 resolution
  • 2GHz quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 13MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 147.5 x 71.5 x 8.3mm, 145grams

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Even more options!

We’re just scratching the surface! Whether you’re looking specifically for Indian phone brands, the best Android phones under 10,000 rupees, under 30,000 rupees, and anything in between — we have a guide for you.

So there you have it for this roundup of some of the best Android phones under 10,000 in India! We will continue to keep this list updated as more phones are released in the market this year.