Consumers in the Indian market have tons of choice when trying to pick the right smartphone. From the latest and greatest to low-cost, entry-level smartphones, 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.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (3GB RAM)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, sporting the much-hyped 48MP rear camera, may have grabbed all the headlines. But the more affordable and just as impressive Redmi Note 7 is also an excellent option if you are looking for one of the best Android smartphones under 10,00 rupees.

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series is incredibly popular but it has long been due for a refresh, at least in terms of design. Xiaomi seems to have recognized this, with the latest Redmi Note now featuring a glass sandwich design instead of the all-metal build of previous generations. Along with a new design, the Redmi Note 7 also gains a USB-C charging port.

Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, along with 3/4GB of RAM and 32/64GB of storage. Instead of a 48MP camera, the Redmi Note 7 ships with a 12MP camera that is coupled with a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there is a 13MP camera housed in the notch. Keeping everything running is a 4,000mAh battery.

Xiaomi keeps up with its tradition of offering a lot of bang for the buck with the Redmi Note 7. The 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant is priced at 9,999 rupees (~$140), while the 4GB RAM/64GB storage iteration will set you back 11,999 rupees (~$169). Unfortunately, this isn’t the easiest phone to get your hands on, with Xiaomi utilizing the dreaded flash sale model. The device goes on sale every Wednesday at 12PM on Flipkart.

Specs

  • 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2340 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
  • Adreno 512 GPU
  • 3/4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 12 and 2MP rear cameras, 13MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1mm, 185grams

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Xiaomi Redmi Y3 / Redmi 7

Redmi Y3 back of the phone

Xiaomi Redmi Y3

The Xiaomi Redmi Y3 and the Redmi 7 are both excellent options if you’re in the market for a smartphone priced at under 10,000 rupees. While the Y3 falls in a weird middle ground between the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi 7, it still manages to offer something different to make it the most enticing option among the current slate of Redmi smartphones.

Let’s start with the similarities between the two first. The Redmi Y3 and the Redmi 7 are powered by the same processing package – the Snapdragon 632 and come with the same HD+ display. Both also come with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, but the Redmi 7 also has a lower-end 2GB of RAM version. Both phones feature the same rear camera setup as the Redmi Note 7 and keeping everything running is the same 4,000mAh battery. The Redmi Y3 and Redmi 7 also look identical but are available in different color options.

Redmi 7 in hand

Xiaomi Redmi 7

There are a couple of reasons why the Redmi Y3 is the more expensive of the two though. The first is also the biggest selling point of the Y3, its 32MP front-facing shooter. For frequent selfie-takers, the impressive front camera is reason enough to opt for the Redmi Y3 over the Redmi 7 and its 8MP front camera. The Redmi Y3 also comes with a USB-C port, while Xiaomi sticks with a microUSB port for the Redmi 7.

If the front-facing camera isn’t important, the Redmi 7 is a great choice. The device is priced at 7,999 rupees (~$115) and 8,999 rupees (~$130) for the 2GB and 3GB of RAM versions respectively. On the other hand, the Redmi Y3’s 9,999 rupees (~$145) is the same as the 3GB RAM/32GB storage version of the Redmi Note 7. This may seem odd, given that the latter comes with a higher resolution display and a faster processor. However, the premium for the Y3 is because of its better selfie shooter so if that’s what you need, that’s what you should get.

Specs

Xiaomi Redmi Y3

  • 6.26-inch IPS LCD display with 1520 x 720 resolution
  • 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 12 and 2MP rear cameras, 32MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 158.7 x 75.6 x 8.5mm, 180grams

Xiaomi Redmi 7

  • 6.26-inch IPS LCD display with 1520 x 720 resolution
  • 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 2/3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 12 and 2MP rear cameras, 8MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 158.7 x 75.6 x 8.5mm, 180grams

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Realme 3 (3GB RAM)

realme 3

Realme’s smartphone portfolio stretches wide across the spectrum in India and includes everything from budget phones to mid-range devices in the sub-20,000 rupee segment. The latest offering from the company – the Realme 3 – lies bang in the middle of the two categories. Like most Realme smartphones so far, the Realme 3 continues to offer incredible value for money. 

The Indian version of the Realme 3 is powered by the MediaTek Helio P70 processor, backed by 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage depending on the variant. A dual camera setup with a combination of a 13MP unit and 2MP depth sensor, is found on the back while a 13MP front-facing shooter is housed in the dewdrop notch. Keeping everything running is a 3,230 mAh battery.

The Realme 3 doesn’t quite blow the competition out of the water the way the Realme 1 or the Realme 2 Pro did. However, it manages to out-spec competitors while offering a price advantage as well.

The Realme 3 is priced starting at 8,999 rupees (~$130) for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage version, and you can get an additional gig of RAM and double the storage for 10,999 rupees (~$159). Like the Redmi Note 7, you will have to deal with a flash sale to buy the device. The Realme 3 goes on sale every Tuesday at 12PM.

Specs

  • 6.22-inch IPS LCD display with a 1520 x 720 resolution
  • 2.1GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 processor
  • Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
  • 3/4GB of RAM
  • /32/64GB of storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 13MP and 2MP dual rear cameras, 13MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 4,230mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 156.1 x 75.6 x 8.3mm, 175grams

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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

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 8,499 rupees (~$122). 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 8,350 rupees (~$120) 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

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.


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