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Consumers in India don’t suffer from a lack of choice when it comes to buying a phone. From the latest and greatest to the entry-level, there is something for everyone. Luckily for those on a tight budget, there are a lot of really good options available as well. Here’s a roundup of some of the best phones under 10,000 rupees in India.

The best phones under 10,000 rupees in India:

Editor’s note: We will continue to update this list of the best phones under 10,000 rupees as more become available.


Redmi 9 Prime

Redmi 9 prime - best phones under 10,000 rupees

Xiaomi took the wraps off of a Redmi smartphone in India, which is basically the same as the Redmi 9 that the company released in Europe. Called the Redmi 9 Prime, the budget smartphone boasts a powerful chipset for the price, a large battery, and a quad-camera setup.

The name is inspired by Xiaomi’s first “Prime” branded made-in-India phone, the Redmi 2 Prime. The company later launched the Redmi 3S Prime and the Redmi 9 Prime is its third Prime series phone in the country. Xiaomi says that the Redmi Prime series will focus on mid-tier phones and sits somewhere between the Redmi Note series and the numbered Redmi series.

It’s another welcome return for Xiaomi to this price segment, and the 9 Prime is certainly one of the best phones you can get for under 10,000 rupees.


Redmi 9 Prime specs:

  • Display: 6.53-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G80
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 13, 8, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,020mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Realme Narzo 20A

Realme Narzo 20A official

This budget phone maker isn’t leaving any stone unturned to capture as big a share of the Indian market as possible. Realme introduced a new line of smartphones in the ultra-affordable segment a few months ago. Realme has already launched its successors as well. The latest addition to the sub-10,000 rupees category is the Realme Narzo 20A.

There are a few upgrades when compared to the Narzo 10A. You get a higher storage variant, a better selfie shooter, a slightly faster processor, and more importantly, a cheaper price point. The incremental upgrades aren’t surprising given Realme’s release cycle, but the Narzo 20A is the obvious pick between the two.


Realme Narzo 20A specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Redmi 9 / Redmi 9i / Redmi 9A

redmi 9 - best phones under 10,000 rupees

The Redmi 9 and Redmi 9A are the company’s latest ultra-affordable smartphones in the country. As is usually the case with every iteration of these lines, the 9 and the 9A slot right into our list of some of the best phones you can get for under 10,000 rupees. Redmi also recently launched the 9i, which finds its place right in the middle of the 9 and the 9A.

A few things stay the same between the three. This includes the display size and resolution, battery capacity, the primary camera, and the front-facing shooter. However, the Redmi 9 tacks on a second depth sensor on the back, has a faster processing package with more RAM and storage, and comes with a fingerprint scanner. The Redmi 9i, on the other hand, is basically the 9A with more RAM and storage.

All three are excellent options in the budget category, but the Redmi 9 is definitely the best of the lot. However, you’ll be able to save around 1,000 rupees and 2,000 rupees with the 9i and 9A respectively, so they are worth considering as well.


Redmi 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.53-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G35
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 13MP and 2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Redmi 9i specs:

  • Display: 6.53-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G25
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 13MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Redmi 9A specs:

  • Display: 6.53-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G25
  • RAM: 2/3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 13MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Realme C12

realme c12 - best phones under 10,000 rupees

Realme and Redmi continue their intense rivalry across all price segments in India. The race heats up in the under 10,000 rupees category as well, with the Realme C12 ready to take on the Redmi 9. It’s actually quite interesting to see how much the two phones have in common.

The size and resolution of the displays are the same, the processing package is identical, and the design, with a square-ish camera bump on the rear, is similar as well. The Realme C12 stands out in a couple of areas though. It comes with a third camera on the back, and more importantly, features a huge battery. That said, the Redmi 9 with the same price tag comes with more RAM and storage.

Depending on what is more important to you, it’s truly a toss-up between the two latest ultra-affordable smartphones from the two rival phone makers.


Realme C12 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G35
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 13, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Motorola E7 Plus

Moto E7 Plus official image

 

Motorola has slowly but steadily been bolstering its entry-level and ultra-affordable portfolio in India over the past few years. Between the One and the G-series, the company has a slew of excellent devices on offer. Joining the two is Motorola’s other ultra-affordable range, the E series.

The Motorola E7 Plus is an excellent upgrade compared to its predecessor. You get a faster processor, improved camera setup, and a larger battery. The specs and features are admittedly standard fare for this price range, but it’s great to see Motorola taking in an interest in this segment once again.

One truly disappointing thing about the E7 Plus though is the fact that it comes with a microUSB charging port. That said, it’s still one of the better options to consider under 10,000 rupees.


Motorola E7 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 460
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 48 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

That’s it for this roundup of the best phones under 10,000 rupees in India! Looking for more options? Be sure to check out our best phones in India guide, as well as our roundups of the best phones under 15,000 rupees, best phones under 20,000 rupees, best phones under 30,000 rupees, and finally, the best for under 40,000 rupees.