It’s always hard to recommend a good smartphone in sub-Rs. 10,000, because manufacturers often have to sacrifice a lot to offer their phones such a low price. However, the Micromax In 2b is one of the very few recent launches that strikes a good balance between performance, design and price. There’s also the Realme C25, the successor to the C15, which is a decent upgrade in this segment.
The rest of the smartphones are making a comeback from our previous list, and a few older models have been pruned down along the way. 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||Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10)||Price in India (as recommended)|
|Micromax in 2b||8||Rs. 8,499|
|Realme C25||7||Rs. 9,999|
|Moto E7 Plus||8||Rs. 8,999|
|Realme Narzo 30A||8||Rs. 8,999|
Micromax in 2b
The Micromax In 2b might not be a jack of all trades, but it’s good at the basics, which increases its value compared to some competing smartphones. The back of the phone is made of plastic but is practical in terms of design and does not accumulate fingerprints and smudges. Its screen is bright enough and displays decent colors, considering its entry-level price tag. The phone’s Unisoc T610 SoC proved to be quite good for a phone in this category. Camera performance was poor, but battery life and software experience were very good, making it a serious contender in the segment.
The Realme C25 isn’t looking to set new records, but compared to its predecessor the C15, it does have a few much-needed upgrades in terms of a USB Type-C port and a faster MediaTek Helio G70 SoC. It has a sturdy plastic unibody that’s chubby, yet easy to grip. The battery life is also stellar. Camera performance is passable and looks good enough for a phone aimed at those who just want to run apps and do their day-to-day work. Overall, the Realme C25 will appeal to those on a tight budget and looking for good battery life above all else.
Moto E7 Plus
Another low-cost offering from Motorola is the Moto E7 Plus. It is priced at Rs. 9,499 and packs in decent specs. The Moto E7 Plus is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor, paired with 4 GB of RAM. It sports a 6.5-inch screen with HD + resolution and a dewdrop-shaped notch at the top.
Motorola offers a 5,000mAh battery, but unfortunately this phone lacks a USB Type-C port and instead has a Micro-USB port. Cameras are capable of capturing good photos in daylight. Using Night mode, the Moto E7 Plus also takes decent low-light photos.
The Moto E7 Plus offers a clean, close-to-stock Android user interface, which isn’t very common at this price point. If you like a simple and easy to use interface, the Moto E7 Plus has you covered. The Moto G9 and Moto G10 Power are suitable alternatives.
Realme Narzo 30A
The Narzo 30A launched in early 2021 and is the latest addition to the Narzo series from Realme. The phone is priced at Rs. 8,999 and offers good value for money. It has a new design with a square shaped camera module as well as a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. 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 is available in two variants. The base variant has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage while the top variant offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. This phone runs Realme UI on Android 10.
You get a dual camera setup on the Narzo 30A which provides decent daylight shots, but the camera performance in low light is below par. If you like to take a lot of selfies, the Realme Narzo 30A will make you happy. The large battery also helps provide excellent battery life, but that comes at the cost of a slightly bulky and bulky device.