Low cost, high value: Entry-level smartphones are catching up

Best Smartphones Under 10,000

India is currently the biggest prospective market for all things tech, but also among the hardest to dominate. The average consumer in our country is tech-smart. Armed with the tool of YouTube and the wealth of knowledge available on the internet, the Indian smartphone consumer demands the best bang for their buck, no matter the budget.

Entry-level smartphones are among the highest selling devices across India, but they seldom get as much airtime on the news stories or in tech blogs owing to their obvious lack of buzzworthy features. That, however, doesn’t reflect how competitive this segment has become. Gone are the days when Xiaomi’s Redmi series had a monopoly. Smartphone manufacturers are fighting tooth and nail for the crown of Budget King.

Looking to buy a budget smartphone but confused by the bazillion options advertised everywhere from buses to billboards? Don’t worry, we did the digging so you don’t have to.

Here are the Best Smartphones under ₹10,000 in April 2019.

Redmi Note 7

Redmi Note 7

The young brother of the pricier Note 7 Pro, the Redmi Note 7 is a solid contender for the top spot in the sub-10k segment. Redmi, which is now separated from its parent company Xiaomi, is going all guns blazing to reclaim its highest selling status in India.

Packing a Snapdragon 660 SoC in a rather premium Gorilla Glass sandwich design with stunning gradients, the Redmi 7 offers two storage options, 3GB+32GB, and 4GB+64GB in RAM and Internal storage respectively.

A dual camera equipped with a capable 48MP snapper, a notched FHD+ display panel and 5000mAh of battery backup all lends this phone unmatched value.

Asus Zenfone Max M2

Asus Zenfone Max M2

The Asus Zenfone Max M1 wasn’t a particularly groundbreaking smartphone, but the M2 brings a host of improvements to the table which make it a worthy contender.

While it may not win you any compliments in the looks department, its beauty lies on the inside. With a decent 4000mAh battery, a Snapdragon 623 chipset, a 13+2MP dual camera, and Full HD display, the M2 gets more than the job done.

It also delivers a near-stock experience for Android purists, ensuring a lag-free software experience.  This device also comes in two storage configurations: 3GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB in RAM and Internal storage respectively.

Realme U1

Realme U1

Ever since its launch in November, the Realme U1 has been a regular pick in the sub-15k segment. With their newest launch, Realme 3, the company hopes to have the same effect in the entry-level segment.

The phone comes equipped with an Helio P70 processor in a fingerprint-prone glass sandwich design with AI-backed dual cameras. Realme 3 offers two storage options, 3GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB.

The handset comes equipped with an AI-backed dual camera, an FHD+ display panel, and a hefty 4230 mAh battery.

The company’s new toned down Color OS 6.0 might earn them a new set of admirers.

Samsung Galaxy M10

Samsung Galaxy M10

Following the onslaught of Chinese players in the smartphone market, the OG Koreans are looking to regain footing in the cheaper segments with its millennial-focused M-series smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy M10 is the company’s base level offering. The phone sports a gorgeous front panel with a waterdrop-style notch covering an HD+ display.

The phone isn’t the strongest when it comes to under-the-hood performance, sporting a year-old Exynos 7870 chipset with 2 or 3 GB RAM options. The battery is rated at 3400 mAh and lasts a solid day thanks to the simpler Experience UI. Samsung also brings an ultra wide-angle camera into the mix with its dual lens setup.

It’s clear that Samsung has cut some corner with this smartphone but the flip side, you get a premium experience despite the M10 being the cheapest phone in this comparison.

Nokia 5.1 Plus

Nokia 5.1 Plus

HMD Global’s Nokia 5 series is a common choice in the sub-15k segment but after a recent company price cut, the phone is available for much less. It is

The phone offers an average dual sensor camera setup which performs well in decently lit conditions but falters in low-light settings. While phone lacks in its camera prowess, it makes up for it in software.

The MSP of the phone is its Android One software experience which when combined with makes for a smooth, lag-free experience powered by a removable 3060 mAh battery.

The Nokia 5.1 Plus also comes in two memory configurations: 3GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB.

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