Ameya DalviOctober 14, 2021 09:10:21 am
It is time to update our list of smartphones below Rs 10,000 for this quarter. And what better time to do it than in the middle of the online sales season! As always, we’ve made sure the phones on this list have at least 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and high-capacity batteries. For photography enthusiasts on a budget, we also have three phones with 48 MP cameras. It’s time to find out about the best options under 10K this October.
Best Phones to Buy for Under Rs 10,000 in India
The Poco M3 is our first choice in this segment as it meets many requirements and offers excellent value for money. It has a 6.53-inch Full HD + screen with Gorilla Glass 3 protection against scratches. The phone is powered by a respectable Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chip which is a very good option for this price segment. You get the 4GB RAM and 64GB internal (expandable) storage variant on this budget. And you can probably fit the 6GB RAM variant into this budget during the ongoing sale if you have the right credit / debit card.
The Poco M3 has three cameras on the back with a combination of a 48 MP main camera, a 2 MP macro camera, and a 2 MP depth sensor. You get an 8 MP front camera for selfies and video calls. The large 6,000 mAh can keep the phone on for more than two days of moderate use and it also supports 18W fast charging. The phone runs Android 10 with MIUI 12 on top.
Poco M3 price in India: Rs 9,999 for 4GB RAM / 64GB storage
Redmi 9 Prime / Poco M2 recharged
The Redmi 9 Prime is still a great option in this budget. It is one of the few phones in this segment that has a Full HD screen. You get a large 6.53-inch screen protected from scratches by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. At its core is a Mediatek Helio G80 SoC, and you get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal (expandable) storage to go with it. This chipset is powerful enough for everyday tasks and useful for a bit of gaming on medium settings.
The Redmi 9 Prime has quad cameras on the back. It has a 13 MP main camera accompanied by an 8 MP ultra-wide shooter, a 5 MP macro camera, and a 2 MP depth sensor. The image quality is perfectly acceptable for this price class. An 8 MP front camera handles selfies and video calls. This phone has a 5,020 mAh battery that can last for a day and a half of moderate use. The phone runs Android 10 with MIUI 12 on top.
If you prefer a Poco brand phone over a Redmi, the Poco M2 Reloaded is pretty much the same phone. And even better, it is currently available for one thousand rupees less.
Redmi 9 Prime price in India: Rs 9,999 for 4GB RAM / 64GB storage
Poco M2 Reloaded price in India: Rs 8,999 for 4GB RAM / 64GB storage
Samsung Galaxy F12 / M12
Speaking of identical phones with different model numbers, the Samsung Galaxy M12 and F12 are identical phones, and that also applies to their price tags. Its feature set is more than decent for the segment in addition to the brand name. You get a 6.5-inch HD + display with a 90Hz refresh rate for flicker-free operation in supported apps. Another key feature here is a huge 6,000mAh battery that can last for a full two days of moderate use and supports 15W fast charging.
These phones offer four cameras on the back, starting with a 48 MP main camera, a 5 MP ultra-wide shooter, a 2 MP macro camera, and a 2 MP depth sensor. You get an 8 MP camera on the front to handle selfies and video calls. The Samsung Galaxy F12 and M12 are powered by an Exynos 850 SoC, and you get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage to go along with it. Storage can be further expanded with a microSD card. The phones run Android 11 with Samsung’s One UI 3.1.
Samsung Galaxy F12 / M12 price in India: Rs 9,499 for 4GB RAM / 64GB storage
Micromax IN grade 1
The Micromax IN Note 1 is another great option on this list. This phone also has a Full HD + screen and it is even bigger. The 6.67-inch display here has a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels and has a more modern punch-hole design instead of a notch. The X-shaped pattern on the back also makes for a stylish device. It’s powered by a Mediatek Helio G85 chip, and you get 4GB of RAM along with 64GB of internal storage that can be further expanded with a microSD card.
The Micromax IN Note 1 has four cameras on the back with a combination of a 48 MP main camera, a 5 MP ultra-wide snapper, a 2 MP macro camera, and a 2 MP depth sensor. A 16 MP selfie camera is located in a small hole at the top center of the screen. A 5000 mAh battery keeps the phone powered for more than a day and a half of moderate use and also supports 18W fast charging. The phone runs Android 10.
Micromax IN Note 1 price in India: Rs 9,499 for 4GB RAM / 64GB storage
The Realme C21Y is another attractive phone on this list. The list of functions is not bad either. You get a 6.5-inch HD + screen with a notch. In terms of processing power, this smartphone is powered by the new Unisoc T610 chip which is quite powerful for this segment. You get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which can be further expanded with a microSD card.
The rear camera department includes a 13 MP main camera, a 2 MP macro camera, and a 2 MP depth sensor. The Selfie camera has a modest 5 MP. The Realme C21Y has a 5,000 mAh battery that can keep this phone going for more than a day and a half of moderate use. The phone runs Android 10 with Realme UI on top.
Realme C21Y price in India: Rs 8,999 for 4GB RAM / 64GB storage