The decision to buy a phone is never an easy one. And with a myriad of choices available out there, one is easily confused. Of course, what ever money you invest in a device, you always want to get the best device in the budget. And with that view, one of the decisive factors would be the device running on the latest Android iteration. However, while most high-end and flagship smartphones run the new OS, there are only a handful of smartphone in a budget Rs 10,000 or less range that come with the new Android Nougat. Also Read - Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 8 get an extra year of quarterly security updatesAlso Read - Nokia 3 gets July security update; fixes critical media framework vulnerability
Further, considering that Android O is already in the pipeline, if someone invests in a device at this point of time, it only makes sense to go for a device running on Android 7.0 or above. Also, with a Nougat-running device, at least you are more likely to receive one major upgrade, which would be Android O. So you are covered for about two years with the latest OS. Hence, we have prepared a list of 10 smartphones out there that are priced below Rs 10,000, and run on Android Nougat OS. Also Read - Nokia 3 (2017) finally starts receiving Android 9 Pie update with May 2019 Android security patch
Moto C Plus
The recently launched Moto C Plus is priced at Rs 6,999, and comes with Android Nougat 7.0 out-of-the-box. Besides the latest OS, among the highlights of the phone is its the 4,000mAh battery. Other than that, the smartphone features a 5-inch HD display, 1.35GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD Slot. For photography, it has an 8-megapixel camera on the rear, and a 2-megapixel snapper with LED flash on the front. The Moto C Plus supports dual-SIM (nano), 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
In Nokia s recent range of smartphone that were launched in India, the Nokia 3 is the low-end one, priced at Rs 9,499. The highlight of the phone is essentially the comeback of the Finnish company. The Nokia 3 boasts a polycarbonate unibody design, and features a 5-inch HD display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek s MT6737 quad-core chipset, with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB internal storage, which is further expandable. For photography, it is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera both in the front and rear. Fuelled by a 2,650mAh battery, it also supports dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. HMD Global has also promised that all the new Nokia smartphones are set to get the Android O update. ALSO READ: Nokia 3: 5 alternative smartphones you can buy in India right now
Intex Aqua Crystal Plus
At Rs 5,999, the Intex Aqua Crystal Plus smartphone comes with a 5.-inch HD display, powered by a 1.25GHz MediaTek quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage (expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card). For photography, it sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, and a 5-megapixel camera up front. Connectivity options include 4G LTE support, dual-SIM card slot, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, and USB. It is fuelled by 2,100mAh battery.
Intex Aqua A4
Price at Rs 4,199, the recently launched Intex Aqua A4 also makes it to the list. The Intex Aqua A4 features a 4-inch WVGA display, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz, 1GB of RAM and internal storage of 8GB, which is expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Armed with a 1,750mAh battery, the smartphone includes dual-SIM support, 4G LTE with VoLTE support, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. ALSO READ: Nokia 3 now available online in India, priced at Rs 9,499
Karbonn Aura Note 2
Karbonn’s Aura Note 2 retails at Rs 6,490. The smartphone offers a 5-inch HD display, and is powered by a quad-core 1.25GHz chipset, with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card. It sports a 13-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera up front. Besides a 2,900mAh battery, the smartphone also includes 4G LTE support, dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
Videocon Krypton 22
At a price of Rs 7,200, Videocon offers the Kryton 22 smartphone, which was launched earlier this year. It is currently retailing at Rs 6,099 on Amazon India, and Rs 5,999 on eBay India. The smartphone features a 5-inch display with 2.5D curved glass on top. It is powered by 1.1GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 64GB using a microSD card. The Videocon Krypton 22 is fuelled by a 2,450mAh battery, and features connectivity options like 4G LTE with VoLTE support, VoWiFi, Bluetooth, and USB support.
Swipe Elite 2 Plus
At Rs 4,444, the Swipe Elite 2 Plus features a 5-inch FWVGA display. It is powered by 1.5GHz Mediatek 6582M quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It sports a 5-megapixel camera at the back and a 2-megapixel on the front. It comes with dual-SIM support, and is fuelled by a 2,500mAh battery.
Intex ELYT e7
Another budget device with Nougat available in market for purchase is the Intex ELYT e7, which comes with a 5.2-inch HD display with 2.5D curved glass protection. It is powered by a quad-core 1.25GHz MediaTek chipset with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. Unlike most of the smartphones in this list, the Intex ELYT e7 also features a fingerprint scanner, which is definitely the highlight of the device. For photography it sports a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. The smartphone is fuelled by a 4,020mAh battery, and includes dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, and OTG support. The smartphone is priced at Rs 7,999.
Intex Aqua S3
One other Intex smartphone in the list is the Aqua S3, which is priced at Rs 5,777. The smartphone sports a 5.-inch HD display, and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core chipset, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage (expandable to 64GB). For photography, it has an 8-megapixel LED flash camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Fuelling the phone is a 2,450mAh battery, and the device supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: 6 risky password mistakes you should never make
Moto G4 Play
While, unlike the other smartphones in the list, the Moto G4 Play did not come with Android Nougat out-of-the-box, but the smartphone has recently received the update, and so it technically makes it to the list too. Priced at Rs 8,999, the Moto G4 Play, features a 5-inch HD display, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel selfie camera, and a 2,800mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a USB.
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