If you’re in the market to buy an affordable smartphone, you are likely to be spoilt for choice. The sheer number of options can easily overwhelm buyers if they don’t know what they want to buy. To avoid such a situation, we are here to help making the buying process easy. In this segment, you will find Chinese companies like Xiaomi, Realme, and even Samsung dominating the list. If you re in the market for a smartphone that doesn t cost a bomb, here s a look at the best smartphones you can buy right now for less than Rs 10,000. Also Read - Redmi Note 7 and Note 7S now receiving MIUI 12 Global Stable update in India
Xiaomi Redmi Y3Also Read - Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro in India gets MIUI 12 update
Xiaomi has launched the successor to 2018’s selfie-centric Redmi Y2. Called Redmi Y3, the new smartphone’s USP is again the camera up front. This time around there is a 32-megapixel snapper backed by AI. As for the other features, the Redmi Y3 comes with a 6.26-inch HD+ display, Snapdragon 632 octa-core SoC, dual-camera setup (12-megapixel+2-megapixel), and a 4,000mAh battery. The Redmi Y3 has been launched in two variants. The base model with 3GB RAM is priced at Rs 9,999, while the variant with 4GB RAM is priced at Rs 11,999. Also Read - Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro gets June 2020 security patch update in India
Xiaomi Redmi 7
Alongside the Redmi Y3, Xiaomi today also launched the Redmi 7. Interestingly, the Redmi 7 shares the same set of specifications and features as the Redmi Y3. The one big difference though is the USP. While the Redmi Y3 features a 32-megapixel selfie camera, the Redmi 7 is aimed at offering a compelling package at a low price. The Redmi 7 too has been launched in two variants. The base model with 2GB of RAM is priced at Rs 7,999, while the variant with 3GB of RAM is priced at Rs 8,999.
Realme 3 was introduced as the successor to Realme 2. It features a 3D unibody design with a 6.22-inch HD+ display and a waterdrop notch at the front. Powering the smartphone is MediaTek Helio P70 chipset coupled with Mali-G72 MP3 graphics processor. There is an option for 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB storage and support for expandable storage up to 256GB via microSD card slot. Realme 3 features 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual rear camera setup and now includes support for Nightscape mode. There is a 13-megapixel selfie shooter and is backed by a 4,230mAh battery. The Android Pie smartphone costs Rs 8,999 for the 3GB RAM variant and Rs 10,999 for the 4GB RAM variant.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Despite new competition from Samsung and Realme, Xiaomi remains the undisputed king in the sub-Rs 10,000 price segment. With the Redmi Note 7, the Chinese smartphone maker is likely to retain the leadership in the Indian smartphone market for a few more quarters. It is priced at Rs 9,999 for the base model with 3GB RAM while the variant with 4GB RAM is priced at Rs Rs 11,999.
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In terms of specifications, the Redmi Note 7 features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display and is powered by Snapdragon 660 SoC. There is 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB storage and supports expandable storage up to 256GB. The smartphone features dual rear camera setup with 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel sensors and at the front, there is a 13-megapixel selfie shooter. It features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, runs MIUI 10 and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy M10
The Galaxy M10 is Samsung s answer to Realme 3 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 7. It features a 6.22-inch HD+ display with Infinity U notch and is powered by Exynos 7870 SoC. The 2GB RAM variant with 16GB storage is priced at Rs 7,990 while the 3GB RAM variant with 32GB storage is priced at Rs 8,990. It features dual rear camera setup with 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. It is backed by a 3,400mAh battery and comes in two colors.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
It often makes more sense to buy an older smartphone at a discounted price than buying a newer device at their original retail price. With that in mind, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 from Asus, is now proving to be among the best smartphone under Rs 10,000 in India. The smartphone has received multiple price cuts since launch and is now available starting at Rs 7,999 on Flipkart. The 3GB RAM variant is priced at Rs 7,999 while the 4GB RAM variant has been discounted to Rs 9,999. It sports a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display, Snapdragon 636 SoC, dual rear camera setup and an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. It runs Android Oreo but is expected to be updated to Android Pie next month and it packs a beefy 5,000mAh battery.
Realme s success in the Indian market can be owed to its fan base and cheap smartphones. In order to stay competitive against Xiaomi and Samsung, Realme introduced an updated memory configuration for its budget device called the Realme C1 (2019). It comes in two storage variants 2GB RAM variant with 32GB storage priced at Rs 7,499 and a 3GB RAM variant with 32GB storage priced at Rs 8,499. Apart from memory, it is almost identical to its predecessor with a 6.2-inch HD+ display, Snapdragon 450 chipset, 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. It runs ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo and is backed by a 4,230mAh battery.
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