India’s smartphone market returned to double-digit growth at the end of second quarter, which means consumers have once again started picking up new devices in big numbers. According to Counterpoint Research, the smartphone market registered 18 percent year-over-year growth after a flat growth in the first quarter. Samsung regained leadership from Xiaomi but Chinese smartphone makers saw triple-digit growth in their shipments.
Honor and Xiaomi saw their shipments grow by 188 percent and 112 percent respectively. The research notes that increased shipments mainly belonged to the sub-Rs 10,000 price segment and it is no wonder that this segment offers a large set of devices to choose from and especially those offering tremendous value for money. If you are in the market looking for a smartphone in the sub-Rs 10,000 price segment then here are ten devices that make the best bet.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, launched in early 2018, is already one of the best selling smartphones in the sub-Rs 10,000 price segment. Xiaomi claims to have sold over 5 million units of the device since its launch and it is on track to perfectly fill on the shoes of its predecessor. The Redmi Note 5 builds on the success of Redmi Note 4 with a larger display and support for taller aspect ratio.
The smartphone features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage. It gets a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The Redmi Note 5 runs Android Oreo, has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.
Xiaomi Redmi Y2
However, if you want a selfie-centric smartphone and dual camera module then Xiaomi’s Redmi Y2 would make a far better option. The Redmi Y1 is the updated version of last year’s Redmi Y1 and it comes with thin bezel design and an improved selfie camera.
In terms of specifications, it has a 5.99-inch HD+ display and is powered by the same Snapdragon 625 SoC found under the hood of Redmi Note 5. The smartphone comes with 3GB or 4GB of RAM and option for 32Gb or 64GB of internal storage. On the camera front, there is a dual-camera setup at the rear comprising of 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors and a 16-megapixel front shooter. The smartphone is backed by a 3,080mAh battery and it runs Android 8.1 Oreo.
Oppo Realme 1
Xiaomi’s smartphones offer great value for money but their designs can look too generic at this point in time. It is hard to differentiate Redmi Y2 from Redmi Note 5 Pro and if you want premium design without shelling a lot of money then the Oppo Realme 1 will be the right choice for you.
The Realme 1 is all about design with premium metal casing and a diamond-finish back that screams premium right out of the box. The smartphone justifies its Rs 8,999 price tag with a 6-inch display, MediaTek Helio processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage. It features a single 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. It lacks a fingerprint sensor, runs Android Oreo and packs a 3,410mAh battery.
Honor has been growing faster than previously anticipated and it has emerged as a formidable challenge to Xiaomi in the country. In its sub-Rs 10,000 arsenal, Honor has Honor 7A and Honor 7C. The Honor 7A is priced at Rs 8,999 and it comes with a 5.7-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 CPU, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The smartphone has 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear cameras and an 8-megapixel front camera. The smartphone runs EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo and is backed by a 3,000mAh battery.
Infinix Hot 6 Pro
Infinix, a sub-brand of Transsion Holdings, is emerging as a strong contender in the online smartphone segment. The new Infinix Hot 6 Pro launched recently for Rs 7,999 offers the right mix of features and specifications to compete against the likes of Xiaomi and Honor.
The smartphone features a 6-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels and 18:9 aspect ratio. It can be configured with 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB storage along with Snapdragon 425 chipset. It also offers dual-camera setup at the rear with 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel sensors, and a 5-megapixel front camera. It has a 4,000mAh battery and runs Android 8.0 Oreo with its own software called XOS Hummingbird.
Xiaomi Redmi 5
Xiaomi Redmi 5 is another smartphone from the Chinese company that offer great value in the sub-Rs 10,000 price segment. It starts at Rs 7,999 price segment and features a 5.7-inch HD+ display, Snapdragon 450 CPU, 2GB or 3GB or 4GB RAM and 16GB or 32GB internal storage.
There is a 12-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. It runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat and is upgradeable to Android Oreo. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and is backed by a 3,300mAh battery.
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The Honor 7C is priced a bit higher than the Honor 7A. At Rs 9,999, the smartphone offers 5.99-inch HD+ display, upto 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. It is powered by a Snapdragon 450 SoC and runs Android 8.0 Oreo. There is a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual-camera setup at the back and an 8-megapixel camera at the front. It is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and sports a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Motorola is not really competing in the smartphone market that vigorously but its older Moto G5S still seems like a value purchase. It has a 5.2-inch Full-HD display, Snapdragon 430 CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage, It offers a 16-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The smartphone runs Android Oreo and packs a 3,000mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro
Samsung is not able to match Chinese smartphone makers in terms of price but its products do offer value and are popular in the offline retail segment. The Galaxy J3 Pro is one of the best selling smartphone for the company and is priced at Rs 6,490.
The Galaxy J3 Pro features a 5-inch display, Snapdragon 410 chipset, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. It has an 8-megapixel camera at the back and a 5-megapixel camera at the front. There is WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and 4G LTE for connectivity and is backed by a 2,600mAh battery.
10.or G is a smartphone crafted especially for Amazon India and it starts at Rs 7,699. It has a 5.5-inch Ful- HD display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 chipset coupled with 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. It has dual 13-megapixel rear-camera setup and a 16-megapixel front shooter. The smartphone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery and is priced at Rs 9,699 for the premium model.
Reliance JioPhone 2
Though technically not a smartphone, the JioPhone 2 does warrant a mention in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment. It offers quite a bit for a simple feature phone, and some of the features are on part with entry-level Android devices. The Rs 2,999 device features a 2.4-inch QVGA display with a full QWERTY keyboard below it. There’s 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, microSD card support, 2-megapixel rear camera, 0.3-megapixel selfie camera, and it comes with 4G VoLTE support. On the software front, it runs KaiOS with support for apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, Google Maps, and Google Assistant.
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