9 Best Phones to Buy in India Under Rs 10000

To help you choose the best budget friendly smartphone of May 2016, here we've listed down the 9 best phones under Rs 10000 in India with their reviews, specifications, pros and cons. Buying a smartphone is always a headache for us, moreover choosing the right budget smartphone with good performance, camera quality, display, speakers and internal storage is the toughest part. You will find lot of decent budget phones within 10000 INR with mixed reviews and ratings. It's really confusing and sometimes you will fall for the wrong one. So to help you choose the right budget smartphone as per your requirements, we've created the list of 9 best mobile phones to buy in India around Rs 10000 price range after a detailed research of the latest, bestselling and most popular low budget smartphones.

The list of best phones under 10000 INR is updated every month with new and better smartphones. Readers are advised to go through the specs, pros and cons of the smartphones to find the device best suited for their requirements.

1) Moto G (3rd gen)

  • Non-removable battery
  • Slight heating problem at times
  • Water resistant
  • Good on performance
  • Decent battery life
  • Good build quality
  • Fairly priced

In a world where you need to pay more in order to get more, Moto G (3rd Gen) proves that sometimes, that may not be necessary. When all the bigger players are offering a phone with similar specs at no less than Rs. 20,000, Motorola has something amazing for the smartphone enthusiasts; it is offering the third generation of Moto G at just under Rs. 10,000.

Moto G (3rd Gen) is power-driven by 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and comes with 1GB of RAM. The internal memory is 8 GB that can be further upgraded to 32 GB with the help of a microSD slot. The phone weighs only 155 grams and the device runs on Android version 5.1.1 and supports two micro SIM cards. It also supports 4G-LTE network on both of the SIM cards. Accelerometer, proximity sensor and light sensor are available in Moto G (3rd Gen) while a fingerprint sensor is missing. The 13 MP rear camera and the 5 MP front camera do the trick for the photographer in you. The IPX7 water resistance capability is a great plus for this smartphone as it gives the phone an edge over the smartphones of similar category and price range. The 2470 mAh battery seems to be quite okay when it comes to lasting long runs. Motorola Moto G Turbo Edition is a gaming variant of the popular Moto G3. It provides better gaming performance and lag-free multitasking experience and with its Snapdragon 615 quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM.

Given the price tag the Moto G (3rd Gen) is made available at and the specifications you get with it, it is most certainly one of the best smartphones to buy under Rs. 10,000; not to forget that the brand value is certainly a plus.

 Spec Moto G (3rd gen)
CPU Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53, Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 Processor
Screen Size 5 inches
Display 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)
Operating System Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), upgradable to v6.0 (Marshmallow)
RAM 2 GB
Primary Camera 13 MegaPixels rear camera with dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Secondary Camera 5 MP front facing camera
Internal Storage 16 GB
Expandable Memory microSD, up to 32 GB (dedicated slot)
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 2470 mAh battery
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2) Lenovo K3 Note

  • No Gorilla Glass protection
  • No NFC Support
  • Unreliable after sales service
  • Octa-core processor
  • 5.5 inch Full HD 1080p screen
  • Sturdy build and design
  • Dolby Atmos Sound
  • Low price

The Lenovo K3 Note is a much improved and updated version of the company's A7000 entry level smartphone. At first glance, both phones look cosmetically identical; however, the K3 Note has been beefed up to provide snappier performance.

Under the hood the Lenovo K3 Note packs a powerful punch with a 1.7 GHz Octa-core processor and speedy 2GB DDR3 RAM, which can smoothly run graphic-intensive games and apps. The Lenovo K3 Note runs the latest Android Lollipop that offers a sleek and intuitive user interface. What's more you can enjoy these features with the phenomenal battery life provided by the 2900 mAh battery. Dual SIM slots and 4G connectivity ensure that the Lenovo Note K3 is future proof. The only noticeable feature missing is the lack of NFC support, a staple in most smartphones these days.

The 5.5 inch display supports 1080p resolution, which is perfect for viewing gorgeous images and stunning movies. Although the screen lacks protection like Gorilla Glass, it is quite resistant to scratches. One minor drawback with the K3 Note is the screen's tendency to attract fingerprints over prolonged use.

Lenovo has made no compromises in the camera department, equipping the K3 Note with not only a 13 MP primary camera that clicks sharp pictures but also a 5 MP front camera that takes the perfect selfies. The Dual LED flash and extensive camera options allow you to take great pictures in all light conditions. The K3 Note's effects mode provides you with a bunch of fun filters that you can use to capture interesting images. Pictures taken in the HDR mode take time to process and are prone to ghosting if not taken carefully. One nifty feature Lenovo has added is the ability to click a photo by saying ‘cheese' or ‘snap'.

For the price of Rs. 9999, the Lenovo K3 Note is a bargain, mainly due to its flagship features and powerful components. Finishing and design have not taken a backseat because of the low price. The Lenovo Note K3 is an excellent option for anyone looking to buy a smartphone under Rs. 10000.

 Spec Lenovo K3 Note
CPU 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 (MediaTek MT6752 64-bit 4G LTE) Octa Core Processor
Screen Size 5.5 inch Full HD Capacitive Touchscreen
Display 1920 x 1080 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
Operating System Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
RAM 2 GB
Primary Camera 13 MP Primary Camera, LED Flash
Secondary Camera 5 MP Secondary Camera
Internal Storage 16 GB
Expandable Memory up to 32 GB of microSD
Battery Li-Ion, 2900 mAh
Additional Features 4G, 3G, WiFi, OTG, GPS, Bluetooth, FM Radio
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3) Yu Yureka Plus

  • Mediocre battery life
  • Slight Heating problem
  • Octa Core processor
  • CyanogenMod 11
  • 5.5 inch Full HD 1080p screen
  • supports OTG

The Yureka Plus is the upgraded version of the exceptional Yureka released by a relatively unknown manufacturer, YU. While the build quality and finish of the phone has a premium feel, a few major flaws mar the popularity of this phone amongst buyers looking to purchase a smartphone below Rs. 10000.

YU has used to quality internal components that allow superior graphics processing, multitasking and seamless data processing. This is all made possible by the ultra-fast 1.5 GHz Octa-core processor and Integrated Adreno 405 GPU powering the device. The powerful hardware is wired to 2 GB of RAM, which has resulted in excellent ratings in both speed and performance tests.

The Yureka + runs YU's proprietary Cyanogen OS 11, a highly customizable user interface that focuses on optimizing performance and speed. There is an emphasis on data security with the inclusion of enhanced encryption. Users will appreciate the level of customization offered, with which they can add their personal touch to their smartphone.

YU has endowed the Yureka Plus with excellent optics in both the front and back camera. The front 13 MP camera utilizes the 5P Largan Blue Lens Architecture, which that lets you click, images instantly and supports slow motion video capture. Other features like Live Filters, Exposure Control, Burst Mode and Time-lapse make the camera interface feel complete.

Enjoy your perfect pictures and videos on the mammoth 5.5 inch Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) IPS screen with 401 PPI color depth. The screen has an 80-degree wide viewing angle that reduces glare from the sun. What's more, the gorgeous display is protected by tough Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with Oleo phobic coating, which is designed to repel fingerprints.

Up till now, the Yureka Plus has surpassed or been on par with other smartphones under Rs. 10000. YU has almost managed to overcome the extreme heating issues and battery problems of the predecessor with the release of the latest Yu Yureka Plus. It is definitely a great pick under 10k price segment and competes with the latest Lenovo K3 Note.

 Spec Yu Yureka Plus
CPU 1.5 GHz, Octa Core, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) Processor
Screen Size 5.5 inches
Display Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 401 ppi pixel density
Operating System Android, v5.1 (KitKat) OS based on CyanogenMod 11
RAM 2 GB RAM
Primary Camera 13 megapixels with LED flash
Secondary Camera 5 megapixels
Internal Storage 16 GB in-build storage
Expandable Memory 32 GB microSD support
Battery Li-ion 2500 mAH Battery
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4) Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL

  • NFC is not supported
  • Average display
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent rear camera
  • UI customization is great with ZenUI
  • ample expandable storage of up to 128 GB
  • OTG support

Asus is highly popular among youngsters due to its extra-ordinary performance and functionalities for a cheaper price. They got immense amount of response for their smartphones especially for Zenfone series. And as a result, recent time they have managed to launch many Zenfone phones and their variants. For a budget price of Rs. 10,000, Asus has introduced the outstanding Zenfone 2 which has grabbed all our attention so quickly. Now they have come up with the latest variant of Zenfone 2, the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL. It offers much better specifications and features than its predecessors. The phone offers lot of exiting features but above all the main highlight of the phone is already mentioned in its name “Laser”. Asus Zenfone 2 Laser sports an excellent 13 Megapixel rear camera with laser auto-focus with an impressive focus speed of 0.3 seconds. The camera produces better images compared to other variants. Many camera features like Super HDR, f/2.0 aperture, 5-element lens, zero shutter lag and low light mode are also available in Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL.

Coming to performance, though it’s not the best of the price, the latest Zenfone 2 offers very reliable lag-free performance and speed. It is powered by a decent 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad-Core processor coupled with 2 GB of RAM. Its 5.5 inches HD display with 267 ppi pixel density is vivid and is protected with the modern Cornering Gorilla Glass 4. Compared to other phones of the same price range, the buttons are placed in a unique style. The power button is placed on the top of the handset and the volume buttons are situated at the back panel, below the camera lens.

It runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS with Asus’s own ZenUI. Also the storage is quite decent with 16 GB of in-built storage and a microSD expandable support of up to 128 GB. Another improvement Asus carried over from its predecessors is the battery life. Its Li-ion 3000 mAh battery offers great battery life and gives a touch competition for other budget smartphones of 10000 rupees price range.

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE500KL is an excellent smartphone to buy under Rs 10,000 price range with great design, excellent camera, reliable performance and long lasting battery life. However if your primary requirement is a Full HD display or high performance for extreme gaming, then you should think twice before going for it since there are few affordable smartphones are available in the market like Lenovo K3 Note and Yureka Plus with Full HD display and better Octa Core processor.

 Spec Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL
CPU 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Quad Core Processor
Screen Size 5.5 inches
Display 720 x 1280 pixels (~267 ppi pixel density)
Operating System Android v5.0 (Lollipop) | UI - ZenUI
RAM 2 GB
Primary Camera 13 MegaPixels rear camera with dual-LED flash
Secondary Camera 5 MP front facing camera
Internal Storage 16 GB
Expandable Memory up to 128 GB of microSD expansion
Battery Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
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5) Coolpad Note 3

  • A bit on the bulkier side
  • Non-removable battery
  • Limited availability and accessories
  • Larger screen
  • 3 GB RAM and sufficient storage
  • Fingerprint sensor available
  • Battery capacity is good
  • Very low cost

A fingerprint sensor on a 5.5 inches screen, dual sim, 4G support, 3 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory and the final icing on the cake, a 3000 mAh battery; how much would you pay for it? Rs. 35,000? Or 25,000? Or 20,000? What would be your reaction if we tell you that a smartphone with these exact specifications is available at a throw-away price of Rs. 8,999? Unbelievable, isn’t it? Well, get used to this as the Coolpad Note is available in the market for a price of just under Rs. 9,000. The closest competitor lacks in at least more than two of the features available in this phone.

Sporting a screen of over 5 inch with IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, the Coolpad Note 3 supports resolutions of 720 x 1280 pixels and runs on the version 5.1 of Android (Lollipop). The CPU is an Octa-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 on a Mediatek MT6753 chipset. The 16 GB internal memory is further upgradable up to 64 GB with the help of a SD card, a separate slot for which is provided, unlike many smartphones where you have to compromise with the second SIM card in order to place a memory card.

All the features of a standard high-end phone along with a primary camera of 16 MP and a 5 MP Selfie cam in the price range of below Rs. 10,000 just seems so unrealistic. But it is a fact that the newer companies are trying their best in order to get to the customers as the competition is with the biggest giants, Apple, Samsung, Sony and others. So what if they need to sell a phone for one third or fourth of the price that the reputed brands are selling!

 Spec Coolpad Note 3
CPU Octa-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53, Mediatek MT6753 processor
Screen Size 5.5 inches
Display 720x1280 pixels (~267 ppi)
Operating System Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
RAM 3 GB
Primary Camera 13 MP rear camera with LED Flash
Secondary Camera 5 MP front camera
Internal Storage 8 GB
Expandable Memory microSD, up to 64 GB (dedicated slot)
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
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6) Asus Zenfone Max ZC550KL

  • A bit bulky
  • Outstanding battery capacity, can even be used as a power bank
  • Fair pricing
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection

Guess what the max in the name Asus Zenfone Max XC550KL really signifies. Very clearly, it is about the battery capacity of this phone which is 5000 mAh for the liking. Asus claims the phone can hold itself alive for 38 days in one full charge in standby. It offers 37.6 hours of 3G talk time, 32.5 hours of wi-fi web browsing and 22.6 hours of video playback. The smartphone even turns into a power bank in times of need and charges other devices with its amazing and powerful battery. Now, if it were all about the battery capacity, why would you waste Rs. 9,645 on a power bank? The reason is that the phone is packed with a number of other great features that make it a smartphone to buy under the price tag of Rs. 10,000.

Sporting a 5.5 inch screen, the Asus Zenfone Max has got Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU on the Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 processor makes it highly efficient and satisfactorily fast. The RAM is a standard 2 GB while you get the options to choose from 8 GB and 16 GB of internal storage. The memory can be further expanded with the help of a microSD slot. The only problem with the phone sometimes is the fact that it becomes heavy because of the high power non-removable battery.

At a price tag of Rs. 10,000, this smartphone is a well-to-do phone and an amazing power bank at times. There is no glitch that should stop people from buying it. Buyers also get 5GB free lifetime ASUS WebStorage when they opt for this phone.

 Spec Asus Zenfone Max ZC550KL
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53, Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 processor
Screen Size 5.5 inches
Display 720 x 1280 pixels, ~267 ppi pixel density
Operating System Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
RAM 2 GB
Primary Camera 13 MP, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, laser autofocus
Secondary Camera 5 Megapixel
Internal Storage 16 GB
Expandable Memory microSD expandable, up to 64 GB (dedicated slot)
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
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7) Huawei Honor 4X

  • only 8 GB of internal storage
  • No headset included in the box
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Excellent battery life
  • Good camera quality

Huawei recently entered the global high spec-low price market with its range of Honor phones. The Huawei Honor 4X is one level below the flagship Honor 6, yet manages to deliver good performance at a very low price point. If you're looking for a phone with excellent battery life, the Huawei Honor 4X is your best bet at a price of under Rs. 10000.

A massive 5.5-inch phablet sized dominates the front, giving you a large playing field for apps and games. The screen supports a maximum resolution of 720p, which seems inadequate at times due to the large screen surface area. The display also lacks Corning Gorilla Glass protection, which not only makes it vulnerable to scratches but also makes it a fingerprint magnet.

The Huawei Honor 4X packs a decent amount of power inside with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2 GB of RAM. Although on paper the Honor 4X seem formidable, some of that power does not translate into the UI, often causing lag when opening applications. At times the camera's shutter seems a little sluggish, but this is made up for with the 13 MP primary camera that takes nice shots. What's more, Huawei has also thrown in a 5 MP snapper in the front for taking sharp selfies. With just 8 GB of internal storage available, click happy users will have to opt for a microSD card that can expand storage up to 32 GB.

Huawei has loaded their Emotion UI 3.0 instead of stock Android. The custom interface isn't going to be popular among buyers due to its childish icons and inconsistent theme. Huawei has promised the launch of Android Lollipop on its devices in the near future, which is something to look forward to. The best feature of the Honor 4X that will knock the competition out of the park is its two das battery life with normal usage. This is possible because of the large 3000 mAh battery powering the phone.

The Huawei Honor 4X's phablet-sized 5.5-inch screen may not appeal to everyone but the powerful components for a low price are the aspects that will lure buyers. Currently the Huawei Honor 4X is exclusively being sold online, a decision that has led to slow sales of the phone.

 Spec Huawei Honor 4X
CPU 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit Quad Core Processor
Screen Size 5.5 inches
Display 1280 x 720 pixels with 267 ppi
Operating System Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
RAM 2 GB
Primary Camera 13 MP rear camera with LED Flash
Secondary Camera 5 MP
Internal Storage 8 GB
Expandable Memory up to 32GB
Battery Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
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8) Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

  • Non- removable battery
  • Impressive combination of good design, features and reasonable performance
  • Highly sensitized sensor system
  • Good camera quality
  • Redesigned metal body
  • Huge battery capacity

With the substantial buzz in the market, the Redmi series launches it’s all new ‘Xiaomi Redmi Note 3’ with the futuristic & newfangled specifications. With a price very low, this successor of ‘Xiaomi Redmi Note 2’ flaunts with its all alluring features including the display of 5.5 inches (~ 72.4% screen-to-body ratio) IPS LCD capacitive touch screen & resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. This dual SIM(micro-SIM/nano SIM) smartphone is available with 2 GB RAM, 16GB internal memory or 3GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory and 128 GB expandable; tempting indeed with multitudinous freaking apps in the phone! With the android(Lollipop) OS, Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650 as chipset, Quad-core 1.4 GHz cortex-A53 or Dual-core 1.8GHz cortex-A75, this novel entry inevitably proves to be a highly redefined version. It has a non-removable Li-Po 4000mAh fast charging battery with the sensors including that of fingerprint, accelerometer, gyrometer, proximity and compass; undoubtedly astounding. 16 MP back camera and 5 MP front camera come with the plethora of other features like face & phase detection, autofocus, dual LED flash, geo-tagging, HDR, panorama; quintessential to arouse a photographer in you.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has all those features that you generally get on a high-end phone; the difference is just the price you get it at. With all the inbuilt modish attributes, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 available under the colors Gold, Silver and Gray, doggedly proves to be a must buy under such a price.

 Spec Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
CPU Quad-core 1.4 GHz, Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650 Processor
Screen Size 5.5 inches
Display 1080 x 1920 pixels with ~403 ppi
Operating System Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
RAM 2 GB / 3 GB
Primary Camera 16 MP rear camera with dual-LED (dual tone) flash, auto focus
Secondary Camera 5 MP, 1080p
Internal Storage 16 GB / 32 GB
Expandable Memory up to 32 GB /128 GB
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
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9) Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

  • Absence of fast charging technology
  • Image quality from 13 MP front camera is not good in low light conditions
  • SAR value is quite high
  • Normal gaming heats up the phone
  • Large 5.5 inches full HD display
  • Supports USB OTG cable
  • For graphics, it’s powered by Mali-T860mp2
  • Impressive sensor system
  • Premium Dolby Atmos system

At the price of peanuts, Lenovo slings in the market it’s all new ‘Lenovo K5 Note’ while furnishing revamped features. This dual SIM smartphone, vaunting with the 5.5 inches (~ 72.4% screen-to-body ratio) LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touch screen display and 1080 x 1920 pixels’ resolution, is available with 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage and a micro SD card slot expandable up to 128 GB, this glitzy model is indeed tantalizing. Its captivating features include android (lollipop) OS, Mediatek MT6755 Helio P 10 chipset and Octa core 1.8GHz cortex-A53. Its spectacular 13 MP back camera & 8 MP front camera, studded with other variant features like face and phase detection, autofocus, dual LED flash, geo-tagging, HDR, panorama; in all ways try to make your click an exemplary one. Loudspeakers, Hi-Fi audio & Dolby atmos sound will surely fill you with zeal giving the utmost pleasure of sound listening. It has n non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery with standby up to 543 hours.

All these fantastic specs and the price so low! It is a must buy for those who are looking for a fine gadget in a budget. Available under 3 colors, Black, Silver and Gold; this elegant paragon will clearly evince to be a good choice. It is available for sale on most of the major showrooms and e-retailers all over the country.

 Spec Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
CPU 1.5 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor
Screen Size 5 inches IPS Display
Display Full HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Operating System Android v5.1 (Lollipop)
RAM 2 GB
Primary Camera 13 MP rear camera with LED Flash, Auto focus
Secondary Camera 5 MP
Internal Storage 16 GB
Expandable Memory up to 32GB
Battery Li-Ion Polymer, 2750 mAh
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