The smartphone market never runs out of ideas and new products. Every year there are stunning new smartphones that are all filled up with the latest features and enhances user experience by upgrading the basic aspects. 2015 had brought quite a few flagship smartphones by now already, more are on their way in the upcoming quarters of this year. Out of the massive pool of smartphones out there, we have picked the ones costing under Rs. 10000 in the Indian market, since this range seems to have a very demanding customer base.
1. Lenovo A7000
Lenovo smartphones have created a hype in the Indian market since a long time ago. The latest iteration to the Lenovo range is the A7000, which is popular for being inexpensive yet feature rich. The Lenovo A7000 runs on the latest Android 5 Lollipop OS, which hasn’t received a 5.1 update yet. However, the phone has a 1.5 GHz MediaTek 6752m Octa Core processor backed up by 2 GB of RAM. The front camera on the A7000 is 5 megapixels, where the rear camera is 8 megapixels. This smartphone supports 4G communication bands.
2. Micromax Canvas Nitro A311
Micromax has earned fame as a youth friendly brand by releasing very stylish and functional smartphones over the past few years, here comes another one from their arsenal. For only Rs. 8999; the Canvas Nitro A311 offers a fast 1.7 GHz Octa Core processor backed up by 2 GB of RAM. The internal storage capacity is 16 GB; the memory card slot takes cards of up to 32 GB. This phone supports all 3G bands and dual SIM cards.
3. Honor 4x
Matte textured back panel makes the phone not only attractive but also less susceptible to slipping off your hands. Honor 4x supports LTE bands on both of its SIM card slots. This phone has a 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor for efficient multitasking on a display slightly bigger than 5 inches. Both the 5 MP front and 13 MP rear cameras are pretty well performers in brightly lit conditions, few struggles were seen in low lights though. However, overall a very good phone and it costs Rs. 9999.
4. Asus Zenfone 5
Very recently, Asus is heating up the market with their latest innovations – the Zenphone lineup. For the medium budget people out there, Zenphone 5 fits in the category. Unlike most other competitors, the Zenphone 5 runs on an Intel Atom process with Hyper-Threading technology enabled. The performance is quite netbook like, the very initial generation we have seen in the market. 2 GB RAM and 16 ROM on board are all worth it, and the 8 MP rear cameramakes it a worthy smartphone for people who prefer power and performance in the same device. Price – Rs. 9999.
5. Lenovo K3 Note
The phablet market is basically ruled by Samsung Galaxy Note devices, but for the people who can’t’ afford one – here’s a less expensive, yet very worthy solution. Though it misses out the pen, but the dual SIM card slot and decently configured 1.7 GHz Octa Core processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage totally makes up for it. The phone has two SIM card slots with support for LTE and WCDMA. For music lovers, the Dolby enhancement is surely going to be fun. Lenovo K3 Note costs Rs. 9999.
6. Nokia Lumia 620
Slightly lagged behind, yet Nokia phones never go out of order. As strong as they are, now even the operating system is slowly gaining the edge everyone had been waiting for. The Nokia Lumia 620 costs only Rs. 9999 in Indian marketplace and for such a low profile price point, it has so much to offer. The 1 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset accompanied by 512 MB of RAM is still a decent configuration for a Windows Phone 8 powered smartphone. Though the phone was released back in 2012, it still packs a great deal for lower budget smartphones of today.
7. Alcatel Onetouch Flash 6042D
Rs. 8499 might look like a pretty low budget for a branded and better quality smartphone, but hey there’s the Alcatel Onetouch Flash 6042D. The phone has 5.5 inch IPS display that reproduces brilliant colors. 720p display looks quite good, and makes the media stored on the device look stunning as well. The smartphone is powered by a 1.4 GHz Octa Core processor and 1 GB of RAM. The 13 MP rear and 5 MP front cameras capture very sharp photos.
8. Redmi Note 4G
Xiaomi has been making excellent smartphones quite lately. For only Rs. 9,999 (with discount), the XiaomiRedmi Note 4G is certainly the best smartphone money can buy. The phone is powered by a 1.6 GHz Snapdragon Quad Core processor. It’s a single SIM smartphone however LTE network bands are supported. 5.5 inch IPS display facilitates the best viewing experience. With the camera enthusiasts, the 5 MP front and 13 MP rear camera will certainly be praised.
9. Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Plus
Samsung smartphones are quite on the higher budget range comparing to their configuration. For Rs. 9399, the Galaxy Grand Neo Plus offers a good deal though. The phone has a big 5 inch display. Not mind blowing, but very decent. Dual SIM slot takes both GSM and UMTS. Galaxy Grand Neo Plus runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, no updates have been offered yet.
10. Sony Xperia M Dual
If you are a fan of the typical Sony smartphone design, then you would like the Xperia M Dual. As the name says, the phone is dual SIM supported. Unfortunately, the phone can only take two GSM SIM cards. The rear camera is 5 MP but the front camera is only VGA, marking it pretty unusable for selfies. Apart from this fact, the phone is fast and efficient for daily usage. Price – Rs. 11990.
Before you make the final purchase, we suggest you take a physical look on all these smartphones. During our testing, we were satisfied with the price & configuration ratio.