Best smartphone to buy in August 2019 under INR 10,000

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

If you are planning to buy a new smartphone this month and your budget is approx. 10000 bucks, don`t worry there are ample of options available with you. Listed below are the top 7 smartphones which we as "" thinks are best option to buy.

1. Redmi 7 (Eclipse Black, 3GB RAM, 32GB Storage)

Xiaomi has updated its low-cost workhorse Redmi series with the new Redmi 7. Compared to the Redmi 6, which was less than a year old, the Redmi 7 has a more powerful processor, bigger screen, and new plastic body with optional gradient designs, in keeping with current trends. This phone does seem to tick all the boxes in terms of matching or exceeding the features and specifications that other manufacturers are tempting buyers with right now.

The Redmi 7 is an all-rounder that doesn't have any one major headlining feature, but it does well at nearly everything. The 6.26-inch HD+ screen is immersive and will make media and games look good, even if it isn't the best. The 4000mAh battery is more than enough to get you through a full day. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC did very well in our tests. The cameras are serviceable, and the rear 12-megapixel primary camera impressed us in daylight shots, but low-light performance was weak. Xiaomi also continues to stuff its MIUI skin and its own apps with ads, which can get very annoying.

Overall, the Redmi 7 is a very strong device that delivers solid performance and has no deal-breaking flaws, and offers fantastic value for money.  

2. Xiomi Redmi Note 7S (Sapphire Blue, 32GB, 3GB RAM)

The Redmi Note 7S is a budget smartphone from Xiaomi that sits between its Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro. Xiaomi has kept the design identical, hence it is hard to distinguish between these three smartphones. It has a 6.3-inch full-HD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection.

Xiaomi has opted for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC to power the Redmi Note 7S and it does deliver a lag-free experience. Variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage is available at a lower price.

Just like other Xiaomi smartphones, this too runs on MIUI. Our unit was running MIUI 10.3 on top of Android 9.0.

The camera setup is different compared to the Redmi Note 7 as it gets a 48-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor.  At the front, it has a 13-megapixel selfie shooter. Overall, the Redmi Note 7S offers good camera performance.

Xiaomi has managed to pack in a 4,000mAh battery in the Redmi Note 7S which offers good battery life. The Redmi Note 7S is a good smartphone.

3. Samsung M20 (Charcoal Black, 3+32GB)

The Samsung Galaxy M20 is Samsung's attempt to take on Xiaomi, Realme, Honor, and Asus in the fiercely competitive low-cost market. It offers specifications that are good enough to match these rivals, plus a very modern all-screen look with a waterdrop-style notch. The Exynos 7904 processor was designed specifically for the value segment in India, and works quite well. The 6.30-inch, 1080x2340 pixels display is large and crisp, and 5000mAh battery life is very good. However, the cameras are just mediocre, main camera is 13-megapixel (f/1.9) + 5-megapixel (f/2.2) and secondary camera comprises of 8-megapixel (f/2.0). It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with dual SIM and a dedicated memory card slot which is expandable upto 512 GB. The Galaxy M20 will appeal to Samsung fans who are looking for great value.

4. Asus Zenfone Max M2 (3GB,32GB)

The Asus Zenfone Max M2 is the new Snapdragon 632 octa-core processor for power. The phone also has a big 4,000mAh battery and a 6.3" (720 x 1520) notched display which looks good. On the back is a 13MP + 2MP camera while on the front you get a 8MP shooter for selfies. The Zenfone Max M2 is actually just as fast as the newly announced. The Asus Zenfone Max M2 is having a big name, but it's quite compact in size and will be appreciated by those looking for a smaller phone to fit their pocket. Don't buy it expecting high performance though as the Snapdragon 632 isn't very fast. But it's quite battery efficient with 4000 mAh and ensures the device lasts over a day and more. It's just about average in imaging and will only take good photos when the light is optimum. Too harsh or too low light will mess up the result. The Zenfone Max M2 is a good entry-level smartphone for the first-time users who are coming from feature phones.

5. Realme U1 (Brave Blue, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage)

A little above the said budget, realme U1 is one of the great phone in this range. This phone is a selfie-centric phone, the Realme U1 has a 25MP selfie shooter capable of taking HDR selfies. Other than that, there's the same MediaTek Helio P70 that's also there on the Realme 3 ensuring stable performance. The Realme U1 is for those who prefer a good front camera without compromising on the performance and the budget. That said, the Realme U1 is also quite capable of delivering good performance thanks to its processor. It's quite fast to recognise scenes in the camera and apps and games load relatively faster on the phone. The display of 6.3" (1080x2340) is also quite big to enjoy movies and TV shows, but it lacks the DRM certification to stream content in HD. The Realme U1's claim to fame is a high-res selfie camera that does pixel binning to get better photos. The 3500mAh battery is also pretty good with over a day's usage guaranteed in a full charge.

6. Honor 10 Lite (Sapphire Blue, 3GB RAM, 32GB Storage)

The Honor 10 Lite is a budget offering from the Chinese smartphone maker. It sports a big 6.21-inch display with a 91 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 710SoC and has 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage. The higher variant of this phone offers 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The Honor 10 Lite is a dual SIM device with support for dual 4G as well as VoLTE, the hybrid SIM slot also allows storage expansion upto 512GB. It has a dual camera setup at the back which consist of a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front it has a 24-megapixel selfie shooter that is positioned in the dewdrop notch. It has a 3400mAh battery and has a 10W charger in the box. It is overall a value for money phone.

7. Nokia 5.1 Plus (Black, 32 GB) (3 GB RAM)

The Nokia 5.1 Plus sports a high-gloss design and comes with a 2.5D glass back, which makes it looks very stylish. It features a 5.86-inch HD+ display which is one of the smallest in the segment, which has good colour reproduction and sunlight legibility. The phone is powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 SoC and comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB for base storage. App and UI performance is quick thanks to the stock Android 8.1 Oreo. It's also part of the Android One programme so updates should be timely. Games run well too but the phone gets warm quickly. The rear dual camera setup comprises of 13-megapixel and 5-megapixles which captures decent details in daylight but struggles a bit in low-light. The secondary camera for selfie is a 8-megapixle. The 3060mAh battery easily delivers all-day battery life, which is very good.

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