Best smartphones you can buy under Rs 10,000 in India

These are some of the most capable budget phones out there

There’s never a shortage of attractive, yet affordable smartphones in India. Under the Rs 10,000 bracket, you will be treated to some really exciting handsets that will end up fully satisfying your needs. And despite their low prices, they don’t compromise on power. You can use these smartphones for handling the heaviest of apps and also to play demanding online games without any hitches.

You’ll notice that most of the smartphones in this list are powered by MediaTek chipsets. The chipset-maker is responsible for some of the most popular and fast-selling handsets in the market right now. So if you’re looking for the best phone to buy under Rs 10,000, you’ve come to the right place. Let us give you a few options.

POCO C3

The POCO C3 offers great value for money. At its low price, it delivers the power of the MediaTek Helio G35 chipset that’s equipped with the MediaTek HyperEngine Game Technology. One of its other attractions is its rear camera setup that comprises a 13MP main camera, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The phone doesn’t skimp in the battery department either, offering a 5,000mAh pack that’s good for up to 37 hours of VoLTE calling. Its display is a 6.53-inch panel with HD+ resolution and a waterdrop notch.
The starting price of the POCO C3 is set at just Rs 7,499. That’s applies to its 3GB RAM variant, which comes with 32GB of storage. As for the 4GB RAM variant with 64GB of storage, it costs Rs 8,999.

Redmi 9i


The Redmi 9i is targeted towards those who love watching movies and TV shows on their phones. For them, its 6.53-inch HD+ IPS display that covers almost the entirety of the front surface should be a real treat. The phone utilises the powerful MediaTek Helio G25 chipset bearing a 2GHz octa-core CPU and a PowerVR GE8320 GPU. And it combines that power with 4GB of RAM for delivering smooth operations. There’s a single 13MP camera on its rear and a 5MP selfie camera on its front. The Redmi 9i has gone big with its battery, as it has offers a 5,000mAh unit.

Its 64GB storage variant costs Rs 8,299, whereas its 128GB storage version is going for Rs 9,299.

Realme C15


One look at the specs sheet of the Realme C15 and you’ll find it incredibly hard to believe that it costs less than Rs 10,000. For starters, it carries four cameras on its back. As if that wasn’t enough, it carries inside it a 6,000mAh battery that can easily last you two days on a single charge. Moreover, it supports 18W fast charging as well. At its heart moreover, is the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC that gives it true gaming potential with its 2.3GHz octa-core processor and its PowerVR GE8320 GPU. The phone showcases its visuals on a 6.5-inch IPS LCD with HD+ resolution.

The 3GB RAM model with 32GB of storage will set you back by Rs 9,999, while its 4GB RAM variant with 64GB of storage has been priced at Rs 10,999.

Moto E7 Plus

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If you want a neat camera phone under Rs 10,000, look no further than the Moto E7 Plus. Despite its low price, this Motorola handset adopts a 48MP dual-camera setup that also includes a 2MP depth sensor for the perfect portrait shots. The camera also excels in low-light photography thanks to its adoption of an f/1.7 lens that works with the Night Vision mode for adding more light to dark pictures. The Snapdragon 460 chipset powers this phone’s operations, taking assistance from 4GB of RAM. You can expect 2 days of battery life from the E7 Plus owing to its 5,000mAh cell. It boasts of a large 6.5-inch display as well, which offers HD+ resolution.

The phone is priced at Rs 9,499 for the lone variant that comes with 64GB of storage along with 4GB of RAM, as mentioned above.

Redmi 9 Prime


The Redmi 9 Prime is a true all-rounder that shines in all departments. Its most impressive aspect is its MediaTek Helio G80 chipset that turns it into a gaming beast. Along with a 2GHz octa-core processor and Mali-G52 GPU, it also offers the benefits of the MediaTek HyperEngine Game Technology, which grants you speedy pace and sustained performance. The phone holds on its back a quad-camera setup that comprises a 13MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. The Redmi 9 Prime doesn’t hold back in the display department as well. Its 6.5-inch LCD panel bears Full HD+ resolution, which is quite uncommon in this segment. A 5,020mAh battery with 18W fast charging support rounds up its core offerings.

You can purchase the Redmi 9 Prime at Rs 9,999 if you go for its 4GB + 64GB configuration and at Rs 11,999 if you opt for the 4GB + 128GB model.

OPPO A11k

The exquisitely designed OPPO A11k is a treat to the eyes. It’s got an eye-catching design that’s highlighted by its 3D Flowing Blaze Design. OPPO has blessed it with a 6.2-inch IPS LCD with HD+ resolution. Running the show inside the device is the MediaTek Helio P35 chipset, which offers the services of an octa-core CPU and a PowerVR GE8320 GPU. 2GB worth of RAM and 32GB of storage find their way into the device. As for the battery, it’s a 4,230mAh unit. The OPPO A11k’s dual rear camera setup includes a 13MP main camera and a 2MP secondary shooter for offering portrait effects. The phone’s lone storage option costs Rs 8,990.

Samsung Galaxy M01

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Samsung released the Galaxy M01 earlier this year as an affordable offering that looks to provide a basic smartphone experience. It runs on the Snapdragon 439 chipset and offers a 4,000mAh battery. A big highlight is its dual-camera setup that includes a 13MP primary shooter and a 2MP depth sensor. A 5MP front camera has also found its way onto the device. Its display is 5.7 inches in size and bears HD+ resolution. The Samsung Galaxy M01 is sold in the form of three different colours, but it’s only available in one variant, which offers 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The phone has been priced by the company at Rs 7,999.

It’s evident that MediaTek chipsets are the popular choice for manufacturers when it comes to offering great all-round performance in the sub-Rs 10,000 category. Which one among these do you prefer?