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Best Mobile phones under 12,000 (Dec 2021)

By Shekhar Thakran Prices as on 03 Dec 2021

The best phones under Rs 12,000 in India can now stand toe-to-toe with handsets from higher price categories. With latest phones under Rs 12,000, you now get Android smartphones with capable processors with impressive cameras to go along. Unlike just a few years back, now the best smartphones under 12,000 in India come with premium glass sandwich design that demands a closer look. Some of the best mobiles under 12,000 in India even come with large battery capacity up to 5000 mAh. You can now get the latest 18:9 display smartphones from brands like Motorola, Xiaomi, ASUS, and Realme with latest mobiles under 12,000. On the other hand, there are some great selfie phones available under Rs 12,000 in India as well. As you might expect, most of the new smartphones in this category feature 4G VoLTE support as well. Now, waste no time and find your choice from our curated list of top 10 mobiles under Rs 12,000 in India.

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Best Mobile phones under 12,000 (Dec 2021) (2021)

Best Mobile phones under 12,000 (Dec 2021) Prices
POCO M3 Rs. 12,960
Realme 7i Rs. 11,999
Moto G30 Rs. 10,999
Realme Narzo 50A Rs. 11,499
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Rs. 12,968
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime Rs. 10,799
Micromax IN Note 1 Rs. 10,999
Realme C25Y Rs. 11,599
Tecno Pova 2 Rs. 10,499
Samsung Galaxy F22 Rs. 12,999
    POCO M3 price in India
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  • POCO M3
  • Rs.12,960

    Expert comment:   One of the main reasons to consider POCO M3 will be its massive 6,000mAh battery capacity but it is by no means the only reason this phone makes the list. The handset packs a reliable processor that will tackle any task you throw at it with ease and even allows for convenient multitasking. Combine this with great cameras, aesthetically pleasing design that might even remind of Nokia Lumia series, and fast charging support. Overall, POCO M3 offers a package that makes a lot of sense for most people.

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    Realme 7i price in India
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  • Realme 7i
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    Expert comment:   With 64MP quad cameras, a display panel with smooth 90Hz refresh rate, and a capable processor, Realme 7i is one of the best handsets that you can buy at its price point. The handset offers great specs and while the operating system might not be the strong point of the phone, the other aspects make more than a strong case for it. Be it gaming or other tasks, Realme 7i manages to tackle these with relative ease. At this price point, it is a no brainer.

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    Expert comment:   Moto G30, with its impressive cameras, high refresh rate display, and fast-charging support, is an option worth considering in this price range but you do need to keep in mind that the phone comes with only an HD+ display, not FHD+ like some other phones in this bracket. The phone's processor will be able to tackle most apps with ease but again, there are more powerful phones that you can get in this price range. One of the reasons you can probably choose Moto G30 over these phones would be its clean UI.

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    Realme Narzo 50A price in India
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    Rs.11,499

    Expert comment:   The Realme Narzo 50a is the first phone in its price range to house the new 50MP primary camera sensor. Powering the phone is a MediaTek G85 chipset, paired with 4GB of RAM along with up to 128GB of internal storage. Alongside the 50MP sensor, there are 2MP macro and depth cameras that complete the phone's triple-camera ensemble. On the front is a 6.5-inch IPS LCD panel that has HD+ resolution and 60Hz of refresh rate.

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    Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 price in India
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    Rs.12,968

    Expert comment:   The Redmi Note 9 offers a long-lasting battery life, an attracting FHD+ display, and a decent gaming processor at a reasonable price. The Note-series phone from Xiaomi touts a punch-hole design with quad cameras, headlined by high-res 48MP primary sensor, stacked in a squarish module at the back. At the heart of the phone lies MediaTek's gaming-centric Helio G85 SoC, which is capable of running games in high graphics. The handset has P2i splash-resistant design and quick charge support to quickly juice up the device.

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    Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime price in India
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    Rs.10,799

    Expert comment:   Redmi 9 Prime came like a breath of fresh air in the market that was disrupted by the price hikes due to change in GST rates in India. The handset is priced below Rs 12,000 but you get a quad camera setup, a really good processor, good battery life, and even fast charging support with the Redmi 9 Prime. While Xiaomi was losing its charm with the aggressive push from Realme and Samsung in last year, Redmi 9 Prime put the brand back in the driving position for this price segment.

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    Micromax IN Note 1 price in India
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    Rs.10,999

    Expert comment:   Post its comeback, Micromax has been aggressive in the Indian market and the brand's IN Note 1 smartphone definitely presents itself as a decent option in this price range. With an FHD+ display, 48MP quad rear cameras, and a 16MP selfie camera, there are some good specs all-around on the spec sheet. But we need to point out that you will be hard-pressed to find out a single spec that is not offered by any other phone in this price range. If you want to support Indian brands, you can definitely go for this one, but otherwise, there are some better options available in this price bracket.

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    Realme C25Y price in India
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    Rs.11,599

    Expert comment:   The Realme C25Y is the most affordable phone in the market right now that has the 50MP primary camera on the back. Combined with the new Unisoc T610 chipset, up to 128GB of internal storage and 5,000mAh battery, the C25Y makes for an easy choice in the under Rs 12,,000 segment. The phone's focus on good daylight photography makes the a notable camera phone in the budget segment.

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    Tecno Pova 2 price in India
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    Rs.10,499

    Expert comment:   Tecno Pova 2 is a great budget option in this price range that offers an exceptional battery life and a massive, and we mean massive when we say it, display panel. The phone is no slouch when it comes to processing power as well. While the massive battery capacity could have been complemented well by a faster charging speed, the long backup definitely makes up for it. The phone also offers decent camera performance but is definitely not among the best shooters in this price range. In short, buy this one for consuming multimedia content, not for clicking pictures or shooting videos.

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    Samsung Galaxy F22 price in India
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    Rs.12,999

    Expert comment:   Samsung Galaxy F22 comes with a distinct and patterned back panel that gives it a unique look. The phone also comes with a decent processor and even the display quality is decent but the lack of an FHD+ panel at this price could a dealbreaker for some. The camera quality offered by the phone is decent for the price but if you are ready to spend a bit extra, you can get substantially better camera phones. Battery life is one of the key areas where the Galaxy F22 shines and can walk toe-to-toe with any other phone in the market.

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    Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power price in India
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    Rs.10,690
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  • Samsung Galaxy A12
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    Rs.11,498
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    "The best phone priced around Rs. 12,000 with Octa-Core Processor"
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    Rs.9,999
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    Rs.10,800
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    "The most popular phone priced around Rs. 10,000"
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    "The phone priced around Rs. 12,000 with the most powerful battery"
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    Rs.10,990
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    Rs.8,999
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    "The most popular phone with 3 GB RAM"
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    Realme Narzo 50i 64GB price in India
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    Rs.8,999
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    "The best phone in terms of specifications with 8 MP camera"
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  • Xiaomi Redmi 9
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    Rs.9,200
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    Rs.8,499
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