After the online-offline market tussle late last year, smartphone manufacturers began 2017 on a productive note and the sentiment was prevalent in the competitive products we witnessed this year.
Xiaomi continued its dominance in the under 10,000 INR price segment, but quite a few challengers emerged with interesting phones that served as viable alternatives and managed to turn heads. Let us list some of the best budget phones launched in 2017.
1.Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
The year 2017 has been an excellent one for Xiaomi. It broke its own previous sale records with the Redmi Note 4 (review) and the phone still keeps the cash registers ringing.
It has really set the bar high for its competitors with its Snapdragon 625 chipset priced under Rs. 10K. Apart from this, the Redmi Note 4 has premium built quality, a full HD display and decent-enough cameras for the price. All in all, the Redmi Note 4 has rightfully earned the top spot in our list of best smartphone under 10000 in 2017.
2. Motorola Moto G5 Plus
Motorola Moto G5 Plus (faq) might not be the best-looking smartphone under 10,000 but it is certainly a worthy contender to be placed on this list of the best phone within Rs. 10000 budget (the phone was originally launched for 16,999 INR).
The phone comes with a metal body and was one of the first few phones to come with Android Nougat out of the box. The Moto G5 Plus (camera review) will appeal to those who have small palms as it boasts of a compact 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with a full-HD resolution. The phone comes with 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. It is also one of the best camera phones under 10,000 INR.
3. Lenovo K8 Plus
Lenovo also pushed out quite a few competitive offerings this year including the K8 Plus (faq). Features that helped the K8 Plus (review) make the cut include vanilla Android, dual cameras, and its massive 4000mAh battery.
The phone has a compact 5.2-inch full HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The phones include 13MP+5MP cameras where the secondary camera is used for depth sensing.
4. Xiaomi Redmi 4
Xiaomi Redmi 4 (faq) is another winner from the company. The phone serves as a more compact alternative to Redmi Note 4 and is clearly one of the best selling phones on Amazon.
The Redmi 4 comes with a 5-inch HD display with 1280 x 720 resolution. Like Redmi Note 4, it too gets 2.5D glass on top of the display. It rocks a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset along with Adreno 505 GPU 2GB/ 3GB/ 4 GB of RAM. It also gets a massivea and assuring 4000mAh battery.
5. Nokia 3
The Nokia 3 certainly one of the best looking phone under Rs. 10,000 bucks. It is an entry segment offering from the comeback brand doesn’t really pack the most powerful innards but it is good enough to meet the requirements of a basic user, particularly those who are buying from offline stores.
The phone comes with a 5-inch 720p display and it runs stock android out of the box. The battery life is not as good as the competition and lack of fingerprint sensor is another shortcoming of the phone.
6. Xiaomi Redmi 5A
The Redmi 5A (faq) is a successor to the Xiaomi’s popular entry-grade smartphone Redmi 4A. The phone offers reasonable performance and battery life when you keep its price in the mind.
Its aggressive pricing makes it an interesting buy. In terms of specifications, it is almost the re-branded version of the Redmi 4A. It packs a Snapdragon 425 inside along with 2GB/ 3GB of RAM and 16GB /32GB storage. If you wish to buy a Redmi 5A we suggest you to opt for 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant.
7. Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie ZB553KL
Taiwanese tech giant Asus also makes the cut with its Zenfone 4 Selfie (review) single cam variant. Asus has targeted this phone towards youth who are enthusiasts about selfies. Even though it is not as powerful as the Redmi Note 4 and Moto G5 Plus it is competent enough to handle most basic tasks well.
It comes with a 13MP selfie camera which has portrait mode and there is a ‘SelfieMaster’ application which allows you to beautify live videos on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media apps.
8. Redmi Y1
Xiaomi recently joined the selfie game with its new Redmi Y1 (review). What sets it apart from Xiaomi’s other phones under Rs. 10,000 is its bigger 5.5-inch display size and the 13 MP high-resolution Selfie camera.
Otherwise, its specs are identical to Redmi 4. The phone comes with Snapdragon 435 SoC, 3080mAh battery and native support for 4G VoLTE. Another advantage it has is the dedicated microSD card slot.
9. Micromax Canvas Infinity
The Micromax Canvas Infinity (first impressions) became the first 18:9 display phone to debut under Rs. 10,000. It has 5.7-inch slim bezel display, decent camera, removable battery and dedicated sim slots that makes it a decent offering for the budget.
Having said that, it is powered by Snapdragon 425 chipset and if you are planning to enjoy graphic-intensive, in that case, Redmi Note 4 will be a better option. Also, its display isn’t the sharpest one in this budget.
10. Infocus Vision 3
Infocus Vision 3 (review) is another option that comes with 18:9 aspect ratio display. It is the cheapest 18:9 display phone that you can buy today. The phone has an 82.4 percent screen to body ratio, dual cameras and 4000mAh battery that (on paper) definitely looks tempting. That’s not all the budget phone also features a fingerprint sensor mounted at the rear and company is already working on adding Face unlock via software update.