India’s Best Smartphones for Under Rs. 10,000

India’s Best Smartphones for Under Rs. 10,000

India’s smartphone market has exploded with growth over the past few years. Today, smartphone users have more options than ever – from low-end smartphones like Android One to higher-end options like the Galaxy Note 4.

But what are the best budget smartphones in India? Which smartphones offer good specs, powerful performance, and cost less than 10,000 rupees ($160)? Here are our top picks:

1) Android One

It’s tough to beat Android One. Google’s latest lineup of Android smartphones come with standardized specs across all three models. Customers still have a choice, but they also know they’re getting a solid Android experience and pure Nexus-like UI.

android one

You can buy Android One from three manufacturers. The three current Android One devices include:

-Karbonn Sparkle V

-Micromax Canvas A1

-Spice Dream UNO

Valuable tech specs of Android One include dual SIM functionality, a microSD card slot (not even the Nexus has a microSD slot), a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 5MP camera, 4.5 inch 720×1280 resolution screen, and of course, a pure Android experience and automatic Android updates as soon as they’re released.

Oh, and did I mention it costs just Rs. 6,499? Not bad!

2) Moto E

A close runner up to Android One, the Moto E comes with some impressive tech specs of its own including a sharp-looking display with qHD resolution.

Now, when I say “qHD”, some of you might think of 2560×1440 resolution – like the LG G3 and Note 4. Unfortunately, you’re not going to see a cheap smartphone with that resolution for at least another year. In this case, “qHD” refers to “quarter HD”, which is a resolution of 960×540 pixels.

moto e

That’s a little lower than the 720×1280 displays offered by other phones on this list, but the Moto E is still an impressive smartphone. Here are some of its notable tech specs:


-Dual core 1.2GHz Cortex A7 processor with Adreno 302 GPU

-MicroSD card slot

The only real disadvantage of the Moto E is its lack of a removable battery. That battery is firmly entrenched in the back of the device. Fortunately, you can still add two SIM cards and a microSD card. Plus, you get the legendary Motorola build quality.

The Moto E is priced slightly higher than the Android One lineup and can be found for approximately Rs. 6,999 – although you might find some better details considering the phone has been out for a few months now.

3) Karbonn Titanium Octane

The Karbonn Titanium Octane has the most unique processor on this list. It’s the only major smartphone to feature an octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor. Yes, that’s eight cores of processing power.


The Titanium Octane also comes with a Mali 450-MP4 GPU., Android 4.4 KitKat, and a 13MP rear-facing camera and surprisingly-powerful 5MP front-facing camera. Add on 1GB of RAM, 720×1280 resolution, and 16GB of internal storage and you’ve got yourself a very impressive smartphone.

Oh, and did I mention it costs less than RS 10,000? Well, just barely: you can buy the Karbonn Titanium Octane today for 9499 to 9999 rupees, depending on where you’re buying.

4) Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is making a huge push into India with its lineup of low-cost Android devices. Its latest smartphone, the “Redmi” is arguably the best-value smartphone money can buy for less than INR 6,000.


Yes, the specifications are remarkably similar to the Moto G and Zenfone 5, but the Xiaomi Redmi 1S costs less than half the price. Check out these specs:

-4.7-inch HD display with 720×1280 resolution

-1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor


-8MP rear-facing camera/1.6MP front-facing camera

-Android 4.3

-2000mAh battery

At a price of Rs. 5,999, that’s tough to beat. If you’re feeling rich, then I recommend spending a little more money to buy the Xiaomi Mi 3 – another good-value smartphone that has received amazing reviews.

5) Asus Zenfone 5

Asus may not know how to spell “fone”, but they certainly know how to make phones. The Asus Zenfone 5 is the most expensive device on our list and it only narrowly qualifies for this article (it costs Rs. 9,999).

asus zenfone 5

That extra cost goes towards some impressive tech specs, like a stunning 5-inch HD display and an Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor. The Zenfone also has twice as much RAM as any of its competitors on this list (2GB) and a decent 8MP rear-facing camera. It’s currently running Android 4.3 in India, but it’s expected to receive Android 4.4 in the near future.

INR 9,999 may be a little outside your price range, but you get pretty good value with the Zenfone 5.

In India, iPhone users command less than 2% market share. Android and Symbian make up the remaining market share. With more low-cost Android smartphones on the market than ever before, it doesn’t appear that will change anytime soon.

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