“These smartphones are the best VFM under Rs 10,000”
The budget smartphone category (sub-Rs 10,000) has come a long way since these devices were first introduced. Gone are the days of cheap plastic builds and sub-standard specifications, as nowadays, we have metal-clad smartphones with decent specifications available in this price range. Such is the popularity of these handsets that there have been cases where users have ditched their ageing high-end or mid-range smartphones in favour of these budget handsets, as they make for better value for money. This is the list of the top five smartphones which are the best picks according to us in the sub-Rs 10k segment.
Launched in January, the Redmi Note 4 is leading the charge in the budget segment for Xiaomi this year. The smartphone comes in three different variants with varying RAM and storage options, with prices ranging from Rs 9,999 and Rs 12,999. As for the Rs 9,999 model, users get 2GB of RAM along with 32GB of storage. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 625 chip which, dare we say, is one of the best processors in the VFM segment right now. The smartphone also features a metal body, a 5.5-inch full HD display, a pair of 13MP and 5MP camera sensors, on the rear and the front respectively, along with a massive 4,100mAh battery. Users can also find a fingerprint sensor below the rear camera module, which is fairly snappy in daily usage. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is one of the most complete packages in the market right now.
Related Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review
Motorola recently expanded its E series of handsets by launching the 4th generation. Aptly named Moto E4 Plus, the mainstay of the device happens to be the 5,000mAh battery with support for rapid charging. The handset is a significant upgrade over its predecessor in terms of the design and specs. The metal-clad handset flaunts a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC mated to 3GB RAM, a 13MP camera, a 5MP selfie shooter and a fingerprint scanner. The Moto E4 Plus has another advantage going for it in the form of stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system.
Related read: Motorola Moto E4 Plus first impressions
Another contender from Xiaomi, this handset is a follow up to last year’s Redmi 3S Prime. This phone has been launched in three variants viz. 2GB RAM / 16GB storage, 3GB RAM / 32GB storage and 4GB RAM / 64GB storage, priced between Rs 6,999 and Rs 10,999. The Redmi 4 does not offer any significant upgrade over the Redmi 3S Prime, except for the 2.5D glass panel on front, and the Snapdragon 435 octa-core SoC. The new handset has the same metal-clad, unibody chassis and is being offered in an all-black colour option as well. Some salient features of the smartphone include a fingerprint scanner, MIUI 8 with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS and 4,100mAh battery.
Related read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 Review
Amidst rumours of shutting shop, Micromax’s sister concern, YU has gone ahead and launched the Yureka Black. The phone is an attempt by the brand to offer looks and performance in a single package. Flaunting an iPhone 7-like jet black finish, the Yureka Black comes with a unibody metal casing. The brand has equipped the new phone with a Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor and 4GB RAM, so we know that lag should be the least of our worries. Blessed with a 13-megapixel primary camera and 3,000mAh battery, Yureka Black also happens to be the most stylish handset in the budget segment at the moment.
Related read: YU Yureka Black review
The newest brand to join the herd in the country is Infinix from China’s Transsion Holdings. It has launched a couple of handsets called the Hot4 Pro and Note 4 in India under Rs 10,000. The Infinix Note 4 is the bigger of the two and comes with better chops as well. As the name indicates, it falls in the phablet category with a massive 5.7-inch full HD display on the front panel. At its heart is a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage to drive the performance. On the imaging front, you get a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front shooter, both accompanied by LED flash units. Other features of the device include 4G VoLTE, a 4,300mAh battery with XCharge fast charging and a fingerprint scanner.
These were the top picks priced under Rs 10,000 in the market, but the list cannot be complete without the debut budget smartphone from Nokia. The HMD-owned brand launched its trio of Android smartphones and the Nokia 3 (unboxing) is the most affordable of the lot at Rs 9,499. Its key features include the MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor, a 5-inch HD display, 8MP cameras on both ends, 2GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage and a 2,630mAh battery.
These are the top picks right now in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment. Which one would be your pick?