Looking at the data compiled by various research firms like Counterpoint and IDC, it’s quite evident that the sub-Rs 12,000 price bracket, is the most sought-after segment for smartphones being sold in India. And, therefore every other smartphone brand is trying to leverage this trend and introduce phones in this price range. Therefore, the end consumer is presented with a plethora of options while buying a new device. But, we do understand that it can become overwhelming when you actually have to make a choice.
Therefore, to make it easier for you, we have handpicked the top five phones, according to us, that you can consider while buying a phone under Rs 12,000.Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (review), the Redmi Note 4 already has its task cut out thanks to its predecessor’s great reputation. That said, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has just enough to edge ahead. It looks better than the Redmi Note 3 thanks to the curved rear, chamfered edges, and the presence of 2.5D curved glass upfront. Under the curved glass lies a 5.5 inch full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS LCD screen and three backlit capacitive buttons. This display is slightly better than the one found on last year’s model. That aside, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 packs a better 13MP f/2.0 rear camera module.
Unlike the last year’s model, the Redmi Note 4 doesn’t come with the annoying autofocusing bug. Moreover, the photos comes out sharper and with a better colour reproduction. The internals has also been tweaked, as the smartphone now packs a Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor under the hood. This however, makes it marginally slower than the Snapdragon 650-toting Redmi Note 3. Most users, however, won’t be able to notice the difference. For prospective buyers, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes in three variants: 2GB RAM / 32GB storage, 3GB / 32GB storage and 4GB RAM / 64GB storage. Out of these the variant with 3GB of RAM, priced at Rs 10,999, will be the best bet for the most users.
Related Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Review
After tasting a decent amount of success with the LeEco Le 1s (review) and Le 1s Eco, the high-flying Chinese firm brought its most powerful budget phablet LeEco Le 2 to India mid last year. Ever since, the smartphone has been a hit among Indian consumers and has been a worthy competitor to the segment leader Redmi Note 3. The 5.5 inch full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display-toting smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core chip inside.
Besides, it comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There’s also a 64GB storage variant, but it is priced higher at Rs 13,999. As for the optics, the LeEco Le 2 comes with a 16MP f/2.0 rear camera with Phase Detection Autofocus Sensor (PDAF) and dual LED flash. That aside, it packs an 8MP front-facing selfie snapper and fingerprint sensor located at the back. It’s also worth noting that the LeEco Le 2 misses out on a headphone jack.
Related Read: LeEco Le 2 Review
The Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime is one of the most sought after phones in India and that’s primarily due to its impeccable price-to-performance ratio. At its price of Rs 8,999, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime packs not just 3GB of RAM but also a fingerprint sensor, which is located just below the rear camera module. Sporting a 5-inch HD (1,280 x 720) IPS LCD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor under the hood, the smartphone has just enough firepower to breeze through most of your day-to-day tasks. As for the optics, the lower mid-range smartphone from Xiaomi boasts of a 13MP rear shooter with LED flash. There is also a 5MP front shooter that’s capable of shooting decent selfies under proper lighting conditions. With that said, another key highlight of the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime is the 4,100mAH battery located under the hood. The main pain point regarding the smartphone, however, is its limited availability thanks to Xiaomi’s dependence on a flash sale model.
MEIZU launched the successor to the popular m2 Note last year in the form of the m3 Note and similar to its predecessor, the m3 Note has been priced attractively as well. The budget phablet sports a 5.5-inch full HD display and is encased in a unibody metal design, giving it a premium in-hand feel. Above the display, the MEIZU m3 Note is flanked by a 5MP selfie shooter along with a 13MP primary shooter on the back. For performance, the smartphone employs an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor clocked at 1.8GHz. The smartphone comes in two different models of 2GB RAM/16GB storage and 3GB RAM/32GB storage and supports storage expansion using a microSD card as well. For battery, MEIZU has packed a generous 4,100mAh unit which should see most users through the end of the day. The smartphone runs Android Lollipop with Flyme OS on top.
Related Read: MEIZU m3 Note unboxing and first impressions
Lenovo K6 Power (Rs 9,999)Lenovo recently updated its K series lineup with the new K6 Power and K6 Note smartphones. Among the two, the Lenovo K6 Power falls in the sub Rs 12,000 segment. Just like any other device in its class, the Lenovo K6 Power comes with a metal unibody design that packs a 5-inch full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display upfront. Under the hood, it comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor with Adreno 505 GPU. This is clubbed with 16GB of internal storage and 2GB RAM. There’s a 3GB RAM and 64GB storage version too, but it costs slightly more. That said, the main talking point of the smartphone as evident from its name, is the battery on the inside. Lenovo has included a 4,000mAH Li-Poly on the inside, which is expected to easily last through a day and half of heavy to moderate usage.
In terms of optics, the Lenovo K6 Power packs a 13MP rear camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus Sensor) and LED Flash. There’s also an 8MP front-facing camera for clicking wide angle selfies. This mid-range smartphone from Lenovo also comes with stereo speakers with support for Dolby Atmos audio enhancement and active noise cancellation. It also has a fingerprint sensor that’s located on the rear just below the camera module. One downside of the Lenovo K6 Power is the absence of USB Type-C port, instead, it comes with a Micro-USB 2.0 port. The smartphone runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 with a new Pure UI on top of it. It is expected to receive official Nougat update from Lenovo alongside a range of other devices soon.
Related Read: Lenovo K6 Power Launched
Considering the plethora of phones available at this price point there are always one or two devices that fail to make it to the list. Well, in case of this list, a few other phones which missed the list by a whisker are: the Coolpad Dual 1, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, and Coolpad Note 5. Do let us know the phone you wish to buy, in the comments section below.