Best budget phones in India under Rs 10,000 for January 2021

The year 2020 was not so great for the budget smartphones in the sub Rs 10,000 segment. Due to the hike in GST and also lockdown and production issues, companies started raising the price of smartphones in this segment. However, fast forward January 2021, the segment has got a bit better thanks to some price drops and a couple of new launches. 

The smartphones under Rs 10,000 segment now consists of smartphones from Xiaomi, Realme, Motorola, Samsung and Poco. 

These smartphones offer a good overall good user experience with a solid build, great battery life, a display that is good for day to day usage and an improved camera at very reasonable prices.   

Best phones under Rs 10,000

1. Poco M2

2. Redmi 9 Prime

3.  Moto E7 Plus

4. Realme C15

5. Samsung Galaxy M02s

5. Poco C3

And while there haven't been many launches in the past couple of months in this segment, we have seen brands dropping the price of their last-gen or slightly old devices which still offers value for money in 2021. Samsung was the first in 2021 to launch a budget device. For now, there are some handful options available in this segment. If you want to know the best phones under Rs 10,000 in India, we're here with the answers. 

In the coming days, we expect Xiaomi, Realme, and other brands to launch some good devices in the segment. 

Poco M2

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Poco M2

Display: 6.53-inch Full HD+ | Processor: MediaTek Helio G80 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Rear camera: 13MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 5000mAh

Good display
10W fast charging

Poco M2 price was slashed in India recently by Rs 1,000 for the base variant and the top variant received Rs 1,500 price cut. This is also the cheapest phone with 6GB of RAM in India currently. This device is suitable for all the multitaskers and also casual gamers. The Poco M2 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G80 chipset with. The Mali G52 clocked at 950MHz takes care of the graphics duties. MediaTek’s HyperEngine Gaming technology also makes the cut which added performance and gaming optimization 

The Poco M2 also brings dual-tone polycarbonate body along with an anti-fingerprint texture. The fingerprint scanner is located under the cameras on the back. On the front, the Poco M2 sports a 6.53-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display. There’s a 13MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 5MP macro shooter and a 2MP depth sensor for portraits on the rear while selfies are handled by an 8MP shooter. The Poco M2 has a 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charge support.

Price: Rs 9,999 | Rs 10,999

Check out Poco M2 on Flipkart

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Redmi 9 Prime

Ready for prime time

Display: 6.53-inch Full HD+ | Processor: MediaTek Helio G80 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Rear camera: 13MP+8MP+5MP+2MP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 5020mAh, 18W fast charge

Full HD screen
Fast charging
Great performance
Average cameras

The latest surprise return to the Prime series, the Redmi 9 Prime is the only smartphone in the segment to feature a Full HD display. You get a 6.53-inch LCD screen with a waterdrop notch and a resolution of 2340x1080 pixels. It has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a peak brightness of about 400 nits. Under the hood, the Redmi 9 Prime is powered by Mediatek’s Helio G80 SoC.

The camera department consists of a quad-camera setup which has a fingerprint sensor tucked underneath it. There is a 13MP f/2.2 main lens, an 8MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor. The front has an 8MP sensor for selfies. All this is backed up by a huge 5,020mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging which can be charged via Type-C port. 

Price: Rs 9,999

Check out Redmi 9 Prime on Amazon

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Moto E7 Plus

Display: 6.5-inch HD+ | Processor: Snapdragon 460 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Rear camera: 48MP + 2MP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 5000mAh, 10W charging

48MP camera
Near stock Android
No fast charging

The new E series device in the town, the Moto E7 Plus comes with a dual-camera setup at the rear backed by a 48MP sensor with f/1.7 and a 2MP secondary camera with f/2.4 for depth sensing. This is also one of the only phones in the segment to offer Night Vision that allows you to capture detailed images even in low light conditions. On the front, the phone has an 8MP selfie shooter.

You are looking at a  6.5-inch Max Vision IPS TFT LCD with HD+ display and the phone is powered by Snapdragon 460 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It is flaunting a massive 5,000 mAh battery with support of a 10W charging solution. 

Price: Rs 9,499

Check out the Moro E7 Plus on Flipkart

Read our Moto E7 Plus review

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Realme C15

Display: 6.5- inches HD+ | Processor: MediaTek Helio G35 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Rear camera: 13MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 6000mAh

Big display,
Massive Battery 
Micro USB port

The new Realme C15 aims to be a battery champ with a massive 6,000mAh battery. A new Super power-saving mode limits the phone’s abilities to a few apps but claims a battery life of 5 hours at just 5%. While the charging takes place over a dated Micro USB port, it does support 18W fast charging as well as reverse charging. 

Further, It features a 6.5- inches HD+ LCD screen. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 chipset, coupled with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage. The Realme C15 houses a quad rear camera setup that consists of a 13MP (f/2.2) primary sensor, an 8MP(f/2.2) ultra-wide-angle sensor, a 2MP(f/2.4) black and white sensor, and a 2MP(f/2.4) retro sensor. While on the front, it has an 8MP sensor with an f/2.0 lens in the waterdrop notch.

Price: Rs 9,999

Check out Realme C15 on Flipkart

Samsung Galaxy M02s

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Samsung Galaxy M02s

Display: 6.5-inch HD+ | Processor: Snapdragon 450 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 5MP | Battery: 5000mAh, 15W fast charging

Fast charging
Runs on Android 10

Samsung latest budget device is the best sub Rs 10,000 device till date from the brand. It brings a lot to the table when compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy M01s. The device is packed with a 6.5-inch HD+ and is powered by Snapdragon 450 SoC. It is available in two configurations -3+32GB and 4+64GB. 

On to the optics, the device features a triple camera setup 13MP + 2MP + 2MP. Over to the front, there is a 5MP shooter. The Galaxy M02s is backed by a 5000mAh battery and also supports 15W quick charge. 

Price: Rs 8,999 | Rs 9,999

Check out Samsung Galaxy M02s on Amazon

poco c3

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Poco C3

Display: 6.53-inch HD+ | Processor: Mediatek Helio G35 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 5MP | Battery: 5000mAh

Build quality

The Poco C3 recently received a price cut of Rs 500 for the top variant. Poco C3 flaunts a 6.53-inch HD+ dot notch display. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 SoC. There is also microSD card support up to 512GB additional storage. The device is packed with a massive 5,000mAh battery. 

For optics, the Poco C3 offers a triple camera stack at the rear and there is a single camera to the front. You are looking at a 13MP primary camera at the rear with f/2.2 aperture with a 75.2-degree field-of-view followed by a 2MP macro lens with 4cm focal length and a 2MP depth sensor. The dual-tone LED flash completes the rear camera setup. To the front, you get a 5MP selfie shooter housed in the dew-drop notch. 

Price: Rs 7,499 | Rs 8,499

Check out Poco C3 on Flipkart

Best smartphones under Rs 10,000 in India

Device Price
Poco M2 Rs 9,999
Redmi 9 Prime Rs 9,999
Moto E7 Plus Rs 9,999
Realme C15 Rs 9,999
Samsung Galaxy M02s Rs 8,999
Poco C3 Rs 7,499

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