Best phones under Rs 10,000 in India for August 2021

If you are in search of the best phones under Rs 10,000 in India 一 you've come to the right place. The phones priced under Rs 10,000 are best for first-time smartphone users or someone who's not a power user. 

These budget phones priced under Rs 10,000 offer good battery life, large display and decent day to day performance. The segment did not have the best collection in 2020. However, fast forward to August 2021, the segment has got a bit better thanks to some price drops and a few new launches. 

The smartphones under Rs 10,000 segment now consists of smartphones from Micromax, Xiaomi, Realme, Infinix, 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.   

For now, there are a handful of 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. The list is led by Micromax who made its comeback last year and closely followed by Poco, Redmi, Samsung, Realme, and Infinix smartphones. 

These phones are the best suites for light use as performance is not the highest priority in the segment. What you can expect is the fact that you get big batter which translates to excellent battery life and there are also a couple of stock Android phones. Things like a Full HD+ display, gaming chipset, fast charging, good camera performance can be counted as an added bonus in this particular segment.  

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Micromax In 1 review

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Micromax In 1 review

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Micromax In 1

Display: 6.67-inch Full HD+, LCD, 60Hz | Processor: MediaTek Helio G80 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Rear camera: 48+2+2MP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 5000mAh, 18W | OS: Android 10 | Weight: 195g | Thickness: 8.95mm

Competitive specs
Clean Android
Big, bright display
No ultra-wide camera
Plastic body

You might be surprised by our first recommendation in the list coming from Micromax. Well, allow us to explain. The Micromax In 1 is the brand’s phone with competitive specs that undercuts Redmi and Realme on paper, but also in real-life usage and experience. The Micromax In 1 is powered by a gaming-centric MediaTek Helio G80 chipset - the phone feels smooth and responsive. Half of the credit of the performance should also go to the clean stock Android experience which has no bloatware, unnecessary apps or system ads in the interface either.

You get a large 6.67-inch screen that is really good for the price and in the camera department, the device sports a 48MP f/1.79 primary lens which is good enough for daylight pictures. Running all the internals is a large 5,000mAh battery and 18W fast charging. 

The Micromax In 1 is a great buy for Rs 9,999 - you are getting a Full HD+ screen, a capable chipset, clean Android build, and a big battery coupled with fast charging., When you look at the overall package and the value the phone rings, there is not much to complain about the device. 

Check out Micromax In 1 review

Buy Micromax In 1 on Flipkart

4GB + 64GB: Rs 9,999

6GB + 128GB: Rs 11,499

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Poco M2 Reloaded

Display: 6.53-inch FHD+ | Processor: Mediatek Helio G80 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Rear camera: 13+8+5+2MP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 5000mAh, 18W | OS: Android 10, MIUI 12 | Weight: 198g | Thickness: 9.1mm

Full HD+ display
Good performance 
Still on Android 10
No fast charger in box

The Poco M2 Reloaded is basically the Poco M2 but with 4GB of RAM and a lower price tag.  It is powered by MediaTek Helio G80 chipset, an eight-core chipset built on the 12nm process. In terms of display, you are looking at a 6.53-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution. The Poco M2 runs off a 5,000mah battery which supports 18W fast charging.

On the back, there is a quad-camera setup on the Poco M2 consisting of a 13MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 5MP macro shooter, and a 2MP depth sensor. Selfies are handled by an 8MP front camera.  As for security, the device comes with a fingerprint scanner on the rear, located under the cameras. 

Buy Poco M2 Reloaded on Flipkart

4GB + 64GB: Rs 9,499

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Micromax In 2b

Display: 6.5" HD+, LCD, 60Hz | Processor: Unisoc T610 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64GB | Rear camera: 13+2MP | Front camera: 5MP | Battery: 5000mAh | OS: Android 11 | Weight: 190g | Thickness: 8.63mm.

Powerful chipset
Good display
Value for money
Selfie camera

The successor to the Micromax In 1b, the Micromax In 2b starts at Rs 7,999 for the 4GB variant and the 6GB variant costs Rs 8,999. This is also India’s cheapest phone with 6GB RAM. Powered by the new 12nm Unisoc T610 processor, it is claimed to be 45% faster than the competition. The performance is surprisingly good on the device. 

There is a 6.52-inch display with an HD+ resolution with a brightness of 400 nits. On the rear is a 13MP primary camera with a 2MP secondary sensor, as well as a 5MP selfie shooter. The Micromax In 2b runs off a large 5,000mAH battery and supports 10W fast charging. The adapter and Type-C cable comes included. It runs on clean stock Android. 

Buy Micromax In 2b on Flipkart

4GB+64GB: Rs 7,999

6GB+64GB: Rs 8,999

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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 | OS: Android 10, MIUI 12 | Weight: 198g | Thickness: 9.1mm

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 that 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. 

Read our Redmi 9 Prime review

 Buy Redmi 9 Prime on Amazon

4GB + 64GB: Rs 9,999

Rs 500 coupon available

Realme Narzo 30A

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Realme Narzo 30A

Display: 6.5-inch HD+, LCD, 60Hz | Processor: MediaTek Helio G85 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Rear camera: 13+2MP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 6,000mAh, 18W | OS: Android 10 | Weight: 209g | Thickness: 9.8mm

Battery life
Performance

Rear camera
Bulky

The successor to the Narzo 20A is now powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 processor which is a budget gaming chipset with its gaming suite. It comes in a Diamond strike design. Just like the Narzo 20A, the Narzo 30A also packs in a 6,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support via Type-C port. 

As for the cameras, there is a 13MP primary camera on the rear backed up by a secondary depth sensor. To the front, you get an 8MP selfie camera. The fingerprint scanner is located on the rear.

Buy Realme Narzo 30A on Flipkart

3GB + 32GB: Rs 8,499

4GB + 64GB: Rs 9,499

Infinix Hot 10S

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Infinix Hot 10S

Display: 6.82-inch HD+, 90Hz | Processor: Mediatek Helio G85 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64GB | Rear camera: 48+2+AIMP | Front camera: 8MP | Battery: 6000mAh, 10W | OS: Android 11 | Weight: 211g | Thickness: 9.2mm

90Hz display
Battery life
Micro USB port
Slow charging

The Infinix Hot 10S is the cheapest phone in India to come with a 90Hz screen refresh rate display. It has a large 6.82-inch HD+ screen. The device is powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 chipset along with a MediaTek gaming suite. You also get ample RAM and storage for the price you pay. The device will be available in two variants 一 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 64GB along with support for expandable storage up to 256GB. 

In terms of photography, the device comes with a 48MP main camera, a 2MP lens, and an AI lens in terms of camera. Selfies are handled by an 8MP shooter on the front. The Infinix Hot 10S is packed with a big 6,000mAh battery with 10W charging support and a micro USB port. Also, the Infinix Hot 10S is the first from the company to run on Android 11 out of the box. 

Buy Infinix Hot 10S Play on Flipkart

4GB + 64GB: Rs 9,999

6GB + 64GB: Rs 9,999

Best smartphones under Rs 10,000 in India


  • Micromax In 1  
  • Poco M2 Reloaded
  • Micromax In 2b
  • Redmi 9 Prime
  • Realme Narzo 30A
  • Infinix Hot 10S

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