Realme C1, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Honor 7C among best phones to buy under Rs 10,000
We are just a few weeks away before we start a brand new year with brand new phones. 2018 has seen a number of smartphones being launched in the budget and mid-range segments, which are some of the most competitive sectors in the Indian markets. Phones from Realme, Xiaomi and Honor have proved that it is possible to offer attractive design and good performance at affordable prices. The budget segment is no longer a place for phones with bare-boned design and specs, and today we are looking at phones in the sub Rs 10,000 segment that offer the most bang for the buck.
As we approach the end of the year, the phones in this list are pretty much the best you can get in 2018. Brands like Xiaomi and Honor have done well to establish themselves in the affordable segment and are dependable names now. We also have newer companies like Realme that have also proved their worth, managing to stand out in a busy budget market by offering phones that impress with design as well as performance. Here's a look at some of the best phones under Rs 10,000 to consider in November.
Xiaomi Redmi 6A: Rs 6,999
Xiaomi has launched a lot of phones this year in India that mostly slot in the budget and mid-range segments. This is where Xiaomi really dominates the game and the company is happy to rake in the numbers. The Redmi 6A is yet another popular phone from the company as it replaces the Redmi 5A. This is the go-to entry-level phone for first-time smartphone users as it brings a simplistic design and a capable chipset for basic day-to-day tasks.
The Redmi 6A comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. There's a 32GB variant available as well that will cost Rs 6,999, but if you're going to spend that much you may as well go for the Redmi 6 instead. The Redmi 6A comes with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing sensor, houses a 3,000mAh battery and support dual 4G SIM cards.
Realme C1: Rs 7,999
Realme is a brand that's just around six months old and yet the company has managed to leave an impression on consumers. This is understandable as it has launched four impressive phones over the past few months that have stood out in the budget segment for offering appealing designs and solid performance at really competitive prices. The Realme C1 is the company's cheapest offering that brings most of the same features and specs as the Realme 2. It was initially priced at RS 6,999 as an introductory festive season offer, but the company recently hiked its price to Rs 7,999. Despite the price bump, the phone continues to be a great budget option for a lot of people.
The Realme C1 sports a 6.2-inch notched display and is powered by a Snapdragon 450 chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM. It houses a 4,230mAh battery similar to the Realme 2. The entry-level smartphone comes with a 13MP + 2MP dual camera setup on the back with PDAF and f/2.2 aperture, and a 5MP front-facing sensor. It ships with Android 8.1 Oreo with Oppo's ColorOS 5.1 on top
Redmi Note 5: Rs 9,999
As we said earlier, Xiaomi holds the fort in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment and there are a few reasons for that. Apart from the Redmi 6A, there is also the Redmi Note 5 which is s an impressive all-rounder that offers good performance and battery as well as an 18:9 FHD+ display. It for those willing to spend a little extra to get a better performance and camera system compared to the Redmi 6A.
The Redmi Note 5 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with Adreno 506 GPU. Similarly, it comes in two variants - one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128GB via a hybrid microSD card slot. The device sports a 12MP rear camera with dual LED flash and PDAF and a 5MP front-facing sensor.
Honor 7C: Rs 9,999
Honor has often stayed above the Rs 10,000 segment but this year the company launched a few entry-level phones that replace the failing Holly series. The Honor 7C is a very basic phone from the outside and inside. It comes with a plastic body and an 18:9 display on the outside while packing an entry-level Snapdragon chipset inside. It's a simple, hassle-free device that promises to offer you just enough to get through the day.
The Honor 7C sports a 5.99-inch HD+ LCD display and is powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor. The base model that falls under Rs 10,000 comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The phone supports storage expandability up to 256GB via a microSD card. As for the cameras, the Honor 7C gets a dual camera system with a 13MP + 2MP configuration that allows for depth sensing. Up front, the handset sports an 8MP sensor with soft selfie light. The phone ships with Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0 on top.
Infinix Note 5: Rs 9,999
Infinix may not be as popular as some of the other brands on this list, but the company has come out with some mighty impressive phones off late and the Infinix Note 5 is one of them. While the phone offers glossy rear panel and a full-screen 18:9 display, what really makes the phone stand out is that this is the cheapest Android One phone in the market right now. Yes, the phone comes with stock, Android Oreo with the promise of regular monthly updates and Android 9 Pie in the future, which cannot be said for any of the other phones in this segment.
Coming to the specs, the Infinix Note 5 sports a 5.99-inch FHD+ display and offers an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Helio P23 processor based on 16nm FinFET technology and supports Dual SIM and Dual VoLTE. The base model comes with a 3GB + 32GB configuration and it is offered in black blue and gray colours. Optics include a 12-megapixel sensor on the rear paired with dual LED flash and a 16-megapixel AI selfie camera with support for AI bokeh selfie and AI beauty mode.