Top Five Smartphones Under Rs. 10,000

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Welcome to our first installment of Top Five Best Smartphones in India Series. To tell the truth I am really surprised what smartphones under 10000 rupees can offer. And a couple of years ago, the features which were seen only in high-end smartphones are now usual a feature-set in smartphones under 10000. Don’t you guys think the same?

And in price-sensitive country like India, people always search for best smartphones under 10000.

So without wasting any time. I’ll showcase the best smartphones which one can get under 10000 Rupees. But before I start let me tell that I have hand tested several devices and felt that these smartphones deserved to be in this list. I have even went across various online reviews and video reviews and thought of popular reviewer and what they have to say about the product. So what I’ve written here is the best piece of information one can find on the Internet.

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#5: Xolo Q700S

Xolo Q700S is the cutest looking smartphone under 10000 I’ve ever seen. Compared to its predecessor, the Xolo Q700 was bulky and looked like a black chunk bar phone. But Xolo Q700S is totally different. I’m really surprised what smartphone under 10000 rupees can offer.

Xolo Q700S

Though Xolo Q700S’s the front is all black, the back is where all the magic happens. The Xolo Q700S comes in three different variants. Silver, Gold and Blue and only the back panels sports colors while no other difference. The back panel is complete plastic but has faux metallic finish to it, which still looks good for a smartphone under 10000 rupees.

The phone is sturdy and shows no signs of body panel squeaking whatsoever. The Xolo Q700S is a lot curvier on the edges and on the sides. This makes it very easy to hold.

Under the hood is a 1.3 GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582M chipset ticking inside. The RAM is 1GB whereas the internal storage is 4GB. It can even be expanded upto 32GB via SD Card. The screen size is however 4.5 inch with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels (218ppi). And you get Android 4.2.2 OS. The phone definitely scores respectable points in benchmark tests. You could even play some high end games with it. Though resource intensive applications can drain the battery a lot faster. But on normal use; its 1800mAh battery can last a day.

The primary camera is 8MP and secondary camera is VGA. The camera definitely clicks some good pictures; unless you don’t have steady hands. Even recording videos at 1080p resolution is fine with some good auto-focus. Thought don’t expect it to take highly detailed pictures or videos. But what you get isn’t complain-able at all. While I’ll leave upto you; what you think about the front camera. I’m not talking about it.

“All-in-all Xolo Q700S is an excellent pick compared to other smartphones under 10000 rupees as per my belief. Surely it wouldn’t disappoint first time smartphone users. The phone is sturdy and can take one or two drops with no damage. Has an excellent hardware control of Quad Core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera and 4GB internal storage. Xolo has promised to bring in Kitkat update which makes this an irresistible offer.”

Inside the Box: Xolo Q700S Handset, Charger, USB Cable, Earphones, User Manuals.

Buy From:

Flipkart at Rs. 7,933
Snapdeal at Rs. 7,411 at Rs. 7,499

#4: XOLO Q800 X-Edition

Holding the Xolo Q800 X-Edition for the first time. One would definitely notice the Brand Name and X-Edition Embossed in Gold on the back panel. Even the built quality is best for this smartphone under 10000. Though the phone isn’t a looker. It looks just like every other crop of budget Android Smartphones.

Xolo Q800 X-Edition

For starters, Xolo Q800 X-Edition includes 1.2GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6589 chipset along with 1GB RAM. And the GPU is PowerVR SGX544.

The internal storage is however 4GB and expandable upto 32GB. Even the battery is 2100mAh. Xolo Q800 X-Edition has 4.5 inch QHD display with a resolution of 960 X 540 pixels. Which provides decent pixel density of 245ppi. The phone is pretty lightweight at 143 grams and is easy to hold; unlike the 5+ inches phablets.

The primary camera is 8MP and can take decent photographs in proper lighting. Though still don’t expect it to rock low-light photography. While the secondary camera is 1MP and its good if we don’t talk about it (at all).

Xolo Q800 X-Edition comes with 4.5 inch screen. And it doesn’t include bloatware except the usual Google apps and Xolo Backup, Xolo Secure and Xolo Care (as if they really cared). This gives it an impressive battery life of little more than a day. The only disappointment would be the OS. Xolo Q800 X-Edition comes with Android 4.1.2 and no possibility of future updates. Duhh!

“Xolo Q800 X-Edition has an impressive built quality compared to other smartphones under 10000 rupees. Since its screen size is 4.5 inches, it snuggingly fits in your hands. Even the camera takes decent shots with nicer details. Though the phone won’t stand out. And wouldn’t win any brownie point in the design department. But great for people who need all-in-one smartphone; sans phablet screen size and latest Android OS.”

Inside the box: Xolo Q800 X-Ediiton Handset, USB Cable, Charger, In-Ear Earphones, and User Manuals.

Buy From

Flipkart At Rs. 8,982
Snapdeal at Rs. 8,456 at Rs. 8,499

#3 Micromax Canvas A120 Colors

Touted as the successor to the ever popular Micromax Canvas 2 A110. Micromax has now come up with Canvas 2 A120 Colors with beefed up specs and design under 10000 rupees.

micromax canvas 2 a120 colors

To tell the truth, I’ve literally lost count of how many Micromax smartphones are out there and that too the smartphones under 10000 rupees mark. I thought they’d be joking when Micromax said it was going to release new Canvas smartphones every month. But unfortunately they weren’t. They’re trying Samsung’s strategy of carpet bombing; thereby releasing new phones frequently and hoping one of its smartphone makes it huge. Really!

Leaving this all behind, Micromax Canvas 2 A120 Colors caught my sight (except the humongous name). At first encounter, the phone felt a lot sturdier than any other budget Micromax smartphones under 10000 rupees I’ve used. Even the innards of the phone are an amazing addition. It features a 1.2GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582 chipset along with 1GB RAM. The best part about Micromax Canvas 2 A120 Colors is its bright HD screen. The display has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and pixel density of 295ppi.

The phone runs on Android 4.4.2 and lot of cutomization is done to the UI by Micromax. I’m personally not a fan of this custom UI but is a nice addition to its arsenal. The A120 even borrows a lot of nifty tricks from Micromax Canvas Turbo A250 like, blow to unlock, proximity unlock, proximity call receive, video pop-out, flip to silent, flip to turn speaker phone on and a lot more. But such sort of customization does takes up a lot of RAM size. With only 50% of RAM usage available to the user after installing some apps from Play Store.

The camera on Micromax Canvas 2 Colors A120 is 8MP and is much better than 8MP cameras featured on any other budget. You could get decent snaps from this camera and with decent details. But then expecting a decent low-light photography should be out of your thoughts. Whereas the front camera is 2MP from which you shouldn’t expect a lot at this price.

Other features includes 8GB ROM  (0.98 GB available for Apps), Expandable storage upto 32GB, Bluetooth Version 4, 2000mAh battery and USB OTG support. You can see Micromax Canvas 2 A120 Color Benchmarks scores by clicking here.

“Micromax Canvas 2 A120 is probably the only smartphone under 10000 rupees to come with HD display. Even the built quality is much better compared to its counterparts. Though it does comes with little niggles like less battery life, occasional lags and users even complained of over heating during charging or calling. But still the Micromax Canvas has a lot of features going for it like Quad Core CPU, 1GB RAM and HD display along with new design and is a lot sturdier.”

Inside the box: Micromax Canvas 2 A120 Color Handset, 2 Extra Colored Back Panels, Charger, USB cable, Earphones and User manuals.

Buy From:

Flipkart at Rs. 9,551

#2: Motorola Moto E

Currently Flipkart is the only vendor of Moto E in India. I personally haven’t used Moto E. But from all hands-on and reviews out there. Moto E looks like the best low-budget smartphone.

Motorola Moto E

It features a 1.2 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon 200 Chipset along with 1 GB RAM. It even includes Adreno 302 GPU. Moto E has 4.3 inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. This clocks the pixel density at 256ppi. Impressive for a low-budget smartphone. The display is water-splash resistant and is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 which is an excellent preposition for a smartphone under 10000 rupees.

Front camera is absent in Moto E. While the primary camera is 5MP sans auto-focus. So do not expect it to shoot even decent pictures. And image clarity is out of expectation. While the body is strongly built and Motorola touts Moto E to be smartphone for everyone. This is what Moto E ad looks like.

Another amazing features includes a 1980mAh battery along with Android Kitkat 4.4.2 with the latest kernel. And Motorola promises to deliver every other Android update for Moto E. This makes it an irresistible offer. Currently Moto E is available only from Flipkart in India. And the handset is out of stock. Moto E might clock impressive sales I must say.

“Motorola Moto E is definitely the smartphone for the masses. The dual-core CPU gives performance that to of a quad-core CPU. So playing high-end games won’t be a problem on this smartphone under 10000. Even on a low-budget it comes with 1 GB RAM. And includes Gorilla Glass 3 which is only seen in high-end smartphones. Not water-proof but Moto E is splash resistant and can survive Monsoon without hiccups. Though the camera is a downer and the battery is non-removable. And since the smartphone is priced under 10000 rupees; makes it a very great offer.”

Inside the Box: Moto E handset, Wall Charger, Earphones, User Manual in Regional and English language.

Buy From

Flipkart at Rs. 6,999

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I certainly believe you would have liked the list. And you would have unlocked the First Position. I’ve tried my best to include the best smartphone in this price sensitive segment.

If you do have any complains about the list, make sure you leave a comment below. Or any other smartphone you believe should have fit the bill? Let me know. And don’t forget to share.

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  1. pabitra

    Hi Abhishek,
    Really its a nice list of smart phones. in my opinion moto E is the best and maximum selling smart phone in short time at Flipkart and now its price at at Flipkart is RS 9999.
    Thanks for sharing this list.

    I found this post on and kingged it
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  2. Abhishek Tavasalkar

    Hello Pabitra,

    I so glad for your response. And yeah considering the price Moto E is offering very great options.

    And feature like Gorilla Glass 3 and QHD screen is very cool. And I checked fiipkart.

    Thought the phone is out of stock. But it is still priced at Rs. 6,999

  3. Barb Brady

    Hi Abhishek,
    Wow what an article. I have an iPhone . . . but it is interesting to see what else is out there. I am a Windows person, but for some reason I jumped over to Apple for the phone and am a dedicated iPhone user.

    But wow you showed some choices for people.

    I didn’t know the info you talk about under the Micromax Canvas section. Really? You said “Micromax said it was going to release new Canvas smartphones every month.” I really did not know that any company would even think of doing that. You know in iPhone land that never happens. And, I am glad. I like knowing that what I have is not going to be obsolete in the next few months.

    Then you expanded and said Samsung releases new phones frequently. I did not know this. I am a little isolated with the iPhone. So, this is very interesting.

    Abhishek, this is a lot of research. Good job on an informative post.

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  4. Abhishek Tavasalkar

    Ohh! Thank You very much Barb,

    You really are one of those person who not only appreciates an article but also the writer’s research and hard work behind it.

    And to tell you the truth, since you use an iPhone, you don’t really have to worry about anything. Because you’re really on a safe land with an iPhone.

    But then in country like India, an iPhone really costs 20-30% more as compared to its price in US. And only the rich people have the resources to buy it. But then Android phones have opened a great options for smartphones under very tight budget.

    And yeah, Micromax is third largest Phone Company in India and 12th largest in the whole world. And they keep putting up new smartphones every month. But the phone I listed here is one of the best in the budget we’re talking about. So I had to include it.

    And yeah, you can see, Samsung too keeps dishing out new smartphones and tablets every other month. It’s a strategy called carpet bombing.

    And really thanks for the response. I appreciate it a lot.

  5. Kuldeep

    A common list. List of these kind of phones are very common almost every blog is sharing list on phones. Domain name is All Tech Trix and I think you should stick with Tricks.
    I hope you’ll take my comment in positive sense.
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  6. Abhishek Tavasalkar

    Hello Kuldeep,

    And Yeah I did took your thoughts in positive sense. And I’m glad you raised your voice.

    To tell the truth, most of the list I’ve seen on other site; aren’t well researched. And are just there to be there.

    But every phone I’ve listed here, I’ve used them, played with them and tested them too. And hence I’ve come with a result.

    And yeah, I accept, the website name contain tricks. And will definitely come up with more and more tricks.

  7. Sandeep Rao

    I am surprised to see XOLO’s mobile in top5 instead of Samsung’s mobile. I mean, are you sure that there is not a great phone from Samsung in the range of 10K better than Xolo mobiles mentioned here.
    I would say, Motorola Moto E is really a great phone. I recommend this phone at #1 instead of Nokia Lumia 525. As Android 4.0 is always better than Windows 8.1 (personal opinion).
    Anyways, thanks for sharing it on

  8. Abhishek Tavasalkar

    Hello Sandeep,

    I am glad you’re concerned about the brands. But honestly telling, there isn’t a phone from Samsung stable that would even have a chance against the Xolo Q700S.

    And regarding the 1st place. I’ve taken many factors into consideration. And the biggest problem with Android is; when you starting installing a large number of apps. The OS starts to slow down. And even the camera isn’t upto the mark. And many things were too considered.

  9. Samir

    Seems like you’ve listed out all the latest smartphones which are under 10K, actually I was kinda checking new mobiles in the budget to purchase for my brother as a gift.

    Thanks for share
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  10. Abhishek Tavasalkar

    Hey Hello Samir, Thanks for the comment.

    And to tell the truth, there are probably more than 300 smartphone models that come under 5,000-10,000 bracket.

    And I think, I’ve listed the best one.

  11. Sourav

    This year saw a huge increase in low range smartphone keeping in mind the growing needs and expectations of the user from a smartphone.

    Moto E and Nokia Lumia 525 created great heat among the ‘ under 10k ” section. But, sadly Lumia 525 seems to be getting quite a lot of complains about the heating issue during gaming. Many folks have reported that it gets heated up after 10-20 minutes of gaming. Moreover, Nokia Lumia is highly popular for it’s advanced camera technology but still they came up with an average 5 MP cam for 525. After all, What more can we expect for a 10k smartphone :D

    Well, Isn’t HTC Desire 210 fit to enter this list ?

    Good list Abhishek :)
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  12. VJay

    You should mention the best phone which had come latest in market and beats all these phones which is Xiaomi Mi 3, but its under Rs.15,000/-

  13. Yashraj Kakkad

    Hi there,

    That’s another blazing post from you! The reasons behind the appreciation are the efforts and the research you do before writing any post. I’ve to learn a lot from you! :-)

    You made a good decision by not including Samsung in this list. They are not fit for budget smartphones. Even if they launch some, the specifications are far less as compared to its rival companies!

    Another good decision was the inculsion of two Xolo smartphones. They’re really good at making cheap and quality smartphones.

    I am amazed to see that you’ve included Micromax. They just rebrand devices purchased from Chinese OEMs. Thus, though the specifications are attractive, the quality is at its worst. How about including Sony Xpera E/M in its place?

    Asus is a new smartphone company. But, let me be honest! The reviews have freaked me out! The specifications are just…..MIND BLOWING! And the hands-on reviews as well are positive! Your research is perfect! The smartphone truly deserves the crown! :-)

    No more words to say! Have a nice day!
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  14. Marivic

    Such a great post from you ABHISHEK TAVASALKAR, now I can choose the best smartphones.

  15. ashfaq

    moto E is best android budget phone , coast is 6500 around in flipkart .

  16. bhushan

    Very good list as i was confuse about xolo with verious reviews till im nt getting ur first position and ur first choice

  17. bhushan

    Good list thanks

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