Ever since the internet has been reaching every part of the country, there has been a growing need for a smartphone, and subsequently, the smartphone market is booming with every quarter passing by. Once upon a time, there was a myth that expensivesmartphones are often more interesting when it comes to feature and specification viewpoint. Customers were thought to believe that expensive phones come with feature-loaded, and budget phones lack these features. However, now the times have changed, and with changing time budget phones have become more and more feature-loaded. With more competing brands in the market, buying a power-packed smartphone in 2021 is much easier.
Keeping this in mind, we have tried to make things easier for you to decide which smartphone can be more suited to you concerning your needs. We’ve assembled a list of the best smartphones you can buy today at under ₹10,000, which includes options from brands such as Realme, Xiaomi, Samsung, and Motorola, to name a few.
Redmi 9 Prime comes with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage. It runs on the Android 10 Operating System. It’s been a long time since Xiaomi last used the term “Prime” branding on their smartphone. This smartphone entered the market when there was a price hike due to GST rates. It felt like a breath of fresh air with the price it was introduced with less than ₹10,000.
The phone comes with a 6.53-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels at a pixel density of 394 pixels per inch (PPI) and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display protection comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Smartphone is powered by an Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) processor that runs on Mediatek Helio G80 (12 nm) chipset. It has a Quad Camera setup with a primary camera of 13 MP with f/2.2 aperture. Redmi 9 Prime comes with a massive battery of 5020 mah. All this and at what price? ₹9,999 only makes it one of the best budget smartphones to come in this segment.
Realme Narzo 10A is one of the most powerful smartphones in this segment. It was launched keeping in mind the gaming enthusiasts, coming with 6.52inch IPS LCD screen over the top we have Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Before Realme Narzo 10A, the company launched the Realme C3; however, it had its own cons, including a fingerprint sensor. This is where the Narzo 10A comes with an added advantage: a fingerprint sensor and an additional camera of a 2MP macro on the rear. In some ways, it can be said that Realme Narzo 10A is an enhanced version of Realme C3.
The smartphone is packed with a Mediatek Helio G70 processor; hence power is excellent on the device. With a triple rear camera setup and a good selfie camera, the photos coming out of the smartphone are just above average, keeping in mind the price we are getting. The low light performance dips the quality even more. Another downside for the smartphone is that only one configuration is available, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage with expandable up to 256GB with a microSD card.
After so long, Samsung finally enters the low budget segment with its new offering Samsung Galaxy M01s. With Samsung’s new custom user interface, Galaxy M01s is definitely going to be the one fruitful. Samsung Galaxy M01s sports a 6.20-inch PLS TFT LCD-infinity V-cut display, with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. The phone is powered with a MediaTek MT6762 Helio P22 processor based on 12nm. The phone comes with Android 9 out of the box with an upgrade to Android 10. We cannot make it a camera-centric or a gaming-centric device because it isn’t the best on either of the points in this segment, but we can definitely recommend it if one is looking for a full package to cater to the daily needs.
Motorola Moto G9 is one of the finest smartphones with the overall quality in every department for this segment. Motorola’s budget offering has powerful hardware coming with a 6.5-inch LCD display with HD+ resolution and a tall 20:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SOC (Octa Core) for high performance; this is different from Snapdragon 660 in a way that it comes with a Navi GPS (specially designed for India) and HEF Coding for better image processing and compresses the images to half their size to save. It comes in one variant with 4GB RAM (LPDDR4) and 64GB internal storage. The Moto G9 gets a triple camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.7 aperture, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The images out of the phone produce colors close to nature and don’t over-boost the colors. It does a decent job when clicking the images in artificial lighting.
Phones come with a 5000mAh battery, and Motorola has bundled a new 20W fast charger in the box. In an age of no Headphone jack, Motorola doesn’t disappoint and comes with a 3.5mm Headphone Jack. Furthermore, Motorola has promised 2 years of security updates on this device. All this makes it a tough contender for a smartphone to beat in this segment.
Realme C15 is the last smartphone on this list. It is a top-end model of the C series portfolio of smartphones by Realme. Earlier launched budget smartphones like C1, C2, and C3 provided impressive performance and truly valued money. However, with C15, Realme entered the market with power and a camera to go along with a massive battery. Realme C15 offers a Quad camera setup with 13 MP having f/2.2 aperture as the primary camera. The brain of the smartphone, or processor as we call it, is MediaTek Helio G35. The USP of the smartphone is its battery; it comes with a massive 6000mAh battery, and not just this, they have also added an 18W fast charger. If the battery is one parameter that you want to consider the most, I would recommend Realme C15; keeping in mind the price constraint, this smartphone will not betray you anytime.