Diwali 2016: Best smartphones under Rs 10,000

We have curated a list of best five smartphones under Rs 10,000 to guide you through all the deals during this Diwali season.

E-Commerce giants like Amazon, Flipkart and Xiaomi, are preparing for discounts on smartphones across different price segments. It will get confusing with the advertising blitz from different smartphone markers as the festival season approaches.

To help you sort out of the confusion, we have curated a list of best five smartphones under Rs 10,000. Even though it may seem that smartphones below Rs 10,000 are not worth it, but the latest crop of devices has proved that you can own a great device in your budget. These devices are ideal for first-time smartphone buyers or can prove as a great Diwali gift for your parents or close ones.

Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime

Price: Rs 8,499 (Mi Diwali Offer)

 Diwali 2016: Best smartphones under Rs 10,000

Redmi 3S Prime is a brilliant device for the price. During our testing of the device, we were pleasantly surprised with the device quality and the balance between hardware and performance for the budget smartphone. Redmi 3S Prime is powered by Snapdragon 430 and 3GB RAM while sporting a massive 4190mAh Li-ion battery. Also, you get Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 running on a 5-inch HD screen with a 13MP rear camera. The smartphone gives you 32GB internal storage along with a microSD storage slot where you can increase the storage up to 256GB.

Redmi 3S Prime sports a fingerprint sensor along with 4G-enabled Dual SIM support where the second SIM slot will be used by microSD card. The device already has all the essential connectivity features like 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, FM Radio and microUSB v2.0 as connectivity options. Xiaomi has also a launched a stripped down version of Redmi 3S Prime as Redmi 3S with 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM and lacks fingerprint sensor.

You can check our review for Redmi 3S Prime to have an in-depth idea about how the smartphone performs in the real world.

Moto G Play, Generation 4

Price: Rs 8,999 (with Rs 1,000 cashback on Amazon)

Motorola Moto G Play front

Moto G Play, 4th generation is the latest budget device by Lenovo (yes Lenovo owns Moto Brand now.) The smartphone was released in August and runs on Snapdragon 410 with 2GB RAM. It sports a 5-inch HD display and runs Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 out of the box with a planned Android Nougat 7.0 soon. Also, the device is equipped with 16GB internal storage and microSD slot to expand the storage to 64GB with the dedicated microSD slot.

The device sports an 8MP camera module on the rear and 5MP camera on the front. It is powered by a 2800mAh Li-Polymer battery to run throughout the day. Moto G Play comes in two variants, one with 8GB internal storage with 1GB RAM and the other with 16GB internal storage and 2GB RAM. It has all the essential connectivity features like 4G-enabled Micro-SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, FM Radio, microUSB v2.0, NFC, and 3.5mm headphone jack. Even though it is not as compelling as other devices but the Moto brand stands tall with users along with an acceptable build quality.

You can check out the first impressions of the device to make up your mind.

Asus Zenfone Max:

Price: Rs 8,999

Asus Zenfone Max (13)

Asus Zenfone Max is a decent smartphone with a massive battery. It is a portable battery charger disguised as a smartphone. You can go on using the device without worrying about the battery life of the smartphone. Zenfone Max is powered by Snapdragon 410 with 2GB RAM while sporting a 5.5-inch HD IPS display. It runs Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 and is driven by that massive 5000mAh Lithium-Polymer battery.

The device is equipped with a 4G-enabled Dual Micro-SIM along with connectivity options like Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, FM Radion, microUSB v2.0, USB On-The-Go, and 3.5-mm headphone jack. Zenfone Max comes with a 13MP with f/2.0 on the back and a 5MP camera on the front at f/2.0. It packs accelerometer, proximity and compass sensors as additional features.

The smartphone does not offer much apart from the massive battery life which will let you go on and on. But for first time users, the smartphone is a decent buy. You can check out the detailed review of the smartphone to help your decision.

LeEco Le 1s Eco

Price: Rs 8,999

LeEco Le 1s (13)

LeEco Le 1s Eco is the budget smartphone offered by Chinese giant LeEco. The smartphone offers a good performance while running on an Octa-core MediaTek MT6795 Helio X10 clocked at 2.2GHz with 3GB RAM but it does have some issues that you can check for in the detailed review. The company has added 5.5-inch Full HD, LCD panel touchscreen along with a 3000mAh Li-Ion battery. The smartphone sports 4G-enabled Dual Micro and Nano slot and runs Android Marshmallow 6.0 out of the box.

The smartphone comes with 32GB internal storage and does not include any option to expand the internal storage. In addition to that, Le 1s Eco sports a 13MP camera module on the back along with a 5MP camera module on the front. It sports all the additional connectivity options like Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, Infrared port, GPS, USB Type-C v2.0, and 3.5-mm headphone jack. The device packs accelerometer, fingerprint, proximity and compass sensors to complete the feature-set.

Lenovo Vibe K5

Price: Rs 6,999

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus 640

Lenovo Viber K5 is the budget offering by Chinese giant Lenovo to entice the Indian market by offering a feature pack smartphone under Rs 10,000. K5 sports an Octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and 1.2 GHz along with 2GB RAM. The smartphone comes with a 5-inch Full-HD IPS screen and runs Android Lollipop 5.1 out of the box. There are no updates planned to Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 or the latest, Android Nougat 7.0.

K5 Plus comes with 4G-enabled Dual Micro-SIM slot and other connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, FM radio, GPS, microUSB v2.0, USB On-The-Go, and 3.5-mm headphone jack. The smartphone comes with 16GB internal storage that comes along with a dedicated microSD card slot where you can expand the storage by adding a card up to 32GB. It sports a 13MP f/2.2 camera module along with a LED flash on the back in addition to a 5MP f/2.8 camera module on the front.

The smartphone is powered by a removable 2750mAh Li-Ion along with accelerometer and proximity sensors. You can check the detailed review to check how the smartphone performs in the real world.

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