Naina KhedekarOct 27, 2015 12:49:56 IST
If you're looking for a new smartphone and are on a shoestring budget, fret not, there are plenty of options. The sub Rs 10,000 category is one the most happening with several vendors offering superior specs at affordable prices. Let's take a quick look at some of the coolest options for smartphones under Rs 10,000.
Motorola Moto E (second generation) – Rs 4,999
If you're looking for a sub-Rs 5,000 device than the Moto E second generation is a great option. After a recent price cut, the device is available for Rs 4,999 as a festive offer via the Flipkart app. The new Moto E has competition in the form of Lenovo A6000, which is excellent but will make you cough up a couple of thousands more. Moreover, Moto E runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OS. Read our complete review, to know how it fares.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime – Rs 6,999
Xiaomi's first phone carrying the 'Made in India' tag is another great option. At Rs 6,999, it comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage. Apart from both these upgrades, it is almost similar to its predecessor – Redmi 2. Check out our Redmi 2 review. The device supports 4G and comes with an 8MP f/2.2 rear snapper. Sporting a 4.7-inch IPS HD display, the device comes powered by Snapdragon 410 64-bit.
Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 – Rs 5,999
The Micromax Canvas Xpress 2 is a good option if you're ready to stretch the budget a little over Rs 5,000. At Rs 5,999, the Xpress 2 is among the most affordable octa-core smartphone. It sports a 5-inch HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection and houses the MediaTek MT6592M SoC with a 1.4GHz octa-core processor, paired with 1GB of RAM.The phone comes with a 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. The 8GB onboard storage is expandable up to 32GB.
Yu Yureka Plus – Rs 8,999
Next in the list is the Yu Yureka Plus for those looking for a large 5.5-inch Full HD display. Now, the device is also made available running Android. It houses Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC which has an octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz along with Adreno 405 GPU paired with 2GB of RAM. You will get 16GB onboard storage space along with an option to expand it to 32GB via a microSD card. On the camera front, you get a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. YU Yureka Plus will be powered by a 2,500mAh battery.
Meizu m2 Note – Rs 9,999
Looks like, the new entrant Meizu has cracked the value for money proposition with the m2 Note. In our review, we found that the m2 note gives a decent performance and competes with the likes of Yu Yureka Plus. The Meizu m2 note performed well on most counts and there were few areas where we found anything lacking as such in the phone. It also delivers a good battery life and decent camera performance. Read our complete Meizu m2 note review.
Lenovo K3 Note – Rs 9,999
For those with about Rs 10,000 and a seasoned OEM, the Lenovo K3 Note is yet another option. The specs are almost similar to the m2 note. It's a 4G device sporting a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 1080 x 1920 pixels and running Android 5.0 Lollipop with a layer of its own Vibe UI. It is powered by a 64-bit 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6572 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. On the camera front, the K3 Note comes with a 13-megapixel rear snapper with dual-LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The 16GB onboard storage is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. A 3000mAh battery completes the package.
Xiaomi Mi 4i – Rs 9,999
As a Diwali offer, the Mi 4i is now available at Rs 9,999 via Flipkart's app sale. Knowing Xiaomi, we can expect the company to retain the price. With the Mi 4i, Xiaomi is offering you a phone that has premium specs, a great display, good camera, good battery life at an affordable price point, we had said in our review. Now, the new price drop makes it even more lucrative option in the sub-10k category. The device can be easily used single-handedly and the camera is one of the best in this price segment. Read our complete Xiaomi Mi 4i review.
Besides, you can also check out the Huawei Honor 4X and the Moto G second generation that fall under the sub Rs 10,000 bracket. The prices mentioned above are as of writing the article and could change in the future.