Expensive smartphones are often more interesting from a feature and specification viewpoint, but the real volumes flow in the budget segment. With mobile data becoming more affordable, many more Indians can now afford to get onto the smartphone bandwagon. These days, even affordable smartphones come with all of the features you’d expect to see on more expensive devices, including high-resolution screens, good cameras, fingerprint sensors and 4G connectivity. We’ve put together a list of some of the best affordable smartphones - priced at under Rs. 10,000 - that you can buy today.

Although there have been some interesting recent launches such as the Realme 3, some of best options in this price category have been around for a few months already. We’ve compiled a list of the best smartphones you can buy today at under Rs. 10,000, which includes options from brands such as Asus, Nokia, Honor, Lenovo and Infinix, to name a few. We’ve restricted this list to phones priced at between Rs. 7,000 and Rs. 10,000, and have been reviewed by us here at Gadgets 360.

Take a look at our picks for the best phones under Rs. 10,000 below.

The Moto G31 tries to fill the shoes of its predecessor the Moto G30 but falls a bit short of expectations. This budget Moto has a MediaTek Helio G85 processor, an AMOLED display, and IPX2 rating for dust and water resistance.

Its unibody design looks quite like that of the Moto G30 and it is made of polycarbonate but does not feel cheap. The new AMOLED display is a vast improvement over the LCD panel on the G30 but features a standard 60Hz screen refresh rate.

There’s a near-stock version of Android 11 along with the usual Moto gestures. Performance is average for a budget smartphone in this price segment, and there are phones that are priced similarly but offer better hardware.

Battery life is good and this phone can last a day and half on a single charge. Daylight photos taken with the primary camera came out fine, but the ultra-wide one performed poorly. Low-light imaging was quite disappointing overall.

Motorola Moto G31 Specifications
Display 6.40-inch, 1080x2400 pixels
Processor MediaTek Helio G85
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 50MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 13MP

The Infinix Hot 11S is a gamer-focussed smartphone for those on a tight budget. It offers a high-refresh-rate display that gamers will appreciate, and a decent budget SoC that’s capable of some mid-level gaming.

While the plastic body looks elegant, it has a glossy coating which feels cheap and is a smudge magnet. The display on the other hand is quite good at resisting fingerprints. The large display makes this phone a bit unwieldy, and one-handed use is impossible.

The large display is accompanied by stereo speakers. They work well for gaming and are sufficiently loud. Streaming movies was limited to SD resolution thanks to the limited Widevine L3 certification.

Battery life is excellent, and charging is quick too, which makes this smartphone good for casual users and those seeking a gaming experience on a tight budget.

Infinix Hot 11S Specifications
Display 6.78-inch, 1,080x2,480 pixels
Processor MediaTek Helio G88
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 50MP + 2MP + AI
Front Camera 8MP

The Micromax In 2b may not be a jack of all trades, but it’s good at a few things, which increases its value over competing smartphones. The phone’s back is made of plastic but is practical in terms of design and does not gather fingerprints and smudges. Its display is sufficiently bright and shows decent colours, keeping in mind its entry-level price tag. In terms of hardware, it goes with the basics, but offers a Unisoc T610 SoC, which has only made it to a few smartphones globally. Surprisingly, the processor turned out to be quite the performer, doing well not just in regular use, but also for some budget gaming, which is unheard of in the entry-level smartphone segment. With Android 11 and no third-party apps and bloatware, the software experience was quite smooth. Camera performance was strictly average and the same can be said about video. The 5,000mAh battery easily got me one and half days’ worth of use with some gaming, which is quite good. Charging was a bit too slow with the bundled 10W charger, and it took over 3 hours to complete the charge.

Micromax In 2b Specifications
Display 6.52-inch, 720
Processor Unisoc T610
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 13MP + 2MP
Front Camera 5MP

Realme C31 Specifications
Display 6.52-inch, 720x1600 pixels
Processor Unisoc T612
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 13MP + 2MP + Monochrome
Front Camera 5MP

The Moto E40 is a budget smartphone with a big 6.5-inch display. The Moto E40 has a plastic body but it did not feel flimsy. Motorola has also curved the sides of the smartphone, and gripping it is easy. The phone weighs 198g which is felt while holding the smartphone. 

The big 6.5-inch LCD panel has an HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by a Unisoc T700 octa-core SoC. This processor is paired with 4GB of RAM, and you also get 64GB of storage and a 5000mAh battery. There are no variants for this phone but storage is expandable by up to 1TB using a microSD card.​​ The Moto E40 has an IP52 certification which means it should be splash resistant.

You get a triple camera setup on the Moto E40, consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The selfie camera is 8-megapixel. For selfies, it has an 8-megapixel shooter on the front. Daylight camera performance was decent but it suffered in lowlight.

Motorola Moto E40 Specifications
Display 6.50-inch, 720x1600 pixels
Processor Unisoc T700
Storage 64GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 48MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 8MP

The Infinix Smart 5A is a big smartphone sporting a 6.52-inch display with a dewdrop notch. Infinix offers a dual flash setup at the front with two LED flashes which is unique. The Smart 5A has a plastic body which is acceptable for its price range. 

Infinix has picked the MediaTek Helio A20 SoC to power the Smart 5A. You only get 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage which is further expandable. 

In terms of software, the Smart 5A runs XOS 7.6 on top of Android 11 (Go Edition). The UI has a few customisations along with a fair number of preinstalled apps some of which push notifications every day. Performance on the Smart 5A is acceptable given its budget price. 

The camera setup is very basic, a dual-camera setup consisting of an 8-megapixel primary camera and a secondary AI (depth) camera. Camera performance is average in daylight as well as low light and this shouldn’t be your first pick if cameras are a priority.

Infinix Smart 5A Specifications
Display 6.52-inch, 720x1560 pixels
Processor MediaTek Helio A20
Storage 32GB
Battery Capacity 5000mAh
Rear Camera 8MP + Depth
Front Camera 8MP

Best Mobile Phones Under 10000 In India (30 January 2023)

Best Mobile Phones Under 10000 In India Price in India
Motorola Moto G31 Rs. 9,999
Infinix Hot 11S Rs. 9,700
Micromax In 2b Rs. 6,999
Realme C31 Rs. 8,299
Motorola Moto E40 Rs. 7,999
Infinix Smart 5A Rs. 7,199
List of Best Mobile Phones Under 10000 In India, last updated on 30 January 2023
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