Best Smartphones 2016 : If you are in the market looking for a budget smartphone, chances are, you have a budget of Rs. 10,000. So, what do you get in this budget? well, a lot actually. As technology continues to become cheaper with each passing month, features such as 13MP rear cameras, Full HD displays, fingerprint sensors have started to make their way in this segment. Moreover, the increase in battery size means, users don’t have to charge their phones, that often. But, which phone to buy?. Here is our list of the best smartphones you can buy in a budget of Rs 10,000 in India for April 2016 across different brands. These are the top 10 budget smartphones priced below the Rs 10,000 mark and offer the best combination of features, performance and quality.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 : Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 took the budget market by storm. It doesn’t matter whether you buy the 16GB version of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 priced at Rs. 9,999 or the little costly 32GB variant, you will end up with the best smartphone in the segment. In terms of performance, the Snapdragon 650 powered device moves past many devices priced well above its price range. It also has one of the most reliable battery life we have seen on a sub-10k smartphone. Moreover, it comes with an all round metal construction and offers a fingerprint sensor at the back. Overall, It offers the best performance and battery life of all smartphones below Rs. 10,000 that are currently available in India. However, the flash sale system is still a big hurdle to pass through.
Meizu M2 Note : Meizu’s M2 Note is now almost six months old now, but it is still the best phones to buy in the sub-10K smartphone segment. On paper, it is not that powerful but thanks to better optimization, it is able to keep up in its price bracket. The MT6753 SoC is reliable and can handle multiple tasks without much hassle. It may not have the best camera or the best performance but unlike other phones in this segment, it does not compromise on either in favour of the other and that’s what makes it better. It performs consistently across all gaugeable parameters. The only thing it lacks is a fingerprint sensor but we can Meizu has addressed that issue in the next iteration. The Meizu M3 Note has already been launched and we can expect it to take the second position, once we are able to review the phone thoroughly.
Coolpad Note 3 : Coolpad Note 3 is the best performing phone in the sub-10K smartphone segment. You won’t go wrong with this phone when buying a phone under a budget of Rs. 10,000. Featuring an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC and 3GB of RAM inside, the phone is able to outperform every other phone in almost all synthetic benchmarks. The Meizu M2 Note also uses the same SoC but it slightly better optimised and hence it is placed a step above. However, the Coolpad Note 3 scores points on the superfast fingerprint sensor and an astoundingly good battery which is able to last more than 10 hour on a single charge.
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Coolpad Note 3 Lite : Last year, Coolpad did surprise everyone by launching Note 3 which was a budget smartphone with a fingerprint sensor and 3GB of RAM. This year, the company did something better, brought a phone with almost similar specifications to the Sub-7K segment. This makes the Coolpad Note 3 Lite, the best value for money smartphone in the price segment and the best phone to buy in the sub-7K smartphone segment. It is also the only smartphone at its price to offer a fingerprint scanner, and it is quite accurate as well. The quad-core smartphone churns out a commendable performance at the price and can run Facebook or Candy Crush with equal ease. It can even take on heavier games such as Asphalt 8, albeit with occasional lag. The battery life of this little phone is also quite good, with almost eight hours of on-time between charges.
XOLO Black 1X : The Xolo Black 1X is also one of the few phones in this price range to boast a metal frame on its side. However, the biggest plus point for the phone is the only phone, apart from Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 to boast a 1080p display. Also, with just a 5-inch display, the Xolo Black 1X offers the best PPi under the sub-10K price. It is powered by the same MediaTek SoC which is being used by the Coolpad Note 3 and it works well for the most part. It does not falter until you try to push it by loading three four demanding games on the memory. Talking about the camera, the Xolo Black has a 13MP shooter on the back, and even though the image quality is decent, the camera does lack sufficient details. The colour reproduction is respectable, and the shutter delay is less than ideal. The front-facing camera is slightly better and the battery life is respectable as well.
Motorola Moto G (3rd gen) : The humble Moto G (3rd gen) reserves its spot at fourth position for its best in class software support and best in class optimization. Even though the phone uses yesteryear’s Snapdragon 410 SoC, thanks to Motorola optimization, the phone performs better than most of the phones out there. The Moto G (3rd gen) boasts a very good display and is the only phone in the sub-10k category to offer water resistant capabilities. This means, you can use the phone in rain and it won’t die if you accidently drop it in a fishbowl. However, the best part of the phone is its UI which is clean and almost unadulterated Android. Motorola phones always get the latest Android update before any other phone from any other phone manufacturer and that’s what makes it a good proposition. Currently, the phone is running on Android Marshmallow and chances are, it will be the only phone in the sub-10k segment, which might receive the Android N update, whenever it is released.
Lenovo K3 Note : Lenovo K3 Note is a generation older now but, it is still a good phone to buy. It is powered by an octa-core SoC which makes the whole user experience across the phone quite smooth. Gaming does push the phone towards the edge but unless you are running some heavy games, you won’t feel much of a difference. Movie watching experience on the phone is great as the K3 Note features a very good display which is further aided by Dolby Atmos optimization.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5 : Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is the best camera phone you can buy in a budget of Rs. 10,000. The phone has a 13MP rear camera which is assisted by laser autofocus making the phone quite fast in focusing and taking pictures. However, the rest of the phone, with its Snapdragon 410, 2GB RAM and a 5.5-inch 720p display is just good, not the best. Although, if camera is your priority you won’t go wrong with the Asus Zenfone 2 laser 5.5.
Meizu M2 : The Meizu M2 is quite simply one of the best phones one can buy in the sub-7K smartphone category. Just like the M2 Note, it is able to perform quite consistently across all measurable parameters. It uses the same SoC as the Coolpad Note 3 Lite and thus offers a similar performance. For the price, the camera is equally good and has a very dependable battery life. it is also one of the most good looking phones in the sub-10K category. We wish it had a fingerprint scanner as well.
Micromax Canvas Pulse 4G : Micromax is well known brand among budget buyers and the Canvas Pulse 4G is just one of the reasons why it such a popular brand. The Canvas Pulse 4G is a very good looking phone and the only phone in our top ten to offers a metal outer frame. The phone boasts a good display and a very commendable performance, courtesy of the octa-core MediaTek SoC inside. However, the phone has an average battery life and a decent camera.