Every passing year, the quality of budget smartphones increases and 2017 was no different. The smartphones under the Rs. 10000 price bracket have become better with little compromises in quality. As 2017 draws to an end, let’s take a look at the top phones launched under the Rs. 10000 category:
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
Hands down, one of the most famous smartphones to be launched in 2017, the Redmi Note 4 set the standard for budget phones in India. To Xiaomi’s own admission, the Redmi Note 4 is its most successful phone in India and it still offers a lot in terms of performance in this price category.
The Redmi Note 4 has a 5.5 inch 1920 x 1080 px IPS LCD display.
Under the hood, the device has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, Adreno 506 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage which can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card.
Powering the device is a massive 4100 mAh battery which charges via a microSD card. The fingerprint sensor, in typical Redmi fashion, sits at the back of the phone just below the camera sensor.
The Redmi Note 4 has a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing camera.
Moto E4 Plus
The Moto E4 plus has a 5.5 inch 1280 x 720px IPS LCD display along with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and an oleophobic coating.
The Motorola Moto E4 Plus is powered by 1.4GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK6737M processor and has 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage along with microSD card expansion.
The phone also runs Android 7.1.1 out of the box and should be updated to the next generation Android by the company, as the UI is mostly stock with some Moto features including the Moto display, some gestures and One-Key Navigation. The front also has a fingerprint sensor along with notification led light.
The Moto E4 Plus is powered by a massive 5000 mAh battery.
For optics, the front has a 5 MP camera with a front flash while the main camera is a 13 MP, f/2.0 with 720p video capture at 30fps.
Lenovo K8 Plus
The Lenovo K8 Plus has a 5.2 inch 1920 x 1080 px IPS LCD display with three touch capacitive navigation buttons below. The device an oleophobic coating to resist fingerprint smudges and a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.
Under the hood, the smartphone has the MediaTek Helio P25 chipset, a 2.6 GHz octa-core processor, Mali T880 GPU, 3GB RAM with 32GB onboard storage which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. Similar to the K8 Note, the K8 Plus has a dedicated microSD card slot along with two nano-SIM card slots.
Powering the device is a 4,000 mAh battery and it runs stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat after Lenovo decided to drop the Vibe Pure UI and go the stock OS route. The device has an all-metal unibody design and the fingerprint sensor sits at the back.
The Lenovo K8 Plus sports a vertically placed dual-camera setup, much like the recently launched Lenovo K8 Note. It has a primary 13MP Pure cell sensor mated with a 5MP Samsung BSI sensor dual camera with an f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash. The smartphone is capable of depth effect shots, bokeh effect shots, and dual ISP images. On the front is an 8MP wide-angle lens with an f/2.0 and an LED flash. Both the front and back camera record 1920 x 1080 px videos at 30 FPS.
Arguably the best camera phone in the price segment, the Moto G5 was launched back in March of 2017 and still holds up well in this price segment.
It has a 5.5 inch 1920 x 1080 px IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass on top.
Lenovo-owned Motorola launched the Moto G5 along with the Moto G5 Plus in India in February 2017. Even though in August, Moto G5s and Moto G5s Plus were launched as an incremental upgrade, the Moto G5 at this price is a great option. With stock Android OS and a more than capable Snapdragon 430 chipset, the Moto G5 fits the bill for a lot of consumers. It has 3GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage which can be expanded via microSD card.
It is powered by a 2800 mAh which charges via a micro USB slot.
The Moto G5 has a 13MP f/2.0 camera with phase detect autofocus with a 5 MP front camera. The rear camera records 1080P videos at 30fps while the front camera also records 1080P videos.
Xiaomi Redmi 5A
The Redmi 5A has a 5 inch LCD display with a 1280 x 720 px resolution.
The Redmi 5A is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset, quad-core CPU clocked at 1.4GHz, along with 2GB/3GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB of onboard storage which can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card.
The dual-SIM Redmi 5A is powered by a 3000 mAh battery.
The device runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box with Xiaomi’s custom MIUI 9 skin on top.
The Redmi 5A has a 13MP rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture, burst mode, panorama mode, HDR mode, and more. To the front is a 5MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone records 1920 x 1080 px videos.