If you are looking for phones under Rs. 10,000 then you will probably end up with a lot of phones in your list, with some having better software or some with better camera, with companies like Xiaomi and Motorola transforming the very definition of entry-level smartphones it has become hard to choose the best. This segment is rapidly evolving and changing, with decent Android smartphones getting more and more affordable.

Unike other websites, we won’t write top 10 phones or anything, but this list will be based on what feature you want.

1. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (32GB For ₹11000) – Totally Balanced Phone

 

Pros:

  1. Good Camera Performance
  2. Great Display and Design
  3. Great Battery Life
  4. Good Performance With SD625 (93000)
  5. PUBG will run smoothly on Balanced Mode
  6. Google Camera Available Without Root!
  7. Timely Security Patches With Confirmed Android 9 Upgrade
  8. 8+ Hours Screen on Time
  9. Great Development Strength on XDA
  10. Fast FingerPrint
  11. All the problems you will see online are already fixed in latest update.

 

Cons:

  1. No Wifi ac and minor issues
  2. Front Camera Not So Good
  3. Problem With Reception (Rare)
  4. No Screen Protection
  5. No USB Type C

 

Good For:

  1. Playing games on medium graphics, I think this is the highest you can do in this range.
  2. Taking Pictures in Good lighting conditions.
  3. Using it for a long time without reahing for a charger.
  4. Those who play with their phones changing ROM and rooting it
  5. Those who want timely updates.

 

Not Good For:

  1. Those who drop the phones often, so you may want to use a Good Quality Tempered Glass(Link 1 | Link 2) and a Nice Back Cover(Link 1 | Link 2 | Link 3).

 

Other Phones In This Range:

  1. Redmi 6/6A/6 Pro/Y2 falls in this range but all of them are pure shit, only useless MIUI updates with no developer support to change the firmware.
  2. Honor 7 Series also fall in this range and they are too useless, never buy cheap Honor and Redmi Phones, you will suffer a lot!

 


 

2. Realme C1(₹7000) – Good For New and Casual Users

 

Pros

  1. Great Battery Life (More than Zenfone Max Pro M1)
  2. Great Build
  3. Average Performance With SD450 (ANTUTU: 70000)
  4. PUBG will run on Low settings
  5. Fast FP
  6. Updates to fix bugs, but mostly late. Android 9 may not be seen in 2018 for any Realme Phone

 

Cons

  1. Average Camera
  2. Bad Developer Support On XDA, you are stuck with stock ROM, even Rooting can be a pain.
  3. Takes a lot of time to charge
  4. No Wifi ac
  5. No USB C port

 

Good For:

  1. Someone who is new in the smartphone realm.
  2. Taking Pictures in Good lighting conditions.
  3. Atleast 1.5 days of battery life and upto 2 days!

 

Not Good For:

  1. Those who play with their phones changing ROM and rooting it

 

3. Realme 1 (₹11000) – Good For Those Who Wants Performance But Can Do With Bad Camera

 

Pros

  1. Good Battery Life
  2. Great Build
  3. Great Performance With SD450 (ANTUTU: 138000)
  4. PUBG will run on Medium settings
  5. Updates to fix bugs, but mostly late. Android 9 may not be seen in 2018 for any Realme Phone
  6. Great Cellphone reception and high LTE Speed

 

Cons

  1. Bad Camera
  2. Bad Developer Support On XDA, you are stuck with stock ROM, even Rooting can be a pain.
  3. No Fingerprint Reader
  4. Very Bad Software (Update May Be Coming Soon)
  5. No Wifi AC
  6. No USB C port

 

Good For:

  1. For gaming and those who want best performance in the range.
  2. 2 days battery life with over 7 hours of SOT.

 

Not Good For:

  1. Those who play with their phones changing ROM and rooting it

1. Redmi Note 5 (₹10000) – Another good phone

 

Pros:

  1. Good Camera Performance
  2. Great Display and Design
  3. Great Battery Life
  4. Good Performance With SD625 (ANTUTU:90000)
  5. PUBG will run smoothly on Balanced Mode
  6. Google Camera Available With Root!
  7. 8+ Hours Screen on Time
  8. Great Development Strength on XDA
  9. Fast FingerPrint

 

Cons:

  1. Stock ROM is buggy as hell and with updates, you will get more bugs.
  2. The phone may have multi touch bug or hardware issue, if your unit has it, then get a replacement or a refund.
  3. No Wifi ac
  4. You would want to use screen protector
  5. No USB Type C
  6. No Wifi ac

 

Good For:

  1. Playing games on medium graphics.
  2. Taking Pictures in Good lighting conditions.
  3. Using it for a long time without reahing for a charger.
  4. Those who play with their phones changing ROM and rooting it

 

Not Good For:

  1. Stock ROM updates are shitty, I would recommend moving on to a good custom ROM, but very few or none have VOLTE support, that is why I recommend Max Pro M1 over this.
  2. Those who drop the phones often, so you may want to use a Good Quality Tempered Glass(Link 1 | Link 2) and a Nice Back Cover(Link 1 | Link 2 | Link 3).