The best phones you can buy for under Rs 12,000 in India

The best phones you can buy for under Rs 12,000 in India

How much you’re willing to spend on your next phone can vary wildly, and more often than not, it ends up being somewhere between Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000. But if you want to get the most bang for your buck, that Rs 12,000 price point is the sweet spot you should be aiming at. Here are the best phones under Rs 12,000 in India right now.

 Honor 7A

Honor’s 7A is the perfect phone if you’re looking for a sleek design and great camera. There’s an excellent 20 MP selfie shooter and the 13 MP rear-facing camera won’t disappoint either. Plus, the low-light capability on this little phone is stellar – I shot a picture of my living room last night without turning on any light, and it looks like daytime! For just Rs 10,999, this is one heck of a deal. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better all-rounder at this price point. If there’s anything that might deter buyers, it would be the lack of fingerprint sensor.

It runs EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo and packs a 3000 mAh battery that should get you through a day easily with moderate usage. It supports 4G LTE networks across bands 1/3/5/7/8, dual SIM slots (nano) and comes with 16 GB storage expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card slot.

 Redmi Note 6 Pro

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 6 Pro is the latest iteration of the hugely popular Redmi Note series. It takes a new approach to an already attractive design with a glass back and it looks gorgeous! The all-new Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform coupled with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage makes the phone screamingly fast, while the Full HD+ display provides excellent clarity.

It runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box and promises two years of monthly security updates. There’s also Dual Rear Cameras that take stunning photos day or night. Battery life is good too – even with heavy use, you’ll be able to make it through a full day without needing to charge again. Priced at just ₹11,999, this smartphone ticks all the right boxes.

Honor Play

It’s true that Honor Play comes with a $250 price tag, but this is one of the few phones that gives you incredible value at that price. Starting with hardware design: the curved edges and 19.5:9 aspect ratio makes this phone perfect for your hand.

The gaming performance is unmatched too thanks to the Hisilicon Kirin 970 processor along with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Add in a 4000mAh battery and support for everything including wireless charging and NFC payments, it’s clear why Honor Play is a top contender among the most powerful Android devices ever created. Even if you’re not a hardcore gamer, this device still has something for everyone. You’ll have plenty of power to browse the web on Chrome or watch an episode on Netflix without any lag or stuttering whatsoever.

It also doubles as an excellent camera which takes gorgeous photos in nearly any situation–though admittedly at 20MPs, it’s not as good as other options available from Huawei or Samsung. But if you’re looking for raw power and speed without having to worry about paying more than $300-400 upfront, Honor Play is a fantastic choice!

 Realme 2 Pro

The Realme 2 Pro is currently priced at just Rs 9,999 on Amazon and it delivers a stellar set of features. The highlight of the phone is its AMOLED display that produces beautiful colors. It’s not as good as the Samsung Galaxy S10+ but for less than 10K what do you expect? There are two versions of the phone available – one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage space, and another with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage space. Storage can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card slot.

The 13MP + 5MP dual camera setup produces some decent shots while the front camera is 8MP. It runs ColorOS 6 based on Android Pie and there’s a 3300mAh battery that lasts well over an entire day. Plus, this device gets Android Q updates too!

This device costs around Rs 9,999 but keep an eye out for promos because the price drops to below Rs 8,000 quite often.

Nokia 6.1 Plus

This device is a well-rounded package. It comes with a 6.18 LCD display with a notch and FHD+ resolution, coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage depending on the variant chosen. There’s also a Snapdragon 660 chipset powering this baby along with its octa-core CPU. Images are captured using either an f/1.8 aperture single lens camera on the back or a f/2.0 aperture 8MP sensor in front (with support for live focus).

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is powered by Android 9 Pie out of the box with planned updates to Android Q sometime this year followed by Android R next year. Sensors include proximity, light, gyroscope, magnetometer and compass. Battery life isn’t too shabby as well – it has a 3060mAh battery which supports quick charging as well as wireless charging from Qi compatible chargers.

 Samsung Galaxy M10 Plus

If what you’re looking for is a big screen with a small price tag, the Samsung Galaxy M10 Plus is an excellent choice. It has most of the features offered by its more expensive counterparts while keeping some of their highest-end features exclusive to their range.

The 4G display is bright and crisp and offers vibrant colours. At its highest brightness setting, it will make it easier to use the phone outdoors. Battery life is better than average with a runtime around the 2-day mark on regular usage. The M10 also handles multitasking well with no lag time between running apps or actions when switching between them.

You also get storage expandability up to 400GB and dual SIM functionality – all at one third of the price of most other Samsung devices in this category. In terms of performance, the Galaxy M10 falls behind similarly priced competitors like Nokia 7.1 but is still impressive nonetheless.

All things considered, if you’re looking for a big screen with excellent battery life at a reasonable price point then this device should be high on your list.

 LG Q Stylus 3

If you’re looking for an affordable phone with a large display, then the LG Q Stylus 3 is worth considering. It sports a 6.0-inch full HD+ display with a notch at the top which may not be to everyone’s liking. Inside there’s 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which should be enough for most users on a budget.

The cameras are pretty good too with the rear shooter delivering 16MP images which are sharp and detailed. Although the screen size means that the processor could have been better as it struggles when scrolling through menus or watching videos on YouTube so this might not be ideal if your main concern is performance.

 Moto G6 Plus

If design isn’t that important to you and you want a phone with a great camera, then the Moto G6 Plus is definitely the way to go. This has the same specs as the G6 just bigger and with a fingerprint sensor on back. While it’s certainly not as stylish as the Honor 7X or Lenovo K8 Plus above, it does have pretty good battery life too. There’s also plenty of room if storage since there are three different storage variants – 32GB, 64GB or 128GB.

The G6 Plus costs between 10,990 INR to 13,990 INR depending on where you shop online. It’s available at Flipkart, Amazon, Paytm Mall and Shopclues.

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