Best smartphones under 10000

Entry-level smartphones typically focused on two factors: big screens and long battery lives. But in 2023 we’re beginning to witness companies go further and higher, even trying out 5G connectivity and high-refresh display resolutions. Unfortunately, budget phones launched prior to 2023 often struggle with these fundamentals, with camera quality often not upholding even with our highest-rated reviews; software performance may even be an exception here.

Though many of us would like to invest a little extra money and find something worthwhile from our sub Rs. 15,000 guideline, many individuals are just making the switch from mobile phones or purchasing their first smartphone for themselves. Therefore, the sub Rs. 10,000 segment caters specifically to people who simply require one phone call per month (audio/video calls) or texting applications only.

Gadgets 360 recently evaluated and reviewed these three smartphones under Rs 10,000: Poco C51, Realme Narzo N53 and Lava Blaze 5G.

1. Poco C51 – Rs.6499

Display: 6.52-inch | Processor : MediaTek Helio G36 | Front Camera : 5-megapixel | Rear Camera : 8-megapixel | RAM : 4GB | Storage : 64GB | Battery Capacity : 5,000mAh | OS : Android 13 Go Edition | Resolution : 1600×720 pixels

Poco C51 Our most budget-conscious device, the Poco C51 is one of our more budget-conscious options with prices starting at Rs. 6,999. Even at this low price point, Poco has managed to pack in an impressive 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage for their users – not to mention an impressive 5,000mAh battery and powerful MediaTek Helio G36 processor with enough processing power for daily tasks and software usage.

While its price point for entry-level smartphones may be attractively low, one must keep in mind that the Poco C51 runs Android 13 Go Edition – although not quite as fluid a software interface than its standard Android 13 OS – which requires less internal storage space and has lighter apps which take up less space and run quicker. It is tailored towards those seeking a smartphone with exceptional battery life for making calls and running basic apps since its battery can easily last two days on casual use with one charge.

What’s good and what’s bad?

What’s good: Excellent build quality and software performance with long battery life.

What’s bad: very slow charging rates; poor low light camera quality and below-average.

2. Realme Narzo N53 – Rs.8999

Display 6.74-inch | Processor Unisoc T612 | Front Camera 8-megapixel | Rear Camera 50-megapixel | RAM 4GB, 6GB | Storage 64GB, 128GB | Battery Capacity 5000mAh | OS Android 13

The Realme Narzo N53 is an entry-level smartphone that focuses on style while offering great value courtesy of its 90Hz refresh rate display. The focus of the design lies with style rather than functionality, offering something different in an industry known for sticking solely to basics.

While this phone’s Unisoc T612 SoC may not offer enough power for gaming, its enough grunt to run basic apps and the software interface smoothly – thanks to Realme’s Realme UI T-edition which is less resource intensive. Unfortunately, though, Realme has packed this device full of bloatware and third-party apps; but you do get decent camera performance and battery life thanks to its 5,000mAh battery and quick charging thanks to the included 33W charger.

3. Lava Yuva 2 Pro – Rs.7999

Display 6.50-inch | Processor octa-core | Front Camera 5-megapixel | Rear Camera 13-megapixel | RAM 4GB | Storage 64GB | Battery Capacity 5000mAh | OS Android 12 | Resolution 720×1600 pixels

Like its Realme Narzo N53 counterpart, Lava Yuva 2 Pro focuses on looks. Featuring an iPhone-esque rear camera module and glass rear panel – rare finds in this segment – its slim profile may appeal to small to medium sized hands; however it remains large at 6.5-inches HD+ IPS LCD panel display; hence may not suit smaller or medium-sized hands well due to its large dimensions.

At its heart is a MediaTek Helio G37 SoC that should provide adequate performance for everyday tasks but is not intended for gaming. Software performance may not meet expectations since the phone runs Android 12. But software performance remains acceptable, offering a rather stock Android interface free from spammy notifications as well as some preinstalled third-party apps and an optional side-mounted fingerprint scanner if required. Camera performance for this segment should last two days without charging up again!

4. Realme C55 – Rs. 10999

Display 6.72-inch | Processor MediaTek Helio G88 | Front Camera 8-megapixel | Rear Camera 64-megapixel + 2-megapixel | RAM 4GB, 6GB, 8GB | Storage 64GB, 128GB | Battery Capacity 5000mAh | OS Android 13 | Resolution 1080×2400 pixels

The Realme C55 aims to step it up from the Narzo N53 on this list, but unfortunately does not succeed overall. While this device will go down in history as being one of the few Android smartphones to attempt imitating Apple iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island feature – although its implementation was far too weak as built-in LED notification light proved more helpful compared to this attempt. Gimmicky features aside, MediaTek Helio G88 SoC wasn’t powerful enough for its Android 13 software running smoothly on this device.

Thanks to its quick 90Hz refresh rate display, premium design, and excellent daylight imaging performance, its slightly higher Rs. 10,999 asking price can easily be justified.

5. Moto E13 – Rs. 6499

Display 6.50-inch | Processor Unisoc T606 | Front Camera 5-megapixel | Rear Camera 13-megapixel | RAM 2GB, 4GB, 8GB | Storage 64GB, 128GB | Battery Capacity 5,000mAh | OS Android 13 Go Edition | Resolution 720×1,600 pixels

Our Moto E13 Android 13 Go Edition device stands out as being among the most affordable smartphones on our list at Rs. 6,799 with just 2GB of RAM included. Boasting an ergonomic design and featuring an IP52 rating to provide basic dust and water resistance.

The 4GB RAM variant with the Unisoc T606 SoC provides adequate software performance for everyday tasks and includes dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, Type-C USB port and FM radio – features that set this phone apart from its competitors. Software remains its strength despite offering Android Go Edition; Motorola MyUX manages to offer plenty of customization options while remaining bloatware-free apart from preinstalled third-party apps (which may also be uninstalled). Unfortunately, battery life on one charge only lasts one day of usage before needing another charge!

6. Lava Blaze 5G – Rs. 10999

The Lava Blaze 5G managed an excellent overall score due to its relatively higher price of Rs. 10,999. It features solid build quality with its glass rear panel, convenient Type-C USB port on the bottom, MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC that enables 5G connectivity, Android 12 software that works without lag and side mounted fingerprint scanner that works as expected.

Camera performance with its 50-megapixel main camera was strong in daylight conditions but subpar when shooting in low light settings. Video quality was also excellent with 2K footage captured with ease by this phone. Finally, its 5,000mAh battery easily lasted more than one day on one charge with its included 12W charger despite charging times taking an extended amount of time to complete.

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