It’s common to be in the market for a new smartphone, but it can be overwhelming to know where to start looking when there are so many options and features that you want to take advantage of. We’ve come up with the top 10 smartphones under 12000 that will help you choose the right one for your needs while staying within your budget and making sure you get the most bang for your buck!
1) Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
The Redmi Note 5 Pro has received a price cut of over Rs. 1000, bringing it to just under Rs. 12,000. With its predecessor having been an extremely popular smartphone, many consumers are looking forward to checking out what Xiaomi has in store with its successor phone-and it looks like they won’t be disappointed by what they find. The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with high-end specifications that make it easily worth more than its price tag of just under Rs 11,000. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 processor, which is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There’s also a microSD card slot for further expansion up to 128GB. On top of all that, there’s a dual camera setup at the back consisting of two 12MP sensors along with features such as portrait mode and AI scene detection. Overall, if you’re looking for one of the best smartphones under Rs. 12000, then you should definitely check out the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
2) The Realme 2 Pro
The Realme 2 Pro, which was recently released as an upgrade to the Realme 2, is one of the best mobile phones under Rs. 12000 in India.This smartphone comes with a 6.2-inch full HD+ Max Vision display and packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The device runs on ColorOS 5, based on the Android Pie operating system, and is backed by a 4,230mAh battery pack with reverse charging support that can power other devices such as headphones, smartwatches, and speakers for up to 50 hours at once when fully charged. Other highlights include triple rear cameras (48MP + 8MP + 5MP), a 25MP front camera, and a 3.5mm audio jack port.
3) 8A Honor Play
Honor’s new Honor Play smartphone is a budget-friendly option for those looking to get a good all-around phone without breaking the bank. With its 5.84-inch screen, it’s an impressive package that can comfortably handle just about anything you throw at it–from gaming to browsing Facebook and YouTube videos–for just under Rs. 12,000 ($190). Of course, because of its relatively low price point, there are some compromises here, such as with its battery life (which clocks in at around 8 hours on average) and charging speed (you’ll need two hours to fully charge). If you’re willing to make these sacrifices, however, there’s no denying that the Honor Play 8A is one of the best smartphones under $200 available right now. It has a solid processor, good cameras, and plenty of storage space, so you don’t have to worry about running out of room when taking photos or recording video. It also comes with AI features like facial recognition software, which allows you to unlock your phone by simply looking at it.
4) Huawei Honor 9N
The Honor 9N comes with a 5.84-inch HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and is powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 659 SoC coupled with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The phone has a 16MP + 2MP dual camera setup on the back, along with a 24MP selfie camera on the front. The Honor 9N runs Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box and packs a 3340mAh battery that supports fast charging technology, which can charge up to 46% in 30 minutes, according to company claims. The phone will be available in three colour options—Black, Blue, and Gray—at launch and is priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 15,500) for the base variant, while going all the way up to CNY 2,199 (roughly Rs. 20,500) for its top-end model.
5) Huawei Honor 9 Lite
The Moto G6 Play is a good-looking phone that comes with a 16-megapixel camera and some neat software tricks. If you’re looking for a phone that is reliable at a low price, then look no further than the Moto G6 Play! The design of the Moto G6 Play doesn’t do anything new in terms of style, but it doesn’t need to: it looks great! The power button on top has an integrated fingerprint sensor and it works great even when your hands are wet or greasy from food – unlike some other phones in its class, like the Redmi Note 5 Pro or Honor 7X (Review). It might be one of our favourites in terms of design. The screen isn’t as bright as others in its class, like the Asus Zenfone Max M2 (Review) or Nokia 6.1 Plus (Review), but it’s still plenty bright enough to see under harsh sunlight conditions. What’s more important is that it offers good colour reproduction and excellent viewing angles, both of which can be issues on budget phones like this. There’s also an Always On Display feature here, which shows off key information such as time, date, and notifications without waking up the entire screen. The experience on display here is pretty much what we have come to expect from Android One devices–a near stock version of Android 8 Oreo with all Google apps preloaded out of the box, including Google Assistant and Maps.
6) Motorola Moto G6 Play
It’s been a long time since Motorola tried its hand at making smartphones that weren’t supposed to be the best out there, but it looks like it’s trying to make a comeback in 2018 with two new Moto G6 models—the Moto G6 and the Moto G6 Play. Both phones are excellent for their price, offering good specs and decent cameras for not much money at all. The cheaper of the two, the Moto G6 Play, offers everything you’d want from a budget phone: A big screen and enough power to get you through most tasks with relative ease. If you’re looking for an affordable smartphone that won’t leave you wanting more than what it can offer, look no further than the Moto G6 Play!
7) Asus Zenfone Max M2 (64GB Storage/4GB RAM)
While there are more budget smartphones out there, few offer a battery life as good as that of Asus’s Zenfone Max M2. With its 5000mAh battery, you can expect a full day and then some on one charge; it comes with fast charging support too, so your phone will be up and running again in no time if you have to leave it unplugged for some time. The Zenfone Max M2 features a large 6-inch display, which is good for most uses and media consumption—but not great for gaming or watching videos in vertical orientation; plus, it doesn’t come with an 18:9 aspect ratio either. There’s a good 13MP + 5MP dual camera setup at the back (with portrait mode), but selfies aren’t as good due to poor softening around the hair edges. In terms of software, you get Android Oreo 8.1 with Asus’ custom skin on top, which is feature-rich but has tonnes of bloatware (which cannot be uninstalled). Overall, though, we think that at under Rs. 12000, it offers good value for money and should serve all needs quite well—unless you want a phone that looks premium or has exceptional cameras.
8) Mi A2 Lite from Xiaomi
The smartphone is a part of the Android One programme and is based on Google’s latest Oreo operating system. The smartphone comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera for clicking great selfies and video calling. The device has a 5.84-inch HD+ display, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD card, and a 4000mAh battery for all-day battery backup.The dual-SIM device runs the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box and supports LTE connectivity for faster internet access anywhere in India. It also includes an IR blaster that allows you to control your home appliances. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, and a USB Type C port for charging and data transfer purposes. It measures 155x75x8mm and weighs 156 grams. The smartphone has a fingerprint sensor on its back panel for secure unlocking without pressing the power button every time you want to unlock your phone screen or protect apps from unauthorised access using the fingerprint scanner security feature.
9) Coolpad Note 5 Lite
The Coolpad Note 5 Lite is a great smartphone for you if you want a large-screen display but aren’t too interested in top-of-the-line specifications. The dual rear cameras give it a slight edge over its competition, and its attractive hardware design makes it quite easy on the eyes as well. So what are you waiting for? This is one offer that won’t last long! Buy now to get Rs 1000 cashback on ICICI Bank credit cards or EMI transactions of more than Rs 3000. Terms and conditions apply.
It appears very relevant to my target audience’s needs and offers something different than other phones in the sub-15k price range. I will check it out once it’s published!
10) Nokia 5.1 Plus (64GB Storage/4GB RAM)
Just a few weeks ago, Nokia launched its new 5.1 Plus smartphone in India, along with two other devices—the Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 2.1 Android One smartphones, priced at 11,499 and 6,999, respectively. The new Nokia 5.1 Plus is priced at 12,999 for the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant, and it will be available to buy via offline stores from June 20 onwards. In terms of specifications, it features a 6-inch HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with the Adreno 505 GPU. It comes equipped with 13MP + 5MP dual rear cameras and an 8MP front camera for selfies and video calling purposes. It also supports Dual SIM (Nano) capability along with a 4G VoLTE connectivity option on both SIM slots.