TOP 10 Best Smartphones Under 12000 in India 2018

Updated on 2018-09-04 by Geetansh Arora

Best Smartphones Under 12000 in India

We have seen a lot of launches this year in the price range of Rs. 10k to Rs. 12k. A lot of people prefer to buy phones priced around Rs. 10000 that's why we have come up with a list of best smartphones under 12000 available in India. The list contains all the latest phones as of 2018. Asus Zenfone Max Pro and Oppo Realme1 were launched recently and it is one of our favourite under 12000.

In this list, we have covered smartphones from all big brands like Honor, Redmi or Mi, Lenovo, Motorola, Oppo. New brands like Tenor have also been covered. The Tenor 10.or G smartphone performs well and has made it to our list of best phones under 12000.

The display size on most phones is 5.5 inch or 6 inches. Both 18:9 and 19:9 aspect ratio display phones have been covered here. Bezel-less full view or infinity display has been a trend lately and almost all latest phones are coming with these displays. If you need a notch display phone then we have options like Honor 9N.

All the phones on this list have at least 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage. Some phones have 4GB RAM and 64GB. 3GB-32GB configuration is enough for most users. If you are a heavy user and consume a lot of media content, play games or take a lot of pictures then go for a phone with 4GB of RAM which should help in multitasking.

Regarding the camera, you will see many dual camera phones in this list which can take pictures with depth/bokeh effect with the portrait mode. If your primary use is taking pictures then we recommend going for a smartphone with a dual camera. Phones like Oppo Realme 1 and REdmi Y2 are good at taking pictures.

A brief review of all smartphones is provided with ratings which help you in making a choice. If you need good battery backup then take a look at high battery ratings. If you need a good camera then go for a device with high camera rating. 

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1. Honor 9N

9N

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.8 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Sapphire Blue, Robin Egg Blue, Midnight Black,Lavender Purple Colors

Best Price ₹13999



Brief Review:

Honor has been very aggressive in the under 20000 smartphone range. They have launched Honor 9 Lite, Honor 7X, Honor 9i which have received great response from the users. Honor is now launching Honor 9N, which is a rebranded Honor 9i(2018) launched in China. It comes with a notch display and beautiful design and is a good smartphone under 15000. Let us look at the reviews, specifications and features of this beautiful phone. 

Honor 9N comes with a 5.84-inch notch display with a Full HD Plus resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The display is a full view display having an aspect ratio of 19:9. In terms of design, it has a glass design and looks similar to the one seen Honor 9 Lite. The front has a notch and the back has a horizontal dual camera setup with a LED flash at the top and a fingerprint sensor. Honor has launched Honor 9N with a tagline of #ExtraOrdinaryBeauty and the design and looks truly upholds the statement. It is lightweight and easy to hold and operate with one hand.

On the performance side, Honor has once again used the in-house Kirin 659 processor which we have seen in all the midrange phones starting from Honor 9 Lite, Honor 9i (2017) and the Honor 7X. This smartphone has 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of internal storage. We have seen the similar configuration in all the Honor phones in this price range and though Kirin 659 is not a powerhouse as Snapdragon 636 seen in Redmi Note 5 Pro but does handle multitasking with ease and one can easily go through all the daily tasks without any difficulty. But that Kirin 659 at the pricing of under 15000 does not raise the bar in the performance side when compared to the likes to Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max or the Mi A2 which has just launched. Honor 9N scores around 75000 on the Antutu Benchmark.

Coming to the camera, Honor 9N supports a dual rear camera setup with 13MP as the primary sensor and 2MP sensor as the secondary sensor with Dual tone LED flash and autofocus. The camera works fine with clear and crisp shots and good colour reproduction. The camera also supports face detection, portrait (bokeh) mode and HDR mode. The front camera is a 16MP shooter which is located inside the front notch and as expected clicks beautiful pictures and also supports portrait shots via software processing.

Honor 9N runs on EMUI 8.1 which is a custom skin based on the Android 8.1 Oreo and works smooth. They are some bloatware but Honor has well refined the EMUI over the years. There is a hybrid micro SD card slot to expand the memory up to 256 GB. Honor 9N supports both fingerprint and face unlocking mechanism and both of the methods work accurately and swiftly. Honor 9N does not carry any IP rating so keep it safe from the dust and water.  It has a battery rated at 3000 mAh which can keep the phone powered up for a day. You would need to charge it after a full day usage. 

Honor 9N though has been launched as the rebranded version Honor 9i (2018) but in actual it is a more beautiful version of all the Honor midrange phones. It has a stunning looking notch and is Honor's first phone under 15000 with a notch. The dazzling looks are very attractive and if you are looking to buy a phone under 15000 with a notch display, Honor 9N has to be your top choice. If you are not much concerned with the high-end gaming or heavy usage, this phone would work through easily.

The 3GB 32GB variant is priced at Rs. 11999 and the 4GB 64GB variant is priced at Rs. 13999. Honor has added a 4GB 128GB variant as well which will cost you 17999. We think the middle variant 4GB 64B provides the best value for money.

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2. Motorola Moto E5 Plus

Moto E5 Plus

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch HD+ Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 12MP
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 5000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Gold, Gray Colors

Best Price ₹11999



Brief Review:

So, Motorola E and G series have been a blockbuster for the company in the past and Motorola is counting on them to keep continuing that. So to maintain that dominance in market, which is very volatile given the budget range where all these phones compete, Motorola is here with a bunch of new additions and refinements to the Moto E and G lineup. Here we have the Moto E5 Plus, It has a ‘Plus’ in Its name so Its kinda bound to have a big 6-inch screen which it does. Its an IPS LCD Display at super-awesome 18:9 aspect ratio with a 720 x 1440 pixels resolution making a pixel density of 268PPI. Now I really appreciate Motorola’s efforts of imbibing high-end stuff into budget comers like the E series but Its sort of half-ass, a 720p display with a modern 18:9 aspect ratio?

Motorola says that the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, without specifying the version. The device, however, has improved on Its build quality and feels more premium than Its predecessors. The glossy back with Motorola trademark round camera cut-out. The fingerprint scanner is also rear-mounted just below the camera circle. The device is bit thicker but I don’t think anyone cares if a device is a few MMs fat given, you provide solid specs to back it up.

The Moto E5 Plus runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM. Snapdragon 430 is over two years old and I think Motorola could’ve done better here. Adreno 308 is also fairly old given the pace technology is running and while It should be a decent performer for everyday tasks, don’t expect too much heavy lifting without hiccups. E5 Plus comes with  32GB onboard storage and 3GB RAM. The storage can be increased by up to 256GB with a MicroSD card.

At the back, you’ll find the same iconic round camera cutout which I don’t know why is that big. The camera it houses is a decent one though. Moto E5 Plus packs a single, 12MP, f/2.0, 1.25μm sensor with all the usual stuff such as phase detection AF, Face detection and more. The front camera setup houses a 5MP, f/2.0 sensor which takes good selfies for the price. The camera is quite good given the bracket where this smartphone lies.

Motorola E5 Plus runs on Android 8.0 Oreo, out of the box which is a no-brainer in 2018, while Android P is just around the corner. The software is fluid and responsive, there are no fancy customizations or super bloated skins like others which is one thing I love about Motorola software. Keep It Clean! The battery on this one is one of the selling points - with 5000mAh of juice, E5 Plus can last well beyond a day and probably most of the second day as well. And what’s admirable Is that to charge this big boy, fast charging is at service. There’s no IP rating for E5 Plus, so better to keep it away from liquids.

Moto E5 Plus has been priced at Rs. 11999 in India. It faces tough competition from phones like Redmi Note 5, Asus Zenfone Max Pro, Redmi Y2, Honor 7X, Realme 1 and Honor 9 Lite. All these phones pack better hardware than the E5 Plus. The only reason you should go for E5 Plus is if you need a beautiful phone with a big battery. Performance wise, there are a lot of other better options.

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3. Redmi Y2 64GB

Y2 64GB

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6 inch HD+ Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 12MP+5MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3080mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Grey, Gold, Rose Gold Colors

Best Price ₹12999



Brief Review:

Xiaomi has come up with another phone in the under 10000-15000 segment. The Redmi Y1 which was launched last year as a selfie smartphone has received some significant upgrades in terms of internal hardware, cameras, and display. Let's take a look at the brief review of Redmi Y2.

Redmi Y2 comes with a 5.99-inch display of 18:9 aspect ratio and HD+ resolution. The display is bright and vivid with good color reproduction and viewing angles. The resolution is not Full HD so that's a bit disappointing but it is not a deal breaker. The bezel-less on the top and bottom have reduced so the overall size of the phone is similar to other 5.5 inches phones. The build quality of Redmi Y1 wasn't that great but Xiaomi has done a good job with Redmi Y2. The device feels good in the hand. The back is metal so it is a bit slippery but you do get a free transparent case in the box. It comes in 3 colors: Grey, Gold and Rose Gold. Our favorite color is Rose gold. 

Inside the Redmi Y2, we have the same Snapdragon 625 chipset which we have seen on Redmi Note 4 and Redmi Note 5. Snapdragon 625 is a decent performer and very power efficient chipset so we don't have any complaints. The phone is available in 2 variants: 3GB RAM-32GB Storage and 4GB RAM-64GB Storage. If you are a heavy user and use a lot of apps and games then go for the 4GB-64GB variant. If your use only camera, social media apps etc then 3GB variant should be fine. The overall performance of the device is good and you won't face any lag during the day to day usage. Redmi Y2 scores around 70000 on Antutu benchmarks which is similar to Antutu score of other Snapdragon 625 devices like Redmi Note 5 and Mi A1.

Let's talk about camera now. Redmi Y2 is a camera-centric smartphone and have received a good upgrade in the camera department. There is a 12MP+5MP dual camera on the back. The camera is placed vertically just like it was on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The 12MP camera is a color sensor and 5MP camera is a depth sensor which helps to take portrait mode shots with depth effect. The rear camera performance is good in both daylight and low light conditions. The pixel size is 1.25um which helps to improve the low light performance. Edge detection in portrait mode is good as well.

The selfie camera on the Redmi Y2 is a 16MP sensor with a front flash. The front flash is very useful in low light conditions. The front camera also has portrait mode and can take pictures with depth effect. In our initial tests, the front camera performance was good. Edge detection wasn't that great and you might see your hair getting blurred in some of the shots. The front camera has features like AI beauty which removes blemishes and makes you look beautiful. The front camera is also used for face unlock which is not that quick but still, performance is decent. If you don't like face unlock then there is a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device. It is safe to say that Redmi Y2 is the best budget camera smartphone available in India under Rs. 10000.

Redmi Y2 comes with MIUI 9.5 out of the box which is a custom skin based on Android 8.1. We don't really like MIUI because it comes with a lot of bloatware and the UI isn't great either but you can change that with a launcher. If you like to use dual apps, second space etc then MIUI is great for you.

The battery inside the Redmi Y2 is 3080 mAh and would last for a day on single charge. It would have been great if Xiaomi has gone with a 4000 mAh battery like on Note 5 and Note 5 Pro. The charger inside the box is 5V, 2 Amps charger which will charge the device in around 2 hours. 

It is a dual sim device and Xiaomi has added a dedicated MicroSD slot this time which is great. If 32GB or 64GB is not enough for you, you can slide in a MicroSD card to increase the storage by up to 128GB. Redmi Y2 is not waterproof or dustproof and doesn't have any IP rating so keep it away from water and mud. 

The Redmi Y2 has been priced at 9999 for the 3GB-32GB variant and 12999 for 4GB-64GB variant. It is an Amazon India exclusive device. We think pricing is decent and you are getting good value for money. The price of the lower variant is same as Redmi Note 5. Redmi Y2 has better cameras and Redmi Note 5 has better battery and display. So go for Y2 is you are going to use the camera a lot. If you don't use the camera much then Note 5 or Realme 1 is a better option.

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4. Motorola Moto G6 Play

Moto G6 Play

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.7 inch HD+ Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Indigo, Silver, Black Colors

Best Price ₹9999



Brief Review:

If you are a little low on budget to get Moto G6 but you are happy with Moto E lineup, yet you crave that superior build of the G lineup, Moto G6 Play is for you. It looks almost similar to Moto G6 but with a few noticeable compromises such as the camera housing only has a single sensor compared to dual on the G6 and there’s a lot more under the hood.

The device is an exact replica of G6 in design and builds, with a big 5.7-inch IPS LCD display up front in all Its glory, Its 2018 and Moto is all in for 18:9 displays so that’s what we see here. The resolution is not baffling though, with 720 x 1440 pixels in a display of this size. It makes a frugal density of 282PPI which might wary most users. The fingerprint display is rear mounted just below the camera housing, so no more gestures like the Moto G6. The display is clear and crisp with good color reproduction and viewing angles are good as well. The display is covered by Gorilla glass but we don't know which version it is.

The device is totally a budget fame on the inside with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 at the centre, coupled by Adreno 505 and 2 or 3 GB of RAM. The device is set to be released in 2 models - one with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM while the other model will have 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM.

The Moto G6 Play is not the most powerful device in the category and We feel Motorola could’ve done better but Hey Its a budget device and until pricing is out, It would be little hard to comment on the treatment Motorola has done with these devices. The device is powerful enough for everyday use cases, but not for you if you like pushing your device to limits as with this one, they’ll be before you fairly soon. Adreno 505 can take almost all games but It isn’t made for heavy weight titles coming every day in the Play Store, given Its age, We don’t think there’s too much of heavy-gaming power left in this GPU.

Let’s talk cameras because there’s much-emphasized 13MP, f/2.0, 1.12μm pixel sensor at the rear of Moto G6 Play. Moto smartphones always have capable cameras and we are not surprised with this one either. It is definitely one of our top picks in the budget category. On the front, you get a big 8MP sensor which is decent enough for some good selfies, don’t expect much in low-light though. The camera interface is a bit slow and we hope Motorola fixes it with a software update.

Android 8.0 powers Moto G6 Play and It is a neat and clean version of Android with all the swiftness and no bloatware. We really like this from Motorola and makes the phone feel more fluid and responsive.

The battery is amazing on this one with 4000mAh of capacity, you surely get a day and a half from this smartphone. On top of that we also have fast charging here, so charging this big boy won’t be an issue. There’s no IP rating by Motorola so be safe and to keep this device safe, keep it away from liquids.

Overall, Moto G6 Play is a well-balanced phone with good performance and great battery. The slow camera is a bit frustrating but it is not a deal breaker. 

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5. Honor 7C

7C

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch HD Plus Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹9999



Brief Review:

Huawei has been on a smartphone launch spree lately and this time around, It is looking to reinforce the segment where most of Its revenue comes from In India, Honor 7C is latest in line of sub-₹ 10k smartphones in India, packing some hefty features for the price.

Honor 7A  and Honor 7C feel absolutely similar except this one is a little bigger with a 5.99-inch IPS LCD panel with a full 18:9 aspect ratio at a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels which turns out the pixel density to be a measly ~269 PPI. Since It is 2018 and everything is about putting more display estate and ditching bezels, low cost Androids are not missing the trend either. There are some bezels on the sides which are not that noticeable but the ones at top and bottom are. The smartphone is not much thick at just 7.8mm and weighs 164grams which is not at all heavy given Its a smartphone with a 6-inch display. The backplate is made of aluminum accompanied by plastic antenna bands on top and bottom. We are not very impressed with the construction and materials used here, It feels solid enough though. Honor 7C is overall a well-built phone with some sacrifices as It occurs with every on-budget device. 

So, as the spec sheet says, Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 runs the show on Honor 7C which is definitely an upgrade over Snapdragon 430 on Honor 7A. Snapdragon 450 has an octa-core CPU packed of 8 Cortex-A53s clocked at 1.8GHz. Adreno 508 serves as GPU, coupled with 3GB of RAM. This places Honor 7C in exactly the same leagues as the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the device is an impressive budget performer. The multitasking is smooth. Presence of 3GB of RAM makes things easier and a tad smoother.

General performance is fluid and we don’t have any beef with the smartphone here. Adreno 508 is quite capable when it comes to gaming and can take almost all titles on the Play Store head on. It struggles a bit heavy gaming but It still plays most games with absolutely no lag. For everyday tasks, the smartphone is powerful enough but if you are a power user you might need to dial your expectations down. Huawei has done to give the most value for money in form of Honor 7C.

Dual cameras are the new mainstream definition of smartphone camera and It's taking over the scene quite fast, we appreciate Huawei making the game intense by putting dual sensor 13 MP + 2 MP, f/2.2, with LED flash at the back and an 8 MP, f/2.0 sensor with a soft LED flash at the front for selfies. The second camera at the back doesn’t do a lot, except capturing the depth information for making those bokeh shots possible. While taking the camera out for a spin, we found that It is just a notch better than other budget cameras but the performance isn’t all that stupefying. It takes some decent shots in outdoor lighting with very feeble dynamic range, the camera struggles without a shy in low-light conditions and the indoor lighting doesn’t work well as well. The portrait mode works justifiably good but isn’t the best we’ve seen in the range. Overall, the camera performance is quite satisfactory with nothing to blow our minds. And since Its a budget Android, no one is expecting exceptional camera prowess here. 

The story is similar with front selfie camera as well and it takes nice shots in outdoor well-lit conditions and performance is average indoors. The front camera works well for the Face Unlock feature and phone usually unlocks in around 0.3-0.5 seconds.

Honor 7C runs on Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box with EMUI 8 on top. EMUI is Huawei custom overlay on top of Android which has come a long way from being annoying and gimmicky to being a more sophisticated, snappy and polished skin. We don’t like skins, we are stock Android people but if one has to go with skins, I definitely count EMUI as one of the finest ones out there. It is still feature loaded with some of them quite appreciated like Ride mode for bikers, gaming mode to avoid notifications, Huawei Histen for enhancing audio quality.

Huawei has shipped Honor 7C with 3000mAh battery. It gets about a day’s worth of battery life on normal use but you would need to put it on charge before that if you are a heavy user. There is a MicroUSB port for charging at the bottom, and you shouldn’t be expecting a USB-C here. The charging isn’t a sweet dream as there is no fast charging and the smartphone takes nearly 2.5 hours to fully charge.

Snapdragon 450 is a decent performer and Honor 7C scores around 65000 on Antutu benchmark. The device has a sturdy build but is not covered with any IP rating so keep It way from liquids and dust at all times.

Honor 7C has been priced at ₹ 9,999 in India for the model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. The other variant comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, priced at ₹ 11,999. The Honor 7C is available exclusively on Amazon.in. Other than that, customers can also get the smartphone at Honor India's own online store.

So, that’s all we have about Honor 7C at the moment, the device is almost a big brother to Honor 7A and is one of the most budget complete smartphones in the segment which is quite volatile. Huawei has been active in keeping their lineup up to date with the latest trends most of them are seen here - the tall, 18:9 display, dual cameras, face unlock and more. Honor 7C is right on the money, we believe the pricing could have been a bit more aggressive to hurt the likes of Xiaomi but the ones who are looking beyond Xiaomi in the budget range, Huawei is offering some greatness.

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6. Oppo Realme 1 32GB

Realme 1 32GB

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 3410mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Diamond Black, Solar Red Colors

Best Price ₹8990



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Realme 1 is an Oppo branded smartphone which comes with a very attractive pricing and features. This phone will be sold exclusively via Amazon and if you want to grow above the likes of Xiaomi, this phone can totally fill the gap. Let us find out what all it holds in this review.

From the design perspective, Realme 1 has a 6 inch Full HD Plus display with a bezel-less display and 18:9 aspect ratio. The display quality is amazing with perfect colour reproduction and clarity. On the back, it has a glass finish with glossy effect and a diamond cut pattern (as seen on the Oppo F7 and Oppo A83) that looks completely beautiful but is also a bit of a fingerprint magnet. On the design front, this is a great looking smartphone.

Let us now talk about the performance, this Realme 1 from Oppo uses a very powerful processor Helio P60 from MediaTek that scores around 135000 on the Antutu Benchmark. This score indicates the Helio P60 powering the Oppo Realme 1 beats the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro which is powered by Snapdragon 636. The Antutu score depicts the performance of the phone and with our usage we found the phone to be replicating the same. It gave a powerful performance with not even a slightest of lag or issue with any sort of multitasking.

In the Camera department, Realme 1 comes with a single rear sensor of 13MP with LED flash and an 8 MP sensor on the front. The rear camera images have a good amount of details but when the images are zoomed in, there is a bit of noise that can be seen. The Realme 1 uses AI and beautification mode to enhance the images. On the front camera, we again have the option of bokeh effect, the image quality is good with sharp colours and clarity. Both the rear and the front camera features AR stickers.  Comparing the camera performance, the Redmi Note 5 Pro camera absolutely stands out in both rear and front camera with punchier details and better clarity but Oppo Realme 1 camera is much better than the Redmi Note 5.

This smartphone uses Color OS 5.0 as its operating system which is based on Android 8.1. This is the same operating system version seen on oppo F7. There is very little bloatware and comes with some much-needed features that ease the use of your phone.

Oppo Realme 1 comes with face unlocking using the front camera but does not have a fingerprint sensor. Face unlocking is becoming more popular nowadays with most of the smartphone featuring it and users have been comfortable in using it. So the removal of fingerprint sensor should not be a roadblock for this phone but is a move from Oppo to cut down the cost and offer a great price. It is a dual sim phone with a dedicated SD Card slot that can be expanded up to 256 GB.  It also has a 3.5 mm headphone jack but no Type C port.

This phone has a battery of 3410 mAH which can easily last for a day with normal usage. Oppo claims that the phone has AI battery management features which learns as per the usage beahiour and shuts down the background apps to enhance the battery backup. Realme 1 does not support fast charging and will take about 130-150 minutes for a full charge. This smartphone from Oppo weighs only 155 gm and feels comfortable in hand. There is no IP rating on Realme 1 so you will have to keep the phone safe from dust and water.

Let us now talk about the pricing, this smartphone from Oppo comes in 3 variants of 3GB/32GB variant priced at Rs 8999, 4GB/64GB variant priced at Rs 10999, 6GB/128GB variant priced at Rs 13999. The pricing as per specification this phone offers is very competitive and holds the mettle to rake in very good sales and demand.

This Oppo Realme 1 is a powerful beast and the variant are a great value for money. It has perfect looks, performance and a decent camera for the price range. If you have a budget of under 10000 or under 12000, then buying the Oppo Realme 1 makes a lot of sense as you get the same processor(in 3GB and 4GB model) and features which actually stands out when compared with any other phone in the price range of 10000.

If you are looking on this phone with a perspective of the camera, then it is a bit of disappointment, especially when comparing the 6GB model priced similarly with the Redmi Note 5 Pro, 4 GB model having a top-notch camera quality.  But on the other side, if the camera is not your topmost priority but you are looking for a power house, then the 6GB model at the pricing of 13999 can happily suffice your requirements.

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7. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Zenfone Max Pro M1

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 5000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Grey Colors

Best Price ₹10999



Brief Review:

Asus has partnered with Flipkart to launch exclusive smartphones for next 3 years. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is the first smartphone to be launched under the partnership. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 has specs similar to Redmi Note 5 Pro which has been doing very well in the Indian market. Let's take a look at the brief review of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

Below is an overview of Zenfone Max Pro. If you are interested to know more about this phone take a look at our in-depth review of Asus Zenfone Max Pro.

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a 5.99-inch display with Full HD+ resolution. The display has 450 nits brightness and is very colourful and vivid. The viewing angles are good as well. The display is covered with a 2.5D glass which gives it a premium look. Asus has reduced the bezels on the top and bottom so the overall size of the phone is still same as a 5.5-inch device. The design is bit boring though. You get metal unibody design so nothing special or new here. The phone weighs 180 grams which is surprising considering the massive 5000 mah battery it carries. Overall, the phone feels good in the hand. 

Let's talk about the battery which is the USP of this device. The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a large 5000 mah battery which will provide a battery backup of 2 to 3 days on a single charge. If you hate charging your phone every day then you are going to love Max Pro M1. Asus claims that it can run Youtube for 20 hours. The phone comes with a 10-watt charger and it charging time is expected to be little less than 3 hours. The charging time is decent considering the large battery size.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a dual 13MP + 5MP rear camera with a 1.12-micron pixel size for better low light performance. The camera performance is good under daylight outdoor conditions. The pictures look colorful with a good amount of details. The camera can take portrait mode pictures as well. In our initial tests, the bokeh effect looked good with proper edge detection. The rear camera can also record 4K videos. Asus claims that this is the best camera in class. We would wait for an in-depth comparison with Redmi Note 5 Pro which has an excellent camera setup both on the front and back.

The selfie camera on the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is an 8MP shooter with a LED flash. The front camera is a decent performer in outdoor lighting. Under low lighting conditions or artificial lighting, the selfie camera performance is average.

The chipset inside the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is Snapdragon 636 which was launched globally with Redmi Note 5 Pro. The SD636 chipset is very powerful and can handle any task you throw at it. Using multiple apps and games is going to be a breeze. Thanks to the powerful chipset, Zenfone Max Pro M1 scores around 116000 on the Antutu Benchmarks which is a bit higher than the score of Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Asus is taking audio quality very seriously as well. There is a Maxxbox which amplifies the sound by 2X. For audio via 3.5 mm jack, Asus has added an NXP audio chipset which improves the sound quality. Sound quality is usually not given importance in the mid-range devices so it is good to see Asus doing something different here to improve the user experience.

On Software side, you get pure Android Oreo on Zenfone Max Pro M1. This is a great step from Asus. There is almost no bloatware on the device. Asus promises to provide next 2 big Android updates as well. So you will get Android P and Android Q

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes in 2 variants: 32GB storage and 3GB RAM variant would cost your Rs. 10999 and 64GB - 4GB variant will cost you 12999 only. This is excellent pricing from Asus. Asus has used LPDDR4X RAM which should improve the overall experience. If you are a heavy user then go for the 4GB RAM variant as the extra 1 gig of RAM should help a lot in multi-tasking. The MicroSD slot is dedicated so you can use 2 sim cards with a MicroSD card. 

Overall, we think Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is an impressive device. It comes with the latest display, powerful chipset, decent cameras, pure Android. Multitasking is great and the battery lasts for 2 days. It is clearly one of the best phones in this price range.

It will be available on Flipkart from 3rd May. A new 6GB RAM variant with better camera setup will be launched after some time at Rs. 14999.

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8. Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2

Galaxy J7 Prime 2

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.5 inch Full HD Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 13MP
  • 3300mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black Colors

Best Price ₹11990



Brief Review:

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2 has been launched in India as a successor for J7 Prime. It comes with a 5.5 Inch Full HD Display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels having 74% screen-to-body ratio compared to the bezel-less display seen nowadays with 90% screen to body ratio. Galaxy J7 Prime 2 is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7870 processor which scores around 47000 on the Antutu Benchmark. It has 3 GB of RAM and internal storage of 32 GB which can be expanded via dedicated micro SD card up to 256 GB. This model has capacitive keys compared to its predecessor Samsung J7 Prime.

On the Camera Side, it has a single 13MP sensor on the rear and 13MP on the front. Both the sensor support f/1.9 aperture and up to 1080p video recording at 30 fps. This smartphone has a feature of Social Camera which allows you to click, edit and share in a single go.

J7 Prime 2 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with features like Samsung Mall that supports visual search, universal cart etc and Samsung Pay Mini for instant payment functionality. It comes with a battery of 3300 mAH and should easily last for more than a day given the low power requirement of the processor. It has a fingerprint sensor at the back just below the camera which is accurate and fast.

Though the smartphone overall offers some practical value proposition but still looks like lagging behind the current industry trend of Bezel Less display, latest processor and Dual rear Camera.

If you are looking for a Samsung Branded phone under 15000, this is the best choice you have.

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9. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Redmi Note 5

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Grey, Gold, Rose Gold, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹9999



Brief Review:

All of the Xiaomi's smartphones, Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, Redmi Note 4 and Mi A1 were bestsellers last year. Redmi Note 4 became the best selling phone in India. Today, on 14th Feb, Xiaomi has launched Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro in India. Check out Redmi Note 5 Pro here.

Redmi Note 4 and Redmi Note 5 are very similar devices. The only change is the display which has now changed 5.5 inches 16:9 display to 5.99 inch 18:9 display. Xiaomi is finally jumping on to the 18:9 bezel-less display trend. The resolution of the display is Full HD Plus. The bezel-less display looks beautiful and gives a premium feel to the device. The colors are vibrant and brightness is decent.

Even when the display size has increased, the size of the device is almost same as other 5.5 inch devices as Xiaomi has reduced the bezels. So if you are using a 5.5-inch device, you won't notice much change in device size.

Smaller bezels mean there are no dedicated navigation buttons on the front of Redmi Note 5. Redmi has moved from dedicated buttons to on-screen buttons to reduce the bezel size. The phone follows metal unibody design approach and the build of the device is solid. The design is very similar to Redmi Note 4 so no surprises there.

The back of Redmi Note 5 is curved a bit which makes it easy to hold. There is a 2.5D glass on the display as well but we don't know whether it gorilla glass or not. Overall, the device feels nice in hand. It is a bit slippery so getting a case would be a good idea.

Now let's talk about the camera. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 has a single 12MP sensor on the back(again same as Redmi Note 4) of the phone with 1.25-micron pixels, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. The back camera performance is decent in daylight outdoor conditions. The pictures look good but are not that detailed.

The camera performance in low light conditions is average and same as Redmi Note 4. 

On the front, there is a 5MP selfie camera with a LED flash. The front camera can take decent selfies and the front flash helps under low light conditions.

For security, there is a fingerprint sensor on the back of Redmi Note 5. The fingerprint sensor placement is same as that on Redmi Note 4. The fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate and you won't face any issues with it. The Redmi Note 5 is not water or dust proof so there is no IP rating.

Inside the Redmi Note 5, we have the same Snapdragon 625 chipset which we saw on Note 4. It comes in 2 variants, first one with 4/4GB of RAM and second with 32/64GB of storage. The Snapdragon 625 has been Xiaomi's favorite and they have used it in various devices like Note 4, Mi Max 2 etc.

On benchmark side, you will see Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 scoring around 65000 on Antutu Benchmark which is a decent score. Overall, the Redmi Note 5 performs performance is good. It handles multitasking as well. Plus, you won't face any issues with heavy games.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is running on latest MIUI 9 which is based on Android 7.1.2. We are sure that Xiaomi will be updating the Redmi Note 5 to Android Oreo. 

The battery inside the Redmi Note is of 4000mAh capacity. This is same as what we saw on Redmi Note 4. Large battery and efficient processor means you can get 2 days of battery backup.

There is no fast charging on Redmi Note 5 so charging time will be around 2 hours 30 minutes to 2 hours 45 minutes for 0 to 100%.

Overall, Redmi Note 5 is a good value for money smartphone which looks decent and performs well. 

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10. Honor 9 Lite

9 Lite

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.6 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP+2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 13MP+2MP Dual Camera
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Grey, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹10999



Brief Review:

Honor 9 Lite is the latest smartphone in India from Huawei/Honor in the budget segment of around Rs. 10000-15000. Before this, we have seen 3 launches from Honor in last 4 months. The first one was Honor 9i, the second was Honor 7X and third was Honor View 10. We liked all those devices, now let's take a look at Honor 9 Lite.

Honor 9 Lite looks stunning. The phone is covered with glass on the front and back and has a very glossy finish. Yes, it is prone to fingerprints but when it is clean, it looks gorgeous. I don't remember the last time we saw a budget device that was this beautiful. If you are wondering which color is the best then my first choice would be Blue, then grey and then black. This is just a personal preference. Go with the color you like most.

The build of the phone is solid and it feels good in the hand. We have a 5.65-inch full view display with Full HD+ resolution. The display is large but the phone isn't because of the smaller bezels. You won't face any issues with one hand usage. The phone is slippery because of glass design so that might be a problem. 

The aspect ratio of the display is 18:9 which is something we are seeing in all latest smartphones. The display is covered with 2.5D glass. Once again, we don't know whether there is tempered gorilla glass or not. Looking at Honor's past record, we think it is not a gorilla glass so getting a tempered glass for your Honor 9 Lite would be a good idea.

The Honor 9 Lite comes powered by 2.36 GHz Octa-Core Kirin 659 processor, which is a powerful processor capable of handling all the normal multitasking swiftly. We have seen the same chipset on the recently launched Honor 7X and Honor 9i. The chipset performs well and is efficient as well so we don't have any complaints.On Antutu benchmarks you will see a score of around 62000.

The multitasking Honor 9 Lite assisted by 3 or 4GB of RAM depending on which variant you buy. It comes with 32/64 GB of internal memory. Plus there is a MicroSD card slot which can be used to increase the storage by up to 256GB. The slot is hybrid so you can either use 2 sims cards or 1 sim card and a MicroSD card. We hate the concept of the hybrid slot because it limits the functionality of the device.

The USP of the device is the camera setup. Honor 9 Lite has a dual rear camera and dual front camera, The rear camera is a 13MP + 2MP dual camera while the front camera is a 13MP + 2MP dual camera. the dual camera setup allows additional effects to be added to the photos clicked. Both camera setups have an RGB camera sensor and a monochrome camera sensor. Details are captured from both cameras to make images sharper. Plus, they help to give a bokeh/depth effect to your pictures also known as portrait mode. We have seen the same camera setup before on Honor 7X and 9i and the performance are same. The pictures are nice in outdoor lighting. The bokeh effect also looks good in pictures from both front and rear cameras. The camera performance under low light conditions is average which is expected from a smartphone in this price range. Overall, we think the camera performance is decent and you won't be disappointed.

Honor 9 Lite also supports the feature as seen in other Honor phones where the image background can be blurred even after clicking the image. This feature is really good as you can blur the background to your liking after taking the picture. 

For security, the back of the phone supports an active fingerprint sensor on the back of the device. The fingerprint sensor is fast and responsive and you are not going to face any issues with it.

The Honor 9 Lite runs EMUI 8 which is a skin based on Android 8 Oreo. EMUI has some useful customizations like drawing an S for a long screenshot to capture an entire web page, tap twice with one finger for a screenshot, and tap twice with two fingers for screen recording. These small features can be very useful. There is some bloatware on the device but those apps can be uninstalled.

The handset supports 3000mAH battery which should be sufficient for more than a day for normal usage. It comes with a 5V 2Amp charger and there is some kind of fast charging so you can expect your device to charge from 0 to 100% in around 2 hours.

Honor 9 Lite is not waterproof or dustproof so there is no IP rating for this device. Keeping it away from water and dust would be a good idea.

Honor 9 Lite comes in 2 variants: 3GB-32GB and 4GB-64GB priced at 10999 and 14999 respectively. It will be available on Flipkart from 21st Jan.

Overall, Honor 9 Lite looks like a great looking budget device with decent overall performance and nice dual cameras on both sides. If you like to take selfies then you should consider this device. Even if you do not click selfies, the premium build, beautiful display, lag-free performance makes it a great option in this price range.

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Other options in this range include Mi A1 and Moto G5S Plus. We think Honor 9 Lite is a better option because of better processor, better and larger display and dual front camera which is not there in other devices.

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So this was our list of best smartphones under 12000. We hope the list was helpful for our users and you were able to find an Android phone according to your budget and needs.

Our Favorite Phone Under 12000

Oppo Realme 1 and Asus Zenfone Max Pro are the top picks if you are looking for a perfect multitasking, beautiful design and a decent camera.

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Buy Oppo Realme 1 from Amazon.

If you can spend more take a look at the articles we published on the best phones under 15000, 20000, 25000 and 30000.