TOP 10 Best Smartphones Under 12000 in India 2018

Updated on 2018-06-05 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 was launched recently and it is one of our favorite under 12000.

In this list, we have covered smartphones from all big brands like Honor, Redmi or Mi, Lenovo, Motorola. 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 16:9, 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 you need to increase your budget to around Rs. 15000.

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 some dual camera phones in this list which can take pictures with depth effect. If your primary use is taking pictures then we recommend going for a smartphone with a dual camera. Phones like Lenovo K8 Note also have a front flash so selfie lovers can go for it. 

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 good camera then go for a device with high camera rating. 

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1. 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 ₹11999



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. 

Nice Design, Decent Display, Fast Charging, Great Battery makes it one of the best smartphones under 12000.

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2. 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



Brief Review:

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.

Beautiful Design, Full HD Plus Display, Performance Beast, Dedicated Sd Card Slot makes it one of the best smartphones under 12000.

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3. 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 ₹12999



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.

6 inch 18:9 Display, Stock Android, Good Camera, Excellent Battery makes it one of the best smartphones under 12000.

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4. 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. 

6 inch Bezel-less Display, Decent Design, Decent Camera Performance, 2 Day Battery Backup makes it one of the best smartphones under 12000.

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5. Infinix Hot S3 64GB

Hot S3 64GB

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 5.6 inch HD+ Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 20MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹10999



Brief Review:

Infinix Hot S3 is the lastest smartphone from Infinix launched on 6th Feb in India. The Hot S3 is a selfie-centric phone with a 20MP front camera. It also comes with a bezel-less display of aspect ratio 18:9 which has been a trend lately.  Infinix Hot S3 comes with a 5.65-inch screen with HD+ resolution, the display is an IPS display protected by 2.5D curved glass and Gorilla glass protection. The phone is easy to hold in hand and feels light in weight even though it comes with a large 4000mAh battery.

Infinix Hot S3 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor and runs on Android 8 Oreo. It is not stock android though. It runs on Infinix's own custom skin which doesn't look that great but does perform well. There are few extra apps but not a lot of bloatware which is a good thing.

The phone comes in 2 variants of 3GB RAM with 32 GB internal storage and 4GB of RAM with 64 GB of internal storage. The lower variant is priced at Rs.8999 and the higher variant is priced at Rs. 10999. The Antutu benchmark score of Infinix Hot S3 is around 44000.

The camera performance of Infinix Hot S3 is impressive for the price, it has a rear camera of 13MP resolution. The camera performs well in daylight and under low light the performance is average. The front camera, which is USP of the device, is a 20MP camera with a selfie dual-tone flash. The front camera on Infinix Hot S3 is great for taking selfies. The pictures look great under daylight. Low light selfies also come out well because of dual-tone flash. Overall the camera performance is good. There is also beautify mode which is something a lot of people like.

Infinix Hot S3 also worked well in the gaming department with no noticeable lag observed even in the high-end games like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 5. The fingerprint sensor is on the back and is pretty accurate.

The battery for Infinix Hot S3 has a good capacity of 4000mAH. With an efficient chipset like Snapdragon 430, you can expect it to last for 1.5 days with heavy usage and 2 days with light usage which is excellent battery backup.

The Hot S3 comes with a dedicated micro SD card slot which can be used to increase the storage by up to 128GB. Thumbs up to Infinx for going with a dedicated MicroSD card slot.

The Infinix Hot S3 is not waterproof or dustproof so no IP rating is there for it. We hope that in few years budget smartphones will also have IP ratings.

Overall, the Infinix Hot S3 ticks all the right boxes. It has a nice display, good cameras, excellent battery and a decent entry-level chipset. The selfie camera is the USP of the device. We like the device and would call it one of the best smartphones under 10000. It will compete with the Lenovo K8 Plus and Redmi Y1, which are also really good devices.

Update: Infinix Hot S3 has received face unlocking feature via a software update. Now you can unlock the device just by looking at it.

20MP Front Camera, Good Build Quality, Dual Tone Front Flash, 18:9 Ratio Display makes it one of the best smartphones under 12000.

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6. 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.

This was a brief overview of Honor 9 Lite. We have a done a detailed review as well. Check out the detailed review of Honor 9 Lite.

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.

Beautiful Glass Design, Gorgeous Display, Dual Back Camera, Dual Front Camera makes it one of the best smartphones under 12000.

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7. Tenor 10.or G 32GB

10.or G 32GB

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 5.5 inch Full HD Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP+13MP
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Beyond Black, Go Grey Colors

Best Price ₹5999



Brief Review:

10.or G or as spelled Tenor G is the latest android phone launched with Android Nougat 7.1.2 upgradable to Android Oreo and is exclusively available on Amazon India.

Tenor (10.or) G comes powered with Snapdragon 626, around 10% boost over the Snapdragon 625 seen in the Redmi Note 4, a direct competitor. Tenor G comes with a 5.5-inch 2.5D curved screen and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. There is the metal body at back and plastic on top and bottom, with curved sides which allows easy gripping of the phone. The build quality is good but the looks are somewhat between decent to good.
 
However, the phone is super solid in the specifications and performance. Tenor (10.or) G comes with a Dual 13MP+13MP rear camera with Dual tone LED flash, one is a monochrome sensor that captures details, and the other is an RGB sensor that captures the color information. The front camera is a 16MP shooter. Both front and rear camera have a good shutter speed, with some inbuilt filters and beauty modes. Overall, in our initial reviews, the camera quality seems really appreciable at this price point. Tenor (10.or) G gives an option to use Bokeh effect to blur the background and an enhanced focus in a night shot.
 
10.or G comes with a massive 4000mAh battery and does not feel heavy considering the battery size. The battery for this in a normal day to day usage can easily last for 1.5 days. The fingerprint sensor at the back of the phone has a good response time. Tenor G comes with a hybrid sim slot allowing either Dual sim usage or single sim with external MicroSD card with memory expandable up to 128GB. The bottom of the phone consists of Dual Dirac stereo speakers and the charging slot.
 
Overall, we expect good performance in day to day usage, and with stock Android experience and latest security patches from Tenor (10.or), the phone seems to be one of the best in this price range. 
 
Tenor G comes in two variants, 3GB + 32GB at Rs 10999 and 4GB + 64GB  at 12999. If you are looking to use it as a Dual sim phone, we would suggest buying the 64GB variant.
 

Redmi Note 4 vs Tenor G (10.or G)

Tenor G comes as a direct competitor to Redmi Note 4 launched in January this year. Redmi having sold more than 7 million Note 4 handset is steering forward with confidence. It looks like Tenor G looks to replicate the success achieved by Redmi Note 4, with slight improvements in some of the departments. We bring you a quick comparison between the two handsets.
 
  1. Tenor (10.or) G comes with Qualcomm Octa Core Snapdragon 626 which is 10% upgrade over Qualcomm 625 used in Redmi Note 4. 
  2. Tenor G also comes with a Dual (13MP+13MP) rear Camera while Redmi Note 4 holds a single 13MP camera.
  3. Tenor G is also a good upgrade on the front camera with a 16MP sensor while only a 5MP sensor is available in Redmi Note 4. Tenor G also comes with some inbuilt filters and beautification modes and an enhanced focus for low lighting clicks. 
  4. Redmi Note 4 has a 4100mAh battery while Tenor G comes with 4000mAH battery, expected to give equivalent battery backup.
  5. Both Note 4 and Tenor G come with a hybrid sim slot and in two similar variants of 3GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB. The fingerprint response on both the phones is also equivalent.
  6. In terms of looks, Redmi Note 4 to us looks slightly better.
Tenor (10.or) had also recently launched 10.or E which is also exclusively available from Amazon.

Dual Rear Camera, Massive Battery, Decent Processor, Latest Stock Android makes it one of the best smartphones under 12000.

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8. Lenovo K8 Plus

K8 Plus

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 5.2 inch Full HD Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹8999



Brief Review:

Lenovo K8 Plus looks like the smaller version of Lenovo K8 Note. We think Lenovo K8 Mini should have been a better name. The phone is made of metal and has a good build quality. The edges are curved which make it easy to hold. The display is Full HD 1080p panel with good colour reproduction and viewing angles.

The USP of the Lenovo K8 Plus is the dual camera on the back. There are 13MP and 5MP sensors on the back and information from both camera sensors help to give a bokeh or depth effect to the images. The camera performs well under daylight conditions but under low light the camera performance is average. The camera on the front is 8MP with a flash which will help while taking selfies under low light.

Inside the Lenovo K8 Plus, we have an Helio P25 processor. The processor is similar to Snapdragon 625 in performance but it is not that efficient. The processor performs well and we did not notice any lag while multitasking or playing heavy games like Asphalt. The Anututu Benchmark score of K8 Plus is around 63000.

Lenovo K8 Plus is running on stock android 7.1 which is the latest version of Android. There is almost no bloatware on the device, we are saying almost because there are some Microsoft apps installed which might not be useful for everyone and you cannot uninstall them, they can be disabled though. Still, apps open up fast and multi-tasking is a breeze as well. You are not going to notice any lag even with heavy games.

For security, there is a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device which is quick and accurate.

On the storage side, we have 3GB and 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The Lenovo K8 Plus also has a dedicated MicroSD slot in the sim tray which can be used to increase the storage by 128GB. Nano type sims are required for the K8 Plus. 

On the battery side, you have a 4000 mAh battery which is a very good capacity. It takes around 2.5 hours to fully charge and you can expect 1.5 days of backup with normal usage.

Lenovo K8 Plus also has Dolby digital support which helps to improve the sound quality. The sound from speakers and earphones is really good and you can improve it further to your liking by changing equalizer in the Dobly app which is preinstalled on the device. It is safe to say that Lenovo K8 Plus is the best smartphone under or around 10000 if you like to listen to music on your phone.

There is a notification LED on this device which was not enabled when the device was launched. But recently Lenovo has rolled out a software update and LED notification light has been enabled.

Overall the Lenovo K8 Plus is a balanced device with a great audio, good battery, decent camera, stock android and a powerful processor. If you need a budget device at around 10000 then this is a good option. Another phone with similar pricing and a dual camera is Honor 6X.

Xiaomi has launched Redmi Y1 recently at Rs. 8999. It competes with Lenovo K8 Plus. Take a look at its review, ratings, pros cons, specs.

Good Build Quality, Dual Camera Setup, Vibrant Display, Stock Android makes it one of the best smartphones under 12000.

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9. Lenovo K8 Note 64GB

K8 Note 64GB

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 5.5 inch Full HD Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 13MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹10999



Brief Review:

Lenovo K8 Note is the successor to K6 Note which was sold offline only. Lenovo has upgraded the processor and the camera of the device. The phone is made of metal and has a good build quality. The edges are curved which make it easy to hold. 

The display on the Lenovo K8 Note is Full HD 1080p panel with good color reproduction and viewing angles. It is covered with 2.5D glass on the front which gives it a nice look.

The USP of the Lenovo K8 Note is the dual camera on the back. There are 13MP and 5MP sensors on the back and information from both camera sensors help to give a bokeh or depth effect to the images. The camera performs well under daylight conditions but under low light the camera performance is average. The camera on the front is 13MP which again performs well in daylight but no so under low light conditions.

Inside the Lenovo K8 Note, we have an Helio X23 processor which is a 10 core chipset. The processor is more powerful than Snapdragon 625 and 626 but it is not efficient so battery backup will be average at best. Another issue with the processor is that it tends to heat up while playing heavy games. 

The Lenovo K8 Note scores around 95000 on Antutu benchmarks thanks to the powerful Helio X23 Chipset. This is around 1.5x of the Antutu score of Snapdragon 625 which is around 65000. 

On the storage side, we have 2 variants of Lenovo K8 Note. The first variant comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and the second variant comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The price difference is just Rs 1000 so we recommend the 64GB 4GB variant.

The Lenovo K8 Note also has a dedicated MicroSD slot which can be used to increase the storage by 128GB. Lenovo has done a good job by avoiding the hybrid sim slot which limits the functionality of the device.

Lenovo K8 Note also has Dolby Atmos support. You can change the settings in Dolby app to change the bass and treble. It works pretty well so if you like to listen to music on your phone, you should definitely tweak the settings according to your preferences.

Overall the Lenovo K8 Note is a balanced device with a couple of negatives like average camera performance under low light and heating issues. At this price point, we think it offers good value for money.

Good Build Quality, Dual Camera Setup, Vibrant Display, Stock Android makes it one of the best smartphones under 12000.

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10. Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime 3GB

Galaxy J5 Prime 3GB

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5 inch HD Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 2400mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹13700



Brief Review:

Samsung Galaxy J5 prime is the next budget smartphone launched by Samsung under the J series. As usual, Samsung has been doing great in the build and design of a phone, and Samsung Galaxy J5 is the best-looking smartphone in this price range, the build quality and looks are perfect and the phone is sturdy to use. The Phone comes with a 2.5D gorilla glass protection that gives an elegant look to the smartphone.
 
The display is an IPS LCD which is an HD 720p screen with good viewing angles. The fingerprint sensor is much better than earlier Samsung phones and delivers good accuracy and is fast.
 
Regarding the camera performance of Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime, the rear camera is a 13MP shooter with Flash and the image quality has been very impressive in all indoor or outdoor lighting condition. The images are crisp and sharp and produce lively colors.  The front camera of J5 prime comes with a 5MP shooter and is not the best in the price range and the captured images are a bit overexposed.
 
The battery of Samsung J5 Prime is a 2400mAh battery and can easily last for more than a day with normal usage as the screen in 5inch and the processor has to push less pixel than other phones. The phone has internal memory of 32GB and also comes in a 16GB variant with 3GB of RAM, it comes with a dedicated SD card slot expandable up-to 256GB.
 
Samsung J5 Prime delivers very well in many of the departments but comes with a slight disappointment for heavy gamers as the phone sees some frame drops and lags in the heavy gaming at maximum graphics setting. The gaming though works fine for normal games. The phone faces no heating issues at all in any usage, something unmatchable by other competitors, which face heating issue either at the time of charging or heavy usage.
 
It has been with every Samsung phones, that the sensors like Gyroscope and Auto brightness sensor are missing of the sub Rs. 25000 phone and the J5 Prime is no different, so you cannot experience 360-degree videos or use VR headset with the phone. 
 
Overall the J5 Prime is really good in build, design, looks and rear camera performance and comes with the Samsung brand, but is not recommended for heavy gaming(works smooth for normal gaming).
 
Also, Samsung always charges a premium for their brand but also delivers very well. Some of the other phones in the price range you can look at are Redmi 4Redmi Note 4Lenovo P2Moto G5 Plus which offer better features and performance. 
 

Solid build quality, Great design and looks, Rear camera is best, No heating issues makes it one of the best smartphones under 12000.

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