10 Best Smartphones Under 12000 in India 2019 [Experts Choice]

Updated on 2019-03-19 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 March 2019. Redmi Note 7 and Samsung Galaxy M20 are the recent top launches in this price range and have been included here. Phones like Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 have seen big price cuts and have made to these top picks.

In this list, we have covered smartphones from all big brands like Samsung, Honor, Redmi or Mi, Asus, Motorola, Oppo Realme.

The display size on most phones is 5.5 inch or 6 inches. You can find phones with 19:9 and 19,5:9 aspect ratio display which is the latest trend. Bezel-less notch display is the current trend and you will see plenty of new phones with a regular notch or the new dew-drop/tear-drop notch.

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 that most of the phones are dual camera phones. These phones can take beautiful portrait mode shots with a bokeh effect. On the battery side, you will see phones with up to 5000 mAh battery which will give 2-3 days of battery backup.

Now, let's go through our list of best mobile phones under 12000 in India.

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1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

Redmi Note 7

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 13MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Onyx Black, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue Colors

Best Price ₹9999



Brief Review:

Redmi smartphones have been feeling the competitive pressure from the likes of Realme 2 Pro, Samsung M series. Redmi Note 6 Pro did not see much updates apart from camera and got a subdued response, not something Xiaomi is used to. Here we go through the Redmi Note 7 and bring out its top features, specifications and the pricing. Alongside, Redmi Note 7, Xiaomi has also launched the much awaited Redmi Note 7 Pro.

Redmi Note 7 comes with a 6.3 inch IPS display with a Full HD plus resolution. There is a dot notch on the top which holds the selfie camera and the phone has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display looks perfectly bright and has punchier colors. It is not an AMOLED display but of great standard that your experience will not fall short while watching movies or playing games. The back of the phone is built of glass and has a gradient color look which we have seen in the phones from Honor similar to the Honor 10 Lite. It is the first time Redmi has introduced glass back in the budget segment phones. Previous Redmi Note series phones were not used to focus on looks but with Note 7, Xiaomi has also looked to strengthen this area as well.

The phone comes with the Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back and the build quality is very strong. Xiaomi has been teasing the phone in many of its videos regarding its durability. The phone has decent build quality but not the best as it failed in the bend test. There is a transparent case bundled in the box so you can use it to further add protection to it.

For the processor, Xiaomi has finally decided to move ahead from the Snapdragon 636 for which they were heavily trolled on the social media. The Redmi Note 7 features the Snapdragon 660 processor and works very smooth. On the AnTuTu benchmark, Note 7 scores around 1,44,840 which is a good score for a phone at this price. Redmi Note 7 has been launched in 2 variants, 3 GB RAM with 32 GB storage and 4 GB with 64 GB storage. There is a hybrid sim slot to use it as a dual sim phone or expand the storage up to 256 GB, something which Xiaomi might want to update in future phones by bringing a dedicated storage space with dual sim support.

Performance wise, the phone works like a charm and we did not find any lag or heating issues even with extended usage. Redmi has been marketing the phone with the keyword “Next level” and we feel the phone truly delivers on the expectation. It is not a new chip in the market but powerful enough to support true multitasking. We have seen phones like Asus Zenfone Max 2 Pro and other being launched with the same and they have fared well even after months of usage but the previous phones used to work on the underclocked processor hence they did not get the true performance. Redmi Note 7 brings in the proper true variant of Snapdragon 660 which is not underclocked.

Now coming to the camera review of this the Note 7 review. Here Note 7 has a dual rear camera with 12 MP f/2.2 sensor and a 5 MP f/2.4 secondary sensor. We found the camera shots were decent with a good level of details. The color accuracy also looked good in most of the scenario. The portrait shots work well and are able to perfectly blur the background in most of the scenario to pop out the subject but there were some scenarios where some objects did not get blur. These small improvements can be made anytime with the software upgrades as the portrait works fine in most of the shots.

Note 7 and Note 7 Pro also introduces a Night Mode for low light images. We observed that this mode does a decent job by clicking a near to accurate pictures. The shots had limited noise and the lampshades, the sky seems to be captured properly with proper details of the surrounding.  The camera also supports HDR, short video, AI features and filters as part of other features of the camera and all of them to deliver on the expectations. The 4K video recording is disabled in the phone which was anyway above expectation from a budget segment smartphone.

For the selfie shots, Note 7 has a 13 MP sensor and supports HDR and AI mode. The selfie images are crisp with a good level of details. The portrait shots also blur decently well. Overall, the selfie camera has a lower Megapixel sensor from the Redmi Note 6 Pro 20 MP but the performance is slightly better. Overall the cameras are decent for the price range of 10k. If you are looking for a camera, then you should go for Redmi Note 7 Pro which comes with 48 MP Sony IMX568 sensor.

From the software perspective, the phone runs on MIUI 10 which is based on the Android Pie and brings in a lot of useful software features but the MIUI bloatware somewhat kills the fun. Depending on how used to you are to the MI apps and bloatware, you may feel comfortable with the software.

The battery has a capacity of 4000 mAh which easily lasts for more than a day in medium usage and at least a day with heavy usage. Though the battery capacity remains the same, the phone weight has gone a little up to 186 grams. On the other hand, Redmi has also taken the fight to next level by introducing a Type C port for charging which the industry experts have been waiting for a long time. The phone supports fast charging but the bundled charger is a 10 W charger so you will have to buy a fast charger to use the quick charge support

Redmi has kept the 3.5 mm headphone jack alive, there is also an IR blaster available to use your phone as a remote for home appliances. There is a notification LED available at the bottom. There is no IP rating as such but Redmi claims that the phone is splash proof but we have not tested it yet. For unlocking, this phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back and also supports face unlocking using the front camera and both the method work super fast and accurate.

Coming to the pricing, Redmi variants look to keep the whole budget segment engaged and happy. The 3GB-32GB variants costs Rs 9,999, 4GB-64GB costs 11,999 . Depending on your usage and budget, you can look to choose any of the above variants.

Overall the smartphone does a great job and we can say excellent given the price range of 10000 to 12000. The looks are gorgeous, the processor and the camera performance sees a decent upside. Introduction of Type C and fast charging are like icing on the cake. 

In comparison to the Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 7 Pro, the major differences are in the processor and the camera performance. The looks, build quality, battery and charging remains the same. Xiaomi is currently fully focused to get the Redmi Note 7 rolling well and with such powerful specifications and features, we are sure Redmi is going to get a good reward from its user base

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2. Samsung M20

M20

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP+5MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 5000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹11990



Brief Review:

Samsung isn't really known for making value for money phones and that's why they have been having a tough time in India. Brands like Redmi, Realme, Motorola, Oppo, and Vivo have flooded the market with plenty of good phones at great prices and Samsung has lost top spot as well. Samsung Galaxy M10 and M20 are here to change that trend and look very impressive smartphones in the budget segment. Let's take a look at what M20 offers.

Both M10 and M20 have a very similar design. The only major change you will see is that M20 has a fingerprint sensor on the back and the display of M20 is a bit larger than M10's display. The phone has a polycarbonate build with a glossy back which looks good but gets smudged easily. The display on the front has a small notch. Samsung calls it an Infinity V display. The front camera is placed inside the notch and the earpiece is above the notch. The bezels all around are thin but the chin is narrow as well which means the screen to body ratio is more than 90%.

The display resolution is Full HD 1080. It is not an AMOLED panel but still, it is a beautiful and sharp display with good colors and viewing angles. Overall, this is nice looking smartphone with a beautiful display under 15000 from Samsung.

The battery inside the phone is massive 5000 mAh and the charger that comes with the phone is a 15W fast charger. The battery backup of the phone is excellent and it will last for around 2 days with medium usage and more with light usage. The fast charger works well and charges the phone fully is less than 2 hours 30 minutes which is excellent considering the battery capacity. The phone weighs 186 grams which is a decent weight and is easy to hold.

The Samsung M10 is powered by Exynos 7904 1.8GHz octa-core chipset. It is not the best you would find in this range but still it is a decent chipset which handles multitasking well. The gaming performance isn't that great though. There are 2 variants of Samsung M20: 3GB RAM 32GB Storage and 4GB RAM 64GB storage. Those who are going to install a lot of apps and play games should go for the 4GB 64GB variant of M20.

The Samsung M20 runs on Samsungs Experience UI which is a skin based on Android 8.1 Oreo. There is a good amount of bloatware. The UI is clean and easy to use though. The performance of M20 on benchmarks is decent as well. It scores a bit above 100000 on Antutu benchmarks. 

On the camera side, we have a surprise from Samsung. The rear camera is a dual setup of 13MP (f/1.9) + 5MP (f/2.2 ultra-wide) which is the same we saw on M10. While most companies just throw in a useless 2MP depth sensor as a secondary camera, Samsung has added an ultra wide angle lens which can be very useful. The primary sensor is also a good one and has an f/1.9 aperture which helps in low light shots. The camera on the front is an 8MP f/2.0 sensor. Both front and rear camera performance are decent for an under 15000 smartphone but not the best. The pictures taken in daylight look nice with good amount of details. The portrait mode pictures also look decent. If you need a phone with a great selfie camera, Realme U1 should be your choice. 

The phone comes with a headphone jack and a triple slot sim tray so you can use 2 VOLTE sims simultaneously with a MicroSD card. Dedicated MicroSD slot is something we love because it gives flexibility to the user to increase storage without compromising with the dual sim functionality of the phone.

Overall, Samsung M20 is an excellent value for money smartphone and one of the best phones under 15000 you can buy. Great design, nice display, excellent battery, good cameras make it a great allrounder phone. If your usage is light, you can go for the 3-32GB variant which is priced a bit above 10000 and heavy users should go for the 4-64GB variant. Other good options in this range include Realme 2 Pro, Redmi Note 6 Pro, and Moto One Power

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3. Asus Zenfone Max M2

Zenfone Max M2

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 2048 GB
  • 6.25 inch HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: Dual 13MP + 2MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹10499



Brief Review:

Asus Zenfone Max M2 is an economical variant of the Max M2 Pro which comes with a less powerful processor and an HD+ Plus display compared to Full HD+ on the M2 Pro with other things remaining more or less the same.

This Max M2 comes with a notch type 6.26 HD+ display which has good brightness and sharpness level. The notch size on this phone is slightly bigger than compared to the M2 Pro. Also, there is no Gorilla glass on this phone which is expected in the price point so you need to be extra cautious that you do not drop it. On the build quality side, the phone looks solid and the back of the phone is metallic which feels sturdy in hand.

On the processor side, this Max M2 comes with a relatively new Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 which was seen on the only phone, Honor 8C. The Antutu benchmark scores come around 1,05,000 which is equivalent to the Samsung M20 phone and is a good score for sub 10k phone. The performance gets support from 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory. It supports a dedicated SD card slot to expand the memory up to 2 TB which is a very much needed feature as the phone is now increasingly used for clicking/storing photos videos and other data. There is also a 3 GB 32 GB variant available for a price on under 10k.

In our camera review, we found this phone clicks good pictures which given the price point are best. In terms of specifications, the sensors are similar to the Pro version. On the rear camera, there is a 13MP primary sensor and a 2 MP dedicated depth sensor and an 8 MP sensor for front camera selfies. The photos capture a lot of details with very apt quality, sharpness and color reproduction. However, the low light camera clicks and video struggled with noise and in capturing all the details. The camera app also takes a bit of time while focussing on the objects.

The portrait shots also produce attractive images with proper edge detection/bokeh effect most of the time unless there is a complex object in the background. The video recording is available in 4K (Ultra HD) resolution but stabilization is not available in 4K. You can enable stabilization for video recording under the 1080p resolution.

Coming to the gaming performance, the new Snapdragon 632 fares well is most of the scenario. The low to medium end games work perfectly fine without any issues however the high-end games do suffer some lag because of the processor performance, especially in games like PUBG which require you to focus on enemies takes some time delay compared to phones with the high-end processor.  Overall, the gaming performance is good in day to day life with very minor heating observed during our review. The full-screen games mask the notch completely with no option to enable it for now. Asus might change this with a software update in the future.

This Max M2 like the Max M2 Pro and Max M1 Pro comes with stock android with minimum bloatware apps like Facebook, Instagram etc which you might anyways need. The phone has been launched with Android Oreo and is supposed to get the Android Pie update. The phone supports dual VoLTE so if your network provider has VoLTE in your area, then you can use it on both the sim.  There are fingerprint and face unlocking mechanism available and both are fast and accurate and much improved from the previous Asus phones. There is no IP rating on this phone so keep it safe from water and dust and they can damage the phone.

For the battery backup, Asus has provided a 4000 mAh battery which gives a backup of around 1 complete day with heavy usage and around 1.5 days for medium to low usage. There is a 10W charger bundled in the box which takes around 120 minutes for complete charging and the phone does not support fast charging. Despite a big battery, the phone only weighs 160gm and feels light in hand. In terms of accessories, there is a TPU case bundled in the box but no earphones.

If you are looking for a complete phone and have a budget of around 10000, then you can look to choose this phone as it offers a solid quality, decent processor and a good battery backup. You can also read about the Samsung M10 if you do not need a powerful processor but a phone with good looks. Honor 8C also offer similar specification and comes in a similar price range.

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4. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

Zenfone Max Pro M2

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 2048 GB
  • 6.26 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 13MP
  • 5000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Blue, Titanium Colors

Best Price ₹11999



Brief Review:

Asus has been doing fine in the smartphone industry with its trump card of providing the best battery backup among the mid-range phone with a powerful processor and decent pricing. This Max Pro M2 is a successor of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and comes with some major improvements in the similar launch price. To make the space for Max Pro M2, the Max Pro M1 has seen a price cut now and you can check it here. M1 has seen a lot of software updates for improvements in camera, security etc.

Asus Max Pro M2 comes with a solid build quality and a 6.26-inch big screen with Full HD Plus resolution. The notch type display has good viewing angles and color reproduction. It comes with the latest Gorilla Glass 6 and the screen remained intact with minor scratches when we dropped it a couple of times. The notch is small and the phone looks decent.

The Pro M2 is powered by a very powerful Snapdragon 660 which comes with Adreno 512 GPU. It can easily handle all your multitasking and high-end gaming. On the Antutu charts, the Zenfone Max Pro M2 scores around 1,43,000 and easily beats the Redmi Note 6 Pro, Realme 2 Pro and the Samsung M20 which are seen as its competitors in the under 15000 budget segment. 

The Snapdragon 660 is clocked at 90% of the maximum efficiency in M2 Pro but still beats the competitors by a margin. To support a powerful processor, it comes with a 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which can be extended by up to 2 TB using a dedicated SD card slot. So if you are looking to use a lot of apps in parallel or use heavy applications, then you will not be disappointed with this phone.

The camera has also seen a huge improvement. The selfie camera on the Max Pro M1 was a disappointment, though Asus improved a lot of prospects through software upgrades. Let us now check the review of camera on Max Pro M2. The rear camera has a dual setup with 12 MP Sony IMX486 and 5 MP depth sensor and a LED flash to assist photos in the low light. The camera images are sharp with decent color reproduction. The rear camera supports EIS and 4K (Ultra HD) video recording. For portrait shots, the edge detection, blurring effect and sharpness are accurate and the camera does a good job overall and is a big improvement over the Pro M1. The front camera has a 13MP sensor with LED flash and here also the images are good. In low light, there is some noise which could be observed. Overall, for the pricing of under 15k, the camera setup is good.

On the software side, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 was launched with Android Oreo but they have started pushing the Android 9.0 (Pie) now. The operating system is stock android and there is very little bloatware so the usage experience would be good and clutter free. For the connectivity, this phone supports Dual VoLTE so you can call using VoLTE on both the sim if your network supports it.

With a powerful processor and good RAM management, the gaming experience is also flawless. Games like Asphalt, PUBG work fine without any lag and you will enjoy playing them. We observed very minor heating were playing PUBG continuously. 

Coming to the most attracting aspect of this phone, the battery backup. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 comes with a 5000 mAh battery which gives a screen on time (SOT) of around 8 hours and complete backup of 1.5 days with low to medium usage. With heavy usage, you can still expect 1 day of battery life. The phone though does not have a Type C port for charging and no fast charging support is available. Also, there is no IP rating so keep the phone protected from dust and water.

For the security purpose, the phone supports fingerprint sensor and face unlocking. Both the unlocking mechanisms are accurate and very much improved functionality over the Pro M1. There is a multicolor LED notification inside the notch to give a different color output based on the type of notification.

Overall, with Powerful processor and performance, improved camera, stock android, and huge battery backup, this phone sits perfectly for one of the best phones under 15000. It receives stiff competition from Redmi Note 6 Pro and Realme 2 Pro and now the Samsung M20 but has its own features to separate it from the crowd.

 

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5. Honor 8C

8C

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.2 inch HD Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 13MP+2MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹12999



Brief Review:

Honor 8C is the successor of Honor 7C which arrived just 6 months before 7C. The 8C is priced above 7C and comes with some nice improvements. The display on the Honor 8C is a 6.2 inch IPS LCD panel with HD+ resolution. It has a notch on top and the aspect ratio is 19:9. The lower resolution means things don't look sharp and the brightness isn't great as well. The display is average at best. 

The phone has a glossy back with a black and blue gradient which looks nice and different. The design overall is just good and nothing exciting. We would have loved to see a back similar to Honor 8X. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the back and it is very quick and accurate. There is face unlock available as well. Face unlock is also very quick is there is a good amount of light. In low light conditions, the phone increases the display brightness to light up the face. 

The dual camera on the back is placed vertically. The dual setup is 13MP+2MP where 2MP is the depth sensor that Honor is using since last 2-3 years. The 13MP camera is good though, it has an f/1.8 aperture which helps a bit in low light photography. The front camera is an 8MP shooter and takes decent pictures in daylight conditions and average pictures in low light. The video recording is average as well because there is no stabilization and videos come out shaky. 

The battery inside Honor 8C has a capacity of 4000 mAh. Honor has managed to pack a big battery and keep the phone slim and lightweight. The charger inside the box is the usual 5V 2Amp 10W charger. The battery backup of Honor 8C is excellent and it will easily last for 2 days with low usage and 1.5 days with heavy usage. The charger charges the phone in around 2.5 hours. 

The Honor 8C is powered by the latest Snapdragon 632 Octa Core processor. There is 4GB of RAM and 32 to 64GB of storage. The storage can be increased via the dedicated MicroSD slot. The Snapdragon 632 processor with 4GB of RAM handles multitasking well. There were occasional frame drops in games like Asphalt though. 

Honor 8C runs on EMUI skin based on Android Oreo 8.1. It is bloated and has a lot of preinstalled applications. It does have some useful features like dual apps. So if you are coming from a Stock Android phone, you might hate it for the UI or you might love it for the additional features. 

Overall, Honor 8C is a mixed bag. The battery backup is great, there is a dedicated MicroSD slot and the multitasking is decent. Negatives include an HD display, bloatware and average camera performance in low light. It is a decent phone overall but not the best at all. Go for Realme 2 Pro, Redmi Note 6 Pro, Samsung M20 which provides better value for money. If you like Honor then increase your budget by 2000 and go for Honor 8X which is a much better option than 8C.

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6. Realme U1 32GB

U1 32GB

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP+2MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 25MP
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹10999



Brief Review:

Realme U1 is a selfie-centric smartphone and is priced in the 10000 to 15000 price segment. The phone is made of polycarbonate and feels light. The back looks like glass but it is not. It does have a reflective design which looks really nice. Blue is our favorite color here. The phone feels nice in hand. The bezels are small so even with 6.3-inch display size, the phone is not too big. It comes with a clear silicon case in the box which is useful if you tend to drop the phone.

The display on the front is a 6.3 inch LCD panel with a screen to body ratio of over 90%. The bezels are really thin and the notch is waterdrop notch which only takes a fraction of space compared to usual rectangular notches that we have seen till now. The resolution of the display is Full HD Plus. It is a good panel with accurate colors and good viewing angles. Visibility under direct sunlight isn't great though. 

For audio, there is a speaker on the bottom and it sounds nice and is loud as well. It is impressive. The headphone jack is also at the bottom with the MicroUSB charging port. The sound via the headphone jack is average and nothing special. The sim tray has 3 slots so you can put 2 sim cards and 1 MicroSD card at the same time. Realme U1 comes in 2 variants: 3GB 32GB and 4GB 64GB, if you are going with the base variant, you can slide in a MicroSD card anytime to increase the storage. 

The Realme U1 comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back and there is face unlock available as well. Both of these methods are quick to unlock the phone, the fingerprint sensor is more secure though. 

Realme U1 is powered by the MediaTek P70 chipset which is very similar to the P60 and has a bit higher clock speeds. The performance boost isn't great though. P60 was a good performer and so is P70, it is powerful enough to handle most games and apps without any lags. On benchmarks, it beats chips like Snapdragon 660 and scores around 150000 on Antutu benchmarks. You won't notice any throttling or overheating even while playing heavy games.

The battery on the U1 is 3500 mAh which is same as Realme 2 Pro battery. The battery backup is decent. With medium usage, it will last for a day. With low usage, you might get it running for around 1.5 days. The phone comes with 5V 2A charger and charges the phone fully in around 2 hours. In 30 minutes, you can get the phone from 0% to 30%.

The Realme U1 runs on ColorOS which is a heavily customized skin based on Android 8.1. There is plenty of useful feature and plenty of useless apps as well. If you have used Oppo, Vivo, Redmi phones before, you won't mind the interface. If you are coming from stock Android, there will be a learning curve. 

Now let's talk about the camera, which is the USP of this device. The rear camera is 13MP+2MP setup which is same as Realme 2. There's is nothing special here. The 13MP is a color sensor and 2MP is a depth sensor. It takes decent photos in outdoor good lighting conditions and is average indoor. The front camera is a 25MP sensor which takes excellent pictures. The front camera performs really well, the colors look good, dynamic range is decent and selfies look great overall. It does beautify your face a bit but that's what most customers want and are using so we can't complain. Video recording is limited to 1080p at 30FPS. The videos look good with plenty of details, good colors and audio recording is decent as well.

Overall, Realme U1 is a well-balanced device and is a great phone for selfie lovers. The design is nice, processor is powerful, rear camera is average but front camera is great and battery backup is decent as well. We think it offers good value for money and will be one of the bestsellers in the under 15000 segment in India.

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7. Realme 2 Pro

2 Pro

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black Sea, Blue Ocean, Ice Lake Colors

Best Price ₹10990



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Realme has made a strong market in the under 10k smartphone and is looking to capture the attention of users having a budget of 10k to 20k. With Realme 2 Pro, Realme certainly looks to heat up the competition with an awesome list of specs and a practical smartphone. Here we review the Realme 2 Pro which comes in 3 variants. Let us discuss the specifications and features this Realme 2 Pro offers which will be a Flipkart exclusive smartphone.

Realme 2 Pro comes with a 6.3-inch display having the Full HD Plus resolution with the Full-screen display. The display is perfectly bright and the brightness is well maintained in the outdoor conditions. Watching videos or movies on this smartphone is appealing and provides a good experience. On the front, we have a waterdrop or also known as the teardrop notch which makes the phone look amazing, which results in an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The earpiece is available just above the notch.

Realme has worked well on the designing on the smartphones and this one is no different, however, they have not replicated the diamond cut design which was features on Realme 1 and the Realme 2. So the Realme 2 pro comes with a polycarbonate body and a perfect glass type shiny finish which will be available in three colors Black Sea, Blue Ocean, and Ice Lake. The box also bundles a TPU(Transparent) case for the smartphone protection.

Coming to the performance of this smartphone which would surely invite a jaw drop reaction, the Realme 2 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset and the base variant has a 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of internal storage. The smartphone scores around 1,33,000 on the Antutu Benchmark which clearly explains how powerful this smartphone is. In our usage of this phone as a primary phone, we played games, watched YouTube videos, listened to music and all other day to day usage like calling, messaging etc and we did not face any problem at all. 

We also played heavy games like PUBG for instance and the phone was able to multitask and handle heavy stuff easily. The Realme 2 Pro comes with an inbuilt AI gaming accelerator which helps boosts the performance. Here you also get Dual sim slot and a dedicated SD card slot to expand the storage by 256 GB. 

Finally on the camera side, Realme 2 Pro has left everyone stunned with a powerful dual camera set up at the back that does not disappoint you at all. On the specification side, the dual rear camera comes with a 16 MP f/1.7 aperture (Sony IMX 398) which is the primary sensor and a 2MP sensor which is the depth sensor and a LED flash. The camera clicks perfect images in both and low light conditions and we were really stunned by the beauty it delivers. The front camera is a 16MP sensor which comes with the AI beautify mode and recognizes the personal characteristics to give you the best photo. The rear camera takes excellent pictures and the front camera is not great as of now. We hope Realme fixes it with a software update.

Both the front and the rear camera on Realme 2 Pro can click portrait shot and the edge detection is perfect. The camera app comes with 5 Light mode namely the Film Light, Mono-Tone Light, Natural Light, Rim Light, Bi-Colour Light which captures and transforms the photos. The camera is also powered by AI that can recognize various scenes and modify the images to look based on contrast, colors and best exposures.

The Realme 2 Pro runs on Color OS 5.2 which is a custom skin based on the Android 8.1 and is the same as used on the Oppo branded smartphones. Here the experience is not the best as the UI is not very clean and there are some bloatware apps which is a compromise in this beautiful and perfect smartphone.

On the battery side, we have a 3500 mAh battery to power the smartphone, in our usage, the battery lasts justs above a day with medium type usage. The phone has a micro USB and does not bundle a fast charger. Also, there is no IP rating on this phone, so protect it from dust and water. For the unlocking of this smartphone, you get both fingerprint and face unlocking mechanism and both are accurate and very very fast which unlock the smartphone in the blink of an eye.

The Realme 2 Pro has 3 variants which are priced as mentioned below.

Variant (RAM - Internal Storage) Pricing (in Rs)
4GB - 64 GB 13,999
6GB - 64 GB 15,999
8GB - 128GB 17,999

To us, the pricing on this Realme 2 Pro looks super exciting, especially the limelight is 8 GB version smartphone has been launched under 20000 for the first time. Realme 2 Pro comes with a tagline of Max Power Max Style and it surely very well delivers on the same. Overall, with its brilliant specifications, features, the Realme 2 Pro is a midrange killer and certainly should be your top choice for a smartphone under 15000 to 20000.

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8. 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 ₹9999



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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9. Samsung Galaxy On6

Galaxy On6

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.6 inch HD Plus Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹14100



Brief Review:

Samsung doesn’t really trust in value for money and is quite reliant on Its loyal fanbase across the subcontinent. For people, who just can’t get enough of Samsung, the company has been steady albeit slowly trickling down features from Its star-of-the-arena flagships. So, Samsung has been quietly upgrading Its mid-segment and ‘budget’ arsenal with top of the line, 2018-grade features namely face unlock, minimal bezels and some more minor add-ons.

After some success with the A and the J series of smartphones, Samsung is looking to up Its On lineup with the latest trends and Samsung Galaxy On6 becomes the first smartphone to receive the 2018 treatment. Let’s find out what all Samsung has packed in there to delight the customers. Let us look at point by point review of the Samsung Galaxy On6 features and specifications.

Talking about the design and build quality of Samsung Galaxy On6, iconic Samsung design thrills could be well sensed here with a tall display, slightly rounded-more squarish feel. The smartphone looks great, especially that blue shade but when you hold It you know It that Its built of plastic with no trace of metal or the aluminium frame you’ve come to expect of upper budget range smartphones. That doesn’t take away the fact that the smartphone looks nice and feels solid.

It is fairly slim at 8.2mm and weighs only 154 grams which are nice numbers for a comfortable use. On the front, you’ll find the touted ‘Infinity’ display which is just Samsung teasing you with Its toned version of edge to edge displays, not curved and with some bezels up top and bottom. The design is not exactly surprising for Samsung smartphones. At the back we find a single sensor based camera setup sitting at the centre with a flash and fingerprint sensor and then there is the same silver Samsung branding. So, to sum It up - Samsung Galaxy On6 is not exactly new on the design front and looks like most other Samsung smartphones, the new is the display which now goes to the edges of the smartphone. Its solid but not metal solid and feels good in the hand.

On the display side of the Galaxy On6, it has a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED panel with a 720 x 1480 pixel resolution at an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. That makes up ~294 PPI on pixel density and while the display isn’t really at the top with other smartphones in resolution, Its really nice display credits to Samsung’s AMOLED panel. The contrast levels are great since Its AMOLED, the colours are punchy and brightness is in plenty. It is a great show affair and we think you’ll share this opinion.

Samsung phones have not been the best multitasking machines, even in 2018, when other phones are raking in with the best processors. But still, Samsung has been able to crack its fan base audience very well.  This is where Samsung ‘budget’ and most of Its mid-range devices seem to slack and this time Its no different. Samsung Galaxy On6 is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7870, which is basically composed of eight Cortex A53s clocked at 1.6GHz. On the graphical processing, On6 has got Mali-T830 MP1. Now, this configuration is not really even a close match for other smartphones in the range packing the best of the crop Snapdragon 636.

Don’t get us wrong, the smartphone packs enough to get you done through basic everyday usage- checking emails, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and some casual gaming but as things start to get serious you start seeing frame drops, stutters and lags. To consolidate multi-tasking, there is 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage which is on par with the pricing. So, If you expect serious performance from your smartphone Samsung Galaxy On6 can be a disappointment but for normal, casual usage, Its nothing bad. It scores around 47000 on the Antutu Benchmark which is again not the best but if you are a Samsung love but not a performance freak. Samsung Galaxy On6 would not disappoint you.  It has a dedicated microSD card slot to expand the storage by upto 256 GB which is a good addon point from Samsung.

The camera has been one of the favourites of Samsung and comes with a long-standing reputation. They have some of the best cameras in the range and we are delighted to give a nod to that here as well. Samsung Galaxy On6 has a 13 MP (f/1.9, 28mm) sensor with AF and LED flash. So no dual sensors but that isn’t bad news for the people looking to get background blur as Samsung has equipped the smartphone with software-based bokeh tricks which don’t go well all the time but you can expect them to be almost close to other smartphones in the range with dual sensors.

Coming to image quality, the camera takes great shots with an abundance of detail at daylight, the exposure and the white balance hits on the spot. Though, the Samsung style saturated colours and sharpening can be seen. The camera holds its ground gracefully in low-light conditions as well, the shots are not awesome but impressive for a budget aimed device, which can’t be said for most other smartphones in the range. On the front, there is an 8 MP, a f/1.9 sensor with LED flash, again ready to make your selfies shine even in low-lights and It works really great, so If you want to keep your self-fame strong - On6 is a great choice.

Let’s talk about the software - Samsung’s Experience UI 9.0 can be seen on top of Android 8.0 Oreo. Now, the experience is snappy and responsive but the minimal and uncluttered appeal Samsung gained with this new UI theming is slowly fading away with tons of bloatware and redundant apps. So, If you seek a clean, neat performant software experience Samsung won’t be the apt choice but it does have some nifty additions like the bike mode and others which are really practical.

Samsung Galaxy On6 is powered by a 3000mAh which is a decent performer and can get you through the day on normal usage but If you like to heat things up a charger would be essential to carry around. So the shocker comes as there is no fast charging support or USB-C. There is no IP rating as well which we usually expect from Samsung, so would be wise to keep It distant from water. Except that, there is Samsung Face Unlock which works decently - it is not insanely fast but gets the job done and for all the faster requirements there is the fingerprint scanner at the back.

The smartphone is out there for you to buy on Flipkart. The pricing puts it in the den of budget lions like Asus Zenfone Max M1 and of course Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. The smartphone is available in two colour options- Blue and Black, Blue stands as out as the favourite.

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10. 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



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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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So this was our list of best smartphones under 12000 in India 2019. We hope the list was helpful for our users and you were able to find an Android phone according to your budget and needs. Here's our favorite phone.

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Samsung Galaxy M20 is our top pick here. It has a nice design, a powerful processor and decent cameras. You can get it from Amazon.

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