Best Phones Under Rs. 10,000: Which is the Best Mobile in Under-10000 Segment?

Best Phones Under Rs. 10,000: Which is the Best Mobile in Under-10000 Segment?

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is a worthy successor to the Redmi 3S Prime
  • The Yu Yureka Black is another good mobile under Rs. 10,000
  • The Lenovo K6 Power remains a solid choice as well

Although the news is often dominated by the latest flagship phones because that’s where the most innovation is happening, when it’s time to actually buy a phone, most of us are still looking in the under Rs. 10,000 category. It’s also one of the categories that sees relatively fast turnover in picks, as a lot of mobiles are released in this price range. In the under Rs. 10,000 category, we’ve added a few phones that weren’t there in our last roundup, and there’s a notable exit as well. If you’re looking to buy a mobile under Rs. 10,000, then these are the absolute best options you have right now.

As always, we’ve stuck to phones that we’ve put through our detailed review process, since we can’t vouch for quality of phones based on just their specifications. We’ve also avoided mobiles that are over a year old, as, especially in the sub-Rs. 10,000 price bracket, things tend to change for the better pretty quickly.

Here are our top picks (in no particular order) that all fight it out to be the best phone under Rs. 10,000, along with a few other phones worth checking out.

Best phones under Rs. 10,000

Mobile under Rs. 10,000 Gadgets 360 rating
Xiaomi Redmi 4 8/10
Yu Yureka Black 8/10
Lenovo K6 Power 8/10
Moto G4 7/10
Coolpad Note 3S 7/10

 

1. Xiaomi Redmi 4
Replacing the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, which was one of the strongest picks through much of last year, we now have the Xiaomi Redmi 4, which is also a good pick if your budget is under Rs. 10,000.

Our review rated the 3GB/ 32GB variant of the phone 8 on 10 which is really good for a phone at this price point, and the new phone has really good battery life and a sleek and compact design. The camera is disappointing, but it’s a problem that even the best phones under the Rs. 10,000 price must live with. If you’re looking for a value for money phone, then the Xiaomi Redmi 4 is a solid pick.

Xiaomi Redmi 4

Xiaomi Redmi 4

  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Good build quality
  • Compact body
  • Solid battery performance
  • Excellent value for money
  • Bad
  • Average camera performance
  • Hybrid dual-SIM
  • Limited availability
Also See
  • Motorola Moto C Plus (Starry Black, 16GB, 2GB RAM) – OFFER
    Rs. 6,999
  • Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro (Gold, 16GB) –
    Rs. 7,490
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S (Gold, 16GB)
    Rs. 6,999

2. Yu Yureka Black
Yu had a bit of a slow year last year as it wasn’t prepared for the fast adoption of 4G, but it’s back now and the Yu Yureka Black is a pretty good choice for a good phone under Rs. 10,000. Its display is a little disappointing, but it does well on other fronts, and is a good value for money phone.

The Yu Yureka Black looks good, and has solid battery life and good overall performance, so if you’re looking for a good all-rounder, this phone is a pretty good option in the sub-Rs. 10,000 price bracket.

Yu Yureka Black

Yu Yureka Black

Rs. 8,999
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Looks good
  • Solid battery life
  • Decent overall performance
  • Bad
  • Low-light camera performance could be better
  • Screen quality isn’t quite up to the mark
  • Hybrid dual-SIM slot
BUY AT
  • Yu Yureka Black (Matte Black, 32GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 8,999
  • Yu Yureka Black (Chrome Black, 32GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 8,999

3. Lenovo K6 Power
One of the best phones from the last year at this price point, the Lenovo K6 Power is still a good choice if you’re looking for a phone for less than Rs. 10,000, with performance that’s still good enough, and excellent battery life.

The display and camera are also rated very well, but the baseline has shifted up a little since it launched so although it’s still a good phone, it’s not head and shoulders above the others mentioned here, despite what the numbers might suggest. That being said, it’s still a pretty good pick, and it also recently received an update to Android Nougat, making it more value for money than others which are still using Marshmallow. Plus, it’s a lot easier to get your hands on than some of the others on the list.

Lenovo K6 Power

Lenovo K6 Power

Rs. 9,949
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Good looks and build quality
  • Decent display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Bad
  • No fast charging support
  • Cameras could have been better
  • No dedicated microSD card slot
BUY AT
  • Lenovo K6 Power (Gold, 32GB)
    Rs. 9,949
  • Lenovo K6 Power (Silver, 32GB, 3GB RAM) – 
    Rs. 9,999

4. Moto G4
Available at just under Rs. 10,000, the Moto G4 is another good mobile with a disappointing camera, which is a common complaint at this price. However, it has a good display and decent performance, and it’s also a good looking device.

Battery life and Motorola’s UI are additional selling points, but the lack of a fingerprint sensor has moved from a minor inconvenience to a telling fault over the months since its launch, as most phones under Rs. 10,000 have started to add this feature.

Motorola Moto G4

Motorola Moto G4

Rs. 9,999
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Good screen
  • Decent performance
  • Near-stock Android
  • Good battery life
  • Bad
  • Average camera performance
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Not worth the price
BUY AT
  • Motorola Moto G4 (White, 16GB) – 
    Rs. 9,999

5. Coolpad Note 3S
The Coolpad Note 3S also released near the end of 2016, and it remains a good all-round pick, thanks to its unique looks and good camera (in daylight conditions).

Relatively weak battery life and middling performance keep it from the top of the list, but there’s not so much of a difference either, so if you like the design and the UI, then this phone might also be a good phone for less than Rs. 10,000.

Coolpad Note 3S

Coolpad Note 3S

Rs. 8,990
Buy
  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Unique looks
  • Good photo quality in daylight
  • 3GB of RAM
  • Bad
  • Weak battery life
  • Relatively unwieldy
  • Non-competitive specs
BUY AT
  • Coolpad Note 3S (Gold, 32GB)
    Rs. 8,990
  • Coolpad Note 3S (White, 16GB) – 
    Rs. 9,799

Other picks
These five phones are our top picks fighting it out to be the best phone under Rs. 10,000, but apart from these, there are a few other phones that you can consider. Looking at older phones, the Micromax Canvas 6 Pro is not a bad choice – it comes with a good amount of RAM, but the battery life and camera are a letdown, and the phone also heats up, so it didn’t make the main list.

Two sub-Rs. 10,000 phones we haven’t reviewed yet, but liked during quick impressions are the Lyf F1s, the Moto C Plus, which launched in December, and May respectively. Both phones have good overall specifications, and the Moto C Plus in particular has really great pricing. The Nokia 3 is another decent addition that looks good on paper, but we can’t recommend it because we haven’t reviewed it, yet.

These are our latest picks for phones under Rs. 10,000 – if you think we’ve missed a good pick that others should know about, let us know via the comments.

[“Source-gadgets.ndtv.”]

Handset Makers To Introduce Latest Apps On Low Cost Feature Phones

Handset Makers To Introduce Latest Apps On Low-Cost Feature Phones

As per a report, Handset makers, Itel and Karbonn, are now working to develop apps for low-cost and feature phones as smartphones sales in India have slowed down a bit.

Itel, the leading feature phone brand in Africa, is already No. 2 in the overall mobile market in India in less than a year after entering the country in May. “We’re developing a chat messenger called OnChat, which works like a WhatsApp for feature phones that allow users to send and receive text messages for free, but does not allow transfer of files or pictures,” Kumar said to ET.

Domestic firm Karbonn is also looking forward to focusing on applications for rural use on its 4G VoLTE (voice over LTE) feature phone which is set to be launched by the next quarter.

Samsung is also betting big on its feature phones though the firm is not developing apps on its own. As per Samsung, apps such as Facebook Lite, Samsung Apps, GP Racing, Mortal Kombat and 11 other Java-based games are leading the most downloaded charts.

Truecaller is one of the first companies that developed an app for the feature phone. The app can now also be used on the phone that doesn’t use the internet, it informs users ID via text message before the call lands.

As per IDC data, India’s feature phone market has surprised analysts and the industry by holdings its own despite several predictions of its eventual oblivion. About 137.5 million feature phones are expected to be shipped into India in 2017, making up 53% of the overall market, up from 136.1 million that were shipped in 2016.

Due to the high usage of low-cost phones in the country, the Indian government also launched UPI service for the offline users making transactions easier by using USSD code.

[Source:-news18]

4 New LG X Series Phones Focus on Different Feature Sets

4 New LG X Series Phones Focus on Different Feature Sets

Smartphone makers are doing all they can to come up with the next best thing and until now, each attempt was designed to put more of the best technology in a single device. But there is only so much you can put in a form factor as small as a smartphone.

The new approach by LG takes a step back and deploys devices that specialize in one particular aspect of smartphone technology above all others. The four new LG X phones are part of a series the company launched earlier this year.

Introducing the LG X Series

The first two phones, the X Cam and X Screen focused, as the names suggests, on the camera and screen. This time around the new phones called X Power, X Mach, X Style and X Max also focus on different components.

The new X series phones share many of the base specs of LG’s flagship G and V series handsets, but they add on the specialized features. The information LG made available on these phones is very limited, so we will have to wait until they are released later this month to find out the exact specifications. The price and availability for each device will be announced locally in each market.

The X Power

This phone has one of the largest battery capacities of any smartphone on a slim 7.99mm body with 4,100mAh (Samsung Edge 7 has 3600 mAh and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus has 2915 mAh). So the power is considerably more than the top brands in the segment. Additionally, LG said the company’s fast charging (PE+) technology allows the X Power to be charged twice as fast.

The X Mach

The X Mach is built for speed and performance, with support for LTE Cat. 9 3CA for faster data transfer and a 1.8GHz processor to manage power intensive applications. It also has a QHD IPS Quantum display, a curved form factor and a large 1.55m sensor camera.

The X Style

According to LG, the X Style differentiates itself with curving lines, extra-slim body, and a large display. It is made to consume multimedia content.

The X Max

LG has provided even less information for the X Max than for the other three phones, with the company saying only that it has a “Large display” — but the size of the screen hasn’t been made available either.

The New LG Strategy

LG doesn’t even appear on the list of “Top Five Smartphone Vendors, Shipments, Market Share and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q1 2016 Preliminary Data” by IDC. How will the company’s strategy pan out as most other manufacturers adopt a more-is-better approach for their devices?

The company might find an audience with small businesses that need the specific technologies the X series of phones bring. Still a full set of specs and more importantly a menu of prices must be available before business owners can know if the phones are worthwhile.

Image: LG Electronics

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LG’s Four New Phones, Premium Features at a Medium Price

Very soon, some major smartphone manufacturers are going to release new models of their flagship devices.

LG is getting a jump on them by announcing four new LG phones. And the company is hoping to attract customers with some mid-range price tags on those phones.

The company says that the Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy smartphones will be officially unveiled at the upcoming Mobile World Congress conference. That’s where a few other companies are expected to make a splash with new devices.

LG offers a sneak peak at its new LG phones ahead of MWC. While others go high-end, the company is banking on an audience with a restricted budget.

Juno Cho, LG’s president and CEO, says in a statement on the company’s website:

“For millions of consumers around the world, the deciding factor on which smartphone to buy isn’t how fast or how big it is but how balanced it is. With our new mid-range smartphones, more and more customers will be looking to LG for their next handsets.”

These new LG phones range from the larger 5-inch Magna to a near low-end Joy, and its 4-inch display. In the middle are the 4.7-inch Spirit and a 4.5-inch Leon.

LG has built the Magna and Spirit with its slightly curved design. The displays on the larger devices also feature a 3000 mm radius curve to the display. All four devices will be equipped with Android 5 Lollipop. The Joy could be loaded with Android 4.4 KitKat, too. And all of the phones will be available with either LTE or 3G connectivity.

Each of the new LG phones will feature a removable battery. The battery’s capacity ranges with the size of the smartphone.

LG says the 2,540 mAh battery on the Magna is designed to work all day, even with heavy use. The larger of the devices, the Magna and Spirit, will feature HD displays. And it’s apparent that LG is sacrificing some key specifications to keep its price lower on these offerings.

The Magna, Spirit, and Leon will be stocked with either a 1.2- or 1.3GHZ quad-core processor. But each of the four phones is only stocked with 8GB of internal storage. The cameras on the new LG phones aren’t exactly showstoppers, either.

So, if you’re looking for a smartphone to help your business become more social and share more photos, perhaps the Magna (and maybe the Spirit) is the only option to consider.

Magna will feature an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera And a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The Spirit features the same rear camera but just a 1-megapixel front camera, which is likely to result in less-than-stellar selfies.

Leon also comes with either the 8- or 5-megapixel rear camera. The Joy phone comes only with a 5-megapixel rear camera. Each of those phones only has a VGA front-facing camera.

LG has given no indication on pricing of its new offerings. So, if the price is low enough, it may be easier to look past some of these slightly unremarkable specs.

Image: LG Electronics

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