Sunday, January 31, 2016



Looking for the best phone under 10000 Rs? Believe me, finding it is a real challenging task as there are many good smartphones under 10000 Rs. and this is the most competitive price range. In the recent times, we have seen some high quality, powerful and equally good smartphones from many companies in this range, which has made it even more difficult for the buyers to decide which one is the best. Don’t worry though, I am always here to help you out. I have written the latest list of – 10 Best Android Phones under 10000 Rs for the month of January. Apart from the rankings, I have also mentioned which phone will be suitable for which types of users so, read it and choose the best one for you.

If you want to buy a phone below 7000 Rs. please checkout: 5 Best Android Phones under 7000 Rs (January 2015)

From the last 2 years, every month hundreds of readers of ‘Best Tech Guru’ comment and ask me which phone they should choose from the crowded market. Which has enabled me to better understand the requirements and view-point of the buyers. So with this experience, I have tried to make this list even more helpful for you but, if you still have any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments section at the end. :-)

So, let’s take a look at the Best Phone Under 10000 Rs:

1. Lenovo K3 Note:

It was the game changer phone when it was launched! The 10,000 Rs. segment offered phones with Octa core processor, 2 GB RAM, 5.5 inches screen with decent HD display, 2500 mAh+ batteries and all and these specs were still considered good at this price point. But Lenovo was determined to introduce great technologies at breakthrough prices, it launched the K3 Note which was the first phone to come with FHD display under 10,000 Rs, it certainly raised the bar high but, now it has got many rivals with FHD screen at the same price. Talking about the display, it is awesome with good viewing angles and offers great 401 ppi pixel density! When it comes to performance, the K3 Note runs on 64-bit Octa-core 1.7 GHz Mediatek MT6752 Processor coupled with 2 GB RAM which offers good performance and can handle most tasks smoothly, but it heats up a bit as well. If we talk about the design, the phone has good build quality but a simple design. The phone packs a 13 MP rear and 5 MP front camera and the picture quality of both the cameras is decent but not the best you will get at this price. The phone runs on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop with Lenovo’s customized skin running on top of it. It is good on storage with 16 GB internal and 32 expandable memory options. The K3 Note supports dual-sim and 4G. And when it comes to another important aspect – the battery life, the K3 Note with its 2900 mAh battery offers a good battery life, which is also better than the similarly specced Yureka Plus. Overall, it is a very good phone which offers a complete package but, it is now facing a tough competition from newly launched phones which have even better specs but, the K3 Note still delivers a great user experience and is still the best mobile under 10000 Rs. 
PRICERs 9,999 
OSAndroid OS, v5.0 (Lollipop) | UI - Vibe UI
CPU1.7 GHz 64-bit Octa-core Mediatek MT6752 Processor
SCREEN5.5 inches, IPS capacitive touchscreen
DISPLAY1080 x 1920 pixels, 401 ppi pixel density
SIMDual Sim
CAMERARear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Yes (Dual-LED Flash) | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No
MEMORYInternal Storage 16 GB, microSD expandable upto 32 GB
BATTERYLi-Po 2900 mAh battery
BODYWeight: 150 grams, Thickness: 8 mm
OTHERS3G, 4G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

2. Micromax Yu Yureka Plus:

Earlier the Yu Yureka had completely revolutionized the 10,000 Rs segment and now the company has made it even better by launching the Yureka Plus which comes with a Full HD display. A year earlier you wouldn’t have got the phone with this specs and quality even at 25,000 Rs. So, let’s take a look at the phone. The Yureka Plus has got a very sturdy design. It is powered by a 64-bit Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Processor which is powerful but it heated badly in the Yureka, now with software updates and optimizations this issue is less. It has got 2 GB RAM, which makes the phone capable to handle heavy gaming and multi-tasking smoothly. Earlier the phone was launched with Cyanogen OS but now the company has relaunched it with stock Android. It has got a large 5.5 inches screen which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Full HD screen with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution offers the pixel density of 401 ppi. Another important thing is that it has got good picture quality with the 13 MP rear and 5 MP front cameras. It is good on storage also, it comes with 16 GB internal memory (12.5 GB user accessible) which can be expanded upto 32 GB. With the 2500 mAh Li-Ion battery the phone provides decent battery life. The phone now comes in two colors, moondust grey and alabaster white. Overall, with good specs, great camera, excellent build quality and good gaming experience, it is undoubtedly a great phone to buy under 10,000 Rs. If you want a 5 inches phone the Micromax Canvas Knight 2 can also be a good choice at Rs. 9,999.
PRICERs  11,094 
OSAndroid, v5.1 Lollipop based on Cyanogen 12 OS
CPU1.5 GHz, Octa Core, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) Processor
SCREEN5.5 inches, IPS LCD touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 401 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Yes | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No
STORAGEInternal Storage 16 GB, microsd expandable upto 32 GB
BATTERY2500 mAH, Li-ion Battery
BODYWeight: 154 grams, Thickness: 9 mm
OTHERS4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

3. Coolpad Note 3:

Coolpad Note 3, the latest offering from Coolpad is one of the ‘must consider’ phone if you are buying one under 10,000 Rs. Starting with the design, it has got really slim bezels around the screen and a pretty simple design with plastic body but, it has got an Aluminium frame inside which gives it a good stability. The USP of the phone is the fingerprint sensor included on the back, which makes it one of the cheapest phone with fingerprint scanner in India. You can use the fingerprint scanner to quickly unlock the device, you can also protect the installed apps on the phone with the help of built-in app “FP lock” and can use the fingerprint scanner to unlock them. It comes with 5.5 inches HD (1280 x 720 pixels) display, the display quality is decent. The phone runs on 1.3 GHz 64-bit Mediatek MT6753 Octa-core Processor coupled with 3 GB RAM, which is the highest RAM you can get in a phone under 10000 Rs. The performance of the phone is excellent. The Coolpad Note 3 features a 13 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, 5 element lens and LED flash. It has got a 5 MP front facing camera. The picture quality of the phone’s camera is good. It runs on Android v5.1 Lollipop with company’s COOLUI 6.0 skin running on top. It is a dual sim smartphone supporting 4G on both the sims. It has got 16 GB internal storage which is expandable upto 64 GB. The phone is backed by 3000 mAh non removable battery. Overall, the Coolpad Note 3 with its 3 GB RAM delivers good performance and has got other decent features as well but, it is the fingerprint sensor which makes it different from other phones. So a straight question, how much difference does the fingerprint sensor makes? Answer is – ‘a lot’, if you really consider the advantages of fingerprint sensor, it makes your smartphone experience richer and faster. So, if you want the fingerprint sensor go with it without any doubts otherwise go with the ones listed above.
PRICERs. 8,999
OSAndroid v5.1 Lollipop | UI - COOLUI 6.0
CPU1.3 GHz 64-bit Mediatek MT6753 Octa-core Processor
SCREEN5.5 inches, TFT IPS capacitive touchscreen
DISPLAY1280 x 720 pixels, 267 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Yes | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No
SIMDual SIM (4G+4G)
STORAGEInternal: 16 GB, Expandable: upto 64 GB via microSD
BATTERY3000 mAh lithium-ion battery
BODYWeight: 168 grams, Thickness: 9.3 mm
OTHERSFingerprint Scanner, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

4. XOLO Black 1X:

XOLO has recently added a new phone ‘Black 1X’ in its flagship BLACK series. The phone is heavily loaded with features and comes with one of the best specs under 10000 Rs. When you take the first look at this beautiful phone, you will find it different from other phones. It has got metallic sides, leather finish on top and bottom and glass on the back, the build quality is very good and the phone feels premium. It weighs just 125 grams and has thickness of 7.6mm. It has got a 5 inches Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) display with great 441 ppi pixel density, the screen is protected with Dragontrail Glass and the display quality is very good. The phone is powered by 1.3 GHz Mediatek MT6753 Octa-core Processor coupled with 3 GB RAM and delivers very good performance. The XOLO Black 1X features a 13 MP rear camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus and takes just 0.15 seconds to focus. It comes with 5 MP front camera and also includes LED flash for both front and back cameras. The image quality of both the cameras is decent. The Black 1X runs on Android v5.1 Lollipop with XOLO’s HIVE Atlas UI running on top, the HIVE UI is good. It is Dual sim smartphone and supports 4G. It comes with 32 GB internal storage which is expandable upto 128 GB via microSD but, uses sim 2 slot so at a time you can either use second sim or the memory card. The phone also supports USB OTG. The phone is backed by a 2400 mAh Li-Polymer battery. Overall, it is very powerful phone with good design and all-round features and can be a very good buying choice at this price.

PRICERs. 9,999 
OSAndroid v5.1 Lollipop | UI - HIVE Atlas UI
CPU1.3 GHz 64-bit Mediatek MT6753 Octa-core Processor
SCREEN5 inches, IPS Full Lamination capacitive touchscreen, protected with Dragontrail Glass
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 441 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Yes | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: Yes
STORAGEInternal: 32 GB, Expandable: upto 128 GB via microSD, uses Sim 2 slot
BATTERY2400 mAh Li-Polymer battery
BODYWeight: 125 grams, Thickness: 7.6 mm
OTHERS4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

5. Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL:

Asus is on the roll in India. It has already got good taste of success with its Zenfone 2 line-up and to ride high on it, it has launched many new Zenfone 2 variants, starting right from 10,000 Rs. And we have got the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL at this price range. The phone comes with lots of interesting features but the most important of them is present in its name “Laser”, the 13 MP rear camera of the phone comes with laser auto-focus with focus speed as fast as 0.3 seconds, it also improves the image quality. The rear camera also comes with Super HDR, f/2.0 aperture, 5-element lens, zero shutter lag and low light mode. Overall, the rear camera has best picture quality. The phone also has a 85 degree wide-angle 5 MP front camera. It has a 5.5 inches of HD display with 267 ppi pixel density. The screen is protected with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Asus has paid quite a lot of attention on the design of the phone, the phone looks beautiful with its brushed metallic finish. The phone comes with a great 72% screen-to-body ratio and slim bezels. The volume buttons are placed at the back while the power key is placed on the top. If we talk about the performance, the phone is powered by 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad Core Processor coupled with 2 GB RAM, which delivers a decent performance, it’s not the best at this price but it is good, the phone runs smooth and lag-free. It runs on Asus’s own ZenUI based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. It is a dual sim smartphone and supports 4G (LTE) on both the sim. It has got 16 GB internal storage which is expandable upto 32 GB. The 3000 mAh battery gives it a very good battery life, probably it is one of the phones with best battery life under 10000 Rs. Asus has also launched many good accessories for the phone, you can check them here. Overall, it is a great stylish phone with great camera, decent performance and good battery life which makes it a very good package and a great buying choice if you are not after Full HD screen or high performance. The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE500KL is also available in 5 inches screen size, choose it if you want a more comfortable phone, the older Asus Zenfone 5 is also available at this price.
PRICERs 9,999
OSAndroid v5.0 (Lollipop) | UI - ZenUI
CPU1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 Quad Core Processor
SCREEN5.5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
DISPLAY1280 x 720 pixels, 267 ppi pixel density
SIMDual Sim, LTE + LTE
CAMERARear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Yes (dual-LED flash) | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No
MEMORYInternal Storage 16 GB, microSD Expandable upto 128 GB
BATTERYLi-Ion 3000 mAh battery
BODYWeight: 170 grams, Thickness: 10.8 mm
OTHERSLaser Autofocus Camera, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS,