Best Android Phones in India under INR 10,000

Life without a smartphone is fast becoming inconceivable. And with increasing demand, there has been a flood of supply, making it a tough task to choose the right one. The good news, however, is that prices have been dropping with increasing competition. So, now you no longer need to rob a bank to own a high performance smartphone. The most popular today are the Android-based smartphones, which offer a plethora of open source apps. Shopping for them has become easier too, with online stores offering everything, from the cheapest mobile to the most expensive tablet. Take a look at our pick of the top 5 Android phones within Rs. 10,000.

Top Android Phones for 10k or Less

  • Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2: Samsung has definitely come a long way to become among the most popular smartphone brands. The Galaxy S Duos is our top pick for Android phones within 10k due to its great user experience. With a powerful 1.2 GHz dual core processor and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, it is definitely worth its price. TO add to this, you get a 5 MP primary camera as well as a secondary camera, so get set to take great selfies when you aren’t video calling! This phone also gives you HD video capabilities at 720p.

  • Sony Xperia E: Sony has proven that it deserves to be among the top three smartphones in the market today. So, if you are a Sony fan, the good news is that now you can get a good smartphone from this brand below Rs. 10,000. The reasons the Sony Xperia E is at second position for us include its 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 4.1 OS and 512 MB RAM. You even get a TFT capacitative touchscreen! Great value for money.

  • Micromax Canvas Power A96: Micromax has achieved a strong foothold in the Indian market with its lineup of great budget smartphones. The most recent addition to this stable is the Micromax Canvas Power, which boasts excellent battery life of 450 hours of standby. This phone has a powerful 1.3 GHz Mediatek quad core processor, with 512 MB RAM and the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. You even get a secondary front camera with this phone.
  • HTC Wildfire S: The most recent addition to HTC’s Android-based smartphone range, the Wildfire S runs on the Android v2.3 Gingerbread OS, similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Ace. It comes with a 600 MHz ARM11 processor and 512 MB RAM. The best part about this phone is that its memory can be expanded to 32 GB, at par with the likes of Samsung and Sony. However, HTC Wildfire S does not offer a secondary camera.
  • Xolo Q800 X-Edition: This is another great option is you are looking for a budget Android phone. It has a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, 1 GB RAM, and a secondary camera that beats some of the more expensive phones as well at 1 MP. It runs on the Android v4.2.1 Jelly Bean OS and has a huge 4.5 inch IPS LCD capacitative touchscreen. This phone also offers the ability to expand the memory to up to 32 GB. In addition, just like the Samsung Galaxy S Duos series, the Xolo Q800 X-Edition gives you dual SIM capabilities.

  • Now that you’ve seen our pick of the top 5 Android smartphones within Rs. 10,000, take a look at the comparison of specifications for a more informed buying decision:

    Specs

    Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2

    Sony Xperia E

    Micromax Canvas Power A96

    HTC Wildfire S

    Xolo Q800 X-Edition

    OS

    Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

    Android v4.1 Jelly Bean

    Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

    Android v2.3 Gingerbread

    Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 OS

    Processor

    1.2 GHz dual core

    1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon

    1.3 GHz Quad Core

    600 MHz ARM11

    Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7

    RAM

    768 MB

    512 MB

    512 MB

    512 MB

    1 GB

    Memory

    4 GB, microSD up to 64 GB

    4GB, microSD up to 32 GB

    4GB, microSD up to 32 GB

    0.51 GB microSD up to 32 GB

    4 GB, microSD up to 32 GB

    Screen Size

    4 inches

    3.5 inches

    5 inches

    3.2 Inches

    4.5 inches

    Display

    Capacitive touchscreen

    TFT Capacitive Touchscreen

    TFT

    HVGA

    IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen

    Camera

    5 MP primary, VGA secondary

    3.2 MP primary

    5 MP primary, 0.3 MP secondary

    5 MP primary

    8 MP primary, 1 MP secondary

    Battery

    1500 mAh

    1530 mAh

    4000mAh

    Li-Ion, 1230 mAh

    2100 mAh

    SIM

    Dual SIM

    Single SIM

    Dual SIM

    Single SIM

    Dual SIM

    Price (Rs)

    8,600

    9,990

    8,999

    8,200

    9,300

    By Daniel Clark

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