“Taking a look at the best smartphones under Rs 12,000”

Times have changed and technology is more accessible and cheaper than ever before. As a result, smartphones which would otherwise have costed upwards of Rs 30K a few years ago can now be picked up for less than Rs 10,000. Although most smartphones below the Rs 10K mark offer immense value for money, slightly extending your budget could get you a feature-packed smartphone which can put several flagship devices to shame. Seeing how there are plenty of options to go around, we have shortlisted the best of the best and these are our top picks for smartphones priced under Rs 12,000.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

The fact that almost every budget smartphone buying guide has at least one device from Xiaomi in it is testament to the company’s high standards for VFM devices. Similar to most premium smartphones, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes wrapped in a unibody metal design and features a fingerprint sensor on the back as well. The smartphone boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor to power its internals and makes use of 3GB of RAM for multitasking. For media consumption, users will be utilising a 5.5-inch full HD display which reproduces colours nicely and has good viewing angles too, along with a pair of 13MP and 5MP camera sensors which have been provided to capture stills and selfies. On the battery front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 thwarts most of the high-end smartphones in the market with its 4,100mAh battery and the device runs Android Marshmallow out of the box. The Redmi Note 4 with 3GB RAM retails for Rs 10,999, but there is a 4GB RAM model of the smartphone available if you are willing to spend Rs 2,000 more.

Related Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review

Coolpad Note 5

The Coolpad Note 5 is another smartphone from the Chinese stable to make this list. The company first shot to fame with the Coolpad Note 3, which was the cheapest smartphone at the time to come equipped with a fingerprint sensor and 3GB of RAM. Following the footsteps of its predecessors, the Note 5 also offers excellent value for money and comes sporting a 5.5-inch full HD display. The device gets its grunt from a Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor which works in tandem with 4GB of RAM. In the camera department, the Coolpad Note 5 comes with a pair of 13MP and 8MP sensors on the back and the front, each with their respective LED flash units making the Note 5 a great device for selfie enthusiasts. Running Android Marshmallow with a custom layer of

Cool UI v8.0, the smartphone is fuelled by a beefy 4,010mAh battery.

Related Read: Coolpad Note 5 first impressions

Moto G (4th Gen)

If you can’t come to terms with the bloated custom UI offered by Chinese smartphones, then the Moto G4 is your best bet under Rs 12,000 to come with a near-stock UI. The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by a Snapdragon 617 processor. Aided by 3GB of RAM, the smartphone runs smoothly and is able to run most of the games and apps on the Play Store without a hitch. A pair of 13MP and 5MP camera sensors are tasked with handling a user’s photography needs with the smartphone being fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery. On the software front, the Moto G4 comes with Android Marshmallow out of the box, but can be upgraded to the latest Android Nougat too. Perhaps the only drawback of the Moto G4 is that it lacks a fingerprint sensor. Users hard pressed for that feature can either take a look at the slightly more expensive Moto G4 Plus, or some other smartphones from this list.

Related Read: Moto G4 review

Lenovo K6 Power

As its suffix suggests, the K6 Power from Lenovo targets power-hungry users who want their smartphones to last an entire day of usage on a single charge. With its 4,000mAh battery, the K6 Power is definitely capable of doing so, but the smartphone does come with a few more tricks up its sleeve. The K6 Power comes wrapped in a metallic shell and sports a 5-inch full HD display which gives the smartphone a compact form factor. Internally, the smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 430 SoC along with 3GB of RAM which should suffice for daily tasks such as browsing the web and some casual gaming too.

The rear camera on the K6 Power uses a 13-megapixel Sony sensor below which, rests a fingerprint sensor with an 8MP front facing sensor tasked for clicking selfies. For software, users will find the Lenovo K6 Power running on a near-stock version of Android Marshmallow.

Related Read: Lenovo K6 Power first impressions

ZTE Blade A2 Plus

Smartphone brands like Xiaomi, OnePlus and ASUS have established themselves in various segments making it difficult for other brands to showcase what they have on offer. ZTE’s battery behemoth, the Blade A2 Plus smartphone shouldn’t be discounted though. While the device is not as popular as the Redmi Note 4, it still packs great specs for its asking price of Rs 11,999. The phone is fairly well-crafted and boasts a unibody metal design. Underneath the hood, users will find an octa-core MediaTek processor which works in tandem with 4GB of RAM. In the photography department, the smartphone ships with

a pair of 13MP and 8MP sensors on the back and the front respectively. As for battery, users will find a massive 5,000mAh unit backing the Blade A2 Plus which should last even the most avid users at least a full day off a single charge. On software side of things, the ZTE Blade A2 Plus boots Android Marshmallow.

Related Read: ZTE Blade A2 Plus first impressions

Worthy Mentions

Those who can extend their budget a bit should definitely check out the Honor 6X smartphone. The base variant of the dual-camera toting budget phablet retails for Rs 12,999 which comes with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and an octa-core Kirin 655 processor.

If you are looking for a cheaper alternative which doesn’t skimp on specs, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime offers great value for money with its metallic design, Snapdragon 430 processor and 4,100mAh battery. The handset also ships with a fingerprint sensor on the back.