Top 10 Smartphones Under Rs 8,000 (September): Realme 3i, Infinix S4, Redmi 7, Max Pro M1, Realme C2, Galaxy M10, Max M2, Smart 3 Plus
The budget segment continues to get more challenging with some new really good-specced smartphones. The budget market is spoilt for choices, and there are some of the best smartphones in the sub-8,000 segment, growing aggressively. Once led by Xiaomi only, it’s a mixed game for all now.
Realme, Infinix, Asus and Samsung are thriving hard to take a share of the much-competitive budget space.
Realme recently added a new budget smartphone, Realme 3i, a toned down Realme 3 at under 8,000 rupees.
From top processors to multiple cameras to big batteries, these smartphones at under 8,000 rupees are making a big statement in the market. The top smartphones include Redmi 7, Realme C2, Infinix S4, Asus Max Pro M1, Samsung M10, Infinix Smart 3 Plus and more.
We have listed only the best smartphones you can buy under Rs 8,000 in India evaluating their overall performance, user experience, camera execution, battery and value for the price you pay.
Coming to our first device, it’s the just-launched Realme 3i. Realme launched a new smartphone at under 8,000 rupees with features very similar to the existing Realme 3. With a plastic body on the out, Realme 3i sports a 6.22-inch HD+ display in an 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It’s a large edge-to-edge display with minimal bezels and a thin chin. It does offer some great performance on a budget, with some additional gaming features and capabilities to enhance the overall experience.
Under the hood, Realme 3i is powered by MediaTek Helio P60 SoC with upto 4GB RAM and 64GB storage supporting additional storage via an external memory card. It’s the P70 flagship chip predecessor by MediaTek.
Realme 3i packs in a rear dual camera system comprising of a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor running on ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9 Pie, backed by a massive 4,230mAh battery. Realme 3i will be available via Flipkart starting at Rs 7,999 for the base model with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.
A good budget triple camera smartphone, Infinix is one of the few smartphones to come with some good cameras at an affordable pricing. Starting with the USP of the smartphone, it packs in a triple-camera system featuring a 13-megapixel main camera, 2-megapixel depth camera and finally an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera with 120-degree field of view. They capture decent shots with good details in well-lit conditions.
Infinix S4 comes with a 6.21-inch dewdrop notched HD+ display in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone is powered by MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, an octa-core processor based on a 12nm process.
Upfront, the notch packs isln a 32-megapixel 1/2.8″ sensor supporting different AI Beauty and AI Portrait features. At under Rs 8,000, the base model of Infinix S4 comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage. The smartphone runs XOS 5.0 OS based on Android 9 Pie, backed by a large 4,000mAh battery, capable of running for more than a day on a single charge.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
The Asus bestseller from last year continues to be a top budget smartphone even in 2019. The set of specs and current pricing makes it a very suitable option under 8,000 rupees. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 starts at Rs 7,999 for the base model with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The top model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is currently available at Rs 9,999.
For the price, Max Pro M1 comes with a 5.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 widescreen running on the much-dependable Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC with a dual camera system at the back.
At the back, it includes a 13MP primary sensor coupled with a 5MP depth sensor. Up front, Max Pro M1 sports a 8-megapixel camera running on Android 8.1 Oreo OS backed by a massive 5,000mAh battery, capable of going close to two days on a single charge.
Samsung Galaxy M10
Galaxy M10 is currently available at under 8,000 rupees. The budget smartphone continues to shine under Samsung’s new M series. The first Galaxy M series smartphone has been a huge hit in India. Galaxy M10 comes with a 6.22-inch HD+ display with an Infinity V notch design running on the company’s own Exynos 7870 SoC under the hood.
At the back, the smartphone comes with a dual camera setup. The system features a 13-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel camera. Up front, Galaxy M10 features a 5-megapixel selfie sensor.
Galaxy M10 is powered by a 3,400mAh battery and it is available in two color variants. You can buy the 2GB RAM variant with 16GB storage for Rs 7,990, while the 3GB RAM model with 32GB storage is available at a thousand extra, priced at Rs 8,990. Galaxy M10 is available exclusively via Amazon India.
The newly launched seventh generation Redmi 7 takes the next spot. The new Redmi budget superhouse packs in a refreshing gradient design sporting a 6.26-inch HD+ only display on styled with a dot notch, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. Under the hood, Redmi 7 runs on the 14nm Snapdragon 632 octa-core SoC with 2GB or 3GB RAM. The smartphone is available via Amazon India and Mi.com.
There are two Redmi 7 storage variants available in India: the base version with 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and a top model with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage.
Redmi 7 comes with the same 12MP primary snapper with 2MP secondary depth sensor rear camera combination as Redmi Y3. Up front, Redmi 7 has an 8MP selfie shooter. Just like Redmi Y3, Redmi 7 will run on MIUI 10 skin based on Android 9 Pie with a triple SIM slot (2+1) housing a 4,000mAh battery unit starting at Rs 7,999.
Asus Zenfone Max M2
The toned down Pro version of Max M2 offers a great dual camera system on a budget. Asus Zenfone Max M2 runs on an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor. Max M2 features a 6.26-inch HD+ display on top with a notch in an 19:9 aspect ratio. Available at under 8,000 rupees, Max M2 makes a solid buy at this price. Starting with the optics, Asus Zenfone Max M2 comes with a rear dual camera system.
The dual camera setup comprises of a 13MP shooter with f/1.8 aperture and secondary 2MP depth secondary shooter. The shots come out well, and are above average in good lighting.
Up front, Max M2 has an 8MP camera. Asus Zenfone Max M2 is now available at a permanently discounted price of Rs 7,999 with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage with expandable memory support. The whole package is backed by a huge 4,000mAh battery, enough to run for over a day on a single charge.
A budget powerhouse from Realme, the new second generation Realme C2 is a perfect entry-level budget smartphone. Available starting at Rs 5,999 only, the Realme C2 ticks in all the options backed by the best of features. Realme C2 sports an diamond-cut pattern design on the out made out of plastic. It looks premium and comes with a HD+ water drop notch display.
Powered by Helio P22 chip, It’s got a big 4,000mAh battery, dual rear cameras and the latest ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie.
Coming to the disadvantages, the smartphone doesn’t come with a fingerprint sensor, and the camera performance is average. In terms of overall performance, Realme C2 does have an edge given the entry-level price. The smartphone is currently available in two variants: 2GB RAM with 16GB storage and 3GB RAM with 32GB storage.
Infinix Smart 3 Plus
Now we have the cheapest triple camera smartphone in the country, the new Infinix Smart 3 Plus. The newly launched Smart 3 Plus is available at under Rs 8,000 offering a premium plastic body with a decent HD screen and an average battery. The triple rear camera system on Infinix Smart 3 Plus does a great job when it comes to overall camera performance.
The company has added a special low-light sensor to enhance photography on a budget. Smart 3 Plus has an 6.21-inch display in am 19.5:9 aspect ratio, powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 chipset.
The Infinix Smart 3 Plus in India with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage is available at under 8,000 rupees. The three camera setup comprises of a 2-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel secondary sensor and a low light sensor, coupled with a dual-LED flash.
Realme C1 (2019)
The newly refreshed Realme C1 pack in a punch at under 8,000 rupees. Starting at a price of Rs 7,499, the 2019 edition of Realme C1 is certainly a budget smartphone killer with all the necessary features. The company also released the new Android 9 Pie based Color OS update, so you can enjoy the new UI experience on the first generation Realme C smartphone.
Realme C1 comes with a 6.2-inch HD+ display in an aspect ratio of 19:9 offering an 88.8 percent screen-to-body ratio. Realme C1 (2019) runs on an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset.
The under Rs 8,000 Realme C1 (2019) model comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The storage on Realme C1 can further be expanded up to 256GB via an external microSD card. At the back, there’s a dual camera system comprising of a primary 13MP sensor and 2MP secondary sensor. Up front, Realme C1 sports a 5MP selfie shooter.
Samsung Galaxy A10
Samsung is working really hard to be back in the game. It recently revamped it’s whole budget smartphone lineup with a new series of Galaxy A and Galaxy M smartphones each. Galaxy A10 is one of the best current Samsung budget smartphones you can buy under Rs 8,000. Samsung Galaxy A10 features a 6.2-inch HD+ Infinity V display with a water drop notch.
At the back, Galaxy A10 sports a 13MP rear camera with f/1.9 aperture and a 5MP front camera with face recognition feature.
The Samsung smartphone runs on in-house Exynos 7884 octa-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. The whole package is hacked by 3,400 mAh battery and three colour options to choose from. Galaxy A10 is priced at Rs 7,990 with 32GB storage and supports additional memory with the help of an external memory card.