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Best Smartphones under Rs10,000

Budget-conscious users can afford a dream smartphone without spending big money

 
Budget-conscious users have never had it so good. They can buy their ‘dream’ phone for under Rs10,000. There are several good handsets with features matching those of premium brands.
Although there are plenty of options for buying a smartphone under Rs10,000, we will stick with larger memory (RAM), good internal storage (bigger the better) and display (at least, HD or 720dpi). Here is a short list for you.
 

Asus Zenphone 5 (16GB memory)

 
With the recent price cuts, this device from Asus has become more affordable. Earlier, it was selling at about Rs13,000. The handset features an Intel atom processor, 5-inch display, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory (expandable to 64GB), Corning gorilla glass 3 and 8MP camera. It supports dual SIM. The only issue with this device is that it comes pre-loaded with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and is upgradeable to 4.4 (KitKat). A slightly outdated device (in terms of operating system-OS), but value for money! 
Price: Rs9,999
 

Redmi Note 4G

 
This device from Xiaomi (Mi) boasts a 5.5-inch screen, 4G LTE (speed of 150 MBps HSDPA), 13MP primary and 5MP secondary (for selfie) camera, Qualcomm 1.6Ghz Quad core processor, 2 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory (expandable up to 64GB), 3100mAh battery and supports single SIM. It comes pre-loaded with Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) as base with MIUI 5.0 interface. 
Price: Rs9,999
 

Microsoft Lumia 535

 

This handset comes with Quad core processor and supports dual SIM. It comes pre-loaded with Windows phone 8.1 OS and a document editor. It has 5-inch display, 5MP cameras as primary and secondary, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB), Corning gorilla glass 3 and 1905mAh battery. Lumia devices are gaining popularity among youngsters, especially those looking for something different (read Android devices). 
Price: Rs8,425
 

Lenovo A7000

 

This is the first handset to feature Dolby Atmos sound enhancement system. Lenovo A7000 is a dual SIM device with 8MP primary and 5MP secondary camera. It has True8Core 64-bit octa core, 5.5-inch HD screen, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB), 2900 mAh battery and comes pre-loaded with Android 5.0 (Lollipop). It supports 4G.  
Price: Rs8,999
 

Moto E (2nd Gen) 3G

 
The second-generation handsets from Motorola are a great buy and value for money. Especially now that these devices support memory expansion through microSD. Moto E (2nd gen) features 1.2GHz Qualcomm Quad Core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB), 2390 mAh battery, 4.5-inch screen, 5MP primary and 0.3MP secondary camera and dual SIM. Main advantage of Moto devices is support from Google. This means that these devices can get the latest OS ahead of other handsets. 
Price: Rs6,999
 

Yu Yureka

 
This is probably one of the best smart handsets under Rs10,000. This device is from Yu Technologies, a unit of Micromax. It supports 4G LTE, comes pre-loaded with CyanogenMod 11S OS (upgradeable to 12 or Lollipop) that is based on Android. Yureka features Qualcomm Quad core processor with 64-bit support, a 5.5-inch HD screen, Corning gorilla glass 3, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB), 13MP primary and 5MP secondary camera, dual SIM and 2500-mAh battery. Certainly one of the best devices in the market at present and, if you are a techie, you would enjoy the customisation and security features offered by CyanogenMod OS. 
Price: Rs8,999 

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Vishal Modi

2 years ago

in the 10,000 plus range, please can you comment if the mi4i is a better bet than your recommended list?

sadly it is 12999 - please suggest if it is worth the price as processor might not be good enough compared to your list.

Anand Vaidya

2 years ago

Intex Aqua Power Plus, Micromax Canvas Juice 2, Xiaomi 4i made specifically for India are also some good choices.

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Dr Swamy questions SEBI's role in SpiceJet deal
How could SEBI suo Motu inform the Ministry of Civil Aviation that SpiceJet share sale need not first be offered to existing shareholders and that Ajai Singh could acquire 58% or more of the total equity of SpiceJet at an undisclosed price, Dr Swamy said
 
Dr Subramanian Swamy, the leader from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has again requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urgently conduct an enquiry by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in the SpiceJet Airlines deal with inputs from Enforcement Directorate (ED), Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
 
Based on fresh information, Dr Swamy, in a letter, said, " On what authority did the SEBI suo Motu inform the Ministry of Civil Aviation that the sale of shares of SpiceJet need not first be offered to existing shareholders and that Mr Ajai Singh could acquire 58% or more of the total equity of SpiceJet at an undisclosed price."
 
“What were the considerations, if any, whereby the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MCA) remained mute when Mr Ajai Singh inducted about Rs1,300 crore or there about into the running of the said Airline (in view of his existing financial difficulty). Did the Ministry under-write this loan by any of the financial institutions. If so, why?" he asked.
 
Dr Swamy further asked, "How Goldman Sachs could be asked to evaluate the net worth of SpiceJet Airlines when many of the Indian agencies with no foreign connection are able to do as professional an analysis. And on what basis did Goldman Sachs declared that the share price of SpiceJet were near zero i.e. that these were dud shares? In fact, the valuation of a public limited company like SpiceJet ought to have been made public under the provisions of Company Law."
 
"In my view, the PMO should therefore immediately constitute a comprehensive enquiry before the SpiceJet sale snowballs into a major controversy. Needless to add that the Government of India has always had the option to nationalise the SpiceJet in the event of concern is for the passenger traffic and the employment of the staff in failing SpiceJet," Dr Swamy had said in the letter.
 
Earlier this year, Singh and others bought about 59% stake in SpiceJet from the Maran brothers. 
 

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Mahesh Bhat

2 years ago

It was political deal between DMK & BJP than between Ajay Sing & Maran brothers. BJP Govt bailed out Spicejet. Dr Swamy knows exactly what happened, hence he is asking for nationalizing Spicejet!

integrity

2 years ago

Great. Swamy has always been impressive. It would have been very interesting if he had decided to focus on lingering Sahara case and its implications

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