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A good smartphone doesn’t always have to be an expensive one. The past decade has seen a revolution in the smartphone industry in terms of affordability. Brands are competing against each other on price like never before. A brand like Xiaomi, which offers quality at an affordable price, has replaced long-standing leader Samsung at the top of the table.

If you are one of those who still believe that a decent smartphone will definitely cost around Rs.15,000, you are in for a surprise. There are even impressive Samsung smartphones under 10,000 now. There are numerous others like Realme, Oppo, and Vivo under 10,000 too. Here are our top 4 picks in the category. 

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Oppo’s affordable phone- Oppo A3s

This phone comes with an edge-to-edge notch display, which was considered a premium feature until now. It even packs in Game Space, Oppo’s boon for gamers. It enhances graphics and manages memory usage when you play games. It also changes brightness, power consumption, and notification settings to give you a flawless gaming experience. The rest of the Oppo A3s features are equally impressive. 


  • Configuration: 2GB+16GB
  • Processor: Snapdragon 450
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo 
  • Display: 6.2 inch HD+ LCD Super Full Screen
  • Rear camera: 13MP+2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP 
  • Battery: 4230 mAh 
  • Price: Rs.7,500

Realme below 10,000- Realme C3

This phone is a revolution in the affordable category. It offers some of the best hardware in this price category. Its dewdrop-notch display and the radiating texture of its plastic back panel make it a really good-looking phone. It even offers Realme’s amazing new Realme UI V1.0 with features like Dark Mode. 


  • Configuration: 3GB+32GB/ 4GB+64GB
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio G70
  • OS: Android 10 Q
  • Display: 6.5 inches
  • Rear camera: 12MP+2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP 
  • Battery: 5000 mAh 
  • Price: Rs.6,999/ 7,999

Vivo under 10,000– Vivo U10

Last year, Vivo beat Samsung for the number 2 spot in the Indian smartphone market. This has got a lot to do with the fact that you can easily buy a Vivo Mobile under 10,000 without compromising on quality. The Vivo U10 does just that, with its array of impressive features. It even sports Vivo’s signature good looks. 


  • Configuration: 3GB+32GB
  • Processor: Snapdragon 665
  • OS: Android 9 Pie
  • Display: 6.35 inches IPS LCD with water drop notch
  • Rear camera: 13MP+8MP+2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP 
  • Battery: 5000 mAh 
  • Price: Rs.8,990

Samsung under 10,000- Samsung Galaxy M20

One of Samsung’s ways to tackle the competition is its range of Samsung smartphones under 10,000. The Galaxy M20 tries to fit in an ample amount of features in a small, inexpensive package with a stellar display, dual rear cameras, good performance, a fast charger, and much much more. One of the most amazing features is the face lock feature, which is usually found only in mid-range and premium phones. 


  • Configuration: 3GB+32GB
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7904
  • OS: Android 8 Oreo
  • Display: 6.3 inches TFT with water drop notch
  • Rear camera: 13MP+5MP
  • Front camera: 8MP 
  • Battery: 5000 mAh 
  • Price: Rs.9,990


There are a lot more Vivo, Oppo, and Samsung smartphones under 10,000. In fact, almost every other brand has an affordable range now. These phones might have lesser cameras and specifications, but they are by no means behind in terms of performance. So, if you cannot afford a premium phone right away, you should certainly go for an efficient budget phone. It is the time for ‘more for less’ in the world of smartphones.

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