Top 5 Smartphones Available at Just Under Rs 10k

While phones priced at under Rs 10,000 do come with some compromises, especially with regards to screen quality and battery life, they do make for a good first smartphone experience.

While most talk and news is focused on the high-end smartphone range, everyday there are numerous companies launching phones for customers that are on a tight budget and still do quite well in the specifications department.

Just yesterday, a report stated that the Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 price band was the most researched price band on the Internet.

While these phones do come with some compromises especially with regards to screen quality and battery life, they do make for a good first smartphone experience. This sector is flooded with Android phones, but we have tried to include some phones with other operating systems also. Prices are only indicative and are likely to vary from store to store.

Nokia Lumia 510

Lumia 510The Nokia Lumia 510 comes with a nice 4-inch screen. The phone runs on Windows Phone 7.5 but an update to Windows phone 7.8 is expected soon. It comes with just 4 GB of storage. The 5-megapixel camera takes good snaps but lacks an LED flash. It is powered by a 800 MHz A5 processor with 256 MB of RAM which is good enough for the OS. If you can afford to wait a bit longer the Nokia Lumia 520, which features upgraded specs, should be available in India sometime in April with a price tag of just Rs 10,500.

Key Specs

  • Display: 4.0-inch 65K-color TFT capacitive touchscreen of WVGA resolution
  • Camera: 5 megapixel autofocus camera
  • OS: Windows Phone 7.5 OS
  • Processor: 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A5 CPU, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227A chipset
  • Memory: 256MB of RAM, 4GB of onboard storage
  • Price: Rs 9,999

Blackberry Curve 9220

BB curve 9220While BlackBerry has fallen in the eyes of many, we can honestly say that when it comes to keyboards on phones, BlackBerry is still number one. The BlackBerry Curve 9220, even though a year old,  is extremely light and quite attractive. The phone runs on BlackBerry 7.1 OS and is powered by an 806 MHz processor and has 512 MB of RAM. The biggest negative on this phone is the 2-megapixel which is way below average.The phone comes with a 1450 mAh battery which provides really good battery life. The phone comes with all social apps as well as BBM.

Key Specs

  • OS: BlackBerry OS
  • Camera: 2 MP Primary Camera
  • Display: 2.44-inch TFT Screen
  • Keyboard: QWERTY keyboard
  • Memory: Expandable storage up to 32 GB
  • Price: Rs 9,990

Micromax Canvas 2 A110


The Micromax Canvas 2 A100 is one phone that really gave Samsung a run for its money and sold out fairly quickly in the last three months. It is still difficult to find this phone in stores. The reason why this phone makes our list, is that it is expected to get updated to Android Jelly Bean any day now. The phone has a huge 5-inch display with good battery life as well as dual-core processor that performed daily tasks very well. The only negative we found with this phone is its low resolution display. Full review here.

Key Specs

  • Operating system : Android v4.0.4
  • Screen: 5-inch LCD Capacitive Touchscreen
  • SIM: Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • Camera: 0.3-megapixel font camera, 8-megapixel rear camera
  • Processor: 1 GHz Dual Core
  • Storage: 4 GB internal storage; expandable up to 32 GB
  • Price: Rs 9,999

Sony Xperia Tipo Dual

sony-xperia-tipo-dual-The Sony Xperia Tipo Dual is one of the best dual SIM phones at this budget. It is powered by an 800 MHz Cortex-A5 and runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The phone features a 3.2-inch TFT Capacitive Touchscreen which provides an HVGA resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The phone features a 3.2 megapixel camera. The phone weighs just 99.4 grams and is powered by a 1,400 mAh battery which will last you the whole day.

Key Features

  • SIM: Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • Camera: 3.2-megapixel rear camera
  • Processor: 800 MHz Scorpion
  • Screen: 3.2-inch TFT Capacitive Touchscreen
  • OS: Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Price: Rs 9,500

Lava Iris 501

lava-iris 501The Lava Iris 501 features a 5-inch TFT touchscreen with resolution of 800x480p. The device is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, paired with 512MB RAM and comes with 4GB onboard memory and microSD support up to 32GB. The phone has a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash on the rear, while a VGA camera unit on the front. The specifications of the phone are very similar to Micromax Canvas 2.  It has a 2,300 mAh which is one of the best in this price category. The phone provides a lag-free experience.

Key specs

  • OS: Android v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Camera: 5 MP auto focus camera with Flash; 0.3 MP secondary camera
  • Processor: 1 GHz Dual Core Processor
  • SIM: Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • Screen: 5-inch WVGA Touchscreen
  • Price: Rs 9,500

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