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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is our best recommended buy if you are looking for a smartphone under Rs. 10,000 for Febuary 2017. The Redmi Note 3 ticks all the right boxes with most of the feature set - super display, large battery and a decent camera, though the 3GB/32GB storage version is running at a slightly more expensive at Rs 12,000. Its older version - the Redmi Note 2 - is selling at around Rs 2000 cheaper and still remains a great buy.

The two big trends that we are seeing in 2016 in the sub Rs. 10,000 smartphone category is the emergence of Xiaomi as the top budget phone manufacturer and the dominance of super 5 inch phablet size devices. All of the top four smartphones under Rs. 10,000 for June 2016 have a screen size of 5 inch and more and the top slot has been taken over by the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 from the Redmi Note 2.

The reason for Xiaomi's dominance in the budget smartphone category is based on a formula it has perfected in its home market of China: Class leading specifications organized in a well engineered package and stitched together by a powerful and simple operating system layer (MIUI). This formula gave rise to the much storied Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 which has topped the best budget smartphone chart for most of 2015, and now has been superseded by the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.

Check out the complete list of the best smartphones under Rs 10,000 in the tabs below, and jump below for our extended commentary. Note that this list is missing the Motorola G4 and G4 plus - as these models are very recently released, the reviews are still pouring in.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3


Comparison of the Top 5 Mobiles Under Rs. 10,000 - 2017

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Samsung Galaxy J5
Moto G (3rd Gen)
Coolpad Note 3 Plus
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Moto G (3rd gen)
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Release Date
Dec 2015
Sep 2015
Jul 2015
May 2016
Digital Camera Resolution
16.0 MP
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
1.5 GB
1.0 GB
3.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.5 inch
5.0 inch
5.0 inch
5.5 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
Processor Type
Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.4GHz  quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
1.3GHz  octa-core, MediaTek 6753, Octa-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53
Battery Capacity
4000.0 mAh
2600.0 mAh
2470.0 mAh
3000.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), upgradable to v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 5.1.1
Android 5.1, Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
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Even though 2016 is seeing the emergence of the Chinese majors in the budget smartphone category, 2015 had seen the list of best priced smartphones being dominated by Motorola with its Moto series. The Moto G 3rd Generation which was launched in late 2015 is also a very good buy at a slightly higher price point, though recent discounts by Amazon might see its price drop, making it a very attractive smartphone under the Rs. 10K mark.

The Moto range still, is well put together and is an extremely stable and refined offering from a pure engineering perspective. However, it is increasingly loosing out to the Chinese brands in the raw specification score even as brands like Xiaomi and Meizu have improved the stability of their models to become leaders in the budget smartphone market.

The most important point that differentiates the Moto series from the Xiaomi Notes in the Rs. 10,000 price point is the presence of stock Android OS supplied directly from Google. The stock Android version is bloat free and more intuitive than the MIUI 7 version supported by Xiaomi. The MIUI 7 version is a layer on top of Android and even though it offers additional functionality, like the very useful 'child mode', it does so by making the interface slightly complicated.

We expect the best smartphones under Rs. 10,000 to be dominated by the Chinese smartphone majors for most of 2016. The bigger Chinese manufacturers have made a name for themselves by providing top of the line hardware at rock bottom prices. There are also phones in this segment from the local Indian manufacturers like Karbonn and Micromax, but even though the models have good 'on-the-paper' specs, the engineering is often found lacking and the phones often come up with stability and heating issues over time.


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This page lists the top 4 mobiles rated as the Best Mobile Under Rs. 10,000 - 2017:

  1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was ranked in the top smartphone under rs. 10k at position #1 based on 7 expert mobile reviews. The reviews considered included ones from sites like PhoneArena.com, GsmArena.com and TrustedReviews.com.
  2. Samsung Galaxy J5: The #2 position for Samsung Galaxy J5 in the best mobile under rs. 10,000 - 2017 list was generated based on mobile reviews from sites like GsmArena.com, ExpertReviews.co.uk and alphr.com. 3 such reviews were considered in all.
  3. Motorola G 3rd Gen: We looked at around 7 expert reviews for Motorola G 3rd Gen from sites like GsmArena.com, TrustedReviews.com and GoodGearGuide.com.au based on which Motorola G 3rd Gen was ranked as the #3 top smartphone under rs. 10k.
  4. Coolpad Note 3 Plus: Coolpad Note 3 Plus was ranked in the best mobile under rs. 10,000 - 2017 at position #4 based on 1 expert mobile reviews. The reviews considered included ones from sites like Gadgets.Ndtv.com.