Till a few years ago, the affordable smartphone market was occupied by domestic companies. There were smartphones to say. However, the experience of using them was not very special. The situation has completely changed after Chinese and Taiwanese companies came in. Customers can now buy handsets with fine performance for less than Rs 7,000. Xiaomi, Realme, Asus and Infinix sell many good phones in this price range such as Realme C2, Asus ZenFone Max M1 and Redmi 6A etc.
In this article we will give you a list of smartphones you get for less than Rs 7,000. As usual, this list includes the same phones that we have tested. If your budget is over Rs 7,000, you can also look at the best phones up to Rs 8,000, the best phones up to Rs 10,000 and the list of best phones up to Rs 15,000.
List of best smartphones for less than Rs 7,000 in India
The Realmi C1 has long been part of this list. Now, the upgraded Realme C2 has made it to the list of best smartphones for less than Rs 7,000. Realme C2 is better in terms of design, software and performance than its older variants. The smartphone looks beautiful and has an average performance. We did not have any complaints about the performance of the phone during the review. However, the smartphone is a bit slow when you lower the notification shade.
The battery life of the smartphone is strong. The phone lasted 20 hours 29 minutes in HD Video Loop Test. ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie will be liked by many users. In terms of cameras, the Realmi C2 is a bit disappointed.
During the review, we’ll be able to take a perfect photo from Realme C2 in the light of day. But the lack of detail was evident in the distant object. We also found that Realme was not a conscist in terms of C2 exposure.
Realme sells three variants of this phone – 2 GB + 16 GB, 2 GB + 32 GB and 3 GB + 32 GB. The smartphone offers only 2 GB of RAM variants for less than Rs 7,000.
Asus ZenFone Max M1
The Asus Zenfone Max M1 was launched at Rs 8,999 in October last year. The phone has become cheaper after the price cut. The design of the Asus phone looks a little old. Because notch and hole-punch designs are in vogue these days. The ZenFone Max M1 is an excellent option in a budget of less than Rs 7,000 due to performance and good battery life.
The smartphone is powered by an outdated Snapdragon 430 processor. But it does not affect performance. In the review we found that the phone was well supported. In low light, its camera performance is disappointing. Asus ZenFone Max M1 takes good pictures in the light of day. But in low light it lags completely.
The Asus ZenFone Max M1 handset in HD Video Loop Test lasted 11 hours 32 minutes. Asus sells only one variant of the smartphone in India. It comes with 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.
Redmi 6A even though it is nine months old. But it’s one of Xiaomi’s best handsets in the budget segment. It is beautiful in appearance. Gives reasonable performance in its price. In our review, the phone slowed down several times. But the situation is not dismal. The battery life of the Redmi 6A is strong and the phone lasted 13 hours 22 minutes in HD video loop test.
The cameras are also fine. It caps the details and vibrant colors. Like other smartphones in the budget segment, the Redmi 6A lags behind in low light. Buyers of Redmi 6A may be annoyed by spammy notifications.
Xiaomi sells two variants of the smartphone in the market – 2 GB + 16 GB and 2 GB + 32 GB. Both variants are available for less than Rs 7,000. Significantly, Xiaomi has recently launched the Redmi 7A in India. The price starts at Rs 5,999. We will review this phone in the coming days. You would suggest waiting a little longer.
Infinix Note 5
Infinix Note 5 is a good option in a budget of less than Rs 7,000. Infinix Note 5 is a bit old even though. But this makes a strong contender in the price segment. The smartphone was launched at a starting price of Rs 9,999 last year. But after the price cut, the Base Variant of the Infinix Note 5 has been priced at Rs 6,999. We found in the review that this Infinix phone delivers usable performance. It also has a good battery life. In HD Video Loop Test, the Infinix Note 5 battery lasted 9 hours 40 minutes.
The display of the phone goes in its favour. In this price range, it comes with the best display. This phone is part of the Android One program. That means you’ll get the stock Android experience. The 12-megapixel rear camera gives average performance.
Two variants of Infinix Note 5 are available in the market – 3 GB + 32 GB and 4 GB + 64 GB. However, only 3 GB of RAM variants get in less than Rs 7,000.
Infinix Smart 3 Plus
In this price segment, the Infinix Smart 3 Plus should also be taken into account. Especially when you’re serious about camera and battery life. It is the only handset in the price segment that is equipped with three rear cameras. This makes it possible to get good pictures from your phone. In the review, we found that the pictures taken in the daylight were good, especially close-up shots. The colours look natural and the gradients are also captated with details. Low light sensors help photography at night.
The battery life of Infinix Smart 3 Plus is good. The battery of the phone lasted 14 hours 57 minutes in HD video loop test. The general performance of the smartphone is jolted due to low RAM. The only variant of the Infinix Smart 3 Plus is available in the market with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.
Best smartphones for less than Rs 7,000 – (other options)
Lenovo K9 is a good option if you can wait for the next sale. It is now available for Rs.7,999. But during the sale, it sells for Rs 6,999. The design of the phone is intriguing, but it’s a little old. Its user interface is very clean. Lenovo’s 9 is good in terms of performance. But during the review we found that it lags slightly behind handling powerful apps.
The battery life of the smartphone is good. The phone accompanied the HD video loop test for 11 hours 22 minutes. The Lenovo K9 is a bit weak in camera performance. Lenovo has only one variant – 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.
Nokia 6.1 is another smartphone that comes at Rs 6,999 after a discount in the sale. If you are able to buy it for Rs 7,000, this is a great option. In the review we said that Nokia 6.1 comes with excellent build quality. In terms of performance and battery life, the phone caught our attention. The Nokia 6.1 battery lasted 11 hours 45 minutes in HD video loop test.
Nokia sells two variants of Nokia 6.1 in India – 3 GB + 32 GB and 4 GB + 64 GB. However, the sale offers only 3 GB of RAM variants at less than Rs 7,000.