Best smartphones under Rs 10,000 in November 2021: Realme Narzo 30A, Moto G10 Power and others – India Today


The sub-Rs 10,000 smartphone category hasn’t seen much action this year. Surprisingly, This used to be the biggest smartphone category in a price-sensitive market like India. Smartphone makers like Xiaomi and Realme have dominated it traditionally but, were busy launching more premium smartphones this year. The void left by them wasn’t filled by any other. We did have some decent smartphones under Rs 10,000 but, nothing that can outrightly claim the best smartphone title. Most devices launched in this price category were equipped with better, brighter, and larger displays along with better camera performance.

The chip shortage could be a reason behind the slow growth in this category. If you are planning to buy a new smartphone with a massive battery now, here are the best options under Rs 10,000 in November 2021.

Realme Narzo 30A

Realme was busy establishing its more premium GT series in India but, didn’t leave the affordable segment behind. We see some Narzo-branded smartphones every few months. The Realme Narzo 30A is one of the better smartphones under Rs 10,000. It comes with a large 6.51-inch HD+ display with a 1600 x 720-pixel resolution, is powered by Helio G85 octa-core processor and supports 60 Hz refresh rate. It has a dual rear camera setup with a decent 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. In the front the Narzo 30A sports an 8-megapixel selfie camera.

Our verdict – Realme Narzo 30A brings run-of-the-mill specifications that we have seen on several phones before. But this does not mean the hardware on this phone is bad. You have a large display, a decent processor, typically good cameras, and a mammoth battery that will last longer than most other phones would.

Read our full review here.

Moto G10 Power

Motorola has shown some glimpses of a comeback over the last 18 months. It had launched a few promising smartphones and one of them is the Moto G10 Power. It sports a 6.51-inch HD+ display and is powered by a Snapdragon 460 processor. The Motorola Moto G10 Power sports a quad rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel front selfie camera. The smartphone runs on the latest Android 11. It packs a 6000 mAh battery with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.

Our verdict – Moto G10 Power is the go-to phone if your needs are basic. You want a phone with a decent battery and feels sturdy enough to last you years, the Moto G10 Power is the right fit for you. The camera performs exceptionally during the day, but the same cannot be said about its low-light performance.

Read our full review here.

Redmi 9 Prime

Xiaomi only launched one smartphone priced less than Rs 10,000 this year – Redmi 9 Prime. This too, was launched at the beginning of 2021. Since then, the smartphone maker has focused on mid-premium and flagship smartphones. The Redmi 9 Prime comes with a 6.53 inch HD+ capacitive multi-touch touchscreen with 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution and a pixel density of 394 PPI. The Redmi 9 Prime offers 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory. The phone has a quad rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel front selfie camera. It is powered by MediaTek Helio G80 octa-core processor.

Our verdict – Xiaomi has managed to keep the Redmi 9 Prime’s price at a very competitive level. While the top-end variant may sell, it could be the entry variant of the device that ends up becoming a hit with Redmi fans in the coming months because of the phone’s aggressive price point.

Read our full review here.

Micromax In 1

Micromax has kind of disappeared again after creating a bit of buzz and announcing its return to the smartphone business. In the brief phase, it did launch some promising devices, including the Micromax In 1. The smartphone comes with a 6.67-inch Full HD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio G80 processor and comes with 4 GB of RAM. It runs on Android 10 and relies on its large 5000 mAh battery for power. The Micromax In 1 supports fast charging. The Micromax In 1 has a triple rear camera with a 48-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.79 aperture; and a 2-megapixel lens.

Our verdict – With a big display that supports the full-HD resolution, a powerful battery, a decent processor that allows you to play games such as Call of Duty Mobile, and impressive cameras, the Micromax In 1 comes across as a good phone.

Read our full review here.


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