The Best 4G Volte Mobiles Under 8000 in India

by Oct 15, 2019

With 4G becoming more common and with the launch of Jio by Reliance and drastic decrease in tariff rates, 4G smartphones have become quite accessible to everyone. Today in this article, we will be looking at some of the 4G or VoLTE enabled smartphones available under Rs. 8000 in the market. It can be a tough task due to the low-cost availability of hardware components, but as the Chinese smartphone brands as flooding Indian markets, this segment is filled with some good choices. This list includes both 4G and VoLTE enabled smartphones and short reviews about the phones and also contain the final thoughts about the product. So let’s have a look at some of the best 4G and VoLTE enabled smartphones of 2019 without breaking the bank!

The 5 Best 4G Volte Mobiles Under 8000

1.

Oppo A1K

Oppo A1K
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.1" (720 x 1560)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 8 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    2GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

OPPO Mobile Telecommunications or simply OPPO is a Chinese consumer electronics and mobile communications company. OPPO has successfully made a name in the Indian smartphone market by offering great specs at very low prices, thus becoming a very strong contender in the budget segment category.

Released back in May 2019, OPPO A1K is the new budget segment smartphone offering from the Chinese brand. It is available in two colors a pulpy red and the other being black, although being made entirely of plastic it has a nice build quality and a non-slippery back (sigh of relief!). It has a 6.1 inch IPS LCD panel and a waterdrop- style notch which looks quite premium. It also comes with Gorilla Glass 3 protection which is impressive considering the at the price at which it is being offered.

The chipset used is the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC which has eight ARM Cortex -A53 cores that are clocked at up to 2Ghz, coupled with a PowerVR GE8329 GPU. It has a decent battery capacity of 4000mAh. In the camera segment, A1K has a single 8-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 5-megapixel front camera as well. The pictures are decent and of good quality, but things become worse at night, the focus was off the place and the images were blurry and murky. It can record videos in full HD and the overall quality is fair. It uses OPPO’s ColorOS 6 running on top of Android 9 (Pie). ColorOS 6 is a nice and smooth UI from OPPO which can be tweaked as per needs.

OPPO A1K has a lock screen magazine feature that shows different kinds of images with links related to the articles on the user’s lock screen which can be disabled too. Android navigation buttons can be customized as per one’s needs and choices and can be changed to swipe-based if they prefer. There is also a feature known as Personal Information Protection, it can spoof an empty call log, message history, contact list and calendar when apps try to read these things. Although this feature isn’t compatible with all the apps.

There is also a feature called Game Space aimed at improving game performance by clearing the phone’s RAM when launching a game ( although it doesn’t improve gaming performance to a high extent due to low RAM). It also suppresses incoming notifications and also restricts background apps from using network bandwidth. Smart Assistant is a page that can be accessed by swiping left from the home screen and contains useful information such as step tracker, recently used contacts, and a calendar.

OPPO A1K is an entry-level smartphone targeted towards those who want to make an entry to the smartphone world. It is a 4G enabled smartphone and has a decent battery and runs on the latest Android, and clicks decent pictures. Other than that it doesn’t offer anything much.

What We Loved

  • Looks good and the build quality is also decent
  • Great battery life
  • The camera is good for daytime photography

What We Didn’t Like

  • Weak processor
  • Not enough RAM
  • No fingerprint scanner available
  • The camera is not good for night time photography
2.

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    5.84" (1080 x 2280)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 12 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    3GB | 4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

Xiaomi is a Chinese smartphone name that has made its mark in the Indian smartphone market by feature-packed offering in a very budget price offering. The Chinese smartphone giant has established a dominance in the Indian smartphone market when it comes to the budget segment and the mid-range segment.

Redmi 6 Pro is a budget segment offering from the Chinese manufacturer which was released in July 2018. The phone is available in Rose Gold, blue, black, gold and red. The build quality is also pretty good with an aluminum body instead of plastic. It has 5.84 inches full HD+ IPS LCD panel with around 79.5% screen to body ratio. It has a dual sim slot with only one SIM slot which supports VoLTE network connection at a time, which is quite a downside.

The Redmi 6 Pro comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset which is an octa-core SoC clocked at 2.0 GHz and an Adreno 506 GPU. Redmi Pro is available in two variants - one with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of onboard storage and the second one being 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of onboard storage. It has 4000 mAh non-removable Li-PO battery which is pretty good. Battery life is one of the most standout features as it can last a day in a single charge. It also has a notification LED at the bottom left position of the chin which is quite an awkward position.

Redmi 6 Pro has a dual primary camera setup of 12 + 5 megapixel and a 5-megapixel front camera, It also supports features like face detection and high dynamic range (HDR) imaging. This phone will be running on MIUI 9.6 which is Xiaomi's UI based on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. It can be upgraded to Android 9.0 (Pie) and will also support MIUI 10.

The Redmi 6 Pro is not a very prominent contender as it has an old chipset and the performance is quite mediocre. It does have a notched display which is a standout but if you are looking for something more reliable and future proof then there are a lot of choices from other brands and from the Chinese brand itself.

What We Loved

  • Notched display
  • Great battery life
  • Dedicated microSD slot
  • Good built quality

What We Didn’t Like

  • Old chipset is used
  • No dual 4G VoLTE support
  • App scaling is affected by the notch
  • Camera performance in low light conditions are bad
  • No Gorilla Glass
3.

Samsung Galaxy M10

Samsung Galaxy M10
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.22" (720 x 1520)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    2GB | 3GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3400 mAh

Samsung is a South Korean multinational electronics manufacturing company that has been selling smartphones for a long period now. It has garnered a huge following in the Indian smartphone market and had a stronghold in the entry-level and mid-budget segment of smartphones in India before brands like Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo came into the race.

Samsung has launched its fresh new lineup with the M series targetted at the entry-level and mid-segment Indians. The Galaxy M10 is an incredibly new offering from the Korean giant, which was released on February 2019. It sports a waterdrop style notch for the front-facing camera which we have seen in the OnePlus 6T. The phone has a thin black border around its screen. The back and the sides of the phone are made out of plastic and have curved edges and corners giving it a premium look and feel.

The Galaxy M10 has a 6.22-inch HD+ resolution Infinity V TFT display. The resolution on this thing is 720×1520 which is not very crisp with a pixel density of 270ppi. It has an edge to edge design. The screen is not very sharp and appears to be dull at full brightness level which isn't a good thing. In the camera department, the Galaxy M10 has a dual-camera setup on the rear with a 13-megapixel primary camera having an f/1.9 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary camera with an f/2.2 aperture. The phone features ultra-wide-angle photography which can be accessed through the built-in camera app.

The phone also has a 5-megapixel front camera with an f/ 2.0 aperture. Both the front and rear cameras are capable of full HD recording. The chipset used in the Galaxy M10 is the Exynos 7870 which is an octa-core chipset based on the 14 nm architecture with a clock speed of 1.6 GHz. It also features a Mali- T830 MP1 GPU. It has a dual sim slot and has support for VoLTE connectivity. The company is offering two variants one with 2GB of Ram and 16 GB of onboard storage and other with 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of onboard storage. The good thing to note here is that the Galaxy M10 has a dedicated microSD slot which can be expanded up to 1 TB.

It has a 3,400 mAh battery and comes with a 5 W charger in the box. It also has a 3.55 mm headphone jack and supports FM radio. The phone doesn't have a fingerprint scanner but supports face unlock, although it is not as snappy as one would expect. This phone will be running on ONE UI which is Samsung's UI based on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. It can be upgraded to Android 9.0 (Pie).

The Galaxy M10 includes a lock screen stories feature which shows the user different kinds of images, stories, and news information on the lock screen. It also features a dual messenger that lets the user have two instances of Whatsapp so the user can log into two different accounts at the same time.

The Galaxy M10 is a good budget offering from Samsung with excellent battery life and modern design.  The phone lacks an HD+ display and the chipset is outdated too, also the phone has a plastic back which is also a con. The camera is also not that great considering the fact it has an ultra-wide-angle camera too, also it lacks a fingerprint scanner.

What We Loved

  • Excellent battery life
  • Dual VolTE support
  • Ultra wide-angle camera support
  • Waterdrop style notch

What We Didn’t Like

  • No fingerprint scanner
  • Outdated Processor
  • No HD+ display
  • Slow charger
  • Bloatware
4.

Honor 9N

Honor 9N
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    5.84" (1080 x 2280)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    3GB | 4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3000 mAh

Honor is a Chinese smartphone brand owned by Huawei Technologies. Honor is aimed at manufacturing smartphones for youth consumers and has released many smartphones for entry-level and mid-level consumers.

The Honor 9N was released in July last year and comes in a lot of different color options like Lavander Purple, Robin Egg Blue, Sapphire Blue, and Midnight Black. It has a 5.84 in IPS LCD panel with a 79.5% screen to body ratio. The back panel on this phone is made of glass and has a glossy finish, which is quite amazing since many other companies don't offer a glass back in this segment. It also has a notch at the top which adds a nice design to the phone.

The phone feels very comfortable to hold and has rounded corners and curved sides giving it an amazing standout look, and the built quality is also nice. The phone has a hybrid dual Sim slot with dual 4G standby support. Under the hood Honor 9N is powered by a Kirin 659 chipset which is based on 16nm architecture and is an octa-core SoC clocked at 4 x 2.36 GHz and 4 x 1.7 GHz, it can handle day to day tasks quite easily, although multitasking on this thing feels sluggish since the processor is underpowered and a bit old.

In the GPU department, this phone has a Mali- T830 MP2 GPU, and overall performance is decent although many games have frame rate issues and phone struggles a bit. Honor 9N is available in three variants- the base model offers 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, the second one offers 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage and the top end offers 4 GB of RAM with 128 GB of onboard storage. In the camera segment, Honor 9N has a dual-camera setup on the back, with a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary depth-sensing camera with an f/0.95 aperture for taking portrait-mode images.

The phone also has a 16-megapixel front camera which is capable of shooting videos at [email protected] Overall the images taken from this phone are decent and have nice details but it does not perform well in low light conditions or particularly at night. It also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for security and for providing privacy to the user.

The phone comes with a 3000 mAh battery which is non-removable with a standard 10-watt charger in the box and struggles in providing a day's power. Honor 9N runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, with Huawei's custom skin known as EMUI 8.0 on the top.

The EMUI has a ton of features and customizations of its own. It has a feature known as WiFi+ which can automatically switch between mobile data and WiFi depending on which connection is stronger. Honor 9N has supports a three-finger swipe to take a screenshot gesture.

The Honor 9N is a great looking smartphone and has refreshing look and feel to it and also comes in a lot of color options to choose from, but it also has some downsides too. The chipset used is quite old and feels sluggish at multitasking and when running demanding games at high settings. The battery life is also an issue as it fails to provide a day's juice which can be let down.

What We Loved

  • Smooth design
  • Great build quality
  • Great display

What We Didn’t Like

  • Outdated chipset
  • Battery life is not good
  • Average camera
  • Mediocre performance
  • Bloatware
5.

Realme 3

Realme 3
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.22" (720 x 1520)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    3GB | 4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4230 mAh

Realme is a Shenzhen-based Chinese smartphone manufacturer which is looking to take on its Chinese rival Xiaomi in India and has already launched a variety of smartphones in India targeted at entry-level and mid-level user base.

Realme 3 was launched in March earlier this year and comes with a waterdrop notch giving it a higher screen to body ratio and is available in four different color variants which are Black, Dynamic Black, Radiant Blue, Diamond Red. It comes with a 6.22 inches IPS LCD display and has 81.8% screen to body ratio and a pixel density of 270 PPI. It also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and the back is made up of plastic. The phone feels firm and comfortable to hold and is weighed at 175 grams.

It has a dual sim slot and has support for VoLTE connectivity and has dedicated microSD slot expandable up to 256 GB. In the camera segment, Realme 3 has a dual-camera setup on the back, with a 13-megapixel primary camera with f/1.8, and a 2-megapixel secondary depth-sensing camera. It has great features like Portrait mode, Panorama mode, and Nightscape mode. It also has a 13-megapixel front-facing camera capable of taking great selfies.

The Nightscape mode is a valuable feature that helps in taking good images in low light conditions. Realme 3 comes with a MediaTek Helio P70 octa-core processor clocked at 4 × 2.1 GHz and 4×2.0 GHz and Mali G72 MP3 GPU. The overall performance is very great and can handle games and applications smoothly. Realme 3 is available in three variants- the base model offers 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, the second one offers 3GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage and the top end offers 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of onboard storage.

It also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and face unlock which keeps the data and files secure. It has 4230 mAh Li-Po non-removable battery which is quite a lot and can easily last a whole day with fair usage although it doesn't come with a fast charger. It runs on Color OS 6 Realme's custom android skin and is based on Android 9.0 Pie.

The Realme 3 is a great phone and a good offering from Realme 3 and comes with a fresh design and with good battery life. The processor is also an incremental update from its predecessor and gives a huge performance boost. It lacks Type C support and the camera could have been a lot better and has a plastic body build. It also lacks fast charging and a full HD+ display.

What We Loved

  • Swift Face recognition
  • Fast Processor
  • Nice build quality

What We Didn’t Like

  •  Lacks HD display
  • Average camera
  • No Type C support
6.

Redmi 7

Redmi 7
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.26" (720 x 1520)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 12 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    2GB | 3GB | 4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

Xiaomi is a Chinese smartphone name that has made its mark in the Indian smartphone market by feature-packed offering in a very budget price offering. The Chinese smartphone giant has established a dominance in the Indian smartphone market when it comes to the budget segment and the mid-range segment. It has flooded the mid-range smartphone market with lots of its offerings.

The Redmi 7 was launched in March 2019 and is an incremental update to the Redmi 6. It is available Lunar Red, Eclipse Black, and Comet Blue color variants. Redmi 7 has a 6.26 inches IPS LCD display and a resolution of 1520x720 pixels and a pixel density of 269 PPI. It has an 81.5% screen to body ratio. It also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and the back is made up of plastic.

Xiaomi also claims the Redmi 7 to be splash resistant which is a great offering considering the price range. It has a dual sim slot with dual stand by and has support for VoLTE connectivity and has dedicated microSD slot expandable up to 1 TB. Redmi 7 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core processor based on 14 nm architecture clocked at 4x1.8 GHz Kyro 250 Gold and 4x1.8 GHz Kyro 250 Silver and Adreno 506 GPU.

The overall performance is good although it feels a little buggy and has a lot of ads. It is being offered in two variants - one with 2GB of RAM and the other with 3 GB of RAM with 32 GB of internal storage on both the variants. It has a dual rear camera, with a 12-megapixel primary camera having an f/2.2 aperture and 2-megapixel secondary depth-sensing camera guided by a LED flash. The selfie camera is an 8-megapixel with an f/ 2.0 aperture and clicks decent selfies.

The images from the rear camera are also good and seem to be very color-rich and the camera struggles in low light conditions. It also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and face unlock for keeping files and important data protected. It runs on MIUI 9 Xiaomi's custom skin and is based on Android 9.0 Pie. Redmi 7 has a 4000 mAh battery and comes with a standard 10 W charger.

The Redmi 7 has some great features worth mentioning like the app checker which scans every application when it is installed from the Google Play store for viruses and other issues. There is also a music application that lets users stream music from Hungama without setting up an account. The Second space feature is also worth mentioning as it helps the user create two different profiles for the same application thus enabling the user to have multiple accounts.

The Redmi 7 is a great phone and offers a ton of features from its predecessor. Although the RAM reduction is a problem while the other phones in the same price range offer up to 4gigs of RAM and the phone has a plastic back which looks cheap. Overall if you are looking for a big-screen smartphone Redmi 7 can be worth your time.

What We Loved

  • Good overall performance
  • Decent battery life
  • Worth the money

What We Didn’t Like

  • Average camera quality
  • Too many ads
  • Plastic back

What is the difference between LTE and VoLTE?

You might be wondering what is the difference between the two terms, but don't you worry I will break it down to you.
LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, which is a standard for wireless broadband communication for mobile devices and data terminals based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA technologies. As per reports, the users of the LTE network should be able to see data speeds that are up to 10 times faster than the current 3G.

Whereas, VoLTE stands for Voice over Long Term Evolution (LTE).

It utilizes IMS technology, for digital packet voice service that is delivered over an IP (internet protocol) via an LTE access network.
It is an efficient way to use spectrum rather than the traditional voice and also meets the rising demands for richer and more reliable services. In simple terms, VoLTE helps in sending the data or the voice over the internet i.e. you cannot use the calling feature if you don't have an internet connection, which isn't the case with traditional LTE networks.