The Best Android Smartphones Under 12000 in India

by Oct 23, 2019

In today’s world, smartphones are everywhere and have become an integral part of our daily lives. However, there are vast diversities and every person has his/her taste and choice. If you have a budget constraint, then the flagship smartphones are out of the picture and that’s where mid-segment smartphones rise to prominence. These phones are sturdy and have decent specs for everyday purposes and even offer some noteworthy features.

If you are one such buyer and looking for a smartphone that would fit your budget and give fantastic value for money, we have uncomplicated things for you. You don’t need to hunt the entire internet or hurry to a series of stores as we narrowed it down to a list of 10 smartphones under Rs.12000 which surely give a run for their money.

The 10 Best Android Smartphones Under 12000

1.

Xiaomi Mi A3

Mi A3
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.01" (720 x 1560)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Triple 48 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB | 6GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4030 mAh

Overview

The Mi A series (as I like to call it) is a part of Google’s Android One project. With Mi A1 launched back in 2017 was the first smartphone from Xiaomi that run stock Android instead of the company’s MIUI skin. The A3 was launched in July this year to succeed the Mi A2 which was an impressive smartphone.

The Mi A3 comes with a glass design with Gorilla Glass 5 at both front and back of the phone and even on the camera setup to curb scratches to some measure. The display has a dewdrop notch and a selfie camera is placed at the center of it.

As for the display, the phone packs a 6.08 inch (720×1560) AMOLED display instead of the conventional LCD panel. The screen has good brightness levels and nice viewing angles. However, the display isn’t as sharp as one would expect from an AMOLED panel because of low pixel density.

The Mi A3 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset based on 11 nm architecture. It also has an Adreno 610 GPU. The phone is available in two variants in India – one with 4 GB of RAM and 64 gigs of onboard storage, and the other being 6 GB of RAM with 128 gigs of storage. One of the great things about the phone is that it lauds a UFS 2.1 storage.

As far as the performance of the device is concerned, the Mi A3 can load apps and games without any issues or lags, it also can multitask and apps load swiftly especially if you have a 6 GB variant. The phone is also able to do well while dealing with heavy games like PUBG Mobile or Asphalt 8. The games didn’t register any frame drops or stutters, although the could get heated if played for long durations.

Xiaomi introduced a triple camera setup on the Mi A3, the primary camera is a 48 megapixel Sony IMX 586 sensor, while the second camera being an 8-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens having a 118-degree field of view and the third camera is a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There are two modes a 48-megapixel mode that lets you capture images at full resolution and a 12-megapixel mode that can take shots with better clarity.

The Sony IMX 586 sensor has been discovered on many premium phones like OnePlus 7, Redmi K20 Pro. The images taken from the rear camera during day time contain good details, with nice clarity, and exposure. Although the HDR mode has some issues the wide-angle lens lets you take wider frames but the photos lack details. In low light conditions, the camera performs nicely.

The images taken have good details with less noise. Though there is a delay after hitting the shutter button and by the time the image is processed. The front camera comes with a huge 32-megapixel sensor and captures good selfies with decent details and exposure. The video recording can be done up to 4K resolution and 1080p for the selfie camera.

Additional Features

The Mi A3 has a 4030 mAh battery with 18 W fast charging. The device can last a maximum of 16 hours once fully charged which is great when considered what it comes with. There is also an in-display optical fingerprint reader for unlocking the device quickly although it isn’t that fast when compared to other phones. It also supports 4G LTE and has WiFi, Bluetooth, and an IR emitter.

Verdict

The Mi A3 is a decent smartphone that has great functionalities but also lacks some important things. The new processor is certainly a good addition to the device with an ample amount of RAM and a bigger battery that supports fast charging. However, it lacks a dedicated card slot, an HD+ display. If you like stock Android experience and looking for a reliable camera smartphone in a budget then Mi A3 will surely make a good choice.

What We Loved

  • Great battery life
  • Good cameras
  • Solid build quality

What We Didn’t Like

  • Lacks an HD+ display
  • No dedicated card slot
  • The camera is slow to focus on objects
2.

Realme 3 Pro

Realme 3 Pro
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB | 6GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4045 mAh

Overview

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.

Released in May 2019, the Realme 3 Pro is pitched against the Redmi Note 7 Pro. It runs on Color OS 6 and is based on Android 9.0 Pie. The device has a 6.3 inches display and uses an IPS LCD panel and Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. The display is very satisfactory and the viewing angle also seems good.

Under the hood, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset based on the 10nm architecture ( which is first in this price segment). There are two offerings from Realme the base variant being 4GB of Ram and 64 GB of onboard storage and the top end being 6 GB of Ram and 128 Gb of onboard storage. With the introduction of a 10 nm chipset, the phone gets a performance boost and also a drastic improvement in battery life. The device can run modern games with ease too, however, heating can be an issue.

In the camera department, the Realme 3 Pro supports 4 in 1 super Pixel technology and 1.8-micrometer pixels with a Sony IMX519 sensor. It also has features like Super Nightscape, Speed Shot, and Chroma Boost along with a ton of different features for clicking the right selfie or a picture. The camera takes some noteworthy shots with a good amount of details and color reproduction. Although night time shots aren't that good and lack focus and sharpness.

Talking about the battery, it boasts a 4045 mAh Li-Po non-removable battery with a fast battery charging of 20 W (VOOC 3.0). The company claims it can charge the phone to 50% in 30 minutes. The battery provides enough power to last around 12-14 hours which is quite impressive as it comes with fast charging support too.

Additional Features

It also has some cool features such as Realme Share to compete with Apple’s AirDrop feature. Realme Share lets you share files quickly between Realme compatible devices. Realme 3 Pro also has a Hyper Boost 2.0 feature which aims at improving the gaming performance in real-time and offers improved response rates. It is quite a nice feature and works well too. The phone comes with pre-installed apps like ShareChat, WebNovel, etc. which can be deleted if or when required.

Verdict

The Realme 3 Pro is a good budget segment offering from Realme and a modest upgrade to the Realme 2 Pro at the same launch price. It offers a bigger battery, slightly revamped camera, a new processor and there is a variety of color options to choose from. But it also lacks some essential features such as no USB Type C support, no glass back, and a good display. The cameras both rear and front also do not perform well in low light conditions which could have been tweaked.

What We Loved

  • Bigger battery
  • Fast charging
  • Powerful processor

What We Didn’t Like

  • No USB Type C
  • Average display
  • Build Quality could have been better
3.

Vivo Y15

Vivo Y15
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.35" (720x1544)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Triple 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    5000 mAh

Overview

Vivo has had a fair share of success in the entry-level or the cheap segment in the Indian market. The company is trying to get a hold on the mid-segment market and has a few good devices under its belt too. Vivo Y 15 is a good mid-segment offering form the Chinese company released in May this year.

Vivo Y15 has a 6.15 inch (720x1544 pixels) IPS LCD panel having a pixel density of 268 PPI. The display has ample brightness both outdoors and indoors, although the screen lacks detail, sharpness, and clarity due to low amount of pixel density. The back of the phone has a nice mirror finish and is available in two color options - Burgundy Red and Aqua Blue.

It features a 2.0 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC and 4 GB of RAM. For memory, the device comes with 64 GB of inbuilt storage which can be expanded via an SD card. The performance is smooth and the phone easily manages to run intensive applications without much hassle. The RAM is also sufficient for multitasking and even with too many apps in the background, the phone managed to perform well.

The company has implemented a triple camera setup on the Y 15 which considering the price is something to regard. The primary camera is a 13-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 and PDAF enabled, an ultrawide 8-megapixel shooter, and the last is the 2-megapixel depth sensor. The camera is capable of recording videos up to 1080p @30 fps. The images are decent and have good details and colors. But the camera lacks focus and the ultrawide lens seems to miss out details when capturing shots. In low lit areas, the images are somewhat blurry and absence of detail. On the front, a 16-megapixel selfie camera is available which takes satisfactory images and supports Face Detection.

Additional Features

One of the strong points of the device is its battery, the Y 15 comes with a huge 5000 mAh battery which can last for a day even after heavy usage. The Y 15runs on Vivo's custom skin FunTouch 9 based on Android 9 and is 4G and VoLTE enabled.

Verdict

Vivo Y 15 is a nice looking phone with good performance and great battery life. However, the display seems dull and the cameras don't work as one would expect them to. If you are looking for just raw performance at a budget then this phone can certainly be an option but spending a few more bucks can land you a great deal.

What We Loved

  • Good performance
  • Nice build
  • Great battery life

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very average cameras
  • Not very sharp display
4.

Realme 2 Pro

Realme 2 Pro
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB | 6GB | 8GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3500 mAh

Overview

The Realme 2 Pro is an entry-level as well as a mid-segment smartphone that is being pitched at students or consumers willing to upgrade to a new device in a budget. It surely comes with a lot of features which considering the price seem very attractive.

The phone comes with various layers of lamination for making it look like a glass panel although is made out of hard plastic. The company is calling it a "crystal-like dewdrop effect". The back panel is prone to a lot of dust and smudges.

The phone features a 6.3-inch full HD+ display and is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The display is moderately bright and performs convincingly under the sun or outdoors. The high pixel density ( ~409 PPI) helps the display in producing sharp images although sometimes it misses out details.

The company is proposing good configurations to the device too. There are three versions available all powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset. The customer can pick between 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, and a massive 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

This marks the first time a Realme phone to have an 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM. Some other specs incorporate dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5, a gyroscope, proximity sensor and so on. The phone is a solid performer and runs pretty smoothly. There are no issues even while multitasking and phone can handle tasks with ease. Although the UI can be a bit laggy other than that it functions suitably.

The Realme 2 Pro arrives with a primary 16-megapixel rear camera having f/2.0 aperture while the second is a 2megapixel depth sensor. The camera does a good job of providing great images with a good amount of colors and details. The wide aperture is able to take agreeable Bokeh effect in close-up distances.

Though when pointed at fast-moving objects like cars, or animals there is a shutter lag. The 16-megapixel selfie camera has a screen flash for night conditions is useful although it has a hard time capturing the details.

The 3500 mAh battery included can easily last a whole day once fully charged when used for fundamental purposes like calling, messaging, surfing, watching videos, and so on. On heavy usage, the device can last up to 10-12 hours which is also great. Out of the box, the phone comes with Realme's custom skin ColorOS 5.2, which is based on Android 8 (Oreo) but can be upgraded to ColorOS 6 that is Android 9.

Additional Features

As with any ColorOS running device, there are some extra features that come in handy in day to day usage. There is a Game Space app that frees up memory and blocks the notifications when you launch a game. The Smart Sidebar feature provides a side panel from the edge of the display that gives access to apps like Camera, file Manager, and so on. A face recognition feature is also present that can be used to lock apps as well.

Verdict

The Realme 2 Pro is a powerful device that comes with a tonne of great features as well. The sharp display looks good along with snappy face unlock, solid build and at a very reasonable price. It is a great device from the company and can surely be used as a daily driver.

What We Loved

  • Excellent display
  • Good performance
  • Face unlock is fast
  • Ample storage

What We Didn’t Like

  • Plastic Body
  • Average camera performance
5.

Redmi Note 7S

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 48 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    3GB | 4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

Overview

Xiaomi's Redmi series has been a great success in the Indian smartphone market mostly due to two main reasons: the first being affordability, while the second being great features and design. The Redmi Note 7s which was launched in May this year received a great response from the customers and is a good budget segment offering from the Chinese giant.

The device has a glossy finish almost making it look like a glass back but instead is a plastic body. This glossy finish helps the phone to attain a premium look, however, the back is prone to smudges and dust particles. It sports a 6.3 inch ( 1080x2340 pixels) IPS LCD panel and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. It has a satisfying amount of brightness with ample sharpness and color.

It boasts an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset and an Adreno 512 GPU. The performance obtained from the chipset is adequate for daily usage although it is a less powerful processor when compared to the Snapdragon 675 which features on Redmi Note 7 Pro. It is being made available in two variants- the base model with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of inbuilt storage, and the top-end model with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of inbuilt storage.

As for the cameras, the device has a primary 48 megapixel Samsung GM1 camera with f/1.8 and a 5-megapixel secondary camera for depth calculations. The camera is AI-enabled which is capable of recognizing plants, buildings, and other things. The images miss out on details and color quality. But distant shots were appreciable. The low light shots were just about fine. In the front, a 13-megapixel selfie camera is present which takes decent selfies and also owns AI beautification.

It packs a 4000 mAh battery with an average battery backup and supports fast charging ( Quick Charge 4). It runs on MIUI 10 on top of Android 9 (Pie).

Additional Features

MIUI gives a lot of customization options to the user like trying out different themes and also has Xiaomi's own set of apps like Mi Drop, Mi Pay, Mi Store, etc. There is a Widevine L1 DRM feature that lets the user stream Netflix and Amazon Prime in HD resolution.

Verdict

The Redmi 7s is a good performer with great hardware and nice performance. The only let down is the camera, if you aren't so much concerned about having great cameras you can surely opt for this device.

What We Loved

  • Great design
  • Good performance
  • Average battery life

What We Didn’t Like

  • No dedicated SD card slot
  • Fast charger not bundled
  • Average cameras
6.

Samsung Galaxy M20

Samsung Galaxy M20
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    3GB | 4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    5000 mAh

Overview

Samsung took over the Indian smartphone industry by storm when it launched the Galaxy Y back in 2011. It was an entry-level smartphone with great specs and at a much affordable price. From then on, Samsung was the lone king of the Indian budget segment market for nearly 6 years. But with the rise of companies such as Xiaomi, Oppo, and so on the Korean company lost its flair. Samsung launched its latest M series a few months back aiming at budget users and trying to lure the customers.

The Samsung Galaxy M20 was launched in February this year with great designs and configurations at affordable prices. The company revamped the looks of the device and introduced a new "Infinity V" display that added a V-shaped notch to the display that houses the front camera. The body is made out of plastic and the phone is available in Ocean Blue and Charcoal Black.

The company has used a 6.3-inches PLS TFT display having 409 PPI of pixel density and 1080x2340 pixels of resolution. The screen is bright and sharp thanks to the high pixel density and also the viewing angles are fair. The screen is suitable for watching videos, playing games and reading,

The Galaxy M20 comes fitted with an octa-core Exynos 7904 chipset and a Mali-G71 GPU. The phone comes in 3GB and 4 GB RAM variants with 32 and 64 GB of storage respectively which can be further expanded to 1 TB via a dedicated card slot. Although the Exynos chipsets aren't considered as powerful as the Snapdragon, yet the Exynos 7904 performed well. It can handle everyday tasks easily and can run games on low and medium settings but there are heating issues with the device.

The device is installed with a 13-megapixel rear camera having f/1.9 aperture and a 5-megapixel ultrawide sensor. The images from the camera are just about average. They are distorted and lack colors and fine details. When the ultrawide lens is used the quality depreciates even more. In the night, the camera performance is very ordinary and the images have motion blur and miss out details.

Additional Features

It owns a massive 5000 mAh battery and delivers good results. It can last for about a day on medium usage which is excellent but on heavy usage, it merely lasts for 10-12 hours which could have been better. The M20 comes with Samsung's latest One UI on top of Android 8.1 and can be updated to Android 9. The phone has dual 4G VoLTE support and standard features like WiFi and Bluetooth.

Verdict

The M20 is a good smartphone with decent features and Samsung's brand name and reliability. The phone can perform day to day functions smoothly although the One UI is a little buggy. There are a lot of good phones in the same range as the M20 with a better processor and bigger battery. The M20 has definitely narrowed the competition to a great extent but it needs some more catching up to do.

What We Loved

  • Great battery
  • Nice display

What We Didn’t Like

  • Poor cameras
  • Ads are annoying
  • Heating issues
7.

Realme U1

Realme U1
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    3GB | 4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3500 mAh

Overview

Realme is giving a tough competition to a lot of well-established brands, with its good looks and performance at a very considerable price point. The Realme U1 was released last year and proposed as Selfie centric phone.

The Realme U1 comes with rounded edges and a matte finish on the rear side to provide a strong grip. The rear panel is good and dust particles or smudges don't accumulate on the surface. A 6.3 inch (1080x2340 pixels) IPS panel is used instead of the conventional LCD one. It also has a Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

The screen has great brightness even under sunlight and produces sharp images. A pre-applied screen guard can also be found on the screen which isn't of such great quality. As notched smartphones are becoming more and more common, this device also has a small waterdrop notch to house the front camera.

In the hardware department, the Realme U1 has a newer MediaTek Helio P70 SoC which as per the company gives a 13 percent performance boost than its predecessor. The chipset is paired with a Mali-G72 GPU. There are 3 versions of the phone - the first with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB storage, the second one with the same RAM but double the storage, and the last one with 4 GB of RAM 64 GB of storage.

The new processor is a worthy upgrade and it performs just about fine and manages to deliver good and stable frames when in-game too. There are no lags when used mildly although the processor gets heated up when put to test.

As for the camera, the primary is a 13-megapixel shooter with f/2.2 and has autofocus while the second camera is a 2-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.4. In well-lit conditions, the camera does a competent job and the pictures look good but in low light conditions, the camera strives to get a good shot.

The autofocus isn't very snappy and takes time. Being a selfie-centric phone, the front camera comes with a 25-megapixel HDR-enabled shooter with Sony IMX 576 sensor. The camera doesn't live up to its name while the day time shots are nice the camera found itself struggling in low lit areas and the images were a little blurry and lacked details.

The phone is shipped with ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 but can be upgraded to the latest ColorOS 6 which is based on Android 9. It possesses a 3500 mAh battery which can comfortably last a day once fully charged.

Additional Features

The device supports gestures that can be used for navigation, taking screenshots or for split-screen and a bunch of pre-installed apps from the company. A feature known as Smart Scan is also present which lets you scan any document with text and it is then converted into editable text.

A new feature named ORoaming is also available that can generate a Virtual SIM card on the device for local internet services in different countries at a particular rate depending on the country.

Verdict

The Realme U1 is a value for money device with great upsides like a faster processor, a good amount of RAM, decent battery, great display but on the flip side it misses out on the camera as it is being projected as a camera-centric device and some build quality issues. If you don't use the camera that often then it is a great choice and a good performer as well.

What We Loved

  • Face unlock is swift
  • Good display
  • Nice processor

What We Didn’t Like

  • Poor low light camera performance
  • Build quality could have been better
8.

Realme 5

Realme 5
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.5" (720 x 1600)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Quad 12 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    3GB | 4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    5000 mAh

Overview

Realme 5 is made of polycarbonate and has a laminated plastic back. The rear side of the phone has a crystalline pattern all around it giving the phone a likable and standout look. The build quality is substantial and feels tough.

On the front, the device owns a 6.5-inch HD+ with a 720x1600pixels resolution display. The bezels are trimmed down and on the top, a dewdrop notch can be found. The display is reasonably bright although not as sharp. The viewing angles were also considerable.

Underneath the screen, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 an 11 nm chipset along with an Adreno 610 GPU powers the device. Realme are proposing three versions of the smartphone- one with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of inbuilt storage, while the second being 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of inbuilt storage, and lastly 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of inbuilt storage a dedicated slot is also available in case of more memory upgrades.

As far as the performance is concerned, the Realme 5 is a balanced performer and can easily pull off everyday duties. It is also capable of handling heavy games and there aren't any heating issues as such. The RAM is also able to manage to multitask and switching between app is smooth.

The camera section is where things get heated up a little as the device comes with quad-camera set up which is the first phone to offer this under Rs.10000. Besides the conventional 12 megapixels f/1.8 primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, it features an 8 megapixel ultrawide and a 2-megapixel camera for macro shots. Now as for the day time circumstances, the images are pretty good but failed to capture distant objects as it lacked details.

The close-up shots from the camera are where the Realme 5 surpasses others, the images look good and have great details even edge detection is managed competently. However, low light conditions are a weak point but it manages to perform fairly.

The phone uses ColorOS 6 which is based on Android 9 and will receive an upgrade to Android 10. The phone has a huge 5000 mAh battery and for daily usage is great. Though the charging takes a lot of time and can pose some problems.

Additional Features

When listening to music with earphones the audio quality can be improved to a good extent with Real Sound Technology a feature of Realme 5. Many features like for instance Game Space which boosts the experience while gaming and gestures are also present.

Verdict

The Realme 5 brings a lot of features to the table like great design, good display, a quad-camera setup, and excellent performance. However, the camera isn't as great as it should have been, the battery takes a considerable amount of time to charge, and the battery life could have been improved as many Realme phones are able to last more than a day.

What We Loved

  • Nice design
  • Great overall performance
  • Good display

What We Didn’t Like

  • Fast charging is not available
  • Cameras could have been improved
9.

OPPO A5

OPPO A5
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.2" (720 x 1520)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    3GB | 4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4230 mAh

Overview

OPPO has garnered a large customer base in a short period by continually delivering feature-rich smartphones at outlandish prices. While the entry and mid-segment are filled with a lot of choices from different brands the Chinese company has amassed a great fan base.
The OPPO A5 is a good looking phone and as with the prevailing trend the company has opted for a glossy plastic finish on the rear of the phone which has diamond-shaped cuts resembling as the one seen on Realme 1. The phone is available in Blue, Pink, and Red color options.

A 6.2 inches IPS LCD panel on the front with a Gorilla Glass 3 protection and 720x1520 pixels resolution on the OPPO A5 looks good and has adequate brightness. The screen isn't that sharp and vibrant, however. It is a good overall display and is fitting for watching videos or playing games.

The OPPO A5 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor coupled with 3/4 GB of RAM and an Adreno 506 GPU. The chipset used delivers a very promising performance and is ideal for day to day activities and shows no signs of lag. The A5 has two storage options- one with 32 GB and the second with 64 GB although it doesn't feature a dedicated card slot, a Hybrid SIM slot is available.

It owns a dual 13+2 megapixel rear cameras, the second being a depth sensor. The camera can take Bokeh shots and can shoot videos up to 1080p. The images from the device are satisfying although they could have been a lot better as many other companies offer great imaging capabilities. An 8-megapixel selfie camera is also present that comes with an AI selfie feature aimed to enhance the image quality and details.

It sports a 4230 mAh battery and as per the company's claims, it can last for about 36 hours once fully charged. The phone runs on Android 8.1(Oreo) and also has support for dual 4G VoLTE.

Additional Features

The OPPO A5 comes with some interesting features of its own other than cool themes and customizations. A Music Party Function is made available that uses the phone's hotspot to connect to other phones and lets the user share his/her music.

Verdict

OPPO has been releasing decent budget smartphones for a long time now and the A5 is no exception. The specs and configurations are solid and the phone also performs well. Although if you could spend a little extra you can land yourself a sweeter deal than this.

What We Loved

  • Good display
  • Nice battery

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very average cameras
  • Mediocre performance
  • No dedicated SD slot
10.

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

Overview

Realme 3 was launched in March earlier this year and comes with a waterdrop notch allowing a higher screen to body ratio and can be purchased in four different color variants that include Black, Dynamic Black, Radiant Blue, Diamond Red.

Realme 3 uses 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 helpful feature that benefits in taking good images in low light conditions.

Powering the phone is 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 alternatives 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 storage.

It also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and face unlock which grants additional security to the phone. A 4230 mAh Li-Po non-removable battery ensures that the phone can 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.

Additional Features

The device comes with the conventional ColorOS features like the Game Space, Smart driving with the addition of Riding Mode which blocks notifications when turned on except for incoming calls along with gesture controls.

Verdict

Realme 3 is a comprehensive upgrade from the previous version and comes with a fresh design and with good battery life. The processor is also an incremental update from its predecessor, giving it a huge performance boost. Though, Type C support, a better camera, fast charging would have been largely appreciated.

What We Loved

  • Firm body
  • Robust processor
  • Snappy face recognition

What We Didn’t Like

  • No Type-C
  • Average cameras
  • No fast charging