The Best Android Smartphones Under 13000 in India

by Oct 23, 2019

Are you looking for android phones under 13000? The onset of 2019 started with the launch of several smartphones in the budget category, delivering balanced speed and performance at pocket-friendly rates. A handful of these budget smartphones can give tough competition to some of the higher range of smartphones and may even surpass them in many categories like battery optimization and better camera qualities.

But searching for the right phone from such a heap of choices can be a challenging and time-consuming task. For simplifying tasks, below is a detailed list of some of the best Android smartphones in this budget category for all-round performance.

The 6 Best Android Smartphones Under 13000

1.

Xiaomi Mi A3

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

About the phone

Within a brief period, Xiaomi emerged as one of the giants in the smartphone industry, delivering efficient android devices in different categories. Xiaomi Mi A3 offers powerful hardware specifications and runs on stock Android instead of Xiaomi’s MIUI. It is a fragment of Google’s Android One campaign. It looks elegant and is well protected by Corning Gorilla Glass on both the front as well as the backside, including the camera setup, to keep scratches away. Mi A3 has a dewdrop notch on the front side which houses the selfie camera. It has relatively thicker bezels and a chin, but the ones on the sides are relatively thinner. At the top, it consists of a 3.5 mm headphone jack, IR emitter for controlling several household devices, and a secondary microphone.

The phone has three color variants- More than White, Not just Blue, and Kind of Grey. The power button and volume rocker are on the right side while the hybrid sim tray is on the left. The bottom end consists of a USB type C port and two grills, out of which the one on the right side is the loudspeaker.

Our Thoughts

Mi A3 features a Super AMOLED display which is undoubtedly better than LCD, but the pixel density is less than 300 ppi, pixelation takes place while reading a text, which is somewhat annoying. The display is not the brightest in its category, and under the direct sunlight, it was comparatively difficult to view the screen properly. Mi A3 is a part of Google’s Android One program and runs on stock android (9.0 Pie) without any pre-installed bloatware, thus freedom from spam notifications.

Mi A3 encloses a Snapdragon 665 SoC chipset which is accompanied by four Kyro 260 Gold cores (clock speed: 2.0 GHz) and four Kyro 260 Silver cores (clock speed: 1.8 GHz). The phones feature Adreno 610 with support of 4/6 GB RAM for hassle-free multitasking. The in-display fingerprint has decent unlocking speed. The camera set-up makes the phone interesting. The rear side encloses the triple camera set-up which comprises of a 48 MP Sony IMX 586 Sensor (f/1.8) as the primary camera, an 8MP (f/2.2) 13 mm ultra-wide sensor, and a 2Mp (f/2.4) depth sensor. The camera supports multiple shooting modes like Portrait, Pro, Panorama, Night, along with the usual ones. The camera, however, fails to provide a decent HDR scenario and blows out details while using the ultra-wide setup. Using the night mode, decent photos can be captured. The 32 MP selfie-camera produces relatively decent photos and shows well-edge detection, even in low light conditions.

The phone offers a pretty decent battery life and supports Quick Charging 3. Sound performance is also decent; there are far better speakers in the same category, but for the most part, it does its job.

What We Loved

  • Lag-free performance
  • Big battery life
  • Triple camera setup
  • Premium build quality

What We Didn’t Like

  • Low pixel-density
  • Slower photo processing speed
  • Lack of a quick charger in the box
  • Unbalanced HDR
2.

Redmi Note 7S

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

About the phone

Redmi has been smashing the budget category phones with tonnes of different smartphones. The Redmi Note 7S is somewhat the connecting link between the Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro. Redmi Note 7S has a glass sandwich build, well protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and the backside. The display is big with a small notch called the “dot notch” which houses the selfie camera. One of the disadvantages of the gloss finish is that it is a fingerprint magnet and can easily attract greasy stains. The buttons have pretty decent tactile feedback. At the top, it consists of an IR emitter, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the secondary microphone.

At the bottom, a USB type C port is present, along with two grills, out of which the loudspeaker is enclosed within the right side grill. The volume rocker and power buttons are on the right, while on the left, a hybrid sim slot is present. The rear side houses the dual camera set up along with a dual-led flash and fingerprint scanner. The camera set-up is not entirely enclosed under the glass, as a result of which the device rocks when kept on a flat surface. Redmi Note 7S is available in three color variants- Oynx Black, Ruby Red, and Sapphire Blue.

Our Thoughts

Redmi Note 7S runs on latest Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10 on top. The phone has a lot of previously installed bloatware like Amazon Shopping, Dailyhunt, Netflix, Facebook, etc. along with a bunch of Mi apps like Mi video, Mi pay, Mi Drop, etc. Redmi Note 7S is powered by Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor (with 4 Kyro 260 cores locked at 2.2 GHz and 4 Kyro 260 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz).

Multitasking is pretty decent, and the phone can run games like Pubg almost with no lag. The fingerprint scanner unlocks the phone pretty fast and had a matte touch to it. The phone is available in two variants- 3GB Ram with 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage.

The dual-camera setup has a 48 MP Samsung GM1 primary sensor (f/1.8) and a 5MP depth sensor(f/2.2). Different shooting modes are available like Pro, Night, Panorama, Portrait, etc. The 13MP selfie camera (f/2.0) is also decent. The 48 MP camera captured pretty decent photos, but a certain amount of grain was visible in the output. Low light scene detection was proper but had increased grainy output to it.

The battery backup is noteworthy and supports Quick charge 4. But the box does not come with a quick charger.

What We Loved

  • Premium build
  • Loud audio output
  • Splash resistant
  • Huge display with dot notch

What We Didn’t Like

  • Grainy output while using the night mode
  • Lots of spam notifications
  • Lack of fast charge
3.

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

About the phone

Samsung has been a giant in the tech industry for a long time. It has recently launched the M series for the budget category. The M20 features a 6.3 inches display with a V-style notch which houses the selfie camera and features curved out edges. The phone has narrow bezels and a comparatively wider chin. The phone is somewhat bulky owing to the massive 5000mAh battery. At the bottom, a USB type C port is present along with the speaker grille and a 3.5 mm audio jack. The fingerprint scanner is on the back end and is positioned somewhat a bit higher, which makes it a bit uncomfortable to reach while holding the phone. The phone houses an embedded dual-camera setup at the rear side which has a bit of a round edge to it which guards the phone against daily scratches. The power button and the volume rocker is on the right end while on the left the sim tray (dual nano sims tray) and a dedicated microSD slot are present. The phone is available in two color variants- Charcoal Black and Ocean Blue.

Our Thoughts

Samsung M20 is not the most promising phone in its category. The bulky design makes it uncomfortable to carry in pocket and while using it for a longer duration. The phone houses an octa-core processor comprising of 2 ARM Cortex A73 cores (clocked at 1.8 GHz) and six ARM Cortex A53 cores (clocked at 1.6 GHz) along with the support of a Mali-G71 GPU. The phone is available in two variants- 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM with 64 GB internal storage. The fingerprint sensor unlocks the phone faster when compared with face unlock, which takes about a second to function. Occasional lag was encountered while multitasking, which can be a bit annoying for some users.

Another setback is the heavy advertisement o the lock screen which somewhat made the useful notifications less-visible. Most of the users will be frustrated from such heavy degrees of advertisements from My Galaxy app. The display is, however crisp and produced vibrant colors.

The camera performance is disappointing. There’s lack of details and sharpness in the captured pics, which is available in most other phones in this budget range. The Pro mode lacks most of the functionalities which are present in other brand phones like Redmi and Honor. There’s also a lack of AI enhancement. The Live Focus worked only on faces. The Night mode is a disaster and fails to produce even average quality shots. A lot of distortions and grains can be seen in the shots.

What We Loved

  • Big Display
  • Big battery

What We Didn’t Like

  • Annoying spammy ads
  • Below par camera performance, especially in low light and night conditions.
  • A noticeable amount of heating while using the device for a longer duration.
4.

Honor Play

Honor Play
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB | 6GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3750 mAh

About the Phone

Honor has been emerging as a tough competitor in this budget category alongside brands like Redmi, Asus, Vivo, etc. The Honor Play offers a 6.3 inches display and is powered by Hisilicon Kirin 970 processor. The bezels are comparatively thinner and consist of an iPhone X type of notch which houses the selfie camera, the earpiece grille, and a tiny Led notification blinker.

The phone has a full metal unibody, which gives it a sturdy feel. The rear side contains the dual-camera setup, led flash and a circular fingerprint scanner at the center. The power button and the volume rocker is on the right side while the hybrid sim-slot is on the left. The phone is available in a lot of color variants like- Midnight Black, Navy Blue Player Red, Violet, Player Edition Black.

Our Thoughts

One of the plus points of Honor Play is its sharp FHD+ display which produces vibrant colors. It features a GPU Tubo technology which for seamless gaming. The phone runs on EMUI 8.2 with a powerful Neural Network processing for optimized results while using the camera, machine learning, or AI features. The phone is packed with an octa-core processor with four Cortex A73 cores (clocked at 2.4 GHz) and four Cortex A53 cores (clocked at 1.8 GHz). The phone is available in two variants- 4GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage and 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.

The dual-camera setup houses a 16MP (f/2.2) primary sensor and a 2MP (f/2.4) lens with an Led flash. At the front, a 16MP selfie camera (ff/2.0) is present. The camera produced vibrant shots in most of the surrounding conditions, without the support of the AI model. With the AI mode, the camera produced sharper images, but the shots had an artificial touch to it. The AI mode is also available in the selfie camera, which helped in better edge detection and added the bokeh effect.

The battery on the phone is 3750 and can be charged fully in less than 90 minutes using fast charging.

What We Loved

  • Sturdy build
  • Nice camera set-up
  • Decent battery backup

What We Didn’t Like

  • Heating under pressure
  • Lack of EIS in 4K mode
5.

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

About the phone

Realme has successfully managed to make its mark in the smartphone industry, giving noteworthy competition to the giants like Xiaomi, Samsung, etc. Realme U1 is powered by Mediatek Helio P70 SoC, along with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. Realme features a powerful high-resolution selfie camera unit. It has a 6.3 inches display which is a bit raised from the rest of the body. The power button and the volume rocker is present on the right side while on the left a sim tray and a dedicated micro-Sd slot are available. The bottom side contains a micro USB port, speaker grille, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The device is available in three color variants- Brave Blue, Ambitious Black, and Fiery Red.

Our Thoughts

One of the striking features of Realme U1 is its super-bright display (450 nits maximum brightness) which makes is visible even under direct sunlight. However, the display is protected by the older Corning Gorilla Glass 3 version. The laminated back panel is a massive fingerprint magnet and gets greasy stains easily. The device features a dewdrop type notch with single-camera setup and no LED notification blinker. The device is available in three internal storage variants- 3GB RAM/32 Gb, 3GB RAM/64GB, and 4GB RAM/64GB.

The main attraction is the selfie camera unit. The device features a 25MP Sony IMX 576 sensor (f/2). The selfie camera was successful in producing well-detailed shots, and the Ai beauty mode was also well balanced. The rear camera unit which is made up of a 13MP primary lens (f/2.2) and a 2MP depth sensor(f/2.4). Autofocus takes a second to act, and the senors produced decent photos in daylight but struggled comparatively to do the same under low-light conditions.

The 3500mAh battery is enough for daily activities.

What We Loved

  • Bright display
  • Decent camera quality

What We Didn’t Like

  • Lack of detailed shots under low light conditions
  • Fingerprint magnet
  • Lack of EIS in 4K mode
6.

Redmi Y3

Redmi Y3
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.26" (720 x 1520)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 12 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    3GB | 4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

About the phone

Redmi has been slashing the smartphone industry with its smartphones across all the categories, especially in the mid-budget section. Redmi Y3 is another efficient device from Redmi offering a well-balanced speed and performance at an affordable rate. The device features a 6.26 inches display which is well protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The device is a bit chubby and is heavier, which can make it comfortable while using for a longer duration. Qualcomm SDM632 Snapdragon 632 processor powers Redmi Y3 with Adreno 506. The device is available in three color variants- Prime Black, Bolt Red, and Elegant Blue.

Our Thoughts

Redmi Y3 has a 6.26 IPS LCD display which is not the brightest in its category and is also accompanied by bezels on all sides and a thicker chin. The device is powered by Qualcomm SDM632 Snapdragon 632 SoC octa-core processor, comprising of four Kyro 250 Gold cores (clocked at 1.8 GHz) and four Kyro 250 Silver cores (clocked at 1.8 GHz).

At the back, the device houses a dual-camera set-up comprising of a 12MP primary lens (f/2.2) and a 2Mp depth sensor. The camera produced decent shots in all surrounding conditions. The autofocus is not as fast as in Redmi Note 7 and also lacks AI scene detection mode in the selfie camera. The 32 MP selfie camera produced sharp shots but not the best in its category.

The battery backup if of 4000mAh and lacks fast charging which is disappointing.

What We Loved

  • Decent Selfie camera
  • Good battery backup

What We Didn’t Like

  • Loads of pre-installed bloatware
  • Lack of fast charging
  • Average rear camera performance