The Best Android Smartphones Under 7000 in India

by Oct 13, 2019

The 10 Best Android Smartphones Under 7000

1.

Redmi 7A

Redmi 7A
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    5.45" (720 x 1440)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    2GB | 2GB | 3GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

Overview

Xiaomi is a name that needs no introduction when it comes to budget smartphones in India. The Chinese company took the Indian market by storm with its budget and mid-segment devices and offered great specs and amazingly low prices.

The Redmi 7A is the latest super affordable phone from the company which was launched in June this year. It has a new design and comes with a list of new changes on both the software and hardware front.

It arrives with a unibody design and rounded corners which it easier to hold although it is a little thicker. The rear of the phone has a matte finish and is made of polycarbonate giving it a bit of sturdiness. It is being offered in three colors namely Matte Black, Matte Blue, and Matte Gold.

A 5.45-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) IPS panel having an aspect ratio of 18:9 looks pretty neat, has decent brightness for both indoor and outdoor usage, and contents look sharp. To lessen eye fatigue and make reading more comfortable the phone has a TUV Rheinland certification.

Underneath the display, the phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset clocking at 2 GHz along with 2 GB of RAM. The phone comes in 16 GB or 32 GB storage variants to choose from ( which isn’t quite enough) but thankfully has a dedicated SD card slot.

As for the performance, the 7A performs quite fairly and daily life applications ran smoothly although while multitasking or running too many applications in the background caused the phone to lag and there was a delay while launching or switching between apps.

The camera has been upgraded and clicks better images than its predecessor. It possesses a 12 megapixels Sony IMX486 sensor with 1.25-micron pixels on the back, which improves the imaging quality drastically. The rear shooter captures crisp photos with praiseworthy sharpness and decent color reproduction in daylight. While in the low light conditions, the camera was a little disappointing and lacked details and images had a good amount of noise. The camera also lacks to provide a consistent focus lock.

A 5-megapixel selfie camera is also present which does a great job in face recognition and clicks good selfies too.

For connectivity, the Redmi 7A has 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, a micro-USB, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. It runs on MIUI 10 which is based on Android 9 (Pie). Xiaomi is also giving 2 years of warranty with this device.

Additional Features

The Redmi 7A has some cool features which make it stand out from the rest in some ways. It features a nano-coating material for protection against accidental liquid spills or splashes, however, there is no IP rating provided. The MIUI 10 has great features like Second Space for creating dual accounts, Dark mode, and a Reading mode. For multitasking, a split-screen feature is also given.

Verdict 

Xiaomi has made a lot of improvements to its new 7A while keeping the costs at bay. The device has a great performance and it doesn’t lag under daily circumstances. Although insufficient RAM tends to bottleneck the phone. The Redmi 7A is capable of running games although demanding games heat the phone.

The camera is a solid improvement and captures nice images under normal conditions. On the other hand, the battery backup is also fair and provides enough juice to last it a day.

What We Loved

  • 2 years of warranty
  • Nice battery backup
  • Good build

What We Didn’t Like

  • Ads in MIUI
  • Less internal storage
  • Average cameras
2.

Realme C2

Realme C2
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.1" (720 x 1560)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    2GB | 3GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

Overview

Realme is a Shenzhen-based Chinese smartphone manufacturer. It has launched many smartphones in the entry-level segment with great configurations and aggressive pricing to take on it's Chinese rival Xiaomi and has successfully gathered a large customer base.

The Realme C2 is made of plastic but what distinguishes the phone from others is the finish that offers it a premium look. The geometric diamond-cut design looks modern and eye-catching.

It features a 6.1-inch HD+ screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. It has a 720x1560 pixels resolution and instead of opting for a traditional display the company has gone with a waterdrop notch style to house the front camera. The display is pretty neat and has nice viewing angles with a fair amount of brightness.

It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor coupled with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, while there's a 3 GB version as well with double the storage. The processor performs adequately given the price at which it is available.

The apps and games run competently and multitask can be done on this device. Yet, you can witness some lag when loading heavy apps or pulling the notification shade down. For security, the Realme C2 has face unlock which is responsive and unlocks the phone almost instantly.

The phone owns dual cameras at the back, consisting of a 13-megapixel primary camera having an f/2.2 aperture and a secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor. The nearby images from the camera look good with great details while distant images lack sharpness and weren't that good.

Although portrait shots capture a good amount of details due to edge detection. The front shooter takes likable pictures for the price. The camera has Pano, Expert, Timelapse, and even Slo-Mo modes.

The Realme uses Color OS it's own custom UI on top of Android 9.0. and comes with a 4000mAh battery that lasts around 20 -21 hours on normal use. It also supports 4G as well as VoLTE on both the sims while other connectivity options like WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and GLONASS are also present.

Additional Features

The C2 possesses Driving and Riding mode that automatically sets the phone in DND mode when paired with the car's Bluetooth for safety.

Several themes can be installed and the device can be customized as per your choice or mood. It can also auto-send SMS messages when you reject a call.

Verdict

The C2 is a good smartphone with admirable hardware capabilities, a good battery, and decent software. If you are looking for a smartphone under Rs.6000 this is the one then.

The build and design make the Realme C2 stand out from most budget phones that are available in the market.

What We Loved

  • Excellent design
  • Good battery life

What We Didn’t Like

  • Poor performance
  • Very average cameras
3.

Mi Redmi 6A

Mi Redmi 6A
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    5.45" (720 x 1440)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    2GB | 2GB | 3GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3000 mAh

Overview

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A is the successor of the 5A and brings some changes and updates to the table.

The phone is carved out of plastic and comes in black, blue, gold, and rose gold color options. The front is kept simple and has thick bezels all around the display. The overall build is trustworthy and the phone looks good. The display boasts an aspect ratio of 18:9 and measures 5.45 inches having 720x1440 pixels resolution.

At the heart of the phone, a quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 having a clock speed of 2.0 GHz runs the phone. It comes in two versions - 2 GB RAM with 16 GB onboard storage, and 3 GB RAM with onboard storage. Since the processor used is a very basic one so one shouldn't expect it to perform greatly.

Although, it delivers decent performance for everyday purposes like messaging, listening to music, or surfing the web. One very annoying thing about the device is that it has a lot of bloatware which takes up a lot of memory.

On the camera front, it comes with a 13-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF on the rear and a 5-megapixel front camera. The camera is one of the weak points of this device and is not a great performer.

However, it manages in taking satisfactory photos with an average amount of sharpness and details and is suitable for uploading or sharing on social media. It can also record videos up to 1080p but there are focus issues.

Straight out of the box the phone comes with MIUI 9 on top of Android 8.0 (Oreo) and can be updated to Android 9. A 3000mAh battery provides 18-20 hours of backup which is quite good and it can also last for a day if used only for basic purposes. It is also 4G enabled and has VoLTE support along with WiFi and Bluetooth.

Additional Features

The phone has a tonne of preloaded apps like Netflix, Amazon, PhonePe, Opera, and a few other third-party apps too.

The default face emoji keyboard provides a bunch of emojis, GIFs, stickers, themes, and more. It also has UI customization features as well.

Verdict

The Redmi 6A is a reliable smartphone with a bigger screen, satisfactory battery life, and a better processor. However, the phone comes with a lot of bloatware and ads which at some point are very bothersome.

What We Loved

  • Appealing Design
  • Reasonable Price

What We Didn’t Like

  • Bloatware Included
4.

Infinix Smart 3 Plus

Infinix Smart 3 Plus
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.21" (720 x 1520)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Triple 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    2GB | 3GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3500 mAh

Overview

Infinix is a Hong Kong-based smartphone brand and has been trying to make an impact on the Indian smartphone industry for some time now. It had launched a few smartphones and has recently launched the Infinix Smart 3 Plus at the price tag of Rs. 6999.

At first glance, one might think that the phone's back is of glass, however, it is made up of glossy plastic that resembles a glass back. The build is pretty solid and the phone has rounded edges to give it a firm grip, but the phone tends to slip a bit and the back panel is prone to dust and fingerprint marks.

It sports a 6.21-inch HD+ (720x1520 pixels) display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The display is sharp with great brightness, the viewing angles are also fair, and the color reproduction is nice too. Although the screen is reflective and can cause problems when viewing content against a dark background. The display has a notch and can be disabled via settings and it also has adaptive brightness.

Powering this phone is the MediaTek Helio A22 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage which can be further expanded to 256 GB. The processor does a nice job and can manage tasks efficiently, however, the main concern is the RAM. The 2GB provided doesn't feel sufficient especially when a lot of apps are open in the background or installed on the device.

The phone starts to lag, and there is a delay when switching apps or launching a new one. Heavy games like PUBG mobile tend to slow the phone down to a considerable amount.

A triple camera setup can be found on the rear side of the phone. The first being the primary camera with a 13-megapixel sensor, a secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor, and the third being a low-light sensor. The picture quality is pretty good when taken in daylight conditions, the color gradients seemed natural with great details.

The camera focus is worth praising too. However, in the night or low light things changed pretty quickly. The low light sensor failed to do the job and the images captured had blurriness and noise. The 8-megapixel selfie camera is capable to take good selfies with good details. AR stickers are also provided although they are limited and extra can't be downloaded.

In the software department, the Infinix Smart 3 Plus runs on the custom XOS 5.0 skin that is based on Android 9.0 and it also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner along with face unlock. The 3500 mAh battery is enough to last for a day when used mildly and comes with a 5V charger in the box.

Additional Features

The Infinix Smart 3 Plus has a load of additional features thanks to the XOS UI that it uses. The common features like Bike mode, reading mode are there along with few others like Whatsapp mode, Smart panel, and Smart Arrange.

The Whatsapp mode tends to limit the data access of apps except for WhatsApp enabling you to receive messages, this could be helpful when you are low on mobile data or using someone's hotspot. The Smart panel can be accessed by swiping the horizontal bar at the right edge of the screen.

The panel consists of a collection of tools and apps which you might use daily. Smart Arrange rearranges and classifies the apps into icons or folder. There is also an intelligent Broadcast feature that lets you listen to notifications, weather, and so on.

Verdict

For just under Rs.7000, the Infinix Smart Plus 3 is an engaging and feature-rich smartphone. The battery life and cameras are pretty nice along with appreciable security options.

Though the performance might be an issue and the phone does lag when used heavily. If this isn't your main concern then you definitely should consider this phone.

What We Loved

  • Good design
  • Feature-rich
  • Great battery

What We Didn’t Like

  • Poor performance
  • Average cameras
5.

OPPO A3s

OPPO A3s
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.2" (720 x 1520)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    2GB | 3GB | 4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4230 mAh

Overview

OPPO is another big name when it comes to budget segment smartphones. The company owns a variety of good looking smartphones with decent performance and kept well under budget as well. The OPPO A3s is also one of them.

Starting with the design, the most attention-grabbing thing about the phone is it's notched display giving it a premium look and thinning out the side bezels. On the rear, a glossy polished plastic can be found to give it a reflective glass look. The back looks engaging although it is inclined to smudges and dust.

The A3s packs a 6.2-inch HD+ display with respectable brightness. Despite an HD screen, the display isn't as sharp as one would expect and the colors look faded.

The device gets its power from a Snapdragon 450 chipset and is matched with 2 GB of RAM. The A3s runs on OPPO's Color OS 5.1 which is preloaded with a bunch of apps. The performance of the phone isn't satisfying much due to the heavy Color OS which slows the phone down.

The Color OS is buggy and that, in turn, causes the device to stutter and lag while opening an app or switching between them. An Adreno 506 GPU is also present to make the gaming experience more enjoyable and it does the job as intended. The games work smoothly and are playable with no frame drops or lag.

In the camera department, the phone includes a 13-megapixel primary camera along with a 2-megapixel secondary depth sensor for the Bokeh effect. The captured photos contain a fair amount of details although colors weren't very accurate and looked wobbly.

The focus pf the camera works nicely and the shutter speed is also good. The front camera is a letdown and the images lack details and are packed with noise.

The OPPO A3s gets its juice from a 4,230 mAh battery which is a strong suit of the phone and can comfortably last a day and even more.

Additional Features

The OPPO A3s is bundled with some interesting features as well. It has face recognition for security and privacy, the Color OS also comes with a lot of customizations like themes, icon packs, and much more.

A Game Space feature can also be seen which automatically starts as soon as a game is launched much like the gaming mode of Oxygen OS although not completely like that.

Verdict

If you are on a tight budget and looking for a phone which has all the basic features then OPPO A3s perfectly fits the description. But if you have a little money to spare then there are a lot of good options to ponder at.

What We Loved

  • Great Battery
  • Good processor

What We Didn’t Like

  • Poor Cameras
  • Average display
  • Below-average performance
6.

Vivo Y90

Vivo Y90
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.22" (720 x 1520)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 8 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    2GB | 2GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4030 mAh

Overview 

Vivo is another Chinese smartphone brand that has taken the Indian market with a storm. The company offers good looking smartphones with innovative design and performance at incredibly low prices making them a sweet deal.

The Vivo Y90 was launched in July this year and is one of the newest budget smartphones from the company. The phone is constructed of plastic and has a bezel-less display with a teardrop notch at the front. It has a 6.2 inch IPS LCD screen (720x1520 pixels) having a pixel density of 270 PPI. The display is suitable with decent brightness and viewing angles.

The device incorporates a Quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, and a PowerVR GE8300 GPU. It arrives in two storage alternatives- a 16 GB, and a 32 GB one which can be expanded via an SD card. The phone is ideal for daily usage like watching videos, surfing the web, or listening to music.

The device is proficient to run games as well like PUBG although in low settings. Multitasking or launching too many apps at once causes the device to lag and heat up which is an expected issue.

It houses an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The images are very average and lack sharpness and color and in low lit areas, the picture gets blurry. the front camera though dos a decent job and the pictures are worth sharing on social media.

Vivo has it's own FunTouch 4.5 skin on top of Android 8.1, and it boxes a 4030 mAh battery which is sufficient for about a day's use.

Verdict

The Vivo Y90 is a solid and reliable offering from Vivo and has some unique features like a big battery and a good processor with a decent performance. However, the camera quality is compromised, the display is very average, and the price at which it is being presented, the Realme C2 is a better option for many reasons.

What We Loved

  • Excellent battery
  • Decent performance

What We Didn’t Like

  • Poor cameras
  • Ordinary display
7.

Redmi Go

Redmi Go
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    5.0" (720 x 1280)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 8 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    1GB | 1GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    3000 mAh

Overview

The Redmi Go from Xiaomi is a very basic and entry-level phone that runs on the stepped down Android Go operating system. It can be called as an ultra-low-end device.

It is a very traditional looking smartphone made completely of plastic but feels solid to hold. Thick bezels are surrounding the screen can be seen and instead of on-screen buttons, three navigation buttons can be found below the display, though they aren't backlit.

The Redmi Go is a very compact device with a screen size of just 5 inches (720x1280 pixels). The display considering the price at which it comes is good, sharp, with proper viewing angles. The color seems faded which leads to the screen looking dull.

Although being an ultra-cheap device, one of the strongest pros about this phone is its processor. A Snapdragon 425 chipset can be seen on the phone which is outdated but is powerful enough to meet the requirements. The thing which isn't good is the RAM it comes with. Only 1 GB of RAM is present on the phone which is not sufficient for most of the modern apps. The optimized Android Go UI runs smoothly though, but RAM hungry apps like Instagram or snapchat pose problems. A mere 8 GB of inbuilt storage is provided but thankfully can be upgraded to 128 GB of dedicated storage.

In the optics section, a single rear 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and a 5-megapixel front camera with an f/2.2 aperture while both can record videos up to 1080p. The images from the phone are basic and don't have many details or exposure.

The 3000 mAh battery is sufficient for the device to last a day with basic usage. While when used heavily the device can last up to 11 hours.

Additional Features

The Android Go comes with a bunch of Go applications which are lite versions of the applications. The Youtube Go lets you track how much data each video will utilize even before playing the video, and lets you save some videos which can be played later without using data. Maps Go provides you with shortcuts for different routes and works with two-wheelers too.

What We Loved

  • Decent battery life
  • Super Affordable
  • Solid build

What We Didn’t Like

  • Very mediocre cameras
  • Low storage and RAM
8.

Nokia 2.1

Nokia 2.1
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    5.5" (720 x 1280)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Single 8 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    1GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4000 mAh

Overview

Nokia is a brand that ruled the Indian mobile market for more than a decade, but with Android devices becoming common and more powerful, the market was dominated by different brands. But when HMD Global bought Nokia they announced they would be releasing Android-based smartphones in the market.

The Nokia 2.1 is an entry-level smartphone from Nokia targetted for new users and customers. It is composed of plastic and the body is pretty solid with tight gaps. A contrasting colored stripe runs along the edges of the screen and on the camera housing as well. The back cover can be opened but the battery isn't removable.

The 2.1 boasts a large 5.5 inch IPS LCD panel ( 1280x720 pixels) with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and pixel density of 267 PPI. The screen has a Gorilla Glass protection as well. Despite having a low resolution, the images look fairly sharp and are good for watching movies or playing games.

The device possesses a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 having a clock speed of 1.4 GHz, paired with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of inbuilt storage. It has a dedicated SD slot along with dual sim capability. Even though Android Go is very optimized the phone struggles while multitasking due to less RAM. Sometimes active background processes close down due to the low availability of RAM. However, it manages to run basic day to day life apps with ease.

An 8-megapixel rear camera is provided at the back along with a 5-megapixel front sensor. The camera performance is very introductory and low light images are poor. An Auto HDR mode is present which is a matter of surprise as many basic cameras don't have such features. The shutter speed when shooting with HDR mode takes an annoying time.

It comes with a 4000 mAh battery which is one of the salient features of the device. You can get around a day's power when used massively which is an awesome thing and if you are someone of uses the phone for basic purposes then it comfortably lasts for 2 days. Straight out of the vox the phone comes with Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) which can be further upgraded to Android 9 ( Go edition).

Verdict

So now the main question arises should you buy it or not? At just Rs.5000 Nokia 2.1 has a good design, great battery life, and a decent display. Yet, it lacks good cameras, storage space is low and the performance is below par. If you are a basic user and want a good looking phone with key features then 2.1 is a great deal, but if you could spend a little more, then a lot of choices are available.

What We Loved

  • Great design
  • Nice display
  • Big battery

What We Didn’t Like

  • Slow processor
  • Less storage
  • Very basic cameras