We have decided to include a new category for mobile phones under 12000, as this price bracket has plenty of competition and several value for money offerings. The Chinese brands are dominating this price segment with feature-packed phones that are even comparable to mid-range to high-end phones from established brands like Samsung, Sony, LG etc.
The specifications are top notch too. Some of the phones we recommend here have finger print sensor, Full HD, good camera and excellent battery backup. You can also play most games on the Play Store on any of the phones listed on this page.
For your convenience, we have also included links to purchase original phones from reliable online shopping websites like Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal.
1. LeEco Le 2 32GB (Dual Sim) – Rs 12000
Look wise, the LeEco Le 2 looks exactly like its predecessor. Except that we now have a 16 MP camera which is placed at the centre, there is no other major change. The metal body looks very stylish, classy and feels premium to hold.
It sports a 5.5 inch Full HD display, the colour contrast and sharpness are good, the viewing angles are great as well.
The finger print sensor is placed at the back and works efficiently. The phone unlocks in less than a second.
The phone runs on the Snapdragon 652 processor with 3GB RAM , the performance is mostly lag free. Apps can be switched quickly without any problem. Gaming performance was decent as well. The processor could handle most games on the Play Store, with little or no lag. However, some games like N.O.V.A 3 did face some issues. If you are into heavy gaming, you need to increase your budget and look at higher end phones.
LeEco Le 2 comes pre-installed with Android 6.0 Marshmallow with custom EUI, the user interface can be a little difficult to operate, there is a bit of learning curve.
The 16MP back and 8MP front camera captures good pictures in indoor as well as outdoor conditions. The camera performance was much better than the similarly priced Redmi Note 3. The video quality was good as well.
Supports IR blaster and USB on-the-go to transfer files.
Speakers are loud enough and the call quality is good too.
The 3000 mAh battery lasts for a day with average usage. It supports quick charging that lets you charge your phone from 0-100% in less than 2 hours. Most phones that cost under 12000 rupees do not have this feature.
Comes with 32GB internal storage
Doesn’t come with headphone jack, however they do provide an adaptor to use the normal 3.5mm earphones.
Comes with USD Type C charging port (many phones are now using USB-C, no longer a disadvantage, but extra cables can cost you more)
Doesn’t come with Micro SD card slot, the 32GB internal storage is all that you get.
The custom user interface takes a bit of time to get used to.
2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 32GB (Dual Sim) – Rs 11000
The anodised metallic build gives it a premium classy look and the curved back makes the phone feel good in the hand.
5.5 inch Full HD display is crisp and bright with good viewing angles and sunlight legibility.
The finger print sensor is placed at the back, it’s easy to reach and the phone unlocks quickly.
The phone comes powered by the Snapdragon 650, which is usually found in mid-end phones. The performance is smooth with 3GB RAM and the gaming performance is also good, most high-end games can be played without any lag.
Camera performs well in outdoor conditions. The videos comes out good as well.
Runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 with Xiaomi’s MIUI user interface. The user interface is easy to operate.
This phone has the best battery among mobile phones under Rs 10000. It comes with a 4050 mAh battery, which lasts for nearly two days of moderate usage. Should last one full day even if you’re a heavy user.
Motorola launched G4 recently and there hasn’t been much changes done from G4 Plus, except for the fact that it is missing the fingerprint sensor. There hasn’t been much difference between the price either which is a huge disappoiment as most of them would prefer a RS 14000 phone with fingerpritn sensor than a Rs 13000 phone with no finger print sesnor.
The textured back with metal bezel makes the phone look premium
Comes in a 5.5 inch Full HD screen with corning gorilla glass protection, the display quality is good with great viewing angles
Motorola has sensibly designed it’s speakers which are placed in the front. The sound quality is loud and clear, loud enough for a small room.
The phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow which makes it even more better to use with Stock Android user interface
The performance with Snapdragon 617 is decently fast and lag free. Although it does have some heating issues.
Motorola has really worked on it’s camera, the 16MP back camera with autofocus takes sharp and clear images. The double twist to open the front camera and twist to open the back camera works really well. One cannot be disappointed with front camera as well, as the selfies come out great.
The call quality is really good, with no call drops and good reception.
3000 mAh battery lasts for a day with moderate usage, and it also come with turbo charger which helps it charge from 0 to 50% in less than 30 minutes.
Supports USB on to go that helps you transfer files from the phone and vice versa.
Comes with 16 GB internal storage and 128 GB expandable storage.
Non removable battery
Average gaming experience
The snapdragon 617 chipset has some overheating issues, the phone tends to heat while charging and gaming.
5. Honor 5C 16GB (Dual Sim)- Rs 11000
Honor 5C comes in a full metal body just like Le Eco and Redmi Note 3. The rounded corners makes it easy to hold and feels good as well.
The 5.2 inch full HD display is clear and sharp, the sunlight legibility is good with decent viewing angles.
The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back and works quick as well, can unlock the phone within no time. You can also use this fingerprint sensor to click a photo, answer the call and stop the alarm. This multi purpose fingerprint sensor is one the best features in the phone and is not found in any budget phones.
The HiSilicon Kirin 650 processor with 2GB RAM runs smoothly with no lagginess. The mediatek processor is good for gaming and games like Asphalt can be played without any heating issue.
Runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 with EMUI, the user interface is simple to use.
The pictures come out good with 13MP back and 8MP front camera. However the low lighting pictures come out average
16GB internal storage with 256 expandable storage
The 3000 mAh battery lasts for a day with normal usage and also has power saving technology that allows you to use it for some more hours.