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10 Best Smartphones Under ₹5000 in India [September 2020]

Best Smartphones under ₹5,000 will be undoubtedly the category only for those who have an extremely tight budget or they are looking for a cheap phone as their secondary device. Now if you are in the market looking for the best device you can get under ₹5,000 then you will end up with a lot of options including the most outdated ones.

For this article we are looking for phones priced below ₹5,000, we made this list on our personal opinion and listed it down based on price, quality, durability, and more. We have focused more on the phone which you can buy in India and some of these might be available around the globe.

We will be updating the article frequently as new phones are released and are worth including in this list, so make sure to check back again before making a choice.

List of Best Smartphones Under ₹5,000 in India

1. Redmi Go

Redmi Go
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The Redmi Go is an entry-level smartphone from Redmi and targets the users who have a really low budget and want to buy a smartphone or looking for a secondary smartphone. The phone was launched in January 2019 at an amazing price point and features all sets of basic features.

On the front, you have a 5.0 inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. You have the old 16:9 aspect ratio screen on this one along with hardware capacitive buttons. The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition) So you get to use the lite version of most Google apps such as Youtube Go and Google Maps Go.

The Redmi Go runs fine for all day to day use, the device is powered by the Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Processor paired with Adreno 308 GPU. You have two variants of this phone: 1GB + 8GB and 1GB + 16GB. There is also a dedicated SD card slot so you can easily expand the storage up to 128GB.

The camera’s on this phone are not so great as it a budget-oriented phone but it gets the job done. You get a single 8 MP rear-facing the camera with f/2.0 aperture, Auto Focus, LED flash, and HDR support. On the front, you have a 5 MP camera for taking selfies. The front camera also supports auto HDR.

The phone has a 3000 mAh battery which is good enough to last you a full day on a single charge. Connectivity options on the Redmi Go include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, FM radio, micro USB 2.0, and USB On-The-Go. The Redmi Go sells in two color variants: Black and Blue.

Technical Specifications

SocQualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425
Ram and Storage1GB + 8GB & 1GB + 16GB
Display and Resolution5 inch (720 x 1280 pixels)
CameraRear 8 MP | Front 5 MP
Battery 3000 mAh

2. Nokia 2.2

Nokia has been constantly pushing its devices in the market. Most of the devices the company has launched are in the budget series and they are quite successful. The Nokia 2.2 was launched in June 2019, comes with a beautiful design and a very affordable price tag.

On the front, you have a 5.71 inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1520 Pixels. The screen has the 19:9 aspect ratio display and a notch design on top for the front camera and speaker grille. Talking about the design you get a plastic back which comes in Steel and Tungsten Black color.

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The device is powered by Mediatek Helio A22 Processor paired with PowerVR GE8320 GPU. You get 2GB/3GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of Internal Storage. In terms of software, the phone runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) and also upgradable to Android 10.0 thanks to the Android One program.

The camera’s on this phone are not so great, you get a 13 MP rear-facing camera and a 5 MP front camera for taking a selfie. You also have LED flash, HDR, and Panorama support. The device has a large 3000 mAh battery inside which is good enough for a device like this and you will easily get a full day on a single charge.

Connectivity options on this device include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, FM radio, Micro USB 2.0, and USB On-The-Go. The device has the 4G supports which is great and it also supports VOLTE. The device also supports expandable memory and you can add an SD card for up to 32 GB.

Technical Specifications

SocMediatek MT6761 Helio A22 (12 nm)
Ram and Storage2GB RAM + 16GB, 3GB RAM + 32GB
Display and Resolution5.71 inch (720 x 1520 pixels)
CameraRear 13 MP | Front 5 MP
Battery 3000 mAh

3. Samsung Galaxy A2 Core

Samsung Galaxy A2 Core
Image Source – Image Source – https://www.samsung.com/in/smartphones/galaxy-a2-core-a260g-1gb/SM-A260GZBGINS/

Samsung is known for its Mid-range and flagship devices and only has a few devices in the budget series. The budget device from Samsung is not that successful but the Samsung Galaxy A2 Core seems like a great deal. The device was launched in April 2019 and packs some good specifications and a great choice for your first or a secondary device.

On the front, the device has a 5.0-inch PLS TFT display with a screen resolution of 540 x 960 Pixels. The screen has the old 16:9 aspect ratio with large top and bottom bezels. The display quality is also not that great but it is acceptable for the price. The phone has a plastic design and comes in three color Black, Blue, Red, and Gold.

The Samsung Galaxy A2 Core is powered by Exynos 7870 Chipset paired with Mali-T830 MP1 GPU. You get 1GB of RAM and can choose between 8GB/16GB of Internal Storage. The phone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo (Go Edition). Basically you get the Lite version of the majority of apps.

The camera on this device is decent, you get a 5MP camera on the back with f/1.9 aperture and a 5MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture. Other features of the camera include LED flash and HDR support. The device has a small 2600 mAh battery and you might have to charge the device twice a day.

Connectivity features on this device include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, FM radio, Micro USB 2.0, and USB On-The-Go. The device supports 4G and VOLTE so making calls over 4G won’t be an issue on this one. The storage expandability feature is also available for up to 32GB.

Technical Specifications

SocExynos 7870 Octa (14 nm)
Ram and Storage1GB + 8GB & 1GB + 16GB
Display and Resolution5 inch (540 x 960 pixels)
CameraRear 5 MP | Front 5 MP
Battery 2600 mAh

4. Meizu C9 Pro

Meizu C9 Pro
Image Source – Image Source – https://www.meizu.com/en/c9/spec/index.html

Here’s a device from a not so popular brand Meizu. Although the brand is not popular in India they have some great offerings in the budget and mid-range segment. The Meizu C9 Pro was launched in December 2019 and packs some decent specifications. Starting with the design you get a plain plastic back that comes in Black, and Gold color.

On the front, you get the 18:9 aspect ratio display with a screen size of 5.45 inches and 720 x 1440 Resolution. The display is an IGZO IPS LCD and has minor top and bottom bezels. The device runs on Android 8.0 (Oreo) with Meizu’s own Flyme UI Skin on top.

Talking about performance you get Unisoc SC9832E Chipset paired with Mali-820MP1 GPU. In terms of memory, you get 3GB of RAM and 32GB of Internal Storage. The Storage can also be further expanded for up to 64GB via a MicroSD Card. The device is great to get you through most of your daily tasks with ease, don’t expect heavy use and multitasking.

Coming to the optics, you get a 13MP rear-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture and Auto Focus, While on the front you get a 13MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. Some other features of the camera include LED flash and Panorama. The camera’s here can take a decent image and it is very good for the price range.

Connectivity options in this phone include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and Micro USB 2.0. Inside you have a 3000 mAh battery which is great as it has a small display and week processor. It will easily last you through a full day with ease. Keep in mind that this phone doesn’t come with an FM Radio preinstalled.

Technical Specifications

SocUnisoc SC9832E
Ram and Storage3GM RAM + 32GB Internal Storage
Display and Resolution5.45 inch (720 x 1440 pixels)
CameraRear 13 MP | Front 13 MP
Battery 3000 mAh

5. Gionee F9

Gionee F9
Image Source – Image Source – https://gionee.co.in/F9.php

The next one on the list is Gionee F9. Although the brand only has a handful of devices in the market the Gionee F9 seems to be a good option in this price range. The design of this phone consists of a plane back design and comes in a variety of different color options such as Black, Blue and Beige Color variant.

On the front, you get a 5.71 inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1520 Pixels resolution. The screen has a 19:9 aspect ratio design with minor bottom bezels and on the top, it has a small notch for the front camera and the speaker grille.

The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Processor paired with Adreno 308 GPU. The performance on this device is decent for the price and you get 3GB of RAM along with 32GB of Internal Storage. The device runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) out of the box with a Custom Skin on top. The internal storage can also be further expanded up to 256GB via a Micro SD card.

Cameras on this phone are also great, You get a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and an 8MP front camera for taking selfies. Surprisingly this phone also features a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, as well as face, unlock feature which is a rare thing in this price range.

Connectivity options in this phone include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and Micro USB 2.0. The phone also has a large 3520 mAh battery inside which is great and it will easily last you through a full day on moderate usage.

Technical Specifications

SocQualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425
Ram and Storage3GB RAM + 32GB Internal Storage
Display and Resolution5.71 inch (720 x 1520 pixels)
CameraRear 13 MP | Front 8 MP
Battery 3520 mAh

6. Yu Ace

YU ACE
Image Source – https://twitter.com/yuplaygod

YU Ace is a budget smartphone from Micromax under the YU. Micromax has already launched a few budget smartphones in the past few years but this phone offers some great specifications for the price. What makes it different from other budget phone is the large battery and a fingerprint scanner.

On the front, you have a 5.45 inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. The screen has small bezels along the sides and has an 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone runs on Android 8.0 (Oreo) out of the box. There are three color variants to choose from Charcoal Grey, Electric Blue, and Rose Gold.

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The YU Ace is powered by a 1.5 GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6739 Processor paired with PowerVR GE8100 GPU. There are two variants of this phone available: 2GB + 16GB, and 3GB + 32GB. You also have storage expandability available here via a dedicated micro SD card slot.

On the back, you have a single 13MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash. The rear camera is also capable of recording 1080p videos @30fps. On the front, you have a 5 MP camera for taking selfies. Surprisingly you also get a front LED flash which is a nice addition for taking pictures in low light it can record 720p videos @30fps.

Connectivity options in this phone include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, FM radio, micro USB 2.0, and USB On-The-Go. The device has a large 4000 mAh battery which is really appreciated. You can have a full day of use easily on a single charge. Apart from this you also have 10W fast charging support. In terms of security, you have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Technical Specifications

SocMediaTek MT6739WW
Ram and Storage32 GB, 3 RAM or 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
Display and Resolution5.45 inch (720 x 1440 pixels )
CameraRear 13 MP | Front 5 MP
Battery 4000 mAh

7. Asus Zenfone Lite L1

Asus Zenfone Lite L1
Image Source – https://www.asus.com/in/Phone/ZenFone-Lite-L1-ZA551KL/

Asus has been dominating the Indian budget smartphone segment by launching some great phones at an amazing price point. Last year the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 was a great success as a mid-range smartphone, the new Asus Zenfone Lite L1 was launched in October 2018 and targets the budget smartphone segment.

On the front, you have a 5.45 inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1440 Pixels. The screen has minor bezels along the sides and an 18:9 aspect ratio display with 295 PPI density. The device runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with Zen UI skin on top.

The Asus Zenfone Lite L1 is powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor paired with Adreno 505 GPU. The performance on this phone is great for all day to day tasks. This phone is definitely not for high-end games but it can handle light gaming and multitasking with ease. The phone comes in 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage. You can also expand the internal storage with the help of a Micro SD card for up to 128 GB.

On the back, you have a plastic back. You get a single 13MP rear-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture with PDAF, LED flash, HDR, and panorama support. On the front, you have a 5 MP camera with f/2.4 aperture and LED flash for taking selfies. You have a decent 3000 mAh battery here and pairing it with the 720p display you will have good battery life.

Connectivity options in this phone include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, FM radio, micro USB 2.0, and USB On-The-Go. You also get a compass sensor on this phone which is very less seen on the budget segment.

Technical Specifications

SocQualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 (28 nm)
Ram and Storage32 GB, 2 RAM or 16 GB, 1 GB RAM
Display and Resolution5.5 inch (720 x 1440 pixels )
CameraRear 13 MP | Front 5 MP
Battery 3000 mAh

8. Infinix Smart 2

Infinix Smart 2

Infinix is a Hong Kong-based smartphone manufacturer and has launched a lot of mid-range and budget smartphones in India. In fact, Infinix was the first manufacturer to introduce a triple camera smartphone in the sub 10,000 rs price range. The Infinix Smart 2 was launched in October 2018 along with the Smart 2 HD and the Smart 2 Pro.

On the front, you have a tall 5.45 inch IPS TFT display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1440 Pixels. The screen has some bezels around and the display is in 18:9 aspect ratio. The device runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with Company’s own custom skin on top. It is also upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)

Internally, the Infinix Smart 2 is powered by a 1.5 GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6739 Processor coupled up with 2GB/3GB RAM. In terms of internal memory, you have 16GB/32GB to choose from. The internal storage is also expandable up to 128GB via a dedicated micro SD card slot.

On the back, you have a plastic body and the phone is available in a couple of different variants such as Bordeaux Red, City Blue, Sandstone Black, and Serene Green. Talking about camera’s you have a single 13 MP rear-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture. The rear camera also features 5P lens, HDR, Beauty Mode, Panorama, Night Mode, and PDAF. On the front, you have an 8 MP with f/2.0. The front camera also has Front flash, Beauty Mode, Bokeh, and Wide Selfie.

Connectivity options here include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, FM radio, and micro USB 2.0. The phone has a 3050 mAh battery to help you get through your day.

Technical Specifications

SocMediaTek MT6739WW
Ram and Storage2GB + 16GB and 3GB + 32GB
Display and Resolution5 inch (720 x 1440 pixels )
CameraRear 13 MP | Front 5 MP
Battery 3050 mAh

9. Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity Edition

Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity

Micromax has been a been budget segment player for so long. The Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity was introduced with the Android Go initiative to make the experience lag-free. The phone was launched in December 2018 and features some amazing specifications for the price.

On the front, you have a 5.45 inches IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. The has the new 18:9 aspect ratio with minor top and bottom bezels. The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition). The Android Go is a lighter version of the full-fledged Android Oreo and you get to use the light version of most of the google apps.

The phone is powered by a Quad-Core MediaTek MT6739 processor paired with the PowerVR GE8100 GPU. In terms of memory, the phone comes in 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. The storage can be expanded up to 32GB with a micro SD card.

On the back, you have a plastic build and you have three color variants such as Lava Red, Rose Gold, and Matte Blue. There’s a single 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash. On the front, you have a 5MP camera also with an LED flash for taking selfies. The phone has a massive 5000 mAh battery which is really appreciated in this budget. The phone will easily last you 2 days on moderate usage.

Connectivity options in this phone include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, FM radio, recording, micro USB 2.0, and USB On-The-Go. You also have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for security. This is a nice addition as we don’t usually get a fingerprint scanner in this budget.

Technical Specifications

SocMediatek MT6739 (28 nm)
Ram and Storage16 GB, 1 GB RAM
Display and Resolution5.45 inch (720 x 1440 pixels )
CameraRear 5 MP | Front 5 MP
Battery 5000 mAh

10. Micromax Canvas 5 Lite

Micromax Canvas 5 Lite

Micromax Canvas 5 Lite or Q462 has launched in September 2016, it’s been 2 years since the device was launched and it also runs on a very outdated version of Android. It has a rubberized design on the back panel while on the front it has a 5.00-inch touchscreen display with a screen resolution of 720 by 1080 Pixels.

The phone is powered by a 1.3 GHz Quad-Core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB of internal Storage which is expandable only up to 32GB via a Micro Sd card. For the cameras, it has a Rear 8MP primary shooter with an LED flash and a 5MP front camera for selfies. The phone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and is powered by a 2000 mAh battery. The connectivity options include Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM, 3G, 4G, and USB OTG. In terms of sensors, it has a Proximity sensor, Accelerometer and Ambient Light sensor.

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It comes with some bloatware which you cannot remove and the Android version is very outdated also there is no VoLTE Support so you should not consider this against other phones listed here.

Technical Specifications

SocMediaTek MT6735P
Ram and Storage2GB & 16GB 
Display and Resolution5 inch (720 x 1080 pixels ) 
CameraRear 8 MP | Front 5 MP 
Battery 2000 mAh 

Final Verdict

So these were the best 6 smartphones we found under ₹5,000 for you to check out before making a choice also before buying a cheaper device, there are some factors which you should consider one of them is – limited memory available, these smartphones will have less RAM memory available to run numerous apps at the same time.

Running multiple apps will simply hang the device and you might have to reboot them to fix that. Make sure to pick at least 2GB of RAM so you can run multiple apps without lagging issues. Another thing is VoLTE support, if phone directly doesn’t support VoLTE then you have to use Jio 4G Voice app for Jio sim card which is again RAM consuming app and cause lagging issue it will also drain your battery.

The best Bang for your buck will be the Yu Ace and the Micromax Bharat 5 Infinity which has at least 2GB of RAM and fingerprint scanner, this will fulfill all your basic needs as a secondary device under ₹5,000. We hope this article was helpful for you if you still have a doubt feel free to let us know.

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Mehul Boricha
Mehul Boricha is the founder of Tech Arrival & Astute Links. He is a computer and smartphone geek from Junagadh, Gujarat, India. He is a Computer Engineer by Education & an Entrepreneur by Passion. Apart from technology geek, he is an audiophile & loves to connect with people.

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