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Best Rs 10,000 phones to buy : Realme C3, Redmi 8A, Galaxy M30 make the cut

Looking for a smartphone under Rs 10,000 that you will probably be able to buy after the lockdown lifts? Our buying guide for April has Realme C3, Redmi 8A Dual, and more

Due to coronavirus pandemic, like many other industries, the tech industry, too, has come to a standstill. The smartphone launches have been postponed in the wake of the adverse situation impacting the logistics globally. Somehow the companies that are launching their phones timely via online-only events are doing it for the namesake, keeping in mind that the sales for their new smartphones will not start until lockdown situation improves across several countries.

The paucity of smartphones since last month has also impacted buyers who are now second-guessing their decision of getting themselves a new phone. But if you are still looking for a new phone under the Rs 10,000 mark, here is our list of top 5 budget smartphones that you may buy after the lockdown is lifted. We have included phones from our previous month’s list as well since there have been no launches in the particular category since then.

Realme C3

Launched in February, the Realme C3 is a good deal for you if you are willing to spend only up to Rs 10,000. For a starting price of Rs 7,499, the Realme C3 offers a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD display with a waterdrop-style notch at the top. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio G70 processor paired with 3GB or 4GB of RAM. The storage options on the smartphone include 32GB and 64GB, with support for expandable storage up to 256GB. The Realme C3 houses a 12-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera at the back. For selfies, the smartphone flaunts a 5-megapixel camera on the front. It is fuelled by a 5000mAh battery.

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Redmi 8A Dual

The Redmi 8A Dual was launched in February soon after the Realme C3 was introduced in the Indian market. The budget smartphone from Xiaomi brand Redmi comes at a starting price of Rs 6,999 and brings the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor to the table. The smartphone packs a 6.22-inch HD+ LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. It packs 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage on the base variant. The Redmi 8A Dual packs a combination of two cameras at the back – a 13-megapixel main sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. For selfies, there is an 8-megapixel sensor on the front. Redmi 8A Dual packs a 5000mAh battery.

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Infinix S5 Pro

Infinix launched the S5 Pro last month to take on the Realme C3 and Redmi 8A Dual with features such as a pop-up selfie camera. Starting for Rs 9,999, the Infinix S5 Pro could be a strong competitor with internals that include an octa-core MediaTek Helio P35 SoC paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage and a 6.53-inch FHD+ display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It has a setup of three cameras at the back – a 48-megapixel main sensor, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a QVGA sensor for low-light photography. For selfies, there is a 16-megapixel camera mounted on the pop-up slider. The Infinix S5 Pro is backed by a 4000mAh battery.

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Realme 5i

Another phone in the sub-Rs 10,000 range is from Realme. Realme’s low-tier phone in the Realme 5 series is the Realme 5i that was launched in January. It is priced at Rs 9,999 for the base variant and comes with specifications such as a 6.52-inch HD+ notched display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 AIE processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage, and a microSD card slot. For photography, the Realme 5i has a 12-megapixel primary camera paired with an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. For selfies, there is an 8-megapixel sensor. The Realme 5i is backed by a 5000mAh battery.

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Samsung Galaxy M30

Our last month’s list too had the Galaxy M30 because it is still a relevant phone after a year since its launch in India. Its prices have fallen over time, which is why it is there in the list. Now available for Rs 9,685 on Samsung India website, the Galaxy M30 a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U Display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. For this price, it is the only smartphone with an AMOLED display, which makes the Galaxy M30 worthwhile. It is powered by a Samsung Exynos 7904 SoC paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It has a combination of a 13-megapixel sensor and two 5-megapixel sensors. It is backed by a 5000mAh battery under the hood.

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