Best phones under Rs 12,000 in India for 2022

India is a price sensitive market and will always have sufficient demand for affordable Android phones.

The segment is led by Chinese players such as Xiaomi, Realme, Infinix and others. Even brands like Samsung, Motorola and homegrown brands like Micromax have also started making their presence felt in the budget and entry-level price range.

Increased consumer preference and decreasing price differentials are expected to further drive consistent growth in this segment. This price range has so far gradually inherited features from the mid-range, such as better cameras, huge batteries, decent screens, and so on.

Best phones under Rs 12,000

All the phones below are: suitable for 4G except for the Poco M4 5G, which is currently the most affordable on the market. However, if you see the list with: more 5G phoneswe also have a manual for that.

Combined with affordable 4G internet packages, these phones can provide you with high speed, so you can enjoy uninterrupted gaming sessions and enjoy your favorite movies.

The phones priced below this price range are best suited for light to medium regular use as they come with chipsets that are not meant for heavy use. However, you can easily find a phone with a significant amount of RAM and a decent screen for less than Rs. 12,000. These phones also offer large storage options, enough to store heavy media.

So let’s dive right into the options.

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Specifications:

Display: 6.6-inch, FullHD+, LCD

Processor: Unisoc T616

RAM: 4/6GB

Storage: 64/128GB

Rear cameras: 50MP+2MP+0.3MP

Front cameras: 8MP

Battery: 5000mAh, 18W fast charging

operating system: Android 11, Realme UI

Weight: 189g

Thickness: 8.1mm

Reasons to buy:

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Good main camera

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Surprisingly low price

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Long Life Battery

 

Reasons to Avoid

Doesn’t fit well in the hand

No ultra-wide camera

Display is a bit weak

 

The Realme C35 strikes a balance between good features, great performance and an affordable price. Similar to devices priced below Rs 10,000 in India, the smartphone offers a 5,000 mAh battery with an 18W fast charger. Smartphones within this range are aimed at users who are not much into gaming.

With this device, you can catch up with your friends on social media, make phone calls and browse the web easily. Surprisingly, the Realme C35 also comes with a good primary camera with a 50MP lens. The photos come into their own in well-lit conditions.

Samsung Galaxy M12

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Samsung Galaxy M12

Specifications:

Display: 6.65″ HD+ LCD, 90Hz

Processor: Exynos 850

RAM: 4/6GB

Storage: 64/128GB

Rear cameras: 48+5+2+2MP

Front cameras: 8MP

Battery: 6000mAh, 15W fast charging

operating system: Android 11, one UI 3.1

Weight: 221g

Thickness: 9.7mm

Reasons to buy:

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90Hz

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Big battery

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Decent performance

 

Reasons to Avoid

Slow charging

Bloatware and Spam Notifications

 

Here comes an option from Samsung for this price range. The Samsung Galaxy M12 is powered by a 7mm Exynos 850 SoC and offers a decent 90Hz display. The device has a matte finish that makes the phone premium.

The device also packs a massive 6000mAh battery and is paired with 15W fast charging. Furthermore, there is a 48MP ISOCELL GM2 main camera, a 5MP wide-angle lens followed by a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor. However, you may not find the camera quite decent.

On the front is a dewdrop notch that houses the 8MP selfie camera. By default, the phone runs on One UI 3 Core based on Android 11.

Realme Narzo 50A

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Realme Narzo 50A

Specifications:

Display: 6.52-inch HD+ LCD display

Processor: MediaTek G85

RAM: 4GB

Storage: 64GB

Rear cameras: 50+8+2MP

Front cameras: 16MP

Battery: 6000mAh, 18W fast charging

operating system: Android 11, Realme UI

Weight: 209g

Thickness: 9.8mm

Reasons to buy:

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Battery life

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Good performance

 

Realme Narzo 50A comes as a solid and affordable 4G smartphone. It gets a huge battery capacity, a 50-megapixel camera on the back and a 16-megapixel camera on the front.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage at this price point. The phone will get a triple rear camera with the primary sensor being a 50MP shooter paired with a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro camera.

It gets an HD Plus LCD display, a huge battery capacity of 6,000 mAh and fast charging of 18 W via a USB Type-C port.

Poco M4 5G

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Poco M4 5G

Specifications:

Display: 6.58-inch, Full HD+, 90Hz

Processor: Dimension 700

RAM: 4/6GB

Storage: 64/128GB

Rear cameras: 50MP+2MP

Front cameras: 8MP

Battery: 5000mAh, 22.5W charging

operating system: MIUI 13 based on Android 12

Weight: 200g

Thickness: 8.9mm

Reasons to buy:

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5G support

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FHD+ display

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Big battery

 

Reasons to Avoid

Video recording lacks any kind of stabilization

 

Poco has launched several handsets within the M series this year. The Poco M4 5G is currently the only 5G-ready smartphone in the country.

It runs on the MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset and has a 90Hz display. As a budget device, the smartphone can handle everyday tasks and help you test 5G services without hurting your wallet. As the 5G spectrum auction recently closed, the smartphone supports many of the usual 5G bands in the country.

Although the camera performance is also good in good lighting conditions, the smartphone does not have any form of video stabilization.

The Poco M4 5G also comes with a 5,000 mAh battery that will get you through the day without any problems. It runs on MIUI 13 based on Android 12.

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Infinix Note 12″

Specifications:

Display: 6.7″ FHD+ AMOLED, 60Hz

Processor: Mediatek Helio G88

RAM: 4/6GB

Storage: 64/128GB

Rear camera: 50+50+2MP

Front camera: 16MP

Battery: 5000mAh, 33W

operating system: XOS 10 based on Android 11

Weight: 184.5g

Thickness: 8.03mm

Reasons to buy:

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AMOLED display

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Decent performance

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Battery life

 

Reasons to Avoid

Software needs polishing

 

The Infinix Note 12 runs on a MediaTek Helio G88 chipset and 4GB of RAM on the base variant with 64GB of storage. The RAM can be further expanded virtually by up to 3 GB from the settings.

When it comes to the camera, it features a dual 50MP main and wide angle camera along with a 2MP depth and AI sensor. For selfies, you get a 16MP camera. It is backed by a 5,000mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging. Other features include a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Android 11 OS, dual-band Wi-Fi, headphone jack and Type-C port.

Moto G31

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Specifications:

Display: 6.43-inch, Full HD+, AMOLED, 60Hz

Processor: MediaTek G85 SoC

RAM: 4GB LPDDR4X

Storage: 64GB

Rear cameras: 50+8+2MP

Front cameras: 13MP

Battery: 5,000mAh, 33W fast charge

operating system: Android 11, My UX 12

Weight: 178.8g

Thickness: 8.2mm

Reasons to buy:

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Good performance

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Reliable battery life

 

Reasons to Avoid

60Hz refresh rate

Slow charging

 

The Moto G31 is the latest smartphone from Motorola that falls under this price range and offers decent specifications. It includes an FHD Plus AMOLED display, but you only get the 60Hz refresh rate, compared to others in this segment that offer a 90Hz display.

Under the hood, the phone gets the MediaTek Helio G85 processor paired with the MaliG52 MC2 GPU. It will get 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of onboard storage. The phone supports memory expansion up to 1 TB using a microSD card slot. It gets a 50MP sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide angle camera and a 2MP sensor for macro shooting. A 13MP front camera is housed under a punch cutout. The 5,000mAh battery will receive support for 20W fast charging via USB Type-C.

Redmi 10 Prime

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Redmi 10 Prime

Specifications:

Display: 6.5-inch, FullHD+, LCD, 90Hz

Processor: MediaTek Helio G88

RAM: 4/6GB

Storage: 64/128GB

Rear cameras: 50+8+2+2MP

Front cameras: 8MP

Battery: 6,000 mAh, 22.5 W fast charging

operating system: MIUI 12.5 based Android 11

Weight: 192g

Thickness: 9.6mm

Reasons to buy:

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Good performance

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Reliable battery life

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90Hz Display

 

Reasons to Avoid

MIUI is buggy

Slow charging

 

The Redmi 10 Prime comes with a MediaTek Helio G88 chipset, clubbed with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage on the base variant.

As with other Redmi Prime models, this smartphone also comes with a 50MP primary camera and its performance is good. For the price the device has, the smartphone can handle most everyday tasks.

It comes with a large 6000 mAh battery pack and can be charged with the 22.5 W charger that comes in the box. It also runs on MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11.

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