10 Best Mobile Phones Under 12000 (12k) in India 2018

Last Updated on 2018-09-02 by Geetansh Arora

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We have come up with a list of 10 best mobile phones under 12000 available in India as of 2018. We have included all the latest devices with the best selling devices which were launched earlier this year or last year. These mobiles are priced between 8k and 12k. New phones with bezel-less 18:9 and notch 19:9 displays and dual cameras have been added to our list.

The list of top 10 4G mobile phones contains the best phones from various brands like Motorola, Samsung, Redmi, Panasonic, Lenovo, Tenor, and Infinix. Infinix and Tenor are new brands in India and their phones look promising that's why we have included them on our list. All these phones have 4G VOLTE so you can use your Jio sim.

Most of these phones have a 13 or 16 MP back camera and 8 or 13 MP front camera. If you like to take pictures in portrait mode with bokeh/blue effect then go for the phones with dual cameras.

All these phones are suitable for everyday use. Most of these phones have 3 to 4 GB of RAM and 32 to 64GB of internal storage for your pictures, videos, music and docs. The ones with 4GB RAM will be good for multitasking and gaming. We have listed the pros cons of all smartphones with their specifications and links to Flipkart and Amazon. Dual camera phones are also on our list so if you take a lot of pictures you should go for them. Samsung phones don't have the best configuration in this range but a lot of people prefer Samsung so we have included top phones from Samsung as well. Some mobile phones on the list have more than 4000 mAh battery which will give you 2-day backup on a single charge.

We have also listed one of our favorite phones under 12000 at the end of this list

Let's take a look at the 10 best mobile phones under 12000.

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Here's the list of 10 Best Mobile Phones Under 12000 (12k) in India 2018

1. Moto E5 Plus

Moto E5 Plus comes with a fresh design. There is an 18:9 aspect ratio tall display on the front and the back has a nice finish which gives it a premium look. The display is 6-inch HD+ Display. The resolution of the display isn't exciting but it looks decent overall. The colors are bright and vivid and the viewing angles are good as well. Under direct sunlight, the display is sufficiently bright.

Inside the E5 Plus, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset powering the device. Snapdragon 430 is an old chipset and is average at best. With 3GB of RAM, you can expect decent performance because there is Stock Android. Still, if you are a heavy user and like to play games like PUBG, it is best to avoid this phone. If you are not into heavy gaming and just use phones for calling, social media apps, casual games and taking pictures, then you can consider this device.

The camera on the back is a 12MP sensor and the camera on the front is 5MP.  The camera performance is decent in outdoor conditions. Pictures look good with a decent amount of details and vivid colors. One thing that you won't like is the speed of the camera app. It is a bit sluggish at times. 

Moto E5 Plus runs on stock Android Oreo 8.1. There is no bloatware of this device which helps to provide a snappy performance. 

The battery inside the phone is a massive 5000 mAh battery which would last for 2-3 days on low to medium usage. Low-resolution screen, power efficient processor helps to provide good battery backup.

Go for Moto E5 Plus is you need a nice looking phone with big 5000 mAh battery and decent performance under 10000 to 12000 Rs. If you can spend more then consider Redmi Note 5 Pro or Nokia 6.1 Plus. Asus Zenfone Max is another good option.

Moto E5 Plus is one of the best phones under 12000
Storage-RAM32 GB-3 GB
Display6 inch IPS LCD
ResolutionHD+ 1440 x 720 Pixels
Back Camera12MP
Front Camera5MP
Battery Capacity5000 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Oreo 8.0
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 430
Weight197 gm
Pros
Beautiful Design
Nice Display
Stock Android
5000 mAh Battery
Dedicated MicroSD Slot
Cons
Average Processor
Slow Camera

Price and Available Offers

The price of Moto E5 Plus is around Rs. 11999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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2. Oppo Realme 2

Realme 2 is the successor Realme 1 which was launched in May 2018. The 2 is not really a successor of 1 as a lot of things have been downgraded. But, if you consider the under 10k pricing, it is not a bad phone at all.

First let's talk about design which is the USP of this device. There is a large 6.2-inch notch display on the front with a screen to body ratio of around 90%. This is something we have never seen on under 10000 Rs phones. The display resolution is HD only but it looks decent with good color reproduction and brightness. The phone has a diamond cut design on the back which looks nice as well. Looks wise, this is the best phone under 10000 as of August 2018. 

Inside, there is a Snapdragon 450 chipset with 3/4GB of RAM and 32/64GB of storage. The 3-32GB variant is priced at 8999 and 4-64GB is priced at 10999. The Snapdragon 450 is a good power efficient chipset with decent performance. With 4GB of RAM, you will see smooth multitasking and gaming. If you need more than 64GB storage then use the dedicated MicroSD slot provided. 

The rear camera is 13MP+2MP. The 13MP is a color sensor and the 2MP is a depth sensor for portrait mode pictures. The front camera is an 8MP shooter. The camera performance is good considering that this is a 10000 Rs. phone. Images look good overall with a decent amount of details and good colors.

The battery inside the phone is massive 4230 mAh which would last for 2 days on medium usage and 1.5 days on heavy usage. Thumbs up to Realme for adding a big battery and still keeping the phone lightweight and easy to use. 

If you are looking for a great looking phone with notch display and dual camera under 10000, then Realme 2 is great for you.

Oppo Realme 2 is one of the best phones under 12000
Storage-RAM32 GB-3 GB
Display6.2 inch IPS LCD
ResolutionHD+ 1520 x 720 Pixels
Back Camera13MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
Battery Capacity4230 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Oreo 8.1
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 450 Octa Core 1.8 GHz
Weight168 g
Pros
Beautiful Design
Decent Display
Great Battery Life
Decent Chipset
Dual Cameras
Cons
HD Resolution

Price and Available Offers

The price of Oppo Realme 2 is around Rs. 8990. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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3. Honor 9N

Honor 9N is very similar to Honor 9 Lite. The main thing that has changed is the display. Honor 9N comes with a notch display which is a trend these days. The display size is 5.84 inches and the resolution is Full HD Plus. It is a nice display with good colors and viewing angles. The overall glass design of the phone gives it a premium look. Because there is no metal and the battery capacity is just 3000, the phone is very lightweight and easy to use. The glass back looks great but it is very slippery so having a case would be a good choice to protect the phone.

The camera on the Honor 9N is a dual 13MP+2MP sensor for taking portrait mode bokeh effect shots. The front camera is a single 16MP sensor and it can also take bokeh effect pictures. The camera performance is good in good lighting conditions. Under low light indoor conditions, the performance is average.

The battery on this phone is 3000mAh and you can expect just a day of backup on a single charge. Heavy users might need to plug the device in the evening. 

The phone comes in 3 variants: 3GB 32GB, 4GB 64GB and 4gb 128GB. The first one is priced at 11999, second at 13999 and the 128GB storage variant is priced at 17999. The middle variant 4GB 64GB is the most balanced one and provides the best value for money. The Kirin 659 processor with 4GB of RAM is a good configuration to handle multitasking and gaming. Performance wise, the Kirin 659 chipset is similar to Snapdragon 625. 

Go for Honor 9N if you are looking for a notch display phone under 10000 to 15000 Rs. If notch display is not a requirement then Asus Zenfone Max Pro or Redmi Note 5 Pro are better options.

Honor 9N is one of the best phones under 12000
Storage-RAM32 GB-3 GB
Display5.84 inches TFT-LCD
Resolution2280 x 1080 Pixels
Back Camera13MP + 2MP
Front Camera16MP
Battery Capacity3000 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Oreo 8
ProcessorKirin 659 Octa Core
Weight152 gm
Pros
Beautiful Design
Good Display
Decent Camera Performance
Lag Free Multitasking
Cons
Average Battery

Price and Available Offers

The price of Honor 9N is around Rs. 11999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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4. Oppo Realme 1 64GB

Realme is a new brand of Oppo. Realme has been launched by Oppo to compete with Redmi in India and the first phone Realme 1 is a solid offering at a great price.

Realme 1 has looks and build quality similar to Oppo F7. The phone is lightweight and easy to use. There is a diamond cut design on the back which is reflected differently at different angles. The front and back both are covered with glass. The display on the Realme 1 is 6 inches large 18:9 aspect ratio display. The display colors are nice and vivid. Viewing angles are decent as well.

Inside the Realme 1, there is MediaTek Helio P60 processor which is a very powerful processor. It even beats the Snapdragon 636 on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The phone can handle heavy applications and games with ease and you won't notice any lags during day to day usage. The P60 processor is very power efficient as well and even with just 3410 mAh battery, you will get 1 to 1.5 days of backup.

The camera on the back is 13MP and on the front is 8MP. The camera performance is good in outdoor conditions and average in indoor conditions. There is no fingerprint sensor on this device and you need to use the face unlocking feature which works very well. It can unlock the phone in just 0.1 to 0.2 seconds and is accurate as well.

There are 3 variants available: 3GB 32GB, 4GB 64GB and 6GB 128GB at 8999, 10999 and 13999 respectively. All variants are well priced by Oppo and offer very high value for money. If your usage is not heavy go for the 4-64GB variant. If you like to store a lot of apps and games and movies, music etc then go for the highest 6GB 128GB variant. 

Overall, Realme 1 is a great phone under 10000 and 15000 and our favorite as well.

Oppo Realme 1 64GB is one of the best phones under 12000
Storage-RAM64-4
Display6 LCD IPS
ResolutionFull HD+ 1080p
Back Camera13 MP
Front Camera8 MP
Battery Capacity3410 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid 8.1
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P60
Weight154 gm
Pros
Nice Design
Powerful Processor
Good Display
Dedicated MicroSD Slot
High Value for Money
Cons
No Fingerprint Sensor

Price and Available Offers

The price of Oppo Realme 1 64GB is around Rs. 10999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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5. Moto G6 Play

Moto G6 Play is the most affordable smartphone in the G6 series. It comes with a fresh design where you get a reflective back which looks gorgeous. The phone is well built and we are impressed with the design of Moto G6 series smartphones. The fingerprint on the back is embedded in the Motorola logo which is another cool thing Motorola has done here.

The display on the Moto G6 Play is 5.7 inches HD+ 18:9 Max Vision Display. The display is bright and vivid with good colors. Full HD resolution would have been great but the HD+ display also looks great and we can't complain. The hardware inside is decent for basic everyday usage. There is Snapdragon 430 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. If storage is not enough, you can add a MicroSD card to expand storage by up to 256GB. The slot is dedicated so you can put 2 sim cards with a MicroSD card. The phone runs stock android with no bloatware so everyday usage is a breeze with no lag. Normal games also run fine. Heavy games might lag a bit.

For taking pictures, there is a 13MP camera on the back side and 8MP camera on the front with flash for taking selfies. The camera performance is good in outdoor lighting and average indoors. The camera interface is slow and that's the only con of this phone. 

Overall, Moto G6 Play is a balanced phone with great looks, good performance and decent cameras.

Moto G6 Play is one of the best phones under 12000
Storage-RAM32 GB-3 GB
Display5.7 inch IPS LCD
ResolutionHD+ 1440 x 720 Pixels
Back Camera13MP
Front Camera8MP
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Oreo 8.0
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 430
Weight175 gm
Pros
Beautiful Design
Solid Build
Nice Display
Great Battery Backup
Cons
Slow Camera

Price and Available Offers

The price of Moto G6 Play is around Rs. 11999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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6. OPPO A83

OPPO A83 is a nice looking smartphone with a bezel-less 18:9 aspect ratio display on the front which gives the device a premium look. The display size is 5.7 inches and resolution is HD. 

Inside we have a MT6763T processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The processor with 3GB RAM handles apps and games very well and the 32 GB storage should be enough for most users to store their data like movies, pictures, documents. If you need more storage then you can use the MicroSD slot which is a dedicated one.

Camera has been a strong department for Oppo phones and same is the story here. There is a 13MP rear camera and 8MP front selfie camera. Camera performance is good in outdoor daylight conditions. Selfies from the front camera look great as well.

Overall a good option from Oppo for camera lovers with the latest bezel-less display design.

 

OPPO A83 is one of the best phones under 12000
Storage-RAM32 GB-3 GB
Display5.7 inch TFT
ResolutionHD 1440 x 720 Pixels
Back Camera13MP
Front Camera8MP
Battery Capacity3180 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Nougat 7.1
ProcessorMT6763T
Weight145 gm
Pros
Premium Look
Bezel-less Display
Good Cameras
Dedicated MicroSD Slot
Cons
HD Display

Price and Available Offers

The price of OPPO A83 is around Rs. 12499. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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7. Redmi Note 5 32GB

Redmi Note 5 is the successor of Redmi Note 4 which was launched last year in 2017. Xiaomi has upgraded the display and the camera in 2018. The Redmi Note 5 has a large 6 inch bezel-less full view display on the front which looks gorgeous. The chipset and battery inside are the same as last year.

The camera resolution is the same 12MP but the sensor has changed so you can expect better pictures.

This 3GB 32GB variant is priced at 9999 only. The overall performance of the smartphone is great and it handles multitasking and gaming really well.It is one of the best smartphones you can get under 10000.

Redmi Note 5 32GB is one of the best phones under 12000
Storage-RAM32 GB-3 GB
Display5.99 inch IPS (in-cell)
ResolutionFull HD+ 2160 x 1080 Pixels
Back Camera12MP
Front Camera5MP
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Nougat 7.1.2
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 625
Weight
Pros
Beautiful Display
Excellent Battery Backup
Good Processor
Lag Free Experience
Decent Camera
Cons
Hybrid Sim Slot

Price and Available Offers

The price of Redmi Note 5 32GB is around Rs. 9999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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8. LG Q6

LG Q6 is a phone with bezel less display in budget segment. LG G6 was the first device to get a bezel less display and they have bought the same concept to under 15000 phones with Q6. The phone looks great in hand because of its display and build quality. The camera performs well in day light. There is 32GB inbuilt storage and you can increase it to 2TB using the dedicated micro sd slot. Overall LG Q6 is a great looking balance device.

LG Q6 is one of the best phones under 12000
Storage-RAM32 GB-3 GB
Display5.5 inch TFT IPS
ResolutionFull HD 1080p
Back Camera13MP
Front Camera5MP
Battery Capacity3000 mAh
ConnectivityYes
SoftwareAndroid 7.1
ProcessorSnapdragon 435
Weight150gm
Pros
Beautiful Design
Bezel less Display
Good Camera Performance
Good Sound Quality
Dedicated MicroSD Slot
Cons
Average Battery Backup

Price and Available Offers

The price of LG Q6 is around Rs. 11999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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9. Lenovo K8 Note 64GB

Lenovo K8 Note is the successor of K6 Note which came with Snapdragon 430. Here we have a powerful deca core Helio X23 chipset which can handle heavy games and apps with ease. This is a powerful configuration with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and is great for power users.

The build quality is solid and there is 2.5D glass on the front which gives it a good look. The dual camera setup can take decent depth effect pictures also known as portrait mode/bokeh effect. You can also swap the background after taking a picture. The front selfie camera also performs well and comes with a flash which helps in low light conditions.

Overall it is a powerful and good value for money device with nice display, plenty of RAM and storage, powerful chipset and decent set of cameras.

Lenovo K8 Note 64GB is one of the best phones under 12000
Storage-RAM64 GB-4 GB
Display5.5 inch TFT IPS
ResolutionFull HD 1080p
Back Camera13MP + 5MP Dual Camera
Front Camera13 MP with Flash
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid 7.1
ProcessorMediaTek Helio X23 10 Core Chipset
Weight180gm
Pros
Premium Metallic Build
Dual Camera Setup
Powerful Processor
Front Camera Flash
Dedicated MicroSD Slot
Cons
Heats while charging
Average Camera in low light

Price and Available Offers

The price of Lenovo K8 Note 64GB is around Rs. 11999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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10. Lenovo K8 Plus 3GB

Lenovo K8 Plus has a metal build with 2.5D glass on the front. The phone looks great and is easy to use because of its 5.2 inch screen size. The dual camera on the back is the USP of device which helps to take pictures with depth effect. The overall performance of the device is good and you won't face any issues. In this range it is one of the best dual camera phones.

Lenovo K8 Plus 3GB is one of the best phones under 12000
Storage-RAM32 GB-3 GB
Display5.2 inch TFT LCD IPS
ResolutionFull HD 1920 x 1080 Pixels
Back Camera13MP + 5MP
Front Camera8MP
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Nougat 7.1.1
ProcessorMediaTek MTK Helio P25 Octa Core 2.6 GHz
Weight158g
Pros
Solid Build Quality
Dual Camera Setup
Front Flash
Good Processor
Dedicated MicroSD Slot
Cons
No Notification LED

Price and Available Offers

The price of Lenovo K8 Plus 3GB is around Rs. 9999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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So this was our list of 10 best mobile phones under 12000. We hope the list was helpful and you were able to find a suitable smartphone.

Our Favourite Smartphone Under 12000

Realme 1 is our favorite smartphone under 12000. It comes with a nice 6-inch bezel-less display, good battery and decent cameras.

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