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The budget segment isn't like what it was before. While earlier there were more compromises than satisfaction, the 2018 lineup of phones under Rs 7,000 has been great bang for the buck. The entry-level phones this year are quite capable and for the most part, are reliable all-rounders with good battery life.
Price: Rs 6,999
With a Snapdragon 425 chipset underneath, the Redmi 5A is a raging performer for that price. It doesn't hang up much and the MIUI 8 UI helps smoothen things up. Furthermore, the camera at the back will take your basic shots pretty well.
Price: Rs 5,818
The Nokia 1 is powered by a MediaTek 6737M chipset coupled with just 1GB of RAM. And that's enough to power the Android Oreo (Go Edition) OS that Google created particularly for the entry-level segment. The suite of Go apps inside doesn't require all the firepower and that makes the Nokia 1 one of the most reliable phones under Rs 7,000.
The Nokia 2 doesn't have the firepower to match up to the bigwigs, but the Snapdragon 212 underneath is just about enough to power the lightweight stock Android OS. It is regularly updated with the latest security patches, so it's quite secure as well. More than that, the phone is quite well-built and durable.
Price: Rs 6,999
The 10.or E has more or less everything you would expect from a budget smartphone, and then some more. It has a metal unibody design that will take a few scratches. There's a 5.5-inch Full HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 on top. Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 is in charge of powering the phone and it is coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Going with that, there's stock Android Oreo on top making it a very compelling buy under Rs 7,000.
Price: Rs 5,999
The 10.or D has almost everything that the 10.or E with a few compromises here and there. There's a 720p 5.2-inch screen and underneath is a Snapdragon 425 chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage. There's also Stock Android to boot.
Price: Rs 4,399
Yet another Android Go phone with the exact same specs as the Nokia 1, but much cheaper. The Lava Z50 also has a robut polycarbonate design to boot.
Infocus Turbo 5
Price: Rs 5,999
The Infocus Turbo 5 is also a well-rounder smartphone on paper. It comes across as a mid-ranger with a 5,000mAh battery, 13MP camera and a 5.2-inch HD display. Underneath is a MediaTek 6737 chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM.
If you can increase you budget by Rs 2,000
Price: Rs 8,990
The Realme 1 is an able performer with a MediaTek Helio P60 chipset underneath and the base variant comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. At the back is a 13-megapixel camera and an 8-megapixel camera up front. It's glass design is quite unique as well.
Xiaomi Redmi 5
Price: Rs 8,999
The Redmi 5 is a compact powerhouse. With a 5.7-inch HD+ displa and 3GB of RAM with 32GB storage, the Redmi 5 has a lot of firepower with a screen to go with it. At the back is a 12-megapixel camera and up front is a 5-megapixel shooter.
Price: Rs 7,999
The Redmi Y1 is a selfie-centric phone from last year. It packs a 16-megapixel camera on the front and a 13-megapixel shooter at the back. There's a Snapdragon 430 chipset in charge of performance and it is coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage. There's also a 3,080mAh battery to boot.