The best smartphones you can buy at Rs. 8,000 [November 2020 Edition]

Smartphones priced below Rs. 8,000 typically don’t have particularly exciting features, but it’s an important segment nonetheless. These smartphones are usually entry points into the world of Android for feature phone users who want to finally make that transition but are reluctant to spend a lot. While not much has changed in this segment in the past few months, you should be able to find large batteries and displays in the current number of smartphones. Cameras and computing power are still fairly basic, but on the other hand, these phones are not designed to be exceptional performers.

The smartphones we recommended passed our tests, and only those that performed above average made it onto this list. Here are some of the best smartphones to consider under Rs. 8,000.

Best phones under 8,000

Phones at Rs. 8,000Gadgets 360 Review (out of 10)Price in India (as recommended)
Poco C37thRs. 7.499
Realme C117thRs. 7.499
Redmi 8A Dual7thCase 6,999

Poco C3

The Poco C3 is a new entry in this segment, and while it didn’t do particularly well in most of our tests, it was excellent on battery life. The Poco C3’s 5,000 mAh battery lasted an average of two days of daily use, which is very good. While it takes a long time to charge, given the long battery life, you probably need to do it every other day at best. The Poco C3 is also pretty slim and well built. The display is large, although it can be a little difficult to use in direct sunlight.

The Poco C3 offers decent performance, and the good news is that the base variant is priced at Rs. 7,499, comes with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. There’s also a 4GB variant with double storage (64GB) at a price of Rs. 8,999, but it’s not the best value in our opinion.

The MIUI 12 software does not (for the time being) show any displays on the Poco C3. This is great news, and the performance is quite acceptable given the phone’s pricing. You also get three rear cameras that do acceptable work, provided you give the sensors enough light. Overall, the Poco C3 isn’t a bad choice for someone buying their first smartphone.

Realme C11

The Realme C11 is a good alternative to the Poco C3 because it shares many of its functions. The highlight of this phone is again a large display and a long battery life. The Realme C11 is well built and looks good for a smartphone in this segment. The 5,000 mAh battery offers great battery life, so you’ll have to wait several days before charging it.

The Realme C11 is only available with 2 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. Realme’s custom skin feels sluggish due to the low memory capacity. The cameras aren’t particularly good either, especially if you’re shooting in low light. Just like the Poco C3, the Realme C11 lacks a fingerprint sensor, but you do get facial recognition. Despite its relatively average performance, it’s still a decent buy at this price point.

Redmi 8A Dual

Xiaomi appears to be phasing out the Redmi 8A, leaving the Redmi 8A Dual in its place at a starting price of Rs. 6,999. It’s identical to the Redmi 8A we tested, except for a second depth sensor on the back. It’s a slightly older model, but it’s still relevant thanks to features like wireless FM radio and 18W fast charge via a USB Type-C port – two features that are rare in this price range. The phone also has a 5,000 mAh battery that ensures a solid two days of battery life.

Xiaomi is also selling an updated model called the Redmi 9A at a starting price of Rs. 6,799 with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. We haven’t tested this model yet so it’s hard to say how much better it would be compared to the Redmi 8A Dual, but it seems decent by the specs. Note, however, that the USB Type-C port and fast charging are missing, which might lead some people to prefer the older model.

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