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10 Best 4G LTE Smartphone Below Rs 10000 India (2016)

February 27, 2016, by Aswin Balaji, category NEW TECHNOLOGY

 

 If you are looking for suggestions to buy best 4G mobile in India/Globally to use in 2016-17 here is a list of 10 latest 4G mobiles below 10K or $150. We have carefully analyzed some of the best 4G mobiles from top selling brands like Xiaomi, Samsung, Lenovo, Micromax and Motorola worthy to purchase in 2016.

4G technology is something which you should look for in your next smartphone as it is going to be as popular as 3G in year 2016 and 2017.

Difference Between 4G and 3G – To refresh our knowledge 4G network can provide 10 times faster internet speed than 3G , As per a study in UK – Average speeds on 4G network are 12-15Mb/second. The UK average for 3G is 1.5Mb/second. 


Why You Should Buy 4G LTE Smartphone?

  1. All major telecom operators  Airtel , Vodafone and Idea have already started offering 4G services in India.
  2. 4G will offer much faster data speed with 5X to 10X increase over 3G. You will need to get a new 4G sim in place of old Sim-card.
  3. 4G smartphones shipments were up by 25% (Source – IDC) . It is expected that 50% of the smartphones getting sold in 2016 will be 4G compatible.
  4. With Reliance JIO stepping in to start the 4G services we expect data and handset prices getting slashed.

Let’s explore some of the hot selling 4G mobiles with good specs and camera. Starting with one of the most popular Xiaomi Smartphone.

10). Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime

Price Rs. 6,999

Best 4G Mobile below Rs. 7,000

Xiaomi launched the successor to the Xiaomi Redmi Prime the Redmi 2 Prime. The Xiaomi Prime 2 is priced at Rs. 6,999, a very competitive price. The smartphone is the successor to the Xioami Redmi 2 whose price Xiaomi has dropped by Rs. 1,000.
With phenomenal success of Mi4 and Xiaomi Note 4G , Xiaomi has yet again raised the bar with the launch of Redmi 2 Prime.
The Redmi 2 Prime is available on Amazon and Flipkart in grey and white colors. Compared to the Xiaomi Redmi 2 the Prime model has 2 GB of Ram and 16 GB of storage while the Redmi 2 had 1 GB Ram and 8 GB storage. It is a great value for money 4G mobile running on Android Lollipop.
Key Specs for Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime :

  • Processor –64 Bit Snapdragon 410 clocked at 1.2 Ghz.
  • GPU – Adreno 306 
  • Screen Size – 4.7 inch IPS LCD Display. 
  • Dual Sim – (GSM + LTE).
  • Resolution & Pixel Density – 1280*720 , 312 PPI.
  • RAM – 2 GB RAM 
  • Operating System – Android Lollipop 5.1 with MIUI 7.0.  
  • Rear Camera – 8 MP and 2 MP Front camera. 
  • Connectivity – 2G, 3G & 4G, WIFI, Bluetooth.
  • Storage – 16 GB internal Storage expandable 32 GB Via Micro SD card.
  • Battery Capacity – Li-ion 2200 mAh.
  • Thickness – 9.4 mm
  • Weight – 133 grams

Rest all the Specs – Processor, Camera resolution and battery capacity stays the same as was in the Xiaomi Redmi 2.

9). Lenovo A 6000 PLUS

Price Rs. 7,490
Best 4G smartphone Below Rs. 8,000

The Lenovo A6000 Plus is one of the best selling smartphones in 2015 as per a report shared by Flipkart.  Lenovo in January 2015 said in a statement that they want to make a bigger foot print in the mobile industry and has been very aggressive in pricing and specs.
They are looking for a 4th spot in the Indian Mobile industry after Micromax, Samsung, Karbonn. Lenovo A 6000 Plus is a good step towards that growth. It is one of the light weight 4G mobiles in 5.0 inch screen size you can purchase.
Key Specs Lenovo A6000 Plus :

  • Processor – 64 Bit Snapdragon 410 clocked at 1.2 Ghz.
  • GPU – Adreno 306 
  • Screen Size – 5.0 inch IPS LCD Display. 
  • Dual Sim – (GSM + LTE).
  • Resolution & Pixel Density – 1280*720 ,  294 PPI. 
  • RAM – 2 GB RAM 
  • Operating System – Android Lollipop 5.0. 
  • Rear Camera – 8 MP Auto Focus with LED Flash, 2 MP Front Camera.
  • Connectivity – 2G, 3G & 4G, WIFI, Bluetooth.
  • Storage – 8 GB internal Storage expandable 32 GB Via Micro SD card.
  • Dolby Digital Plus Speakers.
  • Battery Capacity – Li-ion 2300 mAh.
  • Thickness – 8.2 mm
  • Weight – 128 grams

8).  Meizu M2

Price Rs. 6,999

Meizu M2 got listed on Snapdeal on 9 October 2015, the smartphone & went on sale on 15th October in India. The reason for listing the smartphone in the Best 4G smartphone list is the exceptional specs that Meizu M2 offers.
It comes with Dual 4G LTE Sims, you can use both the Sims as 4G. The primary sim card slot can be used as a SD card slot to expand the inbuilt memory up-to 128 GB.
The smartphone boasts of a 13 Mega pixel 5 element lens camera and a 5 mega pixel front selfie camera. At this price range if offers the best specs and camera resolution.

Key Specs for Meizu M2 :

  • Processor – Mediatek 6735 Quad Core processor Clocked at 1.3 Ghz.
  • GPU – Mali-T720MP2 GPU.
  • Screen Size – 5.0 inch IPS LCD screens.
  • Dual Sim – (LTE + LTE)
  • Resolution & Pixel Density – 720×1280-pixel,  294 PPI.
  • RAM – 2 GB RAM 
  • Operating System – Android Lollipop 5.0 and Flyme OS
  • Rear Camera – 13-megapixel rear autofocus cameras with LED flash.
  • Front Camera – 5 MP front Camera for video calling and selfies. 
  • Connectivity – 2G, 3G & 4G, WIFI, Bluetooth.
  • Storage – 16 GB built-in storage and expandable up-to 128 GB 
  • Battery Capacity – Li-ion 2500 mAh.
  • Weight – 132 grams.

7). Micromax Yu Yureka Plus

Price Rs. 8,999

Good 4G LTE Mobile With Full HD Display

While all this was happening, Xiaomi launching aggressively priced smartphones, Motorola becoming fierce and Lenovo fighting to gain market share, Micromax became Number 1 in India beating Samsung(As per IDC data) in October 2015.
Micromax partnered with Cyanogen team to launch the highly successful Full HD display (1920*1080) resolution 5.5 inch 4G mobile – Yureka Plus.
They launched one of the best priced very high configuration 4G smartphone available exclusively on Amazon India.

Key Specs for Yureka Plus :

  • Processor – 1.7 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-Bit Processor.
  • GPU – Adreno 405
  • Screen Size – 5.5-inch  IPS LCD screens.
  • Dual Sim – (GSM + LTE).
  • Resolution & Pixel Density – FHD (1980*1080) pixel,  401 PPI. 
  • RAM – 2 GB RAM 
  • Operating System – Android Lollipop Cyanogen Mod 12
  • Rear Camera – 13-megapixel rear autofocus cameras with LED flash, 5 MP Front Camera.
  • Connectivity – 2G, 3G & 4G, WIFI, Bluetooth.
  • Storage – 16 GB built-in storage, micro sd support upto 32 GB.
  • Battery Capacity – Li-ion 2500 mAh.
  • Thickness – 8.8 mm
  • Weight – 155 grams

LETV Le 1S

The new smartphone LE 1S from the Chinese technology giant is going to start sale in India on 2nd Feb 2016. There are already 5.3 lakh registrations for the smartphone and it is one of the most exciting smartphone launches in 2016. The smartphone got sold out in 2 seconds with 70K units gone in a blink of an eye.

LETV Le 1S is powered by the monstrous Mediatek helio X10 processor clocked at 2.2 Ghz. It comes with 3 GB of RAM and has 32 GB of internal storage.
The LETV Le 1S runs on the custom EUI along with the  Android Lollipop 5.1. LETV Le 1S comes with 5.5 inch screen and has 1920*1080 resolution with 403 PPI.
LE 1s is the most affordable smartphone available which packs a punch in terms of performance with really superior MTK Helio X10 processor. It has a better processor compared to both the Huawei Honor 5X (Snapdragon 615) and the Lenovo K4 Note (Mediatek 6753). The price tag of Rs. 10,999 makes it cheaper of the three mobiles.
The device supports a fingerprint scanner at the back and comes with good all day battery capacity of 3000 mAH. You can read more about LeEco Le 1S in this detailed article.
Key Specs for the LETV Le 1S 

  • Processor –Mediatek Octa Core Helio X10 Processor clocked @ 2.2 Ghz.
  • RAM – 3 GB RAM.
  • Display –5.5 inch Full HD Display with 403 PPI.
  • OS –Android Lollipop OS with custom EUI.
  • Fingerprint scanner at the back
  • Rear Camera – 13 Mega-pixel Auto-focus.
  • Front Camera– 5 Mega Pixel.
  • Connectivity –Dual Sim with 4G LTE support.
  • Battery Capacity – 3000 mAH
  • Thickness – 7.65 mm
  • Weight –165 grams
  • Price Rs. 10,999

6). Infocus M535

Price Rs. 9,999

Good 4G LTE Mobile With Excellent 13 MP CameraInfocus has been silently gaining ground in the Indian market by offering great value for money smartphones.  The latest smartphone released by Infocus is the M535 which got released in the November 2015 and is available on Snapdeal for Rs. 9,999.
The smartphone other than having support for 4G FDD and TDD LTE bands in India offers great camera quality. The smartphone comes with a 13 Mega Pixel rear camera with quick auto-focus and Led Flash. The smartphone also has an 8 Mega Pixel wide angle camera to take selfies, a rarity in this price range.

Key Specs for Infocus M535 :

  •  Processor – 64 Bit Mediatek Quad-Core 6735 SOC
  • GPU – Mali T720 
  • Screen Size – 5.5 inch IPS LCD.
  • Dual Sim – (GSM + LTE).
  • Resolution & Pixel Density – 1280*720 HD Display 267 PPI.
  • RAM – 2 GB RAM 
  • Operating System – Android Lollipop 5.1 with Inlife UI 2.0. 
  • Rear Camera –  13 MP rear auto-focus camera with LED flash. 8 MP Front Camera.
  • Connectivity – 2G, 3G & 4G, WIFI, Bluetooth.
  • Storage – 16 GB built-in storage and External SD Card Support upto– 64 GB.
  • Battery Capacity – Li-ion 2600 mAh.
  • Thickness – 7.3 mm
  • Weight – 158 grams

5). Micromax Yu Yuphoria 

Price Rs. 6,999
It is the second smartphone from Yu-Televentures and was launched on 12th May 2015. The smartphone has Dual Sim 4G LTE support and is available through Flash Sale only on Amazon India.
The smartphone has HD resolution and comes with a 5 MP front camera and runs on Android Lollipop.
The smartphone has good unique design, though it looks good, the black patches at the USB port insert and 3.5 mm jack looks out of place.  YU tele-venture also launched one of the cheapest 4G LTE Smartphone recently the Yunique priced at Rs. 4,999. 


Key Specs for Yu Yuphoria :

  • Processor – Qualcomm snapdragon 410 (Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7).
  • GPU – Adreno 306.
  • Screen Size – 5.0 inch IPS LCD.
  • Dual Sim – (GSM + 4G LTE).
  • Resolution & Pixel Density –  1280*720 with 294-PPI
  • RAM – 2 GB RAM 
  • Operating System – Android Lollipop 5.0 with Cyanogen Mod 12. 
  • Rear Camera –  8 MP Rear Camera with Autofocus and LED flash.
  • Front Camera – 5 MP Front camera with Good Image Quality
  • Connectivity – 2G, 3G & 4G, WIFI.
  • Storage – 16 GB built-in storage and Micro-SD card support upto 32 GB. 
  • Battery Capacity – Li-ion 2380 mAh. (Adequate battery Life)
  • Thickness – 9.35 mm
  • Weight – 143 grams

4). Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) 4G LTE 

Price Rs. 6499

The new Moto E 4G much improved in terms of design and hardware specs compared to the original Moto E.  The smartphone runs on the 64 Bit Snapdragon Qualcomm SD 410 processor clocked at 1.2 Ghz and offers good user experience with Android Lollipop 5.0 which also is going to get updated to Android Marshmallow 6.0.
The other advantage of Moto E 4G is great build quality, reliable brand and good user experience with pure Android experience. Though camera quality is average for Moto E 4G.

Key Specifications for Moto E 4G LTE 

  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 64 Bit 410 Processor.
  • GPU – Adreno 306.
  • Screen Size – 4.5 inch IPS LCD Display.
  • Dual Sim – (GSM + 4G LTE).
  • Resolution & Pixel Density –  960*540 with 245-PPI
  • RAM – 1 GB RAM 
  • Operating System – Android Lollipop 5.0 with pure Android experience.
  • Rear Camera –  5 MP Rear Camera with Autofocus. 0.3 MP front camera.
  • Connectivity – 2G/3G/4G/WIFI.
  • Storage – 8 GB internal storage and expandable up-to 32 GB. 
  • Battery Capacity – Li-ion 2390 mAh. (Excellent battery Life)
  • Thickness – 12.3 mm (a little thick)
  • Weight – 145 grams

While above smartphones are the best Selling smartphones and are closer to the 10K range, recently ZTE launched the ZTE Blade Qlux the cheapest 4G smartphone priced below Rs. 5,000 in India.

3). ZTE Blade Qlux Priced @ Rs. 4,999

Price Rs. 4,999


ZTE has launched the first 4G LTE capable smartphone which is the most affordable and you can buy the smartphone for only Rs. 4,999. It is a 4.5 inch screen sized smartphone which packs adequate power, features and battery life to qualify to our list. Lenovo also followed suite with launch of Lenovo A2010 under 5K with 4G LTE.

Key Specifications for ZTE Qlux 4G Mobile 

  • Processor – Mediatek MT6732M processor clocked at 1.3 Ghz .
  • GPU – Mali-T760MP2.
  • Screen Size – 4.5 inch IPS LCD Display.
  • Dual Sim – (GSM + 4G LTE).
  • Resolution & Pixel Density – 854 x 480 pixels with 240 pixels per inch.
  • RAM – 1 GB RAM 
  • Operating System – Android Kitkat up-gradable to Android Lollipop.
  • Rear Camera –  8 MP Rear Camera with Auto-focus. 5 MP front camera. 
  • Connectivity – 2G/3G/4G/WIFI.
  • Storage – 8 GB internal storage and expandable up-to 32 GB Via Micro SD card. 
  • Battery Capacity – Li-ion 2200 mAh. (decent battery Life)

For the low price the ZTE Qlux packs a lot of  features and surprises us with the good front and rear camera quality.

2). Samsung Galaxy On5

Price Rs. 8999

Samsung finally geared up to launch a sub 10K 4G smartphone on November 04 and introduced the Galaxy On5. The smartphone comes with decent 8 mega pixel rear camera and a selfie focused 5 MP front camera, targeting buyers who love to take selfies.

The smartphone is powered by Quad-core Exynos 3475 processor clocked at 1.3 Ghz. The mobile comes with 1.5 GB of Ram and 8 GB internal storage which can expanded to 128 GB using a micro-sd card.

This is the cheapest 4G mobile from Samsung priced at Rs. 8,999. Samsung also launched the Galaxy On7.

Key Specifications for Samsung On5

  • Processor – Quad-core Exynos 3475 processor clocked at 1.3 Ghz .
  • GPU – Mali-T720.
  • Screen Size – 5.0 inch IPS LCD Display.
  • Dual Sim – (GSM + 4G LTE).
  • Resolution & Pixel Density – 1280 x 720 pixels with 293 pixels per inch.
  • RAM – 1.5 GB RAM 
  • Operating System –  Android Lollipop with touch-wiz UI.
  • Rear Camera –  8 MP Rear Camera with Auto-focus. 5 MP Front camera.
  • Connectivity – 2G/3G/4G/WIFI.
  • Storage – 8 GB internal storage and expandable up-to 128 GB Via Micro SD card. 
  • Battery Capacity – Li-ion 2600 mAh. ( Good battery Life).

1). Coolpad Note 3

Price Rs. 8,999
Coolpad Note 3 is a 4G smartphone with 3 GB of Ram, finger print scanner and an Octa-Core processor, all this for Rs. 8999. Launched in October 2015, exclusively on Amazon, the Coolpad Note 3 is a top selling 4G device.

The Coolpad Note 3 is powered by the Mediatek Octa-Core processor 6753 and comes with 16 GB of internal storage and 3 GB RAM. The smartphone has a 13 mega pixel rear camera and a 5 MP front shooter.

Key Specifications for Coolpad Note 3

  • Processor – 64 Bit – Mediatek MT6753 M Octa-Core processor clocked at 1.3 Ghz .
  • GPU – Mali-T760MP2.
  • Screen Size – 5.5 inch IPS LCD Display.
  • Dual Sim – (GSM + 4G LTE).
  • Resolution & Pixel Density – 1280*720 pixels with 267 pixels per inch.
  • RAM – 3 GB RAM 
  • Operating System –  Android Lollipop with Cool UI 6.0.
  • Rear Camera –  13 MP Rear Camera with Auto-focus. 5 MP front camera. 
  • Connectivity – Dual Sim – 2G/3G/4G/WIFI.
  • Fingerprint Scanner mounted at the back.
  • Storage – 16 GB internal storage and expandable up-to 32 GB Via Micro SD card. 
  • Battery Capacity – Li-ion 3000 mAh. (Great battery Life)

All of these smartphones are class leading with exceptional specs and are available on a really discounted price right now. I have highlighted the distinguishing points in each of the smartphone so that you can make up your mind which is better for you.

If we compare the Lenovo A 6000 PLUS to Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime they have almost same specs and price whichever design appeals to you can be purchased. Meizu M2 is a very worthy contender in the sub 7K space with good battery life and camera.

Micromax Yureka Plus Scores higher on processing power while the Infocus M535 is a good camera mobile with 4G capability.

Samsung Galaxy On5 is the best branded smartphone you can buy below 10k with 4G.
Cooplad Note 3 is one of the best 4G smartphones with features like fingerprint scanner and 3 GB ram and 3000 mAH battery capacity in this price range. The other best contender to buy is the LeEco LE 1S it is priced at 10,999 but is a worth deal at that price point.

Additional Info – 4G Market Share in India

In a recent research done by the Cyber-media Research (CMR) dated 22/August/ 2015, Samsung is the leader in 4G LTE smartphones in India followed by Lenovo and Xiaomi.

The top selling models with the 4G LTE capability in India as per the research are Xiaomi Redmi 2 and Lenovo A6000 Plus. Both the smartphones are priced between 6k to 8k price range.