Best 5.5-inch Android phones under Rs. 10,000 in India – Strengths and Weaknesses

In the last couple of years, we have moved across different times and different notions to arrive at a point where 10,00015,000 INR can fetch some wicked awesome specifications built into some decent hardware which we couldn’t have even dreamed about couple of years ago. These are a new breed of phones that have broken the shackles of conventional business models and procedures, these are the flagship killers and their clan which include both entry and mid-level phones as well. These phones around the 10,000 INR range bring in tons of features like good cameras, gorgeous screens, good battery life, intuitive UI and at times tons of goodies loaded into the box like flip cases and such. We thought why not consider the best offerings out there and call out the individual strengths and weaknesses and help you decide the one that is the best for you based on your preference.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G: The strong veteran

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This phone is like a veteran in the 10,000 INR range! a strong old horse which keeps performing so good that many have fallen back on it when reliability was their key. This is one phone from Xiaomi that has not seen any major issue like battery drains or heating up and such. Its been a while since the Redmi Note was announced and everyone who has got the phone has ended up being happy, satisfied and recommending others to go for it

  • Display: 5.5″ HD IPS display, 1280×720 pixels ~267 ppi, Corning Gorilla glass
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928, Quad-core 1.6GHz processor
  • Form factor: 9.45 mm thickness and 185 gms in weight
  • Internal Memory: 8GB Flash Memory expandable upto 64GB via microSD
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: 13MP rear camera | 5MP front camera
  • Battery: 3100mAh Lithium-ion Polymer Battery
  • OS: MIUI V6 with Android KitKat
  • Connectivity: Single SIM, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Price: 9,999 INR
  • Others: FM Radio, OTG support, Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Colors: White
The Good:
  • Removable battery
  • Expandable memory
  • Very good battery back up
  • Stunning camera in the price range
  • Good loudspeaker
  • Very good multimedia phone
  • MIUI V6
  • 4G support
  • Price
  • OTG support
The Bad:
  • Processor is slightly old now
  • Bulky and heavy
  • Glossy and Slippery back
  • Cheap overall build
  • Single sim – in case Dual sim is one’s prime need
  • Highly questionable post sales service

YU Yureka: Lucky with Cyanogen OS

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When the Yureka was about to be announced, many assumed it would smoke the OnePlus One out with all the rumors floating around. Unfortunately it was not the case. But what Yureka did was to completely disrupt the rest of the competition as even today no other OEM is offering the kind of specs YU offers with the Yureka for such a price. Though it is infamous as a rebranded Coolpad 2, which YU never spoke about and avoided the questions around it, it has been a grand success with thousands of phones selling out in a matter of seconds in each flash sale. The key strength of this phone is the elusive Cyanogen OS. – Our Yureka Review

  • Display: 5.5″ HD IPS display, 1280×720 pixels ~267 ppi, Corning Gorilla glass 3
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit MSM8939, Octa-core 1.5GHz processor
  • Form factor: 8.8 mm thickness and 155 gms in weight
  • Internal Memory: 16GB Flash Memory expandable upto 32GB via microSD
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: 13MP rear camera | 5MP front camera
  • Battery: 2500mAh
  • OS: Cyanogen OS 12/Android Lollipop 5.0.2
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, hotspot, A-GPS
  • Price: 8,999 INR
  • Others: FM Radio, OTG support, Accelerometer, gyro, proximity
  • Colors: Moonstone Gray
The Good:
  • Removable battery
  • Cyanogen OS
  • Very good device for gaming
  • 16GB eMMC
  • Expandable memory
  • Very good rear camera
  • Dual SIM, 4G
  • Price
  • OTG support
  • Slow motion video option
  • Earphones in the box
The Bad:
  • Below average battery back up
  • Lack of compass sensor
  • Heating issues
  • Cheap overall build
  • Highly questionable post sales service

Lenovo A7000: Aces not so high

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Lenovo claims to have sold 3,00,000 A6000s in the last few months and its an accomplishment considering the fact that they were pitching themselves against Xiaomi and YU. TRUST has always been the strength of Lenovo and they are leveraging it to good extents. Lenovo manufactures its own phones and hence has much greater control on the process and the pricing which is why they are able to throw in so much of goodness in such a small amount they are charging for the phones. Leveraging on the success of A6000, they have released the 5.5 phone in the form of A7000 and is also doing well in the flash sales.

  • Display: 5.5″ HD IPS display, 1280×720 pixels ~267 ppi
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6752M  True Octa Core Processor 1.5 GHz
  • Form factor: 8 mm thickness and 140 gms in weight
  • Internal Memory: 8GB Flash Memory expandable upto 32GB via microSD
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: 8MP rear camera | 5MP front camera
  • Battery: 2900mAh
  • OS: Vibe UI/Android Lollipop 5.0
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, A-GPS
  • Price: 8,999 INR
  • Others: FM Radio, OTG support, Accelerometer, proximity
  • Colors: Onyx Black, Pearl White
The Good:
  • Thin and light
  • Highly improved Vibe UI with enhanced theme store
  • Expandable memory and removable battery
  • Good battery back up
  • Dual SIM, 4G
  • Price
  • OTG support
  • Earphones in the box
  • Good post sales support
The Bad:
  • Awkward positioning of the speaker grill
  • Capacitive buttons are not backlit
  • Lack of compass sensor
  • Average camera considering the stunning ones found on Yureka and Redmi Note 4G
  • MTK processor may not attract many as compared to Qualcomm, inspite of this one being a very good performer

Honor 4X: Why so pricy?

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Huawei has spun off a new firm in the name of Honor which will go with the online-only-sales model and has been doing fairly well if not too good. They will now compete in the 5.5 inch segment bringing in the Honor 4X which has some good specs and a dual sim model with both sims having the ability to support 4G.

  • Display: 5.5″ HD IPS display, 1280×720 pixels ~267 ppi
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Quad Core 1.2 GHz
  • Form factor: 8.7 mm thickness and 165 gms in weight
  • Internal Memory: 8GB Flash Memory expandable upto 32GB via microSD
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: 13MP rear camera | 5MP front camera
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • OS: Emotion UI/Android KitKat
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Price: 10,499 INR
  • Others: FM Radio, OTG support, Accelerometer, proximity, compass
  • Colors: Black, White
The Good:
  • Thin and light
  • Highly improved Emotion UI
  • Expandable memory and removable battery
  • Very good rear camera
  • Dual SIM, 4G
The Bad:
  • KitKat Android
  • Capacitive buttons are not backlit
  • A tad costly when compared to the competition
  • Weak post sales support
  • No OTG support

OK now! we have so many options here and all of them have their own strengths and weaknesses in their own right. While 5.5″ screen, 4G ability with option to add more memory seems to be the one that every OEM is shooting for, the key differentiator would the OS, the camera and the battery life. Redmi Note 4G has been a solid performer and has done well in all the departments and could be a good choice. But if dual SIM is your key requirement Yureka is a good bang for buck but you may have to live with the bad battery backup and carry along a powerbank but clearly Cyanogen and its heavy customization options is the strength. But if you are fine with a so-ok-so OS and looking for a good post sales service Lenovo A7000 is a good one but you have no developer support for custom ROMs. Honor 4X is a good phone but when you compare it with the rest, it comes off as tad overprice.

What did you pick? How do you like it? Do let us know!

Cosmic Paladin

Cosmic Paladin is a Tech Enthusiast and a Gadget Freak! From Nokia 3310 from back in the day to OnePlus One today, he has used tons of devices and has dived deep into the nuances of what it takes to make a good phone. As a Product Manager building enterprise mobile and web apps, his passion is music, photography and tech blogging!

1 Response

  1. K says:

    Regarding the camera in the lenovo A 7000, is it worser in terms of picture quality than the ones found in redmi and Yu euraka or just in the megapixel number? I ask this because some phones with 13 megapixel camera have worser image quality than ones with 8 megapixel cameras.

    Kudos for mentioning OTG and after sales support, something that other sites neglect.

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