Continuous innovations in the smartphone industry means that newer technology often
trickles down to lower budgets. We've sorted through all phones around Rs. 7000 to find the best one for you. 

For a long time, the Rs. 20000 - 25000 budget was considered to be a sweet spot and any smartphone more cheaper than that would simply give you a terrible experience. Not anymore. The sweet spot has since lowered to Rs. 15000 and now you can get a great smartphone that is properly capable for around Rs. 7000.

To find just such a smartphone for you we read through all the suggestions from
reputed technology websites like NDTV Gadgets, TechRadar, and Digit and even read
through customer reviews on Amazon and Flipkart.

Best phone under Rs.7000

10.or.E

10.or or Tenor for quite some time has released three budget devices that bring along some great hardware and a stock Android experience. The 10.or E is their mid range device which is one of the few  smartphones in this budget with a Full HD display and an ample 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage, making it one of the best phone under 7000.


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Why Trust us?

To find the best smartphone under 7000 we went over reviews from a lot of websites - from TechRadar to NDTV Gadgets - to see what they had suggested as the best phone.

Next, we browsed through the best sellers list on Amazon and Flipkart and picked the highest rated products.


How we selected?

Our search for the best phones under 7000 led us to some of the most reputed technology websites from where we picked some of their suggestions.

We then analyzed the best sellers on Amazon and Flipkart by readings through verified customer reviews before making any picks.

Best smartphone under Rs.7000 - in Detail 

10.or.E

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Specifications

Pros

  • 3GB of RAM for excellent multitasking

  • 32GB storage to fill your phone up

  • Stock Android for a smooth experience (promised update to Oreo)

  • Decent everyday performance

  • Bright display with good viewing angles and color reproduction

  • Good battery life

  • Dual sim slot with dedicated micro sd slot

  • Decent build quality

Cons

  • Average front camera

  • No IR Blaster

  • Bland looking design

  • A slightly slow fingerprint sensor

  • Slow charging


Design: Continues 10.or’s dull design language

If you ask a person around you to take a piece of paper and a pencil and then draw a smartphone, most of them will draw a rectangular shape with a small display on the inside. That's exactly how the 10.or E looks, in fact, all of 10.or's phones look the same. They are all bland, dull and uninteresting.

The front of the phone has the 5.5-inch display with some rather thick bezels on the top and the bottom. There is no fingerprint sensor on the front, only the front camera and the earpiece. The back houses the single-camera sensor, a single led flash and the fingerprint sensor. You also have a micro USB port and a headphone jack.

best pick - 10.or E

The 10.or E comes in two colors: Beyond Black and Aim Gold. Unlike the 10.or G which comes with a metal body, the 10.or E is made of polycarbonate but as Gadgets now said, it was basic to look at but very sturdy in the hand.

One little niggle on the 10.or E (also on their other phones) is that the power button and volume rocker are placed much higher than usual. The position seems more common for a smartphone from a decade ago. The fingerprint sensor placed at the rear was found to be accurate but not very fast by IndianExpress.


Software: Smooth stock Android

What we prefer about 10.or devices most is their stock Android implementation which is very different from what most budget manufacturers do. This not only improves performance on the 10.or E but also makes it easier for the company to update.

10.or has also promised an update to Android 8.0 (Oreo) by July/ August. An update for a phone at this budget wasn't very common earlier but now manufacturers truly understand the need to support their devices due to growing competition.

Given that the phone is an Amazon Exclusive there are some apps preinstalled like Amazon app, Amazon Video etc. 10.or also adds their 10.or care app, a gallery, file manager, and a sound recorder. But overall the user experience is good with smooth app opening without any stutter or lag.

Reading through the customer reviews we found that the phone does have some software bugs but 10.or has acknowledged most of them and they will be fixed in the coming updates.
 

Hardware: Amazing display and good processing power

Bland design aside 10.or devices are known for their good hardware and the 10.or E is no different. It boasts of an amazing 5.5 inch Full HD display, which makes it one of the only phones in this segment with a Full HD display. Talking about the display, it is an IPS panel with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 layer for protection against scratches and drops. India today found the display to be more vivid than the competition with a decent brightness that makes the display legible even outdoors. But they did say that the touchscreen is not as smooth as most Xiaomi phones.

Under the hood, the 10.or E has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor which although not the most powerful in Snapdragons lineup manages to work very well on this phone. Most reviewers found that they could play heavy games like Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5 at full settings without any frame drops and lags. That's not all, the phone also doesn't heat up a lot even after extended periods of use.

You get a single bottom firing speaker on the 10.or E, with Fonearena finding it to be loud enough for a quiet room but otherwise pretty average. But audio through the earphones is said to be good. Given its budget price you can't really expect great audio quality from the speakers. For a budget device, there is no FM Radio option which many do still prefer.

While the phone does support 4G VoLTE on both sims, you can only use 4G on one sim at a time. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.2, Wifi b/g/n and GPS. Call Quality, however, is good and Fonearena reported no call drops either.

Note: The 10.or E is also available in a 2GB RAM/ 16GB Storage version for Rs.5999. However, we suggest you pick the Rs.6999 version which comes with an extra 1GB of RAM and doubles the storage at 32GB. The extra RAM and Storage will definitely help you in multitasking and improve storage performance.


Camera: Decent in good lighting conditions

With a 13MPx rear shooter accompanied by a led flash, the performance of the 10.or E is decent in good lighting conditions giving you good details and natural color reproduction. Photos shot in low light , however,  are full of grain but as Fonearena put it, at least the flash doesn't overpower the subject. Being a single sensor there is no bokeh mode. India today found a 2-second shutter delay between the photo being captured and appearing in the gallery. India today in fact compared the 10 or E with the Redmi 4 and found both to have matching image quality which they said is better than most in their class.

The 5MPx selfie shooter doesn't do as well managing to be average at best. While the phone also supports 1080p 60fps video recording, India today strictly warned against using it but to its horrible quality. 1080p 30fps video is perfectly serviceable.

Battery: Good battery life

With a large 3930mAh, you are going to expect good battery life and given that the processor is known to be a power efficient one you do get great battery life on this phone. The phone easily lasts through the day with Gadgets Now getting up to two days of battery life which is superb.

Despite having a Qualcomm processor there is no Quick Charge support and with the bundled 10W charger you can go from a flat battery to 100% in anywhere between 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours. Thats slow but you can try out some of our tips to save battery and improve charging.


In Short

With one of the best displays in its category, a capable and power-friendly processor and a long battery backup, the 10.or E is truly one of the best smartphone under 7000.
 

After-Sales service

10.or offers a 1-year warranty on the product. For any issues, you can use the app to book a service appointment and then opt for the doorstep pickup option or hand over the device personally at the service center. 10.or currently has 31 service centers across India.


Who is our best pick for

The 10.or is one of the cheapest 3gb ram mobile under 7000 rupees, it is also one of the most affordable mobile phone with a Full HD display. These two things are the selling points of the phone but wait, you also get 32GB of storage and a dedicated micro SD card slot. All this combined make it a great daily driver for most people. The only downside we can think of is the front camera and to some extent the rear camera. But given that you can do pretty much everything from gaming to browsing on the phone which also comes with a long battery life makes the 10.or E perfect for most users.  

Phones that didn't make the cut

InFocus Vision 3

The InFocus Vision 3 is priced similar to the 10.or E at Rs.7000 but comes with a more modern 18:9 display and even dual rear camera. That's cool, right? so why didn't we make it the winner? Well to start with the display is a HD+ display which is lower in resolution than the 10.or's Full HD panel. Then there is the RAM which is only 2GB and the storage which is only 16GB. The last issue is the quad-core Mediatek processor which isn't as powerful as the Snapdragon in the 10.or E.
 

Redmi 5A

One of the most affordable phones by Xiaomi, the Redmi 5A is also their best selling models currently. Priced at Rs.7000 you get 3GB of RAM and a 32GB internal storage just like the 10.or E. So where does it go wrong? Well, the display is only HD and a rather small 5-inch one, the processor is a step down from the Snapdragon 430 on the 10.or, the battery is also just 3000mAh with a 5W charger that takes ages to charge. While we agree it's much better looking than the 10.or E, the 10.or simply represents better value for money.
 

Final Thoughts

Finding a good smartphone that suits your needs and fits your budget perfectly can often be a hard task but with our thorough research, we have managed to find just such a device.

The 10.or E is priced at only Rs.7000 but comes with a 5.5-inch FHD display, a powerful Snapdragon 430 processor, decent rear camera and a long-lasting battery. This makes it one of the best android phones under 7000.

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