It can be hard to decide which phone to buy as almost every week there is a new phone released in India. To help you decide, we rigorously tested four of the best phones under Rs. 10,000, by running various benchmarks and simulating real-world usage. We even had a photography professor from a reputed design school analyze the camera.

After testing, it was clear that two phones stood out from the rest. We arrived at the following winners.

Which phone should you get under 10K?

Best Phone under Rs. 10,000

Lenovo K8 Plus

With a sharp display, class-leading performance, good battery life, great camera, and pure stock android, the Lenovo K8 aced most of our tests and truly deserves the tag of best smartphone under Rs.10,000.

The Lenovo K8 Plus is not only fit for daily use, but is also a great companion for business users with its pleasing call quality and build. It’s also great for gaming with its beautiful display and incredible performance, and is equipped with a dual camera sensor and manual mode to create some nice photographs.

Best phone Under Rs. 10000: Value-for-Money

Infinix Note 4

While looking for a budget smartphone, you except a lot of bang for your buck: good design, an excellent camera, decent performance, a long-lasting battery and, of course, a low price. The Infinix Note 4 holds good on most of these counts: it has a gorgeous display (the largest in our test) and a reasonably good processor that can handle most daily tasks. But it’s not equipped to handle heavy gaming and has an average battery life under heavy use. However, it does have a fast charging time and a great design. Oh, and did we mention—a fast charger, jelly phone case, and screen guard are included in the box! Terrific, right? All these features make the Infinix Note 4 the perfect all-rounder at a price that won't put a hole in your pocket—that is, if you’re not a gamer.

Why Trust Us?

To find the best smartphone under Rs.10,000, we spent over seven days testing four of the most popular smartphones in India today.

Unlike other reviewing websites that simply unbox the product and record their first impressions, we at Hometop conduct in-depth analyses of each product and compare multiple products in a particular price range by running them through multiple tests.

The smartphone test was no different. We spent a week testing the four phones and putting them through extensive benchmarking tests to measure and compare different aspects of their performance. We even brought in a photography professor to experiment with the smartphones and gauge camera performance.

In addition to the lab tests, to test for real-world performance, we also used each of the test phones as our daily driver to check for any glitches that may crop up with regular use.

How we tested?

To test each phone’s performance, we ran the most popular benchmark tests like Antutu, AndroBench, 3DMark, and PCMark.

However, this gives us only half the picture as benchmarks aren’t a true measure of real world performance. So we simulated everyday use cases by running the phones through different scenarios like high-end gaming, movie watching, web surfing, and everyday browsing.

A high RAM capacity is essential for using several apps simultaneously without lag. To test this, we kept opening and switching between everyday apps and high-end games until the apps restarted. We then noted how many apps the phone can open simultaneously without a single app crashing. We used the same set of apps for each phone.

To gauge camera performance, we had a freelance photographer and a photography professor from a design college assess the photos and videos we took of a dimly lit cafe, a crowded market, and a lake in Bangalore.

Our chosen phones and their testing

Our battery tests were designed to simulate heavy-use conditions. We used the phones to run different apps, play games, watch movies, and listen to music, until the battery reached 1%.

The tasks performed on each phone were exactly the same. The time taken to drain the battery to 1% gave us the screen on time rating.

Best smartphone under 10,000

The best smartphone in our test outperformed the rest in six major criteria: hardware, software, build quality, battery, and extras.

Lenovo K8 Plus

a closer look at the Lenovo K8 Plus



  • Great performance (aced the benchmark tests, great at multitasking)

  • Excellent build quality

  • Best audio quality in the test (loudest and clearest)

  • Good battery life (second-best)

  • Captures Bokeh effect photographs

  • Stock Android experience

  • Gorilla Glass 3 protection


  • Slowest charging speed

  • Not all may like the small display

  • Shutter lag while capturing photo 

  • Lacks backlighting for the navigation keys

Design and Build Quality - Solid build in a pocketable size

Lenovo K8 Plus: dual Rear Cameras

The Lenovo K8 Plus is an extremely well-built phone. Our researcher noticed the build quality as soon as he picked it up: it is sturdy, has a heft to it, and feels like it should belong to a much higher price range. The Lenovo K8 Plus is in fact manufactured by Motorola, which is why it is loaded with Moto apps. The Lenovo K8 Plus comes packed with a lot of Moto goodies like great call quality, build quality, and clean vanilla Android at a price cheaper than the Moto G. For added protection against falls and scratches, the front is covered by 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3.

The buttons, like in the Mi phone, are raised but are easy to use. The phone also has a textured power button, like older Moto X phones. There is a programmable button to access music, camera, or any other function you desire. We approve! The fingerprint sensor, like in the Note 4, is placed too close to the camera and you might end up smudging the camera lens if you’re not careful.

Connecting an OTG pendrive is simple, and the port doesn't feel hard to use like in the Y1. The charger cable was sufficiently long and it is detachable from the power brick and can also be used as a data transfer cable.

Display - Crisp display but a small size

Compact and Crisp: Lenovo K8 Plus

The Lenovo K8 Plus has a 5.2 inch full HD display. Although it is a smaller screen than the Redmi Y1 and Redmi Note 4, the display is crisp and sharp. Our researcher noted that the smaller display ensures higher pixel density, which translates into sharper images during movie watching or gaming. The screen also produces natural colours and great brightness, which makes it easy to read under direct sunlight. You have the option to toggle between normal and vivid screen settings, but even without that, the display is quite gorgeous. Like the Infinix Note 4, the K8 Plus has a balanced screen temperature.

The screen is made of 2.5D glass, a component that we see on almost all phones nowadays. This makes the phone very pleasing to look at and use, though 2.5D glass may present problems while installing screen protectors (since it’s slightly curved at the edges). The display is also covered with Gorilla Glass 3 for added protection against falls.

The only downside to the Lenovo K8 Plus’ display are the bezels, which form a rather thick border at the top and on the sides.

Audio and Call Quality - Dolby Atmos improved audio and call quality

The call quality on the Lenovo K8 Plus was the best among the four phones we tested. The sound was crystal clear on both ends, with little to no distortion.

Coming to the speakers, the in-built Dolby Atmos software really helps the Lenovo, and you can turn up the volume quite a bit. But like the others, it does crack at high volumes, so listening to music at the maximum volume may not be the best idea. Of the four phones, the Lenovo’s audio felt the most natural, especially when we tried playing a few movie OSTs.

The phone could benefit from an extra speaker though, as the sound sometimes distorts when multiple sounds are played simultaneously (for example, in a war movie). Where the Dolby Atmos addition really does shines is when you plug in your earphones, as it gives you a much better equalizer and music experience.

Software and UI - Simplicity of Stock Android

Lenovo K8 Plus' stock android insides

The UI is butter smooth, like in any stock Android device. Lenovo has added its variation of the Pixel launcher, which works very smoothly and has Google Now support. The UI borrows a few apps from the Motorola stable, but they don’t get in the way. Indeed, bundled Motorola apps like Moto File Manager and Moto Camera are rather useful. Regretfully, the fantastic Moto Actions app and the Moto Display app have been left out. The only downside was we found some bloatware in the form of five uninstallable Microsoft apps, which come in-built as part of a licensing deal between Microsoft and Lenovo.

Camera and Video - Great photos but clunky software

The camera captures high-quality images with good colours and minute details. It is also the only dual camera phone in our test which gives you a blurred background effect like in DSLRs.

All about the Lenovo K8 Plus cameras

The rear camera and front camera both have flash support and give good images. The front camera photos are rich in detail, although a tad saturated and warm. However, a lot of people seem to like this effect in their selfies, so it may not exactly be a problem if you are a casual user. The rear camera captures more natural-looking photos and works better with the depth mode off. There is a slow motion video capture option (added in the latest software update) which works great, and you can capture images during video. For expert users, there is a manual mode which allows you to to play with the ISO, white balance, focus, and shutter speed options, in case you’re trying to generate a particular effect. We suggest you use a tripod, especially when using longer shutter speeds, to avoid blurring. The normal video recording tops at 1080p at 30fps, and the footage is good, perhaps a little dark depending on lighting conditions. But honestly, that’s nothing to complain about.

Though it’s the only dual camera phone in our test, this doesn’t entirely work in its favour—it’s not the best example of a dual camera system. Although the blurring effect is good, the edge detection is poor. We hope that this will be fixed in with future software updates; a recent software update added slow motion video, so we are hopeful of more improvements to the camera. Another issue we noted was that the camera app was slow, especially when the depth mode is used. There is a noticeable delay between pressing the button and the picture being captured, which leads to blurred images. The panorama feature also isn't the best, with a few stitching errors as well as a lengthy processing time to generate the image. Our expert also stated that the panorama size itself is very small, with a pixel height of just 664 pixels (the others had a height of 1,000 pixels and above), which makes the image a bit grainy. Coming to video quality, as the Lenovo K8 Plus lacks video stabilisation, optical or electronic, small hand movements can cause large jerks in video capture. If you’re planning to shoot something that is important to you, using a tripod is recommended.

Hardware  and Multitasking - Excellent performance with minimum heating

Gaming on the Lenovo K8 Plus is an enjoyable experience due to the gorgeous display and great audio. We tried running Asphalt 8 at the highest settings, and the experience was smooth, without any hiccups.

The Lenovo could handle upto 7 apps without refreshing any of them. We could open Asphalt 8, Subway Surfer, Facebook, Feedly, Youtube, Google Maps, and Instagram and switch between them without the apps restarting or refreshing; but when we tried opening Pokemon Go on top of these, the apps started to refresh and the games restarted.

Even with heavy use, the phone doesn’t get hotter than 40 degrees; But because the phone is made of metal some amount of heat can be felt, especially if you use it with a cover, but the phone never gets hot enough to be uncomfortable while holding. But given how phones behave, you may face more heating over time.

Battery and Charging - Great battery life, poor charging time

The battery held up nicely under heavy use and gave a screen on time of 3 hours and 30 mins which is rather impressive, but is still lower than the Redmi Note 4. The PCMark benchmark rates the battery life at a whopping 8 hours 30 mins. We only wish that like the software Lenovo borrowed from Motorola, they could have also borrowed Motorola’s TurboCharging feature, as the Lenovo’s 2 hours 55 mins (With 4G hotspot turned on) charging time is extremely slow compared to its peers. You could, however, improve charging time by charging it with the phone off.

In Short

The Lenovo K8 Plus has a great many advantages: the crisp display, solid build quality, long battery life, robust performance, and reasonably good camera. All these add to why this is our top pick in this category. We felt that its price makes it a truly sweet deal considering the features it offers. Given that an Oreo update is promised on top of the current butter smooth UI and excellent hardware, this phone is indeed a great proposition in this arena.

Best Smartphone under Rs. 10000: Value-for-Money

The Infinix Note 4 is the best value-for-money smartphone in our test with a great design, amazing display, decent camera, and fast charging time.



  • Excellent 5.7 inch full HD screen

  • Great value for money (comes with fast charger, cover, and screen guard)

  • The sleekest phone in our test

  • Front fingerprint sensor position is very good

  • Lots of useful software additions (screen record, manual camera controls)

  • Fast charging support


  • Tacky looking UI with a ton of apps

  • Performance is not great for heavy use, especially gaming

  • Screen lacks gorilla glass protection

  • Lacks Slow-Motion Video recording

  • Plasticky build quality

  • Only 3 hours screen on time with heavy use

  • Physical home button and no backlighting for the navigation keys

Design - Looks good, feels plasticky

While the Lenovo K8 Plus was the best built phone in the test, the Infinix Note 4 was undoubtedly the best looking. The blue plastic glass body, the curved sides, and the pill-shaped fingerprint sensor in front, all exude style. If you don't want to splurge on something expensive, then the Infinix Note 4 is the phone for you. That being said, it isn't the most well-built phone, as it is mostly plastic. The phone is not exactly light and has a bit of heft to it. Also, the screen doesn't have gorilla glass protection.

The buttons on the side are plastic and don't feel as solid as on the other three phones. The phone has a unique navigation bar, wherein the home button is a physical button with the fingerprint sensor integrated into it, and the back button and multitasking buttons are touch buttons without backlighting.

The OTG pen drive fits easily into the slot, and the port doesn't feel hard to use like in the Y1. The flat untangleable charger cable was sufficiently long and is detachable from the power brick and can be used as a data transfer cable.

Display - Amazing visuals and best we tested

The display of Infinix Note 4

The Infinix Note 4 was the dark horse in our test, and it truly surprised us with its fabulous SHARP sourced full HD LCD panel. The screen is brilliantly balanced (not too cool, not to warm), and being LCD, has amazing brightness and great viewing angles. If you watch a lot of movies and Youtube videos, the slightly larger screen size is perfect for you.

The only thing we did not like about the Infinix Note 4’s display was that it lacked gorilla glass protection, which given the large size of the display, should have been an essential feature. However, there is a protective screen guard bundled with the phone, which provides some relief against scratches.

Audio and Call Quality 

The speaker audio is clear for the most part, but it gets a little distorted and sharp at high volume. The Infinix Note 4, like the Lenovo K8 Plus, renders at least some bass when compared to the Mi phones. However, we noted that the speaker can get muffled during gaming because of its placement. The call quality was good without any issues on either sides.

The quality of music heard through the earphones is good, and we would suggest that you plug in to listen to your playlists to ensure better audio quality.

Software and UI - Gimmicky with lots of bloatware

Infinix Note 4 and its UI

The Infinix Note had the most gimmicky UI in our test with a ton of bloatware enabled, some of which can be thankfully uninstalled. Given the gorgeous display, we couldn’t help wishing that the Infinix had stuck to stock Android, as XOS (Yes, that's what their UI is called) comes with loads of cheesy icons, unaesthetic themes, and unnecessary UI frills—they even included a skeuomorphic manual control dial in the camera app, which is not only difficult to use, but looks terrible. This overdose of colour reminded us of the old Samsung Touchwiz UI! Ugh! We recommend that you get a new launcher and icon pack, as the UI simply ruins the beautiful display.

However, there are certain perks to the UI too. There is an app drawer, a built-in screen record tool, and a scrolling screenshot tool. The UI feels a little slow compared to the other phones in the test, but only by a little. In addition, the home button is actually a physical button and hence appears a little dated as the competition has moved to on-screen keys. The fingerprint sensor is placed in the front, and we prefer this positioning to that of the Lenovo.

Camera - Social media worthy photos, great video

The camera is perfectly serviceable for your daily photography needs—it comes with a ton of features, and the images are sharp, even if slightly lacking in brightness and exposure.

Infinix Note 4 and its Camera

First, the Infinix Note 4 has an excellent manual mode with a shutter speed of upto 6 seconds; second, the video capture is excellent and it has super zoom upto 4x which gives quality zoomed images even during video recording (we believe there is pixel binning involved to get that quality of zoom); and third, you get to control the intensity of the front flash. The panorama shots have excellent picture quality and the best stitching algorithms. The selfie camera produced the best results in low lighting, i.e., with flash enabled, even better than the Redmi Y1.

The rear dual flash, however, could potentially wash out a small subject like a flower, as you can see in our test. Also, the Note 4 has some amount of skin burn when selfies are taken in daylight, and the image is less impressive than the Y1’s daylight selfie. The only thing amiss in the video department is the lack of slow motion video. In truth, we love the Infinix camera, but we only wish the software was better, as a sucky UI makes the whole deal a bit counter-productive.

Hardware - Decent performance, handles multiple apps well

The Infinix Note 4 plays well with most apps, but it was the only phone that lagged while running Asphalt 8 at high settings. But when we lowered the graphics settings, gameplay greatly improved and became smooth. So though the Infinix may be great for taking calls, social media, watching videos, and basic work, it’s not the best for heavy app usage nor gaming (in terms of app performance). So if you’re looking for a secondary gaming device, the Lenovo may be a better bet.

The phone is, however, phenomenally good at handling multiple apps: we opened about 10 apps, and all worked without restarting or refreshing. The apps we had open and running were Asphalt 8, Pokemon Go, Subway Surfer, Instagram, Facebook, Feedly, Youtube, Google Maps, Gmail, and Flipkart. Opening anything more caused the apps to refresh or restart. This is great, especially considering that the score is higher than that of Lenovo’s stock Android, a mighty achievement for the relatively unknown XOS software.

Battery and Charging - Average battery life but fast charging

Despite having the biggest battery at 4300mAh, the screen on time of the Infinix Note 4 was only 3 hours. We would have excused this if the performance was brilliant, but as we demonstrated before, the Infinix’s gaming performance isn't much to write home about. But where the Infinix claws back is in the charging department: it took just 2 hours (with 4G hotspot turned on) to completely recharge the large 4300 mAh battery.

On the whole, the Infinix was a great package in terms of its premium design, great display, and excellent multitasking capabilities. If you’re a business person or a binge watcher, this would make a great phone for you—the large display makes it perfect for videos and work. However, the phone’s gaming performance is not great, battery life could have been better, and the UI needs a ton of improvement. So if you’re particularly keen on gaming or appreciate a smooth user experience, the Lenovo may be a better choice.

How we selected?

From the hundreds of smartphones available in the market, we shortlisted the bestsellers with the best reviews. We also ensured that the phones were recent ones, launched within the last few months.

From our shortlist of 11 phones, we picked the top four, which had a reputation for having a good blend of features, had at least 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, and a screen size above 5 inches and a fingerprint sensor.

Note on Camera Comparison

Opinions on the picture quality of a camera, like audio quality, is very subjective: some people prefer warm and saturated images, while others appreciate images with natural colours. Some prefer soft and bright skin tones in their selfies, while others may think that sharp and natural skin tones look better.

The cameras hardware isn't the only thing that makes a camera good—the software carries a fair share of the load. A camera that performs poorly today can perform miles better with a software update. Don't believe us? Look at the difference in the performance of Moto X, Razer Phone, Essential Phone, etc. before and after updates.

None of the cameras had any sort of image stabilisation, either optical or digital. This is why some amount of jerkiness is seen in the video and even with HDR. Again, the camera sensors on these phones are small, and hence, low light images may be grainy or plain underlit, and bright lights may produce washed out highlights and dark shadows. Keeping that in mind, it’s still clear that some smartphones achieved a better white balance and neutral tones than others.

Infinix Note 4

The Infinix’s camera system performed robustly in almost all lighting conditions, except outdoors at night (rear camera). The colours were evenly balanced in the final image, with neutral and vivid colours. The images were also sharp and clear when viewed on a large monitor with little to no distortion or pixelation.

The HDR mode on the Infinix is average at best, offering very few changes or tweaks with respect to picture quality; the final image, however, is again clear and sharp with a natural pop in colour, as expected in any HDR picture.

The Infinix’s panorama feature is absolutely exceptional: the phone processed the images exceptionally fast with no lag or pixelation. However, we felt that the Redmi Note 4 is slightly better as it manages to reproduce the colours of the sky much better.

Video capture on the Infinix is again exceptional, considering the price range of the phone. The colours are vivid and sharp, and the footage is smooth and crisp depending on lighting conditions. The active zoom (knows a Superzoom in the app; upto 4x zoom) while recording is again top notch, with the autofocus keeping up seamlessly, and the image remaining sharp clear with absolutely minimum pixelation.

The various pictures taken to test the quality of Infinix Note 4


The various pictures taken to test the quality of Infinix Note 4


The various pictures taken to test the quality of Infinix Note 4

Low light with flash

The various pictures taken to test the quality of Infinix Note 4


Lenovo K8 Plus

The Lenovo camera system works wonderfully in brightly lit situations; the hues and tones pop, and highlights and shadows are evenly balanced in both indoor and outdoor settings. The colours are vivid and the picture crisp when viewed on a large monitor with little to no distortion or pixelation.

The performance of the HDR mode on the Lenovo is rather dependent on lighting conditions. In diffused light conditions, it tends to soften the picture and gives a good colour tone. However, in brightly lit settings, the software tends to washout the picture a bit, and the colours seem to be tinted with a reduction is sharpness and clarity.

The panorama feature on the Lenovo is edgy and pixelated at best, and the software takes a while to process the image in real time; the resulting image appears choppy and pixelated. The software could definitely use a update to fix the lag and background processing speed while shooting panoramas.

Video capture on the Lenovo is fairly decent, with the footage being smooth and crisp depending on lighting conditions. Active zoom while recording pixelates the subject extensively, but the overall performance of camera is acceptable. The slow motion feature, however, does not provide a vivid and clear footage, but on a smaller screen the footage should looks reasonably good.

THe Dual Camera system which is a great addition at the price point isn't the strong suit of the Lenovo K8, the camera experience is bogged down because of the slow picture taking time. The Bokeh enabled photos are pretty convincing with good bokeh quality, but the camera doesn't detect the cameras edges perfectly and the bokeh tends to seep into parts of the subject itself. Honestly the Lenovo K8 plus definitely has the hardware and need some software enhancement to make use of the capable software.

The various pictures taken to test the quality of Lenovo K8 Plus


The various pictures taken to test the quality of Lenovo K8 Plus


The various pictures taken to test the quality of Lenovo K8 Plus

At night with flash

The various pictures taken to test the quality of Lenovo K8 Plus


The Redmi Note was the only phone in the test not to have a front flash. Also, the manual mode is limited to ISO and white balance tweaking only. Photos can be taken by pressing the fingerprint scanner in front or the volume up button.

The Redmi Note 4 was neck-to-neck with the Lenovo K8 Plus in terms of performance. The camera, considering the phone price and the size of the sensor, produced excellent colour tones with the addition to HDR. For example, in our test, you can see that the picture of the indoor plant lacked some brightness, but that was easily remedied with HDR. Though Redmi Note 4 inches ahead of the Lenovo in terms of the quality of the panorama feature, it lags behind in its performance in taking night selfies (since it does not have a front flash).

The Redmi Note 4 produces excellent colours, tones, and depth in most lighting conditions, and images are crisp and well balanced in terms of saturation and colour balance. The performance of the HDR mode on the Redmi 4 varies according to lighting conditions, and it seems to underperform in most situations except in bright-lit settings outdoors.

The panorama shot we took on the Redmi 4 was very sharp though there was a little lag in terms of processing time. The resulting image is clear and it could be more sharper with fewer pixelation.

The video capabilities of the Redmi Note 4 are satisfactory at best, and the resulting footage is a tad underlit compared to ambient lighting conditions.

The various pictures taken to test the quality of Redimi Note 4


The various pictures taken to test the quality of Redimi Note 4


The various pictures taken to test the quality of Redimi Note 4

At night with flash

The various pictures taken to test the quality of Redimi Note 4


Redmi Y1

The front camera turns on the flash automatically in low light (even when your camera app is on and you are framing), so it’s easier to guess how the picture will turn out. The manual mode only allows you to play with the ISO and white balance settings, so it’s not a true manual mode in that sense. Photos can be taken by pressing the fingerprint scanner or the volume up button.

The camera performed well for the most part, but our researcher noted that the colours were a bit dull, and HDR did not offer the usual brightness and sharpness. However, where the YI scores is in low light settings - the Redmi Y1 actually gave the best low light photo (see the rose photo).

The front camera is simply miles better than other contenders due to the higher resolution and much better colour balance (including less skin burn with beauty mode selected).

The panorama feature, on the other hand, is acceptable at best, and the software could improve in terms of stabilising and processing the image to present a more non-pixelated final image.

The video quality of the Redmi Y1 a mixed bag with generally clear footage, but one riddled with problems in focusing, depth, and saturation.

The various pictures taken to test the quality of Redimi Y1

The various pictures taken to test the quality of Redimi Y1


The various pictures taken to test the quality of Redimi Y1
At night with flash

The various pictures taken to test the quality of Redimi Y1


Performance in Benchmarks

We ran Antutu, PC Mark, 3D Mark and AndroBench. These benchmarks to a certain extent can assess CPU, GPU, storage, and battery performance. After the test, they give out a number which can be used to compare with other devices to know how well your device performs.

  • Antutu
  • 3D Mark
The comparision of 3D score marks

The Lenovo K8 Plus with its Mediatek P25 processor has a sizable lead in Antutu and 3Dmark, but we did not feel the difference, games felt equally smooth on the Lenovo as well as the Redmi Note 4 and even the Redmi Y1. The PcMark which measures performance based on everyday tasks shows the Redmi Note 4 taking the lead but we felt the the Lenovo K8 felt pepper during everyday tasks and multiple app usage. We've also taken in phones from under Rs. 15,000 in the graph to give some context.

Why others were not selected

Redmi Note 4

The Redmi Note 4 is no doubt the King of the Budget Smartphone World, and it is one of the best selling phones in the market today. So give us a moment to explain why we think it lost out to the Lenovo K8 Plus.

A look at the Redmi Note 4

The Redmi Note 4 is no doubt a good phone, but it also has some noticeable flaws. To begin, it has a hybrid SIMsolution, which can be a deterrent in a phone that has just 32 GB of internal storage. Next, the display, although quite clear, is a tad warm, which may look odd to some users (the colours have an orange/yellow tint). Coming to the camera, while the rear camera is slightly better than that of the Lenovo, it lacks a true manual mode and a front camera flash (have a look at the camera comparison to see why this makes a big difference). Next, the speaker audio is dull, distorted at high volume, and doesn't sound natural. Though we understand that smartphones may lack the internal space necessary to create great sound, the Lenovo K8 still performs better, though it is a similarly sized phone. Call quality was also not the best, with callers complaining of extremely sharp irritating sound. The phone also runs on an older Android version, 7.0, while the others, including the Lenovo, has least 7.1.1.

Where the Note 4 does perform is in battery life; it had the best screen on time of 4 hours in the test and a reasonably fast charging time of 2 hours 38 minutes. Our photographer partners were rather fond of the Note 4’s rear camera, because of the simple software and good picture quality. However, it lacks the fancy bokeh effects of the Lenovo K8 Plus.

Redmi Y1

The Redmi Y1 is touted as one of the best selfie camera phones, boasting a whopping 16 MP front camera with flash. And yes, the phone does take great selfies in good light, and it performed reasonably well in low light conditions. The rear camera, however, is above average but really shines in low light (again, have a look at the photos in the comparison test). Like its elder cousin, the Redmi Note 4, the Redmi Y1 lacks true manual controls and slow motion video recording.

a closer look at the LRedmi Y1

The screen also had the lowest resolution in the test (720 p), while others in the same price range offer full HD. And compared to the metal bodied Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo K8 Plus, the Redmi Y1 had a plastic body with metallic finish. If camera output is your top priority, this may be a great choice with you. However, our top picks outperformed the Y1 in all other parameters like build, display, and performance, and the Lenovo K8 Plus has a camera that is comparable in most circumstances.

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