Are you looking for a smartphone that has premium features and is available at an affordable price? In this post, I am going to share the list of Best Smartphones under ₹12,000 in India that you can buy right now at Amazon India or Flipkart. I know you are confused to pick the right smartphone since there are tens of Global and Chinese Smartphone Brands to choose.

Based on the Hardware Specifications, Display and Camera, I am going to list down the Best Budget smartphones that are priced below ₹12,000. The Price of the smartphones that I am going to share with you might vary from time to time, and I will update this post every month.

Best smartphones under ₹12,000 in India Mar 2017

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

The First smartphone in the list is Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 which is an Amazon exclusive smartphone that you can buy via Flash Sale. The Redmi Note 3 is available in 2 Variants. While The Basic 16GB Model costs ₹9,999 the price of the 32 GB model is ₹11,999.

  • 2GB Ram + 16GB Storage – ₹9,998
  • 3GB Ram + 32GB Storage – ₹11,998

The Key Specs of the Redmi Note 3 include Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, Ultra-fast fingerprint sensor and a Massive 4050mAh battery. On the Top of all these features, the Redmi Note 3 comes with a premium metallic build.

Redmi Note 3

The Premium Chinese smartphones sport a 5.5 inch 1080p HD display that comes with unique features like “Sunlight Display, Night mode, and Reading mode. As I mentioned earlier, the Redmi Note 3 Sports the latest Snapdragon 650 that use ARM’s Cortex A-72 cores that can launch the Apps within a blink of an eye.

Redmi Note 3 delivers a solid Gaming performance since the Graphics Department of the device is taken care by the latest Adreno 510 GPU. There is a 16MP Camera on the rear of the smartphone and 5 MP on the front to handle the selfies.

Since the Redmi Note 3 is equipped with a Massive 4000mAh battery, the device can ensure an excellent battery life. The Dual-Sim Smartphone is 4G LTE Enabled and runs on the Android 5.1.1 Operating system with MIUI 7 on the top. Other connectivity options include “Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/as, Dual band, WiFi Direct, and hotspot.

Don’t think that Chinese Brands always offers cheap quality products. Xiaomi, Oneplus are reputed Brands and offer Good Quality products. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is the Best smartphone under ₹12,000 you can buy right now in March 2017.

2. Lenovo K6 Power (Gold, 32 GB)

Lenovo K6 Power is a Flipkart Exclusive smartphone that is available via Flash sale. K6 Power offers a run for their money for the competitor Xiaomi. The Phone comes with 3GB Ram and 32 Expandable memory.

Coming to the display, the smartphone features a 5 inch Full HD Display and sports 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.

The smartphone is Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, and the graphics department of K6 Power is taken care by the Adreno 505 GPU.

There is a 13 MP camera on the back of the smartphone and 8 Mp on the front. The Rear camera is capable of recording Full HD videos, and there is also a LED Flash that helps you capture better low-light images.

As mentioned earlier, Lenovo K6 Power is paired with 32GB Storage and 3GB of Ram. The poor thing about this phone is, It comes with a Hybrid Slot which means you can either insert the Dual Sim Card or a microSD card. In my opinion, It won’t be an issue as the Phone comes with 32GB memory.

Connectivity features include 4G VOLTE, 3G, 2G, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, 3.5mm Audio Jack and Bluetooth version 4.2. Sensors include
Gravity, Proximity, Light, Vibrator, Gyro, and Fingerprint scanner.

The K6 Power is powered by a Huge 400 mAh battery that offers a decent battery life. Featuring a Full Metal body with smooth curved edges, the phone weighs Just 146 grams. Dolby Atmos Stereo speakers are the Highlight of this phone.

K6 Power runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. On the whole, the Lenovo K6 Power is a budget smartphone packed with all the required features and offers full value for the money.

3. Redmi 3S Prime, 32 GB

Redmi 3S Prime is one of the Best Budget Smartphones in India that is rated 5 Stars by more than one Lakh users.

The Smartphone comes with a 5 inch HD Display that features a reading mode which reduces eye fatigue by reducing blue light from the screen. You can also manually adjust the color temperature according to your preference.

Redmi 3S Prime is powered by a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 64-bit Octa-core processor. Adreno 505 GPU ensure that all the games deliver an immersive experience. The Phones comes with 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of Internal Storage that can be expanded upto 128 GB via microSD card.

Please note that the Second sim of this phone accepts either a nano sim or a microSD card (Hybrid Slot).

This Budget Smartphone runs on Android Marshmallow Operating system. Coming to the camera features, Redmi 3S Prime features a 13 MP camera on the back and 5 MP camera on the front. The Rear camera features PDAF technology, f/2.0 aperture, LED Flash and Face, Smile detection.

Connectivity features include 4G VOLTE, 3G, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, Infrared and sensors includeFingerprint Scanner, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, eCompass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope.

The Metal unibody phone is very compact and weighs just 144 grams. Redmi 3S Prime is powered by a Massive 4100 mah Battery. Redmi 3S prime is the best smartphone under ₹9,000 that you can buy right now at Flipkart. Redmi 3S is available in Gold, Grey, and Silver colors.

4. LeEco Le 2 (Rose Gold, 32 GB)

Le 2 The Second Generation LeEco smartphone i.e. the Le 2 is one of the best selling smartphones in India that offers Amazing specs and performance for an affordable price. The Smartphone is rated 5 Stars by more than Five Thousand Real Buyers ar Flipkart. LeEco Le 2 is a Flipkart Exclusive smartphone.

Coming to the display, the Le 2 sports a 5.5 inch IPS LCD Full HD display with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. The screen of the phone has a good pixel density of 401ppi. LeEco Le 2 measures 151.1 x 74.2 x 7.5mm and weighs 153g. The mobile is available in Rose Gold and Grey colors and boasts the look of a premium smartphone.

The 16MP f/2.0 camera on the back of the smartphone is capable of recording 2106p [email protected] Camera features include Dual-LED flash, touch focus, Geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, and HDR. On the front, there is an 8MP f/2.2 selfie camera.

Coming to the Hardware specifications, the Le 2 is powered by the famous Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset, octa-core 1.8 GHz processor. The Graphics and Gaming department of the phone are taken care by Adreno 510 GPU. The Phone is equipped with 3GB Ram and 32GB storage.

Along with the Smartphone, the users can enjoy LeECO content. Also, there is a patented Fingerprint sensor on the back of the smartphone that is capable of authenticating your access as less as 0.15 seconds. The Le 2 is powered by a Non-Removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual Band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1 and USB Type-C 1.0.

5. Moto G, 4th Gen (16GB)

Moto G4Even though the Moto G4 is priced at ₹12,499, I include the smartphone in the list since the ₹500 price difference is not much. The Moto G4 is the updated version of the 3rd Generation Moto G.

If you are not comfortable buying the Chinese branded phones, then the Moto G Turbo is the first smartphone that you should consider buying. The Moto G4 sports a (5.5-inch) Full HD TFT  Screen with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and 401 ppi pixel density and is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

With an upgraded 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Octa-core processor and 2 GB RAM, the Moto G4 offers great Multitasking and Gaming performance. You can enjoy pure Android experience with Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. Moto G4 has 16GB of Built-in storage that can be expanded up to 128Gb via micro SD card. The Graphics department of the Moto G4 is taken care by Adreno 405 GPU.

The Moto G4 has dual micro-SIM (4G+4G) support. Along with the Smartphone, you will also get a TurboPower Charger that gives you up to 6 hours of battery life in just 15 Minutes of charging. The handset is powered by a 3000 mAh battery that lasts for one day.

On the back of the smartphone is a 13MP primary camera with professional mode, color balancing, and dual LED flash. There is a 5MP front-facing camera with 84-degree wide angle and display flash for handling selfies and video calls.

Note: Now, you can get up to Rs 500 Cashback at Amazon when you make the payment via HDFC Bank Credit and Debit cards.

6. Lenovo Vibe K5 Note (32 GB, 3GB Ram)

lenovo-k5-noteThe Lenovo Vibe K5 Noe comes in Gold, Grey, and Silver colors. The handset features a 5.5-inch FULL HD display with 1080p resolution and 401ppi pixel density. Native TheaterMax technology support with Dolby Atmos sound is the highlight of the phone. You can start the virtual-reality experience by inserting this smartphone into an ANTVR headset.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is powered by a 64 bit, Octa core 1.8 GHz Helio P10 processor, Mali 1860 MP2 (up to 550 MHz 3D Graphics Accelerator) and is paired with 3GB of Ram and 32GB internal storage that can be expanded up to 1280GB via microSD card.

The Dual sim smartphone features a 13MP primary camera that is capable of recording HD videos. An 8 MP camera is attached to the front of the smartphone. The Battery capacity of Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is 3500 mAh.

The phone runs on Android 6.0 operating system, and there is a fingerprint sensor placed behind the phone that unlocks the phone in 0.3 seconds when you swipe your finger on the sensor.

7. LeEco Le 1S

Letv or LeEco is just another Chinese Company that is offering decent smartphones at an affordable price. The Latest edition from the LeEco is Le 1S and the smartphone sports a brilliant 5.5 FHD Display that boasts a PPI of 403.

Powered by a 64bit Octacore Helio X10 Turbo processor that is clocked at 2.2 GHZ and is paired with 3GB of Ram, the Le 1S opens web pages in an instant. The PowerVR G6200 GPU of the phone makes it perfect for Hardcore gaming.

Le 1s

The Fingerprint scanner of the Le 1s is mirror surfaced with a 6H hardness that can be used for taking photos too. The Le 1S also features the USB Type-c and comes with a high-density fast-charging battery.

You can find a 13MP Camera on the rear of the smartphone that is capable of recording 4K resolution videos. Le 1S is the only smartphone in this list that records 4K videos and is priced under ₹12,000. The Wide Angle 5MP Camera can click selfies for you.

The Full Metal Unibody Le 1S runs on Android v5 (Lollipop) with EUI OS, and you can get it for ₹10,999. The Le 1S is full value for money smartphone, and you can get to on Flipkart.

8. Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

Most of you might not be aware that the Lenovo acquired Motorola Mobility and is now the third largest smartphone maker in the world. The Vibe K4 Note is the latest device from Lenovo that supports VR TheaterMax technology.

The Lenovo K4 Note features a Huge 5.5-inch Display and a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The Phone has an IPS LCD Screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Lenovo Vibe Note 4

The Affordable smartphone features a 13MP Camera on the back and a 5MP Camera on the front. There is a Dual LED Flash on the back that ensures you take better pictures in lighting conditions. Taking about the hardware specifications, the K4 Note is powered by a MediaTek Chipset and a 64-bit 1500 Mhz Octa-core processor and is paired with 3 Gigabytes of Ram.

The Built in storage capacity of Lenovo K4 Note is 16GB that can be expanded up to 128GB using a micro SD Card. The 3300 mAh battery ensures a Full Day Battery and the battery is not replaceable. Other features include a fingerprint sensor, NFC, 4G/LTE connectivity and Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers. You can buy the Lenovo K4 Note at Amazon for ₹11,999 only.

9. Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro

On7 ProHello, Sammy Fan Boy;) The Galaxy On7 Pro is a Mid-Range Samsung phone that is available for ₹11,190 only. Powered by a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core processor, the Galaxy On7 Pro Sports 2 GB Ram and 16GB of internal memory. You can expand the memory of Galaxy On7 Pro up to 128Gb via micro SD Card.
The Galaxy On7 Pro boasts a 5.5-inch HD TFT display with 720 x 1280 pixels HD resolution, and you can experience an immersive viewing experience with the smartphone.  The 3000mAh ensures you use the phone through the day without having to charge it.

The Galaxy On7 Pro comes with a 13MP Rear camera and a 5MP Front camera and also supports gesture selfies. Camera features include auto mode, beauty face, continuous shot, interval shot and panorama mode.  The 5MP front facing Camera with palm gesture selfie and 120-degree selfie mode.

The On7 supports Dual Sim (LTE = LTE). Other connectivity options include 802.11 b/g/n and micro USB v2. The Galaxy On7 has got some great user reviews, and you can get it on Amazon for ₹11,190.

10. Coolpad Note 3 (16 GB)

Another Chinese smartphone in the list, The Coolpad Note 3 offers tons of features still costs ₹8,999 only. The Note 3 Sports a 5.5 inch HD Display with TFT IPS Screen and a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution. Powered by an Octacore 1.3GHz Cortex-A53 MT6753 Mediatek chipset, the Coolpad Note 3 has 16GB of internal memory and 3GB Ram. You can expand the memory of Coolpad Note 3 up to 64GB via micro SD Card.

Coolpad note 3

The Coolpad Note 3 employs an Advanced fingerprint sensor that takes only 0.5 seconds to unlock the screen. The Mali-T720 graphics processor guarantees smooth gaming performance. The flat finish back cover provides a sturdy yet premium feel. You can also take selfies just with a touch of your finger.

The COOLUI 6.0 on the Top of Android V5.1 Lollipop consumes lesser power and offers a better experience. The 3000mAh Battery is impressive, and the smartphone charges from 5% to 100% in an hour and forty minutes. You can’t expect anything better than this for such price.

These are the Best smartphones under 12,000 rupees in India that you can buy right now in March 2017. If you have any queries regarding these smartphones, post them in the comments section below, and I’ll be happy to answer them 🙂


  1. The post is good but readers must know that buying lenovo vibe k4 could be huge risk. I had it and even loved its features until the time it literally caught fir in its battery for no reason while I was holding it. I got burnt a little but saved myself by throwing the burning phone. My phone was not on charging while it happened , so I dont know what the reason must be but I suffered loss of alot of my precious data , inconvenience and monetary loss as well. So anyone deciding to buy it, please be careful.


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