The budget smartphone market has been booming with launches over the past few weeks, as the festive season is right around the corner. Users are on the lookout for a value-for-money device that combines optimized software, clear camera quality, multitasking capabilities, and more.
Today, every smartphone user is an amateur photographer in their own right, trying to find the best angles and lighting, all for the perfect shot to post online or to cherish memories with friends and family. This hobby deserves the right smartphone at a great budget, so, we’re here to help list the best camera-centric smartphones under Rs. 10,000, that cover all your photography needs.
Here are our Top 5 picks:
realme C33- INR 8,999
The recently launched realme C33 is our top pick for a great camera performance on a budget. It boasts a powerful 50MP AI primary camera and a 5MP selfie camera. realme has put extra emphasis on upgrading the camera software to provide vivid details and accurate colors. The C33 handles extra bright or low light conditions with finesse to deliver a sharp and punchy image. The C33 comes with a unique Boundless Sea design, inspired by the cool holiday vibe which is cased in a slim and light design. The smartphone is powered by a Unisoc T612 Processor and includes a 5,000 mAh battery and a 6.5’’ display with an 88.7% screen-to-body ratio. The realme C33 is available in three exciting colors – Sandy Gold, Aqua Blue, and Night Sea and comes in two storage variants, 3+32 GB priced at INR 8,999 and 4+64 GB priced at INR 9,999. It is available on their official website realme.com and Flipkart
Redmi 10A– INR 8,499
The Redmi 10A is another great option for the photographer in you. It flaunts a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP selfie camera. The handset is great at capturing pictures with clear details and delivering accurate colour production with its optimized software. The Redmi 10A is complimented by a smudge-free textured back design, for a comfortable grip that can be carried with style. The handset is powered by a Helio G25 Octa-core processor, a 5,000 mAh battery, MIUI 12.5 and a 6.53’’ IPS display. The Redmi 10A is available in three colours – Sea Blue, Slate Grey and Charcoal Black and comes in two storage variants, 3+32GB for INR 8,499 and 4+64GB for INR 9,499. It is available at their official website mi.com and Amazon
Lava Blaze- INR 8,699
The Lava Blaze is a feature-packed handset that comes with a 13MP triple AI primary camera and an 8MP selfie camera that showcases a well-designed user experience with 8 varied shooting modes that include night mode, beauty, portrait, and macro modes. The camera setup provides you with adequate options to explore your inner artist. The Lava Blaze flaunts a premium glass back and cutting-edge design that is bound to make a statement. The smartphone is powered by the MediaTek Helio processor, a 5,000 mAh battery, and a 6.5’’ HD+ IPS display. The Lava Blaze is available in four colors – Glass Black, Glass Green, Glass Red, and Glass Blue with 3+3*GB RAM (*Virtual RAM) and 64GB ROM for Rs. 8,699. It is available at their official website Lava mobiles.com and Flipkart
Infinix Note 12 -INR 9999
Infinix Note 12 comes with a 6.70-inch touchscreen display offering a resolution of 080×2400 pixels (FHD+). Infinix Note 12 rear packs a triple camera setup featuring a 50-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel camera, and a QVGA camera. The camera setup has autofocus and a single front camera setup for selfies, featuring a 16-megapixel sensor. The phone comes with a 6.70-inch touchscreen display offering a resolution of 1 and an aspect ratio of 20:9. The smartphone has an octa-core MediaTek Helio G88 processor, which runs on Android 11 and is powered by a 5000mAh battery and supports proprietary fast charging. Infinix Note 12 launched in Aprill 2022 is available in two colors Force Black and Jewel with 4GB+64GB and 6GB+128 GB. It is available on Flipkart
Moto E40- INR 9,499
The Moto E40 aims to elevate your creativity with lesser lag and brilliant results with its 48MP triple camera setup for a primary shooter and an 8MP selfie camera. The camera on the Moto E40 captures sharp, bright, detailed, and professional looking images in any light condition. The smartphone showcases a carbon fiber design on the back for a sleek look and good grip. Powered by a custom Unisoc T700 octa-core processor, a 5,000 mAh battery, a 6.6’’ Max Vision HD+ display and a 90 Hz refresh rate, The E40 provides a faster performance and long battery life for a great user experience. The Moto E40 comes in two colours – Carbon Grey and Pink Clay and are available in a 4+64GB variant for Rs. 9,499. It is available on official website motorola.in and Flipkart
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 Launches in Blue Colour Variant
Samsung has announced an all-new Blue colour variant for the recently launched Galaxy Z Flip4 ahead of the festive season. The foldable flagship sports a compact clamshell design to offer unique smartphone experience.
Now in its fourth generation, Galaxy Z series continues to break from convention to deliver new, impactful interactions that enhance everyday life. Galaxy Z Flip4 builds on the success of Samsung’s iconic form factor, adding key features, including an upgraded camera experience, large battery and expanded customization while maintaining the ultra-compact design.
Galaxy Z Flip4 enhances favourite features of consumers, making it the ultimate tool for self-expression. Galaxy Z Flip4 comes with the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 processor and offers 10% higher battery capacity at 3700mAh, allowing you to capture, watch and connect longer between charges. With Super-fast Charging, you can charge up to 50 percent in around 30 minutes. Galaxy Z Flip4 is equipped with Samsung’s flagship Nightography camera feature that ensures your photos and videos are crisp and sharp even in low light conditions.
Galaxy Z Flip4 is priced at INR 89999 for 8GB+128GB variant and INR 94999 for 8GB+256GB variant. Customers purchasing Galaxy Z Flip4 can buy Galaxy Watch4 Classic worth INR 31999 at just INR 2999. Additionally, customers can get INR 7000 cashback using HDFC credit or debit cards or can avail Upgrade Bonus of INR 7000.
Galaxy Z Flip4 is available in Blue, Bora Purple, Graphite and Pink Gold colour variants on Samsung.com, retail stores and leading online stores.
Vivo Y16 Smartphone with 4GB RAM Launched in India
Vivo expanded its Y-Series portfolio in India with the launch of Y16. Starting at INR 9,999 for 3GB+32GB and INR 12,499 for 4GB+ 64GB, the Y16 will be available in two eye-catching colors —Stellar Black and Drizzling Gold.
The smartphone will be available for purchase on vivo India e-store and across all partner retail stores. Also, customers can avail cashback of up to INR 1,000 using Kotak, IDFC, OneCard, BOB, Federal, AU bank cards across all partner retail stores, while consumers purchasing the smartphone online can avail INR 750 cashback via HDFC Debit/Credit cards.
vivo Y16 features a 6.51’ HD+ (1600×720) halo full view display that delivers a wide and immersive view for binge-watching sessions. The device sports a flat frame with a 2.5D curve design with rounded corners that are symmetrical from both the front and back. For security, it features a side Fingerprint scanner along with Face Wake feature for quick and efficient unlocking. Additionally, the Eye Protection Mode helps in effectively filtering blue-light and adjusting the screen to warmer colors, reducing eye strain.
The Y16 packs a massive 5,000mAh battery and is powered by the MediaTek P35 octa-core processor that easily handles daily tasks and provides a smooth experience. It comes with Extended RAM 2.0 (4GB RAM + 1GB Extended RAM) along with a triple card slot that supports memory expansion of up to 1TB.
For photography, vivo Y16 brings an AI powered dual rear camera setup consisting of a 13MP main camera and a 2MP macro camera. A 5MP front camera is equipped to capture sharp and vivid images to capture memorable moments. The rear camera features Super HDR \and an Aura Screen Light for clicking bright and high-resolution pictures.
vivo Y16 runs on the latest Funtouch OS 12 that is based on the Android 12 platform. It also brings Multi Turbo and Ultra Game Modethat gives the smartphone an additional boost while gaming.
OPPO ColorOS 13 Beta Version Update Released on Reno8 Pro 5G and F21 Pro
OPPO announced the rollout of the ColorOS 13 Beta version for Reno8 Pro 5G and F21 Pro users in India. The operating system, which is based on Android 13, boasts a user-friendly UI for a seamless visual experience. Additionally, ColorOS 13 is boosted by OPPO’s latest tech innovations that deliver all-around performance in every aspect of life and work, and new features for smart multi-device connections.
OPPO works closely with Google in the development of ColorOS 13 to bring new value to the Android OS experience. OPPO has also launched ColorOS developer versions based on Android 13 Beta and will continue to collaborate with Google to build a rich Android ecosystem.
With ColorOS13, users can experience the brand new Aquamorphic design and the card style layout. Its proprietary Dynamic computing engine brings two significant improvements to ColorOS 13 – increased battery life and the ability to run more apps open in the background.
OPPO has partnered with world-leading software and service providers, including Bitmoji, Spotify, Swiggy and Zomato, to provide a wide range of convenient and personalised experiences through the Smart Always-On Display. This ColorOS13 update allows users to experience improved Multi-Screen Connect and industry-first Meeting Assistant.
In addition to its own focus on privacy and security, ColorOS 13 integrates the underlying privacy protection features of Android 13. For example, the system automatically deletes the clipboard history after a short period to prevent the leak of sensitive information because of malware. Also, with the Nearby Wi-Fi feature, users can enjoy Wi-Fi without revealing specific location information.
OPPO’s self-developed technology is equally important in boosting privacy and security. Based on the on-device algorithm model, Auto Pixelate automatically recognises and blurs out the profile photos and names in chat screenshots with one tap. The new Private Safe is encrypted with the widely-used Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) to provide high levels of security. ColorOS 13 provides privacy and safety protections that users can trust based on authoritative security and privacy authentication standards such as ePrivacy, TRUSTe, ISO27701, and ISO27001.
OPPO Reno8 Pro 5G, an end-to-end imaging expert, was launched in July this year. The smartphone is an imaging expert backed by OPPO’s proprietary imaging NPU, the MariSiliconX. It boasts the MediaTek Dimensity 8100-MAX SoC and a 4500mAH battery with OPPO’s 80W SUPERVOOCTM Flash Charge.
The OPPO F21 Pro was introduced in April this year. The smartphone comes equipped with the Flagship IMX709 selfie sensor, which is 60% more sensitive to light and reduces noise by 35% compared to the previous generation IMX615 RGB sensor. It features the Fiberglass leather design, is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 chipset and is backed by a 4500mAh battery with a 33W SUPERVOOC Charge.
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