Moto E7 Plus
The latest entry in the budget segment is the new Moto E7 Plus smartphone from Motorola’s budget E-series, priced at Rs 9,499 and comes equipped with some decent hardware. It gets a 6.5-inch display with HD + resolution, above which includes Waterdrop Notch. The Moto E7 Plus works on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor and is paired with 4GB of RAM. It is also good for handling day-to-day tasks as well as light gaming. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, which is quick to unlock the device.
Motorola has used a 5,000mAh battery that lasts a long time. There is no USB Type-C port and the Moto E7 Plus has a micro-USB port. The bundled charger is only 10W and it takes more than two hours to fully charge the device. You get only one dual camera setup on the Moto E7 Plus. The primary has a 48-megapixel sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The cameras are capable of capturing good pictures in broad daylight. Using the Night Mode, the Moto E7 Plus also gets some good low-light shots.
The Moto E7 Plus offers an almost stock Android experience, which is not very common at this price. If you like a simple, easy to use interface then this phone is for you. With a price tag of Rs 9,499, it is easy to suggest the Moto E7 Plus, but also keep an eye on the more powerful Moto G9, which has been available for sale several times for Rs 9,999.
Realme Narzo 10A
The Realme Narzo 10A can be seen as an upgrade to the Realme C3, as both of them share a lot of similar hardware except smartphone design, macro camera and fingerprint sensor. This phone comes with HD + resolution and the display size is 6.5 inches. MediaTek Helio G70 chipset is available. The 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage of the Narzo 10A is priced at Rs 8,999 and the 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants are priced at Rs 9,999.
The Narzo 10A comes with a 5,000mAh battery and provides good battery life. It offers a 12-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a triple-camera setup with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Apart from this, its selfie camera comes equipped with a 5-megapixel lens. The Narzo 10A gets a new design compared to the Realme C3.
Redmi 9 has been launched as an upgrade to Redmi 8. Xiaomi has launched the Redmi 9 with a micro-USB port, which is a downgrade from the USB Type-C port included in the Redmi 8 and is also disappointing. The Redmi 9 gets a 6.53-inch HD + display, which comes equipped with Waterdrop Notch.
Xiaomi has chosen the MediaTek Helio G35 processor to power the Redmi 9, which comes with 4 GB RAM. The Redmi 9 is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery, but a 10W charger is available in the box. While charging is a bit slow, battery life is quite good and you can get a backup of more than a day with regular usage. Redmi 9 works on MIUI 12, based on Android 10. There are a lot of bloatware on the smartphone and we also faced spam notifications while using it.
The Redmi 9 has a dual camera setup at the back, with a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It has a 5-megapixel front camera for selfie. Redmi 9 is capable of handling day-to-day tasks, but heavy games cannot run very smoothly.
Realme C12 and Realme C15
Realme has recently launched two budget smartphones in its C-series. Both Realme C12 and Realme C15 are quite similar and come with similar dimensions. Both smartphones have a 6.5-inch HD + display, with Waterdrop Notch. Both work on the MediaTek Helio G35 processor like Redmi 9.
Both Reality C12 and Reality C15 get a 6,000mAh battery and have micro-USB ports for charging. The Reality C12 gets a 10 W charger, while the C15 gets a better 18 W charger. The Realme C12 only comes with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, while the C15 also comes with an additional 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage option, although this is above our set budget.
There are some differences in the camera setup of both Realme C12 and Realme C15. The C12 gets a 13-megapixel primary camera camera, a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. While the C15 offers a 13-megapixel primary camera with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, a 2-megapixel monochrome camera, and a 2-megapixel retro camera. For selfies, the C12 gets a 5-megapixel sensor and the C15 gets an 8-megapixel sensor.
Redmi 9 Prime
The Redmi 9 Prime is similar to the Redmi 9 and comes with the same 6.53-inch display. However, instead of the HD + panel present in Redmi 9, it gets a full-HD + panel.
Redmi 9 Prime also has a powerful MediaTek Helio G80 chipset. This gaming processor is paired with 4 GB of RAM and you get 64 GB or 128 GB of storage, although the 64 GB option comes in our budget. Redmi 9 Prime runs on MIUI 11 based on Android 10 and gets a fair amount of bloatware.
The Redmi 9 Prime has a quad-camera setup, with a 13-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Camera performance is overall average. Thanks to the 5,020mAh battery, you will get good battery life, but you get 10W in the box, due to which the charging is a bit slow.