Every industry needs a disruptive force from time to time. In 2014, the Indian mobile phone market was rather lacklustre. Samsung was the undisputed leader, while local brands like Micromax and Karbonn enjoyed significant success. Other domestic brands like Lava and Intex weren’t far behind, and the landscape needed a rude awakening to freshen things up.
This was when Xiaomi entered the Indian market, and within the next two years, the brand turned the industry on its head. It was evident from the very beginning that Xiaomi was well prepared to meet the challenges and rigours of a new market, and that the Chinese smartphone brand had the edge in terms of innovation and technological nous that the local brands did not.
Within the next few years, Xiaomi was successful in dethroning Samsung, and became the top-selling smartphone brand in the country. This was primarily achieved by targeting the budget and mid-range segments, which constitute the majority of the Indian consumer base. Xiaomi’s budget-friendly smartphone models were truly revolutionary, and the brand prioritised sales over profits. By keeping the per-unit profit margin low, Xiaomi succeeded in catering to the masses, with Mi phones under 10,000 INR being some of the best models you can find in the market.
With the demand for pocket-friendly devices once again on the rise owing to online classes and work-from-home culture, we have put together a list of the best low-budget Mi phones that you can purchase today.
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power
Touted by consumers as the best budget smartphone, Redmi 9 Power embodies everything consumers love about Xiaomi. This 4GB RAM mobile houses a massive 6,000mAh battery underneath the back panel, and also comes with an 18W fast charging support. Thus, you can bank on this device to be with you throughout the day, and when the battery begins to drain, you can charge it up quickly. Additionally, it packs a 48MP quad-rear camera array, which allows you to click stunning pictures while capturing the natural colours of the subject. Another noteworthy detail is its 6.53-inch Full HD+ IPS display, which offers an immersive visual experience.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Costing just over Rs. 11,000, Redmi Note 9 is yet another exemplary smartphone that houses a 5,020mAh battery. It is accompanied by a 22.5W fast charger, which replenishes the battery in no time. Powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core processor, this smartphone can also be used to enjoy long gaming sessions, especially because of the MediaTek HyperEngine attribute. The 6.53-inch FHD+ display delivers an immersive gaming experience, while you can also enjoy movies and TV shows on the device.
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime
One of the best Mi phones under 10000 INR, Redmi 9 Prime comes with all the bells and whistles you would expect in a mid-range device. For instance, it packs 64GB ROM, but you can expand the storage capacity by using a microSD card. This way, you will be able to store documents and files without worrying about storage issues. The smartphone houses a 13MP quad-rear camera so that you can click awe-inspiring images, and create memorable moments. Additionally, the phone’s 5,020mAh battery ensures that the smartphone stands by your side throughout the day, and provides a talk time of around 31 hours!
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Yet another exemplary 4GB RAM mobile is the Redmi Note 10, which flaunts an elegant 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display. Thus, this smartphone dispenses images that are vivid and lifelike, and can prove to be an impressive gaming device. Additionally, the smartphone houses four rear cameras (48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP), and you can click exceptional landscape and portrait images.
Redmi Note 10 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 octa-core processor with the Adreno 612 GPU, which translates to superior gaming performance. Last but not least, the phone’s 5,000mAh battery is accompanied by a 33W fast charging support, so that you won’t have to worry about running out of charge, and can quickly power up the mobile phone before heading out.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
With an Aura Fluid design, Redmi Note 8 is truly a stylish and chic smartphone. It sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display, which offers an engrossing visual experience. The device is energised by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor clocking at 2.0GHz, so that the smartphone executes all the commands with ease. The 4,000mAh battery of the device ensures that you won’t have to worry about carrying the charger with you, as it provides long-lasting performance.
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