Best SmartPhone Under 13000 Rupees in India

Smartphones are an essential part of our daily lives and it’s an undeniable truth.

Mobile phones are getting competitive these days as there are multiple brands available offering cheaply priced smartphones.

And it is difficult to find the right one, so leave the hard part to me.

I have listed the five best smartphones under 13000 rupees in India that gives you a good performance, long battery life, and some of them also provide fine results on the camera.

Let’s get started…

1. Redmi Note 9 Pro

Redmi Note 9 Pro
Redmi Note 9 Pro Specification
Display6.67-inch FHD+ display
Camera48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP rear | 16MP front
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 720G (8 nm)
RAM & Storage4GB | 64GB
OSAndroid 10, MIUI 11
Battery Life5020mAh | 18W Fast charger

Design and Build

The Redmi Note 9 Pro backed by the corning gorilla glass 5 which not just makes the device sturdy but also looks premium.

This smartphone has a unique design that makes it stand out from its rest of the competitors.

Redmi Note 9 Pro has a glossy back that carries fingerprint smudges easily but it’s way better than Samsung Galaxy M31.

The camera housed in a black-coloured rectangular shape and the camera bump is a little high so I recommend putting a back case on it.

Not just for that, the device is also slippery so it is good to have safety in the first place.

The fingerprint sensor is embedded in a power button which is snappy and the device also has your beloved 3.5mm audio jack.

Xiaomi has provided a P2i coating that keeps the device protected from water splashes or spills.

Display

Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with a 6.67-inch Full HD+ Dot display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

The display is bright enough for indoor use but the outdoor usability experience might differ.

This smartphone display has a good colour reproduction, and the panel is also shielded by the corning gorilla glass 5.

Processor and Performance

Redmi Note 9 Pro is equipped with a powerful mid-range processor which is Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G designed on 8-nanometer architecture.

You must pick this mobile phone right off the bat if you seek a smartphone that delivers swift performance under the price sub of 13000 rupees.

More to the performance, the Redmi Note 9 Pro holds 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM(storage).

You can play any android games on this device that can be downloaded from the play store.

Even if you are a multitasker fella then you won’t be disappointed either, because this mobile phone does not break a sweat on multitasking.

The UI is MIUI 11 based on Android 10 and since it’s not an outdated piece yet, it will get the MIUI 12 update, just be aware of bloatware apps and annoying ads.

The user interface is easy to use and all the navigations are easy, also the device does not lag or heat instantly.

Camera

Redmi Note 9 Pro has a quad-camera oreo cake-like setup at the rear side whereas the front is still single, and I do like it.

Rear-camera

The 48MP primary camera performs well in broad daylight. Photos clicked from the rear camera has a sharpness and the colour correction is nice as well.

However, sometimes the colour looks a bit more saturated but not a big deal for a regular user.

The 8MP ultrawide is able to capture more arena into photos and can be used specifically for group photos or to click the destination photos.

The rest is the 5MP macro camera and 2MP depth sensor.

The depth sensor measures the depth and blurs the background which gives you excellent portrait photos.

I haven’t seen macro lens used anywhere used except for the youtube tech gurus, even I myself don’t use it on my OnePlus 7T.

But the photos clicked in daylight from the macro camera has good results.

Video recording is okay, shooting videos in artificial lighting has this grainy effects and you have to click on the subject to focus. To learn more about camera features – Click Here.

Selfie

The 16MP front-facing camera does the job exceptionally well in daylight conditions.

The portraits are so good that you can’t resist yourself to post them on your social media profiles.

Normal images taken from the front lens has a decent contrast ratio and recording video is the same case as it with the rear camera.

Battery Life

The 5020mAh lithium polymer battery inside gives backup for an entire day, only if you exclude the gaming.

Even with the gaming, the battery will last somewhat around 6 hours.

You can charge the Redmi Note 9 Pro with the bundled 18W fast charger that takes almost two hours or less to fully charge the battery.

My Opinion

I personally loved this phone because of its performance and battery backup, even the camera outcomes are not that disappointing.

Under the price tag of Rs.13,000, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is the best device you could ever ask for.

Good
  • Great battery life
  • Powerful Snapdragon 720G processor
  • An FHD+ display
  • P2i coating – splash proof
  • Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
Bad
  • Video recording need improvement

2. Samsung Galaxy M21

Samsung galaxy M21
Samsung Galaxy M21 Specification
Display6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display
Camera48MP + 8MP + 5MP rear | 20MP front
ProcessorExynos 9611(10nm)
RAM & Storage4GB | 64GB
OSAndroid 10, One UI 2.5
Battery Life6000mAh | 15W Fast charger

Design and Build

The Samsung Galaxy M21 has a similar design to its predecessors Samsung Galaxy M30s.

The back is made out of plastic and it’s acceptable for the price of 13000 rupees.

The back does carry a lot of fingerprints marks and scratches instantly so you better buy a case for the device because not even a transparent case is included in the box.

The ergonomic design of the Samsung Galaxy M21 makes it comfortable to use with one hand also it is a lightweight smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy M21 has a slot for two SIM cards and one for a microSD card.

The fingerprint scanner is located on the rear panel.

The sound profile of the speaker isn’t good for the price, it is better to plugin earphone in a 3.5mm audio jack.

Display

Samsung Galaxy M21 features a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display protected by the corning gorilla glass 3.

The Samsung Galaxy M21 display has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

The media consumption experience on this colourful display is surely an amazing experience and with the support of Widevine L1, you can stream OTT platform content in HD or FHD.

The usability of this mobile phone is good under indoor conditions but you might struggle using it under direct sunlight.

Processor and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy M21 is powered by the Exynos 9611 octa-core processor designed on 10-nanometer architecture.

To be honest, Samsung really needs to pay attention to their budget smartphone chipset.

This processor will surely give you a full-fledged option in-game settings and you can play battle royale games at 60fps.

But, the device heat instantly which is a big bummer, whatsoever, not everyone is a gamer.

When it comes to day to day life use or multitasking it works like a charm, also thanks to the 4GB RAM inside.

The 64GB storage is built-in and can be expanded by inserting an external microSD card.

The One UI 2.5 on top of the Android 10 works snappy. Also, it’s better than the realme and Xiaomi devices UI because there are no ads and less pre-installed junk.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy M21 features a triple rear camera setup and a single selfie shooter.

Rear-camera

The 48MP lens with the f/2.0 aperture is the best camera you can find on the smartphone that comes under the price of Rs.13,000.

The image quality is mind-blowing. The photos have impressive colour saturation, and the dynamic is good also.

It even looks better when capturing in HDR mode. Daylight photography is no exception on this device.

The 8MP ultrawide lens and 5MP depth sensor accompanied the main camera.

The ultrawide lens is good for gathering more details into one photo while the depth sensor gives you satisfactory portrait images.

The nightlight photography has okayish results nothing spectacular.

Selfie

The 20MP front shooter on the Samsung Galaxy M21 works deliberately fine in the broad daylight and the portrait photos are good as well.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy M21 has a 6000mAh battery packed inside which gives undoubtedly back up for a day on moderate use.

However, the device support only a 15W charger which takes almost 2 hours to juice up the battery from zero to full.

My Opinion

I recommend this smartphone to those who desire to watch movies, clicking photos, tied up on calls for long hours, and social media addicts.

Except for gaming, this device is a good budget deal under the price of Rs.13,000.

Good
  • Colourful sAMOLED display
  • Good camera results
  • Monster battery life
  • Ergonomic design
  • Decent performance
Bad
  • Not for gaming
  • Poor sound quality

3. Micromax In Note 1

Micromax In note 1
Micromax In Note 1 Specification
Display6.67-inch FHD+ display
Camera48MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP rear | 16MP front
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G85 (12nm)
RAM & Storage4GB | 64GB
OSAndroid 10
Battery Life5000mAh | 15W Fast charger

Design and Build

Made in India smartphone, the Micromax In Note 1 released in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The Micromax In Note 1 has a plastic back that encompasses a fingerprint scanner and a quad-camera setup completed by the LED-flashlght.

The quality of the build is cheap, the smartphone is lightweight and easy to carry, but still build could have been better.

At the bottom half, there’s “iN” branding showing respect for the country.

The Micromax In Note 1 has an audio jack and Type-C port located at the bottom frame.

Display

Micromax In Note 1 comes with a 6.67-inch Full HD+ punch-hole display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

This mobile phone display is usable under both conditions, indoor and outdoor.

You can play high definition video in youtube without any issue however since this device does not have Widevine L3 support OTT contents can’t be viewed in HD or FHD quality.

Processor and Performance

Who runs the Micromax In Note 1 from backstage is the powerful MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core processor.

The G in G85 stands for gaming, this is the budget processor offered by MediaTek to give everyone a pleasant gaming experience.

Most of the 2D games run fluently and even 3D games like COD: Mobile can be played in medium settings.

However, there is some frame drop which is obvious in a budget smartphone like this which comes under 13000 rupees.

In terms of day to day use, the chipset is efficient and the 4GB RAM onboard will operate the application smoothly.

Even more, the device comes with the Android 10, the experience is almost similar to stock. The device is free of ads and bloatware applications.

Camera

Micromax In Note 1 has a four-camera planted on the back and one lens fixed in the front.

Rear-camera

The 48MP primary camera clicks awesome photos in daylight conditions, clicked images have good colours and decent dynamic range.

The detailing is good and the photos are sharp.

The images taken from 5MP ultrawide feels softer. The rest is a 2MP macro lens and 2MP depth sensor.

The video mode has no stabilization options means you have to set a mobile phone in a place to record stable videos.

Selfie

The 16MP selfie camera is no exception here. The portrait selfies have better edge detection and blur the background properly.

You can also use it as a webcam to connect with your loved ones.

Battery Life

Micromax In Note 1 is powered by a 5000mAh battery which is plenty enough for a day.

The 18W bundled charger does not work as it used to be, instead, it takes more than two hours to juice up the battery, which is kind of a bummer.

My Opinion

Not all phones are perfect and the Micromax In Note 1 is no different.

Except for that poor build quality, the Micromax In Note 1 is good for buying regular use like calling, watching videos on youtube, and playing games in free time.

Good
  • Bright display
  • Decent performance
  • The camera works great in daylight condition
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Latest Android 10
Bad
  • Flimsy build quality

4. Oppo A53

oppo A53
Oppo A53 Specification
Display6.5-inch HD+ 90Hz display
Camera13MP + 2MP + 2MP rear | 16MP front
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 460 (11 nm)
RAM & Storage4GB | 64GB
OSAndroid 10, ColorOS 7.2
Battery Life5000mAh | 18W Fast charger

Design and Build

The Oppo A53 has a simple yet artistic look. This smartphone has a polycarbonate shiny back that looks more appealing when the sunlight hits it.

Oppo A53 has a fingerprint scanner on the back and as an alternative, the device also has a facility of face unlock, both security options work snappy.

This smartphone weighs 186 grams and is 8.4mm thick.

The camera design on this Oppo device is the most common setup you find on any other android smartphone these days.

The camera bump is low and you can easily put the device on a flat surface.

Oppo A53 has an audio jack and USB Type-C port planted at the bottom frame of the smartphone.

Surprisingly, this smartphone features stereo speakers that give good sound quality.

The mobile SAR value for head and body is lower which is good for your own health.

Display

Oppo A53 comes with a 6.5-inch HD+ 90Hz punch-hole display with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.

It’s a pleasant surprise to have a high refresh rate display at the price of 13000 rupees, whatsoever, you get the advantage so use it.

And once you get used higher refresh rate display there’s no switch back to 60Hz, trust me.

Except for the bottom chin, the display bezels are thin.

The panel has decent colour reproduction and the viewing angles are also good.

Processor and Performance

The Oppo A53 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 octa-core processor designed on 11nm-architecture.

You can say it’s the lighter version of Snapdragon 662 or 665.

The device also carries 4GB LPDDRX4 RAM and 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage and I am full of surprises here.

Having UFS(Universal Flash Storage) storage means the device has better read and write speed compared to eMMC storage.

To the performance, the device good for daily use and multitasking work.

The device totally screwed up when it comes to runs games like COD: Mobile or PUBG Mobile. However, 2D games can be played without any issues.

The ColourOS 7.2 based on Android 10 comes with few bloatware apps but it won’t affect the performance.

Camera

The Oppo A53 features a triple rear camera setup and an LED-flashlight. There’s a single punch hole camera on the front.

Rear-camera

The 13MP primary lens on the Oppo A53 captures decent images, the photos taken in sunlight have good results, the colours are okay.

The 2MP macro lens is used to click close-range shots, and the outcomes are decent.

Another 2MP depth sensor is to captured portrait images and it does a decent job.

The disappointing part is video recording, the device does not have EIS stabilization. So you have to keep the device steady in order to record stable videos.

Also, there’s no night mode in the camera, and night light photography should be avoided while having this phone in the pocket.

Camera quality can be enhanced with a good software update, so appeal the Oppo to do it.

Selfie

The 16MP front shooter captures sharp images and the portrait selfies are exceptional at this price point.

The edge detection is good, colours are a bit on a colder side but it does not break the bank, for casual users its nice. 

Battery Life

The Oppo A53 comes with a 5000mAh battery and 18W fast charge.

The device gives about ten hours of battery backup and with the fast charging support it juices up the battery power fairly quickly.

My Opinion

Oppo A53 is a decent device for casual users and students who do not seek gaming at all.

Packed with a decent processor, fast fingerprint sensor, and a satisfactory camera this device is the best smartphone under 13000 rupees.

Good
  • 90Hz refresh rate display
  • Snappy fingerprint scanner
  • Daily performance is good
  • UFS 2.1 storage
Bad
  • No EIS for video recording

5. Motorola Moto G9

Motorola Moto G9
Motorola Moto G9 Specification
Display6.5-inch HD+ display
Camera48MP + 2MP + 2MP rear | 8MP front
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)
RAM & Storage4GB | 64GB
OSAndroid 10
Battery Life5000mAh | 20W Fast charger

Design and Build

The Motorola pushing hard to sustain its visibility in the India market.

The Motorola G9 has a plastic back that is like a magnet that carries fingerprint smudges instantly and you need to clean to maintain the glance of your mobile phone.

The device is nothing exceptional, but it sure has a loud coloured back panel and it also houses dice number four style camera.

Even clad in plastic, the device still feels heavy and the weight distribution is not quite right.

The Motorola G9 comes with the hybrid SIM slot, where you can put 2 SIM card or only 1 SIM and 1 microSD card.

The fingerprint sensor is located right below the camera setup and there’s a “M” branding on it as well.

This smartphone price under 13000 has a cool gesture features, you can turn on the flashlight by shaking the mobile phone twice.

Display

The Motorola G9 features a 6.5-inch HD+ water-drop display with a resolution 720 x 1600 pixels and density of 270 pixel per inch.

The display colour reproduction could have been better, although, the visuals do looks sharp and clear but a bit washed out.

Processor and Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 is the showrunner of the Motorola G9.

It’s an octa-core processor that is power-efficent and at the price of Rs.13,000 it gives exceptional performance on day to day life usage.

Even gaming can be done quite smoothly.

The Motorola G9 has a 4GB RAM that runs the most android apps without being weak to easily.

The 64GB eMMC storage is good to keep your multimedia files and documents.

The one thing I love is that stock android experience, the latest Android 10 does not contains any ads or pre-installed junk that ruin your experience.

It’s clean and easy to use.

Camera

The Motorola G9 features a triple rear-camera setup completed by the LED-flashlight and a single selfie camera.

Rear- camera

The main 48MP primary camera on this device has an aperture of f/1.7 and it does take good photos in broad daylight.

The 2MP depth sensor to capture your self in portrait and the remaining 2MP macro lens for close range photography.

The macro lens here does take good photos.

Blessed with a nightmode, you can take good photos in night.

Selfie

The 8MP selfies clicks decent images.

The portrait shots has an average edge detection although it does able to maintain the skin tone quite well.

Battery Life

The Motorola G9 has a 5000mAh battery that gives you the backup for a day or more on a moderate to casual usage.

The company has provided 20W fast charger inside the box which boost the battery levels in less than 2 hours.

My Opinion

The reason behind to list this phone is its stock android and long battery life.

Except for the camera anda decent display, the device is good for day to day life use, and for working people who mostly spend their job doing tones of calls, messages and emails.

Good
  • Stock android experience
  • Powerful Snapdragon processor
  • Good battery backup
Bad
  • Average camera quality

These are the best smartphone under 13000 rupees in India 2021 which I found praiseworthy and value for money.

Go make up your choice and if you already made one than do let me know in the comments.

Thank you for being, now share to those who is looking for the best smartphone under 13000 rupees in India.

List of Best Smartphone Under 13000 Rupees in India 2021
1Redmi Note 9 Pro
2Samsung Galaxy M21
3Micromax In Note 1
4Oppo A53
5Motorola Moto G9

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