2018 saw smartphone manufacturers introduce several new technologies to the world of smartphones through their flagship offerings. At the same time, they also made sure the sub-Rs 10,000 segments also got to enjoy the new features. Throughout 2018, we saw numerous compelling offerings from some of the well-known companies in the Indian market. Most of them try to lure consumers in their own interesting ways with various features. If you are in the market for an affordable smartphone this festive season, there are a lot of options to choose from.However, to make the decision-making process easier for you, we have accumulated three of the best smartphones that you can buy for less than Rs 10,000 presently. All the three options offer a mixed balance of features, performance and value.Top 3 smartphones under Rs 10,000Asus ZenFone Max M2 (review) At a price of Rs 9,999, the base variant of the Asus ZenFone Max M2 with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage is one of the most performance oriented smartphones you can buy for less than Rs 10,000. The ZenFone Max M2 was launched earlier this month alongside the ZenFone Max Pro M2 and offers most of its thrills for a lower price. The ZenFone Max M2 sports a big 6.28-inch HD+ IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The display features a modern notch, which in turn houses a selfie camera alongside an LED flash. The smartphone is has a plastic chassis with a metallic rear panel.Underneath, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chip powers the ZenFone Max M2. Consumers can choose between 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant as well as another one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It runs on a stock Android 8.1 Oreo and will be updated to Android 9 Pie soon. A reasonably big 4000mAh battery keeps the phone alive for at least a day under normal usage pattern. For the optics, there’s a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel setup for the rear and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The ZenFone Max M2 is available in black and blue colour variants.advertisementHonor 9N (review) The Honor 9N was launched a few months ago as an answer to the Redmi Note 5. With prices now dropped substantially, one can have the base variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage for Rs 8,999 under the Flipkart Mobile Bonanza Sale. The Honor 9N draws attention with its premium-looking glossy glass rear with a light gradient finish on some of the variants. At the front, it sports a 5.8-inch IPS LCD full HD+ display with a notch on top. The smartphone is powered by Huawei’s octa-core Kirin 659 SoC and is tamed by Huawei’s custom EMUI 8.0 based n Android Oreo. A 3000mAh battery keeps the handset alive. For the cameras, there’s a pair of 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual camera setup for the rear and a 16-megapixel camera for the front. The Honor 9N is available in Midnight Black, Purple, Robin Egg Blue and Sapphire Blue colours.Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (review) The Redmi Y2 is one of the best camera smartphones under Rs 10,000 in India right now. The base version with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage is priced at Rs 8,999. Unlike the other two options mentioned here, the Redmi Y2 sports a plastic unibody finish that resembles the more premium Xiaomi devices. The front sports a 5.9-inch HD+ IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 with no notch on top. The Redmi Y2 is built around an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC and runs Xiaomi’s proprietary MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 Oreo on top. MIUI 10 offers a lot of customisation options as well as power saving features. A 3080mAh battery keeps the smartphone alive easily for one entire day.For the cameras, the Redmi Y2 sports a 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera setup for the rear and a 16-megapixel selfie camera with AI features alongside an LED flash. The AI aids for portrait mode via the selfie camera. The Redmi Y2 is available in five colour variants – Black, Blue, Gold, Rose Gold and Dark Grey.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi 6, Realme C1, Honor 7C among best phones to buy under Rs 10,000ALSO READ | Asus Zenfone Max M2 review: Stock Android priced in India at Rs 9,999, Asus M2 packs a punchALSO READ | Want a new phone? Flipkart offers big discounts on Poco F1, Realme 2 Pro and other great phones in Mobiles Bonanza sale
Mumbai/Shirpur: At least 12 persons are reported killed and over 50 others injured in a massive explosion which ripped through a chemical factory near Shirpur on Saturday morning, officials said. The blast – which rocked homes and buildings in several surrounding villages – was followed by a huge fire with clouds of black smoke billowing out, Shirpur Police Station official Sanjay Ahire told IANS. Dhule Superintendent of Police Vishwas Pandhre told media persons that 12 people have been killed and more than 50 injured, including 10 who are critical, and they have been rushed to hospitals in Shirpur and Dhule. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The eruption is believed to have taken place in a chemical-filled boiler of the Mumbai-based Rumit International’s Rumit Chemisynth factory in Waghadi area, around five kilometres on the outskirts of Shirpur. There were an estimated 100 workers present in the factory at that time and considering the intensity of the blast and the blaze which engulfed it, officials fear the casualties figure could increase. Early pictures of the blast site showed a factory building with all its walls blown off leaving behind a skeletal structure, and neighbouring buildings which sustained huge damage. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Firefighters were engaged in dousing the flames in the boiler complex till late this afternoon. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed sorrow over the loss of lives and casualties and reviewed the situation arising out of the blast with officials this afternoon. “The fire is now under control. A team of the State Disaster Relief Forces has also rushed to the spot,” he said. Fadnavis announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the all the deceased in the tragedy. Union Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah expressed shock over the tragedy and said he has spoken to the state government in the matter. “Anguished to learn about the loss of lives due to explosion at a chemical factory in Dhule… Spoken to Fadnavis and the state government is providing relief to the people,” Shah said. Guardian Minister for Dhule Dada Bhuse, Collector Gangatharan Devrajan and S.P. Pandhare were at the site personally supervising the relief operations.