Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.15000
I assume since you are reading this, you are planning to buy a phone under 15000 rupees. You might have visited some of the popular E-Commerce sites to look what they have to offer or watched some YouTube reviews or even asked your friends about their opinion.
You may have found out that this price range is flooded with a number of smartphones. It is undoubtedly the most competitive price range for smartphones in India. Choosing the right mobile phone under 15000 is quite challenging and confusing.
Fear not! We have done the hard yards for you.
We have analyzed all the phones currently available in the market, gone through a variety of expert opinions, scrub through numerous user reviews and came up with the list of best smartphones under 15000 rupees. We will make sure to chop and change the list when new competitors enter the fray.
So read on…
“A feature-rich phone with superior build quality and premium look that doesn’t compromise on any specifications. We crowned Xiaomi Mi A1 as the best”
This phone released in September 2017, runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat stock operating system, 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM and a 5.5” Full HD Display.
The king of budget gadgets in India, Xiaomi has come up with yet another great phone which is Xiaomi Mi A1. This phone made in collaboration with Google’s Android One project is different in many ways from other Xiaomi phones.
It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor under the hood. It is powered by a 3080mAh Lithium Polymer battery. Mi A1 has a 12 Megapixel dual rear camera and a 5 Megapixel front camera.
“Motorola Moto G5s Plus has unmatchable specifications, wonderful camera, and superb build quality. Surely a great buy for its price.”
First thing first, Moto G5s Plus is priced at 16000 rupees. You might be asking then why the heck did you add it to this list?
The answer is, this is such a good phone we recommend you to shell that extra 1000 bucks and grab this gadget. After all, our aim is to help you pick the best phone, right?
Moto G5s Plus runs on Android Nougat OS, 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM and a 5.5” Full HD Display. Just like Mi A1, this one is also having a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. It is powered by a nonremovable 3000mAh Li-ion battery. It sports two wonderful cameras at the rear and a great selfie shooter on the front.
Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.15000 – Quick Look
|Xiaomi Mi A1 |
(Overall Best Pick)
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|12MP + 12MP Rear|
|3080 mAh||Snapdragon 625||Check Price|
|Moto G5s Plus |
(Runner Up Pick)
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|3000 mAh||Snapdragon 625||Check Price|
|Huawei Honor 7X||32GB ROM|
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|3340 mAh||Kirin 659||Check Price|
|Lenovo K8 Note||64GB ROM|
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|4000 mAh||MediaTek Helio X23||Check Price|
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 4||64GB ROM|
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|4100 mAH||Snapdragon 625||Check Price|
(Best Battery Backup)
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|5100 mAh||Snapdragon 625||Check Price|
|Nokia 6||32GB ROM|
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|3000 mAh||Snapdragon 430||Check Price|
|LG Q6||32GB ROM|
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|13 MP Rear|
5 MP Front
|3000 mAh||Snapdragon 435||Check Price|
|Lenovo K8 Plus||32GB ROM|
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|13MP + 5MP Rear|
|4000 mAh||MediaTek MTK Helio P25||Check Price|
|Billion Capture+||64GB ROM|
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|13MP + 13MP Rear|
|3500 mAh||Snapdragon 625||Check Price|
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1. Xiaomi Mi A1
When Xiaomi announced that they are partnering with Google for their Android One project many people questioned their rationale behind it. They had enough reasons to be doubtful considering the history of Android One and its purpose.
But once Xiaomi launched Mi A1 in September 2017, all doubts vanished into thin air!
Mi A1 is a variant of the erstwhile Mi 5X with narrower bezels ships with Android 7.1.2 Nougat Stock OS and will receive a minimum of 2 years of OS upgrades including an upgrade to Android Oreo by end of the year and Android P in 2018. It has a 5.5”, 1920 x 1080 full HD display with 2.5D Corning gorilla glass, a full metal body with rounded edges and a fingerprint sensor. It is powered by a 3080mAh Lithium Polymer battery, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash memory.
The specifications that Xiaomi and Google offers are kickass for a phone in this price range of 15000 rupees.
The build quality of this phone is impeccable for a phone of this price. Its screen quality and viewing angles are top notches. Xiaomi has kept the IR blaster intact in this phone as well.
As it is coming with 4GB of RAM, you can play heavy games that require a lot of graphics without any lag and heating.
Coming to the camera department, Mi A1 performed really well when photos and videos were pictured on it. The 12MP Dual rear camera and the 5MP front camera worked flawlessly even in low light conditions.
Because it is coming in stock Android there is no bloatware that eats up space in this phone.
Although it has a lot of pros there are some cons for Xiaomi Mi A1. The most important downside is that Mi A1 does not have fast charging. It took around 2 hours to charge the phone from 0 to 100%.
Another drawback we observed, even though it is minor, is the lack of NFC Chip and FM Support. If you are not a user of both these then it won’t be a problem at all for you.
2. Moto G5s Plus
The second best on this list is Motorola Moto G5s Plus. It was launched as a successor to Moto G5 Plus and has upgraded its features.
The most important highlight of Moto G5s Plus is the camera department. Moto G5s Plus was known as one of the best camera phones under 15000 rupees and now, Motorola has taken it to a new level by including 13MP dual rear cameras in the G5S Plus and with it, it became the first phone in Moto G series to come up with dual cameras. It includes a 13 MP RGB sensor and another 13 MP monochrome sensor, both having ƒ/2.0 aperture and work together to click amazing pictures. Its 8MP front camera can click beautiful selfies with features like panorama mode. This phone is touted as one of the best camera phone out there in this price range.
Moto G5s Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and Adreno 506 GPU. They can perform tasks that require heavy graphics seamlessly. It can multitask apps and run games without overheating.
Coming to the build quality, G5s Plus is crafted out of a metal unibody. Its design looks immaculate and will nicely fit in your hands. The moto logo on the back and the dimple gives it a classy finish.
Moto G5s Plus also comes in 5.5” Full HD display. Its display quality and screen quality are superb. The auto brightness feature works seamlessly while shifting from low brightness to high brightness areas.
Out of the 64GB internal storage, 51GB is available after system memory. This phone is coming with a hybrid slot which may cause problems for those users who want to store huge amount of data and need to use two SIM cards.
Moto G5s Plus is backed by a 3000mAh nonremovable Lithium-ion battery. It can last nearly a day for an average user. As it is supporting fast charging, you can turbocharge your phone when in need.
3.Huawei Honor 7X
The Huawei Honor 7X is one of the best camera-centric smartphones under Rs.15,000. Before moving to the praises of its camera, what really stands out from this phone on a first look is its Full HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio. This peculiar aspect ratio helps to hold the device easily and the metallic body improves the total in-hand feel. The build quality looks premium for a midrange smartphone.
The Honor 7X is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa-Core processor and runs on the Android Nougat based EMUI. It has a 4GB RAM and comes with 2 storage options (32GB and 64GB). The 4GB/32GB variant is sold at just Rs.12,999 with an option of expanding the memory by inserting microSD card in the Hybrid slot. It has a 5.93-inch full HD+ display with 2160*1080 resolution. It has a 3340mAh battery that can easily last a day.
The Huawei Honor 7X boasts a dual camera setup at the back having 12-megapixel and 2-megapixel resolutions. The camera is exceedingly great for its price and can compete directly with our top picks, the Mi A1 and Moto G5S Plus. If camera performance is your biggest dealbreaker on smartphones, then the Huawei Honor 7X is the perfect choice for you. Its picture quality in artificial lighting condition and natural lighting were better than the Mi A1.
The 8-megapixel selfie shooter on the front can click high-quality selfies and videos. The colour reproduction and image stabilisation capability of these cameras are very good even though there is no optical image stabilisation. Videos recorded from the Huawei Honor 7X captured the audio and video very well and we recommend this phone under Rs 15,000 for users who like to shoot a lot of videos.
The Kirin 659 processor and Mali-T830 GPU in Honor 7X are no way better than the Snapdragon 625 and Adreno 506 seen in Mi A1 and Moto G5S Plus. But still, they are giving decent performance under heavy gaming and multitasking. If you are a casual user, then the Kirin 659 chipset is more than enough to handle your day to day tasks. The battery efficiency of these chipsets are also appreciable and you will experience good battery life out of it.
4. Lenovo K8 Note
Lenovo has directly launched the Lenovo K8 note succeeding K6 note by skipping K7 note citing that the features this phone has to offer are generations ahead! Well, that is a bold statement right? Let’s see what are its features.
Beginning with the design, the Lenovo K8 Note packs a metal unibody design made of aluminium. It looks and feels premium and fits nicely in your pocket. The K8 Note has a 5.5” Full HD Display that can deliver a quality visual experience.
When it comes to the performance, the K8 Note has a 2.3GHz 10 Core MediaTek Helio X23 processor. This along with the 3GB/4GB variant of RAM and 32/64 GB of internal storage can deliver a great user experience. You can play games that require heavy graphics flawlessly with this phone.
This phone runs on Android v7.1.1 Nougat and Lenovo has ditched its vibe UI to make way for stock Android. This will be reducing the number of unwanted apps and increasing the speed of future updates.
The K8 Note is powered by a 4000mAh battery. It lasts a day with heavy usage. For a normal user, this phone can survive 1 and half days.
Coming to the camera department, K8 Note packs a dual camera setup with a 13MP one and a 5 MP one. The 2 cameras combine together to produce amazing pictures. The 13 MP Camera capture the subject while the 5 MP camera capture additional details to make the picture detailed. On the front, there is a 13 MP camera which comes with LED flash that can click beautiful selfies.
5. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is an ideal pick in this price range if you are looking for a budget phone well under Rs.15,000. Much like its predecessor, the Redmi Note 4 sports an-all metal body and boasts of impressive specifications.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 packs in a 4100mAh non-removable battery. The large capacity combined with software optimizations and the power efficiency of its processor makes it a battery powerhouse. You can easily last a day and a half with this phone under normal usage.
It is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clocked at 2GHz with an integrated Adreno 506 GPU. Two variants of this model (3GB of RAM and 32GB storage; and 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage) are currently available in the market. The top variant of the Redmi Note 4 can handle multitasking and graphic-intensive games without breaking a sweat. This is arguably the best performing budget smartphone in its category considering the price point.
Coming to the camera department the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera. The camera app can record videos at full-HD (1080p) resolution and quality is pretty good. Selfies taken with the Redmi Note 4 had good colours and details, but again, those taken in well-lit conditions were better than those taken in low light.
Overall it is not the best camera phone in this price range when compared with its competitors.
6. Lenovo P2 (Best Battery Backup)
The Lenovo P2 is a phone exclusively launched for those users who crave for a phone whose battery lasts a long time. This is the Ideal phone for you if battery life is your top priority.
The biggest features of Lenovo P2 is its massive 5,100 mAh battery. It is designed specifically for people who always complain about battery life. It offers up to three days of battery life on a single charge and can sustain for more than 18 hours of video playback. Even for heavy users, it will last more than 2 days.
The Lenovo P2 supports fast charging, that will provide up to 10 hours of average use in just 15 minutes of charging. It comes with bundled fast charger inside the box. Additionally, you can also use the Lenovo P2’s battery as a power bank to charge your other devices!
This smartphone has a 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset. It also sports a 13 MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus, a 5 MP selfie shooter, and a fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner can act as a Home button also.
The P2 runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow that is upgradable to Android Nougat with Lenovo’s customised user interface which can be a turn-off if you are a fan of stock Android. It has Lenovo’s Theatremax technology for virtual reality and 360-degree viewing experience.
Another great phone you can consider for battery backup is Xiaomi Mi Max 2. It has a 6.44” display, 5300mAh battery with fast charging support and a good camera. This is the best phone in terms of battery backup under Rs 15000 right now.
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7. Nokia 6
The next pick in our list is the Nokia 6 smartphone. Nokia after cutting ties with Microsoft has sold their brand name to HMD Global, a Finnish company consisting of ex-Nokia employees from their prime. They have now launched Nokia 6 Smartphone with Android Nougat operating system.
Nokia has always been a brand that designed some of the iconic mobile phones. The standout feature of this phone is the build quality. This is undoubtedly the best smartphone under 15000 in build quality. The design and build quality of Aluminium chassis are incredible. The phone looks premium and will fit nicely in your pocket.
The Nokia 6 has a 5.5” Full HD Display with a pixel density of 403 PPI. Its display quality is impeccable. Images and videos are razor sharp and crystal clear.
The Nokia 6 is bundled with stock Android OS. We observed that the security updates are prompt with monthly updates coming in from Nokia. Nokia has included all the necessary sensors like Gyroscope, Compass, Accelerometer, Fingerprint, and proximity sensor.
Coming to the downsides of Nokia 6, It is powered by a Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor and Adreno 505 GPU which is pretty ordinary for this price range. You will experience lag while playing heavy games with this device. While doing multitasking the RAM management was not up to the mark. Because of this processor, the performance has taken a dent.
8. LG Q6
LG with its new Q series is foraying seriously into the mid-range smartphone space with the LG Q6. This smartphone priced at an attractive price under Rs. 15,000 is launched for value-conscious buyers who want to stand out. The highlight of LG Q6 is its display titled ‘Full Vision’ which has an aspect ratio of 18:9 (2160*1080 pixel resolution).
The LG Q6 is definitely one of the most comfortable 5.5-inch smartphones to use in hand, thanks to its peculiar resolution. The phone fits nicely in your hand and doesn’t feel bulky at all. It has a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels with an impressive 442 pixels per inch. Even though the back is made of plastic, the build quality and colour reproduction of display make up for it.
The Q6 is powered by a Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor with a maximum clock speed of 1.4GHz. In terms of graphics, we have an integrated Adreno 505 GPU. The processor and GPU specification and performance are pretty average when compared with its competitors. It is running on an Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS as of now and an Oreo update is expected. The only memory variant available in India is of 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM.
The LG Q6 has a dedicated microSD card slot to extend the available memory of 32GB. In terms of sensors, it has all the sensors one would expect like the gyroscope sensor and compass. The phone is running on a customised user interface by LG which had no bloatware.
Despite its average processor and GPU, the Q6 handles basic day to day tasks very well. The multitasking performance and RAM management were surprisingly good. The gaming performance was also quite decent. Coming into camera department, the 13-megapixel rear camera captures decent levels of detail in landscapes and macros. The 5-megapixel front camera performance was excellent for clicking selfies.
Now let’s look at the cons of the LG Q6. The most important negative of this phone is its lack of a fingerprint scanner. LG is using facial recognition to unlock the phone which is a great concept in theory but the actual performance was below par. Many times it failed to recognise the face under low lighting conditions. Even a photograph can be used to unlock the device.
The LG Q6 doesn’t have fast charging support to turbocharge your phone when in hurry. Battery life is also not that great. The speaker quality and audio quality through the headphone jack are simply not good.
Overall, the futuristic 18:9 screen aspect ratio is surely what set apart the LG Q6. It isn’t the most powerful smartphone under Rs 15000 but it stands out because of its display and design. The brand value of LG is another compelling factor to consider the LG Q6.
9. Lenovo K8 Plus
Lenovo K8 Plus launched in September 2017 along with K8 and K8 Note, comes with a 5.2” IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at a pixel density of 424 pixels per inch.
The smartphone is built well and it can withstand the rigors of daily life easily. The screen is also protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Scratch Resistant display.
It packs dual cameras, stock Android, and a hefty 4,000mAh battery. It promises stellar battery life and pure Android experience at a reasonable price. The device is powered by an Octa-core (2.6 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53 + 1.6 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53) MediaTek Helio P25 processor paired with 3 GB of RAM.
The K8 Plus also comes with a dedicated Music Key that can be customized for other purposes also. It houses all the sensors that you require for various purposes
The rear camera on the Lenovo K8 Plus is a dual 13 + 5 MP shooter with Auto Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama Mode, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Digital Zoom, and Video Recording. The smartphone also has a front facing 8 MP camera capable of clicking beautiful selfies.
For those looking for a budget oriented smartphone under Rs 12,000 that runs on a near stock version of Android and contain Okayish features, the K8 Plus seems to be a good buy. However, the smartphone does not seem to stand out in any specific way.
10. Billion Capture+
The Indian E-Commerce giant Flipkart is venturing into the highly competitive midrange smartphone space with their first model the Billion Capture Plus. This midrange smartphone has 2 memory variants sold at Rs.12,999/- (4GB RAM/64GB ROM) and Rs.10,999/- (3GB RAM/32GB ROM) respectively. The USP of this smartphone is its 13 Mega Pixel Dual Camera setup at the back.
Flipkart is projecting the Billion Capture Plus as a camera-centric smartphone but when compared to our top camera picks under Rs.15,000 like the Moto G5S Plus and Xiaomi MI A1, it was a clear underperformer. But in a budget under Rs.13,000, this is the best dual camera phone you can buy right now in India. The dual camera setup has one camera with a colour sensor and the other one with a monochromatic sensor to pick black and white images. The ability to click portrait pictures with depth effect and more detailing makes this a standout phone in its price range.
The Billion Capture Plus is running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor which is a powerful chipset for a midrange phone. It is powered by the Android Nougat OS that comes preloaded with few apps like Flipkart, PhonePe and Ola. It has a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display with dragontrail glass protection.
The metallic body of billion capture plus has the fingerprint sensors at the back. The overall build quality and spec sheet are pretty amazing for a phone under Rs.13,000 and Rs.11,000 (if you prefer low memory variant). As I mentioned earlier, It has a 13 MP dual camera at the back and an 8 MP secondary camera with LED flash for selfies at the front. Even though the display is full HD, the videos are recorded in HD quality only.
One thing we really loved about the Billion Capture Plus is its USB Type C port for quick charging and data transfer. They have provided a fast charger inside the box as well to quickly power up your device. The battery provided with the phone is having 3500mAh power which can last approximately a day under normal usage.
Now coming to the things we didn’t like about the Billion Capture Plus, the front camera of this phone was not good enough for a phone sold at Rs.12,999/-. If you are opting for the 10,999/- variant, then this front camera is satisfiable and worthy of the money you pay. We would highly recommend this phone to you if your budget limit is Rs.10,999/-. At Rs.12,999 we would recommend Lenovo K8 Note or Huawei Honor 6X over this smartphone.
That sums up our list of best mobile phones under Rs.15000. We hope that we have helped you pick the right product.
If you have any queries or if you think we have left out any great mobile phone under Rs.15000, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below. Cheers!