Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.15,000

by | May 9, 2018

I assume since you are reading this, you are planning to buy a phone under Rs. 15,000. 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 this list of best smartphones under Rs. 15,000.

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Overall Best Pick

The standout feature of this midrange phone is its amazing rear and front cameras that comes with portrait mode and the new 5.99-inch full view display. This is the first smartphone with the latest and powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset in India.

Xiaomi took the smartphone world by storm when they launched the Redmi Note 4 in 2017. It went on to become the most sought-after midrange phone of that year and played a crucial role in Xiaomi becoming the number 1 smartphone manufacturer in India. It seems that they will replicate the same success with Redmi Note 5 Pro this year!

Starting off with the specifications, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the first smartphone that runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset. It has a 1.8GHz Octa-Core CPU with Kryo 260 architecture. There are 2 RAM variants of this smartphone in India, one with 4GB RAM and another with 6GB RAM. Both are having 64GB internal storage and dual hybrid nano-SIM support.

It runs on Android Nougat based MIUI 9 and has a 4000mAh battery. There is a dual camera setup at the back (12+5 MP) and a great 20MP selfie shooter at the front.

The design and build quality of Redmi Note 5 Pro is impeccable for a midrange smartphone and it resembles closely to iPhone X from the back side. It has a 5.99-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with 18:9 aspect ratio and 2160*1080 pixel resolution. This Full View display is quite bright, immersive and large but it doesn’t hinder the in-hand feel at all. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The pixel density is 403 PPI.

Now coming to the performance, the Snapdragon 636 chipset and Adreno 509 GPU are so powerful for a midrange phone. They perform most of the task you throw at it with ease. We felt the 6GB variant of Note 5 Pro is overpriced at Rs.17,000 and the 4GB RAM variant is enough for most people. It performed multitasking and heavy gaming with ease but the aluminium body got slightly warm over the course of rigorous testing.

Another standout feature of Redmi Note 5 Pro is its camera setup. Xiaomi as a brand was not really known for its camera quality in its earlier devices. But with the launch of Xiaomi Mi A1 and Redmi Note 5 Pro, they have become a force to reckon within camera department. The Redmi Note 5 Pro’s dual rear camera can take amazing photos even in low-light condition.

The 20 Megapixel selfie shooter of Note 5 Pro is the best front camera you can get at this price. Both front and rear cameras can click pictures in the much sought after Portrait Mode with near perfection. Their edge detection and bokeh effects are too good for a midrange smartphone under Rs.15,000. Thanks to the amazing front camera and the implementation of portrait effect, we feel the Redmi Note 5 Pro is a better pick than Mi A1.

Now coming to the video recording, we felt that Xiaomi should have done better in this department. First of all, there is no 4K video recording on this smartphone. The maximum available resolution is 1080p at 30 frames per second. Though they have implemented electronic image stabilisation to record videos without any shakes, the video quality takes a hit. Maybe with future software updates, they can fix this minor issue.

This phone has a 4000mAh Lithium-Polymer battery which can last a typical day even under heavy use. Though it supports fast charging, the power brick provided inside the box is a normal 5V, 2A charger.

It houses all the important sensors you expect in a midrange phone like the fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and compass sensors. The cellular call quality is exceptional as well. It even has the now trending face unlock feature implemented over software update.

All in all, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is another runaway winner in the highly competitive midrange segment from Xiaomi. The build quality and standout camera performance of this phone make it unique from its competitors. The overall performance is also very good thus making it our top smartphone pick under Rs.15,000.

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Immersive 5.99-inch Full View display (18:9)
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Great selfie camera
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Both rear and front camera has portrait mode
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Powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset
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Good battery life
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Impressive overall performance
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Video recording quality is average
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No 4K video recording, maximum is [email protected]
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No Oreo out of the box

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No USB C port

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid 7.1 Nougat / MIUI 9
INTERNAL MEMORY64 GB
RAM4 GB
PROCESSORSnapdragon 636 Octa Core 1.8 GHz
CAMERA12MP + 5MP Dual Rear, 20MP Front
BATTERY4000 mAh
DISPLAY5.99 inch 2160 x 1080 (~403 ppi)

2. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Runner-up Pick

Finally, we have a phone to claim the title of best smartphone under Rs. 12,000 from Redmi Series! The Zenfone Max Pro touts the best processor, display and battery in any phone at this price range. And don’t forget the aggressive pricing by Asus.

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. It 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.

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Feature rich phone
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Impeccable metal body design and premium look
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Audio output is very good
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Excellent phone even for heavy gaming
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Great camera and video performance
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Stock Android N with confirmed updates for 2 year
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No fast charging support
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No NFC chip
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No FM support

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid Nougat
INTERNAL MEMORY64 GB
RAM4 GB
PROCESSORSnapdragon 625 Octa Core 2.0 GHz
CAMERA12MP + 12MP Dual Rear, 5MP Front
BATTERY3080 mAh
DISPLAY5.5 inch 1920 x 1080 (~403 ppi)

3. Moto G5S Plus

Great Camera Phone

The key highlight of this phone is its dual camera set up at the back. It sports two wonderful cameras at the rear and a great selfie shooter on the front.The rear camera unit designed in circular shape looks good and adds uniqueness to the phone.

The second best phone 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.

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Excellent camera with great additional features
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Premium design and build quality
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Fast charging support
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Great performance
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Stock Android experience
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Battery lasts a day only even for normal user
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No compass sensor

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid Nougat
INTERNAL MEMORY64 GB
RAM4 GB
PROCESSORSnapdragon 625 Octa Core 2.0 GHz
CAMERA13MP+13MP Rear, 8MP Front
BATTERY3000 mAh
DISPLAY5.5 inch 1080*1920 (~401 ppi)

4.Huawei Honor 7X

Best Budget Camera Phone

The best camera phone under Rs.15,000, the Honor 7X is also good for recording high-quality videos. The design, build quality and the standout 18:9 aspect ratio makes it an attractive choice for this price. At its price, this phone is a real competitor to our top picks Mi A1 and Moto G5S Plus.

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.

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Great front and rear camera
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Video recording quality is outstanding
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Good design and build quality
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18:9 full HD+ display
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All sensors are present
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Hybrid SIM slot
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No fast charging support
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No Gyroscope sensor

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid Nougat
INTERNAL MEMORY64GB, 32GB
RAM4 GB
PROCESSORKirin 659 Octa Core 2.36GHz
CAMERA16MP + 2MP Dual Rear, 8MP Front
BATTERY3340 mAh
DISPLAY5.93 inch 2160x 1080 (~407 ppi)

5.Lenovo K8 Note

Best Phone for Multimedia

The K8 Note has a 2.3GHz 10 Core MediaTek Helio X23 processor. It looks and feels premium and fits nicely in your pocket. It has Dolby Atmos support for a better audio experience. It also brings the latest Theatre Max Technology which provides Virtual Reality and 360-degree video viewing experience.

Lenovo has directly launched the Lenovo K8 note succeeding the K6 series 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.

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Rear dual camera is great
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Superb audio quality
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Stock Android experience
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Solid build quality
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MediaTek processor instead of Qualcomm
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Heating issue is expected
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Battery life isn’t the best

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid Nougat
INTERNAL MEMORY64GB, 32GB
RAM3 GB
PROCESSORMediaTek Helio X23 10 Core 2.3GHz
CAMERA13MP+5MP Dual Rear, 13MP Front
BATTERY4000mAh
DISPLAY5.5 inch 1920 x 1080 (~401 ppi)

That sums up our list of the best mobile phones under Rs.15,000. 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.15,000, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below. Please subscribe to our newsletter for more such cool gadget guides and unbiased reviews. Cheers!