Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.15,000

by | Jul 2, 2018

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

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

Best Mobile phone under 15000
Overall Best Pick
  • A phone with exceptional build quality
  • Great value for money proposition
  • Dual VoLTE support
  • Flash sales hinder availability

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 mid range 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!

Redmi Note 5 Pro is the first smartphone that runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset.

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 mid range 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 mid range 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 aluminum 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 is on par even when compared with smartphones under Rs.20,000.

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 SystemAndroid 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

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.15,000
Runner-Up Pick
  • Rivals Redmi Note 5 pro
  • Near stock Android experience
  • 2-day battery phone

The Zenfone Max Pro from Asus is a phone that is sold at an aggressive price with plenty of features loaded in.

There are 2 variants of this model in the market, a 3GB/32GB variant sold at Rs. 10,999 and a 4GB/64GB variant at Rs, 12,999.

The Zenfone Max Pro is powered by the latest Snapdragon 636 Octa-core chipset and Adreno 509 GPU.

This is the best performing chipset in midrange smartphones under Rs. 15,000.

The phone comes bundled with Android Oreo with an almost stock like feel.

There is not much bloatware on this smartphone. Updates are also confirmed until Android Q.

Coming to the design and build of Zenfone Max Pro, it has a rather ordinary design with an all-metal body except for the antenna portion.

The phone feels hefty in hand because of the massive battery it has but the weight distribution is really good.

Buttons on the side are tactile and clicky.

The display of this phone is a 5.99-inch full view display which is really immersive and colour accurate.

There are no protective glasses like Gorilla Glass here which significantly dents the overall build quality.

Speakers are located on the bottom side and with the help of an NXP amplifier and 5 Magnet speaker, the audio quality is loud and impressive.

The Snapdragon 636 chipset and Adreno 506 GPU can handle most of the tasks you throw at it with ease.

The RAM management and multitasking are butter smooth on this smartphone.

We recommend the 4GB RAM variant only if you’re a heavy performer, otherwise, the 3GB variant will be perfectly fine.

On the camera front, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro is a decent performer.

It packs a dual rear camera with single LED flash that takes some good bright light shots and portrait photos but most of the pictures are a bit over saturated.

The low light photos lack a lot of details as well.

The front camera is an 8MP shooter that does an okayish job.

This phone packs in a gigantic 5,000mAh battery that easily last 2 days of usage which is simply amazing for many power-hungry users.

Some nifty additions like 4K video recording, true dual 4G VoLTE on both the SIM cards and dedicated memory card slot are impressive.

All in all, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is a worthy phone for most of the tasks at its price.

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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 SystemAndroid 7.1 Nougat / MIUI 9
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 636 Octa Core 1.8 GHz
Camera12MP + 12MP Dual Rear, 5MP Front
Battery3080 mAh
Display5.5 inch 1920 x 1080 (~403 ppi))

3. Huawei Honor 7X

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.15,000
Best Budget Camera Phone
  • Phone with good in-hand feel
  • Powerful Kirin 659 processor
  • Suitable for mobile photography enthusiasts

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, the same processor that powers the Honor 9 Lite, which is a smartphone priced under Rs.12,000.

This device comes with out of the box and currently has received an update to Oreo.

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 micro SD 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 deal breaker 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 electronic 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 the Kirin 659 chipset is 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

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Good design and build quality

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18:9 full HD+ display

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Hybrid SIM slot

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Meagre 60Hz refresh rate

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No fast charging support

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No Gyroscope sensor

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 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)

4. Moto G6

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.15,000
Best build quality
  • Perfect for one hand usage
  • Near stock Android OS
  • Bundled earphones is a bonus

It’s that time of the year for Motorola to release its smartphones to the markets around the world.

This time the company has launched two models – the budget Moto G6 Play and the slightly higher end Moto G6 which is the one we are here to discuss about.

Aesthetics and build quality is where the Moto G6 trumps its competitors in the market.

The glass back and the curved sides are worth drooling about.

Even the textured power buttons scream premium.

We, at dope mobiles feel the Moto G6 is a phone with one of the most aesthetically pleasing design in the segment.

Design aspects aside, the Moto G6 features a 5.7-inch full HD+ 18:9 display that the company fondly describes as the Max-vision panel.

This display offers great visuals with lifelike colors and details that won’t disappoint you.

Gorilla glass 3 protection does provide some sort of confidence from minor scratches.

Praises are over. Now, prepare to get disappointed.

The 2018 Moto G6 comes with a Snapdragon 450 SoC inside.

Yes, a 450.

Wish we knew what Motorola executives had in their mind while deciding the specifications for this model.

This phone features USB C port instead of that weary outdated micro USB that many competitor models in this list posses.

The dedicated SD card slot for offline storage connoisseurs is present as well.

The fingerprint sensor on this phone is placed on the front.

Motorola has packed some fine little touches in to this sensor for enhanced usability of this device.

The navigation gestures feature is a very much welcome move from the company.

This saves a lot of screen real estate.

There is a 12MP+5MP rear dual camera setup for the hidden photographer in you to explore.  

The front camera is a 16MP shooter assisted with LED light in case you’re a party animal and love clicking selfies in the dark.

The camera app has undergone a major overhaul as well.

Motorola has added a pro mode that lets you maximize the potential of the cameras on this device.

Summarizing, we feel that the Moto G6 is a very good attempt from Motorola with one major flaw – the under powered processor.

If you are not much the fan of intensive multitasking or gaming, this phone is going to chime in pretty well with your lifestyle.

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Great design and build quality

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USB C

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Good camera

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Excellent display

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Under-powered SoC for the price

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Battery capacity is a tad bit low

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 450 1.8GHz
Camera12MP+5MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery3000 mAh
Display5.7 inch 1080 x 2160 (~424 ppi)

 

5. Oppo Realme 1

Best Value For Money Phone Under Rs.15,000
Best Value For Money
  • A bold counter from OPPO for Xiaomi
  • Single camera that rivals dual camera setup
  • Robust build that screams quality

Realme has just launched its first product in the Indian subcontinent – the Realme 1.

Nah, it isn’t “another” cheap Chinese smartphone maker.

Realme is a sub-brand of the popular Oppo for providing budget smartphones with aggressive pricing in the developing markets.

So what’s special this time around?

Well sit tight and grab a drink while we are at it.

The Realme 1 packs a powerful Helio P60 octa-core chipset inside.

What does this mean for an average joe like me is what you might be thinking, right?

Hold on.

The Helio P60 from MediaTek is more powerful than the Snapdragon 625 chipset found in the competitor models like the Redmi Note 5 and even raises eyebrows when compared with the much more powerful 636 chip on the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Can I run multiple apps without stutter or reloading?

Yes. Definitely.

The Realme 1 comes with two variants in India, a 3GB/32GB base variant and a whopping 6GB/128GB higher variant!

At a starting price of just Rs. 8,990, the pricing of the base variant is very aggressive and the phone can perform a lot better than the Redmi Note 5.

Shots fired!

The build quality, we must say is spot on.

The Realme 1 features a fiberglass back with diamond patterns which look refreshing.

Cough Xiaomi, cough.

The buttons are tactile and offer great feedback as well.

The Helio P60 is so powerful and feature rich that it supports true dual 4G VoLTE on both the sims.

Duh, you say?

The next phone with this capability is the Asus Zenfone Max Pro  which is a smartphone priced just under Rs.12,000.

This phone features a single 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera.

The company touts that AI features are baked into the camera interface, which as you might have guessed, work well.

The colour reproduction is surprisingly accurate and the details are aplenty. We are actually surprised by how well these cameras perform. Both front and rear cameras are capped at 1080p in case of video recording.

The front camera does offer bokeh mode for portrait shots. The pictures come clean and well lit.

Yeah, you can save those trips to the beauty parlour with this selfie cam.

We can vouch for that.

The battery on this device is a 3410mAh cell that provides enough juice for a day worth of use even while heavy usage. The phone comes with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, which further optimizes the battery consumption, for good. But mind you, the UI is Oppo’s ColorOS

So is it the perfect smartphone to have under Rs.15,000?

No.

Unless you are living under a rock or so.

There’s nothing like a perfect smartphone out there per se. That said, this is the closest to perfection you can expect at Rs.9,000.

And Where does the Realme 1 fall short?

This guy doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner. Take some time to digest this fact.

No, it isn’t like we failed to notice one, simply there isn’t one.

The phone relies on face unlock and to be honest, it is pretty fast. You also have the options of a conventional PIN or password lock.

Overall, the Realme 1 is indeed a Redmi note 5 killer. If you aren’t a big fan of fingerprint unlocking, jump the ship.

Now. We say right now.

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Dual 4G VoLTE

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Surprisingly good cameras

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Android 8.1 out of the box

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Refreshing design

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No fingerprint scanner

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ColorOS is not everyone’s cup of tea

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No offline sale

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P60
Camera13 MP Rear, 8 MP Front
Battery3410 mAh
Display6 inch 2160*1080 (~402 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 not, do check out out list for the best smartphones under Rs.20,000. You might find a match there.

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.

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