Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.15,000

by | Nov 5, 2018

I assume since you are reading this, you are planning to buy a smartphone 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.

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 shortlist of smartphones under Rs.15,000 to help you pick the best.

Best Mobile Phone Under Rs.15,000

1. Realme 2 ProOverall Best Pick
2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 ProRunner-Up Pick
3. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1Best Battery Life Pick
4. Moto G6Best build quality
5. Honor 8xBest Design pick

1. Realme 2 Pro

Best Value For Money Phone Under Rs.15,000
 Overall Best Pick
  • Suited for low light photography
  • Budget gaming device
  • Elegant design

Realme had created a wave in the Indian smartphone industry by launching the Realme 1 which competed against the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.

After this, a few weeks before the company launched the less impressive Realme 2 which we honestly feel is a letdown from the original model.

However with the new Realme 2 Pro, the company has a winning recipe that combines performance and features that meets at an aggressive price point of less than Rs.15,000.

Design and build quality

The Realme 2 Pro has followed the footsteps of its elder sibling, the Oppo F9 and has a dew drop inspired design.

The body of this smartphone is made of glossy plastic and has an interesting light reflective coating on top that makes this phone even more attractive in the daylight.

The screen up front is protected by corning gorilla glass. The buttons feel very tactile and responsive.

The phone still comes with an outdated micro USB port which we feel is a serious letdown for a mid 2018 gadget.

Display

The display on this updated Realme 2 pro is a large 6.3-inch full HD+ panel that comes with an interesting aspect ratio of 19.5:9.

The main USP of this device is the water drop shaped notch that houses the front camera.

This looks very special and makes the phone stand out from the crowd of notched display smartphones in the market.

The display is bright and the contrast levels are excellent. The colours pop out from the screen, thanks to the cartoony nature of the custom skin Color OS.

The Realme 2 Pro is one of the best phones with a large screen to body ratio in this price segment.

Performance

The Snapdragon 450 on the Realme 2 was a disappoint for many.

But this time around, the company has realized its mistake and included a Snapdragon 660 SoC that delivers excellent performance in the mid range segment processor market.

The apps load faster and the multitasking is well within your reach no matter how many apps you have running in the background.

This phone has the Adreno 512 GPU inside, which will unleash the gamer in you.

The base model of this smartphone comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. There are also 6GB/8GB RAM with 128GB storage for a couple of thousand bucks extra.

Camera

The Realme 2 Pro has a dual camera in the rear that constitutes of 16MP primary sensor with an aperture size of f/1.7.

The secondary sensor is a 2MP depth sensing unit for portrait mode photos.

In the front is a 16MP sensor that has AI based portrait and beautification modes for better selfies.

Being an f/1.7 sensor, the low light photography is much more possible since this camera can gather much more light than a typical f/2.2 sensor.

Battery

The Realme 2 Pro comes powered by a 3500 Li-ion battery. It is sufficient for this smartphone to last for over a day comfortably with moderate to heavy usage.

The SoC inside supports fast charging. However the supplied charger is a standard charger.

If you want to juice up the device quickly, you’ll have to invest on a Quick-charge enabled charger.

Verdict

The Realme 2 Pro is the best smartphone that you can purchase under a budget of Rs.15,000.

With the class leading performance oriented Snapdragon 660 SoC and a very capable camera, this phone is definitely a very compelling purchase.

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High screen to body ratio

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Powerful processor

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Decent battery life

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No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 660
Camera16MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery3500mAh
Display6.3 inch Full HD+ IPS LCD 19.5:9

2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Best Mobile phone under 15000-Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Premium features at a budget price
  • Solidly built phone
  • Latest powerful mid-range processor
  • Difficult to purchase due to the flash sale model

Xiaomi has now become a household brand name in India.

They started a revolution just like Ambanis did with reliance and now their mobile phone shipment volumes have even made Samsung feel the heat.

Redmi Note 5 pro is the successor to the highly successful Redmi Note 4.

Build quality is amazing…

Chinese phones with low build quality is a thing of past.

Xiaomi came in with the Redmi 1S that has surprisingly robust features for its price and was really well built.

Fast forward from those plasticky days, the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a unibody design made of metallic back. The phone feels very durable while holding it in hands.

The 2.5D curved glass blends on to the metallic chassis very well and the overall look of the device is very pleasing.
Xiaomi has provided Gorilla glass protection for the glass at front to avoid accidental scratches.

First smartphone with the Snapdragon 636 SoC inside…

Note 5 features a brand-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chip that is more power and performance efficient than its predecessor 630.

Coupled with the Adreno 509 GPU, this device performs fast when it comes to the apps and games.

The 4GB RAM inside ensures that the apps stay in memory even in the background.

During multitasking, the apps in the memory can be quickly called backed without reloading and this saves a lot of hassle and time as well.

Awesome 18:9 5.99” display…

The new 18:9 screen gives the phone a much-needed facelift that screams premium and at this price range, Xiaomi has managed to include a unit with punchier colours and great sunlight readability with good contrast levels.

The large tall screen makes it easier for you to watch videos on this phone. Also, more wider screen real estate means easier gaming as well.

The in-game buttons will be sufficiently spaced so that you won’t accidentally press thame during playing fast paced games such as PUBG ( Playerunknown’s BattleGrounds).

Rich in sensors…

Xiaomi phones are known to pack a ton of features at an affordable price tag. The Redmi Note 5 Pro packs in all sorts of sensors that enhance the functionality of device.

There is an infrared sensor on this phone to be used as a universal remote controller for all your devices at home.

Excellent dual camera setup…

The camera was one of the weak point of Redmi Note series in the past, but with the release of Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi has thrown in the dual camera setup into the mix.

The 12MP+5MP dual camera module in the back will help you take some nice shots and with the EIS enabled, your memories will feel less shaky, at least to the eyes.

Note 5 Pro runs on Android 7.1.1 nougat as of now and an update to Oreo, given the update track record of Xiaomi is unknown.

Although you are guaranteed to receive MI user interface upgrades regularly with some security patches in alternate months.

Should you buy this?

If you are not worried about updates and is looking for a solid smartphone with all the features in one box, Note 5 Pro is the choice for you.

Go grab one before the flash sale already ends..

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Great screen with 18:9 aspect ratio

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Has Electronic Image Stabilization

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Massive 4000 mAh battery

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No 4K recording capability yet in Redmi Note 5 Pro

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Launches with outdated Android Nougat

 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)

3. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.15,000-Runner-Up Pick
 Best Battery Life
  • 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.

Reliable mid range Snapdragon 636 processor…

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 mid-range 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.

Design and build quality…

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.

Awesome 18:9 full HD+ display…

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.

Decent dual camera onboard…

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.

Gigantic 5000mAh battery and more…

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.

Final impressions…

If you love to have a mammoth battery inside so that you can possible use the phone with a peace of mind inside, this is it.

With nearly stock Android OS, there’s nothing much to blame about the software either.

With Asus promising the Android P update, this smartphone should be definitely under your radar if you planning to buy a phone under Rs.20,000.

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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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No Gorilla glass protection for the display

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No NFC chip

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No FM support

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 636 Octa Core 1.8 GHz
Camera13MP+5MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display5.5 inch 1920 x 1080 (~403 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.

Elegant design and robust build quality…

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.

Following the trend with an 18:9 display…

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.

Under-powered Snapdragon 450 inside…

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.

Finally, USB C is here…

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.

Excellent dual cameras on board…

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.

Conclusion…

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. Honor 8x

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.15,000-Best Design Pick
Best Design Pick
  • 19:9 immersive notch display
  • AI integration across the system
  • Excellent battery life

The all new Honor 8X is the latest mid range Android smartphone from Huawei that comes with some noteworthy features rivaling the likes of Asus and Xiaomi.

This slim and elegantly crafted smartphone is perhaps the best looking device that you can purchase under a budget of Rs.15,000 in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

Honor phones are known to be stylish and sleek. The Honor 8X features a glass back that reflects light off from it in a distinct style.

The outer shell cover is metallic and it makes the chassis feel much more durable and tough.

The device, despite its budget pricing, is very well built and looks like a premium flagship phone.

The full view display with really narrow bezels makes the front of this phone to look like an endless slab of display.

The back glass on this device is intrinsically designed with patterns that is only visible when light strikes the surface.

However having glass on both the sides has its own problems. If the phone drops from your hand, there is a chance of glass breakage that wouldn’t end well with the pocket.

Display

The Honor 8X features a large 6.5-inch LCD display that has a full HD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

The brightness levels are excellent, so does the colour reproduction and contrast ratio. Covered by the 2.5D glass up front, the display certainly looks vivid and seamlessly integrated with the chassis.

The bezels on the sides of this 6.5-inch display are thin and unobstructive to the seamless viewing experience.

This 19:9 aspect ratio display with the notch up top gives this phone an impressive screen to body ratio of about 91%, which is quite unheard of in its segment.

The colours look very punchier straight out of the box. If you are a fan of a more natural colour tone, there is an option to adjust the colour profile built right into the EMUI skin.

Processor and Performance

The Honor 8x is powered by the latest HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor which is comparable with the Snapdragon 660.

This SoC which is built based on the 12nm architecture ensures excellent battery life and performance optimizations to the phone.

Daily apps and games run buttery smooth, thanks to the 4GB RAM and the ample 64GB storage that comes on board.

Supported by the patented turbo GPU technology from Huawei, the graphical performance of 8x is much more improved and refined than its predecessors.

Camera

Honor has been banking on its AI prowess a lot. The company has integrated AI not only to the camera app, but system-wide implementations are expected to hit more devices soon.

The rear dual camera houses a 20MP shooter accompanied by a 2MP depth-sensing camera for accurate portrait effects.

However, the quality of photos from these cameras pale in comparison with other competitors such as Mi A2 and even Realme 2 Pro.

The 16MP front camera is capable of taking some excellent snaps in good lighting conditions.

Talking about the video, even though the chipset inside supports 4K, the camera app limits the recording to a maximum resolution of full HD.

Additionally, there is no Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), which makes the videos extremely shaky.

EMUI and Battery Life

Emotion UI is a custom skin from Huawei that has some nice tricks up its sleeve. The Honor 8X comes with the EMUI 8.0 on top of Android Oreo 8.1.

EMUI adds a lot of useful features such as ride mode and game mode that enhances the overall usability of this device.

What’s powering the Honor 8X inside is a 3750 mAh Li-ion battery. On our tests, the battery lasted easily for a day, thanks to the power efficient Kirin 710 processor.

Even with the need to push pixels on to a large 6.5-inch full HD+ display, this phone gets an average screen on time of about 10 hours.

If you’re a casual user, this phone will last for 2 days on a single charge comfortably.

Depending on your usage pattern, the battery life may vary from time to time, so take our words for it with a pinch of salt.

Verdict

If you’re interested in an elegant looking smartphone with a notch design under Rs.15,000, the Honor 8X is your best bet.

This device has got the looks of a premium flagship smartphone and offer decent performance along with a gorgeous 19:9 display and excellent battery life.

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Elegant glass back design

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Immersive notch display

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Feature-rich EMUI 8.0

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No EIS

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Average camera quality

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorHisilicon Kirin 710 Octacore
Camera20MP + 2MP Rear, 20MP Front
Battery3750mAh
Display65 inch FHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels

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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