Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.15,000

by | Aug 23, 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 Rs.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.

Best Mobile Phone Under Rs.15,000

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 ProOverall Best Pick
2. Oppo Realme 1Runner-Up Pick
3. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1Best Battery Life Pick
4. Moto G6Best build quality
5. Huawei Honor 9NBest Design pick

1. 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)

2. Oppo Realme 1

Best Value For Money Phone Under Rs.15,000
Runner-Up Pick
  • Powerful Helio P60 processor
  • 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.

Power beast inside.. – the Helio P60!!

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!

Excellent build quality…

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.

Surprisingly good single camera module…

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.

Decent battery life guaranteed…

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.

The nay’s…

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.

Go for it…

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)

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. Huawei Honor 9N

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs.15,000
Best Design pick
  • 19:9 immersive notch display
  • AI integration across the system
  • Capable rear and front camera

Honor has been aggressively releasing smartphones targeting the budget consumers with alluring specifications and build quality, a little while for now.

The Honor 9N is the company’s answer to the Xiaomi’s much acclaimed Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

The notched design is the trend…

Honor has been one of the first brands to bring the notch design to the budget smartphones.

We’ve seen them releasing the Honor 7A sporting the notch in the Indian market which is a smartphone priced under Rs.10,000.

The Honor 9N also sports the same notch up front for those who love the trend.

Honor phones are known to be stylish and sleek. The 9N 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.

Gorgeous 5.8-inch TFT-LCD display…

The Honor 9N has one of the best display in its class. The 5.8-inch LCD display has a full HD+ resolution with a 19:9 aspect ratio having 2280 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 5.8-inch display are thin and unobstructive to the seamless viewing experience.

HiSilicon Kirin 659 – this time as well…

Xiaomi has been using the Snapdragon 625 on a lot of their devices and we all complained. The same is the case with Honor.

The Kirin 659 is a capable chipset, but not up to date with the likes of Snapdragon 660 or even 636.

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

With Huawei announcing the GPU turbo feature, when it arrives on the Honor 9N, the company claims that the GPU performance will bump to 40% more.

AI 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 13MP shooter accompanied by a 2MP depth-sensing camera for accurate portrait effects.

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

Honor has made a lot of improvements to their camera app and it just works so well out of the box.

The controls are handy and the operations are quick with no stutters or lags, even with wide aperture mode photography.

Emotion UI and the battery…

Emotion UI is a custom skin from Huawei that has some nice tricks up its sleeve. The Honor 9N 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 9N inside is a 3000mAh Li-ion battery. On our tests, the battery lasted easily for a day, thanks to the power efficient Kirin 659 processor.

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.

Final verdict…

If you’re interested in a smartphone with a notch design under Rs.15,000, the Honor 9N 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.

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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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Kirin 659 is a bit outdated SoC

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 659
Camera13MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display5.84 inch Full HD+ 2280 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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