Smartphones have hit a high note and the specifications that previously required tailor-made sleeves now fit into tight pockets. Fingerprint sensors, dual cameras, thin bezels, sufficient RAM, and enormous storages are now easily available, even if you are limited by a budget. And, this is what has inspired us to gather a list of the best smartphones under 15000 INR. Let’s go ahead and plug into the list of top performing smartphones based on your budget.
This article will highlight the key traits of each of the devices that it one of the best phones under 15000 INR and also let it shine out compared to other smartphones in the list, and the ones otherwise not included. So, let’s get rolling.
Best Phones Under 15000 INR (September 2018)
1. Redmi Note 5 Pro
Xiaomi has already shaken up the budget smartphone segment which is very lucid from the list and it sent tremors across the segment again recently by launching the Redmi Note 5 Pro, a device has appealed so many users that more than one lakh units got sold within a matter of second during the first sale.
The device, featuring a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display, is an excellent performer and the first one to use a Snapdragon 636 SoC. The chipset is hooked to 4GB of RAM which should allow you to breeze through normal and demanding tasks with equal dexterity. The back side bears a 12MP+5MP dual camera setup which is clearly “inspired” by one of the most popular and powerful flagship smartphones. This setup should click decent shots in low lighting and allow you to focus on foreground objects by blurring the background. For compulsive selfie-takers, the smartphone comes with a 20MP front-facing camera.
You get a 4,000mAh battery which is excellent in terms of backup and can be relied upon for lasting more than a day. Although the chipset supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0, you don’t get a fast charger in the box. You get 64GB of storage with the device which can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD slot. Xiaomi has also promised a variant with 6GB RAM but that is yet to be released.
The Note 5 Pro runs MIUI 9 based on Nougat, but many users have already begun receiving an update to Oreo which will come very soon to remaining devices too. Plus, it recently got the Face Unlock feature, which works fairly well. We were simply blown away by the performance of the Redmi Note 5 Pro and you can read praises for the device in our detailed review.
Buy on Flipkart: (₹13,999)
2. ZenFone Max Pro M1 (6GB variant)
A few months Asus released a killer budget device, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, and we really liked it. Now, Asus has released a better version of the same smartphone which brings 6GB of RAM and better cameras. The best part is that even after the upgrade, the phone costs below INR 15,000 and it’s a great device for anyone looking to buy a smartphone in this price range. The smartphone is being powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset which is paired with Adreno 509 GPU. In our testing, we found the phones to be plenty fast as it gave one of the best performance we have seen in its price range.
Coming to the front, the smartphone features a 5.99-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. Much like the previous model, the display has great color reproduction, good contrast, and it looks pretty decent in direct sunlight. With that said, let’s talk about the cameras as they are the real improvements Asus is focusing with this release. On paper, the smartphone brings a 16MP + 5MP dual camera setup on the back along with a 16MP selfie camera. In our testing, the cameras definitely performed better than its predecessor and the phone able to capture some really good photos, especially in good lighting conditions. I am also a fan of its huge 5000 mAh battery which can easily last for two days. Overall, I feel that this is one of the best budget smartphones one can buy today.
Buy from Flipkart: ₹14,999
3. Honor 9 Lite
With its striking glossy back, Honor 9 Lite is clearly one of the most beautiful devices available in the market. Compared to most devices in the segment, the Honor 9 Lite features a smaller display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, stretching across 5.65-inches and starring a Full HD+ resolution. This means that its screen offers crisper details than the one on Redmi Note 5 Pro and similarly sized smartphones. It comes with the same processor – Kirin 659 – as the other Honor phone on the list and the chipset fares better in comparison to chipsets like Snapdragon 625 and 630. The processor is paired with a 4GB RAM, while you can also choose a 3GB variant for a rebate of ₹4,000.
One of the biggest highlights of the smartphone is its dual-camera setups on both – the front (13MP+2MP) and the rear (13MP+2MP) – faces. This will allow users to snap selfies as accurately bokeh-ed as the shots captured using the rear camera. You sure are likely to click more selfies than usual and you can choose between 32GB and 64GB versions to suit your needs while you get the ability to expand the storage to up to 256GB using a microSD card, but the hybrid SIM slot might peeve you a bit. Android Oreo update has already reached the device. Meanwhile, the 3,000mAh battery should qualify for day-long stress and you also get Huawei’s Super Charge technology that allows quicker tanking up of the battery.
Buy on Flipkart: (starts at ₹10,999)
4. Redmi Note 5
Along with the Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi also pulled the wraps off the Redmi Note 5 which appears to be a truer successor to the Redmi Note 4 when you look at the design. The Note 5 comes with the same 5.99″ Full HD+ display as the Note 5 Pro. While the design on the front is pretty much the same, you can clearly differentiate between the two when you look at the back of the device. On the back rests a single 12-megapixel sensor along with the fingerprint. Another difference is that the Redmi Note 5 features a less-powered and older processor – Snapdragon 625.
The Redmi Note 5 also supports 4K video shooting, a feature which is locked away on the Note 5 Pro despite being supported by Snapdragon 636. A slight less powerful processor translates to a longer battery backup despite the same 4,000mAh battery on both devices. Just like the Redmi Note 5 Pro, you get 4GB of RAM united with 64GB of storage. But, in case you’re on a lookout for a slightly cheaper variant, you can opt for the 32GB storage variant which comes with 3GB of RAM. The device runs MIUI 9 on top of Android 7.1.2 and we can expect the Oreo update to arrive with the Note 5 Pro.
Buy on Flipkart: (starts at ₹9,999)
5. Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1
Launched recently, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro’s design is quite modern, thanks to the 18:9 display and similarly sized bezels. The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ (2160 x 1080) display, with decent brightness and color reproduction. Under the hood, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes with the Octa-core Snapdragon 636 processor with up to 4 GB RAM and up to 64 GB storage.
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 is the first Asus smartphone to feature stock Android, and this one comes with Android Oreo 8.1 out-of-the-box. The Max Pro M1 comes with a massive 5,000 mAh battery and well, it lasts long. As for the camera, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes with a 13 MP f/2.2 primary camera along with a secondary 5 MP camera sensor for depth shots. For its price, the Max Pro M1 does seem to pack in a decent dual camera setup. There also an upgraded 16MP shooter on the 6GB RAM variant of the device, so users can look into that as well.
Buy from Flipkart: (start at ₹10,999)
6. Honor 7X
Iterated over the last year’s Honor 6X, the Honor 7X comes with a slightly powerful processor – Kirin 659 – and a 5.99-inch 18:9 display with a Full HD+ resolution. One slight disappointment with the smartphone is that it lacks any sort of protection over the screen, but that appears to be Honor’s measure for prioritizing resources and a beneficiary of the conservative designing is the excellent dual camera – one naturally uses screen protectors. The 16MP+2MP snapper captures bokeh shots very well. The device comes with 4GB RAM and two storage options – 32GB and 64GB – to choose from and you can expand it up to 256GB but you’ll have to deal with a hybrid SIM slot.
With the Honor 7X, you get Huawei’s custom ROM EMUI based on Android Nougat but from my own experience of being an Honor user, the rollout of updates is slow. So if you want Oreo right out-of-the-box or without waiting much, the device would be deal-breaker for you. Although the 7X doesn’t support fast-charging, the backup of the 3340mAh battery is surprisingly good. Moreover, the bright display is one of the most alluring features on the 7X and you get some custom features like Wi-Fi bridge which allows you to extend your Wi-Fi connection just like a hotspot.
Buy on Amazon: (starts at ₹12,999)
7. Honor 9N
If you care about how your smartphone looks more than how it performs, Honor 9N is the smartphone for you. I mean, the smartphone looks absolutely beautiful and there is no other smartphone that comes even close to it when it comes to just the looks. Like premium flagship devices, the smartphone features a glass on glass construction with an aluminum frame running in between. Honor doesn’t seem to have cut any corners with this smartphone as not only it looks beautiful but it also feels sturdy and solid. Despite packing a big 5.84-inch IPS LCD panel which has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels, the smartphone is easily manageable with one hand, thanks to its almost bezel-less display.
Coming to the display quality itself, it is one of the best IPS panels I have seen in this price range. The colors are on point and the display features very good viewing angles. It also gets fairly bright and sunlight visibility is no problem here. All in all, this is the best looking and a well-built phone that anyone can buy in the sub 15000 INR category. That said, the same cannot be said about its cameras and performance. The performance is just average and the cameras, especially the selfie one, are trash. That said, hardware doesn’t seem to be a problem here as the smartphone is packing decent hardware such as the HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor, Mali-T830 MP2 GPU, and dual 13 MP + 2 MP camera at the back along with a 16 MP selfie shooter. But until Honor fixes the Honor 9N’s problems, I recommend this to only people who prefer looks over everything else.
Buy from Flipkart: Starting at ₹11,999
8. Moto G6
Launched recently, the Moto G6 is the successor to the previously successful Moto G5s. The smartphone comes with a Full HD+ 5.7-inch IPS LCD display protected by Gorilla Glass 3’s. The mono speaker is decent enough to complement gaming, movies, and music. On the software front, it comes with near-stock Android 8.0 Oreo with Moto apps.
When it comes to performance, the smartphone is equipped with a Snapdragon 450 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, which is kind of disappointing in this price range. Having said that, most apps and medium-graphics games will run without any stutter or lag. You get 64GB of storage which can be expanded up to 256GB and you get dedicated slots so you don’t have to choose between a microSD card and secondary SIM.
The 3,000mAh non-removable battery is good enough to drive you through the day while the company’s TurboPower technology should be able to give you enough charge in just a few minutes of being plugged in. The 12MP+5MP dual camera should be good enough for capturing memories while the 8MP front camera is capable of wide-angle selfies. With the Moto G6, you also get the ability to shoot 4K videos, so overall, this is a very good deal.
Buy on Amazon: (₹13,999)
9. Oppo Realme 1
Designed with special attention to selfies, the Oppo Realme 1 features a compelling camera setup on the front. The smartphone is powered by a Helio P60 processor which is paired with a massive 6GB of RAM. In terms of storage, you get 128GB onboard. It carries a 13MP camera on the back and an 8MP camera on the front which can be used for face unlock as well.
The Oppo Realme 1 packs in a 6-inch display with 2160 x 1080 Full HD+ resolution. The device also comes with a triple slot tray for dual SIM (nano+nano) along with a dedicated slot for microSD. The device runs on Android Oreo 8.1 with the company’s ColorOS on top of it. There’s also a 3410mAh battery on board which should provide a talk-time of 30 hours and standby time of 380 hours.
Buy on Amazon: (₹13,990)
10. Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie
Designed with special attention to selfies, as clear from the name, the Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie features a compelling camera setup on the front. It carries a combination of 20MP+8MP on the front along with a soft-LED flash to steer away from your troubles with low-light self-photography. The front camera allows you to capture super-wide selfies with a span of up to 120° so accommodating a bus-full of people in a single selfie shouldn’t be a problem. On the rear, you get a 16MP shooter with a flash with PixelMaster technology for enhanced details. The smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor which is paired with 4GB of RAM. In terms of storage, you get 64GB onboard that can be expanded up to a massive 2TB.
Viewing the high-quality images might not satisfy everyone as the Zenfone 4 Selfie has a 5.5-inch display which has a 720p resolution. But, an upside of the low resolution is that it allows the 3,000mAh battery to last over a day easily despite rigorous selfie exercise. You get ZenUI based on Android Nougat as the default interface which comes with some bloatware that you can get rid of.
Buy on Flipkart: (₹14,999)
Asus has also announced the latest range of devices i.e. Asus Zenfone 5 Series comprising ZenFone 5Z, ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5 Lite at MWC 2018 but its arrival in India might be a few months away.
Which are the Best Phones Under 15000 INR According to You?
Within this price range, we get a plethora of options, mostly dominated by the dual camera, or selfie-focused offerings. We’ve given an honest effort to listing the top devices which can fall under the list of best smartphones under 15000 INR based on not just the two characteristics but also features like availability of Hybrid SIM slot, chances of getting Android Oreo, fast charging, and custom Android skin.
In case, you feel that we’ve missed out on a device or want us to write about devices in other price ranges, hit us up in the comments section below and we will follow your command.