It is not just the bezel-less screens that’ve found their way into the budget and mid-range segment, the phone makers are also accepting dual camera systems with open arms to be able to make consumers feel like they’re using a high-end smartphone. While it may have all started to differentiate one flagship from another, the dual cameras are now becoming truly useful to provide a DSLR-like quality and photo capturing experience.
So, if you’re planning to buy one such smartphone, you’d be excited to know that there are a plethora of budget dual camera device from Xiaomi, Moto, Huawei and others available in the market. Here are the 10 best dual camera phones under 15000 INR you can buy right away:
Best Dual Camera Phones Under 15000 INR
1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
Launched only a couple weeks back, the Redmi Note 5 Pro has already been crowned as the best dual camera phone available in this price segment. It sports a 12MP primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a secondary 5MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. It’s focused primarily on improving the overall camera performance, where the large 1.25μm pixel comes in handy under low-light conditions.
It’s no longer relying on a telephoto lens to deliver the bokeh (blur) effect but has employed software techniques for the same.
And why wouldn’t Redmi Note 5 Pro’s camera be lauded, especially when you get a great color reproduction and portrait mode bundled in an affordable package. You’re also getting a 20MP front camera, along with a 4500k selfie-light, which will up your selfie game big time. This also enables the Face Unlock feature on this device, which is spreading about like a virus right now.
Talking about the specs, the Redmi Note 5 Pro features a 5.99-inch Full HD display with the modern 18:9 aspect ratio and powered by the new Snapdragon 636 chipset. This is topped off by 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB variants, running Android 7.1 Nougat-based MIUI 9. It even packs a massive 4,000mAh battery that would surely last you a full day. This is my favorite pick of the bunch.
Buy from Flipkart (starts at ₹13,999)
2. Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1
Launched recently, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro packs in some decent cameras. 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.
Apart from the decent cameras, the design is quite similar to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro, especially from the front, 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. Lastly, T=the Max Pro M1 comes with a massive 5,000 mAh battery and well, it lasts long.
Note: The 6GB version of the ZenFone Max Pro is now on sale at ₹14,999 and it brings more RAM, obviously and better cameras. On the back, it has a 16 MP (f/2.0) + 5 MP (f/2.4) dual camera setup along with a 16 MP (f/2.0) selfie camera. In our usage, the 6GB variant of the phone does take better photos, both in day time and low light.
Buy from Flipkart: (starts at ₹10,999)
3. Honor 7X
Over the past couple years, Huawei’s sister company Honor has garnered a name for itself in the fledgling smartphone ecosystem. The Huawei 7X, a successor to the Honor 6X, truly proves that point and has emerged as a notable contender in the budget bracket. It packs a 16MP primary lens with an f/1.29 aperture and a secondary 2MP lens that helps the device capture depth data for crisp portrait shots. This duo is also helpful for better low-light photography and the shots captured are not half bad for the price.
The dual camera doesn’t sit flush with the rear of the phone but its separate placement looks quite appealing.
As for the front camera, Honor 7X combines an 8MP sensor with face detection and beauty modes to fulfill your selfie cravings. Honor 7X isn’t at all lacking on the specs front and includes a 5.93-inch 18:9 Full HD IPS LCD display encased in a unibody metallic construction. It is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset, coupled with 3GB/ 4GB RAM and 32GB/ 64GB internal storage, running Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 5.1. It features a 3,340mAh battery and is quite the beast in its price range.
Buy from Amazon (starts at ₹12,999)
4. Xiaomi Mi A1
Note: The Mi A1 has been out of stock on both Flipkart and Mi.com for a few months now, so you will be better off waiting for the Mi A1, which is rumored to be coming soon.
If you’re not particularly a fan of Xiaomi’s feature-rich MIUI software, then the company’s first-ever Android One smartphone – the Mi A1– could very much be of your interest. This device is one of the best in this price segment and provides you a stock experience. It has brought along a dual 12MP camera system, with an f/2.2 aperture for the primary l5ns and an f/2.6 aperture for the secondary telephoto lens.
The Mi A1 is capable of capturing some sweet photos with the bokeh effect, which is all the craze right now. This is complemented by a 5MP sensor on the front, which is just good enough for snapping selfies.
It’s not just the dual camera system of the Mi A1 that’s remarkably powerful, the device has some impressive internal specs as well. We get a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display which offers great viewing angles and is backed by the Snapdragon 625 octa-core chip and 4GB of RAM, which should be enough to handle almost any task that you throw at it. You even have a decently-sized 3,080mAh battery pack that should last you a day on medium use.
Buy from Flipkart (₹13,999)
5. Moto G6
When talking about dual cameras, there’s no way we can just leave out the Moto G6. Launched recently, the Moto G6 is the successor to the previously successful Moto G5s and features a 12MP=5MP dual camera setup on the back. The cameras are decent enough to give your photos a nice bokeh effect and it even performs well in low light conditions.
The secondary 8MP camera up front is capable of capturing wide-angle selfies which are good enough for your social media updates. Coming to the rest of the specs, the Moto G6 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which can be expanded up to 256GB using the deidcated microSD card slot. The device has a 5.7-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which can get reasonably bright and has a vivid color output.
Buy from Amazon (Rs. 13,999)
6. Honor 9 Lite
As Xiaomi gains lead in the budget segment, Honor is not looking to just sit idle and bask in its glory. The Chinese giant has followed the release of the Honor 7X with the Honor 9 Lite and it packs quite the punch in the camera department. It has incorporated a 13MP + 2MP dual camera setup, capable of creating a hardware-level bokeh effect. This is quite similar to the Honor 7X, except for the fact that it has a 16MP primary sensor that is reflected in the higher pricing. It also places focus on your selfies with the inclusion of a similar dual camera setup on the front as well.
This budget device has been designed specially to meet all your photography needs, there’s no doubt about it.
While the camera department is flush, you also get a robust internal specs sheet to make this a great offering. Honor 9 Lite sports a 5.65-inch FullHD+ IPS LCD panel that’s backed by a HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core chipset and 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage. Its 3,000 mAh battery enables you to go a whole day on a single charge, which is impressive for its fairly low price.
Buy from Flipkart (starts at ₹10,999)
7. Lenovo K8 Plus
Moto’s parent company is not far behind and has also introduced a dual camera system in its widely popular K-series smartphones. It’s one of the most reliable and trusted option in the sub-15,000 range and can help you capture good portrait shots on a budget. It brings along a 13MP + 5MP dual camera system with an f/2.0 aperture to the table. This primary camera can capture great shots in daylight but may suffer during night time. Its 8 MP front camera, however, comes with a selfie flash and Pro Mode (yes, you’re reading this right) will enable you to capture some high-resolution shots even at night.
You only have the Lenovo K8 Plus to thanks for a great set of dual cameras and a decent selfie camera, with a front flash and Pro Mode, in this price segment.
As far as all other specifications are concerned, the Lenovo K8 Plus features a 5.2-inch Full HD display that might not be up to today’s taller standards but will offer you great viewing angles. Powered by the MediaTek MT6757 Helio P25 octa-core chipset, coupled with either 3GB or 4GB RAM will make it easier for you to multitask or game on your device. It comes with a massive 4,000mAh battery as well, so running out of juice during the day is a no-no.
Buy from Flipkart (starts at ₹9,999)
8. InFocus Turbo 5 Plus
Amidst all the Chinese phones, InFocus is planning to make a place for itself in the market by providing all relevant features on a budget — like a really tight budget. This is the most affordable device on this list and it includes a 13MP+5MP dual camera setup that will surely let you capture decent portrait shots for the price. I’m not sure about their edge detection tech, but it will work. The secondary camera on the front is a simple 5MP shooter that’ll take care of your selfie and social needs.
If you want a really affordable phone, with both a dual camera setup and an enormous battery that lasts you days on average usage, then InFocus turbo 5 Plus could be right up your alley.
In addition to the camera, the InFocus Turbo 5 Plus sports a 5.5-inch HD display (which is good for its price) that’s powered by a 1.5GHz MediaTek MTK6750 octa core processor. It includes 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage, that’s expandable up to 64GB. However, if you ask me, the highlight of this phone is the enormous 4,850 mAh battery that’ll last you a couple odd days on average or low usage.
Buy from Amazon (₹7,999)
9. Amazon’s 10.or G
If you actively shop on Amazon, you’ll have an inkling of the 10.or smartphone brand. It’s not the most popular brand but one that’s been crafted by Amazon. It appears to be doing okay in the market, possibly thanks to the dual camera setup and decent specs sheet. You get a dual 13MP camera setup with an f/2.0 aperture and should be able to click some decent portrait photos. You get a ton of customization features, filters as well as shooting modes, in this device. The 16MP selfie camera is good enough to take some high-resolution selfies and groupies with your friends.
A decent build quality, dual camera system and even the feature-rich specs sheet seems to be working it the favor of this Amazon-backed device.
Turning focus away from the camera, the 10.or G features a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display – obviously. It is powered by the Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor and either 3GB or 4 GB of RAM variants, which you can choose between depending on your workload. You’re able to get a choice in this price range is a big deal and so is the huge 4,000 mAh battery that’ll enable you to use the dveice all day without having to worry about charging it.
Buy from Amazon (starts at ₹10,999)
10. Coolpad Cool Play 6
I guess y’all must have heard of Coolpad. It is yet another Chinese company that makes budget phones for the Indian consumers, and it’s now looking to attract them with a dual camera setup as well. They’ve baked in a dual 13 MP camera system. with an f/2.0 aperture that’s equally capable of capturing portrait photos like other devices on this list. The front camera, on the other hand, is a single 8MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 1.4 µm pixel size that would make it a capable low-light shooter.
Both the camera and internal specs of this phone are top-notch, but it may just be that the masses are more acquainted with other Chinese brands to take note of this one.
As far as the other hardware specs, the device sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS screen that’s backed by the Snapdragon 653 octa-core processor. Apart from the camera, the Cool Play 6’s defining feature is the 6 GB of RAM that delivers exceptional multitasking performance, which may be a plus for power users. Lastly, the massive 4,060 mAh battery should easily be able to provide you with an all-day battery life.
Buy from Amazon (₹14,999)
The Best Dual Camera Phones Under 15000 INR (August 2018)
It isn’t that surprising to see that the trends introduced by flagship phones have trickled down to even the budget segment and is being embraced by the public by open arms. As you just witnessed above, you have plenty of options to choose from, ranging from cheap phones like the InFocus Turbo 5 Plus to the specced-out Redmi Note 5 Pro. So, which will be that one phone that you plan on purchasing? Let us know your opinions, as well as any recommendations that we might have skipped on.