India being an economic smartphone market, one question we are often asked about is “Which is the best phone under Rs. 15,000”. In fact, this is the sweet spot to invest on a smartphone as you get almost all the feature that you get on high-end devices, but with very few compromises.
However, there are lots of phones available from various manufacturers around the world that outdo one another in various departments including performance, camera and much more. Having said that, it’s not an easy task at all to select a smartphone from thousands.
But, in order to make your work easier and help you in the selecting, we have compiled a list of 10 smartphones that might help you in this process. In this guide, we took factors like User Experience, Performance, Camera, Value for Money, VoLTE, OS updates, after sales in consideration before jotting down the list. Also, the below phones are not listed in any order. Do swirl through the below list.
Note: If we have missed out any important information by any chance, do let us know by putting a comment below. We have considered smartphones between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 15,000.
Xiaomi Mi A1
Xiaomi in ties with Google launched Android One-based smartphone dubbed as Mi A1 in India, a few weeks back. Unlike other Xiaomi devices, the Mi A1 runs on stock Android based on Android 7.1 (Nougat) and it will get Android 8.0 (Oreo) by 2017. It will also be one of the first phones to get Android P.
In terms of specifications, this smartphone comes packed with 5.5-inch Full HD 2.5D curved glass LTPS display is powered by Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 14nm processor under the hood. It has a unibody metal design with rounded edges and is just 7.3mm thick. There is a fingerprint sensor on the back and the phone packs 3080mAh built-in battery. The Xiaomi Mi A1 comes in Black, Gold and Rose Gold colors is priced at Rs. 14,999 and is now available exclusively on Flipkart and Mi.com online as well as Mi Home stores and other offline retailers. You can read the review here.
Soon after LG G6, the South Korean tech giant launched a mid-ranger namely Q6, packing a 5.5-inch FHD+ FullVision display with 18:9 aspect ratio, has facial recognition and military-grade durability. In terms of specifications, this device is powered by Octa-Core Snapdragon 435 Mobile Platform and runs on Android 7.1.1 (Nougat). It has a 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, and MIL-STD 810G certified. The LG Q6 comes in Astro Black, Ice Platinum and Terra Gold colors in India, with a price tag of Rs. 14,990 and is now available exclusively on Amazon.in. You can read the full review here.
Nokia along with HMD global launched the Nokia 6 smartphone in the Indian market with a unibody metal design. This smartphone has a top-notch build quality just like Nokia’s Previous outings. In terms of the specifications, this smartphone has a 5.5-inch 2.5D curved glass display, is powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 and runs on Android 7.1.1 (Nougat). It supports Dual speakers, Dual smart amplifiers (TFA9891), Dolby Atmos and powered by a 3000mAh battery. The Nokia 6 comes in Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper colors, is priced at Rs. 14,999 and available exclusively on Amazon. You can read the full review here.
Moto launched the Moto G5s, the successor of the Moto G5 that was launched earlier this year. It is powered by the same Snapdragon 430 SoC, but with a slightly larger 5.2-inch 1080p screen and a better 16MP rear camera. It has a metal unibody design, fingerprint sensor on the front and a 3000mAh battery with support for Turbocharging. The Moto G5S comes in Lunar Gray and Fine Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 13,999 and is now available exclusively on Amazon.in.
Lenovo K8 Note
The Lenovo K8 Note comes with a unibody metal design, has a fingerprint sensor on the back, comes with Lenovo’s usual Theatermax tech and Dolby Atmos. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p screen and is powered by Deca-Core MediaTek Helio X23 SoC, making it the first smartphone with the processor and runs on stock Android 7.1.1 (Nougat). It has a dedicated hardware Music key to play or pause music that can also be customized to launch any other app. At last, it is powered by a 4000mAh battery with support for Turbo Charging and comes with 15W fast charger.
The Lenovo K8 Note comes in Fine Gold and Venom Black colors, is priced at Rs. 12,999 for the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version and Rs. 13,999 for the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version and is available on Amazon.in. You can read the full review here.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 32GB
Under Rs. 15,000, Xiaomi’s Mi Max 2 is just a bang for the buck. It packs the same 6.44-inch 1080p 2.5D curved glass display as the predecessor, is powered by Snapdragon 625 processor, has an improved 12-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX386 sensor and dual tone LED flash. It has a full metal unibody design with rounded edges and is just 7.6mm thick.
It has dual stereo speakers, one embedded into the earpiece and other on the bottom. It has a huge 5300mAh battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging that lets you charge the phone up to 68% in one hour, compared to 4850mAh battery on the predecessor. The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 4GB + 32GB version comes in Black version and is priced at Rs. 14,999, but is it sold at Rs. 12,999 during festive sales. It is available on Amazon.in and Mi.com. You can read the full review here.
Honor 8 Lite
Huawei’s online brand Honor launched the lighter version of Honor 8 dubbed as Honor 8 Lite. It packs a 5.2-inch Full HD 2.5D curved glass display, is powered Kirin 655 processor with the i5 coprocessor, runs Android 7.0 (Nougat) with EMUI 5.0, has a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It has a fingerprint sensor on the glass back, brushed metal finish on the sides and has a 7.6mm slim body.
This brand new company called 10.or (Tenor) made its debut in the Indian market with 10.or E, a budget smartphone. Soon after, the company has launched 10.or G with 5.5-inch 1080p 2.5D curved glass screen, Octa-Core Snapdragon 626 Mobile Platform, Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) that will be upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo), Dual 13-megapixel rear (RGB + Monochrome) camera and a 16MP front-facing camera with an LED flash.
It has a metal design, comes with a fingerprint on the back and packs a 4000mAh battery. The 10.or G comes in Beyond Black and Go Grey colors, is priced at Rs. 10999 for the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version and Rs. 12,999 for the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version and is now available on Amazon.in.
ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL / dual camera version)
Asus launched Zenfone 4 Selfie with a dual front camera, unibody designs, the fingerprint sensor on the front and run Android Nougat. The company already promised to offer Android 8.0 (Oreo) update for Zenfone 4 series as well. This smartphone is packed with 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, is powered by Octa-Core Snapdragon 430 Mobile Platform and powered by a 3000mAh battery.
It has a 16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash and a 20MP front camera with soft LED Flash and a secondary 8MP camera with 120-degree wide-angle lens. The Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie dual camera version comes in Deepsea Black, Rose Pink and Sunlight Gold colors, costs Rs. 14,999 and is available exclusively on Flipkart.
Coolpad Cool Play 6
Coolpad launched Cool Play 6 with a unibody metal design measuring 8.4mm in thickness. It has dual SIM slots, the fingerprint sensor on the back and it packs a 4000mAh battery. In terms of specifications, it has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, is powered by an Octa-Core Snapdragon 653 with 6GB RAM and runs on Android 7.1 (Nougat). The company has promised to offer Android 8.0 update by December 2017. I
t has dual 13-megapixel rear cameras with dual-tone LED flash, phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF) and has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The Coolpad Cool Play 6 comes in Black and Gold colors, is priced at Rs. 14999 and is available exclusively on Amazon.in. You can read the full review here."Best Smartphones Under 15000 in India (Updated on October 2017)",