10 Best Phones under Rs 15,000 in India (2018) – Best Gadgetry

best phones under 15000 rs in India

The days when even the best mobiles under Rs 15,000 used to lag are way past. Instead, we’ve handpicked the 10 best smartphones under Rs 15,000 available in India for this month which are no slacker by any means.

We’ve considered the specs, as well as the brand value and after sales service to give you the best phones Rs 15,000 can get. Just to clarify, phones with hybrid SIM slot allow you to either place a second SIM or a microSD card, but not both at the same time, so it’s a disadvantage.

Android 7.0 has become the norm rather than the exception in this budget now while Android 8.0 isn’t anything surprising either. Also, check the best smartphones under Rs 18,000 and the top 10 smartphones under Rs 13,000. Read more about the camera specifications for these phones at the bottom of the post.

To help you understand which processors are faster than others, we have created a post that benchmarks the SoCs found in these phones. Also, we’ve highlighted our top 3 picks in this budget at the beginning of the list.

You can jump to the summary right away if you don’t want to go through a myriad of specs. So here are the top 10 mobile phones under 15k (click on any phone in the list to see its detailed specs along with pros and cons below):

 

These are the 10 best phones under Rs 15,000 in India (2018):

*Top 3 picks around Rs 15,000*

1. Oppo RealMe 1

best phones under 15000 - realme 1

  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight 155g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160
  • Display 6 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 128GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor MediaTek 6771 octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM 6GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 3,410mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Storage
  • + RAM
  • + Processor
What’s good:
Oppo phones are usually underpowered and overpriced. Not this sub-brand though. The RealMe 1 is a winner under 15k that comes with a processor that beats the Snapdragon 636, class-leading RAM and internal memory, and Android 8.1 out of the box. This phone ticks all the checkboxes.

 

What could have been better:
We are yet to find one.

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2. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 64GB storage

  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight 180g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160
  • Display 5.99 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz (Kyro 260)
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 3GB/4GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.2 + 5MP 
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 5,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + RAM
  • + Processor
What’s good:
Here is a competitor to the Note 5 Pro which beats it in most of the departments. Besides the great processor, RAM, and internal storage that it shares with the Note 5 Pro, the Max Pro beats the Note 5 on things like a bigger battery, dedicated microSD slot, and Android 8.1 out of the box with the same weight and dimensions. Isn’t that great?

 

What could have been better:
Nothing at all. Seems like a great phone spec-wise.

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3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

best phones under 15000 rs - Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Weight 181g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 2160
  • Display 5.99 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz (A53)
  • GPU Adreno 509
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/2.2+5MP f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 20MP (f/2.0, 1/2.8″)
  • Battery 4,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Processor
  • + Battery
  • + Front camera
  • – Android 7.1
  • – Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Consider it as Note 5 on steroids. Along with 64GB internal memory and 4GB RAM, the phone also offers dual read cameras, a massive 20MP sensor on the front, a new bezel-less design, and a great processor to go along.

 

What could have been better:
The hybrid slot if that bothers you.

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Moto G5s Plus

best phones under 15000 rs - moto g5s plus

  • OS Android 8.1
  • Weight 168g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 13MP+13MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Moto G5s Plus is Moto G5 Plus on steroids. We like the fact that it comes with Android 8.1e. The dual camera setup promises some great photography. 64 gigs of internal memory means you won’t be needing that microSD card anytime soon.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing except the hybrid SIM slot, which you might not need considering that it comes with 64 gigs of internal memory.

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Huawei Honor 9N

Honor 9N
3GB RAM, 32GB

4GB RAM, 64GB

  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight 149g
  • Display resolution 2280  x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.84 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32/64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Kirin 659 Octa core (4×2.36GHz A53 +  4×1.7GHz A53)
  • GPU Mali T830MP2
  • RAM 3/4GB
  • Camera 13MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera 16MP
  • Video 1080p@30fps rear, 1080p front
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • – Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)
What’s good:
The Honor 9N comes with loaded with dual cameras on the back. The front camera seems nice too.

 

What could have been better:
Another rehash of the same phone. Honor needs to realize it can’t keep on making cosmetic changes to its phone and keep on releasing the same tech every two months. Kirin 659 is an old horse that should be rested. This phone is practically the same as Honor 9i, Honor 9 Lite, Honor 7X, give or take a few minor differences.

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Huawei Honor 9 Lite

best phones under 15000 - Honor 9 Lite
3GB RAM, 32GB memory

4GB RAM, 64GB memory

  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight 149g
  • Display resolution 2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.65 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Kirin 659 Octa core (4×2.36GHz A53 +  4×1.7GHz A53)
  • GPU Mali T830MP2
  • RAM 3GB/4GB
  • Camera 13MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera 13MP + 2MP
  • Video 1080p@30fps rear, 1080p front
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • – Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)
What’s good:
One of the newer releases from Huawei, the Honor 9 Lite has a decent processor, comes with Android 8.0 out of the box is a cheaper version of the Honor 9i and losses on some of the bells and whistles to reduce the price. Nonetheless, it comes with 4GB RAM, edge-to-edge display, a decent processor and dual rear cameras.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing specifically. Oh yes, we don’t like that processor anymore. It’s old.

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Lenovo K8 Note

best phones under 15000 - Lenovo K8 Note
3GB RAM, 32GB

4GB RAM, 64GB

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 180g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inches, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Helio X23 deca-core 2.3 GHz (A53)
  • GPU Mali-T880 MP4
  • RAM 3GB/4GB
  • Camera Dual 13MP + 5 MP, f/1.7
  • Secondary Camera 13MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 4,000 mAh, removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM (4G LTE)
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
What’s good:
K8 Note comes with great features such as a dual camera, 64GB internal storage and a large battery. Android 8.0 out of the box adds to the overall package. The Helio X23 also beats the Snapdragon 625 in synthetic benchmarks.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really.

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Huawei Honor 7X

best phones under 15000 - honor 7x
32GB memory

64GB memory

  • OS Android 8.0
  • Weight 165g
  • Display resolution 2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.93 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32/64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Kirin 659 Cortex-A53 Octa Core 2.4GHz
  • GPU Mali T830MP2
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 16 MP (1/2.9″) + 2 MP
  • Secondary camera 8MP
  • Battery 3,340mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
What’s good:
One of the newer releases from Huawei, the Honor 7X is a cheaper version of the Honor 9i and losses on some of the bells and whistles to reduce the price. Nonetheless, it comes with 4GB RAM, edge-to-edge display, a decent processor and dual rear cameras..

 

What could have been better:
Nothing specifically.

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Mi Max 2

best phones under 15000 - Mi Max 2

  • OS Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Weight 211g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 6.44 inches, IPS LCD
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/2.2, 1/2.9″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 5,300 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • – Android 7.0
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Mi Max 2 is for those who are essentially looking for a large-sized phone. Moving away from the size, and you’ll notice other nice things about the phone like its huge battery (probably one of the largest on a phone) and Android 7.1 out of the box.

 

What could have been better:
Hybrid SIM slot will force you to choose between SIM2 or microSD card.

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Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime

best phones under rs 15,000 - Galaxy-On7-Prime
32GB memory, 3GB RAM

64GB memory, 4GB RAM

  • OS Android 7.1
  • Weight 167g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inches
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Exynos 7870 Octa Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Mali-T830MP2
  • RAM 3GB/4GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/1.9
  • Secondary camera 13MP, f/1.9
  • Battery 3,300 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G LTE
Pros and Cons
  • – Processor
What’s good:
Well, it’s nothing great, but nothing too bad either. Decent RAM and storage along with a fairly large battery make it stay on the list.

 

What could have been better:
That processor is 15% weaker than the Snapdragon 625 on an average.

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Not to confuse you with the camera specs listed above. We’ve listed the specs as (megapixels), (aperture), (OIS-if present), (sensor size). Generally speaking, bigger the aperture and sensor size, better is the camera. Which means the smaller the number in the denominator, the bigger the aperture or sensor size is. For example, f/1.9 is a bigger aperture and than f/2.0. Also 1/2.2″ is a bigger sensor than, say, 1/2.6″. A bigger aperture camera performs much better in low light situations and produces sharper images. It also produces a better brokeh. Also, OIS refers to optical image stabilization, which helps in reducing blur.

 

Standout features in the top smartphones under Rs 15,000:

The best phones under Rs 15,000 these days come with features like dual camera, Android 8.0, and 64 gigs of internal memory. On the other hand, 4GB RAM, 3,000mAh+ battery, full HD display and Android 7.0 have become the norm rather than the exception. Snapdragon 4xx series doesn’t do justice to this budget, neither does 16GB storage or 2GB RAM.

  • Best battery • Mi Max 2 (5,300mAh)
    • Zenfone Max Pro M1 (5,000mAh)
  • Best camera (based on specs) • Redmi Note 5 Pro
    • Zenfone Max Pro M1
    • Moto G5s Plus
    • Honor 7X
    • Honor 9 Lite
    • Moto G5 Plus
    • Lenovo K8 Note
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • Redmi Note 5 Pro
    • K8 Note
    • Samsung J7 Max
    • Honor 9 Lite
  • Best value for money • Redmi Note 5 Pro
    • Zenfone Max Pro M1

 

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