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

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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 8.0 has become the norm rather than the exception in this budget now while Android 8.1 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.

The processors in the sequence of their raw power are – Snapdragon 660> MT6771> Snapdragon 636 > Snapdragon 630> Snapdragon 450/625 > Kirin 659. 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 2 Pro

Realme 2 Pro
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 64GB storage

8GB RAM/ 128GB storage

What’s good:
Notches are ugly, but smaller ones do help. Luckily the newest RealMe comes with a teardrop notch to give you enough screen area on the top. Oppo has also packed this phone with as much specs as it possibly could and the result is a phone that is miles ahead of anything in this budget. Great processor, ample storage, 8GB RAM, do we even need flagships anymore?

 

What could have been better:
Find us one and we’ll call you out.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    174g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    16MP, f/1.7 + 2MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    16MP
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Processor

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2. Oppo RealMe 1

best phones under 18000 - realme 1

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 have yet to find one.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    155g
  • Display
    6 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • 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
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,410mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    May, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Processor

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3. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 64GB storage

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? Also, the 6GB variant comes with 16MP snappers on both front and back.

 

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

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz (Kyro 260)
  • GPU
    Adreno 509
  • RAM
    3GB/4GB
  • Camera
    13MP/16MP, f/2.2 + 5MP 
  • Secondary camera
    8/16MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Apr, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • RAM

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

best phone under 20000 - Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
4GB RAM

What’s good:
Consider it as Note 5 on steroids. Along with 64GB internal memory, 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.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    181g
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz (A53)
  • GPU
    Adreno 509
  • RAM
    4GB/6GB
  • Camera
    12MP, f/2.2 + 5MP f/2.0
  • Secondary camera
    20MP (f/2.0, 1/2.8″)
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Feb, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Front camera
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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Nokia 6.1 Plus

Nokia 6.1 Plus

What’s good:
Nokia’s answer to the notch mania and for a change comes equipped surprisingly well for the asking price. Everything about this phone seems to be on the spot (not too great, nothing too bad).

 

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

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Android One
  • Weight
    151g
  • Display
    5.8 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz (A53)
  • GPU
    Adreno 509
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    16 MP, f/2.0+5MP f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Battery
    3,060mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

mi 6 pro

What’s good:
Uh, the battery.

 

What could have been better:
We’re not sure why this phone exists. Maybe to please Amazon since the Redmi Note 5 is available with Flipkart. It’s not a bad phone, just that it doesn’t sit anywhere in the lineup. Consider this a very minor update to the Note 5 (dual camera primarily) and that’s pretty much it.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    178
  • Display resolution
    1080 x 2160
  • Display
    5.84 inch, IPS
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2.0GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    12 MP + 5MP
  • Secondary camera
    5 MP
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear and front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery

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Moto G6

best phones under rs 20,000 - Moto G6
3GB/32GB

4GB/64GB

What’s good:
Well, keeping up with the competition, the G6 offers dual camera on the back, enough RAM and storage, Android 8.0 out of the box and the solid reliability of a Motorola.

 

What could have been better:
Compared to the Snapdragon 625 on the G5 Plus, we’re not sure what Motorola was thinking putting an inferior Snapdragon 450 on this one. No it’s not bad, but it doesn’t hold a candle against the better phones in this budget. Yes, it’s a successor to Moto G5 and not G5 Plus, but then what exactly is it doing in that price territory?

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    167g
  • Display
    5.7 inches
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 450 Octa core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    3GB/4GB
  • Camera
    12 MP (f/1.8) + 5 MP (f/2.2)
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear, 1080p front
  • Battery
    3,000 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G LTE
  • First announced
    Apr, 2018
Pros and Cons

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Nokia 6.1

best phones under 18000 - nokia 6.1

What’s good:
If you’re a fan of the good old 16:9 displays but need a phone that isn’t outdated, this might be the phone for you. Nokia has updated the original Nokia 6 with features like a better processor, Android 8.1 out of the box and sufficient RAM and internal memory. Oh, and it’s on the Android One program so expect timely updates.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really except the hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    172
  • Display
    5.5 inch, IPS
    1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 630
  • GPU
    Adreno 508
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    16 MP (f/2.0)
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jan, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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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
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear and front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Aug, 2017
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

4GB RAM, 128GB

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.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight
    149g
  • Display
    5.84 inch, IPS
    2280  x 1080 pixels
  • 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 and front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)

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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 8.0 have become the norm rather than the exception. Snapdragon 4xx series doesn’t do justice to this budget, neither does 32GB storage or 3GB RAM.

  • Best battery • Zenfone Max Pro M1 (5,000mAh)
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Best value for money • Realme 1
    • Zenfone Max Pro M1

 

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