10 Best Phones under Rs 15,000 in India (2019) – 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 phones under 15000 available in India for this month which are no slackers by any means.

We’ve considered the specs, as well as the brand value and after-sales service to give you the best phone under 15000. 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 9.0 has started to become the norm rather than the exception in this budget now. 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.

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 (2019):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 15,000*

 

1. Realme 5 Pro

Best phone under 15000 - Realme 5 Pro
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 64GB storage

What’s good:
The Realme 5 Pro is a minor update over the Realme 3 Pro (what happened to Realme 4 Pro?), which was already a good phone by all accounts. It comes with a great processor, an ample number of cameras on the back, a dedicated expansion slot, a mammoth battery, Android 9.0 out of the box, and up to 8GB RAM. Everything you could ask for from a phone.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    184g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 712 octa-core 2×2.3GHz & 6×1.7GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8, (wide)
    8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
    2 MP, f/2.4, (dedicated macro camera)
    2 MP, f/2.4, (depth sensor)
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,035mAh, 20W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Aug, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • RAM

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2. Redmi Note 7 Pro

Best phone under 15000 - Redmi Note 7 Pro
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 128GB storage

What’s good:
Xiaomi was under the heat from competitors who had released much more compelling products than the Redmi Note series in recent past. However, all that goes for a toss with the new Note 7 Pro. The only difference between this and the Note 7 is the faster processor on the Pro. Other than that, we love Android 9.0, a large battery, and what looks like an impressive camera on paper at least. Also, Quick Charge 4.0.

 

What could have been better:
Only the hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    186g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 675 octa-core 2.0GHzx2 + 1.7GHzx6
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8 + 5MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    13 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 18W charging QC4.0
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jan, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Quick Charge 4.0
  • Battery
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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3. Vivo Z1 Pro

Best phone under 15000 - Vivo Z1 Pro

What’s good:
This one offers a faster processor than the SD710 (although nothing too different or fast), has triple cameras on the back, and allows microSD slots. That’s what makes it better than the Realme X. That, and a very large battery.

 

What could have been better:
No complaints.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    201g
  • Display
    6.53 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.3GHz & 6×1.7GHz) Snapdragon 712
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    16 MP, f/1.8, (wide)
    8 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide)
    2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    32 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery

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Huawei Honor Play

Best phone under 15000 - Honor 9N
6GB RAM

4GB RAM

What’s good:
The Honor Play sports a flagship processor and comes with other great goodies like up to 6GB RAM and a large battery.

 

What could have been better:
Maybe the hybrid slot? Also, have you heard about the recent tussle between Huawei and Google? These are uncertain times for the fate of Android on Huawei.
  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    176g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Kirin 970 Octa-core (4×2.4GHz A73 & 4×1.8GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP12
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    16MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera
    16MP
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear, 1080p front
  • Battery
    3,750mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Processor
  • RAM
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)

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Xiaomi Mi A2

Best phone under 15000 - mi a2
4GB RAM, 64GB

6GB RAM, 128GB

What’s good:
The Mi A1 didn’t stay long enough in the market to make a lasting impression, but its successor is here to change that. Mi A2 comes with promising cameras and a decent processor. And hey, it got updated to Android 9.0 recently. There’s also a 6GB RAM variant with more internal storage (although for more than 15k). Also, Quick Charge 4.0.

 

What could have been better:
There’s no expandable memory or 3.5mm jack here.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Android One
  • Weight
    166
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8 + 20MP f/1.8
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Battery
    3,010mAh, 18W charging QC 4.0
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Quick Charge 4.0
  • RAM
  • Storage
  • Non-expandable memory
  • Headphone jack

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Realme U1

Best phone under 15000 - realme U1

What’s good:
The USP for this phone is its front camera, but we also happen to like the processor inside.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    168g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    MT P70 Octa-core (4×2.1GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/2.2 + 2 MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    25MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Nov, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Front camera

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Huawei Honor 20i

Best phone under 15000 - honor 20i

What’s good:
The new Huawei comes with a mouth-watering 128GB storage and enough cameras to drool over.

 

What could have been better:
10W charging isn’t the fastest and that processor can’t stand against the competition anymore. It was a good SD 660 competitor but nothing that can compare to the SD 675. Also, the battery is too small for our liking.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    164g
  • Display
    6.21 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Kirin 710 Octa-core (4×2.2GHz A73 & 4×1.7GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G51 MP4
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    24 MP, f/1.8
    8 MP, f/2.4, 13mm (ultrawide)
    2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    32MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@60fps rear
    1080p 30fps front
  • Battery
    3,400mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Apr, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • Processor
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Huawei Honor 8X

Best phone under 15000 - honor 8x
6GB RAM, 64GB

What’s good:
The Kirin 710 is a massive upgrade over the Kirin 659 and is on par with the Snapdragon 660. However, the Mali GPU is weaker compared to the one found on the 660. Although built on 12nm fabrication, it should be less power hungry. It also got updated to Android 9.0 recently. The 6GB RAM variant, of course, adds more RAM and memory.

 

What could have been better:
10W charging isn’t the fastest. Also, that processor while an upgrade over the 659 is slow compared to the competition.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    175g
  • Display
    6.5 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Kirin 710 Octa-core (4×2.2GHz A73 & 4×1.7GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G51 MP4
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    20MP (f/1.8) + 2MP
  • Secondary camera
    16MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,750mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Processor

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Samsung Galaxy A30

Best phone under 15000 - Samsung Galaxy A30

What’s good:
The A30 is an entry-level phone from Samsung that is pretty similar to the M30. It offers a decent 4,000mAh battery along with Android 9.0 and a super AMOLED display. The storage and RAM options are on par with the competition too. What differentiates it from the M30 is a larger aperture, water resistance, and a more polished interface in One UI.

 

What could have been better:
The processor is only as good as the Snapdragon 632. Don’t expect any serious gaming on that GPU either.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Weight
    165g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, sAMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Exynos 7904 Octa-core (2×1.8 GHz & 6×1.6 GHz)
  • GPU
    Mali-G71MP2
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    16 MP, f/1.7
    5 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 15W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Feb, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Processor

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Samsung Galaxy M30

Best phone under 15000 - galaxy m30
6GB, 128GB

4GB, 64GB

What’s good:
The M30 is the most expensive in the M series of phones and looks great on the front. It offers a massive 5,000mAh battery along with Android 9.0 (rolling out June 3rd) and a super AMOLED display. The storage and RAM options are on par with the competition too. The triple camera setup on the back has an ultra wide along with a depth sensor.

 

What could have been better:
The processor is only as good as the Snapdragon 632. Don’t expect any serious gaming on that GPU either.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Weight
    175g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, sAMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes
  • Processor
    Exynos 7904 Octa-core (2×1.8 GHz & 6×1.6 GHz)
  • GPU
    Mali-G71MP2
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/1.9
    5 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
    5 MP, f/2.2, (depth sensor)
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, 15W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Feb, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Processor

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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 9.0, and 128 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.

The processors in the sequence of their raw power are: Kirin 970>> Snapdragon 712> 710> 675> P70>= Snapdragon 660> Kirin 710>  MT6771 (P60) > Snapdragon 636 > Snapdragon 630> Snapdragon 625 > Kirin 659. Snapdragon 4xx series doesn’t do justice to this budget, neither does 32GB storage or 3GB RAM.

  • Best battery • Vivo Z1 Pro (5,000mAh)
  • Best for gaming • Honor Play
  • Best value for money • Realme 5 Pro

 

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