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. Xiaomi POCO F1

Best phone under 15000 - Xiaomi POCO F1
6GB RAM, 64GB

6GB RAM, 128GB

What’s good:
Here is a solid OnePlus challenger that costs way less than it. Snapdragon 845 under Rs 20,000 is good enough to obliterate the competition. Think of a flagship feature and this phone has it. From dual cameras to 6GB RAM and a decent battery.

 

What could have been better:
The name’s a bit silly, no? Also, no NFC or wireless charging.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2246 pixels
  • Storage space
    64-128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    Dual 12 MP, f/1.9 + 5 MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS, 1080p@240fps rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 18W charging QC4
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

 


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2. Redmi Note 8 Pro

Best phone under 20000 - Redmi Note 8 Pro
6GB RAM, 128GB storage

6GB RAM, 64GB storage

What’s good:
After a couple of incremental iterations, the new Note 8 Pro is a significant improvement over its predecessor. The new MediaTek processor blows the Snapdragon 712 out of water in gaming and synthetic benchmarks. And if you thought that the 48MP camera on the Note 7 Pro wasn’t good, Xiaomi has upped the game with a 64MP sensor this time around. We also like the large battery, enough RAM, and ample storage.

 

What could have been better:
Hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    200g
  • Display
    6.53 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Mediatek Helio G90T Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz A76 & 6×2.0 GHz A55)
  • GPU
    Mali-G76 MC4
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    64 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (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
    20 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,500mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Oct, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • RAM
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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3. 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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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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Redmi Note 7 Pro

Best phone under 14000 - Redmi Note 7 Pro
4GB 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 the 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 the camera, Android 9.0, 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 QC 4.0
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jan, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Quick Charge 4.0
  • RAM
  • Storage
  • Battery
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Lenovo K10 Note

Best phone under 15000 - Lenovo K10 Note
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 128GB storage

What’s good:
Lenovo has been largely missing from the action in India in recent times but seems to be finally trying to make a comeback. The K10 Note comes with a great processor, 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:
Hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    164g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 710 octa-core 2×2.2GHz & 6×1.7GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    16 MP, f/1.8, (wide)
    8 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto)
    2 MP, f/2.2, (depth sensor)
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,050mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Sep, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Processor
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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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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Motorola One Action

Motorola One Action

What’s good:
Decent phone with a massive storage option. The selling point for the phone is the wide-angle camera. The processor, while not the best, is passable for the budget.

 

What could have been better:
10W charging isn’t the fastest and that processor can’t stand against the competition. Also, the battery is too small for our liking.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    176g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2520 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Exynos 9609 Octa-core Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide)
    16 MP, f/2.2, 14mm (ultrawide)
    5 MP, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    12 MP, 26mm (wide)
  • Video
    2160p@30fps 1080p@60fps rear
    1080p 30fps front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Aug, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Moto G8 Plus

Moto G8 Plus

What’s good:
Need an action camera but not a GoPro. Well. the Moto G8 Plus can be considered thanks to a dedicated wide-angle camera on the back that records 1080p videos. The battery size seems decent too.

 

What could have been better:
Not the best processor in this budget and that hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    188g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 665 Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz & 4×1.8 GHz)
  • GPU
    Adreno 610
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.7, (wide)
    16 MP, f/2.2, 14mm (ultrawide), dedicated video camera (1080p)
    5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    25 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Oct, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Dedicated action camera
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Samsung Galaxy M30s

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

4GB, 64GB

What’s good:
Much needed update to the M30, the M30s brings in a better processor along with a massive battery. It also sports three cameras on the back including wide angle, along with 128 gigs storage and 6GB RAM.

 

What could have been better:
No complaints for now.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Weight
    188g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, sAMOLED
    1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Exynos 9611 Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz A73 & 4×1.7 GHz A53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/2.0, (wide)
    8 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
    6,000mAh, 15W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Sep, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery

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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: Snapdragon 845> Kirin 970>> G90> 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 • Poco F1
  • Best value for money • Redmi Note 8 Pro

 

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