10 Best Phones under Rs 15,000 in India (2017) – 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 150,000 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.

Most of these handsets are 4G compatible, so consider these as the top 4G phones under Rs 15,000. Android 7.0 has 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.

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 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 (2017):

*Top 3 picks around Rs 15,000*

1. Mi A1

best phones under 15000 rs in India- Mi A1

  • OS Android 7.1.2 – Nougat
  • Weight 165g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 12MP (26mm, f/2.2)+12MP (50mm, f/2.6)
  • Secondary camera 5MP
  • Battery 3,080mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Android 7.1
  • + Dual camera
  • + RAM
  • + Internal memory
What’s good:
Mi A1 comes with Android 7.1 out of the box and will soon be upgraded to Android 8.0. It will likely get more future updates thanks to Android One. It sports dual rear cameras which obviously allow it to capture better photographs than some of its competitors. 4gigs of RAM and 64GB memory are again an advantage.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing for now really.

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2. Moto G5 Plus

best phones under 15000 rs in india- moto g5 plus

  • OS Android 7.0 – Nougat
  • Weight 155g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.2 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 32GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, dedicated
  • Processor Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 12MP, f/1.7
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.2
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + RAM
What’s good:
Moto G5 Plus is an all round package. It doesn’t excel exceptionally in any area, but isn’t bad in any department either. The large aperture on the back should allow some good photography. It will also get updated to Android 8.0 for sure.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really. Maybe the fact that the G5S Plus is a better phone and costs only Rs 2,000 more.

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3. Lenovo Z2 Plus

best phones under 15,000 - lenovo-z2-plus
(64GB/4GB RAM version)

(32GB/3GB RAM version)

  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Weight 149g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5 inches, IPS LCD
  • Storage space 32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot No
  • Processor Snapdragon 820 Quad-core (2×2.15GHz Kryo & 2×1.6GHz Kryo)
  • GPU Adreno 530
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.2, 1/2.6″ sensor
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 3,500 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Internal storage
  • + Processor
  • + RAM
What’s good:
Z2 Plus easily has the best processor in this budget. 4gigs of RAM and 64GB memory are cherry on the cake. The battery is adequately large for a 5 inch phone.

 

What could have been better:
You won’t be able to expand the phone’s memory beyond 64 gigs (not like you’ll need to ideally). We’ve heard the camera isn’t outstanding either, but then those could be just rumors. Also, most likely it won’t be updated to Android 8.0.

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Honor 8 Lite

best phones under 15000 - Honor 8 Lite

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 147g
  • Display resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Display 5.2 inch
  • Storage space 64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes
  • Processor Octa-core 1.7GHz octa-core Kirin 655
  • GPU Mali-T830 MP2
  • RAM 4GB
  • Camera 12MP
  • Secondary camera 8MP
  • Battery 3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Internal storage
  • + RAM
What’s good:
An average phone specs wise with 64GB of internal memory.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing for now really.

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Mi Max 2

best phones under 18000 - 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 7.1
  • – 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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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

best phone under 15000 - redmi note 4

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Weight 165g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920
  • Display 5.5 inch, IPS
  • Storage space 16GB/32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot Yes, hybrid
  • Processor Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2GHz (A53)
  • GPU Adreno 506
  • RAM 2GB/3GB/4GB
  • Camera 13MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera 5MP, f/2.0
  • Battery 4,100mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, (4G)
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + RAM
  • + Storage
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
Redmi Note 4 is pure value for money. 64GB of internal memory, 4GB RAM, one of the best processors in this budget and a big battery make it one of the best phones in this budget.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing for now really.

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Lenovo K8 Note

best phones under 15000 rs in India - Lenovo k8 note
3GB RAM, 32GB

4GB RAM, 64GB

  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 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
  • + Android 7.1
  • + Battery
  • + RAM
  • + Dual camera
What’s good:
K8 Note comes with great features such as a dual camera, 64GB internal storage and a large battery. Android 7.1 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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Samsung Galaxy On Nxt

best smartphone under 15000 rs- galaxy-on nxt

  • OS Android 7.0
  • 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
  • Camera 13MP, f/1.9
  • Secondary camera 8MP, f/1.9
  • Battery 3,300 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G LTE
Pros and Cons
What’s good:
An average phone specs wise.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really.

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Lenovo P2

best phones under 15000 -lenovo p2
(32GB/4GB RAM version)

(32GB/3GB RAM version)

  • OS Android 7.0
  • Weight 177g
  • Display resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Display 5.5 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 13MP
  • Secondary camera 5MP
  • Battery 5,100 mAh
  • Connectivity Dual SIM, 4G
Pros and Cons
  • + Battery
  • + RAM
  • – Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)
What’s good:
It’s got a huge battery. In fact it’s the largest in this budget.

 

What could have been better:
You might need to choose between SIM 2 and 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 smaller 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 7.1, 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)
    • Lenovo P2 (5,100mAh)
    • Redmi Note 4 (4,100mAh)
  • Phones likely to get Android 8.0 • Mi A1
    • Moto G5 Plus
    • K8 Note
    • Mi Max 2
  • Best camera (based on specs) • Mi A1
    • Moto G5 Plus
    • Lenovo K8 Note
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • On Nxt
    • K8 Note
    • Honor 8 Lite
  • Best value for money • Redmi Note 4