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 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 9.0 is something that is only available on select phones. 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. Redmi Note 7 Pro

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 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
  • Android 9.0
  • Processor
  • Quick Charge 4.0
  • Battery
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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2. Xiaomi Mi A2

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. 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
  • Storage
  • Processor
  • RAM
  • Android 9.0
  • Quick Charge 4.0
  • Non-expandable memory

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3. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 64GB storage

What’s good:
Here’s what’s changed since the Max Pro M1: The processor is class leading for this budget, the cameras have gotten better, and for better or for worse, there’s a notch. The 5,000mAh battery, has always been to our liking.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    175g
  • Display
    6.26 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 Octa-core (4×2.2GHz & 4×1.8GHz)
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    3/4/6GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8 + 5MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    13MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Dec, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • RAM
  • Battery

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Oppo RealMe 2 Pro

Realme 2 Pro
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 64GB 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, 6GB 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, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • RAM

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Realme U1

realme U1

What’s good:
Realme has been on a roll. Their latest offering is touted as the best front camera ever! Uh, okay maybe not but we’re assuming it’d still be great. And hey, that processor seems pretty good for this budget.

 

What could have been better:
The storage and RAM options are not really the most competitive for the asking price.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    168g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    MT P70 Octa-core (4×2.1GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • 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
  • Processor
  • Front camera

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Redmi Note 7

Redmi Note 7
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

What’s good:
If Redmi 6 series didn’t impress you much the new generation of Redmi phones should change that. Meet the Redmi Note 7 which delivers an extremely competitive processor and a large battery at a compelling price point. You also get a 48 megapixel camera on the back that should hopefully deliver some stunning smaller sized pictures. Making things better is Android 9.0 Pie onboard and 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
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8 + 5MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    13 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    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
  • Android 9.0
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • Quick Charge 4.0
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Panasonic Eluga X1 Pro

Panasonic Eluga X1 Pro

What’s good:
Probably Panasonic’s first foray into this segment in recent years. It’s not a bad phone and comes with decent specs like 128GB memory and 6GB RAM. The processor is starting to age for this budget, but nothing that’s downright ridiculous.

 

What could have been better:
Given it’s Panasonic, we’re not sure if Android 9.0 will ever hit this phone.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    195g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2246 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHz A53) MT6771 P60
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    Dual 16 MP (f/2.0) + 5 MP
  • Secondary camera
    16MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear and front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • RAM

 

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Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

6GB RAM/ 64GB storage

What’s good:
The Max Pro M1 is value-for-money despite the launch of its successor. It offers a decent processor, 6GB RAM, and a large battery.

 

What could have been better:
The processor isn’t top of the crop here.

 

  • 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
    16MP, f/2.2 + 5MP 
  • Secondary camera
    16MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Apr, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery

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Vivo V9 Pro

best phone under 25000 - Vivo V9

What’s good:
V9 Pro is the improved version of the older V9. What’s changed is a much faster processor. Android 8.1, 64 gigs of internal memory, and decent looking cameras make it an attractive proposition.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    150g
  • Display
    6.3 inches, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 Octa-core(4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/2.2 + 2 MP
  • Secondary camera
    12MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps front
    1080p 30FPS rear
  • Battery
    3,260 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jun, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor

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Huawei Honor 10 Lite

Huawei 10 Lite

What’s good:
Finally a sub-15k phone from Huawei that comes with a brand new processor. 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. The phone also has a respectable battery and a likable design. Also, Android 9.0.

 

What could have been better:
The hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    162g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Kirin 710 Octa-core (4×2.2GHz A73 & 4×1.7GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G51 MP4
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/1.8, + 2MP (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    24 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,400mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Nov, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • Processor
  • Hybrid SIM

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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.

The processors in the sequence of their raw power are: Snapdragon 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 • Zenfone Max Pro M2 (5,000mAh)
  • Best front camera (based on specs) • Realme U1
  • Best for gaming • Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Best value for money • Redmi Note 7 Pro

 

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