Best phones under Rs 14,000 in India (2018) – Best Gadgetry

best phones under rs 14000 in India

We’ve made a list of the 10 best smartphones under Rs 14,000 you can find in India for this month. The entry of Chinese players has ensured that these phones offer acceptable performance on the camera, battery, and performance front.

We’ve only covered 4G handsets in the list that work on Airtel, Vodafone and other networks such as Jio. 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.

The processors in the sequence of their raw power are – Snapdragon 660> Kirin 710>  MT6771> Snapdragon 636 > Snapdragon 630> Snapdragon 450/625 > Kirin 659. Snapdragon 4xx series doesn’t do justice to this budget, neither does 32GB storage or 3GB RAM.

So, here are the best phones under 14k. Also, check the best smartphones under Rs 15000 and the top 10 smartphones under Rs 12,000.

 

These are the 10 best phones under Rs 14,000 in India (2018):

 

1. Oppo RealMe 2 Pro

Realme 2 Pro
4GB 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, 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
  • 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

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

Redmi Note 6 Pro
4GB RAM

6GB RAM

What’s good:
The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes 8 months after its predecessor and manages to improve on the camera department mainly. It also gets a notch because every phone has it these days. We never really hated the storage options to begin with.

 

What could have been better:
For a successor to such a popular phone, much hasn’t changed. You still get the same processor and battery. The competition hasn’t been sitting idle exactly. Also, the hybrid slot, if that bothers you.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    182g
  • Display
    6.26 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/6GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.9 + 5MP f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.0 + 2 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Front camera
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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Moto G5s Plus

best phones under 15000 rs - moto g5s plus

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.

 

  • 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)

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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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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

best phones under 14000 - Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

What’s good:
Despite similar specs to the Redmi Note 4, the Note 5 is a solid offering with that new 18:9 display. 64GB of internal memory, 4GB RAM, and a big battery make it one of the better phones in this budget.

 

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

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display resolution
    1080 x 2160
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
  • Storage space
    32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2GHz (A53)
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    3GB/4GB
  • Camera
    12MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    5MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Feb, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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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 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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Moto X4

best phones under 25000 in India - moto x4

What’s good:
Moto phones are known for their build quality, but that’s not the only thing good about this phone. It has also been updated to Android 8.0 and comes with a decent processor. Then, Moto is known for the quality of its dual cameras and this one comes with a pair. 64GB memory should be enough for your storage needs too.

 

What could have been better:
It’s got a hybrid slot, so choose between SIM2 or a microSD card.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight
    163g
  • Display
    5.2 inch, IPS
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 630 Cortex-A53 Octa Core 2.2GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 508
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    Dual 12 MP f/2.0 + 8 MP f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Aug, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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Huawei Honor 9 Lite

best phones under 15000 - Honor 9 Lite

What’s good:
Honor 9 Lite has a decent processor, comes with Android 8.0 out of the box is a cheaper version of the Honor 9i and losses on some of the bells and whistles to reduce the price. Nonetheless, it comes with 4GB RAM, edge-to-edge display, a decent processor and dual rear cameras. Pretty much the same specs as the Honor 9N and the 7X.

 

What could have been better:
Not for the asking price.
  • OS
    Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight
    149g
  • Display resolution
    2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Display
    5.65 inch, IPS
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Kirin 659 Octa core (4×2.36GHz A53 +  4×1.7GHz A53)
  • GPU
    Mali T830MP2
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    13MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera
    13MP + 2MP
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear and front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Dec, 2017
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, the bigger the aperture and sensor size, better is the camera. Which means the 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.