Buying a new smartphone is one of the toughest decisions today, with lot of OEMs bringing in their latest flagships in the affordable category. Smartphones have also evolved in the past couple of years and now we have great hardware and features not just in the high end category, but also in the mid range and budget category.
We get a lot of comments asking us which is the best phone in the sub Rs 15000 category. While it is tough to suggest one device, it all depends on your needs and criteria. Some users might want great camera, while others might want better performance and features. In this article, we are listing out some of the best phones in the sub 15k price point which have great hardware and good overall experience.
1. Lenovo Vibe P1:
Lenovo Vibe P1 was first announced at IFA 2015 and made its way into India in November. The device comes with 5.5-inch FHD (1920X1080) IPS display and is powered by 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.5GHz Octa-Core processor with 2GB of RAM. The fingerprint scanner is available on the home button. It also features a 5000mAh battery along with aluminium frame.
The device is priced Rs 15999 and is good value for money phone.
2. Moto G Turbo:
Moto G Turbo is a new edition of the popular Moto G 3rd Gen and comes with a 5 inch HD display and is powered by Snapdragon 615 Octa-core processor with 2GB RAM option. The phone features 16GB internal storage along with micro SD card support. The device will run on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and is IPX7 water resistant. The phone packs a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a front-facing 5MP camera for selfies and video calls. The device supports 4G LTE in India. It packs a 2,470 mAh battery. There is also support for turbo charging.
3. Xiaomi Mi4i:
The Xiaomi Mi4i was the first device the company launched outside China. It comes with a 5.0 inch Full HD display at 1920 X 1080p and a fully lamination Corning Concore OGS display. The device is powered by second generation Snapdragon 615 Octa core processor, instead of Snapdragon 801 on the Mi4. There is also 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage available on the device.
The phone has 13MP rear camera and front 5MP camera and has MIUI on top of Android 5.0.
4. InFocus M680:
The InFocus M680 comes with a 5.5 inch Full HD (1080p) display and has Octa-Core MediaTek MT6753 64-bit processor with Mali-T720 GPU. It is coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage which is expandable to 64GB via micro SD card. The all metal M680 fits perfectly in hands with just 7.2 mm slim body which is 158 gms light.
On the imaging front, the M680 is loaded with 13MP rear camera with LED flash and also a 13MP front camera for selfies and video calls. The phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and is upgradable to Marshmallow in future.
5. ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5:
The device has a 5.5 inch HD (1280 X 720p) display and is powered by Snapdragon 615 octa core chipset with 3GB RAM. There is also 16GB internal storage along with micro SD card support. On the imaging front, the phone features a 13MP rear camera with dual LED flash and laser auto focus and a front facing 5MP camera. The phone runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop and has custom Zen UI and features a 3000mAh battery.
Price : Rs 12999
6. Samsung Galaxy J7:
Samsung Galaxy J7 is one of the newer phones under the J series and comes with a 5.5 inch SUPER AMOLED HD display and is powered by Octa core processor with 1.5GB of RAM. The camera on the device is a 13MP rear shooter and a 5MP front camera. The phone runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and has 3000mAh battery. The internal storage of the phone is just 8GB and it is expandable via micro SD card.
Price: Rs 14999
7. Micromax Canvas 5:
Micromax Canvas 5 comes with a 5.2 inch Full HD display with 2.5D curved screen with slim bezels. The device is powered by 1.3GHz 64-bit Octa-Core MediaTek MT6753 processor with Mali-T720 GPU. The phone comes with 3GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage. It has Android 5.1 Lollipop along with 2900mAh battery.
The phone is also equipped with 13MP rear camera having Samsung 3M2 sensor along with phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF). The front camera is a 5MP and also comes with front facing flash.
Price: Rs 11,999
8. Coolpad Note 3:
Recently announced Coolpad Note 3 is one of the best smartphones below Rs 10000 and comes with a fingerprint scanner. It has a 5.5 inch HD display, Octa core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of Internal storage. It also has Android 5.1 Lollipop with custom UI and a 3000mAh battery.
Price : Rs 8999
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9. Lenovo K3 Note:
Lenovo K3 Note sports a 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) display. It is powered by 1.7 GHz Octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processor and runs Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with Vibe UI. On the camera front it features 13MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash and 5MP front-facing camera. The device supports Dual SIM (4G + 2G) and packs 3000mAh battery. It also features 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage which is expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD. The device is priced Rs. 9,999.
10. ASUS Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML):
ASUS Zenfone 2 sports a 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) display with Corning gorilla glass 3 protection. It is powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor(2GB RAM and 16GB storage variant). The device runs Android 5.0 (Lollipop). It supports Dual SIM and connectivity features include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS. On the camera end it features 13MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera. It also packs a 3000mAh battery.
Price : Rs. 13,999