Do you have a budget of up to Rs 15,000 and looking for a smartphone with high-end features? With new technologies becoming affordable, there are new smartphones launching in this segment every day. Well, you don’t need to look any further because we have shortlisted top 5 popular smartphones available in your budget to make your buying decision easy.
While compiling the list we have selected the best phones at this point in time which are based on our reviews. All the smartphones considered here are available on Flipkart and Amazon. So without further ado, let’s check out the list of best phones under Rs 15000 in India.
Our first pick is the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 which is the latest budget champion from Asus. This is an attractive phone that is feature packed, both on the software, hardware and service front, with virtually every partner doing their bit to make sure that the phone ticks every box you can think of. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 in India is available for Rs 10,999 for the 3GB RAM variant and Rs 12,999 for 4GB of RAM exclusively on Flipkart.
In our review, we found that the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 smartphone comes loaded with all the new features that you would look for in a smartphone at this price point. Whether be it the latest display trend, metal unibody or massive battery and powerful processor, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 ticks all the features expected in a smartphone which is targeted towards consumers who don’t want to spend a bomb and yet want a suitable device.
The major highlight of the smartphone is the new display trend and this is the first smartphone from Asus that comes with pure Android experience along with dual rear cameras and massive battery backup. The Zenfone Max Pro (M1) features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor along with Adreno 509 GPU. The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with near stock experience and it features a 5000mAh battery with 10W charger.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro features a dual-camera setup at the rear, which comes with a combination of 13-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, 5 element lens, 80-degree wide angle lens, while there is a 5-megapixel secondary sensor for bokeh effects. For the front, there is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera f/2.0 aperture, 85.5 wide angle lens and 26mm focal length.
Oppo introduced its new sub-brand, Realme, for the Indian market with the launch of Realme 1. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 13,990 for 6GB RAM and 128GB storage option, Rs 10,990 for 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage variant and Rs 8,990 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage option. The phone is exclusively available on Amazon for purchase. The son of Oppo, a brand that created some tremors in the smartphone market by offering some really good specs along with impressive design at a budget price point.
In our review, we found out that the phone was able to deliver better performance than most of the devices available at this price point and you can thank the MediaTek Helio P60 chipset for that. For Rs 13,990, you 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which is pretty standard in this range.
However, what makes it different is the host of new smart features like call banner while watching movies or playing games, ability to copy OTP right from the notification panel etc. Then there impressive 4000mAh battery, which can last a full day of usage. Overall, the Realme 1 surely looks a promising option for the interested buyers.
Our next pick in the list is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. The smartphone was launched in India earlier this year. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is priced at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB RAM option, while the 6GB RAM variant is priced at Rs 16,999.
The device is good with its new 18:9 aspect ratio display. It has a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 2160×1080. It also has a dual camera setup. The rear cameras are a 12-megapixel primary lens along with a 5-megapixel secondary lens. At the front, there is a 20-megapixel camera. The camera does a good job in most cases and the bokeh effect is also good. Xiaomi also rolled out the Face unlock feature for the phone via an OTA update for the device. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is the first Xiaomi smartphone in India to get this Face unlock feature.
There is a 4000 mAh battery and the device runs on MIUI 9 on top of Android 7.1.2. In our review, we had said that the Redmi Note 5 Pro was a ‘Pro” in almost every department. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro does come with solid specifications and performance is decent as well. The battery is impressive and the user interface is lighter. The smartphone was launched running on MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat and recently received Android 8.1 Oreo update and comes with Xiaomi’s MIUI 9.5 on top.
The next phone in our list is the Honor 9 lite which was launched in India earlier this year. The Honor 9 Lite comes with a price tag of Rs 10,999 for the 3GB RAM variant, while the 4GB RAM option is priced at Rs 14,999. The phone comes with some premium design with mirror-like finish along with four cameras.
The Honor 9 Lite comes loaded with a 13-megapixel camera with dual-tone LED flash and a secondary 2-megapixel shooter. For the front, there is 13-megapixel sensor along with a 2-megapixel shooter. The Honor 9 Lite runs on the latest EMUI 8.0, which is based on Android 8.0 Oreo.
Honor 9 Lite is surely one of the most beautiful-looking smartphone at this price range that offers some delightful viewing experience. The phone comes 5.65-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and it bears an aspect ratio of 18:9.
In spite of sporting a large display, the form factor of P9 Lite is quite compact. So, if you are looking for a premium-looking smartphone at a budget price range, then this is certainly the option to consider.
The company rolled out the face unlock feature also after one month of the launch of the smartphone. However, one thing we would like our readers to know that Honor 9 Lite lags behind in the battery. The 3000mAh battery, which in our review, gave almost a day of backup under normal usage. Under power usage, the backup was reduced to almost 4 to 5 hours. Plus, it takes some noticeable amount of time (almost 2 hours and more) to get fully charged.
The last pick in our Top 5 smartphones is the latest Moto G6 smartphone which was launched last month for Rs 13,999. The Moto G6 is exclusively available on Amazon for purchase. This is the first device from Motorola that takes the leverage of the 18:9 aspect ratio, which has now become a standard in this price range.
The Moto G6 smartphone features a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone is powered by a 1.8 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 450 SoC with Adreno 506 GPU. This is paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB via micro SD card slot.
It ships with Android 8.0 Oreo operating system with stock Android experience. The Moto G6 features a dual-camera setup, which comes with a combination of 16-megapixel primary sensor, which comes with f/1.8 aperture, along with a 5-megapixel secondary lens. For the front, there is a 16-megapixel shooter for selfies and video calling. The Moto G6 is powered by a 3000mAh battery with TurboCharge support and there is a fingerprint sensor on the front embedded in the home button.
In our First Impressions, we wrote, the Moto G6 does come with a premium design and display. It faces a stiff competition with the likes of smartphones such as Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Realme 1 and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1