Another year, a fresh start and a brand new phone- yes, maybe you’re also planning to buy a new phone. But, as far as Indian consumers are concerned, most of them who change smartphones pretty often have their favorite price segment of around Rs. 15,000 and in the budget, there are some great phones that are powerful enough, have good camera, a reasonable amount of battery backup and some few more things. So, today I will tell you what phones you should buy if you have a budget of Rs. 15,000, in this article about Top 10 phones under Rs. 15,000. And this is an exclusive list for January 2017 and we will be updating this every month.
Top 10 Phones Under Rs. 15,000 in India [January 2017]
1. Xiaomi Mi Max
It’s not a phone, to be precise- It’s a phablet. The Mi Max is for those who want a huge display with great performance and a beautiful design. The Mi Max is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 (quad-core 1.4 GHz A53 & Dual-core 1.8GHz A72) processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 510 GPU. The phone has 16MP primary camera and 5MP front facing camera. The phone houses a huge 4,850mAh battery. There is 32GB of inbuilt storage which can be expandable via microSD slot. However, you will get a hybrid slot on this phablet. It is one of the best phones..ooopss..phablet under Rs. 15,000.
2. Coolpad Cool 1
Coolpad Cool 1 is one of the latest smartphones out in the Indian smartphone market and also the cheapest phone right now which has a dual camera setup. If you’re looking for a great phone with performance and dual camera setup which delivers amazing photos, this phone is perfect for you. The phone features a 5.5 inch full HD display and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM, and Adreno 510 GPU. But the main impressive part is the camera- it sports a pair of 13-megapixel sensors with a f/2.0 aperture and dual-tone LED flash. Among the two sensors, one is used for capturing color, while the other captures depth, detail, and brightness. It also sports an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with a f/2.2 aperture and an 80-degree wide-angle lens. The phone also sports a huge 4060mAh battery. The Coolpad Cool 1 retails for Rs. 13,999 on Amazon India and is a perfect choice for those who want a great camera phone with performance and other good features. And hence, Coolpad Cool 1 is the best camera phone right now among phones under Rs. 15,000.
3. Moto G4 Plus
The Moto G4 Plus is one of the best phones under Rs. 15,000 and there are basically two reasons- camera and the stock Android experience, and now the phone has also received the Android 7.0 Nougat update. The moto G4 Plus features a 16MP primary camera which works great and a 5MP front facing camera. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. However, the phone performs very well because it doesn’t have any bloatware or laggy custom skins. The phone has dual micro SIM card slots and also a dedicated microSD slot. There is a fingerprint scanner on the front and it is juiced by a 3000mAh battery which might seem to be on the lower side, but it comes with Motorola’s Turbo Charge which charges the battery from 0%-50% within 30 minutes. The Moto G4 Plus 3GB variant retails for Rs. 13,999 on Amazon India and is a great pick for anyone who is looking for a great phone under Rs. 15,000.
4. Le Eco Le 2
Le Eco Le 2 is the direct competitor of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3. Both the phones are quite similar, both in terms of what they offer and the price. The Le 2 sports a 5.5inch fullHD IPS display. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 quad-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 510 GPU. The phone also sports a 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 and an 8MP front facing camera with f/2.2. One of the biggest problems with Le 2 or any other phone from Le Eco is that there is no room for a microSD slot. There is a dual SIM tray, but I don’t know why they don’t offer a hybrid try instead. If you’re happy with 32GB of onboard storage, then the phone should do well for you. Or else, you can go for Redmi Note 3 for sure. The Le 2 retails or Rs. 11,999 on Flipkart.
5. Redmi Note 3
Redmi Note 3 is probably that phone which you see everywhere. In India, it is the bestselling mobile phone and the reason for being popular is that it provides very good performance and is almost a complete package for those who want a great phone for under Rs. 12,000. The phone comes with 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. The phone has a 16MP rear shooter and a 5MP front-facing camera. However, the rear camera on the phone is kinda on the average side. But if performance is your top priority and you want the best performance from a phone under Rs. 12,000 Redmi Note 3 is the best option. The device also packs a 4050mAh battery inside, which provides good backup. It retails for Rs. 11,999 on Amazon India and Flipkart.
6. Coolpad Note 5
Coolpad Note 5 is one of the latest phones from Coolpad and the phone is pretty decent in terms of hardware. However, the pricing is not too aggressive this time like earlier it used to be in the case of any phone from Coolpad. But still, it’s a decent phone for what you’re paying and better than the next phone in our Top 10 phones under Rs. 15,000 (Lenovo Vibe K5 Note). The Coolpad Note 5 features a 5.5 inch full HD display. The phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 octa-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. There is 32GB of storage onboard which can be expandable up to 64GB using a microSD card. There is a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 and an 8MP front facing camera with selfie flash. The phone runs AAndroidMarshmallow out of the box with its own CoolUI on top and packs a 4010mAh battery. The Coolpad Note 5 retails for Rs. 10,999 on Amazon India and it’s a good pick if you’re looking for something good under Rs. 11,000.
7. Lenovo Vibe K5 Note
ZThe Lenovo Vibe K5 Note has two variants- 3GB RAM variant which retails for Rs. 11,990 and the 4GB variant which retails for Rs. 13,499. The phone is powered by 1.8 GHz MediaTek 6755 Octa-core Processor and Mali-T860MP2 GPU. The K5 Note sports a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 and a 8 MP front-facing camera. The phone comes with Android Marshmallow 6.0 and packs a 3500mAh battery. However, there’s nothing fancy or extraordinary to boast about its performance, but okay if you want to pick it up, just for the sake of a custom skinned Android Marshmallow and 8MP front facing camera. The 3GB variant costs Rs. 11,99 and the 4GB variant costs Rs. 13,499 and are available on Flipkart.
8. Lenovo Zuk Z1
The Lenovo Zuk Z1 is right now kinda outdated, but still it’s not a bad pick if you want to buy a Lenovo phone with good performance and the power of CyanogenMod. It’s a compact phone with 5-inch full HD display. It is powered by Quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset, coupled with 3 GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU. There is 64GB of storage onboard which is ample for even heavy users. The Zuk Z1 sports a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2, OIS and an 8MP front-facing camera. The phones runs CyanogenMod 12.1 (Android 5.1.1) and packs a 4100mAh battery. The Zuk Z1 retails for Rs. 13,499 on Amazon India and is a good option for those who want a powerful but compact smartphone with a lot of internal storage and CyanogenMod’s customization.
9. Nubia Z11 Mini
The Nubia Z11 Mini is another phone with 5-inch full HD display. It si powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which can be expanded up to 200GB. The phone sports a 16MP rear camera with Auto Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama Mode, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus and there is also an 8MP front camera for selfies and video calling. It runs Android 5.1 out of the box and packs a 2800mAh battery. It retails for Rs. 12,999 on Amazon India. Though the pricing is a bit on the higher edge, still a good choice if you need a good compact camera phone in that budget.
10. Huawei Honor 5C
The Honor 5C is a semi-compact phone with 5.2-inch full HD display. The phone is powered by 2 GHz Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 650 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It has 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 128Gb using a microSD card. Huawei Honor 5C sports a 13 MP shooter with Auto Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama Mode, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Video Recording and an 8MP Front Facing Camera. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box and packs a 3000mAh battery. The Honor 5C retails for Rs. 10,999 on Flipkart. This is the last one which we recommend for anyone who is looking for something under Rs. 15,000.
So, that was the full list of phones under Rs. 15,000 which will provide the best value for money. However, all of them have got at least one negative point so first of all decide what is your top priority and pick any of these phones under Rs. 15,000 depending upon your requirement. We will be updating the list of the best phones under Rs. 15,000 and will add new phones and omit the old ones once more and more phones are launched.