Best Smartphones Under Rs.15,000 (August 2019)

by | Jul 26, 2019

I assume since you are reading this, you are planning to buy a smartphone under Rs.15,000. You may have found out that this price range is flooded with a number of smartphones.

It is undoubtedly the most competitive price range for smartphones in India.

We have analyzed all the phones currently available in the market, gone through a variety of expert opinions, scrub through numerous user reviews and came up with this shortlist of smartphones under Rs.15,000 to help you pick the best.

Best Mobile Phone Under Rs.15,000

1. Vivo Z1 ProOverall Best Pick
2. Realme 3 ProRunner-Up Pick
3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 ProFeature Rich Smartphone
4. Samsung Galaxy M30Smartphone with Best Display
5. Oppo K1Value for Money Smartphone
6. Honor 20iHonorable Mention

1. Vivo Z1 Pro

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Overall Best Pick
  • Triple rear camera
  • Powerful processor
  • Excellent battery life

Vivo phones at the launch in the Indian market were dubious for pricing much higher than its competition for the given set of features.

However, later Vivo recognised its mistake and started offering devices with competitive specs under a budget. The Vivo Z1 Pro is one such right step towards the future.

Design and Build Quality

The Vivo Z1 Pro comes with the regular glass sandwich design found on many mid-range smartphones currently retailing in the country.

The gradient paint job on the back makes this device look premium. However, the glass back is a fingerprint magnet and the accompanied PU case in the box will help you in this regard.

That said, the construction quality is very good and the fit and finish of the device are without any major downsides.

Surprisingly, Vivo Z1 Pro comes with an extra hardware button to activate google assistant.

Display

This budget mid-range Android smartphone from Vivo comes with a punch-hole display for housing the front camera.

Somehow we feel that a punch-hole cutout is a much better solution to attain a higher screen to body ratio than pop-up cameras or an ugly notch up top.

This 6.53-inch FHD+ display gets very bright and has excellent colour accuracy. Also, the 90.77% screen to body ratio delivers an immersive media viewing experience unmatched in its category.

Processor and Performance

The Vivo Z1 Pro is probably the first smartphone in the country to launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor.

Clocked at 2.3GHz, this processor is capable of all your daily tasks without breaking a sweat.

With the accompanied 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, yes you can play games like PUBG and Fornite without any lags or stutters.

Camera

The triple camera setup in the rear of this smartphone comprises of a main 16MP sensor assisted by a wide-angle 8MP sensor and 2MP unit.

The photos and videos coming out of this smartphone seem really impressive, rich in details and colour accuracy.
The front 32MP front camera lets you take beautiful selfies, thanks to its AI-powered features such as studio lighting effects.

Battery Life

Vivo has done almost everything right with this smartphone. The included 5000mAh battery will easily last for a day and a half even for hardcore users.

The supplied 18W fast charger lets you charge the device considerably fast as well.

Verdict

The Vivo Z1 Pro is one of the best Android smartphones that you can purchase for a budget under Rs.15,000.

With its stunning display, a massive battery and the triple camera, you are getting most of the deal in its category.

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Elegant and attractive design

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Fast charger and earphones in the box

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Dedicated Google Assistant button

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No USB C

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The glass back is a fingerprint magnet

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 712
Camera16MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.53-inch Full HD+

 

2. Realme 3 Pro

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Runner-Up Pick
  • 960fps super slo-mo video
  • VOOC fast charging support
  • Powerful processor

Realme had created a wave in the Indian smartphone industry by launching the Realme 1 which competed against the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.

The Realme 3 Pro is one of the flagship Realme devices retailing in the market as of now priced competently under Rs.15,000.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme 3 Pro has followed the footsteps of its elder sibling, the Oppo F9 and has a dewdrop inspired design.

The body of this smartphone is made of glossy plastic and has an interesting light reflective coating on top that makes this phone even more attractive in the daylight.

The screen up front and the back glass is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The buttons feel very tactile and responsive.

The phone still comes with an outdated micro USB port which we feel is a serious letdown for a mid-2018 gadget.

Display

The display on this updated Realme 3 pro is a large 6.3-inch full HD+ panel that comes with an interesting aspect ratio of 19.5:9.

The main USP of this device is the water drop shaped notch that houses the front camera.

This looks very special and makes the phone stand out from the crowd of notched display smartphones in the market.

The display is bright and the contrast levels are excellent. The colours pop out from the screen, thanks to the cartoony nature of the custom skin Color OS.

The Realme 3 Pro is one of the best phones with a large screen to body ratio in this price segment.

Processor and Performance

The Realme 3 Pro smartphone houses a Snapdragon 710 SoC that delivers excellent performance in the mid-range segment processor market.

The apps load faster and the multitasking is well within your reach no matter how many apps you have running in the background.

This phone has the Adreno 616 GPU inside, which will unleash the gamer in you.

This smartphone comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

Camera

The Realme 3 Pro has a dual camera in the rear that constitutes the 16MP primary sensor with an aperture size of f/1.7.

The secondary sensor is a 5MP depth-sensing unit for portrait mode photos.

In the front is a 25MP sensor that has AI-based portrait and beautification modes for better selfies.

Being an f/1.7 sensor, the low light photography is much more possible since this camera can gather much more light than a typical f/2.2 sensor.

The rear camera on this budget Android device supports super-slow-motion video capture at an astounding 960fps.

Battery Life

The Realme 3 Pro comes powered by a 4045 Li-ion battery. It is sufficient for this smartphone to last for over a day and a half comfortably with moderate to heavy usage.

It also supports VOOC fast charging to juice up the battery much faster than the competitors in the segment.

Verdict

The Realme 3 Pro is the best smartphone that you can purchase under a budget of Rs.15,000.

With the class-leading performance-oriented Snapdragon 710 SoC and a very capable camera, this phone is definitely a very compelling purchase.

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Gorilla Glass 5 protection

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Robust build quality

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Android 9.0 Pie OS

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No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 710
Camera16MP + 5MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery4045mAh
Display6.3 inch Full HD+ IPS LCD 19.5:9

 

3. Redmi Note 7 Pro

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Feature Rich Smartphone
  • Excellent low light photography
  • Long-lasting 4000mAh battery
  • Powerful Snapdragon 675 processor

Redmi Note 7 Pro is the newest weapon from the Redmi arsenal, which is a recently spun off Xiaomi subsidiary for manufacturing and marketing budget and mid-range Android smartphones.

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes as a successor to the popular Redmi Note 6 Pro and is launched in India at an enticing price point of just under Rs.15,000 for the 4GB/64GB variant.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi Note 7 Pro borrows some design elements from the Honor phones in terms of colours schemes and builds quality.

The all-new Redmi Note 7 Pro features a glass sandwich design at the front and rear protected with the latest gorilla glass 5.

The shiny back panel reminds us of the Honor phones off late, which is always a good thing because those phones looked so stunning.

The fit and finish of this budget Android smartphone are on par with its competitors and Xiaomi has not done any visible cost cutting in terms of build quality.

Display

The Redmi Note 7 Pro features a large 6.3-inch FHD+ panel with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

This dot notch display has a screen to body ratio of 81.4% and has minimal bezels on all four sides.

As we’ve already mentioned, the display is covered with corning gorilla glass 5 for protection from accidental scratches and dents and an additional p2i splashproof protection.

This IPS LCD display delivers visuals with excellent colour quality and brightness levels.

The pixel density of 409 ppi and the minimal bezels ensures crisp, clean as well as immersive visual experience with this budget Android smartphone.

Processor and Performance

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes loaded with the latest mid-range SoC offering from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 675.

This octa-core chipset along with the 6 GB RAM and the 128 GB of internal storage lets you multitask, game and whatnot with this phone like a breeze.

There is no stutters or lags whatsoever and at the same time, there is no thermal throttling as well.

Camera

This is where the things get slightly more interesting with the Redmi Note 7 Pro.

This budget Android smartphone packs in a 48MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup and a 13MP front camera.

But wait, 48MP?

Yeah, on papers it’s a 48MP shooter, but technically, the sensor takes four 12MP shots and combines into one single shot with enhanced details and colour profile.

The low light performance of this smartphone is possibly the best in its category.

The selfie camera comes with AI features to make you look even more beautiful.

Miscellaneous

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with the regular set of sensors, USB-C port for charging and data syncing, 3.5mm jack for plugging in your favourite earphones and headphones.

The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on this device is lightning fast to unlock the screen.

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with L1 Widevine certificate which lets you watch online streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon prime in full HD resolution.

Battery Life

The Redmi Note 7 Pro packs in a 4000mAh battery inside which will last for an impressive one and half days of moderate to heavy usage.

This phone supports quick charging and comes with an 18W charger for juicing up the device really fast.

Verdict

If you can get your hands on this device during the seconds-long flash sale, it would be a steal for under Rs.15,000.

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Elegant design

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Excellent build quality

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Quick charging support

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No dedicated SD card slot

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 675
Camera48 MP + 5 MP Rear, 13MP
Battery4000 mAh
Display6.3 inch FHD+ IPS

4. Samsung Galaxy M30

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Smartphone With the Best Display
  • Super AMOLED display
  • 5000mAh battery
  • Triple camera setup

The galaxy M30 is the latest entry-level flagship smartphone from Samsung to take on the competition from the likes of Xiaomi and Honor.

The Galaxy M30 is a device like nothing else from the past.

It is loaded with features which stack well against its competition for the price tag at which the phone retails.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M30 has a polycarbonate outer shell with a matt textured finish which looks elegant.

The phone feels very light in hand and thanks to its rounded corners, it feels very lightweight and easy to hold in one hand.

This phone comes with minimal bezels on all four sides and offers an immersive visual experience with its infinity V display.

Overall the quality of construction is very good and is on par with its competitors.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy M30 features a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display with an infinity V notch at the top.

This full HD+ display has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and has a pixel density of about 394 ppi which renders the screen very sharp and clear output.

Samsung is the best OLED manufacturers in the world and the quality of this AMOLED display justifies that claims effortlessly.

This smartphone has greater than 90% screen to body ratio and supports L1 wide wine certification which lets you watch online streaming services in full HD resolution.

Processor and Performance

The Galaxy M30 is powered by the Samsung Exynos 7904 octa-core processor supplemented by the Mali-G71 GPU.

With the integrated 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, this device performs excellently when it comes to multitasking and gaming.

Whether it be PUBG or Fortnite, this budget Android smartphone from Samsung will let you play it in full HD resolution without any dropped frames or lags.

The latest Android 9.0 Pie OS is very optimized for performance improvements when compared to the Oreo 8.1 version as well.

Camera

This smartphone comes with a triple camera setup in the rear. Yes, a triple camera under sub. Rs.15,000, that too from Samsung.

The primary camera on the rear is a 13MP shooter with an aperture size of f/1.9 for better low light performance.

The secondary sensor is a 5MP ultrawide shooter, which is one of a kind in this price bracket.

The third one is a 5MP depth sensor for high-quality portrait and bokeh mode photos.

The front camera is a 16MP sensor with HDR support for high dynamic selfie shots.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy M30 is powered by a whopping 5000mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last for up to two days of heavy usage.

Samsung does include a fast charger in the box which will let you charge this device in under 2.30 hours.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy M30 is the most feature-packed Android smartphone priced under Rs.20,000.

With its AMOLED display, triple camera setup and the 5000mAh battery, this smartphone is difficult to pass up in this price bracket.

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Excellent battery life

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Type C port

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Fast charging support

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Slow software updates

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 7904 octa-core
Camera13MP+5MP+5MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.4 inches AMOLED display

5. Oppo K1

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Powerful mid-range processor
  • Excellent display
  • Dedicated SD card slot

Oppo stunned the smartphone world with the release of the Oppo Find X which featured an industry first motorized sliding camera.

The company is again at it with a new design ideology dubbed as the water drop notch.

The Oppo K1 is a budget mid ranger priced just under Rs.20,000 following the new design strategy and has respectable internals that makes it one of the best in the business in its class.

Design and Build Quality

The Oppo K1 has a very eye catchy design that looks amazing at the first look.

The back is made of polycarbonate but has a gradient glossy colour design with a diamond cut texture which looks similar to those in the budget Realme devices.

The back is susceptible to scratches so do remember to use a transparent case if you want to conserve the style and that pristine look on your smartphone.

The water drop notch is very stylish and masks the ugliness of the notch (our opinion!) to an extent.

Display

The Oppo K1 features a tall 6.41-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. This amounts to about 409ppi and the visuals and text appear sharp and detailed.

Since the display is of 19:9 aspect ratio, the phone doesn’t feel too much oversized to use with a single hand.

This display offers great contrast levels and deep blacks. The colours are much more natural and vivid as well.

This panel also gets sufficiently bright up to 430 nits which are enough for good sunlight legibility.

The water drop notch can’t be hidden via software and there isn’t actually a need for that as well.

Performance

The Oppo K1 is powered by the powerful midrange SoC, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.

With the 4GB of RAM, multitasking is great and the device breaks no sweat processing two resource intensive apps side by side.

The device comes with 64GB of inbuilt memory and has a dedicated SD card slot that takes up to 256GB in case you yearn for more space to store your photos and files.

In-display Fingerprint Scanner

The Oppo K1 is perhaps one of the cheapest smartphones which come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Even though this technology is in the nascent stage, it works relatively well but not as fast as conventional fingerprint sensors.

Camera

In the rear, the Oppo K1 features a 16MP + 2MP dual camera setup of which the secondary 2MP is a depth sensor.

The pictures taken using this rear camera comes out nice in daylight and has very good details and less noise.

The front camera is a 25MP shooter which can take amazing quality portrait selfies and the edge detection works just fine.

Battery life

The Oppo K1 has a 3600mAh Li-ion battery inside which delivers excellent battery life.

Under heavy usage, this phone will last over a day comfortably with enough juice to spare for a couple of hours.

Not only that, Oppo supplies a fast charger with the box, certified to be VOOC enabled, which is the companies answer to Oneplus’s Dash charge feature.

This charger charges the battery up to 56% in just under 30 minutes.

Verdict

The Oppo K1 is a mid-range smartphone with capable internals that justifies its price point.

What makes this device stand out from the rest is the design. The phone is definitely a stunner when it comes to the looks and is sure to turn some heads in the crowd.

Value-added features such as bundling the fast charger with the device makes this a much more compelling option worth purchasing.

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Bundled fast charger

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Water drop notch

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Excellent battery life

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No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Camera16MP + 2MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery3600mAh
Display6.41 inch AMOLED

 

6. Honor 20i

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Honorable Mention
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 3D portrait lighting
  • Gorgeous design

Honor 20i is the stripped-down version of the latest Honor flagship – the Honor 20.

This android smartphone packs almost all goodies that are present in its elder brother, but omits certain features in order to keep the price tight under Rs,15,000.

Design and Build Quality

The Honor 20i has a familiar rounded drop notch design which looks almost similar to the Essential one smartphone.

The glass sandwich design with the gradient back looks nice and feels premium to hold in the hand.

The buttons are placed on easy reach and feel clicky and responsive. The headphone jack and the speaker is located in the bottom part.

One of the downsides of this smartphone is that it still packs an obsolete micro USB 2.0 port for charging and data transfer.

Processor and Performance

The Honor 20i features a mid-range HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM.

Although the device lacks an expandable storage option, the phone comes with 128GB of internal memory out of the box.

For most users, this will be more than sufficient for storing their files and installing apps on the device.

The Kirin 710 performs so well without any lags even while having multiple apps open in the background.

The games do run smoothly without any frame drops as well.

Display

Talking about the display, Honor this time decided to join the notch bandwagon. The Honor 20i features a 6.21-inch full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:9.

The notch up the front of the device accommodates the front camera.

This display gets sufficiently bright and the visuals come out clean and vivid.

Camera

Optics front, this smartphone has a 24MP + 8MP + 2MP rear camera unit.

The 24MP is a primary sensor that captures details in the frames precisely. The 8MP wide-angle sensor provides a whole new perspective of the subject you’re trying to capture.

The 2MP depth-sensing unit allows you to take portrait mode shots with a blurred background as you might get on a DSLR camera.

The 32MP front camera takes pictures with a hell lot of details and colour accuracy under well-lit environments.

The AI effect produces over-processed photos which can be easily achieved by applying filters from one of the photo editing apps.

The camera app has a manual mode that will let you tweak finer aspects such as aperture size, white balance, ISO etc to get a more desired output.

Battery Life

Honor 20i comes with Android 9.0 Pie OS out of the box with the latest EMUI 9 on the top.

EMUI skin adds a lot of extra features that are useful for more tighter control over the operating system but frequent updates are a concern.

The 3400mAh battery holds pretty well and lasts well over a day with moderate to heavy usage.

Verdict

The Honor 20i from Huawei is a smartphone that’s a stunner in terms of design and looks. The phone has capable internals and performs excellently as well.

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Triple rear camera

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Excellent build quality

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32MP front camera

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No USB C

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AI camera modes are less impressive

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal memory128 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 710
Camera24MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery3400mAh
Display6.21-inch Full HD+

 

This sums up our list of the best mobile phones under Rs.15,000.

We hope that we have helped you pick the right product.If not, do check out out list for the best smartphones under Rs.20,000. You might find a match there.

If you have any queries or if you think we have left out any great mobile phone under Rs.15,000, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below.

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