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

by | Sep 18, 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. Realme 5 ProOverall Best Pick
2. Vivo Z1 ProRunner-Up Pick
3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 ProFeature Rich Smartphone
4. Mi A3Android One device
5. Motorola One ActionValue for Money Smartphone
6. Samsung Galaxy M30Smartphone with Best Display
7. Nokia 6.1 PlusHonorable Mention

1. Realme 5 Pro

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Overall Best Pick
  • Powerful processor
  • Capable quadruple camera
  • VOOC fast charging

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

Design and Build Quality

The Realme 5 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.

Display

The display on this updated Realme 5 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 5 Pro is one of the best phones with a large screen to body ratio in this price segment.

Processor and Performance

The Realme 5 Pro smartphone houses a Snapdragon 712 SoC which 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 5 Pro has a quadruple-camera in the rear that constitutes the 48MP primary sensor with an aperture size of f/1.7, wide-angle 8MP, 2MP macro and a 2MP portrait mode sensor.

In the front is a 16MP 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 5 Pro comes powered by a 4035 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 5 Pro is the best smartphone that you can purchase under a budget of Rs.15,000.

With the class-leading performance-oriented Snapdragon 712 SoC and a very capable camera, this phone is a very compelling purchase.

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Elegant and sleek design 
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Excellent display

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Type-C USB port

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Bloated UI

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 712
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4035mAh
Display6.3 inch Full HD+ IPS LCD 19.5:9

2. Vivo Z1 Pro

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Runner-Up 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+

 

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. Mi A3

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Android One Smartphone
  • Best in class camera
  • Guaranteed future android updates
  • Powerful Snapdragon 665 processor

Xiaomi and Android One is a dream we all had. Then one fine day the company announced Mi A1. Rest is history.

The Mi A3is the successor of the famous Mi A2 which sold like hot cakes in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

The Mi A3 has significant improvements in design and form factor over its predecessor, the Mi A2.

The new Mi A3 comes with the now industry standard 19:9 display. The glossy glass back is retained with this release.

The orientation of the camera is now vertical, resembling that of iPhone X. That said the Mi A3 resembles closely to Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note 5 Pro.

The build quality is superb with the quality material used for the construction.

Display

The Mi A3 features a 6.08-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1560 x 720 pixels.

This is a downgrade from the full HD+ displays that its predecessors had, but the AMOLED goodness makes up for it.

Camera

Even though the USP of this smartphone from Xiaomi is its Android One tag, what makes it special is the optics used.

Xiaomi claims that this is one of the best camera phones available in the market at this price point.

The rear side of this phone features a vertically placed triple camera setup. This 48MP + 8MP + 2MP setup provides some of the best shots, both in daylight as well as low light in the segment.

The 48MP shooter uses pixel binning technology to enhance the low light photos by reducing the noise of the processed image.

In the front, there is a 32MP AI camera that captures portrait selfies with excellent details and saturation levels.

Processor and Performance

The Snapdragon 665 is a very powerful midrange chipset that will carry out resource-intensive tasks with relative ease. ‘

Multitasking and gaming will not be a showstopper on this device for sure.

Coupled with a 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage, there isn’t much left worth asking for.

Android One

Xiaomi usually uses MIUI custom skin on top of Android releases with their phone.

But with Android One programme, the device receives a stock Android OS with no or minimal changes from the manufacturer.

How does it benefit the end customers?

Phones under Android One programme receive updates and security patches directly from Google.

Unlike Xiaomi, which decided whether to upgrade a phone to the next Android version, Google assures that you will at least get two major OS upgrades for the device.

Newer updates mean more features and better security. Who wouldn’t want that?

Battery Life

Now coming to the battery, this device packs a 4030mAh Li-ion cell inside. This will last for two days of moderate to heavy usage.

And with Qualcomm quick charge support, you can use a compatible charger and juice up this device pretty quickly.

Verdict

The Mi A2 is probably the best camera phone that you can purchase at this price point.

The exceptional build quality and the stock Android OS with promised Google updates makes this phone one of the most desirable piece of gadget.

If you can live with the absence of a 3.5mm headphone jack, don’t think twice.

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Excellent build quality

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Amazing optics

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Android One device

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The display is not full HD

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 655
Camera48MP + 8MP+2MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery4030mAh
Display6.08-inch HD AMOLED

5. Motorola One Action

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Assured 2-year software updates
  • Stock Android OS
  • Fast charger bundled with the package

Motorola has been receiving a lot of flake for its pricing strategy as well the choice of the processor on their latest G7 series phones.

The company, it seems has understood the mistake and is back in business with an Android One powered device, the One Action which is exclusive to the Indian market.

Design and build quality

The Motorola One Action has a metallic unibody design with a curved glass back.

The backside of the device resembles the Redmi Note 5 Pro from Xiaomi due to the vertical dual camera placement.

Even though the bezels are thin around the display, there is a considerable lower chin on the front which houses the Motorola brand name.

The rear-mounted fingerprint has the famous Motorola logo embossed on it.

Overall the build quality feels very premium and the device doesn’t feel too heavy.

Display

The display on this device is a 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels.

The display is sharp and vivid with accurate colours. The brightness and contrast levels are excellent as well.

The 21:9 aspect ratio display has a center-punch camera hole similar to the ones found on expensive Samsung devices.

The pixel density of 402 ppi means the images and texts will appear sharp and less pixelated.

Performance

Motorola has been notorious for including outdated SoC in their newer gen smartphones and selling at exorbitant prices.

This time around, the Motorola One action comes with a Samsung Exynos 9609 processor which is a budget powerhouse.

Accompanied with 4GB of RAM, this device can handle multitasking very well. Games like PUBG plays smoothly and notably, without any overheating.

Camera

This device has a triple rear camera setup which constitutes of a 12MP main unit, a 16MP ultra wide-angle sensor and a supplementary 5MP depth sensor for that accurate portrait mode clicks.

The front 12MP shooter lets you take good quality selfies even under low lighting conditions.

The rear camera supports 4K recording and even supports 1080p recording at 60 fps.

Miscellaneous

One of the main USP of this device is that it comes under the Android One programme.

This means that you get the stock Android experience just as on Google’s hardware, the Pixel phones and assured software updates up to two years.

Battery

Powered by a respectable 3500mAh battery, this device will last easily over a day of moderate to heavy usage, especially with the pure stock Android OS.

The company bundles the fast charger with the box always and this will let you charge the device faster than from a normal charger or a power bank.

Verdict

It seems Motorola has got it right this time around.

With a great display on a well-built chassis, powered by a powerful processor, the Motorola One Action ticks all the right boxes for a phone priced under Rs.15,000.

The long-lasting battery makes this a media consumption device without having to worry about the device getting turned off amidst your favourite show.

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USB C

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Great display

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Moto action gestures

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No dedicated SD card slot

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal memory128 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 9609
Camera12MP + 5MP + 16MP Rear, 12MP Front
Battery3500mAh
Display6.3 inch 1080 x 2246 IPS

 

6. 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

7. Nokia 6.1 Plus

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Honorable Mention
  • Guaranteed software updates
  • USB C port
  • Tough aluminium outer frame

Nokia isn’t the old Nokia anymore. With HMD making the Nokia phones rather than the Microsoft, they’ve decided to go en route Android.

With a few phones such as Nokia 7 Plus priced under Rs.25,000 creating ripples in the market, Nokia is now back with a winner – the all-new Nokia 6.1 Plus.

Design and Build Quality

Machined out of series 6000-grade Aluminium, the Nokia phones offer the best build quality in the market. They are built solid and feels extremely durable in hand.

The Finnish design exudes confidence and stands on par with the design of any other smartphone available at this price range.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with an edge to edge display that is protected by 2.5D curved Gorilla glass that blends in with the chassis seamlessly.

The backside of the chassis is adorned by a vertically placed dual-camera module followed by a flash and a fingerprint scanner.

Having a USB C port for budget phones are still considered a luxury by many smartphone brands, but not Nokia.

Overall, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is one of the phones with the best build quality available in the market.

Processor and Performance

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC which is one of the mid-range champions when it comes to the efficient mix of performance and battery life.

With 6GB high-speed LPDDR RAM onboard, this device can blaze through apps and can handle multitasking without any sort of lags or stutters.

The Adreno 509 GPU inside lets you play high-end games but at low graphics settings.

The built-in 64GB ROM provides you with a sufficient starting point to store all your data – be it movies or songs on the phone offline, without the fear of running out of memory too soon.

This device also comes with a dedicated SD card slot which is another luxury that we are used not to expect from budget smartphones nowadays.

Display

The Nokia 6.1 Plus features a 5.8-inch full HD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels.

This notched display has a 19:9 aspect ratio and has a pixel density of around 432 ppi.

The colours appear vivid and the contrast levels despite being an LCD is excellent. The texts appear sharp and clear so does the images.

This being an IPS LCD, the viewing angles are great and there is no colour shift when viewed from extreme angles as well.

Camera

The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a dual rear camera setup which constitutes of a 16MP primary sensor accompanied by a 5MP depths sensing unit for accurate edge detection and portrait mode photos.

On the front, there is a 16MP shooter which has autofocus capabilities and an aperture size of f/2.0.

The pictures from both the front and rear cameras come out detailed and colourful in daylight conditions but suffer from oversharpening in photos shot at low light environments.

When it comes to the video, this phone does support gyro EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) for smoother video recording with minimal shakes.

Battery Life

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is powered by a non-removable 3060 mAh Li-ion battery which easily lasts over a day of moderate to heavy usage.

The Snapdragon 636 is very much an energy-efficient processor and combined with the stock Android OS running on this smartphone, energy consumption is very minimal when sitting idle.

Verdict

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a great contender to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 pro and even trumps the device in certain aspects such as running a stock Android OS.

For those who love Nokia, this device is one of the best devices that the company has launched this year.

Under Android, One programme promised future updates will make this device one of the most desirable gadgets to own in its price segment.

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Excellent build quality 
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Android One device
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Elegant design
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Comparatively smaller battery capacity

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 636
Camera16MP + 5MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery3060mAh
Display5.8 inch 1080 x 2280 19:9

 

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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