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

by | Apr 13, 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. Redmi Note 7 ProOverall Best Pick
2. Samsung Galaxy M30Runner-up pick
3. Nokia 6.1 PlusBest Build Quality
4. Motorola Moto G7Smartphone with Best Design
5. Realme 2 ProValue for Money smartphone
6. Oppo K1Best Selfie Camera smartphone
7. Motorola One PowerBest Battery Life
8. Honor 8XHonorable Mention

1. Redmi Note 7 Pro

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Overall Best Pick
  • 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

2. Samsung Galaxy M30

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Runner-Up Pick
  • 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

3. Nokia 6.1 Plus

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Best Build Quality
  • Guaranteed software updates
  • USB C port
  • Solidly built smartphone

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 back side 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 is still considered luxury by many smartphone brands, but not Nokia.

Overall, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is definitely 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 4GB high-speed LPDDR RAM on board, 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 even 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 display 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 accompanies 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 definitely 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

Q

Comparatively smaller battery capacity

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 636
Camera16MP + 5MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery3060mAh
Display5.8 inch1080 x 2280 19:9

4. Motorola Moto G7

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Smartphone with Best Design
  • Perfect for one hand usage
  • Near stock Android OS
  • Bundled earphones is a bonus

It’s that time of the year for Motorola to release its smartphones to the markets around the world.

This time the company has launched two models – the budget Moto G7 Power and the slightly higher end Moto G7 which is the one we are here to discuss.

Design and Build Quality

Aesthetics and build quality are where the Moto G7 trumps its competitors in the market.

The glass back and the curved sides are worth drooling about.

Even the textured power buttons scream premium.

We, at bettershark, feel the Moto G7 is a phone with one of the most aesthetically pleasing design in the segment.

Display

Design aspects aside, the Moto G7 features a 6.2-inch full HD+ 9:9 display that the company fondly describes as the Max-vision panel with a dewdrop notch up top.

This display offers great visuals with lifelike colours and details that won’t disappoint you.

Gorilla glass 3 protection does provide some sort of confidence from minor scratches.

Processor and Performance

The 2019 Moto G7 comes with a Snapdragon 632 SoC inside.

This is one of the slight disadvantages that come with this otherwise decent smartphone.

With the 4GB of RAM inside and 64GB of internal storage, the chipset reasonably well, but won’t mighty impress you in terms of serious multitasking and gaming.

Wish we knew what Motorola executives had in their mind while deciding the specifications for this model.

Miscellaneous

This phone features USB C port instead of that weary outdated micro USB that many competitor models in this list possess.

The dedicated SD card slot for offline storage connoisseurs is present as well.

The fingerprint sensor on this phone is placed on the front.

Motorola has packed some fine little touches into this sensor for enhanced usability of this device.

The navigation gestures feature is a very much welcome move from the company. This saves a lot of screen real estate.

Camera

There is a 12MP+5MP rear dual camera setup for the hidden photographer in you to explore.

The front camera is an 8MP shooter assisted with LED light in case you’re a party animal and love clicking selfies in the dark.

The camera app has undergone a major overhaul as well.

Motorola has added a pro mode that lets you maximize the potential of the cameras on this device.

Battery Life

The Moto G7 comes with a 3000mAh battery inside. This is smaller when compared to today’s standards where phones are powered with batteries up to 5000mAh.

Thanks to the stock Android 9.0 Pie battery optimizations, the Moto G7 lasts for a day worth of usage.

Verdict

Summarizing, we feel that the Moto G7 is a very good attempt from Motorola with one major flaw – the underpowered processor.

If you are not much the fan of intensive multitasking or gaming, this phone is going to chime in pretty well with your lifestyle.

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Great design and build quality

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USB C

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Good camera

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Under-powered SoC for the price

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Battery capacity is a tad bit low

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 632
Camera12MP + 5MP Rear. 8MP Front
Battery3000mAh
Display6.2 inch FHD+ 1080*2160 pixels

 

5. Realme 2 Pro

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Suited for low light photography
  • Budget gaming device
  • Elegant design

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

After this, they launched the less impressive Realme 2 which was a real letdown from the original model.

However, with the new Realme 2 Pro, the company has a winning recipe that combines performance and features that meets at an aggressive price point of less than Rs.15,000.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme 2 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 is protected by Corning Gorilla glass. 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 2 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 2 Pro is one of the best phones with a large screen to body ratio in this price segment.

Performance

The Snapdragon 450 on the Realme 2 was a disappointment for many.

But this time around, the company has released its mistake and included a Snapdragon 660 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 512 GPU inside, which will unleash the gamer in you.

This smartphone comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.

Camera

The Realme 2 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 2MP depth sensing unit for portrait mode photos.

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.

Battery

The Realme 2 pro comes powered by a 3500 Li-ion battery. It is sufficient for this smartphone to last for over a day comfortably with moderate to heavy usage.

The SoC inside supports fast charging. However, the supplied charger is a standard charger.

If you want to juice up the device quickly, you’ll have to invest in a Quickcharge enabled charger.

Verdict

The Realme 2 pro is the best smartphone that you can purchase under a budget of Rs.15,000.

With the class-leading performance oriented Snapdragon 660 SoC and a very capable camera, this phone is definitely a very compelling purchase.

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High screen to body ratio

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Powerful processor

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Decent battery life

Q

No USB C

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 660
Camera16MP + 2MP rear, 16MP Front
Battery3500mAh
Display6.3 inch FHD+ IPS LCD 19.5:9

 

6. Oppo K1

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Best Selfie Camera 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

 

7. Motorola One Power

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Best Battery Life
  • Assured 2-year software updates
  • Excellent 5000mAh battery
  • Capable processor

Motorola has been receiving a lot of flak for its pricing strategy as well the choice of processor on their latest G6 series phones.

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

Design and build quality

The Motorola One Power has a metallic unibody design with a large 18.7:9 display up front.

The back side 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 much heavy.

Display

The display on this device is a 6.2-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 18.7:9 aspect ratio display has a huge notch in the front which some people may like and some won’t.

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 power comes with s Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 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 dual rear camera setup which constitutes of a 16MP main unit 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 won hardware, the Pixel phones and assured software updates up to two years.

Battery

As the name suggests, the Motorola One Power is indeed a powerhouse.

Powered by a massive 5000mAh battery, this device will last easily over two days 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 from a powerbank.

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 power ticks almost all the right boxes for a phone priced under Rs.16,000.

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

R

USB C

R

Great display

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Moto action gestures

Q

Notched display might not be everyone’s cup of tea

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorSnapdragon 636 Octa core 1.8 GHz
Camera16MP + 5MP Rear, 12MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.2 inch 1080 x 2246 IPS

8. Honor 8X

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Powerful Snapdragon 660 SoC
  • Near stock Android experience
  • 2-day battery phone

The all-new Honor 8X is the latest mid-range Android smartphone from Huawei that comes with some noteworthy features rivalling the likes of Asus and Xiaomi.

This slim and elegantly crafted smartphone is perhaps the best looking device that you can purchase under a budget of Rs.15,000 in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

Honor phones are known to be stylish and sleek. The Honor 8X features a glass back that reflects light off from it in a distinct style.

The outer shell cover is metallic and it makes the chassis feel much more durable and tough.

The device, despite its budget pricing, is very well built and looks like a premium flagship phone.

The full view display with really narrow bezels makes the front of this phone to look like an endless slab of the display.

The back glass on this device is intrinsically designed with patterns that is only visible when light strikes the surface.

However, having glass on both sides has its own problems. If the phone drops from your hand, there is a chance of glass breakage that wouldn’t end well with the pocket.

Display

The Honor 8X features a large 6.5-inch LCD display that has a full HD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

The brightness levels are excellent, so does the colour reproduction and contrast ratio. Covered by the 2.5D glass up front, the display certainly looks vivid and seamlessly integrated with the chassis.

The bezels on the sides of this 6.5-inch display are thin and unobstructive to the seamless viewing experience.

This 19:9 aspect ratio display with the notch up top gives this phone an impressive screen to body ratio of about 91%, which is quite unheard of in its segment.

The colours look very punchier straight out of the box. If you are a fan of a more natural colour tone, there is an option to adjust the colour profile built right into the EMUI skin.

Processor and Performance

The Honor 8x is powered by the latest HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor which is comparable with the Snapdragon 660.

This SoC which is built based on the 12nm architecture ensures excellent battery life and performance optimizations to the phone.

Daily apps and games run buttery smooth, thanks to the 4GB RAM and the ample 64GB storage that comes on board.

Supported by the patented turbo GPU technology from Huawei, the graphical performance of 8x is much more improved and refined than its predecessors.

Camera

Honor has been banking on its AI prowess a lot. The company has integrated AI not only to the camera app, but system-wide implementations are expected to hit more devices soon.

The rear dual camera houses a 20MP shooter accompanied by a 2MP depth-sensing camera for accurate portrait effects.

However, the quality of photos from these cameras pales in comparison with other competitors such as Mi A2 and even Realme 2 Pro.

The 16MP front camera is capable of taking some excellent snaps in good lighting conditions.

Talking about the video, even though the chipset inside supports 4K, the camera app limits the recording to a maximum resolution of full HD.

Additionally, there is no Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), which makes the videos extremely shaky.

EMUI and Battery Life

Emotion UI is a custom skin from Huawei that has some nice tricks up its sleeve. The Honor 8X comes with the EMUI 8.0 on top of Android Oreo 8.1.

EMUI adds a lot of useful features such as ride mode and game mode that enhances the overall usability of this device.

What’s powering the Honor 8X inside is a 3750 mAh Li-ion battery. On our tests, the battery lasted easily for a day, thanks to the power efficient Kirin 710 processor.

Even with the need to push pixels on to a large 6.5-inch full HD+ display, this phone gets an average screen on time of about 10 hours.

If you’re a casual user, this phone will last for 2 days on a single charge comfortably.

Depending on your usage pattern, the battery life may vary from time to time, so take our words for it with a pinch of salt.

Verdict

If you’re interested in an elegant looking smartphone with a notch design under Rs.15,000, the Honor 8X is your best bet.

This device has got the looks of a premium flagship smartphone and offer decent performance along with a gorgeous 19:9 display and excellent battery life.

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Elegant glass back design

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Immersive notch display

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Feature-rich EMUI 8.0

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No EIS

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Average camera quality

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo
Internal memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorHisilicon Kirin 710 Octacore
Camera20MP + 2MP Rear, 20MP Front
Battery3750mAh
Display6.5 inch FHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels

 

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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