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

by | Nov 16, 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. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 ProOverall Best Pick
2. Realme 5 ProRunner-Up Pick
3. Vivo Z1 ProBest Selfie Camera Smartphone
4. Samsung Galaxy M30sValue for Money Smartphone
5. Mi A3Android One device
6. Motorola G8 PlusFeature Rich Smartphone
7. Samsung Galaxy A50Honourable Mention

1. Redmi Note 8 Pro

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Overall Best Pick
  • Powerful MediaTek G90T processor
  • Capable quad-camera setup
  • Long-lasting battery life

Redmi Note 8 Pro is the latest Redmi Note 8 flagship out there in the market.

The Redmi Note series is one of the best selling device lineups in the country with superior performance and value for money proposition, so this phone had a lot going for it and boy, it delivers.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has significantly improved the build quality and aesthetics this time to rival not only the other phones in the same price segment but also other higher-priced devices currently on sale in the market.

The glass sandwich design with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and back with the gradient colour finish makes this device look premium.

The curved edges make holding this phone in the palm a bit less of a hassle considering it’s larger sized display.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro this time comes with a dedicated SD card slot along with two nano-SIM slots.

The downward-firing speaker is quite loud and clear and has no distortions even at higher volume levels.

Display

This device features a large 6.53-inch full HD+ IPS LCD panel with a pixel density of 397ppi.

The screen is very bright and can reach up to 500 nits of peak brightness for easy sunlight readability.

The colours look vivid and rich and the contrast levels are on par with other LCDs in the segment.

Processor and Performance

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is the world’s first smartphone launched with the gaming-centric MediaTek G90T chipset.

This processor is custom made for performance in gaming and multitasking. Along with the 6GB LPDDRX RAM, this phone performs lightening fast – be it in gaming or handling resource-intensive apps.

Camera

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a quad-camera set up in the rear consisting of a primary 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor, 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP macro shooter and a 2MP depth sensor for bokeh shots.

The front camera is a 20MP shooter which delivers selfies with rich details and natural colours.

The pictures and videos from the rear camera look very sharp and clean with a lot of details preserved, even in low light.

There are reports of working Gcam ports available for this device that might result in even better clicks in the future.

Battery Life

This budget Android smartphone features a 4500mAh Li-ion battery to power its internals. Redmi phones are known for their incredible battery life and the Note 8 Pro is no different.

You can get a screen on times of at least 7 hours, even with heavy usage.

It also comes with an 18W fast charger in the box to speed up the juicing process.

Verdict

The Redmi Note 8 Pro combines the best in many worlds and brings you a true flagship-grade experience under an affordable budget of Rs.15,000.

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Premium build quality

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Bright and vivid display

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18W fast charger in the box

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No OLED display

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorMediaTek G90T
Camera64MP+8MP+2NP+2MPRear, 20MP
Battery4500mAh
Display6.3 inch FHD+ IPS

2. Realme 5 Pro

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Runner-Up 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

3. Vivo Z1 Pro

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Best Selfie Camera Smartphone
  • 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+

 

4. Samsung Galaxy M30s

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Full HD+ AMOLED display
  • Massive 6000mAh battery
  • Dedicated SD card slot

Samsung usually reserves major technological breakthroughs for its high-end Galaxy S series and Note series smartphones.

But with the latest edition of Samsung Galaxy M30s, the company is introducing a battery life monster, which of course is its main selling point.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M30s is gracefully designed to captivate the eyes as well as the minds with glass finish polycarbonate exteriors coated with slight gradient colours.

This colour scheme is the same Honor has been doing with their smartphones off late, but here in M30s, it comes with a more subtle effect.

This smartphone brags about having 84.2% screen to body ratio, and has minimal bezels at the sides of the display, making it look more awesome.

There is the newer micro USB type C charging port at the bottom, accompanied with the 3.5mm headphone jack ( Thank God!).

The rear part is where this phone starts to look unfamiliar. It features a triple camera setup arranged as a vertical strip with an LED flash beneath.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy M30s features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity U display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

Although, not as clear and crisp as those displays found on premium Galaxy S series lineup, this panel is sufficiently bright and has an impressive colour reproduction when compared with other phones in the similar price bracket.

With an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and pixel density around 403 ppi, watching media and playing games is a delightful experience.

The notch on this display is small and doesn’t feel obtrusive while watching media content on this smartphone.

Processor and Performance

Considering the price, the Galaxy M30s doesn’t feature the most powerful processor in its price category.

The octa-core Samsung Exynos 9611 SoC clocked at 2.3GHz perform well performs in normal conditions and won’t give any trouble for most of the people using it.

The 4GB RAM will be sufficient for most of the tasks you intend to perform on this mobile device, including some amount of casual gaming.

There is an inbuilt 64GB UFS 2.1 storage with a dedicated SD card slot for expanding the memory up to 1TB.

Camera

This is one of the biggest USP of this smartphone – having three cameras. No, not including the one in the front.

The tri-camera set up on the back has an interesting mix of sensors earmarked especially for various functions.

The first one is the 48MP primary shooter with f/1.7 aperture. This sensor has all the standard features such as PDAF found on almost all the mid-range smartphone cameras.

The second sensor is the 8MP ultrawide sensor with a 120-degree field of view. The last in line is a 5MP depth sensor for those bokeh and portrait mode photos.

The front camera is a 16MP shooter with beauty modes and AI integration for manipulating your photos to look better than ever before.

Apart from the physical hardware, Samsung has delivered a feature-rich camera interface with a multitude of functions for taking smartphone photography to the next level.

The photos and videos come out pretty clean and sharp. The shots taken are rich in detail as well.

Miscellaneous

This mid-range Android smartphone features a physical fingerprint scanner on the rear. It works very well and the accuracy is on par with fingerprint scanners found on similarly priced devices.

The Samsung Galaxy M30s is launched with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box with Samsung Experience UI on top.

Speaking about the connectivity, this device has the latest Bluetooth v5.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi capability.

Battery Life

Surprisingly, Samsung has started to include higher capacity batteries in its smartphones off late.

This Android smartphone is powered by a mammoth 6000 mAh Li-ion battery that will easily last for more than two days of intense usage.

Verdict

If you’re the kind of person for whom battery life is the most important aspect, the Galaxy M30s is the phone to go for.

With its Super AMOLED display and excellent build quality, there is much more than just the optics to cherish about this device.

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Minimal bezels

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Robust build quality

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A fast and accurate fingerprint scanner

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Slower software updates

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorExynos 9611 octa core
Camera48MP + 8MP + 5MP Rear, 16MP Front camera
Battery6000 mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

5. 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

6. Motorola Moto G8 Plus

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • Perfect for one-hand usage
  • Ultra-wide action camera
  • Bundled earphones is a bonus

Moto G8 Plus is the latest G series device from Motorola launched with exciting features, most importantly under an affordable budget.

Design and Build Quality

Aesthetics and build quality are where the Moto G8 Plus 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 G8 Plus is a phone with one of the most aesthetically pleasing designs in the segment.

Display

Design aspects aside, the Moto G8 Plus features a 6.3-inch full HD+ 19:9 display which 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.

The entire body is covered with a water repellent coating, much like the p2i splash resistance offered by the likes of Redmi Note 8 Pro in this segment.

The construction feels robust and durable. The curved edges make holding this phone in your palm an effortless affair.

Processor and Performance

The 2019 Moto G8 Plus comes with a Snapdragon 665 octa-core SoC inside clocked at a respectable 2Ghz.

The Snapdragon 665 is a mid-range champion with enough firepower to blaze through modern games and is capable of handling multitasking and other resource-heavy apps.

With the 4GB of RAM inside and 64GB of internal storage, the performance of this smartphone is miles better than its predecessor, the Moto G7.

Miscellaneous

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

Motorola has packed some fine little touches into this sensor for enhanced usability of this device in the form of moto actions such as shake to turn on the camera and chop to turn on the flashlight.

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 48MP+5MP+16MP triple camera setup for the hidden photographer in you to explore.

The 48MP sensor is the primary camera for photos assisted with the 5MP sensor for depth and bokeh mode shots.

The 16MP action camera is one of the first in the segment which provides a birds-eye perspective of the surroundings.

The front camera is a 25MP shooter which delivers decent quality selfie pictures and videos in suitable lighting conditions.

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 G8 Plus comes with a 4000mAh 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 G8 Plus lasts for a day worth of heavy usage.

Verdict

Summarizing, we feel that the Moto G8 Plus is a very good attempt from Motorola to compete with the cut-throat competition from the likes of Xiaomi and Realme.

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Great design and build quality

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USB C

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Stock Android OS

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No dedicated SD card slot

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665
Camera48MP + 5MP + 16MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.3 inch 1080 x 2246 IPS

7. Samsung Galaxy A50

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Honorable Mention
  • Super AMOLED display
  • Triple camera setup
  • In-display fingerprint scanner

The galaxy A50 is the latest mid-range Android smartphone from Samsung to take on the competition from the likes of Xiaomi and Honor.

The Samsung Galaxy A50 is a device like nothing else from the past, especially the previously ridiculously overpriced A series phones.

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 A50 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 notch display.

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

Display

The Samsung Galaxy A50 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 2340 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 A50 is powered by the Samsung Exynos 7610 octa-core processor supplemented by the Mali-G72 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 well optimized for performance improvements when compared to the Oreo 8.1 version.

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 25MP shooter with an aperture size of f/1.7 for better low light performance.

The secondary sensor is an 8MP 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 25MP sensor with HDR support for high dynamic selfie shots.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy A50 is powered by a whopping 4000mAh 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 A50 is the most feature-packed Android smartphone priced under Rs.15,000.

With its AMOLED display, triple camera setup and the 4000mAh 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 9.0
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 9610 Octa core 2.2GHz
Camera25MP + 5MP + 8MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery3300mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+ SAMOLED

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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