15 Latest Android Smartphones Under Rs 15000 (Excellent Camera, Battery)

Updated – April 2018 – There are lots of options in the market for a budget of Rs. 15,000. In this article, we have handpicked some of the best selling and highly rated Android mobiles that you can buy.

Everyone has a different preference, so I have mentioned key highlights, pros, and cons for each phone to help you take the buying decision.

I would suggest you go through the specs and details of each phone and shortlist 2-3 phones that meet your criteria. At the end of the article, I have shared my Top 5 recommendations that I would purchase if I have to spend Rs. 15,000.

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 PRO (Price Rs. 13,999)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 PRO comes with great specs for the price and is an all-rounder that you can purchase for Rs. 13,999. The Note 5 Pro is available in 2 variants

  1. 64 GB Storage and 4 GB Ram – Price Rs. 13,999.
  2. 64 GB Storage and 6 GB Ram – Price Rs. 16,999.

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It comes with Dual Rear Camera with 12 MP + 5 MP shooter which is ideal for clicking portrait shots and landscape images. Also, the key highlight is the 20 Megapixel front selfie camera which can click detailed shots.

Apart from the great camera, it offers FHD+ display and even has the fastest Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Processor which is incredibly fast in comparison to other processors in the mid-range phones.

Specs – 

  • Design – Premium Metallic build with iPhone X like design.
  • Display Size and Type – 5.99 Inch FHD+ (18:9 aspect ratio) Display (2160*1080), 401 PPI.
  • Performance – 1.8 GHz Octa-Core Processor, Snapdragon 636 with Adreno 509 GPU.
  • Operating System – Android Nougat 7.1 with (MIUI 9.2).
  • Camera – 12MP +5MP Dual Rear Camera with LED flash and Autofocus  & 20 MP front Selfie Camera.
  • Battery Life – 4000 mAH, Good Battery Capacity comes with fast charging support Q.C 2.0.
  • Storage – 64 GB onboard storage, expandable to 256 GB via micro SD card.
  • Connectivity – Dual Sim(GSM+ 4G LTE/VOLTE).
  • Micro- USB Port, Fingerprint Scanner, 4G VOLTE

Pros – Stunning Design, SD 636, Good Selfie Camera, Dual Rear Camera, FHD+ Display. Cons – No USB Type C Port, No dedicated micro-sd card slot.

2. Asus Zenfone 3s Max ( Price Rs. 12,999)

Good Long Battery Life Phone – Asus Zenphone 3s Max is recently launched in India. The Zenfone 3s Max was initially available for Rs. 14,999 and recently has got a price cut of Rs. 2000 and now it is available for Rs. 12,999.

Asus Zenfone 3s Max

Powering the phone is a MediaTek Octa-Core 6750 Processor and comes with 3 GB of RAM. The Key Highlight is its premium design and a massive 5000 mAH battery capacity that runs for 2 days.

Also, the mobile comes with the latest Android Nougat 7.0 OS. Additionally, offers 32 GB of internal storage and has support for 4G VOLTE. In fact, it will work with JIO sim.

You can read the detailed review for the Asus Zenfone 3S Max.

Specs – 

  • Design – Offers Premium Metallic build and is sleek considering large battery.
  • Display Size and Type – 5.2 Inch HD Display (1280*720), 282 PPI.
  • Performance – 1.5 GHz, MediaTek 6750, Octa Core, Mali T860, 3 GB RAM.
  • Operating System – Android Nougat 7 with (Zen UI 3.0).
  • Camera – 13 MP Rear Camera with LED flash and Autofocus  & 8 MP front Camera.
  • Battery Life – 5000 mAH, Good Battery Capacity.
  • Storage – 32 GB onboard storage, expandable to 2 TB via micro SD card.
  • Connectivity – Dual Sim(GSM+ 4G LTE/VOLTE).

Pros – Android Nougat, 5000 mAH Battery, Gorgeous Design. Cons – Only HD Display, Processor is Mediocre.

3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Price Rs. 11,999)

The Ideal Phone for Gaming and Long Battery – The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is a phenomenal smartphone and successor to the Redmi Note 3. It is the top selling mobile from Xiaomi and one of the best devices ever launched by the Chinese company in this price range.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Launched With 10 Core Processor 3GB RAM

So far Xiaomi has been able to sell over 50 lakh Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 mobiles in India. The phone comes with a premium metallic build, there is Full HD Display with a 5.5 Inch screen and 2.5 D curve glass.

Also, It has got a massive 4100 mAH battery capacity yet is lightweight (165 grams). The mobile has a thickness of 8.4 mm.

The key highlight is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clocked at 2.0 GHz and Adreno 506 GPU that makes it super fast for all tasks and gaming. Also, the processor improves battery life as it is energy efficient.

Besides, the device has got 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage plus option to expand the storage using micro-sd card upto 128 GB.

For photography, there is a 13 Megapixel rear camera and a 5 Megapixel front selfie shooter. Additionally, it offers a Fingerprint Scanner at the back. You can Read Detailed Review for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 here.

Specs – 

  • Design – Excellent Design, Metallic Premium build
  • Display Size and Type – 5.5 Inch Full HD Display with 401 PPI.
  • Performance – Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 clock Speed 2.0 GHz, Adreno 506 GPU, 4 GB RAM
  • Operating System – Android Nougat 7.1 with MiUi 8.0, upgradable to MIUI 9.0.
  • Camera – 13 MP Rear Camera with LED flash and PDAF & 5 MP front Camera.
  • Battery Life – 4100 mAH, Good Battery Capacity
  • Storage – 32 GB onboard expandable using micro-sd card.
  • Connectivity – Dual Sim support and 4G VOLTE.

Pros – Full HD Display, Fast Processor & fingerprint scanner, Excellent Battery. Cons – Camera is average.

4.  Xiaomi Mi A1

Excellent Dual Camera phone – Xiaomi recently launched the Xiaomi Mi A1 in the Indian market priced at Rs. 14,999 ($230). The most notable feature of the Xiaomi Mi A1 is it’s Dual rear camera setup that has same cameras as the Xiaomi Mi6 with 12 Megapixel resolution.

Importantly, the Mi A1 comes with a telephoto lens with f/2.6 aperture and there is a standard 12 MP lens with f/2.2 aperture.

The second key highlight of the device is that it runs on the stock Android Nougat OS and is an Android One smartphone. It will also get the Android Oreo update and Android P update next year.

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Also, the Mi A1 is available for purchase from mi.com or Flipkart for a price tag of Rs. 14,999. lastly, the phone even has USB Type C Port and it measures 7.3 mm in thickness and weighs 163 grams. It is the best Dual camera phone in this price range.

Specifications

  • Design – Metallic Design and Rear Cover.
  • Display Size and Type – 5.5 Inches Full HD (1920*1080) with 401 PPI, 2.5 D Glass.
  • Performance – 64 Bit Octa-Core Snapdragon 625, 4 GB RAM, Adreno 506.
  • Operating System – Android Nougat 7.1.2 with stock Android.
  • Camera – Dual 12 MP Camera at the Back and 5 MP selfie camera.
  • Battery Life – 3000 mAH capacity battery.
  • Storage – 64 GB internal Storage, support up to 128 GB micro SD.
  • Connectivity – Dual Sim With 4G  Support, USB Type C Port.

Pros – Great Dual camera setup, Stock Android, SD 625. Cons – Battery life could have been better.

5. Motorola Moto G5s Plus

The Moto G5s Plus is the successor to the popular Moto G5 Plus and comes with some enhancements. The mobile was launched in late August and has a price tag of Rs. 15,999.

It is the first Dual camera phone from Motorola in India and comes with Dual 13 MP rear cameras with f/2.0 aperture. You can click great portrait shots with this Dual camera phone.

Moto G5s Plus

 

Moto G5s Plus is a very well balanced Mobile for the price.

The front camera is also better in comparison to the Xiaomi Mi A1 and comes with an 8 MP lens and even a dedicated flash. The mobile runs on the Android Nougat 7.0 and will also get the Oreo update.

Powering the Moto G5s plus is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-Core Processor and Adreno 506 GPU. Also, it comes with 4 GB of  Ram and has 64 GB of internal storage. The storage is expandable upto 128 GB.

Specifications –

  • Design – Metallic Build and Robust Build
  • Screen – 5.5 inches FHD (1920×1080), 2.5D Curved Glass
  • Performance – Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 2.0 GHz. (8 Cores), 4 GB,  Adreno 506 GPU.
  • Operating system – Android Nougat 7.1 With Stock UI.
  • Camera – Dual 13 MP Rear cameras & 8 MP selfie camera.
  • Battery – 3000 mAh, Turbo Charging support.
  • Storage – 64 GB onboard, expandable up to 128GB.
  • Connectivity – 4G VOLTE support, Dual Sim.

Pros – Great Dual Rear camera, Good Experience. Cons – Not really at this price point.

6. Samsung J7 Prime 32 GB 

Samsung’s J7 Prime is the first budget Samsung phone to feature an all-metal back. The design seems to be generic but feels sturdy enough.

Samsung J7 Prime

It features a 5.5-inch FHD PLS TFT display with 2.5D curved glass on top. There’s also a fingerprint sensor integrated into the home button flanked between the capacitive back and recent button.

Samsung J7 Prime sports in-house Exynos 7870 processor and Mali-T830 MP1 GPU. Notably, the mobile comes in 2 storage variants – 16 GB, priced at Rs. 15,490 and the 32 GB priced at Rs. 16900. Both the version have 3 GB Ram and are available for purchase on Flipkart.

The phone does have a dedicated micro SD card slot allowing the user to expand the storage up to 256GB.

Also, the optics are above average, as it flaunts a 13MP rear and 8MP front camera with f/1.9 sensors.

Powering the device is 3300 mAh battery with 5V/2A charging output. Lastly, it sports micro-USB port at the bottom instead of the latest USB type-C.

Specs – 

  • Design – Metallic sleek body.
  • Screen – 5.5-inch PLS TFT display.
  • Processor – Samsung Octa-Core Exynos 7870, RAM 3 GB,  GPU – Mali-T830 MP1
  • Operating system – Android M with TouchWiz.
  • Camera – 13 MP rear and 8 MP front with f/1.9 aperture.
  • Battery – 3300 mAH, above average battery life.
  • Storage – 16 GB /32 GB, expandable up to 256GB.
  • Connectivity – Dual SIM, 4G LTE  2G, 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth support.

Pros – Great display, Great camera, Good battery life. Cons – TouchWiz, less internal storage.

7. Motorola – Moto G5 Plus 

The Motorola Moto G5 Plus rings all the right bells as far as sophisticated looks and high-end specs are concerned. It flaunts a metallic back and an incredible single rear camera at the back.

Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus Specs Price India Launch

 The Moto G5 Plus was launched in March 2017. Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 2.0 GHz maximum clock speed. It is available in two variants.

The higher variant of the G5 Plus offers 32 GB storage and 4 GB RAM – Price Rs. 14999. For imaging, the G5 Plus has an upper hand and is leaps and bounds ahead of the standard G5.

Also, it features a 12 MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and a 5 MP f/2.2 front selfie camera. Moreover, there is a 5.2-inch FHD display.

Powering the phone is the same 3000 mAH battery similar to last year’s G4 Plus. Additionally, the G5 Plus comes with turbocharging feature through its micro USB port. It is an ideal smartphone for daily usage, office goers and even for students.

8. Samsung On8

Samsung’s long list of budget mobiles also includes a new “On” series. However, the Samsung On8 is not as premium as the Samsung J7 Prime but offers decent specs. It is priced aggressively and available for Rs 13,490.

Samsung On8 launched on Flipkart Price Rs 15900

For starters, the On8 sports a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED display, with a home button at the chin; that sadly doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor.

Powering the phone is the in-house Exynos 7580 CPU and Mali-T720MP2 GPU. Additionally, it offers 32 GB of storage and 3 GB of RAM. Likewise the J7 Prime, the On8 has a dedicated micro SD card slot.

For imaging, it offers a 13 MP f/1.9 rear camera setup, and a 5MP f/1.9 aperture selfie camera with an LED flash. Fueling the phone is a 3300mAh capacity battery with the standard charging.

Specs

  • Design – Samsung Signature design.
  • Screen – 5.5-inches Super AMOLED Full HD display
  • Processor Exynos 7850, Octa-Core, 1.6 GHz,  RAM 3 GB, GPU- Mali-T830 MP1.
  • Operation system – Android M with TouchWiz. Camera – 13 MP Rear Camera and 5 MP front with f/1.9 aperture.
  • Battery – 3300 mAh, above average battery life.
  • Storage – 32 GB onboard, expandable up to 256 GB
  • Connectivity – Support for 4G VOLTE.

Pros – Decent performance, Good display, Good camera. Cons – Build quality, No fingerprint sensor

9. Asus Zenfone Max PRO M1

The Asus Zenfone Max PRO M1 is the latest addition and the smartphone will be available on Flipkart from 3rd May 2018. Notably, it comes with some insane specs and at a very affordable price. 

Asus Zenfone Max PRO

 

The Asus Znefone Max Pro is available in 3 variants:

  • 3 GB Ram / 32 GB Storage – Rs. 10,999
  • 4 GB Ram / 64 GB Storage – Rs. 12,999
  • 6 GB Ram / 64 GB Storage – Rs. 14,999

The phone has got many highlight features such as a speedy Snapdragon 636 processor, 5000 mAH capacity battery, Dual Rear camera, large 5.99 Inch Full HD+ display and stock Android experience with Oreo 8.1 OS.

Specs 

  • Design – Metallic Build, Great Looks, 181 grams, 8.5 mm.
  • Display Size and Type – 5.99-inch display with an FHD+ resolution of 2160*1080, 401 PPI.
  • Performance – 64 Bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Processor/ Adreno 509 GPU, 3 GB / 4 GB RAM.
  • Operating System – Android Oreo 8.1 OS with Stock Android.
  • Camera – 12 MP and 5 MP Dual Rear Cameras, 8 Megapixel Selfie Shooter.
  • Battery Life – 5000 mAH Capacity Battery With Fast Charging.
  • Fingerprint Scanner – Yes
  • Face Unlocking – Yes
  • Storage – 32 / 64 GB onboard Storage, expandable up to 2 TB.
  • Dedicated Micro-sd card slot – yes
  • Superior Audio
  • Connectivity – Dual Sim, 4G VOLTE, 3G, 2G support.

Pros – Excellent Value for Money Deal in the Sub 15k price range.

10. Asus Zenfone 3 Laser

Asus Zenfone 3 laser comes with improved front and rear cameras, and offer a premium design with balanced specs.  It has a fast processor and sufficient ram to ensure faster performance while gaming and multitasking.

However, the highlight of the smartphone is its premium metallic design that looks great and exquisite. For photography, it has a 13 Megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and even has 3 Axis Electronic Image Stabilization.

The Asus Zenfone 3 laser comes with an 8 Megapixel front selfie camera. Both the cameras on the device offer good image quality.  Also, it has a fingerprint scanner on the back.

The phone was earlier available for Rs. 14,999 but now for Rs. 12,999, a good deal for many buyers.

Specs

  • Design – Premium Metallic Design, Sleek.
  • Display Size and Type – 5.5 inch Full HD Display (1920*1080) Pixels.
  • Performance – 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Processor.
  • RAM – 4 GB RAMOperating System.
  • OS – Android Marshmallow 6.0 with Zen UI 3.0 upgradable to Android Nougat 7.0.
  • Camera – 13 MP Rear and 8 MP front facing Camera Autofocus Dual Led Flash, Good Low-Light Performance.
  • Battery Life – 3000 mAH  Battery Capacity.
  • Storage – 32 GB internal Storage cannot be expanded.
  • Connectivity – Dual Sim (GSM+WCDMA), 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, VOLTE Wifi, Bluetooth.

Pros – Great Front and Rear Camera, Good Looking Phone. Cons – Processor could have been better.

11. Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Good Full HD Large display Mobile – Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is in its own league and comes with a massive 6.44-inch display and a monstrous 5300 mAH battery capacity.

If you like the large screen size mobiles with a good display, the Mi Max 2 is best suited for you.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 comes with several upgrades in comparison to the older Xiaomi Mi Max. For starters, it has got a better display with 2.5D Curve glass and Corning gorilla glass 3 protection.

Powering the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Processor with max clock speed of 2.0 GHz and Adreno 506 GPU. Consequently, the phone offers ultimate gaming and multimedia experience.

Also, the large display Phablet boasts of a decent Sony IMX 386 sensor camera with 12 Megapixels resolution.

It even has a Fingerprint scanner and runs on the latest Android Nougat 7.0 along with MIUI 8.0. Notably, Xiaomi has even launched a 32 GB storage version of the Mi Max 2 Priced at Rs. 12,999.

Specs

  • Design – Metallic Build, Weighs 212 grams, 7.6 mm.
  • Display Size and Type – 6.44  inches Full HD 1080P resolution, 2.5D Curved Glass, 342 PPI.
  • Performance – 4 GB RAM, SD 625, Adreno 506.
  • Operating System – Android Nougat 7.0,  MIUI 8.0. (upgradable to MIUI 9.0).
  • Camera – 12 MP rear camera, f/2.2 SONY IMX 386 sensor, 5 Megapixel front selfie camera.
  • Battery Life – 5300 mAH  Battery Capacity with fast Charging. (Enormous back up).
  • Storage – 64 GB internal Storage expandable to 128 GB.
  • Connectivity – Dual Sim With 4G Volte and USB Type C Port.

Pros – Good Battery Life, Large Full HD Display, Great Performance. Cons – Bulky and Large to Carry in Pocket.

12. Oppo A57 

If you are inclined to buy a selfie smartphone in the 15K price range, the recently launched Oppo A57 is a thought-provoking option. The Oppo A57 is slightly cheaper in comparison to the Oppo F1S or the Oppo F3.

It sports the same metal back and has a similar home button and port placements. It’s is available for Rs 14,990.

Oppo A57 5.2 Inch HD Display 16 MP Selfie Camera Launched

The Oppo A57 features a 5.2 inch 720p HD IPS LCD display with 2.5D curved glass on top. There’s an oblong shaped home button with fingerprint sensor integrated under it.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SOC powers the phone. Additionally, has 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and Adreno 505 GPU.

Besides, the storage is expandable using the second sim slot. The phone features a 13 MP f/2.2 camera at the back.  And since selfies are more important it comes with a 16 MP f/2.0 selfie shooter with 1.12 µm pixel size. The front camera can even record 1080p videos.

Also, we have a decent 2900 mAh battery that lacks  Oppo’s VOOC (fast) charging.

Specs

  • Design – Looks sleek and attractive.
  • Screen – 5.2 inch 720p HD IPS LCD display.
  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 435,  RAM 3GB, Adreno 505.
  • Operating system – Android M with Color OS 3.0 on top.
  • Camera – 13 MP, f/2.2 rear and 16 MP, f/2.0 at the front.
  • Battery – 2900mAh, average battery life.
  • Storage – 32GB, expandable up to 128GB.
  • Connectivity – Dual SIM, 4G LTE  2G, 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth support.

Pros – Attractive design, Great camera, a Fingerprint sensor. Cons – Color OS, No fast charging.

13. ZTE Nubia N1 

Great Battery life Mobile with 5000 mAH Battery – Nubia N1 is an extraordinary mobile with 5000 mAH battery capacity and a 13 Megapixel front selfie camera. Moreover, the affordable price of Rs. 11,999 makes it a great deal. Notably, the N1 is available to purchase from Amazon India.

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For starters, the Nubia N1 uses the Octa-Core Helio P10 processor (with a max clock speed of 1.8 GHz) and the Mali T820 MP 2, 3 GB RAM.  Besides, the device has a 5.5-inch display and comes with Full HD resolution with 401 PPI.

Notably, it is one of the best battery smartphones under 15K and also boasts of a good selfie camera.

Specs

  • Design – It comes with a Metallic design with red circle home button.
  • Display Size and Type – 5.5 inch, Full HD 1080P resolution, 401 PPI.
  • Performance – 1.8 GHz, Helio P15 Octa-Core 1.8 GHz Processor, 3/4 GB RAM, Mali T820-MP2 GPU.
  • Operating System – Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Nubia UI 4.0).
  • Camera – 13 MP Rear Camera  & 13 MP front Selfie Camera.
  • Battery Life – 5000 mAH  Battery Capacity,  Exceptional long battery life.
  • Storage – 64 GB Onboard Storage, Micro-sd Card Support upto 128 GB.
  • Connectivity – 4G, 3G, 2G Support (Dual Sim).

Pros – Great Battery Life, 13 MP selfie camera, 64 GB Storage. Cons – Bit Bulky.

14. Huawei Honor 7X (Our Top Choice) 

Huawei Honor 7X

Huawei has launched the Huawei Honor 7X in December 2017. The Honor 7X is the successor to the Huawei Honor 6X which I have mentioned above.

It is available in two variants:

  1. Honor 7X – 3 GB Ram and 32 GB storage. (Price Rs. 13,999)
  2. Honor 7X – 4 GB Ram and 64 GB storage. (Price Rs. 15,999)

The phone comes with an incredible design with a great surface finish. The major upgrade in comparison to the Honor 6X is the fantastic Full Vision Bezel-less display, ideal for reading the text and watching videos.

Also, the phone has a faster Kirin 659 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, and the latest Android OS (Nougat 7.1) along with the EMUI 5.1. The overall user experience is fluid.

Additionally, it offers all the necessary connectivity options like 4G, WIFI, and micro-USB. Noticeably, the performance is good and it scores close to 61,000 on the Antutu benchmark, slightly slower compared to the Snapdragon 625 (Xiaomi Mi A1).

Specs –

  • Design – Stunning Metallic Design with a smooth finish.
  • Display Size and Type – 5.93 inch, Full HD+ resolution, 401 PPI. (2160*1080), 18:9 ratio.
  • Performance – 2.3 GHz, Kirin 659 Octa-Core Processor, RAM – 4 GB RAM, GPU Mali T830.
  • Operating System – Android Nougat 7.1 along with the EMUI 5.1.
  • Camera – 16MP + 2 MP Dual Rear Camera & 8 MP Selfie Camera.
  • Battery Life – 3340 mAH  Battery Capacity, Fast Charging Support.
  • Storage – 64 GB Onboard Storage, Micro-sd Card Supported ( upto 256 GB).
  • Connectivity – 4G, 3G, 2G Support (Dual Sim).

Pros – Excellent Dual Camera and Bezel-less display. Cons – NO USB Type C and NFC

15. 10.OR G

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10.OR G is a new brand that was launched on Amazon India couple of months back. I have used the 10.OR G phone for almost 2 weeks and is worth the money. The 10.OR G is available for Rs. 12,999 for the 4 GB Ram and 64 GB storage version exclusively through Amazon.

It is a balanced phone there is nothing exceptional about it but at the same time, it performs above average in everything. The build quality is solid and the phone has an elegant metallic back cover.

For imaging, there is a Dual Rear camera setup at the back with two 12 Megapixel sensors. In fact, the camera quality is decent but MIA1 performs slightly better in comparison to the 10.OR G.

The front camera, however, is far superior to the MI A1 and comes with a 16 MP lens. The battery life is also exceptional as the phone has 4000 mAH capacity battery.

The 10.OR G is powered by the Snapdragon 626 processor and Adreno 506 GPU along with the Nougat 7.1 OS from Google.

Specs –

  • Design – Metallic Design, Good Display.
  • Display Size and Type – 5.5 Inches Full HD (1920*1080) with 401 PPI, 2.5 D Glass.
  • Performance – Qualcomm Snapdragon 626, Octa-Core Processor, Adreno 506 GPU, 4 GB RAM.
  • Operating System – Android Nougat 7.1.2 with stock Android.
  • Camera – Dual 12 MP Camera at the Back, 16 Megapixel selfie camera.
  • Battery Life – 4000 mAH capacity battery.
  • Storage – 64 GB internal Storage, support up to 128 GB micro SD.
  • Connectivity – Dual Sim, 4G VOLTE, Micro-USB.

Pros – Good Selfie camera, Great Performance, and Battery Life.  Cons – the Rear camera could have been better.

16. Lenovo Z2 Plus (64 GB)

Lenovo Z2 Plus was launched last year (2016) for a price tag of Rs 19,999, and after several rounds of discounts, the phone is now priced at just Rs. 10,299 for the 64 GB version.

The Z2 Plus comes with the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor which is also used in phones like Xiaomi Mi5 or the Samsung S7.

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The Z2 Plus offers top of the line 800 Series Qualcomm Processor at a very affordable price point.

Also, the Lenovo Z2 Plus comes with an above average 13 Megapixel rear camera which also has support for recording 4K videos

Furthermore, the mobile comes with a 5.0-inch display and has an FHD resolution, it is compact and also comes with significant battery size to work all day.

Notably, the 64 GB storage version is now available for Rs. 10,299 while the 32 GB version can be bought for 9,700 from Amazon India. The phone offers good battery life and works well for day to day task, though there have been some complaints of units getting extra hot. You can read our detailed review of the Lenovo Z2 Plus here.

Key Specs for Lenovo Z2 Plus

  •  Display: 5.0 inch Full HD resolution Panel with 1920*1080p resolution..
  •  Camera: 13 MP primary LED flash, 4K Video recording, 8 MP front camera.
  •  Battery: 3500 mAh.
  •  Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • GPU – Adreno 530 GPU.
  •  Operating System: Android Marshmallow 6.0 along with Lenovo UI.
  • Connectivity – Dual Sim 4G LTE
  • Internal Storage – 32 GB inbuilt storage / 64 GB inbuilt Storage
  • RAM – 3 GB ram or 4 GB ram.
  • Connectivity – Dual Sim with 4G VOLTE.
  • Front Fingerprint reader.
  • Lenovo Health App and Monitoring.

17. Infocus Epic 1 (Ideal for gaming and multi-tasking)

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Infocus Epic 1 was launched in mid-August 2016, but it is still one of the most powerful smartphones in this price range. The Highlight of the smartphone is it’s 10 Core Processor – Helio X20 which offers excellent performance for general tasks and gaming. Further, the processor is clocked at 2.0 GHz and comes with Mali T880 MP4 GPU for gaming needs.

Moreover, the Infocus Epic 1 is priced at Rs 10,999 and is available for purchase from Amazon India. Infocus Epic 1 has a 16 Megapixel primary camera which offers mediocre photography options.

To click selfies, the phone comes with an 8 Megapixel shooter.

The smartphone comes with modern connectivity options like USB Type C port and also works with 4G LTE and VOLTE network (like JIO ).

Epic 1 has a 5.5 Inch Display with Corning Gorilla Glass support.  Overall a great performance smartphone with a monstrous processor for gaming.

Key Specs for Infocus Epic 1 (10 Core Processor, 3 GB Ram)

  • Screen – 5.5 -Inches Full HD Display with 1920*1080 Pixels
  • Processor –Mediatek 6797 Helio X20 Deca Core processors clocked @ 2.0 GHz.
  • RAM –  3 GB
  • Storage – 32 GB internal storage, expandable up to 128 GB using Micro-SD card.
  • Rear Camera – 16 Megapixel With Autofocus and LED Flash.
  • Front selfie camera – 8 Megapixel True Selfie camera.
  • OS  – Android Marshmallow 6.0 OS with In life UI from Coolpad.
  • Battery Capacity – 3000 mAh
  • Connectivity – Dual Sim Support with 4G VOLTE.
  • Fingerprint Scanner – Back Mounted.
  • USB TYPE C – YES
  • Weight – 164 grams
  • Thickness – 8.4 mm (not too much thick)
  • Price – Rs. 12,999

So that brings us to the end of the recommendation list. Below are the top phones I would buy in the Sub 15k budget if I want a new phone.

Summary – Top Phones Under Rs. 15,000.

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.
  • Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
  • Huawei Honor 7X.
  • Xiaomi Mi A1.
  • Motorola Moto G5s Plus.
  • 10.OR G
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2.
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.

Humble advice, go through detailed specs, and more reviews before ordering online.  Hope the article helped you make up your mind and choose the best smartphone for you. Also,  read the pros and cons carefully.  Some mobiles are bulky others have poor battery life, choose what you believe is right for you.

As a general guide I take many things into consideration while choosing the best smartphones:

  1. Value for Money,  2. Specs, Features, OS, Camera Quality, battery life & User Experience, 3. After Sales Service and Reliability.

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  1. Hiya Admin,
    I ‘m pretty confused in buying one. Could u help a little. My req. are as follows!
    1) Good processor – No lags at all shld b there whilst multitasking.
    2) Front cam : 8 M or (good quality req. selfi lover)
    3) Ram : 3/4 G
    4) battery : 4k/5K; 3k also ok; req longer battery life.
    5) Connectivity : 4G VoLTE Band 40 (jio), fingerprint scanner, NFC (Future proof – Contactless payment), Wifi 802.11 ac support(future proof)
    6) Display : Full HD;
    7) Budget : 15k

  2. Redmi note 4 or j7 prime me se mujhe konsa kharidna chahiye, jiski performace,camera quality achhi ho,
    please suggest me

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