It is that time of the year when the festivities are at its peak. Maybe you are planning to get a new smartphone for you, or looking for some best smartphones to gift to someone you love. The Indian smartphones or Mobile phone market filled with a huge number of cell phones with various unique features. Choosing a right device would be a daunting task with the bad, ugly choices interspersed with some highly exceptional smartphones.
We will plan to make it easier for you. This article presents the best options for you to choose. We have set a price point of Rs. 15000 as that would be something an average Indian smartphone buyer would be willing to spend on a smartphone. Let us find the options you have in that price bracket.
#1. LeEco Le2
After the successful launch of LeEco Le 1S. LeTV is out to outsmart the established players in the Indian smartphone market. The Le 2 launched in April this year is a real value for money regarding performance and looks.
Some of the salient features of the device include
- It is one of the most premium looking devices at an affordable price point.
- Le 2 is the first smartphone to have the USB Type C headset.
- You get the innovative CDLA – Continuous Lossless Digital Audio experience to provide an immersive musical experience.
- Powerful features.
LeEco Le 2 mobile phone powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Octa-core processor and an Adreno 510 GPU. The 3 GB massive RAM coupled with a 32 GB internal storage would make it a performance monster. The Le 2 has a 5.5 inch full HD resolution display with a pixel density of 403 PPI.
The new LeTV device features a 16 MP rear camera capable of 4K video recording. There is a front camera at 8 MP resolution that comes with a Beauty mode for enhanced selfie quality. The battery capacity on the device reads 3000 mAh. The phone supports QuickCharge 2.0 and features the new age USB Type-C port.
- Metal body design which gives it a premium look.
- CDLA technology for enhanced audio.
- It has a fingerprint scanner that supports 360-degree recognition.
- No MicroSD card support
- Lack of 3.5 mm audio jack
#2. Xiaomi Mi Max
Xiaomi’s Max devices come with a massive 6.44-inch display size. The full metal body design has been contemporary.
Some points worth mentioning could be
- The hexacore processor that has 64-bit
- Greta camera performance.
- Extra large screen for videos and movies
The Xiaomi Mi Max Mobile has a full HD resolution and offers you a pixel density of 342 PPI. The 6.44 inch IPS LCD comes with a Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Snapdragon 650 processor powers the phone and coupled with an Adreno 510 GPU.
Xiaomi Mi Max has got 3 GB of whopping RAM with a 16 GB internal storage capacity. You can expand the memory further by another 128 GB using a microSD card. The cameras on Mi Max are outstanding and produce significant snaps. The 16 MP rear camera of this mobile has a f/2.0 aperture and a phase detection autofocus technology. The front camera reads 8 MP. The front camera too has an aperture of f/2.0 aperture and 85-degree wide angle. The fingerprint sensor and the IR blaster are a couple of outstanding features that the device possesses.
One of the outstanding features of the device is its battery capacity. Mi Max has a 4850 mAh battery. Video loop tests have given an impressive result of 21 hours. That should be a clear indication of the mammoth battery backup you can expect from the device.
Xiaomi Mi Max mobile phone runs on the Android 6.0 with customization by MiUI 7.0 on top of it.
- Full metal body design
- Larger screen facilitates better video and browsing experience.
- Excellent camera performance
- Great battery backup and fast charging
- Hybrid SIM. You can either use microSD card or dual SIM.
- Uncomfortable in handling due to massive size
#3. Moto G4 Plus
Motorola has been a successful player in the sub 15K segment. Moto G4 Plus is yet another device that works wonders. Though it doesn’t reach the level of the likes of Le 2 or Mi Max, it is a decent performer.
Moto G4 Plus phone is powered by a Snapdragon 617 processor and has a 3 GB RAM capacity. Moto G4 Plus offers you a storage capacity of 32 GB that can get expanded to another 128 GB.
Moto G4 Plus mobile features a 5.5-inch display with full HD resolution and a 401 PPI pixel density. The display of Moto G4 Plus gets protected through Gorilla Glass 3. The rear camera on the device has a resolution of 16 MP with Phase detection autofocus and f/2.0 aperture. The camera also offers you a laser auto focus. The front camera comes with a 5 MP resolution. The front camera uses display flash for brightening your selfies.
Moto G4 Plus brings the stock Android experience on your device. If you are someone who hates the customisation by the manufacturers, Moto G4 Plus is the best choice. Moto G4 Plus runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is about to receive an upgrade to new Android Nougat 7.0 later this year. The 3000 mAh battery can provide a backup of over two days with moderate usage habits.
- Stock Android experience
- Timely updates
- Good quality display
- Low light photography is an issue
- Build quality in comparison to other devices on this list.
#4. Oppo F1
Oppo F1 is one of the devices that flaunts its first camera capabilities; Oppo F1 has an all-metal unibody design. The natural and impressive look of its metal construction makes it a priceless possession.
The Oppo F1 has a 5 inch LCD that offers HD resolution at 293 PPI pixel density. The display of Oppo F1 comes with Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Powered by Snapdragon 616 quad-core processor, the smartphone has 3 GB of RAM coupled with a 32 GB internal storage. You have the option to expand the memory by another 128 GB through a Hybrid slot.
Oppo F1 boasts of 16 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and a low light sensor. The major selling point for the device is its front camera that reads 8 MP in resolution. The front camera has a light-sensitive sensor to offer a perfect brightness for the selfies you are shooting. You have a 2500 mAh battery and a USB OTG functionality.
- Full metal unibody construction
- Excellent camera performance. The phone is a gem when it comes to low light photography.
- LED notification alerts.
- USB OTG
- Hybrid slot for expandable storage. You will need to sacrifice either dual SIM functionality or the expanded storage.
- Lack of fingerprint Almost all the devices in this price band now come with fingerprint scanners.
#5. Lenovo Zuk Z1
Lenovo Zuk Z1 can be an excellent choice at this price bracket, but the biggest issue with it is the availability. The smartphone is quite tough to find. If you can manage to put your hands on it, it indeed would be a great pick.
The biggest feature that should attract you to the Lenovo Zuk Z1 is its enormous internal storage capacity. The 64 GB internal storage at the price point under TRs. 15000 is indeed unbelievable and a great deal breaker. The Cyanogen OS which runs this gem of a device is the most customizable operating system currently available. With Cyanogen, you can expect regular updates.
- The device excels with its build and design.
- High end customisation options with Cyanogen OS
- Timely and regular updates and improvements.
- Good camera performance
- High internal storage
- No expandable storage
- The old processor can be an issue, though there are no such reports.
- Almost impossible to get one. This phone is available only through flash sales.
#6. Asus Zenfone 2
The phone sports most elegant design that is quite comfortable to hold and handle. AsusZenfone 2 is one of the best options with 4 GB RAM under Rs. 15000.
The Zenfone 2 is powered by Intel Atom quad-core processor, while PowerVR GF 6 GPU handles the graphics. The 4 GB RAM onboard the device makes it one of the best options for effective and efficient multitasking. The tests have indicated that it is a robust performer when it comes to high-end gaming, great web browsing or slicker multitasking.
The phone features a 5.5 inch full HD IPS LCD at 403 PPI pixel density. You will get a 16 MP rear camera with 4K video recording capabilities. The camera is excellent for low light photography. The 5 MP front snapper can record HD videos at 1080p. Battery capacity of the Asus Zenfone 2 reads 3000 mAh, and you can get more than a day’s backup with moderate usage patterns.
- Excellent build and design
- Massive 4 GB RAM.
- Great low light photography
- Fast charging
- Lacks fingerprint scanner which has become a standard component in the sub 15K segment.
- No 3G/ 4G connectivity on the second SIM.
#7. Lenovo Vibe K5 Note
Lenovo K5 Note is a device that takes a cue from Moto devices. Coming from Lenovo, it could be an excellent choice for your needs.
MediTek Helio octa-core processor powers the K5 Note.
Graphics are taken care of by Mali 1860 GPU.
The phone comes with 5.5 inch LCD and offers a full HD resolution at 401 PPI pixel density.
Lenovo Vibe K5 has got 32 GB internal storage capacity and 4 GB RAM which is more than enough for all your harshest of tasks. However, if you want more storage capacity, You can upgrade it up to 128 GB.
The K5 Note comes with a 13 MP rear camera capable of 4K videos. The camera boasts of phase detection autofocus technology that locks into focus in just under 0.1 seconds.
The front camera at 8 MP resolution produces some outstanding snaps.
- Whopping 4GB RAM
- Fingerprint scanner
- It supports 4G connectivity on both SIMs.
- High-end laser autofocus.
- Hybrid slot for expandable storage.
#8. Asus Zenfone Max
Though the phone gets marketed under the Max genre, it does not come with a massive display. The unique selling point of Asus Zenfone Max is its enormous battery capacity.
Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor powers Zenfone Max. You will get access to 3 GB of RAM coupled with a 32 GB internal storage. There is a dedicated expandable storage slot that can let you expand the memory further by another 64 GB. The Zenfone Max sports a screen size of 5.5 inches at HD resolution and a 294 PPI pixel density.
This device comes with a 13 MP rear and a 5 MP front shooters. The rear camera has a Toshiba sensor, laser autofocus and an image stabilisation option.
- Good performance.
- 5000 mAh battery capacity.
- Excellent camera performance in low light.
- No fast charging available
- No screen protection
- Lack of fingerprint scanner.
#9. Vivo V3
Vivo V3 is one of the good options on the 4G connectivity options on your smartphone. You can get 4G connectivity on both the SIMs on the Vivo V3.
Snapdragon 615 processor powers vivo V3. The device has 3 GB onboard RAM coupled with 32 GB of internal storage. Another 128 GB can further expand the storage capacity. Vivo V3 sports a 5 inch HD display at 294 PPI pixel density.
The smartphone has a 13 MP rear camera with laser autofocus and a 8 MP front camera. The rear camera supports voice shutter, beauty and night modes. Vivo claims that the camera can lock focus in just under 0.2 sec. The full metallic body is quite comfortable in handling the device.
The phone has a 2500 mAh battery that should be able to provide a full day’s backup. The fingerprint scanner on the device unlocks the phone within 0.3 sec.
- Faster fingerprint sensor performance.
- Decent camera.
- Metallic unibody design.
- Android 5.1 Lollipop.
#10. One Plus X
One Plus had a huge success with its One Plus One version which was launched a couple of years ago. Though it could not replicate the success with its subsequent launches, yet the one plus devices have always caused a huge appeal.
One Plus X sports a 5-inch display with full HD resolution. The OLED display technology makes it one of the outstanding devices in this price band with the incredible 441 PPI pixel density. The 3 GB RAM coupled with 16 GB internal storage is a good combination for an average user. The storage capacity can get extended to another 128 GB through microSD card.
The rear camera has a resolution of 16 MP while the front camera is of 8 MP resolution. The camera setup offers some decent snaps.
- AMOLED display. Unforeseen at this price band.
- Great value for money specs
- Excellent display quality
- Internal storage is just 16 GB.
- Android 5.1
- Lack of fingerprint
That would end our listing of best Smartphones under Rs.15000. Though we have taken care to cover all the genres of devices while compiling this listing, we may have missed some equally important alternatives. We do think that Lenovo Zuk Z1 is the best of both worlds, but difficult to get. The Xiaomi Mi Max offers great features, but the size of the device prohibits it from being a prime choice. Moto G4 Plus should be an ideal choice for most of us.
We would welcome our readers to share their opinions about the devices featured here. Do share your 10 best smartphones list so that we can update our list to reflect the popular choices.