Best phones under 15,000 rupees in India

Companies like Xiaomi, Motorola, and more recently Honor and Nokia have changed the game in India with budget-friendly smartphones that offer impressive performance and features. This has given rise to a whole new budget category in India.

If you’re looking for the best phones under 15,000 rupees, here are your best options!


Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro

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Xiaomi’s latest smartphones have proven to be extremely popular in India. The Pro model sold out in a few seconds during its first sale and the devices remain quite difficult to get your hands on. The weekly flash sale tends to end in minutes even now, particularly for the impressive Xioami Redmi Note 5 Pro.

The Redmi Note 5 comes with a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 625 chipset and has 4GB of RAM. A version with 3GB of RAM is also available but retails for less than 10,000 rupees. This mid-ranger also comes with a single camera on the back, a 5MP selfie snapper, and a large 4,000mAh battery. It ships with the older Android Nougat on board but should be upgraded to Oreo somewhere down the line.

The Pro iteration comes with the new Snapdragon 636 chipset under the hood  backed by either 4 or 6GB of RAM (The 6GB iteration falls outside the limits of this list though). It’s equipped with a dual-camera setup featuring 12 and 5MP sensors for capturing those popular bokeh images. The handset also features a selfie snapper with a higher resolution at 20MP. All other specs including the display, battery, and OS are the same as the Redmi Note 5.

The Redmi Note 5 retails for 11,999 rupees, while the Pro model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage can be yours for 13,999 rupees. Xiaomi has been ruling the roost in the budget smartphone game recently, and their latest devices are easily some of the best phones under 15,000 rupees! 

Specs

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

  • 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 2160 x 1080 resolution.
  • 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor.
  • Adreno 506 GPU.
  • 4GB of RAM.
  • 64GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB.
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash.
  • Dual SIM (dual standby).
  • 4,000mAh battery.
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat.
  • 158.5 x 75.45 x 8.05mm, 180 grams.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

  • 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 2160 x 1080 resolution.
  • 1.8 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor.
  • Adreno 509 GPU.
  • 4/6GB of RAM.
  • 64GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB.
  • 12 and 5MP rear cameras, 20MP front-facing camera with LED flash.
  • Dual SIM (dual standby).
  • 4,000mAh battery.
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat.
  • 158.6 x 75.4 x 8.1mm, 181 grams.

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Honor 7X

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Like its predecessor, the Honor 7X offers a great price-performance ratio and essentially replaces it in this list of best phones under 15,000 rupees. The mid-range smartphone features a 5.93-inch Full HD+ display, with an 18:9 aspect ratio. You’ll find the Kirin 659 chipset and 4GB of RAM under the hood along with 32 or 64GB of storage.

The device has a gorgeous metal body and sports thin bezels around the display. It’s equipped with a dual-camera setup on the back, allowing you to add the bokeh effect to images. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the back, but you can also unlock the device via facial recognition — although the scanner is a more secure option.

The dual-SIM handset packs a 3,340mAh battery and is IP67 rated for protection against water and dust. It runs Android 7.1 Nougat with the EMUI skin on top and comes in black, blue, or gold. You can get it on Amazon for 12,999 rupees for the version of 32GB of built-in storage.

Specs

  • 5.93-inch IPS LCD display with 2160 x 1080 resolution.
  • 2.36 GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor.
  • Mali-T830 MP2.
  • 4GB of RAM.
  • 32/64GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB.
  • 16 and 2MP rear cameras, 8MP front-facing camera.
  • Dual SIM (dual standby).
  • 3,340mAh battery.
  • Android 7.0 Nougat.
  • 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6mm, 165 grams.

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Nokia 6

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This the older version of this handset with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which launched in India back in August last year. The 2018 edition of the Nokia 6 bumps up the RAM to 4GB and doubles the storage, but its price puts it outside the purview of this list of best phones under 15,000 rupees.

Aside from the RAM and storage, the two variants of the smartphone are identical. The Nokia 6 sports a 5.5-inch display with Full HD resolution. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio and rather thick bezels, which make it look dated compared to a few other devices on this list.

The handset is powered by the Snapdragon 430 chipset and features a 16MP rear camera with PDAF, dual-tone LED flash and f/2.0 aperture. The selfie snapper has an 8MP sensor. Other specs and features include a 3,000mAh battery, Android Nougat, and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. The smartphone is priced at 12,999 rupees. 

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution.
  • 1.4 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor.
  • Adreno 505.
  • 3GB of RAM.
  • 32GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 128GB.
  • 16MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera.
  • Dual SIM (dual standby).
  • 3,000mAh battery.
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
  • 154 x 75.8 x 7.9mm, 169 grams.

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Moto G5s Plus

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Lenovo and Motorola can be credited with revolutionizing the budget-friendly smartphone space with their Moto G series. It’s no surprise these phones have proven to be their biggest sellers. Things have only gotten better year after year, but this time, Motorola didn’t wait as long to release the latest edition. While the 5th generation of the phone was only released earlier in 2017, it has already been upended by its own “S” iteration with the Moto G5s Plus.

The Moto G5s Plus brings significant improvements over the Moto G5 Plus across the board, including a full metal construction as opposed to the composite build of the latter, and a display that has been bumped up to 5.5 inches from 5.2 inches. While the processing package, RAM, and battery are the same, the internal storage has been doubled to 64 GB.

However, the big change here is in the camera setup, with the Moto G5s Plus featuring dual 13MP rear cameras, which looks similar to what is available Motorola’s high-end offerings. The front camera has also seen a bump up to 8MP from 5MP and packs in a front-facing flash as well.

Available in blush gold and lunar grey, the Moto G5s Plus is currently priced at Rs 14,449, putting it just within the range of being considered one of the best phones under 15,000 rupees. 

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution.
  • 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor.
  • Adreno 506 GPU.
  • 4GB of RAM.
  • 64GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB.
  • Two 13MP rear cameras, 5MP front-facing camera with front flash.
  • Dual SIM (dual standby).
  • 3,000mAh battery.
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
  • 153.5 x 76.2 x 8mm, 168 grams.

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Samsung Galaxy On Max/Galaxy J7 Max

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The Samsung Galaxy On Max is exclusive to India, but it’s essentially a rebranded Galaxy J7 Max, which is also available in the country. The only real difference between the two is that the Galaxy J7 Max comes with Samsung’s Smart Glow Ring which is placed around the rear camera.

The LED ring glows different colors based on your settings and can let you know about priority notifications and battery status. It can also help you take the perfect selfie or tell you when a person who you’ve handed your phone to navigates away from the page shown to them.

It is an interesting feature, but if it doesn’t pique your interest, the Samsung Galaxy On Max comes without the Smart Glow ring. Everything else is the same between the two, including the 5.7-inch Full HD display, an impressive rear shooter with a f/1.7 aperture to allow for good photos in low light conditions, and support for Samsung Pay Mini.

The Samsung Galaxy On Max and Galaxy J7 Max were more expensive before, but are now both priced at 14,900 rupees, making them worthy additions to this list of best phones under 15,000 rupees. 

Specs

  • 5.7-inch PLS LCD display with a Full HD resolution.
  • 2.4 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor.
  • Mali-T880MP2 GPU.
  • 4GB of RAM.
  • 32GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD card up to 256GB.
  • 13MP rear camera (f/1.7 aperture), 13MP front-facing camera (f/1.9 aperture).
  • Dual SIM (dual standby).
  • 3,300mAh battery.
  • Android 7.0 Nougat.
  • 156.7 x 78.8 x 8.1mm, 179 grams.

Lenovo K8 Note

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Lenovo launched three generations of their K Note series last year that were all part of previous best phones under 15,000 rupees lists, but there has been quite a long break for its latest iteration to launch in India. It has definitely been worth the wait though. The Lenovo K8 Note is the first affordable smartphone from the company to feature a dual camera setup.

The device retains the full-metal construction and general design language of its predecessors, but the highlight here is the dual camera setup, with a 13MP main sensor and a 5MP sensor to capture depth information. Lenovo also decided to do away with their Vibe UI in favor of stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which keeps the overall experience smooth and lag free. The device also packs a large battery that keeps the phone running for a good amount of time.

There are two versions of the phone available, one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage and one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, priced at 11,749 rupees and 12,400 rupees respectively.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD resolution.
  • 2.3 GHz deca-core Helio X23 processor.
  • Mali-T880MP4 GPU.
  • 3/4GB of RAM.
  • 32/64GB of internal storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB.
  • 13MP + 5MP rear camera (f/1.7 aperture), 13MP front-facing camera with front flash.
  • Dual SIM (dual standby).
  • 4,000mAh battery.
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
  • 154.5 x 75.9 x 8.5mm, 180 grams.

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Honor 9 Lite

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Honor was one of the first companies to introduce budget-friendly smartphones with dual rear camera setups in India. Now, the Honor 9 Lite brings dual cameras to the front as well.

The Honor 9 Lite ticks all the right boxes for what we expect from the best phones under 15,000 rupees. You get a beautiful design that looks far more premium than its price would suggest. It’s got a trendy 18:9 display. The phone is also running the latest version of Android, which is uncommon in the budget market.

The key feature of the Honor 9 Lite is its dual camera setups on both its front and back. Both have a primary 13MP sensor, with a 2MP to capture depth information for those great looking bokeh shots. An LED flash is also available up front, so you can really take some great looking selfies.

There are two versions of the Honor 9 Lite available. One comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. The other comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. They are priced at 10,999 rupees and 14,999 rupees respectively.

Specs

  • 5.65-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution.
  • 2.36 GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor.
  • Mali-T830 MP2 GPU.
  • 3/4GB RAM.
  • 32/64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot).
  • 13MP + 2MP front-facing and rear cameras.
  • dual SIM (dual standby, hybrid slot).
  • 3,000mAh battery.
  • Android 8.0 Oreo.
  • 151 x 71.9 x 7.6mm, 149 grams.

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Micromax Canvas Infinity Pro

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Dual cameras and displays with an 18:9 aspect ratio are the dominant trends in the smartphone world right now, and Micromax isn’t one to be left behind in this key category of best phones under 15,000 rupees. The Micromax Canvas Infinity Pro is an upgraded version of the Canvas Infinity, and brings everything we’ve come to expect from a current generation affordable smartphone.

The device earns its Pro moniker by featuring a slightly better processing package, bumping up the RAM to 4GB, and coming with double the storage of its sibling. The design has also been refined further, to make for a great looking device. The highlight, however, is its excellent front-facing dual camera setup. The camera has a 20 MP primary sensor, with an 8MP sensor generally used for depth information. The 8MP lens is also a wide angle shooter, which can be used for taking group selfies as well.

The only real letdown with the Canvas Infinity Pro is its 1440 x 720 display resolution. Pretty much every other device in this price range comes with a Full HD or Full HD+ screen. The Micromax Canvas Infinity Pro is currently priced at 11,999 rupees.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 1440 x 720 resolution.
  • 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor.
  • Adreno 505 GPU.
  • 4GB RAM.
  • 64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 128GB (dedicated slot).
  • 20MP + 8MP dual front-facing cameras, 16MP rear camera.
  • dual SIM (dual standby).
  • 3,000mAh battery.
  • Android 8.0 Oreo.
  • 152.3 x 72.8 x 8.3mm, 170 grams.

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Looking for more phones available in India? Be sure to check out our best phones guide, as well as our guides on best phones under 10,000 RSBest phones under Rs 20,000 in India, and best phones under 30,000 RS.

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