Best compact phones to buy under Rs 15,000: October 2016 edition

Smartphones are getting larger by the year and people who prefer compact phones have fewer options now. The majority of smaller phones these days fall into the budget segment, but even among those, there are some that offer decent specs and great value for money. Here’s our roundup of the top compact phones (5.2-inches and smaller) that cost under Rs 15,000.

Honor 5C


One of the latest offerings from Honor, the Honor 5C (review) is a dual-SIM phone has impressive specifications at an affordable price. In the front is a compact 5.2-inch screen with full HD resolution. The Honor 5C has a 13MP rear sensor and an 8MP front shooter. Talking about performance, the device is powered by an octa-core Kirin 650 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI on top. It is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery. 

The Honor 5C is available in India through Flipkart for a price of around Rs 10,999.

Lenovo Vibe S1

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The Lenovo Vibe S1 (review) is a compact mid-ranger with a dual selfie camera setup. The front camera consists of 8MP and 2MP units, with the latter responsible for depth-sensing. It also has a 13MP camera at the back. Moving on to the other specifications of the phone, the Vibe S1 is powered by a Mediatek MT6752 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. In the front is a 5-inch full HD display. The phone ships with the older Android 5.0 Lollipop although a Marshmallow update was rolled out earlier this year.

The Lenovo Vibe S1 is available in India through Amazon for a price of Rs 9,999.

YU Yureka S


YU Televentures is the sub-brand of Micromax, and is known for creating phones with good specifications at attractive prices. Recently, the company announced its latest smartphone, the Yureka S, which is a compact device with similar specifications to its predecessor, the Yureka Plus (review).

The Yureka S runs is powered by a Snapdragon 615 processor and has 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The phone features a 5.2-inch full HD display, 13MP/5MP cameras and a 3,000mAh battery. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, but hasn’t been updated to Marshmallow yet.

The YU Yureka S is available in India through leading e-commerce websites for a price of around Rs 9,499.

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)


Keeping the mid-range market within its grasp, Samsung recently announced the 2016 variant of the Galaxy J5 (review) smartphone. The smartphone gets a 5.2-inch HD display, 13MP primary snapper and 5MP front camera. Moving on to the other specifications of the phone, the Galaxy J5 is equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and 2GB of RAM along with 16GB of expandable storage. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TouchWiz UI on top.

The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) is available in India through leading retailers for a price of around Rs 13,999. If a fingerprint scanner is among the features you’re looking for, you can also check out the Galaxy J5 Prime (first impressions), which is priced at Rs 14,790.

Gionee Marathon M5 Lite

Gionee Marathon M5 Lite

As is apparent from the name itself, the Marathon M5 Lite is a ‘lite’ variant of the original Marathon M5. The smartphone flaunts a 5-inch screen with 720p resolution. It packs in the Mediatek MT6735 processor, coupled with beefy 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. For shooting, it has an 8-meg shooter at the back, and a 5MP front-facing camera. The phone runs the older Android 5.1 Lollipop. The highlight of the phone is its 4,000mAh battery.

The Gionee Marathon M5 Lite can be picked up for a price tag of around Rs 12,500.

That brings us to the end of the list. Which is your favourite pick out of the lot? Or do you have one apart from these? Let us know in the comments section below.

Disclaimer: Prices are subject to change at the discretion of the retailer

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