“Small on size, big on power… these are some of the best compact phones you can buy under Rs 15,000”
With smartphones being at the center of most of our digital needs, their screen sizes have become larger and larger with time. On the flipside however, people who prefer compact phones are left with just a handful of options, and even fewer if you’re on a tight budget. That said, even among these scarce options, there are some phones that can give quite a few of their competitors a run for their money.
So if you’re confused which compact phone to buy, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our roundup of the top compact phones (5.2-inches and smaller) that cost under Rs 15,000.
Moto G5 Plus (Rs 14,999)
One of the key differentiating factors between the Moto G4 Plus (review) and the recently-launched Moto G5 Plus is that the latter now sports a more compact 5.2-inch full HD canvas as compared to the phablet-sized 5.5-inch display of the former. But there’s more to the G5 Plus than just its display. The metal-clad smartphone rocks a Snapdragon 625 processor, aided by 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Moreover, with its 12MP rear camera, the phone is one of the best camera phones in its price range. Of course, if you prefer another gig of RAM and twice the internal storage, you can always opt for the higher specced variant that is priced Rs 2,000 higher.
Related read: Moto G5 Plus review
Honor 5C (Rs 10,999)
The Honor 5C is a dual-SIM device that comes with impressive specifications at an affordable price. On the front, the phone flaunts a 5.2-inch canvas with full HD resolution. The phone is powered by an octa-core Kirin 650 SoC with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. Talking about software, the phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI on top. Interested users can pick one up for themselves from Flipkart, which has bagged the exclusive rights to sell the device online.
Related read: Honor 5C review
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime (Rs 8,999)
The Redmi 3S Prime from Xiaomi is one device that promises to rock the budget space, right from the time it landed in India back in September last year. Not only does it come encased in a beautiful metal unibody design with a rear fingerprint scanner, but also boasts of smooth performance with its Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. All this in addition to the 5-inch 720p display up front, and the Redmi 3S Prime is an all-round device at an amazing price.
Related read: Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime review
Lenovo K6 Power (Rs 9,999 onwards)
The K6 Power from Lenovo brings performance and long battery-life in the palm of your hands. The 5-incher comes with full HD resolution, and is powered by a Snapdragon 430 SoC, aided by up to 4GB of RAM. Fueling the handset is a beefy 4,000mAh battery, while features like Dolby Atmos-powered speakers and 4G VoLTE support are welcome additions. The 3GB RAM variant of the smartphone is priced at Rs 9,999, while the 4GB RAM variant will go on sale from January 31st at a price tag of Rs 10,999.
Related read: Lenovo K6 Power first impressions
Lenovo Z2 Plus (Rs 14,999 onwards)
When you started reading this article, did you expect to find a smartphone powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor in the list? Well, that’s what the recent price cuts to the Lenovo Z2 Plus have resulted in. The Z2 Plus is probably the most powerful in our picks, coming with 3GB of RAM to help the powerful SoC. The 5-inch full HD display is a treat for people who prefer compact screens. A 3,500mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 fuels the device, while a 13MP / 8MP camera combo takes care of the optics.
Related read: Lenovo Z2 Plus review
nubia Z11 Mini (Rs 12,999)
The nubia Z11 Mini is another 5-incher that comes with full HD resolution. However, what sets it apart from the competition is its highly impressive 16MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. The brand has built the device around an interesting design, making the Z11 Mini look quite appealing to the eye. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 617 processor, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.
Finally, you can buy a smartphone that not only fits your pocket, but is also easy to operate with one hand. Which of these is your pick? Do let us know in the comment section below.