“These handsets might be small in size but are big on performance”

The Korean handset maker, Samsung can be considered as the pioneer in the phablet segment with its original Galaxy Note, and since then phablets have been favourites of the masses. With streaming services going mobile and games getting better and better, it is but natural to covet a bigger display. However, there is still a large chunk of smartphone users who do not prefer oversized handsets and choose portability over size. If you are one of those, you are at the right place.

This list has been curated with selected smartphones which have 5.2-inch or smaller displays and come at a price tag under Rs 15,000.

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Moto G5 Plus

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 8 Lite


As a successor to the Honor 8 (review), the watered-down version, the Honor 8 Lite had some pretty big shoes to fill and it does manage to do that. While it is missing the dual camera setup of the elder sibling, the 12MP primary snapper and 8MP selfie shooter on this device are very capable. At its heart, the handset has an octa-core Kirin 655 chip working in tandem with 4GB RAM, which delivers a pretty smooth performance for the most part. The 5.2-inch full HD display on the front is pretty crisp and vibrant. The power required to run comes from a 3,000mAh battery, which can easily last a whole day on a single charge. Software-wise, the handset comes with Android Nougat based EMUI with a bunch of features and customisation options.

Related read: Honor 8 Lite review

Xiaomi Redmi 4

Xiaomi Redmi 4_11

Xiaomi Redmi 4 happens to be the most affordable handset from the brand and also the smallest with a 5-inch HD IPS LCD display on the front. Successor to the much lauded Redmi 3S Prime (review), the Redmi 4 has been able to live up to the legacy. At its core, there is 1.4GHz, octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor ticking along with 2GB of RAM. In the imaging department, the 13MP primary snapper and 5MP front camera hold the fort very well and produce some decent images in all lighting conditions. However, the best part is the 4,100mAh battery under the rear panel, which juices up the device for a day on an average.

Related read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 review

Lenovo Z2 Plus


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 among 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

Asus Zenfone 3

ASUS ZenFone 3 5.5 FB

Asus started gaining momentum in the smartphone market thanks to its Zenfone series, which offered handsets with great value for money. However, from the third generation onwards, the pricing went uphill and Zenfone 3 was launched in the Rs 20,000 – Rs 30,000 segment. But thanks to a slew of price cuts, the phone is now up for grabs under Rs 15,000. It has a 2GHz octa-core processor mated to 3GB of RAM chugging at its core. The display on the front measures 5.2-inch with full HD resolution, which is impressive. In the imaging department, a 16MP rear camera and 8MP selfie shooter have got the Zenfone 3 covered. The phone gets its juice from a 2,650mAh battery, which is slightly on a smaller side. Other salient features include 4G VoLTE, Gorilla Glass 3 and fingerprint scanner.

Related read: Asus Zenfone 3 review

These are some of the best smartphones available right now, which are not only powerful but quite easy to use with one hand. Which one is your pick? Let us know in the comment box below.

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