“These are top smartphones priced under Rs 15,000 that are also available offline”
With Motorola and Xiaomi starting the trend of selling its smartphone exclusively online, the last couple of years saw almost all phone makers joining the online-only bandwagon. In fact, there was a time in the Indian handset market when most capable smartphones were available only online. However, the brands were quick to realise that there is a large user base in India who prefer to walk into a retail store and pick the smartphone of their choice. Now, the same brands – including Xiaomi – are ensuring that their smartphones are now available in physical stores. If you’re looking for such options, then here’s a list of top smartphones priced under Rs 15,000, which can be picked from retail stores near you.
The Lenovo-owned brand, Motorola launched the fifth generation of its Moto G series earlier this year with two models – Moto G5 (review) and Moto G5 Plus (review). The phones were only available exclusively on Flipkart initially, but now the brand has released the G5 Plus to offline retailers across the country. The device features a 5.2-inch full HD display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, mated to 3GB or 4GB of RAM. In the imaging department, the smartphone comes with a 12MP rear snapper and a 5MP front shooter. Out of the box, the phone runs Android Nougat in its stock iteration. The smartphone is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery, which can easily last a whole day. Motorola is offering the smartphone in 16GB and 32GB variants with price starting from Rs 13,999.
Gionee launched the selfie-centric A1 (first impressions) in India earlier this year, after introducing it at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona. The all-metal unibody device flaunts a 16-megapixel front-facing shooter with f/2.0 aperture, 5P lens and a selfie flash as its USP. It ships with a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. For software it gets Amigo 4.0 UI based on Android 7.0 Nougat and is fuelled by a 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor, mated to 4GB of RAM. The 64GB onboard storage on the handset can be further expanded up to 256GB using a microSD card. The primary camera on the device is a 13MP unit with phase detection autofocus and an LED flash. For power requirements, there is a 4,010mAh battery, which supports 18W rapid fast charging. The smartphone which retailed for Rs 19,999 initially is now available under Rs 15,000 and can be picked up from major retail outlets.
This stripped-down variant of the flagship Honor 8 (review) – the Honor 8 Lite (review) was launched by the brand in India back in May for a price tag of Rs 17,999. However, the device received a few price cuts and is now available under Rs 15,000 across major brick and mortar retail stores across the country. For the uninitiated, the glass sandwich design flaunting handset features a 5.2-inch LTPS full HD display with 2.5D curved glass on top. There is an octa-core Kirin 655 processor handling the performance, which has been mated to 4GB of RAM. For storage, it gets 64GB storage with support for up to 128GB microSD cards. Unlike the flagship variant, the Honor 8 Lite comes with a single 12-megapixel rear snapper with an LED flash and autofocus, and an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. The smartphone runs Android Nougat based EMUI 5.0 out of the box and is powered by a 3,000mAh battery.
Nokia 5 (review) is part of the comeback trio from the brand, which were launched under the aegis of HMD Global. From the very beginning, the handset was not meant for online sales but was made available as an offline exclusive by the brand. It can now be picked up for Rs 12,499. For those not in the know, the smartphone comes with a 5.2-inch display offering a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. The handset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, mated to 2GB of RAM. For graphics, there is Adreno 505 GPU. The phone offers 16GB of storage, a 13MP primary snapper, an 8MP front shooter, a fingerprint sensor, Android Nougat and a 3,000mAh battery. While the handset is not the most compelling one on paper, it brings stock Android to the mix with a promised upgrade to Oreo along with a sturdy build. And all you have to do is to walk to the nearest dealership and picks yours up.
The South-Korean handset maker, Samsung recently launched its latest J-series device called Galaxy J7 Prime in India. Since then, the smartphone has received a couple of price cuts and can now be picked up for Rs 13,000 or so from both offline and online channels. It comes with a large 5.5-inch display up front with full HD resolution. The performance on the device is driven by a 1.6GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 7890 processor, which comes accompanied by 3GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage. It runs the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the latest TouchWiz UI on top. In the imaging department, there is a 13-megapixel primary shooter with an LED flash, autofocus and f/1.9 aperture and an 8-megapixel front-facing snapper. The phone comes powered by a beefy 3,300 mAh battery. Like all other Samsung smartphones, this too can be picked up from major brick and mortar stores in the country.
This concludes our list of the top smartphones that are available in physical stores in India. While the price listed on the website might slightly vary from store to store, they are all available under Rs 15,000. Will you be heading out soon to pick one of these? Let us know in the comment section below.