“These are the best value for money phones under Rs 15,000”
Nowadays people are spoilt for choice while figuring out an ideal smartphone priced under Rs 15,000. With the influx of Chinese brands, the segment is now flooded with a lot of options. So, to help you pick out a perfect daily driver, we have put together a list of the top five phones priced under Rs 15,000.
The Honor 6X is the latest mid-range offering from Huawei’s sub-brand. Its main highlight is the dual rear camera setup located the rear. The metal-clad unibody phone makes use of 12MP and 2MP sensors to capture an image that boasts of high depth of field. Interestingly, it also offers the ability to adjust the focus manually after shooting an image. The dual rear shooter is also equipped with PDAF for faster focussing. At the front, the 6X sports an 8MP selfie shooter. Juicing the phone up is a 3,340mAh battery which will last you a day of use.
The phablet sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display with 2.5D curved glass. The Honor 6X is fuelled by the in-house Kirin 655 octa-core processor and Mali T830MP2 GPU. It comes in two variants priced at Rs 13,999 and Rs 15,999, featuring 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, and 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, respectively. It currently runs Android Marshmallow 6.0 with EMUI 4.0 on top, and will be readily upgradeable to Nougat.
Related read: Honor 6X review
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 had its task cut out as it had to carry forward the legacy of the highly-successful Redmi Note 3, and it seems to be doing that quite well. Xiaomi has announced three different variants of the Redmi Note 4 in India – 2GB RAM / 32GB storage, 3GB RAM / 32GB storage and 4GB RAM / 64GB storage. These models are priced at Rs 9,999, Rs 10,999 and Rs 12,999 respectively.
Xiaomi has replaced the Snapdragon 650 octa-core chip inside the Redmi Note 3 with a more efficient Snapdragon 625 processor. Combined with its beefy 4,100mAh battery, the phone delivers impressive battery life. The cameras have also received a much-needed update. It now comes with 13MP f/2.0 unit with Phase Detection Autofocus sensor and dual-tone LED flash. It packs a 5MP f/2.0 front camera that’s capable of recording full HD (1080p) videos.
Related Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Review
The Moto G5 Plus was unveiled at MWC 2017 held at Barcelona. The device comes with a 5.2 inch full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top. Unlike its predecessor, the smartphone rocks a metal unibody construction that’s slightly curved towards the edges at the rear. Powering the Moto G5 Plus is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor and 3GB RAM. As for storage, the Moto G5 Plus comes with 16GB of internal memory (the variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced slightly higher) along with support for microSD card up to 256GB in size. The USP of the Moto G5 Plus is its Sony IMX362 backed 12MP f/1.7 rear camera. This shooter comes equipped with a PDAF sensor and a dual LED flash. Apart from that, the smartphone packs a 3,000mAH battery with fast charging and promises fast Android updates.
Related Read: Moto G5 Plus Review
Initially launched in India at a starting price of Rs 17,999, this smartphone is now available at a markedly lower price of roughly Rs 10,000. This makes it the most affordable Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-powered smartphone in India. It offers 3GB DDR4 RAM and 32GB internal storage. There’s a 64GB variant too with 4GB of RAM onboard, available for around Rs 13,500. Up front, the Lenovo Z2 Plus sports a 5 inch IPS LTPS display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, while the rectangular fingerprint sensor is located just below it. As for the cameras, the Lenovo Z2 Plus packs a 13MP f/2.2 rear camera with PDAF and LED flash. It’s worth noting that the smartphone misses out on OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation), which was available on its predecessor.
Related read: Lenovo Z2 Plus review
The Cool1 Dual is the first phone resulting from the partnership between Coolpad and LeEco. Just like the Honor 6X, the most interesting feature of the Coolpad Cool 1 Dual is the presence of dual rear cameras. The handset packs a dual 13MP f/2.0 rear camera with Phase Detection Autofocus and a dual-LED flash. The r ear camera is capable of shooting 4K videos at 30 fps. The mid-ranger also packs an 8MP f/2.2 front camera with a wide-angle lens.
Externally, the Coolpad Cool1 Dual look a lot like the LeEco Le2 (review). The design similarities are especially prominent when it comes to the front panel of the Cool1 Dual. To the front of the smartphone lies a 5.5 inch full HD IPS LCD display flanked by a set of capacitive buttons below, along with an earpiece and a set of sensors above. Powering the Coolpad Cool1 Dual is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM. As for storage, the mid-range phablet comes with 32GB of onboard storage. Those looking for more storage space wouldn’t be quite happy with the Cool1 Dual as the smartphone misses out on a microSD card slot. Another key aspect of the smartphone is its battery. It packs a 4,060mAh non-removable battery that comes with support for Qualcomm’s proprietary Quick Charge technology.
Related Read: Coolpad Cool1 Dual Review
These are the top 5 smartphones that have been priced under Rs 15,000 or have slipped in this segment owing to price cuts. If these handsets do not meet your requirements, give a look at Honor 8 Lite (review) and Lenovo P2 (review) as well. What are your thoughts on these devices? Let us know in the comment box below.