Eager to know what are the best phones under 15000? If you are, then you are lucky as on this page you are going to know all about them.
Today we are going to take a look at the best offerings of different brands. These smartphones are not only gonna have powerful specifications but also will not make a big hole in your pockets.
All of these smartphones are selected through keen knowledge and after going through different expert reviews. They are not the perfect devices but they are the best you can buy at this price range.
Please keep in mind that different people have a varying lifestyle and similarly different needs from a smartphone. So, it is on you to decide whether a particular smartphone is suitable for you or not.
Best Phones under 15000
|Device||SoC, RAM||Best Buy|
|Redmi Note 5 Pro|
|SD636, 4GB||Check Price|
|Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1||SD636, 4GB||Check Price|
|OPPO Realme 1|
|HelioP60, 6GB||Check Price|
|Moto G5s Plus||SD625, 4GB||Check Price|
|Honor 9 Lite||Kirin659, 4GB||Check Price|
|Vivo Y83||HelioP22, 4GB||Check Price|
|Samsung Galaxy J6||Exynos7870, 3GB||Check Price|
Redmi Note 5 Pro – Overall the Winner
It is a really tough job to maintain the number 1 spot in the mid-range smartphone market. Xiaomi has done it, they’ve overthrown Samsung from its spot thanks to their really good pricing. Note 5 Pro’s price may have increased but it is still the best one on this list and I do recommend it.
A good thing to notice in this device is the big 4000mAh battery which would give enough power for a whole. It will last even with high-end usage including heavy apps like facebook. It will last you about 5 hours or so with PubgM gameplay alongside using discord. But there is a major drawback about it as it takes more than 3 hours to charge completely.
We are though living in an era full of 18:9 display and the Redmi Note 5 Pro has that too. It features a 5.99 Inch Full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 2160×1080 pixels. Worries are gone thanks to the 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass on top which ensures display safety. Top of the display, we have an earpiece, couple of sensors and a front-facing camera. There’s one thing though, a handful of shipments come with a warm-toned display coming from a different manufacturer.
Note 5 Pro has an ergonomic design and easy to hold thanks to the curves at the edges. We have volume rockers and power button on the right-hand side. The back carries a dual camera setup alongside an LED and a fingerprint sensor. Although the design is quite a bit generic the quality of build is not compromised at all. This doesn’t carry a metal unibody as the antenna bands sandwich the plastic.
Performance wise, the core’s equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 coupled with the Adreno 509 graphics processor. On the memory front, we get 4GB or 6GB RAM and 64Gb or 128GB internal storage respectively. This performs the best in this price range thanks to the Adreno GPU as well. PUBG runs really well on HDR mode at high frame rate without any major stutter.
For the camera, the primary dual-camera setup at the back will blow your expectations. Technically, it has an iPhone-ish camera setup with a 12MP+5MP RGB sensors where the 5MP sensor is only for depth detection. The 12MP sensor has an aperture of f/2.2 and pixel size of 1.25 microns. The secondary 5Mp sensor has an aperture f/2.0 and 1.12microns pixel size. Also, there’s an extraordinary 20MP camera that clicks very good selfies.
This front-facing camera also comes with AI aided beautify 4.0 which satisfies the hunger of younger people for selfies. The primary setup doesn’t slack as well. It takes impressive portrait shots with really good edge detection at this budget. For software, it ships with Android 7.1.1 Nougat topped with the MIUI9 skin. It is anticipated to receive Android 8.0 Oreo with the MIUI 10 skip on top.
|Display||5.99 Inch FHD+, 2.5D Curved Gorilla Glass|
|Chipset||1.8Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636|
|Storage||4GB RAM, 64GB Storage|
|Primary Camera||12MP+5MP Dual Cameras, Dual LED Flash|
|Secondary Camera||20MP Front-facing Camera, F/2.2|
|Operating System||Android 7.1.2 Nougat, MIUI9|
|Battery||4000 mAh Li-Po Battery|
- Best camera for this budget.
- Best front-facing camera.
- Fast and snappy performance.
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
- MIUI is agressive with background.
- Charging takes too long.
- Hybrid SIM slot.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 – Best Battery Backup
Want to buy the Redmi Note Pro 5 like device with stock android, cheaper and can adjust on camera? Then Zenfone Max Pro M1 is your go to. It is the most reasonable and worthy device from the house of Asus since past few years. Yes, it is also being loved by lots of smartphone fans. We think Asus is serious about this device as we’ve already got a bunch of software fixes and promised bi-monthly security patches.
This device ships with Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box. It is a good selling point as the ZenUI is not so good to use on a daily basis. Although it is mostly stock Android there are a few tweaks baked-in by the brand which makes it a kind of a modded ROM. We’ve already seen many software fixes since the launch which hints a possible Android P upgrade in the near future.
Performance is an aspect where Zenfone Max Pro M1 holds its ground against the Note 5 Pro. In some cases, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 performs a tad better than the Note 5 pro except for the aggressive background check that the MIUI has. Going technical, we get a Snapdragon 636 processor alongside the Adreno 509 graphics processor just as the Note 5 Pro. In case of this device, we have 3 storage variants though; 3GB/ 32GB, 4GB/ 64Gb, and the highest variant being 6GB/ 64GB. It handles everything you throw at it without any problem and gaming is a delight on it thanks to Adreno 509.
There is a massive 5000mAh battery which is made of lithium polymer. I can’t overstate how good the battery backup of this device is and it’s definitely the best specification of the smartphone. We’ve got about 8 hours of screen time with continuous usage of PUBG alongside Discord. This is the best juice packed device which you can get at this budget.
The camera is where this mobile takes a big punch in the face. As it runs on an almost stock Android it has Snapdragon camera as the default one. It comes with a dual-camera primary setup at the back where we have a 13MP sensor with an aperture of F/2.2. It clearly shoes sign of clicking bad pictures in low-lit areas. There’s also a 5MP F/2.4 secondary sensor for capturing depth information for portraits. Also, we can see an 8MP front-facing camera with an aperture of F/2.2 and it does not take any decent selfies. Not the worst ones, but at this budget, the cameras are just about average.
On the front, we have a pretty 5.99 Inches FHD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The screen resolution is at 2160×1080 pixels with the pixel density being 402 PPI. It’s a responsive display with viewable brightness under sunlight. What’s not cool is that this display is not protected by any tough glass like Gorilla or a Dragontrail.
|Display||5.99 Inch FHD+, 18:9 Aspect Ratio|
|Chipset||1.8Ghz Snapdragon 636, Adreno 509|
|Storage||4GB RAM, 64GB Storage|
|Primary Camera||13MP+5MP Dual Cameras, 1.12Microns|
|Secondary Camera||8MP Front-facing Camera, Selfie Flash|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Battery||5000 mAh Li-Po Battery|
- Massive battery capacity.
- Very good charging speed.
- Pure Android experience.
- Optimized and fast performance.
- Average camera performance.
- No protection for the display.
OPPO Realme 1 – Faster than the Rest
OPPO has entered the budget and mid-range markets with sensible devices under the brand name Realme. Yeah, we know what the brand’s name sounds similar to but it’s not a big deal. It is to be appreciated that they have launched a really fast smartphone with a reasonable price. It is almost surprising as OPPO tends to over-price their smartphones often.
Software-wise, this phone ships with the heavily-themed Android skin by Oppo. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with ColorOS 5.0 skip on top. Although the user-interface is smooth and snappy it does make you feel tight with elemental crowding. It does give you an iOS look-alike operating system with an Android base. It sure is not the best skin for bringing out the best possible performance out of a powerful chipset that the device carries.
Enough with the OS, let’s move on to its battery and here’s where the ColorOS holds its ground. It carries a 3410mAh battery which might sound smaller but doesn’t let you down. It may have something to do with the OS optimization that leads to an impressive battery performance. This device takes anywhere from 2.5hours to almost 3hours to charge fully from 0% battery. The battery is another asset of Realme 1 which will last you for a full day of usage.
On the camera front, we just have a single camera setup at the back. It might sound a little bit wacky but trust me the AI capabilities almost make up for the non-existence of a secondary camera. It clicks tab bit better portraits compared to devices like Honor 9 Lite thanks to the AI edge-detection. Actually, we can take the Pixel2 as an example for the Single camera being better than a dual camera setup. It is equipped with a 13MP rear camera alongside an LED flash and an 8MP camera at the front. The selfie camera can also click portrait selfies, again thanks to the AI algorithm the chipset comes with.
Regarding the performance, we have the much anticipated MediaTek Helio P60 at the core. It is made using 12nm manufacturing process just like the premium chipsets we see in the market. It also is a chipset that comes with AI compatibility. This CPU is coupled Malo-G72 MP3 graphics processor which is above average at best. Although gaming is better on the Redmi Note 5 Pro which has an Adreno GPU the Helio P60 wins clearly against SD636 when pitted against each other. As a matter of fact, the Helio P60 scored a whopping 138,326 points in AnTuTu compared to 105,369 points of the SD636 chipset.
The Realme 1 sports a 6.0 Inches FullHD+ LCD display with a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels. It features a pixel density of about 402 PPI and has an 18:9 aspect ratio. The color reproduction is quite vibrant, but the disappointment comes at viewing angles. It is a rather reflective display and has no third-party protection on top.
Build quality is also an impressive angle we could experience from this device. There were no major compromises made regarding the build except for replacing the fingerprint sensor with face unlocking. As it achieved through software and machine learning it’s not really the most secure way to go.
|Display||6.0 Inch FHD+, 403 PPI Density|
|Chipset||2.0Ghz MediaTek Helio P60, Mali-G72|
|Storage||6GB RAM, 128GB Storage|
|Primary Camera||13MP Camera, 1.12Microns Size|
|Secondary Camera||8MP Selfie Camera, F/2.2|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Nougat, ColorOS 5.0|
|Battery||3410 mAh Li-Ion Battery|
- Fastest performing device.
- above average cameras.
- Gorgeous rear design.
- Best value for money.
- 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage.
- No dual-camera setup.
- Battery backup is average.
Moto G5S Plus – Build Quality Uncompromised
Moto G5s Plus is the first device in the ‘G’ series to feature a dual camera setup. It sure one of the best performing dual-camera in this budget. This phone is not at all going with the trend of a bezel-less design or a display with 18:9 aspect ratio. On the other hand, it does not slack in any other aspect of the quality we expect from Motorola as a brand.
It features a 5.5 Inch Full high-definition IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 16:9. It carries a screen resolution of 1080×1920 pixels with the pixel density being 401 PPI. It is a gorgeous display to look at with good color reproduction. It gets bright enough to be viewable comfortably under broad daylight. This brilliant display is protected thanks to the Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The build is the best though when compared to other smartphones in this budget segment. It has a rather generic design that doesn’t give out a modern look to the consumers. The front being dominated by its display with a front fingerprint sensor which also doubles as a multipurpose button. Above the display, we can witness the Moto logo alongside the traditional earpiece, a selfie camera and a couple of sensors. Turning over, we see a horizontal camera setup at the top just the antenna bands and below that setup, it sports a dual-LED flash. It retains the aesthetically pleasing Moto dimple we love.
On software handle, this G5s Plus runs on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box with a planned upgrade towards Android 8.0 Oreo. Another best thing about the software is we get a pure Android experience with not OS adulteration that most of the brands do. It’s a fast, smooth and snappy user experience.
There is a 3000mAh lithium-Ion battery which is fixed in place. Though it does not deliver the best battery performance we could have expected. It is maybe because the stock Android does not get aggressive with background app activity. We also can see that in general, the battery capacity is comparatively lower than the competition. Good thing is, we have support for fast charging which will make up for the average battery backup. This’ the only device supporting fast charge at this price.
Camera wise, the Moto G5s Plus sports a dual camera setup at the rear. Each of the cameras has a sensor size of 13Megapixels with an aperture of F/2.0. Thanks to the wider aperture we have good looking images produced in low-lit conditions. The secondary sensor at the back is solely used for depth sensing and it performs very well at that. It clicks above average portraits with good edge-detection. Also, there is an 8MP front-facing camera again with an aperture of F/2.0 and an Led flash.
The Performance of this mobile is as good as the Mi A1 or even better when compared. It ships with Snapdragon 625 chipset at the core clocked at 2.0Ghz coupled with Adreno 506 graphics processor. We get 3GB or 4GB of RAM alongside 32Gb or 64GB of internal storage respectively.
|Display||5.5 Inch FHD LCD, Gorilla Glass 3|
|Chipset||2.0Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa|
|Storage||4GB RAM, 64GB Storage|
|Primary Camera||113MP+13MP Dual Cameras, F/2.0|
|Secondary Camera||8MP Secondary Camera, LED Flash|
|Operating System||Android 7.1 Nougat, Pure Stock|
|Battery||3000 mAh Li-Ion Battery|
- Above average cameras.
- Very good build quality.
- Pure Android 7.1 Nougat.
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
- Front fingerprint sensor.
- An outdated processor.
- Old design, aspect ratio 16:9.
- Poor battery performance.
Honor 9 Lite – Elegant Looks and Cameras
After the Success of Honor 6X previous year, Huawei is back in the mid-range market with its new entrant Honor 9 Lite. The brand has also released Honor 7X which wasn’t showered with much love from the audience. It shows Huawei has been listening to their customers and launched a device which would be titled bang for the buck.
Looks wise, there is no competition for the Honor 9 Lite in this budget. It is the most gorgeous and elegant looking phone that’ll give you the feeling you get from flagship devices. It has beautifully constructed glass body with 2.5D curved which adds to its ergonomics and the front/back glass sandwiches the aluminum chassis. It is though very slippery to hold and a definite fingerprint magnet.
Alongside its display, we have a dual-camera setup with earpiece and sensors at the top. The bottom chin doesn’t have anything except the Honor logo. At the rear end, we have a dual-camera setup with an LED flash beside it and a fingerprint scanner right below.
On performance ground, this smartphone isn’t the best we could get. The HiSilicon Kirin 659 may perform really good while handles app usage and daily tasks but struggles a lot at gaming front. You will notice frame drops even at the lowest setting while playing PUBG. This might be because of the graphics processor inside being Mali-T830 MP2 not being as capable compared to the Adreno. It does go very easy on the battery though, which honestly is a good thing considering its battery capacity.
Storage wise, we have two variants and while the base variants hips with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage the high-end variant ships with 4GB of RAM and 64Gb of internal storage. It comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with the EMUI8.0 skin on top. EMUI does have its perks like RAM optimization and battery efficiency but it is a messy skin to have on your phone. It’s not the aesthetically pleasing user-interface but you’ll have to make do with it anyway. Not the worst skin on this list though.
The camera might seem the best one you could get this list on paper, but the performance speaks otherwise. It does have a really good camera setup at the front and back but it’s not the most impressive. Even though have a physical camera for depth sensing, the Portraits aren’t as sharp or have a good edge-detection when compared to the competition. Keeping the portraits aside, the detail and color reproduction is impressive. On the other hand, the front-facing camera is really good. It is only second to that of Redmi Note 5 pro which has a 20MP one. Portrait selfies are good though.
It features a 5.65 Inches IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2160×1080. It’s a FullHD display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and pixel density being at 428 PPI. Don’t take the glass for granted as it’s not covered with any protection. If you drop it, you lose it. So, better snap a case to it.
|Display||5.65 Inch FHD+, 428 PPI Density|
|Chipset||HiSilicon Kirin 659 Chipset, Mali-T830|
|Storage||4GB RAM, 64GB Storage|
|Primary Camera||13MP+2MP Dual Cameras, LED Flash|
|Secondary Camera||13MP+2MP Dual Camera Setup|
|Operating System||Android 8.0 Oreo, EMUI 8.0|
|Battery||3000 mAh Li-Po Battery|
- Best looking smartphone.
- Latest Android 8.0 Oreo.
- Responsive and Smooth UI.
- Good selfie camera setup.
- Portrait mode is just crap.
- Glass is not protected.
- Performance is just average.
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