10 Best Android Phones under 15000 Rs (January 2016)
Looking for the best smartphone under 15000 Rs? Then it can be a very confusing task as the 15000 Rs price range includes many good and different types of phones from reputed international brands as well as the popular Indo-Chinese brands. Actually, having lots of choices is a good thing but it also makes it difficult to decide the best one. So to ease out your confusion, I have written the latest ranking of 10 Best Android Phones under 15000 Rs for the month of January. Apart from the rankings, I have also mentioned which phone will be suitable for which types of users so, read it and choose the best one for you.
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From the last 2 years, every month hundreds of readers of ‘Best Tech Guru’ comment and ask me which phone they should choose from the crowded market. Which has enabled me to better understand the requirements and view-point of the buyers. So with this experience, I have tried to make this list even more helpful for you but, if you still have any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments section at the end. 🙂
So, let’s take a look at the Best Phone Under 15000 Rs:
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1. Lenovo Vibe P1:
The Lenovo Vibe P1 is another great phone from Lenovo, it is offering an amazing package at a very good price. The first thing to talk about the phone is its massive 4900 mAh battery which gives a great battery backup and on top of it, its quick charging feature can charge the phone in just 60 minutes, claims the company. Moreover, you can use this phone to charge other phones also. When it comes to design, the phone looks beautiful and has got metallic (aluminium) sides and back and feels premium. It has also got a dedicated physical key on one side to switch to ‘Ultra Power Saver Mode’. The phone weighs 189 grams and is definitely on the heavier side but the big battery more than makes up for it. On the front it has got a physical home key below the screen which also acts as the fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor works very well and gives you added security options and other features. The phone sports a 5.5 inches Full HD display with 401 ppi pixel density and comes protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The display quality is very good. The Vibe P1 is powered by the Snapdragon 615 Octa Processor coupled with 2 GB RAM and delivers good performance. It features a 13 MP rear camera with PDAF (Phase Detect Auto Focus), zero shutter lag, Dual LED flash and a 5 MP front camera. The picture quality of both the cameras is good. It runs on the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop with Lenovo’s Vibe UI on top. Lenovo has also improved its Vibe UI, which now comes with more features and also includes the option to arrange your icons in an App drawer like Stock Android. The phone comes with Dual sim and 4G support on both sims. It has got 32 GB internal storage which is expandable upto 128 GB and, also supports USB OTG. Overall, we have seen many big battery phones but the Lenovo Vibe P1 doesn’t only offer a massive battery but also comes with a fingerprint sensor, premium metallic design and powerful performance. It is truly a great package and undoubtedly the best phone under 15000 Rs.
2. Moto G Turbo Edition:
A great fact is that, Moto G has been the most selling product across any category on any e-commerce platform in the history of Indian e-commerce. Carrying forward that legacy, Motorola has launched a new variant of the Moto G (3rd Gen) called as Moto G Turbo Edition. The new Moto G Turbo Edition comes with the same design of Moto G (3rd Gen) but comes with a more powerful octa core processor, better Adreno 405 GPU (than Adreno 306 in Moto G3) and TurboPower charging capability, rest all the features remain the same. So let’s get into details of the new phone. It has a very simple design from the front and a very classy curvy back which has a vertical strip which houses the camera, LED flash and the Moto logo, this strip looks very beautiful and adds uniqueness in the design of the phone. The phone is very comfortable to hold in hand and offers good grip. It sports a 5 inches HD screen with 294 ppi pixel density which is decent. It is powered by 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 615 Octa Core Processor coupled with 2GB RAM, so those who loved Moto G (3rd Gen) but wanted more power for gaming and multitasking can now rejoice. It runs on the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with stock Android UI, which also makes the performance good. Great thing is that, it will always get the future Android updates and that too faster than many flagship phones! For the first two generation Moto G’s, camera was the weakest point, but now it’s the strongest. It packs a 13 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture lens, HDR & dual-LED flash. The 5 MP front camera comes with f/2.2 lens and a Field of view (FOV) of 72 degrees. Both the cameras are really good. An icing on the cake is, it is water-resistant for upto 30 minutes, this IP67 certification is provided by no phone in the near price range. The 2470 mAh battery gives a good battery life and with TurboPower charging, it can be used for 6 hours from just 15 minutes of charging, claims the company. It has 16 GB internal & upto 32 GB expandable storage, Dual Sim & 4G. Overall, it is a very popular phone and gives a great user experience and satisfaction and now when the Moto G comes with an Octa Core processor it gives a pretty good performance as well. It is a great overall device to buy. If you don’t have heavy usage the Moto G (3rd Gen) at Rs. 12,999 is a great choice as well.
|OS||Android, v5.1.1 Lollipop | UI - Stock Android|
|CPU||Octa Core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Processor|
|RAM||2 GB RAM|
|SCREEN||5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|DISPLAY||HD (720 x 1280 pixels), 294 ppi pixel density|
|SIM||Dual Sim (LTE + LTE)|
|CAMERA||Rear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Dual-LED Flash | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No|
|STORAGE||Internal Storage 16 GB, microsd expandable upto 32 GB|
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion 2470 mAh battery with TurboPower charging|
|BODY||Weight: 155 grams, Thickness: 6.1-11.6mm (Curved Back)|
|OTHERS||Water & Dust Resistant, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS|
3. Lenovo Vibe S1:
Surprised to see another Lenovo phone in this list? The Lenovo Vibe P1 and Vibe S1 both come from Lenovo’s Vibe series and are offered at the same price but they are completely different from each other and are targeted towards different types of users. So, listing both the phones separately was necessary. There are two USP’s in the Vibe S1 – Design & Front camera. Starting with the design of the Lenovo Vibe S1, it looks really beautiful and feels premium, it has got metallic body and curved glass on the back (which attracts fingerprints easily though!) and with its 5 inches screen and 7.8mm thickness it feels compact and comfortable in hands. It is offered in Dark Blue & White color variants, in Dark Blue it looks more premium & different. Design wise, it is one of the finest phone around this price and feels much better than a typical 15-16k phone. The Vibe S1 features a 13 MP rear camera with PDAF, dual-LED flash and has decent picture quality but when it comes to the front, it boasts of Dual Selfie cameras, one of 8 MP and other of 2 MP and both work together. The 8 MP front camera comes with f/2.2 aperture & BSI sensor and captures the selfies as usual whereas, the 2 MP front camera captures the DOF (Dept of Field). Basically, it can differentiate between the subject and background and once you click a selfie, you can blur the background (with many creative effects) and it also allows you to cut out the subject and change the background. Overall, it will be a great fun experience for selfie lovers. A 1.7 GHz Mediatek MT6752 Octa Core Processor paired with 3 GB RAM gives a good performance to the phone. The 5 inches Full HD display with 441 ppi pixel density is very good. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 covers front and rear glasses. A 2420 mAh battery powers the phone, it doesn’t provide a great battery life but will run throughout the day. Overall, the Lenovo Vibe S1 is a premium compact phone with good performance & great features for selfies lovers, can be a very good choice at this price.
4. Micromax Canvas 5:
Micromax has recently launched the flagship phone of its Canvas series, the Canvas 5. It looks beautiful and comes with a metallic frame on the sides and a leather like textured plastic back panel which is removable. The phone is slim and comfortable to hold and has decent overall build quality. It sports a 5.2 inches Full HD display with 423 ppi pixel density and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, the display quality is very good. The Canvas 5 runs on the 1.3 GHz Mediatek MT6753 Octa Core Processor paired with 3 GB RAM and delivers good performance. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and the company has promised Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the phone. Micromax has installed lot of bloatwares on the phone but most of them can be uninstalled. It features a 13 MP rear and 5 MP front camera and both come with a LED flash and deliver good picture quality. The camera app also comes with lots of settings and choices to let you customize your photos the way you want. It comes with a cool ‘Picture-in-Picture’ feature which clicks pictures with the front and rear camera at the same time in a single image. It is a dual sim smartphone with 4G support. The phone has 16 GB internal storage which can be expanded upto 64 GB with the help of a microSD card. It is backed by a non-removeable Li-Po 2900 mAh battery which delivers decent battery backup. Overall, the Micromax Canvas 5 packs decent set of features at a very good price point, it can be another good buying choice.
|OS||Android v5.1 Lollipop|
|CPU||1.3 GHz Mediatek MT6753 Octa Core Processor|
|RAM||3 GB RAM|
|SCREEN||5.2 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|DISPLAY||Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 423 ppi pixel density|
|CAMERA||Rear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Yes | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: Yes|
|SIM||Dual Sim (GSM + LTE)|
|STORAGE||Internal: 16 GB | Expandable: upto 64 GB via microSD|
|BATTERY||Li-Po 2900 mAh battery|
|OTHERS||4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS|
5. Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (2GB RAM):
The Zenfone 5 was a hit, looks like that piece of success has given Asus the perfect sense of market demand. I am saying this because the newly launched Asus Zenfone 2 series is excellent and pretty much delivers everything that a user desires – Good Performance, Camera, Battery Life, Design, Latest Android and an overall good User Experience. Well, the Zenfone 2 is quite well-known for its 4 GB RAM but it starts from 19,999 Rs. but at under 15k we have got the Zenfone 2 ZE551ML with 2GB RAM (details about other variants here). It runs on Quad Core, 64-bit, 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Z3560 processor which is very powerful. It sports a 5.5 inches Full HD display which is very good and it is also protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The phone has a 13 MP rear & 5 MP front camera, the picture quality of both the cameras is very impressive. They are bright & colourful. It allows FHD video recording & produces good quality videos. It also has Dual-LED Flash and the camera app has many other features. The phone runs on the Android v5.0 Lollipop with Asus’s ZenUI running on top of it. It supports Dual Sim & 4G (LTE). It is good on storage and has a good 3000 mAh battery with fast charging capability. When it comes to design, the phone looks very good and more importantly it’s different from other phones in the market. Overall, the Zenfone 2 at this price is a very good all round device and can be a great choice. The Asus Zenfone Selfie (2GB RAM) priced at Rs 14,999 brings in a 13 MP front camera with Dual LED front flash! It also comes with most of the power and features of the Zenfone 2 ZE551ML so, if you are a selfie lover you must go with the Zenfone selfie at this price otherwise for most people the Zenfone 2 ZE551ML will be the right choice. The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser (3GB RAM) at Rs 12,999 is another option from Asus but the Zenfone 2 ZE551ML is a better package despite its smaller 2 GB RAM.
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