10 Best Android Phones under 15000 Rs (February 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 February. 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:
#Please Read:We believe that specifications of the phones just tell the half story, a great user experience matters more than great specifications. So, while preparing this list we have considered everything, the specifications, hardware, software (UI), real-world performance, user experience, brand value, after sales service and more. We see a phone as a complete package which should at the end deliver great satisfaction to the user and our rankings are based on the same principles. We consider hundreds of phones, from biggest to the smallest brands and come with our honest rankings every month.
1. Lenovo K4 Note:
Lenovo is on fire in India, it is launching back to back hit and great value for money phones in the budget segment. After the Vibe P1 and Vibe S1, the Lenovo K4 Note is their latest offering in the 15k price segment. Starting with the design, it has completely plastic build like its predecessor K3 Note but, it now packs a better looking design, it has got rounded corners, curved back panel and there is chrome finish on all the edges and also on a small unit on the back containing the camera and fingerprint scanner. It features a 5.5 inches Full HD display with good colour reproduction and viewing angles, it is a very good display overall. The Lenovo K4 Note is powered by the 1.3 GHz 64-bit Octa Core Mediatek MT6753 Processor coupled with 3 GB RAM and Mali T720-MP3 GPU, it delivers very good performance and handles gaming well. It comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box with Lenovo’s new Vibe UI 3.0 running on top. In the version 3.0, Lenovo has quite improved its Vibe UI, it now comes with more features and also includes the option to arrange your icons in an App drawer like Stock Android. The phone has a 13 MP rear camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) and Dual-LED flash and takes good pictures. The 5 MP front camera is also good. Another important feature is the fingerprint scanner which can be used to quickly unlock the phone even when the screen is turned off, it can also be used to take pictures. It also comes with two front facing Dolby Atmos speakers (placed above & below the screen) which have very good sound quality. The K4 Note is a Dual Sim phone, it also includes NFC for additional connectivity. It has 16 GB internal storage which can be expanded upto 128 GB with the help of a microSD card. It is backed by a non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery which gives a good battery backup and easily lasts for a day. The K4 Note is priced at Rs. 11,998 and the company is also offering ANT VR headset (costs 1,299) bundled with the K4 Note at just Rs. 12,499. Overall, the Lenovo K4 Note is a great complete package. It gives good performance as well as great media experience at a very good price. It is undoubtedly the best mobile under 15000 Rs. The Lenovo Vibe P1 priced at Rs. 15,998 can be another great choice from Lenovo, it packs a huge 4900 mAh battery and has premium metallic design, good performance and it also includes the fingerprint scanner.
|OS||Android v5.1 Lollipop (upgradable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow) | UI - Vibe UI 3.0|
|CPU||1.3 GHz 64-bit Octa Core Mediatek MT6753 Processor|
|RAM||3 GB RAM|
|SCREEN||5.5 inches, IPS capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|DISPLAY||Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 403 ppi pixel density|
|CAMERA||Rear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Yes (Dual-LED Flash) | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No|
|STORAGE||Internal: 16 GB | Expandable: upto 128 GB via microSD|
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery | Fast charging: Yes|
|BODY||Weight: 160 grams, Thickness: 9.1 mm|
|OTHERS||Fingerprint scanner, Dolby Atmos, NFC, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS|
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. 10,999 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. Huawei Honor 5X:
Huawei has finally launched their much awaited smartphone the Honor 5X in India. The Honor 5X packs a great premium metallic design which feels good in hands as well as looks beautiful & stylish. It features a 5.5 inches Full HD display with 401 ppi pixel density and has good display quality, the viewing angles are also good. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 Octa Core Processor out of which four cores are clocked at 1.5 GHz and the other four are clocked at 1.2 GHz. The phone has got 2 GB of RAM and Adreno 405 GPU, the overall performance of the phone is good and smooth but it may lag a little during heavy gaming. It sports a 13 MP rear and a 5 MP front camera, both have good depth and colors. The Honor 5X features a fingerprint scanner on the back below the camera, it is very fast and works with good accuracy. The phone runs on Android v5.1 Lollipop with Huawei’s EMUI 3.1 skin running on top. It is a dual sim smartphone supporting 4G on both the slots. It comes with 16 GB internal storage which is expandable upto 128 GB. It is backed by a non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery which gives average battery backup and will last for around a day. Overall, the Huawei Honor 5X offers very good design, decent performance and impressive features like the fingerprint scanner. It is a good package at this price. If you need more power, you can also go with the Huawei Honor 6.
5. 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 lots of bloatware 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|
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