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10 Best Android Phones under 15000 Rs (May 2016)

10 Best Android Phones under 15000 Rs (May 2016)

by Rahul DubeyMay 2, 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, we have written the latest ranking of 10 Best Android Phones under 15000 Rs for the month of May. Apart from the rankings, we have also mentioned which phone will be suitable for which types of users so, read it and choose the best one for you.

Checkout best phones in other price ranges and many other gadgets in our Buyer’s Guide.

From the last 2 years, every month hundreds of readers of ‘Best Tech Guru’ comment and ask us which phone they should choose from the crowded market. Which has enabled us to better understand the requirements and view-point of the buyers. So with this experience, we have tried to make this list even more helpful for you but, if you still have any question, please feel free to ask it in the comments section at the end. 🙂

So, let’s take a look at the Best Phone Under 15000 Rs:

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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. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (32GB):

After a long wait, Xiaomi has finally launched the Redmi Note 3 in India. The phone has been highly successful in China and with all the features it packs, the same success story seems to repeat in India as well. Starting with the design, the Redmi Note 3 boasts a premium metallic design and excellent build quality, it feels great and looks beautiful, while the curved edges on the back gives it a good grip as well. The phone has a 5.5 inches Full HD display with 401 ppi pixel density and has very good display quality but, it doesn’t come with Gorilla Glass screen protection. The Redmi Note 3 is powered by the newly launched Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Processor which has 6 cores, out of which four are 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 and the rest two are 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 CPU’s which handle the heavy usage. The Redmi Note 3 is the world’s first phone to come with Snapdragon 650 processor, which is very powerful and delivers performance better than many flagship processors, it also doesn’t heat up much as well. The phone comes in two variants, one has 16 GB storage + 2 GB RAM and the other has 32 GB storage + 3 GB RAM. It is equipped with a 16 MP rear camera which comes with PDAF and Dual-Tone LED Flash and clicks very good quality images. On the front, it has a 5 MP shooter which too is capable of clicking good quality selfies. Another highlight of the Redmi Note 3 is its fast fingerprint scanner which can unlock the phone in just 0.3 seconds, the phone also includes Infrared Blaster which allows you to control your TV, AC, music system and many other electronic appliances. The phone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with Xiaomi’s beautiful MIUI 7 running on top. It is a dual sim phone with 4G and VoLTE support, it allows storage expansion and supports microSD cards upto 128 GB but, it has hybrid slot so at a time, you can either use the second sim or the microSD card. It is backed by a big 4050 mAh battery which gives a pretty good battery life, easily lasting for a day or even more. Also, despite a big battery and metal build, the phone weighs 164 grams and has a thickness of 8.65mm so, you get all the features without the added bulkiness. Overall, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 delivers flagship like performance, a good looking premium design and packs all the excellent features at a very good price, it is really a great buy and is undoubtedly the best mobile under 15000 Rs. in India. The Xiaomi Mi 4i can also be a good choice if you want a 5 inches phone.

Xiaomi-Redmi-Note-3 - Best Android Phones under 15000 Rs - Best Tech Guru

Rs 11,999 @ Flipkart Rs 11,999 @ Amazon Rs 11,999 @ Snapdeal
OSAndroid v5.1 Lollipop | UI - MIUI 7
CPU1.8 GHz 64-bit Hexa Core Snapdragon 650 Processor
SCREEN5.5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 401 ppi pixel density
SIMDual Sim (Hybrid Slot)
CAMERARear Camera: 16 MP, Flash: Yes (Dual-LED Flash) | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No
STORAGEInternal: 32 GB | Expandable: upto 128 GB via microSD
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 4050 mAh battery
BODYWeight: 164 grams, Thickness: 8.65 mm
OTHERSFingerprint scanner, 4G, VoLTE, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, Infrared


2. 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 a metallic frame and metallic edges but the back panel is plastic, it packs a good 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 and rich sound quality, you will just love it if you watch videos more often. 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 lasts for a day. Overall, the Lenovo K4 Note is a great complete package. It gives good performance as well as great multimedia experience at a very good price, can be another great buying choice under 15000 Rs. The Lenovo Vibe P1 priced at Rs. 15,999 can be another good choice from Lenovo, it packs a huge 4,900 mAh battery and has premium metallic design, good performance and it also includes the fingerprint scanner. And if you are a fan of huge screen size, the Lenovo PHAB with 6.98 inches screen can be a good choice at Rs. 11,999 but, please first make sure you really want a 7 inches phones!

Lenovo-K4-Note - Best Android Phones under 15000 Rs

Rs 10,999 @ Amazon
OSAndroid v5.1 Lollipop (upgradable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow) | UI - Vibe UI 3.0
CPU1.3 GHz 64-bit Octa Core Mediatek MT6753 Processor
SCREEN5.5 inches, IPS capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 403 ppi pixel density
SIMDual Sim
CAMERARear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Yes (Dual-LED Flash) | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No
STORAGEInternal: 16 GB | Expandable: upto 128 GB via microSD
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery | Fast charging: Yes
BODYWeight: 160 grams, Thickness: 9.1 mm
OTHERSFingerprint scanner, Dolby Atmos, NFC, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS


3. 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 good choice as well.

Moto G Turbo Edition - Best Android Phones under 15000 Rs - Best Tech Guru

Rs 9,999 @ Flipkart Rs 9,735 @ Amazon Rs 9,000  @ Snapdeal
OSAndroid, v5.1.1 Lollipop | UI - Stock Android
CPUOcta Core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Processor
SCREEN5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
DISPLAYHD (720 x 1280 pixels), 294 ppi pixel density
SIMDual Sim (LTE + LTE)
CAMERARear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Dual-LED Flash | Front Camera: 5 MP, Flash: No
STORAGEInternal Storage 16 GB, microsd expandable upto 32 GB
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Ion 2470 mAh battery with TurboPower charging
BODYWeight: 155 grams, Thickness: 6.1-11.6mm (Curved Back)
OTHERSWater & Dust Resistant, 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS


4. OnePlus X:

After killing the Flagship phones & writing history, OnePlus has now entered the budget segment with its OnePlus X. The new phone comes with a beautiful design and solid build quality. The phone has got a metallic body and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back which feels really good and premium. It comes in two build options Onyx black glass back and fire-baked Ceramic. It comes with a dedicated physical key for Notification toggle, just like the OnePlus 2. It weighs at 138 grams and has a thickness of just 6.9mm. It comes with a 5 inches Full HD AMOLED display which is very good and at the same time, due to its smaller form factor it feels comfortable to use, even with one hand. The OnePlus X runs on the old flagship Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Processor clocked at 2.3 GHz and coupled with 3 GB RAM. It has good performance and you can use it for everything. It comes with Android v5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box with OnePlus’s own Oxygen OS running on top. The Oxygen OS which was designed after the company’s breakup with Cyanogen has near stock Android UI but comes with added features and customization options. It features a 13 MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and clicks good images, it can record Full HD videos. It has got an 8 MP front facing camera with f/2.4 aperture which also clicks good selfies. Great thing is, the phone clicks images very quickly without shutter lags, the built-in camera app comes with necessary features and is easy to use. The phone supports Dual Sim and 4G and comes with 16 GB internal storage which is expandable upto 128 GB with the help of a microSD card but sadly, it eats up the second sim slot. It is backed by a non-removable 2525 mAh battery. The phone is great but a fingerprint sensor would have made it an irresistible deal. Overall, with great design, display and power, the OnePlus X is one hard phone to ignore. Specially, after the price cut, it is now available under 15000 Rs. and can be a good buy.
OnePlus-X_4 - Best Android Phones under 20000 Rs

PRICERs 14,999 @ 
OSAndroid v5.1.1 Lollipop | UI - Oxygen OS
CPUQuad-core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Processor
SCREEN5.0 inches, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 441 ppi pixel density
SIMDual Sim (Nano-Sim)
CAMERARear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Yes | Front Camera: 8 MP, Flash: No
STORAGEInternal: 16 GB | Expandable: upto 128 GB via microSD (Hybrid slot)
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 2525 mAh battery
BODYWeight: 138 grams, Thickness: 6.9 mm
OTHERS4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS


5. 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.

Lenovo-Vibe-S1 - Best Android Phones under 15000 Rs

PRICERs. 12,999 @ 
OSAndroid v5.0 Lollipop| UI - Vibe UI
CPU1.7 GHz Mediatek MT6752 Octa Core Processor
SCREEN5.0 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
DISPLAYFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), 441 ppi pixel density
CAMERARear Camera: 13 MP, Flash: Yes (dual-LED flash) | Front Camera: 8MP + 2MP (Dual selfie camera), Flash: No
SIMDual Sim
STORAGEInternal: 32 GB | Expandable: upto 128 GB via microSD (uses second sim slot)
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 2420 mAh battery
BODYWeight: 132 grams, Thickness: 7.8 mm
OTHERS4G, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS


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Rahul Dubey
Rahul is a Professional Blogger and the Founder of 'Best Tech Guru'. He is a Computer Science & Engineering graduate and the passion for Technology & Entrepreneurship kept him away from a regular job, now he spends all his time with latest technology and loves to help people. He is a Tech enthusiast and has written hundreds of articles over the years on this blog.
  • jubin
    June 2, 2016 at 1:19 am

    Sir please guide me for a cell phone which is in the range of 15k having no heating problem with good front and rear camera.
    An overall value for money package?
    Also reviewed me the VIVO handsets..

  • Bharath
    June 1, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Samsung on7 is good or shall I go with j5-6 version 14 k mobile

  • sai
    June 1, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Coolpad note 3 is also available in below 15000 with great features

  • May 31, 2016 at 8:25 am

    which one is better;
    Redmi note 3 or Zuk Z1

    • rahul
      June 2, 2016 at 7:27 am

      frnds suggest me one of these two mobiles
      1) xiomi note 3
      2) moto g4
      but my choice is xiomi
      so tell about it

      • Adarsh sanodia
        June 5, 2016 at 2:23 pm

        Redmi note 3 is good but it doesn’t have even protection but moto g4 is better according to me it’s fingerprint scanner is at the front also and had Android marshmallow also which is a good stock Android and occurs core processor too and looks are better in the moto g4.

    • Vishal
      June 2, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      Redmi note 3 is better.

    May 30, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Hey brother please help me out asap … which phone i should buy am not able to decide please help me out
    lenovo vibe x3 or lenovo vibe s1 or lenovo vibe p1 or lenovo vibe shot
    i want phone with
    zero lag on gaming , good camera , marshmallow (if poss),good battery back up with quick charge ..!!
    budget is 20K any other phone with good company brand will also do ..!!!

  • ravinder kumar grover
    May 30, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I have plan to purchase smart phone under Rs 15000/- please advice me which phone is best phone

  • Razrlink
    May 30, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I’m surprised Lenovo ZUk z1 wasn’t mentioned in the list. It by far outmatches all the others, except redmi note 3.

  • seema upadhyay
    May 30, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Hello rahul sir
    Please suggest me which mobile is better xiomi redmi note 3 or lenovo zuk z1…m so much confused. ..

    • Razrlink
      May 30, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Redmi note 3 won’t be updated to marshmallow, but lenovo has said that zuk will be upgraded soon. So i would prefer zuk z1.

  • viswakanth
    May 29, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    I would like to buy Lenovo Zk Z1 or s1 vibe? Please suggest

  • Arju
    May 27, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    which one is better, MotoG4Plus or Oneplus X??

    • Ron
      May 29, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Moto G4 plus ! It has best camera in this range and marshmello out of the box and better battery so u should go for moto g4 plus

  • Gowthami
    May 27, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you sir.

  • May 27, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Hi Rahul i want to buy redmi note 3… Can you se help me from where i can buy this phone,

  • Aravinth
    May 26, 2016 at 1:17 am

    my budget is 15k i have few options plz suggest me xiaomi redimi note3,one plus x, moto g plus 4th generation,samsung j7,lenovo vibe k4 note,lenovo vibe p1

  • Jibin joy
    May 25, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Hi sir…
    Im confused between xiaomi redmi note 3,micromax canvas 6 and lenovo k4 note
    Many are saying that they are heating up issues and battery trouble with all the 3 phones
    Please suggest me the best phone among these three

  • Ankit
    May 24, 2016 at 10:09 am

    hello Rahul,

    I will like to buy a phone , pricing around 15K.
    I am totally confused with these choices.

  • akhil jain
    May 24, 2016 at 9:44 am

    hi ! rahul ,need a phone under 15k that i can use for 4 years atleast.

  • Sid
    May 23, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Which one will you prefer xiaomi redmi note 3 or lenovo zuk z1 terms of camera gaming and looks

  • mahesh
    May 23, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    HI RAHUL SIR I want to buy Lenovo phone which is better k4 note and vibe s1

  • Madhav
    May 23, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    need the data

  • Vinu
    May 19, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I like to buy smart phone around 10000rs. please suggest me

  • Rohan
    May 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Hello sir!! What is your opinion about the lenovo Zuk Z1. Should I go with Zuk Z1or lenovo vibe S1

    • May 23, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Hi, the Zuk Z1 is a very good phone and among the two phones you have mentioned, go with the Zuk Z1.

      • aom
        May 24, 2016 at 6:39 am

        Hithe zuke s1 has a mandatory black border in the display of the dame check the you tube review i am buing the s1 it is much better

  • 'Sebastian basil
    May 13, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Hey is the redmi note 3 good for gaming?

  • Gowthami
    May 11, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Hai sir.I want to buy a new phone under 15000. Is xiaomi is good to buy?
    But everybody is telling that it is heating very much while using. Is this true.

    • Ron
      May 17, 2016 at 11:23 pm

      Yeah it is the best phone in this entire range. Or you can go for LeEco le 1s Eco at Rs.9999/-

    • May 18, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Hi Gowthami, no it doesn’t have a severe heating problem. Smartphone getting warm or heating a bit is common these days and same is the case with Redmi Note 3, it gets warmer during heavy use or charging.

  • Hari
    May 6, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Please suggest me a phone look for:

    * Does not heats up
    * Dual sim
    * Excellent camera rear and front
    * good performance
    * good touch response
    * capital 15- 20 k
    *scanner if possible
    plz make it fast

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