10 Best Phones under Rs 15000 (November 2016)

After a careful research of 15 top smartphones around 15000 rupees in India, we've created the latest list of the best phones under Rs 15000 in India. There are plenty of smartphones available in this mid-range price category. However, out of the 15 bestselling and popular smartphones of Rs 15000 price range, only few mobiles are actually fulfilling people's expectations. It is always a tough task to make the right decision at the right time. So here we are trying to help you choose the best phone according to your requirements.

The list is updated every month. For the current month of November, Moto X Play, Lenovo Zuk Z1, Moto G4 Plus, Lenovo Vibe K5 Note, OnePlus X, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Lenovo Vibe K4 Note, Xiaomi Mi Max (3GB RAM), Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML and Samsung Galaxy J7 are the 10 best phones under 15000 INR.

  Last Updated: October 29, 2016
Updated the review, price, pros and cons of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Moto X Play and Moto G4 Plus.
  September 01, 2016
Replaced outdated Lenovo VIBE P1 with Lenovo Vibe K5 Note.
Lenovo has come up with two new smartphones which has the best mid-range specifications and features. Lenovo VIBE P1 is one of them and it one of the best mid-range smartphone from Lenovo. It offers good performance, massive battery life (5000 mAh battery) and an ample storage expandable up to 128 GB. Another highlight is the fingerprint scanner and NFC support. Overall it’s a great device for the price. Lenovo VIBE S1, another popular mid-range smartphone from Lenovo and the closest alternative to VIBE P1 offers better lag-free performance and multi-tasking with the help of its 3 GB RAM. However, it lacks the tremendous battery life of VIBE.
Replaced Moto G Turbo Edition with Xiaomi Mi Max (3GB RAM).
Overall, Moto G Turbo is simple in looks, but it has managed to grab everyone’s heart with its unique design, reliable performance, durability, impressive camera, long lasting battery life, better user experience and satisfaction. However, Moto G (Gen 3) successor doesn’t go smooth with extreme gamers.
  July 01, 2016
Replaced outdated Motorola Moto X (2nd Generation), Xiaomi Mi4 and Xiaomi Mi4i with Moto X Play, Moto G4 Plus and Lenovo Zuk Z1.
Updated the shopping cart availability, links and price.
Updated the pros and cons of OnePlus X and Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML.
  June 01, 2016
Added OnePlus X to the list.
Updated the pros and cons of Lenovo Vibe K4 Note.
  April 02, 2016
Added Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 to the list.
  February 01, 2016
Lenovo K3 Note is replaced by Lenovo Vibe K4 Note.
  January 01, 2016
Replaced Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen with Moto G Turbo Edition

1) Moto X Play

  • Non-removable battery
  • No TurboCharger
  • Near-stock Android OS
  • Excellent 21 MP primary camera with phase detect autofocus and dual tone LED flash
  • Good battery life
  • Water repellent coating

Few months back Moto X Play was one of the best phones under Rs 20,000 along with Lenovo Vibe X3. Even now it is holding a decent position in the list of best phones under Rs 20000. Now Motorola has cut the price of both 16 GB and 32 GB version of Moto X Play. Hence those with a budget of 15,000 rupees can go for the 16GB variant of Moto X Play.

Moto X Play is mainly known for its excellent camera. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz. Its non-removable Li-Ion 3630 mAh battery is excellent in terms of battery life. Overall, it is one of the best phones under Rs 15000, but lacks fast charging.

 Spec Moto X Play
CPU 1.7 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-core Processor
Screen Size 5.5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen (Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection)
Display 1080 x 1920 pixels (~403 ppi pixel density)
Operating System Android v5.1 (Lollipop), UI - Stock Android
RAM 2 GB
Primary Camera 21 MP Primary Camera, dual-LED flash
Secondary Camera 5 MP Secondary Camera
Internal Storage 16 GB / 32 GB
Expandable Memory up to 128 GB (microSD)
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3630 mAh battery
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Moto X Play Specifications, Price & Review flipkart store Moto X Play Specifications, Price & Review Rs. 15,499
amazon store Moto X Play Specifications, Price & Review N/A

2) Moto G4 Plus

  • Non-removable battery
  • Good camera quality
  • 3 GB variant is available
  • Stock android and fast OS updates
  • Latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Moto G4 Plus is the 4th generation of Motorola’s Moto G series. It is an adequate device for the day to day use of a common man. Although it is not recommended for heavy gamers, the device is really stable and gives a lag-free experience. It is powered by the latest android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It comes in two variants based on storage and RAM, 16 GB and 32 GB. Motorola has equipped 3 GB RAM on the 32 GB model and 2 GB on the 16 GB model. It also supports up to 128 GB of storage expansion via microSD card.

 Spec Moto G4 Plus
CPU 1.5 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Octa-Core processor
Screen Size 5.5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
Display 1920 x 1080 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
Operating System Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow
RAM 2 GB / 3 GB RAM
Primary Camera 16 MP with dual-LED Flash
Secondary Camera 5 Megapixel
Internal Storage 16 GB / 32 GB
Expandable Memory upto 128 GB via microSD
Battery Non-removable 3000 mAh Li-Ion battery with fast charging feature
Additional Features 4G, 3G, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Sensor, Laser Autofocus
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Moto G4 Plus Specifications, Price & Review flipkart store Moto G4 Plus Specifications, Price & Review N/A
amazon store Moto G4 Plus Specifications, Price & Review Rs. 14,999

3) Lenovo Zuk Z1

  • Non removable battery
  • Slight heating while playing heavy games
  • Average rear cam
  • Can't expand the storage
  • Attractive design
  • Excellent front camera
  • Good battery backup
  • Ultimate performance on multi-tasking
  • Customizable

Lenovo’s latest Zuk Z1 is a premium looking phone with lot of customizable options. It runs on the 2.5 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Processor coupled with 3 GB of RAM. It is powered by the android lollipop v5.1.1 with Cynogen 12.1 UI. It’s a decent smartphone for the price with good performance, fingerprint sensor, 64 GB internal storage, good front camera, good battery with fast charging and type-c USB v3.0. However, its storage can’t be expanded and the rear camera is slightly disappointing. Also we have faced slight heat on the mobile during prolonged and heavy use.

 Spec Lenovo Zuk Z1
CPU 2.5 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Processor
Screen Size 5.5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Display 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
Operating System Android v5.1.1(Lollipop), Cynogen 12.1 UI
RAM 3 GB
Primary Camera 13 Megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash
Secondary Camera 8 MP front camera
Internal Storage 64GB
Expandable Memory Not available
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 4100 mAh battery with fast charging technology
Additional Features OTG (On-The-Go),3G, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, OIS, Fingerprint sensor, Type-C USB v3.0
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 Lenovo Zuk Z1 Specifications, Price & Review flipkart store Lenovo Zuk Z1 Specifications, Price & Review N/A
amazon store Lenovo Zuk Z1 Specifications, Price & Review Rs. 13,499

4) Lenovo Vibe K5 Note

  • No Gorilla Glass screen protection
  • Minor Software bugs
  • Non-removable battery
  • 4 GB RAM available
  • Metal Design
  • Good music experience with Dolby Atmos powered speaker and Hi-Fi audio
  • Fingerprint Sensor
 Spec Lenovo Vibe K5 Note
CPU 1.8 GHz, 64 -Bit Octa Core Mediatek 6755 Helio P10 Processor
Screen Size 5.5 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen
Display Full HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
Operating System Android v6.0 Marshmallow, Vibe UI
RAM 3 GB / 4 GB RAM available
Primary Camera 13 MP Primary Camera, LED Flash
Secondary Camera 8 MP front Camera
Internal Storage 32 GB
Expandable Memory up to 128 GB of microSD (Hybrid Slot)
Battery Li-Ion Polymer 3500 mAh (Non-removable)
Additional Features 4G, 3G, WiFi, USB OTG, GPS, Bluetooth, Fingerprint scanner, NFC
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Lenovo Vibe K5 Note Specifications, Price & Review flipkart store Lenovo Vibe K5 Note (3GB) Specifications, Price & Review Rs. 11,999
flipkart store Lenovo Vibe K5 Note (4GB) Specifications, Price & Review Rs. 13,499

5) OnePlus X

  • Camera isn’t that good in low light conditions
  • lacks fingerprint scanner
  • The OnePlus2 is a bit better solution
  • Avergae battery
  • Good AMOLED Screen
  • Excellent design
  • Overall Good performance

OnePlus X is one of the best budget phones you’ll find out there in the market. It’s very important thing to mention and that’s why we mentioned first. Next, let’s take a look at what this phone can offer. It packs big 5.0“ AMOLED screen with Full HD resolution and 441ppi pixel density, which is slightly under the much cheaper phones, but far from subpar. What is really impressive about its design is that it’s very, very thin- just 6.9mm. Overall design looks very expensive for a phone in this price range and it’s one of the strongest points of this device.

Moving to a performance test, first thing to mention is that there is Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS, which isn’t the newest OS, but it’s just beneath newest and has most of the features you could use. CPU that is located under the hood is Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-Core 2.3GHz Krait 400 combined with Adreno 330- a little older GPU. Despite this fact, this combination of CPU and GPU still packs a good punch when talking about demanding apps and high-end games like Real Racing 3 or Modern Combat 5. Also, there is 3 GB RAM, which is more than enough for heavy multitasking and 16 GB internal memory along with microSD slot (that can be used to expand the memory up to 128 GB).

On the back of the phone, there is 13MP camera capable of 1080p recording at 30fps or 720p up to 120fps. Front camera is also available and it’s 8MP camera also capable of recording HD videos, which is a useful addition. Battery in this phone is non-removable 2525 mAh Li-Po battery and in our tests it really was above average and we are glad it’s like that, because most powerful smartphones have weaker battery. Luckily, it isn’t the case here, as we told.

 Spec OnePlus X
CPU 2.3 GHz, Quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Processor
Screen Size 5.0 inches, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen (Corning Gorilla Glass 3)
Display Full HD, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)
Operating System Android v5.1 (Lollipop), UI - Oxygen OS
RAM 3 GB
Primary Camera 13 MP Primary Camera, LED flash
Secondary Camera 8 MP Secondary Camera
Internal Storage 16 GB
Expandable Memory up to 128 GB (microSD)
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 2525 mAh battery
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OnePlus X Specifications, Price & Review flipkart store OnePlus X Specifications, Price & Review N/A
amazon store OnePlus X Specifications, Price & Review Rs. 14,999

6) Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

  • No microSD slot
  • Camera could be a little better
  • Vivid display
  • Great design
  • Very strong GPU and CPU

Xiaomi is relatively new brand of smartphones that we can now find on every corner, and by far, their models have proven to be very quality high-end smartphones. Well, we are talking about Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 which is exactly that- high end smartphone. Looking at its design, we can tell that it looks very classy and expensive, and it’s 8.7mm thickness isn’t making the phone thinnest out there, but that’s just 1.5mm above par. Talking about screen, there is huge 5.5 inches’ screen, and this time it’s IPS which is known for its rich colors.

At 403ppi pixel density and resolution of 1080x1920, its screen doesn’t stand out as something new when we talk about high-end smartphones. This smartphone is based on Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650 chipset, and there’s impressive Adreno 501 GPU which will make gaming on this phone one of the smoothest experiences you’ve had. For multitasking, there is 2GB/3GB RAM on this phone, depending on version you buy. For example, version of 16GB ROM has 2GB RAM and 32GB ROM has 3GB RAM. But in general, this 1GB difference doesn’t make a very big difference at this amount of RAM and will provide smooth multitasking. For those who like to take photos, there is 16MP camera capable of recording 1080p videos at 30 fps, and in our opinion, the camera could be a little bit better. Also, the front 5MP camera delivers nothing new and impressive. The heart of this phone is 4000 mAh Li-Po battery. This battery can last very long- even more than just a few hours of heavy gaming and surfing on the internet, and this is very important for most buyers.

 Spec Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
CPU Quad-core 1.4 GHz, Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650 Processor
Screen Size 5.5 inches
Display 1080 x 1920 pixels with ~403 ppi
Operating System Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
RAM 2 GB / 3 GB
Primary Camera 16 MP rear camera with dual-LED (dual tone) flash, auto focus
Secondary Camera 5 MP, 1080p
Internal Storage 16 GB / 32 GB
Expandable Memory up to 32 GB /128 GB
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Specifications, Price & Review flipkart store Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Specifications, Price & Review N/A
amazon store Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Specifications, Price & Review Rs. 11,999

7) Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

  • Average camera performance
  • The battery is not user replaceable
  • Unnecessary pre-installed apps
  • Great sound quality
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 3 GB RAM
  • TheaterMax technology (supports VR headsets)

If you are low on budget and needs a great device for day to day usage, entertainment and decent gaming, then Lenovo Vibe K4 note, successor of the popular Lenovo K3 Note could be the best pick for you. It has a fingerprint scanner and takes multimedia experience to the next level by integrating Dolby Atmos powered dual front speakers. It also supports VR headset with the help of TheaterMax technology. K4 Note is hands down a great phone for its price and a must buy affordable smartphone for music addicts.

 Spec Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
CPU Octa core, 1.3 GHz, Cortex A53, Chipset: Mediatek MT6753
Screen Size 5.5 - inches, IPS LCD
Display 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi)
Operating System Android v5.1 (Lollipop), Vibe UI
RAM 3 GB
Primary Camera 13 MP rear camera with LED Flash
Secondary Camera 5 MP front camera
Internal Storage 16 GB
Expandable Memory microSD expandable upto 128 GB
Battery Li-Po 3300 mAh, Non-removable
Additional Features 3G, NFC (Near field communication), WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, Fingerprint scanner
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amazon store Lenovo Vibe K4 Note Specifications, Price & Review Rs. 11,999

8) Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML

  • Mediocre camera
  • Battery life could be improved
  • Lack of continuity in design
  • Speedy performance
  • Premium metallic finish
  • Great graphics processing
  • Value for money

The Asus Zenfone 2 ZE550ML delivers excellent performance at a low cost, which sets it apart from the cutthroat competition in its market segment. Although the 13 MP primary camera might not be the best on the market, it more than makes up for it with its best in class performance. While the Zenfone 2 might not be a revolutionary device from Asus, they have ticked all the correct boxes to make this phone value for money. If your budget is slightly low, then you could go with Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5 which is a very promising alternative to Zenfone 2.

 Spec Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
CPU 1.8 GHz Quad Core Intel Atom Z3560 processor
Screen 5.5 inches,IPS capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display 1920 x 1080 pixels, 403 ppi pixel density
Operating System Android OS, v5.0(Lollipop)
RAM 2 GB RAM
Primary Camera 13 megapixels with Dual-LED Flash
Secondary Camera 5 megapixels
Internal Storage 16 GB in-build storage
Expandable Memory 64 GB microSD support
Battery Li-Po 3000 mAh battery (Non-removable)
Additional Features 4G, OTG (On-The-Go), 3G, NFC (Near field communication), FM Radio (RDS), WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth
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Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML reviews flipkart store Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML Rs. 13,999
amazon store Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML N/A

9) Samsung Galaxy J7

  • Average display
  • Slightly bulky and heavy outfit
  • No Gorilla Glass screen protection
  • 1.5 GB RAM (2GB would have been better)
  • Powerful octa-core processor
  • Great camera quality
  • Impressive battery backup
  • Ideal for selfie clicks
  • Value for money

Overall, Samsung has done a fantastic job by introducing Galaxy J7 to the Indian market which gave hope for all the Samsung lovers. Priced at Rs. 14,999, it offers great flawless performance, superb camera (especially for selfie addicts), ample expandable storage and outstanding battery life. The only drawback of J7 is its inferior or average display.

 Spec Samsung Galaxy J7
CPU 1.5 GHz Exynos 7580 Octa Core Processor
Screen Size 5.5 inches, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Display HD, 720 x 1280 pixels (~267 ppi pixel density)
Operating System Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
RAM 1.5 GB
Primary Camera 13 MegaPixels rear camera with LED flash
Secondary Camera 5 MP front facing camera
Internal Storage 16 GB
Expandable Memory microSD expandable upto 128 GB
Battery Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Additional Features 4G,3G, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM Radio
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 Samsung Galaxy J7 Specifications, Price & Review flipkart store Samsung Galaxy J7 Specifications, Price & Review Rs. 14,249
amazon store Samsung Galaxy J7 Specifications, Price & Review N/A

10) Xiaomi Mi Max (3GB RAM)

  • Bulky because of huge battery
  • No FM Radio
  • Non removable battery
  • Huge 6.44 inch Full HD Display
  • Slim metal design with thin side bezels
  • Smooth Gaming experience
  • Good primary camera
  • Good Battery backup with Fast charging
 Spec Xiaomi Mi Max (3GB RAM)
CPU 1.8 GHz Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Processor
Screen 6.44 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen (Corning Gorilla Glass 4)
Display Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels), ~342 ppi pixel density
Operating System Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow (UI - MIUI)
RAM 3 GB RAM
Primary Camera 16 megapixels with dual-LED flash
Secondary Camera 5 MP without flash
Internal Storage 32 GB in-build storage
Expandable Memory 128 GB microSD support (Hybrid Slot)
Battery Li-Ion 4850 mAh battery (Non-removable)
Additional Features 4G, USB On-The-Go (OTG) compatible, 3G, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Sensor
 Online Store Availability
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Xiaomi Mi Max (3GB RAM) reviews flipkart store Xiaomi Mi Max (3GB RAM) Rs. 14,999
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