Premium smartphone segment saw a healthy growth last year, but the majority of action is still restricted to the under 15K price segment. While compromises are always involved when it comes to affordable phones, the price segment between 10K and 15K gives enough headroom for manufacturers to make the right tradeoffs and to deliver the best possible and distinguished experience to their consumers.

Also, this segment has primarily been Xiaomi’s stronghold, but more and more OEMs are now moving in with competitive products. If you are looking for best phone available under Rs. 15,000, the following list should help.

Also Read: 8 Best looking Phones Under Rs. 10,000 For 2018

1. Realme 1

Oppo’s online subsidiary debuted with a bang as it released the Realme 1 in India. The power-packed phone comes with excellent hardware and runs Android Oreo-based Color OS 5. The first generation RealMe phone sports a full HD+ display with 18:9 aspect and no notch. 

The RealMe1 employs MediaTek Helio P60 chipset which is the same chip that rocks its pricier sibling, Oppo F7. The top variant of the RealMe 1 comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and retails for an aggressive price of Rs 13,990.

Display: 6-inch (18:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: MediaTek Helio P60 SoC | RAM: 3GB/4GB/6GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB | Software: Android 8.1 / Color OS 5.0  | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 154 g| Dimensions: 15.7 x 0.8 x 7.5 cm |Battery: 3410mAh

RealMe 1 Pros and Cons


  • Appealing colors
  • Powerful performance
  • 18:9 Display
  • Android Oreo


  • Average Cameras
  • No fast charging
  • No fingerprint sensor

2. Asus Zenfone M1 Pro

Asus is also looking to break shackles and play on the front foot aggressively in 2018. With that philosophy, Asus launched the Zenfone M1 Pro in India. The Zenfone M1 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 636 octa-core chipset coupled with up to  6GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB storage. 

The phone runs on near stock version of Android and company is promising timely updates. The phone packs a 5000mAh battery and a dedicated microSD card slot.

Asus Zenfone M1 Pro Pros and Cons


  • Great performance
  • Display quality
  • Great battery backup
  • Pure Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Separate card slot


  • Camera app needs improvement
  • Average design


3. Redmi Note 5 Pro

Xiaomi’s latest Note 5 Pro (Quick Review) will be topping the charts for a while now. And for good reason. The Note 5 Pro includes an 18:9 display and is the first phone to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with up to 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM.

It also has a powerful set of camera hardware, including a 20MP selfie sensor. Other highlights include an assuring 4000mAh battery, 64GB of internal storage, and MIUI 9 software. On the downside, the phone doesn’t have an exciting design.

So, you can buy Redmi Note 5 Pro, if you are looking for a powerful performer and an all-rounder.

Display: 5.99-inch (18:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 636 octa-core SoC | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 7.0 | Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP | Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 158.6 x 75.4 x 8.05mm |Battery: 4000mAh

Redmi Note 5 Pro Pros and Cons


  • Comfortable to handle
  • Powerful performance
  • 18:9 Display
  • 20MP Selfie camera


  • No Android Oreo
  • Hybrid SIM Slot
  • Average design

Also Read: Redmi Note 5 Pro VS Mi A1 Specs Comparison 

4. Xiaomi Mi A1

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro sells in nearly the same budget as the Mi A1 and is also equipped with the latest smartphone trends, but it still doesn’t render Xiaomi’s Mi A1 redundant.

That’s primarily because of two reasons – Software and Design. The Mi A1 doesn’t have a full-view fascia but it still has a superior full metal back (compared to Redmi Note 5 Pro). It also benefits from Google-powered stock Android software that many might prefer to Xiaomi’s MIUI 9. The Mi A1 also has a tried and tested camera with an effective portrait mode.

Display: 5.5-inch (16:9) Full HD IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm |Battery: 3080mAh

Xiaomi Mi A1 Pros and Cons


  • Android Oreo, Fast updates
  • Powerful performance
  • Impressive rear camera
  • Full metal body


  • Regular 16:9 display
  • Hybrid SIM Slot

5. Redmi Note 5

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is an incremental update to the Redmi Note 4. The latter proved to be a formidable budget phone last year, and now Xiaomi has equipped it with an 18:9 display to keep it relevant for more time to come.

Other hardware is almost similar but Xiaomi claims to have improved camera quality. All said and done, the Redmi Note 5 is a slimmer and better-looking avatar of Redmi Note 4.

Display: 5.99-inch (18:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC | RAM: 3GB/4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Software: Android 7.0 | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 158.5 x 75.5 x 8.1 mm |Battery: 4000mAh

Redmi Note 5 Pros and Cons


  • Comfortable to handle
  • Reliable performance
  • Decent battery backup


  • No Android Oreo
  • Hybrid SIM Slot

6. Honor 9 Lite

The Honor 9 Lite (Review) is an option worth considering by basic users looking for a beautiful phone. It can’t hold a candle to Redmi Note 5 or Redmi Note 5 Pro when it comes to performance, but it is indeed good looking.

The phone has glass on front and rear and is reasonably compact and comfortable to handle. It also includes a gorgeous full HD resolution display. The high-end option that costs 14,999 doesn’t make much sense, but basic users can consider the base variant an option.

Display: 5.65-inch (18:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Kirin 659 octa-core SoC | RAM: 3GB/4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Software: Android 7.0 | Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP | Front camera: 13MP + 2MP | Weight: 149g | Dimensions: 151 x 71.9 x 7.6 mm |Battery: 3000mAh

Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 vs Honor 9 Lite Specs Comparison

Honor 9 Lite Pros and Cons


  • Premium design
  • Display quality
  • Android Oreo-based software


  • Mediocre performance
  • Battery backup
  • Hybrid SIM slot

7. Samsung Galaxy J6 / Galaxy On6  2018

If you are looking for a renowned brand, the Samsung Galaxy On6 (review) is perhaps your best bet. The phone comes with a large 5.6-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, has an intuitive Oreo-based interface and a decent set of cameras.

The Samsung Galaxy J6/ Galaxy On6 does conform to the modern trends like 18:9 display, face unlock but lacks dual cameras. Under 15,000, it the best Samsung has to offer in this budget.

Display: 5.6-inch (18:9) Full AMOLED | Processor: 1.6GHz Exynos 7870 SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 153g | Dimensions: 149.3 x 70.2 x 8.2 mm|Battery: 3000mAh

Samsung Galaxy On6 Pros and Cons


  • Good Battery Life
  • Well Optimized UI
  • Dedicated MicroSD Card Slot
  • Decent Camera performance


  • No Fast Charging
  • Mediocre chipset

8. Vivo V7

Vivo V7 (Review) comes with an 18:9 display, is powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor and is also available from offline stores. The handset employs 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and has a dedicated card slot.

Vivo continues to emphasize the selfie camera (24MP) and the results are quite impressive as well.

Display: 5.7-inch (18:9) HD+ IPS | Processor: 1.8GHz Snapdragon 450 octa-core SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Software: Android 7.0 | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 24MP | Weight: 139g | Dimensions: 149.3 x 72.8 x 7.9 mm |Battery: 3000mAh

Vivo V7 Pros and Cons


  • Great design
  • Fast face unlock and fingerprint sensor
  • Dedicated card slot
  • Good selfie camera


  • Low display resolution

9. Moto G6

Lenovo recently launched Moto G6 in India along with G6 Play. The Moto G6 features a 5.7-inch IPS screen with full-HD+ resolution and trendy 18:9 aspect ratio. Unlike the  Moto G5 which was powered by Snapdragon 600 series chipset, the Moto G6 rocks a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 450 SoC with Adreno 506 GPU.

The phone runs on a stock-ish Android 8.0 Oreo software and supports dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) functionality. Moto has added a fingerprint sensor just below the display in this device.

Moto G6 Pros and Cons


  • sleek design
  • Solid specs
  • Good camera performance


  • Below average battery life


10. Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite

Xiaomi has officially confirmed that it will be launching its second generation Android One phones, Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite, in Spain on July 24.  Going by the credible rumors, these phones will be rebranded versions of Mi 6x and Redmi 6 Pro, respectively.

While the Snapdragon Mi A2 could be priced more than 15K, the Mi A2 Lite will surely fall in this budget. Let’s wait and watch.

10 Best Phones under Rs. 15,000 to buy in 2018

These are some of the best available options under Rs. 15,000 that you can choose from. There are quite a few other lucrative options from new and unfamiliar brands but we have included only tried and tested options on this list. We will update more phones as they are released to keep the list relevant.

Here’s is the list of Best Phones Under Rs 15,000  In India For July 2018

Product Name Price starting from Available at
Realme 1 8,990 Amazon
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 10,999 Flipkart
Redmi Note 5 Pro 14,999 Flipkart
Xiaomi Mi A1 14,999 Amazon
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 9,999 Flipkart
Honor 9 Lite 14,194 TataCliq
Samsung Galaxy On6 14,490 Samsung Store
Vivo V7 14,399 TataCliq
Moto G6 13,999 Amazon
Samsung Galaxy J6 13,990 Paytm mall


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