The price bracket of 10K-15K is where we see the most competition in Indian smartphone space. This means Manufacturer’s are trying real hard to impress consumers, and very often we must add, which is ultimately a good thing. Here are some options we think are worth considering.
Note: If you are searching in a different price bracket, visit our buying guide page for more information
Moto G Turbo Edition
Moto G Turbo Edition is a much needed improvement to already existing Moto G 2015 and thus replaces it in our list. While the Moto G 3rd gen wseith Snapdragon 410 (1.4GHz) was a bit lackluster, the Moto G Turbo improves with more competitive Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor and rapid turbo charging. For a change, Motorola will also include Turbo Charger within the box.
Other Moto G positives remain put. You still get stock android experience with a promise of Marshmallow upgrade, IP67 water-resistance and a vivid 5 Inch HD display.
|Phone||Moto G Turbo|
|Display||5-inch HD TFT display with 294ppi, Corning Glass 3 and IP67 certification|
|Processor||1.5 GHz 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor|
|Software||Android 5.1.1 Lollipop|
|Primary Camera||13MP with LED flash|
|Selfie Camera||5MP with wide angle lens|
|Dimensions and Weight||142.1×72.4×11.6mm and 155 grams|
- Water resistance
- Near stock Android experience
- Good battery life with Turbo charging
- Will receive Marshmallow update
- Chunky design
Micromax Canvas Sliver 5
Micromax Canvas Sliver is in no way the ‘best-specced’ phone around, but if you crave for a slim and premium looking device, the Canvas 5 Sliver is worth considering, especially after the recent price cuts. The handset was launched in June for around 18,000 INR but is now available for as low as 11,490 INR- a reasonable price we have to say.
Besides the razon thin profile, Canvas Sliver 5 delivers decent performance for basic, casual and moderate users. Battery live is average, but not disappointing. The camera takes good shots in day lighting, but is a very standard affair in indoors and low lighting.
Note: Micromax Canvas 5 is another option which looks good, thanks to 2.5D display glass and has better looks, but in our opinion, all that doesn’t translate to better user experience. Read our Micromax Canvas 5 FAQ for details,
|Phone||Canvas Sliver 5|
|Display||4.8 Inch, 720P HD AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 3|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410|
|Software||Android 5.0.2 Lollipop|
|Primary Camera||8MP AF with LED flash|
|Dimensions and Weight||5.1 mm thick, weighs only 97 Grams|
- Its slim and looks great
- Good performance
- Good quality display
- Average camera quality
Lenovo Vibe S1
Lenovo Vibe S1 is another premium looking handset with classy glass and metal construction, which you can buy for 15K (Alright, 15,200 INR). The handset includes decent camera hardware, with dual selfie camera at the front for bokeh style selfies. Another highlight is the gorgeous full HD display panel.
In case you are looking from a familiar brand option, Vibe S1 checks all the right boxes, except for the fingerprint sensor. Lenovo Vibe P1 will provides just that for a little extra, and also has a bigger battery, but Vibe S1 looks better and has a better display.
Also Read: Lenovo Vibe S1 FAQ
|Model||Lenovo Vibe S1|
|Display||5-Inch, IPS Display, 1080p Full HD resolution, 441 ppi|
|Processor||1.7 GHz 64-bit MediaTek MT6752 Octa Core SoC|
|Internal Storage||32GB, expandable up to 128GB|
|Software||Android 5.0 Lollipop|
|Primary Camera||13MP, Dual Tone flash, 1080p Videos|
|Secondary Camera||8MP primary with BSI sensor, 2MP secondary|
|Dimensions and weight||143.3mm x 70.8mm x 7.8mm, 132 Grams|
|Others||4G LTE on both SIM cards, micro USB 2.0|
- Dual Selfie Camera
- Great design
- Good quality display
- Mediocre battery life
Samsung Galaxy J7
Samsung Galaxy J7 made it to our October list and is still a very relevant option today. The handset includes a good quality AMOLED panel, good camera hardware and more importantly, Samsung branding and associated after sales support advantages.
If you are looking only for tier 1 branding, Samsung Galaxy J7 is one of the best option under 15,000 INR.
Also Read: Samsung Galaxy J7 FAQ
Key Features and Specifications:
|Phone||Samsung Galaxy J7|
|Display||5.5-inch 720p IPS S-AMOLED on-cell display|
|Processor||1.5 GHz + Exynos 7580, Octa Core|
|Software||Android v5.1 (Lollipop)|
|Primary Camera||13MP, LED flash|
|Dimensions and Weight||78.6×152.4×7.5 mm|
- Good quality Super AMLOED display
- Powerful octa-core chipset
- Good camera performance
- simple design and plastic build without any frills
Xiaomi Mi 4i
Xiaomi Mi4 has also been around for a while and still stands tall. With subsequent software updates, Xiaomi has eliminated all major flaws with the device. The handset no longer has heating issues and camera quality has also improved.
Base operating system is still Android Lollipop, but the handset receives regular updates and is currently running latest home-brewed MIUI7 software.
Key Features and Specifications:
|Phone||Xiaomi Mi 4i|
|Display||5-inch FHD JDI display with 441 PPI|
|Processor||2nd-gen Snapdragon 615 64-bit octa-core chipset|
|Software||Android v5.0.2 (Lollipop)|
|Dimensions||69.6×138.1×7.8 mm and 130g|
|Others||4G LTE, Dual SIM|
- Compact, light and neat design
- Good camera hardware
- Well maintained software
- Great display quality
- Only 16GB internal storage, MicroSD card not supported
These are some of the best smartphones available in this budget, and you can choose whatever suits your individual needs. If you have query, you can ask us in the comment section below and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible.