Companies like Xiaomi, Motorola, and more recently Honor, Nokia, and RealMe have changed the game in India with budget-friendly smartphones that offer impressive performance and features. This has given rise to a whole new budget category in India.

If you’re looking for the best phones under 15,000 rupees, here are your best options!


Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro

xiaomi redmi note 5 pro

Xiaomi’s latest smartphones have proven to be extremely popular in India. The Pro model sold out in a few seconds during its first sale and the devices remain quite difficult to get your hands on. The weekly flash sale tends to end in minutes even now, particularly for the impressive Xioami Redmi Note 5 Pro.

The Redmi Note 5 comes with a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 625 chipset and has 4GB of RAM. A version with 3GB of RAM is also available but retails for less than 10,000 rupees. This mid-ranger also comes with a single camera on the back, a 5MP selfie snapper, and a large 4,000mAh battery. It ships with the older Android Nougat on board but should be upgraded to Oreo somewhere down the line.

The Pro iteration comes with the new Snapdragon 636 chipset under the hood backed by either 4 or 6GB of RAM (The 6GB iteration falls outside the limits of this list though). It’s equipped with a dual-camera setup featuring 12 and 5MP sensors for capturing those popular bokeh images. The handset also features a selfie snapper with a higher resolution at 20MP. All other specs including the display, battery, and OS are the same as the Redmi Note 5.

The 4GB and 64GB storage iterations of the Redmi Note 5 and the Note 5 Pro are priced at 11,999 rupees and 14,999 respectively. Xiaomi has been ruling the roost in the budget smartphone game for a while now, and their latest devices are easily some of the best phones under 15,000 rupees!

Specs

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

  • 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 2160 x 1080 resolution.
  • 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor.
  • Adreno 506 GPU.
  • 4GB of RAM.
  • 64GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB.
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash.
  • Dual SIM (dual standby).
  • 4,000mAh battery.
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat.
  • 158.5 x 75.45 x 8.05mm, 180 grams.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

  • 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 2160 x 1080 resolution.
  • 1.8 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor.
  • Adreno 509 GPU.
  • 4/6GB of RAM.
  • 64GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB.
  • 12 and 5MP rear cameras, 20MP front-facing camera with LED flash.
  • Dual SIM (dual standby).
  • 4,000mAh battery.
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat.
  • 158.6 x 75.4 x 8.1mm, 181 grams.

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OPPO RealMe 1

oppo realme 1

OPPO is looking to make its mark in the budget-friendly category with its online-exclusive brand, RealMe. As the name suggests, the RealMe 1 is the company’s first but excellent attempt at capturing the market, with the device not only one of the best phones under 15,000 rupees, but can be considered the same in higher price categories as well.

The RealMe 1 boasts impressive specifications and looks fantastic for a device in this price range. These include a 6-inch Full HD+ display, the MediaTek Helio P60 processor, a whopping 6GB of RAM (a 4GB RAM iteration is also available), and 128GB of onboard storage. The rear camera is also really good, albeit without the dual camera setup that is quickly becoming the big selling point in this budget category.

The best part about the RealMe 1 is that it manages to undercut the competition by a few thousand rupees. The 6GB and 128GB iteration is priced at just 13,999 rupees and you can save even more money with the 4GB and 64GB version that costs 10,999 rupees. If you’re looking for the best phones under 15,000 rupees, the RealMe is definitely worth considering.

Specs

  • 6-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution.
  • 2.0 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 processor.
  • Mali-TG72 MP3 GPU.
  • 4/6GB RAM.
  • 64/128GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 256GB.
  • 13MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera.
  • dual SIM (dual standby, hybrid slot).
  • 3,410mAh battery.
  • Android 8.1 Oreo.
  • 156.5 x 75.2 x 7.8mm, 155grams.

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ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1

ASUS Zenfone Max Pro (M1)

ASUS is another company that is looking to undercut some of Xiaomi’s dominance in the Indian market and follows a strategy that is similar to RealMe. The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes specs similar to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, but at a far cheaper price point. Among the new entrants in India over the last couple of months, this device definitely deserves to be on this list of best smartphones under 15,000 Rupees.

These specs include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, 3 or 4GB of RAM, 32/64GB of onboard storage, and a dual rear camera setup. There is also a 6GB RAM iteration of the phone, but that hasn’t been launched in India yet. The big selling point of this phone though, and as large as its name, is the huge 5,000 mAh battery than ASUS has managed to squeeze into a phone that is not much thicker than the rest of the devices on this list.

The ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 can be yours for just 10,999 rupees (3GB/32GB) or 12,999 rupees (4GB/64GB). However, it isn’t the easiest to get your hands on, with ASUS employing the dreaded flash sale system. The device goes on sale on Flipkart at 12PM every Thursday.

Specs

  • 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 2160 x 1080 resolution
  • 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor
  • Adreno 509 GPU
  • 3/4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 512GB
  • 13MP and 5MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 159 x 76 x 8.5mm, 180grams

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Honor 9 Lite

Honor 9 Lite

Honor was one of the first companies to introduce budget-friendly smartphones with dual rear camera setups in India. Now, the Honor 9 Lite brings dual cameras to the front as well.

The Honor 9 Lite ticks all the right boxes for what we expect from the best phones under 15,000 rupees. You get a beautiful design that looks far more premium than its price would suggest. It’s got a trendy 18:9 display. The phone is also running the latest version of Android, which is uncommon in the budget market.

The key feature of the Honor 9 Lite is its dual camera setups on both its front and back. Both have a primary 13MP sensor, with a 2MP to capture depth information for those great looking bokeh shots. An LED flash is also available up front, so you can really take some great looking selfies.

There are two versions of the Honor 9 Lite available. One comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. The other comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. They are priced at 10,999 rupees and 14,999 rupees respectively.

Specs

  • 5.65-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution.
  • 2.36 GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor.
  • Mali-T830 MP2 GPU.
  • 3/4GB RAM.
  • 32/64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot).
  • 13MP + 2MP front-facing and rear cameras.
  • dual SIM (dual standby, hybrid slot).
  • 3,000mAh battery.
  • Android 8.0 Oreo.
  • 151 x 71.9 x 7.6mm, 149 grams.

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Honor 7X

Honor 7X

Like its predecessor, the Honor 7X offers a great price-performance ratio and essentially replaces it in this list of best phones under 15,000 rupees. The mid-range smartphone features a 5.93-inch Full HD+ display, with an 18:9 aspect ratio. You’ll find the Kirin 659 chipset and 4GB of RAM under the hood along with 32 or 64GB of storage.

The device has a gorgeous metal body and sports thin bezels around the display. It’s equipped with a dual-camera setup on the back, allowing you to add the bokeh effect to images. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the back, but you can also unlock the device via facial recognition — although the scanner is a more secure option.

The dual-SIM handset packs a 3,340mAh battery and is IP67 rated for protection against water and dust. It runs Android 7.1 Nougat with the EMUI skin on top and comes in black, blue, or gold. You can get it on Amazon for 11,999 rupees for the version with 32GB of built-in storage, with double the storage available at an additional 3,000 rupees.

Specs

  • 5.93-inch IPS LCD display with 2160 x 1080 resolution.
  • 2.36 GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor.
  • Mali-T830 MP2.
  • 4GB of RAM.
  • 32/64GB of built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB.
  • 16 and 2MP rear cameras, 8MP front-facing camera.
  • Dual SIM (dual standby).
  • 3,340mAh battery.
  • Android 7.0 Nougat.
  • 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6mm, 165 grams.

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Micromax Canvas Infinity Pro

best phones under 15,000 micromax canvas infinity pro

Dual cameras and displays with an 18:9 aspect ratio are the dominant trends in the smartphone world right now, and Micromax isn’t one to be left behind in this key category of best phones under 15,000 rupees. The Micromax Canvas Infinity Pro is an upgraded version of the Canvas Infinity, and brings everything we’ve come to expect from a current generation affordable smartphone.

The device earns its Pro moniker by featuring a slightly better processing package, bumping up the RAM to 4GB, and coming with double the storage of its sibling. The design has also been refined further, to make for a great looking device. The highlight, however, is its excellent front-facing dual camera setup. The camera has a 20 MP primary sensor, with an 8MP sensor generally used for depth information. The 8MP lens is also a wide angle shooter, which can be used for taking group selfies as well.

The only real letdown with the Canvas Infinity Pro is its 1440 x 720 display resolution. Pretty much every other device in this price range comes with a Full HD or Full HD+ screen. The Micromax Canvas Infinity Pro is currently priced at 10,999 rupees.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 1440 x 720 resolution.
  • 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor.
  • Adreno 505 GPU.
  • 4GB RAM.
  • 64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 128GB (dedicated slot).
  • 20MP + 8MP dual front-facing cameras, 16MP rear camera.
  • dual SIM (dual standby).
  • 3,000mAh battery.
  • Android 8.0 Oreo.
  • 152.3 x 72.8 x 8.3mm, 170 grams.

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Looking for more phones available in India? Be sure to check out our best phones guide, as well as our guides on best phones under 10,000 RS, Best phones under Rs 20,000 in India, and best phones under 30,000 RS.

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