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. 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

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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. Samsung Galaxy On Max

If you are looking for a renowned brand smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy On Max is perhaps your best bet. The phone comes with a large 5.7-inch display with Full HD+ resolution, has an intuitive software interface (Oreo update on its way) and a decent set of cameras.

The Samsung Galaxy On Max doesn’t conform to the modern trends like 18:9 display or dual cameras,  but it’s a dependable phone and the best from Samsung in this budget.

Display: 5.7-inch (16:9) Full HD IPS | Processor: 1.6GHz MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Software: Android 7.0 | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 13MP | Weight: 179g | Dimensions: 156.7 x 78.8 x 8.1 mm |Battery: 3000mAh

Samsung Galaxy On Max Pros and Cons


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


  • No Fast Charging
  • No 18:9 display

6. Vivo V7

Vivo V7 (Review) comes with an 18:9 display, is powered by 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


7. Moto G6 – series

Motorola will soon launch Moto G6 series that includes three phones: G6, G6 Play, and G6 Plus. All three are rumored to include 18:9 Full HD+ displays, dual cameras (12MP + 5MP), and are expected to employ Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor.

The G6 series will go official at MWC 2018 very soon.

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.

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