Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 15000 in India

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Within a budget of Rs. 15000, you do get some really good phone with excellent battery life, fairly good performance for regular activities like calls, social media browsing, navigation, etc. Camera of most phones fall just above average. They are usually sufficient for those who take casual photos. But given the price range, you can’t really complain.

If you plan to stretch your budget a bit more, then you can check out our list of best mobile phones under Rs. 20000/- On the other hand, if you want something a bit more budget friendly, here is our list of best mobile phones under Rs. 10000/-

So, here are the top 5 mobile phones we recommend within Rs. 15000/-

Which are the best mobile phones under Rs. 15000?

ModelUser Rating
Samsung Galaxy M30s 4.4/5
Oppo F9 Pro3.8/5
Redmi Note 8 Pro4.4/5
Vivo Y17 4.1/5
Honor Play4.4/5

Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 15000

Samsung Galaxy M30s 

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Samsung Galaxy M30s offer some excellent specs and features that gives tough competition to the other mobiles in this price segment. With excellent display, battery back up and fairly good performance and camera, this is definitely a value for money mobile phone you can buy under Rs. 15000

Display

Samsung Galaxy M30s is the only phone in this price range with AMOLED display– which is far superior to the other mobiles in the segment. The display size is 6.4 inch and can show up to 16 Million colors. Needless to say, thanks to the AMOLED display, colors are vivid, bright and they pop out. The notch is least intrusive and the bevels are quite thin. However, the chin is a bit thick. Even so, they don’t really impose or obstruct an immersive viewing experience while watching video or gaming. 

Camera

The mobile phone features 48MP + 8MP + 5MP triple rear camera  and a 16MP front facing camera. Though the specs look great, the photos are a bit wanting in quality, especially in low light.

By default, photos taken by rear camera are in 12 MP resolution. But you can manually set it to 48 MP, but the aspect ratio too changes. The photos taken during the day time are bright and looks decent. In the wide angle setting, the contrast is better, but you notice an obvious barrel distortion. The ones taken at night are a bit grainy and distorted. But in night mode, it is better in quality and detail, but the frame size was a bit more compact.

There are a few AI modes which the camera automatically detects when pointed to– a feature you find in many of the phones in the segment. The camera can automatically detect its night, food and panorama. You can also set the level of blur manually, as per your appeal. 

Close-up pictures are fairly good in detail and clarity. However, the camera takes a bit time to focus. Selfies too are quite clear and detailed in well-lit condition.

Overall, the camera is quite sufficient for casual photos. But if you wish to take instagram worthy pics, you might have to invest in a more expensive phone.

Battery

Battery definitely is this phone’s major plus point. With 6000mAH battery capacity and 15 W fast charging, this phone is definitely the one for those who want a phone with exceptional battery life. With moderate use, the battery can last for up to 2 days. If you play graphics intensive game for say 30 minutes, you will notice about 7-8% battery drop. GPS navigation for an hour leads to about 8 percent battery drop. Overall, it is definitely the best in the segment.

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy M30s uses  Exynos 9611 processor which is also found in the more expensive M50. It fares pretty well in the benchmark tests. Multi tasking various social media apps, navigation, camera etc. was smooth. 

For more intensive users who indulge in graphics intensive gaming, the M30s is just decent. Playing PUBG in high setting lead to lags and stutters. Multi-tasking to other apps while playing wasn’t quite smooth. But in medium frame rate setting, it was decent and lag free. The mobile phone however got a bit warm while playing for more than 15-20 minutes at a stretch.

Fingerprint scanner worked well and fast. But face unlock not quite so.

While we wouldn’t recommend it to a hardcore gamer, this mobile phone is sufficient for those who indulge in occasional gaming and uses mainly for social media, chats, navigation, browsing etc.

Oppo F9 Pro

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Though launched in 2018, Oppo F9 Pro is still a favorite among the youth who are looking for a vibrant mobile phone with which you can take excellent selfies.

Display

The Oppo F9 Pro has a pretty vibrant 6.3 inch display with water drop notch and thin bevels. The display is quite bright that you can comfortably use it in pitch dark quite comfortably. Now, as for outdoors, the contrast is excellent that even under direct sunlight, the display is very much legible.

The water drop notch is designed to be least intrusive while watching videos and for gaming. But you don’t really find much of a difference. All you can do is force the apps to block the top portion of the screen resulting in a cropped like screen.

 Camera

The Oppo F9 Pro features a 25 MP front camera and a rear camera of 16 MP + 2 MP. The camera app has various options like HDR mode, super vivid mode to enhance contrast, AI stickers and filters. Capturing selfies is also wonderful thanks to the AI beautification option.

The camera captures fairly good photos with less noise and distortions even in low light conditions. Overall, the camera is above average when you compare it with other mobile phones in this price range.

Battery

The Oppo F9 Pro features 3500 mAH battery, which is just about average that you find in the price range. But what makes it special is that Oppo F9 Pro was the first to introduce VOOC charging in this segment. So, you can be assured of quick charging, that is full charge in matter of about 30 minutes. 

Even with moderate to slightly heavy usage, battery can last about a day. Battery draining is also moderate. One hour calling drains the battery by about 8-10 percentage.

Performance

Oppo F9 Pro uses Mediatek Helio P60 processor with RAM of 6GB. Compared to the rest of the mobile phones in the segment, the processor is just about average and so is the performance.

If you are using your mobile for just routine activities like browsing, social media, calls, messages and occasional navigation, then you will find the performance more than satisfactory.  But if you are an avid gamer or if you are literally hooked to your mobile phone for major part of the day, then you will find the performance a bit lagging.

Gaming in Oppo F9 Pro leaves a lot to be desired. Graphic intensive games like PubG defaults to lowest frame rate. You do find heating issues too. 

Other aspects like speaker volume, multi-tasking capabilities are pretty good in the segment. The fingerprint and face scanner too works pretty quick and efficiently.

Overall, this mobile phone is a great option for those who take love taking selfies and need a fairly decent performance and multitasking capabilities.

Redmi Note 8 Pro

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While the 128 GB  version of Redmi Note 8 Pro is available at about Rs. 16K, the 64GB version can be bought for Rs. 15000/- Let us delve into its details.

Display

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a screen size larger than its predecessor Redmi Note 7 Pro with 6.53-inch display size and 2340 x 1080 resolution. The display is quite bright and vivid. Even in bright sunlight, you can view the display well as it has a maximum brightness of 500 nits.

Camera

The Redmi Note 8 Pro features 20 MP front camera and at the rear is a quad camera set up with 64 MP, 8 MP, 2 MP + 2 MP. By default, the camera takes photos with 16 MP resolution. The 8 MP camera works as ultra wide angle camera. One of the 2 MP cameras work as macro and the other is for sensing depth.

Apart from standard camera and video, you have options like portrait, night, panorama, pro, short video, slow motion, HDR, AI, flash and other filters. 

The photos shot during the day time are pretty good with good sharpness. At night, when you switch on the night mode, the pictures have fairly decent clarity, though you do find a bit of noise and distortion on zooming in. The photos shot in wide angle lens do have a lack of clarity and noteable barrel distortion. Close up and macro too could have been better.

The selfie camera is comparatively good. The contrast is enhanced and you can blur the background to pop out object of focus.

Though there are a few drawbacks, the camera is pretty good for a casual user. And considering the aggressive pricing, you can’t really complain about it.

Battery

The Redmi Note 8 Pro features 4500 mAH battery and is capable of fast charging too. Compared to Note 7 Pro, it is definitely an improvement in terms of battery capacity. However, the charge lasts for just about a day only. This is because the new processor consumes comparatively higher power. Even so, drain rate is not that drastic. 30 minutes of video takes up about 6% battery, while 15 minutes of PubG or other graphic intensive game also consumes about 6%. This is fairly acceptable in mobiles in this price range.

Performance

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has octa core Mediatek Helio G90T processor, which fares among one of the better processors now in the market. The 6 GB RAM along with the high performing processor ensures stutter and lag free performance at all times.

Be it multi-tasking with various apps or even playing graphic intensive games, the experience is quite seamless. Thanks to the cooling gel technology, the mobile gets only slightly warm even while indulging in gaming and other activities. 

The mobile phone has both face recognition and fingerprint scanner which works quick and hassle free. 

Also, the micro SD card slot supports memory card up to 512 GB.

Overall, with excellent performance, fairly good camera and battery back up, it is quite an excellent pick that offers good value for money.

Vivo Y17 

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With excellent battery, fairly good performance for routine activities, multi-tasking and above average camera, the Vivo Y17 is suitable for those who need a long-lasting battery life and are in to high end graphic gaming.

Display

The mobile phone features 6.35 inch IPS LCD display. The viewing angle of the mobile is pretty good. So is the brightness. Even when you are standing under direct sunlight at noon, legibility is not compromised. 

The display screen resolution is 720 x 1544 pixels, which isn’t exactly Full HD resolution. But given the vivid colors and excellent contrast, you aren’t likely to notice any fault in the display.

The display has a water drop notch which has the front camera. The ear piece as with most phones in this era is on the top side.

Talking about the design, the rear side is made of plastic. But it does have a glass like appearance and looks quite premium. But, it is a tad slippery and prone to smudges. So, getting a protective case is very much recommended.

You will also notice that owing to the large battery, the phone is a bit thick and heavy too. 

Camera

The front camera of the Vivo Y17 has 20 MP resolution. The rear comprises 3 cameras, namely the 13 MP primary camera, 8 MP ultra wide lens and a 2 MP camera which is the depth sensor.

When you take a look at the photo quality, a casual photographer is quite likely to be satisfied. In fact, in this price range, it fairs well above average.

The night shots taken in night mode are pretty decent. It isn’t that noisy and has fairly good detailing. Color accuracy is also pretty good.

Well-lit photos taken during the day are also quite detailed and sharp. 

A problem seen in many phones in this price range is that it takes a while to focus. But that is sorted in the Vivo V17. The HDR is also pretty good.

You are also likely to be quite satisfied with the selfie photos taken with the Vivo V17. 

Battery

Battery definitely is one of the highlights of the Vivo V17. With 5000 mAh battery, the phone can last 1-2 days for slight to moderate users. The mobile phone comes with an 18 W fast charger. It appears a tad bulky. But it does its job well and charges pretty quickly. 

Performance

The Vivo V17 is equipped with octa core MediaTek Helio P35 processor with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage.

The performance is pretty adequate for those who spend time on social media apps, browsing, navigation and low graphic gaming. Even when you use the phone for a long duration, like while navigating on a long trip, you don’t notice any heating issues.

But, if you are someone who indulges in high-end gaming like PUBG or Asphalt 9, you are likely to be disappointed as they are playable only at the low settings. And even then, it sometimes lags and stutters. 

The phone can be unlocked using both fingerprint and face recognition scanner. It works quick and seamlessly.

The speaker quality leaves a lot to be desired. The sound is a bit harsh. But when you listen with the bundled headset, the sound quality is alright for casual listening.

Overall, this phone is best for its long lasting battery, fairly decent camera and multi-tasking capability.

Honor Play

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Honor Play is the oldest model in this list. But given its superior performance and fairly decent camera, it deserves consideration as your next phone.

Display

The Honor Play comes with 6.3 inch display size with Full HD resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display is fairly bright, and the colors are vibrant. The viewing angle is also good. So, is the color reproduction.

While viewing under the sunlight, you do find that legibility is not that good owing to reflective screen.

While newer phones have water drop notch, the Honor Play, being an old model has a wider one. If you want, you can darken the surrounding area in the settings to hide the notch. 

An advantage over most phones you find in this price range is that it has aluminum body which makes it pretty durable compared to the ones with glass. Some might find it a bit slippery. But a protective case will take care of it.

Camera

The Honor Play features a 16 MP front camera and a dual camera set up at the rear with 16 MP primary sensor and 2 MP depth sensor and LED flash.

Camera perhaps is an area which might not be one of Honor Play’s strengths. It takes a bit time to focus. The AI filters can appear a bit over the top at times. In daylight, the pictures are detailed and non-AI shots are better in terms of color reproduction. But at night, detailing lacks.

The selfies are detailed and sharp in well-lit condition, but not quite so in low light.

Even though there are a few faults, considering the pricing and other phones available in this price range, you can’t really complain much.

Battery

The Honor Play has a 3750 mAh battery and fast charging feature. One of the best aspects is that the power draining rate is low.

With moderate usage like browsing, social media, calls, videos and occasional gaming, the phone lasted almost a complete day. 

The fast charging works only when you use the charger that comes along with the mobile. It takes more than 2 hours for complete charging. This however, is not as fast as Oppo VOOC.

Overall, a moderate user is quite likely to be happy with the battery life.

Performance

The Honor Play uses HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor and has GPU Turbo, which is an optimization feature focussed towards gaming.

Be it watching video, calling, or multi-tasking with various apps, you don’t find any lag. The responsiveness is pretty good. 

Huawei had launched this phone aiming at the gamer community. And it really delivers here. The performance is pretty smooth while playing graphic intensive games like PUBG, Asphalt legacy etc. There are no lag or low frame rates. But if you play for 30 minutes plus at a stretch, you do find the phone getting a bit heated up. The power drains a bit too while playing these graphic intensive games.

Other aspects like fingerprint and facial recognition scanners works pretty well. The loudspeaker is also fairly satisfactory.

Overall, most users are likely to be satisfied with the performance of Honor Play.

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