The Latest Smartphones Under 15000 in India

by Oct 23, 2019

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The 6 Latest Smartphones Under 15000

1.

Xiaomi Mi A3

Mi A3
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.01" (720 x 1560)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Triple 48 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB | 6GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4030 mAh

Overview

By providing feature-rich hardware at disruptive pricing, Xiaomi has managed to capture the budget segment of the Indian smartphone market. Still, one of the biggest criticisms it has had to face all this while has been the ads-ridden custom MIUI it offers in all its Redmi models. To combat this, Xiaomi brought the MI A series in 2017 with stock Android One OS. Xiaomi Mi A3 seems the be the best budget smartphone with the best of both worlds-powerful Xiaomi features clad in silky-smooth Android One experience!

Our Thoughts

Starting right from the USP, Xiaomi Mi A3 provides vanilla Android OS experience that is a drastic change from its custom UI full of spam, ads, and bloatware. For a newbie, Android One is the perfect way to start a smartphone journey, with its clean and fast interface, easy-to-understand navigation options, Google features such as Assistant and Digital Wellbeing, no spam notifications popping up now and then, no unwanted pre-installed apps and top-notch security with timely updates. We think this is the best welcome for anyone thinking of switching over from the feature-phones to a smart world.

Xiaomi Mi A3 is more than capable of the multitasking needs of a regular budget smartphone user as it is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor combined with 4GB/6GB RAM. Regular social media browsing, productivity apps, and gaming such as Subway Surfers, are easily handled, which is more than what a budget user would expect. Gaming addicts might have a little trouble playing high-end games unless they adjust the graphics to medium settings. The high-capacity 4030 mAh battery lasts more than a day with moderate usage and supports 18W fast charge but the fast charger is not bundled.

Xiaomi Mi A3 also brings a great camera setup for any ardent photographer. The 48MP + 8MP + 2MP Triple camera scheme in the rear flaunts a primary Sony sensor alongside an ultra-wide 118 degrees sensor. The camera app is easy to navigate even for a newbie and is loaded with photograph-enhancing features such as HDR, Pro Mode, Portrait Mode, Panorama, AI Scene Detection, and a dedicated Night Mode. As expected from a smartphone aiming to provide flagship-level experience, photographs are clear, sharp, possess vivid details, and lovely colors in good ambient lighting. Even night photography is not a total bust, and actual photos are better than most other competing brands. The 32MP front camera uses AI Beautify mode for bringing clarity and sharpness to every selfie.

With so many beautiful features inside, we were curious to see the hardware Xiaomi Mi A3 packed it all in. As expected, the Xiaomi brand remains true to its design aesthetics and brings a premium curved gradient model within the budget segment. It is a blend of glass and metal with the glossy rear panel flaunting a multi-layered holographic color-play over crystal-cut design. The rounded edges ensure good grip and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 ensures protection from scratches. We also like the 6.08-inch SuperAMOLED HD+ display screen for its sharpness and vibrancy while playing videos. Avid gamers may feel that a Full HD experience would be better but on its own, it remains a beautiful display for this category.

By providing a bunch of premium features such as stunning design, fast performance, fast charging supported battery and excellent cameras, Xiaomi Mi A3 has taken the lead in being considered as one of the best Android smartphones under 15000.

What We Loved

  • Stunning design
  • Excellent rear-camera for daylight photography
  • Great selfies
  • Good battery supported by fast charging
  • Smooth Android One experience

What We Didn’t Like

  • Full HD+ display is missing
  • Low-light photography is just average
2.

Vivo Y17

Vivo Y17
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.35" ()
  • Camera
    Camera
    Triple 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    5000 mAh

Overview

Vivo is renowned for making beautiful smartphones with special emphasis on their imaging capabilities. By dint of its years of research into the youthful mindset, Vivo aims to bring a fresh innovative twist to every model it crafts. Vivo's ascent to greatness is peppered with models such as Vivo Y17 that offer hefty features in a light budget.

Our Thoughts

Vivo Y17 is a study in understated elegance with deep gradient colors interwoven in a subtle shade-play on the glossy rear polycarbonate panel that shines like glass. A case or cover has to be used here to protect it from a barrage of smudges and fingerprints. The hefty frame feels sturdy to hold, and the edges blend seamlessly into the front panel, making it easy to operate.

The 6.35-inch LCD screen with 19.3:9 aspect ratio and 89% screen ratio brings a comfortable full view display for media watching as well as gaming. The absence of an HD or AMOLED screen would be felt by many media junkies, but a normal user would find the colors, the contrasts, the viewing angles just fine for everyday tasks.

The 2.3GHz MediaTek Helio P35 octa-core processor with 4GB RAM provides a satisfactory performance benchmark when it comes to usual tasks related to social media browsing, watching videos, listening to or downloading music, working on light productivity apps, doing a bit of photo-editing, and fitting in a couple hours of Candy Crush once a week.

Demanding apps and heavy games can be handled on lowered graphics settings, seems reasonable considering the segment Vivo Y17 aims to target is the budget to mid-range and not gaming or productivity fiends. Still, Ultra-Game Mode and Game-Turbo feature provides smooth gameplay for most games, thus keeping even the gamers happy.

The main performance downer may come from FunTouch OS 9 that is cluttered, complex, full of bloatware, and hard to understand for a newcomer to Vivo ecosystem. The user experience is not going to be fantastic right off the bat for any newbie. The saving grace comes in the form of a massive 5000 mAh battery that is bundled with an 18W dual-engine fast charger.

The Triple Rear 13MP + 8MP + 2MP Camera setup of Vivo Y17 takes good photographs with decent contrasts, good color reproduction and ample details in good lighting. It struggles in low-light though which is a tough nut to crack by most smartphones in this segment. The AI-Beauty enabled 20MP front camera takes pleasing selfies that can be happily shared across social media.

While Vivo Y17 doesn't boast of an exceptional configuration on any front, it wins in the mid-range segment by offering a good, solid, value-for-money smartphone that shines especially in terms of its battery and camera setup.

What We Loved

  • Elegant design
  • Exceptional battery
  • Good camera performance in daylight

What We Didn’t Like

  • Display could be better
  • OS is complex and full of bloatware
3.

Realme 5 Pro

Realme 5 Pro
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Quad 48 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB | 6GB | 8GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4035 mAh

Overview

The smartphone industry is churning out massive improvements in terms of features and performance at lower prices. And Realme has proven itself to be among the leaders in less than 15 months of its introduction in India. Realme 5 Pro pushes the envelope by providing premium flagship-level performance at a tight budget, thus immediately gaining entry in the list of best android smartphones under 15000.

Our Thoughts

We have come to expect premium designs from all Realme smartphones and Realme 5 Pro doesn't disappoint here either. Thanks to a nano-mirror process over multiple-layered fine grinding, it features a smooth gradient Crystal Design on the rear panel that gives a jewel-like shine at every turn. It is a compact and easy-to-hold model with thoughtfully crafted curves along the edges. Its weight of 184 grams is evenly distributed through the frame thus making it hefty but not bulky. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protects the glass panel while an additional water-resistant sealing module protects the frame from occasional liquid splashes.

The young generation is glued to watching media content 24/7 online and needs a vibrant display with true-to-life colors. Realme 5 Pro provides this via a 6.3-inch Full HD+ LCD waterdrop screen with a 90.6% screen-to-body ratio and 16.7 color density. Like most budget or mid-range smartphones, it struggles a bit under direct sunlight, and some avid gamers may miss a complete AMOLED experience, but overall a regular user will love the visual experience here.

Realme 5 Pro was brought to the market with a huge flashlight over its AI-enabled Quad Camera setup of 48 MP + 8 MP + 2 + 2 MP scheme. This includes a high-end primary Sony sensor, a 119-degrees ultra-wide-angle lens and multiple advanced features in the camera app, including HDR, Expert Mode, Portrait Mode, Chroma Boost and so on.

True to its claims, Realme 5 Pro takes excellent photographs with accurate colors, vibrant details, and ample sharpness in well-lit conditions and even indoors thanks to dedicated Nightscape mode. Selfies are full of pleasant details and good colors with the 16MP front camera doing a good job in daylight while struggling a bit in tough low-light conditions. But this is similar to all other smartphones in this segment too, so no complaints on that front.

For a budget to a mid-range smartphone, its performance has to be smooth to the hilt. Realme 5 Pro possesses Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 octa-core processor with integrated Adreno 616 GPU. Combine this with 4GB/6GB/8GB RAM and it is more than enough for a powerful multitasking experience be it social apps or general entertainment consumption or productivity tasks or casual gaming.

Since this is not a gadget aimed at gaming addicts, there is no point complaining about the inability to smoothly play intense games at the highest settings. As far as software stands, Realme 5 Pro runs ColorOS 6 atop Android 9 Pie and has its share of bloatware to deal with, something any newbie will find frustrating.

After spending some time learning the UI navigation, one can start utilizing its features such as Private Safe for increased privacy and performance enhancement. The huge 4035 mAh battery is capable enough to last a day even with heavy usage and supports VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 for fast recharging.

Realme 5 Pro seems to have struck gold by providing an all-rounder winner for the new generation of smartphone users by providing them with excellent features at a truly affordable price point.

What We Loved

  • Mesmerizing Crystal Design
  • Fast multitasking
  • Superlative camera setup
  • Huge battery with fast charging

What We Didn’t Like

  • UI is complicated and has junkware
  • Low-light camera performance is below-average
4.

10.or G2

10or G2
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.2" (2246×1080)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB | 6GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    5000 mAh

Overview

10. Or G2 is a limited-edition mid-range powerhouse smartphone crafted especially for Amazon and launched in July 2019. It created a stir even before its launch as details leaked of it packing premium features at an affordable price point. Let us take a look at all the features of 10. Or G2 to see for ourselves if it is a comprehensive winner in the mid-range category or a complete dud.

Our Thoughts

A simple design scheme welcomes us to the world of 10. Or G2 with a vibrant smooth strong unibody sporting a Corning Gorilla Glass protected 6.18-inch Full HD+ immersive display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. For regular media playback as well as casual gaming, this is an appropriately bright, sharp, and vibrant display. An AMOLED screen is of course perfection, but at this price point, we will not complain about an FHD screen either.

For handling everyday tasks easily, 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor with Adreno 509 GPU and 6GB RAM is a powerful combination. Snapdragon is considered a reliable performer and 10. Or G2 also performs regular tasks admirably, be it general net browsing or surfing through multiple social media apps or staying up-to-date on the latest news or watching the latest stand-up comedy episodes online.

Lag is experienced only on playing very demanding apps or games such as PUBG on high settings. As 10. Or G2 is not a gaming device, this is to be expected. Casual smartphone users won't be at a loss, especially since it runs Android 9 Pie out of the box. Add to it, a massive 5000 mAh battery that is bundled with 15W type-c charger, and there is enough to be happy here.

For camera enthusiasts, 10. Or G2 sports a 16MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup with features such as HDR, Panorama, Pro Mode, Slo-Mo and many more that enable good shots in most lighting conditions. The 12MP front camera is equipped with an AI beauty mode that enhances selfies for social media sharing effortlessly. Low-light photography on both cameras is as expected, perennially struggling, just like other smartphone cameras in this category.

Being one of the latest smartphones under 15000, 10. Or G2 has had a tough competition with well-established brands. Yet, it has managed to craft an all-rounder with some exceptional features packed at an affordable price.

What We Loved

  • Excellent battery life
  • Good display
  • Good cameras
  • Smooth daily performance

What We Didn’t Like

  • Design scheme is not outstanding
  • Below-average low-light photography experience
  • Underwhelming high-end gaming
5.

Samsung Galaxy M30

Samsung Galaxy M30
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.4" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Triple 13 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB | 6GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    5000 mAh

Overview

Samsung was the force to be reckoned with in the early Android smartphone era. However, tough competition from brands such as Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo, and Vivo has made it rethink its strategy to appeal to youngsters who are the ones changing the market one model at a time. Samsung is now adhering to 'M for Millennials' philosophy and bringing newer variants of its Galaxy M series to appeal to the new-age smartphone users. The much-loved Samsung Galaxy M30 presents premium features at an aggressive price, making it one of the greatest android smartphones under 15000.

Our Thoughts

Samsung Galaxy M30 has not gone for a flashy route and kept the design scheme on a simple level with a durable polycarbonate frame showing off a gradient light-to-dark color curve on the glossy rear panel. For those wondering if the gloss contributed to a slippery feel, the answer is a solid NO. A good grip is provided by the curved sides and seamless blending of the back panel into the front display.

We are all aware of Samsung's expertise in terms of its visual offerings and the Samsung Galaxy M30 display screen reaffirms that by offering a truly expansive and immersive experience on its 6.4-inch FHD+ SuperAMOLED dewdrop screen with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. For media junkies consuming a lot of content such as movies and general videos, the various modes will come in handy, be it Adaptive Mode, AMOLED Cinema, or AMOLED Photo. Each visual task is a delight no matter the mode selected.

Coming forward to Samsung Galaxy M30's imaging prowess, we like the intuitive camera app on its AI-equipped 13MP + 5MP + 5MP triple rear camera setup. Loaded with usual features such as Live Focus, AI Beauty, Blur Control, AI Portrait, and much more, the camera takes spectacular photos in daylight conditions. Colors, contrasts, details, everything is well-calibrated in each photograph and of course, multiple post-processing options exist to enhance them further. The 16MP front camera takes selfies that are on par with the competition in this segment, and the same is the case with night photography where both cameras struggle a bit.

Samsung Galaxy M30 is intended to provide high performance within the budget segment and its 1.8 Samsung Exynos 7904 octa-core processor combined with 4GB/6GB RAM provides satisfactory performance benchmarks in this regard. For a normal user interested in fast emailing, opening multiple apps, listening to music while surfing the internet surfing, forwarding and downloading links, watching videos, and playing games such as Temple Run, Samsung Galaxy M30 provides a smooth experience. But avid gamers will find the processor not up to the mark for playing graphics-intensive games or opening multiple heavy apps.

As far as software goes, Samsung Galaxy M30 has Samsung Experience version 9.5 running on Android 8.1 Oreo that is a complex and cluttered user interface. Samsung loyalists will feel fine but any newbie will need to spend a lot of time and energy in navigating through the spam notifications and pre-installed bloatware.

The most joyous aspect of the performance is the presence of a 5000 mAh battery that will last 2 days even for someone using the phone constantly. Since it comes bundled with a type-c charger, the recharging process is also much faster, so when it comes to battery power, there is no reason for anxiety.

Samsung Galaxy M30 shows the Samsung intention of providing long-term value at most affordable prices. It provides not only a reliable brand name, but also a superb display, a huge battery, and a satisfactory camera setup, all within a budget to mid-range segment. This is what makes it stand out among the latest smartphones under 15000.

What We Loved

  • SuperAMOLED display
  • Huge battery with fast-charging
  • Good camera setup

What We Didn’t Like

  • Avid gamers will be disappointed
  • Samsung Experience is riddled with bloatware and spam
6.

Realme 3 Pro

Realme 3 Pro
  • Screen Size
    Screen Size
    6.3" (1080 x 2340)
  • Camera
    Camera
    Dual 16 MP
  • RAM
    RAM
    4GB | 6GB
  • Battery
    Battery
    4045 mAh

Overview

Realme is one of the Chinese mega-brands that poses the biggest threat to Xiaomi, the reigning king in the budget segment. After Redmi Note 7 Pro made the headlines on every technology and gadget website, Realme 3 Pro came along in April 2019 to dethrone it and become the best smartphone under 15000.

Our Thoughts

Realme 3 Pro is inspired by Le-Mans racing track and flaunts a dual-light pattern design on its glossy rear panel that is swift and mesmerizing, especially in its blue variant. The 3D curved back and rounded edges give it a good grip while its splash-proof and sweat-proof accreditation brings extra peace of mind. It has undergone more than 10000 drop tests, so the durability quotient is sky-high.

The 6.3-inch Full HD+ LCD display screen with 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution and 90.8% aspect ratio is equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It imparts vibrant contrasts and excellent color reproduction for an enhanced media playback experience.

For a budget smartphone, even a basic processor enough to do daily multitasking should do the trick. Realme 3 Pro goes one step ahead and possesses the latest and more power-efficient 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 AIE octa-core processor with Adreno 616 GPU. Combined with 4GB/6GB RAM, it works smoothly for all daily internet browsing and productivity apps needs. Even avid gamers will be happy with their long sessions of indulging in PUBG or Asphalt 9 with no lags or heating issues.

For Realme loyalists, the custom ColorOS 6 would be easier to navigate while newbies to this ecosystem would find the pre-installed junk a little bit of a nuisance. After a while though, it provides smooth user experience, especially since it offers features such as app drawer for all apps, gestures-based navigation and Hyper Boost for seamless gaming sessions.

The CABC technology ensures that 4045 mAh battery lasts more than a day, and to recharge it even faster, Realme 3 Pro supports VOOC 3.0 flash charging.

Realme 3 Pro takes special care of all amateur photographers by providing 16MP primary Sony camera + 5MP depth sensor on the rear and a 25MP AI front camera for selfie and groupfie lovers. The cameras take pleasing daytime shots with the help of HDR, Speed Boost, Chroma Boost, AI Portraits, and many other premium camera modes.

Even at night, the Super Nightscape mode ensures that photos clicked from the rear camera are not below-average. But the front camera struggles in low light, a trait almost all cameras in the budget category share.

Realme 3 Pro brings an iconic design, blazing-fast performance, excellent rear camera, and a massive fast-charging battery, all smart premium features for the young generation, without breaking the bank. This is how it has managed to sneak unopposed in the list of the best smartphones under 15000.

What We Loved

  • Superfast performance
  • Exceptional gaming
  • Excellent rear camera
  • Fast-charging massive battery
  • Flagship features in the budget segment

What We Didn’t Like

  • Underwhelming selfies in low-light conditions
  • ColorOS has some bloatware