The smartphone market in India is getting competitive by the week with more smartphone launches taking place than ever before. Popular smartphone companies like Xiaomi and OnePlus are making history by selling a record number of devices in very little time. That being said, there’s no doubt to the fact that smartphones in the sub-15,000 rupees price range are the most popular ones.
As we head straight on into the second part of 2018, you really don’t need to burn a really huge hole in your pocket to get the best experience from your smartphone. Most Chinese OEMs are pushing the limits to what can be fit into a phone while also maintaining a ridiculously low price.
Here’s a list of smartphones that are a total bang for your buck for just under Rs. 15000:
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1: How Much Battery Can You Possibly Ask For?
In April, Asus launched a brand new smartphone that was targeted for the Indian audience and the company made some long-awaited changes that we certainly love. To start with, it has a stock Android experience, which means the phone get rids of ZenUI and all the unwanted software additions that come with it. This gives a clean interface to play around with and an overall easier phone to adapt to.
Secondly, it has a bezel-less display, just like most smartphones in 2018, and it does not have a notch! Yes, that’s right, so you get a big display without having your videos and games cut off by that notch. The display is also pretty accurate in reproducing colour and depth to the content on the display. To support its Full HD+ display, the phone packs in a 5,000mAh battery! The battery is pretty huge and can easily last you well over a day and edging towards two days of use.
Apart from that, the phone also has some other nifty additions like a dedicated microSD card slot, the latest Snapdragon 636 processor that allows for Dual VoLTE, among others.
Oppo RealMe 1: More RAM for Less ₹₹
Following its Chinese counterpart’s advancements in the budget smartphone segment, Oppo finally launched one of its own as well and dubbed it with a new brand altogether – RealMe 1. If you are someone who has a hard time handling multiple applications simultaneously and are looking to switch your rusty phone for a new one, here’s one you must consider.
The smartphone has a very aesthetic look and features fifteen tangent planes carved on its back giving it a diamond-like reflective appearance. On the front, it has a 6-inch FullHD+ display with minimal bezels thereby allowing users an immersive experience. It is powered by the MediaTek 6771 MediaTek processor which is a pretty power-packed one. The major selling point has to be its 6GB RAM variant which is priced at Rs. 13,990, making it the cheapest phone in the market to have this much RAM.
A little drawback to this phone has to be its lack of a fingerprint sensor. Most smartphones in this price segment do have one, but in order to maintain the specification to price ratio, Oppo had to sacrifice it after all. It does make up for the lacking sensor with Face Unlocking.
The Oppo RealMe 1 is definitely one of the high potential smartphones in this price segment at Rs. 8,990 for the 3GB variant, Rs. 10,990 for the 4GB one and Rs. 13,990 for the 6GB version.
Xiaomi RedMi Note 5 Pro: Carrying the Legacy Forward
This list cannot be complete if we do not include a smartphone from the house of Xiaomi, in fact, no price range is complete if a smartphone from Xiaomi isn’t on the list ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. With that said, the Redmi Note 5 Pro isn’t on the list just for the sake of being. It is by far one of the most worthy phones in the sub-15,000 rupees price range.
The phone integrates a bezel-less display that spans 5.99-inches across, however, the phone still retains quite a few bezels on the top and bottom, despite the 18:9 aspect ratio. It has got rid of the capacitive keys in lieu for software ones to accommodate the extra screen space and we definitely appreciate the effort.
The device is powered by the very capable Snapdragon 636 processor which means better efficiency and dual-VoLTE. Battery never was much of a problem with the Redmi Note series anyway and the Note 5 Pro’s 4,000mAh battery should keep you powered on through the day.
For Rs. 14,999 the 4GB variant or the 6GB variant for Rs. 16,999 is a great deal if you are looking for a device that can handle most daily tasks as well as gaming alike without breaking a sweat.
Samsung Galaxy J6: Catching up with the Trend
The Samsung Galaxy J6 is Samsung’s response to it losing its market share in the budget segment and I must admit, it seems like a pretty well-rounded device. Similar to the high-end offerings from the brand, the Galaxy J6 features a modern looking Infinity Display with very little bezels. Samsung has also thrown in a Super AMOLED panel, which means pitch blacks and vibrant colors is what you can expect from this phone.
On the inside, the phone is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 7870 processor capable of handling daily-use applications without falling short of breath. It also has sufficient RAM to multi-task and run the Samsung Experience built on top of Android Oreo pretty well.
Unlike the RealMe 1, the Galaxy J6 does come with a fingerprint sensor on the back, however, it doesn’t have a dual-camera setup like the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Zenfone Max Pro M1. Either way, if you are looking for a Samsung device, don’t want to spend way too much and enjoy good specifications simultaneously, you ought to check this one out. For Rs. 13,990, the Samsung Galaxy J6 is a phone you definitely can’t go wrong with.
Honor 7X: The Underdog
Last but definitely not the least is the Honor 7X, one of the very first phones in this price range that embraced the modern bezel-less design before it became more common. The phone has a fairly large 5.93-inch Full HD+ display on which videos and games look great.
Underneath its hood, the phone is powered by Kirin 659 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM which proves sufficient for most tasks and games alike. On the software side of things, the device has been updated to Android Oreo and even has support for face unlocking now.
On the camera front, the phone was once again one of the first devices on the market to come with a dual-rear camera setup, following the Xiaomi Mi A1.
Although the Honor 7X was launched late last year, for Rs. 13,999, it is still a very strong contender in this price segment.
With that said, these are the best smartphones to consider if you’re looking to buy a good smartphone in the budget segment. Stay tuned to our blog, Facebook page and Twitter handle to stay updated to the latest news from the world of technology.