Latest Phones Under 15000 in India 2018 (With Reviews)

Updated on 2018-10-19 by Geetansh Arora

Latest Phones Under 15000 in India 2018 (With Reviews)

Looking for a new phone under 15000? You are at the right place. In this article we have listed the latest phones under 15000 in India. All these phones were launched recently in 2018 by various brands like Oppo, Motorola, Lenovo, Redmi, Samsung, Vivo, Asus, Nokia and more.

The phones on this list are priced between Rs. 10000 and 15000. Some phones are priced little above 15000. You will see that these phones have powerful hardware to handle multitasking and gaming and provide high value for money. Some of the phones also have latest 18:9 or 19:9 bezelless notch displays which look gorgeous. Inside, you will see Snapdragon midrange processors with around 4GB of RAM and 32 to 64GB of storage. Some of the phones also have dual rear or dual front cameras for bokeh effect portrait mode pictures. If you can spend around 20000 take a look at latest phones under 20000.

The smartphones below are listed in the order of their launch with latest phone on the top.

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1. Moto One Power

One Power

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.2 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 12MP
  • 5000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black Colors

Best Price ₹15999



Brief Review:

Moto One Power is a mid-range Android One smartphone from Motorola which comes with a massive 5000 mAh battery. Recent Motorola phones like the G6, G6 Plus were overpriced but the One Power looks reasonably priced. Should you buy it? Let's find out in our brief review below.

Looks wise, the Motorola One Power looks very similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Just add a notch display to Note 5 Pro and you will get Moto One Power. The camera placement on the rear is vertical and the fingerprint sensor is placed in the center. The Moto logo is above the fingerprint sensor which is not the quickest but does the job well. The design is metal unibody and there's not much to write about it. The display on the front is a 6.2 inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of Full HD+ 1080p. The display is good. The colors are rich and viewing angles are fine as well. The front camera and the earpiece are placed inside the notch.

The phone feels solid but it is a bit bulky because of the massive 5000 mAh battery inside. It weighs 205 gms and the thickness is around 9mm. If you like slim and light-weight phones then this is not for you. The 5000 mAh battery means excellent battery life. You can get 2 days of backup on a single charge with mixed usage. Motorola is providing a fast turbocharger inside the box and it charges the phone from 0 to 100% in just around 2 hours and 15 minutes which is great. 

Moto One Power comes with a dual rear camera and a single front camera. The rear setup is 16MP+5MP where 5MP is the depth sensor to add bokeh effect to your images. The 16MP color sensor has a f/1.8 aperture and the performance is not that great. The portrait mode pictures look very average and Motorola needs to improve it with a software update. The video doesn't have any stabilization so that's shaky. The front camera is 12MP and takes decent pictures outdoors. Indoors low light performance is average for both rear and front cameras. This isn't the best phones in the segment for camera lovers.

The chipset inside the Motorola One Power is the Snapdragon 636. The SD636 chipset is very powerful and can handle any task you throw at it. Using multiple applications and games is going to be a breeze. Moto One Power scores around 115000 on the Antutu Benchmarks which is similar to phones like Note 5 Pro and Zenfone Max Pro. Moto One Power is an Android One smartphone with no bloatware installed. The clean software with a powerful chipset provides a very smooth experience.

Moto One Power comes in just 1 variant which is 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The storage can be expanded via a dedicated MicroSD slot by up to 256GB. The only color available is black. We were expecting more options from Motorola but that didn't happen. 

Moto One Power is exclusively available on Flipkart at Rs.15999. Considering the performance of the phone, we think it offers good value for money. If you need a phone with notch display, stock android, powerful processor and a big battery then Moto One Power will be perfect for you. If you need better cameras then go for Mi A2. 

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2. Honor 8X

8X

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6.5 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 20MP+2MP
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3750mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Blue, Black Colors

Best Price ₹14999



Brief Review:

Honor 8X is the successor of Honor 7X which was launched in the first quarter of 2018. 7X was a big upgrade over the 6X and now 8X is a big upgrade over 7X. We are really impressed with what Honor has done here. Let's take a look at the brief review of Honor 8X.

First, let's talk about the design. The Honor 8X looks stunning. The phone redefines the midrange segment. The only phone which comes close to Honor 8X in looks is the Nokia 6.1 Plus. Honor 8X has a glass sandwich design. On the front, we have a large 6.5-inch display with very thin bezels. Even the chin at the bottom is one of thinnest we have seen on Android devices. The screen to body ratio is over 91% which is excellent. The back of the phone is also covered with glass has a beautiful reflective design with 2 colors. We love how the phone looks.

The 6.5-inch display is an IPS LCD notch display with a resolution of Full HD+. The display is very sharp with great colors, good saturation, and contrast. It is one of the best displays available in this segment. Looks wise, Honor 8X is the best phone available under Rs. 15000 as of October 2018.

Honor 8X is powered by the Hisilicon Kirin 710 which is the latest mid-range chip from Huawei. Kirin 710 is built on 12nm process and offers great performance and power efficiency as well. It has 4 Cortex A53 core and 4 Cortex A73 cores. Performance wise the Kirin 710 chipset is similar to Snapdragon 660 in performance. It scores around 135000 on Antutu benchmarks. With Kirin 710, Honor 8X comes with 4GB to 6GB RAM and 64GB to 128GB storage. The lowest variant comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and even that variant handles multitasking and gaming with ease. Normal day to day usage on 8X is a breeze with no lag. Heavy games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 also run fine. If your usage is very heavy and involves switching between multiple heavy apps/games then going for the 6GB 128GB variant would be a good option. 

Inside the Honor 8X, we get a 3750 mAh battery which is decent considering the large display size. The battery backup is decent and the phone would easily last for a day with medium use. With light usage, you might get a backup of around 1.5 days. The phone comes with a 10W 5V 2A charger in the box. Honor says it has fast charging but the charging time is around 2 hours for 0 to 100% which is very normal for a device with 3750mAh battery. The port is still MicroUSB. We think Honor should now move to USB Type C ports.

On the camera side, we have a lot of AI stuff going on. Honor has provided a dual 20MP+2MP dual camera on the back. The 20MP is a f/1.8 color sensor and the 2MP is a depth sensor for portrait shots. On the front, we have a 16MP single sensor. Honor is using AI for a lot of stuff. It can adjust settings depending on scene recognition. The AI also helps in improving the quality of low light pictures. The overall performance of the camera is good. Pictures taken in day light looks excellent. The color accuracy is not great and we hope that gets fixed via a software update. The portrait shots also look good with proper edge detection and natural looking bokeh in the background. The video recording also supports slow motion up to 480 fps which is something we don't see on midrange phones.

Honor 8X runs on Honor's EMUI 8.2 which is a skin based on Android Oreo 8.1. EMUI has some bloatware installed and doesn't have a clean look like stock Android but you can always install Nova launcher on it so it is not an issue. EMUI has useful features like dual apps using which you can have 2 WhatsApp on the same phone. EMUI is very stable and doesn't have any irritating bugs. The phone runs smoothly and you won't face any lags.

Honor 8X doesn't have any IP waterproofing certification so keep it away from water and dust. The phone is very slippery because of the glass back so covering it with a nice case would be a good choice. There is a dedicated MicroSD Card available using which you can increase the storage by up to 128GB. Dual VOLTE is also available which is great if you want to use 2 Jio sims at once.

The Honor 8X comes in 3 variants: 4-64GB is priced at 14999, 6-64GB is priced at 16999 and 6-128GB is priced at 18999. The lowest 4-64GB variant provides good performance and excellent value for money so if your usage is not very heavy, go for the lowest variant. The phone comes in 2 colors: Blue and Black. If you need something cool and flashy then go with the Blue color option.

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3. Realme 2 Pro 6GB

2 Pro 6GB

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black Sea, Blue Ocean, Ice Lake Colors

Best Price ₹15990



Brief Review:

Realme has made a strong market in the under 10k smartphone and is looking to capture the attention of users having a budget of 10k to 20k. With Realme 2 Pro, Realme certainly looks to heat up the competition with an awesome list of specs and a practical smartphone. Here we review the Realme 2 Pro which comes in 3 variants. Let us discuss the specifications and features this Realme 2 Pro offers which will be a Flipkart exclusive smartphone.

Realme 2 Pro comes with a 6.3-inch display having the Full HD Plus resolution with the Full-screen display. The display is perfectly bright and the brightness is well maintained in the outdoor conditions. Watching videos or movies on this smartphone is appealing and provides a good experience. On the front, we have a waterdrop or also known as the teardrop notch which makes the phone look amazing, which results in an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The earpiece is available just above the notch.

Realme has worked well on the designing on the smartphones and this one is no different, however, they have not replicated the diamond cut design which was features on Realme 1 and the Realme 2. So the Realme 2 pro comes with a polycarbonate body and a perfect glass type shiny finish which will be available in three colors Black Sea, Blue Ocean, and Ice Lake. The box also bundles a TPU(Transparent) case for the smartphone protection.

Coming to the performance of this smartphone which would surely invite a jaw drop reaction, the Realme 2 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset and the base variant has a 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of internal storage. The smartphone scores around 1,33,000 on the Antutu Benchmark which clearly explains how powerful this smartphone is. In our usage of this phone as a primary phone, we played games, watched YouTube videos, listened to music and all other day to day usage like calling, messaging etc and we did not face any problem at all. 

We also played heavy games like PUBG for instance and the phone was able to multitask and handle heavy stuff easily. The Realme 2 Pro comes with an inbuilt AI gaming accelerator which helps boosts the performance. Here you also get Dual sim slot and a dedicated SD card slot to expand the storage by 256 GB. 

Finally on the camera side, Realme 2 Pro has left everyone stunned with a powerful dual camera set up at the back that does not disappoint you at all. On the specification side, the dual rear camera comes with a 16 MP f/1.7 aperture (Sony IMX 398) which is the primary sensor and a 2MP sensor which is the depth sensor and a LED flash. The camera clicks perfect images in both and low light conditions and we were really stunned by the beauty it delivers. The front camera is a 16MP sensor which comes with the AI beautify mode and recognizes the personal characteristics to give you the best photo. The rear camera takes excellent pictures and the front camera is not great as of now. We hope Realme fixes it with a software update.

Both the front and the rear camera on Realme 2 Pro can click portrait shot and the edge detection is perfect. The camera app comes with 5 Light mode namely the Film Light, Mono-Tone Light, Natural Light, Rim Light, Bi-Colour Light which captures and transforms the photos. The camera is also powered by AI that can recognize various scenes and modify the images to look based on contrast, colors and best exposures.

The Realme 2 Pro runs on Color OS 5.2 which is a custom skin based on the Android 8.1 and is the same as used on the Oppo branded smartphones. Here the experience is not the best as the UI is not very clean and there are some bloatware apps which is a compromise in this beautiful and perfect smartphone.

On the battery side, we have a 3500 mAh battery to power the smartphone, in our usage, the battery lasts justs above a day with medium type usage. The phone has a micro USB and does not bundle a fast charger. Also, there is no IP rating on this phone, so protect it from dust and water. For the unlocking of this smartphone, you get both fingerprint and face unlocking mechanism and both are accurate and very very fast which unlock the smartphone in the blink of an eye.

The Realme 2 Pro has 3 variants which are priced as mentioned below.

Variant (RAM - Internal Storage) Pricing (in Rs)
4GB - 64 GB 13,999
6GB - 64 GB 15,999
8GB - 128GB 17,999

To us, the pricing on this Realme 2 Pro looks super exciting, especially the limelight is 8 GB version smartphone has been launched under 20000 for the first time. Realme 2 Pro comes with a tagline of Max Power Max Style and it surely very well delivers on the same. Overall, with its brilliant specifications, features, the Realme 2 Pro is a midrange killer and certainly should be your top choice for a smartphone under 15000 to 20000.

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4. Realme 2 Pro

2 Pro

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black Sea, Blue Ocean, Ice Lake Colors

Best Price ₹13990



Brief Review:

Realme has made a strong market in the under 10k smartphone and is looking to capture the attention of users having a budget of 10k to 20k. With Realme 2 Pro, Realme certainly looks to heat up the competition with an awesome list of specs and a practical smartphone. Here we review the Realme 2 Pro which comes in 3 variants. Let us discuss the specifications and features this Realme 2 Pro offers which will be a Flipkart exclusive smartphone.

Realme 2 Pro comes with a 6.3-inch display having the Full HD Plus resolution with the Full-screen display. The display is perfectly bright and the brightness is well maintained in the outdoor conditions. Watching videos or movies on this smartphone is appealing and provides a good experience. On the front, we have a waterdrop or also known as the teardrop notch which makes the phone look amazing, which results in an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The earpiece is available just above the notch.

Realme has worked well on the designing on the smartphones and this one is no different, however, they have not replicated the diamond cut design which was features on Realme 1 and the Realme 2. So the Realme 2 pro comes with a polycarbonate body and a perfect glass type shiny finish which will be available in three colors Black Sea, Blue Ocean, and Ice Lake. The box also bundles a TPU(Transparent) case for the smartphone protection.

Coming to the performance of this smartphone which would surely invite a jaw drop reaction, the Realme 2 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset and the base variant has a 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of internal storage. The smartphone scores around 1,33,000 on the Antutu Benchmark which clearly explains how powerful this smartphone is. In our usage of this phone as a primary phone, we played games, watched YouTube videos, listened to music and all other day to day usage like calling, messaging etc and we did not face any problem at all. 

We also played heavy games like PUBG for instance and the phone was able to multitask and handle heavy stuff easily. The Realme 2 Pro comes with an inbuilt AI gaming accelerator which helps boosts the performance. Here you also get Dual sim slot and a dedicated SD card slot to expand the storage by 256 GB. 

Finally on the camera side, Realme 2 Pro has left everyone stunned with a powerful dual camera set up at the back that does not disappoint you at all. On the specification side, the dual rear camera comes with a 16 MP f/1.7 aperture (Sony IMX 398) which is the primary sensor and a 2MP sensor which is the depth sensor and a LED flash. The camera clicks perfect images in both and low light conditions and we were really stunned by the beauty it delivers. The front camera is a 16MP sensor which comes with the AI beautify mode and recognizes the personal characteristics to give you the best photo. The rear camera takes excellent pictures and the front camera is not great as of now. We hope Realme fixes it with a software update.

Both the front and the rear camera on Realme 2 Pro can click portrait shot and the edge detection is perfect. The camera app comes with 5 Light mode namely the Film Light, Mono-Tone Light, Natural Light, Rim Light, Bi-Colour Light which captures and transforms the photos. The camera is also powered by AI that can recognize various scenes and modify the images to look based on contrast, colors and best exposures.

The Realme 2 Pro runs on Color OS 5.2 which is a custom skin based on the Android 8.1 and is the same as used on the Oppo branded smartphones. Here the experience is not the best as the UI is not very clean and there are some bloatware apps which is a compromise in this beautiful and perfect smartphone.

On the battery side, we have a 3500 mAh battery to power the smartphone, in our usage, the battery lasts justs above a day with medium type usage. The phone has a micro USB and does not bundle a fast charger. Also, there is no IP rating on this phone, so protect it from dust and water. For the unlocking of this smartphone, you get both fingerprint and face unlocking mechanism and both are accurate and very very fast which unlock the smartphone in the blink of an eye.

The Realme 2 Pro has 3 variants which are priced as mentioned below.

Variant (RAM - Internal Storage) Pricing (in Rs)
4GB - 64 GB 13,999
6GB - 64 GB 15,999
8GB - 128GB 17,999

To us, the pricing on this Realme 2 Pro looks super exciting, especially the limelight is 8 GB version smartphone has been launched under 20000 for the first time. Realme 2 Pro comes with a tagline of Max Power Max Style and it surely very well delivers on the same. Overall, with its brilliant specifications, features, the Realme 2 Pro is a midrange killer and certainly should be your top choice for a smartphone under 15000 to 20000.

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5. Nokia 6.1 Plus

6.1 Plus

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 400 GB
  • 5.8 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3060mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue, White Colors

Best Price ₹15999



Brief Review:

Nokia came back last year with Nokia 6 and launched plenty of devices after that. Overall response to Nokia smartphones has been decent. Now, Nokia has launched the successor of Nokia 6 which is Nokia 6.1 Plus. Nokia 6.1 Plus is a midrange smartphone priced around Rs. 15000 in India. Let's take a look at what it offers in this brief review.

Nokia is known for their excellent build quality and Nokia 6.1 Plus is not an exception. The phone is well built and feels very solid in hand. It weighs around 150 grams and the thickness is around 8mm. With excellent build, the design is gorgeous as well. The phone is covered with glass on both sides and looks very premium.

The display on the front is 5.8 inches notch display of 19:9 aspect ratio and Full HD+ resolution. The display is bright and sharp with good viewing angles. Because of 5.8 inch display and thin bezels, the size of the smartphone is smaller compared to phones like Redmi Note 5 Pro. The size is perfect for you if you don't like big phones. You won't face any trouble while using it with one hand.

On the back, we have a fingerprint sensor and dual camera setup. The fingerprint sensor is accurate and quick. The dual camera setup on the back has a 16MP color sensor of f/2.0 aperture with 1um pixel size. Plus, there is a 5MP depth sensor which helps with edge detection to give bokeh effect in portrait mode pictures.

On the front, there is a 16MP single camera sensor which can also take portrait mode selfies. The camera performance is good in outdoor natural lighting conditions. The images look colorful with plenty of details. The portrait mode also works well with good edge detection. Similar is the case with front selfie camera. The camera performance under low light conditions is not great though. We hope Nokia fixes it with a software update.

Inside the Nokia 6.1 Plus, we have a Snapdragon 636 processor powering the device with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Snapdragon 636 is a very capable midrange processor with excellent performance. We have already seen it on phones like Redmi Note 5 and Asus Zenfone Max Pro. 4GB RAM + SD636 is a good configuration for a midrange smartphone. You won't notice any lag while using multiple apps or playing games. On the benchmark side, you will see a score of around 110000 to 115000 on Antutu benchmark. 

64GB is a decent amount of storage. If you need more, you can use the MicroSD slot provided. Do note that it is hybrid slot and you won't be able to use the second sim if you are using a MicroSD Card.

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is an Android One smartphone and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. There is no bloatware at all. Stock android makes the overall experience very snappy with quick switching between apps. Because it is an Android One device, you can expect quick updates. Android P should arrive in a couple of months.

The battery inside the Nokia 6.1 Plus is an average one. The battery capacity is just 3060mAh and you can expect a day of backup with medium usage. If you are a heavy user, you might have to plug the device in the evening. The phone supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 but doesn't come with a fast charger inside the box. Buying a fast charger would be a good investment for heavy users. 

Nokia 6.1 Plus isn't water or dust proof so there is no IP rating for it. The glass on the back and front makes it a bit slippery so add a case if you are one of those who tend to drop their phones a lot.

Nokia 6.1 Plus comes in 3 colors: Black, Blue, and White. If you ask us, which one is the best color then we would suggest you the Black version. The other 2 colors are great as well. 

Overall, we love the Nokia 6.1 Plus. It has great design, excellent performance, and good cameras. The only negative point is the average battery backup but it is not a deal breaker. Earlier Nokia phones were a bit overpriced but this time Nokia has done well. The pricing of 15999 is really good and makes it one of the best phones in this segment.

Nokia 6.1 Plus is a Flipkart exclusive smartphone and it will be available from 30th August.

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6. Mi A2

A2

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM
  • 6 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 20MP+12MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 20MP
  • 3010mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Gold, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹16999



Brief Review:

Mi A2 is the successor of Mi A1 which was the first Android One smartphone from Xiaomi. Mi A2 is also an Android One phone and is priced little above 15000 in India. While there have been significant improvements in terms of chipset and camera performance, a lot of compromises have been made. Let's take a look at the brief review and find out whether you should buy it or not.

Mi A2 back design is similar to that of Redmi Note 5 Pro. The phone has a metal unibody design. Metal feels great in hand but it is slippery so having a case would be a good option. The dual camera setup is placed vertically at the corner and the fingerprint sensor is at the center. The antenna bands have moved closer to the top and bottom edges of the phone. The phone comes in 3 colors: Black, Blue, and Gold. If you are wondering which one is the best color of Mi A2 then our answer would be Black. 

The display on the front is also similar to Redmi Note 5 Pro's display. The size is 5.99 inches with Full HD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The display is sharp and bright with good colors and viewing angles. Overall, the phones look good and feel comfortable in hand.

Let's talk about the camera which is the USP of this device. There is a 20MP+12MP dual camera setup on the back. Both 20MP and 12MP cameras are color sensors. We would have preferred a wide angle lens or a telephoto lens. The pixels are large and the aperture is f/1.75 which helps in low light photos. The camera performance of the rear camera is great. The pictures look great with plenty of details, natural colors and good dynamic range.

The front camera has a 20MP sensor and the performance is again excellent. The selfies look great with plenty of details. You can use the beautify mode to make your pictures look better. Plus, it supports portrait mode which detects edges properly and adds a natural looking blur. Excellent camera performance makes it one of the best camera phones under 20000. 

The Mi A2 is powered by the powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset which coupled with 4GB of RAM can handle any task you throw at it. Whether you like to switch between tens of apps or you like to play heavy games like PUBG of Asphalt 9, this phone is going to handle it with ease. You won't notice any frame drop or lag. It is a great option for gamers as well.

On benchmarks side, you will see a stellar performance. On Antutu benchmarks, the Mi A2 scores around 135000 which is a great score for a phone priced in this range. On Geekbench, you will see a score of around 1600 on single core and 4600 on multicore. 

The phone has 64GB of inbuilt storage and there is no MicroSD slot to increase the storage. Yes, no MicroSD slot. They could have easily put a hybird sim tray in there but they decided to go against it. So if you need extra space, you don't have any option to expand it.

Plus, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack as well. Why? Maybe Xiaomi was unable to find space for it or maybe they just want to follow the stupid trend of removing the headphone jack for no reason at all. When IP68 rated smartphones like LG G7 can have the headphone jack then why can't Mi A2? Removal of the headphone jack and MicroSD slot from Mi A2 are couple of the things that we hate most. 

Inside the Mi A2, there is a 3010mAh battery. The device would last for a day on medium usage. With heavy usage, you might need to charge it in the evening. Battery performance is just average here. The phone does support Quick Charge 4.0 which should charge your device very quickly but the fast charging brick is not included in the box and you need to buy it separately. It comes with the normal 5V 2A charge in the box.

The device is running on stock Android Oreo. It is an Android One device so you will get software updates very quickly. The latest Android P should arrive in a couple of months. There is very little bloatware on the device which makes multitasking a breeze. RAM management is good as well. 

So should you buy Mi A2? Depends on what you want and what you can live without. If you need excellent camera performance, powerful chipset and stock android and you can live without a headphone jack, a MicroSD slot and average battery backup, then go for it. 

If you need a good battery backup, a headphone jack and MicroSD slot with little lower camera performance then Redmi Note 5 Pro or Asus Zenfone Max Pro 6GB are better options.

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7. Samsung Galaxy On8 2018

Galaxy On8 2018

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch HD Plus Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Blue, Black Colors

Best Price ₹16990



Brief Review:

Samsung is on a spree of launching a new smartphone in India. With Samsung Galaxy J6, J8 and On6 receiving great response from the Samsung lovers, Samsung has taken this opportunity of good times and launched the all new Samsung Galaxy On 8 2018 version. So here we are with the review, features and specification on the Samsung Galaxy On8. We have also listed a few pros and cons on this smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy On8 comes with a 6-inch infinity display or as Samsung calls it a bezel-free design, having an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 with the Samsung all-time favourite, a Super AMOLED display. The display has HD Plus resolution and before you feel disappointed of the resolution not being a Full HD as seen in other smartphones in the price range of 15000, let us tell you that the display is sharp, bright and has a perfect colour reproduction. The Super AMOLED display is perfect to watch videos, play games and the experience will not ever let you down.

In terms of the build quality, Samsung On8 is build of a plastic body (polycarbonate) with a metal frame in between back and front. Samsung is a trademark for good quality and the On8 very well justifies it. The phone feels comfortable and easy to hold in hand. Again even if you are not a Samsung lover, you will have no issues using this phone for a long time as the quality is solid and durable.

Let us now talk about the performance factor where Samsung has shown some resilience from the beginning especially in the budget segment. Here Samsung Galaxy On8 comes powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 which scores about 57300 on the Antutu benchmark. The Galaxy On8 looks to compete with Redmi Note 5 Pro and Zenfone Max Pro and Realme 1 in this price segment. Though we are not much excited with this choice of processor, but it all depends on your usage if you are not a very heavy user and only use your smartphone for normal day to day usage like browsing, using WhatsApp, watching videos of YouTube, then you will not face any problem here with the Snapdragon 450. 

On the Samsung Galaxy On8 2018, We get 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory which is a good configuration and the RAM very well supports the processor and hence we did not observe any issue with low to medium end games and decent multitasking. However heavy gaming does see some frame drops and lag while using. 

Next segment to discuss here in the review of Samsung Galaxy On8 is the Camera, where Samsung always puts its heart out to give you the best experience. Here On8 gets a dual rear camera with 16 MP(f/1.7) + 5MP(f/1.9) sensors and a single LED flash. With this camera on the Galaxy On8, you would be mesmerized by the sharpness and colour reproduction and contrast in the images. The shots look near to real life view and we will not hesitate to rate Samsung Galaxy On8 as one of the best camera phones in the price range of 15000 to 20000. Also, the bokeh shots are spot on with near to perfect edge detection and blurring effect. The camera has various modes like pro mode, panorama, portrait etc to keep you always engaged with it.

While every other smartphone manufacturer company is playing with AI for its camera images, Samsung with the Galaxy On8 2018 has introduced really cool features which you would not like to miss. The first one is the Background Blur Shape, where you can change the background blur light to apply objects like stars, heart etc in the blurred form which looks good in some of the pictures we clicked. The next in the  Portrait Dolly feature where we can create a GIF where the focussed object or person zooms in and out of the background giving a special stature to the focussed object. The third interesting new feature on the On8 is called the  Portrait Backdrop (Live Focus), where you get the control of changing the focus on the already clicked image and blur or add any of the different predefined effects in the background.  Samsung has also added a feature of Live Stickers, that further allows you to play with the photos by adding any of the predefined stickers to the image and have fun with it.

On the front camera, we get a 16MP sensor with a variable front LED flash and if you click a lot of selfie in your day to day routine, then you are surely going to fall in love with this camera for its beautiful image capture. The colour quality and brightness all look great for a camera in this price range. To add to the camera review on Samsung Galaxy On8, we also observed that the low light shots look good with both rear and front camera and only minor noise was observed in some cases. The front camera of the On8 also supports bokeh effect which works pretty well.

Samsung had recently launched a Char Over Video Feature, in some of the recent smartphones, and this continues with the Galaxy On8 as it is a useful feature. What this does is, it allows you to chat with your friends on social media while you are watching a video on your phone and this happens simultaneously. Here, the background of the chat box is made transparent with a small pop and does not hamper your video viewing experience at all.

As we discussed the internal storage of 64 GB, we also get a dedicated SD card slot to expand the storage up to 256 GB. This allows it to be used as a proper dual sim phone. Galaxy On8 runs of Android Oreo 8.0 with a custom skin at the top. In the software, we see some preinstalled Samsung apps and other little bloatware but the user experience is smooth and easy to use. This smartphone supports both fingerprint and face unlocking methods which are quick and accurate.

On the battery backup, we have a non-removable battery rated at 3500 mAh which easily works throughout the day. The battery can many times last more than a day because of a not so heavy processor on this smartphone.  There is no fast charging and we get a usual micro USB port and not a type C port. Also, the On8 2018 does not come with any IP rating and you should keep it protected from dust and water.

Overall, considering the previous Samsung smartphones, the recently launched J series (J6 and J8) and now the On6 and this Galaxy On8 offer great value for money as a smartphone. For a Samsung lover and even for not so Samsung enthusiast people, if you are not looking for a top-notch performance phone, this On8 offers a good perspective to bet on for a budget of 15 to 20k.

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8. Honor 9N

9N

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.8 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Sapphire Blue, Robin Egg Blue, Midnight Black,Lavender Purple Colors

Best Price ₹13999



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Honor has been very aggressive in the under 20000 smartphone range. They have launched Honor 9 Lite, Honor 7X, Honor 9i which have received great response from the users. Honor is now launching Honor 9N, which is a rebranded Honor 9i(2018) launched in China. It comes with a notch display and beautiful design and is a good smartphone under 15000. Let us look at the reviews, specifications and features of this beautiful phone. 

Honor 9N comes with a 5.84-inch notch display with a Full HD Plus resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The display is a full view display having an aspect ratio of 19:9. In terms of design, it has a glass design and looks similar to the one seen Honor 9 Lite. The front has a notch and the back has a horizontal dual camera setup with a LED flash at the top and a fingerprint sensor. Honor has launched Honor 9N with a tagline of #ExtraOrdinaryBeauty and the design and looks truly upholds the statement. It is lightweight and easy to hold and operate with one hand.

On the performance side, Honor has once again used the in-house Kirin 659 processor which we have seen in all the midrange phones starting from Honor 9 Lite, Honor 9i (2017) and the Honor 7X. This smartphone has 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of internal storage. We have seen the similar configuration in all the Honor phones in this price range and though Kirin 659 is not a powerhouse as Snapdragon 636 seen in Redmi Note 5 Pro but does handle multitasking with ease and one can easily go through all the daily tasks without any difficulty. But that Kirin 659 at the pricing of under 15000 does not raise the bar in the performance side when compared to the likes to Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max or the Mi A2 which has just launched. Honor 9N scores around 75000 on the Antutu Benchmark.

Coming to the camera, Honor 9N supports a dual rear camera setup with 13MP as the primary sensor and 2MP sensor as the secondary sensor with Dual tone LED flash and autofocus. The camera works fine with clear and crisp shots and good colour reproduction. The camera also supports face detection, portrait (bokeh) mode and HDR mode. The front camera is a 16MP shooter which is located inside the front notch and as expected clicks beautiful pictures and also supports portrait shots via software processing.

Honor 9N runs on EMUI 8.1 which is a custom skin based on the Android 8.1 Oreo and works smooth. They are some bloatware but Honor has well refined the EMUI over the years. There is a hybrid micro SD card slot to expand the memory up to 256 GB. Honor 9N supports both fingerprint and face unlocking mechanism and both of the methods work accurately and swiftly. Honor 9N does not carry any IP rating so keep it safe from the dust and water.  It has a battery rated at 3000 mAh which can keep the phone powered up for a day. You would need to charge it after a full day usage. 

Honor 9N though has been launched as the rebranded version Honor 9i (2018) but in actual it is a more beautiful version of all the Honor midrange phones. It has a stunning looking notch and is Honor's first phone under 15000 with a notch. The dazzling looks are very attractive and if you are looking to buy a phone under 15000 with a notch display, Honor 9N has to be your top choice. If you are not much concerned with the high-end gaming or heavy usage, this phone would work through easily.

The 3GB 32GB variant is priced at Rs. 11999 and the 4GB 64GB variant is priced at Rs. 13999. Honor has added a 4GB 128GB variant as well which will cost you 17999. We think the middle variant 4GB 64B provides the best value for money.

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9. Motorola Moto E5

Moto E5

Features

  • 2 GB RAM | 16 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.7 inch HD+ Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Gold, Gray Colors

Best Price ₹9999



Brief Review:

Moto E5 is the close younger sibling of the E5 Plus we just discussed above. Launched alongside, the devices are pretty much identical with the plus model packing a bigger screen and with a bigger screen comes bigger responsibility in terms of battery. The looks are a bit different though, Moto E5 takes a more plain approach with a simple plastic back like It always has been, the build quality is solid but not as premium looking as the E5 Plus. At the back, we find the same round camera cut-out followed by a fingerprint scanner with Moto branding.

Motorola has put efforts into modernising the E and G lineup to make up to 2018 standards and hence we see the first big leap upfront - the 5.7-inch 18:9 display with the same resolution as E5 Plus - 720 x 1440 pixels making a pixel density of 282 PPI which is slightly better than E5 Plus on paper but not that big a difference in reality. Motorola says that the device is protected by Gorilla Glass but the version wasn’t specified.

On the inside, E5 is exactly like Its elder brother E5 Plus with Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 running the business and aided by Adreno 308 for graphics. The duo is not the best and latest. We feel Motorola could’ve gone with at least a 600-series Snapdragon. So the performance is just like an everyday smartphone with no hiccups in average tasks - emails, calls, photos - but things get a little shaky as you push more and more apps. The device is not built for too much hardcore performance and it is quite evident. You can get through casual games on this one but expecting high-end gaming can be a mistake.

There is just 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. You can increase the storage by up to 256GB by a MicroSD card. The 2GB RAM is unable to provide a fluid experience and the device feels laggy. On benchmarks side, you can expect a score of around 30000 to 35000 in Antutu Benchmarks which is one of the lowest for phones priced in this range.

Right now, the E5 is announced with only a single model featuring 16GB of onboard storage and 2GB of RAM, which puts It at the bottom of the Moto lineup. In the camera department, We are a little surprised as the device packs a 13 MP (f/2.0, 1.12μm) sensor with all the usual tricks. The megapixel count is one more than E5 Plus the pixel size is what goes unnoticed. E5 Plus camera has a bigger pixel size which I think should produce better or almost equal photos compared to this camera. On the front, we have a 5MP, f/2.2 sensor, which again is slightly lesser compared to 5MP, f/2.0 sensor on the E5 Plus.

Motorola E5 Plus runs on Android 8.0 Oreo, out of the box which is a no-brainer in 2018, while Android P is just around the corner. The software is fluid and responsive, there are no fancy customizations or super bloated skins. With big 4000mAh of battery, E5 can last well beyond a day. Motorola has been good enough to provide fast charging on the device which is really helpful with such a big battery. There’s no IP rating by Moto, so It’ll be in your favor to keep this device away from liquids.

Moto E5 has been priced at Rs. 9999 in India. At this price, it is tough to recommend it to anyone because you can get phones like Redmi Note 5, Realme 1, Redmi Y2 and Honor 7C which will perform way better than Moto E5. 

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10. Motorola Moto E5 Plus

Moto E5 Plus

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch HD+ Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 12MP
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 5000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Gold, Gray Colors

Best Price ₹11999



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So, Motorola E and G series have been a blockbuster for the company in the past and Motorola is counting on them to keep continuing that. So to maintain that dominance in market, which is very volatile given the budget range where all these phones compete, Motorola is here with a bunch of new additions and refinements to the Moto E and G lineup. Here we have the Moto E5 Plus, It has a ‘Plus’ in Its name so Its kinda bound to have a big 6-inch screen which it does. Its an IPS LCD Display at super-awesome 18:9 aspect ratio with a 720 x 1440 pixels resolution making a pixel density of 268PPI. Now I really appreciate Motorola’s efforts of imbibing high-end stuff into budget comers like the E series but Its sort of half-ass, a 720p display with a modern 18:9 aspect ratio?

Motorola says that the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, without specifying the version. The device, however, has improved on Its build quality and feels more premium than Its predecessors. The glossy back with Motorola trademark round camera cut-out. The fingerprint scanner is also rear-mounted just below the camera circle. The device is bit thicker but I don’t think anyone cares if a device is a few MMs fat given, you provide solid specs to back it up.

The Moto E5 Plus runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM. Snapdragon 430 is over two years old and I think Motorola could’ve done better here. Adreno 308 is also fairly old given the pace technology is running and while It should be a decent performer for everyday tasks, don’t expect too much heavy lifting without hiccups. E5 Plus comes with  32GB onboard storage and 3GB RAM. The storage can be increased by up to 256GB with a MicroSD card.

At the back, you’ll find the same iconic round camera cutout which I don’t know why is that big. The camera it houses is a decent one though. Moto E5 Plus packs a single, 12MP, f/2.0, 1.25μm sensor with all the usual stuff such as phase detection AF, Face detection and more. The front camera setup houses a 5MP, f/2.0 sensor which takes good selfies for the price. The camera is quite good given the bracket where this smartphone lies.

Motorola E5 Plus runs on Android 8.0 Oreo, out of the box which is a no-brainer in 2018, while Android P is just around the corner. The software is fluid and responsive, there are no fancy customizations or super bloated skins like others which is one thing I love about Motorola software. Keep It Clean! The battery on this one is one of the selling points - with 5000mAh of juice, E5 Plus can last well beyond a day and probably most of the second day as well. And what’s admirable Is that to charge this big boy, fast charging is at service. There’s no IP rating for E5 Plus, so better to keep it away from liquids.

Moto E5 Plus has been priced at Rs. 11999 in India. It faces tough competition from phones like Redmi Note 5, Asus Zenfone Max Pro, Redmi Y2, Honor 7X, Realme 1 and Honor 9 Lite. All these phones pack better hardware than the E5 Plus. The only reason you should go for E5 Plus is if you need a beautiful phone with a big battery. Performance wise, there are a lot of other better options.

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