Latest Phones Under 15000 in India 2019 (With Reviews)

Updated on 2019-02-06 by Geetansh Arora

Latest Phones Under 15000 in India 2019 (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 2019 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. Oppo K1

K1

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.4 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 25MP
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹16990



Brief Review:

Oppo K1 is Oppo's first smartphone in 2019 and it comes with plenty of features and at a surprising price point. With this pricing, it goes head to head with value for money brands like Redmi, Realme, Asus etc. So how is Oppo K1? Should you buy it? Find out in our brief review below.

Oppo K1 is a midrange smartphone and is priced in the 15000 to 20000 price segment. It comes with a reflective gradient back design where you will see shades of blue and purple as you come from top to bottom. The design is flashy so some people are going to love it and some will hate it. If you don't like it, there is a simple black color variant for you. 

On the front, we have a large 6.41 inch AMOLED display panel of 1080p Full HD+ resolution. AMOLED panels are something that we don't see in this price segment. The display panel is gorgeous with sharp colors and good viewing angles. The notch design is dewdrop and the bezels are thin all around which means the screen to body ratio is over 90%. Oppo has used an AMOLED panel to place a fingerprint sensor below the display. This in-display fingerprint sensor is also a first in this price segment. Before this, we saw it on Vivo V11 Pro which was priced around 25000 in India.

To run the apps and games, we get Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The storage is expandable up to 256GB via the MicroSD card slot in the triple slot sim tray. The performance of the device is good and it can handle a lot of apps and games without any lag. The UI is a bit clunky though and there is a lot of bloatware which is not surprising because the phone runs on Oppo's ColorOS. Still, the overall experience is good.

There is a 3500 mAh battery inside the phone. Color OS is well optimized and doesn't drain the battery at all. You can expect battery backup of 1.5 days with normal use. The charger is usual 5V 2Amps and will charge the phone fully in around 2 hours 15 minutes. The charging port is still MicroUSB. It would have been great if Oppo has provided a USB Type C port here. 

For taking pictures, Oppo has provided a powerful set of cameras here. The rear setup is 16MP+2MP dual where 2MP is the depth sensor. The 16MP sensor has an aperture of f/1.7 which helps in getting more light in low-light conditions. The camera uses AI to detect various scenes and optimize the settings. Beauty mode and stickers are also available if you like to use those. The front camera is a 25MP sensor and takes beautiful selfies in almost all kinds of conditions. The pictures look good with plenty of details. Background blue in portrait shots also looks natural. 

Overall, Oppo K1 is a feature packed phone at an excellent price. AMOLED display, In-display fingerprint, powerful processor, good battery, good camera performance makes it one of the best phone under 15000 to 20000 segment. Other options in this range include Mi A2, Redmi Note 6 Pro, Moto One Power, and Nokia 6.1 Plus.

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2. Samsung M20

M20

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP+5MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 5000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹12990



Brief Review:

Samsung isn't really known for making value for money phones and that's why they have been having a tough time in India. Brands like Redmi, Realme, Motorola, Oppo, and Vivo have flooded the market with plenty of good phones at great prices and Samsung has lost top spot as well. Samsung Galaxy M10 and M20 are here to change that trend and look very impressive smartphones in the budget segment. Let's take a look at what M20 offers.

Both M10 and M20 have a very similar design. The only major change you will see is that M20 has a fingerprint sensor on the back and the display of M20 is a bit larger than M10's display. The phone has a polycarbonate build with a glossy back which looks good but gets smudged easily. The display on the front has a small notch. Samsung calls it an Infinity V display. The front camera is placed inside the notch and the earpiece is above the notch. The bezels all around are thin but the chin is narrow as well which means the screen to body ratio is more than 90%.

The display resolution is Full HD 1080. It is not an AMOLED panel but still, it is a beautiful and sharp display with good colors and viewing angles. Overall, this is nice looking smartphone with a beautiful display under 15000 from Samsung.

The battery inside the phone is massive 5000 mAh and the charger that comes with the phone is a 15W fast charger. The battery backup of the phone is excellent and it will last for around 2 days with medium usage and more with light usage. The fast charger works well and charges the phone fully is less than 2 hours 30 minutes which is excellent considering the battery capacity. The phone weighs 186 grams which is a decent weight and is easy to hold.

The Samsung M10 is powered by Exynos 7904 1.8GHz octa-core chipset. It is not the best you would find in this range but still it is a decent chipset which handles multitasking well. The gaming performance isn't that great though. There are 2 variants of Samsung M20: 3GB RAM 32GB Storage and 4GB RAM 64GB storage. Those who are going to install a lot of apps and play games should go for the 4GB 64GB variant of M20.

The Samsung M20 runs on Samsungs Experience UI which is a skin based on Android 8.1 Oreo. There is a good amount of bloatware. The UI is clean and easy to use though. The performance of M20 on benchmarks is decent as well. It scores a bit above 100000 on Antutu benchmarks. 

On the camera side, we have a surprise from Samsung. The rear camera is a dual setup of 13MP (f/1.9) + 5MP (f/2.2 ultra-wide) which is the same we saw on M10. While most companies just throw in a useless 2MP depth sensor as a secondary camera, Samsung has added an ultra wide angle lens which can be very useful. The primary sensor is also a good one and has an f/1.9 aperture which helps in low light shots. The camera on the front is an 8MP f/2.0 sensor. Both front and rear camera performance are decent for an under 15000 smartphone but not the best. The pictures taken in daylight look nice with good amount of details. The portrait mode pictures also look decent. If you need a phone with a great selfie camera, Realme U1 should be your choice. 

The phone comes with a headphone jack and a triple slot sim tray so you can use 2 VOLTE sims simultaneously with a MicroSD card. Dedicated MicroSD slot is something we love because it gives flexibility to the user to increase storage without compromising with the dual sim functionality of the phone.

Overall, Samsung M20 is an excellent value for money smartphone and one of the best phones under 15000 you can buy. Great design, nice display, excellent battery, good cameras make it a great allrounder phone. If your usage is light, you can go for the 3-32GB variant which is priced a bit above 10000 and heavy users should go for the 4-64GB variant. Other good options in this range include Realme 2 Pro, Redmi Note 6 Pro, and Moto One Power

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3. Honor 10 Lite

10 Lite

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 512 GB
  • 6.21 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 24MP
  • 3400mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, Sky Blue Colors

Best Price ₹13999



Brief Review:

Honor 10 Lite comes as a successor for the Honor 9 Lite which saw a great response from users in 2018. 10 Lite comes with major upgrades in the processor and looks domain and is the first phone from Honor in 2019.

Talking about the looks, this phone is an absolute killer which comes with the 6.21-inch long display having Full HD Plus resolution and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The back of the phone is built of plastic and gives nice reflections and design pattern due to the glossy finish. Surely, It attracts some fingerprint smudges but those are visible only at some point and with a TPU case you can keep the looks intact with no smudges. The top side of the phone has sim slots and secondary microphone and the bottom houses a micro USB port for charging, speaker output, 3.5mm headphone jack, and primary noise cancellation microphone.

On the design side given the pricing, the phones gets a 9 on 10.

The waterdrop notch adds to the look and holds the front camera but if you do not like it then it can be removed from the settings. The display has a 91% screen to body ratio and with Full HD Plus resolution and offers good brightness levels and punchier colors. Playing games or watching videos on the phone will be entertaining as the color reproduction is perfect.

For the performance, Honor has used the latest Kirin 710 processor. It is an octa-core chipset with four Arm Cortex A53 cores (for day to day applications) and four Arm Cortex A73 cores (primarily to boost clock speed in graphics intensive gaming sessions). There is a 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal memory to support the multitasking and storage requirement. However, you get a hybrid sim slot so you can either use it as dual sim or expand the memory and use in a single sim configuration. There is also a 6GB/64GB variant but that costs around 18k (4K more than the 4GB/64 GB variant) which we feel offers less value for money until you have a high multitasking requirement. 

Read about the Kirin 710 comparison with the other competitive Qualcomm Snapdragon processor

Honor 10 lite scores around 1,38,500 on the AnTuTu Benchmark which indicates powerful multitasking capability as was reflected in our review tests. We did not face any lag during our testing and the gaming performance was also spot on with no heating or latency issues with even the high-end games.

Now coming to one of the Honor stand out the domain, the camera performance. The rear camera comes with a dual rear sensor setup having a primary 13MP sensor (f/1.8 aperture) and a dedicated 2 MP depth sensor for the portrait shots. The photos come out with pleasant color and as usual, the Honor camera apps offer some extraordinary app features and AI support which enhances the color and contrast. In the daylight shots, the photos were clean and looked appealing because of the sharpness and quality.  For the portrait shots, the edge detection worked fine and the image captures a lot of details. Honor has also added a lighting effect feature for the portrait shots.

For the selfie shots, Honor 10 lite has a 24MP Sony IMX 576 sensor with different scene recognition. Overall image look crisp but the colors were sometimes a bit out of touch but with AI enabled, the camera does a better job.  In low light, the camera does a decent job but there was noticeable noise. Also, there is no stabilization available for the video.

For the software, this phone comes with Emotion UI (EMUI 9) which is built over the latest version of Android, Android Pie (9.0). The UI has some bloatware but comes with some features that can be really helpful. Other features like Party mode is available on Honor Lite 10, using which you can connect with multiple Honor phones nearby to play the same song creating a party like atmosphere. 

To get the phone to unlock, Honor has provided both fingerprint and face unlocking mechanism. Both methods are extremely responsive and accurate. The phone weighs around 160 gm and has a battery of 3400 mAh capacity. It can provide a backup of around 1 day and less if you are a heavy user.

Honor should have looked to give at least a battery capacity of 4000 mAh given the increasing use of the phone. There is a micro USB port to charge the phone. You get a standard 10W charger bundled in the box which charges the complete phone in around 2 hours as the phone does not support fast charging. Also, you do not get any IP rating or certification with this phone, so dust particles or water can harm the phone. The audio output is loud enough with decent sound quality but not something extraordinary compared to other phones in 10000 to 15000 price segment.

Overall, Honor 10 Lite is a lighter version of the Honor 10 and comes with pretty attractive design, powerful chipset, and a decent camera.

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4. Huawei Y9

Y9

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 400 GB
  • 6.5 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 16MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Sapphire Blue Colors

Best Price ₹15990



Brief Review:

Huawei has been trying to make a mark in the Indian market and has launched some great phones but failed to match the expectations vs pricing. Will the latest Huawei Y9 2019 be able to impress the users? Let us find it out in the brief review.

Y9 comes with a big 6.5 inch Full HD Plus display which has proper colors and sharpness. The big screen makes it attractive for watching videos or playing games. The back of the phone has a glossy finish and is built of polycarbonate material. The back attracts some smudges but the beautiful looks still remain intact. It comes in Black and Sapphire Blue colors and to us, the Sapphire Blue looks unique and better of the two. In the looks and design, the phone does a good job. Do make sure you use a back cover and a tempered glass for the screen to protect the damage if the phone accidentally falls.

For the processor, Huawei which is the parent company of the Honor brand has focussed itself on the Kirin 710 chipset for the 10k to 20k phone segment and this phone also features the same processor. It has a single variant with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. The overall score of the Y9 2019 on AnTuTu benchmark comes around 1,38,000 which is a powerful score and could handle multiple apps and gaming at high graphics settings during our testing. Thanks to the 4 A73 cores that fires up the clock speed in graphics gaming. Honor 10 Lite also comes with Kirin 710 processor which is prices around 14k. 

Performance wise, Huawei Y9 2019 impresses with Kirin 710

As always, let us now check the brief review of the Camera sensor and the features this phone offers. Huawei Y9 offers a Quad AI Camera setup - 2 in front and 2 in the rear. We have a 16 MP f/1.8 sensor and a 2 MP depth sensor on the back and 13 MP f/2.0 and a 2 MP depth sensor for the selfie. The captured image offers good detailing of the scene around but we felt that the sharpness levels were a bit average. Most importantly, the camera manages to present the foreground and background properly when checking the accurate blue sky colors Y9 captures. The AI is available on both front and rear camera and is used for object and scene recognition, we found that most of the AI images just saturates the color.

The selfie captures good skin tone and the video recording from both the camera does not support 4K or EIS(Electronic Image Stabilization). Coming to the portrait shots, the edge detection looks accurate as both cameras have a dedicated depth sensor. The image had good details and quality but not outstanding given the pricing of 17k and the competitive domain.

The gaming performance of the phone also works smoothly, thanks to the Kirin 710. We could easily play the games with high graphics setting without any latency. There was also almost nil or very minimal heating observed during extended gaming.

From the software perspective, Huawei Y9 comes with not the latest EMUI 8 (EMUI 9 is the latest), which is based over Android Oreo. We expect Huawei to upgrade the software very soon. There is a headphone jack available and the phone supports both fingerprint and face unlocking. Needless to say, both the methods are very accurate and fast as have been seen in all the Honor (owned by Huawei) smartphones.  The phone does not have any IP certification so keep it protected from water and dust.

Y9 gets a battery of 4000 mAh capacity which is good enough to power the phone easily for more than a day. Medium usage can extend the backup for around 1.5 days. However, we only get a micro USB port for charging and the box comes with a standard 10W charger (not a fast one). The box also has a TPU case and the phone supports a dedicated SD card to expand the memory up to 400 GB. 

Though Huawei Y9 2019 looks to be a decent phone overall but faces stiff competition from other popular phones in this price segment. Poco F1 is a very aggressive phone in this price segment on under 20000 and offers better hardware and camera. Y9 clearly wins in the looks but that is something not sufficient for a phone priced between 15 to 20k. Also, the Oppo K1 seems to be a better option.

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5. Asus Zenfone Max M2

Zenfone Max M2

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 2048 GB
  • 6.25 inch HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: Dual 13MP + 2MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹10999



Brief Review:

Asus Zenfone Max M2 is an economical variant of the Max M2 Pro which comes with a less powerful processor and an HD+ Plus display compared to Full HD+ on the M2 Pro with other things remaining more or less the same.

This Max M2 comes with a notch type 6.26 HD+ display which has good brightness and sharpness level. The notch size on this phone is slightly bigger than compared to the M2 Pro. Also, there is no Gorilla glass on this phone which is expected in the price point so you need to be extra cautious that you do not drop it. On the build quality side, the phone looks solid and the back of the phone is metallic which feels sturdy in hand.

On the processor side, this Max M2 comes with a relatively new Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 which was seen on the only phone, Honor 8C. The Antutu benchmark scores come around 1,05,000 which is equivalent to the Samsung M20 phone and is a good score for sub 10k phone. The performance gets support from 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory. It supports a dedicated SD card slot to expand the memory up to 2 TB which is a very much needed feature as the phone is now increasingly used for clicking/storing photos videos and other data. There is also a 3 GB 32 GB variant available for a price on under 10k.

In our camera review, we found this phone clicks good pictures which given the price point are best. In terms of specifications, the sensors are similar to the Pro version. On the rear camera, there is a 13MP primary sensor and a 2 MP dedicated depth sensor and an 8 MP sensor for front camera selfies. The photos capture a lot of details with very apt quality, sharpness and color reproduction. However, the low light camera clicks and video struggled with noise and in capturing all the details. The camera app also takes a bit of time while focussing on the objects.

The portrait shots also produce attractive images with proper edge detection/bokeh effect most of the time unless there is a complex object in the background. The video recording is available in 4K (Ultra HD) resolution but stabilization is not available in 4K. You can enable stabilization for video recording under the 1080p resolution.

Coming to the gaming performance, the new Snapdragon 632 fares well is most of the scenario. The low to medium end games work perfectly fine without any issues however the high-end games do suffer some lag because of the processor performance, especially in games like PUBG which require you to focus on enemies takes some time delay compared to phones with the high-end processor.  Overall, the gaming performance is good in day to day life with very minor heating observed during our review. The full-screen games mask the notch completely with no option to enable it for now. Asus might change this with a software update in the future.

This Max M2 like the Max M2 Pro and Max M1 Pro comes with stock android with minimum bloatware apps like Facebook, Instagram etc which you might anyways need. The phone has been launched with Android Oreo and is supposed to get the Android Pie update. The phone supports dual VoLTE so if your network provider has VoLTE in your area, then you can use it on both the sim.  There are fingerprint and face unlocking mechanism available and both are fast and accurate and much improved from the previous Asus phones. There is no IP rating on this phone so keep it safe from water and dust and they can damage the phone.

For the battery backup, Asus has provided a 4000 mAh battery which gives a backup of around 1 complete day with heavy usage and around 1.5 days for medium to low usage. There is a 10W charger bundled in the box which takes around 120 minutes for complete charging and the phone does not support fast charging. Despite a big battery, the phone only weighs 160gm and feels light in hand. In terms of accessories, there is a TPU case bundled in the box but no earphones.

If you are looking for a complete phone and have a budget of around 10000, then you can look to choose this phone as it offers a solid quality, decent processor and a good battery backup. You can also read about the Samsung M10 if you do not need a powerful processor but a phone with good looks. Honor 8C also offer similar specification and comes in a similar price range.

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6. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

Zenfone Max Pro M2

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 2048 GB
  • 6.26 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 13MP
  • 5000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Blue, Titanium Colors

Best Price ₹13999



Brief Review:

Asus has been doing fine in the smartphone industry with its trump card of providing the best battery backup among the mid-range phone with a powerful processor and decent pricing. This Max Pro M2 is a successor of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and comes with some major improvements in the similar launch price. To make the space for Max Pro M2, the Max Pro M1 has seen a price cut now and you can check it here. M1 has seen a lot of software updates for improvements in camera, security etc.

Asus Max Pro M2 comes with a solid build quality and a 6.26-inch big screen with Full HD Plus resolution. The notch type display has good viewing angles and color reproduction. It comes with the latest Gorilla Glass 6 and the screen remained intact with minor scratches when we dropped it a couple of times. The notch is small and the phone looks decent.

The Pro M2 is powered by a very powerful Snapdragon 660 which comes with Adreno 512 GPU. It can easily handle all your multitasking and high-end gaming. On the Antutu charts, the Zenfone Max Pro M2 scores around 1,43,000 and easily beats the Redmi Note 6 Pro, Realme 2 Pro and the Samsung M20 which are seen as its competitors in the under 15000 budget segment. 

The Snapdragon 660 is clocked at 90% of the maximum efficiency in M2 Pro but still beats the competitors by a margin. To support a powerful processor, it comes with a 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which can be extended by up to 2 TB using a dedicated SD card slot. So if you are looking to use a lot of apps in parallel or use heavy applications, then you will not be disappointed with this phone.

The camera has also seen a huge improvement. The selfie camera on the Max Pro M1 was a disappointment, though Asus improved a lot of prospects through software upgrades. Let us now check the review of camera on Max Pro M2. The rear camera has a dual setup with 12 MP Sony IMX486 and 5 MP depth sensor and a LED flash to assist photos in the low light. The camera images are sharp with decent color reproduction. The rear camera supports EIS and 4K (Ultra HD) video recording. For portrait shots, the edge detection, blurring effect and sharpness are accurate and the camera does a good job overall and is a big improvement over the Pro M1. The front camera has a 13MP sensor with LED flash and here also the images are good. In low light, there is some noise which could be observed. Overall, for the pricing of under 15k, the camera setup is good.

On the software side, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 was launched with Android Oreo but they have started pushing the Android 9.0 (Pie) now. The operating system is stock android and there is very little bloatware so the usage experience would be good and clutter free. For the connectivity, this phone supports Dual VoLTE so you can call using VoLTE on both the sim if your network supports it.

With a powerful processor and good RAM management, the gaming experience is also flawless. Games like Asphalt, PUBG work fine without any lag and you will enjoy playing them. We observed very minor heating were playing PUBG continuously. 

Coming to the most attracting aspect of this phone, the battery backup. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 comes with a 5000 mAh battery which gives a screen on time (SOT) of around 8 hours and complete backup of 1.5 days with low to medium usage. With heavy usage, you can still expect 1 day of battery life. The phone though does not have a Type C port for charging and no fast charging support is available. Also, there is no IP rating so keep the phone protected from dust and water.

For the security purpose, the phone supports fingerprint sensor and face unlocking. Both the unlocking mechanisms are accurate and very much improved functionality over the Pro M1. There is a multicolor LED notification inside the notch to give a different color output based on the type of notification.

Overall, with Powerful processor and performance, improved camera, stock android, and huge battery backup, this phone sits perfectly for one of the best phones under 15000. It receives stiff competition from Redmi Note 6 Pro and Realme 2 Pro and now the Samsung M20 but has its own features to separate it from the crowd.

 

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7. Honor 8C

8C

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.2 inch HD Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 13MP+2MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹12999



Brief Review:

Honor 8C is the successor of Honor 7C which arrived just 6 months before 7C. The 8C is priced above 7C and comes with some nice improvements. The display on the Honor 8C is a 6.2 inch IPS LCD panel with HD+ resolution. It has a notch on top and the aspect ratio is 19:9. The lower resolution means things don't look sharp and the brightness isn't great as well. The display is average at best. 

The phone has a glossy back with a black and blue gradient which looks nice and different. The design overall is just good and nothing exciting. We would have loved to see a back similar to Honor 8X. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the back and it is very quick and accurate. There is face unlock available as well. Face unlock is also very quick is there is a good amount of light. In low light conditions, the phone increases the display brightness to light up the face. 

The dual camera on the back is placed vertically. The dual setup is 13MP+2MP where 2MP is the depth sensor that Honor is using since last 2-3 years. The 13MP camera is good though, it has an f/1.8 aperture which helps a bit in low light photography. The front camera is an 8MP shooter and takes decent pictures in daylight conditions and average pictures in low light. The video recording is average as well because there is no stabilization and videos come out shaky. 

The battery inside Honor 8C has a capacity of 4000 mAh. Honor has managed to pack a big battery and keep the phone slim and lightweight. The charger inside the box is the usual 5V 2Amp 10W charger. The battery backup of Honor 8C is excellent and it will easily last for 2 days with low usage and 1.5 days with heavy usage. The charger charges the phone in around 2.5 hours. 

The Honor 8C is powered by the latest Snapdragon 632 Octa Core processor. There is 4GB of RAM and 32 to 64GB of storage. The storage can be increased via the dedicated MicroSD slot. The Snapdragon 632 processor with 4GB of RAM handles multitasking well. There were occasional frame drops in games like Asphalt though. 

Honor 8C runs on EMUI skin based on Android Oreo 8.1. It is bloated and has a lot of preinstalled applications. It does have some useful features like dual apps. So if you are coming from a Stock Android phone, you might hate it for the UI or you might love it for the additional features. 

Overall, Honor 8C is a mixed bag. The battery backup is great, there is a dedicated MicroSD slot and the multitasking is decent. Negatives include an HD display, bloatware and average camera performance in low light. It is a decent phone overall but not the best at all. Go for Realme 2 Pro, Redmi Note 6 Pro, Samsung M20 which provides better value for money. If you like Honor then increase your budget by 2000 and go for Honor 8X which is a much better option than 8C.

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8. Realme U1

U1

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.3 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP+2MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 25MP
  • 3500mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹13499



Brief Review:

Realme U1 is a selfie-centric smartphone and is priced in the 10000 to 15000 price segment. The phone is made of polycarbonate and feels light. The back looks like glass but it is not. It does have a reflective design which looks really nice. Blue is our favorite color here. The phone feels nice in hand. The bezels are small so even with 6.3-inch display size, the phone is not too big. It comes with a clear silicon case in the box which is useful if you tend to drop the phone.

The display on the front is a 6.3 inch LCD panel with a screen to body ratio of over 90%. The bezels are really thin and the notch is waterdrop notch which only takes a fraction of space compared to usual rectangular notches that we have seen till now. The resolution of the display is Full HD Plus. It is a good panel with accurate colors and good viewing angles. Visibility under direct sunlight isn't great though. 

For audio, there is a speaker on the bottom and it sounds nice and is loud as well. It is impressive. The headphone jack is also at the bottom with the MicroUSB charging port. The sound via the headphone jack is average and nothing special. The sim tray has 3 slots so you can put 2 sim cards and 1 MicroSD card at the same time. Realme U1 comes in 2 variants: 3GB 32GB and 4GB 64GB, if you are going with the base variant, you can slide in a MicroSD card anytime to increase the storage. 

The Realme U1 comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back and there is face unlock available as well. Both of these methods are quick to unlock the phone, the fingerprint sensor is more secure though. 

Realme U1 is powered by the MediaTek P70 chipset which is very similar to the P60 and has a bit higher clock speeds. The performance boost isn't great though. P60 was a good performer and so is P70, it is powerful enough to handle most games and apps without any lags. On benchmarks, it beats chips like Snapdragon 660 and scores around 150000 on Antutu benchmarks. You won't notice any throttling or overheating even while playing heavy games.

The battery on the U1 is 3500 mAh which is same as Realme 2 Pro battery. The battery backup is decent. With medium usage, it will last for a day. With low usage, you might get it running for around 1.5 days. The phone comes with 5V 2A charger and charges the phone fully in around 2 hours. In 30 minutes, you can get the phone from 0% to 30%.

The Realme U1 runs on ColorOS which is a heavily customized skin based on Android 8.1. There is plenty of useful feature and plenty of useless apps as well. If you have used Oppo, Vivo, Redmi phones before, you won't mind the interface. If you are coming from stock Android, there will be a learning curve. 

Now let's talk about the camera, which is the USP of this device. The rear camera is 13MP+2MP setup which is same as Realme 2. There's is nothing special here. The 13MP is a color sensor and 2MP is a depth sensor. It takes decent photos in outdoor good lighting conditions and is average indoor. The front camera is a 25MP sensor which takes excellent pictures. The front camera performs really well, the colors look good, dynamic range is decent and selfies look great overall. It does beautify your face a bit but that's what most customers want and are using so we can't complain. Video recording is limited to 1080p at 30FPS. The videos look good with plenty of details, good colors and audio recording is decent as well.

Overall, Realme U1 is a well-balanced device and is a great phone for selfie lovers. The design is nice, processor is powerful, rear camera is average but front camera is great and battery backup is decent as well. We think it offers good value for money and will be one of the bestsellers in the under 15000 segment in India.

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9. Redmi Note 6 Pro

Note 6 Pro

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6.2 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP + 5MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 20MP+2MP Dual
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue, Red, Rose Gold Colors

Best Price ₹12999



Brief Review:

The Redmi Note 6 Pro is a slightly improved version of the bestseller Redmi Note 5 Pro. Xiaomi claims that they have sold more than 10M units of Note 5 Pro which is incredible. Redmi Note 5 Pro was a great phone and redefined what the mid-range segment. Things have changed a lot since then and now we have plenty of great options in under 15000 segment like Realme 2 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2, Honor 8X etc.

Design wise, Note 6 Pro looks exactly same as Note 5 Pro. The only difference you will notice is the display which now comes with a notch. The display size is 6.26 inches and the overall size of the phone is same as Note 5 Pro. The phone has the same metal unibody design and the build is solid. The phone is a bit slippery because of the metal so using a case would be a good choice. The camera placement on the back is same as before. The display resolution is Full HD+ and it not comes with a notch on top which is a little big than what we usually see. Big notches are terrible because they don't leave much space for the notification icons which can be a real problem for some users. 

The rear camera on Redmi Note 6 Pro is 12MP+5MP dual setup. The resolution numbers are same as Note 5 Pro but the sensor has been upgraded. It comes with a 1.4-micrometer pixel size and wider f/1.9 aperture offer you an enhanced low-light photography experience. In our review, the low light shots showed significant improvement. On the front, there is a 20MP+2MP dual camera setup. The 2MP is just a depth sensor. The performance of the front camera is also really good and it takes sharp pictures. Portrait mode on both front and rear works well with good edge detection. You can adjust the amount of bokeh/blur after taking the picture.

The battery on Note 6 Pro is the same 4000 mAh which we have seen earlier. The battery backup is a bit better though. You can expect 2 days backup with low usage and 1.5 days backup with medium usage which is excellent. The phone also supports QC 3.0 fast charging but comes with the same 5V 2A charger. If you need to use fast charging, you should buy a fast charger separately. It would have been great if Xiaomi would have included a fast charger inside the box. 

The Redmi Note 6 Pro is powered by the same Snapdragon 636 chipset which we saw in Note 5 Pro. Snapdragon 636 is a good power efficient chipset and handles multiple apps and games with ease. An upgrade to Snapdragon 660 would have been great still 636 is not bad at all. It scores around 110000 in Antutu benchmarks. 

The phone runs on MIUI which is a customized skin based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Android 9 Pie update is coming soon as well. The software is a bit bloated and kills apps aggressively to save battery. You can change that in the settings though. The UI isn't great so we suggest installing Nova launcher which provides a much cleaner experience. 

The Note 6 Pro comes in 2 variants: 4GB RAM 64GB storage and 6GB RAM 64GB storage. We are not getting any 128GB variant which is disappointing considering the fact that other brands are providing 128GB variants under 20000 Rs. 

Overall, Redmi Note 6 Pro is a phone which is not so exciting and doesn't pack any major upgrades but still performs well in almost every department. Camera, battery, looks, performance everything is decent and at 12999 it offers good value for money. If you have Note 5 Pro, then you don't need to upgrade. If you are using any other phone and need an allrounder under Rs. 15000 then Note 6 Pro is a great option.

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10. 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

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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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