Latest Phones Under 15000 in India 2018 (With Reviews)

Updated on 2018-06-07 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. Redmi Y2

Y2

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6 inch HD+ Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 12MP+5MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • 3080mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Grey, Gold, Rose Gold Colors

Best Price ₹9999



Brief Review:

Xiaomi has come up with another phone in the under 10000-15000 segment. The Redmi Y1 which was launched last year as a selfie smartphone has received some significant upgrades in terms of internal hardware, cameras, and display. Let's take a look at the brief review of Redmi Y2.

Redmi Y2 comes with a 5.99-inch display of 18:9 aspect ratio and HD+ resolution. The display is bright and vivid with good color reproduction and viewing angles. The resolution is not Full HD so that's a bit disappointing but it is not a deal breaker. The bezel-less on the top and bottom have reduced so the overall size of the phone is similar to other 5.5 inches phones. The build quality of Redmi Y1 wasn't that great but Xiaomi has done a good job with Redmi Y2. The device feels good in the hand. The back is metal so it is a bit slippery but you do get a free transparent case in the box. It comes in 3 colors: Grey, Gold and Rose Gold. Our favorite color is Rose gold. 

Inside the Redmi Y2, we have the same Snapdragon 625 chipset which we have seen on Redmi Note 4 and Redmi Note 5. Snapdragon 625 is a decent performer and very power efficient chipset so we don't have any complaints. The phone is available in 2 variants: 3GB RAM-32GB Storage and 4GB RAM-64GB Storage. If you are a heavy user and use a lot of apps and games then go for the 4GB-64GB variant. If your use only camera, social media apps etc then 3GB variant should be fine. The overall performance of the device is good and you won't face any lag during the day to day usage. Redmi Y2 scores around 70000 on Antutu benchmarks which is similar to Antutu score of other Snapdragon 625 devices like Redmi Note 5 and Mi A1.

Let's talk about camera now. Redmi Y2 is a camera-centric smartphone and have received a good upgrade in the camera department. There is a 12MP+5MP dual camera on the back. The camera is placed vertically just like it was on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The 12MP camera is a color sensor and 5MP camera is a depth sensor which helps to take portrait mode shots with depth effect. The rear camera performance is good in both daylight and low light conditions. The pixel size is 1.25um which helps to improve the low light performance. Edge detection in portrait mode is good as well.

The selfie camera on the Redmi Y2 is a 16MP sensor with a front flash. The front flash is very useful in low light conditions. The front camera also has portrait mode and can take pictures with depth effect. In our initial tests, the front camera performance was good. Edge detection wasn't that great and you might see your hair getting blurred in some of the shots. The front camera has features like AI beauty which removes blemishes and makes you look beautiful. The front camera is also used for face unlock which is not that quick but still, performance is decent. If you don't like face unlock then there is a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device. It is safe to say that Redmi Y2 is the best budget camera smartphone available in India under Rs. 10000.

Redmi Y2 comes with MIUI 9.5 out of the box which is a custom skin based on Android 8.1. We don't really like MIUI because it comes with a lot of bloatware and the UI isn't great either but you can change that with a launcher. If you like to use dual apps, second space etc then MIUI is great for you.

The battery inside the Redmi Y2 is 3080 mAh and would last for a day on single charge. It would have been great if Xiaomi has gone with a 4000 mAh battery like on Note 5 and Note 5 Pro. The charger inside the box is 5V, 2 Amps charger which will charge the device in around 2 hours. 

It is a dual sim device and Xiaomi has added a dedicated MicroSD slot this time which is great. If 32GB or 64GB is not enough for you, you can slide in a MicroSD card to increase the storage by up to 128GB. Redmi Y2 is not waterproof or dustproof and doesn't have any IP rating so keep it away from water and mud. 

The Redmi Y2 has been priced at 9999 for the 3GB-32GB variant and 12999 for 4GB-64GB variant. It is an Amazon India exclusive device. We think pricing is decent and you are getting good value for money. The price of the lower variant is same as Redmi Note 5. Redmi Y2 has better cameras and Redmi Note 5 has better battery and display. So go for Y2 is you are going to use the camera a lot. If you don't use the camera much then Note 5 or Realme 1 is a better option.

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2. Vivo Y83

Y83

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6.2 inch HD+ Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 3260mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹14990



Brief Review:

Vivo, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is on a streak of launching some great smartphones, painting the full display screen and notch over the world. Vivo Y83, launched recently in India is not exactly a budget device but falls slightly above the mark in sub ₹ 15k range, which is a pretty fiery segment to be competing in with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max Pro and many more, Could Vivo Y83 best them all? Let’s find out.

If you have been around the Vivo camp for a while, you know about the company’s conspicuous ‘inspirations’ from Cupertino boys. It’s time to face the truth that abhor it, love It, notches are the new cool and Vivo knows how to play with brand value and style status. Ergo, we find the full view, notched, 6.22 inch IPS LCD display on the Vivo Y83 with a super tall aspect ratio of 19:9. The display as goes full stretch to the ends with a noticeable chin at the bottom.

The display has a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels which clocks in a pixel density of 270 PPI. We expected better but nonetheless, the display is bright and gives a satisfactory viewing experience, with decent viewing angles and nothing marvellous. The sunlight readability is not quite legit, though. The metal back with matte finish looks not so flashy but feels good in hands. The design is not very striking, with curved edges but It is quite comfortable to hold. The shiny metal finish rim encloses volume controls, sleep/wake button on the sides and to our satisfaction, a 3.5mm jack on the bottom with standard MicroUSB port for charging. If you’ve seen Vivo V9, X21 then Y83 feels quite similar. At just 7.7mm thick, Y83 is quite sleek and weighs just 150 grams which is quite appreciable for a smartphone over 6-inches.

Vivo Y83 is powered by the latest MediaTek processor: Helio P22 which is built on 12nm process and provides good performance and power efficiency. Vivo Y83 scores around 70000 on Antutu benchmarks which is similar to the phones powered by Snapdragon 625 or 630. Vivo Y83 performs well and just rolls over all the workloads we could through at It. No lags, no stutters. The system performance is smooth and fluid at all times even with a plethora of apps running at tandem, thanks to 4GB of RAM.

The smartphone comes with 32GB of onboard storage which can be easily expanded to 256GB via MicroSD. In our first impressions, we found casual gaming to be quite smooth and free-flowing, we are not too confident about heavy gaming yet. Stay tuned for the full review. In all, the smartphone seems like a stunner in performance with some clouds over gaming performance but Its quite above the danger mark though.

The primary camera on the Vivo Y83 is a 13 MP (f/2.2) sensor with LED Flash and It is like every budget mediocre camera out there, nothing out of the line, satisfactory shots with some good detail but plenty of noise. Low-light photos are full of grains, It is practically just surviving in harsh lighting conditions. The front sensor is in the same tune with 8 MP (f/2.2) sensor which does a pretty decent selfie job and again, in low-lights its just shooting out in the wild with superb noise levels. Vivo has something called AI beautification mode, which is supposedly meant to enhance selfies, we didn’t find a whole lot ‘AI’ involved in the process, It was more a softening and adding beauty filters process much like most camera apps in Play Store do.

Let's talk about software now. Vivo software skin called FunTouch OS on top of Android Oreo 8.1 run the show on this smartphone. FunTouch OS is another element of Vivo ideology that is inspired heavily from iOS, even to elemental things like the app icons. It just takes it so much towards iOS and so far from Android that the user feels in a limbo. It is heavily bloated and it is not an amazing feeling swiping through the screens and using gestures as they are not very smooth and kinda stick sometimes which is really annoying. There are a host of minor nagging issues here and there in the skin which sums up resulting in quite a struggling experience. Vivo can love iOS and Apple all they want but they need to refine. It has been long since FunTouch received a meaningful upgrade, Vivo folks really need to up their game in software to craft a utopian experience around their devices.

Vivo Y83 comes with a non-removable 3260mAH battery which is decent enough for a day on medium use, If you are a pusher, carrying a charger would be the best policy as this device won’t last an entire day on heavy use. There’s a MicroUSB port on the bottom of the device for charging, what’s sad is that there is no fast charging, which makes charging this device a long process occupying nearly 2.5-3 hours. The single downward firing speaker on the bottom beside the charging port gets loud enough. It pumps well-balanced sound with decent clarity. Vivo Y83 also Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, so the in-call noise is reduced and It works nicely.

In your interest, you are hereby informed that there is no IP rating for the smartphone, so It would be nice to keep it way far from liquids and dust to ensure Its life and working capacity. Since there’s is all the notch and full-screen display, you might have been missing some FaceID ripoff and Vivo doesn’t disappoint. There is face unlock feature going by the name of Face Access and It works perfectly in most scenarios except low-lighting conditions.

Vivo Y83 is priced at ₹ 14,990 and Customers can get the smartphone from any offline retail store or from Amazon, or the company's official website. At this price, we think it is a good option for those who are looking for a big display phone with a notch. The phone performs well in multitasking and casual gaming as well but it is not the best in this range for those use-cases. The camera performance is also decent in daylight conditions but low light images can be disappointing. 

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3. Motorola Moto G6

Moto G6

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.7 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP+5MP Dual
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Indigo, Silver, Black Colors

Best Price ₹16199



Brief Review:

So as we are all quite aware of the superb Motorola G series which has been a bestseller in the budget and upper-mid segment for Motorola for a few years now. Since the budget segment floor is always slippery with more and more competitions incoming, Motorola had to keep up with all the latest tech standards in the mobile space, circa 2018. So here’s the all new Moto G6.

The Moto G6 takes the premium appeal to the next level which is quite enhanced with the glossy back metal finish, with more curved edges which are really good in the hands. The device is definitely an eye-catcher but there has been more trickling down of premium features as you would have guessed.

There’s a 5-7-inch, IPS LCD display on the front with 18:9 ratio at a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels taking pixel density to 424PPI which is far better and lovely than that on the new E lineup. The display like any IPS LCD from Motorola is vibrant, bright and just lovely to use. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is an added bonus.

Below the screen, there’s home button, which is more like a bar than a button. It supports the gestures from previous Motorola phones and also acts as the fingerprint sensor. On the back, we find the Motorola-style round cutout with the same paint as rest of the body housing the camera setup, below which you’ll find the Moto branding embossed.

Under the hood, we have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 with Adreno 506 GPU. The device is set to arrive in two configurations - 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM. Snapdragon 450 is a decent chipset for budget phones and its performance is similar to that of Snapdragon 625. The usual everyday tasks will run without any issues with the SD450. Adreno 506 should be comfortable with all the games on the Play store but the experience might not be very smooth with the high-end titles like PUBG. The benchmark numbers for Moto G6 are here - It scores 3795, 735 on GeekBench multi-core and single-core tests, while we observed a score of 70244 on AnTuTu benchmark.

Its dual-cameras everywhere and Motorola couldn’t resist with It with the Moto G6. In the circular cutout, we find a dual-camera organization with 12 MP (f/1.8) + 5 MP (f/2.2) sensors. Obviously, the low-light performance is observably better and you get all the dual-camera tricks such as the depth effect and the portrait shots, while they are not the best we’ve seen they are certainly good in the range. On the front, there’s an 8MP, f/ 2.2 selfie camera sensor which is good enough. Overall, we are satisfied with the camera performance of G6 and is one of the best cameras in the budget segment, given Its price is close to ₹ 12k.

Android 8.0 runs the show on Moto G6 and It’s clean, responsive and one of the best Android experiences out there. Motorola is not the fastest with updates but It is still better than others like Samsung.

The smartphone comes with 3000mAh battery which can last you for the day but not more. The phone supports fast charging so that should make up for the smaller battery inside the G6. Lastly, there’s no specified IP rating by Motorola, so It’ll be a lot safer to keep this device away from any kind of liquid.

Overall, Moto G6 is an excellent looking device with decent performance. The Moto G6 at Rs. 13999 for the 3-32GB base variant and 15999 for the 4-64GB variant and is exclusively available on Amazon India.

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4. Motorola Moto G6 Play

Moto G6 Play

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.7 inch HD+ Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Indigo, Silver, Black Colors

Best Price ₹11999



Brief Review:

If you are a little low on budget to get Moto G6 but you are happy with Moto E lineup, yet you crave that superior build of the G lineup, Moto G6 Play is for you. It looks almost similar to Moto G6 but with a few noticeable compromises such as the camera housing only has a single sensor compared to dual on the G6 and there’s a lot more under the hood.

The device is an exact replica of G6 in design and builds, with a big 5.7-inch IPS LCD display up front in all Its glory, Its 2018 and Moto is all in for 18:9 displays so that’s what we see here. The resolution is not baffling though, with 720 x 1440 pixels in a display of this size. It makes a frugal density of 282PPI which might wary most users. The fingerprint display is rear mounted just below the camera housing, so no more gestures like the Moto G6. The display is clear and crisp with good color reproduction and viewing angles are good as well. The display is covered by Gorilla glass but we don't know which version it is.

The device is totally a budget fame on the inside with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 at the centre, coupled by Adreno 505 and 2 or 3 GB of RAM. The device is set to be released in 2 models - one with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM while the other model will have 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM.

The Moto G6 Play is not the most powerful device in the category and We feel Motorola could’ve done better but Hey Its a budget device and until pricing is out, It would be little hard to comment on the treatment Motorola has done with these devices. The device is powerful enough for everyday use cases, but not for you if you like pushing your device to limits as with this one, they’ll be before you fairly soon. Adreno 505 can take almost all games but It isn’t made for heavy weight titles coming every day in the Play Store, given Its age, We don’t think there’s too much of heavy-gaming power left in this GPU.

Let’s talk cameras because there’s much-emphasized 13MP, f/2.0, 1.12μm pixel sensor at the rear of Moto G6 Play. Moto smartphones always have capable cameras and we are not surprised with this one either. It is definitely one of our top picks in the budget category. On the front, you get a big 8MP sensor which is decent enough for some good selfies, don’t expect much in low-light though. The camera interface is a bit slow and we hope Motorola fixes it with a software update.

Android 8.0 powers Moto G6 Play and It is a neat and clean version of Android with all the swiftness and no bloatware. We really like this from Motorola and makes the phone feel more fluid and responsive.

The battery is amazing on this one with 4000mAh of capacity, you surely get a day and a half from this smartphone. On top of that we also have fast charging here, so charging this big boy won’t be an issue. There’s no IP rating by Motorola so be safe and to keep this device safe, keep it away from liquids.

Overall, Moto G6 Play is a well-balanced phone with good performance and great battery. The slow camera is a bit frustrating but it is not a deal breaker. 

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5. Honor 7C

7C

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch HD Plus Display 720p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 2MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Blue, Gold Colors

Best Price ₹9999



Brief Review:

Huawei has been on a smartphone launch spree lately and this time around, It is looking to reinforce the segment where most of Its revenue comes from In India, Honor 7C is latest in line of sub-₹ 10k smartphones in India, packing some hefty features for the price.

Honor 7A  and Honor 7C feel absolutely similar except this one is a little bigger with a 5.99-inch IPS LCD panel with a full 18:9 aspect ratio at a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels which turns out the pixel density to be a measly ~269 PPI. Since It is 2018 and everything is about putting more display estate and ditching bezels, low cost Androids are not missing the trend either. There are some bezels on the sides which are not that noticeable but the ones at top and bottom are. The smartphone is not much thick at just 7.8mm and weighs 164grams which is not at all heavy given Its a smartphone with a 6-inch display. The backplate is made of aluminum accompanied by plastic antenna bands on top and bottom. We are not very impressed with the construction and materials used here, It feels solid enough though. Honor 7C is overall a well-built phone with some sacrifices as It occurs with every on-budget device. 

So, as the spec sheet says, Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 runs the show on Honor 7C which is definitely an upgrade over Snapdragon 430 on Honor 7A. Snapdragon 450 has an octa-core CPU packed of 8 Cortex-A53s clocked at 1.8GHz. Adreno 508 serves as GPU, coupled with 3GB of RAM. This places Honor 7C in exactly the same leagues as the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the device is an impressive budget performer. The multitasking is smooth. Presence of 3GB of RAM makes things easier and a tad smoother.

General performance is fluid and we don’t have any beef with the smartphone here. Adreno 508 is quite capable when it comes to gaming and can take almost all titles on the Play Store head on. It struggles a bit heavy gaming but It still plays most games with absolutely no lag. For everyday tasks, the smartphone is powerful enough but if you are a power user you might need to dial your expectations down. Huawei has done to give the most value for money in form of Honor 7C.

Dual cameras are the new mainstream definition of smartphone camera and It's taking over the scene quite fast, we appreciate Huawei making the game intense by putting dual sensor 13 MP + 2 MP, f/2.2, with LED flash at the back and an 8 MP, f/2.0 sensor with a soft LED flash at the front for selfies. The second camera at the back doesn’t do a lot, except capturing the depth information for making those bokeh shots possible. While taking the camera out for a spin, we found that It is just a notch better than other budget cameras but the performance isn’t all that stupefying. It takes some decent shots in outdoor lighting with very feeble dynamic range, the camera struggles without a shy in low-light conditions and the indoor lighting doesn’t work well as well. The portrait mode works justifiably good but isn’t the best we’ve seen in the range. Overall, the camera performance is quite satisfactory with nothing to blow our minds. And since Its a budget Android, no one is expecting exceptional camera prowess here. 

The story is similar with front selfie camera as well and it takes nice shots in outdoor well-lit conditions and performance is average indoors. The front camera works well for the Face Unlock feature and phone usually unlocks in around 0.3-0.5 seconds.

Honor 7C runs on Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box with EMUI 8 on top. EMUI is Huawei custom overlay on top of Android which has come a long way from being annoying and gimmicky to being a more sophisticated, snappy and polished skin. We don’t like skins, we are stock Android people but if one has to go with skins, I definitely count EMUI as one of the finest ones out there. It is still feature loaded with some of them quite appreciated like Ride mode for bikers, gaming mode to avoid notifications, Huawei Histen for enhancing audio quality.

Huawei has shipped Honor 7C with 3000mAh battery. It gets about a day’s worth of battery life on normal use but you would need to put it on charge before that if you are a heavy user. There is a MicroUSB port for charging at the bottom, and you shouldn’t be expecting a USB-C here. The charging isn’t a sweet dream as there is no fast charging and the smartphone takes nearly 2.5 hours to fully charge.

Snapdragon 450 is a decent performer and Honor 7C scores around 65000 on Antutu benchmark. The device has a sturdy build but is not covered with any IP rating so keep It way from liquids and dust at all times.

Honor 7C has been priced at ₹ 9,999 in India for the model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. The other variant comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, priced at ₹ 11,999. The Honor 7C is available exclusively on Amazon.in. Other than that, customers can also get the smartphone at Honor India's own online store.

So, that’s all we have about Honor 7C at the moment, the device is almost a big brother to Honor 7A and is one of the most budget complete smartphones in the segment which is quite volatile. Huawei has been active in keeping their lineup up to date with the latest trends most of them are seen here - the tall, 18:9 display, dual cameras, face unlock and more. Honor 7C is right on the money, we believe the pricing could have been a bit more aggressive to hurt the likes of Xiaomi but the ones who are looking beyond Xiaomi in the budget range, Huawei is offering some greatness.

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6. Oppo Realme 1

Realme 1

Features

  • 6 GB RAM | 128 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 6 inch Full HD Plus Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 3410mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Diamond Black, Solar Red Colors

Best Price ₹13990



Brief Review:

Realme 1 is an Oppo branded smartphone which comes with a very attractive pricing and features. This phone will be sold exclusively via Amazon and if you want to grow above the likes of Xiaomi, this phone can totally fill the gap. Let us find out what all it holds in this review.

From the design perspective, Realme 1 has a 6 inch Full HD Plus display with a bezel-less display and 18:9 aspect ratio. The display quality is amazing with perfect colour reproduction and clarity. On the back, it has a glass finish with glossy effect and a diamond cut pattern (as seen on the Oppo F7 and Oppo A83) that looks completely beautiful but is also a bit of a fingerprint magnet. On the design front, this is a great looking smartphone.

Let us now talk about the performance, this Realme 1 from Oppo uses a very powerful processor Helio P60 from MediaTek that scores around 135000 on the Antutu Benchmark. This score indicates the Helio P60 powering the Oppo Realme 1 beats the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro which is powered by Snapdragon 636. The Antutu score depicts the performance of the phone and with our usage we found the phone to be replicating the same. It gave a powerful performance with not even a slightest of lag or issue with any sort of multitasking.

In the Camera department, Realme 1 comes with a single rear sensor of 13MP with LED flash and an 8 MP sensor on the front. The rear camera images have a good amount of details but when the images are zoomed in, there is a bit of noise that can be seen. The Realme 1 uses AI and beautification mode to enhance the images. On the front camera, we again have the option of bokeh effect, the image quality is good with sharp colours and clarity. Both the rear and the front camera features AR stickers.  Comparing the camera performance, the Redmi Note 5 Pro camera absolutely stands out in both rear and front camera with punchier details and better clarity but Oppo Realme 1 camera is much better than the Redmi Note 5.

This smartphone uses Color OS 5.0 as its operating system which is based on Android 8.1. This is the same operating system version seen on oppo F7. There is very little bloatware and comes with some much-needed features that ease the use of your phone.

Oppo Realme 1 comes with face unlocking using the front camera but does not have a fingerprint sensor. Face unlocking is becoming more popular nowadays with most of the smartphone featuring it and users have been comfortable in using it. So the removal of fingerprint sensor should not be a roadblock for this phone but is a move from Oppo to cut down the cost and offer a great price. It is a dual sim phone with a dedicated SD Card slot that can be expanded up to 256 GB.  It also has a 3.5 mm headphone jack but no Type C port.

This phone has a battery of 3410 mAH which can easily last for a day with normal usage. Oppo claims that the phone has AI battery management features which learns as per the usage beahiour and shuts down the background apps to enhance the battery backup. Realme 1 does not support fast charging and will take about 130-150 minutes for a full charge. This smartphone from Oppo weighs only 155 gm and feels comfortable in hand. There is no IP rating on Realme 1 so you will have to keep the phone safe from dust and water.

Let us now talk about the pricing, this smartphone from Oppo comes in 3 variants of 3GB/32GB variant priced at Rs 8999, 4GB/64GB variant priced at Rs 10999, 6GB/128GB variant priced at Rs 13999. The pricing as per specification this phone offers is very competitive and holds the mettle to rake in very good sales and demand.

This Oppo Realme 1 is a powerful beast and the variant are a great value for money. It has perfect looks, performance and a decent camera for the price range. If you have a budget of under 10000 or under 12000, then buying the Oppo Realme 1 makes a lot of sense as you get the same processor(in 3GB and 4GB model) and features which actually stands out when compared with any other phone in the price range of 10000.

If you are looking on this phone with a perspective of the camera, then it is a bit of disappointment, especially when comparing the 6GB model priced similarly with the Redmi Note 5 Pro, 4 GB model having a top-notch camera quality.  But on the other side, if the camera is not your topmost priority but you are looking for a power house, then the 6GB model at the pricing of 13999 can happily suffice your requirements.

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7. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Zenfone Max Pro M1

Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP + 5MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • 5000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black, Grey Colors

Best Price ₹12999



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Asus has partnered with Flipkart to launch exclusive smartphones for next 3 years. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is the first smartphone to be launched under the partnership. The Zenfone Max Pro M1 has specs similar to Redmi Note 5 Pro which has been doing very well in the Indian market. Let's take a look at the brief review of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

Below is an overview of Zenfone Max Pro. If you are interested to know more about this phone take a look at our in-depth review of Asus Zenfone Max Pro.

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a 5.99-inch display with Full HD+ resolution. The display has 450 nits brightness and is very colourful and vivid. The viewing angles are good as well. The display is covered with a 2.5D glass which gives it a premium look. Asus has reduced the bezels on the top and bottom so the overall size of the phone is still same as a 5.5-inch device. The design is bit boring though. You get metal unibody design so nothing special or new here. The phone weighs 180 grams which is surprising considering the massive 5000 mah battery it carries. Overall, the phone feels good in the hand. 

Let's talk about the battery which is the USP of this device. The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a large 5000 mah battery which will provide a battery backup of 2 to 3 days on a single charge. If you hate charging your phone every day then you are going to love Max Pro M1. Asus claims that it can run Youtube for 20 hours. The phone comes with a 10-watt charger and it charging time is expected to be little less than 3 hours. The charging time is decent considering the large battery size.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with a dual 13MP + 5MP rear camera with a 1.12-micron pixel size for better low light performance. The camera performance is good under daylight outdoor conditions. The pictures look colorful with a good amount of details. The camera can take portrait mode pictures as well. In our initial tests, the bokeh effect looked good with proper edge detection. The rear camera can also record 4K videos. Asus claims that this is the best camera in class. We would wait for an in-depth comparison with Redmi Note 5 Pro which has an excellent camera setup both on the front and back.

The selfie camera on the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is an 8MP shooter with a LED flash. The front camera is a decent performer in outdoor lighting. Under low lighting conditions or artificial lighting, the selfie camera performance is average.

The chipset inside the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is Snapdragon 636 which was launched globally with Redmi Note 5 Pro. The SD636 chipset is very powerful and can handle any task you throw at it. Using multiple apps and games is going to be a breeze. Thanks to the powerful chipset, Zenfone Max Pro M1 scores around 116000 on the Antutu Benchmarks which is a bit higher than the score of Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Asus is taking audio quality very seriously as well. There is a Maxxbox which amplifies the sound by 2X. For audio via 3.5 mm jack, Asus has added an NXP audio chipset which improves the sound quality. Sound quality is usually not given importance in the mid-range devices so it is good to see Asus doing something different here to improve the user experience.

On Software side, you get pure Android Oreo on Zenfone Max Pro M1. This is a great step from Asus. There is almost no bloatware on the device. Asus promises to provide next 2 big Android updates as well. So you will get Android P and Android Q

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes in 2 variants: 32GB storage and 3GB RAM variant would cost your Rs. 10999 and 64GB - 4GB variant will cost you 12999 only. This is excellent pricing from Asus. Asus has used LPDDR4X RAM which should improve the overall experience. If you are a heavy user then go for the 4GB RAM variant as the extra 1 gig of RAM should help a lot in multi-tasking. The MicroSD slot is dedicated so you can use 2 sim cards with a MicroSD card. 

Overall, we think Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is an impressive device. It comes with the latest display, powerful chipset, decent cameras, pure Android. Multitasking is great and the battery lasts for 2 days. It is clearly one of the best phones in this price range.

It will be available on Flipkart from 3rd May. A new 6GB RAM variant with better camera setup will be launched after some time at Rs. 14999.

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8. Nokia 6 2018

6 2018

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 5.5 inch Full HD Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 16MP f/2.0
  • Front Camera: 8MP f/2.0
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black , Blue, Silver Colors

Best Price ₹16062



Brief Review:

HMD Global, the force behind the ‘Nokia’ brand, is not dropping ball. HMD Global went on to regain the Nokia glory with Nokia 6 back at the start of 2017, here we are in 2018 and people now expect more than just branding, great cameras and mediocre SoCs. And thankfully, Nokia 6 is back with Its 2018 Iteration, which is not all underpowered and maintains the same finesse you expect from a Nokia.

The design of the smartphone hasn’t moved much from 2017, It still has some bezels up top and bottom, but the side bezels are minimal to say at best. The smartphone has the same solid build quality from Nokia 6 (2017), Its probably the most durable and sturdy smartphone at the price. Nokia 6 (2018) maintains the same, old 16:9 aspect ratio with a full HD 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution, packing 403 PPI. The display is an IPS LCD and with a density of over 400, It looks gorgeous. HMD Global says Nokia 6 is protected by Gorilla Glass 3, which adds something, If not a lot of protection.

Nokia 6 (2017) was a poor performer at Its price, HMD understood that and hence we see a much deserved Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 onboard. Along with Adreno 508 as Its graphics partner. Snapdragon 630 houses 8 Cortex-A53 cores, all clocked at 2.2GHz. There’s 3GB of RAM, alongside 32GB of onboard storage which can be expanded via MicroSD. Now, that’s not enough so here are the numbers you need - The new Nokia 6 scores 88,886 in AnTuTu and on GeekBench we observe scores of 879 and 4,931 in single and multi-core tests respectively.

Everyone loves Nokia ‘Zeiss’ cameras, and HMD knows that all too well, thanks to the renewed bond with Zeiss optics, seen in Nokia 8, It seems like the technology is trickling down to mid-range offerings as well. Nokia 6 (2018) features a 16MP, f/2.0 rear sensor with 1micron pixels. For selfies, Nokia 6 has an 8MP, f/2.0 sensor with fixed focus. The cameras are impressive as always but don’t expect to be blown away by Nokia 6’s low-light performance. The front camera is still impressive though, and also has a new face-unlock feature, which does fair in good lighting but fails in dim or poorly lit conditions.

The all new Nokia 6 is powered by Android 8.0 Oreo, inside the Android One program by Google. What it means is stock Android and timely updates, which is a luxury in the Android space. HMD has thankfully included a USB-C replacing the micro USB for charging. The average 3000mAH battery is still there, but with better charging - Nokia 6 now supports fast charging besides other connectivity features including VoLTE and Bluetooth 5.0. The smartphone is very robust in build and would hardly take a dent but It doesn’t carry any IP rating to give us the same confidence with water.

The Nokia 6 (2018) is an iterative update over last year’s Nokia 6, ergo to say that Its just an iteration would be an understatement. HMD has improved upon nearly all complaints people had with Nokia 6 from last year. Nokia 6 (2018) is priced at ₹ 16,999 in India and is costlier than Its rivals, which might be offering a lot more but that’s Nokia, right?

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9. Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2

Galaxy J7 Prime 2

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 256 GB
  • 5.5 inch Full HD Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 13MP
  • Front Camera: 13MP
  • 3300mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Black Colors

Best Price ₹12990



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Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2 has been launched in India as a successor for J7 Prime. It comes with a 5.5 Inch Full HD Display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels having 74% screen-to-body ratio compared to the bezel-less display seen nowadays with 90% screen to body ratio. Galaxy J7 Prime 2 is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7870 processor which scores around 47000 on the Antutu Benchmark. It has 3 GB of RAM and internal storage of 32 GB which can be expanded via dedicated micro SD card up to 256 GB. This model has capacitive keys compared to its predecessor Samsung J7 Prime.

On the Camera Side, it has a single 13MP sensor on the rear and 13MP on the front. Both the sensor support f/1.9 aperture and up to 1080p video recording at 30 fps. This smartphone has a feature of Social Camera which allows you to click, edit and share in a single go.

J7 Prime 2 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with features like Samsung Mall that supports visual search, universal cart etc and Samsung Pay Mini for instant payment functionality. It comes with a battery of 3300 mAH and should easily last for more than a day given the low power requirement of the processor. It has a fingerprint sensor at the back just below the camera which is accurate and fast.

Though the smartphone overall offers some practical value proposition but still looks like lagging behind the current industry trend of Bezel Less display, latest processor and Dual rear Camera.

If you are looking for a Samsung Branded phone under 15000, this is the best choice you have.

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10. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Redmi Note 5

Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | MicroSD upto 128 GB
  • 6 inch Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Back Camera: 12MP
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Dual Sim Device
  • Available in Grey, Gold, Rose Gold, Blue Colors

Best Price ₹9999



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All of the Xiaomi's smartphones, Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, Redmi Note 4 and Mi A1 were bestsellers last year. Redmi Note 4 became the best selling phone in India. Today, on 14th Feb, Xiaomi has launched Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro in India. Check out Redmi Note 5 Pro here.

Redmi Note 4 and Redmi Note 5 are very similar devices. The only change is the display which has now changed 5.5 inches 16:9 display to 5.99 inch 18:9 display. Xiaomi is finally jumping on to the 18:9 bezel-less display trend. The resolution of the display is Full HD Plus. The bezel-less display looks beautiful and gives a premium feel to the device. The colors are vibrant and brightness is decent.

Even when the display size has increased, the size of the device is almost same as other 5.5 inch devices as Xiaomi has reduced the bezels. So if you are using a 5.5-inch device, you won't notice much change in device size.

Smaller bezels mean there are no dedicated navigation buttons on the front of Redmi Note 5. Redmi has moved from dedicated buttons to on-screen buttons to reduce the bezel size. The phone follows metal unibody design approach and the build of the device is solid. The design is very similar to Redmi Note 4 so no surprises there.

The back of Redmi Note 5 is curved a bit which makes it easy to hold. There is a 2.5D glass on the display as well but we don't know whether it gorilla glass or not. Overall, the device feels nice in hand. It is a bit slippery so getting a case would be a good idea.

Now let's talk about the camera. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 has a single 12MP sensor on the back(again same as Redmi Note 4) of the phone with 1.25-micron pixels, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. The back camera performance is decent in daylight outdoor conditions. The pictures look good but are not that detailed.

The camera performance in low light conditions is average and same as Redmi Note 4. 

On the front, there is a 5MP selfie camera with a LED flash. The front camera can take decent selfies and the front flash helps under low light conditions.

For security, there is a fingerprint sensor on the back of Redmi Note 5. The fingerprint sensor placement is same as that on Redmi Note 4. The fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate and you won't face any issues with it. The Redmi Note 5 is not water or dust proof so there is no IP rating.

Inside the Redmi Note 5, we have the same Snapdragon 625 chipset which we saw on Note 4. It comes in 2 variants, first one with 4/4GB of RAM and second with 32/64GB of storage. The Snapdragon 625 has been Xiaomi's favorite and they have used it in various devices like Note 4, Mi Max 2 etc.

On benchmark side, you will see Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 scoring around 65000 on Antutu Benchmark which is a decent score. Overall, the Redmi Note 5 performs performance is good. It handles multitasking as well. Plus, you won't face any issues with heavy games.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is running on latest MIUI 9 which is based on Android 7.1.2. We are sure that Xiaomi will be updating the Redmi Note 5 to Android Oreo. 

The battery inside the Redmi Note is of 4000mAh capacity. This is same as what we saw on Redmi Note 4. Large battery and efficient processor means you can get 2 days of battery backup.

There is no fast charging on Redmi Note 5 so charging time will be around 2 hours 30 minutes to 2 hours 45 minutes for 0 to 100%.

Overall, Redmi Note 5 is a good value for money smartphone which looks decent and performs well. 

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