Best Budget Smartphones Under Rs 15,000

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 17 Dec 2016

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Looking for a budget smartphone that costs more than Rs. 10,000 but less than Rs 15,000? Worry not as we have got you covered. While you will find plenty of options from Chinese OEMs in this range, there are only a handful of phones that are worth a look and your consideration.

Most of the phones under the Rs 15,000 range compromise on one aspect or the another, but all of them offer excellent performance. Whichever smartphone you decide from below, you cannot go wrong with them.

Best Smartphones Under Rs 15,000

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Moto G4 Plus

Moto G4 Plus rear

The Moto G4 Plus sports Qualcomm’s fiery hot Snapdragon 615 chipset which is known for its overheating issues. And unlike other phones in this price range, the Moto G4 Plus does not sport an unibody aluminum build. Instead, it features a hard plastic body that does not feel as premium as the Redmi Note 3 or LeEco Le 2. Worse, unlike the Moto G3 before it, the Moto G4 Plus does not feature water or dust resistance.

Yet, the Moto G4 Plus makes it to this list thanks to its superb performance in day-to-day tasks and excellent 16MP rear shooter. If camera performance is your top-most priority, you cannot go wrong with the Moto G4 Plus. The LaserAF sensor and the excellent 16MP sensor allow the handset to capture photos that are way better than what other phones in this price range can capture, especially in low-light.

Read: Moto G4 Plus Review

The stock Android and optimization from Motorola also ensures that despite the Snapdragon 615 chipset’s overheating issues, the Moto G4 Plus performs admirably in regular use. Fair warning though, if you are a heavy gamer or push your phone too hard for long periods of time, the Moto G4 Plus will start overheating and throttle the chipset speed and display brightness to keep temperatures in check.

Read: Does the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus suffer from overheating issues?

Best Overall Smartphone

Redmi Note 3

Remember how the original iPhone completely changed the smartphone market? The Redmi Note 3 has done that to the budget Android segment. While Motorola and other OEMs have launched plenty of great budget Android smartphones over the course of last one year, the Redmi Note 3 thanks to its Snapdragon 650 chipset offers performance levels that were previously unheard of in a phone that costs less than Rs 15,000. Heck, there are hardly phones inside the Rs 20,000 segment that can rival the performance of the Redmi Note 3. A testament to the Redmi Note 3’s excellent performance is that it can easily stand on its own against the likes of Galaxy S7 edge, Mi 5, and other Snapdragon 820 chipset powered devices in various speed tests.


It’s not just the performance that makes the Redmi Note 3 special. The handset also features an aluminum build, a fingerprint scanner, an excellent 5.5-inch Full HD display, plenty of storage with microSD card support, dual-SIM with VoLTE functionality, and a massive 4000mAh battery that ensures the handset is able to offer two-day battery life on moderate usage. MIUI also offers plenty of customization options and features to play around with, and Xiaomi regularly rolls out software updates for the handset.

Even better, the Redmi Note 3 manages to deliver all this at a price that is lower than its competitors. While the cheapest Redmi Note variant costs Rs 9,999, I will highly recommend you to buy the 3GB RAM variant of the device priced at Rs 11,999.

Which smartphone do you prefer between the Moto G4 Plus and Redmi Note 3? Drop a comment and let us know.