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Top 3 Smartphones In India Under Rs. 15,000 (June 2016)

There have been plenty of smartphones coming up from different manufacturers (Mainly from China) in the mid range as well as low budget market.

So now you have so many choices you end up wondering which device should I buy? Which phone is the best? This guide will tell you all the 3 best smartphones you can buy in a mid-range budget of under Rs.15,000/-.

1. Redmi Note 3

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is on top of this list is simply because it checks all the boxes for being a good phone while maintaining the affordable price tag of under Rs. 15000. Xiaomi clearly delivers a great package with the Redmi Note 3 for us to recommend it. It comes in two variants – Rs 9,999 (for 2GB RAM/16GB ROM) and Rs 11,999 (for 3GB RAM/32GB ROM) – we would recommend the latter as it gives you a better multitasking performance alongside the bigger internal memory size.

Xiaomi Redmi Note3


  • Metallic built.
  • Good Processor.
  • 4G support on both SIM.
  • Vidoegraphy supports 120fps slow-motion.


  • Camera not Upto the mark.
  • No dedicated SD card slot.
  • 16 GB variant is not a good option for many people.
  • Display doesn’t have any special protection layer.

2. Moto G4 Plus

The Moto G4 Plus is a compelling buy starting at Rs.13,499. It continues the G series of smartphone’s tradition of providing good smartphones at an affordable price. Moto G4 Plus has a superb display, fast and accurate fingerprint sensor, stock android and performs admirably well. The camera performance is slightly better as compared to Redmi Note 3 and any other phone in the list for that matter. To the downside the phone faces overheating problem after long duration of use.

However, the market has flooded with affordable smartphones having full metal bodies and stellar build quality, the all plastic construction of the Moto G4 Plus doesn’t inspire much confidence. Lenovo has to take some steps to either reduce the price or improve the next Moto G.

Lenovo Moto G4 Plus


  • Best Camera for the price tag.
  • Slow-motion video is fixed at 120fps.
  • Device supports TurboPower™.
  • 360˚ Fingerprint sensor detector.
  • 64 GB internal *Currently not available in India* and 128 GB External SD Card support.


  • No water proofing is a big let down.
  • Phone heats up in heavy tasks.
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery.

3. Lenovo ZUK Z1

Priced at Rs 13,499, the Lenovo ZUK Z1 is a value for money phone. It packs in some great features like a polished metal body, optical image stabilization, a buttery smooth and unique Cyanogen OS and many more goodies. The battery life is great on the ZUK Z1 with a large 4100mAh battery and a camera that may not be spectacular, but is decent enough to click good quality photos.

Lenovo ZUK Z1


  • Good battery life.
  • Good processing package.
  • Cyanogen OS 12.1.
  • Camera with OIS.
  • USB type C.
  • Loaded with all latest sensors.
  • Metallic Built.


  • No expandable storage options.
  • Out dated graphics processor.
  • Average camera.


Redmi Note 3

Moto G4 Plus


Speed HSPA, LTE HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
GPRS Yes Yes Yes
EDGE Yes Yes Yes
LAUNCH Announced 2016, January 2016, May 2015, August
Status Available. Released 2016, February Available. Released 2016, May Available. Released 2015, September
BODY Dimensions 150 x 76 x 8.7 mm (5.91 x 2.99 x 0.34 in) 153 x 76.6 x 9.8 mm (6.02 x 3.02 x 0.39 in) 155.7 x 77.3 x 8.9 mm (6.13 x 3.04 x 0.35 in)
Weight 164 g (5.78 oz) 155 g (5.47 oz) 175 g (6.17 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Micro-SIM/Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Micro-SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.5 inches (~72.4% screen-to-body ratio) 5.5 inches (~71.2% screen-to-body ratio) 5.5 inches (~69.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~403 ppi pixel density) 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density) 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes Yes Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Interface – MIUI 7.0 – CyanogenMod 12.1
PLATFORM OS Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop) Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow) Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), planned upgrade to v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650 Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
CPU Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
GPU Adreno 510 Adreno 405 Adreno 330
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) No
Internal 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
32 GB, 3 GB RAM
16 GB, 2 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM 64 GB, 3 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 16 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash 16 MP, f/2.0, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash 13 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, OIS, dual-LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, auto-HDR 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps 1080p@30fps, HDR 1080p@30fps, 1080p@60fps
Secondary 5 MP, f/2.0, 1080p 5 MP, f/2.2, auto-HDR 8 MP, f/2.2, 1080p@30fps
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes Yes
  – 24-bit/192kHz audio
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE v4.1, A2DP, LE v4.1
Infrared port Yes No No
Radio Stereo FM radio, recording FM radio No
USB microUSB v2.0, USB On-The-Go microUSB v2.0, USB Host v3.0, Type-C reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 4100 mAh battery
Colors Silver, Gray, Gold Black, White White, Dark Gray
SAR EU 0.56 W/kg (head)

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