The sub-Rs. 15,000 segments are one of the most popular & contested segments of today’s smartphone market. Mobile devices under 15,000 have transitioned from average pieces of hardware to highly competent devices capable of competing with flagships. Consumers are not only looking for feature-packed phones but also looking for value in their purchases. Here are top 5 phones which will give you a premium experience while also going light on your pocket.
- Honor 8X
Honor 8X ships with the new Kirin 710 octa-core processor. The new chipset is an octa-core processor clocked up to 2. 2GHz.For graphics, Honor 8X relies on Mali G51 MP4 along with GPU Turbo technology. The phone comes with a 6.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2340 pixels at a PPI of 396 pixels per inch. The Honor 8X comes with 128GB storage and supports expandable storage up to 400GB via a microSD card.
The Honor 8X is powered by a 3750mAh, it is a dual-SIM smartphone and Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, Micro-USB, 3G, and 4G. The phone will have a full slot to house two SIM cards and one microSD card together.
The Camera shooter is 20-megapixel and 2-megapixel dual-AI rear cameras and 16-megapixel front-facing camera. The company claims the built-in AI can recognize over 500 scenarios in 22 categories and optimize settings and enhance photo quality based on what users are shooting. The camera comes with the following modes: HDR, Night, Slow-motion, and AI. Honor 8X supports slow-motion at 120fps, 4X and super slow-motion at 480fps, 16X.
If you are looking for an all-rounder in performance, aesthetics and a quality camera we recommend the honor 8X as it is the complete package at a budget price point.
|2.2 GHz Octa Core||6.3 Inches||64 GB|
|20 MP + 2 MP||3750 mAh||4 GB|
Outstanding Feature: AI Camera & slow-motion at 120fps, 4X and super slow-motion at 480fps, 16X.
2.Realme 2 Pro
The Realme 1 had the performance at a very affordable price. The Realme 2 has a minimal droplet notched screen. The Realme 2 Pro combines both wrapped in a stunning looking body.
The Realme 2 is powered by 1.8GHz octa-core processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone comes with a 6.30-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 2340 pixels by 1080 pixels at a PPI of 408 pixels per inch.
In terms of memory the phone ships with 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Realme 2 packs a 16-megapixel (f/1.7, 1.12-micron) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4, 1.75-micron) primary camera on the rear and an 16-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The Realme 2 is powered by a 3500mAh.It is a dual sim phone and connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, Micro-USB, 3G, and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor, Compass/ Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, and Ambient light sensor.
The Real me 2 Pro is a revolution in design and is one of the best-looking smartphones in this price segment. If you are looking to stand out of the crowd this phone is definitely for you while also going light on your pocket.
|1.8 GHz Octa Core||6.30 Inches||64 GB|
|16 MP + 2 MP||3500 mAh||4 GB|
Outstanding Feature: Great esthetics, dew drop notch display with a large screen to body ratio.
3. Xaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is the latest phone in Xaomi’s budget segment lineup. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box, it has a 5.99-inch Full HD+ IPS display. It comes with dual 12 MP + 5MP rear cameras with an LED flash and a 20 MP front-facing camera.
The phone is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 636 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card up to 128 GB. Connectivity options included in the Redmi Note 5 Pro are 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, Infrared, 3G, and a micro USB 2.0 port. The device is powered by a Li-Po 4,000mAh battery with fast charging support.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is one of the premium budget smartphones that excels in almost every department. The configuration is powerful to ensure a lag-free performance. The cameras are excellent and Moreover, a massive storage makes the device a delightful option in this price range.
|1.8 GHz Octa Core||5.99 Inches||64 GB|
|12 MP + 5 MP||4,000 mAh||4 GB|
Outstanding Feature: Consistent rear camera quality with exceptional Selfie Camera performance.
4. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 smartphone has a 5.99-inch touchscreen display with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution. Under the hood, the device is powered by a 1.8 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 636 processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card.
The camera features a 13-megapixel primary Omni vision sensor (f/2.2 aperture) and a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensing sensor. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, an 85.5-degree wide-angle lens, and a 5-element lens.
The Phone comes with a powerful 5000 mAh battery to support its 6-inch screen. the connectivity options in the smartphone include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, Hotspot and 2G,3G and 4G Networks.
Asus has in a way made a comeback to the budget smartphone market, the strengths of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 lies with its massive 5000mAh battery and stock Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. If you are looking for a reliable daily driver with an all-day backup and Androids stock experience this is the phone for you.
|1.8 GHz Octa Core||5.99 Inches||32 GB|
|13 MP + 5 MP||5,000 mAh||4 GB|
Outstanding Feature: Large 5,000 mAh Battery to power long hours of gaming.
5. Samsung Galaxy On8 (2018)
Samsung Galaxy On8 (2018) smartphone was launched in August 2018. The phone comes with a 6.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1480 pixels. The Samsung Galaxy On8 is powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Processor. A 4 GB of RAM ensures phone runs smoothly even the most memory intensive applications & still shows no signs of lag. The phone has 64 GB of internal storage can be expanded to 256 GB via a microSD card.
The Samsung Galaxy On8 is powered by a 3500mAh battery. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy On8 (2018) packs a 16-megapixel (f/1.7) + 5-megapixel (f/1.9) primary camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
Overall, considering the previous Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy On8 offers great value for money as a smartphone for Samsung lovers and users who are not looking for a performance if you are not looking for a top-notch performance phone, the On8 offers a good mix of features and reliability.
|1.8 GHz Octa Core||6.00 Inches||64 GB|
|13 MP + 5 MP||3,500 mAh||4 GB|
Outstanding Feature: Best in segment Low Light Camera performance packed with features & exceptional Selfie Camera.
We hope we could help make your buying decision a lot easier, here are two noteworthy mentions which didn’t make it on our list, The Honor 7X, a feature-packed budget smartphone which succeeds the Honor 6X a smartphone that was priced competitively and began the revolution of feature-packed smartphones at great value. The Honor 7X has a great build quality, a vibrant edge-to-edge display, powerful hardware, and a slick bezel-less design.
Another smartphone contender worth mentioning is the Honor 9 Lite which sets itself apart from other phones in this price segment thanks to its gorgeous glass unibody design. It is one of the most affordable smartphones in the market with face unlock capabilities and is extremely compact and pocketable thanks to its vibrant edge-to-edge display.