Buying a smartphone can be challenging these days. Not because you don't have options to choose from because today you have a plenty of options to choose from. There has been a lot of action in the sub Rs 15,000 price category as not only the Chinese smartphone players but also Indian manufacturers are focusing on this price category and have launched some great devices in the market. Here is our pick of the top five smartphones under Rs 15,000 in no specific order.
Redmi Note 3: Rs 9,999/Rs 11,999
After keeping quiet for a few months, Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 3, which is a fine piece of hardware. With a metal body and curved edges, the Remdi Note 3 has got a 5.5inch full HD display which offers great coloured reproduction. It is available in two variants - 2 GB RAM along with 16 GB of internal storage and 3 GB RAM with 32 GB storage. The former is priced at Rs 9,999 and the latter configuration comes at Rs 11,999. Both the variants are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chipset. It features a 16-MP rear camera and a 5-MP front facing camera. This is a dual-SIM phone and connectivity options include Wi-Fi, LTE and more. It packs in a 4,050-mAh battery that can easily last a day. There is also a fingerprint sensor at the rear where the hand rests naturally and it is quick to unlock the phone.
LeEco Le 2: Rs 11,999
LeEco, yet another Chinese brand, entered the Indian market in January this year. It's LeEco 1s was in direct competition to the Redmi Note 3. Just six months down the line, the company has introduced the successor to the Le1s, Le 2. Having a same metal body with curved edges, the Le 2 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor and is paired with 3 GB of RAM. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and is a dual SIM smartphone. Even one this one packs in a 16-MP rear camera with features such as HDR, auto focus, face detection, etc. It is equipped with an 8-MP front facing camera.
Motorola G Plus: Rs 14,999
Motorola's Moto G smartphones gave a new lease to mid-budget segment when launched in India in 2013. Since then, it has been the favorite mid-budget smartphone for many. While the company might be losing to the competition on the specification war, the overall built quality and hardware is worth praising. Ther Moto G Plus looks identical to the Moto G 4th generation and has got a fingerprint sensor. It features 5.5-inch full HD display and comes with Snapdragon 617 processor. The Plus model is available in 32 GB storage paired with 3 GB of RAM for Rs 14,999. There is also a 16-GB variant with 2 GB of RAM. It features a 16-MP rear camera with a 5-MP front facing camera and has a 3,000-mAh battery onboard.
Samsung Galaxy J7: Rs 13,500
After facing heat from the Chinese players, Samsung is also focusing on the mid-budget smartphone space and the Galaxy J7 is the company's best offering at this price. It is powered by Samsung Exynos Octa-core processor and is paired with 1.5 GB of RAM. It features a 5.5-inch display and has a 13-MP rear camera a 5-MP front facing camera. It has a 3,000-mAh battery onboard.
Lenovo K4 Note: Rs 10,999
It has been some time since this device was launched but the K4 Note is the best offering from Lenovo till date. It is powered by Mediatek Octa-core processor with 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of expandable memory. It runs on Android 5.1 operating system and packs in a 3,100-mAh battery. It is a dual-SIM device with a 5.5-inch full HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. There is a 13-MP rear camera and a 5-MP frontfacing camera. The device has decent build quality.