1. Lenovo K4 Note:
Lenovo is on fire in India, it is launching back to back hit and great value for money phones in the budget segment. After the Vibe P1 and Vibe S1, the Lenovo K4 Note is their latest offering in the 15k price segment. Starting with the design, it has completely plastic build like its predecessor K3 Note but, it now packs a better looking design, it has got rounded corners, curved back panel and there is chrome finish on all the edges and also on a small unit on the back containing the camera and fingerprint scanner.
It features a 5.5 inches Full HD display with good colour reproduction and viewing angles, it is a very good display overall. The Lenovo K4 Note is powered by the 1.3 GHz 64-bit Octa Core Mediatek MT6753 Processor coupled with 3 GB RAM and Mali T720-MP3 GPU, it delivers very good performance and handles gaming well. It comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box with Lenovo’s new Vibe UI 3.0 running on top. In the version 3.0, Lenovo has quite improved its Vibe UI, it now comes with more features and also includes the option to arrange your icons in an App drawer like Stock Android. The phone has a 13 MP rear camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) and Dual-LED flash and takes good pictures. The 5 MP front camera is also good. Another important feature is the fingerprint scanner which can be used to quickly unlock the phone even when the screen is turned off, it can also be used to take pictures. It also comes with two front facing Dolby Atmos speakers (placed above & below the screen) which have very good sound quality.
The K4 Note is a Dual Sim phone, it also includes NFC for additional connectivity. It has 16 GB internal storage which can be expanded upto 128 GB with the help of a microSD card. It is backed by a non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery which gives a good battery backup and easily lasts for a day. The K4 Note is priced at Rs. 11,998 and the company is also offering ANT VR headset (costs 1,299) bundled with the K4 Note at just Rs. 12,499.
Overall, the Lenovo K4 Note is a great complete package. It gives good performance as well as great media experience at a very good price. It is undoubtedly the best mobile under 15000 Rs. The Lenovo Vibe P1 priced at Rs. 15,998 can be another great choice from Lenovo, it packs a huge 4900 mAh battery and has premium metallic design, good performance and it also includes the fingerprint scanner.
2. Moto G Turbo Edition:
A great fact is that, Moto G has been the most selling product across any category on any e-commerce platform in the history of Indian e-commerce. Carrying forward that legacy, Motorola has launched a new variant of the Moto G (3rd Gen) called as Moto G Turbo Edition. The new Moto G Turbo Edition comes with the same design of Moto G (3rd Gen) but comes with a more powerful octa core processor, better Adreno 405 GPU (than Adreno 306 in Moto G3) and TurboPower charging capability, rest all the features remain the same. So let’s get into details of the new phone. It has a very simple design from the front and a very classy curvy back which has a vertical strip which houses the camera, LED flash and the Moto logo, this strip looks very beautiful and adds uniqueness in the design of the phone. The phone is very comfortable to hold in hand and offers good grip. It sports a 5 inches HD screen with 294 ppi pixel density which is decent. It is powered by 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 615 Octa Core Processor coupled with 2GB RAM, so those who loved Moto G (3rd Gen) but wanted more power for gaming and multitasking can now rejoice. It runs on the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with stock Android UI, which also makes the performance good. Great thing is that, it will always get the future Android updates and that too faster than many flagship phones! For the first two generation Moto G’s, camera was the weakest point, but now it’s the strongest. It packs a 13 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture lens, HDR & dual-LED flash. The 5 MP front camera comes with f/2.2 lens and a Field of view (FOV) of 72 degrees. Both the cameras are really good. An icing on the cake is, it is water-resistant for upto 30 minutes, this IP67 certification is provided by no phone in the near price range. The 2470 mAh battery gives a good battery life and with TurboPower charging, it can be used for 6 hours from just 15 minutes of charging, claims the company. It has 16 GB internal & upto 32 GB expandable storage, Dual Sim & 4G. Overall, it is a very popular phone and gives a great user experience and satisfaction and now when the Moto G comes with an Octa Core processor it gives a pretty good performance as well. It is a great overall device to buy. If you don’t have heavy usage the Moto G (3rd Gen) at Rs. 10,999 is a great choice as well.
3. Lenovo Vibe S1:
Surprised to see another Lenovo phone in this list? The Lenovo Vibe P1 and Vibe S1 both come from Lenovo’s Vibe series and are offered at the same price but they are completely different from each other and are targeted towards different types of users. So, listing both the phones separately was necessary. There are two USP’s in the Vibe S1 – Design & Front camera. Starting with the design of the Lenovo Vibe S1, it looks really beautiful and feels premium, it has got metallic body and curved glass on the back (which attracts fingerprints easily though!) and with its 5 inches screen and 7.8mm thickness it feels compact and comfortable in hands. It is offered in Dark Blue & White color variants, in Dark Blue it looks more premium & different. Design wise, it is one of the finest phone around this price and feels much better than a typical 15-16k phone. The Vibe S1 features a 13 MP rear camera with PDAF, dual-LED flash and has decent picture quality but when it comes to the front, it boasts of Dual Selfie cameras, one of 8 MP and other of 2 MP and both work together. The 8 MP front camera comes with f/2.2 aperture & BSI sensor and captures the selfies as usual whereas, the 2 MP front camera captures the DOF (Dept of Field). Basically, it can differentiate between the subject and background and once you click a selfie, you can blur the background (with many creative effects) and it also allows you to cut out the subject and change the background. Overall, it will be a great fun experience for selfie lovers. A 1.7 GHz Mediatek MT6752 Octa Core Processor paired with 3 GB RAM gives a good performance to the phone. The 5 inches Full HD display with 441 ppi pixel density is very good. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 covers front and rear glasses. A 2420 mAh battery powers the phone, it doesn’t provide a great battery life but will run throughout the day. Overall, the Lenovo Vibe S1 is a premium compact phone with good performance & great features for selfies lovers, can be a very good choice at this price.
4. Huawei Honor 5X:
Huawei has finally launched their much awaited smartphone the Honor 5X in India. The Honor 5X packs a great premium metallic design which feels good in hands as well as looks beautiful & stylish. It features a 5.5 inches Full HD display with 401 ppi pixel density and has good display quality, the viewing angles are also good. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 Octa Core Processor out of which four cores are clocked at 1.5 GHz and the other four are clocked at 1.2 GHz. The phone has got 2 GB of RAM and Adreno 405 GPU, the overall performance of the phone is good and smooth but it may lag a little during heavy gaming. It sports a 13 MP rear and a 5 MP front camera, both have good depth and colors. The Honor 5X features a fingerprint scanner on the back below the camera, it is very fast and works with good accuracy. The phone runs on Android v5.1 Lollipop with Huawei’s EMUI 3.1 skin running on top. It is a dual sim smartphone supporting 4G on both the slots. It comes with 16 GB internal storage which is expandable upto 128 GB. It is backed by a non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery which gives average battery backup and will last for around a day. Overall, the Huawei Honor 5X offers very good design, decent performance and impressive features like the fingerprint scanner. It is a good package at this price. If you need more power, you can also go with the Huawei Honor 6.
5. Micromax Canvas 5:
Micromax has recently launched the flagship phone of its Canvas series, the Canvas 5. It looks beautiful and comes with a metallic frame on the sides and a leather like textured plastic back panel which is removable. The phone is slim and comfortable to hold and has decent overall build quality. It sports a 5.2 inches Full HD display with 423 ppi pixel density and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, the display quality is very good. The Canvas 5 runs on the 1.3 GHz Mediatek MT6753 Octa Core Processor paired with 3 GB RAM and delivers good performance. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and the company has promised Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the phone. Micromax has installed lots of bloatware on the phone but most of them can be uninstalled. It features a 13 MP rear and 5 MP front camera and both come with a LED flash and deliver good picture quality. The camera app also comes with lots of settings and choices to let you customize your photos the way you want. It comes with a cool ‘Picture-in-Picture’ feature which clicks pictures with the front and rear camera at the same time in a single image. It is a dual sim smartphone with 4G support. The phone has 16 GB internal storage which can be expanded upto 64 GB with the help of a microSD card. It is backed by a non-removeable Li-Po 2900 mAh battery which delivers decent battery backup. Overall, the Micromax Canvas 5 packs decent set of features at a very good price point, it can be another good buying choice.
6. Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (2GB RAM):
The Zenfone 5 was a hit, looks like that piece of success has given Asus the perfect sense of market demand. I am saying this because the newly launched Asus Zenfone 2 series is excellent and pretty much delivers everything that a user desires – Good Performance, Camera, Battery Life, Design, Latest Android and an overall good User Experience. Well, the Zenfone 2 is quite well-known for its 4 GB RAM but it starts from 19,999 Rs. but at under 15k we have got the Zenfone 2 ZE551ML with 2GB RAM (details about other variants here). It runs on Quad Core, 64-bit, 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Z3560 processor which is very powerful. It sports a 5.5 inches Full HD display which is very good and it is also protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The phone has a 13 MP rear & 5 MP front camera, the picture quality of both the cameras is very impressive. They are bright & colourful. It allows FHD video recording & produces good quality videos. It also has Dual-LED Flash and the camera app has many other features. The phone runs on the Android v5.0 Lollipop with Asus’s ZenUI running on top of it. It supports Dual Sim & 4G (LTE). It is good on storage and has a good 3000 mAh battery with fast charging capability. When it comes to design, the phone looks very good and more importantly it’s different from other phones in the market. Overall, the Zenfone 2 at this price is a very good all round device and can be a good choice. The Asus Zenfone Selfie (2GB RAM) priced at Rs 14,999 brings in a 13 MP front camera with Dual LED front flash! It also comes with most of the power and features of the Zenfone 2 ZE551ML so, if you are a selfie lover you must go with the Zenfone selfie at this price otherwise for most people the Zenfone 2 ZE551ML will be the right choice. The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser (3GB RAM) at Rs 12,999 is another option from Asus but the Zenfone 2 ZE551ML is a better package despite its smaller 2 GB RAM.
7. Samsung Galaxy J7:
Samsung is very determined to get back its share in the budget smartphone market. With the launch of the new Galaxy J5 & J7, we now see a completely refreshed line-up of phones spread across every price in the budget to mid-range segment. Among the Galaxy J5 and J7, the J7 packs better features and off-course higher price. Design wise, the J7 looks good, it has got chromium edges on the side and the plastic back with sort of matte finish, the build quality is decent. It sports a 5.5 inches HD Super AMOLED display and although it’s just 267 ppi pixel density, the Super AMOLED display is quite vibrant & colourful, it will not disappoint. It runs on Samsung’s own 1.5 GHz Exynos 7580 Octa Core Processor coupled with 1.5 GB of RAM, the phone actually has a good performance and it handles games well. Cameras have been the strength of Samsung phones, the J7 packs a 13 MP rear camera with f/1.9 aperture and the camera is very good. A great news for selfie lovers, the 5 MP front camera of the phone also comes with a LED flash and lots of tools which make it a very good phone for selfie lovers. It runs on the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop with Samsung’s Touchwiz UI on top of it. It has 16 GB internal storage which is expandable upto whooping 128 GB’s. The phone supports Dual sim and 4G. The 3000 mAh battery gives it a very good battery life. Overall, the Galaxy J7 offers all the latest features and with a great selfie camera it becomes a complete package with the trust of Samsung, a very good buy at this price.
8. Xiaomi Mi 4i:
The Xiaomi Mi 4i is the Flagship phone of Xiaomi in its Indian portfolio. Xiaomi launched the phone globally at an event in New Delhi, a first of its kind event for Xiaomi. The Mi 4i has a 7.8mm thickness and a unibody design with polycarbonate body, it also has a soft touch matte finish with an anti-grease coating. Even though it’s a plastic body, it looks and feels good. It runs on the 2nd generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core 64-bit processor clocked at 1.7GHz. The Snapdragon 615 processor already has a good performance and on top of it, the 2nd generation 615 processor used in this phone is even better in terms of speed and performance. The phone also has a 2GB LPDDR3 RAM. It sports a 5-inch Sharp/JDI Full HD display with 1920×1080 pixels resolution which turns out into a great 441 PPI pixel density, the screen is protected with scratch resistant Corning OGS Glass. The screen also offers better readability under direct sunlight. The Mi 4i features a 13 MP rear and 5 MP front cameras, Xiaomi has used f/2.0 & f/1.8 aperture lenses respectively, which click better and cleaner images. The phone also houses a dual-LED flash at the back. It is a Dual Sim phone and supports 4G on both the Sim. It comes with two internal storage options 16GB and 32GB however, it misses out on the microSD slot, so buying the 32GB variant will be a much wiser decision. It runs on MIUI 6 on Android 5.0 Lollipop. It has a 3120 mAh battery with fast charging technology & other battery saving features. Overall, the phone has a very good performance with one of the best displays in this range, it just lacks the microSD slot, if it’s fine with you, it can be another great choice under 15000 Rs. The Xiaomi Mi4 with Snapdragon 801 Processor and 3GB RAM is a performance powerhouse and is available at 14,999 Rs. for 16GB storage and 17,999 Rs. for 32GB storage, it can also be a good choice but it misses out on Dual Sim, microSD slot and 4G.
9. Gionee Elife S7:
This is another slim phone launched by Gionee. The first thing you can notice when you get the phone in your hands is that, it’s very slim and it feels premium. The Gionee Elife S7 is just 5.5 mm thick. The phone has a pretty good and strong build quality, it comes with glass at the back like the Sony Flagship phones, and the sides of the phone have metal linings. The phone not only looks beautiful from outside but the Amigo 3.0 UI running on top of Android Lollipop makes the phone beautiful from inside as well. It runs on the Octa-core 1.7 GHz Mediatek MT6752 Processor coupled with 2 GB RAM. It has very good performance and everything runs smoothly. It sports a great 5.2 inches Super AMOLED display with Full HD resolution. The display of the phone is very good with great viewing angles. It has 13 MP rear and 8 MP front camera and the picture quality of both the cameras is good. The phone is very slim and at the same time the camera unit doesn’t pops out from the back, it’s inline with the back and thus the camera lens is prevented from additional scratches. It supports Dual sim and it is also 4G capable. It has a good 2750 mAh battery. One thing which can be a turn off for many is that it has only 16 GB of internal storage which can’t be expanded. Overall, the phone has a great slim design and good performance and can be a good choice if 16 GB is enough for you.
10. Obi Worldphone SF1:
Obi Worldphone, founded by former Apple CEO John Sculley has launched its first smartphone Obi Worldphone SF1 in India after renaming its brand from Obi Mobiles to Obi Worldphone. The Obi Worldphone SF1 stands out from the crowd due to its unique ‘floating glass display’ design. The company calls it floating display because, the display of the smartphone pops out 0.2mm from the body of the phone, while it definitely looks different, there is a mixed opinion throughout the world about whether it looks good or bad & whether it serves any purpose or it is just there to make the phone look different. The build quality of the smartphone is good, the company has used plastic in the body but the top and bottom edges are metallic. The phone is 8.0mm thick but due to its unique design, it has a larger form factor. The 5 inches display of the phone comes with Full HD resolution and has decent but not the best quality. The phone runs on 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 615 Processor and comes in 2 GB and 3 GB RAM options. It delivers decent performance most of the times. The 2 GB RAM variant comes with 16 GB internal storage and the 3 GB RAM variant comes with 32 GB internal storage, the phone supports microSD card upto 64 GB but it uses the second sim slot. The phone has got 13 MP rear and 5 MP front facing cameras and both have a little better than average image quality. The phone’s camera app is powerful and allows you to change all the camera settings manually. The phone runs on Android v5.0.2 Lollipop with few tweaks and design changes from the company. The phone is backed by a Non-removable 3000 mAh Li-Po battery with Quick Charging support. Overall, the phone is only unique in terms of its design so, if you like the design and want to flaunt it you can go with the phone otherwise, much better phones are available at this price range.