Just three years ago, Rs 15,000 budget for a smartphone would not even get you smartphone with a proper autofocus camera.
Today, thanks to the competition in the Indian market, there are now, plenty of options. Some coming from Indian smartphone brands and many coming international ones as well. While there are plenty of choices with varying hardware options, it is indeed the best combination of hardware, optimised software and features that makes for the perfect budget smartphone.
Below is our top list of Rs 15,000 smartphones. These not only deliver when it comes to good camera performance, but some all-rounders that are good at everything considering the price tags that they retail for.
Asus has a got a lot of things right with its Zenfone 2 range this year, the only problem is that its Intel chops don’t have enough gusto when it comes to gaming. Still then the rest of the package seems like a great deal and even with all the Asus customisations (Zen UI), keeps the smartphone running super smooth. However, buying this smartphone purely for its camera, may not be a great idea.
The Lenovo Vibe X2 is certainly a stunner and looks premium with its layered sandwiched design. What you also get inside is a brisk MediaTek 6595M chipset with a Full HD display, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. What it lacks is a UI that somehow seems unfinished at best. You also get some handy Vibe attachments that you can attach to your smartphone.
Samsung’s J series really has a lot going for it. It may not have the best camera performance in this listing, but everything else, including that beautiful Full HD Super AMOLED display, is pretty much the best you can get in this range. We will warn you about Samsung’s Hybrid SIM and SD card slot though, you can only use one of them at a time.
The design is tried and tested and the same can be said about its internals, but the Moto G3 does come with a few upgrades over its predecessor that make it a great yet simple smartphone. If you are new to Android, this indeed is your best choice to get your Android basics right. Its software is almost bloatware-free and you get a water resistant splash-proof coating on it as well. There is really a good reason why this smartphone is out of stock while the rest on this list are easily available.
The Xiaomi Mi 4i makes it to the top of this list, simply because it offers a lot more than anyone else, and does everything better as well. From the crisp Full HD display, to the Snapdragon 615 tucked inside, down to the 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB internal storage, it not only settles the value for money problem, but also offers enough horsepower for Android gaming, apps, multi-tasking and a lot more. Oh, and did we mention that Rs 14,999 price tag?
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