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17 Jan 2019

6 best budget smartphones available in India

Best smartphones available in India under Rs. 15,000

2018 has been a great year for smartphones, especially when we look at mid-range handsets. These devices sport newer designs, improved cameras, and feature more powerful processors.

And likewise, 2019 has already brought some new budget smartphones which offer great value for money.

Hence, if you're looking a smartphone around Rs. 15,000, our picks might help you choose better.

Here's our list.

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Best smartphones available in India under Rs. 15,000
ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2: Price starts at Rs. 12,999

Pick #1

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2: Price starts at Rs. 12,999

In the sub-Rs. 15,000 segment, there's nothing like the feature-laden ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2.

The phone features a 6.26-inch full-HD+ notched display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

It comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, upto 6GB RAM and upto 64GB of storage (expandable upto 2TB).

Further, backing the phone is a massive 5,000mAh battery and stock Android Oreo.

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 offers decent cameras also

The ZenFone Max Pro M2 packs a dual rear-camera setup featuring a 12MP (f/1.8) Sony IMX486 sensor, paired with a 5MP dedicated depth sensor and LED flash module. Up front, the phone sports a 13MP (f/2.0) selfie snapper with 1.12-micron pixels, and LED flash module.

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Pick #2

Huawei Y9 (2019): Priced at Rs. 15,990

Huawei's latest budget offering, the Y9 (2019) checks all the boxes: Design, camera, and performance.

It features a 6.5-inch full-HD+ notched display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and overall premium design.

The phone runs on Kirin 710 processor, backed by 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, GPU Turbo technology, and Android Oreo-based EMUI 8.2.

Under the hood, the Huawei Y9 (2019) packs a 4,000mAh battery.

Huawei Y9 (2019) features dual rear and front cameras

The Huawei Y9 (2019) sports a dual rear-camera setup comprising a 13MP (f/1.8) main sensor, paired with a 2MP (f/2.4) depth sensor, LED flash, HDR, and PDAF. Up front, the phone houses a 16MP (f/2.0) main sensor and a 2MP (f/2.4) depth sensor.

Redmi Note 6 Pro: Price starts at Rs. 13,999

Pick #3

Redmi Note 6 Pro: Price starts at Rs. 13,999

The Redmi Note 6 Pro retains all the key features of its predecessor while improving on camera specifications.

The phone comes with a 6.26-inch full-HD+ notched display and offers latest connectivity options like dual VoLTE and dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac.

Further, it runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset, paired with upto 6GB RAM, 64GB of expandable internal storage and a solid 4,000mAh battery.

Redmi Note 6 Pro: First Xiaomi phone with quad cameras

On the back, the Redmi Note 6 Pro gets a 12MP+5MP dual camera setup with larger 1.4-micron pixels, a wider f/1.9 aperture, and Dual-Pixel PDAF. Up front, the dual camera unit comprises a 20MP (f/2.0) primary sensor with 1.8-micron pixels and a 2MP depth sensor.

Pick #4

Xiaomi Mi A2: Price starts at Rs. 13,999

If "notch" is not your thing, Xiaomi's Mi A2 should be right up your alley.

The phone features a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display and runs stock Android Oreo (Pie update available).

It comes with Snapdragon 660 processor, upto 6GB RAM, upto 128GB internal storage and 3,010 mAh battery.

Further, Mi A2 supports 4G LTE, Bluetooth v5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, and USB Type-C (sadly, no headphone jack).

Mi A2 packs impressive Sony camera sensors

The Mi A2 sports a dual rear-camera setup with 12MP+20MP Sony sensors, a wide f/1.75 aperture, phase-detection autofocus, and dual-tone LED flash. Up front, the phone offers a 20MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/1.75 aperture, fixed focal length, and LED flash.

Honor 10 Lite: Price starts at Rs. 13,999

Pick #5

Honor 10 Lite: Price starts at Rs. 13,999

Honor's latest budget offering, the Honor 10 Lite, is a good all-rounder.

The phone features 6.21 inch full-HD+ display with an impressive 91% screen-to-body ratio and stylish design.

It is powered by a Kirin 710 chipset, paired with 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage (expandable up to 512GB).

Moreover, the Honor 10 Lite packs a 3,400mAh battery and runs Android Pie-based EMUI 9.0.

Honor 10 Lite: For the shutterbugs and selfie lovers

The phone comes with a dual rear-camera setup comprising a 13MP (f/1.8) primary sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. The main camera also comes with PDAF, HDR, and an LED flash module. Up front, the Honor 10 Lite offers a 24MP (f/2.0) selfie camera.

Pick #6

Nokia 6.1 Plus: Priced at Rs. 15,499

For anyone looking for a premium mid-range smartphone, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is a no brainer.

It sports a 5.8-inch full-HD+ notched display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and stylish all-glass design.

Powering the Android One-based handset is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB of storage (expandable upto 400GB).

Lastly, the phone supports stock Android Pie and packs a 3,060mAh battery.

Nokia 6.1 Plus offers powerful cameras also

The Nokia 6.1 Plus sports a dual rear-camera setup comprising a 16MP (f/2.0) primary sensor with 1-micron pixels, and a secondary 5MP monochrome sensor with 1.12-micron pixels. Up front, the smartphone gets a 16MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and 1-micron pixels.

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