Anything in excess is not good and so does the number of options to select a smartphone which is not an easy task. The price range of ₹10000 to ₹15000 has many smartphones and many brands try to include a device under this range. It is confusing for a buyer to select any one from them.

Chinese brands are giving tough competition to other companies and are providing a good deal at a relatively low price. So, now other popular brands are now providing a better performance and reliability at a reasonable price.

In this list, we have included all the brands from the Indo-Chinese region and western region. We have provided all the pros and cons with performance and other attributes so that you can make your decision easily without any doubt.

The purpose of this post is not just to describe a phone’s specs. It’s rather pointless to compare the specs only, we will look at how the phone perform in the real world, whats good and whats bad about a particular phone. We will also see if a phone satisfies your needs and will also look at the best alternative to that phone. The phones listed here are not in any particular order, every phone has its own drawbacks so we leave it up to you to decide which one is the best for you. Although we listed all the latest and best phones only.

Moto G5 Plus

It is the 5th generation of Moto G series. Motorola is now Lenovo commodity so it si better to say Lenovo has launched Moto G5 considering the requirements of Indian markets. Here most of the people prefer to buy budget phones with good camera and decent specs. And here Moto nailed it, G5 features the best camera in this price segment. If your highest priority in a smartphone is camera then this is the best deal that you will get.

Battery

The phone is powered by a 3000mAh battery and supports turbocharging. It wears Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Processor which is very much power efficient. The battery can easily last for a full working day and bonus you have turbocharger to quickly top up the battery.

Display

The Moto G5 Plus features a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display as compared to earlier Moto G4 plus which sports a 5.5 inches of display. The new Moto G5 Plus also uses Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. The sunlight legibility was decent, and viewing angles were good in this device.

Camera

Moto G5 plus sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with a Dual Autofocus Pixels, Dual LED flash,  ƒ/1.7 aperture, and PDAF. There is also a 5-megapixel front camera with a f/2.2 aperture. Both camera performance really very well. It can be said that it hold the title to have the best camera in the budget price range of smartphone.

Performance

Moto G5 Plus runs the 2.0 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with Adreno 506 GPU. It has 2GB and 3GB RAM options come with 16GB and 32GB of storage. In gaming department, it doesn’t lag anymore as like its ancestor.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a new budget-friendly smartphone, the Moto G5 Plus ticks most of the boxes. It is a slim device and comes with dedicated memory card slot. It has latest android Nougat 7.0.1 and you will be getting the regular system and security updates.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 [3/4 GB]

Redmi Note 4 follows in the footsteps of the Redmi Note 3, which were the best selling phone of last year for the online market. Xiaomi said that they have sold 3.6 million units if Redmi Note 3 last year. With the same hope, they have launched the successor Redmi Note 4. Note $ comes with slightly downgraded SoC but it increases the battery life significantly for the same amount of battery capacity. There are several tiny modifications that make it better than its predecessor.

Battery

The strongest part any Xiaomi device is the battery life. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4’s 4100mAh non-removable battery lasted for 15 hours and 10 minutes in our continuous video playback test which is very impressive. It can be said even any flagship can not beat this budget devices battery life. It can easily last for 2 days with moderate usage and a full day for heavy usage.

Display

The phone has 5.5 inches Full HD display which come 2.5D covered glass. It offers punchy colors and decent viewing angles, while sunlight legibility is also great. Watch movies and playing games in it is a treat for your eyes.

Camera

There’s a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF (phase detection autofocus), and a dual-tone LED flash. There is also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and a fixed-focus lens. Redmi Note 3 was an only lack in the camera department and again it can be said that Remi Note 4 also lags in just the camera department when compared to its competitors.

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Performance

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was able to handle almost everything. Multitasking on the Redmi Note 4 was quick and snappy. We don’t find any kind lags during our testing. Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Processor is based on 14 nm process that means it is very power efficient and it increases battery life significantly without seeing any noticeable lags.

Conclusion

Under Rs 15000 it is the complete package. The only issue that you can get with it is the camera and the hybrid sim slot. Lack of quick charging may also concern you, as it has 4100 mAh battery it takes almost 3 hrs to get fully charged.


Lenovo Z2 Plus

Already Lenovo has 2 brand which works really well that is the Motorola and Lenovo itself. Now their sub-brand Zuk has changed its name in India and comes with the name as Z2 plus.

Battery

The phone is supported by a massive Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery. It has USB Type-C port for fast charging and that port is also used for transferring data faster. With this battery, it has very nice battery backup thanks to Snapdragon 820. The battery can last easily for a full day on moderate use.

Display

It wears a 5 inches Full HD screen with 2.5D curved glass which has good viewing angles. It has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 Pixels with 401 PPI pixel density. It has a clean screen and is close enough to serve most of your demands. Screen brightness is not so great as expected from IPS-LCD screen.

Camera

The Lenovo Zuk Z1 has a 13-megapixel primary camera mount on Sony’s IMX 214 sensor and also features optical image stabilization and a dual-LED flash. The front camera sports an 8-megapixel sensor, and both cameras can record video at up to 1080p at 30fps and rear camera can also record at 60fps. The image quality that you get from this camera is one of the best at this price range.

Performance

The Z2 Plus is powered by a 2.15 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with ZUI 2.0 running on top.

Conclusion

We faced no performance or compatibility issues during our testing. There was also no issue during gaming. When it comes to onboard storage it has a 64GB internal storage but does not support micro sd card.


Coolpad Cool1 Dual

When LeEco and Coolpad collab a new series is developed and its called as “Cool”. Their first phone is Cool1 Dual. It is the first phone from both the brand to have a dual camera on their smartphone. although phone comes with Coolpad branding in India it run EUI 5.6 which is skinned ROM of Android made by LeEco.

Battery

It has a Li-Po 4000 mAh non-removable battery. On moderate usage, the battery lasts about 2 days before it needs to get charged again. It supports USB Type-C and does really use it for fast charging abilities.

Display

It has a 5.5 inches Full HD screen with 401 PPI pixel density, and it comes with Gorilla Glass 3 Protection which attracts users towards it to buy.

Camera

The camera is the main highlight of this phone.It has a two 13 MP rear camera with F2.0 aperture, the photo from this comes out to be really good, it also supports 4k recording at 30 FPS. On the front, it has a 5 MP shooter which also comes with F2.0 aperture. Both has decent picture quality with good saturation level.

Performance

It has very powerful 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 652 processor coupled with 3 GB RAM and Adreno 510 GPU. During heavy gaming, it shows some serious heating issues but works fine in all other cases.

Conclusion

The Coolpad Cool 1 Dual can be said to have the best-built quality and also give a premium feel. The adds feature that comes with it makes it as a good value for money deal. if you don’t feel any bad about this phone, just go for it without a doubt.


LeEco Le 2

LeEco in a Chinese brand growing rapidly in India. LeEco is formally called as LeTV. It has launched the LeEco Le 2 as a successor of its previously popular LeEco Le 1s.

Battery

The phone is supported by a non-removable 3000 mAh battery which comes with fast charging capability. It has USB Type-C port which uses CDLA (Continual Digital Lossless Audio) technology for better audio quality through headphones, as it is not having any 3.5mm jack.

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Display

The phone reports a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 403 pixels per inch. The display quality is fine but nothing to shout about.

Camera

The Le 2 has a 16 MP rear camera which has good depth, sharpness, and an overall outstanding picture quality. The 8 MP front camera is pretty good and takes good selfies.

Performance

The phone is controlled by the new Snapdragon 652 Octa Core processor join with 3 GB of RAM and delivers marvelous performance. It works very well with all type of heavy games and does not show any heating issues. The phone runs on latest Android Marshmallow with company’s EUI running on top. The skin is elegant, well-built and optimized. The fingerprint scanner is also very quick and precise.

Conclusion

The USP of the phone is, it is the initial phone to discard the conventional 3.5 mm. They have provided the adapter for connecting the type-C port to our regular 3.5mm jack headphones. The phone also does not support any expandable storage, so you have to get stuck with the provided internal capacity.


Lenovo Vibe K5 Note

Lenovo has entered the world of smartphones market in 2011 and acquired the Motorola Mobility from Google in 2014. Recently they have launched an online sub-brand called Zuk in China. Now Lenovo has launched its much-awaited phone of the year Vibe K5 Note. Note series of Lenovo has achieved great recognition for its good specs.

Battery

It carries a Non-removable 3500 mAh battery which gives a reliable battery backup. It does not have any fast charging assistance. On moderate usage, battery last for a whole day. The Lenovo has Vibe UI on top of Android marshmallow which optimizes the battery usage perfectly.

Display

It wears 5.5 inches Full HD display which has pretty fair display quality, good colors, stable brightness and great viewing angles. There is two unique software characteristic which you only get in a Lenovo phone, TheatreMax, and Secure Zone. TheatreMax is Lenovo’s VR technology, it basically breaks your phone’s screen into two section for viewing with a VR headset so, with it, you can not only experience any video if it is created for VR or not. You can also play games in the VR mode.

Camera

The Vibe K5 Note has a 13 MP rear camera with PDAF and is a good shooter, the pictures have good depth and saturation.It was noticed that the shutter speed is a slightly delayed. It has a good camera but you can get a better camera at this price. The 8 MP front camera snaps a nice selfie with beautification mode available in camera app provided.

Performance

The phone operates on 1.8 GHz Octa Core MediaTek 6755 Processor, which performs well with 3/4 GB RAM. The phone runs on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Lenovo’s Vibe UI running on top of it. The optimized skin works fine and does decent RAM management.

Conclusion

Overall the phone comes with all the basic feature and some extra added features. This phone is not made for gamers. So you should not expect a great performance in terms of gaming. For moderate usage, this phone performs very well.


Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime

Samsung’s Galaxy J-series smartphones have received a decent response from the Indian market. Samsung generally does not release such specs at this low price, but to remain in the market with the new Chinese brand that provides a lot more to the users at a good price to value phones.

Battery

The phone is backed by a non-removable Li-Ion 2400 mAh battery which delivers good battery backup. It has got S Power Planning which includes three features: Reserve Battery Capacity for calls, which allows the user to allocate a certain percentage of the battery for calls and messages. Extend Battery Time, which has three power-saving levels to choose from; and Forward Calls, which lets users forward calls to another number when the phone runs out of power. It would have been better if Samsung has included a bigger battery but these power saving modes work fine.

Display

2.5D rounded-edge Corning Gorilla Glass is used on the front which looks good and gives a premium feel to the phone. It packs a 5 inches-HD display which has good display quality and nice viewing angles since it has super Amoled display the black are really black and white are really white.

Camera

The Galaxy J5 Prime sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, f/1.9 aperture, and a LED flash, and has a 5-megapixel front camera with front flash. The camera works decent in good lighting conditions and even in low light, it gave pretty decent and crisp shots both for front and back.

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Performance

J5 Prime is powered by a 1.4 GHz Quad-core Exynos processor paired with 2 GB RAM. It runs on the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Samsung’s TouchWiz skin running on top. The skin has a decent interface but is different from stock Android experience, there are also several pre-installed apps that only be disabled.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIMand has dedicated slot for Sd card. With every budget oriented Samsung device, they skip some basic sensors and same is the case with J5 Prime, it does not have auto brightness sensor or gyroscope.


Xiaomi Mi Max [3GB RAM]

After the success of Redmi Note 3 in India, Xiaomi has launched Mi Max. Mi Max is specially made for peoples who like big screens. It has a huge 6.44 inch of screen with a massive 4850mAh battery and even after that it just weighs 203 grams. If you want a tablet of around 7 inches then it can satisfy your need.

Battery

The phone has a huge non-removable 4850 mAh battery which presents good battery backup. Since the screen size is quite large then the standard smartphone’s screen size, we need a good battery support which can last for a full day. Xiaomi has surely concerned about battery life and provided us with a good backup.

You must be thinking that this phone has got the highest amount of mAh, but you should also consider that it has got the huge 6.44Inche of screen which requires more battery tank than others in the list so you require more battery to satisfy its need and you will not get the best battery backup among all in the list.

Display

The Mi Max wear a large 6.44 inches Full HD display with 342 PPI pixel density. Even after having a big sized screen the phones manage to get good viewing angle.

Camera

It has a 16MP rear facing camera which performs average under low lighting condition but does a decent job at outdoors. The 5MP front facing camera has nothing great to talk about it performs fairly acceptable. If you have used Redmi Note 3, you can predict the exact image quality of Mi Max because the camera component used are same in both the devices.

Performance

The Mi Max is powered by the Hexa-core Snapdragon 650 Processor with 3 GB RAM. It has got same internal element as that of Redmi Note 3. So Mi Max gives the same achievement as that of note 3. The only different between them are the screen size and battery capacity.

Conclusion

You can consider it as the Big version of Redmi Note 3 because it has all the same components except the screen size. So if you love the bigger sized gadget then this one is made for you. Others can skip Mi Max so as not to sacrifice your comfort.


OnePlus X

OnePlus has been known for high flagship specs at a low price. And now they have come with a budget device but with some of the added features that other manufacturers does not provide at this price range.

Battery

It is supported by a non-removable 2525 mAh battery. This may be the least that you can are getting from the list of phones present here. But It has got Oxygen OS which manages battery usage fairly good. Its battery can last for a full day on not very heavy usage.

Display

The most exciting feature of this device is its 5.5 inches Super AMOLED HD display which you can get only in a high-end flagship device. But OnePlus has managed to include it in its budget phone. Its screen has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

Camera

It has a 13 MP rear camera with a f/2.2 aperture which takes good pictures but other cameras in this price range struggle in low light conditions. It has got an 8 MP front facing the camera with f/2.4 aperture and that too performs average.

Performance

The OnePlus X runs on Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Processor which runs at 2.3 GHz and has 3 GB of RAM. It comes with Oxygen OS based on  Android v5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box which OnePlus has developed for its products. The Oxygen is remarkably customizable and does not show any lags in any department.

Conclusion

OnePlus x is a great phone to buy but it has got some issues due to cut in the price of production. At this price, you can get a lot more but if you want a durable phone with nice built quality you can go for OnePlus X.