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.

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Moto G4 Plus

As we know that Motorola is now Lenovo commodity, but both of them have enormous differences. They have not interfered the production of each other in any way. Motorola is manufacturing some the best phones that you can find in the market whether it is their flagship devices or budget devices. Now they have launched their much-awaited phone of the year Moto G4 Plus.

Moto G4 Plus
Moto G4 Plus

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The phone packs a 3000 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery. And it has turbocharging support for fast charging. The battery backup is decent and last for a complete day on heavy usage. Like other moto phones, it has one of the best fast charger called as the Turbo Charger.

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It wears 5.5 inches Full HD screen with the resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 401 pixels per inch. The viewing angles of the screen are good. Some have complained that it has a fingerprint magnet screen. Other than that no other issues are detected.

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It has a 16 MP rear camera with dual LED flash,  ƒ/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and Laser auto-focus. This can be said that it has the best camera in a phone that you can get in this price range. It has good colors and sharpness. It performs really well even in low light conditions The 5 MP front camera has ƒ/2.2 aperture is also works really well considering the price point.

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Moto G4 Plus runs the 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 617 Octa-core processor with Adreno 405 GPU. It has 2 variants of 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM, 2GB variant comes with 16GB storage and 3GB variant comes with 32GB storage. If you are truly a heavy gamer then in this department this phone lags. For extended gaming, the phones get heat up.

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PROS

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[ms_list_item]Vivid display[/ms_list_item]
[ms_list_item]Strong battery life[/ms_list_item]
[ms_list_item]Very Good camera and improved camera app[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Good built quality[/ms_list_item]
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CONS

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[ms_list_item]No NFC[/ms_list_item]
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Conclusion

Moto G4 Plus is a dual sim phone and supports micro sdcard uto 128 GB. It has latest android marshmallow and you will get the frequwnt update as soon as they are available. It has got a great stability between software and hardware that performs really well in almost all the aspects.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 [32GB]

This phone is extremely successful in china and with same expectations, Xiaomi has released Redmi note 3 in India during March 2016 and it seems like they are repeating their own history. This phone was initially sold through sales via Amazon and now it is available for normal buy.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

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The strong part of Redmi Note 3 is its battery life. Redmi note 3 is backed by a massive 4050 mAh battery which gives a very good battery life. It can easily lasts for 2 days on moderate usage. Inspite of huge battery, the phone is really thin with a thickness of 8.65mm and weighs just 154 gms. It does not has any kind of fast charging.

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The phone has 5.5 inches Full HD display which come with 401 PPI pixel density. The manufacturers have not specified any particular name of the protection but it does have a kind  of scratch proof protection. It has high brightness and color saturation and has great visibility under sunlight also.

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It has a 16 MP rear camera with PDAF and Dual-Tone LED Flash. On the front, it has a 5 MP shooter. The only reason to blacklist this phone is its image quality. Its camera struggle to take high-quality photos even after having a 16MP camera. As like Xiaomi Mi4i which was acclaimed for very good picture quality both from rear and front camera, Redmi note 3 fails here. But under this tight budget, you are getting a good camera.

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The Redmi Note 3 is powered by the newly launched Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 Processor which has 6 cores, out of which two are 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 CPU’s and the rest four are 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 which handles the heavy gaming and usage.

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PROS

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[ms_list_item]Good build quality[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Smooth Android experience with no bloatware[/ms_list_item] [ms_list_item]Good camera[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Good Battery Life[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]IR blaster[/ms_list_item]

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CONS

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[ms_list_item]Plastic body on top and bottom[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Average Camera[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Hybrid Slot[/ms_list_item]

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Conclusion

With this budget, the Redmi Note 3 delivers a performance like a flagship device. With Good built quality, nice battery life, and fingerprint sensor. It is a complete package for a phone under ₹15000.

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.

LeEco Le 2
LeEco Le 2

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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[ms_list_item]Good build quality[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Free Le Ecosystem subscription for a yea[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Good performance[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Good Battery Life[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Fast charging support[/ms_list_item]

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CONS

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[ms_list_item]No 3.5mm jack[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Storage not exapandable[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Average camera performance[/ms_list_item]

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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 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.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Note
Lenovo Vibe K5 Note

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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.

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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.

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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 nice selfie with beautification mode available in camera app provided.

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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.

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PROS

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[ms_list_item]Metal unibody[/ms_list_item]
[ms_list_item]good design[/ms_list_item] [ms_list_item]Camera[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Decent Camera[/ms_list_item]
[ms_list_item]Fingerprint sensor[/ms_list_item]

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CONS

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[ms_list_item]Average Chipset[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]No IR blaster[/ms_list_item]
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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 modrate usage this phone performe very well.

Lenovo Zuk Z1

Already Lenovo has 2 brand which works really well that is the Motorola and Lenovo itself. Now Lenovo has launched a new brand fro online under the name Zuk. As like the Micromax sub-brand YU. It has CyanogenMod based on the android lollipop.

Lenovo Zuk Z1
Lenovo Zuk Z1

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The phone is supported by a massive Non-removable Li-Po 4100 mAh battery. It has USB Type-C port for fast charging and that port is also used for transferring data faster. With the huge battery, it has very nice battery backup. The battery can last easily for a full day on moderate use.

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It wears a 5.5 inches Full HD screen 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.

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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.

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The Zuk Z1 is powered by the popular Snapdragon 801 Quad Core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz and comes join with 3 GB RAM and Adreno 330 GPU. It runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop based Cyanogen 12.1 OS which is great, it comes with endless customizations.

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PROS

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[ms_list_item]Cyanogen OS[/ms_list_item]
[ms_list_item]Very Good battery[/ms_list_item] [ms_list_item]Camera[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Good Camera[/ms_list_item]
[ms_list_item]Great built[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Internal Storage :64GB[/ms_list_item]
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CONS

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[ms_list_item]No expandable storage[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]No IR blaster[/ms_list_item]
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Conclusion

We faced no performance or compatibility issues during our testing. Their were also no issue during gaming. And with cyanogenMod you get a lot more option of customization. When it comes to onboard storage it has an 64GB internal storage but does not support micro sd card.

Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime

Samsung’s Galaxy J-series smartphones has received decent response from the Indian market. Samsung genrally doesnot relase such specs at this low price, but to remain in market with new chinese brand that prove a lot more they need to provide user a good price to value phone.

Samsung J5 Prime
Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime

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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 mode work fine.

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2.5D rounded-edge Corning Gorilla Glass is used on the front which looks good and give a premium feel to 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.

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The Galaxy J5 Prime sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, f/1.9 aperture and an 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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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 have decent interface but is different from stock android experience, ther are also several pre installed apps that only be disabled.

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[ms_list_item]Good build quality[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Fast fingerprint sensor[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Good UI[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Good Battery saving mode[/ms_list_item]

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CONS

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[ms_list_item]Mediocre gaming performance[/ms_list_item]

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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 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.

Xiaomi Mi Max
Xiaomi Mi Max

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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[ms_list_item]Good build quality[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]4K video support[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Good Battery Life[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]IR blaster[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]USB Type C port[/ms_list_item]

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CONS

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[ms_list_item]Heavy at 203g[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Average Camera[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Hybrid Slot[/ms_list_item]

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Conclusion

You can consider it as the Big version of Redmi Note 3 because it has all the same componects 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.

OnePlus X
OnePlus X

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PROS

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[ms_list_item]Good build quality[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Outstanding design[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Good UI with no blotwares[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Great Display[/ms_list_item]

 

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CONS

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[ms_list_item]Heating issue[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]No Fingerprint Sensor[/ms_list_item]

[ms_list_item]Average Camera[/ms_list_item]

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Conclusion

OnePlus x is a great phone to buy but it has got some issues due to cut in 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.