Top 10 Best Smartphones Under Rs. 15000 in 2017 January

The new year has just begun. Maybe you have been planning to buy a new smartphone for yourself. Or perhaps you are looking for top smartphones under Rs. 15000. The price band of Rs. 15000 is one of the crowded ones solely because that is exactly what an average Indian consumer would be willing to spend. Choosing a perfect device among the options available for the Best phone under 15000 in India would not be an easy task. There are some ugly and unimpressive devices along with a couple of exceptionally great smartphones in the range.

Let us present the Best smartphones under 15000 available in India in January 2017. We would wish to make it clear that we have made it a point to include the devices that would suit a wider range of consumer interest so that we have covered everything for everyone.

#1. Lenovo Zuk Z1

Lenovo Zuk Z1 is undoubtedly the first smartphone in India with Cyanogen OS 12.1. The customization that Cyanogen OS offers is definitely you will fall in love with the list. However, Cyanogen has shut down its operations recently. We would wish to see what Lenovo would be up to. We would expect them to come up with their own version of Android.

Lenovo Zuk Z1 is one of the best choices for the best 4G phones under Rs 15000. What we like the most with the device is its massive internal storage. Lenovo Zuk Z1 is the first smartphone with 64 GB internal storage. The Snapdragon 801 processor – though a little outdated – offers one of the best performance.


  • The smartphone is a bright example of the quality build and design.
  • High performance
  • Massive internal storage capacity.


  • Camera performance is not up to the mark.
  • Availability is a big issue. You will not find the smartphone at retail stores.
  • The phone does not come with expandable storage


Lenovo Zuk Z1 is available only through flash sales. However, Amazon has recently made the device available in the open sale. You can buy it at Rs. 13499.

#2. Moto G4 Plus

Motorola has always been a success in India. Moto G4 Plus is one of the best camera phones under 15000. In fact, Moto G4 Plus is the first device from Moto after Lenovo acquired it.

Previous Moto smartphones have had their share of performance, but have failed in camera performance. Lenovo has plans to set it right with the fourth Gen Moto device. The smartphone has 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage (that can be expanded by another 128 GB).

Moto G4 Plus offers you a stock Android experience. If you are someone who loves the pure Android experience unadulterated by the customized skins, Moto G4 Plus would be your best choice.


  • Great display and Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Good battery life
  • Pure and stock Android operating system, and timely updates
  • Best in class camera performance


  • Low light photography is not up to the mark.
  • Fingerprint scanner is limited in functionality.


You can buy Moto G4 Plus on Amazon at Rs. 11999.


#3. LeEco Le 2

LeTV has been leaving no stone unturned to become one of the best players in the Indian smartphone market. LeEco Le 2 is the third device from LeEco.

Lookswise, LeECo Le 2 is indeed almost similar to the predecessors. It is quite comfortable to hold and ergonomically designed. It looks quite premium at the price point it has been launched at. LeTV has introduced CDLA – Continuous Lossless Digital Audio. You can be sure of an immersive musical experience.

With 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage capacity, the phone offers you a 5.5-inch display at full HD resolution. The 16 MP rear camera can record 4K videos, while the front camera has 8 MP resolution.


  • Best premium looking smartphone under Rs. 15000
  • CDLA technology for best music experience
  • Great fingerprint sensor with added functionality.


  • No 3.5 mm Audio jack.
  • No expandable storage.


LeEco Le 2 can be bought at Rs. 11999. You can buy it across a host of E-Commerce sites.

#4. Xiaomi Mi Max

Xiaomi Mi Max is a device that comes under the Max range of devices. However, unlike most of the Max devices, it offers you a practical 6.44-inch size display.

The device strikes a balance between size, weight, and ergonomics. The extra large screen is the unique selling point of the smartphone. 3 GB of massive RAM and 32 GB internal storage has become quite common at this price bracket. However, Mi Max offers you just 16 GB of internal storage. However, you can expand the memory by another 128 GB using a micro SD card.

The feature that would set it apart from other similar devices is its enormous battery capacity of 4850 mAh. Review sites have shown that it provides you with 21 hours in video loop tests.


  • Metallic design and premium look.
  • Large screen for better videos and web browsing
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Best in class battery backup


  • Massive size makes it a little difficult to handle it.
  • Hybrid SIM slot


The phone can be purchased at Rs. 13000.


#5. Lenovo Vibe k5 Note

Another smartphone from Lenovo in the sub 15K price band, Lenovo Vibe K5 Note offers you a few excellent features.

The device comes with 5.5 inches full HD display and has one of the brightest screens ever available on a smartphone. You get a whopping 4 GB of RAM coupled with 32 GB of internal storage. You can expand the memory by another 128 GB if you wish to.

The 16 MP rear camera is capable of 4K video shooting, while you get 8 MP front camera. The rear camera boasts of a faster Auto Focus.


  • Excellent RAM capacity of 4 GB, possibly the best at this price bracket.
  • Best laser autofocus
  • 4G connectivity on both SIMs.
  • Premium looking metal build
  • Excellent camera performance


  • Hybrid SIM slot
  • No fast charging available.


The smartphone is available on Flipkart at Rs. 11999.

#6. Asus Zenfone 2

Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551 is definitely one of the Top phones under 15000 in India. Asus has brought the phone in multiple variants with different tweaks.

The smartphone has promisingly premium looks. Curved rear with the brushed metal finish on the back is one of the aspects that sets it apart from the competing devices. Asus Zenfone 2 is powered by Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor that runs at 2.3 GHz. PowerVR G6430 GPU handles the graphics in an efficient manner. You have access to a whopping 4 GB of RAM, coupled with 32 GB internal storage capacity. You can expand the memory further by another 64 GB.

The 16 MP rear and 5 MP front snappers complete the imaging front. The rear camera has 4K video recording capabilities. The front camera is capable of HD video recording at 1080p. The laser autofocus functionality coupled with high end low light performance makes it one of the great choices in the sub 15K price band.


  • Great to handle with its aesthetic looks and great appearance.
  • Massive 4 GB RAM.
  • Fast charging capacity.
  • Best in class low light photography.


  • The smartphone has no fingerprint scanner
  • Battery backup is not up to the mark


The Asus Zenfone 2 is available across E-Commerce sites at Rs. 14999.

#7. Coolpad Max

Coolpad Max has raised the standards of the affordable smartphones in India. It resembles the iPhone in most of the features.

The smartphone has a full metal unibody construction. It has a robust build and ergonomics. The 5.5-inch display offers you a pixel density of 403 ppi. The smartphone is best suited for viewing videos and playing games. Coolpad Max provides you with a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection for the display.

Snapdragon 617 processor powers the device, but the phone suffers a few stutters and lags. The 4 GB RAM is coupled with 64 GB of internal storage. You can expand the memory further by another 64 GB. The device has better features like USB OTG and 64 GB inbuilt storage capacity.


  • Excellent build quality.
  • Great display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • Massive RAM, and internal storage


  • Camera performance not up to the mark
  • Massive influx of bloatware
  • Hybrid SIM slot


The smartphone was initially launched at Rs. 25000. However, it has subsequently received a price cut and is currently priced at Rs. 13800.

#8. Meizu M5 Note

With a budget pricing and high-end features, Meizu M5 Note is definitely one of the best mobile phones under 15000. The smartphone looks plasticky but has great features.

The 5.2-inch display is quite good to use in the outdoors. MediaTek MT6750 powers the phone octa-core processor. The graphics are taken care of by Mali-T860 MP2 GPU. However, sadly enough, the octa-core processor does not seem to be much faster.

4GB RAM can be something that needs an overhaul. Meizu M5 Note comes with 32 GB internal storage, that can be expanded by another 128 GB. You have access to 12 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front snapper.


  • Long life battery backup with 4200 mAh capacity.
  • Cheap pricing
  • High-performance fingerprint scanner


  • Camera performance is not up to the mark.
  • Performance is not in tune with the competitors


The Meizu M5 Note is releasing in February 2017 in India. The phone has already been made available in China. It would cost around Rs. 13000.

#9. Micromax Yu Yunicorn

Yu Yunicorn is one of the latest entrants from Yu Televentures. The device is quite impressive. However, there is a huge resemblance to Meizu M3.

The Yu Yunicorn comes with a 5.5-inch display with full HD resolution. The contrast and brightness are quite impressive. The phone is powered by MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core processor. The graphics are taken care of by Mali-T860MP2 GPU.

The 4 GB RAM has been the common occurrence in the sub 15 K price bracket in recent times. The Yunicorn too offers you 4 gigs of RAM that would improve the multi-tasking capacity. 128 GB can expand the 32 GB internal storage.

You have access to 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera. Camera performance, however, is not great by any standard. The images appear to be too dull.


  • Excellent build quality
  • Great battery life.
  • Timely updates.


  • Camera performance not quite workable.
  • Overall performance is not up to the mark.
  • Hybrid SIM slot


The Yu Yunicorn is available at a price of Rs. 13499.

#10. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Xiaomi was the first smartphone maker that revolutionized the Indian smartphone market. Moreover, the manufacturer has been continuing with the trend.

The looks are exquisite. The full metal body and the matte finish are what make it a tough competitor to the premium devices out there. The 5.5-inch screen offers full HD display. The Redmi Note 3 comes with a 16 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera. Color reproduction is good enough. However, there are issues with artificial lighting.


  • A long lasting battery
  • Cameras that promise excellent performance.
  • Premium design language
  • 120 fps slow motion photography


  • Lack of NFC
  • No expandable memory
  • No screen protection.


The smartphone can be bought at Rs. 11999 from across different E-Commerce sites.

In Conclusion

Well, that would conclude our listing of the best phones under Rs 15000. We would not claim that the list is exhaustive in any sense of the word. We have made an attempt at including all sorts of devices. However, we might have missed some of the smartphones you would have expected to be in the top five list.

We would consider the Moto G4 Plus is a good choice for most of us as it provides you with the best of both worlds. Xiaomi Mi Max can be significant from the point of the specifications, but size may be a deterring point. We hope that our top picks have helped you opting for a smartphone of your choice. Do share your opinions with us.