Are you looking to buy a brand new smartphone at a price range of Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000? In this post, I am going to present you the list of Best Budget Smartphones Under ₹15000 for January 2017.

Since There are tons of smartphone brands listed at online stores like Amazon and Flipkart, you might get confused to pick the right smartphone.

I am listing down the best smartphones priced around Rs 12000 to Rs 15000 based on the user experience, hardware specifications, camera quality, Display of the smartphone, battery life, and some other features. The List will be updated every month with the best smartphones that are priced under fifteen thousand.

Top Budget Smartphones Under ₹15000 (Jan 2017)

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Redmi Note 3The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 sports a 5.5-inch 1080p HD Display with laminated Gorilla Glass. The Smartphone is available in two variants, and you can buy Redmi Note 3 either at Amazon or Mi.com

The 32GB Variant of the Redmi Note 3 costs ₹11,999, and it is the first Xiaomi smartphone to sport a fingerprint scanner. Previously, the smartphone is available for the users via flash sales only, now you can buy Redmi Note 3 via the open sale at Mi.com.

Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650 chipset and paired with 3GB of Ram, the Redmi Note 3 delivers solid performance. If you are into Gaming and multitasking, it is better to buy the 32GB Variant only.

Coming to the camera on the back, there is a 13MP camera with phase detection autofocus, on the front, there is a 5MP camera to manage selfies. The massive 4000mah battery is the highlight of the device.

Connectivity-wise, the Redmi Note 3 comes with two sim card slots and both of them are 4G LTE-compatible. The Phone also comes with a fingerprint sensor, and you can unlock the Redmi Note 3 in 0.3 seconds only. The Device runs on the seventh version of MIUI that is based on Android 5.1.1 operating system. Redmi Note 3 is a Full Value for money smartphone and is one of the best smartphones under 15,000 you can buy right now.

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2. Moto G4 Plus (4th Gen 2016)

Moto G4 PlusThe 4th Generation Moto G is one of the Best smartphones of 2017 that is priced under ₹15,000. The Moto G4 Plus comes in 2 variants. 16GB Model with 2GB of Ram and 32GB Model paired with 3GB of Ram. Unlike Redmi Note 3 and LeEco, the Moto G4 Plus sports a Plastic casing and the handset is very slim.

Talking about the display, the Moto G4 Plus sports a 5.5-inch Full HD Display with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution and Amazing pixel density of 401ppi. The Screen is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and it is better to cover the display with a Tempered Glass.

There is a fingerprint sensor on the bottom of the phone that can unlock the phone in under 3-Quarters of a second. Coming to the Camera, there is a 16MP AF Camera on the back and a 5 MP front-facing camera for managing the selfies. Moto G4 Plus has one of the best smartphone cameras. The Laser Focus is very fast, and the camera supports Manual settings.

Under the hood is an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 317 that is paired with Adreno 405 GPU. The Memory of Both Moto G4 Plus variants can be expanded up to 128GB via micro SDCard. The Device is powered by a 3000 mAh battery that can easily last for one day. Other features include Turbo Charge, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a,b,g,n, USB 2.0, IP X7 Protection from water splashes. The smartphone runs on pure Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Operating system.

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3. Samsung Galaxy J7 2016

Galaxy J7 2016The Galaxy J7 from Samsung is one of the best-selling Samsung smartphones in 2016. The Phone comes with a unique feature called S-Bike Mode. If you are a Samsung fanboy, you can opt for the Galaxy J7.

Talking about the display, the Samsung Galaxy J7 features a 5.5-inch HD display with 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. The Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy J7 is excellent and offers bright colors and deep blacks. The display has a pixel density of 267 ppi and 16M color support.

There is a 13MP f/1.9, Auto focus camera on the back of the smartphone that comes with features like LED flash, Touch focus, face detection and Panorama. There is a 5MP camera on the front of the Galaxy J7 for taking you know what 😉 The rear camera of the smartphone is capable of recording 1080p HD videos @30fps.

Under the Hood, there is a 1.6 GHz Octa Core Processor paired with 2GB of Ram and 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card.
The Phone weighs 170g and measures 151.7 x 76 x 7.8mm. Galaxy J7 2016 runs on Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system. The Smartphone is powered by a Removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery that offers a decent one-Day battery life.

Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.1, Dual Sim, NFC, and DLNA connectivity that allows you to connect the phone to your Television, Laptop or printer. Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 is exclusively available at Flipkart.

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4. LeEco Le 2 (Rose Gold, 32 GB)

Le 2The Second Generation LeEco smartphone i.e. the Le 2 is one of the best selling smartphones in India that offers Amazing specs and performance for an affordable price. The Smartphone is rated 5 Stars by more than Five Thousand Real Buyers ar Flipkart. LeEco Le 2 is a Flipkart Exclusive smartphone.

Coming to the display, the Le 2 sports a 5.5 inch IPS LCD Full HD display with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. The screen of the phone has a good pixel density of 401ppi. LeEco Le 2 measures 151.1 x 74.2 x 7.5mm and weighs 153g. The mobile is available in Rose Gold and Grey colors and boasts the look of a premium smartphone.

The 16MP f/2.0 camera on the back of the smartphone is capable of recording 2106p [email protected] Camera features include Dual-LED flash, touch focus, Geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, and HDR. On the front, there is an 8MP f/2.2 selfie camera.

Coming to the Hardware specifications, the Le 2 is powered by the famous Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset, octa-core 1.8 GHz processor. The Graphics and Gaming department of the phone are taken care by Adreno 510 GPU. The Phone is equipped with 3GB Ram and 32GB storage.

Along with the Smartphone, the users can enjoy LeECO content. Also, there is a patented Fingerprint sensor on the back of the smartphone that is capable of authenticating your access as less as 0.15 seconds. The Le 2 is powered by a Non-Removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual Band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1 and USB Type-C 1.0.

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5. Lenovo ZUK Z1 

lenovo Zuk z1If you are looking for a Premium smartphone below fifteen thousand rupees, you can opt for Lenovo ZUK Z1. The Smartphone comes with Top-notch features like a fingerprint scanner, USB Type C 3.0, 64GB Storage + 3GB Ram and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801chipset.

Coming to the Display, the Lenovo ZUK Z1 sports a 5.5 inch 1080P HD Display and comes with LiveDisplay feature that can quickly adjust the color temperature of the phone based on the surround lighting. The Smoothly bent corners and the Aluminum body gives the phone a premium look.

There is a 13MP camera on the board that lets you capture stunning images and Full HD videos. The Camera also comes with like Optical Image Stabilization that can better the video recording capability. You can find an 8MP camera on the front of the phone for video chat and take selfies.

Under the hood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, quad-core 2.5 GHZ processor that is paired with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There is no microSD card slot. The Handset is powered by a Huge 4100mAh non-removable battery that keeps the generator humming.

Other features include Dual 4G sim card support, USB Type-c 3.0 port, fingerprint sensor that is embedded in the home button, Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/as, Bluetooth 4.1. Lenovo ZUK Z1 runs on Android Lollipop 5.1.1 with Cyanogen OS on the Top. The Truecaller feature is integrated within the dialer app. The Price of the ZUK Z1 is ₹13,499 and comes in space Gray and white colors. The phone is Amazon exclusive, and you can buy it via Flash sale at Amazon.

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6. OnePlus X

OneplusOnePlus X is a splendidly crafted budget premium smartphone. The Smartphone was previously available via invite systems and costs Rs 16,000. But, now you can get the Oneplus X for ₹14,999 only. Please note that the smartphone is an Amazon exclusive which means you can buy it only at Amazon.

The Phone has a 5-inch display with 1080p HD resolution and a pixel density of 441ppi. The premium looking phone is powered by a Quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset. The Phone operates on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with the new Oxygen interface on the Top.

OnePlus X is equipped with a generous 3 gigabytes of ram and 16GB of expandable storage. You can either use two nano SIM cards or one SIM and one memory card. The 13 Megapixel camera on the back is capable of recording HD videos, and there is an 8MP selfie camera on the front. The Smartphone is equipped with a 2525 mAh nonreplaceable battery and stands among the list of best smartphones under Rs 15,000.

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7. LeEco Le 1S

Le 1sThe LeEco Le 1S is one of the best-selling smartphones that is available for ₹10,999 exclusively at Flipkart. The Le 1S is a real competition for the Xiaomi and Oneplus smartphones. The Le 1S sports a 5.5 inch IPS LCD Display and a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. With a pixel density of 401 ppi, the display looks gorgeous.

The phone is powered by the 2.2 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 processor and Mediatek MT69795 Helio X10 Chipset. There is no memory card slot, and the Le 1S has 32GB of internal memory that is paired with 3GB of Ram.

Coming to the camera, the Le 1S has a 13MP camera on the back with LED Flash. There is a 5MP Selfie camera on the front.

The Smartphone weighs 169 grams and runs on Android v5.0 Lollipop operating system. The LeEco Le 1S also sports a fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. The Battery capacity of the Le 1S is 3000 mAh, and the smartphone is available in Gold and Silver colors. Connectivity options include Dual Standby with Dual 4G sim, Bluetooth v4.1, Infrared, USB Type-C, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, and hotspot.

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8. Lenovo K4 Note

K4 NoteThe Lenovo K4 Note is one of the most anticipated Budget smartphones under 15,000 which was previously available via Flash Sale at Amazon. Now, you can buy the phone for ?11,999 only. The Lenovo K4 Note comes with a fingerprint scanner on the back and a whole new design and style.

The Most talked feature of the Lenovo K4 Note is the two firing speakers which are too good for the price range. The K4 note is the first smartphone that comes with TheaterMax technology and Dolby Atmos surround sound over speakers.

k4 Note is powered by a MediaTek MT6753 chipset and a 64-bit octa core processor and 3GB DDR3 RAM. VIBE K4 comes with 16GB of internal storage, and you can expand the storage up to 128GB via Micro SD Card.

K4 Note comes with a 5.5 inch Full HD IPS Display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection.A 13-megapixel rear camera with Phase Detection autofocus is available along with 5 MP selfie camera. The K4 Note has a 3300mAH lithium-ion battery with Fast Charger 2.0. The Dual Sim (4G + 4G) smartphone is available exclusively at Amazon.

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Moto G 2015 (3rd Generation) (New version of the Moto G available)

Moto GWithout any second thought,  the 2015 Moto G (3rd Generation) is one of the Best Midrange smartphone available under ₹15,000 Right now.  The main reason I had picked this smartphone on the top is the Moto G (3 rd generation) runs on stock Android operating which is very lightweight when compared to other smartphone UIs. All the other midrange smartphone like Samsung Galaxy J5 & J7, Lenovo, Xiaomi had their UI, which is heavy when compared to the stock Android operating system.

The 2015 Moto G offers some decent specs which are perfect for a budget smartphone. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 + 1.4 GHz  Quad core processor which is paired with 2GB of Ram and 16 GB internal memory. The smartphone offers a 5-inch 720p HD display, and the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.  The battery life of this smartphone is excellent when compared to many other smartphones which offer FULL HD Display.

  • 720p Display + Stock Android OS + 2470 mAh battery = Better Battery life and smooth user experience
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update available

The 2015 Moto G has a 13Mp camera attached to the back of the smartphone, with a dual LED Flash and f2.0 lens the camera performs great even in the low-lighting conditions and is capable of recording Full HD videos. A 5 Mp camera on the front is more than good for taking selfies.

Like no other budget smartphone the 2015 Moto G is water resistant (IPX7 certified). The smartphone is resistant to water splashes and accidental drops in water, so you don’t have to find a place to hide your smartphone when it’s raining out there.

Samsung Galaxy On7 – (Buy at Flipkart)

Galaxy on 7Built for everyday entertainment, the sleek Samsung Galaxy On7 sports a 5.5 inch HD TFT Display. The Samsung smartphone is powered by a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad core processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM.

The dual sim smartphone comes with 8GB of Ram that can be expanded up to 128GB via micro SD Card. There is a 13MP main camera and 5MP front camera. The 3000 mAh battery lets you browse your favorite websites through the day.

The Samsung Galaxy On7 runs on Android v5.1. Connectivity options include Dual Sim, LTE + LTE, (Dual Standby), Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, and Bluetooth 4.1. You can buy Samsung Galaxy On7 for Rs 10,190 only.

Xiaomi Mi 4

Mi 4The next smartphone in the list is Xiaomi Mi4. The smartphone is featured among the top and premium smartphones of 2015. The Xiaomi Mi4  outperforms a lot of other midrange smartphones which are available right now. This flagship smartphone is now available at an affordable price.

When coming to the specs of the Xiaomi Mi4, the smartphones feature a 5 inch Full HD Display with lots of pixels in the screen(441 ppi). Xiaomi Mi4 runs on 2.5 GHz Quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 which is paired with 3GB of Ram and 16GB of internal Memory. The 13 Mp great camera on the back is capable of recording 4K Resolution Videos. The smartphone has an 8Mp selfie camera.

With a huge 3080 mah battery and Quick charge support, you can charge the smartphone completely in a couple of hours, and the smartphone weighs just 149grams.

  • Premium smartphone
  • Top-notch Hardware
  • Fast charging
  • 4k Video Recording
  • Best Value for Money

Xiaomi Mi 4i

Mi 4iAnother Xiaomi smartphone in the list, this time, thinner and lighter. I have been using this lightweight beauty since the last three months, and I am truly satisfied with the design, performance, and the camera. I wonder how Xiaomi Manged to fit that huge 3000mah battery in this featherweight smartphone.

The smartphone offers a 5 inch Full HD Display (441 ppi) and the sunlight aspect technology in the screen is excellent which improves readability in sunlight. The smartphone is equipped with a 13MP Sony camera with an aperture size of f/2.0. The front of the Smartphone is equipped with a 5MP camera.

I haven’t faced any heating issues, and the smartphone can handle some pretty heavy gaming. Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 + 1.7 GHz octa-core processor paired with 2GB Ram makes the smartphone run very smoothly. Xiaomi Mi 4i is available in 16/32GB variants. The MIUI 6 on the top of Android L feels very light when compared to the TouchWiz UI on Samsung.

Lenovo A7000 

LenovoI am not a big fan of Lenovo smartphones, but the Lenovo A7000 is worth mentioning in this list. The Budget smartphone which is priced at 10K has a big 5.5 inch 720P Display, which will be a great delight for phablet lovers.

This smartphone is a delight for multimedia lovers. Lenovo A7000 is the first smartphone to feature Dolby Atmos delivering a rich sound experience. The smartphone has also got some decent specs for a budget smartphone. An octa-core 1.5 GHZ Processor + 2 GB Ram enhances the performance of the smartphone.

The 8Mp camera on the rare of the smartphone works well outdoors. The camera doesn’t perform high in low-lighting conditions. 2900 mah Battery Guarantees one-day battery life.

  • 4G LTE
  • Octa Core Procesor
  • Dolby ATMOS
  • Best Budget Smartphone (₹10000) for Phablet Lovers

Samsung Galaxy J5 – (Buy at Amazon)

J5If you are a Sammy Fan, you will love this phone. Galaxy J5 also got some good user reviews in Flipkart. The Display of the smartphone is a Super AMOLED Display with a 5-inch screen and 720 x 1280 pixels resolution(good for the price tag).

The weight of the smartphone is 146 grams and is measured at 7.9mm. With an aperture size of F1.9 and 13MP Rear camera, you can take some pretty good shots. The Rear camera is also capable of recording 1080P HD videos. Even the 5 Mp front cameras also got a flash. The 1.2Ghz Quad core processor and Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 performs a bit lower than the Moto G (2015). But, the overall performance of the smartphone is good. The smartphone offers 8 GB Rom and 1.5 GB Ram. The good thing is you can expand the storage up to 128 GB using a microSD card.

Since the smartphone offers only a 720p Display, 2600 mah battery is more than enough to offer a one-day battery life. You can’t expect anything more than this from Samsung for this price tag(₹12499).

Do let me know if you have any queries regarding these smartphones. Also, post your opinions about the “Best Budget Smartphones in India Under ₹15000 for the month of January 2017” in the comments section below.

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