So now you have so many choices you end up wondering which device should I buy? Which phone is the best? This guide will tell you all the 3 best smartphones you can buy in a mid-range budget of under Rs.15,000/-.
1. Redmi Note 3
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is on top of this list is simply because it checks all the boxes for being a good phone while maintaining the affordable price tag of under Rs. 15000. Xiaomi clearly delivers a great package with the Redmi Note 3 for us to recommend it. It comes in two variants – Rs 9,999 (for 2GB RAM/16GB ROM) and Rs 11,999 (for 3GB RAM/32GB ROM) – we would recommend the latter as it gives you a better multitasking performance alongside the bigger internal memory size.
- Metallic built.
- Good Processor.
- 4G support on both SIM.
- Vidoegraphy supports 120fps slow-motion.
- Camera not Upto the mark.
- No dedicated SD card slot.
- 16 GB variant is not a good option for many people.
- Display doesn’t have any special protection layer.
2. Moto G4 Plus
The Moto G4 Plus is a compelling buy starting at Rs.13,499. It continues the G series of smartphone’s tradition of providing good smartphones at an affordable price. Moto G4 Plus has a superb display, fast and accurate fingerprint sensor, stock android and performs admirably well. The camera performance is slightly better as compared to Redmi Note 3 and any other phone in the list for that matter. To the downside the phone faces overheating problem after long duration of use.
However, the market has flooded with affordable smartphones having full metal bodies and stellar build quality, the all plastic construction of the Moto G4 Plus doesn’t inspire much confidence. Lenovo has to take some steps to either reduce the price or improve the next Moto G.
- Best Camera for the price tag.
- Slow-motion video is fixed at 120fps.
- Device supports TurboPower™.
- 360˚ Fingerprint sensor detector.
- 64 GB internal *Currently not available in India* and 128 GB External SD Card support.
- No water proofing is a big let down.
- Phone heats up in heavy tasks.
- Non-removable 3000mAh battery.
3. Lenovo ZUK Z1
Priced at Rs 13,499, the Lenovo ZUK Z1 is a value for money phone. It packs in some great features like a polished metal body, optical image stabilization, a buttery smooth and unique Cyanogen OS and many more goodies. The battery life is great on the ZUK Z1 with a large 4100mAh battery and a camera that may not be spectacular, but is decent enough to click good quality photos.
- Good battery life.
- Good processing package.
- Cyanogen OS 12.1.
- Camera with OIS.
- USB type C.
- Loaded with all latest sensors.
- Metallic Built.
- No expandable storage options.
- Out dated graphics processor.
- Average camera.
Redmi Note 3
Moto G4 Plus
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE||GSM / HSPA / LTE||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE|
|Speed||HSPA, LTE||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps|
|LAUNCH||Announced||2016, January||2016, May||2015, August|
|Status||Available. Released 2016, February||Available. Released 2016, May||Available. Released 2015, September|
|BODY||Dimensions||150 x 76 x 8.7 mm (5.91 x 2.99 x 0.34 in)||153 x 76.6 x 9.8 mm (6.02 x 3.02 x 0.39 in)||155.7 x 77.3 x 8.9 mm (6.13 x 3.04 x 0.35 in)|
|Weight||164 g (5.78 oz)||155 g (5.47 oz)||175 g (6.17 oz)|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Micro-SIM/Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)||Micro-SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.5 inches (~72.4% screen-to-body ratio)||5.5 inches (~71.2% screen-to-body ratio)||5.5 inches (~69.3% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels (~403 ppi pixel density)||1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)||1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Interface||– MIUI 7.0||– CyanogenMod 12.1|
|PLATFORM||OS||Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)||Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)||Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), planned upgrade to v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650||Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617||Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72||Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53||Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400|
|GPU||Adreno 510||Adreno 405||Adreno 330|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)||microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)||No|
|Internal||16 GB, 2 GB RAM
32 GB, 3 GB RAM
|16 GB, 2 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM||64 GB, 3 GB RAM|
|CAMERA||Primary||16 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash||16 MP, f/2.0, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash||13 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, OIS, dual-LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, auto-HDR||1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama|
|Video||1080p@30fps||1080p@30fps, HDR||1080p@30fps, 1080p@60fps|
|Secondary||5 MP, f/2.0, 1080p||5 MP, f/2.2, auto-HDR||8 MP, f/2.2, 1080p@30fps|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|– 24-bit/192kHz audio|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.1, A2DP, LE||v4.1, A2DP, LE||v4.1|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio, recording||FM radio||No|
|USB||microUSB v2.0, USB On-The-Go||microUSB v2.0, USB Host||v3.0, Type-C reversible connector|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass||Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity||Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery||Non-removable Li-Po 4100 mAh battery|
|Colors||Silver, Gray, Gold||Black, White||White, Dark Gray|
|SAR EU||0.56 W/kg (head)|
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