2017 has been the year of mid-range smartphones. Right from last year, we saw Chinese players like Xiaomi start to dominate the market, to which the reaction in the industry has been tremendous. Competitors have understood that only the fittest will survive and have adapted likewise. Hence, we have seen great value offerings from the likes of Lenovo Motorola, and even LG this year. Today we pick the best smartphones you can get under Rs 15,000 in October 2017.

1. Moto G5s Plus

Motorola G5S Plus

  • OS: Android 7.1 Nougat, planned upgrade to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inches
  • Memory: 32GB/64GB expandable,
  • RAM: 3GB/4GB RAM
  • Processor: Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Adreno 506
  • Camera: 13MP+5MP dual, 8MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
  • Weight: 168g

Moto G5s Plus is a budget smartphone that falls in the “Premium” segment, because of all the features it has. The SD625, 4GB RAM and the dual camera is all what you can ask in this segment. Motorola’s one-tap nav makes it really fun to use the phone. I really enjoy the Moto G5s Plus. Honestly, this phone strikes a better balance between features and cost. Build quality has been dramatically improved and the larger screen offers something missing from the last wave of Moto G5 Plus. If you want a high-quality phone from a well-known brand but don’t want to spend too much, the Lenovo Moto G5s Plus is for you. At almost the same price as the Moto G5 Plus, there’s no reason to buy the older phone unless you can’t handle the G5S Plus’s larger screen.

Buy Moto G5s Plus: Amazon – ₹15,999.00

2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Silver

(3GB + 32 GB = Rs 10,999) (4 GB + 64 GB = Rs 12,999)

  • OS: Android 7.0
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inches
  • Memory: 32GB/64GB  expandable, 3GB/4GB RAM
  • Processor: Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2.0GHz (A53)
  • GPU: Adreno 506
  • Camera: 13MP, 5MP secondary
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
  • Weight: 165g

This particular device is the darling of the common man on a budget. There’s a reason it’s been a best seller. It’s been like this for the second consecutive year. So, there must be something Xiaomi has been doing right, isn’t it? Of course, it is. Xiaiomi was the OEM responsible for starting the price war that led to such affordable phones in the first place. The Redmi Note 4 is the best value can get at this price point. Don’t believe me, just look at the specs.

Buy Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: Flipkart – 12,999

3. Lenovo Z2 Plus

  • OS: Android 7.0
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5 inch IPS
  • Memory: 32GB/64GB non-expandable,
  • RAM: 3GB/4GB RAM
  • Processor: Snapdragon 820 Quad-core (2×2.15GHz Kryo & 2×1.6GHz Kryo)
  • GPU: Adreno 530
  • Camera: 13MP, 8MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Connectivity: 4G, dual SIM

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to fool you. Just recommend me a phone that has last year’s flagship Snapdragon 820 and doesn’t break the bank. OnePlus 3, you say? That costs Rs 19,999. And that is the lowest you can get. This bad boy here costs Rs 10,799 on Amazon for the 3 GB model. On Flipkart, the same variant costs Rs 11,998. Do you want any other reason to buy this phone?

Buy Lenovo Z2 Plus: Amazon – 11,488

 

4. LG Q6

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  • OS: Android 7.1
  • Display: 2160 x 1080 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio, 5.5 inches
  • Memory: 32GB (expandable),
  • RAM: 3GB RAM
  • Processor: Snapdragon 435 Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53, Adreno 505
  • Camera: 13MP, 5MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
  • Weight: 149g

Right after the bezel-less displays caught the fancy of the layman around the world, LG introduced a whole new “Q” series simply for that purpose. There are three variants of the LG Q6. Two of them have hit the Indian market. This phone is on our recommendation list chiefly for its looks. That 18:9 aspect ratio on the screen will definitely catch many eye if the specs of the phone don’t. In terms of specs, LG could have done a lot better, but oh well. It will still perform most tasks and even gaming well enough but not as well as the other contenders in this list here. It doesn’t have a fingerprint reader.

Buy LG Q6: Amazon – 14,999

5. Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One)

  • OS: Android 7.1 Stock
  • Display: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 5.5 inches
  • Memory: 64GB expandable,
  • RAM: 4GB RAM
  • Processor: Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53, Adreno 506
  • Camera: 12MP+12MP, 5MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,080mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
  • Weight: 165g

The Mi A1 is the lovechild of Google and Xiaomi. And it comes with great hardware as well as stock Android. The pricing of the Mi A1 is a bit on the expensive side considering Xiaomi’s aggressive strategy but for stock Android lovers, this is their best bet if they are on a budget. Mi A1 guarantees fast Android updates (not to mention Oreo) and that alone is a reason to buy the device.

Buy Xiaomi Mi A1: Amazon –  14,999

6. Lenovo K8 Note

(3GB + 32 GB = Rs 12,999) (4 GB + 64 GB = Rs 13,999)

Lenovo K8 Note profile

  • OS: Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inches
  • Memory: 32GB/64GB expandable,
  • RAM: 3GB/4GB RAM
  • Processor: Helio X23 deca-core 2.3 GHz (A53)
  • GPU: Mali-T880 MP4
  • Camera: 13MP+5MP dual, 13MP secondary
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
  • Weight: 180g

Lenovo surprised everyone when they announced stock Android for the K series. Even more so when they completely got rid of Vibe Pure UI to my delight. The Lenovo K8 Note is their first smartphone after renunciation and cleansing from Vibe Pure UI. Lenovo’s hardware was always on par with Xiaomi’s but what held them back was their annoying interface. Now, with that out of the way, the Lenovo K8 Note is a serious competitor to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. And of course, Android Oreo is promised for the K series by Lenovo. The K8 Note has a MediaTek processor but it is one of the well-off ones that we wouldn’t mind using. Other specs too are good enough to compete with the Redmi Note 4. Having said that, pricing is a bit on the heavier side.

Buy Lenovo K8 Note: Amazon – 13,999

7. Moto G5 Plus

The MOTO G5 Plus

  • OS: Android 7.0
  • Display: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 5.2 inches
  • Memory: 32GB expandable,
  • RAM: 4GB RAM
  • Processor: Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Adreno 506
  • Camera: 12MP, 5MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
  • Weight: 185g

Clean Android UI was once the bread and butter of Motorola. But with Lenovo, and Xiaomi arriving on stage, that is no longer the USP of the Moto G series. But the Moto G5 Plus also excels in the camera department where other mid rangers lack the edge. So, the camera advantage remains. But do keep in mind, this is a single shooter device. If you want dual cameras go for the new Moto G5S or G5S Plus. The Moto G5 Plus also has equally potent hardware except for a smaller 3,000 mAh battery. But if you like cameras and fast Android updates, then Motorola remains one of the better options.

Buy Moto G5 Plus: Amazon –  14,999

8. Nokia 6

Nokia-6

  • OS: Android 7.1 Nougat, planned upgrade to Android 8.0
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, IPS 5.5 inches
  • Memory: 64/32GB expandable upto 256GB
  • RAM: 4/3GB RAM
  • Processor: Snapdragon 430, Octa-core 1.4 GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 505
  • Camera: 16MP Primary, 8MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
  • Weight: 169g

At ₹14,999 ($231) in India, the Nokia 6 is a tad expensive for the internal components it packs. But the stylish and durable chassis with stock Android could be just fine for a lot of people, especially those that aren’t too fussed on high performance and premium photography. It’s a pity there are few misses here and there that keep this device from being the overall well-rounded package that one would’ve liked it to be.

Buy Nokia 6: Amazon – 14,999

9. Huawei Honor 8 Lite

Honor 8 Lite

  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat (EMUI 5.0)
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, FHD 5.2 inches
  • Memory: 64GB expandable upto 128GB
  • RAM: 4GB RAM
  • Processor: Kirin 655 Octa-Core CPU, 2.1GHz
  • GPU: Mali T830
  • Camera: 12MP Primary, 8MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
  • Weight: 147g

The Honor 8 lite is the younger sibling of the powerful Honor 8. While this smartphone comes with a single camera, it sure is a beauty to look at. The glass back and the metal sandwich combination makes it really attractive. While the specs are similar to any other mid-range smartphone. This device packs the same processor as it’s cheaper variant, the Honor 6X, Kirin 655. Although it’s not as powerful as the competition in this segment, it’s surely an option worth noticing. Also, the company is providing 15-month service warranty along with door pick-up and drop service for all Honor 8 Lite buyers.

Buy Honor 8 Lite: TataCliQ  – ₹14899 | Amazon India –  ₹15,499

10. Samsung Galaxy On Nxt

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  • OS: Android 6.0
  • Display: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 5.5 inches
  • Memory: 64GB expandable up to 256GB
  • RAM: 3GB RAM
  • Processor: Exynos 7870 Octa Core 1.6GHz
  • GPU: ARM Mali T830 MP1
  • Camera: 13MP, 8MP secondary
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, 4G
  • Weight: 167g

Samsung has always been known for its built quality and cameras. This phone is no different. While the smartphone hits hard on the built quality, it lacks the hardware a bit. While the phone was launched for 18,000+, Samsung has dropped it’s price to Rs. 14,999 to bring it in the budget race.

Buy Samsung Galaxy On Nxt: Flipkart – ₹14,900

11. Honor 7X

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It took some time to get the hang of the Indian mid-tier smartphone segment. But now Huawei’s sub-brand has co into its own with the Honor 7X. Sub-15k phones have a very vulnerable Achilles heel i.e. the camera. Most budget smartphones make compromises in the camera segment to get to that extremely affordable price point. But that’s not the case with the Honor 7X. The handset not only comes with slim bezels but also sports dual cameras at the rear. It comprises of a 16 MP regular shooter along with a 2 MP depth sensing lens. Besides that, it also doesn’t skip on other vitals. It features a capable Kirin 659 SoC, 4 GB of RAM, Android Nougat, and a 3,340 mAh battery. It’s no surprise the handset is being recommended above the Redmi Note 4. The Honor 7X can be yours for Rs 12,999.

Honor 7X specifications

  • 5.93-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 display
  • Octa-Core Kirin 659 processor with MaliT830-MP2 GPU
  • 4GB RAM, 32GB / 64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat) with EMUI 5.1
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano+nano/microSD)
  • 16MP rear camera with LED flash, secondary 2MP camera
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Dimensions: 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6mm; Weight: 165g
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS
  • 3340mAh battery