The smartphone market is getting stiff when it comes to competition with dozens of brand bringing out the flagship phones for Indian customers. However, the biggest market is the budget section. The brands are now targeting to bring smartphones under Rs. 15,000 price range to attract millions of middle-class Indians who are looking for good smartphones with great camera functionality, better gaming performance and seamless daily operations. However, camera quality remains to be the most prominent feature that these customers look for.
In this regard, the companies have brought forward double camera smartphones as they became a rage in 2017 and followed in 2018 with additional and unique features. As we move into 2019, these smartphone companies are catching up with each other and trying to outclass each other to gain the biggest market share. Apple iPhone started the pattern of a high-quality camera with representation shots with its inbuilt double camera setup that was perfectly fit for taking 2X zoom pictures without any loss in quality.
At present, the double camera smartphones are accessible to the customers at a price range between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 20,000 which are termed as midrange smartphones. We have decided to have a rundown and explore the best camera smartphones under Rs. 15,000.
All of these smartphones which are mentioned in this article are perfectly fit for taking some of the most brilliant shots. The vast majority of these smartphones are equipped with a double camera set up so in the case on the off chance you want to take representation pictures/shots with profound features and impact, then go for a double camera smartphone. This rundown can also be viewed as the exploration of the world of best double camera smartphones priced under Rs. 15,000 and we have even incorporated all of the most recent double camera smartphones which are accessible. Smartphones like Morotoloa One Vision, Realme 3 Pro, etc. are among the leading ones.
So, what else can you get under Rs. 15,000 when it comes to buying a smartphone?
The greater part of the smartphones which are recorded is 4GB of RAM with 64 GB storage as well as 6GB of RAM with 128 GB of storage with the latest Snapdragon, Exynos processors etc. These equipment are quite fit for taking care of different applications as well as diversions in an effortless way. In case of the structure side, you are offered with metal unibody and sometimes plastic body on the majority of these smartphones.
We have provided with a short survey of all of the smartphones with some of their best specs, highlights and appraisals. Let’s begin this:
Motorola One Vision
One of the most innovative and leading smartphones, Motorola has brought its latest edition in the budget section. The Motorola One Vision is aptly priced at Rs. 12,999. Showing off its appealing design which stands out from all of its competition, it is a great choice for millennials who look for a trendy design with sharp features and brilliant functionalities. Its tall 21:9 display comes with a hole-punch, making it an alluring smartphone. However, the display is quite a little overwhelming, but the entire tall aspect ration provides a few of the advantages when it comes down to watching videos and performing split-screen multitasking.
It is powered by octa-core Exynos 9609 SoC that allows the smartphone to be a capable performer, and it handles daily tasks along with gaming without any major issues. Its 48MP rear camera is perfectly capable of capturing detailed as well as crisp photos, but it does have a tendency to produce a little oversaturated colours. But, the camera does come with a plethora of features for the users to play with.
Also, the night vision mode provides impressive and brilliant results, especially in low-light conditions and it among the best implementations you can actually find in this particular price range. The picture quality is certainly quite astounding, and the videos are of high quality. It is a great device for photography enthusiasts. Various modes of capturing pictures make it a great choice for amateur photographers. The selfie shooter delivers appreciable pictures, if not the best. The 3,500mAh battery isn’t capable enough to actually last a complete day of usage and can easily be charged fully within two hours, thanks to the bundled 15W TurboPower charger. Considering the competition in this price segment, Motorola has come up with a winner, offering most of the basic features with brilliant quality.
Realme 3 Pro
The Realme 3 Pro is the recent flagship of the company which is inspired by the to give a stiff competition to Redmi Note 7 Pro offered by Xiaomi. The most alluring features of this phone are beautiful colour options along with the same small notch as well as slim bezels, similar to its predecessor, the Realme 2 Pro. Also, the 6.3-inch Full-HD screen with IPS display produced brilliant and vivid colours and is quite legible even under the direct sunlight. You are provided with two Nano-SIM slots along with a dedicated spot to accommodate a microSD card.
It is pricing starts at Rs. 14,000, and it sports the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, which is a powerful processor, perfectly suited to deliver brilliant performance. It is essentially an efficient chip which is built on the 10nm fabrication process as well as features a powerful GPU in comparison to Snapdragon 675, that shows in the games and benchmarks. The phone is essentially available in two distinct variants- a 4GB of RAM with 64 GB storage and 6GB of RAM with 128 GB of storage, for the customers to choose. The ColorOS 6 is essentially based on the Android 9 Pie, that runs perfectly smoothly and even provides the users with plenty of shortcuts as well as gestures.
Gaming and app performance of this smartphone is above-par and quite good. It doesn’t heat up even during regular use as well as gaming, and barely even gets warm. Also, the main 16MP sensor is capable of capturing detailed landscapes as well as macros under good light. Its secondary 5MP sensor is quite good at edge detection. In case of night shooting, images are usually soft, but its Nightscape mode assists in bringing out the finer and better details in objects. The videos can easily be recorded up to 4K resolution, however, without any stabilization. Also, it supports 4045mAh battery that will last you one complete day on a single charge, and comes along with a VOOC 3.0 fast charger is also bundled in the box.
Huawei boasts of bringing in the market some of the best smartphones in the price range. Huawei released its Huawei Y9 in October 2018 and owing to its phenomenal success, and it has now come up with Y9 Prime which is available for people to buy. This smartphone has an aesthetically beautiful design with minor bezels right on the front. You can easily choose from three available colour variants which are Midnight Black, Aurora Purpose and Sapphire Blue.
On the front, it is sported with a large 6.5-inch IPS LCD display which has a screen resolution of impressive 1080×2340 pixels. Also, the screen does have a small notch for accommodating dual front-facing camera as well as the front earpiece. The smartphone runs on EMUI 8.2, which is based on the Android 8.1 Oreo. Its only major downside is that the plane is essentially running an older Android version, but it is quite likely to receive an Android 9 Pie update soon.
This phone is powered by the company’s own Hisilicon Kirin 710 processor along with Mali G51 MP4 GPU. Also, this phone is available in just two variants- 3GB RAM with 64 GB storage and 4GB RAM with 64 GB of storage. A 6GB RAM variant would have been a great deal and much appreciated. It has a mammoth 4,000mAh battery and also comes with 10W fast charging support.
In the midst of all these budget smartphones, The Honor Play is certainly a great choice for the cash-strapped people. It was duly launched in July 2018 and came with similar specs as that of Poco F1 while when it comes down to design, it is quite better. You are provided with a 6.3 inch IPS LCD display which has an astonishing screen resolution of 1080×2340 pixels. Also, the phone has a notched display which accommodates the front camera, and the display ratio is 19.5:9.
It is duly powered by an octa-core Kirin 970 processor along with Mali-G72 MP 12 GPU. It comes in two distinct variants, 4 GB RAM with 64 GB storage along with 6GB RAM with 64 GB storage. The storage is also expandable by up to 256 GB with a place to hold microSD card, but it doesn’t have 128GB or 256 GB of storage which is a downside. It comes with a plethora of colour variants, Midnight Black, Violet, Navy Blue, Player Edition Red and Player Edition Black.
When it comes down to the cameras of this smartphone, it features a dual-rear facing camera set up which has a 16MP sensor that is paired with a 2MP depth sensor. Also, on the front, it comes with a 16MP camera for taking great selfies. The phone essentially runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with the EMUI 8.2 Skin. It is also upgradable to the Android 9.0 Pie.
Talking of connectivity, it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Type C 1.0 USB, GPS, USB OTG and FM Radio. Its rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is the only feature of security. The phone has a 3,750mAh battery which is quite good enough, and it even supports fast charging. All these features do make this smartphone an attractive device to have even though there are some shortcomings which are overcome by some of its unique features.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
The latest addition from the family of Asus is the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 which is among the best devices that you can get in this particular price range. It was duly launched in December 2018, and it has some of the most astonishing features such as 6.22 inch IPS LCD display along with the screen resolution of 1080×2280 pixels as well as 19:9 aspect ratio. Also, the front of this particular device comes with a notch design and is duly protected by the famed Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The back of the phone is made of plastic, but still, it appears attractive.
This smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 669 processor which is paired with Adreno 512. This is among the best performing device in this price range that you can get in the market. It comes with two storage as well as three RAM variants, 3GB RAM with 32 GB of storage, 4GB RAM with 64 GB of storage, and 6GB RAM with 64 GB of storage. Also, it runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with pure stock Android.
This device comes with a dual rear-facing camera setup which has a 12MP camera that is paired with a 5MP depth sensor. In the front, it has a single 13MP camera for the purpose of taking selfies. It comes with massive 5,000mAh battery which makes is to last a full day with heavy usage, without requiring to charge.
The connectivity options of this smartphone consist of Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM Radio, USB OTG and Micro USB 2.0. When it comes down to security, it comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. This is certainly the best value for money smartphone in this particular price range, and you can go with the 4GB RAM variant.
However, it’s camera is not so great, which is a turn-off. You are provided with a dual rear-facing camera set up which has 13MP primary sensor that is paired with a 2MP secondary depth sensor. Also, the rear camera is equipped with an LED flash as well as HDR support. On the front side, you also have dual-camera set up, comprising of 16MP primary sensor along with a 2MP secondary depth sensor. As mentioned earlier, it has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and face unlock security.
Xiaomi Mi A3
When it comes to budget smartphones, Xiaomi has been leading the Indian market for quite some time. The Mi A3 is the third-entry of Xiaomi in its series of Android Oreo smartphones. It sports a magnificent 6.08-inch display with HD+ resolution. We have discovered this to be quite low in consideration with the predecessors of this device, the famed Mi A1 and worthy successor, the Mi A1. Both of these smartphones had HD+ panels. Talking about the display, it put outs highly low number of pixel, i.e. less than 300 pixels per inch and the device doesn’t even let you actually to tweak its display’s colour settings. We have also found that the panel has been slightly boosted, which we like. The Mi A3 is duly powered by powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SOC, and it does come in two variants. One is 4GB variant with 64 GB of storage while the other is 8GB variant with 128 GB of storage. Also, you are provided with the option to easily expand the phone storage even further as the phone is equipped with a hybrid dual-SIM slot.
We also discovered that Snapdragon 665 is a beast processor to handle daily tasks as well as high-end graphics-intensive games like PUBG Mobile without any stutter or lag. The Mi A3 is powered by 4,030mAh battery and is also equipped with a USB Type-C port. Also, it delivers great battery life, and we have been able to come close to an entire day and a half without actually needing to charge it. Xiaomi also claims that this smartphone has support for 18W fast charging. However, it only provides a 10W charger in the box, which is a big turn-off.
Xiaomi provides a triple camera setup on this phone which consists of a 48MP primary sensor along with an 8MP ultra-wide angle sensor which has 118-degree field-of-view as well as a 2MP depth sensor. At the front of the smartphone, it has a 32MP selfie shooter. On testing, we found that the performance of the camera was quite good, especially in different lighting conditions. It is priced at Rs. 12,999 which is quite a bargain.
Vivo Z1 Pro
Millennials are driving the smartphone industry and targeting this market, Vivo has launched its new smartphone, Vivo Z1 Prop. It is manufactured according to the demand of millennials of highly critical specifications as well as features and generally likes to buy phones online. This smartphone has a plethora of key selling points which include a large, notch-less, crisp screen with a punch-hole for the camera. It’s worth mentioning that it is the first phone in India which is featured with the powerful processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 that provides huge performance advantage at its appealing price level, especially for the purpose of gaming. It has 5000mAh behemoth battery with quick charging support which is sufficient enough for a long duration of watching videos, playing graphic-intensive games and calling. It comes with three rear cameras making it an alluring deal for photography enthusiasts and selfie stars. It comes in three variants: first is 4GB RAM variant which comes with 64GB storage, another is 6GB RAM variant which packs 64 GB of storage, and there is another 6GB RAM variant which has 128 GB storage. You can easily choose between the two options that Vivo has provided when it comes to colour: Sonic Black and Sonic Blue.
This smartphone puts up a strong statement when it comes down to display, processor, cameras as well as battery. We tested this phone and really enjoyed it as it is best suited for everyday tasks along with entertainment. However, one slight damper that we encountered in Vivo’s Funtouch OS, which takes a bit of getting used to and the worst part is that it has a lot of bloat. Also, some people might find it quite bulky as well as heavy, but it is well-balanced priced and provides great value even when it is compared with other heavyweights in its own segment. It cost Rs. 13,850 which is among the best prices in this segment.
Samsung Galaxy M30s
Samsung is among the leading manufacturers of smartphones in the world and in recent years, it has brought a few of the most exciting ones in the market. Introducing the Galaxy M30s which is an update to the Samsung Galaxy M30 that was launched earlier this years. This particular smartphone from Samsung comes with a mammoth 6,000mAh battery which is its brightest feature and major highlight. On inspections, we were quite impressed with its AMOLED display which was certainly quite crisp as well as had great viewing angles. Its 6.4-inch display is quite bright even when outdoors.
Samsung has opted for the Exynos 9611 SoC in order to power this brilliant smartphone, which is the very same processor that also powers the Galaxy A50s. It comes with two appealing variants where one variant is 4GB RAM with massive 64 GB of storage, and the other variant is of 6GB of RAM with behemoth 128 GB of storage. However, the processors aren’t as powerful as compared to the Snapdragon 675 SoC. However, it is way on par with Snapdragon 710 SoC.
The Galaxy M30s is featured with a triple camera setup which consists of a 48MP primary sensor along with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera as well as 5MP depth sensor. When it comes to camera performance, it beats most of its competitors. However, it is quite slow to focus when you are shooting macros. Another prominent feature of this smartphone is its video recording capability which tops out at 4K. However, it does lack stabilisation. But in case of videos shot at 1080p, they were stabilized.
Owing to its massive battery, we were able to use this phone for close to 2 days without any charging requirement. The big battery allows you to keep your phone away from the charger for quite a long time. Also, charging the phone hardly takes two and a half hours due to its fast-charging 15W charger.
It is well-priced at Rs 13,999.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
Another Xiaomi smartphone has entered the Indian market and has started making waves. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is among the most feature-packed smartphones in its own price bracket. Xiaomi has brought a premium design along with highly capable octa-core processor, and for photography enthusiasts, it has brought 48MP camera along with fast charging support. This brilliant smartphone packs a 6.3-inch (1080×2340 pixels) Full-HD+ LTPS In-Cell display which is deftly protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The content on the phone’s display looks quite sharp with great crisp colours while at the same time, being quite reflective.
This phone is duly powered by the famed Snapdragon 675 processor which is supported with 6GB of RAM for high performance and great speed. Whether it is graphics-intensive games like Asphalt 9 or PUBG Mobile or heavy multitasking, the phone is capable of handling it with ease. It runs on MIUI 10 which is based on Android 9 Pie. However, you get all of these rich features, and you will have to view pesky ads, which can be a turn-off.
The 48MP main camera of this smartphone is capable of capturing beautiful, sharp and alluring images with a great amount of details, high dynamic range along with good vibrancy. The night mode of the camera performs quite well while the 32MP front-faced camera captures stunning selfies which look sharp with highly natural colours as well as edge detection in the bokeh mode. Its 4,000mAh battery makes sure that the phone sails past the entire day of usage while the support for Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging technology of Qualcomm assists to quickly charge up the battery. It is priced at Rs. 11,850.
In this fierce competition of budget smartphones, Oppo has launched its Opp A9 to take on similar range phones from Vivo, Asus, Honor etc. Oppo A9 is a budget smartphone which has a big 6.5-inch Full-HD display right at the front with a unique waterdrop notch. We have found that the display of the phone is quite crisp and provides great viewing angles. This phone comes with an inbuilt fingerprint scanner situated right at the reach, which is quite easy to reach and is also quick to unlock the phone. It also has the feature of face unlock that utilizes its front-faced 16MP selfie shooter.
Oppo has duly opted for the premium processor, the MediaTek Helio P70 SoC in order to power the A9. It is available in just one variant which has 4GB of RAM along with 128 GB of storage. The smartphone could perform daily tasks without any noticeable stutter or lag. On playing games like PUBG Mobile, we have to run it at the medium settings for better performance and clear, lag-free gameplay. The storage is expandable through the hybrid dual SIM slot.
This smartphone packs in a 4020mAH battery which easily managed to deliver quite a great battery life. We could easily go beyond a day and a half as we used applications like Google Maps and WhatsApp on the device. However, Oppo provides only a 10W charger in the box which can be quite slow to charge the device. Talking of the operating system, this smartphone runs on the ColorOS 6 on top of Android 9 Pie. However, it also comes with few bloatware preinstalled which can be annoying for few. At the back of the phone, the A9 has a setup of dual-camera which consists of 16MP primary sensor along with 2MP depth sensor. Also, the camera is capable of capturing good photos, especially in daylight, while the Artificial Intelligence or AI also assists in setting the scene before you take the shot. However, the camera performance drops by a small margin in low-light. It is aptly priced at Rs. 14468.
So, this is our extensive rundown on the best camera smartphones which are available under Rs. 15,000 and available in India. We hope that this rundown turns out useful to our readers. You can opt for any of these smartphones, depending on your choice of features and functionalities. Each of these entries has unique characteristics which make them a worthy buy. Let us know which one of these smartphones is your favourite in the comment section below.