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Best Mid-Range Smartphones below Rs 15000 (July – August)



We have seen few smartphones that come with high-end specifications priced under Rs. 15,000 price tag. Recently, most of these devices also come with a metal build body. Unlike earlier months, most of the launches came from top global manufacturers that too with competitive pricing. Below is the list of smartphones that are highly recommended because of its value for money specifications and superior build quality.

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TCL had launched two new smartphones in July – TCL 560 and TCL 562. Both the smartphones come with some decent specifications that make them competitive against the competition. The TCL 562 priced at Rs. 10,990 comes with 5.5-inch display with Full HD display and will be powered by Helio P10 SoC. It includes 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. On the other hand, the Rs. 7,999 priced TCL 560 sports 5.5-inch HD display and Snapdragon 210 SoC. The TCL 560 is only limited to 2GB of RAM and include the same 16GB of storage.

The TCL 560 is only limited to 2GB of RAM and include the same 16GB of storage. In the camera department, there is a 13MP rear camera on TCL 562 while the TCL 560 comes with an 8MP camera. For selfies, both the device packs a 5MP front camera. The devices support dual SIM dual standby with 4G LTE connectivity. TCL 562 additionally comes with a fingerprint sensor embedded into the physical home button on the front. Both the device are exclusively sold through Amazon in India.


The Indian smartphone manufacturer, Intex launched the Intex Aqua Power HD 4G smartphone priced at Rs. 8,363. It is the successor to the 2015 launched Aqua Power HD. The device runs on a couple of years old Android 5.1 Lollipop and comes with dual SIM dual standby support. It sports a 5-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) IPS display. Under the hood is the MediaTek MT6592M quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz.

It includes 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that can be further expanded via MicroSD card slot. On the camera front, there is an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera for selfies. The device is backed by a 3,900mAh battery that is rated to last up to 390 hours on standby. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port.


The LYF Water 4 and Water 6 are latest smartphones from the Reliance’s 4G smartphone brand. Unlike Flame series, the Water series comes with better specifications, but there are other smartphones from Chinese manufacturers that offer high-end specifications and better build quality. The Water 4 is priced at Rs. 7,599 while Water 6 costs slightly higher at Rs. 8,999.

Both the smartphones come with same specifications except the storage, the Water 4 sports 16GB of storage and Water 6 includes 32GB storage. The devices come with 5-inch HD display and is powered by Snapdragon quad-core processor along with 2GB of RAM. There is a 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, and a 2920mAh battery. The Jio 4G preview offer with unlimited usage of 4G data and voice calls is applicable for both these devices.


The Galaxy J2 (2016) & Galaxy J2 Pro are the latest affordable smartphones from the World’s largest smartphone maker. The Galaxy J2 (2016) is the successor to 2015 launched Galaxy J2. It is priced at Rs. 9,750 and available on online and offline stores. On the other hand, the Galaxy J2 Pro is the same Galaxy J2 (2016) but sports higher RAM and storage. It is priced at Rs. 9,890 and is exclusively sold through Snapdeal. The devices run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based latest TouchWiz UI on top.

The devices come with a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display and is powered by 1.5GHz Spreadtrum quad-core processor. The Galaxy J2 (2016) includes 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of storage while the Galaxy J2 Pro features 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Both the devices come with an 8MP primary camera and a 5MP secondary camera. These are also first set of devices to include the newly announced Smart Glow feature which is said to be replacement notification LED.


Last year, Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy On series by launching Galaxy On5 and Galaxy On7. Now in July 2016, Samsung launched their successors Galaxy On5 Pro and Galaxy On7 Pro. The Galaxy On5 Pro comes with a 5-inch HD display while the Galaxy On7 Pro sports a bigger 5.5-inch HD display. Both the devices include 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

The devices run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box based latest TouchWiz UI on top. There is a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, and 2600mAh battery on Galaxy On5 Pro. On the other hand, the Galaxy On7 Pro features an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, and a 3000mAh battery. Both the devices come with S bike mode and ‘Ultra Data Saving Mode.’ The Galaxy On5 Pro is priced at Rs. 9,190, and the Galaxy On7 Pro comes with a price tag of Rs. 11,190.


After many years, LG came up with a competitive mid-range smartphone by launching the LG X Screen. It is priced a Rs. 12,990 and is exclusively available on Snapdeal. The USP of the device is its 1.76-inch always-on secondary display that shows custom text, app shortcuts, and notifications. On the front is a 4.93-inch HD display and is powered by Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor. It includes 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a Micro SD card slot.

The device comes SOS mode which can be activated by continuously pressing the power button five times. In the camera department, the LG X Screen features a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP selfie camera. It is backed by a 2300mAH battery which might not last more than a day of usage. It measures 142.6 x 71.8 x 7.1 mm and weighs 120 grams. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port.


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