Top 5 smartphones below Rs 15,000 with at least 2GB RAM and a 13MP camera

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Smartphones of today are progressing at quite a brisk pace. The fact of the matter is that today you can get some really good specs without burning a hole in your pocket. 1GB of RAM is slowly becoming a standard in budget handsets and as a result, 2GB of RAM is slowly making its way to the budget handsets as a benchmark for multitasking in the budget arena.

The smartphone cameras are constantly evolving and they have made the digital cameras go obsolete. So today we have for you a list of the smartphones which offer at least 2GB of RAM and a 13MP primary camera in the budget of Rs 15,000. You’d be surprised to see what Rs 15,000 can get you when it comes to buying a good smartphone that will easily last you a couple of years and won’t disappoint you in terms of imaging and performance. We have further added full HD display as a filter to get a list of devices which somewhat represent premium mid-range handsets. Here is our list of smartphones:

Xiaomi Mi 4 16GB (Rs 14,999)

Xiaomi Mi 4

This is probably the best buy in the sub Rs 15,000 range these days after the recent price cut it got.Let us quickly recap what it offers:

  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Android 4.4 KitKat based MIUI 6.0
  • Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2.5 GHz quad-core CPU, Adreno 330 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB/64GB of non-expandable internal storage
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 8-megapixel front camera
  • 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Buetooth 4.0 with A2DP, GPS with GLONASS, microUSB 2.0 and FM Radio

Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML (Rs 14,999)

Asus ZenFone 2

The Asus Zenfone 2 comes across as quite a capable handset which focuses highly on giving a good user experience on a budget.

  • 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Glove Touch support
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system with new Zen UI
  • Intel Atom 3560 SoC, 1.8GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage which is expandable with a microSD card (up to 64GB)
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera
  • Dual-SIM, 4G LTE, 3G HSUPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and
  • 3,000 mAh battery; 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm; 170 grams

Micromax Canvas Knight 2 (Rs 14,999)


The recently launch Micromax flagship puts forth a strong case in its favour due to its high level of build quality in addition to a powerful spec sheet. Here’s a recap of its specifications:

  • 5-inch AMOLED display, 1920 x 1080 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 2GB RAM
  • 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC, 1.5GHz quad-core CPU and 1.0GHz quad-core CPU, 550 MHz Adreno 405 GPU
  • 16GB internal storage, expandable with microSD card (up to 32GB)
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, Sony IMX214 CMOS sensor,  Largan 5P lens
  • 5-megapixel front camera, Omnivision OV5648 sensor, Largan 5P Lens
  • Dual-SIM (4G + 4G), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with Agps
  • 2,260 mAh battery

Xiaomi Mi 4i (Rs 12,999)

Mi 4i

The slightly toned down version of the flagship Mi 4 gets 4G and  a bigger battery when compared to its elder sibling. Even though the Mi 4 is just a couple of thousand costlier, you can’t really ignore the Mi 4i when looking for a new smartphone on a budget which ticks the majority of the boxes on your checklist.

  • 5-inch IPS LCD display, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 441 ppi, OGS (One Glass Solution)
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop-based MIUI 6 with support for 6 Indian languages
  • 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor, 1.7GHz quad-core Cortex A53 CPU + 1.1GHz quad-core Cortex A53 CPU, Adreno 405 GPU, and 2GB RAM
  • 16GB non-expandable internal storage
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, dual-tone dual-LED flash, five-element lens, f/2.0 aperture, 1080p video recording
  • 5-megapixel secondary camera
  • Dual-SIM (4G + 3G/2G), Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS for connectivity
  • 3,120 mAh battery

Meizu M1 Note (Rs 11,999)


The recently launched Meizu M1 Note comes across as a good device too. The recently launched smartphone brings is among the cheaper ones of the lot and aims to give the customers a good big-screen experience on a budget.

  • 5.5-inch IPS display, 1920 x 1080 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Android 4.4 KitKat based Flyme OS 4
  • 64-bit MediaTek MT6752 SoC, 1.7GHz octa-core CPU, 600MHz Mali-T760 MP2 GPU
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 16GB
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture; 5-megapixel front camera, f/2.0 aperture, 69-degree wide angle
  • 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and dual SIM
  • 3,140 mAh battery

Our pick of the lot will be Xiaomi Mi 4 16GB. Even though it misses out on 4G connectivity, it shouldn’t be a deal breaker for many as it is still a flagship smartphone and brings 3GB of RAM along with a really strong camera module to the table with it.

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