Redmi Note 5 Pro, Oppo Realme 1, Moto G6 among best phones under Rs 15,000

first_imgThe first half of the year has seen a number of impressive smartphones in India, especially in the affordable segment. Arguably the most competitive segment among them all, the sub-Rs 15,000 bracket is one that has seen perhaps the most number of phones vying for attention. This is a segment that tries to offer good design and impressive specs at a value. Thanks to Xiaomi with its dominating Redmi phones, every brand is trying to up their game and offer devices that can give a Redmi phone a run for its money.So far, phones like the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 and Realme 1 have both managed to take the Redmi Note 5 Pro to task. We also have the likes of the Moto G6, which is arguably the best looking phone in this segment right now thanks to a premium all-glass design and 18:9 display. Earlier this week, HMD Global quietly announced the Nokia 3.1, which also makes it to our list simply because it’s the most affordable Android One phone in the market right now.Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro: Rs 14,999The Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a 5.99-inch FHD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor which brings Qualcomm’s Kryo 260 CPU cores that will deliver around 40 per cent more power than the Snapdragon 630. This is coupled with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM along with 64GB of internal storage. Thanks to a powerful as well as a power efficient chipset, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is a smooth and fast phone no matter what you throw at it.advertisementApart from a solid performance, the Redmi Note 5 Pro also comes with some of the best cameras in this segment. The 12MP + 5MP dual camera setup on the back manages to capture some crisp and detailed photos under good light and more importantly they also manage to hold well under low-light. While the Redmi Note 5 Pro ships with Android Nougat with MIUI on top, it can be upgraded to Oreo now.Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1: Rs 10,999The ZenFone Max Pro M1 is powered by a very capable and powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is the same chip that powers the Redmi Note 5 Pro as well. The phone sports a 5.99-inch FHD+ display and comes with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD. The dual-SIM phone supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and also USB OTG. The dual rear camera system includes one 13-megapixel camera (f/2.2 aperture) and a secondary 5-megapixel camera for depth sensing. The cameras are assisted by PDAF and LED flash, and are capable of shooting 4K videos as well. On the front, you get an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash. Asus in the past has struggled to compete in the low-end segment due to phones with uninspiring designs and software experience. But the ZenFone Max Pro M1 has managed to surprise everyone by offering not only an attractive design but also a solid performance alongside stock Android Oreo software. The only are where the phone falters a little is with regards to camera, but largely this is a perhaps the most value-for-money phone in this segment right now.Oppo Realme 1: Rs 13,999The Realme 1 is the first smartphone to come out of Oppo’s new sub-brand Realme, which looks to take on the likes of Xiaomi in the affordable segment. Realme’s ideology is based on offering good-looking phones with impressive specs at an affordable price and the Realme 1 is the result of that. The phone has done impressively in India and this week the company announced it sold over 400,000 units of the Realme 1 in 40 days. Additionally, Realme promised that the device will receive Android P in the future.The RealMe 1 sports a 5.99-inch FHD+ display and 18:9 aspect ratio, similar to the Redmi Note 5 and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1. It is powered by a powerful and energy efficient octa-core Helio P60 chipset and runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Oppo’s custom ColorOS 5.0 on top. The phone supports dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-FI 802.11ac, among other things. The high-end variant, which is priced at Rs 13,999, is offered with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Apart from Diamond Black, the Realme 1 is also offered in Silver and Solar Red variants.As far as optics are concerned, the RealMe 1 bears a single 13-megapixel rear sensor and an 8-megapixel sensor up front. The phone is backed by a 3,410mAh battery, without support for fast charging.Moto G6: Rs 13,999The affordable mid-range smartphone brings a brand new design language to the Moto G lineup by introducing an all-glass design and a full-screen display, among other things. I reviewed the phone and found it to be the best looking phone under Rs 20,000 right now thanks to a solid Gorilla Glass rear panel in Indigo Black that refracts light in all the right ways to give it an extremely appealing look.advertisementThe Moto G6 sports a 5.7-inch FHD+ 1080p IPS LCD Max Vision display and is powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 450 chipset. The base variant that’s priced below Rs 15,000 comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The phone runs near stock Android Oreo and houses a 3,000mAh battery with TurboCharge support. It comes with a 12MP + 5MP dual camera setup on the back and a 16MP front-facing camera. While a Snapdragon 450 chipset may sound pretty underwhelming for a phone that costs Rs 15,999, the Moto G6 largely performed smoothly and will easily handle day to day tasks thanks to some good optimisation along with a near stock Android Oreo software. Perhaps the two areas that undercut what is otherwise a solid phone is its battery which doesn’t last longer than a day and some average cameras. For every other purpose, the Moto G6 should be on your list if you’re in the market. It is available on Amazon India and across Moto Hub stores offline.Nokia 3.1: Rs 10,499The newest entry to the affordable sub-Rs 15,000 segment is the Nokia 3.1. This is a refresh of the Nokia 3 from last and it brings an updated design. The real highlight of the phone, however, is that it is part of the Android One program, which means, pure, stock Android Oreo experience along with a promise of monthly security updates for three years. This is also perhaps the only phone in this segment right now that can promise Android P and Q in the future. The Nokia 3.1 goes on sale today across offline retailers and via Paytm Mall and Nokia’s online store.The Nokia 3 (2018) or Nokia 3.1 brings the dual anodized diamond cut design that has been seen on high-end Nokia phones. There’s a 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass display that sits on top of the device. It bears a 5.2-inch HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek 6750 chipset, delivering 50 per cent more power than before.As for the cameras, the Nokia 3.1 sports a 13MP rear sensor with autofocus, LED flash and a feature called automatic scene detection. Up front, you get an 8MP selfie shooter with a wide-angle lens. The phone houses a 2,990mAh battery and supports a microUSB port.ALSO READ: Vivo Nex phone review: Look ma, no bezelslast_img

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