Are you searching for a quality smartphone at a reasonable price? In search of a good phone for your young ones? Or, maybe you’re looking to give one to your parents who don’t care about the specifications but the desired one that is good on the hands? If yes, then we are here for you with a list of the best smartphones under Rs.15000. Thanks to the increasing competition and innovation in the smartphone industry, you can get great smartphones for as low as Rs. 15000. In this list, we’ve put together the best phones which offer great design, impressive performance under 15000 in Nepal.
To begin with we have POCO C3 in our list of best smartphones under NPR 15000 in Nepal. If all you want is a basic Android smartphone that has strong battery life then Poco C3 is the best answer. Here, the POCO C3 is similar to the Redmi 9C which we have mentioned below in our list.
Unlike Redmi phones running MIUI, it runs MIUI 12, but Poco claims that its version has been tweaked in order to remove ads or promotional content.
The build quality is decent.
Games run decently here, but you need to temper your expectations.
The Poco C3 prides itself because of its three back cameras, which is not something we see too often in this price range.
The difference in the rebrand
The major contrast here is that for security Redmi 9C came with a physical fingerprint sensor, however the C3 skips it altogether. Here, you’ll get face to unlock or other traditional biometric measures. Similarly, there is also a feature called “Better Battery 2.0”, which the company says results in better battery health in the long term, compared to other smartphones. With this, the company claims the C3’s 5000mAh battery without a hint of degradation lasts 3.2 years.
Another phone on our list of best smartphones under NPR 15000 in Nepal is Samsung Galaxy M02s. The company’s 2020 lineup of mid-range phones was pretty miserable. However, Samsung is off to a great beginning with the Galaxy M02s.
The smartphone has an attractive rear panel. This textured design appears quite pleasant to look at, even though it’s a regular plastic body.
The colours are punchy and brightness levels are optimum for viewing under reasonably harsh sunlight.
In terms of performance, Samsung comes with the Snapdragon 450.
Accomplish basic tasks with your smartphone such as browsing, light multi-tasking, streaming or app switching, then the M02s will not disappoint you.
Honestly, the M02s is not exactly a revolutionary budget phone. We extensively compared it against the fore-mentioned POCO C3 and it bests the competition by the skin of its teeth.
Upfront, it flaunts a 6.5-inch PLS TFT LCD screen with an HD+ resolution. Although POCO C3’s IPS panel sounds preferable on paper, these two displays are neck-and-neck in terms of their quality. Galaxy M02s is powered by a big 5000mAh battery that charges through a USB-C port. Unfortunately, although it supports 15W fast charging, Samsung only comes with a 7.8W charging brick inside the box.
Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, USB Type-C, 4G LTE
5000mAh with 15W charging (7.8W brick inside the box)
Accelerometer, Gyro, Light sensor
Price in Nepal
Rs. 14,999 (3/32GB) | Rs. 15,999 (4/64GB)
3. Infinix Hot 9 Play
In the Nepalese smartphone market, Infinix is a relatively new player. However, one from its recent launch fits in our list of best smartphones under NPR 15000 in Nepal. Infinix Hot 9 Play has two highlighting features – a big display, and a big battery.
The smartphone has a big display of 6.82-inches TFT IPS panel HD+ resolution
It is also fueled with a big battery of 6000 mAh.
We know how terrible a big display/low-resolution pair is and seeing Infinix walk straight into the pit appears disappointing. On top of the display, the house is a small teardrop notch for the 8MP front camera for selfies and video calls and a single front flash. Furthermore, except for the bottom the phone has minimal bezels all around, which sees a slightly thicker bezel.
Big 6000mAh battery
The Infinix Hot 9 Play is powered by a big 6000mAh battery. And the company claims, it can give you up to 34 days of standby time or 34 hours of talk time. This smartphone has the biggest battery in our list of best smartphones under NPR 15000 in Nepal. However, the company has gone with a boring micro USB data/charging connection so filling the phone’s juice is going to be time-taking.
32/64GB storage (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
Software & UI
Android 10 (Go Edition)
Dual (13MP primary, QVGA low-light sensor)
8MP sensor (notch)
Physical fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS, Micro USB
6000mAh with 10W charging
Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyro, Compass
Price in Nepal
Rs. 11,490 (2/32GB) | Rs. 14,990 (4/64GB)
4. Realme C11
As we all know, mobile gaming has been so popular these days that people somehow expect decent gameplay in phones of almost all price ranges. Therefore, chipmakers and OEMs have started slowly drawing on budget smartphones with good-enough gaming performance. Here, the Realme C11 follows this as it features the Helio G35 gaming SoC.
Realme C11’s appearance is quite good.
Users need to choose between Rich Green and Rich Grey, which are both muted and neutral enough that suit everyone.
Realme’s software is usually problem-free, in comparison to what some other producers load onto smartphones, especially in the budget segment.
The screen is pretty good considering the price of the phone. Colours are reasonably punchy and viewing angles are more than enough.
This is one of MediaTek’s entry-level gaming silicons under the “G” series which features an octa-core CPU with 8x Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.3GHz. The graphics in this device are handled by IMG PowerVR GE8320. Talking about the memory, the phone comes with RAM of 2GB LPDDR4x and internal storage of 32GB which can be expanded via a micro SD card if needed.
Users will be able to play games like PUBG Mobile Lite (under low-medium settings), Asphalt 9, etc. with ease. Realme C11 also has an attractive design all thanks to the textured finish that we have seen in other smartphones from the company. However, this is one of the best smartphones under Rs.15000 from our list.
Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / BDS, Micro USB
5000mAh with 10W charging
Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass
Price in Nepal
Rs. 14,990 (2/32GB)
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5. Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Here comes the first phone which has a “C” suffix in the entry-level Redmi series which falls on our list.
There’s a remarkable bottom bezel in order to authenticate its budget category.
The phone is also TUV Rheinland certified against blue light emission from display.
Bang for your buck!
Talking about cameras, there are three cameras that house squarish modules at the rear. Redmi 9C has a 13MP primary, a 2MP macro, and also a 2MP depth sensor for different kinds of shots. Powering the phone is MediaTek’s Helio G35 – the carbon copy as in Realme C11.
In Nepal, the latest phone from the company is the Nokia 2.4. It is the successor to last year’s Nokia 2.3 and which brings a bigger display, an octa-core processor, among other upgrades.
The Nokia 2.4 is part of Google’s Android One programme, which has 3 years of guarantees of monthly security updates and 2 years of Android software upgrades.
The Nokia 2.4 can handle tedious tasks well enough.
The smartphone offers good battery life.
The volume and power buttons lie on the right side of the smartphone and have good feedback.
To start with the display, Nokia 2.4 comes with a big 6.5-inches IPS LCD panel with a 1600 x 720 HD+ resolution. Like most other mid-range phones, this one contains a teardrop notch and a big chin as well. Here, while Nokia 2.3 comes with a quad-core Helio A22 SoC, there is an octa-core Helio P22 on the 2.4.
Getting to the cameras, it comes with the same lenses from its predecessor. Users will have a 13MP primary sensor with a 2MP depth sensor at the rear which is enclosed inside a rectangular pill-shaped module. Upfront, for selfies and video calls there is a 5MP selfie camera inside the teardrop notch. Similarly, this device also included a fingerprint sensor on the 2.4.
One of the cheapest and best smartphones under Rs.15000 on our list is Redmi 9A. It is the successor to last year’s Redmi 8A. Although it’s a next-gen product, there is little to get excited about as the upgrades that Redmi 9A brings.
Great ergonomic for bigger screen phone
The smartphone feels a light phone however being fairly large indicating good weight distribution
Even though this is an inexpensive night reading mode , LCD panel, and dark mode are also available in the Display settings menu.
Starting off, Redmi 9A flaunts a 6.53-inches IPS LCD panel with HD+ resolution. While there is nothing wrong with that, protective glass is absent here. If we recall, the Redmi 8A consisted of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 protection. On the other hand, the body of 9A isn’t P2i coated against water splashes either.
However, one of the main attractions of the smartphone is its Helio G25 gaming-oriented SoC. Allowing users to get decent FPS on shooter games like PUBG Mobile Lite, Redmi 9A could be a valid option for the absolute mid-range buyers. The device comes with a single memory variant with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Users are capable of expanding the storage using a dedicated SD card slot.
Among all in our list of best smartphones under Rs.15000, this one is the cheapest. Anyone who wants good specs but doesn’t want to spend more money than it is the best for you.
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