The most frequent question we encounter as a gadget geek is which phone you should buy. Obviously, we’re not just going to recommend the flagships models which are in fact the best smartphone you will get. So, we have narrowed down the guide by price category, starting with entry level handsets and going all the way to the very finest devices available in stores. In this article, we’ve listed down the seven best smartphones under 15000 that are currently available in the Nepali market.
7Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro
Available for just under Rs. 15,000, the Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro features a 5-inch HD TFT display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core 64bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with Adreno 306 and 2GB of RAM. For memory, the phone boasts 16GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card up to 256GB. Camera wise, it has 13MP back snapper with f/2.1 aperture, autofocus and LED flash and a 5MP, f/2.2 front camera. It is still running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The USP of the phone is a huge 4000mAh battery that will provide two days of backup under moderate usage.
|– Decent camera||– Mediocre TFT display|
|– Decent processor||– Uses SIM2 slot for SDcard|
Available for Rs. 15,000, Oppo A37 is a selfie centric phone as it features a 5MP camera with f/2.4 aperture. The Megapixel count may not seem impressive on the paper but the front camera has a pixel size of 1.4μm and sensor size of 1/4-inch. With these sizes, the phone definitely takes impressive selfies with plenty amount of details. The rear camera is not bad either. The 8MP rear camera on the back has an aperture of f/2.0 and is accompanied by autofocus and LED flash. The rear camera too has a pixel size of 1.4μm but has a sensor size of 1/3.2-inch. In addition, the phone features 5-inch HD IPS display with 2.5D Arc Edge Screen and Gorilla Glass 4 protection. As most of the smartphones in this price range enjoy company with mediocre MediaTek processors, Oppo A37 has been quite an exception with decent Snapdragon 410 chipset. On the memory side, A37 has 2GB of RAM with 16GB of storage, which can be expanded up to 256GB via SDcard. The whole device is juiced up by a non-removable 2630mAh battery.
|– Impressive set of cameras||– Outdated version (Lollipop)|
|– Decent Processor||– Relatively smaller battery|
|– 2.5D Arc Edge Screen and Gorilla Glass protection|
5ZTE Blade S6
Priced at Rs. 14,490, the ZTE Blade S6 sports a 5-inch 720p display and has last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Chipset (64-bit Cortex A53 Octacore), Adreno 405 GPU along with 2GB of RAM which is a great offering for the price. Backing up this device is a decent 2400mAh battery, and has its own UI called the MiFavor 3.0 on top of Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. For storage, it comes with 16GB of Internal storage which can be expanded up to 64GB via dedicated Micro SD card slot. Talking about the camera, it has 13MP Sony IMX214 Rear Camera with f/2.0 which can shoot videos up to 1080p @30fps and upfront it holds a 5MP camera with f/2.7 aperture. Check out our review of the ZTE Blade S6 here.
|– Good 720P display||– Runs Outdated Lollipop 5.0 OS|
|– Octacore Processor yields good Performance||– Battery capacity could have been better|
|– Best Camera in this price segment|
A new entry of the Nepali smartphone market, the Nokia 3 is the low-end Android-powered phone launched in Nepal for Rs. 15,650. The Nokia 3 comes with a polycarbonate backing. At the front, the device sports a 5-inch display which ends in a 2.5D glass arc. Unlike other smartphones of other brands, the 3 runs on Android v7.0 Nougat. It has a small 2,650 mAh non-removable battery. The Nokia 3 is powered by a Quad-core MediaTek 6737 processor.
|– Good 5-inch HD display||– Sluggish processor|
|– Bloatware free Android v7.0 Nougat||– Relatively smaller battery|
|– Storage expandable up to 128 GB|
Priced at Rs. 13,999 (available for Rs. 12,500), the Lava R1 is the latest addition to our list. It sports a 5-inch 720P IPS display clothed by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and is powered by a MediaTek MT6737 CPU with 1.3Ghz quad core 64bit processor and MALI-T720 GPU. It has 16GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card slot upto 128GB. It has 8MP rear and 5MP front Sony camera which is reliable and fast. The phone comes with a 2620mAh non-removable battery and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
|– Premium Looking Metal Body||– Lack of accessories (tempered glass and cover)|
|– Excellent rear camera||– Lava’s inbuilt Star OS|
|– 4G LTE Support|
Priced at Rs. 13,999, the Gionee X1 comes with a 5-inch 720P IPS LCD display which is what you get in a budget phones these days. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor (MediaTek MT6737) aided by 2 GB of RAM. On the software side, the phone enjoys the latest Android Nougat version with Gionee’s own Amigo 4.0 OS on the top. For the photography, the phone embraces 8MP camera both on the front and on the back and both of them are accompanied by LED flash.
There is 16GB of internal memory which can be expanded via Micro SD card up to 256GB. A 3000mAh battery resides on the phone, which keeps the device nourished. According to the company’s claim, the battery will not fail to provide 209 hours of standby on 4G network, 27 hours of talk time on the 2G network, 18.5 hours of music, and 5 hours of video playback. The device also comes with sensors like Fingerprint, Gravity, compass, and Gyro.
|– Premium Looking Metal body||– Mediocre processor|
|– Fingerprint and Gyro sensors||– Amigo UI|
|– Android v7.0 Nougat out of the box|
|– Decent cameras|
1Xiaomi Redmi 4A
Xiaomi Redmi 4A, the phone priced at Rs. 14,999 is one of the best phones in Nepal under Rs. 15,000. It sports a 5-inch HD IPS LCD display and powered by a 1.4GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 308 GPU. It runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box with MIUI8 on top. The device is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear facing camera and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. A big 3,120 mAh battery backs up the device. You can check out our review of the Redmi 4A here.
|– Good performance||– Built from Plastic Material|
|– Good Rear camera||– Average Selfie camera|
|– Reliable Battery Life|
Do you agree on our choice of best Smartphones Under Rs.15,000 or do you want to add something to the list? Have your say in the comments section.