Best mobile phones under 15,000 in Nepal [Updated: July 2020]

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Looking for an inexpensive yet quality smartphone? In search of a good starter phone for your young ones? Or, maybe you’re looking to gift one to your parents who don’t care about the specs but strive for one that is good on the hands? If you answered yes to any one of those, then this article is just what you need. Thanks to the growing competition and innovation in the smartphone industry, you can get great smartphones for as low as Rs. 15000. In this list, we’ve compiled the best phones under 15000 in Nepal, which offer great design alongside impressive performance.

7. Samsung Galaxy A10s

Starting our list is the Samsung A10s. An impressive upgrade over the previous-gen A10, it offers great all-round performance on a budget. Though it came to the Nepalese market for an asking price of over Rs. 15,000, Samsung offered a price-drop in the A10s and is now available for Rs. 13,999. Hence, this makes the device an interesting option in this price-point.

What do people look for in a Samsung phone? Display, right? But you won’t be getting the company’s signature Super AMOLED displays on its budget devices. The same is the case for A10s which has a 6.2-inch HD+ IPS LCD panel with a small ‘V’ shaped cutout (Infinity-V) for the front camera. Then again, no other budget device offers an AMOLED panel so the “A10s” doesn’t get any negative markings.

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Moving on, it is powered by an octa-core Helio P22 chipset with PowerVR GE8320 GPU. This is coupled with 2GB RAM and expandable internal storage of 32GB. Light gaming, web browsing, and streaming videos should be no problem on the Samsung A10s, which is further complemented by a big 4000 mAh battery.

While the regular A10 had a single camera both front and back, the A10s packs an additional depth sensor for those valuable portraits. Similarly, it also has a physical fingerprint scanner on the back.

Samsung A10s Specifications:

  • Design: Plastic body with plastic frames
  • Display: 6.2″ IPS LCD display with HD+ resolution (720 x 1520 pixels), Infinity-V notch, 19:9 aspect ratio
  • Rear Camera: Dual-camera
    – 13 MP f/1.8 aperture main lens
    – 2 MP f/2.4 depth sensor
  • Front Camera: 8 MP with f/2.0 aperture
  • Processor: Octa-core Helio P22 (12nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: PowerVR GE8320
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Storage: 32 GB internal, expandable via microSD card up to 512 GB
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie) with One UI
  • Features: Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Price: Rs. 13,999 Rs.14,999 [price increased after Lockdown]

6. Lava Benco V8

Oh man, do you remember about 5-6 years ago when Indian smartphone brands were ruling the Nepalese market? But, Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, etc. with their aggressive pricing strategy led to the eventual downfall of the Indian vendors’ reign.

However, a few of the Indian brands like Lava are still hanging on in the domestic market. Lava’s recently launched “Benco V8” offers an impressive design and a decent spec-sheet for a great price. It comes in a tall 6.53-inch HD+ display with an 88.2% screen-to-body ratio. By this, we can tentatively say that the phone is targeted towards content-hungry users. Though not an FHD panel, watching videos on the Benco V8 should be worthwhile.

Moreover, it also features a triple rear-camera setup with a 16MP main lens, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. The 8MP front camera is housed inside the waterdrop notch. Therefore, the Benco V8 could be a good option for camera enthusiasts as well. So far so good.

On to performance, it is powered by an octa-core Helio P23 chipset and runs on Star OS 5.1 based on Android 9.0 (Pie). This is paired with 2GB RAM and 32GB of expandable internal storage. The battery in Benco V8 is a 4000 mAh cell, which should complement the phone’s multimedia capability.

Lava Benco V8 Specifications:

  • Design: Plastic body with plastic frames
  • Display: 6.53-inch IPS LCD display
  • Resolution: HD+ resolution (720 x 1560 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 88.2% screen-to-body ratio
  • Rear Camera: Triple-camera
    – 16 MP f/1.7 primary shooter
    – 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
    – 2MP f/2.4 macro lens
  • Front Camera: 8 MP with f/2.0 aperture
  • CPU: Octa-core MediaTek Helio P23
  • GPU: Mali-G71
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Storage: 32 GB internal, expandable via microSD card up to 256 GB
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie) with Star OS 5.1 on top
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Colors: Coral Orange, Sea Blue
  • Price: Rs.12,999

5. Realme C2

Offering some of the best hardware you could find in any given price-point with something to differentiate it from the competition, Realme has made a major stride in the smartphone industry. Despite sharing a lot of commonalities with last year’s Realme C1, the Realme C2 is still a great option if you have a budget of around Rs. 15000 in Nepal.

Coming in a plastic body like most phones in this list, it has a 6.1-inch HD+ LCD display. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The back of the phone has an interesting abstract shape texture that is bound to grab your attention.

realme c2 back design best phones under 15000 nepal

Moving to the camera, it has got a dual-camera setup on the back with a 13MP primary lens and a 2MP depth sensor. The 5MP front camera is placed inside a waterdrop notch. For the price you’re paying, the Realme C2 generates great-looking photos with plenty of details and colors.

For performance, it has the Helio P22 chipset which is a popular choice in budget smartphones. This is paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. While there is no fingerprint scanner, the software-based face-unlock works alright. Battery-wise, the Realme C2 has a decent 4000 mAh cell.

Realme C2 Specifications:

  • Design: Plastic body with plastic frames
  • Display: 6.1 inches (720 x 1560 pixels), 19.5:9 ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top
  • Rear Camera: Dual camera
    – 13 MP primary lens with f/2.2 aperture
    – 2 MP f/2.4 depth sensor
  • Front Camera: 5 MP f/2.0
  • Processor: MediaTek  MT6762 Helio P22
  • CPU: Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: PowerVR GE8320
  • RAM: 2/3GB
  • OS: Android Pie (Color OS)
  • Storage: 16/32 GB onboard, expandable up to 256 GB, dedicated slot
  • Battery: 4000 mAh non-removable
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass
  • Colors: Black Diamond and Blue Diamond
  • Price: Rs. 14,390 (2/32GB) [price increased after Lockdown]
  • Realme C2 Review (Read here) 

4. Huawei Y6s 

Despite Huawei preparing its google-less life by launching Mate 30 Pro without Google services, the company is still launching budget and midrange phones with GMS. The Recently launched Y6s comes with Android 9 Pie with EMUI on top. It is the latest budget phone from Huawei and is a good option for buyers looking to buy a smartphone under Rs. 15,000 in Nepal.

The Huawei Y6s offers a 6.09-inch IPS display with a trendy 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the latest MediaTek P35 chipset with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It handles all the light apps with ease, however, gaming performance with its PowerVR GE8320 GPU is strictly average.

huawei y6s best smartphone under 15000 in nepal

On the camera front, there’s a 13MP f/1.8 aperture back camera and an 8MP f/2.2 aperture front camera. There’s a fingerprint sensor on the back which is fast and accurate like any other Huawei phone. The phone is backed by a 3020mAh battery that provides a full day of usage. Because of a smaller battery, the phone is light-weight and ergonomic.

Huawei Y6s specifications:

  • Design: Plastic body with plastic frames
  • Display: 6.09 inches IPS LCD with 283PPI
  • Chipset: MediaTek MT676 Helio P35 SoC; 12nm Mobile Platform
  • CPU: Octa-core (4 x 2.3GHz Cortex-A53+ 4 x 1.8GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU: PowerVR GE8320
  • RAM: 3GB
  • ROM: 64GB; expandable up to 512GB
  • OS: Android 9.0 with EMUI 9.1 on top
  • Rear camera: 13MP, f/1.8 with LED flash
  • Front Camera: 8MP, f/2.0 with LED flash
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), Accelerometer, Gravity, and proximity
  • Battery: 3,020 mAh; 5V/1A
  • Price: Rs. 14,999  Rs. 16,790 [price increased after Lockdown]

3. Oppo A5s

Oppo A5s is another excellent budget smartphone to buy under Rs. 15,000 in Nepal. You get a trendy design at the back and easily the best for the budget. On the front, you get a 6.2-inch 720P IPS display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and gorilla glass 3 protection.

On the inside, the Oppo A5s has an Helio P35 chipset. Hence, the performance is similar to that of the Huawei Y6s. It runs on Color OS based on Android 8 Oreo. The 2GB RAM with 32GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 15,990, but it is easily available under Rs. 15,000 after retail discounts.

oppo a5s best phone under Rs. 15,000 in nepal

Moving on to the Optics, Oppo A5s houses dual back cameras of 13MP primary and 2MP for depth sensing for portrait images. The 8MP front camera resides on the notch of the display. You get a big 4230mA battery and the battery backup is excellent.

Oppo A5s Specifications:

  • Design: Plastic body with plastic frames
  • Display: 6.2 inches IPS LCD, HD+ (720 x 1520 pixels), 19:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P35
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU: PowerVR GE8320
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with Colors OS 5.2 on top
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB expandable up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
  • Rear camera: Dual 13MP, f/2.2 (primary) + 2MP, f/2.4 (depth sensor)
  • Front Camera: 8MP, f/2.0
  • Battery: 4,230 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery
  • SIM(s): Dual sim, dedicated slot (Nano-SIM, Dual standby)
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), Accelerometer, Proximity, and Compass
  • Price: Rs. 15,999  Rs. 16,790 [price increased after Lockdown]

2. Xiaomi Redmi 7

The company that’s pretty much been ruling the budget smartphone segment for the past couple of years is Xiaomi. Its Redmi series of phones have been delivering some of the best price-to-performance results and we couldn’t be happier. The Redmi 7 which was launched quite a while ago, is one of those smartphones with an overall balanced build.

Let’s talk design first. It has a plastic back and a 6.26-inch HD+ LCD panel with a sharp ‘U’ shaped notch on the front for the selfie camera, which then nets the display to an 81.5% screen-to-body ratio. The brightness in this is impressive as well as it can reach up to 450 nits. Bezels are minimal enough on the top and side but the bottom bezel is pretty large.

xiaomi redmi 7 color options

On the performance end, the Redmi 7 packs a powerful Snapdragon 632 chipset with Adreno 506 GPU. Therefore, the phone handles regular web browsing, light gaming, and similar use-cases with ease. This is combined with either 2/3 GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

The dual-cameras on the back produce impressive photos as well. While there’s a 12MP primary camera, you also get a 2MP depth sensor. For your selfies, you get an 8MP camera upfront inside the notch. The battery of the Redmi 7 is a decent 4000 mAh cell, which unfortunately charges via the MicroUSB 2.0 port.

Xiaomi Redmi 7 Specifications:

  • Design: Glass body with plastic frames
  • Display: 6.26-inch IPS display with Gorilla Glass 5 Protection
  • Resolution: HD+ (720 x 1520 pixels); 19:9 aspect ratio @ 269PPI
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Kryo 250 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 250 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 506
  • RAM: 2/32GB
  • Storage: 32GB; Expandable up to 512GB via SD card (dedicated slot)
  • OS: Android Pie (v9.0) with MIUI 9 on the top
  • Rear Camera: Dual camera
    12 MP, f/2.2, 1.25 μm, PDAF main lens
    – 2 MP, depth sensor
  • Front Camera: 8MP f/2.0
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
  • Battery: 4000mAh with 10W charging; Uses Micro USB 2.0 port
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Red
  • Price: Rs. 14,999 (2/32GB)
  • Redmi 7 Review (Read here) 

1. Xiaomi Redmi 8

Was this any surprise at all? This recent hit from Xiaomi was launched at an attractive price in Nepal. Featuring a massive battery, a tantalizing design, and higher memory, the Redmi 8 takes the no.1 spot in our list of best mobile phones below Rs.15000 price range.

The design is definitely the highlight of the Redmi 8. It’s “Aura Mirror” design that is also splash-proof due to the P2i coating, gives the phone a premium look and finish. It has a 6.22-inch HD+ IPS LCD panel which is protected with Gorilla Glass 5.

redmi 8 8A design

Talking about the battery, you get a 5000 mAh cell which should easily last you more than a day on normal usage. Also, it supports 18W fast charging via the USB Type-C port, which is a much necessary upgrade from the Redmi 7.

Performance is a little downgrade over the former Redmi 7 as it comes with a less powerful octa-core Snapdragon 439 chipset. On the memory end, you get a bigger 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

The Redmi 8 has a similar camera setup like its predecessor. There’s a 12MP AI main shooter with a 2MP depth sensor on the back alongside a fingerprint scanner and the “Redmi” branding. On the front, you get an 8MP selfie camera inside the small waterdrop notch.

Xiaomi Redmi 8 Specifications:

  • Design: Glass body with plastic frames
  • Display: 6.22-inch (1520 × 720 pixels) HD+ 19:9 with Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 439
  • CPU: Octa-Core (4 X 1.95GHz Cortex A53 + 4X 1.45GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU: Adreno 505 GPU
  • RAM: 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable up to 512GB with microSD (dedicated)
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10
  • SIM: Dual SIM (nano + nano)
  • Rear Camera: Dual-camera
    – 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor, 1.4μm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture
    – 2MP depth camera
  • Front Camera: 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor, Face unlock
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 18W fast charging (10W charger inside the box)
  • Colors: Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red, Onyx Black
  • Price: Rs. 14,999 Rs. 16,499 (4/64GB) [price increased after Lockdown]
  • Redmi 8 Review (Read here) 

Summary list of best mobile phones under 15,000 in Nepal (June 2020)

S.N.   Best phones under 15000 in Nepal Price
1 Xiaomi Redmi 8 Rs. 16,499
2 Xiaomi Redmi 7 Rs. 14,999
3 Oppo A5s Rs. 16,790
4 Huawei Y6s Rs. 16,790
5 Realme C2 Rs. 14,390
6 Lava Benco V8 Rs. 12,999
7 Samsung Galaxy A10s Rs. 14,999

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