Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 15,000 in Nepal [Updated]

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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.

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7. Xiaomi Redmi 9A

Xiaomi Redmi 9A - Sky Blue

Redmi 9A is the latest budget phone from Xiaomi in Nepal. It is the direct successor to last year’s Redmi 8A. Even though it’s a next-gen product, there is very little to get excited about as the upgrades that Redmi 9A brings are quite abysmal. And to make matters worse, Xiaomi has even stripped the device of multiple important features from its predecessor.

Starting off, Redmi 9A has a 6.53-inches IPS LCD panel with HD+ resolution. While there is nothing wrong with that, it now is void of any protective glass. If you recall, the Redmi 8A had Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Similarly, the body of 9A isn’t P2i coated against water splashes either.

Helio G25

However, one of the main attraction of the phone is its Helio G25 gaming-oriented SoC. Allowing you to get decent FPS on shooter games like PUBG Mobile Lite, Redmi 9A could be a valid option for the absolute budget buyers. There’s a single memory variant with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. You can expand the storage using a dedicated SD card slot.

The single-lens setup follows Redmi 9A as well. Here, you’ll get a 13MP primary sensor and a 5MP front camera inside the teardrop notch. Powering the phone is a big 5000mAh battery. While Redmi 8A had the same capacity battery, it came with a Type-C port and supported 18W fast charging. However, the Redmi 9A features a micro USB port instead and its 10W charger takes nearly 3 hours to fully juice up the phone from 0 to 100%.

Xiaomi Redmi 9A Specifications:

  • Display: 6.53-inches IPS LCD panel, 269PPI, HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels)
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G25 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 2/3GB RAM, 32/64GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: MIUI 12 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Single (13MP primary)
  • Front Camera: 5MP, f/2.2 lens (notch)
  • Security: Face unlock, no fingerprint sensor
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / BDS, Micro USB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 10W charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 11,499 (2/32GB)
  • Read our review of Redmi 9A.
  • Watch our review of Redmi 9A.

6. Nokia 2.4

Nokia 2.4

In a market like Nepal where Google’s Pixel lineup of smartphones isn’t officially available, Nokia is the next best thing to experience stock Android. And the latest phone from the company in Nepal is the Nokia 2.4. It is the successor to last year’s Nokia 2.3 and brings a bigger display, an octa-core processor, among other upgrades.

Talking about 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 budget phones, this one has a teardrop notch and a big chin as well. Here, while Nokia 2.3 boasted a quad-core Helio A22 SoC, the company has bumped into an octa-core Helio P22 on the 2.4. Similarly, you can now choose between 2 or 3GB of RAM and upto 64GB of internal storage.

Cameras

Getting to the cameras, it borrows the same lenses from its predecessor. You’re getting a 13MP primary sensor alongside a 2MP depth sensor at the back. These, alongside the LED flash, are enclosed inside a rectangular pill-shaped module. Upfront, there is a 5MP selfie camera inside the teardrop notch.

Similarly, Nokia has also included a fingerprint sensor on the 2.4. As you can see, the circular scanner has been placed right below the rear camera module. Out-of-the-box, it runs on Android 10 but should soon receive the latest Android 11 update seeing how it’s part of the Android One program. Powering the whole setup is a 4500mAh battery with 10W charging via micro USB connection.

Nokia 2.4 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.5-inches IPS LCD panel, 270PPI, HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels)
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P22 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 2/3GB RAM, 32/64GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Android 10 (Stock)
  • Rear Camera: Dual (13MP primary, 2MP depth)
  • Front Camera: 5MP, f/2.4 lens (notch)
  • Security: Physical fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / BDS, Micro USB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer (G-sensor), Ambient Light, Proximity
  • Battery: 4500mAh with 5W charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 14,599 (2/32GB)
  • Read our review of Nokia 2.4.
  • Watch our review of Nokia 2.4.

5. Realme C11

Realme C11 - Rich Green

Mobile gaming has gotten so popular these days that people have begun expecting decent gameplay in phones at almost every price range. Therefore, chipmakers and OEMs have been slowly pumping out budget smartphones with good-enough gaming performance. Here, the Realme C11 follows this route as it features the Helio G35 gaming SoC.

This is one of MediaTek’s entry-level gaming silicons under the “G” series. It features an octa-core CPU with 8x Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, while IMG PowerVR GE8320 handles the graphics side of things. Memory-wise, the phone has 2GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 32GB of storage which can be expanded using a micro SD card; which has a dedicated slot by the way. This means you’ll be able to enjoy dual-SIM functionality alongside extra storage.

Decent gaming

And with this combo, you’ll be able to play games like Asphalt 9, PUBG Mobile Lite (under low-medium settings), etc. with ease. Realme C11 has an attractive design as well thanks to the textured finish that we have seen in other phones from the company. The display on this phone is a 6.5-inch IPS LCD HD+ panel.

Moving to the camera, it has two at the back, and one on the front. The primary sensor is a 13MP camera which is followed by a 2MP depth sensor. They’ve been arranged in a square module resembling Google’s Pixel 4 lineup. in terms of the battery, Realme C11 has a big 5000mAh cell which disappointingly charges via a micro USB cable and doesn’t support fast charging either.

Realme C11 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.5-inches IPS LCD panel, 270PPI, HD+ (1560 x 720 pixels)
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G35 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 32GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Realme UI 1.0 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Dual (13MP primary, 2MP depth)
  • Front Camera: 5MP, f/2.2 lens (notch)
  • Security: Face unlock, no fingerprint scanner
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / BDS, Micro USB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 10W charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 14,990 (2/32GB)

4. Infinix Hot 9 Play

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Infinix is a relatively new player in the Nepalese smartphone market. However, the company recently launched two new phones in Nepal, one of which fits in our list of best phones under NPR 15000 in Nepal. Infinix Hot 9 Play has two highlighting features – a big display, and a big battery.

First, let’s talk about its display. Hot 9 Play features a massive 6.82-inches TFT IPS panel which unfortunately only comes with HD+ resolution. We know how terrible a big display/low-resolution combo is and seeing Infinix walk straight into the pit feels disappointing. On top of the display is a small teardrop notch for the 8MP front camera and a single front flash. Moreover, the phone has minimal bezels all around, except for the bottom which sees a slightly thicker bezel.

Big 6000mAh battery

Powering the Infinix Hot 9 Play is a big 6000mAh battery. And according to the company, it can give you up to 34 days of standby time or 34 hours of talk time. This phone is also the one with the biggest battery in our list of best phones under NPR 15000 in Nepal. However, the company has gone with a tedious micro USB data/charging connection so filling up the phone’s juice is going to be time-taking.

On the performance end, you get either Helio A22 or A25 depending on the memory configuration. Helio A22 powers the low-end 2/32GB variant while the latter can be found in the more capable 4/64GB option. The phone runs on Android 10 (Go Edition) and has a dual-camera setup at the back. It has a 13MP primary camera and a low-light sensor with a triple LED flash.

Infinix Hot 9 Play Specifications:

  • Display: 6.82-inches TFT IPS LCD panel, 263PPI, HD+ (1640 x 720 pixels)
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio A22 (2/32GB) | Helio A25 (4/64GB) [12nm]
  • RAM: 2/3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage (expandable)
  • Storage: 32/64GB storage (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: Android 10 (Go Edition)
  • Rear Camera: Dual (13MP primary, QVGA low-light sensor)
  • Front Camera: 8MP sensor (notch)
  • Security: Physical fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS, Micro USB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyro, Compass
  • Battery: 6000mAh with 10W charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 11,490 (2/32GB) | Rs. 14,990 (4/64GB)
  • Read our review of Infinix Hot 9 Play.

3. Xiaomi Redmi 9C

Redmi 9C

Now, the number three spot in our list of best phones under NPR 15000 in Nepal goes to Xiaomi’s Redmi 9C. It is the first phone with a “C” suffix in the company’s entry-level Redmi series of smartphones. Additionally, it is also the only phone on this list to feature a triple rear camera setup, till now. For most parts, the phone is quite similar to the Realme C11 but offers a much better value for your money.

You get a 6.53-inches IPS LCD display with an HD+ resolution which is to be expected on phones in this price range. Redmi 9C is also TUV Rheinland certified against blue light emission from the phone’s display. There’s a noticeable bottom bezel to authenticate its budget category while a teardrop notch houses the 5MP selfie camera.

Bang for your buck!

Talking about cameras, like I mentioned earlier, there are three of them enclosed inside a squarish module at the back. Redmi 9C has a 13MP primary, a 2MP macro, and finally a 2MP depth sensor for different kinds of shots. Powering the phone is MediaTek’s Helio G35 – the same as in Realme C11. This is further complemented by either 2/3GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage. Thankfully, both memory options of the Redmi 9C retail under NPR 15K.

The phone runs on the latest MIUI 12 based on Android 10 out of the box. Other specs of the Redmi 9C include a 5000mAh battery with support for 18W (9V/2A) fast charging. However, you’ll only get a 10W charger inside the box. Also, Xiaomi has resorted to a Micro USB connection instead of a USB-C.

Redmi 9C Specifications:

  • Display: 6.43-inches IPS LCD panel, 270PPI, HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels)
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G35 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: MIUI 12 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Triple (13MP primary, 2MP macro, 2MP depth)
  • Front Camera: 5MP, f/2.2 lens (notch)
  • Security: Physical fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / BDS, Micro USB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 10W charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 12,999 (2/32GB) | Rs. 14,999 (3/64GB)
  • Read our review of Redmi 9C.

2. POCO C3

POCO C3 Lime Green

Moving on, taking the second position in our list of best phones under NPR 15000 in Nepal goes to the new POCO C3. With the company’s recent entry into the Nepalese market, it was obviously going to ruffle some feathers. As a result, both of its products have managed to make their way into our list of best phones under their respective price points. Here, the POCO C3 is almost a carbon copy of the Redmi 9C just above it.

The difference in the rebrand

The major difference here is that while Redmi 9C came with a physical fingerprint scanner, the C3 skips it altogether. So, here, you’ll be relying on face unlock or other traditional biometric measures. Likewise, there is also this feature called “Better Battery 2.0”, which the company claims results in better battery health in the long run, compared to other smartphones. With this, POCO says the C3’s 5000mAh battery lasts 3.2 years without a hint of degradation.

You get a 6.53-inches HD+ IPS LCD panel. It has a teardrop notch for the 5MP front-facing camera. At the back, you’ll find a triple-lens setup led by a 13MP primary sensor, which is complemented by a 2MP depth and a 2MP macro lens. The phone is powered by MediaTek’s Helio G35 SoC and POCO has gone with 3/4GB of RAM here. And because we believe the fingerprint sensor tradeoff for 1GB more RAM is a better deal, POCO C3 manages to engrave its name at a higher ranking than the Redmi 9C in our list of best phones under NPR 15000 in Nepal.

POCO C3 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.43-inches IPS LCD panel, 270PPI, HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels)
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G35 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: MIUI 12 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Triple (13MP primary, 2MP macro, 2MP depth)
  • Front Camera: 5MP, f/2.2 lens (notch)
  • Security: Face unlock, No fingerprint scanner
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / BDS, Micro USB
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 10W charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 14,999 (4/64GB)

1. Samsung Galaxy M02s

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Finally, the number one position in our list of best phones under NPR 15000 in Nepal goes to the new Samsung Galaxy M02s. With the rising pressure from different Chinese OEMs, Samsung was losing its ground in the budget and mid-range market. And yeah, the company’s 2020 lineup of budget phones was pretty miserable. However, Samsung is off to a great start with the Galaxy M02s.

To be fair, M02s is not exactly a revolutionary budget phone. We extensively compared it against the POCO C3 and it bests the competition by the skin of its teeth. The phone has an attractive back panel. This textured design looks quite pleasant to look although it’s a regular plastic body. The panel also houses the triple camera setup inside a rectangular camera module. You get a 13MP primary sensor and two 2MP lenses for portrait and macro images.

Neck-and-neck

Upfront, Samsung has installed a 6.5-inch PLS TFT LCD screen with an HD+ resolution. Although POCO C3’s IPS panel sounds better on paper, these two displays are neck-and-neck in terms of their quality. In terms of performance, find out how Samsung has optimized the Snapdragon 450 and it’s custom Android skin: One UI Core was quite surprising. Galaxy M02s is powered by a big 5000mAh battery that charges via a USB-C port. Disappointingly, although it supports 15W fast charging, Samsung only ships a 7.8W charging brick inside the box.

Samsung Galaxy M02s Specifications:

  • Display: 6.5-inches PLS TFT LCD, 270PPI, HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (14nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 3/4GB, 32/64GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: One UI Core on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Triple (13MP primary, 2MP depth, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 5MP, f/2.2 lens (notch)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, USB Type-C, 4G LTE
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Light sensor
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 15W charging (7.8W brick inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 14,999 (3/32GB) | Rs. 15,999 (4/64GB)
  • Read our review of Samsung Galaxy M02s.
  • Watch our review of Samsung Galaxy M02s.

Summary list of best mobile phones under NPR 15000 in Nepal

S.N. Best phones under NPR 15000 in Nepal Price
1 Samsung Galaxy M02s Rs. 14,999 (3/32GB)
2 POCO C3 Rs. 14,999 (4/64GB)
3 Redmi 9C Rs. 12,999 (2/32GB)
Rs. 14,999 (3/64GB)
4 Infinix Hot 9 Play Rs. 11,490 (2/32GB)
Rs. 14,990 (4/64GB)
5 Realme C11 Rs. 14,990 (2/32GB)
6 Nokia 2.4 Rs. 14,599 (2/32GB)
7 Redmi 9A Rs. 11,499 (2/32GB)

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