With the fierce wind of commodities and gadgets blowing one’s way these days, looking for a gadget or a smartphone that fits your budget like a glove fits the hand may almost seem like diving into an abyss. Well, breathe. Reach out. We understand your pocket as well as your needs, and therefore, have collated this list of some of the best smartphones you can invest in for less than Rs. 15,000.

Yes, you heard that right. Without further ado, let’s get to business.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Redmi Note 3

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With a hexacore Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650 processor (Dual-core, 1.8 GHz, Cortex A72 + Quad core, 1.2 GHz, Cortex A53) at its heart, this one’s a steal. Its 5.5-inch IPS LCD full HD (1,080 x 1,920 pixels) display, with a pixel density of 401ppi, makes it ideal to watch movies and play games. Fitted with a 16MP main camera with dual LED flash, great for taking pictures even in low light, its 5MP front camera lets you go selfie crazy in full-swing. The Redmi draws its power from a non-removable 4,050mAh li-polymer battery. This one sure is a powerful phone with an impressive camera and battery life.

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In Focus M370i
Infocus M370i with 2 GB RAM Rs 5999

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Launched exactly a year ago, powered by 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, the In Focus M370i comes fitted with a 5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels x 1280 pixels; a PPI of 294 pixels per inch. With 1GB RAM, it boasts of an internal storage space of 8GB, which can be further enhanced to up to 64GB with the help of a microSD card. This dual sim smartphone runs on Android 5.1 and is powered by a 2230mAh removable battery. While its primary camera is 8-megapixel, the one on the front is 2-megapixel.

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Micromax Canvas Knight 2
Micromax Canvas Knight 2 E471 BC 4G Dual Sim 16 GB Rs 7429

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With a touchscreen similar to that of the In Focus M370i, Knight 2 comes with a 5-inch touchscreen display and is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor. With a 2GB RAM, it boasts of an internal storage of 16GB which can be expanded to 32GB with the help of a microSD card. It packs a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel front shooter that is perfect for a selfie with your bestie. A dual sim phone, it accepts two nano-sim cards. The phone has a proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and accelerometer.

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Microsoft Lumia 550
Microsoft Lumia 550 LTE 8 GB Rs 7599

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At the heart of the Microsoft Lumia 550 is a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor. With 1GB RAM, it packs an internal storage of 8GB, which can be expanded up to 200GB. To complement its 5-megapixel primary camera is a 2-megapixel shooter that is decent for selfies. Run on Windows 10 Mobile, it is powered by a 2100mAh removable battery. A single sim smartphone, it accepts nano-sim.

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Asus Zenfone Max ZC550KL
Asus Zenfone Max ZC550KL 16GB Rs 8819

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Operating on Android 5.0, this one by Asus comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen, powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and 2GB RAM. It is blessed with 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 64GB. The Asus ZenFone Max boasts of a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel front shooter. A 5000mAh non-removable battery powers it to life. This one’s a dual sim smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy J7 J700F
Samsung Galaxy J7 J700F 16GB Rs 14249

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With a 5.50-inch touchscreen display, at the heart of a Samsung Galaxy J7 J700F 16GB is a 1.6GHz octa-core; it comes with 2GB of RAM. Its 16GB of internal storage can be expanded up to 128GB. Run on Android 6, powered by a 3300mAh removable battery, this one has a primary 13-megapixel camera complemented by a 5-megapixel front shooter. A dual sim smartphone, it features proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and accelerometer.

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Meizu M2 M578H
Meizu M2 M578H Dual Sim 16GB Rs 7499

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Powered by 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor, Meizu M2 M578H Dual Sim 16GB comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB. With a 5-inch touchscreen display, this dual nano-sim smartphone runs on Android 5.1 and is powered by a 2500mAh non-removable battery. It features proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and accelerometer.

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Intex Aqua Craze
Intex Aqua Craze 4G Dual Sim 8 GB Rs 5899

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Launched earlier this year, the Intex Aqua Craze is powered by 1GHz quad-core processor and it comes with 1GB of RAM. It boasts of 8GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB. With a 5-inch touchscreen, it comes with an 8-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel front shooter. Run on Android 5.1, it is powered by a 2500mAh removable battery.

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Swipe Virtue
Swipe Virtue Dual Sim 16 GB Rs 5999

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Launched in January this year, this phone comes with a 5.00-inch display and is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core. It comes with 2GB of RAM. With 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB, Swipe Virtue Dual Sim comes with an 8-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel front shooter. A dual sim smartphone accepts regular and micro-sim.

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Gionee Elife S Plus
Gionee Elife S Plus 16GB Gold Rs 16990

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Launched in November last year, Gionee Elife S Plus 16GB comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display, 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor and 3GB of RAM. Powered by a 3150mAh removable battery, the smartphone runs on Android 5.1. it packs 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 64GB. As for the camera, the primary one on the rear is 13-megapixel, while the front shooter is 5-megapixels.

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