2016 has been one hell of a year for the smartphone scene in India, especially for the sub 15k market. The buying options are flooded with inexpensive Chinese offerings that offer good performance as well as value for money. We have picked out 6 smartphones out of the lot that stands out of the crowd due to aspects like features, performance, or value for money. It might look like a Chinese phones showdown, but this segment is dominated by phone makers like Xiaomi, LeEco, and others.

Here is a quick specs comparo of the top contenders in the sub 15,000 price bracket.

Lenovo K5 Note

This is the new entrant in the market from the Lenovo family and the only with 4GB RAM on offer. Not just the RAM count, but also the SoC and GPU of the K5 Note seem to be impressive.

Lenovo Vike K5 Note (2)

  • Display: 5.5 inch Full HD Display (401 PPI)
  • Processor: Helio P10 64-Bit, Octa Core, 1.8 GHz processor
  • GPU: Mali T860 MP2
  • RAM: 4GB LP DDR3 RAM
  • Onboard storage: 32GB eMMC
  • Camera:
  • Battery: 3500mAh
  • Price: INR 13,499

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Lenovo Zuk Z1

Yes, you read it right, another smartphone from the Lenovo land has made it to the list. The ZUK Z1 gets an old Snapdragon workhorse but its open source Cyanogen OS 12.1 squeezes the best out of it.

Lenovo Zuk Z1

  • Display: 5.5 inch Full HD Display (401 PPI)
  • Processor: Snapdragon 801 Quad Core 2.5 GHz processor
  • GPU: Adreno 330 3D
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Onboard storage: 64GB
  • Camera: Rear- 13MP, Front- 8MP
  • Battery:  4100mAh
  • Price: INR 13,499

LeEco Le 2

Honestly, the LeEco phones can’t be considered as a complete package as these phones lose out a few marks in the battery department. Nonetheless, the LeEco Le 2 is pumped up with enough performance capabilities that will leave you impressed.

LeEco Le2

  • Display: 5.5 inch Full HD Display (403 PPI)
  • Processor: Snapdragon 652 Octa Core 1.8 GHz processor
  • GPU: Adreno 510
  • RAM: 3 GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • Onboard storage: 32 GB ROM
  • Camera:  Rear- 16MP, Front- 8MP
  • Battery:  3000 mAh
  • Price: INR 11,999

Also read: Xiaomi Product Round Up 2016: Phones, phablets, and more

Xiaomi Mi Max 32GB

In this list of phones here we have a phablet coming straight out of Xiaomi Land. The Mi Max was launched in June this year. Two variants of the Mi Max have been launched in India with 32GB and 128GB storage space. Loaded with Xiaomi’s biggest battery and screen we have considered the 15k variant, that is, the 32GB one for this list.

Xiaomi Mi Max (8)

  • Display: 6.44 inch Full HD Display (342 PPI)
  • Processor: Snapdragon 650 Hexa-core 1.8GHz processor
  • GPU: Adreno 510
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Onboard storage: 32GB (Supports expandable storage up to 128GB)
  • Camera: Rear- 16MP, Front- 5MP
  • Battery:  4850mAh
  • Price: INR 14,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 32GB

The Redmi Note 3 has proved to be a complete package for the price it sells for. The phone, with its hexa core processor, is capable of giving a tough fight to the octa-core powered ones. Its performance, battery and also the features make it a good choice.

Redmi Note3

  • Display: 5.5inch Full HD Display (401 PPI)
  • Processor: Snapdragon 650, 64-bit Hexa-core 1.8GHz processor
  • GPU: Adreno 510
  • RAM: 3GB dual-channel LPDDR3 RAM
  • Onboard storage: 32GB (Supports expandable storage up to 128GB)
  • Camera: Rear- 16MP, Front- 5MP
  • Battery:  4000mAh
  • Price: INR 11,999

Moto G4 Plus

Motorola has officially been bought by Chinese mobile phone giant- Lenovo still got its roots set in Chicago. So coming straight from the Moto world is the latest G4 Plus. You will not regret buying this even if you have to spend every penny of your 15k budget to get your hands on this phone.

Moto G4

  • Display: 5.5inch Full HD Display (401 PPI)
  • Processor: Snapdragon 617, 64-bit Octa-core 1.8GHz processor
  • GPU: Adreno 405
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Onboard storage: 32GB (Supports expandable storage up to 256GB)
  • Camera: Rear- 16MP, Front- 5MP
  • Battery:  3000mAh
  • Price: INR 14,999

This was our list of 6 smartphones that do justice to the price they demand for the month of August 2016. Stay tuned to Gizmoids for more such compilations across various price segments.