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Diwali gifting guide: top smartphones under Rs 15,000

|November 6 2015 |Android Phones, List, List of Mobiles

“Planning to gift your loved ones a smartphone this Diwali? Look no further”

It’s that time of the year again... when diets are forgotten, mithai becomes one of your five-a-day, and even the shabbiest of streets are all lit up. It’s Diwali. Apart from the festivities, Diwali is also the time for gifting something special to the people you love. And if there's one gift you can't go wrong with, it's a smartphone. If you’ve decided to gift a smartphone this Diwali, but aren't sure which one to pick, worry not…here’s our list of smartphones that make great gifts. And the best part? They're all priced south of Rs 15,000.

Xiaomi Mi 4i 16GB (Rs 12,999)


Xiaomi Mi 4i is one of the best smartphones you can get in the price segment. The phone is a looker for sure, with a solid build quality and a compact form factor thanks to its 5-inch display. Apart from the full HD resolution, the screen also features a technology called Sunlight Display which improves visibility under bright sunlight. The Mi 4i was the first smartphone to run MIUI 6 based on Android Lollipop, and was also the first Xiaomi device to be globally launched in India. 

Related reads: Xiaomi Mi 4i review

Coolpad Note 3 (Rs 8,999)


With a 5.5-inch HD display, the Coolpad Note 3 falls squarely into the phablet category. It's currently the most affordable smartphone that offers both 3GB of RAM and a fingerprint sensor. The phone is 4G enabled as well, and packs in an ample 3,000mAh battery.

Related reads: Coolpad Note 3 FAQs | Coolpad Note 3 review

Lenovo K3 Note (Rs 9,999)


This “killer” from Lenovo completely overhauled the sub- Rs 10,000 segment, and was the first to offer a 5.5-inch full HD display at its price point. The K3 Note packs in a powerful 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The phone scores just as well in other departments too.

Related reads: Lenovo K3 Note review | Lenovo K3 Note FAQs

Moto G 3rd-gen (Rs 12,999)


If you’re looking for a phone that offers a pure Android experience with guaranteed future updates, the Moto G 3rd-gen is the one to go for. With great build quality and a water-resistant body, its extremely durable as well. The phone offers decent specs and is a dependable daily driver with its good battery life and stable performance.

Related reads: Motorola Moto G 3rd-gen review | Motorola Moto G 3rd-gen camera review

Samsung Galaxy J7 (Rs 14,999)


For Samsung fans, the Galaxy J7 is a great affordable option. The smartphone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz UI, and supports 4G connectivity on its primary SIM slot. The smartphone also features a 5.5-inch super AMOLED HD display and an ample 16GB of expandable storage.

Related read: Samsung Galaxy J7 first impressions

Micromax Canvas 5 (Rs 11,999)


The Micromax Canvas 5 is the latest flagship from the brand and hence, comes loaded with impressive specifications. The 4G enabled phone sports a 5.2-inch FHD 2.5D curved display. Additionally, the camera on the Canvas 5 comes equipped with phase detection autofocus. The smartphone also comes with the brand’s seven-day service guarantee.

Related read: Micromax Canvas 5 unboxing and first impressions

Samsung Galaxy On7 (Rs 10,990)


One of the latest launches from Samsung, the Galaxy On7 is a stylish looking device with a faux leather rear panel. The On7 runs Android Lollipop with Touchwiz UI on top and comes preloaded with some interesting apps like My Galaxy app, MixRadio and Samsung’s S Planner. The Galaxy On7 is a dual-SIM phone which supports 4G as well.

Related read: Samsung Galaxy On7 first impressions

If nothing on this list caught your fancy, you could also consider the Xiaomi Mi 4, MEIZU m2 note and Honor 4X.

Please note that these smartphones have been listed in no particular order, and the prices mentioned are the lowest available online at the time of publishing.

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