Who would have thought the arrival of phablets a few years ago would drastically change the landscape of smartphones in general. These devices kept getting bigger and bigger, spelling delight for those who preferred to gaze at large panels. However, those who preferred smaller panels were sort of left in the lurch in the process. Very few good smartphones available out there come with displays smaller than 6 inches, and hence are difficult to use single-handedly. Which is why we’ve decided to compile this comprehensive featuring the best compact phones you can buy under the Rs 15,000 price bracket.
Xiaomi’s Android One offering, the Mi A2 is a pretty solid and compact phone. Its display might be 5.99 inches in size, but it sports very small bezels on the sides that keep its overall dimensions in check. Under the hood, it comes with the Snapdragon 660 chipset inside it, which is given company by up to 6GB of RAM. The phone also benefits from dual rear cameras that click great photos across all lighting conditions. And for selfie enthusiasts, there’s its 20MP front camera.
Related read: Xiaomi Mi A2 review
Here’s another phone with a 5.9-inch display and very thin bezels. Despite its low price, the Moto G6 Plus feels very premium, thanks to the use of glass in its build. It has the Snapdragon 630 SoC inside, which takes assistance from up to 6GB worth of RAM. The Moto G6 Plus’ camera setup includes 12MP + 5MP snappers on the back and an 8MP front camera. The phone runs Android 9.0 Pie in its nearly stock avatar, which is one of its main selling points.
Related read: Moto G6 Plus first impressions
This was Nokia’s first ever phone to feature a notch on its display. What it means is that the bezels are kept at a minimum, and despite the 5.8-inch display, the phone does not feature big dimensions. This is yet another Android One handset from this list, which means fast software updates and a smooth user experience awaits you if you buy it. The Nokia 6.1 Plus carries on its front a 16MP selfie camera, while the camera setup on the back comprises a pair of 16MP and 5MP snappers. The Snapdragon 636 chipset rests at its heart, aside from 6GB of RAM.
Related read: Nokia 6.1 Plus review
The Infinix Note 5 is a very impressive all-round phone that’s made even more impressive by its (reduced) price tag. It carries inside it a whopping 4500mAh battery which promises two-day usage on a single charge. This device is also Android One certified, and runs on the Helio P23 platform from MediaTek, which comes with a 2GHz octa-core CPU and a Mali-G71 MP2 GPU. Its 6-inch full HD+ display is surrounded by thin bezels that grant it place it in the compact phone league. Its rear camera is a single 12-megapixel unit, while its front snapper is rated at 16MP.
Related read: Infinix Note 5 first impressions
Honor’s 9N is a true-blue compact smartphone that’s even very satisfying to hold thanks to its distinct design. It comes with a 5.84-inch notch-toting panel that covers almost the entire front surface. Given its low price, its specifications are modest yet admirable. The Honor 9N has got Huawei’s Kirin 659 chipset powering its operations, while there’s 4GB of RAM to accompany it. This phone’s rear camera setup includes a 13MP main camera and a 2MP depth sensor, whereas it gets a 16-meg snapper for selfies.
Related read: Honor 9N review
These are our picks for the best compact phones to buy right now under Rs 15,000. Which one would you be going for? Do let us know about them in the comments section down below.