Best Phone under 16000

The year 2019 and 2020 have been amazing when it comes to smartphone technologies. We have seen a lot of improvement in the performance of the mid-range devices in terms of the quality they provide to the consumer concerning the price they pay. Many of the technologies that were only available in Flagship phones like an in-display fingerprint scanner, dual/triple camera, face recognition are being introduced for these phones.

When buying a phone under 16000, one can expect a large screen, possibly above 6 inches, a good dual camera or better that will perform well in day-time and night-time photography, a good chipset that will provide great gaming experience when playing games like PUBG Mobile, FIFA Mobile, and other FPS games. If you are unsure of which phone to buy in this price range then don’t worry, we have got you covered. 

In this article, we have ratified all the smartphones under the price of 16000 that are the best camera phone, best gaming phone, and much more. Reliable brands like Samsung phones have also been covered.  So, we suggest that you give this article a read if you want to clear your queries about these smartphones. 

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Samsung Galaxy M21

  • Processor : Octa-Core

  • Display : 6.4-inch

  • Battery : 6000mAh

Redmi Note 8 Pro

  • Processor ; Octa-Core

  • Display : 6.53-inch

  • Battery : 4500 mAh

Huawei Y9 Prime

  • Processor : OctaCore

  • Display : 6.59-inch

  • Battery : 4000mAh

Vivo Y19

  • Processor : Octa-Core

  • Display : 6.53-inch

  • Battery : 5000mAh

Honor 20i

  • Processor : Octa-Core

  • Display : 6.21-inch

  • Battery : 3400mAh

Oppo A9

  • Processor : Octa-Core

  • Display : 6.5-inch

  • Battery : 5000mAh

Samsung Galaxy A30s

  • Processor : Octa-Core

  • Display : 6.4-inch

  • Battery : 4000mAh

Realme U1

  • Processor : Octa-Core

  • Display : 6.3-inch

  • Battery : 3500mAh

Nokia 5.1

  • Processor : Octa-Core

  • Display : 5.5-inch

  • Battery : 2970mAh

Motorola Moto G7

  • Processor : Octa-Core

  • Display : 6.2-inch

  • Battery : 3000mAh

Blackberry Evolve

  • Processor : Octa-Core

  • Display : 6-inch

  • Battery : 4000mAh

1. Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy M21

Samsung Galaxy M21 (Raven Black, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage)
SIM SlotDual SIM (Nano, dual standby)
ProcessorOcta-Core (4 x2.3GHz Cortex A73 + 4 x 1.7GHz Cortex A53)
ChipsetExynos 9611
Display6.4-inch Super AMOLED 1080p
CameraRear: 3 Camera setup (64+8+5MP) Front: 32MP
Storage64/128 GB, expandable up to 512GB
OSAndroid 10, One UI 2.0
Connectivity3G, 4G, VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0
Battery6000mAh, Fast Charging 15W
PortsUSB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack

The Galaxy M21 comes with an Exynos 9611 10nm chip which has an octa-core(4 x A73 + 4 x A53) processor. The CPU performance is decent with a really good daily usage experience. However even though it has a sufficient amount of RAM(6GB), it still faces some hiccups during gaming due to the Mali-G72 GPU.

This device has options for 64 and 128GB of storage, which is sufficient for a casual user. But lucky for those power users, this phone also has an option for expansion of storage using a dedicated microSD card slot with up to 512GBs of expansion. Android 10 runs really smoothly on this device with Samsung’s One UI 2 which has improved a lot with time and definitely an easy-to-blend-in user interface for those who are unfamiliar with Samsung’s UI.

It has a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display and considering Samsung’s history with display quality throughout the years, this one no exception. The 1080p display providing a pixel density of 403ppi is sharp enough for most users when admiring its contrasty and adequately bright screen. Although the lack of a higher refresh rate does bug a bit, it shouldn’t matter for most users.

The Galaxy M21 houses a triple camera setup in the back with a 48MP main camera, an 8MP wide-angle camera and a 5MP depth sensor. The camera app has its own quirks with Scene Optimizer, Night mode, Food, etc. The photos taken in daylight are decent with some good color dynamics, though they lack some sharpness. The same goes for the selfie camera which underperforms in low light.

The design of the device looks really good and that is something that we expect from Samsung. The body is mostly plastic, with the frame being plastic too. The weight is decently balanced considering the battery size of the phone which will be covered later. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, which is still faster and preferred by most people and it has a USB Type-C port for connectivity and it has a 3.5mm headphone which is rare to find these days.

Having a 6000mAh battery makes it an obvious choice for power users who use their phone a lot in a day, be it for photography, gaming, movies, etc. We can call it the best Samsung phone under 16000 because this phone easily lasts over a day even for an active user. And it also supports fast charging, in case you want that big battery to charge up fast.

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Pros
  • Photography performance is good with the triple camera setup.
  • The super AMOLED display is amazing to look at.
  • Great Battery life with the 6000mAh battery.
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Cons
  • Not so good gaming performance
  • The videos quality is not that good

2. Quad Camera: Redmi Note 8 Pro

Redmi Note 8 Pro (Shadow Black, 6GB RAM, 64GB Storage with Helio G90T Processor)
SIM SlotDual SIM
ProcessorOcta-Core (4 x Cortex A76 2.05GHz + 4 x Cortex A55 2.0GHz)
ChipsetMediaTek Helio G90T
Display6.53-inch, 1080p IPS LCD
CameraRear: (64+8+2+2MP) Front: 20MP
Storage64/128/256GB expandable upto 512GB, 6/8GB RAM
OSAndroid 10, MiUi 11
Connectivity3G, 4G, VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
Battery4500 mAh, 18W fast charging
PortsUSB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has 6/8GB of RAM and runs on a MediaTek Helios G90T chipset (an octa-core chip with 2 x A76 + 6 x A55 processors) with a Mali-G76 GPU. To manage temperature issues, Redmi chose to add liquid cooling in this phone which does an average job of cooling. Gaming performance is decent.

The device comes with multiple options for storage based on the RAM you choose, a 64/128GB option with 6GB RAM or a 128/256GB option with 8GB RAM. This storage management is boosted by UFS2.1 which is always appreciated. And it also provides users to expand the storage even beyond by giving them the option of a hybrid microSD/SIM card slot with an expansion of up to 500GB. The device runs smoothly and rarely causes any lags.

It has a 6.53inch 1080p IPS LCD display. It is a decent display with a decent colour presentation, and it is quite a bright one with providing up to 500nits of brightness. The pixel density is on the lower side of around 395ppi.

The Note 8 Pro has a 4-camera setup, with a 64MP main camera with a 0.8micrometer sensor, an 8MP ultrawide sensor, two 2MP macro lenses and a depth sensor. It supports up to 4K resolution video recording but only at 30fps. The photos taken were really good, even the wide-angle photos were good. The camera app is the usual Xiaomi camera app with most of its gimmicks. The macro lens was also producing decent images but 2MP is not sufficient. The selfie camera has a 20MP sensor with support for panorama photos, and the photos were nice.

The design of this device is really beautiful. It has a glass back and glass front, but has a plastic frame. There are 8 different colour options. It has a USB type-c connector and has an option for a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The device has a 4500mAh battery, which is quite sufficient for most users. For the screen size and chipset, battery life is good. It also supports fast charging with its 18W charger. All these features and capability makes this phone the best Redmi phone under 16000.

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Pros
  • Equipped with premium camera lenses
  • Colours and contrasts are good of the large screen
  • Powerful battery
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Cons
  • Bloatware in the User Interface
  • Low PPI for the screen size provided.

3. Best with Spin Camera: Huawei Y9 Prime

Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 (Sapphire Blue, 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage)
SIM SlotDual SIM
ProcessorOctaCore (4 x 2.2GHz Cortex A73 + 4 x 1.7 Cortex A53)
ChipsetKirin 710F
Display6.59-inch IPS LCD, 1080p 
CameraRear: (16+8+2MP) Front: Same as back due to motorized camera
Storage64/128GB expandable upto 512GB, 4GB RAM
OSAndroid 9.0(pie) upgradable to 10, Magic UI 2.1
Connectivity3G, 4G, VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
Battery4000mAh
PortsUSB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack

This phone runs on a Kirin 710F(an octa-core chip with 4 x A76 + 4 x A53 processors) and has a Mali-G51 GPU. The RAM is on the lower side with only 4GB of RAM. The gaming performance is average too, so is the performance of the CPU. Overall, it does average in terms of performance.

Y9 Prime comes with a single 128GB storage option which is sufficient for most people, but for those who want to expand the storage can opt for the microSD card expansion with the support of up to 512GB of extra storage. This MicroSD card slot is a dedicated one and not a hybrid one which is good for the dual SIM users.

The display in this phone is alright with a 6.59inch 1080 IPS LCD display. The colours are alright. It is running Android 9.0(pie) and it can be upgraded to Android 10. On top of it is the Magic UI 2.1 which is Huawei’s new UI which is quite bulky and gimmicky, but gives an alright performance.

The triple camera setup on the back includes a 16MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP depth sensor. Here comes the special part of the camera, it is a motorized camera that can spin vertically to become a selfie camera making it the best selfie phone under 16000. So we can expect really good selfies considering that the main camera is also used for selfies. The videos obtained are below average and it only supports up to 1080p 30fps videos.

The design of this device is really good just because it’s a full-screen display and there’s no consumption of screen real-estate with the cameras and sensors. The back is made of plastic and the front is made of glass. There are 3 colour options and they reflect really well over the body of the phone. It has a USB Type-C port and also has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Y9 Prime has a 4000mAh which on paper sounds okay, but it doesn’t perform that well. If we look at the competition, the battery is on the lower side. And it does not even support fast charging.

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Pros
  • Motorized Camera is a premium feature.
  • The complete bezel-less screen provides a great experience.
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Cons
  • Less pixel density for the screen size.
  • User interface is bulky.

4. Best for Gaming: Vivo Y19

Vivo Y19 (Spring White, 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers
SIM SlotDual SIM
ProcessorOcta-Core(4 x 2.0GHz Cortex A77 4 x 1.7 Cortex A55)
ChipsetMediaTek MT6768
Display6.53-inch IPS LCD, 1080p
CameraRear:(16+8+2MP) Front:(16MP)
Storage128GB, 4/6/8GB RAM
OSAndroid 9.0 (pie), Funtouch 9.2
Connectivity3G, 4G, VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0
Battery5000mAh, 18W fast charging
Portsmicro-USB, 3.5mm Headphone jack

The Vivo Y19 comes with an Helio P65 12nm chip which has an octa-core (4 x A75 + 4 x A55) processor. The CPU performance is decent with a really good daily usage experience. However even though it has a sufficient amount of RAM(6GB), it still faces a lot of hiccups during gaming due to the Mali-G52 GPU.

This device has only one option of 128GB of storage, which is sufficient for a casual user. But lucky for those power users, this phone also has an option for expansion of storage using a dedicated microSD card slot with up to 512GBs of expansion. Android 9 (Pie) runs really smoothly on this device with FunTouch OS 9.2 which is quite bulky to run over android however it is an easy-to-blend-in user interface for those who are unfamiliar with Vivo’s UI.

It has a 6.53inch 1080p IPS LCD display. It is a decent display with a decent colour presentation but a bit on the warmer side. The pixel density is on the lower side of around 395ppi. The viewing angles are also good.

The Y19 houses a triple camera setup in the back with a 16MP main camera, an 8MP wide-angle camera and a 2MP macro lens. The camera app is the average third-party, with some face beautification option and smoothening. The photos taken in daylight are decent with some good colour dynamics, though they lack some sharpness. The same goes for the selfie camera which underperforms in low light, which is also a 16MP sensor. The videos are only supported by up to 1080p at 30fps.

The design of the device looks spotless with the teardrop type notch, which is favoured by most people these days. The body is mostly plastic, with the frame being plastic too. The weight is decently balanced considering the battery size of the phone which will be covered later.

It has a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, which is still faster and preferred by most people and it has a USB Type-C port for connectivity and it has a 3.5mm headphone which is rare to find these days.

Having a 5000mAh battery makes it an obvious choice for power users who use their phone a lot in a day, be it for photography, gaming, movies, etc. This phone easily lasts over a day even for an active user. And it also supports fast charging, in case you want that big battery to charge up fast. Reverse charging is a unique feature to find and this phone supports it.

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Pros
  • Great battery life.
  • The design looks beautiful with the colour options.
  • Support for 18W fast charging
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Cons
  • Bloatware and UI is not preferred
  • Camera performance was not satisfactory.

5. Best for Students: Honor 20i

Honor 20i (Midnight Black, 128GB Storage, Triple AI Camera)
SIM SlotDual SIM
ProcessorOcta-Core (4 x 2.2GHz Cortex A73 +4 x 1.7 Cortex A53)
ChipsetKirin 710
Display6.21-inch, 1080p IPS LCD
CameraRear:(24+8+2MP) Front:(32MP)
Storage64/128/256GB, 4/6GB RAM
OSAndroid 9, EMUI 9.1
Connectivity3G, 4G, VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
Battery3400mAh, 10W charging
Portsmicro-USB, 3.5mm Headphone jack

The Honor 20i has 4/6GB of RAM and runs on a Kirin 710 chipset(an octa-core chip with 4 x A73 + 4 x A53 processors) with a Mali-G51 GPU. The gaming performance is not that good compared to the competition. PUBG Mobile runs at medium settings max and occasionally suffers lag in it as well.

The device comes with multiple options for storage based on the RAM you choose, a 64/128GB option with 4GB RAM or a 128/256GB option with 6GB RAM. A faster storage technology like UFS would have been appreciated but this device lacks it. Although it provides users to expand the storage even beyond by giving them the option of a hybrid microSD/SIM card slot with an expansion of up to 500GB. The device runs smoothly with normal usage and rarely causes any lags.

It has a 6.21inch 1080p IPS LCD display. It comes with a teardrop display that looks cool and neat while providing around 83% screen-to-body ratio. The pixel density is on the lower side of around 415ppi.

The triple camera setup on the back includes a 24MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The selfie camera is a 32MP sensor that can take amazing selfies, so if you are into selfies this phone shouldn’t disappoint you. The videos obtained are below average and it only supports up to 1080p 30/60fps videos. Videos taken from the front camera are also restricted to 1080p 30fps.

The phone comes with teardrop display and the body is mostly plastic, with the frame being plastic too. The weight is less compared to other devices due to a lower capacity battery. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, which is still faster and preferred by most people and it has a USB Type-C port for connectivity and it has a 3.5mm headphone which is rare to find these days.

This phone has a 3400mAh battery, which is on the lower side. So this phone takes a hit in terms of battery life. It barely survives a full day. And it doesn’t even support any fast charging technology. Such rich features definitely make it one of the best Huawei phones under 16000.

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Pros
  • Camera performance is impressive.
  • Snapdragon chipset provides good CPU and gaming performance 
  • The screen-to-body ratio is high.
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Cons
  • 3400mAh battery is really low
  • EMUI user interface is very heavy.

6. Best Battery Life: Oppo A9

OPPO A9 2020 (Space Purple, 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers
SIM SlotDual SIM
ProcessorOcta-Core (4 x 2.0GHz Kryo 260 Gold + 4 x 1.8GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
ChipsetSnapdragon 665
Display6.5-inch, 720p IPS LCD
CameraRear: (48+8+2+2MP) Front: 16MP
Storage128GB, 4/8GB RAM
OSAndroid 9.0 (pie), Color OS 6.1
Connectivity3G, 4G, VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
Battery5000mAh, 10W Charging
Portsmicro-USB, 3.5mm headphone jack

Since this phone has a Snapdragon 665 (4 x Kryo 260 Gold + 4 x Kryo 260 Silver) chipset, which very few devices in this price range carry, the phone performs really really amazing when it comes to daily use and gaming. One can easily play high graphics games without much issue making it the best gaming phone under 16000. The Snapdragon chip also provides the phone good stability in terms of software support which is expected by most users.

The phone has 128 GB storage which can be expanded by inserting SD cards if needed. The phone also has Android Pie 9.0, which helps in its smooth functioning. However, the phone runs on ColorOS 6.1, on top of Android 9. This may make the UI of the phone different from its Android counterparts, but there are no reported difficulties in navigation and ease of use.

It has a 6.5 inches display which makes it comfortable for reading, browsing and watching videos. Its resolution is low compared to its competition, giving it a disadvantage. But if you are one of those who do not find much difference in detail between 720p and 1080p, then you can compensate, because the lower resolution will help you with better battery life.

It has a 16 MP front camera, which is of good quality and can be used to click selfies and make video calls with really good clarity. The back cameras are a Quadruple set with a 48MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP sensor. Daylight does not interfere with the picture being clicked and the output is not blurred. Photos taken at night are also decent. It supports 4K video recording at 30fps.

The design of the device looks good with the teardrop type notch, which is favoured by most people these days. The body is mostly plastic, with a glass front and the frame being plastic too. The weight is decently balanced considering the battery size of the phone which will be covered later.

It has a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, which is still faster and preferred by most people and it has a USB Type-C port for connectivity and it has a 3.5mm headphone which is rare to find these days which also supports 24-bit audio.

Having a 5000mAh battery makes it an obvious choice for power users who use their phones a lot in a day, be it for photography, gaming, movies, etc. This phone easily lasts over a day even for an active user. Reverse charging is a unique feature to find and this phone supports it.

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Pros
  • Good for listening to music with the 24-bit audio system
  • Adreno GPU gives awesome gaming performance
  • Support for reverse charging with huge battery life.
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Cons
  • 720p low-resolution screen for 6.5inch.
  • Color OS 6.1 is very bulky.

7. Value for Money: Samsung Galaxy A30s

Samsung Galaxy A30s (Prism Crush Black, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage) with No Cost EMI/Additional Exchange Offers
SIM SlotDual SIM
ProcessorOcta-Core (2 x 1.8GHz Cortex A73 6 x 1.6GHz A53)
ChipsetExynos 7904
Display6.4-inch, 720p Super AMOLED
CameraRear: (25+8+5MP) Front: (16MP)
Storage32/64/128GB, 3/4GB RAM
OSAndroid 9.0(pie) upgradable to Android 10, One UI 2.0
Connectivity3G, 4G, VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0
Battery4000mAh, 15W
PortsUSB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack

When it comes to the best Samsung phone under 16000, we had to include this phone too. This phone comes with an inbuilt 1.8 GHz Samsung Exynos 7904 processor, which works fine with average use. In the case of multitasking applications or loading huge apps, it may lag. It has 3/4 GB RAM, which works well, except when the phone is overloaded or too many apps are running in the background.

It comes with a 32/64/128 GB internal storage option, which can be expanded by adding memory cards, if necessary. The OS used is Android 9.0 Pie which is upgradable to Android 10, and works well, fits perfectly with the phone, aids in making a good UI, thereby improving the overall experience. It does not lag, as such and even users who have never used Samsung phones before can use them with ease, because of this UI.

It has a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display and considering Samsung’s history with display quality throughout the years, this one no exception. The 720p display providing a pixel density of 268ppi is not sharp enough for most users though, however it is an adequately bright screen. Although the lack of a higher refresh rate does bug a bit, it shouldn’t matter for most users.

The Galaxy A30s houses a triple camera setup in the back with a 25MP main camera, an 8MP wide-angle camera and a 5MP depth sensor. The camera app has its own quirks with Scene Optimizer, Night mode, Food, etc. The photos taken in daylight are decent with some good colour dynamics, though they lack some sharpness. The same goes for the selfie camera which underperforms in low light. Up to 1080p 30fps video support.

The teardrop design is an ongoing trend with screen designs and this Samsung device is following this trend. The body is mostly plastic with a glass front. Although the 4 colour options are really beautiful looking, so if you are one of those good looking phone admirers, this phone can be an easy pick.

The 4000mAh battery is something that we can expect from phones at this price range. The battery performs quite well and on top of it is Samsung’s battery optimizing software which works well when reaching low battery levels.

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Pros
  • Glass body feels sturdy and comfortable to use
  • The wide-angle camera gives quality photos
  • Colours and contrast on the screen are good 
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Cons
  • Sub 300 pixel density for a large screen.
  • Mali GPU is weak for gaming and video rendering.

8. Best Display: Realme U1

realme U1 (Ambitious Black, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage)
SIM SlotDual SIM
ProcessorOcta-Core (4 x 2.1GHz Cortex A73 + 4 x 2.0GHz Cortex A53)
ChipsetMediaTek MT6771
Display6.3-inch, 1080p LTPS IPS LCD
CameraRear: (13+2MP) Front: 25MP
Storage32/64GB, 3/4GB RAM
OSAndroid 9.0(pie), Color OS 6
Connectivity3G, 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
Battery3500mAh, 10W charging
Portsmicro USB, 3.5mm headphone jack

Realme launched this new U series’ new addition U1 with an Helio P70 processor which is an octa-core (4 x Cortex A-73 + 4 x Cortex A-53) chip with a Mali-G72 GPU. The phone is smooth and easy to use. Those who are new to the Realme user interface can easily get familiar with it.

The phone has 32/64 GB storage which can be expanded by inserting SD cards if needed. The phone also has Android Pie 8.1 which is upgradable to 9.0(pie), which helps in its smooth functioning. However, the phone runs on ColorOS 6, on top of Android 9. This may make the UI of the phone different from its Android counterparts, but there are no reported difficulties in navigation and ease of use.

It has a 6.3inch 1080p IPS LCD display. It is a decent display with a decent colour presentation but a bit on the cooler side. The pixel density is 410ppi which is good enough for almost all users. The viewing angles are also good with the IPS display.

The Realme U1 consists of a dual rear camera with 13-megapixel primary shooter and a 2 MP depth sensor. The selfie camera is rated at 25 megapixels which is really good for selfies. It also has quick toggles for HDR and Chroma Boost and it also supports up to 1080p 30fps video recording for both the front and the back cameras.

Another phone which looks good with the teardrop type notch, which is favoured by most people these days. The body is mostly plastic, with the frame being plastic too. The weight is less compared to other devices due to a lower capacity battery. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, which is still faster and preferred by most people and it has a USB Type-C port for connectivity and it has a 3.5mm headphone which is rare to find these days.

A 3500mAh battery running a 6.3inch phone at 1080p seems a lot less, and it is. The low battery capacity can be a deal-breaker for some since the other options are providing more battery. But if the other specs are intriguing for you, you can go for this device.

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Pros
  • Selfies camera gives amazing photos
  • Great detail on the screen.
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Cons
  • Storage capacity is less.
  • Running old android version.
  • Old micro USB connector

9. Android Phone from Nokia: Nokia 5.1

Nokia 5.1 Plus (Black, 64 GB) (4 GB RAM) (Black, 5.8 INCH)
SIM SlotDual SIM
ProcessorOcta-Core (4 x 2.0GHz Cortex A53 + 4 x 1.2GHz Cortex A53)
ChipsetMediaTek Helio P18
Display5.5-inch, 1080p IPS LCD
CameraRear: 16MP Front: 8MP
Storage16/32GB, 2/3GB RAM
OSAndroid 8.0 upgradable 9.0(pie)
Connectivity3G, 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
Battery2970mAh
Portsmicro USB, 3.5mm headphone jack

This is a low specced phone compared to its competition in this price range. It has a MediaTek P18 octa-core(4 x 2.0GHz A53 + 4 x 1.2GHZ A53) chip with a Mali-T860 GPU. Therefore, it is quite obvious that the phone will not perform well even for daily use, let alone gaming in it.

There are two low storage options for this phone, a 16GB/2GB RAM version and a 32GB/3GB RAM version. The phone ships with Android 8.1 but is upgradable to Android 9. Nokia is quite promising when it comes to updates for the fact that all of its phones are under the Android One program which guarantees timely updates for the next 3yrs. It has a pure stock android, which is loved by a huge portion of smartphone users.

It has a 5.5inch 1080p display, which is absolutely amazing. The pixel density is about 440ppi, which is among the highest in this price point. At the same time it gives out some colours and brightness is also decent.

Quite uniquely, this is the only phone with single-lens rear camera setup. It is a 16MP camera with Phase Detection AutoFocus. The photos produced are good for the fact that Nokia has a good history including the Carl-Zeiss lens on their phone. The front camera is an 8MP sensor that gives alright selfies. The software provides an option called ‘bothie’ which takes a selfie-and rearview shot at the same time. The videos are restricted to 1080p at 30fps and are of average quality.

The only phone in this price range that has bezels, which makes it feel like a 2017-2018 phone. However, when it comes to the material this phone is really durable due to its aluminium back and frame. So this phone can be a good choice for those rough and tough users. It still has a micro USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

It has a 2970mAh battery, which is really low since it has a 5.5inch screen and a 1080p resolution display. This phone ends up dying before even making it to a full day. You can get about 4-5hrs of the screen on time which is poor. This can be an easy deal-breaker for some people out there. If someone loves the stock android experience with a good experience and wants a Nokia phone, this phone can be the best Nokia phone under 16000.

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Pros
  • Stock Android experience
  • Regular updates with Android One program.
  • Good picture quality.
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Cons
  • Low battery life
  • Poor chipset performance

10. Best in Budget: Motorola Moto G7

Motorola Moto G7 (Black, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage)
SIM SlotDual SIM
ProcessorOcta-Core (4 x 1.8GHz Kryo 250 Gold + 4 x 1.8GHz Kryo 250 Silver)
ChipsetSnapdragon 632
Display6.2-inch, 1080p LTPS IPS LCD
CameraRear: (12+5MP)Front: 8MP
Storage64GB, 4GB RAM
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie)
Connectivity3G, 4G, VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
Battery3000mAh, 15W fast charging
PortsUSB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack

This is another phone that has a Snapdragon chipset, the Snapdragon 632(4 x Kryo 260 Gold + 4 x Kryo 260 Silver) chipset, which very few devices in this price range carry, the phone performs really really amazing when it comes to daily use and gaming. One can easily play high graphics games without much issue due to its Adreno 506 GPU. 

The phone has a 64GB internal storage with 4GB of RAM. The storage can be expanded with a microSD card as it has a dedicated slot for it. It ships with Android 9.0(pie) and it should receive frequent updates due to Motorola’s close to stock software. It does not carry any bloatware making it easy to use.

It has a 6.2inch 1080p IPS LCD display. It is a decent display with a decent colour presentation but a bit on the cooler side. The pixel density is 405ppi which is good enough for almost all users. The viewing angles are also good with the IPS display.

The Moto G7 comes with a dual-camera setup with a 12MP main camera and a 5MP depth sensor. The photos are decent with good colours, however, they lack some detail. Nighttime performance is not so good but if you are familiar with Camera modding, you can import the G-Cam app to enhance the photos taken making this phone the best low light camera phone. It has an 8MP front camera sensor. The rear camera supports up to 4K 30fps videos which are good and front camera supports up to 1080p 30fps.

The phone is all glass body front and back and has a plastic frame. It feels sturdy in hand but still doesn’t feel much heavy. For charging and connectivity, it has a USB Type-C port and has a 3.5mm headphone jack. However, the phone still has the old Bluetooth 4.2 while the competitors are comprising Bluetooth 5.0.

It has a small 3000mAh battery which is really not enough for a 6.2inch which runs at 1080p resolution. They could’ve done better with the battery. The phone dies before making it to a full day with normal usage, therefore you might have to reduce the brightness in order to make it last.

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Pros
  • Stock Android experience
  • 4K video recording is available
  • Great chipset performance
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Cons
  • Regular updates are not available
  • Multitasking is difficult with low RAM.

11. Lightweight: Blackberry Evolve

SIM SlotDual SIM
ProcessorOcta-Core 1.8 GHz
ChipsetSnapdragon 450
Display6-inch 1080p IPS LCD
CameraRear: (13+13MP) Front: (16MP)
Storage64GB, 4GB
OSAndroid 8.1 (Oreo)
Connectivity3G, 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
Battery4000mAh, 18W fast charging
PortsUSB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack

The Blackberry Evolve is powered by a Snapdragon 450, which is an octa-core 1.8GHz processor with Adreno 506 GPU. The Snapdragon 400 series might sound weak but the phone actually performs quite good for normal use and even games run good thanks to the GPU.

The phone comes with a 64GB internal storage with 4GB RAM. So storage should not be a big problem for most people, neither should be multitasking. But if you still want more space you can always add in a microSD card in the hybrid slot to this phone. Blackberry manages to keep the software almost bloatware-free, with only a few Blackberry essentials which are fine for most people. 

It has a 6inch 1080p IPS LCD display. It is a decent display with a good colour presentation and dynamic range. The pixel density is 403ppi which is good enough for almost all users. The viewing angles are also good with the IPS display.

The Evolve has a dual-camera setup with both 13MP sensors in which one is a Black and White one, with both having Phase Detection AutoFocus. The selfie camera is a 16MP wide-angle lens. Photos from both the cameras are nice enough for normal use. The same goes for the videos taken, while they are restricted to 1080p 30fps recording.

The phone has an all-plastic body and some portion of bezel above and below the 6inch screen. The phone still feels sturdy in hand and can be used roughly. The USB Type-C connection is a nice addition and it has a 3.5mm headphone jack. This phone still has the old Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity which is not appreciated.

It has a 4000mAh battery which is alright in comparison to other options in this price range. The software should provide it with good longevity. And it also supports 18W fast charging technology and USB power delivery, so it can charge rapidly when connected with a PC as well.

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Pros
  • Good gaming performance
  • 18W Fast charging support.
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Cons
  • Old Android version
  • No promise on upgrades
  • Big bezels and old design.

FAQs about Best Phone under 16000 in India

1. Which is the best camera phone under 16000?

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro seems to be the best camera phone under 16000. It has a quadruple-camera setup which performed really well in both photography and videography. It supports up to 4K 30fps video recording which could be really good for vlogging and it has a macro lens for those extreme closeup shots of objects.

2. Which Samsung phone is the best phone under 16000?

Samsung Galaxy M31 is the best Samsung phone under 16000. It has an Octa-Core processor with Exynos9611 chipset. It runs on Android 10 with Samsung’s One UI 2.0. The camera is exceptionally good and on-par with Redmi Note 8 Pro. The Galaxy A30s is another great Samsung phone in this price range.

3. What is a must in a 16K mobile phone?

You must expect above 6-inch screen with 1080p resolution, an OctaCore processor above 2.0GHz clock speed. It should have at least 64GB of internal storage with an option for expansion with a microSD card. The battery size must be 4000mAh or above.

Verdict:

After reviewing all the devices, it can be concluded that Redmi Note 8 Pro seems to be the best option among all the devices. It’s running the latest and greatest software, it has a powerful processor, it has a really good camera and has a huge battery to run the device all day without any issue.

The MiUi may not be for everyone, but if it doesn’t bother you that much then this device is a great option. However, if you have issues with the UI and Bloatware from Xiaomi, you can opt for Samsung Galaxy M31. It’s an equally good option with huge battery life.

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