The most crowded smartphones segment in the Indian market is the sub-Rs 15,000 price bracket. Most of the smartphone sale contributions happen here. Since the last couple of months, the smartphone launches and sale have slowed down and also the availability of smartphones is an issue these days.
Due to the lockdown, companies are hiking smartphone prices. Realme, Samsung, and Xiaomi are the major ones to hike the prices twice in the last three months. With the change in price, now in this sub-Rs 15,000 segment, we have only a handful of devices. These are the best value for money smartphones available currently that are priced under Rs 15,000.
Best phones under Rs 15,000
In the list, we have a new player from Poco, as Poco entered the budget segment recently. We have a couple of Realme devices. A couple of near-stock Android devices from Nokia and Xiaomi. And, then, we have big battery phones from Samsung and Vivo. Let’s take a look at the best smartphones under Rs 15,000 in India for July 2020.
If you are looking for over Rs 15,000, have a look at our under Rs 20,000 guide.
The successor to the Realme 5 Pro, the Realme 6 is the most affordable phone with a 90Hz display in the Indian market, providing a smooth user experience. The 30W fast charging is also a rare inclusion at this price point.
The MediaTek Helio G90T powering the device is great for gaming, and can push high frame rates in many games. Though, that sometimes comes at the cost of heating.
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The latest Poco in the house, the M2 Pro is also the most affordable Poco device to date. It is more or less the Redmi Note 9 Pro at the same price with better design and faster-charging speed. The Poco M2 Pro features a 5,000mAh pack will easily last you over a day and also supports 33W fast charging, best in the segment.
On the inside, you get the Snapdragon 720G chipset, which is the most reliable silicon available at this price. Combine that with a 48MP quad-camera setup and a big 6.67-inch Full HD+ screen, and you get a very easy-to-recommend phone.
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The Samsung Galaxy M30s is the company’s mid-ranger. It brings upgrades in the camera and battery departments while retaining serviceable performance and photography. However, the software will let power users down. With a 6,000 mAh battery, the device had our expectations high, and we are glad to report that the battery life is pretty solid.
The Samsung Galaxy M30s comes with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution. The company aims to grab a piece of the highly-competitive budget segment of India, which has shown a growing preference for Chinese smartphone brands such as Redmi and Realme. Those are still better all-rounders than the M30s, but if your use case calls for extreme battery backups, plays a lot of games or is brand conscious, the M30s might be well-suited for you.
Check out our Samsung Galaxy M30s review
Realme announced the successor to the Realme 5i which is the cheapest 90Hz smartphone. The Realme 6i is basically Realme 6 with a 48MP quad-camera instead of a 64MP setup. It is powered by 12nm MediaTek G90T chipset clocked at 2.05 GHz and for graphics, you get ARM G76 GPU. It flaunts a 6.5-inch Full HD+ screen with 90Hz refresh rate and Gorilla Glass protection.
On the optics, there is a 48MP quad-camera array with a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide shooter, a 2MP portrait lens, and a 2MP macro lens. You get a 16MP punch-hole selfie camera. The Realme 6i comes with a 4,300mAh battery with 30W flash charge via Type-C port. However, this time around Realme will be bundling a 20W charger inbox and the 30W charge
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The Redmi Note 9 comes with a 6.53-inch FHD+ LCD panel. The device is powered by Mediatek’s Helio G85 SoC. You get the device in three variants with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The device is backed by a 5,020mAh battery along with 22.5W fast charging over the USB Type-C interface. It supports 9W reverse charging. The fingerprint scanner is located on the back, below the camera module.
Over to the optics, on the rear, there is a quad-camera setup with Samsung’s 48MP GM1 as the primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP depth and a 2MP macro shooter. And, on the front, you get a 13MP selfie snapper.
Check out the Redmi Note 9 on Amazon.in
For those of you, who are loyal Nokia fans, we have got a Nokia device in the list. The Nokia 5.3 comes with near-stock Android with no bloatware. This phones also falls under the Android One program, so you will get two Android version upgrades and three years of security updates from the HMD global. The device will be one of the first in the line to get the Android 11 update.
The handset packs in an average 4,000mAh battery that doesn’t support fast charging with Type-C port. However, it misses out on the fast charging. Also, you will have to compromise with an HD+ screen here.
You get quad-camera stack at the rear with a 13MP primary camera followed by a 5MP wide-angle lens, 2MP depth and a 2MP macro lens. There is also a dedicated Google Assistance button and a fingerprint scanner at the rear.
Check out Nokia 5.3 on Amazon
Vivo Z1 Pro offers you good performance for the price, thanks to the Snapdragon 712 AIE chipset. Also, you get to choose between two configurations here with the device, 4+64GB or 6+64GB. The 6+128GB config is priced over Rs 15,000 mark. On the front, it flaunts a 6.53-inch Full HD+ panel with punch-hole cut out at the left corner. It is backed with a big 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging over a Micro USB interface.
On the camera front, there is a 16MP primary sensor, followed an 8MP wide and a 2MP deputy sensor. At the front, there is a 32MP shooter. It also packs in a rear fingerprint scanner and face unlock support. It also comes with Multi turbo mode that boosts smartphone’s performance.