Due to rising prices and increased taxes in the industry, action has shifted from sub-Rs. 10,000 space for sub-R. 15,000 level. Nowadays you can get many features and excellent specifications if you have a budget of at least Rs. 12,000 and increase to about Rs. 15,000 will almost guarantee you a fantastic device that will serve your needs for several years without feeling too old. You can now count on getting a processor powerful enough for today’s top games, a large live screen, a host of competent cameras, and a battery large enough to last well over a day.
Many manufacturers focus on style, with eye-catching designs, bold colors and interesting patterns or textures. You can also find models that sell for less than Rs. 15,000 with some very sophisticated features that were previously limited to high-end phones, such as high screen refresh rates, IP ratings or a built-in front camera. Some companies have also realized that even budget buyers like Android with guaranteed updates and will no longer find outdated software.
If you are looking for the best smartphone at this budget level, you are in the right place. We have compiled a list of the most popular phones in our comprehensive reviews of Gadgets 360, in which we check their performance, cameras, battery life, software, design and more. Keep checking for new records as we review more phones. Here are the best smartphones you can buy for less than Rs. 15,000 in India at the moment, without much order.
The best phones under 15,000
|Phones under Rs. 15,000||Rating of widgets 360 (out of 10)||Price in India (as recommended)|
|Redmi Note 10||8||Rs. 11 999|
|Moto G30||8||Rs. 10,999 th most common|
|Real Narzo 20 Pro||8||Rs. 14 999|
|Realme 7||8||Rs. 14 999|
|Nokia 5.4||7||Rs. 13 999|
|Micromax In Note 1||7||Rs. 10,999 th most common|
|Infinix Zero 8i||8||Rs. 14 999|
|Poco M3||8||Rs. 10,999 th most common|
|Redmi 9 Power||7||Rs. 10,999 th most common|
|Redmi Note 9 Pro||8||Rs. 12 999|
Redmi Note 10
One of the newest launches in this segment, Redmi Note 10 has a sleek new design and many features to show off, considering its starting price of Rs. 11,999. To reduce costs, Xiaomi has gone with a 48-megapixel main rear camera, which is joined by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. You get the slightly updated Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 SoC plus up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage within our budget. The 6.43-inch full-HD + Super AMOLED screen is a great effect, and the 5000 mAh battery doesn’t make this phone too heavy.
The Redmi Note 10 is a good workhorse and will improve when Xiaomi releases its MIUI 12.5 software update, which promises to eliminate spam and software. If you want, there is also the Redmi Note 9, which is still a viable option at a lower starting price.
Although not the most powerful in terms of processing power, Moto G30 surprises us with its capabilities and is reasonably priced at Rs. 10,999 th most common The 6.5-inch display has a refresh rate of 90 Hz, but on the other hand the resolution is only HD +. This phone also has an IP52 rating for splash resistance, and Motorola promises hardware and software security improvements. You get almost available Android with a few gestures and tweaks added. The SoC is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 and has only one configuration with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of memory. It has a 5000mAh battery and 20W charging is supported.
You get a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. This is a good universal phone and the main drawback is that you can find it bulky.
Real Narzo 20 Pro
The Real Narzo 20 Pro is an impressive smartphone at a starting price of only Rs. 14,999 and can sometimes be found for sale for less. It has a lot in common with Realme 7, its close cousin, but it also supports the company’s impressive 65W fast charging technology, making it a very attractive option. Overall, the performance is very good, thanks to the strong MediaTek Helio G95 SoC. Narzo 20 Pro looks slick and offers a bright display, feature-rich software and excellent battery life. The camera’s performance is also good, although performance in low light could be better. 6GB RAM, 64GB storage option is available within our budget.
The Realme 7 will soon be replaced by a new one Realme 8, but still performs well and the base version with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of memory is within our budget. Realme 7 is fast, thanks to the fast Helio G95 SoC and 90Hz display refresh rate. The performance of the games is very good, the display has good brightness and the battery life is excellent. 30W fast charging is convenient. One of the side effects of the large battery, however, is that the Realme 7 is relatively heavy and bulky and can become a little tiring to use. The 64-megapixel main rear camera works well during the day and at night.
The Nokia 5.4 is an affordable phone, but still aimed at those who want video – level video tools. It supports H-Log video recording, but the hardware and software are not flexible enough to take very good advantage of this. The main camera takes good but not very impressive photos. The 6.39-inch screen has HD + resolution, and the Snapdragon 662 SoC is not the most powerful in this segment. However, its physical design is quite attractive and another plus is the availability of Android, without bloating and the promise of regular updates. Nokia 5.4 costs Rs. 13,999 with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage and there is an option with 6 GB of RAM, but the same amount of storage space for Rs. 15,499, which is slightly above the budget.
Micromax In Note 1
The return of the once-mighty Micromax to the Indian smartphone market was one of the biggest stories of 2020. After a long wait, the company unveiled its “made in India” series, along with In note 1 leading charge. This phone also offers Android in stock without swelling or a heavy user interface and is priced at Rs. 10,999 for 64 GB memory or Rs. 12,499 for 128 GB of storage. Both options have 4GB of RAM. Micromax has joined the MediaTek Helio G85 SoC and has a 5000 mAh battery that ensures good battery life. There is enough power here for everyday use and even for games. However, the cameras could use some improvement.
Infinix Zero 8i
Infinix usually serves the market at an entry level, but Zero 8i is aimed at buyers who want to spend a little more on premium design and features. Although it was released by Rs. 15,999, currently sold for Rs. 14,999 with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage and no options. The large 6.85-inch screen has Full-HD + resolution and 90Hz refresh rate, as well as dual built-in selfie cameras. It is powered by the Helio G90T processor and feels fast even when playing games. The 4500mAh battery is decent and allows this phone to be relatively thin and comfortable. It has a 48-megapixel main rear camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a low light sensor, which the company calls an “AI lens”. The image quality is average and you will also have to deal with some spam and bloating notifications in the XOS user interface.
Recently launched Poco M3 has a distinctive design and is available in bright yellow in addition to the usual sober options. Its price starts from Rs. 10,999 with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, while the version with 128 GB of storage costs Rs. 11,999 – and there is also a difference in the standard of flash memory used for storage, as the version with 128 GB is also a bit faster. You get a 6.53-inch full-HD + screen, which is suitable for this price level, plus the popular Snapdragon 662 SoC and a large 6000mAh battery. The games work smoothly, but the camera’s performance is perfectly fine. Poco M3 has a 48-megapixel main camera, 2-megapixel macro camera and 2-megapixel depth sensor. This phone works with MIUI 12 on Android 10, but it is assumed that there are no ads and unwanted notifications. There is still bloatware, but you also get a lot of useful settings and user interfaces for Android.
The Little M2 Pro is still an interesting option. Powered by the Snapdragon 720G SoC, it offers decent performance and cameras. Its price starts from Rs. 13,999, which is also within our budget.
Redmi 9 Power
This offer from Xiaomi is available in three variants: 4GB RAM + 64GB storage space for Rs. 10 499, 4 GB + 128 GB for Rs. 11,999 and 6 GB + 128 GB for Rs. 12 999. You have a choice of black in three bright colors with a large Redmi logo on the back to attract even more attention. It has a large 6000mAh battery that allows about a day and a half of battery life. You get a 6.53-inch full-HD + screen and a Snapdragon 662 SoC, but one drawback is the MIUI 12 with its spam and bloating. The 48-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, 2-megapixel macro camera and 2-megapixel depth sensor are common settings in this segment. The quality of the photos is good during the day, but it suffers at night. One nice touch that distinguishes this phone is its stereo speakers.
Redmi Note 9 Pro
The Redmi Note 10 series launched in India, but unfortunately Redmi Note 10 Pro and Redmi Note 10 Pro Max start over Rs. 15,000 and don’t qualify for our guide anymore. The Redmi Note 9 Pro is still available and offers a large 6.67-inch display and a Snapdragon 720G SoC. It comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of Rs memory. 12,999.4 GB + 128 GB for Rs. 13,999, or 6 GB + 128 GB for Rs. 16 999. If you like its style, you may find that the features and specifications are still of good value. It has a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The 5020mAh battery also provides good battery life, and the case has a P2i splash-proof coating.