With the sub-Rs 15,000 smartphone segment in India filled up to the brim, consumers are spoilt for choices. Companies like Samsung to Xiaomi offer a huge range of phones, making it even harder to zero in on a single phone that one can go ahead and buy. On the upside, there’s something for everyone.
Sadly, smartphone innovation isn’t cheap – and most of it is reserved for high-end phones. Having said that, features that were once impossible to imagine on affordable phones have in fact made their way to phone priced under Rs 15,000, thanks to the competitive market and Chinese manufacturers, that hold a massive market share in India.
If you’re out in the market looking for a phone, here’s our list of the best smartphones to buy currently in under Rs 15,000.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 675 | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP
Impressive front camera
Value for money
Hybrid SIM card slot
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Truth be told, the Redmi Note 7 Pro sets a benchmark in the sub-Rs 15,000 segment and regains its edge in the Indian smartphone market. For an asking price of Rs 13,999 for the 4GB RAM variant, it offers a good camera, best in class performance, decent battery life and to top it all up, a new glass design which gives it a premium look.
It has a great value for money quotient which is why the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the phone to buy.
Read our full review of the Redmi Note 7 Pro
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
Weight: 175g | Dimensions: 157.9 x 75.5 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.26-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2280 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 660 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP
Micro-USB port for charging
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 brings all the necessary elements to the table and it’s a powerful mid-ranger. It’s a balanced phone and a steady performer that can handle both day to day tasks and games like PUBG Mobile. On top, its 5000mAh battery ensures more than a day of battery life. The Max Pro M2 has all the elements of a reliable mid-ranger.
Honor 10 Lite
Affordable smartphones never looked so good
Weight: 162g | Dimensions: 154.8 x 73.6 x 8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.21-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: Kirin 710 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3400mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP | Front camera: 24MP
Striking design for the price
Runs Android 9
Micro USB port is dated
Camera images overly processed
The Honor 10 Lite is one of the best looking smartphones in its range. It is unarguably a good phone for the price as it offers a balance of decent cameras, sub-par performance, great design and lively display. What it lacks is a smooth UI experience and a seamless 3D gaming experience.
Samsung Galaxy M20
A promising budget phone from a reliable name
Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 156.4 x 74.5 x 8.8mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: Exynos 7904 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 5MP | Front camera: 8MP
Underwhelming low-light performance
No 5GHz Wi-Fi support
Samsung’s Galaxy M20 is a good phone for those who are prefer a neat custom UI with a decent chipset. Additionally, it offers more than a days power, a good display, handy design and Samsung’s fast charging. What makes it stand out is its wide angle camera, which is a rare in this segment.
It’s a good buy if you want to upgrade from your old J-series or On-series phone with a new Samsung device.
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
The first notch toting phone from Xiaomi
Weight: 178g | Dimensions: 149.3 x 71.7 x 8.8 mm | OS: Android 8.1 Oreo | Screen size: 5.84-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2280p | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP | Front camera: 5MP
Value for money
Impressive battery life
Build is dated
The Redmi 6 Pro is the latest addition to the Redmi line-up of phones from Xiaomi. It’s also the first Redmi phone to tout a notch on top of the display. Like most Xiaomi phones it has a reliable hardware for day to day tasks ranging from basic to aggressive. Of course, you can’t do intensive gaming on this one, but it does handle games like PUBG on lower graphic settings.
Moreover, you get a decent set of cameras and a long-lasting battery life. All-in-all, it’s a very well balanced and value for money phone but there’s nothing that makes it stand out of the league.
Realme 2 Pro
Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 156.7 x 74 x 8.5 mm | OS: Android 8.1 Oreo | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 660 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3500mAh | Rear camera: 16+2MP | Front camera: 16MP
Full HD+ display is great for watching videos
Value for money
Cameras need fine tuning
The Realme 2 Pro comes bearing a 6.3-inch full HD+ display with a tiny ‘dewdrop’ notch which provides a huge 90.8% screen-to-body ratio to the users. Using the phone is a breeze as it is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The cameras on the Realme 2 Pro are pretty good in optimal lighting conditions but one should not expect flagship grade pictures from it. Having said that, the 3,500mAh battery powering the phone is sure to give users a day’s worth of usage on single charge.