The under Rs.15,000 price point is crucial to the Indian smartphone industry since it is accessible to a lot of people. Over the years we have seen multiple manufacturers attempting to capture this segment by offering better cameras, faster processors, and better batteries. In order to be the best in this segment, manufacturers have flooded the sub-Rs. 15,000 price segment with a range of good smartphones.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 which was earlier exclusive to smartphones above Rs. 20,000 is now available under Rs. 15,000. You can also find mightier processors like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, and MediaTek Helio P70 at this price point, giving users powerful hardware at a bargain price.
Good camera technology has also trickled down to the sub Rs. 15,000 segment over the years giving people the option to capture good photos without paying a bomb for flagship devices. Some of the recent smartphones we have seen in this price point pack in as much as a 48-megapixel sensor. With so many options in the market, picking up a smartphone isn’t easy. But we’ve put together a list of the best phones under Rs. 15,000 for you. As usual, we've restricted ourselves to phones that have fared well in our review process.
The Realme 3 Pro is the company's latest flagship, designed to take on the Redmi Note 7 Pro from Xiaomi. It features some new colours options and the same small notch and slim bezels as its predecessor, the Realme 2 Pro. The 6.3-inch full-HD+ IPS display produces vivid colours and is very legible under direct sunlight. You also get two Nano-SIM slots and a dedicated spot for a microSD card.
This is currently the only phone under Rs. 20,000 to sport the recent Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC. It's an efficient chip built on the 10nm fabrication process and features a better GPU compared to a Snapdragon 675, which shows in benchmarks and games. The phone is available in two variants -- 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is what we have. ColorOS 6 is based on Android 9 Pie, which runs smoothly and also gives you plenty of shortcuts and gestures.
App and gaming performance is very good. The phone doesn't heat up during regular use and even with gaming, barely gets warm. The main 16-megapixel sensor captures detailed landscapes and macros under good light. The secondary 5-megapixel sensor is also good at edge detection. At night, images are generally soft but the Nightscape mode helps in bringing out better detail in objects. Videos can be recorded up to 4K resolution but without stabilisation. Finally, the 4045mAh battery will last you a full day on one charge and a VOOC 3.0 fast charger is bundled in the box.
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro Specifications|
|Display||6.30-inch, 1080x2340 pixels|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 675|
|Rear Camera||48-megapixel + 5-megapixel|
The ZenFone Max Pro M1 (6GB) is an extremely capable smartphone with stellar battery life, fluid software, a competent rear camera, and great performance. However, there are a few rough edges. The rear camera's autofocus is unreliable, and the front camera is not really an upgrade compared to the lower-end variants.
|Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (6GB) Specifications|
|Display||5.99-inch, 1080x2160 pixels|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636|
The Galaxy M30 is Samsung's offering in the sub Rs. 15,000 segment and sports a Super AMOLED display. We liked the full-HD+ panel which was crisp and got bright enough when outdoors. Powering the phone is a Samsung Exynos 7904 SoC which offers acceptable performance for the price. The processor can handle light to medium tasks but warms up under load. It has 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. It has a dedicated microSD card slot which helps expand storage by up to 512GB. There is a triple camera setup at the back which clicks good photos and so does the selfie camera. We weren't happy with the fact that this smartphone shipped with Android Oreo with Samsung Experience UI on top instead of One UI with Android Pie. The 5000mAh battery offers good battery life.
The Oppo K1 features a plastic body with a 3D injection moulded back, which creates cool patterns against light. The 6.41-inch AMOLED display produces punchy and vivid colours and it also has a segment-first in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The front 25-megapixel camera shoots good selfies in daylight. The rear 16-megapixel sensor does well in daylight but struggles under low-light. The 3600mAh battery easily lasts an entire day on a single charge.
The Honor 10 Lite is a budget offering from the Chinese smartphone maker. It sports a big 6.21-inch display with a 91 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 710SoC and has 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. The higher variant of this phone offers 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The Honor 10 Lite is a dual SIM device with support for dual 4G as well as VoLTE, the hybrid SIM slot also allows storage expansion upto 512GB. It has a dual camera setup at the back which consist of a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the front it has a 24-megapixel selfie shooter that is positioned in the dewdrop notch. It has a 3400mAh battery and has a 10W charger in the box.
The Realme 2 Pro features a tiny 'dewdrop' notch on a 6.3-inch, full-HD+ display. The polycarbonate body feels sturdy and is comfortable to use. The rear fingerprint sensor is quick at authentication and face unlock is equally snappy. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC and the top-end variant comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is expandable. ColorOS 5.2 offers plenty of gestures and shortcuts and is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Gaming and app performance is good and the phone doesn't;t heat up too much. The rear 16-megapixel sensor shoot good stills and 4K video too, although low-light performance could be better. The 3500mAh battery doesn't support fast charging but offers enough juice to last a full day on one charge.
The Vivo V9 Pro has a 6.3-inch display with a small notch at the top. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and has 6GB of RAM. There is 64GB of internal storage which is further expandable upto 256GB. It has a dual camera setup comprising of a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It has a 16-megapixel selfie camera that also takes Face Recognition duties. The V9 Pro has a 3260mAh battery and gets a 10W charger in the box.
Honor is making an attempt to penetrate the market with a good-looking and relatively affordable phablet that offers good value for money. Not only does this phone look good, it performs great for its price thanks to the new HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC. Other things that work for the Honor 8X include its looks, vibrant display and fast biometric security features. However, the camera results are below average, the UI could have looked sharper, and faster charging would have been useful.
The Motorola One Power is the company’s first Android One smartphone. It sports a 6.2-inch IPS display with fullHD+ resolution and a notch. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 636 processor clocked at 1.6GHz. There is 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is further expandable via a dedicated microSD card slot. it is a dual-SIM device and has two Nano SIM slots. It has support for 4G but only one SIM can latch onto the network while the other is restricted to 3G only. It has a dual camera setup at the back with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor.
The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a capable, well-rounded smartphone that offers great performance, clean and fluid software, a punchy and vibrant display, and the promise of timely updates. All is not smooth sailing though. The cameras, while much improved from the Nokia 6.1, struggle in low light and cannot match up to the competition.
The Mi A2 from Xiaomi is a part of Google's Android One Program. It sports a 5.99-inch display with fullHD+ resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. It is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor, has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Xiaomi Mi A2 has a metal unibody design and a 3000mAh battery. It has a USB Type-C port at the bottom and an IR Blaster at the top. The Xiaomi Mi A2 runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo. It has a dual camera setup at the back consisting of a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 20-megapixel secondary camera. The smartphone also has support for Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4+. It is a dual SIM device with support for 4G and VoLTE on both slots.
The Realme 1 features a unique design, superb performance, good battery life, a dedicated microSD card slot, and a decent display. The lack of a fingerprint sensor, the cluttered software, and the average cameras however prevent the phone from becoming the absolute best on offer in this segment.
|Best Mobile Phones Under 15000 In India||Prices|
|Realme 3 Pro||Rs. 13,999|
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro||Rs. 13,999|
|Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (6GB)||Rs. 11,799|
|Samsung Galaxy M30||Rs. 14,990|
|Oppo K1||Rs. 14,490|
|Honor 10 Lite||Rs. 10,999|
|Realme 2 Pro||Rs. 10,990|
|Vivo V9 Pro||Rs. 14,570|
|Honor 8X||Rs. 13,900|
|Motorola One Power||Rs. 12,999|
|Nokia 6.1 Plus||Rs. 12,999|
|Xiaomi Mi A2||Rs. 10,999|
|Honor Play||Rs. 14,999|
|Realme 1||Rs. 10,400|