Looking for a new smartphone, but don't have the budget to go for a flagship? No need to worry. Thanks to a number of new launches over the past several weeks, the Indian market is flooded with some great mid-range smartphone (phones under Rs. 15,000). This price segment offers some really impressive smartphones that not only come with an amazing set of specifications for their price tag but also pack a smartphone experience that can no longer be dubbed sub-standard.
We have put these phones through our usual battery of tests to find which of the sub-Rs. 15,000 smartphones offer the best overall package. Also, for this list of best mobiles under Rs. 15,000, we've restricted ourselves to phones priced between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 15,000 — if you are looking for even more affordable options, consider one of the options in our list of best mobile phones under Rs. 10,000 or best mobiles under Rs. 8,000.
So, without further ado, let's take a look at our updated picks for best phones under Rs. 15,000.
Best phones under Rs. 15,000
|Phone under Rs. 15,000||Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10)||Price in India (as recommended)|
|Realme 3 Pro||9||Rs. 13,999|
|Oppo K1||8||Rs. 14,990|
|Redmi Note 7 Pro||9||Rs. 13,999|
|Samsung Galaxy M20||8||Rs. 12,990|
|Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2||8||Rs. 13,999|
|Samsung Galaxy M30||8||Rs. 14,990|
|Realme U1||8||Rs. 13,499|
|Honor 10 Lite||8||Rs. 13,999|
Realme 3 Pro
Realme has introduced some impressive smartphones since its debut in India last year and the Realme 3 Pro is no different. A decent upgrade over its predecessor – Realme 2 Pro – the new Realme 3 Pro smartphone packs enough bells and whistles to make it our top picks in this segment. In our review, we found the phone to be a capable device with a solid performance. The phone didn't show any signs of lag and the UI is speedy. Realme 3 Pro also provides great battery life and the phone ran for 14 hours and 13 minutes in our HD video loop test.
Realme 3 Pro's dual camera setup captures good detail in images shot in daylight, however they lack a bit of sharpness. The low-light performance is average, and focus is often soft. Among the cons, the laminated back panels of the smartphone scuffs easily and the company is still sticking with Micro-USB port in the Realme 3 Pro.
Realme is selling three variant of the Realme 3 Pro – 4GB + 64GB, 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB – however, only the 4GB RAM variant is available in this budget.
Oppo K1 is the only smartphone in this price bracket to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Although the smartphone was launched with a price tag of Rs. 16,990, it has recently received a price cut to bring it under Rs 15,000. The phone packs a number of great features, which make a great option to anyone planning to get a new phone in this segment. In our review, we found the smartphone to be packing a bright display with saturated colours and good visibility under direct sun. The screen is great to consume media as the colours really pop of the phone and the black levels are satisfyingly deep.
The Oppo phone also provides a solid performance everywhere, whether it is gaming or day-to-day usage. Another positive for the phone is its battery life and the phone lasted for 12 hours and 36 minutes in video loop test. The onboard cameras are decent with main camera captured good details both in close-ups and landscape shots, however the low-light performance is average. A big annoyance with the Oppo K1 is the spam notifications being pushed by some of the pre-installed app on the phone.
Oppo is offering just one variant of the K1 in the county with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage.
Redmi Note 7 Pro
A part of Xiaomi's much-loved Redmi Note lineup, the Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review) was highly anticipated in the run-up to its launch and the phone didn't disappoint, making it one of our picks as one of the best phones under Rs. 15,000. In our review, we found the phone excelling in pretty much everything except the software, which continues to be a downer because of Xiaomi's love for bloatware and advertisements.
The phone sports a premium design and offers great performance as well as good imaging experience. Additionally, the Redmi Note 7 Pro's 4,000mAh battery provides a stellar uptime. In our HD video loop test, the smartphone lasted for an impressive 19 hours and 23 minutes.
Xiaomi has launched two storage variants of the phone in the country – 4GB of RAM + 64GB of onboard storage and 6GB of RAM + 128GB of onboard storage, however it seems the company is only offering the 4GB RAM variant of the phone right now in the country.
Samsung Galaxy M20
Part of the Samsung's India-first Galaxy M Series, which is targeted at the smartphones from Chinese companies like Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, and Realme, Galaxy M20 (Review) is one of the most-talked about mid-range phones in the country currently and one of the top picks in our list of best phones under Rs. 15,000. In our review, we found the Samsung Galaxy M20 to be housing a sharp display and the phone offered good battery life. The day-to-day performance of the phone was also decent with rare UI lags.
It, however, disappointed in the imaging department with most shots lacking detail and sharpness. The low-light images taken from the phone's camera also turned out to be below average. Additionally, the phone includes advertisements on the lock screen, and we found spammy notifications in the notifications shade.
Samsung has released two variants of the Galaxy M20 in the country – 3GB of RAM + 32GB onboard storage and 4GB of RAM + 64GB onboard storage. After being available via flash sales for a few weeks, the phone is now being offered through open sales.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2
Asus has continued its great showing in this price segment with ZenFone Max Pro M2 (Review). The smartphone may not have been able to replicate the greatness of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 because of its average camera, but it is not a slouch. In our review, we found this Asus phone to be packing a bright and crisp screen. The phone also offered great performance thanks to the presence of stock Android as well as a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC.
Additionally, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 provides great battery life, but a slow fingerprint sensor as well as smudge-prone body remain its biggest downers. The Taiwanese smartphone maker also recently promised to finally release the much-delayed Android Pie update for the phone in April.
Asus is offering three storage variants of the phone in India – 3GB of RAM + 32GB of inbuilt storage, 4GB of RAM + 64GB of inbuilt storage, and 6GB of RAM + 64GB of inbuilt storage. We would suggest you go for the 6GB RAM variant.
Samsung Galaxy M30
The Galaxy M20 isn't the only new mid-range Android phone from Samsung, the company has also launched the Galaxy M30 (Review) in the country. The Samsung Galaxy M30 includes a lot of Galaxy M20's problems, however the presence of AMOLED screen is a welcome addition.
In our review, we found the phone offering good camera performance in daylight, however the low-light images leave a little to be desired. The phone's 5,000mAh battery is another major highlight. In our HD video loop test, the Galaxy M30 clocked 17 hours and 4 minutes.
Samsung is offering two storage variants of the phone in the country – 4GB of RAM + 64GB inbuilt storage and 6GB of RAM + 128GB inbuilt storage.
Another good device from the stable of Realme, the U1 (Review) actually performs better than the Realme 2 Pro in some categories, however it is the camera performance that lets it down. In our review, we found the Realme U1 to be housing a bright and crisp screen in a good-looking chassis, which helps the phone find a spot in our list of best phones under Rs. 15,000.
The phone's day-to-day performance is good and its 3,500mAh battery easily lasts a full day on a single charge. The front shooter of this selfie-focussed smartphone takes decent shots in natural light, however it struggles in low-light conditions. Same is the case with the rear dual camera setup. Also, there is no 4K recording and video stabilization support.
Realme has released two storage variants of the phone in the country – 3GB of RAM + 32GB built-in storage and 4GB of RAM + 64GB built-in storage. We would suggest you go for the 4GB RAM variant.
Honor 10 Lite
Honor 10 Lite is another good phone from Honor, which too packs a premium design and is capable of providing decent performance. However, like the Honor 8X, the cameras of the Honor 10 Lite (Review) are also nothing to write home about. The inclusion of artificial intelligence in the camera software of the phone isn't much help either. In our review, we found that photos taken without AI were better than ones taking using the AI mode in many instances.
Honor offers three storage versions of the phone - 6GB of RAM + 64GB onboard storage model, 4GB of RAM + 64GB onboard storage, and 3GB of RAM + 32GB onboard storage.