The most crowded smartphone segment in the Indian market is the sub-Rs 15,000 price bracket. Most of the smartphone sale contributions happen here. Since the last few months, the smartphone launches and sales have gone up thanks to mega launch that happened in the month of March and April.
Some of the phones launched in 2020 have also received price cut which makes them more affordable than ever before. With the change in price, now in this sub-Rs 15,000 segment, we have a bunch of new devices from Redmi, Samsung, Motorola, and Realme. 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 smartphones from Poco, Realme, Xiaomi’s legendary and Redmi Note series, and Samsung. We also have an option for those who want just stock Android device Nokia. Let’s take a look at the best smartphones under Rs 15,000 in India for 2021.
If you are looking for over Rs 15,000, have a look at our under Rs 20,000 guide.
What to expect from a Rs 15,000 phone?
- Big battery and fact charging
- Good display
- High refresh rate on a few phones
- Decent performance and gaming experience
- camera experience like never before
Initially launched for Rs 16,999, the base variant of the Poco X3 is now available for Rs 14,999 on Flipkart. The Poco X3 Pro is also the most affordable phone with a 120Hz display. The device is powered by Snapdragon 732G chipset which offers pretty smooth performance.
In terms of camera, the Poco X3 has a 64MP primary sensor, a relatively high-res ultra-wide lens and two auxiliary shooters, paired with a robust suite of shooting modes make it an extremely enjoyable camera. At over 10mm thick and a weight of almost 230 grams, it is one of the bulkiest phones out there as it also packs in a 6,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging brick.
Features like IP53 water-resistance, an IR blaster, dual speaker setup are icing on the cake at this price point.
The Redmi Note 10 is an excellent upgrade from the last-gen devices and overall one of the best phones under Rs 15,000 that we can recommend. It has an excellent display, offers good performance and has reliable battery life. As for the optics, the 48MP quad-camera setup on the back performs well in the daylight but struggles in low-light. Selfies come out just above average here.
In terms of battery life, the device will easily last a day and to back that up, Redmi is now offering a 33W fast charger in the box. The Redmi Note 10 has a superb AMOLED panel with a peak brightness of 1,100 nits. It is also one of the best-looking phones in the segment. Lastly, the software allows amongst the most customizable skins in the market, but it still needs some work.
The Redmi Note 10S is the latest addition in the series which comes with MediaTek Helio G95 chipset, 64MP primary sensor, and retains all the other specs from the vanilla Redmi Note 10. The 6GB + 64GB variant is priced at Rs 14,999 while the 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs 15,999.
While it may not seem like it at first, the Realme 8 is a solid rival to the Redmi Note 10 with a Super AMOLED display, excellent battery life and a fresh design. It manages to offer a more consistent experience than the specs may suggest. For starters, the first big change is the super AMOLED display on the Realme 8, an upgrade from the LCD panel on the Realme 7.
As for the performance the Realme 8 has retained the Helio G95 SoC from the last generation and has been optimized well enough to manage even the heaviest tasks. Realme UI 2.0 also makes its debut in India with the Realme 8 series by bringing in a plethora of customization options.
With a sleek profile of 7.99mm, the Realme 8 packs in a massive 5,000mAh battery which can easily last a day and a half with heavy usage and charging up the device can be done in an hour thanks to the 30W fast charger provided in the box. In terms of camera, the primary camera on the back with 64MP is the only one that’s worth your attention.
Motorola added a good budget phone in the segment with the launch of the Moto G40 Fusion in India. The Moto G40 Fusion is powered by the Snapdragon 732G processor which is a capable chipset. It is also the best gaming chipset in the segment. In addition, you also get a big 6.8-inch 120Hz LCD screen with HDR10 certification.
In terms of battery life, the device also packs in a massive 6,000mAh battery which should last a couple of days. But for charging the device, you will have to settle for a 20W fast charging, which takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The device runs on near-stock Android 11 out of the box and as an added security feature, the device also comes with Thinkshield for a mobile suite that protects the phone from supply chain level to OS and hardware level. In the camera department, you get a 48MP main camera on the back and a 16MP selfie camera.
The first “Pro” variant in the Realme Narzo series comes with the segment-first 65W fast charging. With this super Dart charger, the 4,500mAh battery can be filled in just 38 minutes. On the front, there is a 6.5-inch Full HD+ LCD panel with 90Hz refresh rate, 120Hz touch sampling, 480 nits brightness, and 90.5% screen to body ratio. Under the hood, the device is powered by MediaTek’s gaming-centric Helio G95 chipset.
The device is available in two configurations with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. You are looking at a quad-camera stack on the Narzo 20 Pro with primary 48MP Samsung GM1 sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide shooter, a macro lens and a mono portrait lens. To the front, you get a 16MP selfie camera.
Samsung Galaxy M12 is the brand’s first phone with a 90Hz screen refresh rate in the budget segment. Apart from having a high refresh rate screen, the device also comes with a massive 6,000mAh battery and an 8nm Exynos 850 processor.
In terms of optics, the device is having a 48MP ISOCELL GM2 main camera, a 5MP wide-angle lens followed by a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor. To the front, there is a dew-drop notch that houses the selfie camera of 8MP. The phone runs on OneUI 3 Core based on Android 11 out of the box.
Best smartphones under Rs 15,000
- Poco X3
- Redmi Note 10
- Redmi Note 10S
- Realme 8
- Moto G40
- Realme Narzo 20 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy M12