It is October 2021 and our sub-Rs. There hasn’t been much action in the 15,000 phone guide since the last time we updated it. Our latest additions are the Samsung Galaxy F22, and the Realme Narzo 30 5G, which is now available for just under Rs. 15,000. Some of the phones in the previous version of this list have seen some price revisions. The Redmi Note 9 Power has been dropped from our list, as it is a bit outdated now and there are enough Redmi 10 series models to take its place.
The latest crop of smartphones under Rs. 15,000 promises very good performance. Many manufacturers are focusing on style with attractive designs, bold colors and interesting patterns or textures. You can also find smartphones selling for less than Rs. 15,000 with some pretty neat features that were previously limited to high-end phones, such as a high screen refresh rate, IP rating, or an embedded front camera. Some companies have even caught on to the fact that even budget-conscious buyers prefer guaranteed Android updates, and you won’t find outdated software anymore.
If you are looking for the best smartphone at this budget level, then you are at the right place. We’ve compiled a list of the highest-scoring phones in our exhaustive Gadgets 360 review, in which we check out their performance, cameras, battery life, software, design, and more. Here are the best smartphones you can buy under Rs. 15,000 in India now, in no particular order.
15,000. best phones under
|Phones under Rs. 15,000||Gadgets 360 Rating (out of 10)||Price in India (as recommended)|
|redmi 10 prime||8||Rupee. 12,499|
|Samsung Galaxy F22||8||Rupee. 12,499|
|realme narzo 30 5g||8||Rupee. 14,999|
|realme narzo 30||8||Rupee. 12,499|
|redmi note 10||8||Rupee. 12,999|
|moto g30||8||Rupee. 10,999|
|realme narzo 20 pro||8||Rupee. 14,999|
|realme 7||8||Rupee. 14,999|
|Nokia 5.4||7||Rupee. 12,999|
|note 1 . in Micromax||7||Rupee. 12,499|
|Poco M3||8||Rupee. 11,499|
|redmi note 10s||8||Rupee. 14,999|
redmi 10 prime
The Redmi 10 Prime sports a family look and sports a 6.5-inch full-HD+ display with 90Hz refresh rate. It houses a side-mounted fingerprint scanner on a plastic frame and a quad-camera system at the back.
The smartphone is powered by MediaTek Helio G88 SoC, along with a 6,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. Despite having a 50-megapixel primary camera, daylight camera performance was average. Low-light image quality was also very poor, which is one of the main drawbacks of this phone. While it doesn’t have the same impact as its predecessor, it does offer better performance so if that’s more important to you then the Redmi 10 Prime will suit your needs.
Samsung Galaxy F22
Samsung’s Galaxy F22 is a simple budget smartphone that oozes battery life. It also has a vibrant 6.4-inch 90Hz HD+ Super AMOLED display, but cuts down on everything else. The large battery easily lasts two days, but takes a long time to charge. Camera performance is pretty average for its segment, but daylight video quality was good, despite being limited to 1080p. The design of the Galaxy F22 can be best described practically, with a display made out of Gorilla Glass 5 and a plastic unibody. If a vivid display and strong battery life are a priority, the Galaxy F22 fits the bill.
realme narzo 30 5g
The Realme Narzo 30 5G is a slim 5G smartphone with a 90Hz refresh rate display, great battery life, and mid-level gaming performance. The cameras are a bit disappointing for both stills and video, and to make matters worse, there’s no ultra-wide camera. You get the Realme UI and tons of preinstalled apps that can spam you with unwanted information. Charging is a bit slow. However, if you want 5G support and have a tight budget, the Narzo 30 5G is something worth considering.
realme narzo 30
Realme Narzo 30 is a good budget smartphone that offers great everyday usage experience, mid-level gaming performance and good battery life. The design is quite attractive and should attract young buyers. Additionally, there is a powerful SoC and fast charging. Realme UI can be notorious for generating spam from the large number of apps that come preinstalled, and the camera performance is also strictly average, especially for videos. The Narzo 30 isn’t too bad in terms of value for money at a starting price of Rs. 12,499.
redmi note 10
One of the most high-profile launches of 2020 in this segment, the Redmi Note 10 has a revamped design and a lot of features considering its starting price of Rs. 12,499. To keep costs down, Xiaomi has gone with a 48-megapixel primary rear camera, which includes 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 in our budget. The 6.43-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED screen is a big highlight, and the 5000mAh 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 bloatware. The Redmi Note 9 is still a viable option at a low starting price, and the recently launched Redmi 10S is also on our list now.
Although not the most powerful in terms of processing power, the Moto G30 surprises us with its capabilities and is quite well priced. 10,999. The 6.5-inch display has a 90Hz refresh rate, but on the other hand the resolution is only HD+. The phone is also IP52 rated for splash resistance, and Motorola promises hardware and software protection enhancements. You get near-stock Android with a few extra gestures and tweaks. The SoC is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 662 and there is only one configuration with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There is a 5000mAh battery and supports 20W charging.
You get a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It’s a good all-rounder phone, and the main downside is that you might find it bulky.
realme narzo 20 pro
The Realme Narzo 20 Pro is an impressive smartphone for a starting price of just Rs. 14,999 and can be found on sale for sometimes less. It has a lot in common with its close cousin the Realme 7, but it also supports the company’s impressive 65W fast charging technology, which makes it a very attractive option. Overall performance is great, thanks to the MediaTek Helio G95 SoC. The Narzo 20 Pro looks sleek, and offers a vivid display, feature-rich software, and great battery life. Camera performance is also good, although low-light performance could have been better. 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant is available in our budget.
The Realme 7 has already been superseded by the Realme 8, but it is still on sale and still performs well, making it good value for money. The base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is in our budget. The Realme 7 is fast thanks to its faster Helio G95 SoC and the 90Hz refresh rate of the display. Gaming performance is great, the display has decent brightness, and battery life is excellent. 30W fast charging is convenient. However, a side effect of the larger battery is that the Realme 7 is relatively bulky and bulky, and can be a bit tedious to use. The main rear camera of 64 megapixels works well in day and night.
The Nokia 5.4 is an affordable phone, but still aimed at those who want a pro-level video recording tool. It supports H-log format video recording but the hardware and software are not flexible enough to make great use of it. The primary camera takes good but not particularly impressive shots. The 6.39-inch screen has HD+ resolution, and the Snapdragon 662 SoC isn’t the most powerful in this segment. However, its physical design is quite attractive. Another plus point is stock Android with no bloatware and the promise of regular updates. Nokia 5.4 priced at Rs. 13,999 with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, and a variant with 6GB RAM but the same amount of storage at Rs. 15,499 which is only slightly more than the budget.
note 1 . in Micromax
The return of the once mighty Micromax to the Indian smartphone market was one of the biggest stories of 2020. After much anticipation, the company unveiled its “Made in India” series, with the Note 1 being the flagship. The phone also offers stock Android without bloatware or heavy custom UI, and is priced at Rs. 10,999 for 64GB storage or Rs. 12,499 for 128GB storage. Both the options have 4GB of RAM. Micromax has gone with MediaTek Helio G85 SoC and packs a 5000mAh battery which gives good battery life. There’s enough power here for casual use and even some gaming. However, the cameras could use some improvement.
The recently launched Poco M3 has a distinctive design and is available in bright yellow color apart from the usual cool options. Its price starts from Rs. 10,999 with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, while the 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 11,999 – and there’s also a difference in the standard of flash memory used for storage, with the 128GB version being a bit faster too. You get a 6.53-inch full-HD+ screen which is good for this price level, along with the popular Snapdragon 662 SoC and a massive 6000mAh battery. Gaming is handled smoothly but the camera performance is fine. Poco M3 packs a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The phone runs MIUI 12 on top of Android 10, but is supposed to be free of ads and spam notifications. There’s still bloatware but you also get a lot of useful Android UI tweaks and features.
Poco 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 in our budget.
redmi note 10s
The Redmi Note 10 series was launched in India earlier this year, but Xiaomi recently added the new Redmi Note 10S, which costs more than the Redmi Note 10, but still the Redmi Note 10 Pro and Redmi Note 10. Pro is below Max. The phone comes in a distinctive new Blue Gradient color option and is available in two variants: 64GB of storage for Rs. 14,999, and 128GB storage for Rs. 15,999.
Both have 6GB of RAM and use the MediaTek Helio G95 processor which is slightly more powerful than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 used in the Redmi Note 10. The Redmi Note 10S has the same quad-camera setup as the Redmi Note 10, except that the primary camera sensor has a higher resolution of 64 megapixels. All other specifications are similar between both the phones. If you want a slim, good-looking phone that has a little extra oomph, this could be a good option.