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.

List of Best Smart Phones Under 15000 In India (May 2020)

1. Redmi Note 9 Pro 

Redmi Note 9 Pro has a lower starting price than its predecessors, but also doesn’t offer all the modern features that you might expect. It has a 6.67-inch LCD screen with a 60Hz refresh rate and hole-punch front camera at the top. The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G which is surprisingly powerful for this segment. You also get a 5020mAh battery and suppport for 18W fast charging. 

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is powerful and everyday work will go smoothly. The display is large and crisp, making games and movies look good. You have a choice between variants, one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and the other with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

The 48-megapixel primary camera was slightly disappointing overall, particularly in low light. There’s also an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front you get a 16-megapixel selfie camera. 

Best Mobile Phones Under 15000 In India

Rs.12,999

Redmi Note 9 Pro Specifications
Display6.67-inch, 1080×2400 pixels
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 720G
RAM4GB
Storage64GB
Battery Capacity5020mAh
Rear Camera48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Front Camera16MP

2.Poco X2

The Poco X2 offers good value for money, with specifications and capabilities that few other companies can match in the sub-Rs. 20,000 market. The design, with its attention-grabbing circular patch on the rear and bright gradient finishes, might be a bit polarising but Poco has used Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back for durability. You get a large 6.67-inch screen with dual front cameras embedded in a cutout in the top-right corner. The display is bright, and supports a 120Hz refresh rate as well as HDR-10, but we didn’t find it to be too vibrant. Performance is very good thanks to the Snapdragon 730G processor, and you can get up to 8GB of RAM with up to 256GB of storage for less than Rs. 20,000. This phone also boasts of a 64-megapixel primary rear camera and it took very good stills in the daytime. The night mode also helped low-light photos look good. The wide-angle and macro cameras are less useful but still nice to have. Daytime videos looked good, but quality suffered a lot at night, especially when recording at 4K. Battery life was also quite good, but not spectacular. 

Best Mobile Phones Under 15000 In India

Rs.13,199

Poco X2 Specifications
Display6.67-inch, 1080×2400 pixels
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
RAM6GB
Storage64GB
Battery Capacity4500mAh
Rear Camera64MP + 2MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera20MP + 2MP

3.Vivo U20

The Vivo U20 is from the online exclusive U series from Vivo. The Vivo U20 sports a 6.53-inch IPS LCD display with a dewdrop notch at the top. It has a full-HD+ resolution and a screen-to-body ratio of 90.3 percent. The phone is a tad bulky at 193g which is mainly down to the 5,000mAh battery that it packs.

Powering the Vivo U20 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC and it is offered with 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants. Storage for both these variants remains the same at 64GB which is further expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card slot. The smartphone is available in Racing Black and Blaze Blue colour variants. In the box, the smartphone comes with an 18W fast charger which helps top the device quickly.

Vivo ships the U20 with Funtouch OS 9.2 running on top of Android 9. It does get a fair amount of bloatware preinstalled on the smartphone. The Vivo U20 has a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 16-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel super-wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. For selfies, it has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. It clicks decent photos in daylight but low-light camera isn’t great.

Best Mobile Phones Under 15000 In India

Rs.11,990

Vivo U20 Specifications
Display6.53-inch, 1080×2340 pixels
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 675
RAM4GB
Storage64GB
Battery Capacity5000mAh
Rear Camera16MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera16MP

4.Galaxy M30s

The Galaxy M30s is an update to the Samsung Galaxy M30 which was launched earlier this year. This new smartphone packs in a 6,000mAh battery which is its highlight feature. We were impressed with the AMOLED display on this smartphone as it was crisp and had good viewing angles. The 6.4-inch display also got bright enough when outdoors.

Samsung has picked the Exynos 9611 SoC to power the Galaxy M30s which is the same processor powering the Galaxy A50s, There are two variants of the Galaxy M30s, 4GB RAM with 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. The processor isn’t as powerful as the Snapdragon 675 SoC but is on par with the Snapdragon 710 SoC.

The Galaxy M30s has a triple camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. We were happy with the camera performance of the Galaxy M30s however, it was slow to focus while shooting macros. Video recording tops out at 4K but lacks stabilisation. On the other hand, videos shot at 1080p were stabilised.

We could use the Galaxy M30s for close to 2 days with our usage. The big battery does help to keep the phone away from the charger for long. Charging the phone took about 2 and a half hours with the supplied 15W charger.

Best Mobile Phones Under 15000 In India
Samsung Galaxy M30s Specifications
Display6.40-inch, 1080×2340 pixels
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 9611
RAM4GB
Storage64GB
Battery Capacity6000mAh
Rear Camera48MP + 5MP + 8MP
Front Camera16M

7.Nokia 7.2

Best Mobile Phones Under 15000 In India

Rs.13,999

Nokia 7.2 Specifications
Display6.30-inch, 1080×2340 pixels
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660
RAM4GB
Storage64GB
Battery Capacity3500mAh
Rear Camera48MP + 5MP + 8MP
Front Camera20MP

8.Redmi Note 8

Redmi Note 8 Pro is a highly sought after smartphone. It has a big-display which measures 6.53-inches and a water drop notch that houses the selfie camera. The display also has support for HDR.  It has a glass back that is made out of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Redmi Note 8 pro also has an IR Blaster at the top whihc cna be used to control other IR-based appliances.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Helio G90T which is a gaming processor. It is very capable and can play most gaming title out there on the play store. There are three variants of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM with 128GB storage. It uses UFS 2.1 for storage and has a dedicated card slot for storage expansion.

Xiaomi ships the Redmi Note 8 Pro with MIUI 10 running on top of Android 9 Pie. It comes preinstalled with a few apps which are capable of generating spammy notifications. The Redmi Note 8 Pro packs in a 4,500mAh battery that helps the device deliver good battery life. Xiaomi has also bundled an 18W charger with the device. The Redmi Note 8 Pro packs a triple camera setup at the back and clicks some good shots in different lighting conditions. We found low-light video performance to be sub-par.

Best Mobile Phones Under 15000 In India

Rs.13,500

Redmi Note 8 Pro Specifications
Display6.53-inch, 1080×2340 pixels
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G90T
RAM6GB
Storage64GB
Battery Capacity4500mAh
Rear Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera20MP
Best Mobile Phones Under 15000 In India

Rs.12,269

Realme 5 Pro Specifications
Display6.30-inch, 1080×2340 pixels
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 712
RAM4GB
Storage64GB
Battery Capacity4035mAh
Rear Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera16MP

List of Best Smart Phones Under 15000 In India (May 2020)

Best Smart Phones Under 15000Prices
1.Redmi Note 9 ProRs. 12,999
2.Poco X2Rs. 13,199
3.Vivo U20Rs. 11,990
4.Samsung Galaxy M30sRs. 14,399
5.Nokia 7.2Rs. 13,999
6.Redmi Note 8 ProRs. 13,500
7.Realme 5 ProRs. 12,269

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