The Indian smartphone market has been extremely competitive, especially the segment from ₹10,000 to ₹20,000. There are so many options in the market that often it can be a bit of a challenge to choose the best smartphone for your needs. In this guide, we’re looking at the sweet spot — the best phones under ₹15,000. In 2019, most of these phones come with big batteries, notched displays and multiple cameras. Some brands have also started offering improved fast charging capabilities, just like flagships.
While Xiaomi has dominated the ₹15,000 smartphone segment for a long time, players like Realme, Asus and even Samsung are giving it a tough fight now. Without wasting any more time, let’s take a look at the best smartphones under ₹15,000 in India in October 2019.
Realme 5 Pro
Weight: 184g | Dimensions: 157 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm | OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 712 | RAM: 4/6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 4035mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP
Snapdragon 712 chipset
20W VOOC charging
Heavy software skin
Realme has been gunning for the market share that Redmi smartphones currently enjoy. To this end, the company launched the Realme 5 Pro with the Snapdragon 712 chipset. The Realme 5 Pro is aimed at users who like gaming and want a good option in the budget segment.
In addition to the Snapdragon 712 chipset, the Realme 5 Pro brings an interesting quad-camera setup. The device, launched just few months after the Realme 3 Pro is a good option in the budget segment.
The processor is good for tasks such as gaming and the performance is very consistent too. The device, powered by a 4,035 mAh battery with fast charge support is a good option, however, ColorOS might be a issue for some.
Read the full review: Realme 5 Pro
Samsung Galaxy M30s
Weight: 188g | OS: OneIU over Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels | CPU: Exynos 9611 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 6000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP
15W fast charging
Super AMOLED display
Triple camera setup
After losing substantial market share to Chinese smartphone companies, Samsung is back with new devices in the Galaxy M series. The company’s latest offering, the Galaxy M30s is the successor of the Galaxy M30 and comes with several upgrades over its predecessor. The main talking point is the gigantic 6,000mAh battery with support for 15W fast charging along with a USB Type-C port.
Other Samsung staples such as a Super AMOLED display, an Exynos processor, triple cameras consisting of a primary sensor, an ultra-wide and a depth sensor, and OneUI all make the cut. If you are looking for a feature packed budget device that will last you a whole day, the Galaxy M30s is worth considering.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 675 | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP
Impressive front camera
Value for money
Hybrid SIM card slot
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Xiaomi has been dominating the budget and entry-level smartphone segments in India for a long time now. This is no different this year either – the launch of the Redmi Note 7 Pro changed the market dynamics yet again. Offering a high-resolution, premium-grade 48MP camera at budget prices was the primary clincher for the Redmi Note 7 Pro.
As for selfies, the 20MP front camera grabs a decent amount of detail, and you can use the screen as a fill flash to brighten things up and even things out.
Read the full review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
Vivo Z1 Pro
Weight: 201g | Dimensions: 162.4 x 77.3 x 8.9mm | OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.53-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 712 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP
Micro-USB port for charging
Vivo, known for its camera centric device has been working on improving other aspects of its devices, such as using better chipsets and bigger batteries for its devices. The Vivo Z1 Pro, is one such device that offers an all-round device in the budget segment.
The Vivo Z1 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 712 chipset, coupled with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It features a triple camera setup at the back and a 32MP selfie camera at the front. It is powered by a huge 5,000mAh battery that should easily last you a whole day.
Weight: 182g | Dimensions: 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.18-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2246 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP | Front camera: 20MP
The Poco F1, which was launched as the most affordable Snapdragon 845 device in India has received several price cuts since its launch. Recently, the device received another price cut, due to the company’s own Redmi K20.
The Poco F1 is a powerful device and the only smartphone in the sub-Rs 15,000 segment to be powered by a flagship chipset. It must be noted that the device features a plastic build, however, this is not a big issue at its current price level. If you are looking at a powerful device with a good battery life, the Poco F1 with its Snapdragon 845 chipset and the 4,000mAh battery is worth considering.