The sub-Rs 15,000 bracket is indeed one of the most important segments in the Indian smartphone market. That’s the reason why brands have always been trying to dominate the category by offering attractive features at affordable prices. Now, given the tons of options, it gets quite confusing and tiresome to choose the right device. Therefore, to make it easier for you, here are our top five picks for the best phones under Rs 15,000 in India.
Best Phones Under Rs 15,000 in India
1. Redmi Note 9 Pro
The Redmi Note 9 Pro (first look review) offers a 6.67″ punch-hole display with Full-HD+ resolution, powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, and a 5,020mAh battery with 18W charging as its main highlights.
For photography, the phone gets a 48-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel wide-angle shooter, a 5-megapixel 2cm macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Upfront, there’s a 16-megapixel camera for selfies.
The phone performs fairly well and excels in the segment with its impressive battery life. Plus, it touts a modern design that looks sober at the same time. Nevertheless, the bulky form factor makes it slightly uncomfortable for one-hand use. Also, MIUI may not be liked by everyone.
Price- Rs. 13,999
2. Realme 6
The Realme 6 (first impressions) brings the segment-first high-refresh-rate display and 64-megapixel quad-camera setup. It flaunts a 6.5-inch full-hd+ panel with a punch-hole cutout and 90Hz refresh rate, which makes it smoother than the competition.
In the optics department, you get a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro unit, and a 2-megapixel mono sensor. On the front, there is a 16-megapixel shooter.
The phone gets powered by the MediaTek Helio G90T processor which when coupled with the refresh rate, makes up for a great gaming experience. The device is fueled by a 4,300mAh battery which can be charged quickly with the given 30W fast charger.
Price- Rs. 13,999
3. Honor 9X Pro
Honor 9X Pro is one of the few phones in the segment to come with a pop-up selfie camera. Plus, it offers whopping 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, giving it another edge over the competition.
Talking of other specifications, the phone gets a 6.59″ full-hd+ display. Plus, it runs 7nm-based Kirin 810 which offers class-leading performance. All of this is backed by a 4,000mAh cell.
Furthermore, the handset flaunts a 48-megapixel primary camera, assisted by an 8-megapixel wide-angle shooter and a 2-megapixel depth camera. There’s a 16-megapixel selfie shooter.
Unfortunately, the device lacks Google Play Store and Google Mobile Services. Instead, it uses Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) and App Gallery. Now, while there are several tutorials to install GMS on the device, you should get it only if you can live without Google apps and its services. Read our detailed FAQ to clear up other doubts or queries.
Price- Rs. 14,999
4. Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Galaxy M31 (first impressions) is a great phone for AMOLED lovers- it comes fitted with a 6.4″ full-hd+ Super AMOLED display that offers excellent contrast and viewing angles. Furthermore, there’s a water-drop notch and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Specifications include Exynos 9611 processor which is on par with the Snapdragon 710, accompanied by a whopping 6,000mAh battery- the largest of the pack. Samsung has also included support for 15W fast charging.
As far as the camera is concerned, the Galaxy M31 comes equipped with a 64-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro shooter, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. At the front, there’s a 32-megapixel selfie camera.
Note that the phone gets a polycarbonate build, which while helps maintain a lighter profile, doesn’t offer a premium feel like some other devices in the segment. Also, phones like Redmi Note 9 Pro and Realme 6 perform better when it comes to gaming.
Price- Rs. 14,999
5. Vivo Z1x
Unlike other phones in the list, the Vivo Z1x offers an in-display fingerprint scanner laid under the beautiful 6.38″ full-hd+ Super AMOLED display. While we’d have loved to see a punch-hole with this combination, it employs traditional dew-drop notch upfront.
The phone offers apt performance with Snapdragon 712 and has a very stable battery life, thanks to the built-in 4,500mah cell. Besides, Vivo has included 22.5W flash charging which juices up the phone fairly quickly.
To handle photography duties, there’s a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle shooter, and a basic 2-megapixel depth sensor at the rear. For selfie lovers, there’s a 32-megapixel front camera.
The phone also comes with a dedicated Google Assistant button. That said, it’s on the bulky side. Also, the heavily skinned FunTouch OS isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
Price- Rs. 15,990
These were our top five picks for the best phones under Rs 15,000 in India. So, what’s your favorite from the ones mentioned above? Have any other phone to recommend? Do let us know in the comments below. Also, feel free to reach out for any doubts or queries. Stay tuned for more such articles.
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