The Best Smartphones Under Rs. 15,000 You Can Buy In India


Our latest additions include the Infinix Hot 11S and the Realme 8i. We’ve also made some changes to our old list, removing the Realme 7 because the new 8i is a better buy instead. 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have even caught on to the fact that even budget-conscious buyers prefer guaranteed Android updates, and you won’t find outdated software anymore.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, wherein 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)
realme 8i 8 Rupee. 13,999
infinix hot 11s 8 Rupee. 10,999
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
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

realme 8i

NS realme 8i The super-competitive has been launched at sub-Rs. India faces a lot of competition, including in the 15,000 segment and many other models of Realme. The strength of the Realme 8i lies in its MediaTek Helio G96 SoC and 120Hz display, which help in providing a very smooth user experience. Battery life is good, but the bundled 18W charger does make charging feel relatively slow, especially when we’ve seen other Realme phones supporting 65W charging for around the same price. The Realme 8i isn’t a perfect all-rounder, and its cameras fall short of our expectations. The Realme UI is also loaded with a lot of unnecessary apps that get in the way.

infinix hot 11s

NS infinix hot 11s There is a gamer-focused smartphone for those with a low budget. It offers a high-refresh-rate display that gamers will appreciate, and a decent budget SoC capable of some mid-level gaming. The plastic body has a glossy coating that feels cheap and is a mist magnet. On the other hand, the display is quite good at resisting fingerprints. The large display makes this phone a bit cumbersome, and almost impossible to use with one hand. The stereo speakers work well for gaming and are quite loud. Battery life is excellent and charging is also fast. This smartphone can be a good option for casual users and those who want a gaming experience in a low budget.

redmi 10 prime

NS redmi 10 prime The family looks 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 Galaxy F22 There is a simple budget smartphone that prolongs the battery life. It 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 best be described practically, with a display made out of Gorilla Glass 5 and a plastic unibody. If a vivid display and strong battery life is a priority, then the Galaxy F22 fits the bill.

realme narzo 30 5g

NS realme narzo 30 5g It’s a slim 5G smartphone with a good 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 a lot of preinstalled apps along with the Realme UI that can spam you with unwanted notifications. 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

NS realme narzo 30 It 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, redmi note 10 There’s a new design and plenty of features to boast about considering the starting price of Rs. 12,499. To keep costs down, Xiaomi Comes 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.

moto g30

Although not the most powerful in terms of processing power, moto g30 Amazes us with its capabilities and is reasonably priced at Rs. 10,999. The 6.5-inch display has a 90Hz refresh rate, but the resolution on the other hand 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 added 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

NS realme narzo 20 pro 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 the Realme 7, its close cousin, but it also supports the company’s impressive 65W fast charging technology, which makes it a very attractive option. Overall performance is pretty good, 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.

Nokia 5.4

NS Nokia 5.4 An affordable phone but still targeted at people 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” range. note 1 . In Leading the charge. 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.

Poco M3

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. The 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.

NS Poco M2 Pro 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 is still below. redmi note 10 pro And redmi note 10 pro max, The phone comes in a distinctive new blue gradient color option and is available in two variants: 64GB 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 sports 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 with a little extra feature, this could be a good option.


Roydon Cerejo writes about smartphones and laptops for Gadgets 360 based out of Mumbai. He is Deputy Editor (Reviews) at Gadgets 360. He has written frequently about the smartphone and PC industry and has an interest in photography as well. With over a decade of experience covering the consumer technology sector, he is also an avid film and TV show geek and is always up for good horror flicks. Roydon is available at [email protected], so please send your leads and tips.
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