Top 10 Best Mobile Phones Under 15000 In India (2021)

Today you don’t have to spend a whole lot of money to get a feature-packed smartphone. Samsung, Xiaomi, and Realme have regularly provided outstanding value choices under Rs. 15,000 and we’ve added some of their new releases to this purchasing guide to our June update.

Realme eventually succeeded in releasing its youth-centered Narzo, which complements its other offerings. For the Galaxy M21, Samsung had a fresh version too. Any older versions included in this guide are replaced by comparable or better ones due to price adjustments.

If you have Rs. 15,000 budget to get a new smartphone, then we’ve researched for you. Having reviewed multiple smartphones in this segment, here are models, in no particular order, that are a cut above the rest.

Here is the list of Best Smartphones Under 15000 Rupees available to buy in India: 

Realme Narzo 10

Realme Narzo 10: Best mobile Under 15000

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Realme has recently released its much-anticipated Narzo collection, and the Narzo 10 is a strong deal for Rs. 15,000 under. Here Realme addresses the millennial audience, based on the success of design and games.

The Narzo 10 has the MediaTek Helio G80 which handles games well and the overall performance of the app and multitasking is also solid. Battery life is one of the strong suits for this unit, too.

The cameras are the only field the Narzo 10 should have performed well in. For all the rear cameras and the single front one, the performance at daytime is fine, but low light output left everyone wanting more.

The camera app, particularly for some of its key functions, should have been a little more intuitive too. Realme UI looks new and exciting but a ton of pre-installed bloatware is already in existence.

There is only one configuration, with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of data. At Rs. 11,999 alone, the little problems of the Narzo 10 can be forgiven as there is no questioning the tremendous value you get for your effort.

Key Specs

  • Performance: MediaTek Helio G80
  • Storage: 64 GB 
  • Camera: Front: 48+8+2+2 MP Rear: 16 MP 
  • Battery: 5000 mAh
  • Display: 6.50″ (720 x 1600) 
  • RAM: 4 GB

Poco M2 Pro

Poco M2 Pro: Best mobile Under 15000

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The Poco M2 Pro is geared towards the budget segment. Much like the Poco X2, it has a luxurious look and packs in a wide 6.67-inch panel. Instead of the higher 120Hz refresh rate, the Poco X2 has had the standard 60Hz refresh rate.

Poco used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, and also opted for a P2i coating on the M2 Pro which makes it to some extent splash-resistant. This smartphone is operated by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720 G SoC which we saw in rival versions like the Redmi Note 9 Pro as well.

The Poco M2 Pro has three variants: 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of storage, 6 GB of RAM with 64 GB of storage, and 6 GB of RAM with 128 GB of storage. Those three models are rated respectively at Rs. 13,999, Rs. 14,999 and Rs. 16,999.

The Poco M2 Pro packs in a 5000mAh battery and when we checked it was able to provide a decent battery life. The business also offers a 33W adapter that will carry the handset in an hour to 95 percent.

The Poco M2 Pro has a quad-camera configuration with the main photographer of 48 megapixels. In the daytime, the phone captures good-looking images but its wide-angle camera captured poor colors and information.

The central and broad-angle cameras struggled with exposure and accuracy in low light. Night mode hasn’t been very effective.

Key Specs

  • Performance: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Camera: Front: 48 + 8 + 5 + 2 MP Rear: 16 MP 
  • Battery: 5000 mAh
  • Display: 6.67″ (1080 x 2400)
  • RAM : 4 GB

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Realme 6

Realme 6: Best mobile Under 15000

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The Realme 6 is the first phone to deliver a screen with a 90Hz refresh rate under Rs. 15,000, close to several flagships currently on the market. Although we consider the Realme 6 to be well built, the side-mounted fingerprint scanner might not apply to everyone. In the heavy hand, the tool is marginally tipping the scales at 191 g.

Realme 6 is driven by the Mediatek Helio G90 T which delivers some serious output, especially in games. Realme offers three variants: RAM 4 GB with 64 GB storage, RAM 6 GB with 128 GB storage, and RAM 8 GB with 128 GB storage.

We considered the output of the camera to be excellent at daytime, providing a decent amount of data. The wide-angle camera provides a larger field of vision but is not ideal for the dynamic range. Low-light image performance rate marginally drops but this is improved by night mode.

Recently, the Realme 6 has had a price hike and the base variant is now priced at Rs. 14,999 and is the only one that fits into our budget, after the second price hike. The other versions would allow you to pay more.

Key Specs

  • Performance: MediaTek Helio G90T
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Camera: 64+8+2+2 MP
  • Battery: 4300 mAh
  • Display: 6.5″ (16.51 cm)
  • RAM: 4 GB

Samsung Galaxy M21

Samsung Galaxy M21: Best mobile Under 15000

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It is very shocking as to how much the latest Samsung Galaxy M21 is identical to the Galaxy M30s. Both phones are virtually identical, other than a higher-resolution selfie camera on the new model. The great thing about it is that Samsung has reduced the price of the Galaxy M21 over the Galaxy M30s and makes it a safer option.

Any of the strengths of the phone include its clear AMOLED panel, low weight, very strong battery life, and reasonable efficiency in the test. On top of Android 10, it uses Samsung’s One UI 2.0 app.

It’s driven by the commonly used Exynos 9611 SoC, which isn’t the most powerful particularly if you have more powerful phones in the same segment based on Qualcomm and MediaTek SoCs. Also, it gets the job done for general use, and a touch of light play.

During the day, the triple rear cameras are good but are failing a little in low light. However, the selfie camera of 20 megapixels is a significant upgrade over that of the M30s, as pictures taken during the day had decent clarity and low-light images were still useable.

In June 2020, the Samsung Galaxy M21 got a price increase and it now begins at Rs. 13,999 for 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB storage version. The higher-end version, which has 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of capacity, is now priced at Rs. 15,999.

Key Specs

  • Performance: Exynos 9611
  • Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
  • Camera: Front: 48 + 8 + 5 MP Rear: 20 MP
  • Battery: 6000 mAh 
  • Display: 6.4″ (1080 x 2340)
  • RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB

Redmi Note 9 Pro

Redmi Note 9 Pro: Best mobile Under 15000

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In this price segment, the Redmi Note 9 Pro has been a good recommendation from us since it was released. This has a 6.67-inch wide panel. At 209g in weight, we consider the handset to be cumbersome and heavy but it’s well built.

It is operated by the Snapdragon 720 G SoC and comes in two versions, one with RAM 4 GB and storage 64 GB and the other with RAM 6 GB and storage 128 GB. The base version is eligible for Rs. 13,999 which due to the GST rise is a slight jump up from its launch price of Rs. 12,999.

Key Specs

  • Performance: Snapdragon 720G 
  • Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
  • Camera: 48+8+5+2 MP
  • Battery: 5020 mAh
  • Display: 6.67″ (16.94 cm)
  • RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB

Vivo U20

Vivo U20: Best mobile Under 15000

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Vivo’s U series was specifically built to deal with Xiaomi and Realme online-exclusive products. The Vivo U20 features the capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC, packs in a 5,000mAh battery, and a triple camera setup at the back.

Despite its battery, the handset is a little bulky. It has a Micro-USB port at the bottom, which is somewhat surprising as the Type-C norm in this price segment is now popular.

In the package, Vivo contains an 18W converter that helps to reduce charging time. The output is good for the price and this smartphone can easily play games and multitask.

We consider the cameras inferior to the average. Unless you intend to use this as your main photos-taking tool, you might want to find the other phones in this price range.

The Vivo U20 comes in two variants: 4 GB of RAM and 6 GB of RAM. For both storage remains identical at 64 GB. The basic variant is now available at Rs. 11,990 and the top variant at Rs. 12,990.

Key Specs

  • Performance: Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 
  • Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
  • Camera: Front: 16 + 8 + 2 , Rear: 16 MP
  • Battery: 5000 mAh
  • Display: 6.53″ (1080 x 2340)
  • RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB

Honor 9x

Honor 9x: Best mobile Under 15000

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The Honor 9X resembles the end of an era. It’s the only Honor mobile to operate on Google services and it just does great for what it’s worth. There’s a 6.59-inch fullHD+ LCD panel, while the Kirin 710F SoC handles the output.

Players such as PUBG Mobile and COD Mobile may be played without frame drops. As for the phones, at the rear, you’ll have a 48MP triple frame system and a 16MP selfies pop-up device. The Honor 9X operates on a 10W-charged 4,000mAh pack.

Key Specs

  • Performance: HiSilicon Kirin 810 (7 nm)
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Camera: Front: 48 + 8 + 2 , Rear: 16 MP
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Display: 6.59″ (1080 X 2340)
  • RAM: 4 GB

Samsung Galaxy M30s

Samsung Galaxy M30s: Best mobile Under 15000

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The Samsung Galaxy M30s appears elegant and trendy with a front-facing AMOLED touchscreen coupled with a 48MP triple camera system on the rear. The Galaxy M30s has a Super AMOLED monitor measuring 6.4 inches, with a resolution measuring 1080 x 2340 pixels at 403 PPI.

It is operated by the Exynos 9611 chipset, paired with the Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. Up to 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage comes with the phone. It sports a 48MP + 8MP + 5MP triple rear camera setup.

This even has a 16MP selfie lens. But the best thing about the phone is within 6000mAh battery which supports quick charging. It is the strongest Samsung phone in India under 15000.

Key Specs

  • Performance: Samsung Exynos 9610
  • Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
  • Camera: Front: 48 + 8 + 5 Rear: 16 MP
  • Battery: 6000 mAh
  • Display: 6.4″ (1080 x 2400)
  • RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB

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Vivo Z1 Pro

Vivo Z1 Pro: Best mobile Under 15000

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The Vivo Z1 Pro is the official handset for the PUBG Mobile Club Open championship and, as such, it comes with some neat features designed specifically for PUBG Mobile games.

It involves a separate induction room, 4D sounds, changing of speech, and more. Under the hood, the Z1 Pro is also very powerful, featuring the Snapdragon 712 along with up to 6 GB RAM and 128 GB ram.

There is a triple-camera system on the rear which is the phone’s vulnerable spot. It tends to take over-saturated, over-processed photos that may not be up to the taste of all.

The architecture of the Z1 Pro is also top-notch (or can we claim no notch?), as the front camera gets drilled into the window. The back is gradient plastic and when held against the all-glass Redmi Note 7 Pro likes it feels a little cheap. We just endorse the Vivo Z1 Pro if you take PUBG Mobile seriously.

Key Specs

  • Performance: Qualcomm Snapdragon 712
  • Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
  • Camera: Front: 16 + 8 + 2, Rear: 32 MP
  • Battery: 5000 mAh
  • Display: 6.53″ (1080 x 2340)
  • RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB

Redmi Note 8

Redmi Note 8: Best mobile Under 15000

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The Redmi Note 8 checks both boxes for a smartphone on a budget. It is running on the Snapdragon 665 SoC, a popular mid-range SoC which is good for most of the usual tasks.

The body itself is made of glass on both sides with Gorilla Glass 5 guaranteeing greater longevity for glass-based smartphones in this category. Besides, there are four vertically mounted cameras at the top.

This comprises a Sony 48MP sensor, an ultra-wide 8MP mount, a 2MP macro lens, and another 2MP depth sensor. Redmi provides Notice 8 variants in 4 GB and 6 GB RAM with volume variants beginning at 32 GB up to 128 GB.

There is a 6.3-inch IPS LCD screen with FHD+ resolution housing a 13MP selfie camera with a waterdrop notch. Like all Xiaomi smartphones, the Redmi Note 8 operates on MIUI offering a selection of helpful and quick to use apps.

The Redmi Note 8 is one of the strongest mobiles under Rs 15,000.

Key Specs

  • Performance: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 
  • Storage: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
  • Camera: Front: 48+8+2+2 MP  Rear: 13 MP
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Display: 6.3″ (1080 X 2340)
  • RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB

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Conclusion:

The strongest phone under the price of 15000 will quickly carry stiff competition from the high-enders. With high-resolution multi-camera setups, strong processors, HDR functionality, and more, handheld devices under Rs 15,000 can offer flagship smartphones a run for their money owing to their technical expertise.

Not only will smartphones cover the basics in 2021, but they do also deliver innovations such as in-display fingerprint scanners, game processors, fast refresh rate monitors, internal ventilation, multi-camera configurations, glass-based prototypes and much, much more.

Many smartphones sold in this category are produced by brands like Xiaomi, Realme, Samsung, Nokia, and more but we had to rearrange the rankings a little after a GST rate hike on cell phone purchases.

We do hope this comprehensive list serves in deciding a smartphone of your choice within the budget.

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