Things are slowing down in the country due to the lockdown, which also means we might not have best smartphones launching in the period. In case you’re looking to get a solid budget phone during this period, here are your best options in the extremely competitive segment from Rs10,000 to Rs 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 Rs 15,000. Luckily for us, this segment has seen the most improvement this year, with features such as quad-cameras and fast charging now becoming a staple.
While Xiaomi has dominated the Rs 15,000 smartphone segment for a long time, players like Realme, Vivo, 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 Rs 15,000 in India for July 2020.
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Weight: 191g | Dimensions: 162.1 x 74.8 x 8.9 mm | OS: Realme UI, Android 10 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 pixels | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE Octa Core | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 4035mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP
Realme 5 pro is the most affordable phone with a 90Hz display in the Indian market, providing a smooth user experience. The 30W fast charging is also a rare inclusion at this price point.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE processor powering the device is great for gaming, and can push high frame rates in many games. Though, that sometimes comes at the cost of heating.
Weight: 209g | Dimensions: 165.8 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm | OS: MIUI 11, Android 10 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 2400 x 1080 pixels | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Octa Core | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB/512GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 13MP
The Redmi Note 8 Pro series is a big departure from its predecessor, bringing a much more premium design to the mix. Its best feature is its battery life – the 4000 mAh pack will easily last you over a day.
On the inside, it is powered by the Snapdragon 665 chipset, which is the most reliable silicon available at this price. Combine that with a quad-camera setup and a big screen, and you get a very easy-to-recommend phone.
Weight: 200g | Dimensions: 161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm | OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 5.99-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa Core| RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 12 + 5MP | Front camera: 20MP
Powered by the 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa Core chipset, the Redmi Note 6 Pro lives up to the hype and offers fluid performance. The liquid cooling tech, a massive 4,000mAh battery, 18W fast charging and the 64MP quad cameras on the back seal the deal rather well.
Weight: 173.8g | Dimensions: 153.5 x 71.9 x 8.5 mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.08-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1560 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 665 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 4030mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP
Xiaomi’s smartphones have been a hit in the budget segment and that trend has continued for years. However, not everyone is a fan of MIUI and Xiaomi has acknowledged that with the launch of its Android One series of smartphones.
The Mi A3 is the latest in this line of smartphones. It runs on clean, stock Android and should get updates faster than other phones. It also offers a decent camera experience, an in-display fingerprint sensor and a big battery at very aggressive prices, making it a great option if you want all these features.
Weight: 184g | Dimensions: 157 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm | OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.53-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Octa Core | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3765mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP
Realme has been gunning for the market share that Redmi smartphones currently enjoy. To this end, the company launched the Realme X with the 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Octa Core. The Realme X is aimed at users who like gaming and want a good option in the budget segment.
In addition to the 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Octa Core, the Realme X 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 3765 mAh battery with fast charge support is a good option, however, ColorOS might be a issue for some.
If you can stretch your budget by a bit, the Realme X is a significantly better offering, bringing a 64Mp quad-camera setup, faster charging and a great AMOLED display.
Weight: 191g | OS: OneIU 2.0, Android 10.0 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels | CPU: Exynos 9611 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP | Front camera: 32MP
Samsung’s new M series is a breath of fresh air in the budget segment. While they aren’t the best at performance, they make up for that with brand value and other features. Take the Galaxy M30 for example, which brings a mammoth 5,000mAh battery for unmatchable battery life without getting too bulky.
The quad-camera setup is good to have, but the results were usually underwhelming. The same goes for performance. It’s not an all-rounder like the others on this list, but has a very specific audience.