Best budget smartphones under 15000

Smartphones are getting cheaper day by day, so you don’t need to spend a lot to get a good phone now. Some fantastic budget-friendly telephones are available in the market that will offer you great specs and multiple functionalities.

In this article, we have tried to handpick the best budget smartphones under 15000 exclusively for you:

  •    Redmi Note 7 Pro

Announced in February 2019 and released this March, Redmi Note 7 pro is among the best-buy phones of Xiaomi.

Price

We are considering the variant with a cost of Rs 13, 999 and an internal memory of 64GB+4GB here.

Features and Specs

With a handy size of 6.3 inches, it is available in some eye-grabbing colors (Nebula Red, Neptune Blue, and Space Black) in the market.

It uses the Android version 9.0 (Pie), MIUI 10 operating system. Powered by 4 Gb of RAM and Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 625 (11nm) with Octa-core processor, it is pretty fast in its performance.  

While the dual rear camera is 48MP+ 5MP, the selfie camera has a specification of 13 MP which makes it popular among today’s buyers for whom taking pictures is essential functionality.

The 4000 mAh Li-Po Battery, though non-removable, offers a good battery life.  The dot-notch display makes your video-watching experience more enjoyable, and it is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  •    Great design with gorilla glass 5 in the front and back
  •    Water drop notch
  •    The 48MP rear camera clicks good pictures even in low light
  •    Powerful battery backup
  •    USB type C
  •    Gives reliable performance and good UI response

Cons

  •     MIUI contains Ads
  •    No dedicated SD card slot
  •   The manufacturers do not bundle the fast charger inside the box
  •    The build involves plastic
  •    No 4k video recording service
  •    No NFC
  •    Samsung Galaxy M20

This 6.3-inches phone provides a beautiful water-drop notch along with some attractive features. It was announced in January this year and is available from February in the market.

Price

The 64GB+4GB variant comes at a worth of Rs 12,999

Features and Specs

Under the hood of Exynos 7904 and an Octacore processing unit, this set offers you the Android version 8.1 Oreo and Samsung’s Experience user interface. The phone comes in a few vibrant colors such as Charcoal black and Ocean blue. 64GB+4GB memory and RAM provides power to the phone and helps it run smoothly.

The Li-Po battery(5000mAh) gives you long battery life. If you are planning for a short trip and do not love using your power-bank much then, this will be the ideal one for you.

Besides, the camera quality is quite good, provided with depth and ultra-wide feature. The rear camera consists of 13MP+ 5MP and the selfie camera of 8 MP.

So, all these make this phone one of the best budget smartphones under 15000.

Pros

  •    Beautiful wide-angle camera
  •    Dedicated card slot
  •    HD streaming service and Dual VoLTE
  •    Elegant display
  •    Nice 1080p video support

Cons

  •    No dual-band Wi-Fi
  •    Gets overheated
  •    Selfie camera performance can be better
  •    Not the right choice for massive gamers
  •    No 4k video recording, even though the chipset allows it
  •    Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

Released in last year December, it is one of the best budget-friendly smartphones of this year.

Price

The 64GB+4GB RAM variation is worth Rs 11,999, which is quite affordable.

Features and Specs

The 6.26-inches phone makes use of the OS version Android 8.1 Oreo, but you can upgrade it to Android 9.0 Pie. The powerful chipset Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm) with an octa-core processor provides you high speed.

However, the internal memory has different modifications, and the prices may vary according to them. Still, the 64GB with 4/6 GB RAM variant remains the best-buy. A rigid corning gorilla glass 6 protects the display, and a powerful battery (Li-Po 5000mAh, non-removable) makes the phone viable for long day use.

The primary camera is 12MP+5MP (depth sensor), and the selfie camera is of 13MP.

The handset comes in blue and titanium colors and is thus fresh in its outlook.

Pros

  •    Great display and design
  •    Powerful battery backup
  •    Dedicated card slot
  •    Amazing performance
  •    Decent camera quality
  •    Corning gorilla glass six protection

Cons

  •    Unsupportive HD streaming service
  •    The black panel tends to get scratches and smudges
  •    No fast charge support
  •    Realme 2 Pro

Released in last year October, this set is a bit old for this list but still tops among the best smartphones of the current year.

Price

The 64GB+4GB has a worth of ₹ 11,999; the prices may vary to different online portals depending on the availability.

Features and Specs

Available in three different colors (black, deep blue, light blue), this handset runs on Android version 8.1 Oreo but is upgradable to pie 9.1. For better speed, there’s an Octa-core processor unit, with Qualcomm SDM440 Snapdragon 660 (14nm) chipset inside it. The 64GB+4GB internal memory variant is among the most desirable phone of the year.

The rear camera offers a good picture quality, along with 16MP+2MP (with depth sensor) and a single selfie camera with 16 MP, f/2.0 for giving you the HD experience.

However, the battery backup is a bit disheartening. It comes with a non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery; so, for it is not the right choice for gamers.

Pros

  •    Great looks
  •    Beautiful display
  •    Dedicated card slot
  •    Bezel-less high-resolution screen with water drop notch
  •    Great camera
  •    Snapdragon 660 provides great speed

Cons

  •    No notification light
  •    No HD streaming
  •    No FM radio
  •    No NFC
  •    Slow charge
  •    Reduced auto exposure in the camera can be a problem sometimes
  •    Build quality could have been better
  •    Honor 10 Lite

This phone comes among the best budget smartphones under 15000; however, depending upon the internal memory and RAM, the price may vary.

Price

Price range is around ₹ 13,499 to ₹ 15,000 for 64GB+4GB.

Features and Specs

Released in November 2018 this phone gives you the latest version of Android 9.0 Pie, EMUI. The 6.21-inch sleek body comes with the chipset Hisilicon Kirin 710 (12 nm) and Octa-core CPU (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53). The 64 GB, 3/4 GB RAM powers the device.

The rear camera (13MP+2MP) comes with an extensive angle lens facility, and the selfie camera is 24MP. The Li-Po battery, however, is non-removable and just 3400 mAh in capacity which is not suitable for long day use.

Pros

  •    Beautiful design
  •    Excellent gaming performance
  •    Dual VoLTE support
  •    Good battery backup
  •    Smart camera performance
  •    Android 9.0 Pie out of the box
  •    Reduces the effect of blue light from the display

Cons

  •    Hybrid SIM slot is a problem
  •    No fast charging
  •    No HD streaming services available
  •    Oversaturated photos
  •    No USB type C connection
  •    Xiaomi MI A2

This set came up in two versions- Mi A2 (for Global edition) and Mi 6X (China only). The global edition is available in the market from July 2018.

Price

You can get the 64GB+4GB variant at just ₹11,999.

Features and Specs

Provided with the advantage of Android One, this set generally runs on Android version 8.1 Oreo. It uses the Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm) and an Octa-core central processing unit with an internal memory of and 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM. The Li-Po 3000mAh battery is non-removable.

Dual camera (12MP+20MP) offers you the best clarity while clicking pictures and the front camera is of 20MP; so, it can be highly useful as well as an affordable phone in this budget. The phone is available in Black, gold, blue, red and rose gold colors. You get multiple options.

Pros

  •    Cost-effective
  •    Fast chipset
  •    Stock Android
  •    Excellent camera quality
  •    Gives you quick updates
  •    The loudspeaker is loud

Cons

  •    Poor battery backup
  •    No microSD card slot
  •    Lacks 3.5mm audio jack
  •    Sunlight legibility is unimpressive
  •    Motorola One Power

Another budget-friendly phone you can get under ₹15,000 is Motorola One Power. This phone released in the market on September 24th, 2018.

Price

The 64GB+4GB variant comes at only Rs 13,742.

Features and Specs

Motorola One Power is the first Android One phone from Motorola Company so that you will get the latest updates after Google Pixel. It comes with android Oreo 8.1 (out of the box). Running on Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 (14 nm) along with Octa-core CPU and 4GB RAM, it gives you the best battery life in this price range (non-removable Li-Ion 5000 mAh). The rear camera offers 16MP+5MP, and the selfie camera offers 12MP. But the low light camera performance can be better.

It is only available in midnight-black color option.

Pros

  •    One of the best battery life
  •    Decent display
  •    Seamless performance
  •    Stock Android software

Cons

  •    A little slow fingerprint scanner
  •    Dual 4G support isn’t available
  •    Low light camera performance can be better
  •    No electronic or optical stabilization for video recording
  •    Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 pro

Redmi 6 Pro is another best-budget smartphone under 15000 by Xiaomi.

Price

The 64GB+4GB variant comes at ₹12,769.

Features and Specs

Launched on November 23, 2018, this phone gives you Android version 8.1 Oreo. However, it is upgradable to Android 9.0 Pie, and also gives you MIUI 9.0. The chipset includes Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 (14 nm), and the 64GB+4GB memory variant supplies power to the device.

Here, the back and front both cameras have a depth sensor and give you a stunning blurred effect in the background (12MP+5MP for rear and 20MP+2MP for great selfies).

The Li-Po battery is non-removable with 4000mAh of capacity which is quite useful in this price range.

Black, blue, rose gold, gold colors are available in the market.

Pros

  •    Long lasting battery life
  •    Good camera quality
  •    Reliable performance and alluring display
  •    Big screen with superb contrast and a small notch in a bezel-less display

Cons

  •    Call quality is average
  •    Bloatware makes the phone slow and uses more space
  •    No type C port
  •    4k video recording may require third-party apps
  •    Lacks fast charging
  •    Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

This handset costs less than 10k, probably the most affordable one in this list of best budget smartphones under 15000.

Price

The 64 GB + 4 GB variant comes at Rs. 9043

Features and Specs

Launched in May, last year, this phone has a size of 5.99 inches with a sleek design.  It has Android 8.1 (Oreo) out of the box, but you can get an update to Android 9.0 (Pie). The chipset is Snapdragon 636, which is responsible for the fast performance of the device. The internal memory available is 64/128 GB with 4/6 GB RAM. The dual camera 13MP+5MP gives an amazing depth effect, and the selfie camera is of 8MP.

The Li-Po battery comes with 5000mAh power and is non-removable. You can get two beautiful colors for this phone- Meteor Silver and Deep-sea Black.

Pros

  •    Good performance
  •    Stock Android version 8.1 Oreo
  •    Dedicated card slot
  •    Dual SIM VoLTE support
  •    Excellent battery backup can be useful for a long day

Cons

  •    Inferior Camera quality
  •    The design could have been better
  •    Loudspeaker sound could have been better at higher sound levels
  •    Realme U1

Released in December 2018, this set is another best-buy phone of the last half of 2018 and first half of 2019. The price range is within ₹10,000.

Price

It is available in Rs 11,999 (for the 64GB+4GB variant).

Features and Specs

Obtainable in vibrant colors like Ambitious Black, Brave Blue, and Fiery Gold, this handset comes in 6.3 inches running on OS Android version 8.1 (Oreo) along with the special ColorOS 5.2. You will get the chipset Mediatek Helio P70 (12nm) and the strength of internal memory (64GB+4GB variation).

The phone comes with 13MP+2MP (dual) rear camera along with 25MP selfie camera; so, it will be the ideal one for snap-lovers.

Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery gives average backup to your phone. The endurance rating is 93 hours.

Pros

  •    Superior design
  •    Excellent performance
  •    Dedicated Card Slot
  •    Fast face unlock feature
  •    Easy fingerprint sensor access
  •    Powerful battery backup

Cons

  •    Bad low light camera performance
  •    No notification LED
  •    The software could have been better

So, these were a few of the best phones under ₹15,000. Opt for them according to your choice and budget and enjoy the jaw-dropping features they have to offer. Happy shopping!

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