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10 Best Smartphones Under ₹15000 in India [October 2020]

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If you are looking to buy a smartphone under ₹15,000 then there are a lot of options for you. The smartphone in this budget suits a wide range of customers. This is the most competitive category as well and you get smartphones that offer excellent value, are well priced and few of them will provide flagship-like performance.

A while ago we have done the article about best smartphones under ₹10000 and if you can slightly increase your budget to ₹15000 then you can get more value for money smartphones. So we decided to do the same for ₹15,000 as well. So here are the best smartphones under ₹15,000 in India that are the best bang for the buck.

PS: We may have missed some smartphones on the list but it doesn’t mean that they are not great. Let us know in the comments so that we can include them ASAP. We will also be updating the article frequently as new phones are released and are worth including in this list, so make sure to check back again before making a choice.

List of Best Smartphones Under ₹15000 in India

Note: If you are not living in India then don’t worry many phones that are listed here are available worldwide, and you can easily order it online. These smartphones are neither in ascending or descending order. All of them are the best in this price range depending on your taste

1. Redmi Note 9 Pro

Redmi Note 9 Pro
Image Source – https://www.mi.com/in/buy/product/redmi-note-9-pro

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is the latest smartphone in the Note 9 Series followed by two other smartphones. This one falls in the middle and packs some slight upgrades when it comes to design, camera, and battery. However, performance is a little downgrade from its predecessor. The device has front and back glass and comes in three color variant Tropical Green, Glacier White, and Interstellar Gray.

On the front, it has a 6.67 inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2400 Pixels. The screen has the 20:9 aspect ratio design with a punch-hole notch and very minor bottom bezels. Although it is not an AMOLED display. the screen quality is great, and you get Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and back.

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The device is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset paired with Adreno 618 GPU. The performance here is top-notch, especially in this price range. It is great for all day to day tasks as well as heavy gaming. You get 6GB of RAM and 64/128GB of Internal Storage. On the software side, you get MUI 11 Skin on top of Android 10.

The Cameras on the device are also amazing in this price segment. You get a Quad rear-facing camera setup with a combo of 64MP Primary sensor, 8MP Ultrawide Sensor, 5MP Macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, you get a 16MP camera for taking selfies. Some other features of the camera include LED flash, HDR, Beauty Mode, and Night Mode.

Connectivity features on this device include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, IR Blaster, USB 2.0, and Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. In terms of security, you get a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and face unlock. The device has a large 5020 mAh battery inside along with 30W Qualcomm Fast Charging support.

Technical Specifications

SoCQualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm)
Ram and Storage6GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB
Display and Resolution6.67 inches (1080 x 2400 pixels)
CameraQuad Rear 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front 16 MP
Battery 5020 mAh

2. Realme 7

Realme 7
Image Source – https://buy.realme.com/in/goods/236

Realme has launched a couple of new smartphones recently, and Finally, Realme has tried something new with the design, and it can be seen with the Realme 7 Series of Smartphone. This time you get a Dual toned back design that comes in Mist Blue and Mist White color variant. Both the color variant looks amazing.

On the front, you get a 6.5 inch IPS LCD with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. The display has a punch hole notch for the front camera, and it also has the 90 Hz Refresh Rate. The display is bright with 480 nits of brightness, and it is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The device is powered by the newly launched Mediatek Helio G95 Processor Paired with Mali-G76 MC4 GPU. The performance on this device is slightly improved as compared to its predecessor. It runs on Android 10 Based on Realme UI Skin on top, and you can grab this phone in two variants 6GB and 8GB RAM with 64 GB or 128GB Storage.

Cameras are also improved, and this time you get a Quad Camera setup on the back with a 64MP Main sensor, 8MP Ultrawide sensor, 2MP depth sensor, and 2MP Macro Lens. On the front, you get a 16MP selfie camera. The camera also features an LED flash, HDR, 4K Recording with gyro-EIS.

Connectivity options here include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, FM Radio, USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, and USB On-The-Go. To secure the device, it has a Side-mounted Fingerprint scanner and Faces Unlock. Finally, coming to the battery backup, it has a massive 5000 mAh battery along with 30W Fast Charging Support.

Technical Specifications

SoCMediatek Helio G95 (12 nm)
Ram and Storage64GB + 6GB RAM | 128GB + 8GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.5 inches (1080 x 2400 pixels)
CameraQuad Rear 64 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP | Front 16 MP
Battery 5000mAh

3. Realme Narzo 20 Pro

Realme Narzo 20 Pro
Image Source – https://buy.realme.com/in/goods/248?id=677

Narzo is a fairly new series from Realme, and within a short time, they have launched more than five smartphones. The latest and greatest from the Series is the Realme Narzo 20 Pro, which packs very similar specs as the Realme 7. You get a Plastic back with a color shift design, available in White Knight and Black Ninja color variant.

On the front, it has a 6.5 inch IPS LCD with a Screen Resolution of 1080 x 2400 Pixels. The display is improved from the previous version and is very bright. It has a punch hole notch for the front camera. You also get Corning Gorilla Glass protection for the screen.

The device is powered by the Mediatek Helio G95 Chipset Paired with Mali G76 MC4 GPU. You can buy this phone in two variants 6GB + 64GB and 8GB + 128GB. On the software front, the device runs on Android 10 with Realme UI Skin on top. The performance here is top-notch for all day to day task and heavy gaming.

Now talking about the camera, it has a Quad Camera setup on the back with a 48MP primary sensor, 8MP ultrawide sensor, 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. You also get LED flash, HDR, 4K Video Recording, and Gyro-EIS. On the front, it packs a 16MP camera for taking selfies.

Connectivity options on this phone includes Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, FM radio USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, and USB On-The-Go. Then you get a Side-mounted fingerprint scanner and face unlock. Talking about battery backup, it has a 4500 mAh battery along with 65W fast charging support.

Technical Specifications

SoCMediatek Helio G95 (12 nm)
Ram and Storage64GB + 6GB RAM | 128GB + 8GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.5 inches (1080 x 2400 pixels)
CameraQuad Rear 48MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP | Front 16 MP
Battery 4500mAh

4. Samsung Galaxy A21s

Samsung Galaxy A21s
Image Source – https://www.samsung.com/in/smartphones/galaxy-a21s-a217f-4gb/SM-A217FZKGINS/

Samsung has a wide range of budget devices. The Galaxy A21s is a mid-range device launched in May 2020 and packs some decent specifications for the price. Starting with the design, you get a plain plastic back design which is available in Black, White, Blue, and Red color variant.

On the front, it has a 6.5-inch PLS TFT display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels. Although Samsung could have gone with a Full HD IPS display but this is what you get. The display quality here is decent; however, there is also no Corning Gorilla Glass Protection on this device.

Powering up the device is Samsung’s own Exynos 850 processor paired with Mali-G52 Pixels. The performance here is decent; you should not consider heavy gaming on this device. When it comes to memory, you get 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB with 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB Internal Storage. Out of the box, you get Android 10 based on One UI 2.0.

The cameras on this device are great. On the back, you get a quad-camera setup with a 48MP primary sensor, 8MP ultrawide lens, 2MP macro lens, 2MP depth sensor. Other features include LED flash, HDR, Beauty Mode, and Night mode. On the front, it has a 13MP selfie camera housed in the punch hole notch.

Connectivity features here include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB 2.0, and Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. On the back, you get a Fingerprint scanner for security. Battery backup is great on this device since it has a large 5000 mAh battery and a low-resolution display. It also has 15W fast charging support.

Technical Specifications

SoCExynos 850 (8nm)
Ram and Storage32GB + 3GB RAM | 64GB + 4GB RAM | 64GB + 6GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.5 inches (720 x 1600 pixels)
CameraQuad Rear 48 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP | Front 13 MP
Battery 5000mAh

5. Realme 6

Realme 6
Image Source – https://buy.realme.com/in/goods/183

The Realme 6 is the company’s answer to the Redmi’s Note 9 Series. Both of the series offers a similar set of features however Realme is still keeping their old design with some minor improvement. You get a glass back with a shiny finish and two color variants Comet Blue, and Comet White.

On the front, you get a large 6.5 inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2400 Pixels. The screen has the 20:9 aspect ratio design and a punch hole solution for the front camera additionally the screen features 90Hz Refresh rate. The device is also splash resistant so you get a little bit of extra protection along with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on both front and back.

The device is powered by a fairly powerful Mediatek Helio G90T processor paired with Mali-G76 GPU. The performance on this device is best in this price range. Everyday tasks and heavy gaming will go flawlessly. You can choose between a ton of different variants starting with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and goes up to 8GB RAM and 128GB Internal Storage.

The device features a Quad Rear-facing camera setup. It includes a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultrawide sensor, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, you get a 16MP camera for taking selfies. Camera performance here is great, you can also record 4K videos and it also features Gyro-EIS.

Connectivity options on this device include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, FM radio, USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, and USB On-The-Go. There is a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and face unlock for security. Talking about battery backup, you get a 4300 mAh battery inside along with 30W Fast Charging Support.

Technical Specifications

SoCMediatek MT6785 Helio G90T (12 nm)
Ram and Storage4GB/6GB/8GB RAM and 64GB/128GB Storage
Display and Resolution6.5 inches (1080 x 2400 pixels)
CameraQuad Rear 64 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP | Front 16 MP
Battery 4300mAh

6. Samsung Galaxy M31

Samsung Galaxy M31
Image Source – https://www.samsung.com/in/smartphones/galaxy-m31-m315f-6gb/SM-M315FZBDINS/

The Samsung Galaxy M31 is an upgrade to the Galaxy M30. This device has a very similar specification as compared to other devices in this budget however the major difference on this device is the huge battery. If you are someone who loves watching movies and tv shows and doesn’t want to care about charging then this device deserves a closer look.

On the front, you get a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display has a water drop shaped notch for the front camera and very minor bezels around the screen. It also has the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection. Since it is an AMOLED display viewing experience is going to be great.

Powering up the device is the company’s own Exynos 9611 processor paired with Mali-G72 GPU. The phone performs great for everyday tasks however don’t expect high-end gaming. Talking about the memory you get to choose between 6GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB. Samsung has really improved its software, One UI 2.0 Skin based on Android 10 is what you get out of the box.

Samsung device always features the best in class cameras. On this device, you get a Quad rear-facing camera setup with a combination of 64MP primary sensor, 8MP ultrawide sensor, 5MP macro lens, and a 5MP depth sensor. On the front, you get a 32MP camera for taking selfies. Some other features here include LED Flash and HDR.

Connectivity options on this device include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, FM radio, RDS, recording, USB 2.0, and Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. Now coming to the best part, This phone packs a massive 6000 mAh battery inside along with 15W Fast Charging Support. This phone will easily last you 2 days on heavy usage.

Technical Specifications

SoCExynos 9611 (10nm)
Ram and Storage6GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB
Display and Resolution6.4 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
CameraQuad Rear 64 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP + 5MP | Front 32 MP
Battery 6000mAh

7. Realme Narzo 10

Realme Narzo 10
Image Source – https://www.realme.com/in/realme-narzo-10

The Realme Narzo 10 is the second device in the Narzo series followed by the 10A and comes with slightly better specifications and a higher price tag. The device has a very similar design just like it’s other smartphones in the same price range however this comes with a slightly different back finish. There are two color variants That White, and That Green.

Talking about the display, you get a 6.5 inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1600 Pixels. The screen has a water drop shaped notch for the front camera and a small chin at the bottom. The display has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and the brightness can also go very high.

Mediatek has made a great comeback with its G Series of Processors. This device runs on Mediatek Helio G80 coupled up with Mali-G52 GPU. It has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of Internal Storage. Talking about the UI, It runs on Realme UI 1.0 Skin based on Android 10. The performance on this device is amazing but not as compared to other smartphones in this range.

Cameras on this device are also decent. You get a Quad rear-facing camera setup with a combo of 48MP main sensor, 8MP ultrawide sensor, 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, you get a 16MP camera for taking selfies. The camera also features LED flash, HDR support, and beauty mode.

Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, FM radio, USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, and USB On-The-Go. This phone is also great in terms of battery backup as it has a lower resolution display and a large 5000 mAh battery along with 18W fast charging support.

Technical Specifications

SoCMediatek Helio G80 (12 nm)
Ram and Storage4GB + 128GB
Display and Resolution6.5 inches (720 x 1600 pixels)
CameraQuad Rear 48 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP | Front 16 MP
Battery 5000mAh

8. Vivo Z1 Pro

Vivo Z1 Pro
Image Source – https://shop.vivo.com/in/sp/vivo_Z1Pro_launch

Vivo has been launching some great smartphones in the budget range. The Vivo Z1 Pro is a kind of smartphone that showcases a premium design at a very affordable price. The device was launched in July 2019 and packs some amazing features which are often seen on a high-end smartphone.

On the front, we have a large 6.53 inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 Pixels. The screen has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio display and a Punch Hole Notch design for the front camera. You have very fewer bezels and 83.4% screen to body ratio. On the back, you have a gradient color shift finish and the phone is available in Sonic Blue, Sonic Black, and Mirror Black color variant.

The device is powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 Chipset paired along with Adreno 616 GPU. On the software front, you have Funtouch 9 Custom Skin based on Android 9.0 (Pie). You can buy this phone in a couple of variants such as 4GB + 64GB, 6GB + 64GB, and 6GB + 128GB.

You have a triple rear-facing camera setup with a combo of 16MP Primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 8MP Secondary Ultrawide sensor with f/2.2 aperture, and a third 2MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture. On the front, you have a single 32 MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture.

Connectivity options in this phone include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, FM radio, micro USB 2.0, and USB On-The-Go. In terms of security, the phone has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and it packs a large 5000 mAh battery inside which has 18W fast charging support.

Technical Specifications

SoCQualcomm SDM712 Snapdragon 712 (10 nm)
Ram and Storage64GB 4GB RAM, 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.53 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
CameraTriple Rear 16 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP | Front 32 MP
Battery 5000mAh

9. Redmi Note 8 Pro

Redmi Note 8 Pro
Image Source – https://www.mi.com/in/redmi-note-8-pro/

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 is the latest smartphone in the Redmi Note 8 series and the first one to use the latest Mid-Range chipset from Snapdragon. The device comes with a nice gradient design with a variety of different color variants such as Black, Red, Blue, White, Deep Sea Blue, Midnight Blue, and Electric Blue.

On the front, we have a large 6.53-inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 Pixels. The screen is very bright can go up to 500 nits max brightness and also comes with HDR support which is impressive in this budget. The display on both sides is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection.

Powering up the device is the Mediatek Helio G90T Chipset paired with Mali-G76 MC4 GPU. You can expect excellent day-to-day as well as Gaming performance out of this phone. There are a couple of different storage variants to choose from starting 6GB + 64GB and goes up to 8GB + 256GB. In terms of software, you have MIUI 10 running on top of Android 9.0 (Pie)

On the back, you have a quad-camera setup with a combo of 64MP primary sensor, 8MP ultrawide sensor, 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP dedicated macro camera. Other features include LED flash, HDR support, and Gyro-EIS. On the front, you have a 20MP selfie camera also with HDR support.

Connectivity options on this phone include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, Infrared Sensor, FM radio, USB 2.0, and Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. The phone has a large 4500 mAh battery inside along with 18W fast charging support. Lastly, for security you have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and face unlock.

Technical Specifications

SoCMediatek Helio G90T (12nm)
Ram and Storage64GB + 6GB RAM, 128GB + 6GB RAM, 128GB + 8GB RAM, 256GB + 8GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.53 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
CameraQuad Rear 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP| Front 20 MP
Battery 4500mAh

10. Xiaomi Mi A3

Xiaomi Mi A3
Image Source – https://www.mi.com/global/mi-a3/specs/

After the launch of the Xiaomi Mi A2 people thought that Xiaomi is trying to kill the “A” series, the Mi A2 was not appreciated by the customers because of the price it was launched. Now Xiaomi has launched the Mi A3 and surprisingly it packs some great specifications at an affordable price. It seems to be the best phone in this budget if you want the Android One experience.

You get a 6.01 inch Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1560 Pixels. The share the same aspect as most of the smartphones in this range. You have a dewdrop shaped notch for the front camera and speaker grille. The screen is also well protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection.

The Xiaomi Mi A3 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Chipset Paired with Adreno 610 GPU. You have three variants of this phone – 4GB + 64GB, 4GB + 128GB, and 6GB + 128GB. You can also expand the storage up to 256GB. Software side the phone runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) with Android One Program.

The camera here is also great. You get a triple rear-facing camera setup with a 48MP Primary Wide angle sensor, 8MP Secondary Ultrawide sensor, and a third 2MP depth sensor. On the front, you have a 32MP camera for clicking selfies. You also have LED flash and HDR support.

Connectivity options in this phone consist of Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, aptX HD, Infrared Sensor, FM radio, USB 2.0, and Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. The fingerprints scanner is under the screen and the battery capacity is 4030 mAh. You also have 18W Qualcomm Quick Charge 3 fast charging support.

Technical Specifications

SoCQualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)
Ram and Storage64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.01 inches (720 x 1560 pixels)
CameraDual Rear 48 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP | Front 32MP
Battery 4030mAh

Final Words

We will keep updating this list as new phones will be releasing so keep visiting this page. Most of the smartphones in this price range have similar specifications so you can decide on various factors like Design, Cameras, and Software.

Few of these smartphone features custom Skins like Miui, EMUI, and Color Os while the Xiaomi Mi A3 comes with Pure Stock Android so if you are looking or phone with pure stock Android then you can go for it. In case you are okay with Custom Skin and need a Good looking phone and better cameras then you can go with Realme Narzo 20 Pro or Samsung Galaxy A21s.

According to us the Great Bang for your bucks will be the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Realme 7 which has a Great Design, a Good Camera, and also performs well. We hope this article was helpful for you in choosing the best smartphone for your needs. In case we missed something or if you have a suggestion then don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below.

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Mehul Boricha
Mehul Boricha is the founder of Tech Arrival & Astute Links. He is a computer and smartphone geek from Junagadh, Gujarat, India. He is a Computer Engineer by Education & an Entrepreneur by Passion. Apart from technology geek, he is an audiophile & loves to connect with people.

5 COMMENTS

    • Hello Veera,

      That’s a really great question. The Nokia 6.1 maybe a bit expensive if bought for 15k, it comes with Snapdragon 636 and now a lot of phone with the same chipset comes under 10k ????

  • Thanks for the great collection. This post helped me to find the best smartphone. Keep posting. Please let me know for the upcoming posts.

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