Ameya DalviJuly 15, 2021 09:16:50 IST
Our list of the best smartphones priced under Rs 15,000 this month may not be as exciting as the last quarter, and some of the inclusions were made possible by a few temporary price drops, but all the phones here offer solid value for money. We still have phones with a 64 megapixel camera, AMOLED display, 90 Hz refresh rate display and a very fast 65 W charger. These are impressive features in this budget. So let’s see what are the best options within Rs 15,000 in July.
Best Phones Under Rs 15,000 In India
Realme Narzo 20 Pro / Narzo 30
Realme Narzo 20 Pro (review) is still an excellent option in this segment. In addition to the sleek design, the phone has a 6.5-inch Full HD + screen and a 90 Hz refresh rate to allow browsing in flicker-free supported applications. It is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass and has a hole hole that hosts a 16 MP front camera. Another very impressive feature of this device is the included 65 W SuperDart charger, which takes a 4500 mAh battery from zero to 100 percent in just 38 minutes. It’s insanely fast!
The Narzo 20 Pro works with Mediatek’s Helio G95 circuit, which is more than efficient for everyday tasks and some games in intermediate settings. It comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal expandable storage. At the back is a quad-camera configuration with a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide snapper, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The image quality is pretty good for the segment, in different lighting conditions and camera modes. The phone has Android 10 and Realme UI on.
Another option from the same company is the Realme Narzo 30. It’s like the Narzo 20 Pro, which mostly blocks the following – you get double the storage (128GB), a newer Android 11 with Realme UI 2 and a larger 5000mAh battery for Rs 500 less; However, you have to give up the 8 megapixel ultra-wide camera, and the 65W SuperDart charger will be replaced by a 30W Dart charger, which does a good job but isn’t that fast. Choose one according to the most important features.
Realme Narzo 20 Pro price in India: Rs 14999 6 GB RAM / 64 GB storage space
Realme Narzo 30 price in India: Rs 14,499 for 6GB RAM / 128GB storage
Poco M2 Pro
The Poco M2 Pro politely retains its place in the list thanks to its well-rounded feature set. The phone has a large 6.67-inch Full HD + screen with holes for a 16 MP self-camera. The monitor is HDR compatible and can brighten up to 450 staples. It is protected from scratches with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and so is the back of the glass. The Poco M2 Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720 SoC with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal (expandable) storage.
The back of this phone has four cameras, starting with a 48 megapixel primary camera, an 8 megapixel ultra wide screen, a 5 megapixel macro camera and a 2 megapixel depth sensor. The picture quality is also pretty good. The M2 Pro has a 5000 mAh battery that can last more than a day and a half in moderate use. The company bundles a 33 W quick charger to quickly charge the battery. The phone has Android 10 and MIUI 11 on.
Poco M2 Pro price in India: Rs 14999 6 GB RAM / 64 GB storage space
Redmi Note 10S
The new Redmi Note 10S may not be as efficient as the Pro and Max variants in the same series, but offers great features at this price point. This is one of the lighter and smaller phones on this budget (relatively) and the only one that shines with an AMOLED display. This phone has a 6.43-inch Full HD + screen with a brightness of up to 1,100 staples (theoretically), and the Gorilla Glass 3 layer is protected from scratches. This phone has a 5000 mAh battery that can last more than half a day of reasonable use and supports 33W fast charging.
Just like the Narzo phones above, this phone also features Mediatek’s Helio G95 chip, which is a good choice in this segment. It includes 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that can be further expanded. Behind the Redmi Note 10S is a combination of four cameras with a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide snapper, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Image quality is perfectly acceptable for this segment. The 13 megapixel front camera takes care of selfies and video calls. The phone has Android 11 out of the box, MIUI 12 is on.
Redmi Note 10s price in India: Rs 14999 6 GB RAM / 64 GB storage space
If you don’t want to blow up the whole Rs 15,000 and still want a phone with a 48 MP camera, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, Poco M3 (Review) is a great option around the limit of around Rs 12,000. It has a 6.53-inch Full HD + screen with Gorilla Glass 3 scratch protection. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 circuit, which is capable of handling daily tasks. You get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal (expandable) storage option comfortably within this budget.
The back of the Poco M3 has three cameras with a 48-megapixel main camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It has an 8 megapixel front camera for selfies and video calling. The battery capacity is a whopping 6000 mAh, which easily lasts two days in moderate use and supports fast charging of 18 W. The phone has Android 10 and MIUI 12 on. It pierces its weight over given the features and performance of the price being asked.
Poco M3 price in India: Rs 11999 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage space
Nokia 5.4 is the only phone on the list to bring the Android interface to the desktop. For those who want to stock up and clean Android, this is the phone for you. As an Android One device, you can expect regular operating system and security updates for at least two years from the date of release. The phone currently has Android 10, and it would be reasonable to expect Android 11 on this device soon, despite Nokia being late for the June 2021 deployment deadline.
The Nokia 5.4 works with the Snapdragon 662 SoC, and you get 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that can be further expanded. This phone has a 6.4 inch HD + screen with a resolution of 1560 x 720 pixels. Behind this handset are four cameras: a combination of a 48 megapixel primary camera, a 5 megapixel ultra wide camera, a 2 megapixel macro camera and a 2 megapixel depth sensor. The front has a 16 megapixel camera for selfies and video calling. The 4000 mAh battery keeps the phone running for more than a day in reasonable use.
Nokia 5.4 price in India: Rs 14,499 for 6GB RAM / 64GB storage