Best Smartphones Under Rs.15,000 (September 2020)

by | Sep 9, 2020

We assume since you are reading this, you are planning to buy a smartphone under Rs. 15,000.

You may have found out that this price range is flooded with several smartphones with almost similar hardware specifications. It is undoubtedly the most competitive price range for smartphones in India.

We have analyzed all the phones currently available in the market, gone through a variety of expert opinions and came up with this shortlist of the eight best smartphones in India under Rs.15,000 to help you pick the best.

Without any further ado, let’s begin!

Best Mobile Phone Under Rs.15,000

1. Realme 7Overall Best Pick
2. Poco M2 ProRunner-Up pick
3. Realme 6Feature-Rich Smartphone
4. Realme 6iValue for Money Smartphone
5. Nokia 5.3Stock Android Smartphone
6. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 ProBest Build Quality
7. Samsung Galaxy M21Smartphone with Best Battery Life
8. Vivo Y30Honourable Mention

 

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1. Realme 7

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Overall Best Pick
  • Powerful Helio G95 processor
  • 64MP quad rear camera
  • 90Hz refresh rate FHD+ display

Realme 7 is the latest smartphone to launch in India from the Oppo sub-brand Realme, which comes as a successor to the widely popular and successful Realme 6.

Packed with an all-new processor and camera optics, the Realme 7 is all set to take on the likes of Poco M2 Pro and the Samsung M21 in the sub. Rs.15,000 price segment.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme 7 features a modern and elegant design, which the company fondly calls the mirror design.

The polycarbonate backplate can be mistaken for glass, thanks to the glossy finish with subtle gradient pattern and adds to the overall premium feel of the device.

The fingerprint scanner on this device now rests on the right side, right where the power button is. Yes, the sensor is now integrated into the power button for easier access.

The punch hole display up front is protected by Corning gorilla glass 3, similar to its predecessor – the Realme 6.

There is a dedicated SD slot on this device along with two nano-SIM slots so that you don’t have to compromise with either the cellular connectivity or the storage space.

The lack of a secondary noise-cancelling microphone is one of the only gripes we have with this phone in the design department.

Display

As we said before, the Realme 7 features a 6.5-inch FHD+ IPS display with a punch-hole camera cutout in the top left corner.

This 20:9 aspect ratio display has a native resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and boasts of an impressive 405ppi.

As an icing on the cake, this colour accurate and bright display is a 90Hz panel which ensures smooth scrolling and visuals like in no other phones in this price segment.

Processor and Performance

The all-new MediaTek Helio G95 octa-core processor runs the show on the Realme 7.

This 12nm processor has a base clock of 2.05GHz and is assisted by the Mali G76 GPU for lag-free graphics performance.

With the 6GB RAM and the 64GB UFS2.1 storage onboard, this phone is one of the fastest in this price range.

Be it gaming, media consumption or everyday casual usage, this device performs like a champ.

Games such as COD mobile, PUBG and Fortnite run very well, without any dropped frames or lags. Thanks to the improved touch response rate, the in-game manoeuvres will feel very quick and precise.

Camera

The Realme 7 comes with a quad rear camera setup just like the Realme 6, but this time with an improved Sony IMX682 primary sensor.

The rear camera setup consists of a 64MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and support for PDAF, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP b&w sensor followed by a 2MP depth-sensing unit.

The photos which come out of the primary camera have ample details and close to natural colours. There is no unnecessary saturation boosting on this phone as we had seen with older Realme devices.

Realme 7 is capable of recording 4K videos at 30fps and FHD videos at 30/60fps as well.

The 16MP front shooter comes with the usual AI beauty modes and filters to make your selfies look better than ever.

Battery Life

The Realme 7 is powered by a 5000mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last over a day and a half, even with heavy usage.

You can expect to get anywhere around 7-8 hours of screen on time, with a 90Hz refresh rate turned on.

Realme has also included a 30W dart charger inside the box which will help you juice up this mammoth battery within 1-1.5 hours.

Verdict

The Realme 7 is currently the best smartphone you can purchase for a budget under Rs.15,000.

Packed to the brim with cutting edge features, we’d have to admit that Realme has beaten Redmi to the punch this time around.

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Long-lasting 5000mAh battery

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30W dart charger in the box

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Side-mounted fingerprint scanner

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No secondary noise cancellation microphone

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G95
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.5-inch Full HD+ 90Hz

2. Poco M2 Pro

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Powerful Snapdragon 720G processor
  • Long-lasting 5020mAh battery life
  • HDR10 certified FHD+ IPS display

Poco M2 Pro is a confusing product, to be honest as the internal hardware and the design exactly mirrors the Redmi Note 9 Pro available already in the Indian market for the same price.

Priced under Rs.15,000, the Poco M2 Pro is a budget Android smartphone powered by the 8nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G – a budget powerhouse processor.

Design and Build Quality

The Poco M2 Pro and the Redmi Note 9 Pro look and feel as if they are almost the same devices albeit the different branding in the back.

The Poco M2 features a glass sandwich design with a plastic frame in between.

Both the front and rear glass is protected by Corning gorilla glass 5 to save the device from accidental scratches.

The rear section of the Poco M2 Pro houses the quad-camera setup inside a square enclosure that raises from the body a bit. Below the camera enclosure is the LED flash for low light photography.

The fingerprint scanner is one the right side of the phone and sits right on top of the power button along with the volume rockers on top.

The lower portion of the M2 Pro is where the 3.5mm headphone jack, single speaker, USB Type C charging port and the primary microphone can be found.

Up top, there is the IR blaster along with a secondary noise-cancelling microphone for clearer voice calls.

Display

The Poco M2 Pro features a 6.67-inch FHD+ display with a centre punch-hole cutout for the selfie shooter.

With an aspect ratio of 20:9 and the screen to body ratio of 84.5%, this IPS LCD panel with HDR10 support is one of the best displays in this price segment for media consumption.

The colours appear vivid and punchy, contrast levels are decent and the peak brightness of 450 nits makes it usable both indoors and outdoors alike.

Processor and Performance

The Poco M2 Pro is powered by the same 8nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 720 processor found on the Redmi Note 9 Pro.

This octa-core processor coupled with 6GB RAM and 64GB UFS2.1 storage makes the device perform faster than ever before.

Games run with consistent frame rates, media playback is smooth and thanks to the 8nm process, the CPU remains relatively cool all through these tasks.

Camera

The Quad-rear camera on the Poco M2 Pro consists of a 48MP f/1.8 primary sensor along with an 8MP ultra-wide shooter followed by a 5MP macro and 2 MP depth-sensing unit.

The performance in the camera department is decent to say the best as there are a few shortcomings such as inaccurate edge detection, saturation issues etc.

However, these issues can be easily addressed with software updates and we hope Poco will soon iron out these minor bugs.

The rear camera can record videos up to 4K at 30fps. However, the EIS is limited only up to 1080p at 30fps.

This device also allows you to manually set the video parameters just like the pro mode for still photos. You can even capture videos in LOG to colour grade the video later.

The front camera is a 16MP sensor featuring HDR support for selfies with good dynamic range.

Miscellaneous

The Poco M2 Pro runs on MIUI 11 designed especially for Poco devices. The only major difference is the addition of the Poco launcher instead of the Mi launcher.

Poco devices will not feature spammy ads like their Redmi counterparts, so that’s a major benefit with Poco M2 Pro when compared with the Redmi Note 9 pro.

Battery Life

What runs the show on Poco M2 Pro is a massive 5020mAh Li-ion battery which will last you for up to two days of moderate to heavy usage.

The bundled 33W fast charger will juice up this battery within 1-1.5 hours flat.

Verdict

If you like the specs of the Redmi Note 9 Pro but failed to grab on to one during the flash sales, consider buying the Poco M2 Pro.

It is the same device with a 33W fast charger bundled in the box.

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Premium glass sandwich design

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IR blaster

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NAVIC support

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A bit bulky

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 720G
Camera48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery5020mAh
Display6.67-inch Full HD+

3. Realme 6

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Feature Rich Smartphone
  • Ultra-smooth 90Hz refresh rate
  • Powerful Helio G90T processor
  • 64MP quad rear camera

Realme 6 comes as a successor to the ever-popular Realme 5 which made waves in the budget smartphone market in India.

The Realme 6 packs in a lot of features which you won’t find on any other smartphones in India priced in the sub. Rs.15,000 category.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme 6 has a plastic back with a textured finish, which almost looks like glass from a distance.

The front display is protected with Corning gorilla glass 3 for scratch resistance. The plastic frame around the chassis blends well with the display, making it easy to hold the phone in hand.

The fingerprint sensor on this device is placed on the side which doubles up as a power button.

Realme 6 has a USB type C port for charging and data transfers located on the bottom portion along with the speaker grill and the 3.5 headphone jack.
The overall fit and finish of this device are one of the best in its price segment.

Display

This is one of the areas where Realme blows away the competition. It features a 6.5-inch full HD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

Get ready to be surprised, this is a 90Hz refresh rate panel with ultra-fluid animations and a staggering 120Hz touch sampling rate for better touch response.

We bet you won’t find anything this significant in the sub Rs.15,000 price range.

The display has a pixel density of 409ppi, which looks crisp. The colours pop out, the blacks look deep and the brightness levels are on par with the competitors.

Be it for media consumption or gaming, this is the best in the business at the moment.

Processor

The Realme 6 is powered by the tried and tested MediaTek Helio G90T, that we are familiar with on the Redmi Note 8 Pro.

This octa-core 12nm chipset delivers the exceptional performance complimented by the 64GB UFS2.1 storage and the 4GB LPDDRX RAM.

As this is a gaming-oriented CPU, games like COD, PUBG and Fortnite run smoothly even at maximum settings.

Camera

The Realme 6 has a quad-rear camera setup including the 64MP main sensor with an aperture size of f/1.8, aiding better low light photography.

There is an 8MP ultra-wide sensor for capturing images with a wide field of view, a 2MP macro sensor for close-ups and a 2MP depth-sensing unit for portrait mode photos.

The camera app on the Realme OS is fully-fledged with pro mode, thanks to the Camera2 API support.

The images and videos come out very detailed, with natural colours and skin tones.

The front camera is a 16MP sensor which is housed in a punch hole on the display. This camera too performs well with selfies and has a wide-angle perspective for capturing more subjects.

Battery Life

To power such a performance-based CPU and the 90Hz display, Realme has included a 4300mAh battery inside.

This battery will easily last for a day with heavy usage. The company has also included a 30W VOOC fast charger in the box which is advertised to juice up the battery completely from zero to hundred in 2 hours.

Verdict

The Realme 6 is one hell of a deal for a budget under Rs.15,000. A powerful processor, quad-camera setup and a gorgeous 90Hz full HD+ display is quite a lot to ask for this price.

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30W fast charge

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Dedicated SD card slot

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120Hz touch sampling rate

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No notification LED

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10 Q
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G90T
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4300mAh
Display6.5 inch Full HD+

 

4. Realme 6i

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • 90Hz refresh rate FHD+ display
  • Capable quadruple-camera
  • Powerful Helio G90T processor

Realme had created a wave in the Indian smartphone industry by launching the Realme 1 which competed against the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.

The Realme 6i is one of the latest budget Realme smartphone retailing in the market as of now priced competently under Rs.14,000.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme 6i has followed in the footsteps of its elder sibling, the Realme 6 and has a punch hole camera design upfront.

The body of this smartphone is made of glossy plastic and has an interesting light reflective coating on top that makes this phone even more attractive in the daylight.

The screen upfront is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The buttons feel very tactile and responsive.

All the ports of this smartphone have been weather-sealed to ensure water resistance. The outer chassis is also designed to be splash resistant to keep the phone dry.

Weighing 191g, this is not the lightest smartphone of the bunch, but still thanks to the excellent weight distribution, this device doesn’t feel either top or bottom-heavy.

Display

The display on the Realme 6i is the exactly similar 6.5-inch full HD+ 20:9 aspect ratio panel with a punch-hole camera cut out.

This looks very special and makes the phone stand out from the crowd of notched display smartphones in the market.

The display is bright and the contrast levels are excellent. The colours pop out from the screen, thanks to the Realme OS skin running on top of the Android 10 OS.

One striking difference of this display, when compared with other smartphones in the same price segment, is that this is a 90Hz refresh rate ultra-smooth panel with 120Hz touch sampling rate.

Higher the refresh rate, smoother will be the scrolling and visuals. Increased touch sampling rate improves the accuracy of taps and gestures made on the screen.

Processor and Performance

The Realme 6i smartphone is powered by the MediaTek Helio G90T SoC which delivers excellent performance in the mid-range segment processor market.

The apps load faster and the multitasking is well within your reach no matter how many apps you have running in the background.

This phone has the Mali G76 GPU inside, which will unleash the gamer in you.

This smartphone comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, with provision to increase the storage via the dedicated memory card slot. For normal usage and gaming, the Realme 6i is one of the best budget smartphones out there for purchase.

Camera

The Realme 6i has a quadruple-camera in the rear that constitutes the 48MP primary sensor with an aperture size of f/1.8, wide-angle 8MP, 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor.

In the front is a 16MP sensor that has AI-based portrait and beautification modes for better selfies.

The primary 48MP sporting an f/1.8 sensor, the low light photography is much more possible since this camera can gather much more light than a typical f/2.2 sensor.

The rear camera on this budget Android device supports 4K video capturing at 30fps and 1080p videos at 30/60fps with gyro EIS support.

Battery Life

The Realme 6i is powered by a 4300 Li-ion battery. It is sufficient for this smartphone to last for over a day and a half comfortably with moderate to heavy usage.

It also supports 30W VOOC fast charging to juice up the battery much faster than the competitors in the segment.

Verdict

The Realme 6i is one of the best smartphones in India that you can purchase under a budget of Rs.15,000.

With the class-leading performance-oriented Helio G90T CPU, a 90Hz FHD+ display and a very capable camera, this phone is a very compelling purchase for a price tag of Rs.13,999.

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30W fast charging

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Side-mounted fingerprint scanner

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Dedicated SD card slot

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No notification LED

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G90T
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4300mAh
Display6.5-inch Full HD+ 90Hz

5. Nokia 5.3

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Android One Device
  • Good battery life
  • Decent everyday performance
  • Capable quad-rear cameras

Nokia isn’t the old Nokia anymore. With HMD making the Nokia phones rather than the Microsoft, they’ve decided to go en route Android.

The Nokia 5.3 is a stock Android smartphone priced well under Rs.15,000 that bears the Android One tag – making this a suitable candidate for those who prefer assured future software support.

Design and Build Quality

The Nokia 5.3 has a glass front and plastic back design this time, instead of the signature aluminium unibody chassis of the yesteryear devices.

The Finnish design exudes confidence and stands on par with the design of any other smartphone available at this price range.

The Nokia 5.3 comes with an edge to edge display that is protected by 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 that blends in with the chassis seamlessly.

The backside of the chassis is adorned by a unique rounded quad-camera module with a centrally located flash and a fingerprint scanner beneath.

The power button and the volume rockers are situated on the right side of the plastic frame. The notification LED is tucked under the power button, which is a wise decision as it is easily visible when we keep the phone down, in its resting position.

Nokia has also added a dedicated Google voice assistant button, which is a nice gesture and an essential one considering the phone comes with the Android one tag.

Yes – the charging port is USB type C and not the outdated micro USB port as we had seen with some Nokia devices in the past.

Processor and Performance

The Nokia 5.3is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, a yesteryear processor which was one of the mid-range champions when it comes to the efficient mix of performance and battery life.

To be honest, there are other smartphones in the same price category with much more powerful processors out there.

With 4GB high-speed LPDDR RAM onboard, this device can blaze through apps and can handle multitasking without any sort of lags or stutters.

The Adreno 610 GPU inside lets you play high-end games such as COD mobile and Fortnite, but at low graphics settings.

The built-in 64GB ROM provides you with a sufficient starting point to store all your data – be it movies or songs on the phone offline, without the fear of running out of memory too soon.

This device also comes with a dedicated SD card slot which is another luxury that we are used not to expect from budget smartphones nowadays.

Display

The Nokia 5.3 features a 6.55-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.

This notched display has a 20:9 aspect ratio and has a pixel density of around 268 ppi.

The colours appear vivid and the contrast levels despite being an LCD is excellent. The texts appear sharp for the normal untrained and clear so do the images.

This being an IPS LCD, the viewing angles are great and there is no colour shift when viewed from extreme angles as well.

However, we feel that Nokia should have gone with an FHD display instead of a 720p one at this price range.

Camera

The Nokia 5.3 comes with a quad rear camera setup which consists of a 13MP primary sensor accompanied by a 5MP ultra-wide sensor, 2MP macro mode shooter and a 2MP depth-sensing unit for accurate edge detection and portrait mode photos.

On the front, there is an 8MP shooter which has autofocus capabilities and an aperture size of f/2.0.

The pictures from both the front and rear cameras come out detailed and colourful in daylight conditions but suffer from oversharpening in photos shot at low light environments.

When it comes to the video, this phone does support capturing up to 4K videos at 30fps.

Battery Life

The Nokia 5.3 is powered by a non-removable 4000 mAh Li-ion battery which easily lasts over a day of moderate to heavy usage.

The Snapdragonv665 is very much an energy-efficient processor and combined with the stock Android 10.0 Q OS running on this smartphone, energy consumption is very minimal when sitting idle.

However, Nokia has only included a regular 10W charger with this phone and considering the price, this is not just disappointing but outright atrocious.

Verdict

For those who love Nokia, this device is one of the best devices that the company has launched this year.

Under AndroidmOne programme, promised future updates up to two years will make this device one of the most desirable gadgets to own in its price segment.

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Non-Chinese smartphone

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Elegant, stylish design

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Stock Android 10.0 OS

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Outdated processor

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The display is not FHD

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665
Camera13MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.55-inch HD+

6. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro

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Best Build Quality
  • Power-efficient Snapdragon 720G CPU
  • Excellent battery life
  • HDR10 certified FHD+ display

Xiaomi is known for regularly releasing smartphone models twice or even thrice in a calendar year.

The all-new Redmi Note 9 Pro comes as a successor to the Redmi Note 8 Pro. But is it an upgrade? Let’s find out.

Design and Build quality

The Redmi Note 9 Pro features a glass sandwich design with a plastic frame in the middle.

Both the front and back glass is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The fit and finish of this smartphone are miles ahead of its competitors, which we are familiar with.

Two main differences of this smartphone with the Redmi Note 8 Pro is the camera design and the location of the fingerprint sensor.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro has a square-shaped camera module which not everyone might be a huge fan of.

The side-mounted fingerprint is easily accessible and doubles up a power button.

Display

The Redmi Note 9 Pro features is a 6.67-inch full HD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

This display is a 20:9 aspect ratio panel with 395ppi pixel density. The colour and contrast levels are good but a step down from the Redmi Note 8 Pro, to be honest.

The punch hole display in the front allows in for immersive visual experience while watching movies or playing games.

Processor and Performance

Redmi has gone the Qualcomm route with the Note 9 Pro. This device packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset clocked at 2.3GHz.

This is an 8nm chipset compared to the 12nm G90T on Redmi note 8 pros. So when it comes to power efficiency, the Redmi Note 9 Pro has some serious advantage.

When it comes to the day to day performance and gaming, this CPU flies. You can multitask, play games or use resource-intensive apps with no stutters or lags whatsoever.

The UFS2.1 64GB storage and the 4GB LPDDRX RAM works well in tune with the G90T to make the performance of this smartphone top-notch.

Camera

The Redmi Note 9 Pro features a quad-camera system in the rear. The main 48MP sensor has an f/1.9 aperture and takes some of the detailed shots in its segment.
Rest of the camera is the same from the Note 8 Pro, including an 8MP wide-angle sensor, a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth-sensing unit for bokeh mode shots.

The camera output quality is generally good with good amounts of details in favourable lighting conditions.

The rear camera of this smartphone is capable of shooting 4K videos at 30fps.

One main factor differentiating the Redmi note 9 pro from the Note 8 Pro is that the camera app comes with manual controls for the video as well.

The front 16MP shooter is a wide-angle sensor which delivers good results.

Miscellaneous

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is one of the first devices in the market with support for the NAVIC system.

NAVIC is an indigenous positioning system similar to GPS and GLONASS and delivers faster satellite lock and accurate positioning in the Indian subcontinent.

Battery Life

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is powered by a beefier 5020mAh battery inside which is rated to last for a day and a half with heavy usage.

Expect this phone to last for around three days with light to medium usage as well. Redmi ships a 30W fast charger in the box to juice up the device faster.

Verdict

The Redmi Note 9 Pro is a feature-packed device for those who want a versatile smartphone that can do multiple things without compromising much on the build quality.

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Premium glass sandwich design

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IR blaster

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NAVIC positioning support

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Bloated MIUI skin with ads

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10 Q
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 720G
Camera48MP+8MP+5MP+2MP Rear, 16MP
Battery5020mAh
Display6.67 inch Full HD+ IPS

7. Samsung Galaxy M21

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Smartphone with Best Battery Life
  • Gorgeous FHD AMOLED display
  • Capable tri-camera setup
  • Long-lasting battery life

Samsung usually reserves major technological breakthroughs for its high-end Galaxy S series and Note series smartphones.

But with the latest edition of Samsung Galaxy M21, the company is introducing a battery life monster, which of course is its main selling point.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M21is gracefully designed to captivate the eyes as well as the minds with glass finish polycarbonate exteriors coated with slight gradient colours.

This colour scheme is the same Honor has been doing with their smartphones off late, but here in M21, it comes with a more subtle effect.

This smartphone brags about having 84.2% screen to body ratio, and has minimal bezels at the sides of the display, making it look more awesome.

There is the newer micro USB type C charging port at the bottom, accompanied with the 3.5mm headphone jack ( Thank God!).

The rear part is where this phone starts to look unfamiliar. It features a triple camera setup arranged as a vertical strip with an LED flash besides.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy M21 features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity U display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

Although not as clear and crisp as those displays found on premium Galaxy S series lineup, this OLED panel is sufficiently bright and has an impressive colour reproduction when compared with other phones in the similar price bracket.

With an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and pixel density around 403 ppi, watching media and playing games is a delightful experience.

The notch on this display is small and doesn’t feel obtrusive while watching media content on this smartphone.

Processor and Performance

Considering the price, the Galaxy M21 doesn’t feature the most powerful processor in its price category.

The octa-core Samsung Exynos 9611 SoC clocked at 2.3GHz performs well in normal conditions and won’t give any trouble for most of the people using it.

The 4GB RAM will be sufficient for most of the tasks you intend to perform on this mobile device, including some amount of casual gaming.

There is an inbuilt 64GB UFS 2.1 storage with a dedicated SD card slot for expanding the memory up to 1TB.

Camera

This is one of the biggest USPs of this smartphone – having three cameras.

The tri-camera set up on the back has an interesting mix of sensors earmarked especially for various functions.

The first one is the 48MP primary shooter with f/2.0 aperture. This sensor has all the standard features such as PDAF found on almost all the mid-range smartphone cameras.

The second sensor is the 8MP ultrawide sensor with a 120-degree field of view. The last in line is a 5MP depth sensor for those bokeh and portrait mode photos.

The front camera is a 20MP shooter with beauty modes and AI integration for manipulating your photos to look better than ever before.

Apart from the physical hardware, Samsung has delivered a feature-rich camera interface with a multitude of functions for taking smartphone photography to the next level.

The photos and videos come out pretty clean and sharp. The shots taken are rich in detail as well.

Miscellaneous

This mid-range Android smartphone features a physical fingerprint scanner in the rear. It works very well and the accuracy is on par with fingerprint scanners found on similarly priced devices.

The Samsung Galaxy M21 is launched with Android 10.0 Q out of the box with One UI 2.5on top.

Speaking about the connectivity, this device has the latest Bluetooth v5.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi capability.

Battery Life

Surprisingly, Samsung has started to include higher capacity batteries in its smartphones off late.

This Android smartphone is powered by a mammoth 6000 mAh Li-ion battery that will easily last for more than two days of intense usage.

Verdict

If you’re the kind of person for whom battery life is the most important aspect, the Galaxy M21 is the phone to go for.

With its Super AMOLED display and excellent build quality, there is much more than just the optics to cherish about this device.

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Non-Chinese smartphone

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15W fast charging

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Slower software updates

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorExynos 9611 octa core
Camera48MP + 8MP + 5MP Rear, 20MP Front camera
Battery6000 mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

8. Vivo Y30

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Honourable Mention
  • AI Quad rear camera setup
  • Excellent battery life
  • Modern punch hole camera design

Vivo Y series phones are aimed at youth, looking for an elegant looking device with value for the money feature set.

The Vivo Y30 is one of the budget smartphones priced under Rs.15,000 delivering a pleasant usage experience, thanks to the decent internal specs and the display.

Design and Build Quality

Vivo smartphones look stunning when it comes to the colour options they are available in.

The gradient bright colour finishes at the back are one thing that makes these devices look unique.

This device comes with a glass front and a plastic back with a plastic frame in between.

Even though the backside is of plastic, the gradient colour scheme helps this smartphone look premium.

This is a dual SIM smartphone with a dedicated SD card slot for easier storage expansion.

Display

The Vivo Y30 features a 6.47-inch HD+ punch-hole display with a resolution of 720 x 1560 pixels.

This panel has a screen to body ratio of 82.9% and comes with a 266ppi pixel density.

The display is bright and vivid and has adequate brightness for outdoor usage under direct sunlight.

However, the lack of an FHD display in this price segment is a bit of a disappointment for sure.

Processor and Performance

This budget smartphone from Vivo is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 chipset clocked at 2.35GHz.

This CPU with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC 5.1 internal storage provides a pleasant user experience without any issues when it comes to day to day usage.

You can game on this phone but with medium or low settings to have an enjoyable experience.

The apps open fast, multi-tasking works okay and the UI feels smooth and responsive.

Camera

The Vivo Y30 features a quad rear camera system. The main sensor here is the 13MP shooter with an aperture size of f/2.2 followed by an 8MP ultrawide sensor and a 2MP macro mode sensor and a 2MP depth sensor.

The camera performance is decent with colour accurate shots having a good amount of details in natural lighting conditions.

This device is capable of recording full HD videos at 30fps as well.

Speaking of the front camera, the Vivo Y30 has an 8MP shooter with HDR support. The camera app is robust with tons of beauty modes and AI processing to make you look prettier than ever.

Battery life

The Vivo Y30 is powered by a 5000mAh battery which will last for two days on medium usage.

The box package includes a 10W charger which will take anywhere from 2-2.5 hours to juice up the battery completely from zero to hundred.

Verdict

The Vivo Y30 is a no-frills device with decent specs and excellent battery life for a budget under Rs.15,000.

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USB OTG support

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Android 10 OS

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Dedicated SD card slot

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No Full HD display

 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal memory128 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P35
Camera13MP+8MP+2MP+2MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.47-inch HD+

This sums up our list of the eight best smartphones available in India under Rs.15,000. We hope that we have helped you pick the right product. If not, do check out the list for the best smartphones under Rs.20,000 for more choices.

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