We started this list with the new contender in this segment, Poco M2 Pro, which comes with aggressive pricing and features like 5,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging, powerful processor and great display. Apart from this, there are some earlier smartphones in the list, which were also included in our previous guide and have retained their place in the list for July 2020. These include Samsung Galaxy M21, Realme Narzo 10, Vivo Z1 Pro, Redmi Note 9 Pro, Note 8 Pro and Vivo U20.
If you have a budget of Rs 15,000 to buy a new smartphone, then you do not have to research from place to place. Here you will find the list of best smartphones reviewed by Gadgets 360.
Best phone under Rs 15,000
|Phones under Rs 15,000||Gadgets 360 Rating (out of 10)||price in india|
|Poco M2 Pro||8||Rs 13,999|
|Samsung Galaxy M21||7||Rs 13,199|
|realme narzo 10||8||Rs 11,999|
|redmi note 9 pro||8||Rs 13,999|
|realme 6||8||Rs 13,999|
|Vivo Z1 Pro||8||Rs 13,990|
|redmi note 8||7||Rs 11,999|
|Vivo U20||8||Rs 11,990|
Poco M2 Pro
Poco M2 Pro Has been introduced in the budget segment. It has a premium design and gets a bigger 6.67-inch display just like the Poco X2. It gets a panel with a standard 60 Hz refresh rate. Poco has used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back and P2i coating on the M2 Pro, which makes it splash resistant to some extent.
This smartphone comes equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset, which we have also seen in competing models like Redmi Note 9 Pro. There are three variants of Poco M2 Pro; 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage. The price of these three variants is Rs 13,999, Rs 14,999 and Rs 16,999 respectively.
The Poco M2 Pro packs a 5000 mAh battery and when we tested it, it was capable of delivering very good battery life. The company also provides a 33-watt charger in it, which charges its battery to 95 percent in an hour. Poco M2 Pro has a quad rear camera setup with a primary sensor of 48 megapixels. The phone captures good-looking images in daylight, but we got to see faint colors and low detail in pictures taken with its wide-angle camera. In low light, both the primary and wide-angle cameras struggled to produce detail. Night mode was also not very effective.
Samsung Galaxy M21
We were quite surprised that Samsung Galaxy M30s In comparison to how similar the Galaxy M21 was. In fact, apart from a high-resolution selfie camera on the new model, both the phones are almost identical. the best part is Samsung Galaxy M21 The price has been kept lower than the Galaxy M30S, which makes it a better option.
Some of the strong points of the phone include its excellent AMOLED display, low weight, very good battery life and decent app performance. It runs on Samsung’s One UI 2.0 interface based on Android 10. It is powered by Exynos 9611 chipset, which is not the most powerful chipset, especially when you have better Qualcomm and MediaTek chipsets available on some smartphones in the same segment. Still, for general usage and light gaming, the Exynos 9611 chipset does its job pretty well.
The triple rear cameras work fine during the day, but they struggle a bit in low light. The 20-megapixel selfie camera is a decent improvement over the Galaxy M30s. Photos taken during the day have good detail and low light shots cannot be called bad either.
The 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variant of Samsung Galaxy M21 is sold in India for Rs 13,199 and its high-end variant with 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage is priced at Rs 15,499.
Realme Narzo 10
Realme recently launched its Narzo 10 series. Realme Narzo 10 The smartphone is a good offer under Rs 15,000. Realme is looking to focus on the youth here. That’s why the company teases the phone for better gaming performance. Narzo 10 includes MediaTek Helio G80 chipset, which handles games well and is also solid in terms of app loading and multitasking performance. One USP of this smartphone is good battery life as well.
The main area where the Narzo 10 could do better is its cameras. Daylight performance was good with all the rear cameras and the same front, but low-light performance didn’t quite please us. The camera app could have been a bit more intuitive. The Realme UI looks fresh and interesting, but still comes with a lot of bloatware.
It has only one configuration with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. Its price is Rs 11,999. At this price the Narzo 10’s minor issues can be forgiven.
Redmi Note 9 Pro
One of the best phones in the Rs 15,000 segment recently launched Redmi Note 9 Pro smart fone. Dual-SIM Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with a 6.67-inch full-HD + (1080×2400 pixels) IPS display. Although it weighs a little more at 209 grams, but its design is such that you will not feel much of its weight.
The Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor is used in the Redmi Note 9 Pro and it comes in two variants, one with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage and the other 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. The price of the first variant is Rs 13,999. Although its price was Rs 12,999 at the time of launch, but due to the increased GST rate, its price has increased significantly. The phone’s 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variant is priced at Rs 15,999.
The Realme 6 is designed quite well, but the side-mounted fingerprint scanner might not be pleasing to everyone. The weight of this device is 191 grams, while the display of the phone comes with 90 Hz refresh rate.
realme 6 MediaTek Helio G90T processor has been given in the smartphone, which is a gaming processor. Apart from this, in terms of RAM and storage, you will get three variants in this phone, 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage model, 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage model and 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage model. At the same time, we found that the camera quality of this phone proves to be better in daylight. The base variant of the phone costs Rs 13,999.
Vivo Z1 Pro
Vivo’s first online exclusive smartphone Vivo Z1 Pro The design and gradient finish are eye-catching. Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor has been given in the phone, which can complete everyday tasks comfortably. When we used this phone, we did not see any problem. The battery of Vivo Z1 Pro is 5,000 mAh and in terms of weight, it can prove to be a little troublesome smartphone. The weight of this phone is 201 grams.
The Vivo Z1 Pro gets a hole-punch display, which has now become a common screen found in this price range. The panel of the phone is quite sharp, in which a great viewing angle has been given. In this phone, you get a triple rear camera setup, which provides a great picture capturing experience in daylight. At the same time, the camera of this phone works well even in low light.
Vivo Z1 Pro is also available in three variants, 4GB + 64GB, 6GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB. You will find two variants of the phone in this price range.
Redmi Note 8
Redmi Note 8 phone is available under Rs. 10,000 only. The starting price of this phone is Rs 10,999, making it the most affordable smartphone in this budget range. This phone has a crisp full-HD display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor. This phone is also available in two variants, one 4 GB + 64 GB and the other 6 GB and 128 GB. Both the phones are in your budget.
Xiaomi has redmi note 8 It has a quad rear camera setup. There will be a 48-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel wide-angle shooter and two 2-megapixel sensors. The camera performance of the phone is quite excellent in this price range.
Vivo competes with Redmi and Realme by launching the Vivo U series. Vivo U20 The phone is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor and the battery of this phone is 5,000 mAh. At the same time, triple rear camera setup has been given in this phone. The weight of the phone is a bit heavy due to the battery. You will get a Micro-USB port in the bomb of this phone, which is a bit disappointing, because now Type-C ports are available in the market even in this price range.
Apart from this, the company will also provide an 18W charger with this phone. This phone is also very great in this price range, in this phone you can do many things at one time, whether it is watching videos or chatting. Phone camera is average. If you are looking for a phone in this budget for photography, then perhaps this phone is not for you.
This phone will get 2 variants, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variant and another 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variant. The base variant of this phone costs Rs 11,990 and the top variant costs Rs 12,999.