Sub Rs. The 15,000 price segment is very popular and you can now buy a very efficient device without saying much thanks to the recent launches with powerful processors, good cameras, great battery life and a lot of RAM and storage. We have seen some interesting additions to the market like RealMe Norjo20 Pro and The Moto G9. Nokia 5.3 scored a little lower than our standards for this list, but we had to add it as it offers clean stock Android with guaranteed updates. If you are in the market looking for the best smartphone at this budget level, you are in the right place. Here are the best smartphones you can buy for less than Rs. Currently 15,000 in India, in special order.
The best phones under 15,000
|Rs. 15,000||Gadgets 360 Rating (out of 10)||Price in India (Recommended)|
|Realme Norjo 20 Pro||8||Rs. 14,999|
|Realme 7||8||Rs. 14,999|
|Motorola Moto G9||8||Rs. 10,999|
|Redmi Note 9||8||Rs. 11,999|
|Realme 6i||8||Rs. 12,999|
|Little M2 Pro||8||Rs. 13,999|
|Samsung Galaxy M21||7||Rs. 13,999|
|Realme Norjo10||8||Rs. 11,999|
|Redmi Note 9 Pro||8||Rs. 12,999|
|Nokia 5.3||7||Rs. 13,999|
Realme Norjo 20 Pro
The Realme Norjo 20 Pro The starting price is just Rs. 14,999. Realme 7, with its close relative it is very common, but supports the company’s impressive 65W fast charging tech, making it a very attractive choice. Overall performance is very good, thanks to Beefy MediaTek Helio G95 SoC. The Narzo 20 Pro is nice, and offers clear display, feature-rich software and excellent battery life. Camera performance is also good, though low-light performance may be better. Still, you get a smartphone for the price too.
The Realme 7 Realme makes the 6 successful and offers better features like the new SoC, bigger battery and the new primary rear camera. It also has a new design, so it looks better than the Real 6. However, the downside of having a larger battery is that it increases in thickness and weight. The RealMe 7 is heavy and bulky, and can get a little tiring to use.
The rest of the features are the same as in RealMe6. RealMe 7 is very hard to use, thanks to the fast SoC and 90Hz refresh rate of the display. Gaming performance is great, the display has good brightness and the battery life is excellent. The 30W fast charging helps to charge the battery very quickly.
The main rear camera is slightly better than the RealMe 6 in daytime and nighttime photos, but the rest of the camera sensors work the same way. The quality of the videos may be better, especially in low light. If you do not already have RealMe 6, it makes sense to go straight for RealMe 7 instead.
Motorola Moto G9
Motorola’s G-Series has long been the backbone of its range and the first country to acquire the latest is India Moto G9. For what it offers, we think Motorola has launched it at a very competitive price. One of the main features continues to be the lean version of Android, which Motorola now calls Myux. It’s mostly stock Android, some classic moto customizations are thrown away for good measure.
The Moto G9 is well built, but it feels a bit bulky and bulky. It’s one of the few phones that has a dedicated Google Assistant button, which is a good touch. It is the first phone in India to feature the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC, which makes things run smoothly. Overall performance is good, except that it takes a little longer than usual to load heavy games. Battery life is also satisfactory.
Camera quality is very good during the day. Landscapes and close-ups are generally detailed and have good color saturation. Low-light photography meant that the Moto G9 struggled a bit, but the night mode helped on a large scale. Overall, the Motorola Moto G9 does not compromise a bit on good phone and processing power if you are looking for a slim Android experience.
Redmi Note 9
The Redmi Note 9 Entry level submission in the Redmi Note 9 series from Xiaomi. It’s mostly like the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. The Redmi Note 9 has a 6.53-inch display with a hole-punch front camera in the upper left corner. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to protect the panel from scratches. The display has thick borders, but these are acceptable for the price.
Xiaomi MediaTek has chosen the Helio G85 SoC to power the Redmi Note 9. It is an octa-core processor with two Cortex-A75 cores and six Cortex-A55 cores. The Redmi Note 9 is available in three variants: 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, 4GB RAM with 128GB storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage. The Redmi Note 9 has a 5,020 mAh battery and you get a 22.5W charger in the box.
At the top of the Redmi Note 9 is an IR emitter that can be used to control accessories. On the back, it features a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a quad-camera setup with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The Redmi Note 9 can take good photos in favorable light and detect AI scenes quickly. Low-light camera performance is not a big difference between average and night mode quality.
The Realme 6i Best described as the tone-down version of RealMe6. However this smartphone has key hardware including Realteme 6 from MediaTek Helio G90T Sosi and 90 Hz refresh rate, which is not common at this price. The RealMe 6i has a 6.5-inch display, a hole-punch front camera on the top and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
The RealMe 6i has a plastic body and two color options. The MediaTek Helio G90T handles everyday tasks and gaming well. Both variants of the RealMe 6i offer 4GB and 6GB of RAM, but the storage is at 64GB as well. The smartphone packs a 4,300 mAh battery and has a 30W fast charging capacity, but comes with a 20W charger in the box.
The RealMe 6i features a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a portrait camera and a quad-camera setup with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The photos taken with the RealMe 6i were good and the camera reproduced good dynamic range. The wide angle camera created a slight barrel distortion at the edges of the frames. The low-light camera performance is not as good and the phone takes some time to capture the shot in night mode.
Little M2 Pro
The Little M2 Pro Targeted the budget section. It has a premium design and packs in a 6.67-inch larger display similar to the Poco X2. It has a standard 60Hz refresh rate instead of the 120Hz refresh rate that the Poco X2 has.
Poco used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back and also opted for the P2i coating on the M2 Pro, which makes it somewhat splash-resistant. This smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, which we have also seen in competing models like the Redmi Note 9 Pro. There are three variants of the Poco M2 Pro; 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage.
The Poco M2 Pro packs in a 5000mAh battery and has very good battery life when we test it. The company also offers a 33W charger that can charge the phone up to 95 percent per hour. The Poco M2 Pro has a quad-camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary shooter. The phone captures photos that look good during the day, but its wide angle camera captures weak colors and details. In low light, the main and wide angle cameras struggled with exposure and detail. Night mode is not very effective.
Samsung Galaxy M21
We were very surprised at how similar the new one was Samsung Galaxy M21 Is to Galaxy M30s. In fact, unlike the high-resolution selfie camera in the new model, the two phones are virtually identical. The best thing about the past is that the Samsung Galaxy M21 is priced lower than the Galaxy M30, which makes it a good choice.
Some of the strong points of the phone are its crisp AMOLED display, light weight, very good battery life and good app performance. It runs Samsung’s One UI 2.0 interface on Android 10. It is powered by the widely used Exynos 9611 SoC, which is not very powerful, especially when you have more powerful phones based on Qualcomm and MediaTek SoCs in the same segment. Still, for general use and a little light gaming, it gets the job done.
Triple rear cameras are good during the day but they can be a little difficult in low light. The 20-megapixel selfie camera is a better upgrade over the M30, but daytime images are better detailed and low-light shots are also useful.
Realme recently launched its eagerly awaited Narjo series, and Norjo10 Rs. 15,000. Realme is targeting the youth population here, focusing on style and gaming performance. The Narzo 10 features the MediaTek Helio G80, which handles games well, and the overall app and multi-tasking performance is quite solid. Battery life is also one of the strong suits of this phone.
The main area where the Narzo 10 can do well is its cameras. Daytime performance was good with all the rear cameras and single front one, but the low-light performance made us want more. The camera app is a bit obvious, especially for some of its key features. The RealMe UI is up-to-date and interesting, but Blotware has already been preinstalled.
There is only one configuration with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. Only Rs. 11,999, sorry for the minor issues of the Narzo 10, because there is no denying the enormous value you get for your money.
Redmi Note 9 Pro
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Strong recommendation from us in this price segment since it was launched. It has a 6.67-inch large display. We found the phone to be bulky and heavy, weighing 209g, but it was well designed.
It is powered by Snapdragon 720G SoC and comes in two variants, one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, the other with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The base variant is priced at Rs. 13,999, which is Rs. 12,999 due to GST hike.
Of appeal Nokia 5.3 Not its cameras or performance but its bloated Android experience. It is also one of the few phones in this segment to take advantage of Google’s Android One program, which guarantees you two major Android updates and three years of security updates. For those who do not change their phone very often, this right here is a good reason to choose Nokia 5.3. We found the battery life to be very good and the design was nice. If you are looking for superior gaming performance, Nokia 5.3 is probably not the best fit. The same thing happens with cameras, which is good but good.
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