Smartphones are becoming cheaper day by day.
The technology is improving in such a way that you get smartphones with better technology and configuration at a lower price when compared to the situation about a couple of years ago.
Here are the smartphone models available in India that are priced under ₹15000
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Best Smartphone under ₹15000
1. Samsung Galaxy M 20
The Samsung Galaxy M20 is the latest of the Samsung models, the M-series to hit the Indian market. The M20 comes in two variants, the 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage and the 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage.
Samsung phones come with specialised in-house processors. The M20 phones come with the 1.8 GHz Exynos 7904 Octa Core processor. The good clock speed of 1.8 GHz ensures there is no time lag, and the processor works at a good pace. There are facilities to expand the internal memory up to 512GB using a separate micro SD card.
The battery is the USP of the Samsung Galaxy M20. This smartphone comes with a 5000 mAh battery that can play more than 18 hours of continuous video. You have facilities for quick recharging that provides for three times faster recharging of the battery. A 10-minute quick recharge enables you to play three hours of video or 11 hours of music.
The Samsung M20 comes with security features like face recognition software, fingerprint sensors. This smartphone is a dual SIM phone that comes with 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802ac, and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity.
Other features include Widevine L1 certification for HD Streaming and Dolby ATMOS 360 surround sound.
2. Honor 8X
Honor is a reputed Chinese smartphone model. This Honor 8X comes in three variants, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, and the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage.
Honor 8X works on the 2.2 GHz Kirin 710 Octa Core processor. The processor features a 12nm Cortex-A73 generation based SoC and a Mali G51 GPU that assures 130% increase in GPU performance.
The 19.5:9 aspect ratio coupled with the 5.5-inch screen and its nearly borderless design paves the way for an enhanced viewing experience. The 91% screen to body ratio is among the best among its peers.
The 3750 mAh battery ensures that your smartphone lasts for a minimum of one day without worrying about a recharge. The intelligent battery-saving system optimises power consumption.
Honor 8X smartphones work on the Android 8.0 Oreo with Huawei’s EMUI 8.2 skin on the top.
This is a dual SIM smartphone that provides dual HD voice and dual VoLTE. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802ac and Bluetooth 4.2, face recognition in different lighting conditions.
3. Vivo V9 Pro
The Vivo V9 Pro is a mid-range smartphone from Vivo that comes with exciting features.
The Vivo V9 Pro comes with a state-of-the-art Snapdragon 660 AIE Octa Core processor renowned for its immense power and superfast performance. This smartphone has a 6GB RAM and internal memory of 64GB expandable up to 256GB.
This smartphone boasts of a 6.3-inch FHD+ Fullview display 2.0 and 19:9 aspect ratio to deliver a matchless viewing experience. The 90% screen to body ratio is also a plus point.
The Vivo V9 Pro comes equipped with security features like fingerprint sensors and unlocking using face recognition. This phone supports dual SIMs and dual VoLTE. It is in addition to Wi-Fi 802ac and Bluetooth 4.2 compatibility.
This smartphone comes with a mono speaker that is loud enough, but the quality of audio does not match up.
4. Mi A2
Mi A2 is available in two variants 6GB Ram + 128GB Storage version, 4GB Ram + 64GB Storage variant.
The Mi A2 delivers a good performance because of the 2.2 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. The Adreno 512 GPU with on-field AI delivers an enhanced photography and gaming experience.
This smartphone has an attractive 5.99-inch screen size with FHD + Display with 2160X1080p resolution and 403 ppi pixel density. There is additional protection for the display in the form of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
This smartphone is a dual SIM smartphone that is compatible with 4G. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802ac and Bluetooth. In India, the Black and Gold hued model comes with a fingerprint sensor.
The Mi Remote App allows you to use the phone as a universal remote
5. Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 is one of the best smartphones in its niche because of its excellent features. It is also one of the ideal phones for gaming activities. This phone is an improved version of the Max Pro M1
Performance wise, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 is a powerhouse as it works on a 64-bit Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. The Adreno 512 GPU makes it one of the best smartphones for gaming.
This smartphone comes in three versions, 3GB RAM + 32GB internal memory, 4GB RAM + 64GB internal memory, and 6GB RAM + 64GB internal memory. There are facilities to expand the memory up to 2TB.
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 offers the stock Android experience as it runs on Android 8.1 with an October 2018 update. The latest version of the Android Pie is due any time in the future.
This smartphone has DRM L1 certificate for HD streaming
6. Realme U1
The Realme U1 is available in two versions, the 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage that is expandable up to 256GB using a separate micro SD card.
The Realme U1 comes with a 2.1 GHz MediaTek Helio P70 Octa Core CPU along with a Mali G72 GPU. Hence, users can have a great gaming experience as well.
The 19.5:9 aspect ratio is one of the best among its niche. This smartphone has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ LTPS IPS display with 2340X1080p resolution with a 90.8% screen to body ratio. The screen displays a pixel density of 409 ppi. There is adequate protection for the display by the 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3.
Realme U1 uses the stock Android option, the Color OS 5.2 based on the Android v8.1.
This phone comes with the top-end security options like the face recognition unlocking feature, fingerprint scanner, and so on. The Realme U1 supports dual nano SIM with dual standby (4G + 4G). It also supports other connectivity options like Wi-Fi 802ac, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS.
7. Redmi 6 Pro
The Redmi 6 Pro is the least expensive of all the smartphones in this niche. It is available in two variants. This smartphone is famous for its battery backup.
Performance wise, it is a powerful one with the 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa Core processor. This particular phone has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage whereas the basic version comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. You can use a micro SD card to expand the internal memory up to 256GB.
This phone runs pn Android v8.1 Oreo OS and boasts an extremely sensitive fingerprint sensor that is not only fast but also accurate. It comes with dual SIM connectivity (4G + 4G). However, only one SIM supports 4G at a time.
8. Redmi Y2
The Redmi Y2 is similar to the Redmi 6 Pro in many ways. However, it does not have as durable a battery as the Redmi 6 Pro.
The Redmi Y2 is a powerful smartphone as it comes equipped with a 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 Octa Core processor. This phone also comes in two variants, the 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage, and the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. The Redmi Y2 has an expandable memory of up to 256GB using a micro SD card.
The 3080 mAh Lithium Polymer battery might not be as durable as the battery for the Redmi 6 Pro, but it is enough to provide sufficient backup for the camera to function properly for more than a day.
This mobile also comes with an enhanced fingerprint sensor.
Points to Note when purchasing a smartphone under 15000
For the sake of simplicity, we shall break down this section into six major categories.
The performance of your smartphone depends on the processor, the RAM, and the internal storage. The Octa Core Snapdragon processors are the best as far as smartphones are concerned. However, you should also concentrate on clock speed.
Usually, you have clock speeds ranging between 1.6 GHz to 2.4 GHz. The greater the clock speed, the faster is the processor. It allows you to multitask and shift from one app to another seamlessly without any lag.
When looking for a smartphone below 15K, you should be eyeing a minimum of 4GB RAM. You can get smartphones with even 6GB or 8GB under ₹ 15K.
The internal memory of the smartphone is as important as the RAM. Generally, you get 64GB internal storage with expandable memory up to 256GB to 512GB via an external micro SD card.
The display of the smartphone is a crucial aspect to look at when purchasing smartphone. When we discuss phone display, we look at various factors such as screen size, resolution, aspect ratio, and so on. Finding bezel-less display in smartphones under ₹ 15K is difficult.
However, an aspect ratio in the range of 18.5:9 to 19.5:9 should be good enough. Generally, the 16:9 aspect ratio is the ideal one for a screen with full HD resolution. Such an aspect ratio can make your smartphones appear bulky.
Hence, you have smartphones with aspect ratios in the range of 18.5:9 and above. The phones become more comfortable to hold without distorting the image.
Smartphones screen sizes ranging from 5.8 inches to approximately 6.5 inches. Similarly, you can expect Full HD resolution plus LED display in such smartphones. The higher the resolution, the better is the image quality.
The camera is unarguably the most crucial part of a smartphone today. The younger generation uses cameras more than anyone else. You see these youngsters taking selfies and posting them as their status on social media websites like Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook.
The smartphone manufacturers recognise this need, and hence you have smartphones today having high-quality rear and front-facing cameras.
The smartphones in our budget have dual rear cameras and a front-Selfie camera. You see these cameras coming with decent resolutions in the range of 13 MP to 25 MP.
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However, the aperture size and focal length are also vital factors that affect image quality. Higher the aperture, the easier it is to take photos in dim light. Usually, most of the smartphones cameras have F1.8 to F2.0 aperture.
Other factors of importance include shutter speed and flash.
You do not want your phone to conk out in the middle of an important conversation. Hence, concentrate on the battery capacity before purchasing your smartphone. Watching movies or listening to music consumes a lot of battery. So does browsing the internet and playing online games.
Therefore, you should go for a battery having a minimum capacity of 3400 mAh. Greater the capacity of the battery, the longer the battery lasts.
Secondly, some of the smartphones comes with turbo-charging, fast-charging facilities whereby you can recharge the batteries much faster as compared to the normal mode.
Similar to your computers and laptops, the operating system is the heart of your smartphone as well. The Android OS is the most common one available today.
Many smartphone manufacturers like Honor, Vivo, and so on have customised Android OS. Ensure that your smartphone comes equipped with the latest OS. Also, make sure that your smartphone comes with upgradable functionalities.
You would need to upgrade your OS as and when the manufacturers release the updates.
Security and Connectivity
You use your smartphone for a variety of tasks. It includes financial transactions too. Hence, it becomes imperative for you to have adequate security measures installed on your smartphones.
No one should gain unauthorised access to your smartphone thereby resulting in pilferage of confidential data. The latest smartphones come with advanced security features like face recognition and fingerprint sensors.
There was a time in the not-too-recent past when people used to carry two phones if they had two SIM cards. Nowadays, you have smartphones coming with dual SIM facilities.
We have discussed eight high-quality smartphones available under ₹ 15000. You would notice that each of these phones has a minimum of 4GB RAM and expandable storage up to 256GB.
All these smartphones have good-quality rear cameras and front-facing Selfie cameras. Most of them have good processors thereby ensuring that these smartphones function smoothly.
A couple of years back, smartphones with these configurations would have cost more than 20K. The advancing technology has also resulted in the reduction of prices whereby these smartphones are today available under ₹ 15K in India.
Shiva Kumar is a 25-year-old Blogger from India. He is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert. Constantly funny – Randomly Serious!