There are a lot of new devices in India priced under Rs. 15,000 but buyers should exercise caution as soaring prices and issues with component supply mean you may not be getting the same kind of value you might have gotten a year or two ago. Also, don’t expect huge leaps in power, camera quality, or build quality if you’re upgrading from a similarly priced phone that’s several years old.
Having said that, you can expect a large, high-quality display, all-day battery life, fast charging, up-to-date software, and a camera that’s good enough for day-to-day use. Other features you can find include 5G, stereo speakers, high screen refresh rate or splash resistance.
So here is a list of some of the best phones to buy under Rs. 15,000 in India right now, in no particular order. These have been reviewed and scored by Gadgets 360, and we’ll help you find the best device for your needs whether you prioritize performance, battery life, camera quality, or design.
Best phone under 15,000
|Phones under Rs. 15,000 won||Gadgets 360 Rating (out of 10)||Prices in India (according to recommendations)|
|Moto G52||8||Rs. 14.499|
|Infinix Hot 11S||8||Rs. 10,999 won|
|Redmi 10 Prime||8||Rs. 13.499|
|Realme Narzo 30 5G||8||Rs. 14,999 won|
|Redmi Note 10S||8||Rs. 13,999 won|
|Samsung Galaxy F22||8||Rs. 12,999 won|
The Moto G52 (Review) lacks 5G, and this is a bit worrisome because 5G rollout seems to be near. The G52 is only for those who don’t plan on jumping into the 5G band but are more interested in value. With that in mind, the Motorola Moto G52 focuses on entertainment with a 90Hz refresh rate pOLED display and Dolby Atmos-enabled stereo speakers. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 680 SoC isn’t a monster, but it certainly gets the job done (along with some light gaming), and this is partly thanks to Motorola’s near-identical Android software. The phone also packs a large 5000mAh battery and comes with a 33W charger in the box.
Infinix Hot 11S
The Infinix Hot 11S (Review) is a gaming-focused smartphone for those on a tight budget. It offers a high refresh rate display that gamers will appreciate and a reasonable budget SoC capable of playing some mid-range games. The plastic body has a glossy finish that feels cheap and is a smudge-proof magnet. On the other hand, the display resists fingerprints quite well. The large screen makes this phone a bit difficult to use, and one-handed use is impossible. The stereo speakers work well for gaming and are loud enough. Great battery life and fast charging too. This smartphone can be a good choice for casual users and those looking for a good gaming experience on a tight budget.
Redmi 10 Prime
The Redmi 10 Prime (Review) is home-style and features a large 6.5-inch full-HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, a plastic frame, and a quad-camera system at the back.
This smartphone is powered by the MediaTek Helio G88 SoC, along with a 6,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. Daytime camera performance is average, despite the 50-megapixel main camera. Low-light image quality is too poor, which is one of the main downsides of this phone. While it doesn’t have the same impact as its predecessor, it offers better performance, so if that’s important to you, the Redmi 10 Prime should suit your needs.
Realme Narzo 30 5G
The Realme Narzo 30 5G (Review) is a slim 5G smartphone with a good 90Hz refresh rate display, excellent battery life, and average gaming performance. The camera is a bit disappointing for both stills and video, and worse yet, there’s no ultra-wide camera. You get the Realme UI along with some pre-installed apps that can spam you with unwanted notifications. Charging is a bit slower. However, if you want 5G and are on a tight budget, then the Narzo 30 5G is a phone to consider.
Samsung Galaxy F22
Samsung’s Galaxy F22 (Review) is a pretty basic budget smartphone with great battery life. It has a vibrant 6.4-inch 90Hz HD+ Super AMOLED display, but cuts everything else. The large battery easily lasts two days, but takes a long time to charge. Camera performance is pretty average for its class, but daylight video quality is good, albeit limited to 1080p. The design of the Galaxy F22 can be described as the most practical, with a screen made of Gorilla Glass 5 and a plastic monolithic. If a vibrant display and strong battery life are priorities, the Galaxy F22 fits the bill.
Redmi Note 10S
The Redmi Note 10S (Review) is a slightly more powerful version of the Redmi Note 10 and both devices look exactly the same. It has a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Redmi Note 10S has stereo speakers and an infrared emitter, both of which are uncommon on budget smartphones. Note 10S has a MediaTek Helio G95 SoC along with 6GB of RAM and you can choose between 64GB and 128GB of storage. It runs MIUI 12.5 on top of Android 11. It has a lot of pre-installed apps that sometimes push spam notifications. The Note 10S packs a 5,000mAh battery and comes with a 33W charger in the box.
Xiaomi offers a quad-camera setup on the Redmi Note 10S with a 64-megapixel primary sensor. Overall, Redmi Note 10S is worth buying over Redmi Note 10 if you want better performance.