The 10 Best Phone Under Rs 15,000 in India – 2020

best phone under 15000 in India

Best Phone Under 15000

Your quest for the best phone under 15000 ends here. With the vision of ‘Digital India’ spreading like wildfire, our smartphones have become one of the most essential parts of our daily living. Smartphones have made life a lot simpler by almost offering everything on the go, almost keeping the world in your pockets.

These gadgets can be your lifeline by keeping you updated, connecting you with a large audience through social media, and even ordering food from the nearest restaurant, but still, it comes with a price tag. So deciding on the mobile which comes within budget is important. However, the best phone under 15000 can promise you with all the fancy features but needs a deeper look into the matter before you make up your mind.

List of 10 Best Phone Under 15000 in India – 2020

RankBest Phone Under 15000 in IndiaZotezo ScoreBuy Now
#1 POCO M2 Pro10 Buy Now
#2 Redmi Note 89.8 Buy Now
#3 Motorola One Action9.5 Buy Now
#4 Realme 6i9 Buy Now
#5 Realme 5s9 Buy Now
#6 Xiaomi Mi A38.5 Buy Now
#7 Redmi note 98.5 Buy Now
#8 Nokia 6.1 Plus8.5 Buy Now
#9 Samsung Galaxy M218 Buy Now
#10 OPPO F118 Buy Now

1. POCO M2 Pro

best phone under 15000
Why Did We Choose It?

One of the recent and latest launches from Poco is their POCO M2 Pro. This phone runs on MIUI 11, which is based on Android 10, has an attractive design, and is built well. It features a P2i water-repellent coating, which is said to make it splash-proof. Poco has used a 6.67-inch full-HD LCD display, with a cutout for the selfie camera. It was spun off from Xiaomi and launched the Poco X2, more than a year after the Poco F1. 

When talking about the camera, Poco includes a primary 48-megapixel sensor, an 8-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. With Poco focusing more on the budget segment, this gets the number 1 spot on our list of the best phone under 15000 in India.

Specifications: 
  • Warranty: 1 Year for Handset, 6 Months for Accessories
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage Space: 64 GB ROM | Expandable Upto 512 GB
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Processor
  • Battery: 5000 mAh Lithium-ion Polymer Battery
  • Camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | 16MP Front Camera
  • Display Size, 16.94 cm (6.67 inch) Full HD+ Display
  • Operating System: Android 10
  • USB:  USB Type C
  • SAR Value: 
  • 33 W Fast Charger
  • Triple Corning Gorilla Glass 5
What We Like: 
  • It has the latest processor in mobiles under 15000 price bracket
  • The price of the gadget is comparatively low, considering the features it offers
  • Its performance is very good and smooth due to processor
  • The battery backup and charging speed are excellent
  • Looks are quite good with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Has an IR Blaster which is amazing
  • Gives the best performance in day to day usage
  • Looks premium from back side glossy finish
What We Don’t Like:
  • The Camera is average not too good because images are overexposed 
  • It slightly heats up after 3 hours of use
  • No super Amoled screen like some others on this list
  • There are certain app issue which needs to be fixed by the Poco update

2. Redmi Note 8

redmi note 8

Why Did We Choose It?

While Samsung and Nokia were still ruling the Xiaomi started its journey and in a few years Xiaomi gadgets have been one of the reliable brands in India. Holding on to its newly earned reputation, Redmi Note 8 can be considered the best phone under Rs. 15000. Like other Xiaomi models, this one also comes with an array of important and necessary features but has the price set within Rs. 10,000 only.

Specifications:
  • Warranty: 1-year manufacturer’s warranty for device and 6 months manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage Space: 64 GB internal memory extended up to 512 GB
  • Processor: 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor
  • Battery: 4000mAH lithium-polymer battery
  • Camera: 48 MP AI Quad camera and 13MP Front Camera with LED flash, HDR and Panorama features
  • Display Size, Type and Resolution: 6.3 inches; IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M color; 1080 x 2280 pixels 19.5:9 aspect ratio (~409 PPI density)
  • Operating System: Android 9.0 (pie), MIUI 11
  • USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Comes with an FHD display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection in both sides
  • 18W fast charger in the box
  • Dual Sim + Micro SD card slot
  • Biometric Authentication
  • SAR Value: 0.987 W/kg
What We Like:
  • FHD display making your viewing experience even better
  • The device has an elegant design
  • Value for money
  • 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 for smooth operation
  • Battery backup for the device is very good with 4000mAH battery
  • The mobile has a good build quality and protected by Gorilla Glass
  • It comes with USB Type-C & 18W fast charger under 10k budget
  • Dedicated micro SD card slot provided
  • Biometric Authentication ensures your privacy
What We Don’t Like:
  • Lots of ads in the Mi specific apps & on the user interface that comes with MIUI 10
  • Hybrid sim slot will not help the dual SIM and memory card users

3. Motorola One Action

Motorola One Action

Why Did We Choose It?

Motorola has delivered quite sturdy phones with decent features for over a decade now along with Nokia and Samsung. Coming 3rd on our list of best mobiles under 15000, Motorola One Action is providing, 4 GB RAM, a massive space of 128 GB ROM expandable up to 512 GB and HD+ display, just within your budget.

Specifications:
  • Warranty: Brand Warranty of 1 Year Available for Mobile and 6 Months for Accessories
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage Space: 128 GB ROM expandable up to 512 GB
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 9609 Processor
  • Battery: 3500 mAh Battery
  • Camera: 2MP + 5MP + 16MP and 12MP Front Camera
  • Display Size, Type and Resolution: 6.3 inches; LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touch screen, 16M colour; 1080 x 2520 pixels, 21:9 aspect ratio (~432 PPI density)
  • Operating System: Android 9 (pie), Android One
  • USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • IPX2 water protection to protect from rain splashes
What We Like:
  • Android updates come way faster
  • The rear-facing camera has EIS (electronic image stabilization) for video mode
  • In this price range, it has a punch hole front camera and full cinema view display
  • IPX2 water protection for preventing the phone from rain splash damage
  • The device comes with an ample amount of internal storage space with 128 GB ROM and expandable up to 512 GB
  • CinemaVision Full HD+ display also allows you to see a video horizontally while the video was actually shot in vertical view
What We Don’t Like:
  • The device charges up very slowly
  • The fingerprint scanner is also a bit slow in this phone
  • Front-facing camera could use a little improvement compared to previous models
  • It also has a smaller battery life than the others with 3500mAH battery

4. Realme 6i

Realme-6i
Why Did We Choose It?

Realme has very recently launched another budget smartphone to keep their market share like before. With the combination of a powerful CPU and GPU, the Realme 6i provides you with a smooth and seamless multitasking experience. The phone features a large 16.5 cm (6.5) FHD+ display and a refresh rate of 90 Hz that provides visuals much smoother than a standard display, ensuring an immersive entertainment experience.  If you want a value for money phone with a great performance this has to be it at number 4 on our list of the best smartphone under 15000.

Specifications: 
  • Warranty: 1 Year for Handset, 6 Months for Accessories
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage Space: 64 GB ROM | Expandable up to 256 GB
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio G90T Processor
  • Battery: 4300 mAh Battery
  • Camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
  • Display Size: 16.51 cm (6.5 inch) Full HD+ Display
  • Operating System: Android 10
  • USB: USB Type C Cable
  • 30 W Fast Charger
  • Side Fingerprint Unlock
What We Like: 
  • The 90hz refresh rate makes display butter smooth
  • VOOC fast charging is absolutely worth value for money at this price range
  • Side fingerprint sensor and face unlock is fast and convenient
  • Great performance, value for money phone
  • The design is good to feel premium in hand
  • It’s charging time is really great
  • The phone is good for gaming also
What We Don’t Like:
  • Both rear and selfie camera is not good
  • The phone is heated while playing games
  • Battery backup is only about 8 hours
  • This phone supports 30W charge but you have to buy out of the box
  • The phone feels a bit heavy 

5. Realme 5s

Realme-5s
Why Did We Choose It?

Giving a strong competition to the fellow smartphone brands, Realme 5s has achieved the 4th place on the list of the best smartphone under 15000. Though the company came into existence only a year back, Realme has shown promising business ahead. Considering Realme 5s as the best phone under Rs. 15000 wouldn’t be much of a mistake with it’s 4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Processor, and 5000mAH battery. The only thing restricted it to reach the top 3, is its low display resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.

Specifications:
  • Warranty: Brand Warranty of 1 Year Available for Mobile and 6 Months for Accessories
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage Space: 64 GB ROM expandable up to 256 GB
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Processor
  • Battery: 5000 mAh Battery
  • Camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP and 13MP Front Camera
  • Display Size, Type and Resolution: 6.5 inches; IPS LCD capacitive touch screen. 16M colour; 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 aspect ratio (~269 PPI density)
  • Operating System: Android 9.0 (pie), ColorOS 6
  • USB: MicroUSB 2.0
  • Splash resistant design
What We Like:
  • With 5000 mAH battery and AI power-saving technology, it has a long battery life
  • HD+Mini Drop Display lets you have an immersive viewing experience
  • The sleek body and Crystal design makes the phone even more alluring
  • Splash resistant design helps in case of accidental spills
  • Value for money
What We Don’t Like:
  • Screen resolution is a bit low compared to other devices of similar price and specifications
  • The phone often hangs
  • No fast charging feature included
  • Mobile camera is not up to the mark despite being 48 MP
  • There is no notification light available in this handset
  • HD viewing not supported
  • Touch response is often slow

6. Xiaomi Mi A3

Mi A3

Why Did We Choose It?

The best phone under 15000 in India has been redefined by Xiaomi as it comes back on the list at the 6th spot with Xiaomi MI A3. Like our topmost pick of the list of best phones under 15000 – Redmi Note 8, Xiaomi MI A3 has almost similar features just quite a few improvements. It added 32 MP front camera, slightly higher battery life with 4030 mAH battery for betterment but still fell down on the list due it’s screen resolution being just 720 x 1560 pixels, thus, it does not support HD viewing.

Specifications:
  • Warranty: 1-year manufacturer’s warranty for device and 6 months manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage Space: 64GB internal memory expandable up to 256GB
  • Processor: 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor
  • Battery: 4030mAH lithium-ion battery
  • Camera: 48+8+2MP AI triple rear camera and 32MP front camera
  • Display Size, Type and Resolution: 6.088-inches; Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 16M colour; 720 x 1560 pixels, 19.5:9 aspect ratio (~282 PPI density)
  • Operating System: Android 9.0 (pic); Android One
  • USB: 2.0, Type-C reversible connector
  • Ergonomic Design for one-hand usage
  • Supports 18W fast Charge
What We Like:
  • The mobile is very sleek and has curved edges with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on front and rear
  • Android updates are received faster in this device
  • The ergonomic design of this phone helps you use your phone in a single hand without any hassle
  • The mobile comes with good battery back up
  • Speaker sound for this phone is very good
  • 32 MP AI selfie camera with panorama and portrait mode for spectacular selfie experiences
What We Don’t Like:
  • The display is not up to the mark and resolution is low compared to other devices, HD viewing is not supported
  • MI cloud is not available in this model
  • Camera usage for this phone is quite complex
  • The fingerprint scanner works really slow
  • Heating issues are experienced after excessive usage
  • Voice clarity of the phone is often problematic
  • Transferring data from the previous phone is not easy

7. Redmi Note 9 

Redmi note 9
Why Did We Choose it?

The tagline says the Undisputed Champion which sports powerful internals compared to its predecessors. The Redmi Note 9 has a 6.53-inch display with a Full-HD+ resolution, and corning gorilla glass 5. Capable of 9W reverse charging through the USB Type-C port, this Redmi Note 9 is at number 7 on our list of the best phones under Rs. 15000.

Specifications:
  • Warranty: 1-year manufacturer warranty for device and 6 months manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories including batteries from the date of purchase
  • RAM: 3/4 GB RAM
  • Storage Space: 64GB internal memory expandable up to 512GB
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio G85 (12nm)
  • Battery: Li-Po 5020 mAh, non-removable
  • Camera: 48 MP + 13 MP
  • Display Size: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Operating System: Android 10, MIUI 11
  • USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • 22.5 W Fast Charger
What We Like:
  • Impressive built and looks
  • G85 is a decent processor with great daily life performance
  • The gaming experience is also pretty good
  • Its battery is excellent
  • Display quality is very good
  • The phone is also very lightweight
  • Supports reverse type C charging
What We Don’t Like:
  • The back panel is built of plastic quality 
  • Its picture quality is not up to the mark
  • Falls behind the competition in terms of performance and charging speed
  • The UI doesn’t feel fast and smooth
  • No 4K recording, which is a big downturn

8. Nokia 6.1 Plus

Nokia 6.1 plus
Why Did We Choose It?

Nokia has its history of ‘connecting people’ and even after so many complications Nokia still stands tall in the 8th position on our list of mobiles under 15000. Switching from Windows phones to Androids, Nokia did not lose its touch as they came back even stronger with Nokia 6.1 Plus. Falling under the 15000 bracket, Nokia delivers 6 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM, HD+ display, and a decent camera.

Specifications:
  • Warranty: 1-year manufacturer’s warranty for device and 6 months manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Storage Space: 64 GB internal memory and Expandable to 400 GB
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon SD 636 quad-core processor
  • Battery: 3060mAH lithium-ion battery
  • Camera: 16MP+5MP rear camera and 16MP front-facing camera
  • Display Size, Type and Resolution: 5.8 inches; IPS LCD capacitive touch screen, 16M colour; 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 aspect ratio (~432 PPI density)
  • Operating System: Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); Android One
  • USB: 2.0, Type-C reversible connector
  • 2.5D curved glass along with 93% glass surface area
What We Like:
  • No bloatware makes the usage of the phone easy and smooth
  • The device comes with a good design
  • It also has a reasonable price to go with
  • 6 GB RAM is quite good at this price range
  • Battery life is very good despite the 3050 mAH battery
What We Don’t Like:
  • Overheating issues are often experienced in case of a few apps
  • Technical issues are faced as well sometimes
  • Sound issues while calling at regular intervals
  • Software problems are also experienced
  • The display size is pretty small compared to other devices
  • The volume of this device can be considered average
  • Camera quality is not up to the mark

9. Samsung Galaxy M21 

Samsung Galaxy M21
Why Did We Choose It?

With the Samsung Galaxy M21, Samsung provides the powerful 6000 mAh battery along with all-round features comprising of a 48 MP rear camera in Triple camera set up and 20 MP front camera and an immersive AMOLED screen. If you are looking for a phone that you can charge once and forget about it then you must opt for Samsung M21.

Specifications:
  • Warranty: 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage Space: 64 GB ROM | Expandable upto 512 GB
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 9 Octa Processor
  • Battery: 6000 mAh Battery
  • Camera: 48 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP Triple Primary Cameras | 20 MP Front Camera
  • Display Size: 6.4 inches (16.21 cm) 1080×2340 px, 409 PPIsAMOLED FHD+ Display
  • Operating System: Android v10 (Q) OS
  • USB: USB Type C 
  • 15 W Fast Charger
What We Like:
  • Comes with a monster battery and fast charging option
  • The rear camera is pretty decent
  • Relatively lighter than other ace rivals
  • AMOLED display and HD streaming support
  • Extremely fast biometric unlock
  • Vivid and color-accurate display
What We Don’t Like:
  • Starts heating very quickly after some usage
  • At this price range, the front camera is not that good
  • Higher refresh rate would have been nice
  • The charging speed is really very slow
  • Dated waterdrop notch design
  • Average processor so not advisable for hardcore gaming

10. OPPO F11

OPPO-F11-Marble-Green
Why Did We Choose It?

At the end of the list of the best phone under 15000 in India, OPPO F11 secures the 10th and final position. Almost touching the 15000 marks this phone is has provided 6 GB RAM along with 128 GB ROM, decent camera and battery, and even HD+ display to choose for. But vying to multiple problems and many features not appreciated by customers this phone just made to the bottom end of the list of the best phones under 15000.

Specifications:
  • Warranty: 1-year manufacturer’s warranty for device and 6 months manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Storage Space: 128GB internal memory expandable up to 256GB
  • Processor: 2.1 GHz MediaTek Helio P70 octa-core processor
  • Battery: 4020mAH lithium-ion battery
  • Camera: 48MP+5MP dual rear camera and 16MP front camera
  • Display Size, Type and Resolution: 6.5 inches; LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touch screen, 16M colour; 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 aspect ratio (~394 PPI density)
  • Operating System: Android 9.0 (pie); ColorOS 6
  • USB: MicroUSB 2.0
  • Ulta Night Mode and Dazzle Color Mood
  • Hyper Boost
What We Like:
  • The phone has a decent battery back up
  • This device supports fast charging as well
  • 6 GB RAM provided for smooth operation
What We Don’t Like:
  • Camera quality is not up to the mark despite 48MP+5MP dual rear camera and 16MP front camera included
  • Technical issues have been experienced by many customers
  • Voice quality is not clear while calling
  • In build app, pop-ups are often irritating
  • It has a hybrid sim slot
  • The earphone quality is also a question for many
  • Though it supports HD+ display still many complaints have been received for its display being not up to the mark
  • The handset gets heated up while in use and even while charging sometimes
  • The phone often hangs
  • It’s SAR Value is also high

Buyer’s Guide: Best Phone Under Rs. 15,000

The online market is crawling with many mobiles under 15000 but choosing the best phone under 15000 is surely a challenge. Most mobiles under 15000 have an array of features that are important as well as fancy enough to take a look into. So rather than looking for the best phone under 15000 brackets, look closely into the following factors that will make your purchase worthwhile.

Price

As you are specifically looking for the best smartphone under 15000, price is the most important factor for you. The price bracket of INR 15000, makes your hands tied within a range. But you can find ample options to look from, just keeping the price bracket in mind.

Warranty

For a gadget, technical issues are quite normal. And to have a warranty is the most important precaution you can take in case an issue occurs.

RAM

RAM (Random Access Memory) of your mobile phone is the heart of your system. Your entire mobile runs smoothly based on your RAM. The more Gigabytes of RAM included in your gadget the more swiftly it will function.

ROM And External Memory

In today’s life, mobile phones are your most crucial partners, capturing and storing pictures, music, movies, books, apps, games, and other personal data and details. To retain this integral information from your life, the memory should be a determining factor. So, the best phone under 15000 should also contain enough internal storage as well as have external storage to share the storage space and keep the phone running without getting crushed by the weight.

Processor

Like RAM, the processor is partly responsible for smartphones all over performance and responsiveness. The latest processor will give a better experience for sure. In order to determine which is the best processor among the wide variety in the market is to check the processing speed. Higher the processing speed, the better the performance.

Battery

The current generation rarely let their phones out of their sight and are completely engrossed in the digital world. With ‘Netflix and chill’ being the new phenomenon, a long-lasting battery is important to your cravings of binge-watching. For the purpose of multitasking, the battery energy capacity of the battery should be high to keep you connected with your digital world.

Camera

As Selfie became the new trend that people were quick enough to follow, mobile cameras became an important factor for many smartphone users. And we have seen the manufacturer meeting the demand of this generation by improving and upgradings the cameras installed in mobile phones. Just not selfie, mobile photography is a real thing to consider for many of the Millenials showing promising opportunities ahead. There are many factors that determine a good camera and not just the high megapixels. A good picture contains an eye for art along with camera features like apertures, ISO, speed of autofocus, light, shutter speed and an understanding of all the above-mentioned features. So choose wisely for better photographs in accordance with your set of skills.

Display

Our smartphones are good travel buddies and provide us with the means of entertainment that we intend to look forward to. For which the display should be next to flawless in order to give the desired experience. Be it gaming, watching movies or TV shows, or even clicking the perfect picture. Apart from the resolution and quality, the display size is also a factor to consider so you can have better and clear viewing.

Build Quality

Smartphones are pocket-friendly gadgets that stay with you for the most amount of time. The build quality of this device is important for preventing it from outside damage. If your mobile has a better build quality you can worry a bit less if it accidentally falls off of your hands.

SAR Value

Specific Absorption Rate or SAR stands for the value of electromagnetic power radiation produced by your phone and consumed by the human body. A high level of SAR value has many ill effects on the human body, for which considering the SAR value for each mobile is important if you care enough for your health.

Best Smartphone Under 15000

Best Phone Under 15000Processor
POCO M2 ProQualcomm Snapdragon 720G
Redmi Note 82.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
Motorola One ActionSamsung Exynos 9609 Processor
Realme 6iMediaTek Helio G90T Processor
Realme 5sQualcomm Snapdragon 665 
Xiaomi Mi A32.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 
Redmi Note 9 MediaTek Helio G85
Nokia 6.1 PlusQualcomm Snapdragon SD 636 quad-core
Samsung Galaxy M21 Samsung Exynos 9 Octa Processor
OPPO F112.1 GHz MediaTek Helio P70 octa-core 

Frequently Asked Question On Best Smart Phones Under Rs. 15,000

1. How to check SAR value?

Ans: SAR value can be checked by dialing USSD code *#07# from your smartphone and it will instantly show your phone’s SAR value. There are other ways though like you can go and ask your manufacturer or look into your ‘settings’ option and find the ‘legal’ section. Or you can Google it like every other information.

2. What is the SAR value?

Ans: Specific Absorption Rate or SAR stands for the value of electromagnetic power radiation produced by your phone and consumed by the human body. SAR value denotes the measurement of RF energy or radiofrequency energy, which is absorbed by the human body.

3. Which phone is best under 15000?

Ans: There can be multiple phones that can be considered as the best phone under 15000. The best smartphone under 15000 will closely depend on your priorities and usage.

While Redmi Note 8 can be your first and foremost pick vying to its overall performance, Xiaomi MI A3, OPPO F11 and Realme Pro 3 can be your best pick for best mobile under 15000 with the best camera for both photography and selfie purposes. For gamers and heavy smartphone users, the best pick would be Samsung Galaxy M30s, Vivo U20 and Realme 5s with massive battery back up.

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Bottom Line

The best smartphone is like a best friend, coming up with almost every solution just at your fingertips. From daily necessities to luxury goods everything can be found through these devices. Smartphones are the new necessity for us, and thus, meeting with our demands there are multiple companies offering different variations of phones in the market.

So, dig in our picks of the best phone under 15000 and take home the best smartphone vying to your priorities.

Rohan Mukherjee
Rohan is the electronic product reviewer and head of content at Zotezo.com. In short, he makes sure that any content that goes out is simply EPIC!

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