The Sub Rs. 15,000 smartphone segment is all about getting a few things right. Most smartphones can achieve decent picture quality in daylight with their cameras, battery life is generally excellent, and performance is good enough for casual gaming. A big differentiator here compared to entry-level smartphones (under Rs. 10,000) is the design. It’s easy to find a good-looking smartphone, or at least one that has a refreshing design as opposed to the plain looks of entry-level smartphones.
Another add-on feature that this segment has yet to fully embrace is 5G connectivity. However, with 5G already available from a few operators in India, you can choose from a few 5G-enabled smartphones if future-proofing or faster connectivity is a priority. Other useful features that one could find in this segment are stereo speakers, spill protection, and high refresh rate displays.
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.
|Phones under Rs. 15,000||Gadgets 360 Review (out of 10)||Price in India (as recommended)|
|iQoo Z6 Lite 5G||8th||Rs. 13,999|
|Moto G52||8th||Rs. 12,999|
|Redmi 10 Prime||8th||Rs. 12,999|
|Empire Narzo 30 5G||8th||Rs. 14,999|
|Samsung Galaxy F22||8th||Rs. 11,499|
|Redmi Note 10S||8th||Rs. 14,999|
iQoo Z6 Lite 5G
The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G offers you reliable camera performance and an attractive design at an attractive price. As the name suggests, there are also 5G radios, although there are only two 5G bands. iQoo opted for an LCD display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, which also makes this smartphone well suited for gaming. The combination of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 SoC and a large 5,000 mAh battery also makes for good entertainment, as the bottom-firing speaker turned out to be sufficiently loud in our test. While this phone seems to tick all the right boxes, you have to keep in mind that it doesn’t come with a charger in the box. Also, the software experience isn’t best in class.
The Moto G52 lacks 5G radios. This can be a problem for those looking forward to moving to 5G networks. The G52 is strictly for those who don’t plan to jump on the 5G bandwagon right away, but are more interested in value. Keeping this in mind, the Motorola Moto G52 focuses on entertainment, with a pOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and stereo speakers with support for Dolby Atmos. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 680 SoC is no beast, but it certainly handles daily tasks (along with some light gaming), and that’s thanks in part to Motorola’s near-stock Android software. The phone also packs a large 5,000mAh battery and comes with a 33W charger. While the phone looks attractive, it also has an IP52 rating for light dust and water protection.
Redmi 10 Prime
Carrying the family look, the Redmi 10 Prime sports 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 on the back. This smartphone is powered by the MediaTek Helio G88 SoC, along with a large 6,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. The visual camera’s performance is average despite having a 50-megapixel main camera. The low-light picture quality is also a bit disappointing, which is one of the main downsides of this phone. While it doesn’t have the same impact as its predecessor, it delivers better performance. So if that’s important to you, the Redmi 10 Prime will suit your needs.
We also tested the Redmi 11 Prime 5G which, as the name suggests, adds 5G to the mix, but you should only go for this one if 5G connectivity is high on your priority list.
Empire Narzo 30 5G
The Realme Narzo 30 5G is a sleek and stylish 5G smartphone with a 90Hz refresh rate display, great battery life and mid-range gaming performance. The cameras are a bit disappointing for both stills and video, and to make matters worse there’s no ultra-wide camera. You get Realme UI as well as several preinstalled apps that can spam you with unwanted notifications. This slim design surprisingly packs a 5,000mAh battery, but charging is a bit slower. However, if you want 5G and are on a tight budget, the Narzo 30 5G is a good phone to consider.
Samsung Galaxy F22
The Galaxy F22 from Samsung is a rather basic budget smartphone with great battery life. It has a vibrant 6.4-inch 90Hz HD+ Super AMOLED display but scales back everything else. The large 6,000 mAh battery easily lasts two days, but it takes a long time to charge. Camera performance is fairly average for this segment, but daylight video quality is good, although capped at 1080p. The design of the Galaxy F22 is best described as practical, with a display that uses Gorilla Glass 5 for protection and a plastic unibody. The phone lacks 5G radios available in the newer Galaxy F23 5G, but if a vibrant display and strong battery life are a priority then the Galaxy F22 is for you.
Redmi Note 10S
The Redmi Note 10S, despite being quite old, is still a solid offering in this segment. It has been replaced by the Redmi Note 11S (which adds 5G radios and a 108MP primary camera), which has a higher price tag. It still offers a ton of specs for an older device and also has an IP53 rating for dust and water resistance. There’s a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It has stereo speakers and an IR emitter, both of which are uncommon in budget smartphones. The Note 10S packs a MediaTek Helio G95 SoC along with 6GB of RAM, and you can choose between 64GB and 128GB of storage. The phone comes with many pre-installed apps that occasionally send spam notifications. Xiaomi offers a quad-camera setup with a 64-megapixel primary sensor for the Redmi Note 10S.