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The best phones under 15,000 rupees in India

There are a lot of great options in this price range.
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December 11, 2021
Realme 8 vs Redmi Note 10 side profile and buttons
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Companies like Xiaomi have changed the game in India, with budget-friendly smartphones offering impressive performance and features. Many have followed suit, and even major players like Samsung have jumped into this budget-friendly category in India. If you’re looking for a lot of bang for your buck, here are some of the best phones under 15,000 rupees!

The best phones under 15,000 rupees in India:

Editor’s note: We will continue to update this list of the best phones under 15,000 rupees as more become available.


Poco M3 Pro 5G

Poco M3 Pro 5G 1
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Poco’s first-ever launch, with the F1, was all the rage, and while it took a while for the company’s next release, the Poco X2 was an exciting option. Poco is certainly not waiting as long between releases anymore. The company has upped its game, particularly in the affordable segments, with a slew of impressive launches recently, including one of the first phones under 15,000 rupees to come with 5G support.

The Poco M3 Pro 5G ticks all the right boxes as far as this price segment is concerned. The MediaTek Dimensity 700-toting smartphone comes with a Full HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate, up to 6GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage, a 48MP primary shooter, and a huge 5,000mAh battery. Specs like these are par for the course on this list, but the standout feature here is 5G. Granted, 5G networks aren’t up and running in India just yet. But if you want to be one of the first, and looking for an affordable option, the Poco M3 Pro 5G is the way to go.


Poco M3 Pro 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Dimensity 700
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Realme 8i

realme 8i
Realme

Every OEM is hoping to knock Xiaomi out of the top spot, and it’s become a fascinating game of one-upmanship in the budget-friendly segment in India. One company that is giving Xiaomi a run for its money is Realme. The latter is hoping to continue its impressive run with its latest affordable smartphone — the Realme 8i.

With a price increase pushing the Realme 8 out of the price range of this list, the 8i takes its place as one of the best phones you can get for under 15,000 rupees. It’s quite an impressive phone though and gives its namesake a run for its money. The Realme 8i is the first phone in India to come with the Helio G96 processor. It has a 120Hz display refresh rate, faster than any other option in this roundup. And its triple camera setup is headlined by a 50MP unit. You’re certainly not missing out on a lot, and some of its features are better than the Realme 8 and other competition in this price segment.


Realme 8i specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G96
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 50, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Realme Narzo 30

Realme Narzo 30 Pro review showing app drawer
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Realme continues to expand its budget-friendly portfolio with the latest additions to its Narzo series. The Narzo 30 Pro 5G and Narzo 30 5G fall outside the 15,000 rupee range, but if you’re okay with giving 5G a skip, for now, the new Narzo 30 is a great option to consider.

The Narzo 30 comes with the same processing package as the Realme 8 and has a display with a faster 90Hz refresh rate. The Realme 8 comes with an arguably better 64MP primary shooter than the 48MP unit of the Narzo 30 but comes with the same battery. The Realme 8 has a few advantages, but the Narzo 30 starts at a lower price point, with even the 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage version coming in at under 15,000 rupees.


Realme Narzo 30 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G95
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Redmi Note 10T 5G

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Xiaomi

There may be more competition in the affordable segment now, but Redmi continues to rise to the challenge. The company raises the bar once again with the Redmi Note 10T 5G and an extremely aggressive pricing strategy.

If you’re familiar with the Redmi Note 10, there’s nothing too new here. The Redmi Note 10T 5G is effectively a rebadged version of that device with 5G support. For 5G, Redmi has replaced the Snapdragon 678 from the vanilla model to the Dimensity 700 processor. The camera setup is similar but misses out on a fourth camera, and the front-facing shooter is of a lower spec. If you’re looking to pick up a 5G phone for cheap, though, the Redmi Note 10T is one of the few options you can get for under 15,000 rupees.


Redmi Note 10T 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Dimensity 700
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy M12

Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung

Samsung launched its latest additions to its popular M-series of smartphones. The new phones have managed to retain the company’s aggressive pricing model, making the Galaxy M12 one of the best phones you can get for under 15,000 rupees.

The Galaxy M12 keeps many features and even the general design language from the previous generations and essentially brings these higher-end features to a lower price bracket. It comes with a 6.5-inch 90Hz screen and a massive 6,000mAh battery. In comparison, the Redmi Note 10 offers a smaller 5,000mAh battery, albeit with 33W charging, and a 60Hz screen.

It doesn’t have the fastest processor in this price range though, and the camera setup is par for the course for this category with a quad-camera setup headlined by a 48MP camera. There’s no doubt that Samsung is looking to take on Xiaomi and Realme with these phones, and the Galaxy M12 is certainly up to the task.


Samsung Galaxy M12 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 850
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 5, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

That’s it for this roundup of the best phones under 15,000 rupees in India! Looking for more options? Be sure to check out our best phone guide, as well as our guides on the best phones under 10,000 rupees, best phones under 20,000 rupees, best phones under 30,000 rupees, and best for under 40,000 rupees.