best phones under 15,000 rupees

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 and LG 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.


Realme 7

Realme 7 rear panel

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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 7.

The Pro iteration may get all the attention, but the regular version is certainly no slouch and helps you save a decent chunk of money. Like some of the other options on this list, its specs and features are well beyond anything you’d expect from a phone priced at under 15,000 rupees, like a 90Hz display, super-fast charging, and excellent cameras. However, the Realme 7 manages to be a touch cheaper than its competition as well.

Realme’s release cycle ensures that every successor is an iterative upgrade. However, there are some useful improvements this time around. You get a faster processing package, more RAM with the base model, and a larger battery with faster charging.


Realme 7 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G95
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Realme Narzo 20 Pro

Realme Narzo 20 Pro official

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Realme continues to expand its budget-friendly portfolio with the latest additions to its Narzo series. We also get a Pro iteration this time around that brings some impressive features to this price segment.

The Narzo 20 Pro comes with the same 90Hz Full HD display and processing package as the Realme 7. The Realme 7 comes with an arguably better 64MP primary shooter though, compared to the 48MP unit of the Narzo 20 Pro, and also packs a larger battery.

The absolute standout feature of the Narzo 20 Pro is 65W fast charging. You can fully charge the phone in just 38 minutes, around half the time it takes to charge the Realme 7, and you can get 14% of the charge back in just 3 minutes. Both the Realme 7 and Narzo 20 Pro have similar price points, so you can decide which features are more important.


Realme Narzo 20 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G95
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Redmi Note 9 Pro

Redmi Note 9 Pro - best phones under 15,000

There may be a lot 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 9 Pro and an extremely aggressive pricing strategy.

There isn’t a whole lot different between the Pro and the Pro Max iterations. The processing package, display, and design language stay the same. The main difference is in the camera setup, with the Note 9 Pro swapping out the 64MP primary shooter of the Max version for a 48MP unit. You also get a lower-resolution front-facing camera with the Pro. If these differences aren’t a big deal for you, you can save a decent chunk of money with the Note 9 Pro.


Redmi Note 9 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 720G
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,020mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy M21

samsung galaxy m21

Samsung kicked off 2020 by introducing the successors of its extremely popular M-series of smartphones. The new phones have managed to retain the company’s aggressive pricing model as well, making the Galaxy M21 one of the best phones you can get for under 15,000 rupees.

The Galaxy M21 keeps a lot of features and even the general design language from the Galaxy M30s, and essentially just brings these higher-end features to a lower price bracket. A huge battery, impressive cameras, and a beautiful design are highlights of this phone. If there was ever any doubt about whether Samsung is up to the task of taking on the likes of Xiaomi and Realme, the new M-series devices are proof enough.


Samsung Galaxy M21 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 9611
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Poco M2

poco m2 twitter

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If you’ve ever felt like all smartphones are now the same, especially in the budget-friendly categories, you might be closer to to the truth than you think. Poco unveiled another solid affordable option in India. However, the Poco M2 is practically identical to the Redmi 9 Prime (aka the Redmi 9 in Europe) that you’ll find on our list of the best phones under 10,000 rupees.

The main reason the Poco M2 finds itself in another price category is that it comes with 6GB of RAM. Almost everything else, from the display to the camera, is practically identical. If the extra RAM and the different design of the Poco M2 is important to you, the extra 1,000 rupees is definitely worth it. If not, the Redmi 9 Prime is an excellent option to consider instead.


Poco M2 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G80
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 13, 8, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Realme Narzo 20

Realme Narzo 20 official

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Falling in between the impressive Narzo 20 Pro and the ultra-affordable 20A is the regular Realme Narzo 20. It borrows elements from both and is priced accordingly.

The Narzo 20 comes with an Helio G85 chipset, 18W charging, and a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD screen. It keeps the 48MP primary shooter from the Pro variant, but as part of a triple camera setup. The fingerprint scanner is also on the back, unlike the side-mounted version found with the Pro.

However, the Narzo 20’s advantage lies in the battery. There’s no super fast charging here, but it packs a much larger 6,000mAh unit. Those who are looking for endurance might prefer this model instead of the other two.


Realme Narzo 20 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G85
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

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.