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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 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 (~$210)!

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.


1. Redmi Note 8 Pro

Redmi Note 8 Pro review back glass against wood

Xiaomi has enjoyed incredible success in India with its Redmi Note series. The company changed things up with the Note 7 Pro though to retain its place at the top. With its successor, Xiaomi further refines an already winning formula, while continuing to push the limits of specs and features vs price.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro keeps the glass build, but the panels now sandwich a polycarbonate frame. The plastic doesn’t feel cheap by any means, and will likely do a better job with handling drops. Apart from the expected upgrade in specifications, which includes a faster processor and larger battery, the big change here is the quad-camera setup. A macro lens and a depth sensor join the wide-angle and regular (now of the 64MP variety) shooters to make for a solid camera experience.


Redmi Note 8 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.53-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G90T
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Rear camera: 64MP, 8MP, 2MP, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


2. Realme 5 Pro

Realme 5 Pro Rear view with pattern in hand

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 5 Pro.

It hasn’t even been six months since the Realme 3 Pro launched, but the 5 Pro manages to be a decent upgrade over its predecessor. A slightly faster processing package aside, the key change here is the camera setup, with the 5 Pro introducing quad rear cameras to this segment. Realme continues to knock it out of the park and 5 Pro is certainly one of the best phones under 15,000 rupees you can buy.


Realme 5 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 712
  • RAM: 4/6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Rear camera: 48MP, 8MP, 2MP, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,035mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


3. Samsung Galaxy M30s

Galaxy M30s is one of the best phones under 15,000

Fueling Samsung’s resurgence in the affordable smartphone market in India is its M-series. Given its popularity, it’s no surprise that Samsung has already introduced refreshed versions of these devices. One of the best you can buy at under 15,000 rupees is the Samsung Galaxy M30s.

Despite the quick turnaround, the Galaxy M30s brings updates to some key features. The processor is faster and the primary rear shooter and wide-angle lens have been upgraded. However, the phone’s USP is the massive battery that Samsung has managed to squeeze into it. If fantastic battery life is what you’re after, it doesn’t get much better than the Galaxy M30s at under 15,000 rupees.


Samsung Galaxy M30s specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 9611
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Rear camera: 48MP, 8MP, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


4. Motorola One Action

Motorola One Action in the hands 2

The Motorola One Action brings the unique features of the One Vision to an even more budget-friendly phone. A punch hole houses the front camera, and it’s the only affordable phone to come with a 21:9 aspect ratio display. Native 21:9 content looks great for supported movies on Netflix. That said, not a lot of videos fit that aspect ratio yet, but it could just be smart future-proofing on the part of Motorola.

The unique design and display aside, the Motorola One Action earns its name from the 16MP ultra-wide sensor on the rear. You can’t take still pictures with this camera, but it serves as an in-built action video camera of sorts. Thanks to the narrow frame of the One Action and the camera‚Äôs wide field of view, you can record videos vertically and play them back in landscape mode.

Solid performance, a great software experience, and good cameras round out an impressive smartphone which certainly stands out among its under-15,000 rupees competition.


Motorola One Action specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, Full HD+, 21:9
  • SoC: Exynos 9609
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Rear camera: 12MP and 5MP, 16MP video camera
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


5. Vivo Z1 Pro

Vivo Z1 Pro back of phone in hand

You’d be hard-pressed to distinguish between all the phones that fall in the price range, especially with practically identical notches galore. 2019 has been different though, and that starts with the Vivo Z1 Pro. The front of the phone isn’t completely blemish-free of course. But with the Z1 Pro, you get a punch hole notch that’s off to the side and not as intrusive. It’s not just about the looks either, but it is the first of its kind in this segment.

The Z1 Pro is packed with features that you’d expect from a more expensive phone – triple rear cameras, upper mid-range processor, Widevine L1 support, an excellent selfie shooter, and more. The great news is that the Z1 Pro is priced quite aggressively. Vivo is looking to take on Xiaomi, Realme, and Samsung, and the Z1 Pro is a great way to do it.


Vivo Z1 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.53-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 712
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Rear camera: 16MP, 8MP, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


6. Redmi Note 8

xiaomi redmi note 8 best phones under 15,000 rupeesXiaomi

There may be a lot more competition in the ultra-affordable segment now, but Xiaomi continues to rise to the challenge. The company raises the bar once again with the Redmi Note 8, which brings with it a series of first to the under-10,000 rupees price range.

The device offers more RAM, more storage, and a higher resolution display than most of the competition in this price range. It’s also one of the few to come with a quad-camera setup, a macro lens, and the first to feature a 48MP primary shooter, fast-charging capabilities, and a water-repellent coating. Xiaomi has always blurred the lines as far as price vs specs and features are concerned, and the Redmi Note 8 is another fantastic example of this.


Redmi Note 8 specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 665
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Rear camera: 48MP, 8MP, 2MP, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


7. Samsung Galaxy M30

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The introduction of the Samsung Galaxy M30s in India has pushed the Galaxy M30 into a more affordable price bracket. The Galaxy M30 remains an extremely capable device since it is, after all, still a 2019 release and remains one of the best phones under 15,000 rupees you can get.

Key features like the display size and resolution, and the amount of RAM and storage stay the same. The processor isn’t as fast but is still plenty good, and the cameras aren’t as impressive. You also get a slightly smaller battery, but the battery life is still very impressive. Overall, if you’re okay with some lower-tier specs, the Galaxy M30 will help save a couple of thousand rupees when compared to the Galaxy M30s.


Samsung Galaxy M30 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 7904
  • RAM: 3/4/6GB
  • Storage: 32/64/128GB
  • Rear camera: 13MP, 5MP, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


8. Xiaomi Mi A3

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Xiaomi’s Android One smartphones are quite popular. So it’s no surprise that the Xiaomi Mi A3 was a highly anticipated device. It’s a decent mid-ranger, but gets lost amongst the exceedingly impressive competition in this price range. The display is of a lower resolution and the processor isn’t as powerful as the other phones on the list, but that’s not what this phone is about.

The Mi A3 is ideal for anyone who wants pure Android without spending a fortune on a Pixel smartphone. It will also receive upcoming OS updates before most other phones. The Mi A3 may not be the most powerful phone on this list, but it certainly offers one of the smoothest software experiences you can get.


Xiaomi Mi A3 specs:

  • Display: 6.01-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 665
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Rear camera: 48MP, 8MP, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,030mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


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 best phones under 10,000 rupees, best phones under 20,000 rupees in India, best phones under 30,000 rupees, and the best for under 40,000 rupees.

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