We started this list with Poco M2 Pro, a new contender in this segment, which comes with an aggressive price tag and features features such as a 33 watt fast charging 5,000mAh battery, powerful processor and good display. Apart from this, there are some earlier smartphones in the list, which were also included in our previous guide and they have also retained their place in the list of July 2020. These include Samsung Galaxy M21, Realme Narzo 10, Vivo Z1 Pro, Redmi Note 9 Pro, Note 8 Pro and Vivo U20.
If you have a budget of Rs 15,000 to buy a new smartphone, then you do not have to do research everywhere. Here you will find the list of the best smartphone reviewed by Gadgets 360.
Best phone within Rs 15,000
|Phone within Rs 15,000||Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10)||Price in india|
|Poco M2 Pro||8||Rs 13,999|
|Samsung galaxy m21||7||Rs 13,199|
|Reality Narzo 10||8||11,999 rupees|
|Redmi note 9 pro||8||Rs 13,999|
|Reality 6||8||Rs 13,999|
|Vivo Z1 Pro||8||Rs 13,990|
|Redmi note 8||7||11,999 rupees|
|Vivo U20||8||11,990 rupees|
Poco M2 Pro
The Poco M2 Pro has been introduced in the budget segment. It has a premium design and gets a large 6.67-inch display just like the Poco X2. It has a standard 60 Hz refresh panel. Poco has used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back and has a P2i coating on the M2 Pro, making it somewhat splash resistant.
This smartphone comes equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset, which we have also seen in competing models like Redmi Note 9 Pro. The Poco M2 Pro has three variants; 4 GB RAM with 64 GB storage, 6 GB RAM with 64 GB storage and 6 GB RAM with 128 GB storage. The price of these three variants is Rs 13,999, 14,999 rupees 16,999 respectively.
The Poco M2 Pro has a 5000 mAh battery and when we tested it, it was able to give a very good battery life. The company also offers a 33 watt charger, which charges 95 percent of its battery in one hour. The Poco M2 Pro has a quad rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary sensor. The phone captures good-looking photos in broad daylight, but in the pictures taken with its wide-angle camera, we were able to see faint colors and low detail. In low light, both primary and wide-angle cameras struggled to produce details. Night mode was also not very effective.
Samsung Galaxy M21
We were quite surprised at how similar the Galaxy M21 was compared to the Samsung Galaxy M30s. In fact, apart from a high-resolution selfie camera on the new model, the two phones are almost identical. The best part is that the price of Samsung Galaxy M21 has been kept lower than the Galaxy M30S, which makes it a better option.
Some of the strong points of the phone include its excellent AMOLED display, low weight, very good battery life, and decent app performance. It runs on Samsung’s One UI 2.0 interface based on Android 10. It works on the Exynos 9611 chipset, which is not the most powerful chipset, especially if you have better Qualcomm and MediaTek chipsets available on some smartphones in the same segment. Nonetheless, for general use and light gaming, the Aginos 9611 chipset performs well.
Triple rear cameras work fine during the day, but they struggle a bit in low light. The 20-megapixel selfie camera is a nice improvement over the Galaxy M30s. Photos taken during the day bring good detail and even low light shots cannot be called bad.
The 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variants of the Samsung Galaxy M21 are sold in India for Rs 13,199 and its high-end variant comes with 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage, priced at Rs 15,499.
Realme Narzo 10
Realme recently launched its Narzo 10 series. Realme Narzo 10 smartphone is a good offer under Rs 15,000. Realme is looking to focus on the youth here. Therefore, the company teases the phone for better gaming performance. The Narzo 10 includes the MediaTek Helio G80 chipset, which handles games well and is solid in terms of app loading and multitasking performance as well. This smartphone also has a good USP battery life.
The main area where the Narzo 10 could do better is its cameras. Daylight performance was good with all the rear cameras and the same front, but the low-light performance did not please us much. The camera app could have been a bit more intuitive. The Realme UI looks fresh and interesting, but still contains a lot of bloatware.
It has just one configuration with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. It costs Rs 11,999. Narzo 10 minor issues can be forgiven at this price.
Redmi Note 9 Pro
One of the best phones in the Rs 15,000 segment is the recently launched Redmi Note 9 Pro smartphone. Dual-SIM Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with a 6.67-inch full-HD + (1080×2400 pixels) IPS display. Although it weighs a bit more, which is 209 grams, but its design is such that you will not feel much of its weight.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro uses the Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor and comes in two variants, one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and the other with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The first variant is priced at Rs 13,999. Although it was priced at Rs 12,999 at the time of launch, but due to the increased GST rate, its price has increased. The phone’s 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variant is priced at Rs 15,999.
The Reality 6 is designed to be much better, but the side-mounted fingerprint scanner may not be well-liked. The weight of this device is 191 grams, while the phone’s display comes with a 90 Hz refresh rate.
The Realme 6 smartphone has a MediaTek Helio G90T processor, which is a gaming processor. Apart from this, in terms of RAM and storage, you will get three variants in this phone, 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage model, 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage model and 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage model. At the same time, we found that the camera quality of this phone proves to be better in daylight. The base variant of the phone is priced at Rs 13,999.
Vivo Z1 Pro
The design and gradient finish of Vivo’s first online exclusive smartphone Vivo Z1 Pro is eye-catching. The phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor, which can fulfill everyday tasks comfortably. When we used this phone, we did not see any problem. The battery of Vivo Z1 Pro is 5,000 mAh and in terms of weight it can prove to be a bit annoying smartphone. This phone weighs 201 grams.
The Vivo Z1 Pro offers a hole-punch display, which has now become the common screen found in this price range. The phone’s panel is quite sharp, giving a great viewing angle. In this phone you get a triple rear camera setup, which provides a great picture-taking experience in daylight. At the same time, the camera of this phone works well even in low light.
Vivo Z1 Pro also has three variants available, 4 GB + 64 GB, 6 GB + 64 GB and 6 GB + 128 GB. You will find two variants of the phone in this price range.
Redmi Note 8
The Redmi Note 8 phone is available within Rs 10,000 only. The initial price of this phone is Rs 10,999, it is the most affordable smartphone in this budget range. This phone has a crisp full-HD display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor. This phone is also available in two variants, one 4 GB + 64 GB and the other 6 GB and 128 GB. Both phones are in your budget.
Xiaomi has given quad rear camera setup in Redmi Note 8. There will be a 48-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel wide-angle shooter, and two 2-megapixel sensors. The phone’s camera performance is quite good in this prize range.
Vivo competed with Redmi and Realme by launching Vivo U series. Vivo U20 phone is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor and the battery of this phone is 5,000 mAh. At the same time, triple rear camera setup has been given in this phone. The weight of the phone is slightly heavier due to the battery. In this phone’s bomb you will find a micro-USB port, which is a bit disappointing, because now Type-C ports are also available in the market in this price range.
Apart from this, the company will also provide 18 watt charger with this phone. This phone is also very good in this price range, in this phone you can do many things at one time whether it is watching videos or chatting. Phone camera is average. If you are looking at a phone for photography in this budget, then this phone is probably not for you.
This phone will get 2 variants, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants and another 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants. The base variant of this phone costs Rs 11,990 and the top variant costs Rs 12,999.