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Best smartphones Under ₹15000

The best phones under 15000 can easily give the mid-rangers and even some high-enders tough competition. Boasting of high-resolution multi-camera setups, powerful processors, HDR capabilities and more, the best mobiles under 15000 can give higher-priced smartphones a run for their money because of the experience they offer.

Good camera technology has also trickled down to the sub Rs. 15,000 segments over the years giving people the option to capture good photos without paying a bomb for flagship devices. Some of the recent smartphones we have seen in this price point pack in as much as a 48-megapixel sensor. 

The best smartphone under 15000 should offer a good balance between powerful hardware and useful features. Check out this list if you are looking for the best mobile under Rs 15000.

Here is the list of apps: 

1. realme 7 ​​
2. realme Narzo 20 Pro
​​3. POCO M2 Pro 
4. realme 8 ​
5. Redmi Note 10 ​
6. POCO X3 
7. Motorola Moto G30

1. realme 7


The Realme 7 brings in three main upgrades over the Realme 6 — a new SoC, a bigger battery, and a new primary camera sensor. It features a mirror-split design, which creates some interesting patterns when light hits it. The Realme 7 is actually thicker (9.4mm) and heavier (196.5g) than the 6, due to its larger battery, and this is very noticeable in daily usage.

The Realme 7 is the first phone to debut with the MediaTek Helio G95 SoC. This is an updated version of the Helio G90T, which was seen in the Realme 6, but it's not a major upgrade. Performance is pretty satisfactory. The Realme 7 uses Realme UI, based on Android 10, which worked smoothly. Face recognition and the side-mounted fingerprint sensor are also quick. The Realme 7 is good with games too. Battle Prime looked great at the highest graphics settings and the gameplay was smooth.

The Realme 7 gets a chunky, 5,000mAh battery and you can charge the battery fairly quickly too, thanks to the 30W Dart Charge fast charging.


2. realme Narzo 20 Pro ​​

The Realme Narzo 20 Pro shares the same design as the Realme 7. It sports a 6.5-inch 90Hz full-HD+ display with a camera hole in the top left corner which some might find to be distracting. The Narzo 20 Pro has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner placed on the power button. The volume buttons are moved over to the other side of the device, which makes them easy to hit.

The Narzo 20 Pro has a quad-camera setup and the back panel has a V-shaped pattern that shines when light bounces off it at the right angle Realme has used a 4,500mAh battery for the Narzo 20 Pro, consisting of two 2,250mAh cells, in order to enable faster charging. It supports Realme's proprietary 65W SuperDart charging, with a suitable charger bundled in the box. The Narzo 20 Pro weighs 191g which is acceptable given its size and the battery it packs in.


3. POCO M2 Pro 

The Poco M2 Pro has an attractive design and is built well, but it also looks very similar to the Redmi Note 9 Pro. It features a P2i water-repellent coating, which is said to make it splash-proof. Poco has used a 6.67-inch full-HD+ LCD display, with a cutout for the selfie camera. You also get Gorilla Glass 5 on the front, back, and rear camera modules. One feature that's missing is a high refresh rate.

The Poco M2 Pro runs on MIUI 11, which is based on Android 10, and my unit had the June security patch. Apart from having the Poco Launcher as a default, the features and functionality are very similar to what you get on Redmi devices.

MIUI and app performance was superb thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. Navigating through MIUI's interface felt snappy, multitasking worked well, and apps, in general, were quick to load. The gaming performance was very good too. The 5,000mAh capacity easily lasted for an entire day, even with lots of gaming and camera usage.


4. realme 8 ​

The Realme 8's design is heavily focused on making it slim and light, and it does a very good job here. The big change compared to the Realme 7 lies in the display, which is a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel with a Full-HD+ resolution, rather than an LCD panel. The Realme 8 is one of the more comfortable phones I've reviewed recently and should be easy to live with.

The Realme 8 reuses the MediaTek Helio G95 SoC from the Realme 7, which has proven to be good enough for gaming at this price level. It's one of the first phones to ship with Realme UI 2.0 out of the box which is based on Android 11. In terms of performance, the Realme 8 feels snappy. I did miss the fluidity in scrolling offered by a 90Hz display but usability was still good. The Helio G95 SoC posts good benchmark numbers too, scoring 2,89,587 points in AnTuTu. The cameras on the Realme 8 are definitely serviceable in the right conditions, but this model is not a step up from the Realme 7 in terms of features or quality.

The Realme 8 might not have any deal-breaking flaws, but it doesn't really offer anything special, even when compared to its own siblings, which makes it hard to recommend.


5. Redmi Note 10 ​

The Redmi Note 10 isn't pathbreaking in terms of features and specifications for the sub-Rs. 12,000 segment, but it does cover all the bases and offers a few nice extra touches. It's slimmer and lighter than the Redmi Note 9 and debuts a new 'Evol' design language which makes it look quite smart. The 6.43-inch full-HD+ AMOLED screen is a major highlight, producing crisp details and colors that pop. You get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 678 SoC which is powerful enough for casual gaming as well as everyday tasks. Battery life is good enough to get you through at least a full day, and charging is quick. The cameras are quite ordinary, with the 48-megapixel primary one taking good shots in the daytime ad acceptable ones at night. The ultra-wide and selfie cameras are also serviceable, but the macro one is just for amusement. MIUI is still full of promotional content and ads, but the company promises to remove these with a future update.


6. POCO X3 

Poco X3 NFC smartphone was launched on 7th September 2020. The phone comes with a 6.67-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080x2400 pixels at a pixel density of 395 pixels per inch (ppi) and an aspect ratio of 20:9. Poco X3 NFC is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G processor. It comes with 6GB of RAM. The Poco X3 NFC runs Android 10 and is powered by a 5160mAh battery. The Poco X3 NFC supports proprietary fast charging.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Poco X3 NFC on the rear packs a 64-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.73 aperture; a 13-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture; a 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture, and a 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture. The rear camera setup has autofocus. It sports a 20-megapixel camera on the front for selfies with an f/2.2 aperture.

The Poco X3 NFC runs MIUI 12 is based on Android 10 and packs 64GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 256GB). The Poco X3 NFC is a dual-SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM cards. The Poco X3 NFC measures 165.30 x 76.80 x 9.40mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 215.00 grams. It was launched in Cobalt Blue and Shadow Black colors.


7. Motorola Moto G30

Motorola G30 was alongside the Moto G10 Power and is targetted at the budget segment in India. The Motorola Moto G30 has a new design, it has a 6.5-inch display with a dewdrop notch at the top. The frame of the Moto G30 is made of plastic and all the buttons are on the right side. Its volume buttons are higher, and the Google Assistant button is right on top, making it somewhat hard to reach, Motorola offers an IP52 rating for water resistance and the SIM tray has a rubber seal.

Motorola has picked the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC and offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. You can expand storage using the hybrid SIM slot. The Moto G30 has an HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It has a 5,000mAh battery and gets a 20W charger in the box. Motorola ships the G30 with Android 11 out of the box with a few customizations. The software is clean with no bloatware apps preinstalled on it. Battery performance too is good and the phone can go beyond a day and a half quite easily. 


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