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Best phones under Rs 15,000 in India for May 2022

A Redmi Note 11S 5G shown in three different shades
(Image credit: Xiaomi)

When you’re looking for an affordable smartphone, you’re bound to have a lot of choices. The segment of phones under a price band of Rs. 15,000 is generally considered the fastest moving segment in the smartphone industry. 

It also is the segment where users get the best value for money - hence with the number of options available, users are often spoilt for choice.

Unfortunately, the price increase due to various reasons including chipset shortage, GST components and supply chain constraints and others - this segment isn't as competitive as earlier. As a result, you'd find more action in the sub-Rs. 20,000 price range.

Most of the phones in this list are the ones that were introduced early last year, however, we can expect brands to introduce their successors in the first quarter of this year.

A few phones in this list have been literally irreplaceable simply because there were hardly any phones that could match them on the price vs features parameter.

The current list has phones from Xiaomi, Realme, Motorola and Poco offering features like a large display that is apt for gaming and multimedia consumption, a large battery with support for fast charging, a more than capable camera setup and a powerful CPU at the core. Of late, even a display with a high refresh rate has also become a core requirement for users looking to buy an affordable Android phone.

If you’re ok to shell out a bit extra, do check out our list of phones under Rs. 20,000, in case a camera on a phone is your primary requirement then we have a list for the same too. Last but not the least, we’ve also listed out phones for people who are looking for affordable 5G phones.

Redmi Note 11

(Image credit: Xiaomi)

Redmi Note 11

The new budget champ

Specifications

Display: 6.43-inch Full HD+, AMOLED, 90Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 680
RAM: 4/6GB LPDDR4X
Storage: 64/128GB UFS 2.2
Rear camera: 50MP+8MP+2MP+2MP
Front camera: 13MP
Battery: 5000mAh, 33W charging
OS: Android 11, MIUI 13
Weight: 179g
Thickness: 8.1mm

Reasons to buy

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Excellent display
+
Good performance
+
Reliable battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Camera needs work
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Still on Android 11

The Redmi Note lineup has offered excellent value for money devices and the Redmi Note 11 is no exception. It has an excellent display, offers good performance and has reliable battery life. As for the optics, the quad-camera setup comprising of a 50MP primary sensor, an 8MP, and a couple of 2MP sensors takes care of the optics part. This rear camera module performs well in the daylight though struggles a bit in low light. Selfies come out just above average here.

In terms of battery life, the device packs a 5000 mAh battery and will easily last a day. Moreover, Redmi is now offering a 33W fast charger in the box – which means juicing up this battery is also not a major hurdle. The Redmi Note 11 has an AMOLED panel and is easily one of the best-looking phones in the segment.

Moto G40 Fusion

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Moto G40 Fusion

Specifications

Display: 6.68-inch, Full HD+, LCD, 120Hz
Processor: Snapdragon 732G
RAM: 4/6GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Rear cameras: 64+8+2MP
Front cameras: 16MP
Battery: 6000mAh, 20W fast charging
OS: Android 11
Weight: 220g
Thickness: 9.6mm

Reasons to buy

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Clean Android
+
Performance
+
Big battery

Reasons to avoid

-
Slow charging
-
Bulky

Motorola added a good budget phone in the segment with the launch of the Moto G40 Fusion in India. The Moto G40 Fusion is powered by a capable Snapdragon 732G processor which is among the best gaming chipsets in the segment. In addition, you also get a big 6.8-inch 120Hz LCD screen with HDR10 certification - which makes gaming and content consumption a delight.

In terms of battery life, the device also packs in a massive 6,000mAh battery which should last a couple of days. But for charging the device, you will have to settle for a 20W fast charging, which takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes. 

The device runs on near-stock Android 11 out of the box and in the camera department, you get a 48MP main camera on the back and a 16MP selfie camera. 

Motorola Moto G51 5G

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Ticks the right boxes but misses the critical ones

Specifications

Display: 6.68-inch, Full HD+, LCD, 120Hz
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Pro Processor
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Rear cameras: 50+8+2
Front cameras: 13MP
Battery: 5000mAh, 20W fast charging
OS: Android 11
Weight: 208g
Thickness: 9.13 mm

Reasons to buy

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120Hz refresh rate
+
Snapdragon 480 Plus chipset
+
5000 mAh battery

Reasons to avoid

-
Single RAM & Storage variant
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Heating issues while charging
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Slow charging speed

The Moto G51 is the latest addition to Motorola’s lineup in India. This is the first phone with Snapdragon 480 Plus SoC to launch in the country.

The Moto G51 has almost got everything going for it – a large 6.68-inch LCD panel with 120Hz refresh rate, a triple camera setup with the primary sensor being a 50-megapixel shooter and a 13-megapixel selfie camera on the front. The phone has a 5,000 mAh battery, however, it only supports 20W fast charging – which means that it would take over a couple of hours for charging it to the brim.

The phone runs on Android 11 out of the box offering a near-stock Android experience like all other Moto devices. The biggest bottleneck though is that it comes in a single variant of 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage – which might be an issue for many.

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Samsung Galaxy M32

Samsung's best budget device!

Specifications

Display: 6.4-inch Full HD+, 90Hz, AMOLED
Processor: MediaTek Helio G80
RAM: 4/6GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front camera: 20MP
Battery: 6000mAh, 15W fast charging
OS: Android 11, One UI 3.1
Weight: 196g
Thickness: 9mm

Reasons to buy

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AMOLED display
+
High refresh rate
+
Battery life

Reasons to avoid

-
 Slow charging
-
Not the most powerful

Samsung Galaxy M32 was Samsung’s first budget device to come with a Super AMOLED display and a high refresh rate. The phone sports a 6.4-inch Full HD Plus Super AMOLED display along with a 90Hz refresh rate. The Samsung Galaxy M32 is packed with a massive 6,000mAh battery. However, the company is offering a 15W fast charger in the box though the phone supports 25W fast charging. 

For optics though, the Galaxy M32 sports a 64 MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. You get a 20MP selfie shooter on the front, which is placed inside a dew-drop notch. For performance, the Samsung Galaxy M32 is powered by a MediaTek Helio G80 一 which is probably the weakest link of the device. 

(Image credit: Poco)

Poco M4 Pro

Specifications

Display: 6.6-inch Full HD+ LCD, 90Hz
Processor: Dimensity 810 Processor
RAM: 4/6/8GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Rear camera: 50MP+8MP
Front camera: 16MP
Battery: 5,000mAh, 33W fast charge
OS: Android 11, MIUI 12.5
Weight: 195g
Thickness: 8.8mm

Reasons to buy

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Unique design
+
Battery life
+
Good performance

Reasons to avoid

-
Camera
-
Bloatware
-

If you are someone who is looking out for a unique looking smartphone, the Poco M4 Pro is the one to go for. It comes with a new design and some eye-popping colour options. 

The two-tone design is one of the key selling points of this phone. In terms of display, the Poco M4 Pro 5G sports a 6.6-inch Full HD Plus LCD panel with a 90Hz refresh rate. 

The Poco M4 Pro is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 810 chipset and succeeds the Poco M3 Pro that came last year. In terms of optics, the Poco M4 Pro 5G sports a 50MP primary camera coupled with an 8MP macro sensor. For selfies, the phone comes with an 16MP camera. 

Lastly, the device packs a 5,000mAh battery with support for 33W charging. The phone ships with Android 11-based MIUI 12.5.

Check out Poco M4 Pro on Flipkart (opens in new tab)

4GB + 64GB: Rs 14,999

6GB + 128GB: Rs 16,999

8GB + 128GB: Rs 18,999

Realme 9i

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Realme 9i

Specifications

Display: 6.6-inch FHD+ LCD, 90Hz
Processor: MediaTek Helio G95
RAM: 4/6GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Rear camera: 50MP+2MP+2MP
Front camera: 16MP
Battery: 5,000mAh, 33W fast charge
OS: Android 11, Realme UI 2.0
Weight: 190g
Thickness: 8.4mm

Reasons to buy

+
Good design and display
+
Performance
+
Battery life

Reasons to avoid

-
No ultra-wide camera
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bloatware

The Realme 9i  is one of the many phones introduced by the company under the Realme 9 lineup. It comes with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage which can be further expanded via a micro SD card. The Realme 9i comes with a 6.6-inch LCD display with a 90Hz screen refresh rate and Full HD Plus resolution.

The device draws power from a 5,000mAh battery unit which is backed by a 33W fast charging. In the camera department, the Realme 9i sports a 50MP main camera, a 2MP mono lens, and a 2MP macro shooter. 

Selfies are handled by a 16MP punch-hole camera on the front. However, the camera is not the best in the segment and the device also misses out on a wide-angle camera. 

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Jitendra has been working in the Internet Industry for the last 7 years now and has written about a wide range of topics including gadgets, smartphones, reviews, games, software, apps, deep tech, AI, and consumer electronics.