Best phones under Rs 15,000 in India for May 2019


One of the extremely crowded mobile phone segment, the sub-Rs 15,000 budget range is making Indian consumers spoilt for choices. This particular segment is filled with phones by companies like Xiaomi, Samsung, Nokia among others making it harder for buyers to zero in on a single phone. Having said that, its also a blessing in disguise as there is something for everyone.

Moreover, the Rs 15,000 budget segment has phones with features that were earlier only privy to flagship phones, thanks to the competitive market and Chinese manufacturers, that hold a massive market share in India.

To make it easier for you to pick and choose between the various different phones price under Rs 15,000, we've listed down the best here. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro

The new budget king

Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 675 | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP

Impressive front camera
Solid performance
Value for money
Hybrid SIM card slot
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Truth be told, the Redmi Note 7 Pro sets a benchmark in the sub-Rs 15,000 segment and regains its edge in the Indian smartphone market. For an asking price of Rs 13,999 for the 4GB RAM variant, it offers a good camera, best in class performance, decent battery life and to top it all up, a new glass design which gives it a premium look.

It has a great value for money quotient which is why the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the phone to buy.

Read our full review of the Redmi Note 7 Pro

Image credit: Realme

Image credit: Realme

Realme 3 Pro

Weight: 172g | Dimensions: 156.8 x 74.2 x 8.3 mm | OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 710 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 5MP | Front camera: 25MP

The Realme 3 Pro lags behind the Redmi Note 7 Pro in terms of benchmark scores but offers a better gaming experience. If you like gaming and that's a top priority to you, the Realme 3 Pro is a good option.

It looks like any 2019 budget Android smartphones with shiny back, glossy finish, a notch and a sleek design. The battery backup is impressive, has a decent display, and lowlight camera performance is better than most competitors.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

The overall champ

Weight: 175g | Dimensions: 157.9 x 75.5 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.26-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2280 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 660 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP

Big battery
Good performance
Scratch-prone exterior
Micro-USB port for charging

The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 brings all the necessary elements to the table and it's a powerful mid-ranger. It's a balanced phone and a steady performer that can handle both day to day tasks and games like PUBG Mobile. On top, its 5000mAh battery ensures more than a day of battery life. The Max Pro M2 has all the elements of a reliable mid-ranger.

Honor 10 Lite

Affordable smartphones never looked so good

Weight: 162g | Dimensions: 154.8 x 73.6 x 8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.21-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: Kirin 710 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3400mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP | Front camera: 24MP

Striking design for the price
Runs Android 9
Micro USB port is dated 
Camera images overly processed

The Honor 10 Lite is one of the best looking smartphones in its range. It is unarguably a good phone for the price as it offers a balance of decent cameras, sub-par performance, great design and lively display. What it lacks is a smooth UI experience and a seamless 3D gaming experience. 

Honor 10 Lite review

Samsung Galaxy M20

A promising budget phone from a reliable name

Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 156.4 x 74.5 x 8.8mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels | CPU: Exynos 7904 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 5MP | Front camera: 8MP

Immersive display
Smooth UI
Underwhelming low-light performance
No 5GHz Wi-Fi support

Samsung's Galaxy M20 is a good phone for those who are prefer a neat custom UI with a decent chipset. Additionally, it offers more than a days power, a good display, handy design and Samsung's fast charging. What makes it stand out is its wide angle camera, which is a rare in this segment.

It's a good buy if you want to upgrade from your old J-series or On-series phone with a new Samsung device.

Samsung Galaxy M20 review

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

The first notch toting phone from Xiaomi

Weight: 178g | Dimensions: 149.3 x 71.7 x 8.8 mm | OS: Android 8.1 Oreo | Screen size: 5.84-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2280p | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP | Front camera: 5MP

Value for money
Impressive battery life
Build is dated

The Redmi 6 Pro is the latest addition to the Redmi line-up of phones from Xiaomi. It's also the first Redmi phone to tout a notch on top of the display. Like most Xiaomi phones it has a reliable hardware for day to day tasks ranging from basic to aggressive. Of course, you can't do intensive gaming on this one, but it does handle games like PUBG on lower graphic settings. 

Moreover, you get a decent set of cameras and a long-lasting battery life. All-in-all, it's a very well balanced and value for money phone but there's nothing that makes it stand out of the league.