The Indian smartphone market has always been a highly competitive one. Manufacturers have always found special ways to cater to the Indian audience’s needs and demands. With a burgeoning middle-class population, the demand for smartphones has increased greatly. With that, the sub-Rs. 15,000 price segment of phones has been getting a lot of attention. Faster processors, better battery performances, improved cameras, manufacturers have flooded the budget smartphone segment with a range of good devices.
Qualcomm’s mid-range chips like the Snapdragon 675 and also the MediaTek Helio P70 have found their way in this category of devices. Along with that, good camera tech has also trickled down to phones in the budget smartphone segment of sub-Rs. 15,000.
So, here’s our list of top picks from the price category.
Realme 3 Pro
Realme’s latest flagship comes in the form of the Realme 3 Pro. It has been designed to give competition to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro. Realme 3 Pro was a great follow-up to Realme 2 Pro. The phone has great internals and offers top-notch performance. Currently priced at Rs. 12,999, the phone houses a dual camera system with 16MP and 5MP lenses. The device has a battery capacity of 4,045mAh. With a 6.3-inch screen, the phone is powered by Snapdragon 710 and comes in three configurations: 4GB+64GB variant, 6GB+64GB variant, and 6GB+128GB variant. It also comes in three colours: Nitro Blue, Lightning Purple, and Carbon Grey. You can buy one here.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
The Redmi Note 7 Pro is one of the most feature-packed device in this budget smartphone segment. It runs on the Snapdragon 675 and sports a dual camera system at the rear with a whopping 48MP primary lens along with a 5MP secondary lens. The Redmi Note 7 Pro has a 6.3-inch display and a 4,000mAh battery. The phone comes in two storage options: 4GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB option. The base variant of the Note 7 Pro starts at Rs. 13,999 and you can buy one here.
Vivo Z1 Pro
When Vivo announced the Z1 Pro, it created a big splash in the market. The Z1 Pro is packed with features from top to bottom. It managed to turn a lot of eyeballs, especially with its mid-range price point. Vivo Z1 Pro comes with a big 6.53-inch display and a massive 5,000mAh battery. It also is the first phone in India to have the Snapdragon 712 SoC. It also houses a triple camera setup and supports quick charging. There are three variants: 4GB+64GB, 6GB+64GB, and 6GB+128GB. You can buy the base model of the Vivo Z1 Pro for Rs. 14,990 here.
Samsung Galaxy M30
Samsung has upped its game in the sub-Rs. 15,000 price segment with phones in the M-series. The M30 comes with a 6.4-inch screen and is equipped with Samsung’s in-house Exynos 7904 chipset. It has a triple camera setup at the rear and a massive 5,000mAh battery. The M30 gives tough competition to the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the other devices in this price segment. Coming in two variants of 4GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB, the M30’s base variant is priced competitively at Rs. 13,990 and you can buy one from Samsung’s store.
No stranger to budget offerings, Oppo recently launched its own entrant in the budget smartphone segment in the form of the Oppo K1. It is one of the most affordable devices to have an in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone runs on the Snapdragon 660 chipset. It has a dual camera setup at the rear with 16MP and 2MP lenses. The phone has a 6.41-inch display and a 3,600mAh battery. It comes in just one storage option of 4GB+64GB but offers two colour options for buyers: Astral Blue and Piano Black. You can buy the Oppo K1 for Rs. 13,990 here.