The under Rs.15,000 price point is crucial to the Indian smartphone industry since it is accessible to a lot of people. Over the years we have seen multiple manufacturers attempting to capture this segment by offering better cameras, faster processors, and better batteries. In order to be the best in this segment, manufacturers have flooded the sub-Rs. 15,000 price segment with a range of good smartphones.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 which was earlier exclusive to smartphones above Rs. 20,000 is now available under Rs. 15,000. You can also find mightier processors like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, and MediaTek Helio P70 at this price point, giving users powerful hardware at a bargain price.
Good camera technology has also trickled down to the sub Rs. 15,000 segment 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. With so many options in the market, picking up a smartphone isn’t easy. But we’ve put together a list of the best phones under Rs. 15,000 for you. As usual, we've restricted ourselves to phones that have fared well in our review process.
Lava Blaze 5G is the most affordable 5G smartphone in India. Priced at Rs. 10,999, the Lava Blaze 5G comes in a single 4GB + 128GB storage option. The budget 5G smartphone comes with support for eight 5G bands in India.
The Lava Blaze 5G comes with a premium glass back design and a plastic frame. It features a 6.5-inch IPS LCD with an HD+ resolution (720x1600 pixels). The screen also supports a 90Hz refresh rate.
There is a MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC, which is a budget 5G processor. The device packs a 5000mAh battery with 15W fast charging support. It weighs about 207g and measures 165.3x76.4x8.9mm.
The device has a triple-camera setup on the back with a 50-megapixel main camera. For selfies, there is an 8-megapixel front camera.In terms of software, the Lava Blaze 5G runs Android 12 out of the box. The company has promised to release the Android 13 update and provide two years of security support.
iQoo has launched the Z6 Lite 5G as its most affordable 5G smartphone in India. The iQoo Z6 Lite 5G sits at the bottom of the Z6 series. For its starting price of Rs 13,999, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G aims at providing reliable performance and 5G network support.
While design preferences are subjective, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G in its Stellar Green colour looks more premium than it is. The phone comes with a flat frame and a plastic body. It is 194g heavy and 8.3mm thick. The LCD display offers 120Hz refresh rate support, which is the highest in the price segment.
The highlight of the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G is its performance. There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 SoC. The phone also packs a 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. You do not get a charger in the box.
There is a dual-camera setup on the back. The phone features a 50-megapixel primary camera along with a 2MP depth sensor. The daylight shots are quite good but white balance is a hit or miss. For selfies, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G comes with an 8MP front camera.
Software-wise, the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G runs on the Android 12-based Funtouch OS 12 skin out of the box. It has its fair share of bloatware pre-installed along with some notifications from the browser app that spam a lot. The custom skin does offer options for customising and personalising the software experience.
The C55 is Realme’s first C-series smartphone to be priced in the budget segment rather than the entry-level segment. It has a refreshing design with a matte polycarbonate rear panel and frame, both of which are good at resisting fingerprints.
Realme has gone with the MediaTek Helio G88 SoC which limits this phone’s connectivity options to 4G bands. It's powerful enough for some budget-level gaming, but is better suited to casual games.
The software experience is a bit messy, as the phone comes loaded with several Realme-branded apps and many third-party ones. There are also spammy notifications that appear daily from certain native apps. Software performance is quite lacking as there’s frequent stuttering and lag.
Camera performance in daylight is quite good. Low-light performance is decent when using the Night mode but this has drawbacks too. Battery life isn’t the best in class, but charging is quite quick.
The Infinix Hot 20 5G is the company’s most affordable 5G smartphone at the lowest possible price. The device’s solely focussed on delivering a proper 5G experience and it does so by offering twelve 5G bands.
What it makes up in terms of 5G bands it seems to lack in overall appearance with a very basic design that is also quite heavy. Software is also a problem, where XOS does not seem to be well optimised to take advantage of the capable MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC. The device, despite featuring a 120Hz refresh rate display, lacks the raw performance and optimisation to pull off the same.
Camera performance is far from best in class with average daylight performance and lacklustre low light performance. Despite having two rear cameras only one of them is accessible to the user. The large 5,000mAh battery delivers good battery life but charging is relatively slow.
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