2019 has been a really good year for smartphone manufacturers with a great positive response from the general public. This holds especially in India where the mobile phone market has seen explosive growth, thanks to special attention towards the mid-range segment.
The mid-range segment of smartphones in India is one of the most contested in the world with a majority of Indians opting for budget-oriented smartphones in the price range of under Rs15,000.
This makes the under 15K segment the most coveted segment to determine the budget champion among smartphone makers. While the throne was initially hogged by the likes of budget-oriented brands like Xiaomi only, competitors like Realme and Asus have provided a much-needed breath of fresh air to the scene.
Even manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Oppo, and Vivo have started paying more attention to the budget segment with more budget-oriented smartphone launches in recent times.
With flagship features like pop up cameras, in-display fingerprint sensors and processors that match flagship performance, the phones in this category are no slouches.
But which smartphones reign above all others to stand apart among a horde of others?
Vivo’s Z1 Pro is one of the latest phones to be launched in the under 15k segment and Vivo left no stones unturned to rope in influencers from all fields to market this device. The Z1 Pro is aimed at the youth of today who wants the best at an affordable price and the phone delivers on all accounts.
The Vivo Z1 Pro is the least expensive phone in the market today to come with a hole punch notch on an amazing display that is great to play games like leovegas live baccarat online. It has all the bells and whistles to get a smartphone enthusiast excited.
Features like a massive 5000mAh battery and a dedicated gaming mode as well as the trailblazing Snapdragon 712 AIE chip make it a gaming-centric phone. But that does not mean that it lacks in other departments.
The phone features a triple camera setup at the back and an amazing selfie shooter at the front. Its massive battery can last 2 days and gets replenished quickly with an included 18W fast charger.
The phone comes in 4GB and 6GB variants and starts at a humble price of Rs14,990.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro is the latest offering from the stables of Xiaomi, which is widely considered to be the king of budget smartphones. The Redmi Note 7 Pro made huge waves when it was launched in the market with a drop notch display with minimal bezels.
However, its 48MP camera setup at the back and the presence of the powerful Snapdragon 675 is what made it a great buy.
Even though the Snapdragon 675 has lost its position as the most powerful processor in this segment, it is still good enough to play high-intensity games and run the phone smoothly. The Redmi series is also famous for its long-lasting battery and the 4000mAh in the phone does not disappoint.
Many Xiaomi users are so accustomed to the MIUI that they would not switch to any other UI, and that is a strong point in favor of Xiaomi. It has established itself as a force to reckon with and has garnered strong support from the public.
The phone finally ditches the USB to switch to Type C this year, supported by Quick Charge 4.0. The Redmi Note 7 Pro starts at Rs13,999 for the 4GB/64GB variant.
One cannot talk about the Redmi lineup in 2019 without mentioning its strongest competitor that has managed to win a cult following in just one year.
Realme has steamrolled all competitors to reign supreme in the budget segment with back to back smartphone launches, aimed at the middle-class consumer.
Realme, a sub-brand of Oppo, has only gotten better over time and with its Realme 3 Pro, the company managed to come out on top above the Redmi Note 7 Pro.
The Realme 3 Pro comes in a stunning design at the back and is powered by the Snapdragon 710 AIE chipset.
It also has a 4045mAh battery backed by VOOC’s flash charge 3.0 technology. It comes with a dual-camera setup at the back and a 25MP selfie shooter. Although it skips out on the 48MP camera trend, its cameras are capable enough to dish out great pictures.
The phone has a hyper boost 2.0 technology to help gamers get the best experience while playing heavy titles like Asphalt and PUBG.
The Realme 3 Pro is currently being offered at Rs12,999 to Rs13,999 for the 4GB/64GB variant.
Samsung has finally decided to take its budget segment of smartphones seriously to give a tough competition to budget specific smartphone brands with its A and M series lineup.
The M series is a new line up of phones by Samsung that is only available to buy online through Amazon and offers great value for money.
These phones are great news for Samsung fans who cannot afford expensive products by the company and want the Samsung experience at a budget.
M30 is one such great phone that offers good features and the name of Samsung at below Rs15000. The 4GB/64GB variant of the M30 starts at just Rs13,990 and offers one of the biggest battery in the budget segment.
Its 5000mAh battery is equipped with Samsung’s adaptive fast charging. The phone also features a crisp infinity Us AMOLED display and a triple camera setup at the back. Inside the phone is a decent Exynos 7904 processor.
All these features make Samsung’s M30 a good buy under the 15k price point.
This phone is a surprise entry on this list due to its recently reduced price. The Nokia 6.1 Plus was previously being offered for around Rs15000 to Rs16000 but saw a crash in price and can now be found on Amazon for Rs 10,999 for the 6GB/64GB variant, which is a fantastic steal! Considering its price point, the Nokia 6.1 Plus offers the best value for money from smartphones on this list.
Nokia is a well-known brand that has been in existence ever since the inception of phones. The 6.1 Plus features a Snapdragon 636 processor which might not be as good as the others on the list, but is still a pretty capable processor, especially when it is being offered with 6GB of RAM.
The display is a wide notch with great clarity and a 16MP selfie shooter on the top. The premium glass back is equipped with a dual-camera setup as well. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is ironical, the most premium looking phone on this list and the least expensive as well! However, the best feature of Nokia 6.1 Plus is the Android One software, which makes it a great contender to be put in this list. It has guaranteed updates for the next 2 years and the 3060mAh ordinary battery gets a major boost due to the smooth OS experience.
Asus is one brand that has managed to turn around its fortunes by focusing on the budget segment of smartphones. Its M1 was a much-celebrated success that gave tough competition to Xiaomi’s lineup of smartphones and Asus just got better with the Zenfone Max Pro 2 that was launched at the end of December 2018.
The oldest phone on this list is still a great contender to be on this list, thanks to its competitive price and features.
The Zenfone Max Pro M2 comes in a tantalizing plastic black in a slew of colors. It has three RAM variants – 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB with 32GB and 64GB storage respectively.
We would not suggest the lowest-end model. The 4GB/64GB can be a great starting model that is priced at Rs11,999.
The Zenfone Max Pro M2 features a Snapdragon 660 AIE chip, a humongous 5000mAh battery with quick charge, rear dual camera setup. The highlights of this phone, however, are the pure stock android experience and the presence of Gorilla Glass 6. This phone also has a great speaker performance
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