Our list of phones under Rs 15,000 this month has some changes from the previous one. And positive changes, may I add. We have half a dozen options for you to cater to different needs and tastes. There are phones with good cameras, some with AMOLED displays, some are 5G compatible and all have 6GB of RAM. Choose one that suits you best.
Best phones to buy in India under Rs 15,000
Motorola G62 5G
Let’s start with the first of the two new Motorola phones, the G62 5G. As you can guess from the model number, the phone is 5G-capable thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, which is a good choice in this budget. It is accompanied by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal (expandable) storage. It features a 6.5-inch Full HD+ IPS display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
The photo department on the back has a 50-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide shooter and a 2-megapixel macro camera. You get a 16MP front camera for selfies and video calls. It has a 5000mAh battery that should comfortably last for a day and a half with normal use. The Motorola G62 5G runs Android 12, and like most Motorola phones, you get a clean and near-stock interface.
Motorola G62 5G price in India: Rs 14,999 for 6GB RAM/128GB storage
The Motorola G72 isn’t 5G compatible, but it does offer some notable extras compared to the G62. The RAM, storage, OS and user interface are the same, but it’s powered by a Mediatek Helio G99 chip, which is powerful enough for everyday tasks and more. It sports a 6.6-inch Full HD+ P-OLED screen, also with a 120Hz refresh rate, and a 576Hz touch sampling rate – the combination is pretty rare at this budget. The phone also features an IP52 water-resistant design.
You get the same 8MP ultrawide shooter and 2MP macro camera on the back and a 16MP selfie camera on the front, but the G62’s 50MP main camera is replaced here with a 108MP camera replaced. When was the last time we saw one in this budget, if ever? This phone too has a 5000mAh battery, which will power it for over a day and a half with moderate use, but you also get a 33W fast charger here. So you miss 5G with the Motorola G72, but you get a lot for the same price.
Motorola G72 price in India: Rs 14,999 for 6GB RAM/128GB storage
Poco M4 Pro 5G
The Poco M4 Pro 5G is powered by a Mediatek Dimensity 810 chip, which again is a good choice for this segment. It is accompanied by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal (expandable) storage. This phone features a 6.6-inch Full HD+ LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate. A layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects the screen from scratches.
The Poco M4 Pro 5G has dual rear cameras driven by a 64MP primary camera and supported by an 8MP ultra-wide camera. The 16-megapixel front camera does a good job in selfies and video calls. Launched with Android 11 and an Android 12 update, the phone is now available with MIUI 13. This phone too has a 5000mAh battery that can go beyond a day and a half with moderate use, and the included 33W fast charger promises to fully charge it in under an hour.
Poco M4 Pro 5G price in India: Rs 13,999 for 6GB RAM/128GB storage
Infinix Note 12 5G
The Infinix Note 12 5G is another 5G-enabled phone in this list with an impressive feature set. It features a large 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Just like the Poco M4 Pro 5G, this phone is also powered by a Mediatek Dimensity 810 SoC. You get 6GB of RAM but half the internal storage (64GB) compared to other phones on this list. However, it can still be expanded using a microSD card.
This phone is also quite slim at less than 8mm thick. The photo department consists of a 50-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor and an AI lens. The 16-megapixel front camera will interest the selfie audience. The Infinix Note 12 5G packs a 5000mAh battery that can keep it going for a day and a half with normal use. It supports 33W fast charging. This Infinix phone runs Android 12 with XOS 10.6 UI.
Infinix Note 12 5G price in India: Rs 12,999 for 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage
The Oppo K10 lays the right foundations for this segment and retains its place in this list. It has an IP5X dustproof design and features a 6.59-inch Full HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 chip, which is decent enough for this budget. And you get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded with a microSD card. This phone launched Android 11 with ColorOS 11, and an Android 12 update has started rolling out.
In the photo department, this is all about the 50MP primary camera, which does most of the heavy lifting. The 2 MP depth sensor and a 2 MP macro camera make up the main numbers. However, the 16-megapixel front camera is pretty good for selfies and video calls. The Oppo K10 also has a 5000mAh battery that keeps it going for over a day and a half with moderate use. Even better, the company bundles a 33W SuperVOOC charger to juice it up swiftly.
Oppo K10 price in India: Rs 13,990 for 6GB RAM/128GB storage
Samsung Galaxy F23 5G
The Samsung Galaxy F23 5G is a well-rounded phone currently available in this budget. It’s a very good option for brand-conscious buyers without making a huge compromise on features or performance. In fact, this smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC, arguably the most powerful in this list, and its variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal (expandable) storage is now available under 15K. It features a 6.6-inch Full HD+ LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
The photo department on the back has a combination of a 50MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide snapper, and a 2MP macro camera. It has a modest 8MP selfie camera that gets the job done. The battery backup is similar to other phones on this list with a 5000mAh battery that will keep it going for a day and a half with moderate use. It supports 25W fast charging. The Samsung Galaxy F23 5G runs Android 12 with the company’s One UI 4.1.
Samsung Galaxy F23 5G price in India: Rs 14,999 for 6GB RAM/128GB storage
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