Budget and mid-range smartphones in India are getting better especially in terms of design and camera capabilities. Most of the latest budget phones feature glass or glass-like back panel with gradient design, mimicking the premium smartphones which usually cost the double.
As far as cameras go, dual-cameras have become pretty much a standard feature on the budget and mid-range smartphones. There’s also an increased focus on machine learning-integration to deliver better system optimisation, camera features and portrait photos.
If you’re planning to buy a new smartphone under Rs 15,000, here’s our top five list.
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro is available in India at a starting price of Rs 13,999. The biggest feature of the Note 7 Pro is a 48-megapixel rear camera based on Sony’s IMX586 sensor. As explained in our detailed review, Redmi Note 7 Pro is one of the best camera phones in the market right now.
Apart from solid camera experience, Redmi Note 7 Pro offers the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, 4,000mAh battery, and gradient reflective glass back finish.
Realme is known for phones with near-excellent design and high-end specifications. Its latest mid-range smartphone Realme 3 is no exception. Available at a starting price of Rs 8,999, Realme 3 comes with next-gen 3D unibody gradient design and a 6.2-inch HD+ notch display.
It uses a capable MediaTek Helio P70 processor with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It has the latest Android Pie software and an impressive 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear camera setup. Its 13-megapixel selfie camera is also quite impressive.
Samsung Galaxy M30
Samsung is also stepping up its game with its brand new Galaxy M series. From a glossy back panel to improved AMOLED display with a new Infinity notch, Samsung’s latest Galaxy M30 checks all the right boxes for a 2019 mid-range smartphone.
The smartphone comes with a 6.4-inch FHD+ Infinity U Super AMOLED display. It sports 13MP f1.9, 5MP depth and 5MP 123degree lenses, and a 16-megapixel selfie camera. It’s powered by a 5,000 mAh battery. Galaxy M30 is also among the cheapest Samsung phones to support USB Type-C port. The smartphone is available at a starting price of Rs 14,990.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
Asus’ Zenfone Max Pro M2 is an all-round performer with a big 5,000Ah battery. It also comes with improved back panel and overall design. The smartphone has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display. It also runs Qualcomm’s one of the best mid-range processors, Snapdragon 660.
In the camera department, Zenfone Max Pro M2 has 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel cameras. It has a 13-megapixel front-facing camera. The smartphone is available in India at a starting price of Rs 12,999.
Honor 10 Lite
Honor 10 Lite is a new mid-range smartphone with AI-powered dual-rear cameras. The smartphone is powered by Kirin 710 processor with 4GB/6GB of RAM. The phone comes with up to 64GB of built-in storage.
The rear-camera setup includes a 13-megapixel sensor and 2-megapixel secondary sensor. On the front it has a 24-megapixel selfie camera. It’s powered by a 3,400mAh battery.