One of the major after-effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the emergence of online classes and work-from-home situations throughout the world. It is in this context that budget smartphones have emerged as the go-to devices for most of Indian households looking to adapt to the change. The increase in demand for affordable phones may well be termed as the chief reason behind the boom in the Indian smartphone market that recorded its highest ever quarterly shipments in the third quarter of 2020.
Hence, as in any other highly competitive market, the leading smartphone manufacturers like Samsung, Xiaomi, and OPPO are racing to provide top-tier technology within budget rates. As a result, it is no surprise that some of the Samsung phones under 15000 INR are not only utilitarian, but also come equipped with high-end features like 6000 mAh batteries, great displays, Octa-core processors, spacious RAMs and storages, making the consumer spoilt for choice.
The following are a few smartphone options that are worth considering, if you’re planning on purchasing a new smartphone.
Amongst Realme’s latest offerings, the most notable model is the Realme 7i. Priced well under INR 15,000, this model is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 662 processor, and has an 8GB RAM and 5000 mAh battery equipped with fast charging. It has a quad-rear camera set-up with 64MP+8MP+2MP+2MP configuration, and a 16MP front camera, along with a 6.5-inch display with a 720 X 1600 pixel resolution. On the whole, the phone comes with a good display and camera, and runs on an excellent battery and processor, thus offering a complete package capable of getting work done under trying conditions.
Realme Narzo 10
Realme Narzo 10 is another Realme model with very similar features and price tag. The most notable differences being the rear camera set-up, with a 48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP configuration, the octa-core MediaTek HelioG80 processor and 4 GB RAM.
Samsung Galaxy F41
One of the oldest contenders in the Indian smartphone market, Samsung has also been producing some great budget phones along with its flagship models, with the Samsung Galaxy F41 being one such model. This 6000 mAh battery mobile is equipped with the fast charging feature to make sure your phone runs effortlessly without interruptions.
The 32MP front camera, on the other hand, is a steal for the price it comes at. Other than that, the phone runs on the Samsung Exynos 9 octa-core processor and 6 GB RAM, and has an impressive 6.4-inch display with 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution.
Samsung Galaxy M21
The Galaxy M21 is as impressive as the F41, with the main differences being 4GB RAM and a 20MP front camera. Other than that, the major specifications remain the same, making this a great option priced well under INR 15,000.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
With Xiaomi being the leading smartphone company in terms of market share, it is obvious that some of its success comes from its highly acclaimed budget phones. The most notable model of the current lot is the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max.
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Arguably the best budget phone in the market, this model runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, and comes with a 6GB RAM and a 5020 mAh fast charging battery. It also boasts of a quad-rear camera set-up with 64MP+8MP+5MP+2MP configuration, a 32MP front camera, and a 6.67-inch display, thus emerging as a great budget phone with top of the line features.
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