2020 has been a year full of excitement for the sub-₹15,000 budget smartphone marketplace. The year saw the gap closing between high-end features and price.
Features like a great camera or 5000mAh battery phone that were unheard of a few years ago are now available in the ₹15,000 price-range. The real question that most buyers have is how many features can be realistically found in a low-budget smartphone? We look at some of the top budget smartphones available in the market today, and the impressive features they have on offer. We help you answer the question: Keeping price as a major consideration, which smartphone should you purchase next?
Realme Narzo 20 Pro
The recently launched Realme Narzo 20 Pro is one of the best offerings under the ₹15,000 budget smartphone space. Considering the gaming-level performance and stylish looks, it’s clear that Realme wants a bigger piece of the youth demographic. By far, the strongest suit of this phone is its display.
The 6.5 inches full HD+ full screen display has a 90Hz refresh rate. Buyers can choose between two variants — 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM, with inbuilt storage varying between 64GB to 128GB, with an option to increase capacity via a microSD card slot. Another key feature of this phone is the much anticipated MediaTek Helio G95 gaming chipset. Given the price and truly ground-breaking performance of the Realme Narzo 20 Pro, this smartphone is excellent value for money. The top variant (6GB RAM) of the Realme Narzo 20 Pro is available at ₹14,999.
Poco M2 Pro
Xiaomi launched the Poco M2 Pro in India in October this year. Like its predecessors, this phone was eagerly anticipated by mobile phone enthusiasts. The top variant of this phone comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The phone gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, which is clocked at 2.3GHz base speed. This makes it ideal for gaming and other CPU intensive tasks.
The dual-tone body gives the phone an attractive look, and one could say it’s geared towards performance oriented consumers. Another feature that sets this phone apart is the UI app drawer that offers significantly more customization options.
Motorola Moto G9
The Moto G-series has been the one success that Motorola has managed to sustain over the years. With the recent launch of the Motorola Moto G9, the company is looking to regain some lost market space.
For what it’s worth, Motorola has done an excellent job in packaging the phone with features galore. A standout feature is the MyUX operating system, which is a stock version of Android OS with a few Moto customizations. The smartphone features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC, which runs smoothly, with overall performance being excellent. For customers looking for a no-frills Android experience and are on a low budget, the Moto G9 will offer everything you could possibly need.
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One look at the Samsung M21, and you’d be fooled into believing that you were looking at the Galaxy M30. In fact, aside from a few minor specification differences, the two phones are almost identical. Like most Samsung devices, the M21 gets a crisp AMOLED display (displays are Samsung’s strong point).
Another great feature is this phone is the battery, which is a 6,000mAh powerhouse. Powering the smartphone is the Exynos 9611 SoC, mated to 6GB RAM for the top variant. The cameras are perhaps what makes this phone with the best camera under 15000. The specs make this phone a decent performer capable of handling most of the usual tasks with ease.