While there are plenty of smartphones in this range, here are some of the best that offer great value for your money.
A successor to the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 has a 6.26-inch full-HD+ screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. The smartphone ships with Android 8.1 Oreo and houses a massive 5,000mAh battery. Further, it sports a dual rear-camera setup – a 12MP primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and a 5MP depth sensor – and a 13MP front camera with a LED flash. Overall, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 delivers fast performance and clicks great images in bright sunlight.
With the Galaxy M series, Samsung has started pushing great devices in the sub-15K segment. And without a doubt, the Galaxy M30 is one of the finest devices in this segment. Armed with a triple rear-camera setup, Super AMOLED Infinity U display and a 5,000mAh fast-charge battery, it’s definitely one of the best phones to buy in the segment. The phone’s triple rear-camera setup comprises a 13MP primary rear camera with f/1.9 aperture, a 5MP ultra-wide lens for capturing wide frames and a 5MP live focus lens that allows the camera to capture photos with bokeh effect. There is also a 16 MP front camera with the Selfie focus mode.
The Honor 10 Lite comes with a 24MP selfie camera with the artificial intelligence (AI) scene detection technology. The smartphone is packed with a HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC and runs on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. Honor has loaded the 10 Lite with features such as AI Shopping and Calorie Detection – both of which use the camera sensors of the smartphone for a better user experience. The dual-SIM (Nano) Honor 10 Lite features a 6.21-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) display with a dewdrop notch, 415ppi of pixel density and 91 per cent screen-to-body ratio.
The Honor 8X packs a HiSilicon Kirin 710 System-on-chip and comes in a dual tone design with a glass back. This 12nm processor has four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz to deliver a great performance. The huge 6.5-inch screen has a resolution of 1080x2340 pixels that offers vibrant colours, be it streaming videos, playing games or browsing the web. The smartphone has a dual camera system on the back – a 20MP primary sensor and a 2MP sensor – and a 16MP camera at the front.
The smartphone comes with a 6.3-inch display with a dot notch, glass back, dual rear-camera setup with 48MP+5MP sensors and a fingerprint scanner. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset, which is paired with the Adreno 612 GPU. The eight Kryo 460 cores of the Snapdragon 675 consist of two ARM Cortex-A76 and six ARM Cortex-A55 cores that make the SoC ideal for gaming and everyday tasks. The smartphone sports a 19.5:9 full HD+ (2340 ×1080 pixels) display with 2.5D curved glass and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. There is a 4,000mAh battery that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 for fast charging.
The Realme 2 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and runs on the Android 8.1-based ColorOS 5.2 AI system. The smartphone comes with a 16MP+2MP dual rear-camera setup equipped with IMX398 sensor that supports dual-core focusing, f/1.7 aperture and 6P lens. At the front, there is a 16MP selfie camera with a large f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone has a 6.3-inch dewdrop notch screen that offers a 90.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The phone is fuelled by 3,500mAh battery and has power optimisation features.
With the Galaxy M20, Samsung has offered a really powerful smartphone experience in every sense of the term. The Galaxy M20 comes with a 6.3-inch full-HD+, infinity-V display and has Widevine L1 certification for seamless streaming of HD content on popular apps. The smartphone packs a powerful 5,000mAh battery with a multi-layered technology system that ensures low power consumption. The M20 is powered by the Exynos 7904 octa-core processor and sports a dual rear-camera setup with an ultra-wide lens.
The Redmi Note 7 marks the debut of a dual camera on a non-Pro Redmi Note phone – it has a 12MP+2MP dual rear-camera setup. The Redmi Note 7 features a Gorilla Glass 5 covered body on the front and rear to prevent the smartphone from accidental falls. The Redmi Note 7 that comes with a 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE and sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ display. With the same 4000mAh battery as the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Redmi Note 7 offers up to two days of battery life and also supports Quick Charge 4.0.
The Nokia 5.1 Plus sports a 5.8-inch HD+ display with 2.5D curved front and rear glass, complemented by curved edges and a CNC-machined metal camera bezel with optical glass window and high gloss finish frame. Overall, Nokia 5.1 Plus looks a more like a Rs 20,000 instead of a Rs 10,999 smartphone. The phone has a dual 13MP/5MP rear sensor with electronic video stabilisation, which also comes with selectable bokeh blur and portrait lighting. The performance of the 13MP primary sensor is not bad and given enough light, the camera can capture enough detail.