Looking for the best 5G phones under Rs 15,000? Here are our picks

5G on a budget? It's possible!

As 5G takes off in India, having a device capable of utilising this new generation of telecom spectrum is of great essence. The new and faster way of communication opens up new horizons when it comes to internet usability and then some. Manufacturers have lately been pooling resources to create budget-friendly devices that can harness the faster spectrum. We list out ten such cost-effective devices that can get you started on the 5G journey. 

Top 10 5G smartphones under Rs 15,000 in India 

1. Realme 9i 5G 

The Realme 9i 5G offers 5G capabilities thanks to its Mediatek Dimensity 810 5G SoC. The processing unit is paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The device also supports an expansion of storage up to 1TB via a microSD card. Upfront there is a 6.6-inch Full HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. This entire package is powered by a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. The Realme 9i 5G looks stylish and comes finished in three colour options, Metallica Gold, Rocking Black and Soulful Blue. The Realme 9i 5G also gets a 50MP triple camera and an 8MP front camera system. 

2. POCO M4 5G 

The POCO M4 5G is also a good buy for people looking to start their 5G transition. The POCO M4 5G gets a 6.58″ FHD+ 90Hz display and is powered by a Mediatek Dimensity 700 SoC paired to 4GB + 64GB or 6GB + 128GB memory variants. The device also supports virtual RAM as well as storage expansion via microSD card. The dual camera system at the back comes with a 50MP main camera and a 2MP depth sensor. Front camera duties are handled by an 8MP shooter. The POCO M4 gets a 5,000mAh battery pack with support for 18W fast charging. It’s good to note that the POCO M4 supports 7 bands of 5G. 

3. Samsung Galaxy M33 5G 

Samsung’s Galaxy M33 5G is a solid contender when it comes to a 5G-capable affordable smartphone. It packs in a 5nm octa-core processor clocked at 2.4GHz and is paired to 6GB or 8GB of RAM and gets up to 128GB of internal storage. It also gets a 6.6-inch TFT display and sports an FHD+ resolution. The M33 5G houses a 50MP quad-camera setup and an 8MP front camera setup. The smartphone draws juice from a 6,000mAh battery.

4. Motorola G51 5G

The Moto G51 5G is a good buy for purists looking for a stock Android 11 experience. The Moto G51 5G gets a Snapdragon 480 Plus from Qualcomm paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The internal storage can be expanded up to 512GB via a microSD card. It packs in a 6.8-inch LCD display with FHD+ resolution and a 120Hz high refresh rate. The Moto G51 5G shoots AV via a 50MP triple camera and a 16MP front camera. Power is drawn from a 5,000mAh battery pack with 10W charging. 

5. Samsung Galaxy F23 5G

The Samsung Galaxy F23 5G running on the Snapdragon 750G processor is another competent 5G capable product from the Korean tech company. It gets a 6.6-inch TFT FHD+ display, 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM (expandable up to 1TB via a microSD card slot). It features a 50MP triple camera setup and an 8MP front shooter. The F23 5G draws power from a 5,000mAh battery and gets a Type C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 

6. Redmi Note 10T 5G

The Redmi Note 10T 5G is a tried and tested 5G workhorse from Xiaomi and gets a Dimensity 700 SoC from MediaTek. The processor is paired to up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage. It gets a 6.5-inch FHD+ display panel, a 48MP triple camera system and an 8MP front camera. The device draws power from a 5,000mAh battery with support for fast charging. 

7. iQOO Z6

The iQOO Z6 runs a Snapdragon 695 5G processor and pairs it with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Z6 features a 6.58-inch FHD+ display, a 50MP triple camera setup and a 16MP front camera sensor. It draws power from a 5,000mAh battery pack and gets connectivity features such as Wi-Fi 5.1, Bluetooth 5.0, 5G, GPS and more. 

8. Realme 9 5G 

Realme 9 5G is yet another 5G offering in the affordable range from the popular Chinese smartphone maker. It gets Dimensity 810 5G chipset from MediaTek and pairs it with 4GB or 6GB RAM options and up to 128GB internal storage. It features a 48MP AI-based triple camera system and a 16MP selfie camera. The 6.5-inch display sports an FHD+ resolution and gets 90Hz high refresh rate support. The Realme 9 5G depends on a 5,000mAh battery pack with support for 18W fast charging. 

9. Samsung Galaxy M13 5G 

The Samsung Galaxy M13 5G runs on the Dimensity 700 SoC from MediaTek and supports 5G connectivity. The device gets an option for 4GB or 6GB RAM and gets up to 128GB of internal storage. It sports a 6.5-inch 90Hz FHD+ display, a 50MP dual camera, and a 5MP front camera. It draws power from a 5,000mAh battery. 

10. iQOO Z6 Lite

The iQOO Z6 Lite gets a Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 processor paired with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and enables support for 5G connectivity. The Z6 Lite features a 6.59-inch display with an FHD+ resolution. The device gets a 50MP dual camera and an 8MP front camera. It draws power from a 5,000mAh battery pack and runs on Android 12 mobile OS.