Technology keeps improving that cellphones are no longer just a means to communicate long distance. They are now, basically, computers that can fit in a pocket. Such an invention would be pricey but fortunately, there are some options dedicated to people with a tighter budget. 

Today is the age of Android and iOS. So many kinds of applications were made but the industry that really boosted the popularity of mobile devices are games. Today, many phone companies make phones to play a variety of games from lightly programmed online casino games to performance-demanding action games. While Apple panders to the high-class and middle-class citizens, Android devices have a wider reach, including the budget range. 

Here are some of the best mobile devices in 2023 with a retail price under ₹15,000.


Samsung Galaxy A11 – ₹13,790 

The Samsung Galaxy A11 is released on May 1, 2020. It has a 6.4 in display with 720x1560p resolution supported by the Adreno 506 GPU. It has an octa-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and Snapdragon 450 chipset. 

Despite its amazing battery, camera, and has an octa-core CPU, it is not enough to operate most games. It also has a weak display compared to the standard nowadays but it is good enough to show videos in HD. It can play some games but mostly those that don’t need too much RAM such as a puzzle, casino, or social games. There are many complaints from people using it for work. It is said to perform badly during video conferences. 

Samsung Galaxy M30 – ₹13,490 

Samsung Galaxy M30 has an octa-core CPU, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 512GB. It has a 6.4 in display with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels powered by Mali-G71 MP2. It has a powerful battery with 5000 mAh with a fast-charging feature. 

Despite being a few rupees cheaper than A11, it has a better performance in terms of operation, display, and battery life. It is powerful enough to launch almost every app in the Play Store, making it a great gift choice for teenagers. However, it does have a plastic body that makes it less appealing than other devices. 


Vivo Z1 Pro – ​₹13,990 

The Vivo Z1 Pro is released in 2019 and that’s why it is still operating on Android 9 (Pie). However, its old age is also why its price dropped to budget range. It is still a powerful device which operates with Snapdragon 712 and 4GB RAM. It has 64GB internal storage that is expandable by 256GB. Its 6.53 in the display is powered by Adreno 616. 

As powerful as it may be, it can be uncomfortably heavy for its function. Its USB port is still micro, not Type-C. Other than that, it has an amazing front and back camera that can capture extremely high-quality images. 


Realme 7 – ₹14,999 

Realme 7 is cutting it really close to this list’s requirements but its high price comes with a reason. It has a 6.50 in display with 1080x2400p resolution. It has a 5000 mAh battery with

fast-charging capacity and a Type-C port. What makes it astounding is its performance. It has an octa-core processor, MediaTek Helio G95, 8GB RAM, and 128GB internal memory. 

It is one of the mobiles released by Realme that is targeted directly for gamers. However, there are those who complain about the phone overheating and draining its battery quickly. Then again, it is a mid-range device. It is still a beautiful platform for games from the Play Store. 


Huawei Honor Play – ₹11,999 

Huawei has officially joined the gaming market with the Honor Play. It is relatively small with only 6.30 in the display but it still sports 1080x2340p HD resolution. Its processor is HiSilicon Kirin 970 and it operates with 4GB RAM and has a standard 64GB internal storage. However, it is a model from 2018 and that is why it operates using Android 8.1 and micro USB port. Its battery life is also weak compared to others of the same price as it only has 3750 mAh. 

Despite being old, it is still competitive in terms of processing. It can play many modern games smoothly but some might have a compatibility issue with the Android 8.1. There is no problem with online gaming sites such as casinodays and those that operate with a Flash Player. 


Redmi Note 8 Pro – ₹14,999 

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 Pro almost wouldn’t make this list because ₹14,999 is the starting price for its normal version. It is often priced at ₹16,999 in most stores but it is ₹14,999 in Amazon and other online stores. Its processor is MediaTek Helio G90T and it has 6GB RAM and internal memory of 128GB. It has a 6.53 in display with a 1080x2340p HDR resolution. It does have a weaker battery which only has 4500 mAh but it is fast-charging like its competitors. 

Why only these brands? 

Samsung is considered as the biggest competitor of Apple as it led the development of Android devices. Their Galaxy Note series is their most expensive lineup of smartphones. Although they have an established place among the high-class, they still wish to extend their brand to the middle-class with the A, M, and J series of entry to mid-level devices

Vivo also has a nice reputation, it’s a brand that is still mostly offering mid-ranged devices. Meanwhile, Realme targets an audience with a lower-budget but still offering good-quality hardware. Huawei is also competitive in the high-class market but they don’t usually cater to gamers except with the Honor Play series.

Xiaomi has the widest range among the brands above with products mostly targeted towards middle and low-class citizens. Despite their price range, they have some of the best-quality electronics in the market including the laptop and smartphone markets. 

These are some of the best brands that develop smartphones using Android. There are many others but some, like Nokia, struggle to compete with the items on this list.

Best Android phones

Contents In This Article