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Best of 2022: The sub-Rs 15,000 smartphones that ruled this year

In 2022, we have seen the launch of latest technology phones under Rs 30,000 (or above) and slow growth in the lower price segments.

Ankita Garg

New DelhiAnd theUpdated: December 5, 2022 at 19:38 IST

The best phones in 2022, realme 9i

A look at the sub-Rs 15,000 smartphones that ruled this year.

Posted by Ankita GargThe year 2022 is coming to an end and now is the time to take a look at some of the best devices launched this year. Just like last year, 2022 also saw tons of 5G phones launched across all price points, but people on a budget under Rs 15,000 didn’t have many options. The good thing is that we have made some progress compared to last year because there was hardly a 5G phone in this range in 2022. Now that access to the latest network is also available in several parts of India, smartphone companies are expected to make 5G phones in accessible to all in 2023.

In 2022, we have seen the launch of latest technology phones under Rs 30,000 (or above) and slow growth in the lower price segments. There was a time when between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 was the hottest segment with most value for money phones. The main focus of most of the brands has shifted to the Rs 30,000 segment as they aim to offer an affordable package with a number of premium features that users would like to have without paying much. We have some of the best smartphones under Rs 15,000 that are ruling 2022. Keep reading to know more.

Best of 2022: The sub-Rs 15,000 smartphones that ruled this year

iQOO Z6 Lite 5G

We think iQOO Z6 Lite 5G is one of the best budget phones of 2022, because the brand manages to offer a well-balanced set of features at an affordable price.

The iQOO Z6 Lite 5G uses the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 processor which gave us a lag-free performance with basic usage. The device has a 120Hz display that you don’t usually get with most phones in this price range. The screen size is about 6.68 inches.

The company has equipped it with a large enough 5000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. However, this charger does not come with a charger inside the box, which is something many brands have started doing since Apple skipped bundling with the iPhone 12. Despite this, one will only see this trend in the pricier range and now that iQOO has brought it to the The budget segment too, don’t be surprised if other smartphone companies follow suit in 2023. So, this is likely to become a pain point for many budget-conscious customers in the near future.

The additional advantage of this 5G phone is that the company offers long-term software support. It will offer two years of major Android updates as well as three years of security patches. The phone launched with Android 12 out of the box, so it is eligible for Android 14 as well. As for photography, the device offers very saturated images in some scenarios, but people will get decent shots for their Instagram account.

Samsung Galaxy M13 4G phone

While Samsung launched the Galaxy M13 5G as well, the 4G version offers more value for money. It is priced at Rs 10,749 and offers features such as a 6,000mAh battery along with a 6.6-inch Full HD+ display at a lower price. There are people who just want an affordable phone

With a huge battery and a (good) LCD screen. The 4G phone uses the Exynos 850 SoCchip, which is not the fastest in its class, but is capable of delivering smooth overall performance. The company ships a 15W charger in the box to charge the phone’s massive battery unit. It will take a little longer to fill up the battery, but people will have to compromise because the company has provided a huge battery to provide longer battery life to the users. The cameras can deliver good enough photos for the price. It can deliver sufficiently detailed images in bright colors in broad daylight, but don’t keep your hopes up.

Moto G42

The Moto G42 is a multifunctional phone for users who are looking for a decent performance with some extra features. This is a 4G phone using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 680 SoC, which powers many budget phones in the lower price segment. What extra do you get with this phone? It comes with an IP52 splash resistance rating, which helps provide some safety compared to those without this rating.

It even has a bloatware-free Android software experience, something you don’t get with many smartphones in this budget. Aside from the eye-catching matte back panel, the Moto G42 also features a 90Hz AMOLED display which not many phones under the Rs 15,000 segment offer. It has a 5,000mAh battery under the hood along with a pair of loud stereo speakers.

Poco M4 5G phone

The Poco M4 5G smartphone is an all-rounder and even the cheapest 5G phone on the list. It has good enough specifications and a unique design as well, which makes it one of the best phones in 2022. The budget phone can easily handle basic tasks and one won’t suffer from lag — thanks to the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC powering it. Under the hood is a 5,000mAh battery, and this battery supports 18W fast charging, something not every brand offers in lower-priced phones in this segment. It is currently priced at Rs 10,999 and the camera performance is very good compared to the competition. The 6.58 inch Full HD+ display is vibrant and one will enjoy consuming content on this budget phone.

Realme 9i 5G

Realme 9i is a 5G phone, but it caught our attention for several reasons. It is one of the rarest phones (in the Rs 15,000 category) with support for 33W fast charging and smooth overall performance. The stereo speakers and battery life were good for the price. Despite the lack of an ultra-wide-angle camera in favor of weak macro sensors as well as depth sensors, this camera delivered a decent daylight photography experience with its 50MP main camera. The company is expected to do better in this department with 2,023 phones. It has a typical 5,000mAh battery and a 6.6-inch 90Hz FHD+ LCD screen.