In the world of smartphones, we’ve reached a point where it’s no longer necessary to spend absurd amounts of money to get some pretty cool features in phones. Even in the mainstream segment, one can find some good deals if you know where to look.
If you have a budget of around Rs. 20,000, then you can find a pretty diverse set of good smartphones on offer. It was just last year that the in-display fingerprint sensor became all the rage in flagship phones, and today, you can actually get that in a phone under Rs. 20,000. Not only that, but due to stiff competition and recent price cuts, you can actually get a phone with a flagship-level Qualcomm SoC from 2018 in this price range too.
Like all our curated lists, the phones we’ve picked under Rs. 20,000 have all been well-received in our reviews and have a minimum rating of 8 out of 10. All our picks have individual strengths such as triple cameras, the allure of stock Android, bezel-less displays and even the raw power or the one of the best SoCs around, so you can pick the one that suits your usage the best.
Here the best phones you can buy under Rs. 20,000 in India right now.
The Nokia 7 Plus is the first smartphone from the company to sport an 18:9 display. It has a 6-inch IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass for protection. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 660 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It runs on Android Oreo and is a part of the Android One program. It is a dual SIM device and has a hybrid SIM slot. Storage is expandable upto 256GB via a microSD card. The 7 Plus has a dual camera setup at the back comprising of a 12-megapixel camera and a 13-megapixel telephoto sensor. At the front, it has a 16-megapixel selfie camera and it is powered by a 3800mAh battery.
The Samsung Galaxy A50 looks a lot like the Galaxy M10 and M20, but it has a few premium features such as a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and three rear cameras. The back of this phone has a unique iridescent finish that reflects light dramatically in rainbow patterns. Samsung has used its premium Exynos 9610 SoC which is a solid performer for this price segment and supports camera features such as intelligent scene optimisation and 480fps slow-motion video recording. Performance is generally quite good, especially in terms of the display and battery life. The cameras are versatile but there are situations, such as in low light, when the results could have been better. The Galaxy A50 offers a lot of features that people really look for, and is a good all-rounder that might help Samsung fight off its competitors.
The crisp and vivid HDR display is the main selling point of the Nokia 7.1, and is arguably one of the best in this price range. The display alone is worth the price jump from the likes of the Motorola One Power and Nokia 6.1 Plus. The well-optimised software package, promise of timely updates, striking looks, great build quality, and solid cameras only add to this phone’s appeal.
The Galaxy A7 (2018) is the first smartphone from Samsung phone with a triple camera setup. The camera setup consists of a 24-megapixel primary sensor, 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. It sports a 6-inch Super Amoled display with FHD+ resolution. The phone is powered by an Exynos 7885 processor and has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It sports a 24-megapixel selfie camera with a selfie fill light. The Galaxy A7 (2018) is a dual SIM device and has support for 4G and VoLTE on both SIM slots. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience UI on top. It has a 3300mAh battery.
|Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Specifications|
|Display||6.00-inch, 1080x2220 pixels|
|Rear Camera||24-megapixel + 8-megapixel + 5-megapixel|
Poco is a sub-brand from Xiaomi that has launched the F1 as its first offering in the country. It has a 6.18-inch display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. Powering the Poco F1 is the Snapdragon 845 processor and it comes in different RAM and storage options. It has a dual camera setup on the back consisting of a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. At the front, it has a 20-megapixel selfie camera. The F1 runs on MIUI 9.6 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. The phone packs in a 4000mAh battery and has support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3. It is a dual hybrid SIM slot and has support for 4G as well as VoLTE.
The F7 is the first Oppo phone to sport a notch in India. It has a 6.23-inch display with a resolution of 1080x2280 pixels which delivers good colours. The Oppo F7 is powered by a Helio P60 octa-core processor that is clocked at 2GHz. App performance is quite good. It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The F7 is a dual SIM device with two Nano SIM slots. It also has a dedicated card slot which can accept 256GB microSD cards. The smartphone has a 16-megapixel camera at the back just above the fingerprint scanner and a 25-megapixel selfie camera. Oppo ships the phone with Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5 on top. It houses a non-removable 3400mAh battery.
The Zero 5 Pro is a flagship from Hong Kong-based manufacturer Infinix. It sports a 5.98-inch LTPS display with full-HD resolution. The smartphone is powered by a MediaTek Helio P25 processor and has 6GB of RAM. There is 128GB of internal storage which can be expanded using a microSD card up to 128GB. It is a dual-SIM device with two Micro-SIM slots and has support for 4G as well as VoLTE. It runs on XOS Hummingbird, a custom UI on top of Android Nougat. It sports a 12-megapixel + 13-megapixel dual camera setup at the back, and a 16-megapixel selfie camera with flash. It has a metal unibody which seals in its 4350mAh battery.
|Best Mobile Phones Under 20000 In India||Prices|
|Nokia 7 Plus||Rs. 19,498|
|Samsung Galaxy A50||Rs. 18,890|
|Nokia 7.1||Rs. 16,325|
|Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)||Rs. 15,985|
|Xiaomi Poco F1||Rs. 19,790|
|Oppo F7||Rs. 19,990|
|Infinix Zero 5 Pro||Rs. 15,900|