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 Poco X2 offers good value for money, with specifications and capabilities that few other companies can match in the sub-Rs. 20,000 market. The design, with its attention-grabbing circular patch on the rear and bright gradient finishes, might be a bit polarising but Poco has used Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back for durability. You get a large 6.67-inch screen with dual front cameras embedded in a cutout in the top-right corner. The display is bright, and supports a 120Hz refresh rate as well as HDR-10, but we didn't find it to be too vibrant. Performance is very good thanks to the Snapdragon 730G processor, and you can get up to 8GB of RAM with up to 256GB of storage for less than Rs. 20,000. This phone also boasts of a 64-megapixel primary rear camera and it took very good stills in the daytime. The night mode also helped low-light photos look good. The wide-angle and macro cameras are less useful but still nice to have. Daytime videos looked good, but quality suffered a lot at night, especially when recording at 4K. Battery life was also quite good, but not spectacular.
The Realme X2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC, making it the first smartphone under Rs. 20,000 to have it. It's designed around the Realme XT, with nearly idential ports and button placement. It also features a dewdrop notch with a large, Super AMOLED display and a in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone fetaures two Nano-SIM card slots and a dedicated slot for a microSD card.
It's available in three variants, with the first starting at Rs. 16,999. We tested the top-end varaint, which had 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage at Rs. 20,000. ColorOS offers lots of customisation and runs smoothly. Gaming performance is especially good and we didn't notice any overheating issues either. The bottom speaker gets loud thanks to Dolby Atmos enhancements.
The front camera is a 32-megapixel sensor and captures good quality selfies under good light. The rear quad cameras are exactly the same as the Realme XT. The main 64-megapixel sensor shoots sharp images in daylight and Nightscape works well for low-light shots. The widde-angle camera is competent too, given enough light. There's also two, 2-megapixel cameras for depth and macro shots.
Battery life is decent as the 4,000mAh battery easily lasts for more than a day. However, it does have very fast charging thanks to the VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 standard, which can fully charge the battery in little over an hour.
Samsung has updated its Galaxy A50 with a slightly modified design and higher resolution cameras at the front and rear. Most other features remain the same, but this should help the company fend off some aggressive competition. The Galaxy A50s has a bright, punchy 6.4-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED screen which is one of its best features.
This screen is a bit too large for easy one-handed use, but the phone is relatively light and slim, so handling isn't too uncomfortable. Samsung's One UI is also designed to take advantage of big screens and has a few tweaks that make life easier, such as being able to pull the tops of menus down so they can be reached.
The Galaxy A50s uses Samsung's own Exynos 9611 processor which is identical to the Exynos 9610 in the Galaxy A50 other than improved camera support. That's needed for the 48-megapixel primary rear camera, 8-megapixel wide-angle camera and 5-megapixel depth sensor, as well as the 32-megapixel front camera. The primary camera works great in the daytime, but low-light performance is a bit weak.
You get 128GB of storage though there are 4GB and 6GB RAM options. Performance is generally adequate for day-to-day tasks but this phone is outclassed by competition at the same price. The 4000mAh battery delivers good battery life and fast charging is supported too.
The Samsung Galaxy M40 boasts of many segment-firsts such as a hole-punch display and a vibrating screen for a earpiece. It features a bright and vibrant 6.3-inch full-HD+ PLS TFT LCD display, which has good viewing angles but there's also a mild vignetting around the edges, which can be distracting. The body is slim and light but the plastic back attracts scuff marks pretty easily.
It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC, which is good for gaming but just like the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the chip heats up very quickly when playing heavy games such as PUBG:Mobile. There's only one variant, which comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The latter is expandable but it's a hybird slot so you cann't have two SIMs and a microSD card. OneUI runs well and is based on Android 9 Pie.
The 32-megapixel primary camera at the back shoots decent pictures under good light, but in low-light, the autofocus is slow and images lack good detail. The wide-angle camera is useful but the quality isn't great. The 5-megapixel depth sensor works well for objects and pets but not so much for people. Video recording maxes out at 4K but the quality is average and there's no stabilisation. The 3,500mAh battery lasts all day on one charge, which is a good thing.
The Oppo K3 is sub-Rs. 20,000 smartphone which shares a lot of its features and design with the Realme X. The phone has a large 6.5-inch display with a full-HD+ resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The AMOLED display produces punchy colours and has good sharpness and brightness. There's an in-display fingerprint sensor which works well at authentication. The pop-up selfie camera is also quick at ejection and retraction when using face unlock.
The K3 runs on a Snapdragon 710 SoC and comes with either 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There's no expandable storage, which means 64GB might feel a little less in a few years. There's ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie, which runs smoothly and there's plenty of shortcuts to use.
General performance is good. Games run smoothly and there's no overheating. The bottom speaker also gets Dolby Atmos enhancement, which improves the sound quality. The rear 16-megapixel camera has good autofocus speed and captures detailed landscapes and close-ups. Low-light performance is also decent, which can be bettered with the help of 'Night' mode. Battery life is very good too and the phone supports fast charging.
The Redmi K20's aesthetics are appealing and it stands out in a sea of other phones with a glass slab design and gaudy gradients. The 6.39-inch AMOLED display is of excellent quality, and the in-display fingerprint sensor is also quick.
The triple rear cameras deliver impressive results, and except for the underwhelming low-light performance and some other minor issues, the overall output is a cut above what the competition offers. The phone's battery life is also great, with the 4,000mAh unit easily making it past a day and more.
The Snapdragon 730 SoC powering this phone ensures a lag-free usage in even the most demanding situations and delivers a smooth gaming experience. A refined MIUI with fewer ads and features like a dark mode, app drawer, and ambient display are an added bonus on the software side.
The Vivo V15 Pro marks the arrival of the pop-up camera design from the flagships to the mid-range segment. It sports an appealing gradient finish, which the company calls the Spectrum Ripple Design. The Vivo offering packs a 6.53-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) display that has good viewing angles and produces good colours. The Vivo V15 Pro is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 675 SoC which handles day-to-day tasks as well as games smoothly. The phone boots Android 9 Pie-based FunTouch OS 9 that comes with a host of useful features.
The Vivo V15 Pro sports triple rear cameras that can capture beautiful macros with a good amount of detail and clarity. The 32-megapixel pop-up selfie camera also captures nice selfies with good colour reproduction and sharpness. A fast and reliable in-display fingerprint sensor and support for 18W fast charging are two other highlights of the phone. The battery endurance of the phone is also on the higher side, as the 4,000mAh battery helped the Vivo V15 Pro easily sail past a full day of usage.
|Best Mobile Phones Under 20000 In India||Prices|
|Realme 6 Pro||Rs. 16,999|
|Poco X2||Rs. 15,999|
|Realme X2||Rs. 16,995|
|Samsung Galaxy A50s||Rs. 17,499|
|Samsung Galaxy M40||Rs. 16,289|
|Oppo K3||Rs. 15,990|
|Xiaomi Redmi K20||Rs. 19,899|
|Vivo V15 Pro||Rs. 19,408|