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 Realme X is a preimium offering from Realme, which features an in-display fingerprint sensor and a pop-up selfie camera, under Rs. 20,000. it fetaures a 6.53-inch, full-HD+ OLED display which produces good colours and has adequate brightness. The in-display fingerprint sensor also works very well and there's face unlock too, which we found to be equally fast.
The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC and is avilable in two variants -- one with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and the top-end one has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The phone runs on ColorOS 6, which is based on Android 9 Pie. The large size of the phone makes it a little cumbersome to use but other than that, the build quality is great and performance is very good. Apps and games run smoothly too, without any heating issues.
The Realme X has a 48-megapixel primary camera which captures detailed landscapes and close-up shots and video recording can also go up to 4K resolution, which is good. The phone does a pretty good job in low light too and there's also Nightscape which helps bring out better details and colours. Battery life is also solid, as we found the phone lasting for a full day with regualr use. Fast charging is also present, which helps top-up the battery quickly.
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 Realme XT is the first phone in India with a 64-megapixel sensor. It shares a similar design to the Realme 5 Pro but instead of a plastic back, it uses Gorilla Glass 5. The body feels premium and the back doesn't attract many fingerprints. It has a USB Type-C port, a triple slot for two nano-SIM cards and a microSD card. The 6.4-inch display also gets Gorilla Glass 5 protection and the panel produces vibrant colours. Face unlock is also quick and so is the in-display fingerprint sensor.
The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 710 SoC and comes in three RAM and storage variants. The 8GB version we reviewed ran smoothly without any issue. The phone also runs on ColorOS 6.0.1 which is based on Android 9 Pie. The new skin features a cleaner layout for the menus and you still have the same set of shortcuts and gestures which we've seen before.
The main attraction is the 64-megapixel camera, which captures detailed landscapes and close-ups in most lighting conditions. You can shoot at full resolution, which lets you zoom much more than full 48-megapixel stills, while still maintaining good detail. You also get the same wide-angle and macro cameras from the 5 Pro here. The 16-megapixel selfie camera works well under most lighting conditions. Video recording is also good but the quality at 4K resolution in low light could be better.
Finally, the 4000mAh battery does a good jon, lasting an entire day on one charge. It also has fast charging, which can top up the battery rather quickly in just an hour.
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.
|Samsung Galaxy M40 Specifications|
|Display||6.30-inch, 1080x2340 pixels|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 675|
|Rear Camera||32-megapixel + 5-megapixel + 8-megapixel|
The Motorola One Vision, priced at Rs. 19,999, has an appealing design that stands out from the competition, thanks to a tall 21:9 display with a hole-punch. The display quality is a little underwhelming, but the tall aspect ratio offers some advantages when it comes to watching videos and split-screen multitasking.
There octa-core Exynos 9609 SoC powering the phone is a capable performer and handles day-to-day tasks as well as gaming without any issues. The 48-megapixel rear camera captures detailed and crisp photos, but it has a tendency to produce slightly oversaturated colours. There is a tonne of camera features to play with.
The Night Vision mode delivers impressive results in low-light conditions and is one of the best implementations you can find in this price range. The 3,500 mAh battery, on the other hand, is barely enough to last a full day of usage and can be charged fully in less than two hours with the bundled 15W TurboPower charger.
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 Vivo V11 Pro sports a plastic body that's slim and light. The Starry Night colour looks really cool but the glossy finish attracts fingerprints very easily. The 6.41-inch Super AMOLED display has punchy colours and good brightness. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC and comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It supports dual SIMs with dual 4G VoLTE support. The rear 12-megapixel camera has very quick focusing speeds and image quality is good. The 25-megapixel selfie camera also captures good selfies. Battery life is solid too and the phone also supports fast charging.
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.
|Best Mobile Phones Under 20000 In India||Prices|
|Realme X||Rs. 16,999|
|Oppo K3||Rs. 16,990|
|Vivo Z1x||Rs. 16,990|
|Realme XT||Rs. 15,999|
|Samsung Galaxy M40||Rs. 19,990|
|Motorola One Vision||Rs. 19,999|
|Oppo F11 Pro||Rs. 19,500|
|Samsung Galaxy A50||Rs. 18,300|
|Vivo V11 Pro||Rs. 15,790|
|Xiaomi Poco F1||Rs. 16,999|