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 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 Nokia 8.1 isn't a successor to the Nokia 8 or Nokia 8 Sirocco flagships. Instead, it's a premium model for those who want an upgrade from the usual low-cost fare. It's based on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, and boasts of an HDR10 display. The metal-and-glass body feels extremely sturdy and well-constructed, but the styling of this phone might not be everyone's cup of tea. General performance is very smooth and we had no complaints even when playing heavy games. Battery life was a little underwhelming. The cameras are one of this phone's highlights, and there's even a Zeiss lens for the primary rear camera. Photo quality in the daytime was excellent, but it took a sharp dip at night. This is a good phone if you want a step up from budget models, but you can get similar performance at lower prices.
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|
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|
|Samsung Galaxy M40||Rs. 19,990|
|Motorola One Vision||Rs. 19,999|
|Oppo F11 Pro||Rs. 19,350|
|Samsung Galaxy A50||Rs. 17,958|
|Nokia 8.1||Rs. 18,199|
|Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)||Rs. 15,490|
|Vivo V11 Pro||Rs. 17,990|
|Xiaomi Poco F1||Rs. 16,200|