Best mobile phone under Rs. 20,000 would be on your mind if you have a budget sufficient for modern features but the mindset to not splurge. Phones under Rs. 20,000 nowadays feature modern design, clean software, large screens and several features that were limited to the handsets above Rs. 25,000 a few months ago. Our list of best mobile under Rs. 20,000 covers the five best phones you can get in this bracket, with as few compromises as possible. Of course, this compilation comprises top phones that we've reviewed ourselves. We do look around the Web to see what others - including actual users - are saying, but our detailed testing process makes it possible to directly compare phones more accurately and pick what we believe are the best phones.
Here are our top picks for best phone under Rs. 20,000 in no particular order.
|Mobile under Rs. 20,000||Gadgets 360 rating|
|Xiaomi Mi Max 2||8/10|
|Samsung Galaxy On Max||8/10|
|Motorola Moto G5 Plus||8/10|
1. Honor 8
Coming in at just under the Rs. 20,000 cutoff, the Honor 8 is the top rated phone on this list. It is a single-SIM phone however, with could be a deal-breaker for some. Beyond that, it's a strong contender for your money at this budget, as we noted in our review of the phone.
There's a 5.2-inch display running at full-HD resolution, backed up by a 1.8GHz octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM, along with 32GB of storage. The phone has a 12-megapixel camera on the rear, and 8-megapixels on the front. The battery is 3000mAh.
2. Xiaomi Mi Max 2
The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 has been described as a battery pack with a phone attached, but it's actually a pretty sleek and good looking phone, despite the enormous 6.44-inch display. As we note in our review, the camera is a little disappointing, but its battery life is predictably great, and has a good display and performance, making it a nice choice for media consumption, and one of the picks for the best phone under Rs. 20,000.
The phone has a 2GHz octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 12-megapixel camera on the rear, along with a 5-megapixel front camera. There's 64GB storage, and a whopping 5300mAh battery as well.
3. Samsung Galaxy On Max
The newest phone on this list, the Samsung Galaxy On Max is a solid all-rounder with good design and a nice display. In our review, we pointed out its camera as a highlight - possibly the best camera phone under Rs. 20,000 - but the battery life is only okay.
The cameras on the front and rear both have 13-megapixel sensors, and the phone, which is powered by a 1.69GHz octa-core processor and 4GB RAM, has a 5.7-inch display with full-HD resolution. The 3300mAh battery sounds good on paper, but we found that the real world results could have been better.
4. Oppo F5
Oppo F5 (Review) is winner on multiple fronts, and scores high on parameters like display quality, design, battery life, camera, and performance. The new 3GB RAM variant of the smartphone is priced at Rs. 19,990, and comes with all the key features of the higher-end variant, such as the bezel-less design, 18:9 display aspect ratio, AI integration in the camera, and so on - just minus the extra RAM and storage, of course.
Another favourable aspect of the handset is the polished custom UI (based on Android 7.1 Nougat). However, there are trade-offs too, as you will only be able to use one 4G SIM at a time, the device will reboot each time you swap SIM cards, and the facial recognition doesn’t work as advertised.
5. Moto G5S Plus
The latest update to Moto G5 Plus, the Moto G5S Plus comes with a slightly bigger screen, more storage, dual cameras on the back, selfie flash, and a higher resolution camera sensor. These make it an attractive package, especially at a price tag of Rs. 15,999, and lands it a spot on our list of best phones under Rs. 20,000.
In our review, we felt that the handset definitely looked more premium than its predecessor but isn’t as easy to hold due to the wider body and larger chin. The display is among the highlights of the handset, while the dual rear cameras can deliver photos with a decent bokeh effect and good amount of details, with some effort from the user’s side.
Budget friendly options
If these picks don't have your fancy, you can save some money with these three budget friendly options. The Lenovo Z2 Plus has seen its price drop a lot since launch, but it's still a solid option. The camera is one area where the phone could certainly improve, but battery life and performance are both excellent.
The Redmi Note 4 is another well-priced phone with great features. In our review, the only black mark against it is the camera, so if you're looking for a value for money phone with great battery life and design, do consider this one.
There's also the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is a great all-rounder. In our review, one issue that came up with the low light camera performance, but it has a superb screen, great battery life, and good performance too.
These phones make up our top picks for phones under Rs. 20,000. If you're on a tighter budget, here's a list of all the best phones under Rs. 15,000, and under Rs. 10,000. In the under-Rs. 20,000 category, the Huawei Honor 8 Lite and the Asus ZenFone 3 Max also both hold a lower overall rating, but do well in different areas, and are worth your consideration, and there's also the Oppo F3 which is a worthy contender.
So, between all of these phones, which ones caught your eye? If you're planning on buying one of these, or are using another phone under Rs. 20,000, share your thoughts and experiences with us and the other readers, via the comments below.