Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 20,000

by | Jul 2, 2018

Are you the one looking for stepping up your geek game a bit?

With a bunch of choices lying around, you’re sure to sweat it out but don’t worry we will walk you through the tough part.

This list has been curated to provide you with an insight into the best phones under Rs.30,000.

Whether you are an amateur photographer, an avid gamer or a selfie lover, we’ve tossed the best smartphones with these features in this price range so that you can take your pick quite easily.

Without any further ado, here are the choices we have shortlisted for you.

1. Redmi Note 5 Pro

Overall Best Pick
  • Premium features at a budget price
  • Solidly built phone
  • Latest powerful mid-range processor
  • Difficult to purchase due to the flash sale model
Xiaomi has now become a household brand name in India.

They started a revolution just like Ambanis did with reliance and now their mobile phone shipment volumes have even made Samsung feel the heat.

Redmi Note 5 pro is the successor to the highly successful Redmi note 4.

Note 5 features a brand-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chip that is more power and performance efficient than its predecessor 630.

The massive 4000 mAh although 100 mAh lesser than its older sibling is quite compelling too.

The new 18:9 screen gives the phone a much-needed facelift that screams premium and at this price range, Xiaomi has managed to include a unit with punchier colours and great sunlight readability with good contrast levels.

All the usual hardware columns check out such as a fingerprint scanner, necessary sensors, and an overall great build.

The camera was one of the weak point of Redmi Note series in the past, but with the release of Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi has thrown in the dual camera setup into the mix.

The 12 MP+5MP dual camera module in the back will help you take some nice shots and with the EIS enabled, your memories will fell less shaky, at least to the eyes.

Note 5 Pro runs on Android 7.1.1 nougat as of now and an update to Oreo, given the update track record of Xiaomi is unknown.

Although you are guaranteed to receive MI user interface upgrades regularly with some security patches in alternate months.

If you are not worried about updates and is looking for a solid smartphone with all the features in one box, Note 5 Pro is the choice for you.

Go grab one before the flash sale already ends…

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Great screen with 18:9 aspect ratio
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Has Electronic Image Stabilization
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Massive 4000 mAh battery
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No 4K recording capability yet in Redmi Note 5 Pro
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Launches with outdated Android Nougat

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid 7.1 Nougat / MIUI 9
INTERNAL MEMORY64 GB
RAM6 GB
PROCESSORSnapdragon 636 Octa Core 1.8 GHz
CAMERA12MP + 5MP Dual Rear, 20MP Front
BATTERY4000 mAh
DISPLAY5.99 inch (2160 x 1080) Full HD+

2. Huawei P20 Lite

Runner-Up Pick
  • Premium design resembling flagships
  • All round performance guaranteed
  • Huawei Quick charge feature support

Huawei’s Lite series is a runaway hit in many markets around the world.

The Lite lineup offers a great design with reasonable specifications under an affordable budget.

The P20 Lite is the trimmed down version of the original Huawei P20 Pro.

The Huawei P20 is quite a stunner.

The all-glass construction feels premium and the shiny colours in which the phone is offered is awesome.

Huawei has even provided a headphone jack with this phone despite its very slim profile.

This phone runs on Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa-core chipset with four cores clocked at 2.36GHz and the other four at 1.7GHz in order to provide a snappy yet energy efficient operation.

Huawei P20 Lite comes with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB of onboard storage which can be further expanded up to 128GB at the expense of a hybrid slim slot.

The performance while running apps and games is very good with no noticeable lags in between.

The display on this device is a 5.84-inch IPS HD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels which sums up being 432 pixels per inch on this panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio.

The display is sharp and vibrant and the brightness levels are decent enough to pose any threat to sunlight legibility.

The device runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with Huawei’s custom Emotion UI 8 on top which adds a lot of features that will enhance the usability of this phone further.

The face unlock for instance is super quick and works very well.

On the optics front, this device comes with a dual rear camera module which houses a 16MP camera supplemented by a 2MP depth sensor for that bokeh and portrait shots you’d love to take.

The daylight photography yields some good quality photos with great details.

The 16MP front camera takes good selfies under optimal lighting conditions.

The camera app has pro modes that include tuning of exposure levels and shutter speed.

The camera is also capable of taking RAW photos (uncompressed) but no 4K videos, sadly.

The lack of 4K video capability is a bummer especially when even phones priced under Rs.10,000 such the Redmi Note 5 comes with it.

This budget flagship phone from Huawei comes with 3000mAh battery that gives about 5 hours of screen on time.

The device supports Huawei quick charge and can juice up the battery to 100% in just 90 minutes.

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Great design and build quality
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Emotion UI packs a lot of features
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RAW photo option in the Camera app
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NFC
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No 4K recording
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Average low light photos

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid 8.0 Oreo / MIUI 9
INTERNAL MEMORY64 GB
RAM4 GB
PROCESSORHiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa-core
CAMERADual: 16MP +2MP Rear, 16MP Front
BATTERY3000mAh
DISPLAY5.84 inch 1080 x 2280
(432 ppi density)

3. Nokia 6.1

Best Build Quality
  • Nostalgic Nokia brand value
  • Stay up to date with latest updates
  • Built to last falls and drops

You know Nokia, We know Nokia.

We know you love Nokia.

Yes, Nokia 6 was a popular smartphone from the companies smartphone lineup.

It was built like a tank with build quality that rivaled premium phones. Now the company has launched a refreshed version of the same in India.

What’s new?

The all new Nokia 6.1 2018 comes with few cosmetic changes.

There is now a premium looking copper accent trim around the camera unit as well as all around the chassis. The new model retains the anodized aluminum back carved out of series 6000 aluminum.

Yeah, the build quality is intact.

Last years Nokia 6 had a big downside.

It featured a less powerful and uninspiring Qualcomm 430 processor inside. People went haywire over this and blamed Nokia. This time around the new Nokia 6.1 comes with a much more powerful Snapdragon 630 on board.

No to 18:9!

Nokia it seems has decided to stand out from the crowd of 18:9 displays in the market, at least for now.

It features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio. The screen is surprisingly good in terms of colour reproduction and brightness.

Also to the rejoice of rough users, there is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection in the front. You can now slide it up your jeans pocket with keys around without any worry of getting scratches.

Oreo goodness!

Nokia 6 2017 had been launched in the market with Android Nougat out of the box.

But Nokia has really excelled in providing regular security updates as well as platform updates to all their models.

Yes , even to the Nokia 1 which is an entry level smartphone priced under Rs.5,000.

The Nokia 6.1 2018 comes with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.

And, for the nerds, it comes under Android One programme in India which means 2-years of assured updates from the Mountain view giant.

Price?

Nokia is notorious for the pricing strategy they’ve adopted. Their products cost a premium compared to other smartphones with almost same or better specs on the market.

The Nokia 6.1 2018 comes in two variants. a 3GB/32GB model priced at Rs. 16,699 and the 4GB/64GB model costing around Rs. 18,999.

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Excellent build quality
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Android One device
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Bright and vivid display
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Expensive

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid 8.0 Oreo / MIUI 9
INTERNAL MEMORY32 GB
RAM3 GB
PROCESSORQualcomm Snapdragon 630
CAMERADual: 16MP Rear, 8MP Front
BATTERY3000mAh
DISPLAY5.5 inch 1080 x 1920
(403 ppi density)

4. Huawei Honor 9i

Best Selfie Cam Pick
  • Awesome portrait  selfies
  • All day battery
  • Large screen for Media consumption

Honor 9i is the big brother of Honor 9 lite, which is a popular smartphone priced under Rs.12,000.

This phone features a metal uni body design that looks great and provides a good in hand feel.

Powered by Huawei Kirin 659 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM, this guy can rock all the apps and perform multitasking without any stutters or hiccups.

Honor 9i features a quad camera setup with a 16MP/2MP rear camera module along with a 13MP/2MP front camera module that can take some respectable shots with great details and even portrait selfies.

The large 5.9” full HD+ screen offers a still impressive 83% screen to body ratio.

9i features a fingerprint scanner at the rear which is placed comfortably in the natural finger resting position so there is no need of stretching the finger to unlock the device.

A 3340mAh battery runs the show on this device and can easily last a day with heavy usage.

If you want the 9 lite features on a slightly bigger screen, Honor 9i is the way to go.

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Great build quality
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Quad camera setup
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No fast charging support

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid Nougat
INTERNAL MEMORY64 GB
RAM4 GB
PROCESSORKirin HiSilicon 659
CAMERA16MP + 2MP Rear, 13MP + 2MP Front
BATTERY3340mAh
DISPLAY5.9 inch (1080 x 2160) Full HD+

5. Infinix Zero 5 Pro

Best Value for Money
  • Unbeatable value for money  proposition
  • 2-day battery life
  • Made for multi-tasking

You may not have heard about this Hong Kong based brand before, but here they are providing a complete package with flagship specs at a very affordable price range.

This phone ticks all the right columns and is filled to the brim with features.

Infinix Zero 5 Pro, being the flagship offering from the company features a 5.98 inch full HD display with a wide colour gamut that will produce punchier colours and detailed pictures.

Powered by the Helio P25 chipset from MediaTek coupled with a mighty 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, this phone will run through every task effortlessly.

Following the dual camera trend, Infinix has added a 12MP + 13MP setup along with an optical 2X zoom with the help of that 13MP telephoto lens.

The camera app also lets you take portrait photos that fit perfectly on your social media accounts.

The non-removable massive 4350mAh battery with fast charging support enabled ensures the juice will last for a while even with heavy usage.

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Dual camera setup with 2X optical zoom
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Long-lasting 4350mAh battery
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No brand value
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No Software updates

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid Nougat
INTERNAL MEMORY128 GB
RAM6 GB
PROCESSORMediaTek MT6757 Helio P25
CAMERA12MP + 13MP Rear, 16MP Front
BATTERY4350mAh
DISPLAY5.98 inch (1080 x 1920) Full HD

6.Motorola Moto X4

  • All weather device with IP68 certification
  • Near stock Android experience
  • Smooth and consistent performance

Looking for a rugged phone with a flair of stylishness?

Moto x4 offers just that combined with its IP68 certification that gives you the peace of mind to take your phone out there with you in all weather conditions.

The metal construction feels premium and the styling of the phone is distinct.

The embedded snapdragon 630 excels in both power efficiency and performance gives the right balance of a perfect smartphone that won’t let you down in any situations.

And for those update fanatics, Motorola promises Android Oreo update and other regular security patches.

X4 features a dual 12MP + 8MP shooter at the back with all the regular features including PDAF ( Phase Detection Auto Focus ).

Moto X4 is powered by a 3000mAh battery that supports fast charging.

Additionally, a turbocharger is supplied with the phone and you can right away alleviate your worries about a quick trip with less juice.

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Great camera
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Bundled turbocharger
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Hybrid Slot

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid 7.1 Nougat
INTERNAL MEMORY32 GB
RAM3 GB
PROCESSORQualcomm Snapdragon 630
CAMERA12MP + 8MP Rear, 16MP Front
BATTERY3000mAh
DISPLAY5.2″ (1080 x 1920) – Full HD

There concludes our list of the best upper mid range smartphones under Rs.20,000.

By no means, this is a complete exhaustive guide, but we believe this would help you to start making up your mind by providing some cues.

Don’t worry, the pain is real and we all know it.

Take your time and make your mind.

Meanwhile, don’t hesitate to check out our best smartphones list under every possible budget category on our website.

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