Best Mobile Phones Under Rs. 20,000

by | Apr 11, 2018

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Buying a smartphone has become one of the most troublesome decision to make recently. Obviously, not as troublesome as being committed in a relationship but we’re there almost. Never ending choices with affordable prices are bound to make our heads ache.

Don’t worry we’ll help you sort the mess around with ease. Let’s see the phones around Rs. 20,000 with this post. This price range earlier equated to budget segment but with the influx of Chinese companies like Xiaomi, OPPO and Vivo, the segment has now moved a step higher to the premium budget that was once hovering around Rs. 25,000 mark. Come, Let’s dive in.

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Overall Best Pick

Redmi 5 Note Pro is the winner of this list we have made. All the little annoyances that come with this device can be solved with the help of a software update from Xiaomi. The price is great, features are a lot and the only gripe is the availability via flash sales. If you can grab one, this should be it.

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. Motorola Moto X4

Runner-up Pick

Moto X4 is a device you can take with you everywhere, whether it be an office meeting or a trekking trip out in the wild. Style and ruggedness combined, with all the features built in, Moto X4 offers great flexibility.

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 3000 mAh 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.

There you have it. By no means, this is a complete exhaustive guide, but we believe this would help you to start making 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. All the best for your next smartphone.

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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

3. Xiaomi Mi A1

Best with Stock Android

The King of budget gadgets in India, Xiaomi has come up with yet another great phone which is Xiaomi Mi A1. This phone made in collaboration with Google’s Android One project is different in many ways from other Xiaomi phones. The distinctive feature of this phone is its stock Android experience.

When Xiaomi announced that they are partnering with Google for their Android One project many people questioned their rationale behind it. They had enough reasons to be doubtful considering the history of Android One and its purpose. But once Xiaomi launched Mi A1 in September 2017, all doubts vanished into thin air!

Mi A1 is a variant of the erstwhile Mi 5X which was launched in China. It ships with Android 7.1.2 Nougat Stock OS and will receive a minimum of 2 years of OS upgrades including an upgrade to Android Oreo by end of the year and Android P in 2018. It has a 5.5”, 1920 x 1080 full HD display with 2.5D Corning gorilla glass, a full metal body with rounded edges and a fingerprint sensor. It is powered by a 3080mAh Lithium Polymer battery, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash memory.

The specifications that Xiaomi and Google offers are kickass for a phone in this price range of 15,000 rupees. The build quality of this phone is impeccable for a phone of this price. Its screen quality and viewing angles are top notches. Xiaomi has kept the IR blaster intact on this phone as well. As it is coming with 4GB of RAM, you can play heavy games that require a lot of graphics without any lag and heating.

Coming to the camera department, Mi A1 performed really well when photos and videos were pictured on it. The 12MP Dual rear camera and the 5MP front camera worked flawlessly even in low light conditions. Because it is coming in stock Android there is no bloatware that eats up space on this phone.

Although it has a lot of pros there are some cons for Xiaomi Mi A1. The most important downside is that Mi A1 does not have fast charging. It took around 2 hours to charge the phone from 0 to 100%. Another drawback we observed, even though it is minor, is the lack of NFC Chip and FM Support. If you are not a user of both these then it won’t be a problem at all for you.

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Great camera and video performance

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Stock Android Nougat with confirmed updates for 2 years

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Audio output is very good

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No fast charging support

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No NFC chip and FM support

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid Nougat
INTERNAL MEMORY64 GB
RAM4 GB
PROCESSORSnapdragon 625 Octa Core 2.0 GHz
CAMERA12MP + 12MP Dual Rear, 5MP Front
BATTERY3080 mAh
DISPLAY5.5 inch 1920 x 1080 (~403 ppi)

4. HONOR 9 Lite

Value for Money

Honor 9 lite shouldn’t be here at all. But here it is, ranked among its siblings with higher price tags because of the value for money it provides to the end user. 9 lite is a neat little package with all the essentials that would satiate your needs without burning a hole in the pocket.

Honor, the sub-brand of Huawei has been releasing some quality products in Indian market off lately. Honor 6x and 7x received good reviews from both the users and other tech enthusiasts alike.

Honor’s new offering – Honor 9 lite comes with a 5.65” full view display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Honor also throws in great colour schemes such as glacier grey and sapphire blue that makes the phone look gorgeous and compelling.

The 9 lite runs on Huawei’s own Kirin 659 chipset coupled with 3GB/4GB RAM which will provide sufficient firepower to run your day to day tasks without any hiccups.

One of the interesting features of this phone is its quad camera setup. Yes, you heard it right. This little guy features a dual camera setup in the front as well as back, both being a 13MP + 2MP setup. All the essential goodies for selfie lovers such as beauty modes, intelligent lighting is present and accounted for.

The phone will dazzle everyone with its looks but with a catch, a slim phone always comes with a slim battery. Yes, the battery of this guy is a 3000mAh one, not a trade-off really as we all carry a power bank at some point when we travel some distance.

Speaking of software, 9 lite comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with Huawei’s own EMUI skin on top. EMUI recently has gained popularity due to its feature richness and agility, unlike some other skins which hog your phone down (cough MIUI, cough).

At a starting price of Rs. 10,999, Honor 9 lite is one of the most value for money smartphone out there that you can purchase right now. Why wait? Jump ahead. This one too runs the show with a flash sale.

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Premium style

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Launches with latest Android Oreo

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Low price compared to other devices in the same category

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No fast charging support

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid 8.0 Oreo
INTERNAL MEMORY64 GB
RAM4 GB
PROCESSORKirin HiSilicon 659
CAMERA13MP + 2MP Rear, 13MP + 2MP Front
BATTERY3000mAh
DISPLAY5.65 inch (1080 x 2160) Full HD+

5. Huawei Honor 9i

Superb Camera Phone

Honor 9i has the same feature set that Honor 9 lite has, albeit with a slightly bigger screen and a beefier battery. Those who liked honor 9 lite but disappointed with either the screen real estate available or battery capacity can select this phone with no second thoughts.

Honor 9i is the big brother of Honor 9 lite. This phone features a metal unibody 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. 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 3340 mAh 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

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Can’t play heavy games

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+

6. NOKIA 6 (2018)

Best Build Quality

Nokia has always been a brand that designed some of the most iconic mobile phones. The standout feature of this smartphone is its build quality.The updated process runs fast and is very battery efficient as well. The design and build of Aluminium chassis are incredible. The phone looks premium and is a compelling product if your budget is under Rs. 20,000.

Nokia 6 2018 is the refresh to the ever successful original Nokia 6 from HMD Global. This time though they have listened to the consumers and added a more powerful processor inside. The design language, although the same has been polished further. Also, now the devices come under Google’s Android One project.

Are you a guy/girl who loves the art of perfect craftsmanship? If yes, you ought to love the NOKIA 6. Made from a single piece of series 6000 aluminium, NOKIA 6 can rival the build quality of any smartphone out there.

Following the year’s old Finnish design principles, NOKIA 6 looks and feels the great in hand. The construction screams premium with the carefully machined edges that have copper coloured accented edges and tactile hardware buttons.

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 coupled with 3GB of fast LPDDR4 RAM, this device performs much faster than the previous generation Nokia 6. Multitasking works great with no app resuming from the start. Everything stays in memory and loads faster. Storage wise, this device comes with a 32GB internal memory which can be further expanded up to 128GB.

NOKIA 6 features a 5.5” full HD display with Corning Gorilla glass protection. The screen has great sunlight readability and the colours are accurate. The hardware buttons on the original Nokia 6 has replaced bu onscreen software buttons on the new model. The fingerprint scanner is now placed on the backside of the phone.

NOKIA 6 is powered by a 3000mAh battery which is sufficient to let it see you through the day. Software updates have been the keyword for NOKIA all along the relaunch and now with the revamped Nokia 6 2018, it has been included in the Android One project that will ensure continuous updates up to 2 years.

The microphones on this device support the Nokia OZO feature that will enable this device to record spatial high clarity audio. The single speaker on this device produces loud sound output thanks to the inbuilt amplifier.

There are certain things that Nokia has pulled back from the Original Nokia 6 that were people favourites. The earpiece doubling in as the speaker is now absent from the new Nokia 2018. Also, the hardware capacitive buttons have now been replaced with the onscreen navigation buttons.

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Vivid display

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Great build quality

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Android one device

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No 18:9 display

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Pricier compared to the competitors

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid Oreo
INTERNAL MEMORY32 GB
RAM3 GB
PROCESSORQualcomm Snapdragon 630
CAMERA16MP Rear, 8MP Front
BATTERY3000mAh
DISPLAY5.5 inch (1080 x 1920) Full HD IPS

7. Samsung J7 Max

Best Customer Service Network

Samsung j7 Max is a regular smartphone with all the features an average consumer requires with no additional bells and whistles. All functions work as intended and this phone would suit you if you are a power it and forget it type of guy.

Samsung J7 Max is a strong contender in the premium budget segment with its 5.7’ full HD screen and 4 GB RAM. The phone runs on Samsung’s Exynos chipset which is proved to be reliable to run the apps with ease.

The brand name is enough for some to try out this device even though it costs a tad bit more than other feature-packed Chinese devices priced at the same range. Samsung J7 Max comes preloaded with SAMSUNG PAY which will make the payments a breeze for those who are tired of swiping cards alongside a POS. (of course, you’ll need to have the money in your account 😊).

A 3300 mAh battery ensures the phone lasts for over a day even with heavy usage. The base storage is capped at 32 GB (further expandable to 256GB) which will get you started exploring the world by clicking some greats shots with the f/1.7 13 MP camera at the back which will provide great low light photography opportunities.

The metal unibody feels strong and well-built as expected from a company like SAMSUNG. The advantage of relying on a brand like SAMSUNG is that they have a wide network of service centers in case something goes wrong with the device, which many Chinese brands are still trying to figure out.

So, if you’re that conservative guy who wants to stay on the safe side of the shore, this one might be the choice you were looking for.

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Well built

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Wide customer service network

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Pricier compared to other models

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid Nougat
INTERNAL MEMORY32 GB
RAM4 GB
PROCESSORMediaTek MT6537 Helio P20
CAMERA13MP Rear, 13MP Front
BATTERY3300mAh
DISPLAY5.5 inch (1080 x 1920) Full HD

8. OPPO F5

Selfie Phone

If you are a party animal and loves clicking selfies every other minute, this phone is the one you should go for. With all the advanced camera modes that would enhance the selfie output, you would never look the same before.

Are you an extrovert who loves to click selfies and share it all day long on social media? This may be the right phone that fits your bill. OPPO F5 markets itself as a selfie expert with its 20MP front camera module. Those who love the limelight can rejoice with the A.I software features that OPPO has built-in to this device to enhance the selfie output.

The overall build quality is good with a metal back panel that provides a handy feel for the heft of the device. Sporting a 3200 mAh battery, OPPO F5 can last your adventures for at least a day without the need to be wired anywhere in between.

Base storage of 64 GB, expandable up to 256GB ensures that capturing your memories won’t be limited by space. OPPO F5 also sports a 6” full HD+ panel that provides vivid colours and ample brightness that would do the justice to its camera setup.

F5 is powered by MediaTek MT6763T chipset coupled with a 4GB/6GB RAM which can run all the apps in the play store perfectly fine. OPPO F5 comes in three different shades – gold, red and black out of which personally for me, the red one looks dashing.

F5 is shipped with Android 7.1 nougat out of the box along with colorOS 3.2 on top. OPPO has promised an update to Android 8 Oreo in the second quarter of 2018, so the users can stay updated with latest security patches and various Android features.

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Good build quality

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A.I selfie features

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Pricey

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM/UIAndroid Nougat
INTERNAL MEMORY32 GB
RAM4 GB
PROCESSORMediatek 6763T Helio P23
CAMERA16MP Rear, 20MP Front
BATTERY3200mAh
DISPLAY6.00 inch (2160 x 1080) Full HD+

9. Infinix Zero 5 Pro

Best Feature Packed Device

Inifinix checks all the columns with a tick. You name it, this device has it. Those who want every feature available right now at the market, this one should satiate your soul. If you don’t mind the brand value, grab this one right away.

You may not have heard about this HongKong 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, Inifinix 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 4350 mAh 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

There you have it. By no means, this is a complete exhaustive guide, but we believe this would help you to start making 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. All the best for your next smartphone and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for more such awesome buying guides.