2017 has ended, and we finally have a clear idea of all the best smartphones that have been released this year. Majority of the manufacturers have kind of re-invented how a smartphone looks by cutting down on the top and bottom bezels from their smartphones. This has been a year of bezel-less designs and dual-camera setups, making it one of the best time to upgrade to a new device in quite a while. Smartphones carrying a price tag of under Rs. 20,000 falls under what I personally consider as “premium budget” category, because budget phones are usually priced below Rs. 12,000 in India. These devices pack superior hardware compared to any other budget smartphone and manages to take some cues from mid-range smartphones as well. Well, if you’re looking to purchase a new “premium budget” smartphone just in time for this holiday season, here are the best phones you can buy for under 20000 INR:
Best Phones Under 20000 INR (January 2018)
1. Xiaomi Mi A1
This is arguably the best smartphone that you can currently get it India for Rs. 15,000. With the Mi A1, Xiaomi has done an exceptional job at trying to bring back Android One into the Indian market. Although this version of Android is based on Nougat, Google’s idea behind Android One is to provide a stock Android experience for budget smartphones. Now, let’s talk hardware. The Mi A1 features a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display that provides great viewing angles for consuming media. Under the solid all-metal chassis, the device packs a capable Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor along with 4 GB of RAM for impressive multitasking performance.
Moving on to the camera, the Mi A1 follows the dual-camera trend by sportind a dual 12 MP camera setup with an aperture of f/2.2 for the primary lens and f/2.6 for the secondary lens. Trust me, at this price point, only a very few smartphones can match the Mi A1 when it comes to still photography. The secondary 5 MP camera should also be able to do a decent job for you in the selfie department. Lastly, the 3080 mAh battery on the Xiaomi Mi A1 should be good enough to last you throughout the day under moderate usage, so there are no worries in this regard.
Buy from Flipkart: (Rs. 14,999)
2. Huawei Honor 7X
Next up, we’ve got the newly-launched Honor 7X from Huawei. It’s the successor to last year’s hugely successful Honor 6X. The company makes no compromises when it comes to the build quality of their smartphones and the 7X is no exception in that regard. The device has cut down on its top and bottom bezels to match present-day standards. the Honor 7X packs a gorgeous 5.93-inch 18:9 IPS screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The phone is powered by Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core processor coupled with 4 GB of RAM for handling almost any task that you throw at it.
In terms of camera, the Honor 7X sports a dual 16 MP + 2 MP camera setup, which includes a monochrome sensor, letting you take some great stills even in low-light conditions. The secondary 8 MP camera also does a great job when it comes to taking selfies, so we’ve got no complaints here. Lastly, the 3340 mAh battery should be able to deliver an all-day battery life under moderate usage, so there’s nothing to worry here.
Buy from Amazon: (Starts at Rs. 12,999)
3. Motorola Moto G5S Plus
The Moto G5S Plus is an incremental upgrade over its predecessor, the Moto G5 Plus that also launched earlier this year. Similar to the Moto G5 Plus, the G5S Plus features a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display that provides great viewing angles while consuming media. The device is powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 3 or 4 GB of RAM for adequate multitasking performance.
Well, camera is the department where the G5S Plus differs from the G5 Plus, and in order to match today’s standards, the G5S Plus boasts a dual-13 MP camera setup with an f/2.0 aperture that takes some impressive stills as long as there’s good lighting. However, the camera shows its weakness in low-lighting. The secondary 8 MP camera also manages to do a decent job in the selfie department. In terms of battery performance, the 3000 mAh unit should barely be good enough to last you through the day under moderate usage.
Buy from Amazon: (Rs. 15,999)
4. Huawei Honor 9i
We’ve got yet another Huawei smartphone featured in this list, and here again, the primary focus is the camera, but we’ll talk more on that later. It’s globally known as the Huawei Mate 10 Lite, and it features a 5.9-inch 18:9 IPS Full HD+ display with minimal top and bottom bezels to make it look like a 2017 smartphone. It’s powered by the company’s own HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core prcoessor coupled with 4 GB RAM for all the multitasking performance that you’ll ever need.
Moving on to the main reason why you’d buy this phone which is the camera, the Honor 9i sports a dual 16 MP + 2 MP setup just like the Honor 7X, which manages to do a great job in still photography regardless of the lighting conditions. What’s more impressive here is the fact that there’s a dual-camera setup on the front as well for selfies. That’s right the dual 13 MP secondary camera with an f/2.0 aperture does an exceptional job in the selfie deparment, so you’ll have absolutely no complaints. Lastly, the 3340 mAh battery should be able to deliver an all-day battery life under moderate usage, so there’s nothing to worry here.
Buy from Flipkart: (Rs. 17,999)
5. Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
Xiaomi recently launched the Redmi 5 Plus smartphone in China, but believe me, it’s coming to India very soon. After all, it’s the successor to the Redmi 4 series which became immensely popular and made Xiaomi the No. 1 smartphone brand in the country. For starters, the all-aluminium Redmi 5 Plus boasts a 5.99-inch 18:9 IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and minimum bezels to give a flawless look. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor coupled with either 3 or 4 GB of RAM for handling almost all your day to day tasks without breaking a sweat.
Speaking about the Redmi 5 Plus’ photo prowess, the primary 12 MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture does a decent job in still photography, especially considering its price point. The secondary 5 MP camera also does a fair job when it comes to taking selfies and groupies with your friends. Battery department is where the phone actually shines, as the 4000 mAh unit should easily last throughout the day under regular usage, so this should not be a concern at all.
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6. Apple iPhone SE
If you’re sick of seeing all the budget Android phones out there, you might be interested in an affordable iOS device like the iPhone SE. Sure, it might be much smaller in size compared to any other device featured in this list, but the smartphone is intended towards the people who still love compact phones in 2017. The iPhone SE might be nearly a couple of years old, but it’s still a lot more capable than most of the Android smartphones that we’ve mentioned here, thanks to Apple A9 chip whose performance can be compared to a Snapdragon 835-powered device. It packs 2 GB of RAM, but it’s actually impressive for multitasking in iOS.
The primary 12 MP camera on the iPhone SE does a great job when it comes to stills, and is certainly capable of outshining some of the phones which we’ve listed here. The secondary 1.2 MP camera might lack the resolution and detail you’re looking for, but it actually delivers some decent selfies. In terms of battery performance, the 1624 mAh non-removable unit might sound weak at first, but considering the screen size and the operating system its running, the iPhone SE can deliver an all-day battery life.
Buy from Amazon: (Rs. 17,999)
7. Xiaomi Mi Max 2
If you’re looking for a phablet rather than a smartphone this year, the Mi Max 2 is certainly the best budget phablet that you can possibly go for in this price bracket. The large 6.44-inch Full HD IPS display should be able to meet all your media consumption demands. It’s powered by Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor that’s coupled with 4 GB of RAM for handle almost any task that you throw at it, so performance is not something that you need to be concerned about.
Let’s move on to the camera department. The primary 12 MP snapper with an f/2.2 aperture does a decent job when it comes to taking stills, but falls short in comparison to some other smartphones at its price. It would’ve been great if Xiaomi opted for a dual-camera setup like the Mi A1. The secondary 5 MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture delivers selfies that are on the softer side. When it comes to battery, it’s hard to match what the Mi Max 2 has to offer. Thanks to its massive size, Xiaomi managed to cram a massive 5300 mAh battery unit that can last you all day even if you’re a heavy user.
Buy from Amazon: (Starts at Rs. 13,999)
8. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
if you want a budget smartphone from one of the most reputed brands in the world, then the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro might just be the one that you’re looking for. It boasts Samsung’s gorgeous 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display for all the eye candy that you’ll ever need and it even has an always-on display. The device is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7870 octa-core processor along with 3 GB of RAM for adequate performance that you typically expect from a budget smartphone.
In terms of camera, Samsung’s 13 MP snapper with an f/1.7 aperture lets you take some great stills even in low-light situations, and the secondary 13 MP f/1.9 camera also lets you take some crisp high-resolution selfies. Speaking about battery life, the 3600 mAh battery on the J7 Pro should be good enough to provide you with enough juice all day under regular usage.
Buy from Amazon: (Rs. 19,900)
9. Nokia 6
This is one of the three budget smartphones that Nokia offers for the country. The company has made no sacrifices when it comes to the build quality of the device as it has a solid aluminium body. The Nokia 6 features a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display similar to several other smartphones in this price range. However, it’s powered by the Snapdragon 430, which makes it inferior to other Snapdragon 625-powered devices. However, users can opt between either 3 or 4 GB of RAM depending on their multitasking requirements.
Moving on to the camera, Nokia 6 sports a single 16 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture that does an impressive job in still photography as long as there’s adequate lighting. The secondary 8 MP front-facing camera should be good enough to quench your thirst for high-resolution selfies. Lastly, the 3000 mAh battery should barely be able to provide you with enough juice to last all day even under moderate usage, so this is not the smartphone to buy if you want great battery life.
Buy from Amazon: (Rs. 14,999)
10. Infinix Zero 5
Last on the list, we’ve got a smartphone from a not-so popular brand. To be honest with you guys, I didn’t even know such a brand existed until recently. It’s fine if you don’t know about them, but we’re certainly impressed with the hardware it brings at its price point. For starters, it packs a 5.98-inch Full HD IPS display and is powered by the MediaTek Helio P25 MT6757 octa-core processor to perform your tasks seamlessly. One of the standout features of the smartphone is its 6 GB of RAM, making it the best option if you’re a multitasking maniac.
In terms of camera, the smartphone boasts a dual 12 MP + 13 MP dual-camera setup to imitate the “bokeh effect” that you’ve already seen in many other smartphones released this year. The secondary 16 MP camera will also meet all your expectations when it comes to taking selfies and groupies with your friends. The other standout feature apart from the RAM is the device’s 4320 mAh battery unit that should be able to deliver an all-day battery life without breaking a sweat, even if you’re an intense user.
Buy from Flipkart: (Rs. 17,999)
The Best Phones Under 20000 INR You Can Buy
Well, these are some of the best smartphones that you can buy this year for under Rs. 20,000. From the relatively unknown Infinix Zero 5 to the hugely popular and successful Xiaomi Mi A1, there are plenty of options to choose from. If you take a look at our August list, you’d realize that this list is totally different, which goes to show how fast smartphones are advancing with time. So, which one of these budget smartphones are you planning to purchase this holiday season, and why? Do let us know, by dropping a few words in the comments section down below.