New smartphones get released every month, and if you don’t follow the news like we do, it will be very hard to keep up with all the new releases. What this means is that you might lose out on the best smartphone you can buy and settle for a mediocre one. Well, we wouldn’t want that to happen to our readers. That’s why we always publish lists of the best smartphones you can buy in different price categories and keep them updated. By far the toughest and most interesting category to keep track of is the budget segment, as more smartphones are released in this price zone than any other. Just in the last month, 3 new phones have been released. So, to make things easier for you and help you find your perfect budget smartphone, here are the 10 best phones under 20000 INR that you can buy today:
The Best Phones Under 20000 INR (August 2018)
1. Xiaomi Mi A2
It’s no secret that Xiaomi makes some of the best smartphones on the market. The company is able to keep its prices down and undercuts most of the smartphones out there which is nothing sort of sorcery. Probably the only problem people have with Xiaomi is its MIUI interface which it ships with its phone. However, for people who want to enjoy Xiaomi’s phones but don’t want to deal with MIUI, the company does release one phone every year which comes with stock Android. Xiaomi does this under the Android One program where it partners with Google to bring the sweet stock Android to its devices. Xiaomi Mi A1 was the first device in the line-up and the company has just released its successor, the Mi A2.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is one of the best smartphones you can buy under the 20000 INR price range. The smartphone is being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor while the Adreno 512 is handling all the GPU related needs. The phone also comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage for the base model. The phone also doesn’t disappoint in the camera department as it is bringing a dual 12 MP + 20 MP camera module at the back along with a 20 MP camera sensor at the front. Both of these cameras take really good photos and you will not be disappointed with them. The smartphone also brings a 5.99-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display is plenty sharp and quite color accurate. This is one of the best phones you can get under INR 20000.
Buy From Amazon: ₹16,999
2. Huawei Honor Play
If you want the fastest and the most powerful smartphone that money can buy you in your price range, Huawei Honor Play is the smartphone for you. I don’t know how Huawei has done it but somehow the company was able to include its top of the line HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor in a phone which costs less than 20000 INR. If somehow you have not heard of the HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor, it’s basically in the same league with the Snapdragon 845. Yes, let that news sink in a bit. Huawei is giving you a phone with the processing power of the best Android flagships, in under 20000 INR. Once you get over the shock, you will find that the phone is also bringing Mali-G72 MP12 GPU along with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.
Talking about the display, the Honor Play is packing a 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, giving it a respectable pixel density of about 409 PPI. When it comes to cameras, the smartphone brings a 16 MP + 2 MP dual-camera sensor at the back along with a 16 MP camera at the front. While the camera specs are not the best we have seen in this price range, I can whole-heartedly forgive Huawei for this as I understand that they had to cut the cost somewhere. Also, the cameras themselves are not that bad when it comes to real life performance and thanks to Kirin 970, they can record video in 4K, a feature not many phones can claim. The phone also packs a huge 3750 mAh battery which should easily last you the whole day. If you want the best processing power a phone has to offer, this is the one you should get.
Buy From Amazon: ₹19,999
3. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 6GB
As I said earlier, it is very hard to beat Xiaomi in the smartphone market as the company has developed a knack for bringing amazing value for money smartphones. Imagine my surprise when the company that finally did it was Asus. Asus might be a big name in the laptop industry but smartphones had never been its forte. However, somehow, the company has changed that by releasing the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 which is a very capable device and one of the best that you can buy in this price range. Do note that the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes in two variants and we are talking about the higher end 6 GB version here. The smartphone is being powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset which is paired with Adreno 509 GPU.
In our testing, we found the phones to be plenty fast as it gave one of the best performance we have seen in its price range. The front of the smartphone features a 5.99-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display has great color reproduction, good contrast, and it looks pretty decent in direct sunlight. On paper, the smartphone brings a 16MP + 5MP dual camera setup on the back along with a 16MP selfie camera. The cameras performed really good and the phone was able to capture some really good photos, especially in good lighting conditions. I am also a fan of its huge 5000 mAh battery which can easily last for two days. If you want a robust and powerful smartphone which can last you for days, definitely check this out.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹14,999
4. Redmi Note 5 Pro
Competing directly with the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is the Redmi Note 5 Pro which is priced exactly the same. In my opinion, the smartphone brings a slightly superiors build quality and cameras over the Zenfone Max Pro M1. However, on the flip side, it has a smaller battery and RAM and runs MIUI instead of stock Android. So, I guess, you will have to decide what you want more. We have even put the phones against each other, so if you want the full comparison, head over to our full article by clicking on the link. With that said, let’s see what the phone brings to the table, shall we?
Well, as it happens, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is being powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset which is paired with Adreno 509 GPU. The base model of the phone brings 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. When it comes to the display, the Redmi Note 5 Pro features a 5.99-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels. The display is beautiful and offers great sunlight visibility. Just like most of the other smartphones in this price range, the Redmi Note 5 Pro packs a dual-camera sensor (12 MP+5 MP) at the back along with a 20 MP shooter at the front which also gets its own LED flash. There’s also a 4,000 mAh battery which supports quick charge 2.0. If you don’t mind the smartphone’s MIUI interface, you should definitely give this one a try.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹14,999
5. Huawei P20 Lite
Huawei P20 Lite is one of the best-looking smartphones on this list. It features a sleek glass on glass design which is mainly seen on premium smartphones. The back of the smartphone has received a special finish which makes it change color when held at different angles. The front is entirely display with almost no bezels on the sides and a small notch at the top, along with a small chin at the bottom. Needless to say, the smartphone looks like a 2018 flagship and is a beauty to behold. Once you get past its looks, you will also find the phone to be fairly capable.
The smartphone is being powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor which is one of the fastest mid-range processors out there. The Mali-T830 MP2 is handling all the GPU needs so gaming shouldn’t be a problem on this one. That beautiful bezel-less display at the front is a 5.84-inch IPS LCD panel which has a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels, giving this smartphone a pixel density of about 432 pixels. The display is absolutely gorgeous and has great color accuracy. One of the USP of this device are its cameras. The Huawei P20 Lite packs a 16 MP + 2MP dual-camera sensor at the back along with a whopping 24 MP camera at the front which makes this a great selfie taker. Overall, the Huawei P20 Lite is a fairly capable smartphone and you should definitely consider this.
Buy From Amazon: ₹16,999
6. Nokia 6.1 Plus
If you like the bezel-less design of the P20 Lite, however, you cannot deal with Huawei’s EMUI interface, do keep an eye out for the Nokia 6.1 Plus which is supposed to be released pretty soon in India. Since Nokia has already released this smartphone as Nokia X6 in China, we already know a fair bit about the device. In fact, we have had the device from quite a few weeks now and we have already published a review of the Nokia X6. The phone brings a similar glass on glass design, just like the P20 Lite and looks modern. On the front, the phone sports a 5.84-inch Full-HD+ IPS LCD panel, with a 19:9 aspect ratio and an impressive 81.5% screen-to-body ratio, thanks to its notched, almost bezel-less design.
When it comes to the guts of the device, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is being powered by the Snapdragon 636 chipset which is paired with Adreno 509 GPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of onboard storage. When it comes to optics, the Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with a dual rear-facing camera-setup that brings a 16MP primary sensor along with a 5MP depth sensor. The front-facing camera is sporting a 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. In our usage, we found that the smartphone could take some really nice photos. Overall, we are quite happy with the device, and you should definitely check this out.
Coming Soon – August 21st
7. iPhone SE
If you want to ditch Android in favor of iOS, you only have one option below the 20000 INR price limit, and thankfully, that option is not bad. Probably the only drawback of using iPhone SE is that it packs a small 4-inch display. If you are used to huge displays of the Android phones, you might find it hard to go back to the 4-inch display. However, if you can live with the smaller screen, you will be perfectly happy with the iPhone SE, despite it being a few years old by now. For starters, the smartphone is packing an Apple A9 chip whose performance can be compared to a Snapdragon 835-powered device. That means, as far as performance is concerned, you don’t have a thing to worry about. Add that to the fact that, iOS 12 is bringing a ton of performance improvements for older devices (we can attest to that), and you are getting a very capable smartphone.
The iPhone SE might be packing a single 12 MP camera sensor at the back, however, it performs admirably. When it comes to stills, the photos captured with iPhone SE can go head to head with any other smartphone on this list. That said, do note that the iPhone SE doesn’t bring any fancy camera tricks such as portrait shots. So, if you want portrait shots functionality, you will either have to look at other phones on this list or increase your budget multiple times if you want an iPhone. The bottom line here is that you will be making a few compromises with iPhone SE, however, if you want an iOS device, this is the only option you have.
Buy from Amazon: ₹17,999
8. Oppo F7
Oppo is famous for making camera phones and Oppo F7 is no different. Oppo F7 brings one of the best camera experience of all the smartphones in this list, especially when you consider its selfie camera. The phone packs a whopping 25 MP front-facing camera and a 16 MP primary shooter. The selfie shooter on this phone can take some incredibly good shots. The photos have nice colors, ample details, and sufficiently good dynamic range. Selfie camera aside, even the primary camera which only features a single-camera setup performs really well.
When it comes to performance, the phone although not the best performer on this list, fairs relatively well. It is being powered by MediaTek MT6771 Helio P60 chipset along with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. Oppo F7 pairs this with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. The phone feels fairly fast in normal day-to-day tasks and never stutters. On the front, it packs a beautiful and large 6.23-inch FHD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. It also features the modern 19:9 format which makes this manageable with one hand even though it is packing such a big screen. I really like this phone and if none of the above phones seems right to you, you can give this one a try.
Buy From Flipkart: ₹21,990
Get the Best Phone Under 20000 INR
That ends our list of the best smartphones that you can buy under the 20000 INR. Depending on what you hold most dear in a phone, you will prefer one smartphone over the other. I am fairly confident that all of you will find one smartphone that is for you in this list. Do check this out and let us know which is your favorite smartphone by writing in the comments section below. Also, let us know why you chose the specific smartphone that you did.