Looking to buy the best mobiles under Rs 20,000? 2020 is turning out to be quite a year for the mid-range smartphone under Rs 20,000. With smartphone SoCs from Qualcomm and MediaTek getting more powerful, camera phones under Rs 20,000 are quite capable of taking on high-end smartphones. The best phone under Rs 20,000 offers almost all the features of a high-end smartphone, except a flagship processor. That includes high refresh rate displays, high-resolution multi-camera setups, new designs, and long battery life. Fast charging is now a staple in this segment along with multi-functional camera setups that include ultrawide lenses, macro lenses and more. With a budget of Rs 20,000, you don't have to skimp on the trending features. Here is a list of the top 10 mobile phones to buy under Rs 20,000.
The Snapdragon 720G makes a comeback on the Realme 7 Pro, and with a 64MP quad camera setup and an AMOLED display on top, the Realme 7 Pro does feel like a notch above the rest. But what really seals the deal in favor of this smartphone is the 65W fast charger that it comes bundled with. It can top up the smartphone from 0 to 100% in just 40 minutes.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is the elder brother in the series, with the major difference being in the screen size, charging speed and the primary camera. This one comes with one of the largest display in the segment, doing the Note lineup proud, and it also pushes ahead with 30W fast charging and a 64MP primary camera. The rest of the specs are similar to the Redmi Note 9 Pro with the Snapdragon 720G under the hood along with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.
The Poco X2 comes equipped with a 6.67-inch Full HD + display that sports a 20: 9 display aspect ratio and supports refresh rates of up to 120Hz. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset, which also powers handsets like the Realme X2, Oppo Reno2, and other devices. In terms of optics, the Poco X2 comes equipped with a quad rear camera setup. There's a 64MP IMX686 main sensor by Sony, which is paired with an f / 1.89 aperture lens and sports 1.64µm pixel pitch. The camera also supports RAW image capture, 960FPS slow-motion videography and a new VLOG mode that will enable users to create content in an interesting manner. On the front are 20MP + 2MP sensors, which are housed in a punch-hole camera setup. The Poco X2 comes with up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage. A 4500mAh battery powers the entire package and it also supports 27W fast charge. It is certainly one of the best mobile phones under 20k in India.
The Realme 6 Pro continues the legacy of Realme's Pro series of incrementally introducing new features in the mid-range segment. This time it's a 90Hz refresh rate display and a Snapdragon 720G SoC along with a 64MP quad camera setup. And this is Samsung's second generation camera sensor tuned to improve the sharpness and details. On the front you have a dual punch-hole camera, and a 4300mAh battery with 30W fast charging. That's a good wholesome package on offer for this budget.
The Samsung Galaxy M31s features a massive 6000mAh battery, which should be a suitable capacity for kinds of heavy users. Typically, the problem with phones that support such large batteries has been that they charged slowly, so Samsung has mitigated the issue by also baking in fast charging capabilities into the Galaxy M31. The phone also sports and FHD + AMOLED display for maximum power efficiency. In our video loop test, the phone lasted well over 16 hours of continuous playback. If you're on a budget and looking for a smartphone with long and realiable battery life, the Samsung Galaxy M31s could make for a great choice.
The Realme Narzo 20 Pro combines high refresh rate with super fast charging to make a compelling mid-ranger. The smartphone rocks a 90Hz LCD display and offers 65W SuperDart charging. There's the MediaTek Helio G95 under the hood and up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. As for the cameras, the Narzo 20 Pro rocks an old Samsung GM-1 48MP camera along with three more cameras.
The Samsung Galaxy M21 is one of the cheapest smartphones with a FullHD + AMOLED display measuring 6.4-inches and interrupted by a tiny waterdrop notch. The phone rocks a 48MP triple camera setup that relies on Samsung's proven noise reduction and color-enhancing algorithms to make good photos. The phone is one of the few to offer a massive 6,000mAh battery in this price range. It tops up with a 15W fast charger.
The Snapdragon 720G features once again on the Redmi Note 9 Pro, and this one's a thorough performer under Rs 15,000 with a 48MP quad camera setup and a large 5,000mAh battery. Yes, the specs sound quite similar to the top ranked device, and you won't really lose out on much if you get the Note 9 Pro instead of the Poco M2 Pro. Save for the faster charging and the larger primary camera
Motorola One Fusion + features a 6.5-inch Full HD + (2340 x 1080 pixels) resolution display with a 19.5: 9 aspect ratio. The phone has a polycarbonate chassis and is 9.6 millimeters thin, weighing in at 210 grams. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor with an octa-core CPU and Adreno 618 GPU. This is paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage with an option to expand the storage via microSD card. Being a Motorola smartphone, it runs on Android 10 out-of-the-box with some pre-installed apps and features like Moto Actions.
The Micromax In Note 1 is the answer to the government's call for locally manufactured products. It's a smartphone made by a well-known Indian company, and they claim to have manufactured it wholly in India. Armed with the MediaTek Helio G80 SoC, the In Note 1 competes aggressively with its similarly-priced rivals. There's a 48MP quad camera setup, and a 6.67-inch FHD + display to boot as well, along with a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.
The Poco M2 Pro is essentially the Redmi Note 9 Pro wrapped in a dual-tone body, with slightly faster charging at 33W. This one is also powered by the Snapdragon 720G and offers 4GB RAM with 64GB storage under Rs 15,000. What it does differently from other Xiaomi smartphones is that there's the option to get an app drawer in the UI along with a lot more customizations thanks to the POCO launcher. As for the cameras, you get a 48MP quad shooter at the back, and a 16MP selfie shooter on the front.
The Oppo F17 is perhaps the most stylish smartphone you can buy under Rs 20000 what with its slim profile and faux leather finish. The smartphone itself is good enough for the basics, but not much for multi-tasking and gaming, but it's absolutely something you'd want to flaunt.
The Vivo V17 is an all-rounder of sorts but just not the most powerful anymore. The smartphone offers a nearly bezel-less AMOLED display making it great for watching movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime. The 48MP quad camera setup at the back is also quite capable, and the 4500mAh battery enough to last a day.
The POCO X3 is the first smartphone with the new Snapdragon 732G SoC. It also comes with a large 120Hz display with HDR10 support. It has a Sony IMX682 64MP camera as the primary, followed by a 13MP ultrawide and two 2MP cameras for macros and portraits. As for power, the Poco X3 draws from a 5160mAh battery and tops it up with 33W of power out of the box.