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10 Best Smartphones Under ₹20000 in India [July 2020]

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Choosing the best smartphone under a particular budget is a tedious task to do given that there are tons of options available in the market. If you want a good performing smartphone that can get you through most of the tasks, packs in good enough cameras and lives up to your work expectations, then a budget of ₹20,000 is a sweet spot to go with.

For this article we are looking for phones priced below ₹20,000, we made this list on our personal opinion and listed it down based on price, quality, durability, and more. We have focused more on the phone which you can buy in India and some of these might be available around the globe.

We will be updating the article frequently as new phones are released and are worth including in this list, so make sure to check back again before making a choice.

List of Best Smartphones Under ₹20000 in India

Note: If you are not living in India then don’t worry many phones that are listed here are available worldwide, and you can easily order it online. These smartphones are neither in ascending or descending order. All of them are the best in this price range depending on your taste.

1. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
Image Source – https://www.mi.com/in/redmi-note-9-pro-max/specs/

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is the latest addition to the series and offers some fantastic specifications for the price. The device has an improved design as compared to its predecessor but falls behind when it comes to performance. It has a gradient glass back which comes in three beautiful colors – Aurora Blue, Glacier White, and Interstellar Black.

The phone has ‘Max’ in its name indicating it is a larger phone. You get a 6.67 inch IPS LCD with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2400 Pixels. Unlike its predecessor, this device comes with a punch hole notch as the solution for the front-facing camera. Protecting the front and back is the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection.

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It runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Paired with Adreno 618 GPU. It is a gaming-oriented chipset, so the performance on this device is impressive for this price range. You can choose between 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of Internal Storage. On the software side, you get MIUI 11 Based on Android 10.

The camera on this device is slightly improved as compared to the Note 8 Pro. You get a Quad rear-facing camera setup with a combo of 64 MP Primary Sensor, 8 MP ultrawide sensor, 5 MP Macro lens, and a 2 MP depth sensor. On the front, you get a 32 MP camera for taking selfies. The phone also features LED flash, Beauty Mode, and 4K Video Recording.

Connectivity features on this device include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, Infrared port, FM Radio, USB 2.0, and Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. The device also performs better in terms of battery backup. It has a massive 5020 mAh battery inside along with 33W Fast Charging support. There is no under-display fingerprint scanner instead you get a Side Mounted Scanner.

Technical Specifications

SoCQualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm)
Ram and Storage6GB + 64GB/128Gb & 8GB + 128GB
Display and Resolution6.67 inches (1080 x 2400 pixels)
CameraQuad Rear 64 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP + 2 MP | Front 32 MP
Battery5020 mAh

2. Realme 6 Pro

Realme 6 Pro
Image Source – https://www.realme.com/in/realme-6-pro/specs

The Realme 6 Pro is the latest phone by Realme under the sub 20,000 Price bracket. The phone gives direct competition to the Poco X2 and the Redmi Note 9 Series. This phone has a unique back design which shows a glimpse of lightning on certain angles. You can grab this phone in three color variants Lightning Blue, Lightning Orange, and Lightning Red.

This phone has a large 6.6 inch IPS LCD with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2400 Pixels. It has a pill-shaped notch solution for the dual front-facing camera alongside 90Hz Refresh Rate. The display can go very bright, till 480 nits. In terms of protection, it has the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and Splash Resistant.

The Realme 6 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G Processor Paired with Adreno 618 GPU. You get 6GG/8GB of RAM and 64/128GB of Internal Storage. The performance on this device is amazing, and since you get the 90Hz display panel, everything feels much smoother. When it comes to software, you get new and improved Realme UI.

The camera performance on this phone is very comparable to that of the Redmi Note 9 Series. You get a quad rear-facing camera setup on the back with a 64MP primary sensor, 12MP telephoto lens, 8MP ultrawide sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. On the front, you get a dual-camera setup with a 16MP primary sensor and an 8MP ultrawide sensor.

Connectivity features on this phone include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, NFC, FM radio, USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, and USB On-The-Go. The battery backup here is also impressive, and you get a massive 4300 mAh battery inside along with 30W fast charging support. Additionally, you can keep the refresh rate at 60Hz to save some more battery.

Technical Specifications

SoCQualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm)
Ram and Storage6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 128GB
Display and Resolution6.6 inches (1080 x 2400 pixels)
CameraQuad Rear 64 MP + 12 MP + 8 MP + 2MP | Front 16 MP
Battery 4300 mAh

3. Poco X2

Poco X2
Image Source – https://twitter.com/cmanmohan/status/1235465548353306626

The Poco Series has been a point of talk for a long time. The Poco X2 has released In Feb 2020 and unlike the previous flagship killer, this one is instead a budget smartphone. You get a gradient glass back finish and comes in various color variants such as Atlantis Blue, Matrix Purple, and Phoenix Red.

On the front, you get a large 6.67 inches large IPS LCD with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2400 Pixels. The display has a pill-shaped cut out for the dual front-facing camera. You also get some advanced features like 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10 Support. When it comes to protection, you get splash resistance and Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

The performance on this phone is slightly better than the Realme 6 Pro as it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Processor paired with Adreno 618 GPU. It comes with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of Internal Storage. On the software front, the device runs on MIUI 11 Based on Android 10.

On the back, you get a Quad camera setup with a combo of 64MP Primary Sensor, 8MP Ultrawide sensor, 2MP Macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, you have a dual-camera setup with a 20MP primary sensor paired with a 2MP depth sensor. Other features include HDR, LED Flash, and Beauty Mode.

Connectivity options on this phone include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0 GPS, Infrared port, FM radio, USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, and USB On-The-Go. When it comes to battery backup, it offers a 4500 mAh battery along with 27W Fast Charging Support. Apart from this, you get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Technical Specifications

SoCQualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730G (8 nm)
Ram and Storage6GB + 64GB/128GB & 8GB + 128GB
Display and Resolution6.67 inches (1080 x 2400 pixels)
CameraQuad Rear 64 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP | Dual Front 20 MP + 2 MP
Battery 4500 mAh

4. Huawei Y9S

Huawei Y9s
Image Source – https://consumer.huawei.com/in/phones/y9s/

The Huawei Y9S is the company’s latest mid-range device. It was launched in November 2019, and although it is a mid-range device, it looks very premium. You get a glass back with gradient color finish, and you get to choose between Midnight Black, Breathing Crystal, and Phantom Purple variants.

On the front, you get a 6.59 inches LTPS IPS LCD with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The screen is bezel-less since it has the motorized pop-up selfie camera. The phone has an aluminum frame, which indeed looks very great in hand, and you have an unspecified version of Strengthened Glass Protection.

The device is powered by the company’s own Kirin 710F processor paired with Mali-G51 MP4. The performance here is excellent for any day to day task, including high-end gaming. There is only one variant of this phone, which offers 6GB of RAM and 128GB of Internal Storage. Talking about software, it comes with EMUI 9.1 skin based on Android 9.0 (Pie).

The camera performance on this device is also amazing. On the back, you get a triple camera setup with a combo of 48MP Primary Sensor, 8MP Ultrawide sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, you get 16 MP Motorized Popup selfie camera. Other camera features include LED Flash, HDR, and Beauty Mode.

Connectivity features on this phone include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, FM radio, USB 2.0, and Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. The battery here is a 4000 mAh capacity and comes with 10W fast charging support. Huawei should have implemented a faster charger; however, this gets the job done. Lastly, it has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Technical Specifications

SoCKirin 710F (12 nm)
Ram and Storage6GB + 128GB
Display and Resolution6.59 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
CameraTriple Rear 48 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP | Front 16 MP
Battery 4000 mAh

5. Samsung Galaxy A50s

Samsung Galaxy A50s
Image Source – https://www.samsung.com/in/smartphones/galaxy-a50s-a507f-4gb/

The Samsung Galaxy A50s is an upgrade to the Galaxy A50 which was launched at a very similar price. Although the phone looks a lot similar to its predecessor it comes with minor hardware upgrade to suit today’s need. The phone has a plastic back with a nice geometrical shape design and comes in a verity of color variants such as Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White, Prism Crush Green, and Prism Crush Violet.

On the front, we have a large 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 Pixels. The display here is very bright and has 403 PPI density. You also have a notch for the front camera and speaker grille. Apart from this, there is also some kind of protection on the display but the exact version is not specified.

The device is powered by the company’s own Exynos 9611 processor paired with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. It is an upper mid-range processor so you can expect excellent performance out of it. In terms of the software, it runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) with One UI skin on top.

Talking about camera’s you have a triple rear-facing camera setup with a combo of 48MP Primary sensor, 8MP Ultrawide sensor, and a third 5MP depth sensor. You also have LED flash and HDR support. On the front, we have a 32MP camera for taking selfies also with HDR support.

Connectivity options on the Galaxy A50s include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, FM radio, USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, and USB On-The-Go. You get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for security and it has a large 4000 Mah battery inside along with 15W fast charging support.

Technical Specifications

SoCExynos 9611 (10nm)
Ram and Storage64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.4 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
CameraTriple Rear 48 MP + 8 MP + 5MP | Front 32 MP
Battery 4000 mAh

6. Realme XT

Realme XT
Image Source – https://buy.realme.com/in/goods/143

Realme is quite a new brand but still, the company manages to launch more than 10 phones in the past 15 months. The Realme XT was launched in September 2019 just a few months after the Realme X was launched. Although it seems to be a successor of Realme X it’s clearly not. Let’s see what the new device offers.

On the front, you have a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 Pixels. The screen has 84.7% screen to body ratio with 402 PPI density. The screen also has a waterdrop notch for the front camera and speaker grille. The display on the front and back is well protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

The device runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 Chipset and has Adreno 616 for the GPU. The processor here is improved when compared to the Realme X. The phone comes in three different memory variants 4GB + 4GB RAM, 128GB + 6GB RAM, and 128GB + 8GB RAM. In terms of software, the phone runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) with Color OS 6 Skin.

Cameras are the main highlight of this phone. You have a Quad rear-facing camera setup with the combo of 64MP primary wide-angle sensor, 8MP ultrawide sensor, 2MP dedicated macro camera, and a 4th 2MP depth sensor. This is also one of the first phone to introduce a 64MP camera sensor. On the front, you have a 16MP camera for clicking selfies.

Connectivity option here includes Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, FM radio, USB 2.0, and Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. The phone has a large 4000 mAh battery along with 20W VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 fast charging support.

Technical Specifications

SoCQualcomm SDM712 Snapdragon 712 (10 nm)
Ram and Storage64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.4 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
CameraQuad Rear 64 MP + 8 MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front 16 MP
Battery 4000 mAh

7. Vivo Z1X

Vivo Z1X
Image Source – https://www.vivo.com/in/products/z1x

Gone are the days when Vivo only used to focus on packing a great camera in their smartphone and skip most of the other important aspects. Nowadays Vivo smartphone packs more value to it. The Vivo Z1X is the latest smartphone from Vivo in the mid-range segment and packs all the great specifications and still offers an affordable price.

The front has a 6.38 inches Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display is very bright and has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 83.3% screen to body ratio thanks to the waterdrop notch. Since it’s an AMOLED display you also get to see the Always-on display feature.

The Vivo Z1X is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor paired with Adreno 616 Processor. The performance here is top-notch in this range for both multitasking and high-end gaming. The phone sells in two variants 6GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB. When it comes to software the device has Funtouch Os 9.1 onboard based on Android 9.0 (Pie).

The phone has a triple rear-facing camera setup. The camera module packs a 48MP primary wide-angle sensor, 8MP secondary ultrawide sensor, and a 5MP depth sensor. On the front, you have a 32MP selfie camera inside the notch. The fingerprint sensor follows the latest trend and is now under the screen.

Connectivity options here include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, FM radio,
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, and USB On-The-Go. Everything here is backed up by a large 4500 mAh battery along with 22.5W fast charging support. You have two color options to choose from Fusion Blue, and Phantom Purple.

Technical Specifications

SoCQualcomm SDM712 Snapdragon 712 (10 nm)
Ram and Storage64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.38 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
CameraTriple Rear 48 MP + 8 MP + 5MP | Front 32 MP
Battery 4500 mAh

8. OPPO K3

OPPO K3
Source: OPPO

The OPPO K3 is a brilliant looking smartphone and one of the best choices in this price range. The OPPO K3 was launched in May 2019 as the successor to the previous OPPO K2. The K3 comes with amazing specifications at a much affordable price and directly competes with the Realme X.

On the front, you have a 6.5 inch AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It has an all-screen design thanks to the pop-up selfie camera, you have a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 85.5% screen to body ratio. The display is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

The device is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor paired with Adreno 616 GPU. There are a couple of storage variants to choose from: 6GB + 64GB, 8GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 256GB. The internal Keep in mind that the storage is not further expandable while selecting the storage variant. The device runs on Android 9.0 Pie based on Color OS 6.

The camera’s on this phone are also amazing. You get a dual rear-facing camera setup with a 16MP primary sensor with f/1.2 aperture paired with a 2MP secondary depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, you have a motorized 16 MP pop-up selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The camera also features LED flash, HDR, Panorama, and Gyro-EIS.

Connectivity options in this phone include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, aptX HD, GPS, FM radio, USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, and USB On-The-Go. The phone has a decent 3765 mAh battery with 20 W (VOOC 3.0) Support. In terms of color variants, you have Black, Nebula Purple, and Morning White.

Technical Specifications

SoCQualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)
Ram and Storage128/256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.5 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)
CameraDual Rear 16 MP + 2 MP | Front 16 MP
Battery 3765 mAh

9. Motorola One Vision

Motorola One Vision
Image Source – https://www.motorola.in/products/motorola-one-vision#specs

Motorola was quite popular in the budget smartphone segment a while ago but the popularity vanished when the device stopped offering the best feature for the price it came with. The latest smartphone from the company tries to fix that, the Motorola One Vision was launched in May 2019 and packs all the modern features at a great price point.

On the front, we have the 6.3 inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2520 Pixels. You also get to see the punch hole notch design located on the left side for the front camera. The screen has a 21:9 aspect ratio and despite the punch hole notch it only has an 82.5% screen to body ratio. The display is also well protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.

The Motorola One Vision is powered by the Samsung Exynos 9609 processor paired with Mali G72 MP3 GPU. The phone comes in only one variant – 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. The phone performs really well for all day to day task but a 6GB RAM variant would be really nice for multitasking and Gaming. When it comes to the battery you get a 3500 mAh battery inside.

The phone has a dual rear-facing camera setup on the back with a combo of 48MP primary sensor and a 5MP depth sensor. Other feature of the rear camera includes dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, Panorama, and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization support). On the front, you have a 25MP selfie camera.

On the back, you also have the fingerprint scanner embedded in the Motorola logo. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, FM radio, USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, and USB On-The-Go.

Technical Specifications

SoCExynos 9609
Ram and Storage128GB 4GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.3 inches (1080 x 2520 pixels)
CameraDual Rear 48 MP + 5 MP | Front 25 MP
Battery 3500 mAh

10. Huawei P30 Lite

Huawei P30 Lite
Source: Huawei

The Huawei P30 Lite was launched in March 2019 along with the P30 and P30 Pro. This device focuses more on the budget range and comes with some toned down specifications. You have a front and back glass design with gradient finish to it which changes color depending upon the angle you are holding it. In terms of color options, you have Peacock Blue, Midnight Black, and Pearl White.

On the front, you have a 6.15 inch LTPS IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2312 Pixels. The screen quality here is really great, you also have a dewdrop shaped notch design which houses the front camera and the speaker grille.

The device is powered by the company’s own HiSilicon Kirin 710 Chipset paired with Mali-G51 MP4 GPU. On the software front, the phone runs on EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie. There are only two RAM and Storage variant to choose from – 4GB + 128GB and 6GB + 128GB. The internal Storage is also further expandable up to 1TB via a MicroSD card slot.

The cameras on this phone are amazing. You get a triple rear-facing camera setup with a 24MP (wide) Sensor with f/1.8 aperture paired with an 8MP Ultrawide sensor and a 2MP Depth Sensor with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, you have a 32MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture.

Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.2, aptX HD, GPS, NFC, FM radio, USB 2.0, and Type-C 1.0 reversible connector. The phone has a quite small battery capacity 3340 mAh battery along with 18W fast charging support. When it comes to security the phone has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and face unlock.

Technical Specifications

SoCHisilicon Kirin 710 (12 nm)
Ram and Storage128 GB, 4/6 GB RAM
Display and Resolution6.15 inches (1080 x 2312 pixels)
CameraTriple Rear 24 MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front 24 MP
Battery 3340 mAh

Final words

So there you go, guys! Our top picks for the Best smartphone under ₹20000. While these phones don’t share similar specifications so choosing the best one can be a difficult task for you. You can pick one on the Basis of Performance, Cameras and the Software.

If you need stock android experience then you can go with the phone having Android One program and if the software doesn’t matter and you need great cameras then you should pick the Oppo A9 2020, Huawei P30 Lite, Samsung Galaxy M40 or the Realme XT. In case you need the best value for the money phone then you can also go with the Samsung Galaxy A50s, Realme XT, Vivo Z1X, or the Samsung Galaxy M40.

You can also pick one depending upon your previous experience with the brand. We hope this article was helpful for you if you still have a doubt or suggestion feel free to let us know.

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Mehul Boricha
Mehul Boricha is the founder of Tech Arrival & Astute Links. He is a computer and smartphone geek from Junagadh, Gujarat, India. He is a Computer Engineer by Education & an Entrepreneur by Passion. Apart from technology geek, he is an audiophile & loves to connect with people.

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