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. However, 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 under 20000 in India; we made this list with 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 worth including in this list, so 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 listed here are available worldwide, and you can easily order them 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. Poco X3 Pro
The Poco X3 Pro is the latest device from the brand that comes with flagship-level specs at a much affordable price tag. In terms of design, not much has been changed. Starting with the rear, it has a plastic back with verticle stripes in a dual-toned color finish. You can choose between three color variants Phantom Black, Frost Blue, and Metal Bronze.
Turning the phone aside, it has a large 6.67-inch IPS LCD. Although the brand didn’t pack an AMOLED display, the LCD has some added benefits such as HDR10 and up to 120Hz refresh rate. In addition, the display has a center punch hole notch for the front camera. It is also well protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection.
The Poco X3 Pro is powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 processor paired with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of fast UFS 3.1 Internal Storage. It runs on Android 11 out of the box with MIUI 12 for POCO skin on top. The performance of this phone is undoubtedly the best in this price range.
The cameras are also improved as compared to the previous generation. It has a Quad camera setup on the back with a combo of 48MP Sony IMX582 main sensor, 8MP ultrawide lens, 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, it has a 20MP camera for taking selfies.
The battery backup on this device is impressive. It has a large 5160mAh battery inside, and on top of that, you get 33W fast charging support which can recharge your device in just 59 minutes. The device is also liquid-cooled, and there’s a side-mounted fingerprint scanner for security.
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 (7nm)|
|RAM and Storage||6GB + 128GB | 8GB + 128GB | 8GB + 256GB|
|Display and Resolution||6.67-inch (1080×2400 pixels)|
|Camera||Quad Rear 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front 20MP|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax | Bluetooth 5.0 | USB Type-C 2.0|
2. Realme 8 Pro
The Realme 8 Pro is the latest device from the brand in the mid-range smartphone market. The Pro variant comes with a Qualcomm Processor compared to the MediaTek Processor on the non-pro variant and an improved camera setup. In addition, the design also received a slight change; it has a gradient color finish and comes in Infinite Blue, Infinite Black, Punk Black, and Illuminating Yellow color options.
On the front, it has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ screen resolution. There’s a punch hole notch on the top left corner for the front camera, and the bezels have been narrowed down compared to the last-gen. Since it is an AMOLED display, it supports an Always-on display; however, the refresh rate is locked at 60Hz.
There is no improvement in the performance as it packs the same MediaTek G95 processor and up to 8GB of RAM. It has 128GB UFS 2.1 Internal Storage. The software is very improved, and it runs on Android 11 out of the box with Realme UI 2.0 skin on top. It has a gaming-centric processor, so the smartphone is also great for heavy gaming.
Moving on to a major upgrade, the cameras. On the back, it has a Quad camera setup with a 108MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide lens, 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, it has a 16MP selfie camera.
The Realme 8 Pro has a 4500mAh battery inside along with 50W fast charging support. The battery performance is great, and you can get up to 8 to 9 hours of SOT on moderate usage and recharge the battery back to 50% in less than 20 mins and 100% in less than 50 mins.
|SoC||Mediatek Helio G95 (12nm)|
|RAM and Storage||4/6/8GB RAM + 128GB|
|Display and Resolution||6.4-inch (1080×2400 pixels)|
|Camera||Quad Rear 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front 13MP|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax | Bluetooth 5.1 | USB Type-C 2.0|
3. Samsung Galaxy F62
The budget and mid-range smartphone from Samsung is very underwhelming nowadays. However, the recent Samsung Galaxy F62 changes all that. It is a very value-for-money package, and you will find it mostly on sale, making it a compelling choice. It has a premium design with a gradient color finish on the back. Color options include Laser Green, Laser Gray, and Laser Blue.
The display is huge, and it has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ screen resolution. The display on this device is really nice. It also has a center punch hole notch for the front camera. It also supports an Always-on display; however, there is no high refresh rate option available on this device.
The device is powered by the company’s own Exynos 9825 processor paired with 6 or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of Internal Storage. The software is also heavily improved. It runs on Android 11 out of the box with One UI 3.1 skin on top. The performance of this device is great for both daily usages as well as heavy gaming.
Moving on, we have a quad-camera setup on the back. The main camera is a 64MP sensor paired with a 12MP ultrawide sensor, 5MP macro lens, and a 5MP depth sensor. On the front, it has a 32MP camera for taking selfies and portrait shots. It can also record up to 4K videos at 30fps.
One of the major reasons for getting this device will be its massive battery backup. It has a large 7000mAh battery inside, which can easily last you 2 days on a single charge. On top of that, it has a 25W fast charging support and a reverse charging feature. Despite the massive battery, the phone is very lightweight and slim.
|SoC||Exynos 9825 (7nm)|
|RAM and Storage||6GB RAM + 128GB | 8GB + 128GB|
|Display and Resolution||6.7-inch (1080×2400 pixels)|
|Camera||Quad Rear 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front 32MP|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ | Bluetooth 5.0 | USB Type-C 2.0|
4. Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is the top-end variant in the Note 10 series. The device has a very premium look and has all the modern features you would expect in a mid-range device. On the back, it has a gradient color design, and you get to choose between Dark Night, Glacial Blue, and Vintage Bronze color variants. Honestly, all of the color variants look amazing.
Turning the phone aside, it has a large 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD+ resolution. It also supports up to 120Hz high refresh rate and HDR10 content viewing. The display quality here is good for the price, and it can go very bright, 450 nits typical and up to 1200 nits of peak brightness. In addition, it supports an Always-on display and is protected by Corning Gorilla 5.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is powered by a Gaming Centric Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G processor and up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of Internal Storage. It runs on Android 11 based on MIUI 12 skin on top. An upgrade to MIUI 12.5 is already on the line. In terms of security, it has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
The cameras are also improved and are slightly better than the lower-end variants. On the back, it has a Quad camera setup. The main camera is a 108MP one, while the secondary cameras include an 8MP ultrawide lens, a 5MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, it has a 16MP camera for clicking selfies.
The battery backup is also amazing. It has a 5020mAh battery inside, along with 33W fast charging support. So you can easily make the phone last until the end of the day and quickly recharge the phone back to 100% in just 75 minutes. You can also save some battery by switching the refresh rate down to 60Hz or make it variable.
|SoC||Qualcomm SM7150 Snapdragon 732G (8nm)|
|RAM and Storage||6GB + 64GB | 6GB + 128GB | 8GB + 128GB|
|Display and Resolution||6.67-inch (1080×2400 pixels)|
|Camera||Quad Rear 108MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front 16MP|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac | Bluetooth 5.1 | USB Type-C 2.0|
5. Vivo V20 SE
The Vivo V20 SE is the latest device in the V series. It was launched back in September 2020. The design of the phone is fundamental. You get a gradient color back design in two different color variants: Gravity Black and Oxygen Blue.
On the front, it has a 6.44-inch AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080×2400 pixels. The display quality on this phone is good considering the price, and since it is an AMOLED display, it also comes with an Under display Fingerprint scanner. Unfortunately, there is no High Refresh rate feature available here.
Powering up the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor paired with Adreno 610 GPU. It comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of Internal Storage. The processor on this device is not very powerful and is only great for regular day-to-day tasks. Don’t expect high-end gaming on this device.
Cameras are the main selling point here. On the back, it has a triple camera setup. The main camera is 48MP, while the secondary camera is an 8MP ultrawide lens and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, it has a 32MP camera for taking selfies. Some other features of the camera include beauty mode, night mode, etc.
The battery here is small. It can last you a day with the 4100mAh battery capacity, but the fast charging technology covers this issue. It comes with a 33W fast charger that can easily recharge the phone back to 62% in just 30mins.
|SoC||Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11nm)|
|RAM and Storage||8GB RAM + 128GB|
|Display and Resolution||6.44-inch (1080×2400 pixels)|
|Camera||Triple Rear 48MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front 32MP|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac | Bluetooth 5.0 | USB Type-C 2.0|
6. Poco X3
The Poco X3 was launched in September 2020 as an upgrade to the Poco X2. This time it comes with a new refreshing design; on the back, you get a dual-toned color design with a horizontal stripe in the middle. There’s also a big POCO Logo in the back; if you don’t like it, you can always slap a case on it.
You have a 6.67 inch IPS LCD with a screen resolution of 1080×2400 Pixels on the front. The screen quality here is really great, supports HDR10, and has a Variable Refresh Rate up to 120Hz. It has a punch hole shaped notch design which houses the front camera. The screen here is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and has IP53 splash resistance.
The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G Chipset, Adreno 618 GPU, 6GB or 8GB RAM. On the software front, the phone runs on MIUI 12 based on Android 10. The performance here is slightly improved, making it great for all day-to-day tasks as well as high-end gaming.
The camera set up also received an overhaul. You get a Quad rear-facing camera setup with a 64MP Main Sensor, 13MP Ultrawide Sensor, 2MP Macro Lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. Rear Camera also features Dual LED Flash, HDR, 4K Video Recording, Slow Motion, and Gyro EIS. On the front, it has a 20MP camera also with HDR support.
Moving on to connectivity, it has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, 3.5mm Headphone Jack and Type-C 2.0. The phone has a big battery capacity of 6000mAh along with 33W fast charging support. This device will easily last you a full day on heavy usage. When it comes to security, the phone has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and face unlock.
|SoC||Qualcomm SM7150-AC Snapdragon 732G (8 nm)|
|RAM and Storage||6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB, and 8GB/128GB|
|Display and Resolution||6.67 inches (1080×2400 pixels)|
|Camera||Quad Rear 64MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front 20MP|
7. Realme 7 Pro
Realme has been pushing many devices in the budget category, the Realme 6 Pro launched just a few months ago, and now we have its successor, the Realme 7 Pro. This time the device has a complete design overhaul. It has a rectangle cut out for the rear camera setup and a dual finish back design.
On the front, it has a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080×2400 pixels. On the top right corner, it has the punch hole camera cutout. The display quality here is good, you get the always-on display feature, and there’s the Corning Gorilla Glass 3+ Protection along with Water-repellent coating.
The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, Adreno 618 GPU, and 6GB or 8GB RAM variant. The performance on this device is flawless, also thanks to the UFS 2.1 storage. On the software side, you get Android 10 with Realme UI.
Moving on to the optics, you get a Quad rear-facing camera setup, which is slightly improved from its predecessor. The main camera is 64MP; then there’s an 8MP Ultrawide lens, a 2MP Macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, it has a 32MP camera for selfies. HDR, 4K Recording, and Gyro EIS are also there.
The connectivity features here are Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, Type C 2.0, and 3.5mm Headphone Jack. The battery here is 4500 mAh, which is a decent capacity; however, it is paired with a 65W Fast Charging, which can completely charge the device in just 34 mins, which is impressive in this price range.
|SoC||Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm)|
|RAM and Storage||6GB + 128GB | 8GB + 128GB|
|Display and Resolution||6.4 inches (1080 x 2400 pixels)|
|Camera||Quad Rear 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front 20MP|
8. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
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 compared to its predecessor but falls behind when it comes to performance. It has a gradient glass back 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 front-facing camera solution. Protecting the front and back is the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection.
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.
This device’s connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, Infrared port, FM Radio, USB 2.0, and Type-C 1.0 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.
|SoC||Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G (8 nm)|
|RAM and Storage||6GB + 64GB/128Gb & 8GB + 128GB|
|Display and Resolution||6.67 inches (1080 x 2400 pixels)|
|Camera||Quad Rear 64 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP + 2 MP | Front 32 MP|
9. Motorola One Fusion+
Motorola has been quite inactive in the smartphone industry, and we hardly get to see 2 or 3 Motorola devices each year. The Motorola One Fusion + was launched in June 2020 and is an upgrade to the One Fusion launched last year. This time it comes with improved specifications and more value for money.
The design has a gradient back panel that comes in two different color variants Moonlight White and Twilight Blue. You get 6.5 inch IPS LCD with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels on the front. The display is HDR 10 certified, and it is completely bezel-less. The device is also water and dust repellent.
Talking about performance, it packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor, Adreno 618 GPU, and 4GB or 6GB RAM Variant. Performance is great for day to day tasks as well as high-end gaming. Moving to the software, it packs Stock Android 10. It also features Moto Action to get things done with gestures quickly.
The cameras here are also amazing. On the back, 64MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide sensor, 5MP Macro lens, and 2MP depth sensor. On the front side, it has a 16MP Motorized Pop-up selfie camera. Other features are LED Flash, HDR, and 4K recording. There is no EIS on this device.
Connectivity features are Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C 2.0, and 3.5mm Headphone Jack. The battery here is 5000 mAh, which is definitely big; however, it only packs a 15W fast charger to fill the juice. It might take up to 2 hrs to fully charge the device.
|SoC||Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730G (8 nm)|
|RAM and Storage||4GB + 128GB | 6GB + 128GB|
|Display and Resolution||6.5 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels)|
|Camera||Quad Rear 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front 16MP|
10. Samsung Galaxy M31s
Gone are the days when Samsung only used to focus on the mid-range and High-end price segment. Nowadays, Samsung budget smartphones pack more value into it. The Samsung Galaxy M31s is one of the latest smartphones and packs all the great specifications and still offers an affordable price.
The front has a 6.5 inches Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display is very bright and has a 20.9 aspect ratio and 86.1% 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 Galaxy M31s is powered by the Exynos 9611 processor, Mali-G72 MP3 GPU, and 6GB or 8GB RAM Variant. The performance here is top-notch in this range for both multitasking and high-end gaming. When it comes to software, the device has One UI 2.0 Skin based on Android 10.
The phone has a Quad rear-facing camera setup. The camera module packs a 64MP primary wide-angle sensor, 12MP secondary ultrawide sensor, a 5MP depth sensor, and a 5MP Macro Lens. On the front, you have a 32MP selfie camera inside the notch. The fingerprint sensor follows the latest trend and is now side-mounted.
Connectivity options here include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, Type-C 2.0, and 3.5mm Headphone Jack. Everything here is backed up by a massive 6000 mAh battery along with 25W fast charging support. You have two color options to choose from Mirage Black and Mirage Blue. You can easily make this phone last 2 days on normal usage.
|SoC||Exynos 9611 (10nm)|
|RAM and Storage||6GB + 128GB | 8GB + 128GB|
|Display and Resolution||6.5 inches (1080 x 2400 pixels)|
|Camera||Quad Rear 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP | Front 32MP|
So there you go, guys! Our top picks for the Best smartphone under ₹20000. Simultaneously, these phones don’t share similar specifications, so choosing the best one can be a difficult task for you. You can pick one based on Performance, Cameras, and the Software.
If you need a stock android experience, you can go with the phone having the Android One program, and if the software doesn’t matter and you need great cameras, you should check out camera samples of each device.
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, please let us know.
Summary List of Best Mobile Phones Under 20000 in India
|Best Mobile Phones Under 20000 in India||Price|
|Poco X3 Pro||₹ 18,999|
|Realme 8 Pro||₹ 19,999|
|Samsung Galaxy F62||₹ 19,999|
|Redmi Note 10 Pro Max||₹ 19,999|
|Vivo V20 SE||₹ 19,990|
|Poco X3||₹ 18,999|
|Realme 7 Pro||₹ 17,998|
|Redmi Note 9 Pro Max||₹ 14,999|
|Motorola One Fusion+||₹ 17,499|
|Samsung Galaxy M31s||₹ 18,999|
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