10 Best Phones under Rs 20,000 in India (2018) – Best Gadgetry

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If you have a Rs 20,000 budget and are in the hunt for a new phone, let us help you a little by handpicking the 10 best phones under Rs 20,000 for this month available in India. We’ve considered the specs, as well as the brand value and after sales service to give you the best phones 20k can get you.

This budget can get you features like 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, Snapdragon 660 processor and more. No, they won’t lag, hang or freeze up on you with those specs and will let you play the latest games at max settings without trouble, click great selfies and what not. Most of these phones are on Android 8.0. Also, read more about the camera specifications for these phones at the bottom of the post.

Just to clarify, phones with hybrid SIM slot allow you to either place a second SIM or a microSD card, but not both at the same time, so it’s a disadvantage (if you need a dual SIM phone with expandable storage).

To help you understand which processors are faster than others, we have created a post that benchmarks the SoCs found in these phones. Also, check the 10 best smartphones under Rs 18,000 and the 10 best smartphones under Rs 25,000.

You can jump to the summary right away if you don’t want to go through myriad of specs. Click on any phone in the list below to see its detailed specs along with pros and cons below.

 

These are the 10 best smartphones under Rs 20,000 in India (2018):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 20,000*

 

1. Oppo RealMe 2 Pro

Realme 2 Pro
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 64GB storage

8GB RAM/ 128GB storage

What’s good:
Notches are ugly, but smaller ones do help. Luckily the newest RealMe comes with a teardrop notch to give you enough screen area on the top. Oppo has also packed this phone with as much specs as it possibly could and the result is a phone that is miles ahead of anything in this budget. Great processor, ample storage, 8GB RAM, do we even need flagships anymore?

 

What could have been better:
Find us one and we’ll call you out.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    174g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    8GB
  • Camera
    16MP, f/1.7 + 2MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    16MP
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Processor

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2. Huawei Honor Play

Honor 9N

What’s good:
The Honor Play sports a flagship processor which is seen in Huawei’s top of the line phones and comes with other great goodies like up to 6GB RAM and a large battery.

 

What could have been better:
Maybe the hybrid slot?

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight
    176g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Kirin 970 Octa-core (4×2.4GHz A73 & 4×1.8GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP12
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    16MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera
    16MP
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,750mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Processor
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)

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3. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 64GB storage

What’s good:
Here is a competitor to the Note 5 Pro which beats it in most of the departments. Besides the great processor, RAM, and internal storage that it shares with the Note 5 Pro, the Max Pro beats the Note 5 on things like a bigger battery, dedicated microSD slot, and Android 8.1 out of the box with the same weight and dimensions. Isn’t that great? Also, the 6GB variant comes with 16MP snappers on both front and back.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing at all. Seems like a great phone spec-wise.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz (Kyro 260)
  • GPU
    Adreno 509
  • RAM
    3GB/4GB
  • Camera
    13MP/16MP, f/2.2 + 5MP 
  • Secondary camera
    8/16MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Apr, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • RAM

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

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4GB RAM

6GB RAM

What’s good:
Consider it as Note 5 on steroids. Along with 64GB internal memory, the phone also offers dual read cameras, a massive 20MP sensor on the front, a new bezel-less design, and a great processor to go along.

 

What could have been better:
The hybrid slot if that bothers you.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    181g
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz (A53)
  • GPU
    Adreno 509
  • RAM
    4GB/6GB
  • Camera
    12MP, f/2.2 + 5MP f/2.0
  • Secondary camera
    20MP (f/2.0, 1/2.8″)
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Feb, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM
  • Battery
  • Front camera
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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Vivo V11

Vivo V11

What’s good:
Hate notches but also need no bezels? Maybe the Vivo V11 would ease your pain as it comes with a minimal teardrop notch that’s noticeably smaller than those seen in competitor phones. We also like the RAM and a decent processor for the budget.

 

What could have been better:
That’s hard to find for the moment.
  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    164g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    MediTek P60 octa-core 2.0GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    16 MP, f/2.0 + 5MP f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    25 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Battery
    3,315mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • RAM

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Xiaomi Mi A2

mi a2

What’s good:
The Mi A1 didn’t stay long enough in the market to make a lasting impression but its successor is here to change that. Mi A2 comes with promising cameras and a decent processor.

 

What could have been better:
There’s no expandable memory here.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Android One
  • Weight
    166
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8 + 20MP f/1.8
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Battery
    3,010mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Non-expandable memory

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Nokia 6.1 Plus

Nokia 6.1 Plus

What’s good:
Nokia’s answer to the notch mania and for a change comes equipped surprisingly well for the asking price. Everything about this phone seems to be on the spot (not too great, nothing too bad).

 

What could have been better:
The hybrid slot if that bothers you.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Android One
  • Weight
    151g
  • Display
    5.8 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 636 octa-core 1.8GHz (A53)
  • GPU
    Adreno 509
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    16 MP, f/2.0+5MP f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Battery
    3,060mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Hybrid SIM slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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Oppo F9

Oppo F9 Pro

What’s good:
If you’re not a fan of large notches but are willing to make some compromise for the full screen, the F9 seems like a good bargain. It also comes with 4GB RAM and a promising 25MP front camera.

 

What could have been better:
Looks like a decent phone so nothing really.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    169g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz A73 & 4×2.0GHz A53) MT6771 P60
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    Dual 16 MP (f/1.8) + 2 MP (f/2.4)
  • Secondary camera
    25MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear and front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery

 


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Moto X4

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32GB/3GB RAM

64GB/4GB RAM

64GB/6GB RAM

What’s good:
Moto phones are known for their build quality, but that’s not the only thing good about this phone. It has also been updated to Android 8.0 and comes with the newer Snapdragon 630 which is better than the 625 seen on other phones. Then, Moto is known for the quality of its dual cameras and this one comes with a pair. 64GB memory should be enough for your storage needs too.

 

What could have been better:
It’s got a hybrid slot, so choose between SIM2 or a microSD card.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight
    163g
  • Display
    5.2 inch, IPS
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 630 Cortex-A53 Octa Core 2.2GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 508
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    Dual 12 MP f/2.0 + 8 MP f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Aug, 2017
Pros and Cons
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD)

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Vivo V9

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  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    150g
  • Display
    6.3 inches, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 626 Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    16 MP + 5 MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera
    24MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear and front
  • Battery
    3,260 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Mar, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
What’s good:
Android 8.1, 64 gigs of internal memory, and an impressive (on paper at least) front camera make it an attractive proposition.

 

What could have been better:
We’ve seen that processor on phones as cheap as Rs 10,000.

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Not to confuse you with the camera specs listed above. We’ve listed the specs as (megapixels),(aperture), (sensor size). Generally speaking, bigger the aperture and sensor size, better is the camera. Which means smaller number in the denominator, the bigger the aperture or sensor size is. For example, f/1.9 is a bigger aperture and than f/2.0. Also 1/2.2″ is a bigger sensor than, say, 1/2.6″. A bigger aperture camera performs much better in low light situations and produces sharper images.

 

Standout features in the top smartphones under Rs 20,000:

Top of the line phones in this budget come with features like dual camera, 6GB RAM, and 64 gigs of internal memory. On the other hand, 4GB RAM, 3,000mAh+ battery, full HD display and Android 8.0 have become the norm rather than the exception.

For those wondering, the P60 is at par with the Snapdragon 636.

Also, features like Android 7.0, 3GB RAM, Snapdragon 4xx and 16GB internal memory are a no go.

  • Best battery • Asus M1 (5,000mAh)
  • Best processor • Huawei Honor Play
  • Best value for money • RealMe 2 Pro
    • Honor Play