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).

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 a 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. Xiaomi POCO F1

Xiaomi POCO F1
6GB RAM, 64GB

6GB RAM, 128GB

What’s good:
Here is a solid OnePlus challenger that costs way less than it. Snapdragon 845 under Rs 25,000 is good enough to obliterate the competition. Think of a flagship feature and this phone has it. From dual cameras to 8GB RAM, to mammoth storage and a decent battery. We also have reports that it is getting the Android 9.0 update in India.

 

What could have been better:
The name’s a bit silly, no? Also, no NFC or wireless charging.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    180g
  • Display
    6.2 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2246 pixels
  • Storage space
    64-128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.7GHz Kryo 385 & 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385) Snapdragon 845
  • GPU
    Adreno 630
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    Dual 12 MP, f/1.9 + 5 MP, f/2.0
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS, 1080p@240fps rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Android 9.0
  • Processor
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

 


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3. Xiaomi Mi A2

mi a2
4GB RAM, 64GB

6GB RAM, 128GB

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. And hey, it got updated to Android 9.0 recently. There’s also a 6GB RAM variant with more internal storage.

 

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

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Android One
  • Weight
    166
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • 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
  • RAM
  • Storage
  • Processor
  • Android 9.0
  • Non-expandable memory

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Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 64GB storage

What’s good:
Here’s what’s changed since the Max Pro M1: The processor is class leading for this budget, the cameras have gotten better, and for better or for worse, there’s a notch. The 5,000mAh battery, 6GB RAM have always been to our liking.

 

What could have been better:
Seems like the prices have gone up.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    175g
  • Display
    6.26 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    32GB/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 Octa-core (4×2.2GHz & 4×1.8GHz)
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    3/4/6GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.8 + 5MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    13MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Dec, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • RAM

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Vivo V9 Pro

best phone under 25000 - Vivo V9

What’s good:
V9 Pro is the improved version of the older V9. What’s changed is a much faster processor and 6GB RAM. Android 8.1, 64 gigs of internal memory, and decent looking cameras make it an attractive proposition.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    150g
  • Display
    6.3 inches, IPS
    1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 Octa-core(4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/2.2 + 2 MP
  • Secondary camera
    12MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps front
    1080p 30FPS rear
  • Battery
    3,260 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jun, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • RAM

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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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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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Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

Redmi Note 6 Pro
4GB RAM

6GB RAM

What’s good:
The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes 8 months after its predecessor and manages to improve on the camera department mainly. It also gets a notch because every phone has it these days. We never really hated the storage options to begin with.

 

What could have been better:
For a successor to such a popular phone, much hasn’t changed. You still get the same processor and battery. The competition hasn’t been sitting idle exactly. Also, the hybrid slot, if that bothers you.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    182g
  • Display
    6.26 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/6GB
  • Camera
    12 MP, f/1.9 + 5MP f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    20 MP, f/2.0 + 2 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    Oct, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Front camera
  • 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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Huawei 8X

honor 8x

What’s good:
Finally a sub-15k phone from Huawei that comes with a brand new processor. The Kirin 710 is a massive upgrade over the Kirin 659 and is on par with the Snapdragon 660. However, the Mali GPU is weaker compared to the one found on the 660. Although, built on 12nm fabrication, it should be less power hungry. Given the competition in this budget is SD636, the processor is definitely a plus. The phone also has a respectable battery and a likable design. The 6GB RAM variant, of course, adds more RAM and memory.

 

What could have been better:
We will let you know once we find out.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    175g
  • Display
    6.5 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Kirin 710 Octa-core (4×2.2GHz A73 & 4×1.7GHzA53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G51 MP4
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    20MP (f/1.8) + 2MP
  • Secondary camera
    16MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    3,750mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Storage
  • RAM

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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 the 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.

As for the CPU performance, it’s something in the order of Snapdragon 845> Kirin 970> Snapdragon 660> Kirin 710> MediaTek P60=Snapdragon 636 > Exynos 7885. While the Kirin 710 beats the CPU performance of the SD 660, the GPU on the Snapdragon is better.

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