10 Best Phones under Rs 20,000 in India (2019) – Best Gadgetry

best phones under rs 20000 in India

If you have a Rs 20,000 budget and are in the hunt for the best phone under 20000, let us help you a little by handpicking the 10 best ones 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, 128GB storage, Snapdragon 710 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 9.0. 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 phones under Rs 20,000 in India (2019):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 20,000*

 

1. Xiaomi POCO F1

Best phone under 20000 - 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, to a decent battery. Also, Android 9.0.

 

What could have been better:
The name’s a bit silly, no? Also, not necessarily a deal-breaker, but there’s no NFC, wireless charging, or IP certification for water and dust resistance. Oh, and plastic body, unless you pick the kevlar version.

 

  • 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, 18W charging QC3
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Hybrid slot (either SIM2 or microSD)

 


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2. Realme XT

Best phone under 20000 - Realme XT
4GB RAM, 128GB

6GB RAM, 64GB

8GB RAM, 128GB

What’s good:
The Realme XT carries the burden of being the first commercial launch with a 64MP sensor on the back. That, along with the other 3 cameras on the back and we’re hoping that the phone will excel in the camera department. Other specs are decent too, including Snapdragon 712, up to 8GB RAM and 128 gigs of storage, in-screen fingerprint sensor, fast charging and a decently large battery.

 

What could have been better:
No complaints.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    183g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 712 octa-core 2×2.3GHz & 6×1.7GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    4/6/8GB
  • Camera
    64 MP, f/1.8, (wide)
    8 MP, f/2.3, 13mm (ultrawide)
    2 MP, f/2.4,(dedicated macro camera)
    2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 20W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Sep, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • Camera
  • Battery
  • Fast charging
  • RAM

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3. Realme X

Best phone under 20000 - Realme X
4GB RAM, 128GB

8GB RAM, 128GB

What’s good:
No notch: check, in-screen fingerprint scanner-check. If that hasn’t gotten you interested, maybe 128 gigs of storage, 8GB RAM, and 20W fast charging would. How about Android 9.0 then?

 

What could have been better:
Non-expandable memory

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    191g
  • Display
    6.53 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.0GHz & 6×1.7GHz) Snapdragon 710
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    4/8GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide)
    5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0, 25mm (wide)
  • Video
    2160p@30fps 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,765mAh, 20W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    May, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • No notch
  • RAM
  • Non-expandable memory

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Vivo Z1x

Best phone under 20000 - Vivo Z1x
6GB RAM, 128GB

6GB RAM, 64GB

What’s good:
Okay, this place is getting a little crowded but here is another phone from Vivo. This one offers a good processor, enough storage and RAM, a large enough battery and fast charging to fill it up, and lastly, plenty of cameras.

 

What could have been better:
No complaints.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    190g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 712 octa-core 2×2.3GHz & 6×1.7GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8, (wide)
    8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
    5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    32 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,500mAh, 22.5W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Sep, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • Battery
  • Fast charging

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Oppo K3

Best phone under 20000 - Realme X

What’s good:
No notch: check, in-screen fingerprint scanner-check. If that hasn’t gotten you interested, maybe 128 gigs of storage, 8GB RAM, and 20W fast charging would. How about Android 9.0 then?

 

What could have been better:
No memory-expansion slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    191g
  • Display
    6.5 inch, AMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.0GHz & 6×1.7GHz) Snapdragon 710
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    6/8GB
  • Camera
    16 MP, f/1.7
    2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0, 25mm (wide)
  • Video
    2160p@30fps 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,765mAh, 20W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    May, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • No notch
  • RAM
  • Non-expandable memory

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Realme 5 Pro

Best phone under 20000 - Realme 5 Pro
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 64GB storage

8GB RAM/ 128GB storage

What’s good:
The Realme 5 Pro is a minor update over the Realme 3 Pro (what happened to Realme 4 Pro?), which was already a good phone by all accounts. It comes with a great processor, an ample number of cameras on the back, a dedicated expansion slot, a mammoth battery, Android 9.0 out of the box, and up to 8GB RAM. Everything you could ask for from a phone.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    184g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 712 octa-core 2×2.3GHz & 6×1.7GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8, (wide)
    8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
    2 MP, f/2.4, (dedicated macro camera)
    2 MP, f/2.4, (depth sensor)
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,035mAh, 20W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Aug, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • RAM

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Vivo Z1 Pro

Best phone under 20000 - Vivo Z1 Pro

What’s good:
This one offers a faster processor than the SD710 (although nothing too different or fast), has triple cameras on the back, and allows microSD slots. That’s what makes it better than the Realme X. That, and a very large battery.

 

What could have been better:
No complaints.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    201g
  • Display
    6.53 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.3GHz & 6×1.7GHz) Snapdragon 712
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    16 MP, f/1.8, (wide)
    8 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide)
    2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    32 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery

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Lenovo K10 Note

Best phone under 20000 - Lenovo K10 Note
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 128GB storage

What’s good:
Lenovo has been largely missing from the action in India in recent times but seems to be finally tryin to make a comback. The K10 Note comes with a great processor, a mammoth battery, Android 9.0 out of the box, and up to 8GB RAM. Everything you could ask for from a phone.

 

What could have been better:
Hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    164g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 710 octa-core 2×2.2GHz & 6×1.7GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    16 MP, f/1.8, (wide)
    8 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto)
    2 MP, f/2.2, (depth sensor)
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,050mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Sep, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Samsung Galaxy M40

Best phone under 20000 - galaxy m40

What’s good:
The M40 offers a punch-hole camera which is a refreshing change from the usual teardrop. It also comes equipped with a decent processor, 6GB RAM, triple cameras, and Android 9.0 on board. Honestly, there’s not much to complain. Looks like a better phone than the A50 to us.

 

What could have been better:
The hybrid SIM slot. No 3.5mm jack either.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    168g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, TFT
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.0GHz & 6×1.7GHz) Qualcomm SDM675
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    32 MP, f/1.7
    8 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
    5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
  • Secondary camera
    16 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, 15W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    Jun, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Missing 3.5mm jack
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Samsung Galaxy A50

Best phone under 20000 - Samsung Galaxy A50
4GB RAM

6GB RAM

What’s good:
So Samsung isn’t just sitting idle anymore and is offering products that can stand up against the competition. The A50 is one such phone that offers a processor which is comparable to the Snapdragon 660 (but has a faster GPU), up to 6GB RAM, and a sizeable battery. The main selling point for the phone is the three cameras on the back. The depth sensor can get you the blurry backgrounds, while the ultra-wide should offer a wider field of view. We also like the Super AMOLED display.

 

What could have been better:
It’s a good phone, but then, overpriced compared to the competition. You pay around 2k premium over other brands for the Samsung tag. Also, 4GB RAM. While that won’t impact the performance significantly, the competition is offering 6GB RAM in the same budget.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Weight
    166g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, sAMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Exynos 9610 Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.6 GHz)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    25 MP, f/1.7
    8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide)
    5 MP, f/2.2 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    25MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 15W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Feb, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Battery
  • 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 best phone under 20k:

Top of the line phones in this budget come with features like dual camera, 6GB RAM, and 128 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.

  • Best battery • Vivo Z1 Pro (5,000mAh)
  • Best processor • Poco F1
  • Best value for money • Poco F1