Top 10 Smartphones under Rs 18,000 in India (2019) – Best Gadgetry

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Which is the best phone under 18000 in India?

When you need a phone in between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000, Rs 18,000 seems like a sweet spot. And to help you make that decision, we’ve compiled the list of the 10 best phones under Rs 18,000 in India for this month. We’ve made sure these phones stand out on criteria such as display, camera, connectivity, and normal usage to offer the best bang for your buck. 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.

All these phones support 4G LTE networks. Also, check the 10 best smartphones under Rs 15,000 and the 10 best smartphones under Rs 20,000. So here goes the list of the best mobile phones under Rs 18,000.

 

These are the 10 best phones under Rs 18,000 in India (2019):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 18,000*

 

1. 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 20,000 is good enough to obliterate the competition. Think of a flagship feature and this phone has it. From dual cameras to 6GB RAM and a decent battery.

 

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, 18W charging QC4
  • 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. Vivo Z1 Pro

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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3. Oppo K3

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
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (2×2.0GHz & 6×1.7GHz) Snapdragon 710
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    6GB
  • 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
  • Non-expandable memory
  • Storage

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Realme 3 Pro

Realme 3 Pro
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 128GB storage

What’s good:
Realme didn’t give much time to Xiaomi to sit on its laurels after the success of Note 7 Pro. The Realme 3 Pro is better than the Note 7 Pro on most of the fronts. It’s got a better processor (among the best in this budget), a dedicated expansion slot, a mammoth battery, Android 9.0 out of the box. Everything you could ask for from a phone.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    172g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 710 octa-core 2×2.2GHz & 6×1.7GHz
  • GPU
    Adreno 616
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    16 MP, f/1.7
    5MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    25 MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,045mAh, 20W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Apr, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery

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Redmi Note 7 Pro

Redmi Note 7 Pro
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

6GB RAM/ 128GB storage

What’s good:
Xiaomi was under the heat from competitors who had released much more compelling products than the Redmi Note series in recent past. However, all that goes for a toss with the new Note 7 Pro. The only difference between this and the Note 7 is the faster processor on the Pro. Other than that, we love the camera, Android 9.0, large battery, and what looks like an impressive camera on paper at least. Also, Quick Charge 4.0.

 

What could have been better:
Only the hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • Weight
    186g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 675 octa-core 2.0GHzx2 + 1.7GHzx6
  • GPU
    Adreno 612
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8 + 5MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    13 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 18W charging QC4
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jan, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Realme X

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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Huawei Nova 3

Huawei Nova 3

What’s good:
Honor Nova 3 is one of the many Huawei phones in this budget. Again, this one is similar to the Honor View 10. You get a top of the line processor from last year and decent internal storage. The battery size looks adequate enough as well. Lastly, there’s Android 9.0 here.

 

What could have been better:
Have you heard about the recent tussle between Huawei and Google? These are uncertain times for the fate of Android on Huawei.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • Weight
    166g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) Kirin 970
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP12
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    Dual: 16 MP (f/1.8) + 24 MP, f/1.8 (B/W)
  • Video
    2160p 30FPS, 1080p 60fps rear
    1080p 30FPS front
  • Secondary camera
    24 MP (f/2.0) + 2MP (depth)
  • Battery
    3,750mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor

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Huawei Honor Play

Honor 9N

What’s good:
The Honor Play sports a flagship processor and comes with other great goodies like up to 6GB RAM and a large battery.

 

What could have been better:
Maybe the hybrid slot? Also, have you heard about the recent tussle between Huawei and Google? These are uncertain times for the fate of Android on Huawei.
  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • 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
    6GB
  • Camera
    16MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera
    16MP
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear, 1080p front
  • Battery
    3,750mAh, 18W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)
  • Storage

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Samsung Galaxy A50

Samsung Galaxy A50
4GB 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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Samsung Galaxy M30

galaxy m30
6GB, 128GB

4GB, 64GB

What’s good:
The M30 is the most expensive in the M series of phones and looks great on the front. It offers a massive 5,000mAh battery along with Android 9.0 (rolling out June 3rd) and a super AMOLED display. The storage and RAM options are on par with the competition too. The triple camera setup on the back has an ultra wide along with a depth sensor.

 

What could have been better:
The processor is only as good as the Snapdragon 632. Don’t expect any serious gaming on that GPU either.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Weight
    175g
  • Display
    6.4 inch, sAMOLED
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64/128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes
  • Processor
    Exynos 7904 Octa-core (2×1.8 GHz & 6×1.6 GHz)
  • GPU
    Mali-G71MP2
  • RAM
    4/6GB
  • Camera
    13 MP, f/1.9
    5 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 front
  • Battery
    5,000mAh, 15W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Feb, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • Battery
  • Processor

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Not to confuse you with the camera specs listed above, we’ve listed the specs as (megapixels), (aperture), (OIS-if present), (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. It also produces a better brokeh. Also, OIS refers to optical image stabilization, which helps in reducing blur.