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. Realme 3 Pro

Realme 3 Pro
4GB 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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2. 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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3. 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. Add 6GB RAM and 128GB storage to the mix and you have a solid product. Also, Quick Charge 4.0.

 

What could have been better:
There’s no expandable memory or 3.5mm jack here.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Android One
  • Weight
    166
  • Display
    5.99 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    No
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    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, 18W charging QC4
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    No
  • First announced
    Aug, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Internal storage

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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 this 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. Decent processor, ample storage, 8GB RAM, do we even need flagships anymore?

 

What could have been better:
10W charging only. That might take a while to charge your phone.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    174g
  • Display
    6.3 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    16MP, f/1.7 + 2MP, f/2.4
  • Secondary camera
    16MP
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,500mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Android 8.1

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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
  • Battery
  • Processor
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)

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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 decent 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:
10W charging only. That might take a while to charge your phone.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0
  • 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, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Dec, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Battery

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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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Huawei Honor 8X

honor 8x
6GB RAM, 64GB

6GB RAM, 128GB

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. It also got updated to Android 9.0 recently. The 6GB RAM variant, of course, adds more RAM and memory.

 

What could have been better:
10W charging isn’t the fastest.

 

  • OS
    Android 9.0 Pie
  • 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, 10W charging
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    Sep, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • Processor

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Redmi 7S

Redmi Note 7
4GB RAM/ 64GB storage

3GB RAM/ 32GB storage

What’s good:
If Redmi 6 series didn’t impress you much the new generation of Redmi phones should change that. Meet the Redmi 7S which delivers an extremely competitive processor and a large battery at a compelling price point. You also get a 48 megapixel camera on the back that should hopefully deliver some stunning smaller sized pictures. Making things better is Android 9.0 Pie onboard. Oh, by the way, it’s the same as the Redmi Note 7 except for the rear camera.

 

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
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 660 octa-core 2.2GHzx4 + 1.8GHzx4
  • GPU
    Adreno 512
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    48 MP, f/1.8
    5MP, f/2.4 (depth)
  • Secondary camera
    13 MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p@120fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    4,000mAh, 18W charging QC 4.0
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Yes
  • First announced
    May, 2019
Pros and Cons
  • Processor
  • Battery
  • Fast charging
  • Camera
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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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.