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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.

Also, all these phones support 4G LTE networks, so this list can be also considered for the best 4G LTE phones under 18k. 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 (2018):

 

*Top 3 picks around Rs 18,000*

 

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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1. Oppo RealMe 1

best phones under 18000 - realme 1

What’s good:
Oppo phones are usually underpowered and overpriced. Not this sub-brand though. The RealMe 1 is a winner under 15k that comes with a processor that beats the Snapdragon 636, class-leading RAM and internal memory, and Android 8.1 out of the box. This phone ticks all the checkboxes.

 

What could have been better:
We have yet to find one.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Weight
    155g
  • Display
    6 inch, IPS
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    128GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    MediaTek 6771 octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU
    Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM
    6GB
  • Camera
    13MP, f/2.2
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,410mAh, non removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, (4G)
  • First announced
    May, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Storage
  • RAM
  • Processor

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2. 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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3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

best phone under 20000 - Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
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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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
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear
    1080p front
  • 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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Moto X4

best phones under 25000 in India - moto x4
32GB/3GB RAM

64GB/4GB 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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Nokia 6.1

best phones under 18000 - nokia 6.1

What’s good:
If you’re a fan of the good old 16:9 displays but need a phone that isn’t outdated, this might be the phone for you. Nokia has updated the original Nokia 6 with features like a better processor, Android 8.1 out of the box and sufficient RAM and internal memory. Oh, and it’s on the Android One program so expect timely updates.

 

What could have been better:
Nothing really except the hybrid SIM slot.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.1
  • Weight
    172
  • Display
    5.5 inch, IPS
    1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Storage space
    64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Octa-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 630
  • GPU
    Adreno 508
  • RAM
    4GB
  • Camera
    16 MP (f/2.0)
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.0
  • Video
    2160p@30fps rear
    1080p@30fps front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jan, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Hybrid SIM slot

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Moto G6

best phones under rs 20,000 - Moto G6
3GB/32GB

4GB/64GB

What’s good:
Well, keeping up with the competition, the G6 offers dual camera on the back, enough RAM and storage, Android 8.0 out of the box and the solid reliability of a Motorola.

 

What could have been better:
Compared to the Snapdragon 625 on the G5 Plus, we’re not sure what Motorola was thinking putting an inferior Snapdragon 450 on this one. No it’s not bad, but it doesn’t hold a candle against the better phones in this budget. Yes, it’s a successor to Moto G5 and not G5 Plus, but then what exactly is it doing in that price territory?

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0
  • Weight
    167g
  • Display
    5.7 inches
    1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, dedicated
  • Processor
    Snapdragon 450 Octa core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex A53)
  • GPU
    Adreno 506
  • RAM
    3GB/4GB
  • Camera
    12 MP (f/1.8) + 5 MP (f/2.2)
  • Secondary camera
    8MP, f/2.2
  • Video
    1080p 30FPS rear, 1080p front
  • Battery
    3,000 mAh
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G LTE
  • First announced
    Apr, 2018
Pros and Cons

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Huawei Honor 9N

Honor 9N
3GB RAM, 32GB

4GB RAM, 64GB

4GB RAM, 128GB

What’s good:
The Honor 9N comes with loaded with dual cameras on the back. The front camera seems nice too.

 

What could have been better:
Another rehash of the same phone. Honor needs to realize it can’t keep on making cosmetic changes to its phone and keep on releasing the same tech every two months. Kirin 659 is an old horse that should be rested. This phone is practically the same as Honor 9i, Honor 9 Lite, Honor 7X, give or take a few minor differences.

 

  • OS
    Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Weight
    149g
  • Display
    5.84 inch, IPS
    2280  x 1080 pixels
  • Storage space
    32/64GB
  • Expansion slot
    Yes, hybrid
  • Processor
    Kirin 659 Octa core (4×2.36GHz A53 +  4×1.7GHz A53)
  • GPU
    Mali T830MP2
  • RAM
    3/4GB
  • Camera
    13MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera
    16MP
  • Video
    1080p@30fps rear and front
  • Battery
    3,000mAh, non-removable
  • Connectivity
    Dual SIM, 4G
  • First announced
    Jul, 2018
Pros and Cons
  • Hybrid slot (SIM2 or microSD card)

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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 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.