TOP 9 Best Camera Phones Under 20000 (20k) in India 2019

Last Updated on 2018-12-19 by Shivam Setia

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We have compiled a list of top 9 best camera phones available in India as of 2019. Latest smartphones from Vivo, Asus, Redmi, Honor, Realme have been included in the list. These mobile phones also come with a bezel-less notch display which is in trend these days. Dual camera phones have been in trend from last year and they are great for taking portrait mode pictures with bokeh/blur effect. You will see that all the phones on this list have dual cameras but the implementation of the dual camera is different. Some phones use a color + color sensor,  some use a color sensor + a monochrome sensor and some have a wide angle lens or a telephoto lens which helps to zoom in without losing image quality.

The price range of smartphones on this list is from Rs. 14000 to Rs. 20000. Brands covered are Vivo, Lenovo, Mi, Motorola, Honor, and few others. All these brands offer high value for money.

Most of these phones have decent processors with 4GB to 6GB of RAM and 64GB to 128GB of storage. 4 GB of RAM is enough for multitasking and 64 GB internal storage will handle your videos, pictures, music, and documents. All these phones have good performance and can handle multi-tasking and gaming with ease. The build of these phones is also excellent. You will see metal unibody design on almost all of the phones.

We have listed the specs with the pros and cons of each device. Buy links are also provided below.

Let's take a look at best camera phones in India under 20000  followed by our favorite at the end of this list.

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Here's the list of TOP 9 Best Camera Phones Under 20000 (20k) in India 2019

1. Realme U1 64GB

Realme U1 is a selfie-centric budget smartphone from Realme. It comes with a design similar to that of Realme 2 Pro. There is a large 6.3-inch display with a dewdrop notch on top. The bezels are thin and screen to body ratio is above 90% which is excellent. The back has a reflective design and is made of polycarbonate. Polycarbonate does help to keep the phone lightweight. 

Realme U1 is powered by Helio P70 chipset which was launched recently. Helio P70 is a very powerful midrange chipset and beats chips like Kirin 710 and Snapdragon 636-660 in Antutu benchmarks. The power efficiency is decent as well and it does not heat even with heavy usages. The battery inside is 3500 mAh so it will give a backup of 1 day with normal usage.

The rear camera on U1 is a dual 13MP+2MP setup where 2MP is a depth sensor for portrait mode pictures. The rear camera performance is just okay and not the best in the segment. On the front, we have a 25MP single sensor which takes excellent pictures. The large pixel size helps a lot in low light pictures. If you take a lot of selfies then you are going to love Realme U1.

The phone comes in 2 variants: 3GB RAM 32GB Storage and 4GB RAM 64GB Storage. There is a difference of Rs. 2500 in the two variants so if your usage is not that heavy and you are going to use just social media apps and take selfies from the front camera then go for the lower variant. If you use a lot of apps and games then go for the 4-64GB variant. 

Realme U1 64GB is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM64GB-4GB
Display6.3 inch IPS LCD
ResolutionFull HD+ 2340 x 1080 Pixels
Back Camera13MP+2MP
Front Camera25MP
Battery Capacity3500 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid 8.1
ProcessorHelio P70 Chipset
Weight168g
Pros
Beautiful Design
Powerful Chipset
Great Selfie Camera
Nice Display
Cons
Rear Camera is not great

Price and Available Offers

The price of Realme U1 64GB is around Rs. 14499. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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2. Honor 8X 128GB

Honor 7X was a decent smartphone with a decent display, average camera and battery and looks were not that great as well. The Honor 8X improves in all areas and is a much better package. It comes with a large 6.5-inch notch display with very thin bezels all around. The overall size of the phone is the same as any other 5.5-inch phone with 16:9 aspect ratio display. The display is bright and sharp with good colors and viewing angles. For the price, it is a very nice display and won't disappoint you. 

The back of the Honor 8X is made of polycarbonate and has a reflective dual tone design which looks very cool. Design-wise, this is clearly the best smartphone under 15000. The in-hand feel is also good and the phone feels premium.

The Honor 8X is powered by Kirin 710 processor which is an octa-core chipset running at 2.2GHz. For multitasking, there is 6GB of RAM and for storing pictures, songs, videos there is 128GB of storage. The processor and RAM combination is sufficient for medium to heavy usage and the phone doesn't lag even while switching between a lot of apps. 

The Honor 8X comes with a large 3750 mAh battery which would last for 1 to 1.5 days with medium usage. With low usage, you can get even 2 days of backup. 

On the camera side, we have a dual 20MP+2MP setup on the rear and 16MP camera on the front for selfies. Portrait mode pictures can be taken from both front and rear cameras. The camera performance in daylight conditions is good. Pictures look nice with good amount of details. Color reproduction is decent and edge detection also works well in portrait mode. The low light performance is good but not great. Honor has also added plenty of AI features which do improve the camera performance in certain cases. 

Overall, Honor 8X is a great smartphone and is priced very well. It offers great value for money and is one of our favorite in under Rs. 15000 category of smartphones.

Honor 8X 128GB is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM128GB-6GB
Display6.5 inch LCD
ResolutionFull HD+ 1080P
Back Camera20MP+2MP
Front Camera16MP
Battery Capacity3750 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid 8.1
Processor2.2GHz Kirin 710 Octa Core
Weight177 gm
Pros
Beautiful Design
Gorgeous Display
Plenty of RAM & Storage
Good Performance
Big Battery
Cons

Price and Available Offers

The price of Honor 8X 128GB is around Rs. 18999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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3. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 comes with a new design. The back is polycarbonate but it has a reflective back design which looks really nice. The dual camera setup is placed vertically on the top left and the logo and fingerprint sensor are placed at the center. On the front, we have a 6.26-inch Full HD+ notch display. The notch size is fine and it houses the front camera, flash, and speaker. The display has good color reproduction but the brightness isn't that great and you will notice that only while using the phone outdoors in bright conditions.

The Zenfone Max Pro M2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. There are 3 variants available 3GB 32GB, 4GB 64GB and 6GB 64GB. If your usage is low, 3-32GB variant would be fine for you, for medium usage go for 4-64 and heavy users can go for 6GB RAM variant so get a smooth experience. Snapdragon 660 processor performs really well with Stock Android and you won't notice any lag during the day to day usage. Medium and heavy games also run fine on Zenfone Max Pro M2.

On the camera side, we have a dual camera setup on the back. Asus is using a 12 MP Sony IMX486 sensor which comes with F1.8 aperture, 6P Lens and 1.25 µm (micrometer) pixel size for photos that are bright and vibrant. EIS support is also there which would help in recording stable 4K videos. The 5MP secondary sensor is used to provide depth effect in portrait mode pictures. The edge detection is decent but not the best. Asus should improve this with a software update. On the front, we get a 13MP camera with flash for low light selfies. The performance of the front camera is good and it can take well-detailed pictures with good color reproduction. 

On the battery side, Asus has added a massive 5000 mAh battery which would last for 2 days on a single charge. Even with a big battery, the phone weighs 175g and is not that heavy.

Overall, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is an impressive mid-range smartphone. If you have a budget of Rs. 15000 then this is one of the best options available.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM64 GB-4 GB
Display15.9 cm (6.26 inch) IPS In-cell
ResolutionFHD+ 2280 x 1080 pixels
Back Camera12MP + 5MP
Front Camera13MP
Battery Capacity5000 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Oreo 8.1
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa Core
Weight175 g
Pros
Nice Design
Massive 5000mAh Battery
Good Camera Setup
Snapdragon 660 Processor
Stock Android
Cons

Price and Available Offers

The price of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is around Rs. 14999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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4. Vivo V11

Vivo V11 is the successor of Vivo V9 which was launched earlier this year. Vivo V11 is a good upgrade over V9 and brings nice features to the midrange. The phone is lightweight and easy to hold. It is not a metal body which helps to keep the weight low. The back has a color gradient and is black on the upper half and blue on the lower half. The back looks really nice. 

The display on the front is a 6.3 inch FHD panel. Vivo has added a very small notch which houses the front camera. The bezels are thin all around and the display of body ratio is over 91% which is incredible for a midrange phone. The display panel is gorgeous with punchy colors and good viewing angles. The phone looks very premium overall. The back has a dual tone which looks cool. The dual rear camera is placed vertically on the top left corner and the fingerprint sensor is placed at the center. 

The camera on the back is dual pixel 16MP sensor with 5MP depth sensor to take portrait mode pictures. The front camera is a 25MP sensor. Both cameras take excellent pictures in daylight conditions and good pictures in low light conditions. The camera performance is comparable to the flagship phones. The video recording isn't great though. 

The V11 is powered by the Helio P60 processor which is a powerful midrange chipset. There is 6GB of RAM to handle the multitasking and 64GB of storage. The phone performs well with no lag in the day to day usage. You can also play heavy games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 without any issues.

The battery inside the V11 Pro is 3315 mAh and would last for a day on medium usage. The phone also supports fast charging. 

Overall, Vivo V11 is a good smartphone and we are impressed by the performance and features. If you are looking for a beautiful smartphone at a price of around 20k, this is the phone you should buy.

Vivo V11 is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM64 GB-6 GB
Display16.0 cm (6.3 inch) IPS Incell
ResolutionFHD+ 2280 x 1080 pixels
Back Camera16MP + 5MP
Front Camera25MP
Battery Capacity3315 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Oreo 8.1
ProcessorMediaTek P60 Octa Core 2.0 GHz
Weight163.7 g
Pros
Beautiful Design
Gorgeous Display
Powerful P60 Processor
Great Camera
No Lag While Multitasking
Cons
Bloated Software

Price and Available Offers

The price of Vivo V11 is around Rs. 20990. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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5. Redmi Note 6 Pro

Redmi Note 6 Pro is the successor of Redmi Note 5 Pro which was the bestselling dual camera phone of 2018. Note 6 Pro is very much like the 5 Pro and has some little improvements. The design and body are same as that of Note 5 Pro. The only major change in looks is that the display has a notch on the top. The dual camera placement on the back is still same as before.

The battery, processor and RAM/Storage configurations are also same as before. Note 6 Pro also gives excellent battery backup like Note 5 Pro. You can expect it to last for around 2 days with low to medium usage. The Snapdragon 636 processor with 4/6GB of RAM handles the multitasking well with no lag in the day to day usage. Games also run fine on the Redmi Note 6 Pro.

The camera has some big improvements. The dual camera sensor on the back is still 12MP+5MP but has a larger aperture and bigger pixel size which helps a lot in low light photography. General pictures taken indoors look way better as compared to the pictures takes on Note 5 Pro so that a plus. On the front, Xiaomi has added a secondary sensor with the main 20MP sensor and the selfies also come out good with proper edge detection. You can also change the amount of bokeh after taking the pictures.

Overall, Redmi Note 6 Pro is a well-balanced device with great camera performance. If you are a Redmi fan and need a good camera phone then go for it, otherwise, take a look at Realme 2 Pro and Honor 8X which look much better than Note 6 Pro but cameras aren't that good.

Redmi Note 6 Pro is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM64 GB-4 GB
Display15.9 cm (6.26 inch) IPS (In-cell)
ResolutionFHD+ 2280 x 1080 pixels
Back Camera12MP + 5MP
Front Camera20MP + 2MP
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Oreo 8.1
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 636
Weight181gm
Pros
Decent Display
Good Camera Performance
Excellent Battery Backup
No Lag
Fast Charging Supported
Cons
No Type C Port
Fast Charger Not Included

Price and Available Offers

The price of Redmi Note 6 Pro is around Rs. 13999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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6. Mi A2

Mi A2 is the successor of last year's Mi A1 which was Xiaomi's first Android One phone. It came with stock android, great camera, nice design and a great price. Mi A1 was one of the bestsellers in India and this year Xiaomi has launched the Mi A2. 

Mi A2 has a similar metal unibody design like the Mi A1. The display on the front is now 5.99 inches 18:9 aspect ratio display. The display is of good quality with nice colors, good contrast and saturation. The display is covered by Gorilla glass which will protect it from scratches. 

This time Xiaomi has placed a 20MP+12MP dual rear camera on the Mi A2. There is no telephoto lens like there was last time so you cannot zoom in without losing quality. The front camera is 20MP sensor. Like Mi A2, Mi A2 also takes great pictures with a lot of details, good colors. Portrait mode also works well with good edge detection. 

The Mi A2 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset which is a powerful midrange processor. There is 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Powerful processor, plenty of RAM and stock android makes the phone very fluid. It can handle multiple apps and games with ease. You can also play heavy games like PUBG and Asphalt 9. 

Mi A2 has some negatives as well. First one is that it does not have a headphone jack. The second one is that it does not have a MicroSD slot to increase storage and the third is the average battery. The battery is just 3010 mAh and would last for a day on low to medium usage. With heavy usage, you will exhaust the battery in the evening which isn't great. 

Go for Mi A2 if you need a great camera, stock Android experience under 15000 to 20000 Rs.

Mi A2 is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM64 GB-4 GB
Display5.99 IPS LCD
ResolutionFull HD+ 1080p
Back Camera20MP+12MP Dual Camera
Front Camera12MP
Battery Capacity3010 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid 8.1
ProcessorSnapdragon 660
Weight166 gm
Pros
Nice Display
Powerful Processor
Great Cameras
Stock Android
Cons
Average Battery
No Headphone Jack
No MicroSD Slot

Price and Available Offers

The price of Mi A2 is around Rs. 15999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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7. Huawei Nova 3i

Huawei Nova 3i is the mid-range version of the Nova 3 which comes in the budget flagship category and is priced around 35000. The Nova 3i is priced around 20000 and offers similar looks and features. 

The display on the Huawei Nova 3i is 6.3 inches large and has a Full HD Plus resolution. It is a notch display with thin bezels all around. The display and the phone overall looks gorgeous. The battery inside the Nova 3i is 3340 mAh battery which would last for a day on a single charge with medium usage. 

On cameras side, we have dual front and dual rear cameras. The dual rear camera is 16MP+2MP where 16MP is a color sensor and 2MP is depth sensor for giving blur/bokeh effect in portrait mode pictures. The front selfie camera is 24MP+2MP setup with the larger sensor being the color sensor and another one is depth sensor. Huawei is using Artificial Intelligence to detect scenes and enhance the pictures accordingly. It is something new so it is not that refined yet but it does work well sometimes. The camera performance of the phone is very good overall with good color reproduction and sharpness. Selfies also look great.

The phone comes in only 1 variant with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. If you like to store a ton of stuff on your phone then the 128GB storage would be great for you. 4GB RAM with Kirin 710 chipset is a good configuration to handle multiple apps and games. Kirin 710 is a mid-range chipset and is similar to Snapdragon 660 in performance. 

Huawei Nova 3i is a good option for those who need a great looking phone under 20000 with 128GB storage and good cameras.

Huawei Nova 3i is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM128 GB-4 GB
Display6.3 IPS LCD
ResolutionFull HD+ 1080p
Back Camera16MP+2MP Dual Camera
Front Camera24MP+2MP Dual Camera
Battery Capacity3340 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid 8.1
ProcessorKirin 710
Weight169 gm
Pros
Nice Design
Beautiful Display
Decent Processor
Good Camera Performance
AI Scene Detection
Cons
Average Battery

Price and Available Offers

The price of Huawei Nova 3i is around Rs. 20999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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8. Xiaomi Poco F1 64GB

Pocophone or Poco is Xiaomi's sub-brand and the Poco F1 is their first smartphone. Poco F1 looks like any other mid-range device but it packs solid flagship grade hardware. The display on Poco F1 is 6.18 inches notch display with 19:9 aspect ratio and Full HD+ resolution. There are bezels above the notch and there are bezels at the bottom as well so the device doesn't look as premium as OnePlus 6 and that's the only negaitve point of this device. The back is plastic and it is boring as well. 

Let's talk about the exiciting part which is the internal hardware. Poco F1 packs the flagship processor Snapdragon 845. The pricing of Poco F1 starts at 20999 and it comes with a Snapdragon 845 chipset which is incredible. The most affordable handset till now was Asus Zenfone 5Z and the Poco F1 is priced 9000 lesser that that.

There are 3 variants available: 6GB-64GB, 6GB-128GB and 8GB-258GB. The 6-64 variant is priced at 20999, the 6-128 variant is priced at 23999 and the highest variant with 8GB 256GB is priced at 28999. Even the lowest variant provides 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which will be more than enough for most of the users. 

Xiaomi Poco F1 runs on MIUI. The UI has changed though, thanks to the Poco launcher. It looks more like Stock Android now but it is not. There are a lot of customizations and it is still bloated with extra apps. Still, powerful chipset and plenty of RAM ensures that there is no lag even with the heaviest games like PUBG which run smoothly on Poco F1. The F1 also has liquid cooling which helps to keep the temperature in control to prevent throttling. 

The camera on the rear is 12MP+5MP dual camera. The 5MP depth sensor helps in taking portrait mode pictures with blur effect. The front camera is 20MP and takes excellent selfies. Overall camera performance is great. Pictures are sharp and detailed with good colors and brightness. 

The battery inside the F1 is 4000 mAh which is great and is one of the best you would find on modern day flagships. It would last for 1.5 days easily with medium usage. 

Overall, Poco F1 is an incredible smartphone which provides excellent value for money. If you are a power user and need the best hardware at 20-25k price, Poco F1 should be your choice.

Xiaomi Poco F1 64GB is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM64 GB-6 GB
Display6.18 inch IPS
ResolutionFHD+ 2160 x 1080 pixels
Back Camera12MP + 5MP
Front Camera20MP
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Oreo 8.1
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Weight180 g
Pros
Snapdragon 845 Processor
Big Battery
Good Camera
Incredible Performance
Excellent Pricing
Cons
Average Looks

Price and Available Offers

The price of Xiaomi Poco F1 64GB is around Rs. 20999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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9. Samsung Galaxy J8

With Samsung Galaxy J8, Samsung has made an effort to align itself with the latest trends, though not all. It comes with a 6-inch infinity display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. It has a Super AMOLED display with HD Plus resolution, the display is one of the best seen among phones under 20000 as it has perfect brightness, clarity and colour reproduction. The build quality is of polycarbonate material with metal frame sandwiched between front and back.

It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor and has 4 GB of RAM. It has an Antutu score of 57000. This phone provides smooth multitasking among light to medium apps. Playing high-end games is not recommended. Galaxy J8 has an internal storage of 64 GB and comes with a dedicated SD card slot to expand the storage by 256 GB, so you will face any shortage of shortage space on this phone.

Samsung has a special focus on camera as it is the most talked feature of a phone and they are doing a brilliant job with the kind of optimizations, performance and feature they offer. This Galaxy J8 has a dual rear camera with 16MP and 5MP sensor and on the front, it has a 16MP sensor. Both the front and rear camera have LED flash and click beautiful images in both day and low light conditions. The rear camera supports bokeh effect that the edge detection and blurring effect are above expectations. The rear camera also supports various new modes like Background Blur Shape (Add some objects(heart, butterfly etc) to the blur points ) Portrait Dolly feature (create a GIF of your image with the focus point zooming out), Portrait Backdrop (Live Focus, change the focus after clicking the picture and add effects in the background.)  With Galaxy J8, Samsung has introduced one of the best camera phones in this price range. 

Samsung Galaxy J8 runs on Android oreo 8.0 with minimal bloatware and the skin is smooth and light in usage. Samsung has also added a Chat Over Video feature which allows you to chat while watching any video as the chat pops up in the corner with a transparent background. It also supports both face and fingerprint unlocking and works smoothly and accurately.

It has a battery rated at 3500 mAh which can power the phone for a full day easily. There is no IP rating on Galaxy J8 so you will have to keep it safe from dust and water. Overall, it is one of the brilliant and best Samsung phones for a pricing of under 20000. If you are not much into gaming or high-level multitasking, then you will surely love what this phone from Samsung offers.

Samsung Galaxy J8 is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM64 GB-4 GB
Display6 inch Super AMOLED
ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1480 Pixels
Back Camera16MP + 5MP
Front Camera16MP
Battery Capacity3500 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Oreo 8
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon SDM450
Weight170 gm
Pros
Excellent Camera Quality
Top Notch Super AMOLED display
Feature Rich Smartphone.
Dedicated Sd Card Slot
Support Fingerprint and Face Unlock
Cons
Snapdragon 450 Chipset

Price and Available Offers

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So this was our list of best camera smartphones under 20000. We hope it was helpful for our users and you found a new dual camera phone. If you are not able to decide then take a look at our favorite.

Our Favourite Camera Phone Under 20000

Xiaomi Poco F1 is our favorite camera phone under Rs. 20000. It comes with a notch display and flagship specs. It is a great value for money phone overall. Here's the link to buy it -

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