TOP 9 Best Smartphones Under 20000 in India 2019 (with Reviews)

Last Updated on 2018-12-17 by Shivam Setia

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Looking for a midrange smartphone at a price of around 20000? You are at the right place. In this article, we have covered the top 9 best smartphones under 20000 available in India as of 2019. We have sorted through hundreds of smartphones launched in 2018 and 2019 to compile this list.

You will see that we have listed smartphones from Samsung, Honor, MI, Moto, Lenovo, Oppo, Vivo, Huawei. All these brands are well known for making quality products. 

So what can you expect from a smartphone priced at around Rs. 20000? First, you will see that the build of the smartphones is metal unibody which has been a thing from the last 2 years. Some latest smartphones are coming with glass back as well. The display on most phones is 5.5 inches to 6.3 inches. The ones with large 6 inches displays have 18:9 aspect ratio bezel-less displays with a screen to body ratio of around 90% or notch displays with 19:9 aspect ratio. They do look beautiful and premium.  

Inside you will see 4GB to 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage on most phones. 64 gigs of storage should be enough for most of the users for storing data, pictures, music and videos. 4GB of RAM is sufficient to handle multitasking so you won't face issues with that. 

The phones on this list have amazing cameras as well. Some of them have dual rear or dual front cameras as well to take bokeh effect pictures which is also known as portrait mode. Selfies have been in focus from last year, so front cameras also have high resolutions ranging from 13MP to 25MP.

Let's take a look at the best smartphones under 20000 in India.

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Here's the list of TOP 9 Best Smartphones Under 20000 in India 2019 (with Reviews)

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 V9 Pro

Vivo V9 Pro is the successor of last year's Vivo V9 which was one of the bestsellers in the 20000 segment. Surprisingly, V9 Pro comes with better specs at a lower price. It is not like a lot have changes but still, small changes and lower price makes it a good option in 15000 to 20000 segment.

Vivo V9 Pro has a large 6.3-inch notch display on the front with minimal bezels. The display has Full HD+ resolution and the overall quality is good with nice colors and viewing angles are decent. On the back, we have a reflective design in Nebula Purple variant which looks very cool. If you don't like the flashy design then you can go for the normal black color variant.

Inside the V9 Pro, there is Snapdragon 660 chipset with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It runs on FunTouch OS 4.0 which is a bloated version of Android 8.1. Vivo tends to add a lot of stuff which makes it bloated and not easy to use. If you are coming from a Stock Android phone, you might find it difficult at first but you will get used to it. The performance of the phone is decent and it is able to handle switching between multiple apps and games with ease. 

On Camera side, we have a dual 13+2MP rear camera setup and 16MP front selfie camera. The rear secondary lens is a depth sensor for bokeh effect pictures. The front camera also takes portrait mode pictures with a single lens. The camera performance of the rear is good but not great. Pictures look good for everyday use but are not that detailed. Dynamic range is not great either. The selfies from the front camera look nice. Vivo has plenty of beauty modes, filters, and stickers built inside the camera app so if you are into those, you are going to like V9 Pro.

The battery inside the V9 Pro is 3260 mAh and will last for a day with normal usage. The phone weighs just around 150 gms and is easy to use. It also comes with a transparent case inside the box. 

If you like Vivo and need a phone at a price of around 15000 which looks different and has powerful internals then you can consider V9 Pro.

Vivo V9 Pro is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM64 GB-4 GB
Display16.0 cm (6.3 inch) TFT
ResolutionFHD+ 2280 x 1080 pixels
Back Camera13MP + 2MP
Front Camera16MP
Battery Capacity3260 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Oreo 8.1
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660AIE 1.95 GHz Octa-core
Weight150 g
Pros
Beautiful Display
Nice Reflective Back
Powerful SD660 Processor
Decent Camera Performance
Cons
Bloated Software
Average Battery

Price and Available Offers

The price of Vivo V9 Pro is around Rs. 15990. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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5. Realme 2 Pro

Realme 2 Pro is a Flipkart exclusive smartphone. It comes with a 6.3 Inch display with dewdrop/waterdrop notch and a Full HD Plus screen resolution. The display has perfect brightness and viewing angles and you would enjoy using it. The back on the phone has a plastic(polycarbonate) body but has a shiny finish which looks like a glass finish. The build quality is decent and the phone is easy to hold and use as it weighs only 170 gm.

It is powered by the Snapdragon 660 processor which is a very powerful chipset for a phone under 15k and scores around 1,30,000 on the Antutu Benchmarks. It comes in 3 variants with RAM and Internal storage configuration as 4GB-64GB,  6GB-64GB and 8 GB- 128GB variants. The performance is super smooth and top notch even with heavy games and high multitasking. Also, there is a dedicated SD card slot to expand the storage up to 256 GB along with proper from dual sim usage.

On the camera side, we get a dual rear camera with 16 MP f/1.7 and 2MP(depth) sensor which clicks perfect and crisp both day and low light images. The portrait shot edge detection also works very well. On the front camera, we have a 16MP f/2.0 sensor which also clicks beautiful images and also supports portrait shots. There is AI beauty mode for both the front and rear camera that recognizes the scene and changes the contrast, exposure and colour for images to look better.

Realme 2 Pro supports both fingerprint and face unlocking mechanism and both the methods are very very quick and work accurately.  The battery on this smartphone is a 3500 mAh rated and lasts for around a day or a bit more with medium usage. The charger in the box is 5V 2A which is not a fast charger and the charging port is a Micro USB and not a type C.

Realme 2 Pro runs on Color OS 5.2 operating system based on Android Oreo 8.1. The UI is not the best here and has bloatware that does not give the best user experience. Apart from this, all is perfect with this Realme 2 Pro smartphone for the price range it offers. This phone does not get any IP rating so you need to protect it from dust and water.

Realme 2 Pro is the latest king of the budget smartphone with superior features and specification compared to other phones in the under 15000 price range.  

Realme 2 Pro is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM64 GB-4 GB
Display16.0 cm (6.3 inch) IPS LCD
ResolutionFHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels
Back Camera16MP + 2MP
Front Camera16MP
Battery Capacity3500 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Oreo 8.1
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.0GHz AIE
Weight174 g
Pros
Beautiful waterdrop notch Display
Powerful snapdragon 660 processor
Decent Camera Performance
Dedicated SD card slot
Real quick face and fingerprint unlocking
Cons
Color OS does not have the best user experience
No USB Type C and fast charging support

Price and Available Offers

The price of Realme 2 Pro is around Rs. 13990. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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

The price of Samsung Galaxy J8 is around Rs. 15990. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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9. Samsung Galaxy A6

Samsung Galaxy A6 was launched in last week of May 2018. It has a 5.6 inch Super AMOLED display which is one of the best in terms of clarity and colour reproduction. The resolution though is 720 x 1480 pixels which is slightly on the lower side but the quality and viewing angles are good. The back of the phone is made of metal and the phone looks decent with a new design and feels premium.

This phone is powered by the Exynos 7870 processor which is not the best processor in this price range as it scores only 45000 on the Antutu Benchmark. It has 4 GB of RAM and the performance is decent for day to day usage. It is not meant to play heavy games or run multiple apps together. 

On the camera side, it has a 16MP rear camera and 16MP front camera with LED flash on both front and rear. The camera clicks beautiful images and clicks a lot better images that phone with the dual camera. The image quality is stunning even in low light. The only thing it misses on is the portrait/bokeh shots.

It runs on Android Oreo operating system and there is a custom Experience 9.0 UI which is not the cleanest and has bloatware that cannot be deleted. It comes with 3000 mAH battery that powers the phone for around one single day. 

Overall, if you are looking for a Samsung branded smartphone with a great camera, build quality and if you do not heavy games or do not heavy usage, then you can consider this phone.

Samsung Galaxy A6 is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM32 GB-4 GB
Display5.6 inch Super AMOLED
Resolution720 x 1480 pixels
Back Camera16MP
Front Camera16MP
Battery Capacity3000 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Oreo 8.0
ProcessorExynos 7870
Weight163 gm
Pros
Super AMOLED Display
Build Quality
Camera Images.
Dolby Atmos Speakers
Cons
Performance is not the best.

Price and Available Offers

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So that was our list of best smartphones under 20000. We hope it was helpful and you were able to find a new smartphone for yourself. If you are confused then we will help you out. Take a look at our favorite below:

Our Favorite Smartphone on the list

We have 2 favorites under 20000. 

The first pick is Poco F1 from Xiaomi which has redefined the budget segment by introducing the most powerful Snapdragon 845 and a brilliant camera quality. It is exclusively available on Flipkart.

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Our 2nd pick is the Honor 8X. It comes with a beautiful design, large display, powerful processor and 6GB RAM 128 GB storage.

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