10 Best Smartphones Under 20000 in India with Reviews

Last Updated on 2018-09-02 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 10 best smartphones under 20000 available in India as of 2018. We have sorted through hundreds of smartphones launched in late 2017 and 2018 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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1. 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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2. 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

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3. Huawei P20 Lite

Huawei P20 Lite comes with a 5.84 inches full view display with a notch design. It has FHD Plus resolution and aspect ratio of 19:9. The display is bright with perfect colour quality and looks bright and clear even in outdoor lighting. In terms of design, it is a very beautiful phone with a glass back that has 2.5 D glass protection and a multicoloured textured back design that displays different patterns at different angles.

This phone is powered by the Kirin 659 Processor along with 4 GB of RAM. This processor can handle multitasking smoothly and has good gaming performance. It has an Antutu Benchmark of 75000 which lags behind the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of performance. It has internal memory of 64 GB  which can be expanded up to 128 GB using a hybrid MicroSD card slot.

On the camera part, it comes with a rear dual camera of 12 MP + 2 MP sensor and it clicks beautiful shots in different lighting conditions. The camera application has various modes like HDR, Pro etc. It also supports bokeh effects/Portrait Shots and slow-motion videos that work great given the price range of under 20k. The front camera is a 16MP sensor and the images are perfect and look beautiful. The camera does some processing through its software processing to adjust the colour, tone etc. The front camera also supports bokeh shots using software processing which is not great but decent enough.

There is a 3000 mAh battery that can keep the phone powered up for a day and there is also a fast charger in the box which can charge the phone to 100 per cent in just 1 hour 30 minutes. It runs on Android 8.1 operating system with EMUI 8.0 which has some new features but some bloatware as well. The UI is smooth to use and we did not face any issues.

Overall, it is a very beautiful phone, with an amazing camera and also supports fast charging. The performance is also decent but not the best in this price range. If you are not into gaming or using multiple apps together, then this phone offers decent value for money for under 20000.

 

Huawei P20 Lite is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM64 GB-4 GB
Display5.84 inch IPS LCD
ResolutionFull HD+ 1080 x 2280 pixels
Back Camera16MP + 2MP
Front Camera24 MP
Battery Capacity3000 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Oreo 8.0
ProcessorKirin 659
Weight145 gm
Pros
Beautiful Design
2.5 D Glass Protection
Beautiful Camera Images
Full HD Resolution Display
Fast Charging
Cons
Not the best processor.

Price and Available Offers

The price of Huawei P20 Lite is around Rs. 19999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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4. 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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5. Vivo V9

Vivo V9 is Vivo's first smartphone with a notch on the display. Priced at around Rs. 20000, it offers great value for money. The design of the smartphone looks stunning. The 6.3-inch display covers most of the front. There are just small bezels on the bottom. The phone back is covered with glass as well 

The hardware inside the phone is impressive as well. You get Snapdragon 626 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The phone will handle any task you throw at it. Multitasking is a breeze because of plenty of RAM and powerful chipset. The Snapdragon 626 chipset is very efficient as well you get great power savings. Even with a large display and 3260 mAh battery, you will get a day of backup with medium usage.

The camera configuration on this device is excellent. You get 16MP + 5MP Dual Rear Camera to take portrait mode pictures with bokeh effect and a 24MP Front Camera to take beautiful selfies. Both camera perform really well and take great pictures. The beautify mode makes your selfies even better.

Overall, we love this device. Go for it if you need a trendy looking smartphone with good performance and great cameras at a price of around 20000.

 

Vivo V9 is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM64 GB-4 GB
Display6.3 inch IPS Capacitive Touch Screen
ResolutionFull HD+ 2280 x 1080 Pixels
Back Camera16MP + 5MP
Front Camera24MP
Battery Capacity3260 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Oreo 8.1
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 626
Weight150 g
Pros
Stunning Design
Large Bezel-less Display
Lag Free Performance
Great Cameras
Dedicated MicroSD Slot
Cons

Price and Available Offers

The price of Vivo V9 is around Rs. 18990. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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6. Samsung Galaxy J7 Max

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max has a 5.7 inch Full HD TFT Display and powered by a MediaTek Octa-Core MT6757 Processor. This phone has strong build quality as seen in all the Samsung phone. It has 4 GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory and has dedicated SD card slot to expand the storage up to 256GB.

In the camera departments, this phone really scores well with a 13 MP sensor in both the rear and front camera with f/1.7 and f/1.9 aperture respectively. The camera performance is impressive which clicks sharp images even in low light conditions. J7 Max has Android 7.0 (Naugat) operating system and has a clean UI and offers impressive software experience. It has a battery rating of 3300 mAh and gives a backup of around a day.

Also, It supports features like Samsung Pay and offers a lag free gaming experience and multitasking. After the recent price cut, this phone looks very attractive in you are looking to buy a Samsung phone with a budget of under 15000.

 

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM32 GB-4 GB
Display5.7 inch TFT
ResolutionFull HD 1920 x 1080 pixels
Back Camera13MP
Front Camera13MP
Battery Capacity3300 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Nougat 7
ProcessorOcta Core Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20
Weight179 g
Pros
Strong build quality
Good camera performance
Seamless Multitasking
Dedicated Sd Card Slot
Cons

Price and Available Offers

The price of Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is around Rs. 14900. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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7. Redmi Note 5 Pro 6GB

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is the Pro variant of Redmi Note 5 and is a lot more powerful than the Note 5. 

The overall design and display is same as Redmi Note 5 but the processor inside the dual camera on the back and front selfie camera are much better. Inside you have Snapdragon 636 which is 80% more powerful than Snapdragon 625 on Redmi Note 5. Apps open and close very fast and overall experience is very snappy. 

The cameras have received a major upgrade as well. There is a dual camera on the back with 12MP+5MP sensors. The camera takes beautiful photos with depth/blue effect also known as portrait mode.

The front selfie camera is also great. It is a 20MP camera sensor and takes beautiful shots. It can also take portrait mode pictures.

This variant comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. If you are a heavy user then this is the best variant for you. The 6GB RAM keeps the apps running and makes the experience even more fluid.

Overall, it is great phone under 20000 with nice design, large display, excellent cameras and 2 day battery backup.

Redmi Note 5 Pro 6GB is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM64 GB-6 GB
Display5.99 inch IPS (in-cell)
ResolutionFull HD+ 2160 x 1080 Pixels
Back Camera12MP + 5MP
Front Camera20MP
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Nougat 7.1.2
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 636
Weight
Pros
Great Design
Beautiful Display
Excellent Chipset
Nice Dual Camera
6GB RAM
Cons

Price and Available Offers

The price of Redmi Note 5 Pro 6GB is around Rs. 16999. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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8. Motorola Moto X4

Motorola Moto X4 is a near perfect phone if you are looking for a quality hardware and a super solid smartphone. Though it does not follow the trend of bezel less display and might not be the best in terms of looks, but it is a super powerful and solid smartphone. In terms of camera, gaming or multitasking, it is one of the best and also comes with IP68 Certification making it complete Water and Dust Proof.

Motorola Moto X4 is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM32 GB-3 GB
Display5.2 inch LTPS IPS
ResolutionFull HD 1080 x 1920 Pixels
Back Camera12MP + 8MP
Front Camera16MP
Battery Capacity3000 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Nougat 7.1
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 630
Weight
Pros
Powerful chipset and performance
Stock Android Experience
Perfect Front Camera
Dual Rear Camera Setup
Complete Water and Dust Proof (IP68 Certified)
Cons
No Infinity Display

Price and Available Offers

The price of Motorola Moto X4 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. Vivo V7+

Vivo V7+ is a great looking device but that's pretty much it about it. The USP of the device is the bezel less display on the front which has HD resolution. Full HD resolution has been a much better choice considering the large 6 inch size. The front camera is 24MP and performs well so it is a good option for selfie lovers. The processor is Snapdragon 450 which is a latest chipset and performance is decent. So overall Vivo V7+ is a good looking phone with a nice front camera.

Vivo V7+ is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM64 GB-4 GB
Display5.99 inch IPS
ResolutionHD 1440 x 720 pixels
Back Camera16MP
Front Camera24MP
Battery Capacity3225 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Nougat 7.1
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 450 Octa Core 1.8 GHz
Weight160 g
Pros
Bezel less Display
Excellent Front Camera
Beautiful Design
Cons
Average Processor

Price and Available Offers

The price of Vivo V7+ is around Rs. 19990. The prices keep changing so please check the latest price and available deals & offers at links below

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10. Moto Z2 Play

Moto Z2 Play is sleek and stylish with an excellent AMOLED display on the front. The camera performs well. The Z2 Play supports Moto Mods which means you can attach various mods like speakers, camera, battery pack, speaker etc. The overall performance is smooth with no lag. Overall one the best phone in this range.

Moto Z2 Play is one of the best phones under 20000
Storage-RAM64 GB-4 GB
Display5.5 inch AMOLED
ResolutionFull HD 1920 x 1080 pixels
Back Camera12MP
Front Camera5MP
Battery Capacity3000 mAh
ConnectivityDual Sim
SoftwareAndroid Nougat 7.1.1
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 626
Weight145 g
Pros
Gorgeous Design
Vibrant Display
Decent Camera Quality
Fast Charging
Moto Mods
Cons

Price and Available Offers

The price of Moto Z2 Play 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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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 favourite below:

Our Favorite Smartphone on the list

We have 2 favourites 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 availble on Flipkart.

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Our 2nd pick is the Moto X4

Moto X4 is the first one which comes with a 5.2-inch display and is very handy. It has a nice dual camera on the back plus it is IP68 waterproof. If you like small phones with solid build quality then go for Moto X4. Link to buy: Buy Moto X4 from Amazon or Buy Moto X4 from Flipkart