Best Smartphones Under Rs.20,000 (June 2020)

by | Jun 21, 2020

Are you the one looking for stepping up your geek game a bit?

With a bunch of choices lying around, you’re sure to sweat it out but don’t worry we will walk you through the toughest part.

This list has been curated to provide you with an insight into the best phones under Rs.20,000.

Whether you are an amateur photographer, an avid gamer or a selfie lover, we’ve tossed the best smartphones with these features in this price range so that you can take your pick quite easily.

Without any further ado, here are the choices we have shortlisted for you.

Best Smartphones Under Rs.20,000

1. Motorola One Fusion+Overall Best Pick
2. Poco X2Runner-Up Pick
3. Realme 6 ProBest for Gaming
4. Samsung Galaxy M31Best Battery Life
5. Redmi Note 9 Pro MaxBest Build Quality
6. Realme XTSmartphone with OLED Display
7. Xiaomi Note 8 ProBest Camera Smartphone
8. Honor 9xHonourable Mention

 

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1. Motorola One Fusion+

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Overall Best Pick
  • Powerful Snapdragon 730G CPU
  • Quad rear camera 
  • HDR10 certified Full HD+ display

Motorola was lagging behind the competitors in the smartphone market once Lenovo acquired it from Google.

The all-new Motorola One Fusion+ is a sign of Motorola trying to up its ante against brands like Xiaomi and Realme to capture the lost foothold in the market.

Design and Build Quality

The Motorola One Fusion+ has a glass front and plastic back shell with a polycarbonate plastic frame in between.

The backplate has a lined pattern with glass-like subtle glossy texture which looks and feels good.

This smartphone has a dedicated button to summon Google voice assistant. The fingerprint scanner rests on the rear at a comfortable position within normal hand reach.

The USB type C port is placed in the button portion along with a 3.5mm headphone jack and the speaker grill.

Since this device features a pop-up selfie camera, the display has no notches or cutouts to obstruct a seamless UI experience.

Display

The Motorola One Fusion+ features a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with HDR10. This is one of the best displays in this segment, with vivid and bright colour reproduction and inky deep blacks.

This is the only sub. Rs.20,000 smartphone with Youtube signature device certification, capable of playing HDR10 youtube content in all its glory.

Since there is no notch or cutouts in the display, the Motorola One Fusion+ delivers an immersive media consumption experience.

This device also comes with Widevine L1 certification for full HD Netflix and Amazon prime video playback.

Processor and Performance

This budget smartphone from Motorola runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset.

Along with the 6GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB storage, this CPU performs flawlessly.

The gaming performance is smooth with all the popular titles such as PUBG and COD which are currently in trend.

The multitasking and day to day casual usage is buttery smooth, thanks to the Android 10 OS with almost zero customization.

Camera

The Motorola One Fusion+ has a familiar quad camera setup in the rear, now common with most devices in this price point.

The primary sensor is the 64MP one with f/1.8, followed by an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 5MP macro camera with autofocus and a 2MP depth-sensing unit.

This device is capable of recording 4k videos at 30fps and full HD videos at 120fps. You can even use the macro camera for video recording.

When it comes to the front, a motorized 16MP pop-up selfie camera does the job without any issues.

The images and videos appear adequately detailed and colour accurate. The post-processing is minimal, which helps the camera to retain most of the natural colours we see with our eyes.

Miscellaneous

This device comes with a dedicated audio DAC for 32-bit audio playback via wired earphones and headphones.

Battery Life

The Motorola One Fusion+ is powered by a 5000mAh battery which Motorola claims to have a standby time of 23 days.

You can get over a day and a half with heavy usage like gaming and video consumption with this device.

Motorola provides a 15W fast charger in the box which, by today’s standards is not that fast but can expedite the charging process quite a bit.

Verdict

We feel that the Motorola One Fusion+ is a winner in this price segment with all the right elements to be the best in the business.

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Dedicated audio DAC

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One-touch Google Assistant button

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Long-lasting 5000mAh battery

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Only 15W charger in the box

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Camera64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.5-inch Full HD+

2. Poco X2

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Runner-Up Pick
  • 120Hz reality flow display
  • 4500mAh battery with 27W fast charging
  • Powerful Snapdragon 730G processor

POCO is an independent sub-brand of Xiaomi which released the widely successful POCO F1 smartphone that is considered a legend to this day among the consumers.

The POCO F1 offered amazing hardware at an unbelievable price and the users have been asking for the next iteration for God knows how long.

Finally, the company decided to launch the POCO X2 smartphone, again at an incredible price tag costing well under Rs.20,000.

Design and Build Quality

The POCO X2 shares an uncanny resemblance with the 5G capable Redmi K30 smartphone.

The glass sandwich design looks very elegant and feels premium in hand. POCO went the notch-less way with the double punch-hole front camera setup to increase the available screen real estate.

There is a 3.5mm headphone jack for those with a wired headphone, so don’t worry about investing extra on a Bluetooth headphone.

Overall the build quality of the POCO X2 is commendable for the price and it won’t be too much to say, this device is an absolute steal for your money.

Display

As we have earlier mentioned, the all-new POCO X2 comes with a double punch-hole display, which is the new trend among smartphone manufacturers.

This is a large 6.67-inch full HD+ reality flow display with a refresh rate of 120Hz.

The scrolling and transitions feel buttery smooth on this device and it is almost sure that after using a 120Hz display, going back to a traditional 60Hz device will be hard.

The colours look very natural and vivid and the brightness levels are on par with the competitors in the same price range.

This display is protected by the latest iteration of Corning Gorilla glass. Not only the protection covers the display but also the rear as well.

Processor and Performance

The POCO X2 comes loaded with the gaming-oriented Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC clocked at 2.2GHz.

This chipset delivers exceptional graphics as well as multitasking performance coupled with the 6GB RAM and the 64GB UFS2.1 storage.

Be it day to day usage or heavy gaming, this smartphone chews through everything you throw at it in style.

Camera

This budget Android smartphone from POCO features a quad-camera rear setup with the main 64MP sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide angle sensor, a dedicated 2MP macro shooter along with 2MP depth-sensing unit.

In the front, there is the 20MP main camera assisted with a 2MP depth sensor for better portrait selfie shots.

The photo and video quality that comes out of these cameras are very well balanced with natural skin tones and colours.

Battery Life

The POCO X2 is powered by a 4500mAh Li-ion battery to accommodate its powerful processor and the 120Hz display.

The phone lasts comfortably over a day and half of heavy usage. The supplied 27W fast charger juices up the device pretty fast as well.

Verdict

If you don’t mind the lack of an OLED panel, the POCO X2 is one of the best devices you can get your hands on for a budget under Rs.20,000.

The long-lasting battery, 120Hz display and the 64MP quad-camera deliver an amazing value for money prospect with this device.

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Liquid cooling system

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Gorgeous design

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Hi-res audio DAC

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No OLED display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Q 10.0
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Front, 20MP + 2MP Rear
Battery4500mAh
Display6.67 inch Full HD+ IPS 120Hz

3. Realme 6 Pro

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Best Gaming Smartphone
  • 90Hz full HD+ display
  • Powerful Snapdragon 720G CPU
  • Quad rear camera setup

Realme has been closely trailing behind Redmi for a while in the smartphone market.

With the all-new Realme 6 Pro, the company has upped the ante in the budget smartphone segment with cutting edge features that were once reserved for higher-end flagship devices.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme 6 pro is characterized with a double punch-hole display and a gradient coloured glass back body.

The phone weighs 196 grams and feels light and durable in hand. The fingerprint sensor this time is located on the side and doubles up as a power button.

Both the front and back glass is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for advanced scratch protection.
Realme has also given a splash-resistant coating on top of the glass to withstand light water drops from sticking on the surface.

The standard set of features such as the USB type C port and the 3.5mm headphone jack is present and accounted for as well.

Display

The display is one of the unique features of this smartphone priced under Rs.20,000. The dual punch-hole display looks similar to one that we’ve seen in the POCO X2.

The Realme 6 Pro features a 6.6-inch full HD+ panel with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels with a ppi count of 400.

The display looks very sharp and the colours turn out to be natural and vivid. Even though an OLED display would have been nice, it’s nothing like that of a deal-breaker.

We’ve saved the best thing for the last – this is a 90Hz refresh rate display. This means the UI will feel much smoother.

While playing games which support this high refresh rate, you can feel the difference in person.

Performance

The Realme 6 Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset, which is custom-tuned for enhanced gaming performance.

The 8GB RAM and the super-fast 128GB UFS2.1 storage will help you experience the best of mobile computing in the sub. Rs.20,000 price segment.

Speaking of the thermal performance, the phone gets slightly warm with extended hours of gaming, but nothing serious enough to throttle the performance.

Camera

The Realme 6 Pro comes with a quad-camera setup in the rear and dual cameras in the front.

The main 64MP camera comes with a 1/1.7 aperture sensor for better low light photography.

There is a 12MP long focus sensor for better zooming capabilities followed by the 8MP wide-angle and 2MP macro camera.

The images come out clean and detailed in daylight and with respectable performance in the dark.

Talking about the video, there is electronic image stabilization to keep your footage steady and smooth.

The front 16MP+8MP setup offers excellent selfies with realistic bokeh effects. This camera also supports EIS for smooth front cam videos.

Miscellaneous

The Realme 6 Pro runs on the all-new Realme UI 1.0 based on Android 10. This custom skin is much more refined than the previous Color OS which realme phones shipped with in the past.

Battery Life

The Realme 6 Pro is powered by a 4300mAh battery that will easily last over a day with heavy usage.

To makes things better, there is the 30W fast charging support with the charger available in the box.

Verdict

The Realme 6 Pro is a fantastic value for money smartphone perfect for resource-intensive tasks such as gaming.

The 90Hz display along with the powerful processor and long-lasting battery makes it a champ in its price segment.

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Elegant design

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Side-mounted fingerprint reader

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30W fast charge support

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No AMOLED display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm® Snapdragon720G
Camera64MP + 12MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP + 8MP Front
Battery4300mAh
Display6.6-inch Full HD+

4. Samsung Galaxy M31

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Best Battery Life
  • Super AMOLED display
  • Quad – camera setup
  • Long-lasting battery

The galaxy M31 is the latest mid-range online-only M series android smartphone from Samsung to take on the competition from the likes of Xiaomi and Realme.

The Samsung Galaxy M31 is a device like nothing else from the past, especially the previously ridiculously overpriced A series phones.

It is loaded with features which stack well against its competition for the price tag at which the phone retails.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M31 has a polycarbonate outer shell with a textured finish that looks elegant.

The phone feels very light in hand considering the battery size and thanks to its rounded corners, it feels very lightweight and easy to hold in one hand.

This phone comes with minimal bezels on all four sides and offers an immersive visual experience with its notch display.

Overall the quality of construction is very good and is on par with its competitors.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy M31 features a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display with an infinity U notch at the top.

This full HD+ display has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and has a pixel density of about 403 ppi which renders the screen very sharp and clear output.

Samsung is the best OLED manufacturer in the world and the quality of this AMOLED display justifies that claims effortlessly.

This smartphone has an 84.4% screen to body ratio and supports L1 wide wine certification which lets you watch online streaming services in full HD resolution.

Processor and Performance

The Galaxy M31 is powered by the Samsung Exynos 9611 octa-core processor supplemented by the Mali-G72 GPU.

With the integrated 6GB LPDDRX RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage, this device performs excellent when it comes to multitasking and gaming.

Whether it be PUBG or Fortnite, this budget Android smartphone from Samsung will let you play it in full HD resolution without any dropped frames or lags.

The latest Android 10.0 Q OS with Samsung’s One UI 2.0 on top is very well optimized for performance improvements when compared to the previous iterations.

Camera

This smartphone comes with a quad-camera setup in the rear. Yes, a quad camera under sub. Rs.20,000, that too from Samsung.

The primary camera on the rear is a 64MP shooter with an aperture size of f/1.8 for better low light performance.

The secondary sensor is an 8MP ultrawide shooter, which is one of a kind in this price bracket.

The third one is a 5MP depth sensor for high-quality portrait and bokeh mode photos followed by a 5MP macro mode sensor for closeup photography.

The front camera is a 32MP sensor with HDR support for wide-angle selfie shots.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy M31 is powered by a whopping 6000mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last for up to two days of heavy usage.

Samsung does include a 15W fast charger in the box which will let you charge this device in under 2.30 hours.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy M31 is the most feature-packed Android smartphone with the best battery life, priced under Rs.20,000.

With its AMOLED display, triple camera setup and the 4000mAh battery, this smartphone is difficult to pass up in this price bracket.

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Excellent battery life

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Type C port

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Fast charging support

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15W fast charger is slow

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorExynos 9611 octa-core
Camera64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery6000mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

5. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

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Best Build Quality
  • Capable quad-camera in the rear
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Immersive Full HD+ display

Redmi Note 9 Pro is the successor to the popular Redmi Note 9 Pro smartphone that was launched recently.

The notable difference between the two is that the Max version features a 64MP main sensor in the rear instead of 48MP on the Note Pro and a 32MP front camera instead of the 16MP on the Note 9 Pro.

Build Quality and Design

For a premium budget smartphone priced under Rs.20,000, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has an exceptional build quality. The all-glass body feels firm and easy to hold in hand.

The curved edges help this comparatively large device easy to hold and operate with a single hand.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max looks similar to many of the expensive flagships in the market with a central quad camera set up at the back and a punch-hole display upfront.

What makes this device stand out from the pack is the inclusion of a liquid cooling technology that will avoid the device from getting hot while gaming or any other intense resource-hungry operations.

Processor and Performance

Most of the mid-range smartphones today feature perfectly capable, but not necessarily high-end processors.

This is slowly changing with smartphone manufactures including powerful chips even inside the mid-range devices for better performance.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max comes with the top of the line mid-range Snapdragon 720G processor for under Rs.20,000.

This beast is supported by a fast LPDDRX 6GB RAM to chew through whatever apps or games you throw at it.

This device also comes with a 128GB storage and gives the option to increase the storage capacity by a dedicated SIM slot.

Display

The Redmi Note 9 Pro features a large 6.67-inch full HD+ display which reproduces stunning lifelike images with true to life colours.

This IPS display has excellent viewing angles and gives a sharp and crisp output, thanks to the 403 ppi pixel density even with this large size.

The display has a punch-hole cutout for the front camera. It looks much better than the notches in our opinion.

Camera

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max comes loaded with a rear quad camera setup. This AI quad-camera setup consists of a primary 64MP camera followed by 8MP ultra-wide sensor, 5MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro mode shooter.

Thanks to the AI image processing, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max delivers one of the best looking images and videos in its price segment.

The front camera is a 32MP shooter capable of delivering clear selfies even in low-light environments.

The only gripe we had with the camera department is that there is no Optical Image Stabilization available.

Battery Life

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max has 5020mAh Li-ion battery inside which will easily last over a day even with heavy use.

Xiaomi is already known for including higher capacity batteries on all their smartphones

This time the company has even bundled a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 certified 33W fast charger that will let you charge the device even faster.

Verdict

If you can get a hold of a unit while the lottery-like flash sales in Flipkart, this might be the best mobile money can buy in recent times.

The absolute beast of a performer, the Snapdragon 720G is the centrepiece of all attractions and definitely won’t fail your expectations – be it multitasking or gaming.

With the slightly modified, less cartoony MIUI interface, you are going to get a plethora of customization options as well.

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33W fast charger in the box

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Robust build quality

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Manual controls for video recording

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No OLED display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm® Snapdragon720G
Camera64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery5020mAh
Display6.67-inch Full HD+

6. Realme XT

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Smartphone With OLED Display
  • Latest powerful processor
  • An optical in-display fingerprint scanner
  • Gorgeous full HD+ AMOLED display

Realme is fighting tooth and nails with the Redmi lineup it seems. Whenever Redmi comes up with a smartphone that awws the market, Realme quickly follows the same.

This time the Realme comes with the Realme XT which is a direct competitor to the much-hyped Redmi K20 Pro.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme XT features a refreshing design which differs from the recent glass-backed design trend plagued in certain aspects.

Yes, the Realme XT also features the gradient coloured glass back, but subtle changes like the camera placement make the device much more pleasing to look at.

The fit and finish of this mid-range Android smartphone are excellent for its price. The overall construction seems to be of good quality, which Realme phones are famed for, starting from the original Realme 1.

Display

The Realme XT features a large 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

This display, thanks to the pop-up camera extends almost all across the front. The 3D curved bezels make the display blend with the chassis seamlessly.

The quality of the display is excellent. With deep blacks and high contrast ratio, the visuals look stunning with this smartphone.

The pop up front camera helps this display to achieve an impressive screen to body ratio of 91.2% resulting in immersive media viewing and gaming experience.

Processor and Performance

This mid-range Android smartphone packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor clocked at a respectable 2.2GHz.

With 4GB of RAM and 46GB of UFS 2.1 storage, the performance is blazing fast and smooth.

UFS 2.1 storage is a faster storage technology which considerably improves the read/write speeds resulting in faster performance.

Be it games or resource-hungry apps, the Realme XT cuts through them effortlessly.

Camera

The Realme XT has a quadruple rear camera setup mounted in the centre vertically. The primary sensor is a 64MP sensor with an 8MP ultra-wide sensor for photos with an enhanced field of view.

There is a 2MP macro sensor for close up shots and the regular 2MP depth-sensing unit for accurate bokeh shots.

The main sensor captures four images of 16MP each and stitches them together to deliver a crisp and clean final image output.

The macro shots from this unit deliver greatly detailed photos with excellent colour accuracy.

The front camera is a 16MP sensor with a 70-degree field of view to capture more subject in the frame.

This camera pops-up when required from the top portion of the chassis.

Battery Life

What powers the Realme XT is a 4000mAh Li-ion battery which is advertised to last for a day and a half with moderate to heavy usage.

Realme has also included a VOOC enabled fast charger in the box to juice up the device as quickly as it can.

Verdict

The Realme XT delivers one of the best premium smartphone ownership experiences under a budget of just Rs.15,000.

With an excellent screen and processor, this is one of the best devices you can grab at this price point.

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Elegant design

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Robust build quality

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VOOC fast charging

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No stock Android UI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 712
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP , 24MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.4 inch Full HD+ AMOLED

7. Xiaomi Note 8 Pro

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Best Budget Smartphone
  • Powerful MediaTek G90T processor
  • Capable quad-camera setup
  • Long-lasting battery life

The Redmi Note series is one of the best selling device lineups in the country with superior performance and value for money proposition, so this phone had a lot going for it and boy, it delivers.

The Note 8 Pro is a yesteryear product but even then, the device holds up pretty well when compared with newer models out there in the market.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has significantly improved the build quality and aesthetics this time to rival not only the other phones in the same price segment but also other higher-priced devices currently on sale in the market.

The glass sandwich design with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and back with the gradient colour finish makes this device look premium.

The curved edges make holding this phone in the palm a bit less of a hassle considering it’s a larger sized display.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro this time comes with a dedicated SD card slot along with two nano-SIM slots.

The downward-firing speaker is quite loud and clear and has no distortions even at higher volume levels.

Display

This device features a large 6.53-inch full HD+ IPS LCD panel with a pixel density of 397ppi.

The screen is very bright and can reach up to 500 nits of peak brightness for easy sunlight readability.

The colours look vivid and rich and the contrast levels are on par with other LCDs in the segment.

Processor and Performance

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is the world’s first smartphone launched with the gaming-centric MediaTek G90T chipset.

This processor is custom made for performance in gaming and multitasking. Along with the 6GB LPDDRX RAM, this phone performs lightning-fast – be it in gaming or handling resource-intensive apps.

Camera

The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a quad-camera set up in the rear consisting of a primary 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor, 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP macro shooter and a 2MP depth sensor for bokeh shots.

The front camera is a 20MP shooter which delivers selfies with rich details and natural colours.

The pictures and videos from the rear camera look very sharp and clean with a lot of details preserved, even in low light.

There are reports of working Gcam ports available for this device that might result in even better clicks in the future.

Battery Life

This budget Android smartphone features a 4500mAh Li-ion battery to power its internals. Redmi phones are known for their incredible battery life and the Note 8 Pro is no different.

You can get a screen on at times of at least 7 hours, even with heavy usage.

It also comes with an 18W fast charger in the box to speed up the juicing process.

Verdict

The Redmi Note 8 Pro combines the best in many worlds and brings you a true flagship-grade experience under an affordable budget of Rs.20,000.

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Premium build quality

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Bright and vivid display

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18W fast charger in the box

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No OLED display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorMediaTek G90T
Camera64MP+8MP+2NP+2MP Rear, 20MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display6.53 inch Full HD+ IPS

8. Honor 9x

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Honourable Mention
  • Triple rear camera setup
  • Bright and vivid display
  • 128GB internal storage

The all-new Honor 9X is the latest mid-range Android smartphone from Huawei that comes with some noteworthy features rivalling the likes of Asus and Xiaomi.

This slim and elegantly crafted smartphone is perhaps the best looking device that you can purchase under a budget of Rs.20,000 in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

Honor phones are known to be stylish and sleek. The Honor 8X features a glass back that reflects light off from it in a distinct style.

The outer shell cover is metallic and it makes the chassis feel much more durable and tough.

The device, despite its budget pricing, is very well built and looks like a premium flagship phone.

The full view display with really narrow bezels makes the front of this phone look like an endless slab of the display.

The back glass on this device is intrinsically designed with patterns that are only visible when light strikes the surface.

However, having glass on both sides has its problems. If the phone drops from your hand, there is a chance of glass breakage that wouldn’t end well with the pocket.

Display

The Honor 9X features a large 6.59-inch LCD that has a Full HD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

The brightness levels are excellent, so is the colour reproduction and contrast ratio. Covered by the 2.5D glass upfront, the display certainly looks vivid and seamlessly integrated with the chassis.

The bezels on the sides of this 6.59-inch display are thin and unobstructive to the seamless viewing experience.

This 19:9 aspect ratio display with the notch up top gives this phone an impressive screen to body ratio of about 91%, which is quite unheard of in its segment.

The colours look very punchier straight out of the box. If you are a fan of a more natural colour tone, there is an option to adjust the colour profile built right into the EMUI skin.

Processor and Performance

The Honor 9x is powered by the latest HiSilicon Kirin 710F processor which is comparable with the Snapdragon 665.

This SoC which is built based on the 12nm architecture ensures excellent battery life and performance optimizations to the phone.

Daily apps and games run buttery smooth, thanks to the 6GB RAM and the ample 128GB storage that comes on board.

Supported by the patented turbo GPU technology from Huawei, the graphical performance of 8x is much more improved and refined than its predecessors.

Camera

Honor has been banking on its AI prowess a lot. The company has integrated AI not only to the camera app, but system-wide implementations are expected to hit more devices soon.

The triple rear camera unit houses a 48MP shooter accompanied by an 8MP super-wide-angle sensor and a 2MP depth-sensing camera for accurate portrait effects.

The 16MP motorized pop-up front camera is capable of taking some excellent snaps in good lighting conditions.

Talking about the video, even though the chipset inside supports 4K, the camera app limits the recording to a maximum resolution of full HD.

EMUI and Battery Life

Emotion UI is a custom skin from Huawei that has some nice tricks up its sleeve. The Honor 9X comes with the EMUI 9.0 on top of Android Pie OS.

EMUI adds a lot of useful features such as ride mode and a game mode that enhances the overall usability of this device.

What’s powering the Honor 9X inside is a 4000 mAh Li-ion battery. On our tests, the battery lasted easily for a day, thanks to the power-efficient Kirin 710F processor.

Even with the need to push pixels on to a large 6.5-inch full HD+ display, this phone gets an average screen on time of about 10 hours.

If you’re a casual user, this phone will last for 2 days on a single charge comfortably.

Depending on your usage pattern, the battery life may vary from time to time, so take our words for it with a pinch of salt.

Verdict

If you’re interested in an elegant looking smartphone with a notch design under Rs.20,000, the Honor 9X is your best bet.

This device has got the looks of a premium flagship smartphone and offers decent performance along with a gorgeous 19:9 display and excellent battery life.

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Motorized pop-up front camera

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GPU Turbo feature

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Powerful processor

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No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorHisilicon Kirin 710F Octacore
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.59 inch Full HD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels

This concludes our list of the best upper mid range smartphones under Rs.20,000.

By no means, this is a complete exhaustive guide, but we believe this would help you to start making up your mind by providing some cues.

Don’t worry, the pain is real and we all know it.

Take your time and make your mind.

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