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

by | May 5, 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. Realme X2Overall Best Pick
2. Poco X2Runner-Up Pick
3. Realme 6 ProBest for Gaming
4. Redmi K20All-Round Performer
5. Oppo K3Feature Rich Smartphone
6. Vivo S1 ProBest Value for Money Smartphone
7. Redmi Note 9 ProBest Camera Smartphone
8. Nokia 7.2Best Build Quality
9. Honor 9xHonorable Mention


1. Realme X2

Overall Best Pick
  • 30W VOOC Flash charge
  • FHD+ AMOLED display
  • 64MP AI Quad camera

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 X2 which is a direct competitor to the much-hyped Redmi K20.

Design and Build Quality

The Realme X2 features a refreshing design which differs from the recent glass-backed design trend plagued in certain aspects.

Yes, the Realme X2 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.


The Realme X2 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 84.3% resulting in immersive media viewing and gaming experience.

Processor and Performance

This mid-range Android smartphone packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor clocked at a respectable 2.2GHz.

With 8GB of RAM and 128GB 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 X2 cuts through them effortlessly.


The Realme X2 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 32MP 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 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 quick as it can.


The Realme X2 delivers one of the best premium smartphone ownership experiences under a budget of just Rs.16,999.

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


In-display fingerprint scanner


Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection


Dolby Atmos-certified speaker


Bloated ColorOS UI


Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP , 32MP Front
Display6.4 inch Full HD+ AMOLED

2. Poco X2

Runner-Up Pick
  • 120Hz full HD+ display
  • Long-lasting battery
  • 64MP AI quad camera

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.


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 8GB RAM and the 128GB UFS2.1 storage.

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


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.


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.


Elegant and premium design


Latest Android 10 Q OS


Liquid cooling system


No OLED display


Operating SystemAndroid Q 10.0
Internal Memory256 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Front, 20MP + 2MP Rear
Display6.67 inch Full HD+ IPS 120Hz

3. Realme 6 Pro

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Elegant design


Side-mounted fingerprint reader


30W fast charge support


No AMOLED display


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

4. Redmi K20

All-Round Performer
  • Super AMOLED display
  • 960 fps slo-mo capture
  • Long-lasting battery life

Redmi K20 is the latest offering from the Xiaomi budget smartphone stable priced slightly higher than its predecessors.

This android smartphone is a lighter version with less powerful hardware compared with its bigger brother, the flagship Redmi K20 Pro.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi K20 has a glass sandwich design which follows the current trend in the budget smartphone segment.

The interesting gradient two-tone colour scheme lends this smartphone a unique personality on its own.

The front and rear glass are protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for avoiding accidental scratches and marks.

The Redmi K20 is a very well built phone with a sturdy chassis and good overall fit and finish.


The Redmi K20 features a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with an approximate pixel density of about 410ppi.

With a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, this display is sharp and vibrant. With a contrast ratio of 60000:1, the blacks are deep and the saturation levels are on par with the competing device.

The fingerprint scanner is tucked beneath the display and unlocks the device in an instant without any noticeable delay.

Processor and Performance

The all-new Redmi K20 packs a newer and more powerful budget Qualcomm snapdragon 730 processor clocked at 2.2GHz.

With the ample 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, this device performs the way it should be without any lags or stutters.

Games and apps run buttery smooth and the larger RAM considerably helps in executing multitasking operations.


The Redmi K20 from Xiaomi features a triple rear camera setup and a pop-up motorized front camera.

The rear camera system consists of a 48MP primary sensor accompanied with a 13MP wide-angle and an 8MP telephoto lens capable of 2x zoom.
The quality of the photos and videos are quite good and on par with other devices in the same price range.

The front camera is a 20MP sensor with AI beauty modes to make your selfie shots look more professional.

Battery Life

Battery life is one of the most crucial aspects people look for while buying a smartphone. Redmi phones are famed for packing high capacity batteries in the past and the same is the case with K20.

The 4000mAh battery can hold the phone to live up to one and a half days on a single charge comfortably.


Packed with features to the brim, Redmi K20 is one of the best mid-range Android devices in the Indian market priced under Rs.20,000.


Elegant design


Build quality


18W fast charge


Skinned MIUI


Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory128 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730
Camera48MP + 13MP + 8MP Front, 20MP Rear
Display6.39-inch AMOLED Full HD+

5. Oppo K3

Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • Motorized pop-up selfie camera
  • AMOLED display
  • In-display fingerprint scanner

Oppo stunned the smartphone world with the release of the Oppo Find X which featured an industry first motorized sliding camera.

The Oppo K3 is a budget mid-range priced just under Rs.20,000 following the new design strategy and has respectable internals that makes it one of the best in the business in its class.

Design and Build Quality

The Oppo K3 has a very eye catchy design that looks amazing at the first look.

The back is made of polycarbonate but has a gradient glossy colour design with a gradient back which looks similar to those in the budget Realme devices.

The back is susceptible to scratches so do remember to use a transparent case if you want to conserve the style and that pristine look on your smartphone.


The Oppo K3 features a tall 6.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. This amounts to about 394ppi and the visuals and text appear sharp and detailed.

Since the display is of 19.5:9 aspect ratio, the phone doesn’t feel too much oversized to use with a single hand.

This display offers great contrast levels and deep blacks. The colours are much more natural and vivid as well.

This panel also gets sufficiently bright up to 430 nits which are enough for good sunlight legibility.


The Oppo K3 is powered by the powerful midrange SoC, Qualcomm Snapdragon 710.

With 8GB of RAM, multitasking is great and the device breaks no sweat processing two resource-intensive apps side by side.

The device comes with 128GB of inbuilt memory and doesn’t have an expansion slot for memory cards.

In-display Fingerprint Scanner

The Oppo K3 is perhaps one of the cheapest smartphones which come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Even though this technology is in the nascent stage, it works relatively well but not as fast as conventional fingerprint sensors.


In the rear, the Oppo K3 features a 16MP + 2MP dual-camera setup of which the secondary 2MP is a depth sensor.

The pictures taken using this rear camera comes out nice in daylight and has very good details and less noise.

The front camera is a motorized 16MP pop-up camera which can take amazing quality portrait selfies and the edge detection works just fine.

Battery life

The Oppo K3 has 3765mAh Li-ion battery inside which delivers excellent battery life.

Under heavy usage, this phone will last over a day comfortably with enough juice to spare for a couple of hours.

Not only that, but Oppo also supplies a fast charger with the box, certified to be VOOC enabled, which is the companies answer to Oneplus’s Dash charge feature.

This charger charges the battery up to 56% in just under 30 minutes.


The Oppo K3 is a premium mid-range smartphone with capable internals that justifies its price point.

What makes this device stand out from the rest is the design. The phone is a stunner when it comes to the looks and is sure to turn some heads in the crowd.

Value-added features such as bundling the fast charger with the device make this a much more compelling option worth purchasing.


Bundled fast charger


Stunning design


Excellent battery life


No memory expansion options


Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 710
Camera16MP+2MP Rear, 16MP Front camera
Display6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

6. Vivo S1 Pro

Value for Money Smartphone
  • Full HD+ AMOLED display
  • AI Quad camera
  • Decent processor

The Vivo S1 Pro is a flagship-grade smartphone from Vivo that comes as an upgrade to the V15 Pro, aimed at the premium mid-tier market priced under a budget of Rs.20,000.

Loaded with cutting edge features onboard, the Vivo S1 Pro is a complete package which you can get your hands on, right now in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

The Vivo S1 Pro features a front glass and back plastic construction with an exciting and colourful gradient colour scheme.

This phone features an improved in-display fingerprint scanner to lock and unlock the device securely.

The materials used for the construction of this mid-range premium smartphone is of good quality and feels durable.


The Vivo S1 Pro features a large 6.38-inch full HD+ AMOLED LCD with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

This accounts for a pixel density of about 404 pixels which is quite sharp and clear.

The 19:9 aspect ratio means you will have minimal troubles when using this device single-handedly.

The extremely thin bezels on this display make it a suitable candidate for immersive media consumption experience.

The colour and brightness levels on this display are excellent, both indoors as well as outdoors.

Processor and Performance

The Vivo S1 Pro packs a slightly outdated Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor to power the OS.

The apps run faster and open up quick even with multiple apps running parallel.

With the 8GB LPDDR4 RAM, there is enough memory for apps to run simultaneously.

Even gaming with this smartphone is smooth. Resource intensive games like PUBG runs smooth and in full HD resolution.

There is 128GB on onboard memory for storing your files offline. If you need more, fret not. There is a dedicated micro SD card slot which can accommodate up to 256GB.


The Vivo S1 Pro comes equipped with a triple rear camera setup which comprises of a 48MP main shooter, 8MP wide-angle sensor and a 2MP depth-sensing unit and a 2MP macro camera.

The photos and videos look crisp and clear with enough details and less noise in them.

Vivo has coupled their AI algorithm with the camera by which it detects the scene and adjusts the settings according to it.

The front camera is a whopping 32MP motorized selfie unit which pops up when needed and delivers excellent quality selfies and has portrait mode support as well.

Battery Life

The Vivo S1 Pro is powered by a comparatively larger 4500 Li-ion battery.

With moderate to heavy usage, the Vivo S1Pro lasts for a day and a half quite comfortably.

Vivo bundles a fast charger along with this phone that charges the battery quite quickly at 18W.


The Vivo S1 Pro is one of the best looking mid-range smartphones. With the gorgeous AMOLED display and a capable processor, this smartphone is undoubtedly one of the best in its class.

If you want a smartphone with a large display, and performs very smooth, the Vivo S1 Pro is a great choice, to begin with.


18W fast charging


Elegant, stylish design


32MP front camera


Bloated UI


Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP, 32MP Front
Display6.3-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

7. Redmi Note 9 Pro

Best Camera Smartphone
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Stunning quality images and videos from the camera
  • Continuous MIUI feature updates

Redmi Note 9 Pro is the successor to the popular Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphone that was launched in the last year.

The notable difference between the two is that Redmi this time has gone back to the Qualcomm Snapdragon series processor instead of the MediaTek G series it experimented with the Note 8 Pro.

Build Quality and Design

For a premium budget smartphone priced under Rs.20,000, the Redmi Note 9 Pro 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 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 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.


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.


The Redmi Note 9 Pro comes loaded with a rear quad camera setup. This AI quad-camera setup consists of a primary 48MP 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 delivers one of the best looking images and videos in its price segment.

The front camera is a 16MP 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 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 18W fast charger that will let you charge the device even faster.


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.


Regular MIUI updates


Robust build quality


Dedicated SD card slot


No OLED display


Operating SystemAndroid 10
Internal Memory128 GB
ProcessorQualcomm® Snapdragon720G
Camera48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Display6.67-inch Full HD+

8. Nokia 7.2

Best Build Quality
  • Android One device
  • HDR10 certified full HD+ display
  • Capable camera

Nokia 7.2 is the new refreshed version of the Nokia premium budget smartphone, the Nokia 7.1.

The Nokia 7.2 brings in a completely revamped design preserving all the stock Android goodness for a budget of Rs.15,000.

Design and Build Quality

As always, Nokia has reinforced its stature as a manufacturer producing smartphones with the best build quality.

This device has a glass front and back design with aluminium frame running around the chassis.

The buttons are also made of aluminium and feel and tactile. Nokia has even given an aluminium ring around the otherwise plush fingerprint sensor in the back.

The Nokia 7.2 comes with a dedicated SD card slot for expanding the storage if you doing so.

The phone looks very sleek in hand but the glass back has to be taken care of from accidental falls.


Nokia 7.2 features a 6.3-inch FHD+ drop notch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels.

The colour accuracy and brightness levels of this screen are excellent. Being an IPS LCD, there is no noticeable colour shift when viewed from extreme angles.

With a pixel density above 400ppi, the texts and visuals look sharp and vibrant even from close quarters.

The minimal bezels on the sides and the top portion contributes to the almost 82% screen to body ratio display.

Processor and Performance

The Nokia 7.2 is one of the first smartphones in the Indian market powered by the latest Snapdragon 665 SoC from Qualcomm.

The SD 665 is an incremental upgrade over the 660 and is made using a 14 nm process for better performance and battery efficiency.

This processor clocked at 2.2GHz is perfectly OK for intense multitasking and gaming without any lags in between.

The 6GB RAM coupled with the 64GB storage makes apps usage and data storage a breeze with this device.


Nokia has been cooperating with Zeiss optics for their camera lenses since time immemorial.

With the Nokia 7.2, the company has thrown in a triple 48MP+8MP+5MP sensor setup with Zeiss optics and a 20MP selfie shooter in the front.

The primary 48MP camera has an aperture size of f/1.8 and comes with PDAF support.

The 8MP sensor is a wide-angle shooter and the third 5MP camera captures depth information for bokeh and portrait mode photos.

The 20MP front camera takes detailed photos with good colours and saturation levels as well.

Battery Life

Nokia has included a 3500mAh Li-ion battery with the Nokia 8.1 which makes this device last comfortable over a day of medium to heavy usage.

With the bundled 9V/2A fast charger, you will be able to refill the juice from empty to full in just under 90 minutes.


If you are looking for a well-built device with all the basic features loaded, the Nokia 7.2 is a solid choice for a budget under Rs.20,000.

Being an Android One device, you are assured to receive Android updates for the next two years and won’t be missing the upcoming features in this regard.


Aesthetically pleasing design


Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection


Dedicated SD card slot


Slightly outdated processor


Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory64 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Camera48MP + 5MP + 8MP Rear, 20MP Front
Battery3500 mAh
Display6.3-inch Full HD+ Pure Display

9. Honor 9x

Honorable 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.15,000 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.


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 up front, 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.


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.


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.


Motorized pop-up front camera


GPU Turbo feature


Powerful processor


No dedicated SD card slot


Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
ProcessorHisilicon Kirin 710F Octacore
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP Rear, 16MP Front
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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