Best Smartphones Under Rs.20,000 (August 2019)

by | Jul 13, 2019

Whether you are an amateur photographer, avid gamer or a selfie lover, a budget of Rs.20,000 can now get you a quality smartphone that match neck to neck with the flagships of smartphone world.

We have pitted the best smartphones under Rs.20,000 with these features in mind so that you can take your pick quite easily. Here are our top recommendations.

Best Smartphones Under Rs.20,000

1. Poco F1Overall Best Pick
2. Realme XRunner-Up Pick
3. Vivo V15Best Selfie Cam Smartphone
4. Samsung Galaxy A50Best Build Quality
5. Oppo F11 ProHonorable Mention

1. POCO F1

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Overall Best Pick
  • Performance beast
  • Undermines most of the other flagships
  • Value for money device

As you might have already known, Pocofone is a new subsidiary of Xiaomi that was recently unveiled in the country.

The company’s first launch in the market, the Poco F1 is already the new talk of the town even before the device is being released to the hands of the public.

Build Quality and Design

For a premium budget smartphone priced under Rs.20,000, the Poco F1 has exceeded our expectations. The metallic 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 Poco F1 looks similar to many of the expensive flagships in the market with a vertical dual camera set up at the back and a notched display up front.

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.

The last greatest SoC to be used in a premium budget smartphone was the Snapdragon 660 which is powerful and efficient.

The absolute beasts like Sandragon 845 were only reserved for the elite flagship smartphones that priced a fortune. But not anymore.

The Poco F1 comes with the top of the line Snapdragon 845 processor for under Rs.25,000.

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 64GB storage and gives the option to increase the storage capacity by a hybrid SIM slot.

Display

The Poco F1 features a large 6.18-inch full HD+ display that 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 notch up top, which is of fairly big size.

If you don’t like the intrusion of a notch, you can technically turn it off in the settings but with a slight reduction in screen real estate.

Camera

The Poco F1 comes loaded with a rear dual camera setup that has a 12MP+5MP setup of which a second lens is a depth-sensing unit.

Along with the physical depth calculations, the AI integration that the company has built in will give you possibly one of the best image output in the segment.

The front camera is a 20MP shooter assisted with infrared sensors to give 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.

OIS houses a physical motor unit on top of which the camera sensor is mounted. This tiny motor moves in three or more axis to counteract the shakes arising from the movement of your hands while filming and aids in a perfectly balanced smooth frame.

Battery Life

The Poco F1 has a 4000mAh 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 their certain models such as the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

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

Recommended read: Different Fast Charging Technologies Available Right Now

Verdict

If you can get 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 845 is the centrepiece of all attractions and 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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Snapdragon 845 SoC

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Liquid cooling technology

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Fast charger bundled with the box

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Average build quality

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 8.1
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm SD 845
Camera12MP + 5MP Rear, 20MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.18 inch FHD+ IPS

2. Realme X

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Runner-Up Pick
  • VOOC fast charging
  • AMOLED display
  • UFS 2.1 storage

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

Design and Build Quality

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

Yes the Realme X 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 X features a large 6.53-inch 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 710 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 X cuts through them effortlessly.

Camera

The Realme X has a dual rear camera mounted in the centre vertically. The primary sensor is a 48MP sensor with a 5MP depth-sensing unit.

The main sensor captures four images of 12MP 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 X is a 3765mAh 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.

Verdict

The Realme X delivers one of the best premium smartphone ownership experiences under a budget of just Rs.20,000.

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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Powerful processor

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In-display fingerprint scanner

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Heavy skinned Color OS UI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 710
Camera48MP + 5MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery3765mAh
Display6.53 inch Full HD+

3. Vivo V15

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Best Selfie Camera Phone
  • Motorized 32 MP selfie camera
  • High screen to body ratio
  • Triple rear camera setup

The Vivo V15 is a flagship-grade smartphone from Vivo aiming the premium mid-tier market priced under a budget of Rs.20,000.

Loaded with cutting edge features onboard, the Vivo V15 is a complete package which you can get your hands on, right now in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

Vivo phones have one of the highest screens to body ratio among smartphones.

The Vivo V15 features a tiny notch that houses an infrared emitter and the front camera except which is a full display with minimal bezels.

The back panel is made of polycarbonate material and coated with glossy paint which has a textured colour pattern.

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

The fingerprint scanner is placed on the backside at a comfortable position where your index finger will naturally rest while holding the phone.

Display

The Vivo V15 features a large 6.53-inch full HD+ IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

This accounts for a pixel density of about 410 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.

Performance

The Vivo V15 packs one of the champion mid-range processors – MediaTek Helio P70.

The apps run faster and open up quick even with multiple apps running parallel. With the 6GB 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 64GB of 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.

Camera

The Vivo V15 comes equipped with a triple rear camera setup which comprises of a 12MP main shooter, 8MP wide-angle sensor and a 5MP depth-sensing unit.

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 V15 is powered by comparatively larger 4000mAh Li-ion battery.

With moderate to heavy usage, the Vivo V15 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 9V,2A.

Verdict

The Vivo V15 is one of the best looking mid range smartphones. With the gorgeous IPS display and a capable processor, the Vivo V15 is one of the best in its class.

The main USP of this device is the motorized front camera. It works well as advertised.

If you want a smartphone with a large display, and performs very smooth, the Vivo V15 is a great choice, to begin with.

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Excellent display with Corning Gorilla glass 5

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Fast charging technology

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Powerful MediaTek P70 processor

Q

Bloated UI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory64GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P70
Camera12MP + 8MP + 5MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.53-inch 2340 x 1080 Full HD+

 

4. Samsung Galaxy A50

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Best Build Quality
  • Tri camera smartphone
  • Super AMOLED display
  • In display fingerprint scanner

Samsung usually reserves major technological breakthroughs for its higher-end Galaxy S series and Note series smartphones.

But with the latest edition of Samsung Galaxy A50, the company is introducing a tri-camera set up on a budget smartphone, which of course is its main selling point.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy A50 is gracefully designed to captivate the eyes as well as the minds with glass finish exteriors coated with slight gradient colours.

This colour scheme is the same Honor has been doing with their smartphones off late, but here in A50, it comes with a more subtle effect.

This smartphone brags about having 84.9% screen to body ratio, and has minimal bezels at the sides of the display, making it look more awesome.

There is the newer micro USB type C charging port at the bottom, accompanied with the 3.5mm headphone jack ( Thank God!).

The rear part is where this phone starts to look unfamiliar. It features a triple camera setup arranged as a vertical strip with an LED flash beneath.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy A50 features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity U display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

Although, not as clear and crisp as those displays found on premium Galaxy S series lineup, this panel is sufficiently bright and has impressive colour reproduction when compared with other phones in the similar price bracket.

With an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and pixel density around 403 ppi, watching media and playing games is a delightful experience.

The notch on this display is small and doesn’t feel obtrusive while watching media content on this smartphone.

Processor and Performance

Considering the price, the Galaxy A50 doesn’t feature the most powerful processor in its price category.

The included Samsung Exynos 9610 SoC clocked at 2.3GHz perform well performs well in normal conditions and won’t give any trouble for most of the people using it.

The 4GB RAM will be sufficient for most of the tasks you intend to perform on this mobile device, including some amount of casual gaming.

There is an inbuilt 64GB UFS storage with a dedicated SD card slot for expanding the memory up to 512GB.

Tri Camera Setup

This is the biggest USP of this smartphone – having three cameras. No, not including the one in the front.

The tri-camera set up on the back has an interesting mix of sensors earmarked specially for various functions.

The first one is the 25MP primary shooter with f/1.7 aperture. This sensor has all the standard features such as PDAF found on almost all the mid-range smartphone cameras.

The second in line is a 5MP depth sensor for those bokeh and portrait mode photos.

The third and final sensor is the 8MP ultrawide sensor with a 120-degree field of view.

The front camera is a 25MP shooter with beauty modes and AI integration for manipulating your photos to look better than ever before.

Apart from the physical hardware, Samsung has delivered a feature-rich camera interface with a multitude of functions for taking smartphone photography to the next level.

The photos and videos come out pretty clean and sharp. The shots taken are rich in detail as well.

Miscellaneous

This mid-range Android smartphone features an in-display fingerprint scanner. It works very well and the accuracy is on par with other in-display fingerprint scanners found on similarly priced devices.

The Samsung Galaxy A50 is launched with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box with Samsung experience UI on top.

Speaking about connectivity, this device has the latest Bluetooth v5.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi capability.

Battery Life

Surprisingly, Samsung has started to include higher capacity batteries in its smartphones off late.

This Android smartphone is powered by a 4000 mAh Li-ion battery that will easily last for a day and a half on moderate to heavy usage.

Verdict

If you are a smartphone photography enthusiast and wants to stand out a notch above everyone in terms of smartphone camera capabilities, the Samsung Galaxy A50 is an apt choice.

With its Super AMOLED display and excellent build quality, there is much more than just the optics to cherish about this device.

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Elegant and stylish design

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Excellent build quality

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Decent battery life

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Next level photography choices

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Slightly outdated processor

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 960 octa-core
Camera25MP + 5MP + 8MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.4 inch Full HD+  sAMOLED display

 

5. Oppo F11 Pro

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Honorable Mention
  • 90% screen to body ratio
  • VOOC fast charging
  • AI-assisted camera

Oppo and Vivo, even though while owned by a single parent company, compete against each other in terms of new models and features.

The Oppo F11 Pro is the answer to Vivo V15 and priced in the same league offering tough competition to the former.

Design and Build Quality

Oppo stunned the smartphone world with the release of the Oppo Find X which featured an industry first motorized sliding camera. The same camera technology has been now ported into this much more affordable smartphone priced under Rs.25,000.

The Oppo F11 Pro has a very eye catchy design that looks amazing at the first look.

The back panel is made of polycarbonate with a gradient glass finish. It has a gradient glossy colour design 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.

Display

The Oppo F11 Pro features a tall 6.5-inch TFT LTPS display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. This amounts to a pixel density of 409 ppi.

The visuals and texts appear sharp and detailed on this display and it offers great contrast levels and deep blacks. The colours are much more natural and vivid as well.

Since the display is of 19:9 aspect ratio, the phone doesn’t feel oversized to use with a single hand.

This panel also gets sufficiently bright up to 530 nits which are enough for good sunlight legibility.

The motorized camera aides in a notch-less display design that delivers more screen real estate without any cutouts in the middle or to the sides.

Processor and Performance

The Oppo F11 Pro is powered by the powerful midrange SoC, MediaTek Helio P70.

This chipset performs similar or even better than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.

With 6GB of RAM, multitasking is great and the device breaks no sweat processing multiple resource-intensive apps side by side.

The device comes with 64GB of inbuilt memory and has a dedicated SD card slot that can be expanded up to 256GB in case you yearn for more space to store your photos and files.

Camera

In the rear, the Oppo F11 Pro features a 48MP + 5MP dual-camera setup of which the 5MP 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 shooter which can take portrait selfies and the edge detection works just fine.

Standard features such as portrait mode and AI-assisted scene detection is present and accounted for.

Battery Life

The Oppo F11 Pro has 4000mAh 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, Oppo 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.

Verdict

The Oppo F11 Pro is a mid-range smartphone with capable internal hardware for flawless performance.

What makes this device stand out from the rest is the design. The phone is definitely 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.

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Elegant design

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Low light photography

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Powerful processor

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Easy to scratch back panel

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Internal Memory64 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P60
Camera48MP + 5MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.5-inch 1080 x 2340 IPS LCD

 

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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