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

by | Apr 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 F1 Overall Best Pick
2. Redmi Note 7 Pro Runner-Up Pick
3. Samsung Galaxy A50 Best Value for Money Smartphone
4. Honor Play  Smartphone with Best Design
5. Oppo F9 Pro Best Selfie Camera Smartphone
6. Nokia 7.1 Android One phone
7. Samsung Galaxy A30 Best Feature Rich Smartphone
8. Xiaomi Mi A2 Honorable 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.

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

Q

Average build quality

Specifications

Operating System Android 8.1
Internal Memory 64 GB
RAM 6 GB
Processor Qualcomm SD 845
Camera 12MP + 5MP Rear, 20MP Front
Battery 4000mAh
Display 6.18 inch FHD+ IPS

2. Redmi Note 7 Pro

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Excellent low light photography
  • Long-lasting 4000mAh battery
  • Powerful Snapdragon 675 processor

Redmi Note 7 Pro is the newest weapon from the Redmi arsenal, which is a recently spun off Xiaomi subsidiary for manufacturing and marketing budget and mid-range Android smartphones.

The Redmi Note 7  Pro comes as a successor to the popular Redmi Note 6 Pro and is launched in India at an enticing price point of just under Rs.15,000 for the 4GB/64GB variant.

Design and Build Quality

The Redmi Note 7 Pro borrows some design elements from the Honor phones in terms of colours schemes and builds quality.

The all-new Redmi Note 7 Pro features a glass sandwich design at the front and rear protected with the latest gorilla glass 5.

The shiny back panel reminds us of the Honor phones off late, which is always a good thing because those phones looked so stunning.

The fit and finish of this budget Android smartphone are on par with its competitors and Xiaomi has not done any visible cost cutting in terms of build quality.

Display

The Redmi Note 7 Pro features a large 6.3-inch FHD+ panel with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

This dot notch display has a screen to body ratio of 81.4% and has minimal bezels on all four sides.

As we’ve already mentioned, the display is covered with corning gorilla glass 5 for protection from accidental scratches and dents and an additional p2i splashproof protection.

This IPS LCD display delivers visuals with excellent colour quality and brightness levels.

The pixel density of 409 ppi and the minimal bezels ensures crisp, clean as well as immersive visual experience with this budget Android smartphone.

Processor and Performance

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes loaded with the latest mid-range SoC offering from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 675.

This octa-core chipset along with the 6GB RAM and the 128GB of internal storage lets you multitask, game and whatnot with this phone like a breeze.

There is no stutters or lags whatsoever and at the same time, there is no thermal throttling as well.

Camera

This is where the things get slightly more interesting with the Redmi Note 7 Pro.

This budget Android smartphone packs in a 48MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup and a 13MP front camera.

But wait, 48MP?

Yeah, on papers it’s a 48MP shooter, but technically, the sensor takes four 12MP shots and combines into one single shot with enhanced details and colour profile.

The low light performance of this smartphone is possibly the best in its category.

The selfie camera comes with AI features to make you look even more beautiful.

Miscellaneous

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with the regular set of sensors, USB-C port for charging and data syncing, 3.5mm jack for plugging in your favourite earphones and headphones.

The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on this device is lightning fast to unlock the screen.

The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with L1 Widevine certificate which lets you watch online streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon prime in full HD resolution.

Battery Life

The Redmi Note 7 Pro packs in a 4000mAh battery inside which will last for an impressive one and half days of moderate to heavy usage.

This phone supports quick charging and comes with an 18W charger for juicing up the device really fast.

Verdict

If you can get your hands on this device during the seconds-long flash sale, it would be a steal for under Rs.20,000.

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Elegant design

R

Excellent build quality

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Quick charging support

Q

No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating System Andoid Oreo
Internal Memory 128 GB
RAM 6 GB
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
Camera 48 MP + 5 MP Rear, 13MP
Battery 4000mAh
Display 6.3 inch FHD+ IPS

3. Samsung Galaxy A50

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Best Value for Money Smartphone
  • 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.

R

Elegant and stylish design

R

Excellent build quality

R

Decent battery life

R

Next level photography choices

Q

Slightly outdated processor

Specifications

Operating System Android Pie
Internal Memory 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
Processor Samsung Exynos 960 octa-core
Camera 25MP + 5MP + 8MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery 5000mAh
Display 6.4 inch Full HD+  sAMOLED display

 

4. Honor Play

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Smartphone with the Best Design
  • Systemwide AI integration
  • Gorgeous 6.3-inch display
  • Value for money smartphone

Honor Play is a high-end premium smartphone from Huawei that can be aptly called a flagship killer.

This device comes with a host of features that will bring many of its higher-priced counterparts to shame.

Design and Build Quality

The Honor Play is exquisitely designed to perfection with minimal styling.

The device features a metallic unibody construction with cleverly concealed antenna lines.

The Full View display upfront blends in with the chassis very well and provides you with a very immersive experience while interacting with the screen.

Unlike the Honor 9N, Huawei hasn’t omitted the 3.5mm headphone jack this time, from this device.

The dual camera setup is placed horizontally on the rear with an AI camera branding which perfectly blends with the metallic backplate.

Display

If you love a large screen on your smartphone, then this smartphone with a 6.3-inch FHD+ display might be your dream come true.

This panel has a pixel density of about 409 ppi and a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels to give you a detailed output. The colour reproduction is excellent so is the brightness level.

You can further fine tune the display according to your preference from the display settings offered by the phone.

The notch is present – those who love that, rejoice. Others do continue reading. You can turn off the notch if you don’t like it. That’s cool, right.

Processor Performance

We mentioned at the beginning that this device is a flagship killer. Yes, it is!

The Honor Play is powered by the Huawei’s latest and greatest CPU, the HiSilicon Kirin 970 which is present in many of their premium handsets like the Huawei P20 Pro.

This processor performs excellently when it comes to multitasking and app management. There is no lags or stutters even if you try hard to bring the phone into its knees, thanks to the 6GB RAM and the 64GB internal storage to begin with.

Huawei has introduced its latest GPU turbo technology with the Honor Play.

The company claims that this feature will improve the graphics performance of this device up to 60% and decrease the battery consumption up to 30% while gaming.

Camera

Both the 13MP + 2MP rear and the 16MP front camera is powered by the Huawei’s patented AI NPU technology.

The camera samples seem promising and deliver crisp images with a lot of details.

When it comes to video recording, this phone has an interesting combination of Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) and Artificial Image Stabilization (AIS) for buttery smooth video output.

AI Integration

Honor has heavily implemented AI features across the system in this device.

From the camera app to intelligent charging to gaming, the specially designed Neural Processing Unit (NPU) chip inside is used to its full potential to enhance the functionality of this device.

Battery Life

Usually, companies provide cutting-edge technologies on their devices and when it comes to the battery capacity, they skimp.

This time around the Honor Play sports a respectable 3750 mAh battery inside that will easily last over a day even with heavy usage.

The device comes with a fast charger in the box so that you don’t have to purchase one extra to juice up your device quickly.

Verdict

The Honor Play is perhaps the flagship grade smartphone priced under Rs.20,000.

With its elegant design and flagship grade internals, it beats the competition to dust quite easily.

The big gorgeous screen and the powerful GPU and CPU combination makes this a great device to play games with.

R

Excellent build quality

R

Capable AI assisted cameras

R

GPU Turbo feature

Q

No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating System Android Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory 64GB
RAM 4 GB
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 970
Camera 16 MP + 2 MP Rear, 16 MP Front
Battery 3750mAh
Display 6.3 inch (1080 x 2340) 19.5:9

5. Oppo F9 Pro

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Best Selfie Camera Smartphone
  • Powerful mid range processor
  • Excellent display
  • Dedicated SD card slot

The Oppo F9 Pro is a premium budget mid-range handset priced just under Rs.25,000 following the new design strategy and has respectable internals that makes it one of the best in the business.

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 company is again at it with a new design ideology dubbed as the water drop notch.

The Oppo F9 Pro has a very eye catchy design that looks amazing at the first look.

The back panel is made of polycarbonate. It has a gradient glossy colour design with a diamond cut texture 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 water drop notch is very stylish and masks the ugliness of the traditional notch to an extent in our opinion.

Display

The Oppo F9 Pro features a tall 6.3-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 is enough for good sunlight legibility.

The water drop notch can’t be hidden via software and there isn’t actually a need for that as well.

Processor and Performance

The Oppo F9 Pro is powered by the powerful midrange SoC, MediaTek Helio P60.

This chipset performs similar or even better than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 found on the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

With the 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 F9 Pro features a 16MP + 2MP dual camera setup of which the 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 25MP 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 F9 Pro has a 3500mAh 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 F9 Pro is a mid-range smartphone with capable internal hardware.

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.

R

Bundled fast charger

R

Water drop notch

R

Excellent battery life

Q

No USB C

Specifications

Operating System Android Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
Processor MediaTek Helio P60
Camera 16MP + 2MP Rear, 25MP Front
Battery 3500mAh
Display 6.3-inch 1080 x 2340 IPS LCD

 

6. Nokia 7.1

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Android One Phone
  • Great build quality
  • Android One device from Nokia
  • Guaranteed software updates

Nokia 7.1 was one of the most exciting launches of the yesteryear from HMD Global.

It ticks all the right boxes and adding a cherry on top, this device comes with the Android One program that runs a true stock Android version straight from Google.

Design and Build Quality

Carved out of a single block of Series 6000 Aluminum, Nokia 7.1 is as strong as it could get.

The design looks fresh and the accent colours give a flair of modernity to the device.

Nokia still hasn’t left out the 3.5mm headphone jack as some of the other manufacturers are doing.

A type C charging port is one of the most needed but ignored feature on phones under the Rs.20,000 price segment.

Fortunately, this device features one.

Overall, the build quality of this device is amazing – just like the other Nokia devices out there.

Processor and Performance

The Nokia 7.1 comes with a moderately powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset inside, which is the most budget SoC member of the Snapdragon 6xx series.

Apps and games run perfectly fine with deal-breaking lags whatsoever.

This device comes with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM along with an inbuilt storage size of 64GB which can be further expanded to 256GB via an SD card slot.

This phone comes with a hybrid SIM slot meaning either you have to use two SIM’s without having the option to increase the storage size or just one SIM with an SD card.

Display

This device features a 5.84-inch full HD+ IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels at a 19:9 aspect ratio.

The display is protected by Gorilla glass 3 which is both polarized as well as laminated to reduce the gap between the glass and the digitizer.

The colours look stunning and brightness levels are good. The texts appear sharper on the screen with no pixelation even when zoomed into closely.

Camera

Nokia had a partnership with Zeiss optics in their glory times and has decided to continue the bond.

The Nokia 7.1 has a dual camera setup with a primary 12MP sensor along with a 5MP depth sensing unit.

The images from the rear camera unit look great with detailed subjects and accurate colour reproduction.

In the front, an 8MP sensor is present that works well even in low light environments.

Battery Life

The Nokia 7.1 makes a return from the high capacity battery found on the Nokia 7 Plus with a mere 3060 mAh battery on this one.

With moderate usage, the battery will last for about a day on this smartphone.

Verdict

This device has a fantastic build quality that resembles those Nokia phones back in its glory days.

The Android One program will make sure that the device will stay up to date up to two years with latest software updates directly from Google.

R

Gorgeous display

R

Camera output is great

R

Bothie mode feature

Q

Less powerful processor

Specifications

Operating System Android 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory 64 GB
RAM 6 GB
Processor Qualcomm snapdragon 636
Camera 12MP + 5MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery 3060mAh
Display 5.84-inch Full HD+ pureview Display

 

7. Samsung Galaxy A30

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Honorable Mention
  • Android 9.0 Pie OS
  • Super AMOLED display
  • 4000mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy A30 is the latest revamped A series mid -ranger from Samsung priced under Rs.20,000.

This phone comes with a strikingly elegant design and excellent build quality which would make hardcore Samsung fans happy for sure.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy A30 is gracefully designed to captivate the eyes as well as the minds with glass finish exteriors coated with slight gradient colours.

The Galaxy A30 comes with a polycarbonate back with a textured matt finish. This improves the grip on the device as well as offers it an industrial yet minimalistic look and feel.

This smartphone brags about having an impressive 85.1% 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!).

Other than the camera bump and the physical fingerprint scanner, the back side is left blank for that awesome paint job to flaunt its style.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy A30 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 A30 doesn’t feature the most powerful processor in its price category.

The included Samsung Exynos 7885 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.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy A30 comes with a dual rear camera setup and a single front camera for selfies and video calling.

The first one is a 16MP 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 front camera is a 16MP 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

The Samsung Galaxy A30 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

The elegant style and the formidable build quality of this Samsung smartphone coupled with the loaded features make this a truly desirable product in the sub. Rs.20,000 price range.

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

R

Elegant and stylish design

R

Excellent build quality

R

Decent battery life

R

Next level photography choices

Q

Slightly outdated processor

Specifications

Operating System Android 9.0 pie
Internal Memory 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
Processor Samsung Exynos 7904 octa-core
Camera 16MP + 5MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery 4000mAh
Display 6.4 inch 1080 x 2340 pixels sAMOLED

8. Xiaomi Mi A2

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Honorable Mention
  • Best in class camera
  • Promised android updates
  • Powerful Snapdragon 660 inside

Xiaomi and Android One is a dream we all had.

Then one fine day the company announced Mi A1.

Rest is history.

The Mi A2 is the successor of the famous Mi A1 which sold like hot cakes in the Indian market.

Updated Design , Minus the Notch

The Mi A2 has significant improvements in design and form factor over its predecessor, the Mi A1.

The new Mi A2 comes with the now industry standard 18:9 display. The metal back is retained with this release.

However, the orientation of the camera is now vertical, resembling that of iPhone X. That said the Mi A2 resembles closely to Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note 5 Pro.

The build quality is superb with the quality material used for the construction.

Camera-Centric Smartphone

Even though the USP of this smartphone from Xiaomi is its Android One tag, what makes it special is the optics used.

Xiaomi claims that this is one of the best camera phones available in the market at this price point.

The rear side of this phone features a vertically placed dual camera setup. This 12MP + 20MP setup provides some of the best shots, both in daylight as well as low light in the segment.

The 20MP shooter uses pixel binning technology to enhance the low light photos by reducing the noise of the processed image.

In the front, there is a 20MP AI camera that captures portrait selfies with excellent details and saturation levels.

A Powerful Processor Inside

The Snapdragon 660 is a very powerful midrange chipset that will carry out resource-intensive tasks with relative ease. ‘

Multitasking and gaming will not be a showstopper on this device for sure.

Coupled with a 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage, there isn’t much left worth asking for.

Battery and the Android One

Xiaomi usually uses MIUI custom skin on top of Android releases with their phone.

With Android One programme, the device receives a stock Android OS with no or minimal changes from the manufacturer.

How does it benefit the end customers?

Phones under Android One programme receive updates and security patches directly from Google.

Unlike Xiaomi, which decided whether to upgrade a phone to the next Android version, Google assures that you will at least get two major OS upgrades for the device.

Newer updates mean more features and better security.

Who wouldn’t want that?

Now coming to the battery, this device packs a 3000mAh Li-ion cell inside. This will last for a day of moderate to heavy usage.

And with Qualcomm quick charge support, you can use a compatible charger and juice up this device pretty quickly.

The Negatives

The Mi A2 doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Yes. You heard it right.

Even though you get a USB C to 3.5mm adapter in the box, this is really a bad move from Xiaomi.

There is no way you can increase the storage size on this phone. The Mi A2 comes with a dual sim slot but no sd card slot.

Even a hybrid sim slot might have been good but somehow that’s the case – no expansion slots.

Conclusion

The Mi A2 is probably the best camera phone that you can purchase at this price point.

The exceptional build quality and the stock Android OS with promised Google updates makes this phone one of the most desirable piece of gadget.

If you can live with the absence of a 3.5mm headphone jack, don’t think twice.

R

Excellent build quality

R

Amazing optics

R

Android One device

Q

No 3.5mm jack

Q

No SD card slot

Specifications

Operating System Android Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Camera 12 MP + 20 MP Rear, 20 MP Front
Battery 3010mAh
Display 5.99 inch (2160 x 1080) 18:9

There 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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