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

by | Feb 28, 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. Redmi K20All-Round Performer
4. Oppo F15Feature Rich Smartphone
5. Vivo S1 ProBest Value for Money Smartphone
6. Samsung Galaxy M40Best Branded Smartphone
7. Asus Zenfone 5ZHonorable Mention

 

1. Realme X2

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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.

Display

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.

Camera

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.

Verdict

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.

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In-display fingerprint scanner

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Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection

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Dolby Atmos-certified speaker

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Bloated ColorOS UI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP , 32MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.4 inch Full HD+ AMOLED




2. Poco X2

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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.

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 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.

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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Elegant and premium design

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Latest Android 10 Q OS

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Liquid cooling system

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No OLED display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Q 10.0
Internal Memory256 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Front, 20MP + 2MP Rear
Battery4500mAh
Display6.67 inch Full HD+ IPS 120Hz

3. Redmi K20

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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.

Display

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.

Camera

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.

Verdict

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.

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Elegant design

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Build quality

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18W fast charge

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Skinned MIUI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 730
Camera48MP + 13MP + 8MP Front, 20MP Rear
Battery4000mAh
Display6.39-inch AMOLED Full HD+

4. Oppo F15

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Feature-Rich Smartphone
  • Full HD+ OLED display
  • Quad-camera setup
  • Long-lasting battery

Oppo has a strong presence in both the online and offline market in the country and often releases new models much faster in India than it does in other regions outside China.

The Oppo F15 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 F15 has a very eye catchy design that looks amazing at the first look.

The back is made of polycarbonate glass 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.

Display

The Oppo F15 features a tall 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. This amounts to about 408ppi 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 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.

Performance

The Oppo F15 is powered by the powerful midrange SoC, MediaTek Helio P70 SoC.

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 UFS 2.1 storage and comes with a dedicated slot for memory cards.

In-display Fingerprint Scanner

The Oppo F15 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 and is almost as fast as conventional fingerprint sensors.

Camera

In the rear, the Oppo F15 features a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48MP main sensor, 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP black and white sensor and a 2MP depth-sensing unit.

In the front is an f/2.0 16MP shooter with HDR support and auto-focus.

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

The AI mode enhances the front camera selfies with good edge detection and colour tone mapping.

Battery life

The Oppo F15 has 4025mAh 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 20W 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 F15 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.

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Aesthetically pleasing design

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Excellent build quality

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Average SoC

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P70 octa core
Camera48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

5. Vivo S1 Pro

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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.

Display

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.

Camera

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.

Verdict

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.

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18W fast charging

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Elegant, stylish design

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32MP front camera

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Bloated UI

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665
Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP, 32MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display6.3-inch Full HD+ AMOLED



6. Samsung Galaxy M40

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Best Branded Smartphone
  • Punch hole cutout full HD+ display
  • Fast charging support
  • Intuitive One UI

The galaxy M40 is the latest mid-range Android smartphone from Samsung which comes as a slight upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy M30 smartphone a while ago.

Featuring a glossy polycarbonate design, this smartphone looks and feels premium for the price at which retails.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M40 has a polycarbonate outer shell with a glossy textured finish which looks elegant.

The phone feels very light in hand 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 M40 features a 6.3-inch LCD with a punch-hole cutout for the front camera.

This full HD+ display has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and has a pixel density of about 409 ppi which renders the screen very sharp and clear output.

Samsung has been seen using OLED display in a lot of its M series smartphones priced even lower than the M40 and we honestly would have loved to see a similar AMOLED panel on this device as well.

This smartphone has greater than 84.9% 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 M40 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor supplemented by the Adreno 612 GPU.

With the integrated 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, this device performs excellently 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 9.0 Pie OS is very well optimized for performance improvements when compared to the Oreo 8.1 version.

Camera

This smartphone comes with a triple camera setup in the rear similar to its predecessor.

The primary camera on the rear is a 32MP shooter with an aperture size of f/1.7 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.

The front camera is a 16MP sensor with HDR support for high dynamic selfie shots.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy M40 is powered by a 3500mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last for up to two days of heavy usage.

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

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy M40 is one of the most feature-packed Android smartphones priced under Rs.20,000.

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

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Robust design

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Brand reliability
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4K video recording

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No OLED display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Memory128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 675
Camera32MP + 8MP +5MP Rear, 16MP Front
Battery3500mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+

 

7. Asus Zenfone 5Z

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Honorable Mention
  • Best flagship-grade phone in this budget
  • Excellent software support
  • Sleek and stylish design

Even though it was a little overpriced, the Oneplus 6 was ruling this budget without competition for a brief period and then came the Asus Zenfone 5Z.

The Asus Zenfone 5Z is packing killer specs at a jaw-dropping price point and compromise neither on quality nor on the performance.

Performance

Featuring the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 inside, performance is snappy as ever before.

Assisted with a 6GB RAM onboard, multitasking and gaming is a breeze to handle for this beast.

The front as well as the back is made of glass and is protected by 2.5D Gorilla glass.

The rounded patterns etched on to the back of this phone is just awesome to stare at.

Display

On the front, there’s a 6.2-inch Super IPS+ 19:9 aspect ratio display that comes with a resolution of 2246 x 1080 pixels.

The colour accuracy of this panel is top-notch, so does the brightness levels.

Asus has added a true tone colour enhancer which you can manually adjust to get the most out of this screen for your liking.

Asus this time has optimized its ZenUI with a lot of AI-related features such as AI charge, AI phone boost and even AI modes on the camera app.

Camera

Talking about the optics, this phone features a rear 12MP + 8MP shooter and an 8MP front camera.

The primary camera is equipped with 4-axis OIS and the videos are stabilized with the combination of OIS + EIS technology.

The photos look detailed and colour accurate. The wide-angle selfie camera captures pleasant selfies with almost little or no noise.

Miscellaneous

To please the audiophiles, LG has added Hi-Res audio chip inside. This will let you listen to your favourite tracks the way they were recorded in the studio.

The loudspeaker on this phone does have a stereo effect. The earpiece doubles up as a speaker along with the unit placed on the bottom.

Battery Life

Powered by a 3300 mAh battery, the Asus Zenfone 5Z easily lasts for a day even with intense usage.

With fast charging support out of the box, juicing up this guy is no big deal.

Verdict

Priced at just Rs.29,999, the Asus Zenfone 5Z is a flagship-level smartphone that even outperforms the excellent OnePlus 6 in certain aspects.

Considering the specs and the performance, we recommend you to think no further.

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Good build quality

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Great colour accuracy

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Excellent camera

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Hi-Res Audio

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No AMOLED display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Oreo 8.1
Internal Memory256 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Camera12MP + 8MP Rear, 8MP Front
Battery3300mAh
Display6.2-inch FullHD+

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.

Meanwhile, don’t hesitate to check out our best smartphones list under every possible budget category on our website.

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